December 2011 Archives

December 31

I need some advice about my relationship with my mom

I need some advice about my relationship with my mom. I'm moving back close to home soon and I was wondering if you guys had any advice on how to deal with an illogical religious person. Or more specifically, how do I reason with her to foster a better relationship? [more inside]
posted by graphitix at 11:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Live Mail and Verizon Broadband

Dell Laptop with Verizon Broadband Card - Live Mail issue. Help please. [more inside]
posted by sandyp at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

New years eve in Seattle

My plans for new years eve might be falling through due to flaky friends. Where can a single lady go in Seattle to have a fun (and not too crazy) new years eve celebration?
posted by lockstitch at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Who should I use to get a domain name?

Who should I go through to buy a domain name? New to this part of internet-dom. (Both using MetaFilter and owning digital real estate) My plan is to have a domain name where I can post my as-yet-nonexistant blog as well as build my own personal brand. Are there any suggestions for a newbie as to who I should go through to buy the domain? A friend has offered me hosting space, but any advice on that would be appreciated as well. Thanks in advance!
posted by CouldBeAProblem at 7:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Eat or toss?

I baked a potato (skin rubbed with olive oil and kosher salt before cooking), and stupidly left it in a cold oven for a few days. Looks ok (kind of shriveled, but not bad). Is it safe to reheat and eat?
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! at 7:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Five... four... three... two... one...

Looking for interesting live webcasts to watch for New Year's Eve in the EST zone! [more inside]
posted by bzzt at 7:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Soccer w/ Teeth?

In American Soccer, is it within the rules to grab hold of the soccer ball with your teeth, and carry it down the field like a canine?
posted by flyinghamster at 6:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Feel strange during/after running my air purifier (non-ozone). Any ideas?

I feel a little strange during/after running my air purifier (non-ozone). Any ideas on what this means? [more inside]
posted by SlagBlip at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find images of the wonderful office design I saw one day ...

I am looking for images/renderings of a particular kind of office 'layout' - where the design involves lots of: wood, greenery, light, 'interesting' spaces, and perhaps even multi-levels. [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I keep my hair looking this awesome?

As a Christmas present, my awesome mom paid for me to get glorious purple highlights done at an excellent salon in my hometown. How do I take care of them and keep them vivid for as long as possible? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I make a text message-based mailing list?

I want to set up a mailing list of sorts, but with text messages instead of emails. What's a system like this called, and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by fracas at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

how to help a friend when she learns she may have terminal cancer

My friend is about to get get some very serious news regarding her health which carries with it a very, very poor prognosis and I am looking for advice on how to help her when she gets this news. [more inside]
posted by teamnap at 5:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Best Music of 2011 Playlist

I am looking for a playlist with songs that are best of 2011. I'm thinking along the lines of this Metafilter post but with all the songs in one playlist. Does such a thing exist somewhere? [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 4:43 PM PST - 11 comments

my lust for bargains and local food made me forget about my actual eating habits.

I lucked into a half of a side of some beautiful pasture raised, grass fed, organic beef from a local farmer for cheap! The good news is that we ended up getting this killer beef for less than $2 a pound and that it all fits in our chest freezer. The bad news is ... well... I've realized we don't really actually eat all that much beef. What are some interesting things to do with ground beef and potroast? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet at 4:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Recommendation for a 35mm Scanning Workstation in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a place where I can scan 35mm slides on my own at a workstation in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Digital_Man at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Media depictions of empathy?

Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 2:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Any potential tax write-offs for long-distance commuters?

US-ian Tax questions: After a long hunt, this year I finally found a job (yay) several time-zones away from my husband and family (boo). The travel, additional housing, etc costs have consumed a lot of my income. Are any of those additional expenses potential write-offs for my taxes? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 2:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Translating WriteNow Mac files

How can I translate thousands of files written in an old Macintosh word processing program called WriteNow, into a format that is easily accessible, probably Microsoft Word or RTF? It's a problem. I'm a writer and I used WriteNow exclusively for about 15 years. Now it is unsupported and an orphan. A translator program I used to use, MacLink Plus, no longer works on the current Lion operation system for Macintosh. Here's a link that describes WriteNow.
posted by Alex Marshall at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What's wrong with my Ninja 250R?

my 2008 kawasaki ninja 250R isn't running right. hoping someone might have an idea as to what's going on with it. [more inside]
posted by austere at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily?

How to keep daily family friction from escalating into end of the world drama daily? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 12:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Bored games?

Dumb cheap downloadable Mac fun [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 12:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Need some grammar help

"It hadn't been raining all morning, but drops began to fall at lunchtime."- is the bolded clause grammatically correct? Is there ever a case where it could be properly used in a sentence? If the person wants to say that there hadn't been any rain that morning, wouldn't he say "It hadn't rained all morning, but drops began to fall at lunchtime"? On the other hand, if the person is trying to say that it had rained that morning, but not non-stop the entire morning, how would he say it? He still wouldn't say "It hadn't been raining all morning,..." would he? Or would it be correct in that case?
posted by shelayna at 12:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Let's Cook Steakzilla

I've committed to barbecuing an 11-pound bone-in prime rib tonight. Should I cut it up into individual steaks or grill it as one giant roast? My grill is a hybrid gas and charcoal, if it matters. Any advice is helpful; I've never done anything this big. The diners' preference is for medium well and dinner will be in about seven hours.
posted by jewzilla at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

it's raining men

Invitations for a (co-ed) baby shower. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 11:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Help software developers work on their own!

I've been working with a group of 2 other senior engineers for several years. We each have about ten years experience doing web development, mainly doing high volume e-commerce sites. Our work is client services based, companies come to our company to build sites out. We'd like to do this for ourselves. Our question is very basic, what our options for bidding work or getting clients? Do recruiters ever have projects they give out to bid? Bonus: the other two engineers are female, so we'd qualify for any contracts that give weight to women owned businesses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

This IS clearing out my sinuses, but still.

Dumb kitchen move question: how do you wash capsaicin out from inside your nose? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:10 AM PST - 26 comments

First time doing a roast beef, help.

MeFi cooks, please help me ace my New Year's Eve dinner of roast beef and mashed potatoes. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Automatic PowerPoint Formatting Approaches?

I need to automate the format of outline-based information into slide presentations, given some simple rules. I can code. I have some ideas. What options am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I broke my mp3 collection =(

I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 10:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Flake on me once, shame on you. Flake on me twice, shame on me.

I'd like some help thinking about how to respond to being blown off for the first time early on in a relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 23 comments

JS/blacoleRef.Q Trojan

My computer was just infected with the JS/blacoleRef.Q trojan. Microsoft Security Essentials was able to flag and quarantine the infection and allow me to download and install the latest malware definitions, (mpam-fe.exe), disconnect from the web and do a full system scan. Another computer was used to go online and research JS/blacoleRef.Q. This trojan was described as not being removable by (most?) anti virus programs. The registry changes that were expected from this infection were not present. A change in a quarantined Firefox file located in my Application Data file had been removed. This system was infected when I clicked on a photograph while doing a Google Image search for plumbing fittings. How can I find if this trojan is still present and active in my system? How, if it is still active in the system, can it be removed? I am very uncomfortable about making changes in my registry. I am also uncomfortable with making random selections of malware removal tools on the web. Help!
posted by Raybun at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Help identifying rash on lower back

In a tropical country, very itchy rash or bite, no doctor for the next few days. Can anyone help identify? [more inside]
posted by ke rose ne at 9:34 AM PST - 20 comments

help me eat while I'm sick

Sick with an ongoing fatigue/pain issue and I can't cook for myself anymore. I need some help eating healthy still. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 9:28 AM PST - 29 comments

Cheap vacations secrets

Does anyone have any really cheap vacation secrets? I'm looking for inexpensive, do-it-yourself getaways to relaxing locales, that don't depend upon me perusing scammy travel websites. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Supernatural romance(?) YA novel identification help

YA novel identification help - ghost girl takes over a body? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

I love my in-laws and my job, maybe a little too much.

I love my in-laws and my job, maybe a little too much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Little fun drinking game

My girlfriend drinks very little alcohol, but eventually she will drink a glass of champagne and maybe a beer today. We are having a private new Years party for the both of us and I want to do a little drinking game just for fun, maybe 30 min with shot glasses of beer. So does anybody know a fun little game? It should not be something kinky, or like "drink or tell". All the drinking games I know are quite hardcore and not suited well for this occasion. It may include some acrobatics, like running around a table or some such as we will have no bystanders. Thanks! (Our New Year's eve is in 6h, she comes home in 4, so hurry up)
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Best monitor for photography under Linux?

I am currently (still) using a CRT monitor and would like to move to an LCD panel. My primary usage is for photography and web browsing. I have spent the last three weeks or so researching monitors and have found out that (1) I will need to buy an IPS panel, (2) having looked at monitor sizes in the store I really would prefer a 27 or 30 inch monitor and (2) I have resigned myself to the fact that I should expect to pay at least $1,000 for a good monitor, possibly closer to $2,000. What monitor would you recommend? Is it really worth upgrading to a really high-end monitor ($2,000+)? More questions and details inside. [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

'Tis the season for?

Give me some ideas for "wintery" activities/projects/etc. to follow through on my resolution to live in and celebrate the present by doing seasonal things on a regular basis. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 7:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Help Me Rule The Galaxy at 1280x1024

I've just purchased Star Wars:The Old Republic, and my four-your old HP Pavilion is having a hard time keeping up. The game is playable if I drop the resolution to 800x600 and move all the video settings to "low". Obviously, I'd like a better play experience. However... [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Oh, let me just look that up. And pass the cookies.

Are there scholarly books, articles, etc. that address what has happened to the way our brains now work due to the ease in which we can satisfy our curiosity quickly via the internet? What's been lost in our brain power? We can now find answers within seconds, and all the time we used to spend thinking are gone. Seriously, has this affected how we think when we know answers can be found quickly? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 6:26 AM PST - 8 comments

But officer, it was only five baguettes and a couple of flounder I still had in the freezer.

Short version: How many people can I feed at once before I'm legally required to register with some sort of governmental authority? [more inside]
posted by phrits at 6:08 AM PST - 4 comments

I always say I have the best husband ever. Today I'm having a hard time remembering why.

Am I overreacting? I am emotionally fragile, recovering from a recent medical emergency, and I don't want my husband to be counting the hours he spends in our home office as time he spends with me. (somewhat long) [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 4:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii?

Can I make my USB PS3 Singstar microphones work with my Wii? [more inside]
posted by richb at 2:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Identify an obscure Canadian TV show?

Looking for the name of a show that aired during the mid 1980s in BC on the Knowledge Network. The only detail I remember clearly is that one of the characters, a young Nordic-looking girl, was a hemophiliac.
posted by Lorin at 1:06 AM PST - 0 comments

December 30

New directions?

Where should I study philosophy? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace at 11:46 PM PST - 21 comments

How do a Shy Girl and a Shy Guy Get Together?

How do I approach a shy guy, or how do shy guys like to be approached? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 11:35 PM PST - 21 comments

bodybugg calorie counter readings seem inaccurate

Why is my bodybugg (R) saying I burned 2,000 calories while making dinner? [more inside]
posted by carielewyn at 11:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a good father/daughter book

Looking for a good father/daughter book for upcoming baby girls. (twins!) I've been looking but I've had some trouble because of three things I'm looking for: [more inside]
posted by jragon at 11:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Farming in Jaipur India

Hi, i will be working with a group of woman in Jaipur, India later in the year that creat handly crafts, the woman farm or 4 months of the year and in the off season are tough basic handicraft techniques to create income. I trying to find out what these woman farmers produce from the land. Does anyone know what Is grown and farmed in the area around Jaipur.
posted by peter1982peter at 10:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Plz halp

Can you recommend some software that will automagically create a decent work schedule? [more inside]
posted by d1rge at 10:54 PM PST - 7 comments

365 New Beginnings

What questions can I ask myself every day as part of a year-long self-study that will (hopefully) chronicle my personal and professional growth? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 10:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with statistics!

Statistics help - What test should I use? Help needed for a novice. [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 10:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Peer review review

Can you help me figure out number of papers per year for a few top journals? [more inside]
posted by Buckt at 8:58 PM PST - 6 comments

New Year's Drinking game

Long running drinking game for New Year's Eve? At previous parties, the host bought Hot Wheels cars for everyone, and if someone asked to see yours and you didn't have it, you would have to drink. Know any similar long running drinking games? No cards or table play, just milling around/mingling (drinking) games? [more inside]
posted by skinnydipp at 8:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Business checking account

I need to open a business checking account for my small business. Can anyone chime in on a good bank for this? Also, I'm in the Dallas, Tx area. Thanks in advance!
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How to help the hungry?

Asking for a friend: What is the best thing a typical person could do to combat food insecurity in children in the United States? [more inside]
posted by reren at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What does this make?

We have a few random ingredients. Is there a website where you put in what you have and it tells you what can be made with those ingredients? Alternately, what should we make for dinner (for two) with what we have? [more inside]
posted by clorox at 8:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Mine! Mine! All Mine!

Mr. Terrier and I received a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Yellow Label as a present a couple weeks ago. Since, then, we've been invited to a small New Year's Eve gathering. I don't actually know how many people will be there (since it's the worst possible manners to ask "who else will be there?" when invited to a 'do.) [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 7:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Can't wash this man out of my hair! Help!

I dated a guy for a month almost three months ago, and I can't stop thinking about him. Help me get out of this mental rut! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 7:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Dexter Season Six

Slightly spoiler-ish question about the latest season of Dexter: [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Not My Doctor Filter

Do I just have a lingering cold or could there be something else wrong with me? Also why are my tonsils gray? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 7:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me set up a small, humble home recording studio

New to home-recording and need recommendations for a condenser mic, reference monitors, a few other things. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 6:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Dating advice for my best friend

What advice can I give to my best friend about her relationship with a man who is separated. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots at 6:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Albums that pick you up and take you with them?

What are some great, coherent, sing-along-able albums? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 5:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Online resources for selling a restaurant in London

Are there any useful online listings services for selling a restaurant in London? [more inside]
posted by zhwj at 4:29 PM PST - 0 comments

Tonneau Cover FTW?

My husband just bought a '98 Mazda B4000 pickup. He wants to buy a Tonneau Cover for it. What specifics should we look for? [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

what is this lump by my dick?

YANMD. But what might this lump in my groin be? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 3:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to FranklinCovey geeks hang out?

Fellow productivity geeks: I'm trying to find an online community where FranklinCovey adherents and users of Franklin Planners hang out. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 3:23 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?

How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 3:22 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I ship booze from Ohio to Australia?

How can I ship vodka to Australia from Ohio?!? I know the USPS won't ship hooch, but is there ANYONE that will. I'm trying to send some locally-made vodka to a very special lady in Sydney, but it's starting to look dire. HELP!
posted by Capt.DooDooFace at 2:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Company sale: are we there yet?

What is the timeline of the sale of a business? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

time to switch to direct deposit...

I accidentally endorsed a money order meant for my landlord. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

In search of a large club for New Year's Eve in NYC!

In search of a large club for New Year's Eve in NYC! [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Interested in everything, experienced in nothing. What to choose?

Interested in many things, experienced in none. I want to change my career, but how do I figure out which way to go? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Give me a monster for my drainpipe.

Are there gutter gargoyles for larger diameter drainpipes? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:29 PM PST - 1 comment

help me sell this albatross

How do I sell this car? Special s--tflake details, I can't drive it, it doesn't run, it is a green 1997 mg, and it was written off on insurance due to a bonnet dent which was never fixed. Oh also nasty ex b.s. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

New Year Renewal

I'm looking for a mediation/yoga retreat in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 12:29 PM PST - 8 comments

What's going on with my camera? :(

What's going on with my camera? [more inside]
posted by revikim at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Fie on phi!

Why are most buildings rectangular? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 12:22 PM PST - 27 comments

8 days to kill in Colorado...

Free plane ticket to Colorado during the last week of January. Will be visiting friends in Breckenridge for a few days but have the rest wide open. Any suggestions for where to go and what to do? Also, is an SUV necessary in winter? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

I want to make my own UV reactive substances

I'd like to take a clear plastic and make it photochromatic, like you find in transition eyeglass lenses. [more inside]
posted by breakfast! at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

"I'll Take Some Tennesee, Please."

Why is Scotch whisky called that, instead of "Scottish whisky"? And how did Scotch, which is (or should be) used as a versatile adjective, become short for the whisky itself? I'd think that'd be similar to calling Tennessee whiskey simply "Tennessee." Just curious. Thanks in advance.
posted by whitebird at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What books do you have, that you bought in the '70s?

Were you an adult in the '70s? What books do you have, that you bought during that time period? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas at 12:04 PM PST - 80 comments

The Library of Congress has my cheese sandwich

I'd like all my past, present and future Twitter activity to get saved to a text (csv or xml or whatever) file on Dropbox. I'd like to think about this as little as possible. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

The answer isn't in the books I guess.

I feel overwhelmed, maybe because I am down with a bad cold, so I am hoping you can tell me how to get three bookshelves of books from CA to NYC. Constraints: cheaper is better, heavier is worse, and being home to get the packages is a serious challenge. Should I be shipping them in dozens of little boxes? Is there a better way? How am I ever going to get my collection out of my parents' basement and into my apartment? Like an adult? Move ALL the books? Cough cough help.
posted by prefpara at 11:49 AM PST - 30 comments

What are some tips you can provide me for sticking to a strict budget and avoiding the temptation to spend?

What are some tips you can provide me for sticking to a strict budget and avoiding the temptation to spend? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 11:22 AM PST - 24 comments

What is the best Latin lexicon for translating theological works, especially John Calvin?

What is the best Latin lexicon for translating theological works, especially John Calvin? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 11:17 AM PST - 2 comments

There is moldcheese in my drip pan and I don't know what to do.

The drip pan of my friend's fridge is infested with mold, and it's nonremovable, too. How should he clean this in the quickest manner possible? [more inside]
posted by zhi at 11:08 AM PST - 18 comments

My New Year's Resolution is to Stop Procrastinating

What is the best sparkling wine or champagne under 20 dollars? Also, I need help with a last-minute New Year's celebration. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 11:04 AM PST - 42 comments

How can I get Windows to work?

My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 10:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Recent college grad seeking advice on becoming therapist

What can I do now to prepare for career as therapist when I'm older? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Turn my binder collection into electronic gold!

I want to compile and organize hard copies of recipes, craft projects, and other household things into something electronic - not particular about if local computer (Mac, OS 10.7) or cloud-based. Bonus points if accessible from multiple devices (computer, iphone, ipad, etc.). What solutions should I consider? [more inside]
posted by southpaw at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

In search of Portobello and shrimp recipe for New Year's yummies

Help me make Portobello mushrooms + small frozen shrimp = delicious New Year's eve hors d'oeuvre? [more inside]
posted by taz at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

How to take the best photos of fireworks from up high?

I will be seeing in the New Year at the top of a 100 meter tall building in Buenos Aires. I have a Canon SX30 IS, a fairly high-end point and click which has plenty of manual settings. I want to make the most of the viewpoint to take photos of the fireworks that will be going off around the city - what should I know? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 10:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Fashion and interior design experts: please help my friend put a name to this style/aesthetic sensibility.

Fashion and interior design experts: please help my friend put a name to this style/aesthetic sensibility. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

The Lion, the Switch, and the MeFite

Now that you've been living with OS X Lion for a few months, what do you wish you had known before you upgraded? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:51 AM PST - 36 comments

E-reader Reading Light Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for a reading light for an e-reader. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Flights to Reunion

Idle travel dreaming question: what is a good approach to booking a flight from the U.S. to Mauritius or Reunion? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 9:19 AM PST - 2 comments

A cheerful tune or two?

Suggestions for peppy, happy, instrumental music, similar to Shugo Tokumaru's - The Mop and Dave Richmond's Movin' Along? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Number transfer process for Google Voice

How can I switch my phone to Google Voice once I'm no longer in the country? Any recommendations on services similar to google voice to consider? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me kill this zombie relationship for good

I'm in an unhappy, unhealthy relationship-- I'm scared I might even be emotionally abusing my boyfriend. Should I break up with him now or wait until later? How can I make sure that the break-up will last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 61 comments

How does equity even work?

How to bring up the question of getting my hands on some equity in the company I work for? I work at a small (>10 employees) engineering firm contributing greatly to the intellectual property in which we trade. I get paid decently (for which I am definitely grateful) but there's never been any discussion of earning any equity... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you exercise your imagination to move very fast? and is there a paper on that, sort of?

Can people visualize themselves moving faster than they are physically capable of moving? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

I have a messy desk. Help me with better ideas.

I have a messy desk. Please help with suggestions/ideas on how to make a better arrangement. [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

What TYPE of mortgage/loan should I get?

I have a new 80/15/5 loan I took out in 2007 (6.125%/8.25%) and would like to take advantage of better rates. Who is the best person to help me figure out what type of mortgages/home equity loans I should get? [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 8:16 AM PST - 4 comments

How Do You Like Your Tea?

How do I get the most out of my teabag giftset?! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 8:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Bad dogs!

We broke our dogs and we don't know what we're doing wrong. Please help! [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a a concern that can use me

What should I do now? I have no job, no child, no B.A., no debt, no mortgage, am female and am in my 40s. Help me see the possibilities! I have both no idea and every idea. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 6:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Stunner Shades SOS

Help me find awesome and cheap prescription sunglasses! [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 6:49 AM PST - 10 comments

I totally would've been Pvt. Pyle in Full Metal Jacket

When playing sports, I don't handle the "drill sergeant" personality well, at all. How do I change myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Getting over someone without cutting contact

How do I get over someone without cutting contact? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 24 comments

Lazy green New Year's resolution

I usually use the New Year for a small environmental resolution. Can you help me find a good one for this year? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Recommend bluetooth headsets for my android

Please recommend a bluetooth headset for my samsung android. [more inside]
posted by julen at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

MS Access newbie needs advice!

MS Access 2010 Help - I need to create something that allows a small group of people to add records and search records within a database and after much googling I'm thoroughly confused. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal?

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:52 AM PST - 6 comments

seeking a weird, but very helpful, device that miraculously helps my PTSD

I am trying to buy an EMDR device (psychological-support device used to treat PTSD, etc.) somewhere in NYC in the next few days if at all possible. I know great places for general medical supplies and devices, but is there a store for psychological/psychiatric intervention devices in our great metropolis? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 5:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me find the on-screen music from "Hugo" please!

Any idea how to acquire the source music from the new Scorsese film Hugo? The stuff the band is playing in the cafe and party scenes, in other words? [more inside]
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare at 4:45 AM PST - 5 comments

What specifically is wrong / bad about skeletons in Chinese culture?

Skeletons wrong / bad / taboo in Chinese culture? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Will Silly Archaic Art Form Turn Beloved Daughter into Quasiomodo?

My 4-year-old daughter is getting really into ballet. I've observed her standing in fifth position at home, on the train, etc. Is this going to screw up her musculoskeletal structure at some point? Should I prevent her from taking these highly-unnatural positions when not in the context of actual ballet practice?
posted by zachawry at 12:58 AM PST - 27 comments

December 29

I'm not weird, I'm practicing my dynamic flamingo therapy.

Instead of New Year Resolutions, I'd like to ask: what are your favorite efficiency tricks in daily life, which I can adopt for 2012? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 11:59 PM PST - 43 comments

Order my zombie.

I have three folders on my Kindle.. Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference. Where do I place 'The Zombie Survival Guide'?
posted by Frasermoo at 10:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Last resort before moving to the cool desert environment of...where?

Is it safe to use antiperspirant on your scalp? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 10:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I'd rather go than go to sleep.

Does constipation subside eventually with Amitriptyline (Elavil)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get my cowboy on in OC?

Where can I get my cowboy on in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene at 9:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Please point me toward some religious history lessons.

I'm doing some shallow research on Christianity, its development and its place in popular life throughout time. Please help me find outstanding books on this subject! [more inside]
posted by the liquid oxygen at 9:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Friends with...?

At the dinner table we were talking about code phrases to self identify belonging to a specific group that are used in public (cruise ships, bars etc...) such as "being friends with Bill W" or "friends of Dorothy" for members of AA and lgbt. Are there any more examples that you can think of?
posted by saradarlin at 9:10 PM PST - 80 comments

20 grand seems like a lot of money for not that much work...

Do we, as unique special snowflakes, really need to use a buyer's agent? My husband and I are at a crossroads about whether to work with one or try to do without. Inside, I give a ton of personal details and you tell me who is right and who is wrong! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 25 comments

What's the best way to extract juice while baking sweet potatoes?

How can I extract the maximum caramelized juice from sweet potatoes? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What is 24 years anyway?

I'm dating someone 24 years my senior... what now? [more inside]
posted by hubble at 6:40 PM PST - 30 comments

I Want to Draw Stuff

What is the coolest iPad drawing app(s)? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Vibrator Suggestions

Help me find a new vibrator. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Calming strategies/advice for impending older-child adoption?

Best way to calm new adoptive parent fears and prepare for attachment issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Package hasn't arrived. No tracking number. Lost cause?

Sent package from MN to Toronto 3 weeks ago. It hasn't arrived. I have no way to track it. Is this a lost cause? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 5:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Grounding the negative clamp when jump-starting your car

Question about jump-starting a car: why did my neighbor absolutely insist I ground the negative clamp... to the battery? That seems unwise. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder at 4:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Not a nautical themed pashmina afghan, please.

I'm looking for a gift for someone who just bought an ancient 35-foot yacht that she intends to spend the next couple of years renovating, and then live in. I want it to be kind of a house-warming gift, but, y'know, for a boat. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 4:40 PM PST - 19 comments

How to make and keep good habits?

ResolutionFilter: I really want to start slowly adopting new, healthier habits. As it usually does, the inspiration has hit me just before New Years. But I don't want to make a resolution, I want to establish habits that I can keep. I've tried before, but here's where I always fall down: how do I make the new habits stick? They never actually make it to the "habit" stage for me. [more inside]
posted by duien at 4:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Please help me stop my blankets from shedding like a golden retriever.

How do I keep my blankets from shedding lint all over the place? (Alternatively, please help me find blankets that do not shed.) [more inside]
posted by hypotheticole at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?

A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos at 4:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How does one actually succeed in dating?

What does it take for someone to actually want something to do with you? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 3:58 PM PST - 73 comments

IPv4 person wants to deploy an educational but functional IPv6 network

IPv4-savvy person looking to get started implementing a home/work test IPv6 network: I'm swimming in too much information. Can someone who has done this help me with where to start? [more inside]
posted by introp at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Bent out of shape over a ring... Treebeard would be proud.

Is there any noticeable, physical difference in any of these wooden rings? Moreover, are any of them a better choice for a wedding ring that will be worn daily? (Links and more wooden ring info than you ever wanted inside) [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 3:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Is this paralyzed dog always going to be in pain?

Mini Daschund with Intervertebral Disk Disease: Your experiences and advice, should we put her to sleep, or could she improve? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 3:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Trying to find the radio-edit of the 1978 song "Time Passages"

I love the song "Time Passages" by Al Stewart from the same-titled album. I am one of the few that actually like the radio edit better. I cannot find it anywhere available to listen to or download though know it was on 1978 AM Gold by Time-Life which I cannot afford (rare CD). I tried getting that cd from interlibrary loan to no avail. Does anybody know where else it might be lurking?
posted by snap_dragon at 3:06 PM PST - 2 comments

What to expect with Seroquel

I've been prescribed Seroquel (Quetiapine). This is the first antipsychotic I've been given. What can I expect? What helps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit?

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit? If so, how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 59 comments

Saving on passport photos?

PassportPhotoFilter: I need 15 passport photos, am not finding inexpensive places (in the San Francisco area) or discounts on more than two so I'm looking at the price for two times eight. Am I missing something to think I can get two, go to FedEx Office and copy them on one of their machines for 49 cents per photo? Definitely wouldn't want to ship these things overseas, learn that they are unacceptable. Thanks for thoughts and any tips on bargain places in the SF area.
posted by ambient2 at 2:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Hyperlocal info sought re: Metrolink and Union Station in LA

I'm trying to figure out the best way to walk to the Metrolink trains at LA's Union Station from where I work. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 2:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Where the hell can I buy this bottle?

Any idea where I could buy a Sigg water bottle in London tomorrow? I've ordered one online, but the company have let me down - it's a last-minute gift for a loved one so it has to be tomorrow! I don't even know where to start and Googling "Sigg bottle stockists london" has got me nowhere. Thanks for any help!
posted by Ted Maul at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Backup image of hard drive and bare metal restore

Backup and Bare Metal Restore Best Practices: What is the current state of the art for dead-simple drive imaging? I need to backup a mix of Windows 7, Ubuntu, and OSX computers. I would like to do a full drive image, so that in the event of a problem restoration is simple. I need a solution that is automated in the sense that I start the process and can walk away. (Bonus points if it's automated in the sense that it can run automatically at certain intervals from another computer on the network or a NAS.) Ideally, the backup image would be compressed to save space, but my main concern is that it shouldn't take a lot of time or learning curve to set the process up or manually start the process when it's time to backup. Help? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get my sex drive back?

How can I get my sex drive back? I am a 26 year old male. I don't recall exactly when my problems started, but it's been going on for over a month. I'd like to think that I'm too young still for such a steep drop in libido to be normal. What makes it more worrisome for me is that I have no idea what might be causing it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the best way to get a job in software development with no previous experience?

What's the best way to get a job in software development with no previous experience? More details inside.. [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 1:55 PM PST - 18 comments

The Thick of My Life

What was this band I saw in the Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

How to simply back up to a remote disk without putting my data in the cloud?

Simple way to do remote backups to a network-attached storage device? I prefer to avoid using commercial cloud services like Mozy, but would like offsite backup at a relative's house on a disk I own. [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl at 1:44 PM PST - 13 comments

what can i read in one sitting?

I am going to read a novella* a week in 2012. Lay em on me. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 1:34 PM PST - 75 comments

Help me come up with a quitting-smoking Plan B

So I kind of made up my mind a few days ago to quit smoking via the Wellbutrin/Zyban method. But now I can't get a Doctor's appointment until Feb 8 and I'm already losing my resolve! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 25 comments

US Treasury Bond, Silver, Gold or What?

I just became an uncle (Yay!) and I want to get my nephew a gift to help him start saving. My first inclination was to get him a US Treasury Bond, but I was wondering: Is buying an equivalent amount in gold or silver a better long term (30 plus years) investment?
posted by cuando at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Cat Filter: Should we get an optional surgery done for our one-eyed wonder kitten?

Help a kitten momma make the right decision! Should we have our one-eyed kitten's non-eye sewn shut? [more inside]
posted by beloveddoll at 12:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me figure out crate training for my new puppy.

I'm getting a new puppy next week and need some suggestions about crate training. All the overly-long special snowflake details are inside. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Wowing a nurse manager

About to enter my final semester in nursing school. Despite the shortage etc, there are very few jobs for new grads at the moment, particularly where I live. What specific behaviors will help me impress the staff at my final clinical site enough that they'll consider hiring me after I graduate? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

So you can probably guess what my New Year's resolution is going to be...

I have two 25-lb. dumbbells and typical living room furniture. I need to workout - strength building, not cardio, for this question. Difficulty level: I can't make much noise, because my two-year-old will be asleep in the next room. [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Be my high school guidance counselor: what career should I choose?

What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Possible legal issues for using a video game brand in a song?

Possible legal issues for using a video game brand in a song? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Gmail account compomised but not sure how

My Gmail account was compromised a few days ago and the password was changed. I've since recovered it, but I'm wondering what could have caused it. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I get my MBA after I get my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science?

Should I get my MBA after I get my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Side effects of diabetic coma?

Please can anyone offer advice / guidance on what appear to be mild side effects following a diabetic coma? [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Am I making it worse by writing out all the gory details that piss me off?

Writing out your anger: does it help or hurt? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 11:28 AM PST - 24 comments

PC VIRUS HELP! My laptop running XP has something nasty.

Does anybody have any ideas on a fix short of a re-installation of Windows? [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Lifetime leather jacket?

I'm 19, and I want to buy a leather jacket to last me the rest of my life. Any suggestions as to brands, styles, or where to get one? Ideally I could wear it all my life, wear it in like a good pair of boots, and possibly hand it down to my son, or at least my 10-year-younger brother when it became his time.
posted by ejfox at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

How to flatten photos of a round object?

Straightforward way to take a flattened "panoramic" photograph of a round object? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

If you could live anywhere...

I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

How Do I Cram for a German Placement Test?

How do I shake off the rust and review four years of German language and grammar in a short time period? [more inside]
posted by Atarah at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I use to create an internal manual for my department?

What is the best (Mac compatible) program/thing to use to write an internal manual for my department at work? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Your effort is worth zero until you're done, and you're never done.

Self-therapy ideas: How to encourage appropriate celebration of small accomplishments? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there a way to make this easier? I'll be doing it for the next twenty years or so...

How can I automate email or text notifications to myself that any given employee's certification is a month away from expiring? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:47 AM PST - 15 comments

This is why tech-illiterate types should not film themselves having sex...

Best way to save a video of nature that was taken with phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 AM PST - 16 comments

What kind of microphone do I need for recording audio for an automated telephone system?

I would like to use Audacity to record voice audio files for an automated telephone system. What kind of microphone setup (USB or standard headphone / mic jacks) that will work with my laptop do I need? [more inside]
posted by banished at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

"Three little sentences will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here." Homer Simpson

Does your profession or hobby have a pithy saying that encapsulates the work or its ethics? For example, "Make no little plans" (Daniel Burnham) resonates with city planners. Perhaps "First do no harm" (or Primum non nocere) might be an example related to physicians and other health care workers... or is it just outsiders who think so? What about "Serve and protect" for law enforcement? The quotes can be funny, ironic or sincere... it doesn't matter so long as they are short (think something that could be engraved on a charm) and people in the profession recognize the phrase as somehow emblematic of their work. Thanks in advance!
posted by carmicha at 9:23 AM PST - 137 comments

We know where we're going, just not where we're coming from.

We're looking for an app that will help logically determine which store should deliver to a given customer, based on drive-time. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Which way to go in my continuing education?

I finished my associates two years ago and I believe it is time to begin taking classes again in order to improve myself. As an IT professional, should I aim for useful certificates or a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by charred husk at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Can i make a reality show into a musical?

Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Tall Person + Couch = Happiness?

My boyfriend (who is 6'4") and I are buying a couch, and we're looking for one that would provide neck support for his head. My previous question about our cats has led me to believe we'd be best with a microfiber couch, but most tall-backed couches seem to be made of leather. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 8:50 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I move without losing my job?

In two years I'll be graduating with a master's in internal systems auditing and control. I've never worked with an accounting firm before because my first degree is in English, but I wanted to set myself up to be able to move easily. Would I have to quit my job in order to move or would I have to hope that I get transferred to said location? [more inside]
posted by locussst at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Tomorrow, to Wegman's I go!

What should I get at Wegman's? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 8:38 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me not to romanticize dating

Help me not to romanticize the experience of playing the dating game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 32 comments

There's a fratboy in the house of nerds

Please help me wrest an amazing company from the clutches of one overgrown frat boy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Ten strings stand between me and happiness

Where can I buy some Chapman Stick strings in southern or eastern Ontario? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:59 AM PST - 4 comments

How to annoy a 15yr old boy!

Looking for ideas on the most annoying and fun way to give my nephew cash for the holidays... because I am THAT uncle! [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 7:50 AM PST - 31 comments

Buying quality furniture at a lower price

I'm in need of new furniture and I'm wondering if I can buy on-line cheaper than the local furniture store prices. I'm looking at manufacturers like Hickory Chair, Baker, Henredon. I know the advice of buying used, i.e. craigs list, estate sales etc. However, there are a few things I need right away and can't wait until the perfect used piece becomes available. Any suggestions would be helpful. I live in Santa Rosa, CA which is 60 miles north of San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by blaisec at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

What book to buy Ebeneezer Scrooge for Christmas

Book suggestions for Ebeneezer Scrooge. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Hey you kids, get off my walkway!

Which pedestrians move aside while passing? When pedestrians walking at approximately equal strolling speeds in opposite directions are on a collision course, assuming each has a clear path to move aside, who yields? Help me not be THAT PERSON at the mall. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens at 5:01 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me learn about online universities.

What are some good resources to start researching online universities? Or, what are some of the most reputable online universities? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 4:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Begone Norton Security

How do you do a clean install of Windows without the CD/DVD? [more inside]
posted by dave99 at 2:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Stopmotion animation project ideas for kids

Give me ideas for stop-motion animation projects I can do with my young daughter. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 2:31 AM PST - 14 comments

If a pop song is used on an advert, who gets the money?

Pop music royalties: If a song is used on an advert, who gets the money? (UK) [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 1:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me choose a front loader washing machine

What is the best front loading washing machine, for under $1000, available in Australia, that meets this criteria: [more inside]
posted by MT at 12:49 AM PST - 4 comments

December 28

Why should I keep my iPad?

Should I keep my iPad? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 11:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Kevin Arnold Approved

Can anyone tell me what episode of the Wonder Years this "Kevin giving thumbs up" gif comes from?
posted by Jezztek at 11:24 PM PST - 2 comments

I am not the computer wizard you think I am.

Buying a computer. Except I know far less about computers than my folks think I do... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 10:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Thyroids for Dummies

I just started taking levothyroxine for hypothyroid issues I didn't really suspect I had: what can I expect? [more inside]
posted by My Top Secret Sock Puppet Account at 10:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me "Wow!" Santa

What are some good resources to learn how to decorate for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 10:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Do people still wear that?

I inherited a bunch of Native American jewelry (several hundred pieces in total) several years ago. I'm thinking about selling some of it, but I'm not sure of the value. Do I need to find a specialist to appraise it? Can you recommend one near St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by DaddyNewt at 10:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Plan our romantic weekend

Husband and I are broke, and planning a romantic weekend in his parents' (empty) house sometime in January. We need stuff to do that will make it fun/special. [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 9:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How to celebrate New Year's Eve while house-bound?

My wife loves going out to celebrate New Year's Eve in style, but we've got a three-week-old baby this time around. How do we celebrate at home, just the two (well, three) of us? If you mark the occasion in this style, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 9:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Realplayer youtube

I like to pull clips down from the internet. Youtube etc. using real player, its great except when the voice doesn't match the mouths movement. Why does it do that? Can I make it stop? Can I fix it?
posted by notned at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do grad schools need to know what other schools you are applying to?

Why do grad school applications ask you what other schools you are applying to? Will being honest hinder my chances at getting into a competitive program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Which Simpsons "Behind the Laughter" line was lifted from "Behind the Music"?

Which line from the "Simpsons" episode where they're on a "Behind the Music"-style documentary is actually lifted directly from a "Behind the Music" episode? Wikipedia says: "The episode contains many references and allusions to Behind the Music, and one line the staff thought was humorous was pulled straight from the actual series." That info is credited to a DVD commentary interview on the 11th season DVD. But what's the line? (I'm assuming Wikipedia is correct, which could be a wrong assumption.)
posted by GaelFC at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Name this very quiet background song?

Can you name the song [29-second excerpt, 462k mp3] that's playing all too quietly in the background of a scene from season 2 episode 8 of Happy Endings?
posted by night kitchen at 8:16 PM PST - 5 comments

NYE in Quebec City?

What should I do in Quebec City this New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by iona at 8:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Are dash cameras worth it?

Is having a dash camera worthwhile? If so, any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

South is Where the Birds Go

Car, sleeping bag, gas money, no plan, vague destination. How many ways can I fail? [more inside]
posted by Folk at 8:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Block those rays

Recommend me a physical blocker sunblock that I can buy in Canada. [more inside]
posted by pised at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

MeFites, I need your help learning to focus...

MeFites, I need your help learning to focus... [more inside]
posted by cassini at 7:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do you look for entry-level work when you don't even know what you want to do?

What are some ideas for entry-level jobs? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude at 7:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Concerned about future of young person with learning disabilities

I am concerned about the future of my young relative with learning disabilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Can my dead Squeezebox 3 be saved?

Can I fix my dead Squeezebox 3, or failing that, can I have some fun trying to fix it? [more inside]
posted by em at 6:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Gifts for Orthodox Jewish baby?

Gifts for Orthodox Jewish baby? [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Click, click, flash.

What are the differences in what I can do with these two cameras? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 5:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Cocktails involving whiskey, enlighten me!

What are some nice cocktails that I can make from this bottle of Makers Mark that was gifted to me? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Two Weeks to Live…

What would you do if you had two weeks to live with very little money and no family? You do have a free schedule but are somewhat limited physically (no surfing or ballroom dancing). [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 5:16 PM PST - 21 comments

But can you make beer in it?!

Mefites! I got a fermentation crock for Xmas. Direct me to some great fermentation resources! [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:12 PM PST - 6 comments

The opposite of homonym? But not really?

Is there a word describing 2 words that sound the same but mean the opposite? And are there any more? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Sober Grand Tour?

Can you recommend unusual/interesting/tasty non-alcoholic drinks to try in different European countries e.g. Almdudler in Austria?
posted by janecr at 4:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Those boots were made for walkin'....

Hello, hive mind. I have a dear friend who recently left an abusive marriage. Although she's working two jobs, she barely makes ends meet and may need EFT/SNAP and housing assistance. I've pulled together resources from the official website of the CT Dept. of Social Services, but cannot seem to find local, low-cost counseling services. Southern CT State University used to offer clinical counseling as part of their graduate program for the public, but I cannot find it. Any resources for low-cost counseling would be great. As stated, this is a dear friend of mine and I'll do anything to help - even though I'm across the country in CA.
posted by luciddream928 at 4:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving toddlers

How can I prepare my toddler for, and ease the transition to, a whole bunch of changes? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave at 3:59 PM PST - 16 comments

I have no idea how I'm going to plan the wedding.

I have come to realize that I am terrible at planning in most areas of my life: education, finance, events, daily tasks etc. How do I become better at looking ahead, seeing what's coming and acting now so that the future doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does my LG BD560 Blu-Ray player play DVDs but refuses to play Blu-Ray discs?

Why does my LG BD560 Blu-Ray player play DVDs but refuses to play Blu-Ray discs? Any possible solutions? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 3:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me install my dishwasher

Help me connect the water supply to my dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How do wills work?

What is the standard way that divorced parents with new partners (who also have children) organise their wills? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with pregnancy-related fears?

How to deal with pregnancy anxiety? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 2:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Suing person with unknown address

Is it possible to sue someone for services rendered if you don't have their address? [more inside]
posted by carlsdad at 2:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Smart Phone Choices

I use Verizon Wireless and my two years are up on one of my phones and I am looking to keep the cost under $100. I can get a refurbished Samsung Fascinate for $19.99 and it looks like a good phone. I can also get Samsung Stratosphere or a Droid X2 for $99.99. With my two year plan those look like my three best buys. Are the refurbished phones ever worth a darn? I bought a refurbished laptop over three years ago and it's running great still. All three are rated high and look OK but another few opinions won't hurt.
posted by zzazazz at 2:29 PM PST - 18 comments

She's not at all crafty!

Please help me print my images in the correct size on my Mac. I bought a sheet of 1" circle digital images and downloaded them onto my Mac. I opened them in Preview and want to print them but they print out huge instead of just 1". I can't figure out why! I selected "scaling 100%" in my printer options and that didn't fix the problem. Also when I select View...Actual Size in Preview they look really large. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Losing weight as a vegetarian

In my parents' Christmas card photo, I literally look like I'm wearing a fat suit. Help me get back on track to a healthy weight. Specific advice needed for a vegetarian diet. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 1:20 PM PST - 36 comments

NOLS alternatives for adventuring in Chile

What's the best way for a solo traveler to spend a week or two adventuring in Patagonia? [more inside]
posted by Bun at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

529, Ante Up

Is there any particular 529 plan with a web interface so that anyone can easily make contributions to my (forthcoming) kid's account? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

A citation style with no in-text indicators?

What is the citation style with no indicators in the text, but notes at the end keyed to page numbers? Editors, what do you think of it? And does anyone have Zotero or Mendeley tricks for implementing it in Libreoffice? [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 1:03 PM PST - 19 comments

books on cults and group psychology

What are some really good books on group psychology and on modern day cults? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Song ID needed

Soul song ID needed! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Each font style a separate font?

[Mac OS X Filter] Combining different styles of the same font in FontBook for OS X: Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by phoebus at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Which website can I have a discussion about appropriate genre to classify music in my mp3 collection?

Is there a web-site/forum where I can have a sensible/intelligent/non-flame wars discussion about appropriate ways to classify the genre of particular music, artists, etc of my mp3 music collection? I know I can classify my music with any genre I wish, but I would like to have a discussion of our other people classify the music, for example, of Paul Robson. Is it Classical, Classical vocal, or whatever? I have looked at MusicBrainz, but that doesn't, as far as I can tell, have the genre of music. Everything but it seems.
posted by vac2003 at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How bad is owning half a house?

What's the legal liability ramifications of owning half a house? (I already have a lawyer. I wanted a second/English opinion.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I operate a budget?

Personal Finance and budgeting 101 for the low income world traveler. [more inside]
posted by slartibartfast at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Help finding or making vibrant sidewalk art

My wife is helping an artist at Vanderbilt University focused in sidewalk painting. But she can't find vibrant chalks in order to accomplish her goals. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I increase my range of physical attraction?

Have you gotten over your extremely limited range of physical attraction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 35 comments

How to stop these identity thieves!

Someone is applying for an auto loan using my identity. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Good books for solo jazz acoustic guitar.

Good books for jazz solo acoustic guitar, to accompany voice. [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How to Buy American ebooks in China for the nook?

How can you buy books and apps for a Nook in China through a VPN? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Another question about an insane mother

I have a great deal of contempt for my mother, which fills me with guilt. She has had serious psychiatric problems for her entire life. Although I know that she loves us, she is quite mentally ill, and I don't know how to cope with it. I need help learning how. (This is long, I apologize.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 51 comments

Can I really run it?

So I know about computers and I know about software. I don't know how they go together for games and wondering if there's an easy way to tell if my computer can run certain games. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Are there tax implications to my parents helping me to pay off my student loan?

[Canada Tax Filter] If my parents loan me money to pay back a non-government student line of credit from a bank, and I pay them a portion of the principal each month, are there any negative tax implications? [more inside]
posted by dobie at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Spreadsheeet for time tracking

How can I get a Google spreadsheet built to track time? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Internet Q&A, city style.

I'm looking for city-specific internet forums for Cleveland and Dayton, OH. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Boston neighborhoods.

Boston and suburbs nice urban neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 9:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for roast pig in Chicago

Where can I find great Philippine lechon (roast pig) in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Financial planners in central Virginia?

Good financial planners in central Virginia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Harm reduction and Norco?

What can I do to warn my father about the risk of acetaminophen overdose while he is abusing Norco? Harm reduction for my own dad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a gaming laptop

What gaming laptop won't rip me off? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Zero zero zero, zero zero zero zero! (Jenny)

Within the past few weeks, I've been receiving phone calls on my cell phone every day at 9am and 5pm like clockwork from the number (000) 000-0000. How do I make these bastards go away and leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 8:45 AM PST - 26 comments

Chubby hubby, what to do?

My husband is overweight. I'm not at the end of my rope, but it's getting closer. Advice, any advice is welcome, even if you tell me I'm being unreasonable. SS details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 75 comments

How do I find out if some bigger health problem is causing thus depression?

Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Porch swing plans

I'd like to build a porch swing for my house. Any recommendations on where I can find some plans? Would prefer something more rustic looking but I'm open to all sources. Thanks!
posted by pilibeen at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a good place to buy womens' shoes in NYC.

I'm in NYC, and I want to take my girlfriend shopping for a nice, sexy, classy pair of heels. Think high-quality leather. Only problem? I know nothing about womens' shoes, shopping, or shopping for womens' shoes. Could you recommend some good stores to check out? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 7:44 AM PST - 19 comments

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow

I was given a five-year diary for Christmas. What sort of things should I be sure to keep track of over the next five years of my life? [more inside]
posted by sciapod at 7:26 AM PST - 27 comments

Where to get wedding ring transformed into a E?

I no longer have use for my wedding ring :( I would like to transform it's meaning into another symbol. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 6:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Got a job offer, but would prefer a similar role with the same company that is closer to home. What are my options?

Got a job offer, but would prefer a similar role with the same company that is closer to home. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Mental Fitness

How do I get myself in shape mentally? If I spent my life on the couch eating junk food, you might recommend running, weight lifting, a healthy diet, or yoga to get me in shape. Well, I have spent my life drinking beers, smoking weed, and watching mind numbing television. How can I get myself in shape mentally? [more inside]
posted by kaizen at 6:33 AM PST - 31 comments

What type of New Years' resolution is most likely to have a positive impact on my life

What type of New Years' resolution is most likely to have a positive impact on my life? [more inside]
posted by damian_ at 6:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I date my baby daddy?

Should I date my son's father, when we never really did way back when we were busy procreatin'? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 6:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Forever goods

What consumer products don't depreciate much in a 5+ year timespan? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 5:53 AM PST - 32 comments

Something cool to look at when I forgot my book

What color grout should I use? I'm using these hexagonal tiles in our bathroom, and we're about to grout them, but I'm not sure if I should use black, white, or grey grout. Which color might best highlight the tile shape and pattern? I'm leaning toward black or a dark grey, but haven't seen it used on these tiles before. Any experience with a dark grout?
posted by Toekneesan at 5:01 AM PST - 18 comments

I want to buy a kick ass juicer - advice?

I want to buy a kick ass juicer - advice? [more inside]
posted by rudhraigh at 4:13 AM PST - 12 comments

On the road. Scenic places to go along Cali coastline on a roadtrip?

I'm in the middle of a road trip and going to be in California (for the first time ever!) this week. Looking for some recommendations for places to hit along the coast, specifically beaches along the southern end, and scenic places to stop and eat/drink further north. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis at 3:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Real name/location of the Arcadian

What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
posted by yticmic at 3:14 AM PST - 8 comments

I'll have a bleu Christmas (and New Years, and possibly Valentine's Day...).

I have been gifted a pound of (Wisconsin) Roquefort. I live alone. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 3:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Possibly unsafe weight on upstairs bedroom floor?

Is it safe to fill up a 150-gallon tub in my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 12:29 AM PST - 20 comments

December 27

song title, ~1980's?

Please name this ODD song: I first heard it around 1984-6? -Female voice. "punk" / Nina Hagen-esk absurd enough that it would never be a popular song. -Asian "style" melody -had lyrics "ou la la" in it. -may have had words: "on the radio", "chickens", "other news" in it [more inside]
posted by santogold at 11:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I a jerk?

Am I a jerk? If so, how do I stop being one? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb at 11:08 PM PST - 88 comments

Votre Assistance, S'il Vous Plait

Where to print out a boarding pass in Paris? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you recommend Indian-inspired meals for someone with interstitial cystitis?

I have interstitial cystitis, and I'd like to make some Indian-inspired meals that are safe for my bladder. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 PM PST - 6 comments

A small question concerning a music video.

This video of 'Departure' by Crystal Stilts seems to be comprised completely of documentary footage from the May '68 student uprising in Paris. However, there are a few shots in the video that are almost too 'perfect', specifically shots 4, 5 and 7, and I am wondering if they are in fact taken from a movie made at the time. If so, what film would that be? For some inexplicable reason I really need to know this.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Travels with a plaster bust

Best way to transport a small nineteenth- or early twentieth-century plaster sculpture from DC to London? I have no expertise in transporting art. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 9:18 PM PST - 6 comments

How much of a higher salary for lots of traveling?

How much more should a job pay if a significant amount of travel is required? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by taojones at 8:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to go in Portland, OR for New Year's Eve?

Help some out-of-towners enjoy Portland, OR on New Year's Eve! Our ideal evening would be close to the MAX, and include a strip club, dancing to hopefully not top 40 music, and drinking of course. Should we go to an organized NYE party, or try to barhop? Any places we just can't miss/ hidden gems you're willing to divulge? We will be a group of 8 guys and gals. You guys helped me find an awesome place to camp this fall, so I'm hoping you have more great ideas!
posted by virginia_clemm at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

I forgot how to write like a child.

How can I write a film review for children? Which writing samples would be useful to emulate? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Trust or no?

Angry at boyfriend for reckless behavior. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 PM PST - 37 comments

The gift of annual payments

Should I refuse a "free" timeshare? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 6:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Tests good. Works bad.

I have some RAM that is (apparently) bad. However, it passes a memory test just fine. Why? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

The Asylum for Specially-Trained Concubines

Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find a urologist. A nice one, please.

MeFites of Los Angeles (and environs), can you recommend a good female urologist? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Now iPhone, iPad, can you two play nice or do I have to have you separated?

Can I use the same Macbook Pro (and iTunes account) to sync up both an AT&T iPhone AND a Verizon iPad? [more inside]
posted by Rewind at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Does 'Miranda and Steve' really ever work?

Hey Succesful-ish Career Ladies! Have you ever dated a man who is much less successful/ambitious/well-remunerated or otherwise is in a much lower tax bracket than you? Can you tell me how you made it successful, or why it never will be? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 5:42 PM PST - 51 comments

Mx records for a cheap domain

Tell me everything I need to know about Mx records, Google Apps for Education, and our server. [more inside]
posted by aetg at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

What're the ethics of hiring a moonlighter who's on the job?

What are the ethics of buying skilled services if the person doing it is completing those services on the job? (Specifically, a machinist, if the industry matters.) [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Icy hands... of death?

My fingers fall asleep while I'm sleeping. Is this bad? Should I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

My belt is awesome, and now it is falling apart.

I own a belt with equally spaced belt holes along the entire length of the belt. It's falling apart and I'd like to get a new one, but I can't find one. (Example inside) [more inside]
posted by JimBennett at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I play classic NES/SNES games on my TV?

I want to do NES/SNES emulation, and play the games on my HDTV. What's the best way to do this (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

"KABOOM!" went the Death Star.

What are some examples of spectacular, climactic visuals... in text? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 3:56 PM PST - 16 comments

mikey, this ain't the kinda place you wanna go to the bathroom in

Please help me maximize the space in and minimize the ugliness of a tiny, ugly bathroom. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 3:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Do hearses make house calls?

In a small city in Illinois, last night we saw a hearse in the driveway of a neighbor down the block. No other cars, police, or activity were in evidence. We know this person is elderly, but we don't actually know her. Because I've seen a cab come to her house, I believe she doesn't drive, and I have seen a second, somewhat less elderly person come by and do yard work for her occasionally. This second person's car wasn't there last night either. We don't actually see our neighbor very often, especially in winter, so if she's still there, we might not see her in passing for a while. I was under the impression that if someone had died at their home, an ambulance would transport them; I don't think I've ever seen a hearse at a private home before. Was this the end for my neighbor, or did her hypothetical niece the hypothetical mortician pop in for supper in a company car or something? Anyone have any knowledge about hearse customs?
posted by Occula at 3:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Video Camera Suggestions: Is GOPRO Good Enough?

In a couple of weeks I'm going to start shooting icehockey games for our local kids, the San Diego Saints. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 3:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Other than being crazy, advice for NYC trip and on what time to arrive for ball drop?

Times Square for New-Year's filter: Is there anything I should know about being one of the crazy people going to see the ball drop? Also, itinerary suggestions for rest of trip welcomed. [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 3:27 PM PST - 15 comments

What will happen in Korea?

The recent event in North Korea has got me going on a Korea jag. Specifically, I'm wondering what's next for the two Koreas. Googling just gets me a bunch of blog entries. . . [more inside]
posted by TheTingTangTong at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Squeak squeak squeak squeak

How do I either stop my bed from squeaking or stop being embarrassed about my downstairs neighbors potentially hearing it? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 3:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Figuring out a cause of death 30 years post-mortem.

How can I find out what killed my father? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Life changes (and the associated paperwork)

Document checklist for a recently-married couple? What's crucial to get organized/updated in terms of legal/financial issues? [more inside]
posted by at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I use my smart phone as a camera and not pay data charges?

How can I use my smart phone as a camera in the US and not pay data/mobile network charges? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 2:29 PM PST - 19 comments

O Holy Night, all choral, NO soloist?

Are there any versions of "O Holy Night" in the choral style of Palestrina/Victoria, without soloist? [more inside]
posted by vnvlain at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

List of BBC Christmas Specials?

What BBC christmas specials were there in 2011? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 1:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Hope for my ailing marriage?

After nearly 11 yrs of marriage my husband is talking of possibly finding his own place and at the very least separating for awhile to see if he can "get himself together". We have been a couple nearly 15 yrs. I am looking for experiences, resources, advice... [more inside]
posted by snuffyrat at 1:27 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I take a compliment?

How do you internalize compliments and praise? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Ireland & France Summer Travel 2012

Planning a potential first trip to Europe this summer and I'm a little overwhelmed with logistics. We'd be hitting Ireland (because we want to go there) and France (for a friend's wedding). [more inside]
posted by sararah at 1:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Fighting the good fight in PDX

Need a good marriage counselor in the Portland area! [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Couples therapist Baltimore

I'm looking for a good couples therapist (we are both hetero/mid 30's) in the Baltimore area. Any recommendations?
posted by josher71 at 12:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me decide if I should trade in my car

Buying a new car. Should I trade in my old one or give it to family? [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 12:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I might be suing someone soon. What do I have to know?

I'm considering suing a company. Have you ever sued someone? I can't get a hold of my lawyer, and I could use your advice/wisdom. [more inside]
posted by Opal at 12:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Job Guru for Ankler in L.A.

Anyone know a good career counselor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by turducken at 12:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Roku recommendations

Help me get the most out of my new Roku. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Help give my Mom advice for a new career

My wonderful mom has been watching her grandchildren full time but is looking for a job this fall after the kids are in school. She first mentioned a retail job but she has so many marketable qualities and a lot of time to look so maybe the hive mind can come up with some better ideas? Inside, I brag about how awesome my mom is. [more inside]
posted by JayNolan at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

I need help going on the Jaws ride before it closes

Help me go on the Jaws ride at Universal Florida before it closes! [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Fitbit hacks?

I got a Fitbit for Christmas! Do you have one? What should I know about it? Any tips/tricks/hacks for getting the most out of it?
posted by exceptinsects at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

AA or AAA laser pointer recommendations for cats?

Recommendations for AAA (or AA) powered laser pointers that I can use to play with my cat? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 11:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I deal with my SO's yelling and outbursts? Is it over the top?

How do I deal with my SO's yelling and outbursts? Is it over the top? [more inside]
posted by hollypolly at 11:17 AM PST - 111 comments

Acoustic guitar with electric pickups?

Is Tracy Chapman's guitar in this video (best shots are in the first 10 seconds) a custom jobbie, or is an acoustic with electric pickups a thing that can be bought off the rack? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 11:15 AM PST - 17 comments

“one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it”

I'm getting the following message: “one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it” I post the message not because it is informative about the problem but because it's the recurring symptom. It occurs sometimes when I plug in a device, but even more often on devices that have been connected for some time. If I ignore it, the device might even start working again. (Most annoying are the message that tell me I have to reformat the device as I am afraid the cat will walk by and click on OK and wipe out my data.) The most "interesting" analysis online suggested that some kind of timeout for a device that hasn't been used in "a while" tells the system to "renew" which fails and results in the message. This may even be true, but who knows? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this Peanuts strip

Help me find this Peanuts strip. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

help me help my girlfriend teach herself to play piano!

Help me find a book to help my girlfriend learn to play piano! [more inside]
posted by dismas at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Where Can I Find Service Website/Organizations In Los Angeles

Where can I find sites/groups in Los Angeles (other than Craig's list) where one can request, barter or time bank services. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Perm: Digital VS. Straight

I have straight hair with a natural wave that curls or straightens very well. However, I am super lazy when it comes to doing my hair in the morning so am looking for a wash and go hairstyle. Thinking about getting either a digital perm or a Japanese straight perm. Any recommendations for one or the other? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me design a home server.

Help me design a home server for Photoshop work. Reliable, easy to expand, and cheap are the priorities. Lots of sub-questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scose at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Nuculer. It's pronounced Nu-cu-ler.

I'm interested in compiling a list of portrayals of both atomic energy and nuclear warfare in pop culture from around the world -- specifically the effects of radiation and mutation. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:59 AM PST - 16 comments

I met a drive upon the stair, my programs think it isn't there

How to manually clean a failing hard drive before a return when I can't run any cleanup utilities? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

How do great authors describe the physical appearance of their characters?

How do great authors describe their characters' physical appearances? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 9:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Eating animals that eat you

(Bear Meat Filter) - I came in to possession of some bear meat, best recipes/grillling techniques. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 9:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Restore netbook to factory settings

How to restore NB305 netbook to out-of-box state after installing Ubuntu, possibly on the recovery partition? [more inside]
posted by little_c at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Recipes for lamb hocks?

I've come into possession of a number of lamb hocks. I have no idea what to make with them and I'm having difficulty finding recipes that call for hocks rather than shanks or ribs or roasts. What does one do with lamb hocks? Can one substitute hocks for some other cut of meat? I'm a good cook but at a loss regarding how to use these.
posted by Wisco72 at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Which caliber for a medium rifle?

I am in the market for an AR or AK-pattern rifle. I am not sold on any of the major (or minor) calibers. I am well versed with the Four Safety Rules, and even the Fifth. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find songs for a playlist.

Help me create an awesome playlist buying individual songs from iTunes. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Movie ID question - complex car chase scene around falling building.

I'm trying to track down a movie I've never seen... However, it has a very distinctive car chase scene set around a factory with a falling smoke stack. [more inside]
posted by krisak at 8:16 AM PST - 9 comments

I am the Salieri of frogs and now they just ribbit "failure"

I feel like my life has been a long succession of second bests. For the most part, I've been okay with this; after all, second best is really good, right?!? But recently, I feel like I may be becoming second best in my little hobby--my refuge--and I'm looking for new pick-me-ups, koans, and defensive strategies so I can concentrate on what I love and not get too frustrated all the time. [more inside]
posted by myaskme at 7:59 AM PST - 47 comments

What should I buy at Kohl's and Land's End?

I have about $150 to spend at Kohl's and $100 at Land's End. What kinds of women's clothing items (or possibly housewares) should I buy? What brands are good quality at Kohl's and which are cheap crap? Are shoes worth buying at either store? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:17 AM PST - 45 comments

Help me prepare for a possible job switch when I don't know where I'll be living.

My s.o. is applying for a medical residency in the US. We'll know where we're going to be placed in mid-March and chances are good that we'll end up in Baltimore, New Haven or Providence. I work in a field with very limited options in these three places and I'm wondering what I can do over the next few months, if anything, to prepare in case I have to move and get a new job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me not throw my computer out a window.

For some crazy reason, our netbook doesn't recognize our wireless router. Help! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Best Flooring Ideas for a Basement?

What is the best flooring for a basement? Has anyone had experience with the wood-like laminate? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Picking a doctor when doctor information in my area is scarce?

How do I pick a psychiatrist when I can find absolutely no information (besides the basics like contact info and education history) on any of the doctors in my area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Existential angst before bed

Existential concerns hit me as I fall asleep basically every night. How nutters am I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 38 comments

Hold my hand for a minute, please...

How usual is it for a real estate closing to take place at the buyer's bank? In my very limited experience, closings have always been handled by a title company, and the suggestion that the buyer's bank is going to handle it is making me a little nervous. This is in Indiana, in case it matters.
posted by bricoleur at 6:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Firefox 8 is missing my magic arrow

My work computer just upgraded to Firefox 8 (which I've had at home for a while and that's been fine) and I can't figure out how to do this one thing it did in old Firefox. So in whatever version I was using previously, I could click on a tiny downward-pointing arrow on a tab (or right near a tab, I don't remember, or maybe right near the back button) and get to that tab's recent history, so I could go back to recent searches or whatever else (the regular Recent History doesn't work for this, as I have multiple tabs open at a time, and the titles appear the same on my internal database). How do I bring this magic arrow back to new Firefox? I really need to be able to view a specific tab's recent history.
posted by leesh at 6:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a big, scary, exciting and rewarding project or challenge to take on!

Two years ago I started doing stand-up comedy, which took me very far from my comfort zone and was hard work but was hugely rewarding. One year ago I took a one-way flight to Thailand to start a solo backpacking trip, something I'd always wanted to do but which terrified me - this was also hard work but fantastic and life-affirming. These were both huge things for me. I want to begin something similarly big/difficult/scary/rewarding/exciting/life-affirming this year that will live up to those first 2 years, but what? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 6:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Cut finger, badly managed, cold and tingling - help.

Cut finger with nerve damage can a damaged nerve heal? How? Need advice - holistic and otherwise. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 6:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Overthinking a pan of beans.

Need new cookware, can you educate me about pans? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Living in a post-boxee america

Boxee is leaving the PC platform (Mac / Linux / OSX) after the current release (which drops a bunch of features). What should I migrate to? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 5:15 AM PST - 7 comments

dog park that's not a dog park?

Would like to find a dog-friendly park that's a decent distance from Berkeley, CA. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah at 2:45 AM PST - 2 comments

How to pick SSDs

How do I decide what the best (balancing reliability and speed) SSD (SATA II) is, for x dollars?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Resource for itinerant freelancers?

I often find myself in places where I don't know players in the local pro scene (assuming there is one). For example I have had limited success with sites such as LinkedIn and facebook in trying to find potential chamber music partners in Portland for a sightreading session at short notice. Is there a good website for making connections between like-minded people who enjoy making music for fun at the highest level? If not, is this something that would attract any interest from others, not that many classically-trained musicians necessarily read mefi?
posted by cbrody at 12:26 AM PST - 5 comments

December 26

Simple, cheap way to get onto iOS Newsstand

Is there an easy, inexpensive way to get our small periodical onto the iOS newsstand? [more inside]
posted by borborygmi at 11:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How to fill a bachelor pad

I am going to be moving soon, and for the first time in several years, it will be on my own. I'd really like resources for checklists on what to have in my new domicile, and as well, ideas for furnishing and decorating. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Historical ephemera... worth keeping?!

I'm cleaning out my storage, and wanted to find out whether two objects are worth keeping / selling: A nautical insurance policy from Sept. 21, 1802 (front, back), and a B&W photograph, on a 14"x20" piece of Kodak paper, of Mt. Saint Helens erupting, photographer unknown (photo). More details inside. [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 10:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Grindr giving me grief

Is my plan to handle a tempting but ultimately unwanted and inappropriate sexual/ romantic advance from a co-worker a good one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 28 comments

Recommendations for the Dismal Peripheral

Please recommend a small, reliable printer for around $100, but by all means, go higher if you think non-shit just doesn't exist at that price. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Kindle 2 Help

Need someone with a Kindle 2 to walk me through a really simple task, because my screen is a little bit broken and I can't see something. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 9:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Dear Canada, Dress Me!

Canadian-filter: I'm a petite American woman, of French Canadian extraction by some small percentage. The last few times I went to French Canada, especially Quebec, I saw several women of exactly my size and shape (5'3," roughly 105 lbs.) Thus encouraged I found and purchased a lovely xs leather jacket--something I'd been looking for in the States for several years--without much effort! (I've also purchased Canadian shoes and boots several times, and have noted that unlike their American counterparts [and despite similar climactic conditions in much of the States], they are often lined--and not just with little wisps of rayon!) A similarly longstanding quest is purchasing flannel long-sleeved pajamas, or other kinds of sleepwear meant to keep one warm, but still be, you know, faintly cute. Although they do occasionally turn up in xs here (I have an oversized pair from Land's End; Gap has been advertising a pair recently in petite extra small), they inevitably swim on me, and the Gap pair are made out of embarrassingly thin flannel. Where could I mail order pajamas that fit from Canada? For that matter, where could I mail order petite small/xs/size 0 clothing from Canada in general? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 9:45 PM PST - 7 comments

US citizen in Canada with expired passport

On Christmas eve I discovered that my (US) passport expired last month yet I had a trip to Canada planned two days later (no time to renew). Well, I am in Canada (no trouble crossing the border). Now do I have to spend my next few days renewing the passport so I can get home? I guess I'm wondering how much leeway border agents have. I have the passport, my birth certificate and driver's license.
posted by katestap at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Soliciting Quotations

My wife is starting a new blog to kick off the new year, and it's going to be based on an idea that revolves around inspirational quotes, one a week throughout 2012. My daughter and I are in charge of finding the quotes. Care to donate one? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 9:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Spare socks and lotion

What can I do with all my single socks or socks with holes in them. Also I seemed to have amassed an obnoxious amount of hand cream from hotels - is there any use for them (I can't possibly grease myself up with that much hand cream)? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 8:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Books about manhunts?

Good books about real manhunts/fugitives? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

What's a good bar to work from in downtown Seattle?

I'm looking for a good bar to work from in Seattle, specifically the Belltown/Queen Anne neighborhoods but anywhere within a mile or so would be fine. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with people who suck the life out of you?

How to deal with people who suck the life out of you? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 7:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I rebound from being fired?

I was just fired from my job because I didn't meet performance expectations. It's a terrible feeling. How can I best learn from this experience and attack the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend a forum where management strategy can be discussed? For example if I wanted to bounce ideas around appropriate project metrics?

Can you recommend a online forum where management strategy can be discussed? For example if I wanted to bounce ideas around appropriate project metrics? I know there are specific PM forums but I am wondering if there is a forum where managers sort of discuss their ideas etc. Something more general than a dedicated PM forum since my questions / discussions wont just relate to project management
posted by r2d2 at 6:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Going postal over delivery failures.

Here we go again: This is now multiple times that the wonderful USPS has, given a package sent to me through their service, made the tracking unavailable until after the date they supposedly delivered and then claimed that it's been delivered when I've had no sign of it. Where do I actually find out what the handling policies of the USPS are supposed to be, and who can I complain to that's higher than my local branch? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Which soda maker should I buy?

Alternatives to Sodastream? Or maybe convince me to buy it anyway despite my concerns? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 6:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Picking a graphics card for a Dell Inspiron 545

Help me pick and install a graphics card for a Dell Inspiron 545. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 6:18 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm out on the border, on the border

Renting a car in BC to drive to WA state - Why can't I? How could I? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 6:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Careers with part-time potential that can actually yield a decent income?

I'd like to hear more about jobs like occupational therapist or dental hygienist that have part-time potential and a bigger paycheck (not to mention higher demand). I'd just like to make a list of possible jobs that I can further look into. [more inside]
posted by eq21 at 5:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Java and computers for dummies

Help me get java going on my dad's computer [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

construction bid formats

We are about to send out bid documents (drawings, prelim-specs, geo-tech report) for a 3300 sqft residence, to invited Contractors; and need some examples of tight, organized bid formats. By Division, starting w/ General Requirements, w/ Exclusions? Any advice, from the Architect/Owner side, would be helpful. Contractors- what formats did not drive you batty?
posted by ebesan at 5:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Android Spellcheck

Android tablet: I have ASUS Transformer with keyboard. However, the keyboard is of limited utility to me because there isn't a word processing app that actually does spell check. I find that unbelievable. Help! What do you do? How does that work for you?
posted by driley at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How to make semi-regular out of town trips more pleasant?

Any good hacks for making semi-regular but short hotel stays (and the car trip to get there) more pleasant and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:21 PM PST - 19 comments

My (unwashed) hands are clean.

I have become adept at urinating without touching anything. Do I still need to wash my hands? [more inside]
posted by troll at 4:39 PM PST - 51 comments

Rating site for baby name recommendations?

I'm looking for the Pandora or Netflix of baby names. I want a recommendation engine that will let me rate or rank potential names and then offer suggestions based on what I liked. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 3:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Best uses for copious melted Andes mints.

Best uses for copious melted Andes mints. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Bad sound at Dragon Tattoo

I tried to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, but ran into sound problems on two different screens at the same theater. The symptoms were fairly specific, and I was curious if anyone familiar with cinema sound systems could tell me what the problem was. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for music...

I'm looking for songs that have infectious, surprising hooks. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 2:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Don't step in the mystery hole!

What could be the purpose of this mysterious hole in the middle of my brother-in-law's living room floor? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 2:48 PM PST - 67 comments

Can I use these cuts for bresaola?

Can I use a rolled round or rolled tip roast for bresaola? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I say I'm vegetarian for practical reasons, or does it piss vegetarians off?

Ethics and semantics filter - can/should I say I'm a vegetarian to communicate my dietary preferences and needs when, strictly, I'm not? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 2:20 PM PST - 62 comments

Help me get this lost property back to its owner!

Yesterday we found an item on a street in Kings Heath, South Birmingham, UK. It has a photo tag attached to it so should be identifiable. I have posted a picture of this photo on my blog here and have tweeted and facebooked the link - twitter peeps are helping me, facebook ones not so much. Have alerted local twitter feeds and asked them to retweet. Any other ideas (we will be taking it to the police station in a day or so but how will the owner know to go there to get it?) [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me to Help My Doctor Stop Me Coughing and Be Able to Sleep Again

Chronic cough filter: YANMD, and I am being treated by an ENT, but please, if you have any experience in annoying throat tickles that cause coughing to the point where you can't sleep, take a moment to read my long story and see if you can help me advise my ENT where to "look." [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Can we safely buy used furniture from a hotel?

We're about to run off and peek at a hotel liquidation sale, but I'm paranoid about bedbugs. Is this a bad idea? Would quarantining the furniture for a time solve any potential problems?
posted by moira at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is my modem clogging up daily?

My modem: every day I must kill the power, wait a few minutes, then power it back up in order to have any decent speed at all. Without this crude fix, I'm getting around 400 Kbps. Once I reboot it, however, I can manage a decent 4.0 Mbps. I've bypassed the router, tried different computers, and the issue persists. (Oh, and I don't have any kind of per-day download limit that's throttling me.) I'd rather try to correct the problem myself before spending endless hours on the phone with my ISP's tech support. Any idea what's going on here?
posted by jackypaper at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a biwa expert.

I'm looking for a biwa expert in the Cascades region. Portland is best, Seattle is fine, northern California is doable. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 1:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Chemistry lab safety: Is the teacher at fault or am I overreacting?

Chemistry lab safety: Is the teacher at fault or am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by gray17 at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Anonymous hackers are planning to post my information on the web. What should I do to avoid getting my identity messed up?

My information got hacked by Anonymous. They got an expired debit card number, my name, address, and password, and are about to publish the whole mess on the internet. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 23 comments

seeds in my toilet brush holder

Mysterious seeds in toilet brush holder. WTF? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Basic black socks

Sock filter: I’m looking for cheap black knee-length cotton athletic socks – like these, except in black. I found them two years ago, but not since then. I’ve looked at Kmart, Target and Walmart and online. I live in Albuquerque.
posted by maurreen at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

VS bra search

Looking for an alternative to the discontinued Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Miracle push-up bra. Is there anything that fits like it? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible to copy a Windows boot partition onto a new SSD HD?

Is it possible to copy my Windows boot partition (C:) onto the new SSD hard drive I got without needing to reinstall Windows and everything else? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Making over an ignorant introverted type

Help me find plus-sized interesting women's clothing, particularly tunics and short dresses, in the UK / online, given specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by toenail at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheapest way to use Iphone 3 for minimal use/no data?

My wife would like to use our off contract Iphone 3g to use VERY infrequently (less than 20 minutes/mo?) with no data plan needed. Any suggestions about how BEST to do this on the cheap? In Hawaii if that matters. Prepaid?
posted by dougiedd at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

More Macbook Pro issues: diagnose this squealing noise, please!

I just opened up my Macbook Pro to be greeted by a horrible, awful, squealing noise. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 9:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Movie line: Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a deck of cards?

Movie line: Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a deck of cards? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me make the best cholent ever without killing my guests! (Although that latter part's not a dealbreaker....)

Recipe Recommendations Needed! I'm making cholent next weekend and I want it to be tasty, spectacular and different. Would like to think outside the box a little and wow my guests. Have you had or made any recipes that just totally knocked your socks off? Unusual ingredients are fine, as long as the dish remains kosher. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

What are good writing applications for the ipod touch

What are some of the best writing applications for the ipod touch? I am sometimes times writing on the fly and just did the nanowrimo thing and found it was a blast! So want to learn more about witing applications..Any info on bluetooth keyboards would be cool as I could use it with some apps. Thanks everyone and Happy and safe holidays and Merry christmas to all.
posted by Upon Further Review at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Any relatively inexpensive ($150) New Year's Eve events in NYC?

My friend's parents are coming up for New Year's, and they'd like a rooftop party to attend that's not too young... [more inside]
posted by jnaps at 9:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Help us figure out the title of this awkwardly named book

My wife is going nuts trying to remember the name of a book she heard reviewed a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by unintelligentlydesigned at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I inform my girlfriend about this unpleasant conversation between me and her parents when they explicitly requested I don't?

Should I inform my girlfriend about this unpleasant conversation between me and her parents when they explicitly requested I don't? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 120 comments

How can a father leave his family yet remain a father?

This is not going to be pretty. I need to know if there is any way for me to maintain a life with my children if I cannot maintain one with my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 93 comments

Apple TV + converter?

I love Netflix and we have it on the Xbox. But my kid's moving to college and taking the Xbox with her. Can I replace it with an Apple TV plus an HDMI->Composite/S-Video converter or should I bite the bullet and get another Xbox? It seems a waste to buy one just for Netflix.
posted by tommasz at 8:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Who wrote "To out-[Person] [Person]"?

A bunch of supposedly literate people at Christmas dinner couldn't decide from what piece of classical English literature we all half-remember the phrase "to out-[Person] [Person]", or "it out-[Person]s [Person]". We were all sure it was from Shakespeare, but a quick regular expression search of Gutenberg found nothing. Can you think of examples of that construction?
posted by nicwolff at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you switch back and forth between audiobook and ebook? If so - how do you keep your place?

Do you switch back and forth between audiobook and ebook? If so - how do you keep your place? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 8:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Loss of sense of taste

I just heard from a friend in another state that she suddenly lost her sense of taste, or at least it altered noticeably. She said she has no other symptoms, does not have a cold or congestion, but sweet tastes less sweet and she has to put lots of salt on anything else to give it taste, which she does not normally do. She is in her early 50s, mostly healthy, and is now visiting relatives for a few days. then will be taking a long drive back home. Any ideas what this could be, and could it be serious?
posted by mermayd at 5:56 AM PST - 20 comments

No longer free as in speech or beer.

My new wifi security camera is playing happily with my router, and now it's time to set up dynamic dns so I can access video over the Internet. The "free" dynamic dns site,, recommended by my manual is no longer free--what's the best free alternative, and what do I need to know use my wifi camera over the Internet? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Friend is doing pot, is this bad?

Asking-for-a-friend filter: One of my closest friends recently began using pot. She told me that she liked it and plans to keep using it. I'm concerned because I dont want to see anything bad to happen to her. Should I be concerned? Can pot cause any serious problems, mentally or physically? Is there much of anything I can do at this point? We are still in high school too. Thanks for any advice you can give me. I really wish to help this friend. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 5:16 AM PST - 68 comments

How do I remove Gorilla Glue from my counter-top?

How do I remove Gorilla Glue from my kitchen counter-top? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 5:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Automated website testing

¿How to automate testing for a website? [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for OS X graphics program?

Suggestions for Graphics Applications (OS X)? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:01 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this film with the uneaten breakfast kipper?

Another "What is this movie?" question. A girl or young woman can't eat her kipper at the family breakfast table, so it is brought out for her lunch, dinner and so on until eventually the cat eats it. It later turns out that the reason she couldn't stomach it was that she was pregnant. 1970s or pre-1970s film; John Mills may have been in it. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 3:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Tofu, so sweet and tasty. Tofu, don't be too hasty. Tofu...tofu tofu tofu!

What is the best time and temperature for baked tofu? Every recipe I read seems to differ wildly on those factors. I've made some that has worked, and some that hasn't. The one time I got it just right I forgot to make a note of which recipe I used. I like it crispy on the outside but still a bit soft inside. Thoughts?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 3:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I have my sick cat spayed?

I have a very sick recently adopted cat who has feline leukemia. She isn't expected to live more than a year or two. I need advice regarding an upcoming medical decision. [more inside]
posted by Arethusa at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Shock and Awe me with your musical knowledge.

What is this piece of music in the BBC Four Program "Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity"? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 1:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Are humans the only species to make art?

Are humans the only species to make art? [more inside]
posted by beshtya at 1:39 AM PST - 20 comments

December 25

Sports bras and healthy boobs?

Boob filter: is wearing a sports bra all the time not so good? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 11:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is the snow?

Where can I take the kids to play in the snow tomorrow? We're at Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, but there doesn't seem to be any snow around here!
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

The tear's apparently in my hand now...

Dear Meta-sleuths, please help me find a fan-made video of Tori Amos' 'Tear In Your Hand'... [more inside]
posted by matty at 8:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I use a TV as a monitor?

I am planning on purchasing a new, larger monitor to connect to my 13" 2011 MacBook Pro. I'd like to consider the possibility of using a TV as a monitor, so I can possibly get a larger sized screen. However, I've never purchased a TV, only using someone else's old school hand-me-downs, so I know nothing about them. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Just because fine ham abounds

Remove a cooked smoked ham from its cooking liquid before refrigerating the leftovers? [more inside]
posted by Majorita at 7:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Fluid Robot

Help IDing a TV commercial involving a clear robot run by blue liquid [more inside]
posted by Capa at 7:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me get this Skullcandy mic to work!

Will the Skullcandy Lowrider mic work on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Small but good

I have fifty dollars to spend on Amazon, and I'm looking for ideas beyond books, ebooks, music, or movies. If you had had to pick 3-5 $10 to $15 dollar items that would make your life slightly better in some way, what would you pick?
posted by codacorolla at 6:37 PM PST - 34 comments

Long distance relationship fizzled out, because of distance. Do I move to salvage it?

My relationship broke down because of the distance. Can it be salvaged, or do I just let it be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Fowl play

Any advice on catching a guinea fowl? This is a small-turkey-sized, semi-flighted bird that really, really doesn't want to be caught. [more inside]
posted by indognito at 5:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Where do broadly-skilled maker-ish hobbyists hang out online?

What are the best forums for asking questions about electronic projects and related things? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 4:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What obstacles will I face trying to mortgage a house I don't live in?

What obstacles will I face trying to refinance my mom's house under my name without living there? I've heard that financing a home is "tricky" when you're not the one living in it. Does anyone have first hand experience working around interest rate penalties? Does it matter that the home occupant is a blood relative? Or that the mortgage would be a refinance and not a first-time purchase? [more inside]
posted by JohnG307 at 3:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Give Me Your Recs For the Best Free eBooks!

Recommend some free e-books for Kindle? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 3:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Tips for blocks and marbles

Help me Rube Goldberg-ize umbuzinho's blocks and marbles toy. [more inside]
posted by umbú at 2:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Female stage presence at the piano

Help me find video clips of female jazz pianists with stage presence! I'm looking for moments where the camera captures the stage presence of jazz ladies at the piano, their entrance, how they carry themselves, their hands on the keys, their interaction with their band-members, their final bow, everything. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 2:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Prime times for stranger things?

Prime times for other activities? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 2:14 PM PST - 13 comments

First time investment property

What do I need to know about building new multifamily homes and renting them out? Where can I learn about it? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Will Ford service Land Rover?

I'm thinking about purchasing a used Land Rover. I know that up until recently, they were owned by Ford. Will Ford dealerships/service shops service Land Rovers, or only specialty/import shops? I'm in the Milwaukee area.
posted by hafehd at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I create my own Wikipedia?

I'm volunteering at the Whistler Museum, it's just a little municipal museum, and our archives haven't been digitized yet. If it was possible to turn them into a Wikipedia-style database. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by Pseudology at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

A Box, Shipping, and Me

This is probably a really easy question, but I can't seem to find the answer. It involves shipping, and paying for said shipping, but not being in the place where things are being shipped from. [more inside]
posted by strixus at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

So now I have egg on my face, but are there any in the batter?

Drunk Baking Problem! I don't know if I put eggs in this batter before putting it in the fridge. How can I tell for sure? [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Good pedometer watch, to track running and walking

Can you suggest a good pedometer watch, for less than 100 dollars? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 10:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Best carry-on suitcase for domestic travel?

Help me pick the best carry-on suitcase that will meet my domestic traveling needs! [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 10:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Drove two days into a Missouri firestorm

What is there to do in St Louis over the holidays? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 9:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Finding a woman friend in Asia

Love with a clever and pleasant woman in Asia [more inside]
posted by nickji at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Deliveries by Santa only please, not storks.

[BirthControlFilter: Xmas Edition] On vacation. Left birth control pills at home. D'oh! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Staying Friends

Two weeks ago, my partner of 7 years informed me that we are no longer a couple. We are going to continue to live together for now, with no plans to change the living arrangements. So far, things have been quite amicable between us, and I would like that to continue. What can I do to help us handle this with grace and maturity? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Hearing aids: high pitched squeal upon hugging. What's the deal?

Hearing aids: Why do they emit a high pitched bzzzzzzz when you hug someone who is wearing one, and does the wearer hear it, too?
posted by Stewriffic at 7:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Will this poison me?

I just brushed my teeth with Vagisil cream on accident. Will this kill me? Also, how can I get this nasty taste out of my mouth? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult - helmet for Dad.

My father has falls. He's got Parkinsons, sort of. He's just been put in to a helmet by the nursing home folk. I"ve just seen it on Facebook. Worn by a young person here--> This made me quite upset. He's an intelligent and dignified man. A retired academic. And now he looks.... well... it's terrible. I'm trying to find him something concealable or ... less buffoonish. [more inside]
posted by taff at 3:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Ant problem

We're having a bad (and sudden) ant problem in one of the two bathrooms on the second floor of our home. I don't know what kind of the ants they are or where they are coming from; they are really tiny. They are on the counters, in the shower...the ant traps don't seem to be working. Any suggestions please?
posted by htm at 1:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Merry Christmas

Need something to help me get through the holiday [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 12:07 AM PST - 11 comments

December 24

mother-in-law won't stop getting baby drunk

How can I (or anyone) stop my friend's mother-in-law from sneaking alcohol to my friend's infant daughter? Alice and Bill have a baby, Clarice. Alice and Bill used to drink heavily, until they had Clarice, who is now about a year and a half old. Bill's parents, Dave and Edna, guzzle wine all day long. When Dave and Edna come to visit Alice, Bill and Clarice at the holidays, Edna's favorite game is to stick her finger in her wine glass and get Clarice to lick the wine off her finger. Alice hates this, and prevents it when she's around, but she can't be in the room with them every single second. Just this evening, I was holding Clarice when Alice stepped out of the room, and had an awkward stand-off with Edna because I wouldn't let Clarice do it. Thank you in advance for any practical tips you might have.
posted by plague at 11:57 PM PST - 42 comments

Just quit my job… how do I not waste 9 months of autonomy?

I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option) [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Locked Out

Facebook is sending a "security code" to a phone number I no longer have. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 10:23 PM PST - 9 comments

What does it take to make a cisco/linksys E2500 router work in bombay, india?

What does it take to make a cisco/linksys E2500 router work in bombay, india? I'm trying to connect a cisco router to an internet access point in bombay, india. Currently, there is a single computer hooked up to a cable modem. That works fine but I want to add a router for additional access ( wireless and cable ). Details follow.... [more inside]
posted by metadave at 10:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Intense, hard artificial lighting

Whats a good way to get hard, directional, intense lighting indoors? Preferably for not too much money. [more inside]
posted by Hither at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the norm on attending a holiday office party as a single person?

I'm single and going to my first office holiday party. Do I need to/Can I bring someone? If so, whom? What is the etiquette here? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 9:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Best apps, podcasts, and audio files for a Cantonese-speaking woman to learn spoken English?

My girlfriend and I have bought her mother an iPod Touch. At her request, we're loading it with things to help her learn to speak better English. What are the best apps, podcasts, audiofiles, etc. for a Cantonese-speaking woman who wants to improve her English by herself? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me figure out what this type of window is called and when it was popular

What is this kind of glass called and when was it popular? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Fix Neoprene Wrinkles?

My post office decided to bend, warp and shove this purchase into my mailbox. Now it's got these ugly wrinkles in it and I'm wondering if I can somehow wash n' dry neoprene to make it nice again?
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

To feed or not to feed

We recently moved into a new house out in the "country". After setting up some bird and squirrel feeders, we realized that we had raccoons coming out to feed in our backyard at night. We had a few discussions about discouraging said raccoons. So should we or should we not be putting out food for them? What are the upsides and downsides of doing this? [more inside]
posted by citizngkar at 6:37 PM PST - 31 comments

Spanish guitar-heavy pop song

Spanish guitar pop song from circa 2009? Music video features guy walking in a (rainy?) street, kinda sweaty? [more inside]
posted by slater at 6:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Name that game.

i'm looking for a music trivia game that has been out of production for at least five years... [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 6:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Irrational jealousy?

My female friend's boyfriend knows a girl that has been his friend for ages and he even lets her sit on his lap. This girl is quite affectionate towards him. This makes my female friend very uncomfortable! When she discussed it with her boyfriend, he said it had been like that for 20 years and he wouldn't change. What should my female friend do?
posted by mikeanegus at 5:58 PM PST - 56 comments

I usually think and write good.

Asking for my brother: Correct usage of the word "anymore." [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:29 PM PST - 32 comments

We Can't Afford Therapy for All 3 Kids.

We need to finish the ceiling in our basement bedroom as cheaply as possible, and with as much soundproofing as possible, and have no idea how to do it. [more inside]
posted by VioletU at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my new Camry to go faster?

Can I make my brand new Camry SE V6 go faster? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 4:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Clean my carpet?

Puff paint on carpet: any magic tips? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 4:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How Can I Make Windows Fonts Look Better?

How can I make font display in Windows look better? I recently had to set up a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. I haven't used Windows for several years. The quality of the font display doesn't seem to have improved. Fonts look ragged to me. Big headline fonts at news sites are pretty awful, like they were slapped on by a sloppy painter. How can I make this better? Any tricks or products that address this? I've used Cleartype but, frankly, I not sure I noticed anything change.
posted by justcorbly at 4:12 PM PST - 33 comments

Need better response than, 'Good day, now get off my lawn'

Gang of kids tell me I'm stuntin'. I'm assuming that it's not ironic, tho' I am not sure what they mean. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 4:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Raw denim in Santa Barbara

Looking for raw denim in Santa Barbara, CA. [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia at 3:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Planning a bunch of weddings!

Planning for the future: Maryland and same-sex marriages [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Just bloody Kinect, will ya?!?

It's Christmas morning here, and I can't get the new Kinect for Xbox 360 working for my son. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Get site map

How do I get a site map for a site that doesn't have one? Preferably with a complete clickable list of all the site's web pages? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there anything else like Picross?

Can you recommend some new Nintendo DS puzzle games? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

(Syncing) RTF editor for Android

WordPad is a bare-bones RTF editor. What app will approximate WordPad on an Android? Bonus points if the editor also syncs itself between Android and Windows. [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 12:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Hide this ugly cord!

Ideas for concealing a cord than runs along a textured ceiling in my rental apartment? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 12:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Substitute for sweet rice flour?

I have a recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that calls for rice flour, sweet rice flour and cornstarch. I can not find sweet rice flour at this late date. What is it for and what could I substitute? [more inside]
posted by amapolaroja at 11:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Princess Di Beanie Baby, is this still a kids toy?

Beanie Baby Appraisal Filter: How much is princess Di Beanie Baby Actually Worth? Ebay has one listed at $500,000... Heard of One Selling for $10,000... [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does my WRX rattle?

MeFites, why is there so much rattling inside my 2011 Subaru WRX? [more inside]
posted by anothermug at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Extreme reaction to "Sorry honey..not in the mood"

I'm having exaggerated and irrational reactions to occasionally being turned down for sex by my partner when I am already physically aroused. Our relationship is stable otherwise, and our sex life is actually just fine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Home for the Holidays... and In Need of Help!

In Phoenix, Arizona (and surrounding areas) for the holidays and have two questions for locals re late-night drinking and karaoke... [more inside]
posted by slide at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Help with Ear Pain

Help me deal with ear pain after flying [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Tourette's Syndrome and Profanity

Does the fact that with a person with Tourette's Syndrome will both physically jerk and in some cases yell profanity mean that profanity is hard wired into the brain? (Written in response to seeing this).
posted by scunning at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

cash as a gift in the US

Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by needled at 9:23 AM PST - 37 comments

Can I make this Mousse more than 24 hours ahead of time?

I'm making a chocolate mascarpone mousse for Christmas. I've never made one before and I've chosen to make this recipe. Will it simply set up and get dense if I make it in the next hour or so for serving tomorrow evening? Or do I need to wait until tomorrow to make it? I figure I'll make a little whipped cream to serve on top.
posted by Jacob G at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me clear my brother of his Thetan problem.

My brother recently entered Narconon for drug rehab. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by This Guy at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

fitted sheet for thinner mattress??

Does anyone know where I can buy fitted sheets that will fit my older 10-inch mattress? Everything they make now is for really thick mattresses, and the new fitted sheets just slip right off my thinner mattress. I'd rather not buy a new mattress just yet, and I'd prefer ones with a full elastic.
posted by cmp4Meta at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Am I making the right career choice even though I feel it might be wrong?

I recently chose to change directions in my career, so I’m back in school to receive the proper/required training. I did this in response to dislike of my former job and the realization that my artistic needs likely can’t be met through a full-time job. So I’ve chosen a career path that is very technical and science-based, opposite of anything artistic, but a good balance I think (I still plan on working on my art outside of job setting). I feel like it might be the wrong choice though since it's so different and that it might take over any artistic pursuits. Has anyone been in a similar situation? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

First-person accounts of the space programme

I'm looking for first-person accounts of the US space programme from the start to the moon shot. [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen at 7:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Best way to sit on the floor?

I sit on the floor a lot. It's uncomfortable and difficult to sustain. Please share with me your techniques and poses to help me achieve this. Bonus points for Alexander-related techniques.
posted by tel3path at 6:50 AM PST - 12 comments

What can me and a good friend do for fun (in the daytime) that doesn't cost a lot of money?

What can me and a good friend do for fun (in the daytime) that doesn't cost a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 6:31 AM PST - 13 comments

I can't bear the thought of losing my Pete & Pete screencap descriptions

Help me drop Livejournal for good by finding a Scrapbook replacement. [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 6:09 AM PST - 3 comments

aerodynamic (dis)advantage of a recumbent bike roof

Is there any chance that the recumbent version of "veltop" reduces (total) drag? [more inside]
posted by Akeem at 4:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me make the most of an extended work trip to Chile/Argentina

Resources to help me get the most out of a few months in South America, especially Chile and Argentina! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 3:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Turning the hot water off to save energy

Can I save energy by turning the hot water off? [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 2:51 AM PST - 12 comments

How to handle tricky Hong Kong/Macau airport/ferry logistics?

I need urgent help figuring out transit logistics through Hong Kong Airport and Macau (via ferry), staying in Hong Kong for less than 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by Televangelist at 1:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Engineering entrepreneurship

Is one field of engineering more suited to entrepreneurial endeavors? How does one become an entrepreneur in engineering or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by strekker at 1:01 AM PST - 8 comments

December 23

If kids play well together, mom will have more free time. Is this too much to ask?

Three young kids fighting for mom's attention and fight among themselves. Busy mom wants tips on how to let them play better together and be more considerate of mom's overwhelming work to do to run the household. [more inside]
posted by akomom at 11:28 PM PST - 19 comments

What are some free online services/products for students?

I'm looking for free versions of paid products offered to students (or just in general). Examples of what I'm looking for:
  • Github offers two years free to students upon request of their micro plan.
  • Amazon Prime is free for students for a trial period
I'm primarily interested in SaaS/programming-type offerings but anything useful would be great. I'm open to non-student free things too such as the AWS free tier or electronics components from manufacturers (<3 TI).
posted by EsotericAlgorithm at 9:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I make air travel less painful after surgery?

How do I make air travel less painful after surgery? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Robben Ford's "Handful of Blues" Guitar Tablature

Please help me find an out-of-print songbook of guitar tablature by the blues artist Robben Ford. [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

The Cheap Completist II

The recent AskMeFi question asked "Which albums on Google Music's sale are cheaper if you buy them by the song?". This is the opposite of that. Which albums on Google Music are a steal 'cause the album at $4.99 (or a multiplier) are awesome deals that are worth adding to your collection because you get a very good $/song price? For example, The Police's Message In The Box gives you 78 songs for $20, or $.26/song.
posted by Runes at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How long does hemmorhoid surgery recovery last?

Talk to me about hemorrhoid surgery recovery. What can be done to make the pain better? [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Dealing with myself when I become Ms. Grumpy

I am finding myself behaving too much like my bickering parents and I hate it. How do I catch myself before I become grumpy and bicker with my partner? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I manage H withdrawals and an 8hr plane flight?

How can I manage H withdrawals and an 8hr plane flight? I know theres other posts up about this on here but nobody has quite the same situation I'm in. I have a plane flight that leaves 6:30am on monday morning, its an 8hr plane flight and I just took my last shot 4 hrs ago today; lately I've been going through anywhere from .2-.5 of black tar everyday, I've never gone over that and I've only been using daily since last thursday (IV'ing since wednesday, smoking before that). I have half of a suboxone and a shit ton of vitamins (L-tyrosine, N-P-K mineral supplement, B-6/12, melatonin, and a multi). My first question: will I be over the worst of it by the time I get on that plane monday morning? Second question: what do you guys think is the best way to stagger all this out to minimize my hurt?
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there a replacement for Mass Buying Power?

Whatever happened to Mass Buying Power, and more importantly, who took their place? [more inside]
posted by qurlyjoe at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Canine complicating family dynamics

How do I address my parents' insistence on bringing a dog into our house when my wife is opposed to it? [more inside]
posted by Run.Faster at 6:51 PM PST - 56 comments

Shoo fly, don't bother me. I don't need your company.

Can you help me identify these little flies? [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Don Ho sings 'Sabotage'

Early in his career, Conan O'Brien had Don Ho as his guest. Don Ho did a cover version of the Beastie Boys' single "Sabotage". This was the greatest piece of television history I have ever experienced. Is it available anywhere?
posted by Quonab at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Positive driving record?

What does "maintaining a positive driving record" mean in Washington state? [more inside]
posted by wansac at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Craft ideas for plain scrap fabric

Looking for uses for small scraps of plain (not particularly pretty) fabric. [more inside]
posted by sarae at 5:35 PM PST - 17 comments

What's this piece called?

Please help me find the name of a classical music piece I saw performed on a TV program. [more inside]
posted by Devils Slide at 4:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for arty, nerdy, get-things-done-y resources in Jacksonville

Where to work, read, move around, and think in Jacksonville, FL? Also, who wants to hang? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

NYC Christmas dinner miracle

Bugdet Christmas meal NYC filter - Any recommendations for NYC restaurants serving a traditional Christmas meal (turkey, mashed potatoes, veg, etc) that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by kaybdc at 4:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Help make my time travel party unbelievable!

I'm hosting a NYE party. The theme is time travel. I have a few ideas for food and drinks (and friends are bringing things, too), but can you give me some awesome ideas for making this party really fun and memorable? Any and all ideas are welcome! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 3:38 PM PST - 35 comments

I still don't want to be Mark Zuckerberg's friend

I've just noticed that Facebook is geotagging status updates. How the hell do I turn it off? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 3:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Repair DSLR or buy a new Micro Four Thirds camera?

We've a 3 year old Canon Rebel XS. It suddenly started reporting an 'Error #99' about a year ago, and the estimates I've received for repairing it are around $250, ugh. Before I spend the money doing that, I was considering replacing it with another camera, wonder what the hive mind thinks. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 3:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Books that are fun to read out loud

What are some books, appropriate for an approx. two-year-old, that have the same sort of rhythm and/or rhyming mechanism as The Night Before Christmas? [more inside]
posted by meggan at 2:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Oh Little Lamb We're Going to Eat, How Best to Fake a Braise?

My Christmas dining partners have requested a lamb dish for the feast. The recipe they want is for braised lamb shanks. What we have are 2 4-lb. boneless leg roasts. Please help me tweak this to find a similar flavor profile! [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How did you lower your blood pressure without medication?

How did you lower your blood pressure without medication? [more inside]
posted by picapica at 2:31 PM PST - 30 comments

From Desk to _?

Are there "basic college degree-holder" level jobs that DON'T involve constant sitting? I have 2.5 years of job experience in graphic design, but it turns out I really don't enjoy it, and more importantly I'm not actually all that good at it. I'm also the unhealthiest I've ever been in my life. [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I do it?

Is it possible to network all my storage? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 1:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Where the hell is she

I am all packed for Christmas and I can't find my effing cat. I know she's in the house. Where could she be hiding? [more inside]
posted by duvatney at 1:12 PM PST - 50 comments

UF romance that doesn't squick

I'm looking for urban fantasy/sci fi series with romantic components that don't make me want to claw my eyes out. [more inside]
posted by jingle at 1:03 PM PST - 31 comments

take a bad outgoing voicemail message, and make it better

How can get my professionally recorded outgoing voicemail message onto the iPhone 4s? In other words, I don't want to record over the iPhones built-in mic, I want to transfer my super good sounding existing sound file. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

ISO catchy, sonically interesting pop that isn't too harmonically weird.

ISO well-written, catchy pop music that is also interesting sonically. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 12:11 PM PST - 29 comments

Most forgiving blu-ray/media player?

My Blu-Ray player will play AVI, MKV & other video files but it is a little too finicky about which ones it will accept. Is there a more liberal, tolerant, and accepting player on the market? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

DIY lamp project

Do I have everything I need to safely put together this lamp without burning my apartment down? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Cross-platform javascript apps

I'm working on a program that I want to be cross-platform, and someone suggested writing it in Javascript and using a javascript/html5 engine to display it without using a web browser. Are there any resources to get me started on this? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

I love it when a plan comes together

I'm looking for continuous/single-shot music videos [more inside]
posted by katiecat at 11:56 AM PST - 33 comments

Singing in the rain, sun, etc

Can you recommend a good, friendly voice instructor in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by rosa at 11:38 AM PST - 0 comments

The Cheap Completist

Google Music is selling $4.99 albums, but songs are only 49 cents each. Help me beat the system by suggesting great albums that include just a handful of songs. [more inside]
posted by Knappster at 11:37 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me find this video of the ultimate newscast fail

I need help finding a particular TV newscast fail video (that, IIRC, was posted on that blue). Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I reshrink this sweater?

I had a have a sweater that was very fitted in the sleeves. Without thinking, I spent the day with the sleeves rolled up (I had a dress shirt underneath it). Now the sleeves are all stretched out. Is the sweater permanently this way, or will running it through the dryer shrink it? It is 60% cotton / 30% viscose / 10% wool.
posted by geoff. at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Surely she's out there SOMEWHERE.

How to meet single women in their early 30s who don't want kids? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 11:04 AM PST - 72 comments

I like how Spotify publishes what I listen to on Facebook. Is there a way I can have what I listen to in iTunes publish on Facebook? In real time?

I like how Spotify publishes what I listen to on Facebook. Is there a way I can have what I listen to in iTunes publish on Facebook? In real time?
posted by anthropomorphic at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Some tech help, please

Non-techie with tech needs [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

phone from Guatemala

How do I contact by phone travelocity or USAirways from Guatemala? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my old man enjoy his golden years...

My dad is retired, 78, pretty on-the-ball - but he's a little depressed about his waning years. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 10:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Do you think I can get this book ("Marie Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout") for my ex?

For the Mefites who have read Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout: could you tell me if it would be okay for me to get my ex this book as a Christmas present? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Is Patti right?

Is no "sex without monogamy" worth a try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 44 comments

Online Subscription Money Well Spent

What do you pay for online that you really feel is money well spent? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:59 AM PST - 63 comments

Outdoor Jump rope in the US

Silly question but I am clueless: where to skip rope/jump rope in the US?!? [more inside]
posted by xm at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me get Wolfe

What should I read to prep for my second foray into Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun? [more inside]
posted by inkfish at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Last minute tuxedo question...I'm too fat for my pants!

Need last minute fashion advice concerning wearing a tuxedo jacket without its matching pants. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 8:01 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some great "Take X, add bottle of wine, cook for Y hours" recipes?

What are some great recipes that involve taking some thing, adding an entire bottle of wine, a couple of minor ingredients (salt/pepper/herbs/vegetables for savory, sugar/spices/fruit for sweet) and then cooking it slowly for many hours? Especially recipes where it doesn't matter that the wine is probably exceptionally bad. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:50 AM PST - 44 comments

reconciling the undetermined feelings of creepiness

How do you deal with childhood feelings of being creeped out by a family friend, but no recollection of anything inappropriate ever happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 27 comments

of course when it rains, it pours.

I have a job, which I've held since March '11. And now I have two interviews. I'm not sure I'm ready to leave my current job, but one of the interviews is for a much more prestigious company. How do I play this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Perfect e-book reader

Wanted: a large e-book reader with e-ink and PDF support. Does anyone know of such a product or if one is in the works? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 6:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Doctor, doctor

Is it okay for someone suffering from abdominal tuberculosis (Koch's abdomen) to smoke or drink (alcohol) in moderation?
posted by murtagh at 6:11 AM PST - 3 comments

What should I do with my hair?

What should I do with my hair? White, male, 32. Hair is dirty blonde and wavy but not quite curly. I've never had good luck getting it cut, so I've always gone back and forth between shaving bald and just letting it grow. It's been growing for most of the year and looks like a fro, with the back almost to the shoulder. That was great in my 20's but I'd like something more professional and consistent. As is, it's all messed up and lopsided by lunchtime. [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 6:10 AM PST - 20 comments

On any team, four offensive players won't have the ball…

Why is off-ball movement such a difficult basketball skill? The more I watch college, and even NBA, basketball and focus on offensive plays rather than just the person with the ball, the more I realize that most of the guys on the court are not moving, and it results in stagnant offenses. So why is off-ball movement such a difficult skill to develop? I would think that, at least in set plays, coaches would script out the off-ball movement for not just the key players (like the person who is going to make the backdoor cut) but for the rest of the team as well. Yet with rare exceptions, you only see one or two players moving at a time. Why?
posted by philosophygeek at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Christmas whisky

A Scotch Whisky that tastes of Christmas? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 5:00 AM PST - 7 comments

I Wanna Walk in a Winter Wonderland!

Help me decide on a quiet but accessible winter retreat destination for snow play? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 4:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Winter is here, lend me your ear...

Christmas carols for pagans? Mentions of Yuletide, Solstice and winter are excellent, Santa is fine, Christmas is fine, but I'm looking for beautiful music (choral and orchestral) that has no mention of Jesus Christ, Israel or saints. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 4:40 AM PST - 36 comments

How do you not mess relationships up?

How do you not mess relationships up? [more inside]
posted by litleozy at 3:58 AM PST - 33 comments

Best place for bulk spices in Cairo?

Where is the best place in Cairo to purchase spices in bulk, assuming I can't speak Arabic and want a few hundred grams of, say, dukkah, saffron, sumac, anise, za'atar, or ras el hanout? Happy to go to a supermarket or something, but I'm also happy to attempt to bargain! [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 3:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding a new orthodontist for my braces

I left Chicago without finishing up my braces (there really is no way I can go back due to the violence and stalking issues I had back there). I am now looking for a new orthodontist who will finish up my braces or at least remove them in LA. But I heard it's really expensive to get a new orthodontist. How should I go about getting one that I can afford?
posted by kopi at 2:29 AM PST - 9 comments

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study?

How does a non-science major structure a self-guided science/engineering course of study? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 1:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me spread 1960's style cheer?

MusicFilter: You all know "Denise." I need songs like that in genre, year, and theme. [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar at 1:03 AM PST - 7 comments


How do you "wrap up" a first date that goes well? Or a date that doesn't go well? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 12:43 AM PST - 17 comments

December 22

Down vs. cotton vs. silk blanket/comforter

I own this down alternative comforter. It causes me to wake up with sweaty legs, so I'm looking for a replacement. This article recommends that people in my situation should go with silk or cotton instead of down. Is there an advantage to do that over just getting a thinner down comforter? Note: my bedroom ranges from 62-65 at night.
posted by lunchbox at 11:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me take my mind off of my body's march toward death

Where to take a 5-7 day international (from the US) vacation next late September? Some restrictions apply . . . [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 11:07 PM PST - 14 comments

It gives you so much to talk about, but no way to flirt about it.

Cross-cultural daters, how different is flirting across (very distinct) cultures? Please tell me about your experiences with culture flirt shock. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count at 10:37 PM PST - 8 comments

This Turned Out To Be a Poor Investment

Has anyone here strategically defaulted on a mortgage in recourse state? Would you be willing to talk about it? [more inside]
posted by Leta at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

"Kringle was on top of the world, but then it all came crashing down..."

Can you recommend any good, relatively clean, satirical "true story"/"Biography"-type humor writings, videos, skits, etc about Santa, and/or perhaps other Christmas characters like Rudolph or Frosty? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 8:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Mac file manipulation for power users?

Is there a SQL-like way to interact with the Mac filesystem? Failing that, what's better than the Finder for batch copies/moves/deletions? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 8:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Unexpected fruits of mockery and malice

The man can be overbearing, inserting his opinion instead of closing his mouth and opening his wallet, am I right? According to Michael Ian Black on a recent, awkward episode of WTF, the cast of The State bristled at MTV's suggestion that they add recurring characters to their sketches. As a fuck you to MTV, they created a character whose catch phrase, "I want to dip my balls in it" became a sensation. Know of any other creative fuck yous that have become cultural phenomena or were otherwise successful despite their intent?
posted by drzz at 7:56 PM PST - 58 comments

Hungry Hungry Hippo

Best restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 7:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is the internet (via ethernet) working on one pc but not on another or a mac?

Internet works on one windows 7 laptop via ethernet but not on a macbook pro and not on another windows 7 laptop. Ethernet is my only option right now, router is not available. I want to fix this particular issue not internet connection sharing (thank you for thinking though). [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me identify this image?

Can you help me ID this photo? [more inside]
posted by fatedblue at 7:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Who took this photograph?

Who took this photograph of Christie Brinkley?
posted by Trurl at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Wherefore art thou, oh Game Genie?

Is there something like Game Genie for Wii? Surely Nintendo must be willing to take the money of us uncoordinated folk! [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 7:43 PM PST - 10 comments

How to Really Get Over Someone

How do you really get over someone after you may have had something? Special, long details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Can I learn to swim on land?

Which web development skills can I learn with an offline laptop, in the jungle, in a year? [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you tell me what the name of this TV special was? It may have aired on Showtime or HBO in the late 80s or early 90s.

Long ago (late 80s? early to mid 90s?) my sister had a videocasette tape of something that was presumably recorded from Showtime or HBO. It seemed to be a "special" of some sort that involved a guy in a very stage-like unrealistic bedroom interacting with large monster-like puppets and singing strange comical songs. I think at some point he also swung on a vine from one area of the room to the other. There were a lot of musical segments. I think at one point he was dressed up in a safari outfit, but I'm not certain. I know I haven't provided a lot of details here, but maybe you know what I'm talking about?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 6:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Are "Rock Operas" really operas?

Are "Rock Operas" really operas? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 6:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Liquid echinacea: The best birthday present (but only if it is disgusting enough). Help?

Which brand of liquid echinacea is the one that tastes terrible and makes you feel like hair is growing on your tongue? Or are all of them like this? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

You put Your Whole Self In, You Put Your Whole Self Out, You Put Your Whole Self In and Shake It All About

After 25 years of marriage, I find myself on the cusp between a loving commitment based on radical acceptance of the other just as they are, and unfulfilled needs on multiple levels. From your own marital experience are these two mutually exclusive? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Spying on the cheap

Need a battery operated security (nannycam) camera recommendation. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 4:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Dirty lyrics Ella Fitzgerald album?

I'm trying to find an album by (I think) Ella Fitzgerald with suggestive/dirty lyrics. If my memory is correct, it was a full album and the lyrics were at minimum very suggestive and more toward full-on profane.
posted by letitrain at 4:30 PM PST - 17 comments

The Wild, Wild West(ern Europe)

What is the deal with censorship on the BBC? [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 4:06 PM PST - 35 comments

Is Traverse City right for me?

Tell me what it's like to live in Traverse City, Michigan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

There's something in the climate that charms

Beach tent camping in Florida for two weeks in January. What should I expect? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me pick a mobile phone plan in British Columbia

Please help me pick a mobile phone plan in British Columbia. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Shoe Trees for These?

I know what shoe trees are supposed to do, but what shoes should I be putting them in. All my shoes? Just the ones made out of leather? Any shoes I invest >$50 in? Is putting shoe trees in sneakers fussy, or good practice? In short, tell me what sorts of shoes benefit from trees, and which didn't. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

what is this post-apocalyptic kids movie?

What is this post-apocalyptic kids TV movie I saw in the 90s or early 00s? [more inside]
posted by fireflies at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Who doesn't love a dog in spectacles?

I've become mildly obsessed with a photo of Cary Grant reading a script with a poodle that he's equipped with glasses. I want a print of it. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a web based camera DVR

I have just installed a few foscam cameras in my business but no dvr to record the feed. Does a wise soul in the hive know of any web based dvr that can record the feed for later viewing. Something I can access online with out having to install a DVR.
posted by citybuddha at 2:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you know a good catsitter?

I need a catsitter near north Seattle with these qualifications. They can pick up my cat in Everett. They can keep my cat for an indeterminate period, possibly a couple months. They have experience living with cats. They charge no more than $10 a day over the cost of pickup, food, litter and other expenses. They can take weekly payments via Paypal or checks. Sookie has her shots and papers, as well as an airline-approved cat carrier. Do you know someone? [more inside]
posted by Ardiril at 1:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this from a film?

Found this movie still (?) on Tumblr. Where is it from? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it worth being acceptive of this opportunity?

She showed interest and was very upfront, but I'm self-shooting my foot concerned. Is this worth being open to nonetheless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option?

Why do my significant other’s girlfriends dislike me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 54 comments

Having trouble planning my first trip in Kyoto.. a little lost

Completely lost about planning my Kyoto trip. Please help me to plan [more inside]
posted by kirikara at 1:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Shopping for the hard-to-gift

[gift idea filter] Trying to buy a gift for my daughter-in-law, who is a lovely girl (28) whom I do not know very well. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 12:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Burned once more by my online shopping habit

I bought some clothes online from a store based in the UK, shipped to the US. Is this surprise customs/duty/shipping charge normal? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Before bed, where do I put the clothes that I want to wear again?

Traditionally, where do people put the clothes they wore during the day that aren't dirty enough to go into the laundry hamper, but aren't clean enough to go back in the closet? Also, it's likely they want to wear them again soon. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 12:36 PM PST - 85 comments

Strange holiday card image

I received this odd image on a holiday card. Who's the guy in the painting and what's up with the dolls?
posted by peeedro at 12:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Geeks! To the Bridge! I need your help picking season 2 TNG episodes for my boyfriend to watch.

Excelsior!!! My awesome boyfriend bought me all seven seasons of my favorite TV show for Christmas. He did so knowing that I would make him watch brave of him! Please help me decide which episodes of Star Trek - The Next Generation he should watch. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 12:20 PM PST - 19 comments

yum, drinking tea with a dormouse

I am desperately trying to remember a song from a mix-tape around 1996 that involved a male singing in a quiet, resigned, almost-verging-on-happy-about-giving-up tone about how he was going to just stay inside and live his do-nothing life in his crappy run-down home and drink tea with a dormouse. Something to that effect. Minimalist sound, kind of plinky and plonky. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Best restaurants in Cleveland

Cleveland restaurant filter: What are your favorite restaurants in Cleveland? Visiting here, interested in any cuisine in any part of town—just looking for the proverbial "best" restaurants (however you might personally judge that). Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Website that summarizes current political issues?

Is there a website that can briefly summarize current political issues and why each party is for or against?
posted by cwarmy at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Proper butcher shop in Portland/Beaverton/Hillsboro?

Can anybody recommend a top notch butcher shop in Portland, OR (actually even better would be Beaverton/Hillsboro)? Sometimes for special occasions I'd like to step up my cooking a notch, including getting more specific cuts or prep, asking questions, etc, and actually interacting with my butcher.
posted by madmethods at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me make Twonky 2.0 before Christmas?

Help! Do you own the new edition of RoboRally and either a good scanner or a nice camera and tripod? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find high-quality image files of Xbox360 achievement icons.

Help me find high-quality image files of Xbox360 achievement icons. [more inside]
posted by mean cheez at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I take MBA-level classes (part-time) with transferable B-School credits without enrolling in an official MBA program?

Can I take MBA-level classes (part-time) with transferable B-School credits without enrolling in an official MBA program? [more inside]
posted by ariela at 11:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Need some advice about Albuquerque, NM

Moving from MS to NM in a couple of weeks, and I want to lessen my culture shock... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

I wanted strawberry jelly but now you've brought out lime jelly as well ...

After a period of redundancy (thanks, ConDems) I am being swamped with job offers (well, two). How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

What was this half-remembered chapter book?

What was this children's book--not The Phantom Tollbooth--about a game based on puns, spoonerisms, and other word games? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

How much of Christmas Dinner can be made the day before?

How much of Christmas Dinner can I precook? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Weight training equipment and advice for a pre-teen athlete

Weight training equipment and advice for a pre-teen athlete? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 9:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Melissa Button Boots in Toronto?

Can I try on a pair of Frye Melissa Button boots in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Post-Cold War spy novels?

Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 8:51 AM PST - 20 comments

what's that number?

What's this number? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to eat, drink, and type in D.C.?

I'll be in Washington D.C. from December 26th to the 31st. I'm staying at the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park. Please tell me about cheap vegetarian eats, good coffee shops and bars, and free wifi in my neighborhood and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 8:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Nerdy fun for kids in PDX

So I'm visiting my wife's family in Portland and just discovered that the electronics surplus wonderland known as "Wacky Willy's" went out of business several years ago. It was sort of like Archie McPhee's for Maker types. Are there other similar places that I can take my budding geek 12-year-old that are similar to Wacky Willy's? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Baby making

Baby making with a man who was previously married and has young children of his own. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Dance party USA teeny bopper type ish?

Looking for a source for DJ dance mixes that lean toward the indie rock/pop side of the spectrum but don't neglect radio dance-pop. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Bike and camping supplies in Las Veags?

I'm planning a trip do Death Valley in january and I'll be landing in Las Vegas where I'll spend the first day or two preparing, and I wonder if anyone has some recommendations for places where I can get the supplies I need. [more inside]
posted by tristpinsm at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Meatfilter: "Semi boneless" rib roast?

Nearby supermarket is advertising "Semi-Boneless Beef Rib Roast" on sale for $5.99/lb. What the heck do they mean by "semi-boneless"? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Mountain climbing, girls, eternal philosophical questions...

I have a vague memory of reading a philosophical text with a high-school student I was tutoring...There are perhaps two people in the story, and they are climbing a mountain. One of them, a young man, is hung up on a girl. Perhaps the other character is a brother or even his mother? Does this ring any bells?
posted by Ollie at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Soft squishy sugar cookies

I need a recipe for a soft, squishy sugar cookie. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 7:18 AM PST - 15 comments

The Perils of Visiting the ThinkGeek Website In the UK on December 22nd

Help me think of an awesome movie and/or geeky christmas gift for my brother! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

help me pick a nice red wine for my dad for Christmas

I'd like to get my dad a nice bottle of red wine to drink with Christmas dinner. I'm thinking a nice table wine that he maybe hasn't tried before. His favorites are Masi's Campofiorin and the Cesari Mara. In the past I've splurged on some nice Amarone's and Barolo's but I'm thinking I'd like to do something in the $10-$20 range. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by machine at 5:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Slow music for a HOT day?

Slow music for a HOT day? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 5:16 AM PST - 37 comments

dichotomy of being content and restless.

Can one be content and yet vaguely restless in life? [more inside]
posted by gadget_gal at 2:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Help identify Oriental vase (Satsuma?)

Please help me identify a vase my MIL bought. She was told it's Satsuma. [more inside]
posted by wrm at 2:45 AM PST - 1 comment

I guess it's too much to hope for that there's a Poem Fairy.

I got weird spam (?) consisting of an 8th-century Chinese poem. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 2:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Remote Computer Management: "Computer Shim"?

Looking for a hardware approach to remote management, that I can stick on a computer and control everything from the BIOS to any OS I please. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 1:57 AM PST - 9 comments

What might I be doing or saying that is causing people to label me as ‘smart’ or to think I’m smarter than I actually am?

What might I be doing or saying that is causing people to label me as ‘smart’ or to think I’m smarter than I actually am? [more inside]
posted by lfergie401 at 1:24 AM PST - 57 comments

Cheer up my bathroom!

My bathroom is sad and it's making me sad. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 12:27 AM PST - 36 comments

December 21

Best way to learn Excel (from scratch) for entry-level actuarial work?

Two actuarial exams passed, writing resume and CV, need to learn Excel fairly well, for basic entry-level actuarial work. Any book recommendations? Or other learning modules? What's the best approach? I'm fairly competent at learning technical things.
posted by brighteyes7 at 11:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Butt... butt... it's not a pork loin.

Can I make a pork roast for Yuletide from a pork shoulder butt? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 10:17 PM PST - 11 comments

A Very Soy Christmas

Christmas Eve, New York City, vegetarian dining. [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 10:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Computer power connection malfunctioning

Is it possible to replace the female part of the power cord connection in a laptop? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 9:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me H4x0r My Xmas Lights?

I bought a few strands of cheap LED Xmas lights this year. They include a circuit box with several settings to make the lights flash in different patterns. The circuit box resets itself (to a new annoying setting) each time the lights are unplugged or when it shorts out in the rain, and I also suspect the box is the product's "built-in expectancy" (since otherwise LEDs might last too long to be profitable. Can I bypass the box? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

HAL-lite for Mom

What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 9:06 PM PST - 33 comments

not quite undergrad, not quite grad, but feeling a research binge

How do I turn my current (quite positive) experience with community work into (a) anthropological research pre-grad or (b) non-fiction writing? Or, how do you conduct research outside of the academy? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I just fire my network?

The canonical advice for finding work is "network". I have a network: people who ask me technical questions all the time. Yet none has sent me a single reference to (engineering) work. I've gotten fed up with answering their questions, when they know I am looking and yet they produce squat in the way of "so-and-so is looking for someone who can do what you do." So what do I do? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Palestinian Chicken

Does Palestinian Chicken exist? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 8:07 PM PST - 10 comments

What Bird Might This Be?

Can you identify this bird? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 7:57 PM PST - 20 comments

this feels like an abusive relationship

Help me understand why this is not getting any better. Someone has given me nothing but signs that he thinks I'm incompetent. Then came an outstanding positive review. Yet I'm still not any happier nor do I care anymore to improve the relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 24 comments

Christmas cracker emergency on Long Island

Where can I buy Christmas crackers on Eastern Long Island? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Going out of business... again.

Why do furniture stores rely so heavily on the advertising gimmick of “going out of business” sales? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:20 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I find time to work on a creative project while succeeding at work?

I feel borderline incompetent at my job and spend almost all of my free time outside of work trying to work on a creative project. Am I a screw up? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 6:15 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I come off like an adult when I feel like a nothing.

How do you tell your employer you're dealing with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding Art Classes

I would like to buy my girlfriend a gift certificate for some art classes, but I don't know where to start. Help! We're in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Household learning!

My cups of tea teach me things. Can the carpets, or the plates, or the cushions? [more inside]
posted by Fen at 5:19 PM PST - 20 comments

A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Musicians?

Does something like Dr. Sketchy or a hackerspace exist for musicians? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

An ill wind

Are there any mythological creatures or figures in Russian folklore that are particularly associated with storms, wind or bad weather? Are there any particular stories that expand on what Wikipedia has to say?
posted by Artw at 4:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Option other than Ensure

Please recommend high-calorie, high nutrition options/meal replacements for a person who has difficulty swallowing. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Live in the city, work in the suburbs?

Chicago-specific question: I'll be accepting a job in the northwest suburbs. Is living in the city and working in the suburbs doable? [more inside]
posted by naju at 4:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Gifts for someone who has to significantly cut living expenses.

Gifts for someone who has to significantly cut living expenses. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 3:50 PM PST - 32 comments

My girlfriend lies about hanging out with her ex

Is it okay for my girlfriend to hang out with her needy ex? Why she would hide their meetings if there's nothing to hide? Am I rational or am I the product of being cheated on several times in the past? [more inside]
posted by dreamsofhorses at 3:25 PM PST - 42 comments

Upgrading and buying new Apple gear.

In what order should I make my Apple purchases? Any advantages or disadvantages to buying an iPad now and waiting on an iPhone 4s till July? Should I swap the order? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 3:19 PM PST - 18 comments

As a consultant-owner of a new US company, what do I need to know about doing business in Canada?

I just started a new (technology) consulting business. We are incorporated in the US (Inc, not LLC). One of my first clients is located in Canada. You aren't my lawyer. The client wants to start work next week. The engagement will last about a week. What do I need to know (visa?, taxes?) before heading to Canada next Monday? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

If I wanted to read about "rock stars", I'd subscribe to Blender.

Tech news and commentary without the "macho nerd bullshit"? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

A week on the Big Island?

Camper-vanning it on the Big Island of Hawaii next week: what should two Alaskans not miss? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 3:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Lost diploma in Hurricane Katrina

How can I prove that I have an associates degree when the school is closed and the Custodian of Records said the records were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 2:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I get over this breach of trust?

How to get over a serious breach of trust that is not infidelity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Simple way to watch HD movies on my TV?

I want watch on my TV the videos that are on my computer. HD (720p) format. Video streaming of content not necessary. What is the easiest and cheapest way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:14 PM PST - 25 comments

I know it's the right thing to do. Why don't they?

How do I handle the reaction of my family and (people I thought of as) close friends to the news of my divorce? Lots of special snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 27 comments

Why am I immune to speed?

Ritalin having no effect whatsoever, why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Velveeta + Rotel + ______ = Boom!

What one or two ingredients can I add to my queso-cheapo (Velveeta & Rotel) to make it pop?
posted by AloneOssifer at 2:07 PM PST - 21 comments

grating/shredding tips?

How do I shred carrots and beets so they stay moist? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 1:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me name my self-guided city tour website!

Help me name my self-guided city tour website. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 1:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Sharing experiment data

Is there a way to access Google Website Optimizer experiment data/results via a Google Analytics account? [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 1:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Random albums in MediaMonkey?

Can I randomize a MediaMonkey playlist by album rather than by track? [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 1:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Does anyone make an inexpensive uninterruptible power supply that supports SNMP?

Does anyone make an inexpensive uninterruptible power supply that supports SNMP? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Holiday viewing to distract and entertain

What are some awesome movies that just happen to be set around Christmas? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 12:42 PM PST - 69 comments

What are these visual phenomena?

I have the perfect question for the hive mind: Does anyone know the name for and reasoning behind the following visual phenomena: 1 The patterns you see when two fences (or any repeating "grid" of objects) pass each other (or appear to pass each other due to parallax) slightly out of phase. I was told the name for this and it bugs me that I've forgotten it. 2 The odd wobbling about you see in LED clocks when eating or (even more pronounced if you can do it) when "rolling" the letter R. The name is what I'm most interested in RE 1, and the reasoning for 2!
posted by cdenman at 12:16 PM PST - 21 comments

spices pepper cooking

What are some of your favorite"outside the box" uses for spices? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 11:56 AM PST - 39 comments

Free Kindle Book book

When I had the first generation Kindle I had an e-book that was basically an index of free e-books that were in the public domain, and the title of each book was actually a hyper-link that would let you download a copy of said book right to the home screen of the Kindle. Does anyone know where I could get another copy of that book? [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Come on baby, light my fire (and don't let me die from fumes)

How do I open/close my fireplace flue? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 11:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommend some interactice software for composing multiple choice questions which can be used online or via CD-ROM

Recommend some interactice software for composing multiple choice questions which can be used online or via CD-ROM [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Spotify, network resources, and you (with a bonus FB question)

What kind of network resources does Spotify consume, especially on the upload side, and how much is it like a peer-to-peer structure? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find buttoned suspender / braces pants.

Where can I find mens' trousers that have buttons for suspenders/braces? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 11:04 AM PST - 15 comments

What is this object I found in Goodwill?

What is this? Spotted in a Goodwill, with no documentation or package. The smushed-ball thing is metal, and the cable is very flexible. The base is plastic.
posted by everichon at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Where does the pink flash in film transitions come from?

What technical film-editing component leads to "pink flashes" on transitions, like this one or this one? [more inside]
posted by circular at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find?

i didn't go to college. what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 9:26 AM PST - 38 comments

Up, up and away ... oh shit, wait, wait!

Comic-book physics question: Let's say I'm a superhero whose only power is the power of flight. How fast could I fly in the atmosphere before I get injured, ripped apart or burned up? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:24 AM PST - 44 comments

Is Textmate for me?

Those of you who are devotees of Textmate, I'd like you to convince me to switch. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What does pre-medicating w/antibiotics before a dental visit do to your body?

I have to take 2000mg of Amoxicillin before I visit the dentist -- is that a large dose? Would it muck with the balance of good bacteria in my body? Just curious, thanks!
posted by 10ch at 8:29 AM PST - 13 comments

It's FUBAR, sir! Stay frosty, private!

FUBAR, SNAFU, any others? Do other languages have acronyms that have become embedded words within their vernacular? [more inside]
posted by rich at 8:26 AM PST - 61 comments

What are some good "official" programs, websites and journals on [any form of] anthropology?

What are some good "official" programs, websites and journals on [any form of] anthropology? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

I say tomato etc.

Where can I find a comprehensive list of words that are pronounced differently in the US and the UK? Wikipedia is a good start, but it's not complete. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 8:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Angles on angle grinders

What to look for when buying an angle grinder? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 8:11 AM PST - 13 comments

I forgot the name of this skate trick.

Help me identify this skateboard trick whose name has escaped me. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Water, water everywhere (but I guess a Brita filter isn't good enough)

Do you have a *residential* water dispenser in your kitchen or similar? I need some advice on picking and servicing. [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

I need guidance on thumb pain/RSI symptoms that I can't find info on...

I'm getting some kind of RSI on the side of the end of my thumb (exterior, adjacent to the right side of my thumbnail.) It feels like it is burning and getting worse. It is the spot where I hit the spacebar/trackpad. I'm worried, but in reading up on thumb pain, can't find this particular injury, nor any suggested remedies.
posted by soulbarn at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

minimalist running: ur doing it wrong

How can I determine if I'm using proper form transitioning to minimalist running shoes? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 7:50 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get that "she smells nice!" reaction, not coughing and gagging?

Every time I apply perfume I'm afraid that I'm going overboard. For those of you who wear scents, how much (and where) do you apply? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 7:43 AM PST - 39 comments

Is there an "edit window" for PHPBB?

Is there such a thing as an "edit window" for PHPBB? [more inside]
posted by fake at 7:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Pre-marriage jitters, mental issues, or genuine concerns?

My boyfriend and I have been together 6 years. He's 30, I'm 27. Things have been good, but I'm seeing obstacles and not able to decide whether to get married. Can they be surmounted? [more inside]
posted by redlines at 7:28 AM PST - 38 comments

Casual relationship and NYE

I haven't been invited to his New Year's Eve party. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 26 comments

Kefir is the mind killer.

So I got these kefir grains, but what the heck do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Time to see a new optometrist?

How can my eyes be healthy when I need to wear glasses? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 6:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Cats+Couch = Happiness?

We have a $1500 budget for a new couch. We also have two boisterous longhair cats. What type of couch will survive them better, leather or something with slipcovers? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 6:19 AM PST - 11 comments

I see a wood door and I want to paint it white

Who's right, my realtor or my painter? Should I paint my trim white? Replace it? Details inside (and time is of the essence, the painter comes today) [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 5:24 AM PST - 30 comments

Carob versus Chocolate in History

Carob versus Chocolate: Carob is widely held up by the Vegan/HealthFoods crowd as the 'healthier' and just as tasty rival to chocolate. However if Carob is really just as great as Cacao/Chocolate then how did Cacao/Chocolate come to surpass Carob and so dominate the European Market? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 5:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Looking for a quiet, unspoiled beach holiday in the US

Beautiful, quiet sandy beaches on the east coast or gulf coast of the US for a holiday next summer? Cottages with hammocks are preferable to condos or hotels. Basically I'm looking for the exact opposite of places like Myrtle Beach. Proximity (as in an hour's drive or less) to a culturally interesting city like New Orleans or Charleston is a definite bonus.
posted by cilantro at 5:11 AM PST - 15 comments

What is this symbol?

What is the significance of a symbol that was everywhere in the '90s? It consisted of a vaguely heart-shaped urn-like thing with an open top and flames coming out of the top. If memory serves, there were usually Xs across the widest point of the heart, and sometimes flames in the background. I remember this from the sleeve art for Celebrity Skin (Courtney Love is wearing a tee shirt with the symbol) and from the old House of Blues logo. What is this symbol called, and what does it mean?
posted by pxe2000 at 4:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Coffee stir-sticks

Is the wide end of a disposable coffee-stirrer meant for holding or stirring? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 2:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Japan to Singapore travel help?

Traveling from Japan to Singapore via Taiwan. WRINKLES: 12:30a landing in Singapore and leaving from a predominantly-domestic airport in Japan. Question 1: Can I do yen directly to Singapore dollars in Taiwan? Question 2: How best to kill time in Chengi airport until the buses and MRT start running again in the morning?
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Tell me about the Illuminati

Is there a serious, modern, non-fiction, non-kook, non-speculative history of the Bavarian Illuminati, as founded for Adam Weishaupt? I mean the German rationalist club, not the conspiracy theories surrounding it. [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 12:49 AM PST - 1 comment

December 20

weights vs cardio

I like running and swimming, and try to do about half an hour of each at least three or four times a week. Now I've started weight training three times a week as well. Should I reduce the cardio if I want to gain muscle faster? I'm a naturally skinny ectomorph that has a hard time putting on mass.
posted by moorooka at 11:25 PM PST - 9 comments

NYE on the cheap

What can I do for New Year's Eve? It's my first time single in five Decembers. I work for the airlines and need spur-of-the-moment inexpensive advice. [more inside]
posted by bendy at 10:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me pull off a magic trick on Christmas morning

"Is Santa real? Wait - don't tell me." My son is 95% sure Santa is imaginary but is enjoying the 5% possibility that Santa is real. His gift has mysteriously changed color - help me blow his mind. [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating at 10:05 PM PST - 21 comments

What is the term for a group of things?

What is the term for a group of things? [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack at 8:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Can someone act rude out of awkwardness?

Went out to see a movie with a friend, and his behavior confused me tremendously. [more inside]
posted by 01080591 at 8:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Boot a Mac from an external drive, spinning up only that drive?

Boot a MacBook Pro from an external drive *without spinning up the MBP's internal drive*? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 8:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Healthy appetizers

I want recipes for delicious and nutritious appetizers. [more inside]
posted by Milau at 7:54 PM PST - 11 comments

I can't remember the name of this kids' book about evolution.

Help me find this children's book about evolution that I used to read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel at 7:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Sweets without the sugar

Need recipes for sugar free (diabetic friendly) recipes for holiday treats: fudge, bars, cookies, what-have-you. [more inside]
posted by rpaxton at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Historical-fictional novel of ancient life

I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!] [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 6:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Wow me with Paleo!

Help turn a sugar and carb addict into a cavegirl! [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Confusing flat rate envelope

How to I address a USPS Priority Mail envelope? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 6:11 PM PST - 16 comments

The big blue ball

Can I get a fairly accurate, real time view of Earth constantly on my desktop? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Studies on racism?

Studies on race and racial epithets [more inside]
posted by satyricaldude at 5:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Give the Gift of Food!

I wish to buy a gift certificate of good food in the South Bay, LA Area. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 4:19 PM PST - 1 comment


Would you recommend some very high fidelity nature sounds recordings? I am especially interested in ocean waves / beach sounds. The 1080p stuff on youtube is just not cutting it. And it's impossible to tell the audio quality of CD samples. The higher the quality the better.
posted by parallax7d at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Fixing my E-Brake for Inspection - do I really need to change ALL the brakes?

Fixing my E-Brake for Inspection - do I really need to change ALL the brakes? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

the banter trap

How do I stop banter from killing my relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 31 comments

It's long, thin & you poke balls into holes with it. And I need one quick

Where can I find a 3 piece Snooker Cue (similar to a Pool Cue but thinner and longer) that will deliver before Dec. 27th and is not that expensive? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I turn two love letters into a gift?

I need ideas! I have two love letters that I would like to display, or archive in an attractive way, and give as a gift to the letter writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I need to pay a parking-lot "ticket" issued by a private company?

Do I need to pay a parking-lot "ticket" issued by a private company? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 2:31 PM PST - 24 comments

Daddy read me a story

What are some good chapter books to read to an almost-six year old girl? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 2:14 PM PST - 40 comments

I'm broke and need to tip building staff! Any ideas?

I have very little money to give to the staff of my condo building. What should I give them this Christmas? Caveats below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Why does my Mac Pro beep?

Why does my Mac Pro beep very occasionally? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

My cat seems to have lost control of his bladder. Help.

My cat seems to have lost control of his bladder as of a few hours ago. He is going in little puddles sort of wherever he lies or sits down. I live a bit of a ways from a vet. I am wondering what to do. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:34 PM PST - 20 comments

how best to sit and bike? recumbant question

[stationary recumbant bike] looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

What uses 20amps in a kitchen?

I just bought a house that was partially remodeled in 2009. In both the main kitchen, and basement kitchenette, there is a single 20amp 120volt outlet located in the cabinet above the sink. Neither cabinet is made to hold a microwave. What could this outlet be for? [more inside]
posted by Diddly at 1:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Any edible insects or game meat in NYC?

Any NYC restaurants that serve edible insects or game meat? [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Chinese artists working for change?

Information about art and activism in China? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 12:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Wishlist: Wolverine healing powers

General tips on promoting healing, please. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Prize taxes and offsets

I sometimes hear about someone winning a prize where somehow the taxes due are somehow offset by the giver of the prize. How is that offset calculated? Do they just add money to the prize until the post tax amount would be the same as the intended prize (so say 10% tax on $5,000 prize they end up giving $5,555.56. This involves the additional being taxed iteratively since it is all income to you. Or do they somehow just pay the government the money you would owe on the intended prize amount and the offset doesn't count as income. So for 10% on $5,000 they'd just pay $500. Or a mystery third option?
posted by obfusciatrist at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

What is Montreal's U.S. equivalent?

What is Montreal's US equivalent? [more inside]
posted by margoc19 at 11:33 AM PST - 44 comments

Sure, here's my calendar, bank account information and a list of my fears.

Should my Mom let a tech support guy access her computer remotely? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Anybody catch that?

What is Michael Shannon's final line in Take Shelter? (Possible spoiler) [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 11:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Anatomy of a 7

TypefaceAnatomyFilter: What's the little horizontal line through the middle of 7s and Zs (to distinguish them from 1s and 2s when written by hand) called? [more inside]
posted by radioaction at 10:43 AM PST - 43 comments

I need a sweet potato recipe!

Hit me with an awesome sweet potato based recipe! No yucky sugary ingredients, please. [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:29 AM PST - 50 comments

What are Czech state funerals like?

My girlfriend and I are spending Christmas in Prague, and on Friday there will be a state funeral for Václav Havel. Does everything shut down for a state funeral? Are there certain types of business that don't/won't open? Should we make, or avoid making specific plans for that day? Will we even really notice a difference?
posted by alby at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Dosya? Duzen? Gorunum? (Inkscape in English, please?)

The default language (i.e. all of the menu items) for Inkscape (0.48 on OS X 10.6.8) somehow changed from English to (what I believe is) Turkish. How do I change it back?
posted by gwint at 9:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Secret Santa gift idea

Secret Santa gift idea, help! [more inside]
posted by devonia at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Ah, the days when you couldn't punch a hole in the wall.

When did builders of residential houses stop routinely using plaster and lathe for the walls and start routinely using drywall? Was it the 1970s?
posted by BostonTerrier at 9:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Psych Consulting?

How do I get started doing legal consulting work as a psychologist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Java for c# developers

Java for c# developers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Are people gaming the NYT crossword app?

After a lifetime of being indifferent toward crossword puzzles, I've been on a real puzzle bender lately. I used the New York Times iPad crossword app today. One thing that stumps me: How do people get times in the two-minute range? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 9:07 AM PST - 23 comments

Troubleshooting DVD burning problems on my Macs.

Help me burn these family movie DVDs on my Mac, please! [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I gift an Amazon Prime membership?

How do I gift an Amazon Prime membership? [more inside]
posted by RUPure at 8:50 AM PST - 11 comments

new host

Anyone recommend a good domain/website host ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:33 AM PST - 28 comments

Should I close on my house (buyer) in 2011 or 2012?

If I have the option, is it more advantageous for me to close on a house (tax wise) in 2011 or 2012? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Where does UK iPhone traffic info come from?

Where does the iPhone get traffic information from in the UK? I'm guessing that multiple councils and the highways agency collect the raw data. Who collates it? Is there a publicly available database somewhere? And how often is it updated?
posted by beniamino at 8:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Cranium is not a sufficient learning tool

What are your favorite clay sculpting beginners' resources? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

too inexperienced to gain experience??

I'm a sexually inexperienced lady and sex scares the hell out of me! How can I calm down and have a good time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 41 comments

Song lyrics that are... secondary? alternative? Another term?

What's the correct term for secondary lyrics in songs like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer ("like a light bulb") or Sweet Caroline ("So good! So good! So good!")? Also, can you think of other songs that have these... items? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams at 7:47 AM PST - 53 comments

Custom DMG installer for OSX?

Can anyone provide a simple (and fool-proof) method of creating a customized DMG installer for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I deal with having a care-giving personality while also wanting a fair distribution of work in my relationship?

How can I deal with having a care-giving personality while also wanting a fair distribution of work in my relationship? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 7:23 AM PST - 27 comments

Windows 7 unexpected restarts

Windows 7 repeatedly restarting at random. No warning. Nothing in the logs. I'd suspect hardware if it didn't always happen just after processing a load of windows updates. Sometimes a disc check seems to fix it; sometimes I have to uninstall a few updates. Any ideas?
posted by monkey closet at 7:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Please don't make me start buying from the Adult Baby websites....

Seeking diapers for a 55 lb child that will not leak at night. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:58 AM PST - 23 comments

I want a chunk of the change, please.

Is there any recourse for this sticky work situation? Crying about wanting a chunk of the commission, and whining about the business owner's kids inside. [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 6:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Sending messages on CC field by mistake - what to do?

Sending messages on CC field by mistake - what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a pooping log online.

Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, after an entire life of ignorance I now know about the Catalan traditions of Tió de Nadal ("pooping log") and Caganer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Literature similar to IDW's Dungeons and Dragons?

What are some comics, novels or non-fiction with a similar sense of humor and adventure to the new John Rogers-penned Dungeons and Dragons comic being put out by IDW? (Sample inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Why/How did Facebook spam me?

So... FacebookTM sent an email to my email address from someone who I don't know but lives in my general geographical area requesting my friendship. Problem: this email address is definitely not associated with a FacebookTM account. However, there are probably cookies from FB on this computer. Also, this potential "friend" appears to run some sort of digital media consultancy (blech). Question: how did Facebook scrape this email address exactly and why did I get this email? Did this guy pay Facebook to send a friend request to an email address they scraped or is it something more automatic? [more inside]
posted by at 6:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me pick an international theme Yankee swap gift.

Help me find a Yankee Swap gift for $20 with an "International" theme. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 6:23 AM PST - 11 comments

To-Do App: Happy to pay, but not to subscribe?

I'm looking for a to-do list/task management solution that works across multiple platforms and on the iPad. I'm happy to pay for it, but I do not want a model that works on an annual-subscription basis. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 6:06 AM PST - 16 comments

I accept your Contract offer and your General Terms and Conditions

A system to upload electronic business offers and generals terms & conditions with an electronic acceptance procedure: it must exist, right? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 5:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Cancer sucks

Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 5:38 AM PST - 20 comments

In nose range?

I want to indicate that something is close enough to smell, but I want to do so in a way that matches these examples: "in sight" for close enough to see, "in reach" for close enough to touch, and "in earshot" for close enough to hear. I keep thinking there must be a simple and obvious way to phrase it, but right now I'm drawing a blank.
posted by amyms at 5:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Are mobile phone users charged to receive calls anywhere except the U.S.?

Prompted by this article about India's “missed call” mobile ecosystem: Other than the U.S., are there any countries in which the recipient of a call pays/uses minutes to receive calls on a mobile phone? What is the history of this unusual billing structure (assuming it is unusual)? [more inside]
posted by caek at 5:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I carefully and safely drug my dog?

I've got another dog question. This time I need advice about what to do with her on New Year's Eve. [more inside]
posted by msali at 3:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Safe, simple recipes for diabetics.

I need safe, simple recipes for a friend who has just discovered she is diabetic. [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 1:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Dammit I don't want to change my name

I have a unique name that, when my first and middle names are transposed, becomes a more common name that is now the moniker of a rather unattractive porn star. How do I fix Google results that turn my unique name into this porn-yielding other version? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:49 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I dispute my final grade with a professor?

Is it okay to dispute final grades? Can I ask certain assignments to be re-evaluated if I did not ask earlier? How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 12:34 AM PST - 42 comments

December 19

Looking for the film/DVD "Jazz A Marciac, 2004"

I'm looking for a film called "JAZZ À MARCIAC 2004" by Frank Cassenti. It's a performance by Charlie Haden and the New Liberation Orchestra, in Maciac, France (2004). I'm particularly interested in the tune entitled "Throughout", with Carla Bley and an ensemble backing the tune, with killer tenor sax solos by Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby. I can get the album on Amazon ("Not in Our Name"), but I want the video. Thanks, in advance. Happy Holidays!
posted by Vibrissae at 11:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Hunt The Nessie

I want to hunt Nessie in a submarine. [more inside]
posted by gorcha at 11:36 PM PST - 5 comments

ID a short story about an infectious video

I'm trying to find a short story I read a few years ago about a 'viral' video tape. The unique property of the story was that it was written as a collection of notes and emails between the characters. [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 10:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Funny, at least sort of well-written romance novels?

Looking for funny romance novels to read on break. Must be funny, should be well-written, and perhaps non-traditional? [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 10:25 PM PST - 54 comments

What to do in Taiwan?

I'll be spending just over a week in Taiwan, including New Year's Eve. I'd like to know what you'd recommend, both in Taipei and as a day trip somewhere else on the island. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Picking between two Macs - epitome of first world problems.

Do I want an May 2010 MacBook Pro or a new MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 9:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Is It Me, or Is It My Monitor?

Displayfilter Part 2: Am I technologically doomed? Is my external display monitor really dead!? I can't believe I'm using up a second question about monitors, only a week after my first. While trying to set up an Extended Desktop today, my Monitor went black. Do you know how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 8:35 PM PST - 6 comments

No, really, you need to give this back

I just received an (imo) inappropriately expensive gift from someone (of the opposite gender) who I don't know very well. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 44 comments

Looking for a non-shady beginner's acting class in L.A.

Can you recommend a good (and relatively inexpensive) beginning acting class or workshop in L.A.? (I know.) [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty at 8:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Did we anger our letter carrier with our gift?

My wife and I moved into a new house this year, with a different mailman and a different UPS driver. Since we just had our first baby, all of our holiday shopping has been online. To express our thanks for their efforts, we bought some gourmet chocolates from a local chocolate shop for them, and left a nice card attached to both. Neither was accepted, just left sitting where we left them. Did we run afoul of some UPS and USPS regulation, or was it a crappy gift?
posted by tkerugger at 7:59 PM PST - 11 comments

all those 2-day Prime deliveries add up...

I was watching a TV show about UPS' Worldport facility, and there are a lot of shots of Amazon boxes! So I got curious: what percentage of UPS' business (by revenue, number of items, weight, whatever) comes from Amazon? [more inside]
posted by roast beef at 7:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Best way to get the CDs off my shelf

Best way to store ~300 CDs of music on an external HDD for use with a variety of players? Ideally: cross-platform, not just for iTunes, and nice-sounding for my future self who might care about this. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I keep my recommenders happy and responding?

How do I keep asking for work references for difference jobs without pissing my references off? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 at 7:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Hard Mass on my Cat?

Family cat has some kind of hard mass between his left leg and his crotch, and another small one around the groin area. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 7:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Proceed with a magistrate vs. a district judge?

Pros and cons of consenting to disposition of a case by a magistrate judge vs. sticking with U.S. District Judge. [more inside]
posted by cgs06 at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm a babe in toyland, help me play

Help me feel comfortable about my new *ahem* toy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 16 comments

DC bugs

Question about unseasonably warm weather in DC and bugs. [more inside]
posted by KGMoney at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Exercise-induced pruritus?

Sometimes, right before I start to sweat, I experience a temporary but intense itching sensation, to the point where I'd describe it more as a painful pricking feeling. Does anyone else have or know of this problem? Copious but not excessive information after the jump. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

I need to find the perfect job for me...

I'm a creative/analytical individual who thrives in an environment where I can tweak and testdrive many variables/things/ideas/etc in a creative way and put them to use for profit/critique/judgement/etc. I have all the time in the world to figure this out, but I want to get it right and I want to find a career I will love the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr at 6:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Excel is the death of me!

I have about 200 separate Excel spreadsheets that I need to change one field in. There is a date in G4 that needs to be the same in each sheet. Is there way way to do this without opening, editing, and saving each sheet one at a time?
posted by keep it tight at 6:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Atheist Christianity Instruction

Secular, but socially sensitive, ways to teach five-year-old about Christianity? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 6:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Sink or swim taken a bit too literally in the workplace

Senior managers are asking a coworker of mine to take on new responsibilities. The catch: they won't tell her exactly what those responsibilities are, or how to complete them. Is this as unreasonable as I think it is, and what can I do to help? Obviously, more inside. [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 5:45 PM PST - 14 comments

New Years Eve on the silver screen

What are some movies that include New Years Eve as an important part of the setting and/or plot? [more inside]
posted by Lina Lamont at 5:35 PM PST - 36 comments

silly headphone question.

I have these Audio-Technica headphones. You can see in this picture that the connector has a spring which serves as strain relief on the cable. Only my spring has come out of its housing like so. How can I get it back in? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

thoughts on partial denture vs. bridge, biocompatibility

What kind of biocompatible partial or bridge should I get for missing lower two middle/front teeth? [more inside]
posted by ozone14 at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What is respect?

Respect describes a particular attitude toward another person, and not a feeling as such. It's still often used as a modifier for an emotion, though, since attitudes can modify anything a person does. This makes it even harder to observe than emotions are. So, what is respect? What does it mean to respect someone, if I'm trying to ignore how I feel about them? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash at 5:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Late 1800s architecture terminology question

I'm looking for an architectural term. I'm sure it's one I should know, but I'm blanking on it. To make matters worse, I'm having a difficult time searching for a picture of the feature, because I can't come up with the right term. Let me try to describe what it is. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 5:09 PM PST - 9 comments

I now have the ears of a sunburned bald eighty-year-old man, can I take Benadryl for it

Can I use both Benadryl cream and Benadryl pills at the same time? (And can you diagnose why I have a rash on my limbs and my ears are itchy and swollen?) [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Is paying a therapist the difference between their rate and what insurance covers reasonable?

I see a therapist on a regular basis. I have health insurance with a small copay for these visits. Some time ago, my therapist asked that I pay the difference between the fee they bill for (their full rate) and the negotiated rate that my health insurance pays to them. This increases my out-of-pocket costs dramatically. Is there something odd about this arrangement?
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Hi anon, am I sure about this? Well anon, here's what I should consider.

What questions should I ask myself before getting engaged? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Black History Help

I am tasked with creating "Cultural Heritage" posters for the transit agency I work for. Black History Month is fast approaching and I'm short on ideas/time. [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha at 4:21 PM PST - 25 comments

A 720p needle in a 720i stack

I'd like to get serious about organizing my own video clips and project assets, but can't find a good digital asset manager to do it. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 4:19 PM PST - 2 comments

"Overseas" Paypal rejected by Archie McPhee

I found some fun stuff for my nieces in Oregon for Christmas at Archie McPhee, which I heard about at meFi. But I was bummed when I tried to check out and they rejected Visa and even PayPal because I live overseas. Is there a way around this? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do in Ottawa at Christmas time?

In Ottawa for three days over Christmas break, what to do, what to do? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Tips for NYC renters becoming (first-time) NYC Buyers?

We're NYC renters becoming NYC first-time buyers. People who have done this, can you share things you wish you'd known/looked for? Tips specific to New York City are especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by unionsquarepark at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Last Minute Shopping

My boyfriend wants a bow and arrow, the one with the wheels, and I have no clue what to get him and it's so last minute help!! [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 3:26 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 3:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Responding to an offer via LinkedIn

I got an email from a recruiter at a well-known "web 2.0" company via LinkedIn. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me make cookies that look like orange cat paws!

I want to make cookies in the shape of a cat's paw. I'm attending a cookie exchange party and many people have seen photos of my cat Butters famous for his big feet. I'm hoping to find a cookie recipe that would be around the color of his feet (a buff tan color) which can be shaped into a paw shape. So it would have to be something with dough I can shape by hand. I will use almond slivers for claws. If you have a simple recipe like this it would be great. Thanks! I have most normal cookie making stuff or could buy it.
posted by Melsky at 2:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Help planning visit to Argentina from Dec-Jan

Traveling to Argentina from 12/27/11 - 01/14/12 with my wife. Want to see and experience as much as we can on a relatively modest budget. What are some essential things to keep in mind and good places to stay? We begin and end in Buenos Aires. [more inside]
posted by ronv at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

A match made in PubMed

Medically-literate patient seeking recommendation for an analytical physician. Bay Area, Oakland/Alameda/Berkeley preferred. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 2:33 PM PST - 0 comments

You can't play music on a pretty silver brick

How can I activate an old iPhone without a SIM card? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Struts for Jeep

Jeep Cherokee filter. I think my 1999 Jeep Cherokee needs front struts. Monro says $600!! Anyone have any experience with this? What would you expect to pay/ did you pay for this? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How to temporarily disable SpeedStep?

The Binding of Isaac runs really quite poorly on my PC. I think SpeedStep the problem. How can I force my PC to run at maximum speed for the duration of the game? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I see and shop in Hong Kong in 10 hours transit?

I will be in Hong Kong for 12 hours and have never been there before. What are some essential things I can do, where should I go for sightseeing and where should I shop for men's clothing? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Stories told backward?

What are some books or movies where the story is essentially told backwards? Ideally, ones that put a big initial event at the end of the narrative. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 1:53 PM PST - 52 comments

Falling down without injury

I am very, very clumsy. I stumble, bump into things, trip, and actually fall with frequency. Accepting that, can you teach me best practices for falling with minimal injury to myself? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 1:50 PM PST - 41 comments

A Chariot at my back?

Help us figure out which bike trailer to buy. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Destroy my eardrums please?

Help me secure some slammin' good, down-and-dirty, percussion-heavy tunes. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 1:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Tech Startup for dummies

I have an internet marketing concept that might be useful. Unfortunately this is not my field and I'm in over my head. What are some steps I can take to turn my concept into reality. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Sweet release of death, come take me.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For weird and trying interpersonal dynamics! I'd love your advice on dealing with people who CANNOT stop talking. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:53 PM PST - 47 comments

Sexy motherforkers.

What's a good utensil set to buy (with an emphasis on forks)? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 12:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do I wake up with headaches in the morning?

Why do I wake up with headaches in the morning? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 12:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Dim sum in Minnesota

Dim sum in Minnesota--on a weekday? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 12:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I fight back from fracking?

Can you help me Metafilter? The Bureau of Land Management in Colorado is trying to lease 30,000 acres of farmland and wilderness for fracking, including land completely surrounding the farm I live on! [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues at 12:04 PM PST - 18 comments

What was going on behind that smily face, anyway?

I'm trying to get a better understanding for how an AI like GERTY (from the 2009 film Moon) would work under the hood. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Hospice Recommendations

Can anybody recommend a quality hospice provider in the San Fernando Valley? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Budgeting without the Maruchan diet

Help a capitalism n00b manage her soon-to-exist money. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 11:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Finding scraps of good data in a sea of irrelevancy

I was recently placed in charge of a large database which is probably 90% irrelevant information. What should my plan of action be for cleaning it up? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Need the Howard Zinn of secret santas

Recommend-a-gift: political/historical book edition. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Please recommend apps/games to improve reading skills

Are there any iPhone/iPad apps or games that would help a 10-year old with her reading? When she reads out loud she does really well for a few minutes but quickly starts to skip words or guess them rather than trying to read what's on the page. She loves computer games so I was wondering if a reading game might motivate her.
posted by Dragonness at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me wrap my brain around this

I currently work about 20 hours a week at my job while my parents watch my 18-month-old. Today I'm considering whether to apply for a full-time, telecommuting job -- it's kind of my dream job. (And yes, it's a legit work-at-home job with a national org!) Please help me decide! [more inside]
posted by trillian at 10:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a reputable Cosmetic Dermatologist/Clinic in the Toronto area

Looking for a reputable Cosmetic Dermatologist/Clinic in the Toronto area. [more inside]
posted by GEB's fun world at 10:39 AM PST - 2 comments

What does the underside of a bedbug look like?

What does the UNDERSIDE of a bedbug look like? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 10:29 AM PST - 6 comments

gift help

Secret Santa help: My work does Secret Santa every year (small group of 8 people). The limit is $25 I have no time during normal business hours so I have to be able to pick this up before 10am or after 8pm before Thursday the 23rd. My co-worker likes musicals, Firefly, and is gluten free. Thoughts? I'm local to NYC.
posted by edbles at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Minecraft resources for 11 year-old?

Minecraft resources for 11 year-old? [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Stiff as a board

The last time I deadlifted (last Wednesday), I felt great - felt like I really nailed the form for the first time in awhile. Then, two days later, I had a sudden outbreak of stiffness and aching right at the base of my spine. What gives? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 9:58 AM PST - 20 comments

A VirtualBox Server With Nothing To Do

I have a Windows 2003 server with VirtualBox running in my colo cabinet, and I really don't have anything mission-critical running on it, and a bunch of unused cycles just sitting there. What fun can I have with it? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

9V batteries - what the heck are you good for?

Burning Man leftovays: 9V batteries - lots of them! Suggest me some cool $20-$40 or less items that would help me use them up. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Jailbreaking iPod

Mrs. Mitheral is getting a new iPod Touch for Xmas and I've got some questions re jailbreaking and app suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Sad news for Saab owners today.

With the sad news of Saab's liquidation today and a two year old Saab in the garage - any advice on what to do? Sell quickly or keep and just run it into the ground, so to speak? It runs great and we really like it but do we want to be stuck with a car that is defunct. How to get it serviced years from now, etc.?
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 9:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Someone in England owes me money. He won't return emails. Is it possible to get his phone number?

Someone in England owes me money. He won't return emails. Is it possible to get his phone number? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I pay taxes on freelance income in the UK?

Help me understand taxes as a freelance consultant in the UK. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 8:33 AM PST - 12 comments

You've got Brown!

Is there any difference between UPS Basic and UPS Mail Innovations? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Unique Toronto dates/events/experiences? [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 8:28 AM PST - 13 comments

the headaches of living with my parents

I'm allergic to something at my parents' house and I'll be there for 2 more weeks. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 8:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Do I need to go see my doctor about this migraine?

Had my first migraine, now what? Do I need to see my doctor? [more inside]
posted by carmel at 7:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Decent iPad/iPod cables?

Decent iPad/iPod cables? iPad and iPod usb cables infuriate me. The cables invariably fray at the connector junction, and the cable coating on several has simply disintegrated. Is there anywhere I can get solid iStuff cables that won't need replaced every 3 months? Preferably with some sort of reinforcement at the connector junctions? An Amazon search just gives me miles of what I presume is junk.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me re-kindle my love for comics.

So, DC Comics rebooted their entire universe: Awesome! I got an Amazon Kindle Fire for Christmas: Awesome! Is there any way to read these comics on my Kindle Fire? I am not interested in solutions that involve torrenting or rooting the device.
posted by DWRoelands at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Austin City No Limits

After a few questions and great answers, my wife and two kids have relocated to Austin. Now we are looking for cool things to do and organizations to get involved with. What are your favorite things to do with or without kids in Austin. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 7:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Help us print things!

Does anyone know of a good printer (online or in Chicago or DC) that can print small-run, custom-sized, double-sided, durable cards? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 7:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Property/Casualty Insurance Resources?

What are some good resources to learn about the property and casualty insurance industry? Looking for some online (free) or written (books I can get from the library) that can give me some basic, conversational understanding around terms, systems, process flows, etc. Current level of knowledge: familiar with terms, but not comfortable speaking about them.
posted by sandmanwv at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What kind of BSA motorcycle is this?

What kind of BSA motorcycle is this, and should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by leecohen at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

300 calories: one cent

Can you help me understand this pricing strategy at Coldstone Creamery? The medium size ice cream was only 1 cent more than the small. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:23 AM PST - 14 comments

They were the most beautiful skies, as a matter of fact . . .

Looking for a good night-sky / star projector. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 6:15 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me find historical images of San Diego street signs

San Diego research question: I need a photo of a street sign for a residential street as it appeared in the late 1950s and/or early-to-mid 1960s. I am working on an illustration and I want to use the sign as part of the composition. [more inside]
posted by artlung at 6:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Join the Army! See Korea...I Mean See Germany!!!

Would the Army have kept my father in Germany if he was supposed to go to Korea? The whole story is inside... [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 5:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Dancing Animals

Do any animals other than humans dance? Bonus question: Do any animals other than humans make music?
posted by jne1813 at 4:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Evil step mother or red-headed step child?

My girlfriend and my kid do not get along, and I don't know what to do. Plus my ex is undermining their relationship. Help! [more inside]
posted by BlackWalnut at 4:02 AM PST - 137 comments

How do I intentionally drain my AA batteries?

What is the best way to regularly drain 6-8 AA batteries? [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 2:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Using iPad with an old MIDI piano

MIDI / iPad Newbie question: I have an old MIDI electric piano and am wondering what I might be able to do with it connected to the iPad. [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Economics of an electrical vs. heating oil radiator

Economics of an electrical vs. an heating oil radiator? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 2:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Bad way to start the day.

The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 12:33 AM PST - 6 comments

December 18

Is there a service in Korea that would write and locally mail a greeting card for me?

Is there a personalized greeting card service in Korea? I'd like to have a company send on my behalf a holiday card to a household with my own custom message inside. [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl at 10:40 PM PST - 3 comments

getting airfoil to synch audio and video

wireless speakers filter: So, coming down the home stretch for wireless music at my place. Thanks to good advice on a previous question, I have cool speakers, and Airport Express seems to handle iTunes quite well. But now I'm trying to get other audio sources (Safari, etc.) piping through the wifi, and there's a syncing problem, specifically with Airfoil.... [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 10:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Teach me how to behave like a leader

Teach me how to behave like a leader - and skip all of the theory. I want books and/or podcasts that teach leadership behaviour step-by-step. [more inside]
posted by damian_ at 9:53 PM PST - 21 comments

What food should we freeze for cancer patient mom and caretaker dad to enjoy?

We have a couple days with my parents over the holidays. Mom is in chemo. Dad is caring for her. What are foods we can make and freeze that will tempt her appetite, tempt Dad's appetite, and give him a bit of a break from cooking and cleaning up? We suspect those are different foods in some cases. [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Feminized by mint tea?

Will mint tea significantly affect levels of free testosterone if I (male) drink it a few times a week? Is there more than a hypothetical risk of some sort of endocrine disruption?
posted by phrontist at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What Schubert is this?

What Schubert is this? please excuse tired husband in background.
posted by DMelanogaster at 8:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Identify my histameanies

What caused this allergic reaction? [more inside]
posted by kengraham at 7:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Dancing about Information Architecure

Best practice advice for overhauling the Information Architecture of a large website. For various reasons, we are looking to drastically overhaul the IA of a large (many 1000s of pages) site, to reflect a change in purpose. I'm interested in practical considerations and best practice ways to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible for users, search engines and wotnot. [more inside]
posted by Sparx at 7:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Traveling with frozen soup.

Can I fly domestically carrying frozen soup? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 6:11 PM PST - 12 comments

I know where you live!

How do people get away with violence (or other malicious activities) in their own town? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 6:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Smart people?

I'm feeling a bit sad about Christopher Hitchens' death. I'm starting to feel like everyone super-smart and erudite is either dead or close, so I think I need to be pointed at some of the younger smart crowd. [more inside]
posted by clone boulevard at 5:42 PM PST - 53 comments

Spots for an icy plunge into the Potomac?

Spots for a DC polar bear swim? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 5:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me see the light!

Weird art/design/engineering filter: I need help designing a small, self-contained unit that will make a beam of light "visible" by filling the unit with smoke. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Married 5 years - why are my rings suddenly causing irritation?

Married 5 years - why are my rings suddenly causing irritation? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 5:16 PM PST - 13 comments

What was this book about Maryland?

At the end of August I heard an author being interviewed on the Baltimore NPR about her book on the history of Maryland. I was in the car and couldn't write down her name or the name of the book, and I can't seem to find it listed on Amazon. Does anyone know what this book might be? In the part I heard she was talking about Maryland's history as a Catholic/Royalist haven, and the tensions this caused with neighboring Virginia. Inspired by this post on the blue.
posted by apricot at 5:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Bottoming out?

Underwear filter: Interested in switching to thong style panties and looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 26 comments

Who could help me make one of the most important decisions of my life?

Is there a reliable service that will help me figure out what to do with my life, when it comes to my career? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

30 free 8GB (or 16GB) USB pens

30 free 8GB (or 16GB) USB pens. Is this possible to find? We're filling them with our movies and giving them as a reward for our project donors, but 30 x $$ is a lot of money. Other than online surveys which we could fill out for one free one, does anyone know how I can get 30 for free? Or as a bulk deal? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to assemble a simple LED light?

Can anyone recommend a book or website to help me in making a small led light? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 4:34 PM PST - 1 comment

What to give someone who has everything + a great home in paradise?

What is an appropriate thank you gift for a friend who let my boyfriend and me stay at his summer home in Key West for a week? [more inside]
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Paying duties at the airport

How do I pay customs tax and duties when flying into Canada? [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus at 3:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Armchair Travels

Next year, I'll be travelling to the Netherlands and (briefly) Belgium, then later a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Are there any films or novels I should check out to get a feel for the places before I get there? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 2:28 PM PST - 23 comments

What is this poem?

I'm trying to find a poem, but can only remember a few vague lines. (Something about angels dancing?) [more inside]
posted by karminai at 2:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Rock This Cat

Recommend me some edgy Rockabilly bands! [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 2:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Pick a Vegas Hotel

Please put your Vegas expertise to work and help me pick a mid-range hotel on the Strip. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Flash problems with Chrome/Linux

Problems with my netbook that I don't understand! Linux/Chrome/Flash...details inside. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Under pressure! (my brain that is)

Looking for info, advice, doctor recommendations related to idiopathic intracranial hypertension and neurology in NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Version control with automated deployment?

I'd like to start using source control for a website, with automated, one-click (or close to it) deployment. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 12:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Cataloguing Obama's presidency so far?

What are the best sources for compiling a timeline-based list of what Obama has accomplished (and not accomplished) so far while in office? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Remembering a recently lost loved one during the holidays

My brother died 7 months ago in an unexpected and tragic accident. This will be our first Christmas without him. What are some ideas for new traditions we can start to actively remember him and honor his memory? [more inside]
posted by isaypotato at 12:03 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me find the mystery comic

Help me identify a mystery comic [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

In my 3rd year of an engineering degree, hate it, failing and loaded with debt. What should I do?

I'm in my 3rd year of my mechanical engineering program and I hate it. I've dropped 30% in grades since my second year and now I'm tip-toeing failing/passing every class. I've gotten stomach ulcers and anxiety attacks as a result of the stress and I've started to just give up. I want to switch but I'm already sacked with 40k of loans. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by CreativeUsername at 11:34 AM PST - 30 comments

I want to give my great aunt a present -- but what?

I'd like to find a gift for a great aunt I don't know very well (yet). [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Droid won't load web pages on open WiFi connection

Probably a stupid Droid question: My Motorola Atrix will connect to open (unsecured) WiFi networks, but I am unable to load web pages. Can't even perform a simple Google search. There must be an option somewhere that I can't locate. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Equalizer for Windows?

Is there a non-expensive way I can add system-wide EQ to my Windows 7 HTPC (Asrock ION 330)? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 10:52 AM PST - 12 comments


Belgian waffle irons. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ihadapony at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

How to Calm Down Angry Fish?

Fish owners: I have some goldfish in a tank. They're all healthy, and well-fed, and have plenty, and I mean plenty, of water (since some of them died). However they are aggressive to each other sometimes. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I have to listen to them all to find a good one?

Need specific recommendations for quirky/cute/mildly humorous Christmas e-cards. I've never sent one and am overwhelmed by the sites. Something involving cats is fine. Or Tim Burton-style things. Or Far Side- type humor. The recipients send me glurgy cards all the time, but I'd like to send cards that non-glurgy people might also enjoy.
posted by Omnomnom at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Florida Keys Biking

Advice on bike riding on Florida Keys [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

What's going through your mind when you're pregnant?

What's going through your mind when you're pregnant? A character I'm writing about is seven months along for the first time. Not having had the experience myself, I'm wondering if I'm on the right track with how she's feeling. How easy or hard is it for her to picture herself as a mom? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Let there be light: need 120V MR16 type LED bulbs for outdoors! Trickier than it sounds.

Where can I buy 50W equivalent LED lights that work outdoors, operate at 120V, and are of the standard base type? I simply cannot find a bulb that meets all three criteria! [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get rid of some old furniture.

What is the easiest way to get rid of old furniture? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson at 10:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Should I retire the old Mac Mini?

Should I get an external drive or a new computer? Longtime Mac Mini user details inside. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a community/forum where I can learn more about networking, code, security, and OS-independent CS topics

I'm looking for a forum where I can ask questions about networking, security, coding, operating systems, web design, etc. There are many of these out there, but I'd like to find a single community which covers all these topics more or less equally (so it isn't a Linux forum with a small section on BSD, or a coding forum with a small section on networking). I'd like it to be the sort of forum where users stay around for several years as they learn and contribute at different levels, with high literacy and education-to-spam levels. Could I have your recommendations please?
posted by westerly at 9:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Charcoal Grill Filter

Buying a charcaol grill. What should I consider as I make my decision about which to buy? Also, I know that there are related questions on AskMeFi, none exactly like mine AND they are dated and closed, so I am hoping for new eyes. [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 9:17 AM PST - 14 comments

What are the things every Android Phone needs?

I just got a Samsung Stratosphere LTE, my first smartphone and first Android device. I'm not looking to use it as a mini computer (i have an iPad for that) but I am interested in how to best use it as a phone and what capabilities or apps are available that don't have an iOS equivalent or work better than their counterparts. What super-neat abilities does a Stratosphere have that might not be immediately apparent?
posted by The Whelk at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Please give me some shoe fashion sense.

Can I have some shoe suggestions for a particular dress please? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 8:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Books About The Open Road?

Books about the open road, road trips, and new starts? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 8:51 AM PST - 22 comments

What relatively high profile celebrities, artists or entertainers have very poor websites?

What relatively high profile celebrities, artists or entertainers have very poor websites? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 8:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Best time to work out?

When is the best time of day for an individual to exercise (i.e. early morning, midday or evening) and what factors make that specific time the best time? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Easiest way to buy Tintin books?

What is the best way to buy all the Tintin books individually? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:20 AM PST - 3 comments

No haggis drop?

How should I spend New Years Eve in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 8:02 AM PST - 9 comments

YouTube the Snitch

YouTube sleuthing question: When you're logged in, the home page shows a timeline of activity from all the accounts you've subscribed to. This is activity like uploading a new video, or liking/favoriting someone else's video. You can also click on a username to see that person's individual activity feed. What circumstances could cause an action to appear in the main feed, but not in the personal one for that user? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Checking for Plagiarism

Term Paper: What are the best sites/programs to check my term paper for plagiarism? It really should be free but i guess i'd be open for very cheap alternatives. It's 15 Pages and im on a mac if that helps.
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there really no well-organized boycott against the global warming?

As serious as global warming is, and as close as we've come to the point of no return, I find it incredible that there isn't at least a moderate-scale boycott against the oil companies that are behind the public misinformation campaign and lobbying against legislation. And if not a boycott, at least some sort of active protests. Am I just looking in the wrong places? Wouldn't a boycott of say ExxonMobil (from what I've read one of the largest supporter of the denialist machine) by a few tens of thousands have an impact? Or is their revenue just too big?
posted by theNeutral at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

bring my noms closer to me

Is there something like Gilt Taste that is based in Australia? I'm especially keen on their artisanal sweets and chocolates and cakes.
posted by divabat at 6:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Was this (ex)relationship problem properly handled?

Recently, I said some harsh things to an ex whom until recently I had remained very good friends with. These things had been boiling inside me for months and I had to say them at this point. However, ever since I said them, she has disappeared from her online profiles (which she updated multiple times every day), I have no way of contacting her, and I'm worried. Obviously there's a lot going on, and some of it may be serious. [more inside]
posted by marriedtotacos at 5:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Does anyone know how to make the photographs appear in The Guardian's RSS feeds in Google Reader?

Does anyone know how to make the photographs appear in The Guardian's RSS feeds in Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:56 AM PST - 3 comments

How to paint these metal pipes?

How to best paint these metal pipes in the toilet? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 4:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a multicultural calendar that shows different systems for describing dates.

I'm looking for a printed calendar that shows, in overlay format, many of the world systems for describing dates, such as Gregorian, Islamic, Jewish, Chinese, etc... Something to hang on my wall. I don't care if it is "flipbook" style or a large poster. Is something like that commercially available? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 3:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Tick, tick, tick....Boom!

Yet another Facebook privacy question. How can I block certain information from my friends' tickers? [more inside]
posted by eau79 at 3:16 AM PST - 6 comments

What to put on business cards?

I need business cards. Help me work out what the hell to put on them. [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 2:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Lomax maybe?

Does anyone recognize this recording of 'Go Down Moses'?
posted by lazenby at 1:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Broadband in the Greater LA area?

Broadband recommendations for the Long Beach/Greater L.A. area? There is, of course, a catch... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 12:30 AM PST - 10 comments

December 17

I'm feeling a bit LED astray by my wedding lighting options.

What is the best direction to go in for LED accent lighting/throwies on a budget that demands maximum bang for the buck? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:43 PM PST - 14 comments

A Very Missouri New Years: what to do outside of St Louis for New Years

A Very Missouri New Years: what to do outside of St Louis for New Years [more inside]
posted by scrambles at 8:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Music all over the house

What devices/components do we need to store our music library centrally and access it throughout the house? Also, what's a good wireless speaker solution? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 8:06 PM PST - 12 comments

How to upload contacts to an Android phone?

How can I copy my phone book from my old Blackberry to my new Galaxy Nexus without uploading the data to Google, Facebook, or any other service? I have a Mac and a USB cable; this ought to be possible, right? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman at 7:04 PM PST - 14 comments

How many hospitals don't participate?? - Medicare Googling fail

How many American hospitals do not participate in Medicare? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

It's duck stretching time

I've got half a stewing duck in the freezer. I need it to stretch to feed six people. As it's going to be eaten around Christmas time I'd prefer to serve it with veggies (rather than, say, rice or pasta) and some kind of sauce. There's a few recipes out there but what are the awesome ones? I'm prepared to try a confit but I know that the amount of oil/fat wouldn't go down too well with other people. Long, slow, cooking is more than okay.
posted by TheDonF at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it worth forming a single person LLC for moonlighting and other tips for LLCs?

Is it worth forming a single person LLC for moonlighting and other tips for LLCs? [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 5:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Am I a clown? Do I amuse you?

I really enjoyed Martin Scorcese's Hugo. What are some other family-friendly movies by directors usually noted for "grown-up" films? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 5:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Need TV Speakers For My Parents

I need TV speakers for my parents. How do I figure out which ones I need? [more inside]
posted by pmed at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a playable piano in a London bar

Recommend me a bar in Central London with a piano that anyone can walk in and play! [more inside]
posted by greenish at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Christmas Day Entertainment Help

Christmas Day Entertainment Help Per tradition, my family of 4 (2 kids 2 and 5 years old) needs to perform some brief (5-15 minute) skit or performance at an large family gathering. Past years has been caroling, cooking demonstrations, magic. Running out of fun ideas. Anyone have some suggestions that would be easy to pull off. Humor a plus, as is involvement of the wee ones.
posted by dougiedd at 4:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Hardly Using My Smartphone. Should I downgrade? Did you?

Anyone have experience switching from a smartphone to a feature phone? My current phone is a Blackberry. (Its Blackberry-ness isn't the issue.) I pay AT&T $90 month. I bought an iPad 6 months ago and my use of the phone has dropped precipitously. I initiate one or two voice calls per week and just a few texts. I never user it to browse the web. I do use it to check mail but I never respond to or initiate email on it. I travel with the iPad, so that relegates the phone to the bench on those occasions, too. In other words, I have much more phone than I need and I'm paying ATT $90 each month for services I barely use. So, I'm thinking about terminating the contract and going pay-as-you-go with a cheaper phone. Has anyone done the same thing for the same reasons? How did it work out? Did you regret it?
posted by justcorbly at 3:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Send gmail from AOL account

Is there a way to show a gmail From: address when sending from an AOL account? [more inside]
posted by skbw at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Make my oatmeal more filling.

What can I add to my morning oatmeal to make it more filling, without adding more bulk? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:12 PM PST - 48 comments

Looking for high quality junk

MontrealShopping Filter: Yes, I am a Christmas shopping procrastinator. What are your favourite places to shop for pretty-looking things in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me make an awesome trivia night!

Can anyone help me come up with a pub trivia points system? [more inside]
posted by keepmathy at 1:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Not wise, but fun, mocking dragons

What are some good insults for dragons? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 1:12 PM PST - 45 comments

Finding the right beads

I want to buy some craft beads for a friend in the USA (I'm in the UK), but don't know the exact type of beads she uses, or where's best to buy them from, and I don't want to ask her directly as it's a surprise. [more inside]
posted by emc at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Since it is probably poor form to sip from the dipping bowl

I have fallen in love with the sauce my sushi restaurant serves with it's deep-fried soft-shell crab. So what else tastes great with ponzu sauce on it? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:38 PM PST - 12 comments

I have to move this couch without bending space and time.

Help me get this couch back *out* my apartment! Arrrrrrrrrrggggghhhh. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 12:01 PM PST - 37 comments

Renting off the grid? Is is possible?

It's a little complicated, but it's about identity and renting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me make someone's Christmas

I'm looking for gift ideas for an elderly blind person. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 11:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me avoid needles by eating healthier breakfasts!

What are some delicious high-fiber (and ideally high-protein and low-carb) foods I could eat for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 11:04 AM PST - 45 comments

Radio Ho Ho Ho

Next Saturday, I've got three hours of radio time to do whatever I want, as long as it's holiday related - it's my holiday special! Please help me put together an awesome playlist. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Desktop clock with map motif?

Where can I find a desktop clock with a map/atlas motif that's not a cheesy promotional item, isn't feminine/biblical/nautical, and is less than $50? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I giftwrap a grapefruit?

How do you gift-wrap a grapefruit? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 10:23 AM PST - 26 comments

How do you gracefully compete in business with a friend?

We’ve been asked to work on a project. I have a friend who seemed to have their heart set on this same thing. We’re the older, more established company. They’re the younger company but the project is more obviously in their area of interest. They already know they won’t be doing it, but they don’t yet know that we might. What’s the graceful way to handle this situation without incurring unnecessary resentment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Best carry-on bag that looks professional and FITS

Trying to buy a rolling carry-on that will reliably fit in overheads and look professional when I take it to work/clients. Right now tempted by Tumi Alpha Continental 20" ($$$) but wonder if TravelPro Walkabout 4 ($) would be just as good. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:12 AM PST - 18 comments

How to digitize my life?

Digitizing just about everything: anyone done it before? Pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Opposition to Fundamentalist Education

Philanthropy: Is anyone aware of a non-profit organization that specifically focuses on U.S evangelical or fundamentalist-christian education or extremist Islam education (even better, grade school focused) its mission recognizing that the Christianity or Islam, in its perverted form(s), e.g., creationism, intolerance, senseless violence etc, is logically, from an educated standpoint, harmful to society. E.g., A reputable NP organization in whatever form committed to advocate against fundamentalist schools that teach silliness and harm children, likely an idea tank or direct advocacy program.
posted by gagglezoomer at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Seriously, Dad, why are you making this hard for me?

So. I want to buy my dad a book for Christmas. And I know which one. But. He is reading all his books on his fancy new iPad these days How do I buy him books now? I don't want to just send a gift card.
posted by SLC Mom at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

I am not very good at titles

Please help me come up with a job title that reflects the two distinct but important roles I play in my company: sex educator and customer service manager. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

The Spy Who Came in from the Outer Dark

Looking for some holiday reading, specifically "occult thrillers." What I want is something that mixes occult/horror and spies/thriller elements. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me recall the name of a long-defunct email list?

Back in the early days of my Internet forays (1996? 1997?) I subscribed to an odd mailing list whose messages were pseudo-autobiographical posts by a small circle of friends. They formed an ongoing narrative, I believe one was named "Alex," and it continued for at least a couple of years. By the time blogs hit the scene it had slowly faded away, and I can't for the life of me find any of the archives I thought I'd saved. I know it's a long shot, but it seems like just the sort of thing some other MeFites would remember... any luck?
posted by verb at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Efflorescence a problem?

Efflorescence on basement wall: After I remove it, should I treat the wall? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 9:28 AM PST - 3 comments

What was this logo?

Logofilter: Trying to track down a logo on the side of a train I saw that reminded me of the Windows logo. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 9:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Water Spill on MacBook Air

Water spill on MacBook Air (4 months old). Currently drying out. What next - Genius Bar? Applecare? Some other thing? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 9:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I test/check a Battery Tender Pro?

Can I test/check a Battery Tender Pro? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't forget to bring _______ when you go to the hospital!

What items did you forget to bring along when you were admitted to the hospital for surgery? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 9:02 AM PST - 30 comments

Is getting my Comcast internet via Earthlink a lot worse than it has seemed in the past?

What's going on with this Earthlink redirect default, and how ticked off should I be? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

anti-depressants for people who can't take them?

anti-depressants for people who can't take them? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Relationship- am I paranoid or being used?

Am I being used or am I hyper-sensitive about this issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 AM PST - 49 comments

jQueryMobile make my button presses do nothing.

How do I create a button within the jQueryMobile framework and have it call the URL on the remote server but not do anything on the page? I'm sure there is an answer for this but I'm at a loss for search terms. [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a mug like this?

Where can I find a mug like this? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

My breasts are large for my frame, how can I downplay them and avoid back pain?

My breasts are disproportionately large for my frame (34E/F, 5'2", upper-normal BMI). Because of this, my posture is terrible and my style has been decidedly cramped. Short of getting a breast reduction, how can I dress better, improve my posture, and keep my back from hurting all the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 26 comments

Money for the gun show

How much do you tip a personal trainer you see once a week. [more inside]
posted by Unred at 6:09 AM PST - 8 comments

So many variations of vanilla...

Ingredient ratio question... [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Bueller? Anyone?

The great news is I got a teaching job high school. The not-so-great news is that I'm biology and physical science, subjects I can barely fake my way through (I got hired because I have a background in special education and working with this population). What are some great books and online resources that will help me with super-interesting lessons? Bonus points for online games and experiments that don't involve flames or heat. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 5:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for last-minute Chicago Christmas charities

Good morning, MeFi's! It's not to late for me to make Christmas better for some deserving kids and families in Chicago, is it? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 5:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Siri listens too fast, Siri is impatient, and Siri doesn't know who my best friend is.

Ok, got my new iPhone 4s. Siri is great and all, but I want to use it to dictate notes, and I find that it assumes I'm done speaking waay too quickly. Within a second, it's processing my request! But when I have something to record, I'd like to occasionally wait a few seconds between words. Is there any way to adjust how quickly it thinks I'm done speaking? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 4:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Last year she asked for a dragon scale...

My daughter has asked Santa for a "rubber pound coin" for Christmas, and with the delightful phrase of "Santa can get anything" we can't find anything in the UK. I'm open to suggesstions, with the caveat I'm a bit useless at arts and crafts, [more inside]
posted by ewan at 4:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I keep my long term personal goals which don't have obvious success criteria at the front of my mind?

[Not quite New Year's Resolution filter] How do I keep my long term personal goals which don't have obvious success criteria at the front of my mind? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 3:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching for Proxy in Doha for US Court Search

Need help with accessing a Pennsylvania court docket search from overseas. I'm in Doha, Qatar, and for some reason can't access this link here to search for court dockets in Pennsylvania - I can access the rest of the site though. I haven't been able to find a proxy IP that seems to work here, which seems like a possible solution... any suggestions on getting through?
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I driving a bomb?

My truck is leaking gas. Is this just Very Bad or is it Super Bad? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 12:08 AM PST - 20 comments

December 16

What to do when you get christmas cards, but don't send any.

I get Christmas cards. But I don't send any. How should I acknowledge receipt of them? [more inside]
posted by bluelava at 11:57 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm asking what to ask...

If you were talking to a 101-year-old person, what would you want to know? [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 11:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Arrested development

What are humans no better at now than they were in the past? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 11:19 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me get couple-y

Starting a new relationship with someone very special. Help me learn to be couple-y! [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 10:16 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm going to allow this.

Looking for movies with accurate depictions of legal proceedings. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:48 PM PST - 16 comments

what am I wearing?

Please tell me anything you can about this vest.. [more inside]
posted by kumazemi at 9:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Drank really nasty coconut water... am I ok?

I drank some coconut water that has been left out for a long time. Probably weeks. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot at 8:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Cookware Safety Filter: Aluminum plus bleach - can a coffee pot be saved?

The Mister cleaned an aluminum Mukka Express with bleach and the inside of the bottom part turned black. Is it still safe to use? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 8:57 PM PST - 4 comments

help me make the most out of Bali

7 day itinerary for Bali in February? Recommendations specific places to stay, specific places to go, instead of just "stay in Ubud"? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by at 8:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us meet in the middle.

How can we ease our long-distance communication woes? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 8:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me help my friend earn his GED

A friend of mine has decided it's time to get his GED. What study guide(s) can you recommend for me to send him as a help and motivator toward this goal? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there any prophylaxis or pre-treatment for herpes exposure

Friend was possibly exposed to genital herpes, wonders if there is prophylaxis treatment before any symptoms would appear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Learning About Pulmonary Embolism

How long does it take for breathing to return to normal after Pulmonary Embolism? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 7:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Selectively edited documents?

What is the best way to present a document online that is editable by some users, but not others? [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 7:22 PM PST - 9 comments

What am I allowed to ask for from a subletter?

What are the steps I can take to ensure my long-term subletter is financially secure with good credit and a steady income/guarantor? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Bacon gone awry?

My apartment building and apartment smell strongly of barbecue, like meat cooking. Sometimes I can smell good food smells from my downstairs neighbors as I walk by, but I can't usually smell it from inside my apartment. I guess what I would like to know is, um, is there some way I will know that my apartment building is on fire before it's too late to escape? Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I break jealous thought patterns?

Ex-girlfriend jealousy, my-own-brain-originating-type. How do I break jealous thought patterns? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 6:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find a 35" silver chain?

I recently bought this Art Nouveau aide de memoire. Now I would like to find a very long silver chain to wear it on. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I fix or cover up a cracked vinyl armrest on my office chair?

I bought one of these Haworth office chairs some time ago. Now the vinyl(?) on the right armrest is cracked. How can I fix it? Or if I can't easily fix it, what's a good way of covering it up?
posted by storybored at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

How to break down day care holiday tips

With our daughter having been in a couple of classes at her day care this year, and there being several floating carers who also take care of her, we're not sure how best to tip. Do we need to gift everyone the same or can we weight some teachers if they've spent more time with our daughter? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

What can I do to speed up my moms old Desktop PC?

What can I do to speed up my moms old Desktop PC? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Tallyho! To the Geekery!

What are some computer "accessory" items I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Ipad mobile hotspot package?

I want to buy my friend a package so that he can connect his 1st generation ipad to the internet anywhere? What is the best deal? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 5:14 PM PST - 1 comment

What % of fertilized human eggs die?

What % of fertilized human eggs never attach to the uterine wall? [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

How to unstick brass valve?

How do I unstick this brass bypass valve? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Which genes should I get sequenced?

Which of my genes should I have sequenced, mostly for an art project? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

the key to the code to the key

How can I code a letter into the bit(s) of a skeleton key. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Injured while working out with a personal trainer - Opinions?

Under the instruction of a personal trainer I strained my rotator cuff. A couple family members said that one of the reasons of having a personal trainer is avoiding this kind of thing and that I should find a different one. I'd never worked out or used equipment in a gym. The personal trainer was aware of that. He had me doing dips on a piece of equipment that kept my legs up and in front of me. I was definitely straining, he was pushing me to keep going and then my muscles gave out and I dropped. It didn't hurt right away, it was several hours later that the pain came so we continued the regimen. This was my third session, second working upper body. Should I get a different personal trainer or is this just something that happens and can be brushed off?
posted by mrflibble at 3:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find the porn I'm looking for

I want to get my husband an online subscription to a porn website for Christmas. But I don't have the wherewithal to sift through all the google results that will likely appear if I try to google to find what I want. Please help me find what I'm looking for! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. at 2:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Mildew city?

The house I'm renting has very little storage space inside but has a huge deck. How much damage would I do to my stored items to keep them in plastic Rubbermaid containers on the deck? It doesn't snow here but it gets quite rainy.
posted by Pomo at 2:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How to pitch myself to a startup?

I am a marketing professional - middle management in an enormous media conglomerate. I would like to shift my work environment and infrastructure completely and work for a startup that is currently staffed only with technical experts, programmers, scientists and a small sales force. How do I pitch myself to be part of a company that doesn't have any people who do what I do yet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Shall I just wear a wig right now?

Losing my hair: female, early 30s, not sure if I'm being hoodwinked by my hairloss clinic - what actually WORKS? iS DX genetic testing and hair bulb analysis reliable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

How to let Wordpress readers submit recipes or other content?

What's the best way to build a Wordpress feature allowing users to contribute content along the lines of recipes? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 1:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Art school and bipolar meds

I'm bipolar and I started taking Lamictal and Seroquel around a year ago. I'm in my second year at art school after taking a year out due to depression. I'm finding it very hard to be creative this year. I used to instantly think of a million ideas as soon as I was given a brief, now it takes me days to come up with one. I'm also finding it very difficult to draw which used to be one of my strengths. My first semester assessment is in few weeks and I'm kind-of ashamed of what I'm handing in. I've heard bipolar meds can effect peoples's creativity, has anyone else experienced this? Is there anything I can do about it short of coming off the meds (which I definitely don't want to do)?
posted by Chenko at 1:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I eat?

YANMDoT, but I think I may be developing an eating disorder. Potentially triggering description inside. [more inside]
posted by corvus agitator at 1:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Furry hat with ears - who wears them?

What subcultures or what people wear furry hats with ears? What is the cultural context here? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 1:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Seeking language-rich Spanish-language videos

Please recommend some entertaining Spanish-language YouTube videos for listening practice. I'm looking for a variety of Spanish accents, and people that are entertaining to listen to. [more inside]
posted by free hugs at 1:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Sorry, suburban white straw people, for encouraging this

What are some good articles and resources about human fascination with offensive/violent art and occurrences? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a quote about British imperialism

What's the source for the quote about England conquering the world while asleep? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Jobs for someone with an exceptionally pleasant voice

What jobs require a very pleasant speaking voice? [more inside]
posted by jingle at 12:31 PM PST - 23 comments

menu bar mystery

What does this Eye of Horus in my mac menu bar do? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by alteredcarbon at 12:22 PM PST - 26 comments

I can write all that, but not a line on my resume.

ResumeFilter: Should I write that I did a particular project for a job on personal time? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me improve my home network!

How to turn my computer into an efficient home server... [more inside]
posted by smitt at 12:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Finding the best work situation for a cranky, non-self-starting misanthrope

I'm perpetually anxious and unhappy in my current professional field, and have been trying to transition to a different professional field. However, I'm lately wondering if the problem is really that I'm simply not a professional-type person. Should I give up on the idea of having a "career"? How stupid would this be given, you know, the economy and all that? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 12:04 PM PST - 38 comments

DC NYE for uncool types

Any cool "alternative"/non-fancy/non-clubby new years eve activities in DC or surrounding area? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 11:51 AM PST - 2 comments

The art/porn divide is very relevant at work

Is there a hack to create two Tumblr dashboards from one login? [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Them's the brakes

So I'm doing dome work on a 99 Volvo XC and, not paying attention, filled my brake reservoir with DOT3 fluid instead of DOT4. If I don't drain it and replace it with DOT4 am I taking a terrible risk? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I convert a brokerage account into an IRA and claim the tax benefit?

Can I convert my regular brokerage account into a (non-Roth) IRA and claim the tax benefit? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Little bird, how do I care for you?

We are planning to get a couple of pet finches and I have a few questions: (1) what do people to use the line the bird cage if they don't get a newspaper at their house? (2) If I leave food and water, how long can finches be left home alone? a long weekend? a week-long trip? until the food runs out? and (3) is there any difference except color between the different common breeds for pet finches?
posted by metahawk at 11:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Transferring contact data between phones

What is the easiest way to transfer contact data from an LG Lotus to the HTC Wildfire S? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Which Kindle? Real world experiences?

[Kindle Filter - Snowflake v9.7.1] I think I want a Kindle, but not to read Amazon books. Looking for real world experience from Kindle owners using Gutenberg books and Instapaper. Specifically Kindle 4 and Kindle Touch. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

You could read my book, maybe?

Is there a non-obnoxious way to promote a book to specific people? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a little relief

Seeking ideas for the types of professional & social resources or services (organizations, agencies, providers, etc.) that would be included on a list of potential referrals to help people across the social spectrum deal with various forms of trauma, catastrophes & highly stressful situations. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Memorable experience gifts near Los Angeles?

GiftFilter: Memorable experiences that are a day trip out of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Nothing was stirring, not even a mouse.

CraftFilter: I made these (1, 2) mice last Christmas and I now want to make them into some kind of decoration. But what? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to Take it Slow

This question is twofold but relates to one goal: I want to approach new romantic relationships differently than I have in the past, which I think means more slowly. How to best do this? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me figure this (polyamory-related ethical question) out

This question is about polyamorous ethics. It's part of a larger question about my relationship with my long term partner and considers the ethics of the third party. What I'd like a read on or resources to help think about: the ethics of expressing interest in someone who is already in a partnered, monogamous context. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I balance needing to pay my employer back with quitting in less than two months?

I need help with a work situation involving quitting and a major screw up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 27 comments

My information superhighway is more like a bike path.

I need a Firefox or Chrome extension that tracks my bandwidth usage. [more inside]
posted by Zozo at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Why not % ?

Why spell out 'percent' or use 'pc' instead of the % symbol? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Please save my Christmas!

Long shot: Does anyone know where I can find some OP Anderson Aquavit in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How about some jelly babies with that eggnog?

I'm not sure how I found it or why I didn't save it, but I remember a fan made Dr. Who Christmas video.The premise was four doctors (Eccleston, Tennant, and Colin and Tom Baker) all having a Timelord Christmas together. The Doctors were played by actors/fans. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 8:38 AM PST - 2 comments

A career that engenders flow, focus, intensity

Hey everybody, it's another question in my never-ending search for a career I might enjoy! I'm an avid whitewater kayaker. I love just about everything about it, but I think the thing that makes it most addictive is that the intensity, the problem solving, the physicality, the threat of consequences all come together to put me in a state of flow. Are there careers that could give me some of that? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 8:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Improving my knowledge of SQL and PostgreSQL

Free or creative-commons books to help me improve my knowledge of SQL. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Christmas cheer, Christmas beer

Recommend me some Christmas beers. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 7:58 AM PST - 37 comments

What are Java deliverables?

Java: What are the expectations of deliverables for an SDK/API/library? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

SCTV, 1978. Who wrote the songs?

Who wrote the song in this very funny Steve and Eydie spoof that aired on SCTV in 1978? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 7:26 AM PST - 2 comments

shower me with tips!

We have no water pressure and may be without it for some time, which makes showering difficult. What can we do about this? By which I mean (a) what can we do to get our water pressure back, and, in the meantime, (b) what are some tips and tricks to keeping clean without a working shower? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 6:28 AM PST - 35 comments

Marvel-lous underwear.

Iron Man uni-beam underwear. Does it exist? If not, how do I get a pair made? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 6:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Plz help me burn fun .flv and .mp4 vids to DVD for people without puters.

I'd like to burn .flv and .mp4 files to DVD for people without puters, to watch on US DVD players. What format do they need converted to (I can use VLC media player to convert them, if they need converted) and what is a good open source and/or free software to burn said converted files to DVD? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 5:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Doctoral comps - when where and how?

Doctoral comps - when to sit? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I deal with the ghosts of bad relationships past?

Some years back, I got out of a really bad(/abusive/weird) relationship. My life is so different and so much better now, and I truly thought it was behind me. But recently, out of nowhere and eight years later, I keep getting this itch to talk/think about it all in gruesome and miserable detail. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet at 4:23 AM PST - 21 comments

What exercise & nutrition regimens really work?

Truths about working out and nutrition? [more inside]
posted by Trinergy at 3:21 AM PST - 23 comments

December 15

I'm the decider! Well, 1/2 of one, anyway. Is that ever a good idea?

i've been offered a co-directorship position for an International Scholars Office at an academic organization. I need help thinking through the pros and cons of accepting. Can co-directorships ever work? Would you ever want to be a co-director? [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox at 11:01 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm so sorry the green has to put up with this epic stupidity.

Is there any way to reach a human being at Mojang support? [more inside]
posted by zennish at 10:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Seeking good ______ of the Month Clubs

Looking for some recommendations for fun, surprising ______ of the Month subscriptions. [more inside]
posted by shoyu at 10:12 PM PST - 15 comments

One day after a car accident

I know this is a stupid question, but I am going to ask it anyway. I got into a car accident yesterday. Today I have minor back pain and MAJOR anxiety. Should I go to the doctor? [more inside]
posted by smokingloon at 9:42 PM PST - 16 comments

how do you take a compliment?

how do you take a compliment? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:30 PM PST - 43 comments

The Hamster in my hard drive is back

I have a Iomega Home Media drive on my LAN that starts chattering like it is about to explode with activity. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I get cheap, small glasses with near-sighted lenses? What about reading glasses?

Can I have a glasses store put near-sighted lenses in cheap reading glasses? Is there another way to get cheap glasses for my small face? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 8:39 PM PST - 20 comments

What should I do about the cat outside my door?

There is a cat without collar or tags in the hallway of my apartment building. It's too late to knock on neighbors' doors to ask if it's theirs. I can hear it mewing outside my door. What should I do?
posted by Ash3000 at 8:23 PM PST - 66 comments

Is there any way to make an exact clone of my iphone contents and state?

Is there any software from anyone at all that can clone my iphone, so that if it craters I can restore to its EXACT state before it died? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Caring for my alcoholic parents

I'm visiting my sick parents, and I need advice and options about how to take care of them while I am there, and how they can be cared for after I leave. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How best to hollaback?

What is the most effective way for a woman to respond to street harassment by men? Obviously if I feel unsafe, I run like hell. But often it happens in public places where I'm easily able to stop, turn around and say something to the perpetrator. Ideally would like to a) Make the man feel embarrassed and ashamed, b) Make myself feel strong instead of victimised, c) Reduce the chances of him harassing again. I realise these may be contradictory goals, and I would like to better understand what goes on in the minds of men who harass women on the street. (In case it's at all relevant, the sleazebags in my area tend to be white and middle aged).
posted by embrangled at 7:36 PM PST - 91 comments

I has a malware

My WordPress site got hacked. Who can I pay to fix it? [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 7:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Travel litterbox.. wha?

12-hour drive home for the holidays coming up - help me let my cat pee during the trip without it being in his carrier... again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 7:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Found a large, strange bug with a large "stinger" in the living room. What kind is it?

I found a large, fast, and strange looking bug in our living room (one, two), and I'm unsure as to what type it is. It has a large "stinger" on it's bottom, with very long legs. Do you know what type it is? [more inside]
posted by jwmollman at 7:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Dolt the Blunder Dog is not acceptable - what name can sneak under the radar?

Need a dog name [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 6:49 PM PST - 59 comments

Help me help my friend

How do I make sure my author friend gets the biggest bang for my buck? [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 6:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I tell someone that her new boyfriend is a horrible person?

Would it ever be OK to warn someone (whom you don't know) about about her new boyfriend, who is your ex friend with benefits? For reasons of jerk-ery, not safety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 36 comments

My Droid is low on space. What? Halp.

Android phone error: "Low on space -- Phone storage space is getting low." Help? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I try harder to talk myself out of marriage?

Even though logically I don't feel like he's "marriage material," I am overwhelmed lately with a desire to be married to him. Which way should I be going on this? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 5:40 PM PST - 28 comments

A dilemna about prisoners

In fiction, an adolescent girl is imprisoned, and can only communicate with a mysterious fellow prisoner she's never met. They can only communicate in code, a plausible code that teaches the girl how to encode information into her world's predominant technology. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt at 4:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Best Low Light Still Camera?

Best low light still camera under $250? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Root depth and breadth

I want to know how deep and how wide the roots of various plants will normally grow. Trees, gourd vines, wheat, clover, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, marigolds, everything. I want to make sure my raised beds are high enough and also want to prevent plants from choking each other out.
posted by gray17 at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Help re-name us!

Help re-name our popular Toronto Storytelling event! [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 4:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Any less-crowded bars on a Friday in downtown Boston?

What are my best options for Friday after-work drinks in downtown Boston? [more inside]
posted by Dixon Ticonderoga at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Christmas toes

Christmas toes filter: I'm about to travel half-way across the world to spend the holidays with my brother's family and I want the two girls to think think they have the most awesome-es auntie known. So here's the question... Red and green toenails. Should I do one foot red and the other green or alternate colours? I'm open to other patterns and ideas as well. I want them to giggle.
posted by michswiss at 3:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Can you identify this women's coat/cape?

Please help me identify a cape/coat thing so I can surprise my girlfriend with it. (picture inside) [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs at 3:17 PM PST - 17 comments

I was left as executor of a will, need a lawyer. Looking for advice.

Mother passed away, need to get court papers stating that I am the executor of the will. The will states that I am the executor, but it was never filed with a court. Courthouse says I must get a lawyer to get the paperwork if the will wasn't filed in a court of law before she died (which is was not). [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Adding someone else to a project

Adding someone else to a project. [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Put socks on your hands

Techniques to break porn and masturbation addiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 25 comments

What kinds of Christmas gifts do you buy when you're buying for the whole office?

What kind of Christmas gifts do you get for co-workers, when you're cheap and have a bunch of them to give to? [more inside]
posted by jabes at 2:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Words are hard!

I need a couple synonyms for a somewhat confusing work topic. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Vocal exercises for speaking in bars?

Me me ma ma mo mo... Anyone have any tips on speaking exercises to prevent vocal rawness and pain after extended speaking in noisy environments? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

A gift for the wild blue yonder

I'd like to buy a gift for a good friend who is a flight instructor (small planes, one-on-one with students); he hasn't been doing it all that long, and doesn't have a huge amount of personal equipment. Anything nice/fancy that is also incredibly useful to have that his employer wouldn't provide? Also, any iPad/iPhone accessories for pilots? Say anything up to $500 (or even a bit more) or so - though unless I was completely assured he'd love the gift, I'd prefer cheaper. Thanks!
posted by slide at 12:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Find This Horror Movie

What is that 80s/90s horror movie involving someone terrorizing residents of a condo or apartment building by crawling within the walls? [more inside]
posted by dovesandstones at 12:14 PM PST - 17 comments

I need a personal camera.

I'm looking for a fast point and shoot camera I can use to take pictures of my pets. [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Will we have trouble bringing camera equipment to Central America?

I'm trying to find out whether we're going to have trouble bringing still and video camera equipment into Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, and my Google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me kill my inner George Lucas

I have to record myself interviewing others for work, and to my horror noticed I pose in such a way that gives me a double chin all the time. This is gross and makes me look weird/incompetent. How can I not do this anymore, ASAP? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 11:25 AM PST - 16 comments

And when Santa squeezes his fat white @%# down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of @%#holes this side of the nuthouse.

Christmas! Christmas! I seek non-annoying Christmas music, good Christmas cocktails, delicious Christmas food and Christmas desserts. What are some good things to do on Christmas Eve/day in NYC/Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 11:14 AM PST - 26 comments

Ima wanna Bahama idea.

What to do in Nassau or Freeport, Bahamas that isn’t so “touristy”? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

How long must a drug company prove a drug safe and effective to win FDA approval?

When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Beyond the Bars

What are good early-stage dating activities in NYC that don't involve bars? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 10:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Going from Southwest to Northeast London quick and cheap

Often I want to go from Southampton UK to Islington. The public transportation system in London is awesome! There must be a better way than the white-knuckle drive through the city I currently do... Given that I want to do the first leg of the trip via car, I expect there is somewhere in SW London I can park and take public transportation, and get to Islington relatively quickly (~1 hour) and cheaply. I've played around with Google maps, and there are a bajillion options.... anyone know one that is near optimal? Ideally with free/cheap parking, and outside the congestion fee zone.
posted by juliewhite at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Hope my turn my cassettes into something less archaic.

Anyone have any experience of the HY-2010-TP gizmo for converting audio cassettes to mp3s? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

What will happen after PhD programs (hopefully) accept me?

I am (very nearly) finished with my applications to computer science PhDs, and I realized I don't really know what will happen next. Assuming I get in anywhere, what sorts of contacts with programs are in store between their decision and mine? [more inside]
posted by silby at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

How to connect a PC to an AV Receiver for the best quality audio?

How to connect a PC to an AV Receiver for the best quality audio? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I attach some wire to the end of a tiny pine cone in a non ugly way to make it into a Christmas ornament

Hey crafties, do you know a good way for me to secure some wire to the end of a miniature pine cone in a non-ugly way so I can make a Christmas ornament out of it? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Television stations for bored dogs?

I am dog-sitting three dogs today for several hours while I'm working from home. I can take them for a couple short walks, but otherwise, they're on their own. They seem kinda bored and I'm wondering if putting the t.v. on would help. Are there specific t.v. genres that seem to be of interest to your dogs? [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 10:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Where did I read this short story about an alien abduction?

I am looking for the title and author of a short story about an alien abduction. The abduction itself was a major plot twist-- the story was about a farmer, but very abruptly, the farmer is abducted.
posted by jstef at 10:13 AM PST - 1 comment

iPhoto, uPhoto

Please help us get going so our blog doesn't remain some neat idea that we never made happen! [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

A gift ever so slightly ahead of its time.

Our corporate gifts this year are kind of new and unique, but now I'm concerned that some of the recipients won't understand what they are or how they work. How can I best explain it in a short included message, without being off-putting to the ones who have seen them before and know exactly what they are? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Binocular recommendations?

I would like to buy my wife good binoculars for Christmas. Can anyone recommend good binoculars? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 9:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Guns, butter, widgets.

I attended the University of Chicago Law School. I know almost nothing about economics, much less the Chicago school, but people keep expecting me to. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 9:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Brewing loose leaf tea: How do I do it?

After a failed attempt at getting my morning caffeine via coffee.. I discovered Bigelow's Plantation Mint tea. I like it stronger then their little teabags can provide though. How do I find and make it with loose leaves? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Where's my period?

Last week, I abruptly stopped taking my birth control pill (Aviane) four days before I was supposed to start my placebo pack. When will my period start? [more inside]
posted by calcetina at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Too soon to apply for a job? Or should I just go for it?

Applying for university administrative jobs in another city that I will be moving to in 4 months. Is it worth it to begin applying for positions I'm qualified for when I'm 4 months out from moving there? Could it hurt my chances of landing a job at the new university in any way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Gym dilemma.

What should I do if I see a painfully thin person exercising very hard at the gym? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 8:15 AM PST - 43 comments

So, you want fries with that?

[College/Career Filter] How do I guide my HS daughter in her ambitions towards Theater production? [more inside]
posted by jamesalbert at 8:13 AM PST - 14 comments

To fight the bug, we must understand the bug.

How do I ensure carpet beetles won't destroy my clothing? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk at 8:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a 3-5 day trek in February

Looking for ideas for a 3-5 day hike in February, easy to intermediate level, and maybe with a hut-to-hut or home-to-home element. Focusing on North and South America or Europe, and with a preference for decent weather. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Travel Suggestions for New Orleans

Going to New Orleans in January for business. Looking for some suggestions [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 7:57 AM PST - 12 comments

recommend a book: I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc.

I'm currently interested in nonfiction books on conspiracies, organized crime, corruption, secrecy, diplomacy, government misbehavior, etc. and recently, I learned about Cointelpro on Hardcore History. Can you recommend interesting books on similar topics? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 7:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Name that Song! Again.

[Song Filter] The roommate I had in college during the 2000-2001 year listened to this song that I liked a lot but of course I do not know the name of it, who sang it, or fully remember much of the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Switzerland in the winter without winter gear

What should I see and do in/around Zurich and Bern? [more inside]
posted by madokachan at 7:14 AM PST - 5 comments

We love you, but only when we like what you're doing.

FamilyGuiltFilter: Please help me navigate my mother and her tendancies to pile on guilt. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 6:55 AM PST - 45 comments

The ultimate tea set

I would like to give a tea set for a wedding gift. I'm looking for a timeless, beautiful set of objects that will last forever and do their job well. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Does Canada close up shop for the holidays?

Do Montreal and Quebec City close up shop for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by ElCuadrangular at 6:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Guess the number of Jelly Beans, Win a Prize!

Is there a way for me to estimate the total value of a certain weight of random mixed us coins? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:06 AM PST - 27 comments

pickle teapot enthusiasm membrane

this xkcd panel talks about human friendly passwords, that there is more entropy in four random english words eg: 'pickle teapot enthusiasm membrane' than the standard password format of about ten gibberish characters 'S@Nt&KLaWs'. Has anyone integrated this idea into a public-key cryptography system to allow keys that are words therefore more memorable, or encrypting and hashing into english words? what [ are / would be ] the [problems/other interesting qualities] of such a system?
posted by compound eye at 4:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Cool machines for techie fiancé?

[DifficultGiftFilter] My fiancé is one of those techie guys (software architect/developer) who already has all the latest gadgets and is generally hard to shop for. However, one of his most prized possessions is a beautiful little stirling engine. What are some other cool little machines that he might appreciate? [more inside]
posted by paralith at 4:44 AM PST - 26 comments

It's been a long time since I had to worry about this.

Should we buy COBRA coverage for the small gap between employers? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 4:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Fear of a Bot Planet

Are there people out there taking a war against robots/AI seriously? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 3:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Practical tips around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives

My wife is the director of an after school program that serves low income minority youth in grades 3 through 12. She is looking for practical tips to share with direct service staff around positive support of youth, program structures that work, behavior management, and incentives. What resources might you recommend (web or print)? What suggestions do you have as to what's successful or ways to assist in training and supporting staff within programming. Thanks.
posted by mathmatters at 3:02 AM PST - 4 comments

OHHHH-HOOO said the King of Bekjae

Emperor Wang Gun. It is one of the best TV shows you have never seen. Unfortunately, I have only seen parts of it. Is there any way I can purchase this show at a reasonable price? All I can find is a heartbreakingly priced $300 DVD set.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:51 AM PST - 3 comments

WI-FI spots and Chinese acupuncture in Mumbai

I'm brand new to this city and live in the Colaba, South Mumbai. My partner and I are looking for free wi-fi coffee shops and cafes in the area and aren't turning up much fruit. Any Bombay folks out there have suggestions? Also, I'm looking for a good Chinese medicine and acupuncturist in Mumbai. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
posted by pranalaxmi at 12:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Was the original Internet architecture designed largely by the Finns?

Did the Finns make a major contribution to the original Internet architecture? [more inside]
posted by Tarn at 12:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Pastels in London and Paris Museums

Thinking of visiting London and Paris next year...also been getting into pastels so would like to hit up art museums with a good number of quality pastel paintings by Degas, Renoir, etc. (prefer impressionist style). Which museums provide this abundance? I'm thinking the Musée d'Orsay, maybe the Louvre...anywhere else?
posted by lirael2008 at 12:15 AM PST - 8 comments

December 14

Too busy to feel this shitty?

I'm too busy to be depressed. How can I truck through this? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 10:37 PM PST - 19 comments

NYC Subterranean Filter: Regarding Liquid Nitrogen Below Ground, Why?

NYC Subterranean Filter: Regarding Liquid Nitrogen Below Ground, Why? [more inside]
posted by refractal at 9:59 PM PST - 6 comments

I will s ite thee with my smiting stick.

So does anyone know the origin of the phrase/meme "I will smite thee with my smiting stick"? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl at 9:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Bitter Songs

Tell me you favorite bitter, angry songs. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 9:07 PM PST - 160 comments

Looking for a bulk bourbon drink recipe

Looking for a tasty bourbon drink for a lot of people. [more inside]
posted by peeedro at 9:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Adult small socks

Mission Impossible: I'm looking for non-Hitchcock socks in mens size 5.5-6. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a Spanish Language Magazine

Want to sign up my dad for a Spanish language magazine subscription, but seems like there is limited variety. Which Spanish language magazines do you know of? [more inside]
posted by gabem at 8:59 PM PST - 3 comments

When is the right time to ski my first blue run?

I'm a beginner skier. I want to go on my first blue run soon. When is the right time? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek at 8:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Customer service ---> Gainful employment

Help me transition out of my customer service "career" [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

If you could study anything, what would it be?

If you could study anything, what would it be? I have some free time and a desire to get my neurons firing. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter at 8:25 PM PST - 21 comments

what shall I call thee?

Baby-name-filter: Two middle names, possibly retracting one later. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 8:14 PM PST - 32 comments

To Watch or Not To Watch- Home Surveillance when away

We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire at 8:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me keep my feet from swelling.

For the second day in a row, my feet and ankles have swollen up at the end of the day (the swelling went away overnight). Why might this be happening, and what can I do to stop it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:06 PM PST - 19 comments

How to stifle a cough?

Need your best hacks for stifling a cough--in time for a choral performance tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking for luggage storage in NYC near the american museum of natural history

I'm looking for luggage storage in NYC near the american museum of natural history [more inside]
posted by eliluong at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Do all electric toothbrushes get moldy?

Why is my Oral-B electric toothbrush's head moldy? Would a Sonicare have the same problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Vehicle maintenance website needed.

I'm looking for the best free online vehicle maintenance scheduling, logging, and alert website. Can someone recommend one they've used? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 7:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Eliminating cooler stink

Looking for an antimicrobial agent to add to a beer cooler. [more inside]
posted by horsemuth at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for Android blogs that don't flood me with hardware news.

I like Android. I hate Android blogs. [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

A Perfect Model for the Ultimate Failure of Free Market Capitalism

So, long story short: I have satellite internet. I have no other options for internet. My ISP provides neither service nor internet. What (legally, etc.) can I do? [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 6:52 PM PST - 26 comments

What's in a name... a twitter name to be specific

What's in a name... a twitter name to be specific [more inside]
posted by jseven at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

i want to sound my barbaric yawp!

help me find poems that are self-affirming and kind of narcissistic in nature. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 6:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Need help troubleshooting slow internet

My internet connection suddenly slowed way down. I've tried all the usual things, but I need some expert advice. [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I leave my company?

Should I just put in my two weeks or try to get a counter-offer from my current company? (or something else I haven't thought of?) [more inside]
posted by graphitix at 5:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me rock out to a Mesoamerican beat

Point me in the direction of some kick-ass Inca (or Inca-inspired) music. You know, with the pan flutes and the awesome beatz and whatnot. [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 5:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Introduce me to mindblowing covers of cliched songs.

Introduce me to mindblowing covers. I'm interested in cool, unconventional cover versions that turn cliched songs into something new entirely. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 5:06 PM PST - 158 comments

Anthrax and Metallica

In 1986 in Brooklyn, you could speak of Anthrax and Metallica as peers. With all respect to Anthrax who have been influential, history has shown Metallica to be the bigger band. I remember an article saying that of all the influential progressive bands in the 70's, like Yes, ELP, and Genesis, lessor know Gentle Giant was just as popular. Are there other examples of bands that had periods of time then they were peers, only to be surpassed later in time. Also, please add if this was true for a specific place.
posted by DTHEASH1 at 4:44 PM PST - 56 comments

Hearing with my hair

I can hear with a location on the top of my head. Is this common? Unusual? What is it called? [more inside]
posted by HiroProtagonist at 4:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Archiving a LiveJournal Community

How can a now-defunct LiveJournal community archive its posts & comments? [more inside]
posted by snoe at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Show me your stollen

I need a good recipe for Stollen. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find some Kirk Originals.

Kirk Originals glasses, help me find a place I can purchase them online. I like the Saturn series, and I like either the colors azur or orange in the style of Janus or Pan. Thanks!
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Snacks to go with Gluhwein?

Snacks to go with mulled wine? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 3:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Android noob seeks new phone

Should I get an unlocked Android instead of a dumbphone? If so, any tips on things to consider when buying a Android phone for a smartphone noob? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 3:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What modem should I get?

What modem should I get, to replace an AT&T 2Wire DSL model? [more inside]
posted by Conductor71 at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Goo Goo Ga Ga, or Not?

Insights and anecdotes about relationships that don't start out with both people being crazy about one another? Or do you have to have that goo-goo ga-ga spark for it to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Why can't I access certain websites with my Samsung Charge or Amazon Kindle?

Why can't I access certain websites with my Samsung Charge or Amazon Kindle? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm no John Keating.

How do I effectively tutor someone in high school English and History? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Information on the Use of Legal Solidarity by Occupy and Others?

I'm looking for information and resources regarding legal solidarity and court solidarity with an eye towards its practical application, specifically how it has been used so far by Occupy protesters and how it has been used successfully by other groups. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Taking Lego pictures with an iPhone

Help me use my iPhone to take Lego pictures. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Learning to jam

Keyboard players: A jam session might be in the cards for me soon. What is the best way for me to pick up a bit of basic skill on a synthesizer/piano? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 1:24 PM PST - 11 comments

What type of sensor for three dimensional position tracking?

What type of electronic position sensor (aka tracker) should I use to track the position of an object in three dimensions? I want to watch the position through software; I don't care about velocity, relative movement, or orientation. Also, I'm on a low budget for this. Either wired or wireless sensors would be fine. [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Who should I suggest he talk to about being let go?

Recommendations for an acquaintance who was previously let go from a job under possibly discriminatory circumstances? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a reasonably priced exercise bike

Recommend me a reasonably priced exercise bike [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Critical analysis of real estate

I'm looking for websites and information - both academic and more polemical - that critically analyze the process by which real estate is generally bought and sold in the US, and the consequences of that process for individual buyers and the economy as a whole. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Buy vs. Build: Maine style.

Should we buy (and renovate) or build? (Portland, ME filter) [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 12:18 PM PST - 10 comments

What resharing blog service do you use?

What's the best way to create a re-sharing blog, now that Google Reader is gone? [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Best book on how to cook with herbs and spices, and NO Salt?

Best book on how to cook with herbs and spices, and NO Salt? [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the most popular online news sources?

What are the most famous online news sites that aren't online presences of older institutions? I'm talking 100% name recognition. Can be any type of news, but should be something that if mentioned in general conversation among people under 40 you don't have to explain what it is. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 11:24 AM PST - 26 comments

Cross-Platform Connectivity

Help me use my PS3 controller with my MacBook Pro! [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 11:15 AM PST - 6 comments

What to consider when designing the layout of an IT office?

Goodbye cube farm! Help me redesign the layout our IT office! [more inside]
posted by cad at 11:11 AM PST - 27 comments

I know I'm lucky to have a job at all, but two is killing me.

I've got two full-time jobs and depression/anxiety. I'm a zombie. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 AM PST - 52 comments

Searching for dream houses

I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 10:53 AM PST - 25 comments

New to Final Cut Pro X, need tips on how to organize content

New to Final Cut Pro X, need tips on how to organize content. So I've got hours of interviews in large file segments, how best to cut/edit/organize them in the newest version of Final Cut Pro X? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments


ISO the best beard grooming system for my special bearded person. [more inside]
posted by rumposinc at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Totally niche!

I'm looking for a recommendation for a graphic novel for a 30 year old lesbian journalist. I want something funny, sharp, dark, etc. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 10:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Time for a new phone, what should I get?

In the market for a new smartphone— Android or iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:39 AM PST - 39 comments

Is there a nice-looking website that will let me track multiple college applications?

Is there a nice-looking website that will let me track multiple college applications? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Fix my trigger temper?

Resolving temporary hyperarousal without resorting to anti-anxiety drugs? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 9:02 AM PST - 38 comments

Ideal presentation file format for technical presentations?

I'm looking for a presentation format that's easy to use, lends itself to automation and plays nicely with version control systems. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

troubleshooting furnace

The house I rent has forced hot air. There is a broken register on the side of the furnace which is stuck open, blowing hot air into my basement which I barely use. Can I tape this closed w/ some foil tape or do I need to replace the register? Or should I leave it open for some reason?
posted by pilibeen at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Math for Kindergarteners

Math exercises for kindergarteners? [more inside]
posted by zeikka at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Numbness in hands and face, headaches, fatigue: what is this?

Hi, MeFi. I've had a medical condition for the past month which involves numbness in my hands and face, headaches, fatigue, emotional distress, and other unpleasant symptoms. I know YANMD, and I am in fact already seeing a doctor and will soon be seeing a neurologist. I'm sorry about the wall of text, but if any of this sounds familiar, please let me know -- it would really help when talking to my doctors! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 14 comments

The World's Best Pins

My wife has requested sewing pins for Christmas. Please help me find the world's very best sewing pins! [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 7:31 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get my toddler to go down stairs?

My almost-3 year old, who is normally quite sweet, has started melting down about EVERYTHING and refuses to climb/go down stairs, and walk reasonable distances. Physical issue, school adjustment issue or just a phase? How do I grit my teeth and get through it? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 7:31 AM PST - 36 comments

Journalism Terms of Art....HALP!

Quick help with a journalism term of art, please! [more inside]
posted by angab at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Celebrities with hidden, incredible talents?

What are some good examples of celebrities with hidden talents? I love discovering things like Tom Green rapping, Barbara Mandrell playing steel guitar, Karen Carpenter playing drums, Charo playing flamenco guitar, Dudley Moore playing piano, or non-musical talents like Phil Hartmann's artwork or Geena Davis' archery skills. Or maybe not a skill, but a significant accomplishment (e.g., Abe Lincoln earning a patent). I love that kind of stuff. What are some other examples of people generally know for one thing, but holy cow, they could have just as easily been famous for doing another?
posted by holterbarbour at 7:14 AM PST - 142 comments

A modest proposal that children work as janitors

Newt Gingrich's suggestion that poor children work as janitors reminds me an awful lot of Swift's "A Modest Proposal." Can you think of anything in the 2004 presidential race that was similarly Swiftian? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 7:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Respecting elders who are acting Unrespectable (Bar Etiquette)

An older gentleman who comes to our local often enjoys singling me out for loud and overbearing criticism, even when he isn't part of the ongoing conversation. I need a good turn-off phrase to de-fuse his little bombs. [more inside]
posted by halfbuckaroo at 6:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Can you help me find a neato secret santa gift?

Hivemind, I need your best ideas for an awesome $10 workplace secret santa gift! Details within! [more inside]
posted by karizma at 6:36 AM PST - 9 comments

A very geeky Christmas...

My husband is into geeky electronic things. I am not. Help me figure out some gift ideas for him. More inside. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 6:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Breaking up around the holidays

Procedure for breaking up close to the holidays [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 6:19 AM PST - 23 comments

How to cut down on all these paper records?

I am a high school science teacher teaching five classes in three classrooms and my desk is in a fourth. I'd love to cut down on the amount of paper I have to schlep from room to room. Is there an iPad app available that would let me take attendance (and set absent as the default) and record hall passes, discipline, and parental contact?
posted by a22lamia at 5:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Web resources for student pilots.

Student Pilot Filter: can you recommend web resources for a student pilot: forums, blogs, podcasts, websites. (Et cetera.) [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 5:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me manage my time

Fiction writers with day jobs and lives: How do you organize your time to get your fiction written? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Deleting search data

How do I delete the shopping and search data from my Apple MacBook? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher at 5:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Scaring my kid: dick move?

Question about scaring my two-year-old to get him to obey. Am I being a bad dad? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:06 AM PST - 41 comments

Word and Gmail?

Gmail and Word Question: just recently, perhaps since the new look Gmail, sometimes when I compose a long email in Word, then copy and paste the text into an email reply, it looks fine, then I hit Send, and it ends up being sent without the proper line breaks. Specifically, the blank line between paragraphs (two paragraph marks from Word) become just one new line, and the email looks like a huge wall of text. There didn't seem to be any way for me to know that this would happen, as it looked fine when pasted into the reply box before I hit send. Also, if I compose a new message and post the text, it seems to go through fine; this only happens with reply. Is there an easy fix that I can do every time to stop this from happening? Can anyone explain this? Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem at 4:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What led to your artistic breakthroughs?

Which changes, events, discoveries, or epiphanies led to the most dramatic improvement in your painting or drawing ability? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja at 4:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Ideas for Partitioning a Room to Save On Heating Costs

Anybody have ideas for a how to partition our living room from our kitchen to conserve heat/energy? But in a cheap yet stylish way? Opening between the two rooms is about 10-14 feet wide (image a normal doorway about seven times the width, maybe the size of a small garage door) [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 3:44 AM PST - 12 comments

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you

I am running a project at work which is causing me a LOT of stress. Please give me some tips on how to keep calm in the face of a lot of pressure, conflicting demands, and lack of experience on my own part. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Quick dishes to cook pork mince (ground pork meat) in a pan?

What are some quick dishes to cook pork mince (ground pork meat) in a pan? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 2:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Who chops Subway lettuce?

Are Subway vegetables cut up on premises -- or are they frankenfood prepared days before in some far off factory then vacuum sealed? Please help settle a pointless argument.
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:56 AM PST - 13 comments

How to track letters we send out?

So I've been tasked to find some sort of 'document repository & tracking system' for use in the non-profit I work for. I could really use your help. [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 1:13 AM PST - 10 comments

December 13

Is there anything I should fix to increase my dateability?

Is there anything I should fix to increase my dateability? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 11:11 PM PST - 65 comments

Information and background on a mystery Andy Williams Christmas CD

Information and background on a mystery Andy Williams Christmas CD [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 9:54 PM PST - 3 comments

I cannot find this song anywhere, at any price

I've been looking for a copy of the song Space Command by Dallas Frazier with absolutely no success. He wrote a number of country music standards; this was his first single (recorded at age 14!) but it doesn't appear on any anthology and I haven't even been able to find an original copy of the 45, although I would prefer to just pay for a download. Any ideas?
posted by symbebekos at 9:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Improbable, Hypothetical, Jury Duty Questions!

What happens if you are picked to serve jury duty on a very long trial (2 - 6 months)? [more inside]
posted by ruhroh at 8:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Celebrating my parents' anniversary

How should I acknowledge my (awesome) parents' wedding anniversary? I want to do better than signing my name to a card. [more inside]
posted by Agamede at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

I just can't figure this out!!!

I can't figure out why I can't connect to certain sites through my wireless router. HELP! [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 8:34 PM PST - 18 comments

How much should we tip a driver in Mexico?

How much to tip a driver in Mexico? Two of us are getting a transfer from the Cancun airport to a resort about an hour away. The fare, round trip, for both of us, is $140 ($70 each way). How much should I tip, for each segment (airport to resort and resort to airport)? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 8:16 PM PST - 5 comments

where the party at? oh nowhere.

Extroverts: What do you do when you have to be alone for a long time? Or you have to make a decision and there's no one to call and talk it through with you? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 7:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I get a mortgage

Buying a house for the first time, have a question about obtaining a mortgage when I believe my current job will be ending soon. Also looking for general house-buying advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Blood Pressure Info

Resources for learning about blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 7:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Is Verizon's new home automation system a good way to get into home automation?

Has anyone tried Verizon's home automation system? Or have any suggestions for an easy (and relatively cheap) way to get started with home automation (for energy efficiency, not security)?
posted by blahblahblah at 7:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Are you a lip reader?

Can you read lips? Can you tell me what the woman says starting at 1:10 in this video? (SLYT and there is no real audio, just static and muffled noise.)
posted by calcetinporfavor at 7:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me choose a 5k running route in Raleigh, NC area.

I am looking for a 5k route to run in the Raleigh, NC, area. I'm willing to drive up to 45 minutes to get to a decent running route. Can you share a good route with me? [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 7:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Good faith effort to return money failed - they show up 4 years later - what does my friend do?

(YANML filter) Asking for a friend: "About 4 years ago, this company in (foreign country) gave my company a $3,000 deposit to negotiate a deal. The deal never went thru, so they were supposed to get their money back. They sent over incomplete wire instructions and I requested them to send the right info. Never heard back. When I closed the company, I tried maybe 5-6 times to get this info and they never replied. So they had their money with me all these years, neglected it and now they're asking for it back. Of course, that money is gone." [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick at 6:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I fight a completely outrageous parking ticket in a court that clearly has no empathy for my case?

How do I fight a completely outrageous parking ticket in a court that clearly has no empathy for my case? The ticket is $250 for parking at a completely reasonable spot on Splitrock Road without no parking signs close by. At the trailhead where I parked, there is a map kiosk that shows a map that is labeled parking at that spot. When I went to court the first time, the prosecutor was very aggressive and the judge seemed to have no empathy for my case. The whole thing seems like a shakedown, please help! [more inside]
posted by JayNolan at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Requesting advice from sensible people: how to navigate sensitive dramatic issue

I had an abortion years ago. Now, years later, I am being accused of "faking" the abortion, and am being harassed via social media sites. Help me figure out how to navigate this situation with dignity and class. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 57 comments

Rebelling against body mod conformity!

I can't be the only crafter looking for this! I'd like to make my own prong-set body jewelry... can you help me source the findings? [more inside]
posted by Gable Oak at 6:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I learn to prefer the real deal?

I find myself persistently drawn to elusive, short-term prospects rather than actual Good Real People. It's frustrating and ultimately unfulfilling, and so I'm curious to hear from anyone who made the jump from Silly to Real, and how that transition unfolded, and what (if anything) you did to help it along. [more inside]
posted by snackattack at 5:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Plastic glasses frames w/nose pads - not prodesign?

Does anyone know of manufacturers who makes plastic / acetate glasses frames with nose pads besides prodesign? [more inside]
posted by oneear at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Help with the help: Occupy my imaginary penthouse

Let's pretend I'm rich. Maybe not a member of the 1%, but definitely a member of the 10%: What kind of household staff would I have? What would I call them? And what would they call me? [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 4:52 PM PST - 57 comments

Welcome to the neighborhood!

What can we get for our neighbor now that we've ruined her basement? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 4:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Who's this Ohm guy you keep mentioning?

I'm moving from the US to Hong Kong and don't want to fry my appliances. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How to stop blushing when coworkers talk about sex

Help me stop blushing when people at work talk about sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 25 comments

She wants a fling, I'm wishing for a relationship

Met this incredible girl who i fell head over heels in love with. However, she's reluctant to move our relationship forward because of her past. I'm left confused and wanting more.. [more inside]
posted by kampken at 3:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Whats eating Gilbert Grapefruit?

Perhaps because of his childhood memories of selling fruit for his own highschool band, my boyfriend made an over enthusiastic grapefruit purchase. How are 2 people going to eat 10 lbs of grapefruit?  [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 3:38 PM PST - 29 comments

What if this is as good as it gets?

Would I know if this is as good as it gets? I know I've got it pretty good, better than most I bet...but I feel a little, I don't know, perhaps unsettled. But maybe that isn't even the right way to describe it - physically it's more liked stressed with a side order of tired. How do you know when you're at the top of your game and when you are in the place that is best for you and your family? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 3:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Look at me, I'm cool!

What are some gifts for pre-schoolers that will make them feel like grown-ups? I'm thinking along the lines of fancy snap change-purse for a girl, for example (what are those called anyway? the ones with a metal snap), and other things that children don't need but LOVE to have. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 3:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Looking for a movie and searching Wooden Coin didn't get me far

Help me identify this movie I saw in the early 90's on TV (possibly a premium channel) that involves all kinds of weird things! What little I know ... [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 2:54 PM PST - 14 comments

fighting the collections beast

Hospital bill collection blues. Am I in the legal right here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Name that tune

What is this song? My brain "recognises" it but I can't place where I've heard it before and it's driving me mad.
posted by Mwongozi at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments

A Gift of Hemp is Forever

A new friend of mine has Huntington's and her prognosis is not good. I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said hemp jewelry. This could mean a lot of things, but I think in general it means some sort of macrame bracelet or choker with attached decorative pieces. Help me find the best hemp jewelry on the planet
posted by Xurando at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

What are you going to do with that?

What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 1:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Closest monitor to Apple Cinema Display?

What is the closest monitor I can get to the Apple Cinema display that's not $1000? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 1:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Finding the source of two beer ads?

How can I find out when and where these Budweiser ads were first published? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Baby clothes for Domo-kun fans

A good friend of mine is having a baby, and we were talking about how awesome getting a domo-kun onesie (infant bodysuit) would be awesome. We don't want a onesie with a picture of domo-kun - rather the onesie should be brown with domo's face right on the chest. Basically like this, but in baby size. It must exist somewhere, does anyone know where I could buy one?
posted by ajackson at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Noisy neighbour: Heathrow How do I learn to deal?

How do I get used to the constant whine of jet engines above my head? [more inside]
posted by BAKERSFIELD! at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you help me decorate this wall?

So I rent this house, and it has a stupid wall in it. Can you help me decide what cool, interesting thing I should do with it? I've posted a video on YouTube to show it to you.
posted by AbnerDoon at 1:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Tai Chi video for Parkinson's?

Can you recommend a beginner's tai chi video for a person with Parkinson's that is... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 2 comments

No. You really ARE crazy.

Rejectionfilter: I'm not that into him, told him and now he's causing drama. How do I navigate this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 33 comments

On Ilkla Moor Baht Apostrophes

Available resources or advice for transcribing dialect speech? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Does western culture really value critical thinking more than other cultures?

Is there any acedemic research on the importance diferent cultures/educational systems place on critical thinking skills? [more inside]
posted by empty vessel at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Simple video editing software to add text?

Can you recommend super simple, super cheap movie editing software that I can use to perform this single (seemingly elementary) task? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 1:10 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the best abdominal exercises that are not just a variant of a crunch or a sit-up?

What are the best abdominal exercises that are not just a variant of a crunch or a sit-up? For example, the plank. What are others? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:08 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people?

How do I manage a workflow that is dependent on other people's efforts? My (mostly administrative) job requires that I do things that are frequently dependent on the contributions and/or approval of other people, who frequently can't/don't/won't complete tasks in a timely manner. What do I do? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Alternative to gift-giving?

What's a good alternative to exchanging Christmas gifts? We both have plenty of stuff. [more inside]
posted by chickenmagazine at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Man from China. Painted mural. Maybe in Minneapolis.

A question about a mural supposedly painted by a man from China at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

If I were a tree I might be this one if only I knew what it was.

This tree is a mystery, what kind of tree is it? I have