February 2006 Archives

February 28

Wireless internet problem

I just received my brand new laptop from Dell. I am connecting to the wireless network, but I am unable to connect to any websites. [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 11:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Microsoft advertisement not so nice to females - is it real?

Is this advertisement real? It's a Microsoft ad supposedly shown in a New Zealand CS class, but I can't find any evidence of it elsewhere. I'm pretty pissed if it is. [more inside]
posted by kcm at 11:34 PM PST - 27 comments

If only I could *say* 'Les Clochards celestes'

I have three (linked) questions: According to this page, On the Road was adapted to radio for France Culture. I'd like to get my hands on a recording of this. I looked for a while, but Radio France doesn't seem to provide a way to buy radio shows on disc, and it looks like it was only aired once. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 10:21 PM PST - 3 comments

My jaw has shifted

It seems as if my jaw has shifted forward about an inch. How is that possible? [more inside]
posted by karmaville at 9:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Soap that won't kill plants?

I have a crazy idea involving my washing machine, its outflow, and my garden, but there's a little problem involving suds... [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 8:48 PM PST - 10 comments

If I write a book about what I do for a living, will I get in any trouble?

I'm thinking of writing a business book. My dilemma is that the topic would be about what I do in my current day job. [more inside]
posted by pman78 at 8:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Panniers or a trailer?

Which is better for carrying stuff on a long, self-supported bicycle tour - panniers or a trailer? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 8:20 PM PST - 25 comments

shipping valuables

My mom left her jewelry behind at my sis's house in VA. What's the best way to get it back to NM? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Wordpress.com not creating mp3 enclosure for podcast.

Why won't my wordpress.com account podcast? [more inside]
posted by JamesMessick at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Music program to input and playback notes in specific timing?

I need a program that will allow me to input notes and play them in a timing I define. [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

It's a parking lot on the southbound 101 this morning

Why do people in Los Angeles usually refer to their numbered highways with "the" (for example, US 101 is "the one-oh-one")? [more inside]
posted by armage at 6:04 PM PST - 117 comments

Crouching virus, hidden customer service rep

Is there a customer service telephone number for Microsoft's antispyware products? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Space for a Giant Anteater

How much space (in square feet) does a giant anteater need? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 5:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Sci-Fi Channel series identification?

One of the original Sci-Fi Channel shows. Help me remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 5:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Which translations of western classics should I read?

Which translations of western classics like the Iliad, Odyssey and Oresteia would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 4:39 PM PST - 41 comments

Here in San Berdoo

Looking for an HONEST home contractor in San Bernardino. [more inside]
posted by crw at 4:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I forever stuck in wireless?

The ethernet connection doesn't work on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by itchie at 4:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Buy a coffee, get free gas...

Drinking coffee gives me bad gas within ten minutes of drinking. What's happening? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Yum! Caramel crust and lotsa bubbles...

PacificNW/Food Filter: Best walk-in outlets for artisan bread in Seattle or Portland areas; gonna be up there over the weekend and want to bring home some chewy-crusty-soury-airy loaves. In the Poilane/Balthazar mold... Thanks!
posted by dpcoffin at 3:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I save money on television?

At risk of seeming picky, how can i reasonably reduce my cost of television? [more inside]
posted by shagoth at 3:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Simple, cheap invoice system needed

Can anyone suggest a simple, cheap invoicing software for a one-person service biz like mine? Nothing fancy, please. I just need it to track invoices, aging and payments. Most important: it has to be simple enough that even a financial doofus like me can use it.
posted by wordwhiz at 2:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a computerized logo comparison-o-matic?

Is it possible to perform computer analysis to determine the similarities and/or differences between two logos? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 2:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Did it start with a butterfly?

I was listening to WFMU a few years ago and I heard this insane fake news report type thing. A reporter in a helicopter is covering a car crash that slowly builds and builds until it becomes apocalyptic (possibly there's an alien attack). He stays perfectly calm through the whole thing.
posted by aiko at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

YA htaccess Q

Another redirect question. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Firefox tabs problem

Help me make middle clicking open a new tab in Firefox for me at work. [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

help me preserve my Haysi Fantayzee and ebn-ozn videos!

DVD/VHS dual deck suggestions? Previous threads haven't really answered my specific concerns. [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Gas stoves and Microwaves

Are over the range microwaves safe over gas stoves? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 1:24 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I build my writer's portfolio?

Help me get started as a freelance copywriter. I have one ad under my belt that I created for the company that I work for (I'm not in the marketing department but was lucky enough to lend my talent). The marketing department is now run under a different manager and the opportunity for more is no longer there. The ad appeared on the back cover of several magazines. That's it...one ad for my portfolio. What is the best way to build my portfolio as a writer? How do I gain business and experience with an extremely slim portfolio? Someone once said that I should go back to school and try to build it through projects. This isn't really an option and I'm really not looking for any more education. Any advice is appreciated.
posted by ieatwords at 1:20 PM PST - 7 comments

New Mac Mini has integrated graphics: So?

Is the new Mac Mini hamstrung by its integrated graphics? [more inside]
posted by cramer at 12:46 PM PST - 30 comments

Scammer scamming

I'm exchanging emails with a scammer who wants me to buy his "car". What should I do? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 11:17 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me navigate the mess of computer processor names.

I'm somewhat of a professional computer guy but even I am totally mystified by the current state of Intel and AMD processors. Can someone hip to the latest explain why chips are suddenly only going 1.8Ghz again, which chips from Intel are powerful enough for HD playback, and what, if any, good a 64 bit processor does for today? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:16 AM PST - 23 comments

How to block most websites for a given time

Is there a whitelist-based internet blocker to help me focus on work? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 10:38 AM PST - 11 comments

How can my computer tell me it's done with startup?

How can XP notify me when the startup process is complete? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Japanese baths in the U.S.?

Where can I find Japanese-style baths in the U.S.? In Europe? [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Blogger won't export

Why does Blogger hate my attempt to export to WordPress? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Homebound mom needs work.

A few months back NPR had a story about the budget airline Jet Blue using booking agents who work from home. Does anyone know of other companies with employees doing computer work from home? I have a friend in New Jersey who's a single mom with no transportation who's also limited in her job options because of the high cost of child care and limited marketable skills. I'd like to know what home bound job opportunities exist for someone in this predicament. Any other suggestions for job options would be appreciated.
posted by TheManticore at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

best carwash in metro boston

I want personal recommendations for carwashes in Boston/Metro West. I like the kind where I put money in and get to soap up my car myself. But I will consider other kinds as long as you tell me that they are very effective. (I have been dissatisfied with conveyor/brushless carwashes in the past and I hate to waste money.)
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Web site hack?

Web site hacking attempts courtesy of "rory". [more inside]
posted by jca at 10:06 AM PST - 32 comments

Data recovery places? Shouldn't be hard, but I need somewhere trustworthy.

Recommended data recovery places in New York City, specifically Manhattan? It shouldn't be a huge problem, but I don't want to just pick a name from the Yellow Pages. There is, of course, [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Guidance needed

Help me take the first step... [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:50 AM PST - 23 comments

Is there such a thing as a Windows registry redirector?

Is there such a thing as a Windows registry redirector? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

What to give up for Lent?

What to give up for Lent? [more inside]
posted by Huw at 8:34 AM PST - 50 comments

I *ain't* feeling lucky

Help me increase my google-fu... [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Did Male Pattern Baldness predate the shower?

It just occurred to me that the spot on your scalp that receives the focus of the force of the water in a shower coincides with the spot where hair loss in MPB first appears? Is this just a coincidence?
posted by garbo at 8:07 AM PST - 40 comments

Efficient vocal rehearsals?

The best way to work on vocal harmonies? Tip & tricks? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:35 AM PST - 19 comments

How to track how busy a customer service point really is?

Is there an application that will run on a desktop that will record the number of times a button is clicked, the time and date that it is clicked, and will export that information into an Excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What is this post-apocalypse book?

What is this post-apocalypse book that features "New Sealand"? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Should my kids go to a Unitarian Universalist church?

Unitarian Universalism - is it for atheists/non-theists/skeptics/secular humanists who want a sense of community, or is it really a gathering place for people of different faiths to find common ground? [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 6:57 AM PST - 49 comments

The rules of engagement

What is the etiquette for getting engaged? [more inside]
posted by pembleton at 6:08 AM PST - 52 comments

Computer case cooling

What is the easiest way to lower the temp in my computer case? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 4:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Simple (free!) video splicing software?

How can I easily splice together small video clips? I have Premiere, but it's rather cumbersome and I'm not so good yet at getting the compression right when I export. Are there any really simple programs like VirtualDub that can paste clips together?
posted by zardoz at 4:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Are the new Macs worth the leap?

So is there a "MeFi concensus" on the new Intel Mac's? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 4:15 AM PST - 26 comments

Bring out your pancakes!

To celebrate this day of days, we're having a little pancake party. Can you recommend some nice simple pancake fillings/toppings, both savoury and sweet? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 2:51 AM PST - 43 comments

sex tips please

What's your secret sex trick? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 12:52 AM PST - 51 comments

February 27

Scary Scar

Three months ago, I had a myomectomy. I've recovered fine in terms of the way I feel physically, but I still have some concerns about the appearance of my scar. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 11:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Mail.app Hates Me And My Mail

I have a Gmail account and a university email account (IMAP), both configured through OSX's Mail (the IMAP is only for sending mail; all incoming mail comes through the Gmail account). Lately, none of my email has been showing up in Mail (I know this because I've started keeping Gmail Notifier on the menubar as a double-check). It's not just that it takes a while to collect; it just never actually appears in my Mail.app inbox. I've double checked all my settings against Google's instructions, and even removed and re-added the mailbox. Any ideas as to what could have gone wrong and how I could fix it?
posted by rossination at 11:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Seeing the sights in Georgia

TouristFilter: I'll have 4-5 days in Georgia, suggest me something... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Some Like It Hot

I need a simple salsa recipe. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 10:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Number stations in the movies

FilmFilter: I recently found this site which is one guy's chronicling of various "numbers stations" throughout a period of several years. On the site, he mentions the movie "Vanilla Sky." [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 9:13 PM PST - 24 comments

Dermatology Filter - She's really, really white

Dermatology filter - My fiancée is a very fair skinned (I call her translucent) Irish girl. When ever she gets nervous, exercises or otherwise flustered she gets blotchy red spots. We are getting married in a year and she doesn’t want to be red and white spotted for the big day. Anyone know about this and or have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 8:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Advice for starting a non-profit

Things to know about starting a technology based non-profit catering to other non-profits, individuals and struggling small businesses in Ontario, Canada [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Handsfree Headset for Landline

Help me find a wireless headset for use with a landline telephone by a new parent. [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

I got StinkFoot~!

Oh My Stinkin' Shoes~! [more inside]
posted by DickStock at 6:19 PM PST - 29 comments

NYC piano tuner

PianoTunerFilter : I'm looking for a recommendation for a good piano tuner in NYC. [more inside]
posted by ny_scotsman at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this children's game?

Schoolyard game identification: Everyone gathers around one spot, and one player bounces/throws a playground ball as high as they can (and shouts the name of the game?). While the ball is in the air, everyone else runs out from the center. When the person in the center catches the ball, they shout, "Stop!" and everyone has to hold their place. Then the person in the middle tries to hit someone with the ball. What game is this, and what are the rest of the rules?
posted by stopgap at 6:01 PM PST - 20 comments

unknown sci-fi movie

Moviefilter time: Does somebody know the name of this sci-fi-ish movie that Roger Ebert reviewed a couple years ago? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 6:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Computer audio controllers

Can an external sound card bypass a non-working internal audio controller? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Research Paper Automation Programs

Anyone know of any good programs for research paper/thesis writing? One that automates your end/footnote and in-text notation after loading in your bibliography/references? I will be writing a long and involved research paper and any program that helps me to format and note my references in the body of the paper would help so much!
posted by psususe at 5:32 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I respond to a collections notice from my old landlord?

I just got a collections notice from my old apartment complex. What do I do to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 4:19 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the name of this movie, if it exists?

Please help me track down/name/verify my sanity on a movie I remember seeing on TV as a kid. [more inside]
posted by jeditanuki at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Becoming a US Citizen

My husband is a German citizen and has lived in the US for the last 25 years. For about 20 years, he has had a Green Card (resident alien). Last year he petitioned to become a US citizen (with dual German citizenship) and he has yet to hear from the government on his petition. He needs help to find out how to contact someone with answers to his questions. [more inside]
posted by bluesky43 at 3:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Pomp, or schoolyard sand-tackling

There was a game I played in elementary school which we called "Pomp." At my school we had a sand field. Weird, I know. One guy would stand in front of everybody and yell "Pomp" and then every­body'd charge towards the other side of the sand and the 'pomp'-yelling guy would try to tackle somebody. Kind of a smearthequeer thing. [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 3:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Long range cordless phone

Long range cordless phone? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

"I hate humanity and I wouldn't hesitate to kill"

I'm trying to remember a metal song with the lyric "I hate humanity and I wouldn't hesitate to kill." I'd have sworn it was Edge of Sanity, or Carcass, but no dice. Probably mid-90s vintage; almost certainly a growling vocalist; I'm pretty sure this was the opening line.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

good site, bad site?

Is this website legit? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it me or is it Dreamweaver MX 2004

Why does Dreamweaver MX 2004 suck so bad in mac 10.4.4? I'm trying to create a very simple page with one style sheet. Dreamweaver renders the page completely incorrectly, with divs and images in all the wrong places. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

What gift should I get for a famous graphic designer?

Design metafilterites: If you had $100-150 to spend on a thank you gift for someone who is an acclaimed and famous graphic designer what would you get? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 2:27 PM PST - 29 comments


Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in New York City that takes Aetna insurance? [MI] [more inside]
posted by m@L at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a photo

I went to the Arlington Racetrack in Illinois last year (my first time at the races). One of the items on sale at the gift shop was a black and white photo of a horse racing along a long length of track. It measured something like 6" x 72" (yes, about 6 feet wide) and was priced at about $250. I assume it was made of photos seamlessly "stitched" together. Where can I find a similar photo (framed or not) online? I'm not concerned about the horse or the location it was shot, I just think it would look great hanging in my living room
posted by sharksandwich at 2:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I be an audio voyeur?

In the movie The Conversation, Gene Hackman has a sonic surveillance device (a directional microphone?) which, when pointed at distant people, enabled him to tune in to their conversation. This made me think how interesting it could be to own such a device and use it to tune in to conversations other people are having in their car as you pass them on the freeway. Is this possible?
posted by forallmankind at 1:58 PM PST - 22 comments


BluesFilter: What are the best blues songs of all time? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 1:52 PM PST - 39 comments

Odd Amazon ref link?

A friend noticed that self-linking Amazon links in his Amazon blog included "ref=ase_artandlies-20" in the url. That's definitely not his referral id, publisher, booktitle, username, or anything else he could connect to himself or his book. Any idea what artandlies is about? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Often quoted but never cited...

Does anyone know the source for the following quote by George Santayana: "Americans love junk; it's not the junk that bothers me, it's the love"?
posted by jacknose at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do about ridiculous Court Demands?

I caused a very small car accident last month (no damage to the other car). I was required to report in court. Rather than just paying a fine, because I'm under 21 they are requiring me to go through this program called Teens Learning Control. It consists of lots of 4 hour seminars, 1 test, and 8 hours of community service. I'm 19, a full time college student, and also working full-time as a web designer in a design firm. I have no time to do any of this and the whole situations is ridiculous. I'm not asking to completely get off scott free. Why can't I just pay a fine. What are my options? Any Advice? I have to report back to court on march 30th with the program completed.
posted by icespide at 12:40 PM PST - 56 comments

Help me customize our van!

Van customization filter: Looking for someone in Dallas, Texas to customize the inside of a van to secure various real estate items. [more inside]
posted by slim at 12:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Bookmark monitoring Firefox extensions?

I'm looking for a Firefox extension/behavior that will light up my bookmarks in the bookmark toolbar when the pages they represent change. [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me repair this rubber joint (image inside)

How do I repair this rubber joint on my bluetooth headset? (picture inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Editing the same document in both Word and WordPerfect

How to avoid back-and-forth WordPerfect-Word conversion from screwing up documents? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I write off my defunct business as a tax loss?

How do I write off my defunct business partnership on my taxes? I ended a 2 year self employment partnership (incorporated LLC) August of this year, walking away with around $8k in personally liable loans, as well as racking up another $5K after my car was repossessed. I want to know how best to claim this loss on my taxes. [more inside]
posted by daHIFI at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Firefox keeps crashing and I hates it, precious.

I'm having trouble with my FireFox browser and need help fixing the problem. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 11:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Cell phone home base with ringer?

Cell phone charging stand with extra loud ringer - does it exist? [more inside]
posted by teg at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Password expiration best practices?

Is there an "industry standard" for password expiration periods? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 11:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Router blind to working IP phone?

Why in the hell does my DHCP router (Linksys WRT54G) not actually see my IP phone? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Extremely obscure film suggestions?

Can you suggest some good, artful, compelling but extremely obscure films? By extremely obscure I mean less than 30 votes (approximately) on imdb.com (or not listed at all). Availability on DVD is not necessary. [more inside]
posted by bobo123 at 10:32 AM PST - 43 comments

Tips for an engaged couple merging their finances?

Tips for an engaged couple merging their finances? What are some strategies that have been successful in merging your finances? What has not? We're looking to save for common goals and equally contribute towards our household and food expenses, but also have some autonomy with our money so we can buy our own things or treats every so often without feeling accountable to one another. [more inside]
posted by FearTormento at 10:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Did Coke kill Isidro Gil?

How credible are the claims of Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia having hired paramilitaries to kill union leader Isidro Gil?
posted by Count Ziggurat at 10:20 AM PST - 17 comments

removing cigarette smoke from leather bag?

Anyone have a suggestion for getting cigarette smoke smell out of a leather purse? Everytime I unzip my bag, I can now totally smell it.
posted by eatdonuts at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Graphics needed like Xplane

Where can I find graphics such as the ones used by www.xplane.com I am working on my own presentation, and would like to use Visio 2003 to put together cool slides.
posted by bright77blue at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

How to avoid foreign transaction fees

MasterCard or Visa with no foreign transaction fees? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Old patent search

I'm looking for an old (pre-1900) patent and the USPTO site only allows patent number and classification searches for pre-1975 patents. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 9:20 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me help my kitchen help me.

Indespensible kitchen supplies? Culinary magic aids? Killer cutting board? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:17 AM PST - 55 comments

How to tell my wife I love her please don't leave me etc.

Wife left me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:52 AM PST - 78 comments

IRS wants taxes on my non-qualified stock option sale.

I cashed in some stock options and forgot to tell the IRS, now they want $9,401. I don't think I owe them that much..... [more inside]
posted by elastic.scorn at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

They are watching me!

How can web usage monitors measure times spent on the internet? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 8:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Cherries and Blueberries

How do emergency vehicles control traffic lights? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Why bother with the fire pole?

Why do firefighters slide down a pole? Wouldn't it be easier to just have them wait on the same floor as the fire trucks? [more inside]
posted by flimjam at 8:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Missing: cheesy pop song

I'm looking for an extremely cheesy song played on the radio in the United States in the early 1980's. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

how to tune up (weekly) a computer

Useful download program to tune up computer weekly [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Free rags?

What are some of the better free weekly rags where you live? [more inside]
posted by paxton at 7:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Box Set Fever

I've fallen in love with music compilations and boxed sets. From the new Nuggets box to Night Train to Nashville to No Thanks, I'm just cuckoo. There are so many, though, in so many different genres, it's difficult to seperate out what's really worthwhile. Their cost makes blind purchasing too dicey for my tastes. So I come to Mefi: what music compilations or box sets can you recommend?
posted by boombot at 7:41 AM PST - 39 comments

Name that 80s kids' show.

Help me remember an 80s kids' show... [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I find out when my Ontario court date is?

I received a mailed notice for when to appear in court to challenge a traffic ticket. I have subsequently lost that notice. I'm in Toronto, Ontario. How can I find out when I'm supposed to appear in court? [more inside]
posted by lemur at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comment

What is the best and/or most efficient website design software these days?

What is the best and/or most efficient website design software these days? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the neighbors doing?

How can I judge whether new rural neighbors are making meth, or just growing plants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 AM PST - 23 comments

'Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.' -F J Raymond

[IncomeTaxFilter] I get paychecks from three employers. No matter how I adjust my withholding, I always seem to owe at the end of the year. I've tried taking the IRS's advice as to how to adjust withholding, but with no luck. Is there some reliable formula I can use to figure out how much I should ask to have withheld from my weekly paycheck? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 5:57 AM PST - 10 comments


Looking to buy an MPV to cope with the growing family. Any recommendations (cars available in the UK) [more inside]
posted by lloyder at 4:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I find out how much music has sold?

How can I find updated cd/download sale reports online? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 3:41 AM PST - 4 comments

February 26

File extension change broke my songs?

Accidentally renamed music files won't play. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 10:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Tijuana Upholstery Recommendations?

Does anyone have any experience with getting auto upholstery done in Tijuana, Mexico? How about tips for the brave soul willing to try it? Any particular establishments? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 10:14 PM PST - 1 comment

3D 2D games

"2D", side-scrolling platform games (Sonic / Mario style) that make full use of 3D accelerated graphics? Are there any? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 10:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Slippy DNS

Periodic DNS dropouts on my cable modem? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 10:04 PM PST - 12 comments

1991ish Alternative Video ID - 120 Minutes

Video from "120 Minutes" circa 1991? An irish band I believe, video was shot in black and white, and the one scene that really stands out is that there are a group of guys singing around a fire with a horse galloping in the background. [more inside]
posted by Iamtherealme at 10:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Software RAID with external drives

Experiences with software raid with external USB drives? XP and/or OSX? Ever have problems with the drives spinning down when not in use and the raid set breaking in the process? Does this shorten the life of the drives in any as compared to mounting internal of a case using IDE or SATA?
posted by joshgray at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Is volunteering tax-deductible?

[Tax Filter] Can you deduct anything related to doing volunteer work? For example, can you deduct gas money while driving for volunteer work or can you deduct the cost of an international aid trip that you go on? Does anything like that count?
posted by phaedrus441 at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

how to break up without tragedy?

I'm having serious doubts about my 8-year relationship, but my SO is going through a really rough time right now--& may even be suicidal. I think I want out, but I'm afraid it could drive him over the edge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM PST - 32 comments

How much of a problem is a typo in a visa?

I hold a UK passport. It now contains a US (C1/D) visa. Due to a clerical error during the application, the visa lists my sex incorrectly. Is this going to be a problem in the event that I actually need to travel to the USA?
posted by Lebannen at 7:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Where do fake flavors come from?

How do they make fake flavors? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:47 PM PST - 11 comments

How do heart rate monitors estimate calories burned?

How do heart rate monitors estimate how many calories you burn while exercising? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 6:44 PM PST - 2 comments

What should we read?

What should my book club read next? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 6:41 PM PST - 43 comments

What time is it on an airplane?

Travelling across a time zone by air is ambiguous. It's hard to tell exactly when it happens. When travelling across time zones by air, when does the time change? Especially across multiple zones. I've noticed that I never see or hear a reference to the time while onboard. For instance, a movie might start at "fifteen minutes after takeoff," but not at 4:45pm. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 6:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Free Budget Software

I'm looking for some free budgeting software I can use to keep track of all my bills. [more inside]
posted by madmath at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

elizabethan songs? i doubt they had "Half Dollar" back then.

[reallyoldsong filter] I'm looking for songs from the Elizabethan period - both lyrics and renditions. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I include travel on my resume?

Do you include travel on your resume? Is it a good idea to include it, or pointless filler? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 5:13 PM PST - 31 comments

ebook reading

I enjoy reading ebooks on my laptop but need to find a way to read them with the computer in some type of standby mode. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Recovering Diary-X posts

Is there any good way to try to recover a journal that was on Diary-X? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Scam, sting or genuine promotion?

I recently received (via US mail) an offer for free basketball tickets that seems too good to be true. Is it? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

PsyD or not to PsyD, that is the question.

I'd like to know more about PsyD programs. [more inside]
posted by hobbes103 at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments


I'm preparing a business card for a friend and they want this character [inside] on it. Can I get confirmation that this actually says 'hello' [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Fasnachts in Washington DC

Looking for a good bakery that sells Fasnachts in Washington DC. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 3:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a place that rents digital cameras.

Hello all, I am having trouble find a place that rents out digital cameras. I am looking to either rent a Nikon D50, D70, or D100 or possibly, a Canon Digital Rebel XT. (Renting time-frame, 2-3 days.) I am wondering if anyone had any experience with renting high-end digital cams such as these and which place I should trust. I called up a couple of places where I live (Boston, MASS) and none of them offered this.
posted by cheero at 3:18 PM PST - 5 comments

@#$#$@%!@#$ Thunderbird!

Where is all my email? I just installed Windows XP Pro, Firefox, and Thunderbird on a brand-new hard drive. I then copied the entire contents of the C:\Documents and Settings\Username (including hidden files) from the old hard drive onto the new one. Hallelujah, all my cookies, bookmarks, and extensions in Firefox work like a charm. Thunderbird, however .... [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Are Nalgene water bottles really unsafe?

Are Nalgene water bottles really unsafe? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 2:53 PM PST - 16 comments

TextEdit makes my computer squeak.

When I type in TextEdit, my PowerBook (15", 10.4.5) emits a high-pitched squeak with every entered character or press of the delete key. WTF? [more inside]
posted by danb at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a partner for my business?

Where can I find a partner to help me build a business based on a Web service? I'm 18, I'm not going to be in college for at least a year, and I can fund the venture for 6+ months out-of-pocket. But the programming is far too much work for just one person. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 2:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Ten in 2010, ten in 2010!

How much life can our planet sustain? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 1:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Help Me Say the Rev's Name Right

GermanLanguageFilter/TheologyFilter. What is the correct pronunciation of the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's name? Definitive opinions sought. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 1:53 PM PST - 10 comments

wifi goes a little wtf

My D-link wireless router keeps resetting... sometimes as much as once a minute. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Saw Syriana last night, it got my head spinning...

Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue the American hostages from the Iranian embassy in April of 1980, was clearly a deeply-flawed plan. Was it also hindered by foul play? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 1:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do cartoon characters read backwards?

Why do characters in cartoons read books backwards, flipping pages from (their) left to right? It's always bugged me since I was a kid, and I always put it down to shoddy animation. Then, I noticed Meatwad reading a book backwards on a recent ATHF. What gives? Is it just some weird industry convention, or am I missing something?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 1:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find a new scent

Scent filter: My favorite scent of all time has been discontinued! I was a huge fan of the Heaven line from the Gap. It appears to have been discontinued. What other scents - particularly in a lotion - should I try? For reference, the Gap described Heaven as "simple bouquet of pure white blossoms."
posted by fancypants at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Cheap app for expensive layout formats?

Is there an affordable/free design application for OS X that will save in one of the following file formats?: .indd, .qxd, .ai, .eps, .psd [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 12:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Easy malai recipe?

I'm looking for an incredibly easy recipe for malai kofta. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

shared hosting for big files?

I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive webhosting with generous transfer allowances (0.5TB+) who can actually deliver. [more inside]
posted by Good Brain at 12:17 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make the right side of my body feel as great as the left side of my body?

For years, I've had mild soreness at various places on the right side of my body: jaw, shoulder, hand, hip, knee, and foot. Meanwhile, the left side of my body feels perfect. [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Chinese liquor in NYC

Where can I buy Chinese liquor in New York city (for retail purchase, not in a restaurant)? Particularly Maotai (茅台) or Wuliangye(五粮液)?
posted by juliewhite at 12:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Its only sat on a shelf for a while!!!!!

What happens when an Ipod battery dies? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Mmmmm...veggie everything...

Cooking for a LOT of people. Vegan people, and nonvegan people. And I don't want to make chili. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 11:15 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I get me some five-dollar tech support?

I have an old Dell PC (Optiplex GX1--"Opti" for "the eye," and "plex" for the . . . oh, never mind), and bought a new Dell. I'm trying to transfer files from old to new, but I think the lack of a hi-speed USB port in the old Dell is hindering my experience (more inside--really!). [more inside]
posted by Kibbutz at 11:09 AM PST - 14 comments

What is considered the usage and style manual?

Usage and Grammar: What is considered the usage and style manual? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 11:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Randomly copy files to an external drive

How can I randomly copy files to an external drive? [more inside]
posted by Mick at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Deutschsprachige Aldaily?

I really enjoy Arts and Letters Daily and Political Theory Daily Review. Are there any german equivalents?
posted by austin5000 at 10:55 AM PST - 3 comments

me to things different sayin' everybody's

Songfilter: HBO is running a new commercial to promote their upcoming season of sopranos... [more inside]
posted by Radio7 at 10:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Travel to Hawaii...which hotels? What to do?

Going to Hawaii in the start of November for my Honeymoon...9 days I think. I love to Hike and all that fun stuff, my fiance will hike but likes to do lighter things due partially to a heart murmur (she also likes to shop). I get bored just laying on the beach, she has a high stress job so I think she needs some relaxation time. So any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:20 AM PST - 13 comments

9/11 terrorism - was asylum partly to blame?

Were any of the 9/11 terrorists granted asylum in the US? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Is this *probably* fair use?

I want to scan two pages from a 1952 picture book and post them on my web site. I've read a good bit about copyright and fair use, and I think this falls under fair use, but I want to be, say, 90% certain. [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Chinese shredded chicken dishes at home?

Calling all chefs: How can I "shred" raw chicken to re-create the spicy shredded chicken from my local Sichuan joints? Is it just a matter of slicing the breast into thin matchsticks? That sounds arduous and also sounds like it would produce stiff strips of chicken instead of the tender floppy shreds I'm trying to copy.
posted by CunningLinguist at 8:38 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I browse Amazon totally by user rating?

Can I browse Amazon totally by user rating? I've often thought it would be really neat to see what books on Amazon have 5 stars but also have the MOST number of recommendations. They're probably incredible books. Can I do this?
posted by blahtsk at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

DoS investigation

My router logs show that I have been under what looks like a sustained low level DOS attack for quite a while now. An example entry is: 1 Blocked by DoS protection I assume the IP is spoofed because it is a reserved IP and I am on a 192.168.*.* local network. What can I find out or determine about the attack? What tools and resources are available?
posted by srboisvert at 4:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Drive Traffic with no money

Guerilla Marketing - I created a website as a lark that has become quite popular. All this early last week. I'm looking to compile a list of tools and techniques to push the popularity (without spending any money of course). What would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 3:23 AM PST - 9 comments

February 25

What time of year will the 2010 S.Africa World Cup occur?

BeautifulGameFilter - Regarding the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. What time of year will it be? Since it's the Southern Hemisphere will it be in Jan or Feb? Yes, I'm planning a trip.
posted by UncleHornHead at 10:55 PM PST - 2 comments

The History of Mental Retardation

Where can I learn more about the history of society's treatment of people with mental retardation? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 9:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Talking Politics - the Barry Gibb Talk Show song.

SNL Skit. Barry Gibb Talk show. What Bee Gees song are they parodying? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 9:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Recent Canadian Novels

Recent Canadian Lit. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misozaki at 9:09 PM PST - 24 comments

Making the most from brook in back yard: waterwheel generator?

On our property there's a rather substantial brook running through it, which runs year round and doesn't freeze over. It's probably too wide for a traditional undershot waterwheel (at least 12 feet across at its most narrow), to supply some alternate power to our house, but maybe there's something else that could make the most of the constant flowing water?
posted by Gudlyf at 8:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Mountain bikes with rear child seat

Mountain bike with rear child seat? (Japan) [more inside]
posted by lundman at 8:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone recall this comedian?

I am looking for a particular comedian. I saw this guy, on HBO, perhaps, about 15 years ago. His comedic style was extremely dry, and his one prop was a martini glass. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 7:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Oooh pretty colors!

HardwareFilter: trying to revive an old computer. Help me defeat the psychedelic screen of death. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by sophist at 7:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Do inline water softeners work?

Do compact inline water softeners like this work? [more inside]
posted by destro at 7:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Script-fu for arbitrary selectable text across applications. Possibilites?

Script-fu for arbitary text: Across applications (but especially in text editors) I want to be able to (a) right click on a bit of selected text (b) have the usual contextual menu pop up upon doing so, but with options to (c) send said text to an arbitrary script (perl, python, whatever) and (d) potentially have the selected text replaced by script results, if the context is right. What are my best options for both the Mac and Windows? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a website that has clear workout routines and exercises?

Where can I find a website that has clear workout routines and exercises? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 6:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible for a computer to catch spyware/malware/virus/trojan just by viewing or scrolling a compromised webpage even if no clicking no pressing yes on any popup is involved?

I know that cookies may be automatically and surreptitiously installed on my computer when I arrive at a webpage, but what about spyware/malware/virus ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 6:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Anyone know where I can find the "podperson scream"?

Looking for the "scream" from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers film. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Not your average wireless router question....

Not your average wireless router question.... [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 3:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Soft drink fonts/free vector-based maps

Two seemingly unrelated design/illustration questions: 1. What are some of the fonts that have associated with soft drink companies have used over the years? I realize those logos are hand-drawn, but some, like that for New Coke, seem to have clear typeface antecedents. 2. Where can I find vector-based maps of various states? Specifically, North Dakota. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 3:41 PM PST - 4 comments

garbage disposals and GFCI

My garbage disposal trips the nearby GFCI circuit every time I use it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Special characters in Quark

Font recommendation to solve a MS Word --> QuarkXPress issue? [more inside]
posted by omair at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Need information on FBI self-defence training

I've heard the FBI employ a certain style of fighting/self defense that incorporates the three stooges (slapping and whatnot) and is meant to humiliate the opponent as well as subdue them. I'm REALLY interested in reading more about this... [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 2:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Sync Windows Mobile to Mac?

Thinking of abandoning Palm OS for Windows Mobile, and Windows for Mac. Can I still sync? Please let's avoid a four-way fanboy war here. Just asking about syncing. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

iTunes Sound Levels for Burning a CD

I'm burning a CD of a playlist in iTunes and am having trouble getting the levels to match. Even though I use the iTunes "Sound Check" setting (which supposedly evens out levels), when I play my burned CD back, the levels are all over the place. Does anyone have any suggestions for a Mac OS X program that could help me out? Thanks!
posted by jmcnally at 2:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Intelligent Anime For Aduts?

I am looking for some anime that is designed for an adult to watch. I am not talking about adult content such as nudity, cursing and extreme violence, but rather the intelligence of the anime. Violence, nudity, and cursing is fine one way or the other. Are there any anime out there that talk about philosophy, or politics, etc? The closest movie I can give as an example isn't actually an anime, although it is animated: Waking Life [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 12:54 PM PST - 60 comments


Do you cook angus beef differently from normal beef? I just bought some angus beef yesterday. I made some roast with angus beef the way I do with regular beef, and it didn't turn out how normal beef usually does.. does angus beef have any special properties I need to be aware of? Angus beef chuck eye shoulder vs beef chuck eye shoulder, or angus steak vs normal steak?
posted by lpctstr; at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I run Vonage through Internet Sharing on OSX?

Can I run Vonage through Internet Sharing on OSX? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Why look into the distance when deep in thought?

Why do we look upwards or into the distance when trying to recall something, answer a difficult question or solve a puzzle? This arose from a word game we were playing in the office, during which I pointed out that those taking part were all displaying this behavior. Best guess was that it was perhaps some instinctive thing - automatically scanning the horizon for predators or prey whilst engaged in another task.
posted by Dr Phibes at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Academic paper repositories.

For physics papers, all the recent research is put onto http://www.arxiv.org/ Are there equivalent repositories for other disciplines, especially the social sciences?
posted by apathy0o0 at 11:45 AM PST - 19 comments

I reinstalled Windows and now I can't access my encrypted files on my NTFS external drive...

I reinstalled Windows and now I can't access my encrypted files on my NTFS external drive... [more inside]
posted by who else at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I can see your worrrrrds....

Looking for a way to turn the visual waveform of an audio file in to an animated GIF. [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a "Typepad" style solution for a full, complex web site?

Is there a web site development solution for full sites that's as simple and to-the-point as a service such as Typepad? [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Are you the gatekeeper?

Can you identify this key? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

tips and guidelines for learning icelandic

I'm planning on moving to Iceland in a few years (once I get school out of the way), and the biggest obstacle right now is learning Icelandic. [more inside]
posted by p3on at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

The Potentially Rehabilitating Junky's Purse

So I found something of considerable value on the Queens bound F-Train...now what? [more inside]
posted by blueneurosis at 10:14 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I have a great Texas Independence Day party?

I'm having a Texas Independence Day party this week to introduce my English friends to the joys of Texas. General party hosting advice and advice more specific to this party requested inside. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 10:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more foodblogs!

What are your favorite food blogs? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 10:08 AM PST - 39 comments

Looking for new latin/world music

Latin/Spanish/World MusicFilter; Any recommendations out there for Latin,, Spanish or other cool World Music....I really enjoy Gipsy Kings, Calexico, Pink Martini and the like. [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments

What do the Hindu flags mean?

What are the significance of colored flags I see posted in front of my Hindu neighbor's home? [more inside]
posted by missed at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Pickled Sausage

A couple of decades ago, a non-Kosher deli near my work (Long Beach, Ca) had these pickled (pork) sausages in jars, along side jars of eggs and pigs feet. On a dare, I tried a sausage, then ate them for lunch every day. They were the size of brats, but made like Italian, in that they had fennel seed. I'm in Tucson now, but would still like to know if anyone has knowledge to obtaining any, or has had them.
posted by JABof72 at 8:25 AM PST - 1 comment

I want a man with a slow... cooker.

Just bought a new slow cooker. What are your favorite recipes? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 8:12 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I extract videos from my Panasonic PVR?

How can I get files off my Panasonic DMR-EH60D PVR? The DVDs it burns are video as opposed to data, and my eMac won't recognise them. [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Is this spam?

I received an e-mail claiming to have found my ad on a personals site for people over 40 (I'm 27). Is this mistaken identity, or some clever new form of spam? [more inside]
posted by solotoro at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

I see double. Help me see just one Sarah.

I'm trying to help someone fix her computer. She rebooted when her system got bogged down, and then when restarting, somehow logged into an account called Sarah.SARAH instead of just Sarah. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 6:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Yinz got suggestions?

Spontaneous trip to Pittsburgh. Departing in 2 hours. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 6:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Kitchen Disaster! How'm I gonna cook now?

I accidentally dropped a Pyrex pan of lasagna on my glass cooktop-- the cooktop completely shattered. (The pan, naturally, hasn't got a mark on it.) It doesn't look like any of the underlying structures are damaged. What's the chance we could repair this ourselves? It's apparently at least a $300 repair, and we can't really afford that until maybe July, and I'd like to have a usable stove before them. I don't mind if it's ugly, we can always have it professionally replaced later on when we can afford it. Would this really be worth it? Or are we better off microwaving and baking for months?
posted by Shoeburyness at 2:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Traveling too light?

Should I be packing more for a year or more of teaching English in Indonesia? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 12:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Da da da da da....do do do do do (dueling pianos in the big apple)

Is there a good bar with dueling pianos in New York City? [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 12:10 AM PST - 10 comments

February 24

Backing up a DV movie?

I'm finishing up postproduction on a small digital video movie. I want to get a DLT tape storage system to back it up and send it off. However, I want to also use the same machine on my PC. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 11:32 PM PST - 8 comments

how to find a computer on the internet?

Can a stolen computer be identified and maybe located over the internet from its network adapter MAC address? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 11:26 PM PST - 12 comments

What do you put in your PC card slot?

What do you put in your PC card slot? Nowadays, many laptops come with stuff like Wi-Fi and flash card readers built-in (as mine does), and it seems like every peripheral is connected through USB. Eight years ago my modem lived in the PC card slot. But is there anything cool and/or useful I can do with it today?
posted by Nikolai at 10:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Can any birth control pill be used for emergency contraception?

Last night: condom slippage. Today: want emergency backup contraception. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 43 comments

A question regarding people's reaction to foreign-looking people.

A question regarding people's reaction to foreign-looking people. [more inside]
posted by questionmark at 7:43 PM PST - 46 comments

Medical tests for food sensitivities?

What tests are available for food sensitivities, enzyme deficiencies, food allergies, etc? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 7:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Why the discrepancy in search engine market share results?

Every time i see statistics like this one which list market share for various search engines, I'm somewhat surprised. According to the article/graph, in mid-2005, Google had a 36.5% market share in online searches, with Yahoo and MSN at 30.5% and 15%, respectively. But on every website I've managed for myself or others (and on the sites of everyone I've ever spoken to about this), Google consistently accounts for 80 - 90% of all their search referrals. So, what accounts for the discrepancy? Is it just because my evidence is anecdotal, or is there something special going on in which Yahoo/MSN searchers get sidetracked before ever reaching their search results? [more inside]
posted by helios at 7:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How much should I pay for window stickers?

I need some window stickers. How much should I be willing to pay? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 6:54 PM PST - 4 comments

C Majority

Why are C and F the notes without corresponding flat keys on the piano? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 6:51 PM PST - 67 comments

Language learning tips!

I'm at a stage where I need to memorize vocabulary in a foreign language, and I am looking for advice, tips & useful software. [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 6:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me find a forgotten sci-fi story.

Help me remember a book please. It is a science fiction story about two young scientists that create a superweapon that can shoot down missiles. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 6:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Titles in EventCalendar?

Help with Eventcalendar on my Wordpress blog? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 6:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Travel Within Italy: The best way to get from Rome to Siena?

I am flying into the International Airport in Rome, then I need to get to Siena. I am wondering the best way to do this. [more inside]
posted by marc10 at 5:50 PM PST - 13 comments

You can call me Betty?

Any Paul Simon fans out there? What does he mean when he says "Call me Al?" [more inside]
posted by ohio at 5:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Wedding reception recommendations are always welcome!

We're looking at our first reception hall tomorrow for our upcoming wedding. Given that this is our first foray into these types of affairs what are some important questions you asked, or wished you had asked prior to scoping out locations? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Team Russia Olympic wear

I adore the white and red jackets Team Russia has been wearing at the Olympics, how could I get one for me? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 5:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Island of Misfit Candy

After reading Steve Almond's "Candyfreak," I'm curious about candy seconds stores. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Hot-pot recipes please!

Recipes for our new hotpot? [more inside]
posted by nprigoda at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

What's best way to stream my music collection to some outdoor speakers?

Summer's coming!! It's pool time! My problem is I want to set up an outdoor stereo system, without actually having a system out in the elements. [more inside]
posted by matty at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Succor From SQL

I have a Windows-served website programmed in C# and connected to a SQL database. I'd like to move the whole thing to the Mac. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 2:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Cross platform video-chat software.

I have a Mac (10.4.5), my Dad has a PC (XP Home). We both have cable modems. We want to video chat. What apps can we use together? Bonus points if I can continue to use iChatAV. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Creative Zen on Car Stereo

What's the best widget to buy to hook my Creative mp3 player up to my car's stereo? [more inside]
posted by kafziel at 2:34 PM PST - 17 comments

A spammer may be about to sue me.

I'm wondering if writing "dreamhomesolution4u.com is marketed heavily by using spam." on a personal site should be enough to land me in trouble. [more inside]
posted by jragon at 2:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find Sem Ke Beej?

There is an Indian snack that is popular in North India, especially Lucknow or New Delhi, called Sem Ka Beej (also spelled Same Ka Beej, or Sem Ke Bej, etc). Does anyone know of a place in the U.S. where I can buy some? (pics included) [more inside]
posted by ww at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Email woes: AOL, Reverse DNS and Network Solutions.

Email from my company's domains aren't making it to AOL users... why is this so hard to fix? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Who's the gun-toting woman on my wall?

Identify This Picture. Help! I just moved into my new place. There's a big graphic-novel style cutout on the wall (pic included). Who is she? [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Eek! A mouse!

How do I get a mouse out of an ash-filled fireplace? [more inside]
posted by Elsa at 2:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do PET scanners need patient-specific absorption calibration?

In positron emission tomography (PET) scans, why does there need to be an absorption calibration for each patient? [more inside]
posted by nekton at 12:58 PM PST - 9 comments

What is that phrase about stairs?

What is that odd phrase for when of you think of the perfect response, but at a time far too late to respond? It has something to do with "stairs."
posted by a47danger at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Doin my homework with you

(SongFilter) Dear mother recently lamented that she could die happy if only she could find a song (perhaps from her childhood in the 50s?) that names all the presidents. A key lyric seems to be "Doin my homework with you." An old woman's hyperbole to be sure, but we do try to please our parents. [more inside]
posted by Hal Mumkin at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Wait- who are you again?

Drastic change? Bipolar episode? Suicide concern? [more inside]
posted by peewee at 12:21 PM PST - 49 comments

Looking for a new email client

Is there an email client for Windows that handles large mail folders and works better than Outlook or Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 12:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Springsteen's Nebraska

I really like Springsteen's Nebraska. I've never been able to put my finger on why I like it so much and why it moves me: maybe it is the bare bones orchestration. The lyrical narratives. The dusty simplicity of it. But I like it a lot. What label should that sound be called? What else is like Nebraska that I should try out? [more inside]
posted by dios at 11:43 AM PST - 42 comments

I'm looking for BlackBerry software, specifically something that will be more like Outlook.

I've been searching for a while now and it seems to me that BlackBerry is very limited when it comes to programs. I also have a distaste for how it differs from Outlook. I'm starting to wish I had purchased something more compatible with Windows software. From my understanding, there is a void of any BlackBerry opensource software? I'm a student so don't have the cash to buy overpriced programs. If anyone knows of anything that might work with BlackBerry, I would appreciate suggestions. I'm on the 7250.
posted by Knigel at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Free forum host that works?

Desperately seeking free, reliable forum hosting for simple two or three topic forum. [more inside]
posted by Scram at 11:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Dealing with the Indian summer

India: When and where to go? [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Previewing across platforms?

Knowing Explorer is no longer being upgraded for macs, how can I best assure browser compatibility across platforms (from a previewing standpoint)? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

What is carbon debt of a new car?

How much energy/CO2 debt in used/incurred in the production of a new car? The fpp about the group who pledged to buy nothing new (which I can't find) got me thinking: some consumerism is spurred by the idea that newer products are more energy efficient than the older ones. But new products may use a lot of energy in their production and the break-even point may be beyond their lifespan. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 10:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Roth IRA: I contributed too much. Now what?

Tax Attorney Filter: I contributed too much to my Roth IRA 3 years in a row. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Art Licensing Royalty Rates?

What royalty rate should I ask for from a company that wants to license my art? [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin at 10:11 AM PST - 11 comments

A word for "neither solid nor liquid?"

Is there a specific word for matter that is neither liquid nor solid (toothpaste, mayonnaise, ketchup, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by werty at 10:09 AM PST - 30 comments

IP Obfuscating software

Which is the best IP obfuscating software available ?
posted by inquisitive at 9:50 AM PST - 15 comments

What does everyone know about XVID settings that I don't?

double-pronged question about working with XVID [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:50 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I show the meeting organizer on appointments in Outlook?

How can I show the meeting organizer on appointments in Outlook? More inside... [more inside]
posted by cubedweller at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comment

What's with all of the hubcap-less cars lately?

Is there some new lo-fi wheel style going on that I'm not aware of? [more inside]
posted by chococat at 9:35 AM PST - 24 comments

die spam die.

Help me deal with email: I have a couple domain names, and I get obscene amounts of spam and garbage email. I'd like to setup a system to help deal with all of it, but I'm not very familiar with server-side email setup beyond the basics. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 9:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Domain name research

I'm looking for recent research on Web site names, looking at both branding and domain name selection, especially concerning non-standard (not .com, .net or .org) domains. [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Dinosaur, Alien movie from the early 80s

70/80s sci-fi/horror movie filter: Does anyone remember a movie that was broadcast on network television in the very early 80s that involved claymation dinosaurs attacking a house and aliens that entered the house through a key-hole (?). [more inside]
posted by lyam at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Austin Buddhism for beginners

How do I decide which (Austin) Buddhist group is the most newbie-friendly? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

BonerFilter: I'm 30 years old and I've got a pecker problem.

BonerFilter: I'm 30 years old and I've got a pecker problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Is this so wrong if it feels so right?

Selfabuse filter. I used to smoke 2 cigarettes every night before bed and I quit recently. I did fine for the first week, but looking back at the past 2 weeks, I've started drinking more at night, popping Vicodin, or taking the odd Benadryl before bed. So clearly I have some strong need to abuse myself in some way before the day's out - has anyone else done this, and if so, how did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 26 comments

Where to stay in the Bahamas

Four nights in the Bahamas! Any recommendations for a mildly affordable place to stay that may be a little quieter than the huge resorts on Paradise Island? [more inside]
posted by allan at 7:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Arizona to New Zealand move - least expensive?

Question for a friend... She's hoping to move to New Zealand, and wants an inexpensive way to ship her stuff. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Help a Freelance Artist find a Tax Accountant

I am getting pretty serious into the vfx industry and wanted to know where to look for accountant to deal with my taxes as a freelance artist... [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 6:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Lemon Aid

We're in Toronto and looking to buy a car. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Do I pretend I didn't read it?

I am the unintended recipient of an email from my boss. The email contains personal information about one of my coworkers. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 6:26 AM PST - 25 comments

How can my husband help?

What can my husband do to help my depression? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 6:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Finding the Evil Carousel

Help me identify a scary movie from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by d-no at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Wiki-based portfolios?

Using a wiki (media wiki) to display a portfolio...ideas, best practices, plug-ins, doodads, or hoohas? [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 5:25 AM PST - 0 comments

How to be more fake like everyone else.

How can i become more easy going and fake in a business environment. Im a very loyal person to my friends but find in business you need to develop a kind of fake persona to get on with others. [more inside]
posted by indio1919 at 2:43 AM PST - 60 comments

February 23

Did Shakespeare even have an agent even?

Looking for an agent for my playwrighting. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Showdown at Big Sky

Why is the sky so much bigger in Wyoming and Montana than everywhere else? [more inside]
posted by granted at 10:33 PM PST - 29 comments

The other kind of math rock.

Looking for songs about math! My girlfriend's sister just got into a Ph.D. program for mathematics and we're making her a mix CD to help celebrate. Poppy indie rock especially good. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 9:52 PM PST - 68 comments

Let Sleeping Babes lie?

How much sleep is too much sleep for a 13 month old baby? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 9:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What happened to comparative advantage?

What ever happened to comparative advantage and why is everyone obsessed with global competition? Looking for econ books / articles... [more inside]
posted by rkent at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments

How much for that tele-deluxe in the window?

How do guitars and other musical gear get priced on the retail end? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 8:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Interpreting blues lyrics

In blues music, what does the term "rider" mean? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 8:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Crazy Pulsating Color Filter

This idea for a visual effect has occured to me, and I want to implement it, just to see what it's like. I know Perl and C/C++, but I am heavily biased towards a *nix environment. Description of video transformation inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are people so negative?

Why are people so negative? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 8:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Guest speeches at schools

How would I go about giving guest speeches at public schools? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 7:04 PM PST - 10 comments

FileCopyFilter: help me re-arrange my tunes?

FileCopyFilter: I need a COPY statement or looping BATCH file which will put my mind at ease. Well, actually, put my music where it belongs. [more inside]
posted by Dunwitty at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does squeezing pimples make me sneeze?

Why do I sneeze when I squeeze my pimples? [more inside]
posted by bunglin jones at 5:36 PM PST - 20 comments

See Tee Ohh

I am moving into a IT Manager / CTO role for a company of about 200 people and am looking for advice, books, and websites on how best to manage a IT department. Most of the stuff I have found is geared toward very large organizations. Implementing ITIL and SOA is a little hardcore for an organization of my size. I am looking for straight-forward best practices for things like asset management / inventory, desktop management, security / audit, helpdesk, etc. etc. Anybody out there already doing this successfully? Any good blogs or websites other than TechRepublic. I am looking for real-world solutions and not a bunch of frameworks and jargon.
posted by jasondigitized at 5:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Taxi/vehicle dispatch software?

Looking for taxi/vehicle dispatch software. Preferably web-based with scheduling/reservations built in as well as vehicle tracking of some sort. I'm looking mainly for personal experience or recommendations.
posted by jacobsee at 5:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Frozen Jello.

Imponderables: Many (most?) liquids ("things"?) will crystallize when cooled slowly. Why not Jello™? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 5:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Watch fobs

Does anyone know anything about watch fobs for pocketwatches? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 4:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Anywhere in LA that teaches white guys how to NOT embarass themselves on the dancefloor?

Does anyone know any group teachers for club dance in Los Angeles. I'm tired of moving like a white guy on the floor. Basically I've never been a good club dancer and it's kept me from going to clubs. I've decided to do something about it. But I don't want to take individual lessons. For one thing, it'd just be too weird dancing with some teacher one on one. For another I've got nowhere in my apt for them to teach me. (I live in a studio). So what I want is somewhere in LA that kind of teaches a group 101 on "how to not look spastic on the dancefloor." Any suggestions?
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Post Pimsleur Spanish Learning

Post Pimsleur Spanish III Learning? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 3:25 PM PST - 6 comments

online community deceased remembrance site?

Wasn't there a site that existed solely to commemorate members of various online communities who have died?
posted by scarabic at 3:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Fix my guitar's neck

I have a Martin Backpacker Guitar that I love. I bought it 2nd hand and haven't taken all that good care of it, so the back of the neck has a fair number of small dents (like it would get from being banged against sharp edges) in the wood. This looks crappy and is distracting when moving up and down the fretboard, especially using a slide. What method could I use to fix theses nicks? I'm thinking some sort of wood-paste and fine sandpaper, but don't want it to come out looking like crap. Please don't use brand names, as I'm in Chile and while I can probably find the same products, they'll have different names.
posted by signal at 3:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Photoshop actions/scripts

Photoshop actions/scripts: I have a text file containing 100's of lines of text. Each line of text needs to be copied & pasted into a psd file, which will then be saved and exported as a gif. So far, I haven't been able to find a tutorial on how to create an action or script to automate this process. I've also tried a windows automation program, Autohotkey, without any luck. Ideas?
posted by masymas at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the financial aid options for a not-so-rich kid?

Give me some insight into College Admissions and Financial Aid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 27 comments

An Anomaly of The Will

I am having difficulty working. What are your tricks to get moving? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Running from the bank.

I went $26 over on my bank account and the bank has charged me $110 in fees. If I pay them the $26 + say $20 extra then flee the country would there be any serious repercussions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM PST - 30 comments

How to view .dat files

How do I read a winmail.dat file? [more inside]
posted by brent at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Desktop shortcut placement strategies

Does anyone else put shortcuts in particular spots on their desktop, to make it a brainless activity to run them? (Problem: When my resolution is changed, and icons get mixed up.) [more inside]
posted by parma at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify these tokens.

Help me identify these old (maybe fake) tokens/coins. [more inside]
posted by Ateo Fiel at 12:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Why not Coed Curling

Why is olympic curling split up into mens and womens divisions? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:53 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to try out curling

I'd like to find a novice-friendly place in the Windsor area (I'm in SE michigan) where I could try out curling. Preferably somewhere with a bar. Other tips for new curlers appreciated, too.
posted by yorick at 12:52 PM PST - 9 comments

San Francisco bike storage?

Bicycle storage in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Who owns your Xrays?

Legally, who owns your X-rays? Weird dentist bullshite... [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 12:44 PM PST - 33 comments

What's the longest time separating a movie from its sequel?

What is the longest time elapsed between a movie and a sequel/prequel? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 12:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Sit different

Where can I get one of those ball chairs like they have in the Apple Store? My kid loves em. [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Broke my Moniter, need to access my tower... Any thoughts?

Any way to gain access to a win XP box through a forced remote desktop (or another method?). Or even a network install (though that'd be hard, I don't dare lose anything on the HDD) of Linux? Oh, and I don't have a monitor (that's the root of the problem) [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Urban planning jobs in developing areas?

Help me combine my interests in Latin America, urban planning, and not being unemployed. [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Butchering turtles

How does one butcher/process snapping turtles. [more inside]
posted by Heatwole at 11:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Need a stripper

Help me batch-strip resources from thousands of image files. [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

What's photo worthy in Portland?

help me find photo-worthy spots in Portland. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:16 AM PST - 33 comments

Lodging in North Lake Tahoe?

Myself and three friends are going skiing at Squaw Valley next weekend and we're looking for a place to stay. We're flexible, but we'd like something cheap, close to Squaw, and preferably with internet access. Any recommendations?
posted by pombe at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Employmentfilter: Mandatory overtime for a salaried position - can it be required?

Quick question for those of you with any knowledge of the subject: Is it possible (by possible I mean legal) for an employer to change the pay structure for an employee from salaried but eligible for overtime pay to a salaried but not eligible for overtime? This is a case where working overtime is required by the job. This is in Illinois. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me turn $3500 into $100 or more

Upgrade my PowerMac 9500/132, sell it, or sell as parts? Or something completely different? [more inside]
posted by mumeishi at 10:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Are hackers infesting O'Hare and LAX?

This happened to me last week at O'Hare - and now, today, in LAX. I opened my laptop in the terminal and checked for wireless networks. I noticed that there was a "computer-to-computer" network called "Free Public Wifi" available. I didn't try to connect, because I know that such networks generally can't provide internet access if there's no other connection available. Does this mean there are folks trying to socially engineer gullible wireless users? What could they gain? Would Windows be more vulnerable than Macs? AND how would a curious samaritan figure out who, amongst the dozen or more folks with open laptops in the vicinity, the culprit is?
posted by soulbarn at 10:35 AM PST - 33 comments

To call or not to call...

I haven't heard back from a job I interviewed for and was told I was the Number one candidate. What's the best move? [more inside]
posted by clubfoote at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

When does the Vienna Opera announce their season?

Anyone know when the Vienna Opera announces their 2006/2007 season? And when do tickets go on sale?
posted by agropyron at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Plotting Points in Grapher in OSX

How do I rename Point Sets in OSX's Grapher Application?
posted by friedapplepie at 9:50 AM PST - 0 comments

Netgear Wireless PC Adapter trouble

Trouble with a Netgear MA 521 Wireless PC Adapter conking out [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Screwy Power Mac G4

I acquired a secondhand Power Mac G4 Dual 867MHz MDD a few days ago, but it's been acting a little weird. [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Outlook 2003 filter

Outlook 2003 filter: Simple question, what the heck is the difference between booking something as an attendee vs as a resource when planning a meeting? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Graffitti building

I'm trying to track down a location found in the movie 'Thumbsucker'. [more inside]
posted by mnology at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find Special Ed online communities?

Know of any special-ed-teachers' message boards? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Rss Feed for new books?

Is there a way to set up a RSS feed to be notified of new and upcoming books for a certain subject area on Amazon?
posted by sandra194 at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Sullen Black Pixels

My mom has a Gateway FPD1830 LCD monitor that has been sitting around her house for about a year or so not working. It died on her and she set it to the side in case she could find a place to repair it (its a nice 19" model). She's stopped looking and I'm getting close to needing a new monitor. Is there anywhere in Tampa, FL to get an LCD monitor repaired? Is it even fiscally reasonable to try and get the thing repaired?
posted by Ikazuchi at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Evolution viewed through lens of economics?

Using concepts from economics as a way to understand/explain evolution -- Does anyone know any good online or print resources that develop or discuss this? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

What kind of houseplant (or tree!) is this?

What kind of plant is this (or this or this.) It's a seven foot tall indoor houseplant that blooms these very sappy and strong smelling flowers every winter. It's sort of a palm-tree - but I have no idea. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Where did I read that before?

Does a meta index of books that reference each other exist? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 8:00 AM PST - 12 comments

watching enhanced podcasts on windows?

How can I watch/listen to enhanced podcasts on Windows without using iTunes or (the regrettably lame) Winpodder? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

What should my Business Title be?

So I'm filling out the Trade Name Registration Form for my business, and field #6 is "Applicant's Title in Business Entity." I'm a sole proprietorship -- just me at home doing freelance web design -- so what do I put on this line? Do I have leeway to be witty or irreverent? [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Who the hell put that cable there?

Does a utility company have the right to run a cable over my property to my neighbor's house? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Bluetooth headsets

Will either of these Bluetooth headsets (#1, #2) work with my Bluetooth enabled Powerbook for things like Skype, etc.?
posted by suchatreat at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Ol' Paint

I've had cans of paint in my hall closet for 3+ years. They're garbage now, right? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 6:18 AM PST - 12 comments

CrazyMonitorFilter: Fix my vibrating monitor image, please?

Why is the image on my monitor vibrating? [more inside]
posted by philulrich at 5:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Connect us

I need to videoconference with people in multiple locations simultanously. I'm looking for software and hardware recommendations. Inexpensive is a must. [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 5:27 AM PST - 8 comments

a trip to the Orkneys

Please help me plan a week in mid-April at the Orkney Islands. [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 5:19 AM PST - 2 comments

What was that meal I ate?

What on earth was that meal that I ate? Tingling spicy tofu? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Memory + Concentration + Operation

How much of a procedure, and how many individual procedures might a surgeon have memorized? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Backup solutions for MacOSX?

I've had my Powerbook G4 for just a touch under 3 years and i've aquired a healthy amount of personal files, photos, music, and work documents. Last night i had a scare with the drive, it failed to boot for the first time since i've had it. Feeling a tad twitchy about the reliability of my drive i ask: Is there a automated backup solution thats flexable enough for me... [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof at 2:10 AM PST - 9 comments

DIY Music

I want to start making music on my computer. I have no real experience in this field. Where is a good place to start: forums, tutorials that kind of thing? What software should i look into?
posted by FidelDonson at 2:02 AM PST - 9 comments

My girlfriend's ex-landlord is a complete asshat

Is my girlfriend's ex-landlord trying to screw her? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 1:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Spreadshirt vs. Cafepress

I have a vector design that's plot printable at Spreadshirt. But should I just take it to Cafepress (which I think is cheaper)? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 1:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Slowwwww file sorting in OS X

Why are files in OS X taking so darn long to place themselves alphabetically after being named? [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:25 AM PST - 6 comments

February 22

MeFi, Help Me Keep My Girlfriend!

It's been recently brought to my attention that I have no clue how to be a boyfriend. The unfortunate part of this relevation is that it was brought to my attention by my girlfriend... [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 10:47 PM PST - 70 comments

SeniorDesignFilter: Help with Web Development

SeniorDesignFilter: I'm a CSE (computer science & engineering) major and need help with my senior design project. I'm making an online personal information management (PIM) web applicaton using microsoft visual web developer 2005 and SQL server express edition. [more inside]
posted by deeman at 10:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Locations Used for "Gloomy Sunday"

Does anyone know that actual location in Budapest of the restaurant that was used in the film, "Gloomy Sunday"? I checked on the IMDB site, and while it lists a number of locations in Budapest, it doesn't show which is the actual location of the restaurant. We loved this film and are planning to visit Budapest soon, and would love to go to this location.
posted by vac2003 at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

International territory

On a 13 hour layover in the Moscow airport I met a Palestinian refugee who'd been living in the international territory inside customs for 11 months; later I learned about a refugee who's lived in Charles de Gaulle for over a decade. All this makes me curious about international territory: the space between disembarking the airplane & going through customs, & the empty fenced-off stretch between some national borders (I seem to remember Turkey & Syria have a large Syrian/Druze refugee population living between the borders & at the mercy of assistance from passing tourists, but I could be totally wrong). [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 9:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Small business hosting (possible Down Under)?

I'm looking for recommendations for hosting for a new Australian small business. Yes, I've searched the archives. Yes, I've read all the old hosting recommendation threads. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 9:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Painful issue with testicles rising over pubic bone

TesticleFilter: Painful issue with testicles rising at point of orgasm. [more inside]
posted by Ampa at 9:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Help my knotted back

The muscle in the left side of my upper back, just below the shoulder blade, is always getting pulled and knotted. How do I manage it properly? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 9:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Why the sudden spam increase?

Why have I suddenly started receiving a TON of spam - all with the subject line "Software" from what sounds like Groucho Marx characters (ie Unknowing G. Bottomfeeder)? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

what are the must-see-must-do acivities in madrid, spain?

what are some of the must-see-must-do activities in madrid, spain?
posted by brandz at 8:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Happiness without drugs or gods.

Are there any sort of useful self-improvement systems that don't rely on a bunch of god stuff or pharmacology? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 7:26 PM PST - 32 comments

Got Ass?

Is it OK to read girls shorts that have a word or two in big letters across the butt? [more inside]
posted by BruceL at 7:23 PM PST - 55 comments

Video capture hardware and software advice needed!

What is some good software and hardware that can handle multiple channels of video/audio capture, compress the video in real time, and stream it over a Gigabit network? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 7:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Girls on the internet

Help me find websites suitable for a family with girls aged 3 to 9 years. [more inside]
posted by asok at 6:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Chanterelle recipes

What are your favorite recipes using chanterelles? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 6:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Farewell printer drivers for NT 4.0

Quickly need a new printer, yet Windows NT 4.0 Compatible? [more inside]
posted by adzm at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Dairy Combustion

Cheap alternatives for the lactose-intolerant? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 6:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Veggie eats in Big Easy?

Vegetarian in New Orleans. I will be there during Mardi Gras, and need to find some good chow. (The previous question tagged with vegetarian and New Orleans was pretty disappointing). I will be in Jefferson Parish, mainly, and on a pretty tight budget. Also needed- recommendations for good record stores in the Big Easy. I will be there next week.
posted by klangklangston at 6:09 PM PST - 11 comments

In Firefox, How do I add download actions for filetypes it doesn't know about?

In Firefox, How do I add download actions for filetypes it doesn't know about? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 6:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Renters Insurance for Students?

I'm a graduate student, living in a graduate dorm, and I need to purchase renters insurance. Which companies are student-friendly, reliable, and affordable?
posted by rockstar at 6:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Under eye cream

Can anyone suggest a cream to rid me of under-eye, sleep deprivation lines? [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 5:33 PM PST - 14 comments

get rich real quick

What's the best way to make the most amount of money in 2 hours with $5? [more inside]
posted by mshrike at 5:13 PM PST - 34 comments

Classical Music Relational Databases?

What classical music databases exist? I'm not looking for lists or even data. I am looking for relational database DDL that describes/implements a structure sufficient to describe/model classical music. Or, if you don't know of such a database, classical aficionados, give me advice on how to implement such a database. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 5:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Online story workshopping site?

Is there an online community site where you can get your stories workshopped? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 4:27 PM PST - 12 comments

1 More Arn

Is there any software that can limit the number of hours you spend at a certain domain, or with a certain piece of software? I want to be more productive, but don't want to go cold turkey on MeFi or Battlefield 2 (a video game).
posted by parallax7d at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Automating Safari in OSX

In OSX 10.4.5, is there an Automator workflow or a way in iCal to have Safari open a particular website at a particular time everyday? [more inside]
posted by se7encrows at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Dog behaviorists in Houston

I need an animal behaviorist who works with dogs in Houston. Any suggestions?
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Best option for low volume but *easy* document scanning

Document scanner options. I have a need to scan a few double sided letter and A4 size documents on a reasonably regular basis. I find using a flat bed scanner very tedious. Options? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

The Illest Villa?

Villas in Costa Rica... [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal?

Massachusetts residents, is my apartment legal? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Does a site have to be using blog software to utilize the trackback feature on their site?

Does a site have to be using blog software to utilize the trackback feature? I thought the answer was yes, but then I saw that PR Web has just added Trackbacks to their releases. So what is the secret of the Trackback?
posted by nramsey at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Your Favorite Songs about LA

What are your top 5 favorite songs about Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by hurting.the.feelings.of.thechinesepeople at 3:06 PM PST - 82 comments

What prevents illegal immigrants from voting?

What prevents illegal immigrants from voting? Assuming illegal voting occurs how do you feel about it (looking for opinions from all sides)? [more inside]
posted by gnash at 2:53 PM PST - 50 comments

Does it make any sense to buy a rental property before buying a residence?

Would it make any sense to buy out-of-state rental property before buying a residence? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Options for terminating a car lease early?

Does anyone have any advice about terminating a car lease early? [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 1:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my family break out of the traveling box.

My dad is turning 50 in May, and my mom wants to surprise him by taking the family on a cruise. I've always been of the opinion that the entire idea of a cruise is lame, boring, and for old people who can't do anything else. I'm trying to come up with better places to go for a week on $4000 (for four people), but I've only ever traveled by myself. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 1:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Canadians are so friendly I'd like to be one...

On my sister's behalf: What is the best chance for my husband (and therefore me) to immigrate to B.C.? He is 53 (not good according to the Canadian point system), and has a great offer of work from a friend in Victoria who is a designer/builder of homes. My husband would be hired as a foreman, as he's a highly skilled and experienced carpenter, and is capable of managing and training crews. His formal education doesn't go beyond high school, his English language skills are good (but not his French), he has no criminal record, and he's in very good health. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 1:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Opera Mini on a ROKR phone with T-Mobile service?

Anyone know how to get the Opera Mini browser working with T-Mobile's Internet Service? I can browse the web just fine with the built-in Motorola browser, but Opera Mini just says it can't find a working connection. Thanks! Tony
posted by tonyballinger at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Cheap hotel tv system.

Inexpensive / open source video distribution system (like in a hotel)? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

How to effectively taunt in German at lan parties?

I'm trying to find a link that was (I think) posted on MeFi 2 or 3 years back, but my searches have been fruitless. It was a flash 'game' that taught handy German taunts for lan parties. [more inside]
posted by starscream at 12:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Wi Fi Coffee Shop in West Los Angeles?

Where can I find a good coffee-shop with wi-fi in West Los Angeles or Santa Monica? [more inside]
posted by chaz at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Girlfriend Advice

My (ex)girlfriend wants to just be friends. She says it is just a phase and that she still loves me. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 65 comments

Sold Out to the Man - Plan me a Plan

Creative type slowly losing soul in my job - please help me decide what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Why did Sasha come in first?

Can a figure skating geek out there tell me why Sasha Cohen did better than Emily Hughes last night? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 11:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Running on two cylinders

Chronic health challenges and relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

MovieFilter: Protecting my IP/Screenplay

How to I protect my book from being adapted to film/screen/movie without my permission? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

How to print RFID enabled badges?

I've been given an assignment that involves encoding RFID smart tags into attendee badges for an event. What software should I be using to encode/print at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 11:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Videoless in Vancouver

What do I need to connect a VGA-out only laptop to a component-in non-HD television? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Can immune boosters weaken your immune system?

Immune System: Is it possible to weaken the immune system by boosting it too much and too often? [more inside]
posted by mojabunni at 10:42 AM PST - 28 comments

Lengthen mini-blinds strings?

How do I lengthen the strings that open and close my mini-blinds without introducing a knot that will clog up the works? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Using Quicksilver to run a shell script in the current Terminal window.

Quicksilver / OS X shell junkies: How can I have Quicksilver run a shell script in the current (or a particular) terminal window? Alternately, how can I pipe the output of the script to a particular terminal window? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

voices of colors?

why do different races/ethnicities sometimes have different timbres to their voices? [more inside]
posted by lord_wolf at 9:40 AM PST - 42 comments

Un-Partitioned disk

Unpartition my HDD is it possible, without reformatting? [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments


I want to convert text to MP3! [more inside]
posted by @homer at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do the lightbulbs in my office burn out all the time?

Why would the lightbulbs burn out much more frequently in one room of my house? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I find a lawyer joke?

There was a thing going around the net last year, a list of when and how lawyers bill in the billable hours practice. $100 for thinking about your case while on the golf course, etc. Does anyone remember this or know how I'd find it again?
posted by onegreeneye at 9:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Editing togehter a bunch of video clips on the computer

I have a bunch of 30 second to 1:45 video clips on my computer of various comedy bits and sports highlights. What I want to do is compile them into one big file.....Rather then have 15 one minute clips, I'd like to mesh em into one big 15 minute clip.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 8:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Can they really get away with this?

Gather 'round ye Mefites, come and listen to my song about me and my laptop and how BEST BUY done me wrong. My laptop died while in their arms, they claim she never cried, my tale is a woeful one, you bet there's [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:49 AM PST - 20 comments

The dinosaur book juggernaut: how big is it?

Within the world of Children's and Young Adult books, is there a way to guage the popularity of dinosaur-related titles? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Fixing a screechy faucet?

My bathtub/shower faucet has developed a loud, annoying screech when the temperature is above medium. How can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Zonker at 6:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Virtual bench

Virtual bench in London? [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 6:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do I crave orange juice at night?

Why do I crave orange juice at night? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 5:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard?

Help me decide which is better for a summer vacation; Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 5:50 AM PST - 20 comments

British beer to Mexico?

What's the best way to get British cask beer to Mexico City? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 5:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Killing a Phantom Menu in Excel

Elite Tech Support Needed. Where does what's left of this plugin live? This one is elusive.... [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 5:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Save the Ipod songs!

IPod help for a friend.... Sorry if this was asked before, I looked but didn't see it... My friend has an IPod Nano and her laptop died. She lost her ITunes folders but still has all the music on the device. How can she get it back without having to re-purchase all the songs? She'd afraid that when she syncs again, everything will be gone.
posted by keep it tight at 4:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Fritz 8: Chess program

Does anyone know how to juice up the chess program Fritz 8? I would like to tweak it to its maximum capabilities. What are the best settings?
posted by JackO23 at 4:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Smile! Professional tooth whitening options?

Thinking seriously about professional (i.e. NOT over the counter Whitestrips, etc.) tooth whitening and am interested in hearing other people's experiences and recommendations... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 3:26 AM PST - 13 comments

I want to grow UP!

I know that growth mainly has to do with genetics and stuff, but do you personally think I have any chance at getting any taller? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 2:19 AM PST - 32 comments


AirCards . . . Has anyone done a real comparison of the features, peformance, and cost of the different cards and the diferent plans? I'm sitting in an expensive hotel paying an additional $10 for HS cable access per day. I've decided to get an AirCard but I'm not sure which is best.
posted by AJ at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Where do I order DIY lamp parts?

I want to create my own lamps that hang from the ceiling. I will create the shade, but I need to buy the socket with cord and plug. My plan is to sell these, so I'd like to say at least part of the lamp is UL listed. [more inside]
posted by chadparker at 12:51 AM PST - 13 comments

How can a kid teach herself jazz piano?

A kid (12) knows classical piano and has a good teacher for that, but she also wants to learn jazz. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 12:47 AM PST - 16 comments

February 21

Is there a good, free web-based poll that allows votes for multiple options?

Can anyone recommend a free, simple-to-install Web-based poll system that will handle votes for multiple options (i.e., checkboxes instead of radio buttons)? [more inside]
posted by redshifter at 11:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find good online sources for A+ Certification.

Where can I find good online sources to study for the A+ Certification. [more inside]
posted by johnd101 at 11:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Will over-the-counter anti-diuretics delay recovery of traveler's diarrhea?

Will over-the-counter anti-diuretics interfere with whatever my body is trying to do to fight off the nasty I ingested while down in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear?

EndOfTheWorldFilter: Biologists in the house? What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 10:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Can our Mac be killing any hard disk we put in it?

Can our Mac be killing any hard disk we put in it? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Magic Folders hosed my computer?

My computer is hosed. I installed Magic Folders at the suggestion of Ask Mefi and now I can't start it whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by sian at 10:34 PM PST - 6 comments

simultaneous homebrew batteries charging/use?

Electronics question - can I recharge batteries while using them? [more inside]
posted by psychobum at 10:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Add "http://" Prefix to a List of Domains Formatted in Plain Text :: How Please?

Hi, hoping some MS Excel or HTML wizards can help me out with this. The goal is as follows; format a list of domain names so I can publish them on a webpage with hyperlinks to their individual addresses (currently they are all in Excel with each domain occupying a single cell in a single row; they are currently formatted like this: "domain.com"). There are just to many to go through and add this to each one. [more inside]
posted by Jhaus at 10:05 PM PST - 8 comments


The Great Books: where should I start? I seek timeless wisdom. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 9:50 PM PST - 74 comments

6,000 miles solo?

Crosscountry trip: how do I do it alone? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Is there a word for such an anti-simulacra?

What is the label for an entity or idea which began as nothing and came to have identity through its own fictionalisation? That is, notions diametrically opposed to 'simulacra' - in that the entity has no referent to begin with... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:40 PM PST - 20 comments

I am Paddle To The Sea. Please put me back in the water...

Remember Paddle To the Sea? Who played the indian boy? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 9:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Radioactive Man...

My friend was just diagnosed with Graves Disease and the doctor decided it was so serious he should immediately get radioactive iodine treatment, and he was given a 16mCi pill today. So, apparently, he is very radioactive right now, and would set off Homeland Security terror alerts in airports if he walked through. [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 8:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Street photography in San Francisco

Where can I find pictures of street photography in San Francisco on the internet that aren't cliched and touristy?
posted by azuma at 8:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Basement drain overflow.

We have water coming up from the drain in our basement. [more inside]
posted by drobot at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the best Criterion Collection movies?

Im about to take on the 300+ Criterion Collection library: how can I narrow down which ones to start with? (more in a methods way, not in a naming movies way!) [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Week in March: trip near great camping and great city?

Where are some great places in the US to spend a week in late March near both spectacular natural beauty and a great city? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 8:26 PM PST - 20 comments

books about art direction?

Good books (textbooks?) about art direction? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:53 PM PST - 2 comments

XBox games for honing laproscopic surgery skills.

What non-violent XBox games would help hone and maintain laproscopic surgery skills? [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 7:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Does Tor render other apps "anonymous"?

Anonymity-online-filter: When using something like TOR (http://tor.eff.org/) to be "anonymous" online you modify browser settings; but there are many apps other than browsers that access the internet (Bittorrent, antivirus, etc.). Does TOR take care of these apps as well? Why, why not, etc.?
posted by rumbles at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Help pulling data and preferences from a dead computer

I just had a motherboard fry on my laptop - harddrive is fine - I am trying to figure out how to get my bookmarks off the old drive? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Romance in the kitchen

What are some of your favorite romantic dinner recipes for the kitchen impaired? [more inside]
posted by wavering at 6:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Why do my mice keep disconnecting from their usb ports?

My MS mouse will spontaneously fail, while in use. The USB plug claims that it has been unplugged, and the laser light turns off until it is plugged back in, and sometimes not even then. [more inside]
posted by duende at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Culture on Psychology and Strategy

I've been thinking about strategy a lot recently, and one of the things I stumbled upon that isn't really well covered is the impact of cultural phenomena on attitudes and actions. Are there general ideas in a culture's history that leads them to their view of the world today? I wonder, because different cultures have characteristic qualities that people pick up on. Where did these come from, and can we perform predictive analysis based on these characteristics? [more inside]
posted by arrhn at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

International Aid and Katrina

How does international aid to the US work when we've never received international aid before? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

PS2 fan noise, make it stop.

Is there any way to reduce the noise from my PS2's fan without risking it overheating? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 5:52 PM PST - 3 comments

How to password protect my subdomain?

How can I password protect my subdomain? When someone enters in the domain subdomain.mydomain.com I want to require a login. [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 at 5:34 PM PST - 4 comments

how to write naturally

There is something quite fundamental about informal writing that i just don't get. I find myself rewriting e-mails a number of times before it sounds spontaneous, and it still doesn't flow. Maybe its due to a background of formal reporting or too much conscious interference, but i think i'm missing something. How do i stop thinking and write more spontaneously? [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg at 4:28 PM PST - 46 comments

IExplorer problem

I have a problem. I just downloaded a couple of programs that are practical for my everyday online commuting. Now when I open internet explorer it only opens the page halfway when I want it to be fully maximized. Anyone knows how to do that?
posted by Gabe014 at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How to train an abused dog, and how to deal with owners who don't want to.

PuppyFilter: A friend of my Mother's needs advice on how to train and deal with an abused puppy, and also her son & son's girlfriend whom the dog actually belongs to. [more inside]
posted by Meredith at 3:57 PM PST - 16 comments

We don't swim in your toilet...

IndoorPoolFilter: Where can I splash about in the Northeast? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Lender Paid PMI - where's the catch?

I'm about to buy my first house and I'm shopping around for a mortgage. The best deal so far is a mortgage where the lender pays for the mortgage insurance. I'm aware of using 80/XX loans to avoid paying PMI but I've never come across Lender Paid PMI. What exactly is it and what's the catch? [more inside]
posted by schwa at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Can one ease from a vegan diet to vegetarianism?

Say you're basically a vegan, and needed to prepare for an extended dairy/eggs-included period... [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you fix my email?

I have a POP email account and an IMAP email account...how do I send the POP email to the IMAP account? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 3:30 PM PST - 17 comments

How to become a video game designer

How do you become a video game designer? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 3:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Comparing Achievements Site

Does anyone remember the name of a site where you would enter your achievements and then it would round-robin everyone's achievements and users would compare the two and vote on the better one? Kind of lot of "hot or not" for your life.
posted by FeldBum at 3:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Animation about a man and his perambulatory buildings

ForgottenAnimationFilter - a man goes for a walk every Sunday. His house and shed feel abandoned, so they decide to follow him (on legs). I remember this chap walking along oblivious to the fact that right behind him are two walking buildings. [more inside]
posted by Grangousier at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

"I Love You" Oldies Song Identification

There is an oldies song, probably from the 50's, and I would consider it a makeout song. There is a male solo singer with backup harmonies. The main lyric is "I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you" The first "I" begins as a pick-up note to even triplets. I|love you I|love you I|love you I|love you I|love you I|love you I|love you And that last love you is duple. 6|565|532|121|161|232|161|32 The 6 in measures 4 and 6 is low, below the tonic. HELP!
posted by abbyladybug at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

How to use USB where it won't go?

How does one connect a USB stick to an old laptop without a USB port? I have an IBM Thinkpad 701C, and even with the port replicator I'd be out of luck. Is there perhaps some way to do this using PCMCIA card?
posted by sholdens12 at 2:15 PM PST - 12 comments

FileMaker Language Settings

How do you change the language setting in FileMaker? Functions like MonthName() are outputting in French and we want them to output in English. (FileMaker database originated on a French computer but is now being hosted remotely)
posted by cg1 at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Duck, duck, frozen chicken

I have three pounds of frozen chicken stew meat. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 1:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Science Cafes in Chicago?

Science cafes in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by srburns at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Curse you, iTunes

Windows stuttering sound problems - codec issues? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for music similar to WishFM

I'm really digging this Wish FM cd I bought years ago and I'd like to find some similar music. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Dr Pepper Filter

Finding Dr Pepper in bulk quantities is, at best, hit or miss in the Montreal area. Help me figure of how to fix that. [more inside]
posted by cm at 1:06 PM PST - 12 comments

What's more difficult than finding the perfect woman? Finding the perfect apartment.

Toronto MeFites: Tell me everything and anything about Little Italy / College & Grace. I'm considering moving there. What about it sucks/rocks? Best places to shop/hang/eat/chill/ whatever. How much are tomatoes? Bananas? Other food staples? Not familiar with Little Italy? How about High Park/BWV; Kensington; Dufferin and Keele? Dunno those areas? Where should I abslolutely positively avoid? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 12:52 PM PST - 19 comments

windows dual monitor short cut ?

I'm using a laptop that i frequently hook up to 2nd monitor. I use window's display properties, "settings" tab and check the "extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" box. Everything works great.. . the problem is that I have to get up frequently and "uncheck" the box to disassociate my laptop with the 2nd monitor. [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 12:39 PM PST - 13 comments

It's like being a billionaire tycoon!

Looking to establish an Fantasy Baseball league with an auction style draft amongst a group of people nationwide. I'm figuring online chat is the best method. Any suggestions on both software and process? Free services are ideal.
posted by Yukon at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Retail tricks of the trade

I would like to learn more retail secrets like this. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 11:49 AM PST - 42 comments

Totally awesome hair products?

Absolute best hair care product for a lazy person? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Does the man disaprove of ROM sites?

I was wondering about the exact legality of distributing video game ROMS on the internet? Is it legal? Does the "delete it in 24 hours" statement really shield a site from legal action? All ROMS sites seem really shady with a lot of layers of pages to go through to get to their content. Some insist it is perfectly fine, while others disagree I searched and only found these two threads. Thanks!
posted by Blandanomics at 11:40 AM PST - 20 comments

graffiti in soho

Graffiti in SoHo, NYC? Exactly where? [more inside]
posted by provolot at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Simple install of a new 220v outlet?

I have a electric (220v) dryer, but my new house is set up for gas, and the outlet is only 110v. I think that I have a situation where it would be relatively easy for me to install a new 220v outlet next to the current one without having to involve a professional. Does the scenario (inside) appear workable for the average diy'er? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata at 11:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for language learning catalog

Does anyone know of a good mail-order catalog that sells language learning tapes and software? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 11:12 AM PST - 2 comments

What's in your fridge?

What sorts of long-lasting food do you stock in your refridgerator? [more inside]
posted by jacobw at 11:10 AM PST - 34 comments

How do I get a job in Leisure Service?

How do I put my recent Leisure Service Management degree to use? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Name That 'toon

In the early 70s, I saw a cartoon "short" in some movie theatres. It was about "the little people who live inside us." Does anyone remember this cartoon? What was it? Who made it? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How can the energy cost of an electronic device over a span of time be calculated?

How can the energy cost of an electronic device over a span of time be calculated?
posted by airguitar at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Mac printing help with weird configuration

Need some trouble-shooting ideas for an unusual Mac printing configuration (Farallon iPrint connects Laserjet to Soho network hub) which has stopped working. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Who gets invited to the Oscars?

Who (besides, obviously, the nominees, Academy members and presenters) are all those people at the Oscars? And how does that invitation process work?
posted by jasonsmall at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Converting A Plain Text List Of URLs Into An HTML List of Clickable Links

What's the easiest way to convert a plain text list of URLs with descriptions into an HTML page of clickable links? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo at 10:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Non-location based job search

Non-location based job search [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Always getting sick

What is up with my immune system? I'm always getting sick! [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 10:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Getting plastic smell out of new luggage

I bought a new suitcase recently, and when I got it home discovered that the interior (which is lined in some sort of plastic or vinyl) has a very strong plastic-y/chemical smell. I've tried leaving it open to air out, I've tried putting some dryer sheets inside and closing it, but nothing has helped abate the stank. I'm going on a trip on Thursday and don't want my clothes to reek of chemicals! Any ideas?
posted by Kat Allison at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Chewing the fat

Paleo diet and lo carb/hi fat- Couple of questions, and want to hear how you got on. [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Turn on, tune in, go deaf

How to convince an 18 year old that loud music is harmful? [more inside]
posted by SPrintF at 9:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Energy foods for early AM gym?

What kind of things might you recommend in terms of protein/energy foods to take early in the AM if you're trying to do the gym first thing in the morning? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Science Fiction Short Story Search

Help identify science fiction short stories that originally ran in either Analog or Asimov magazine. [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Hackers Dictionary

Questions about the 'Hacker Dictionary'...... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Orchestral Tuning before a show

Is there a proper name for when an orchestra "tunes" before a concert? [more inside]
posted by omidius at 8:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Is it me or my HP?

Movie Maker + HP Media Center + DVR=a mess. [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 8:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use.

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

How to change my webpage so as to get Explorer to not shuffle my columns.

Okay, so I used Nvu to put together my first web page. Now it seems that IE 6 scrambles it. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Intense Extended Exercise Makes Me Sleepy

Intense Extended Exercise Makes Me Sleepy Why? [more inside]
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 7:14 AM PST - 13 comments

DDT Follow-up

Whatever became of the people who ate DDT in the early Seventies? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:14 AM PST - 15 comments

sad wilted bonsai

so, the person in charge of my (gardenia) bonsai while i was gone let it dry out. the branches are all still green where i scratch the bark, so i know it's not dead, but the leaves are all shriveled and faded (instead of dark, glossy and pert). i really know nothing about caring for the tree (it was a gift) but it was in great shape when i left it with buds about to open. what should i do to bring it back to good health?
posted by crush-onastick at 7:04 AM PST - 1 comment

I happen to like my stuff and would like it to stay in my house.

I need help with a security system. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:24 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I convert Mac-fonts to PC-fonts?

Browsing through my logs and exploring the links leading to “25 Best License-Free Quality Fonts”, I accidentally discovered Delicious and Fontin – two unique, delightful, delicious, license-free beauties, which definitely will make a lasting positive impression on the visitors of your web-projects. However, there is a problem. The fonts can be used only on a Mac-PC, which means that I don't have any use of them whatsoever. So how could I convert a Mac-font to PC-font? Are there any freeware tools which would convert the fonts without loss of quality?
posted by vitaly friedman at 6:24 AM PST - 17 comments

I will run the meeting since I have the bribe list

Need some Meta-recommendations: what should I watch next? [more inside]
posted by Dallasfilm at 6:21 AM PST - 57 comments

February 20

My bird bites me

Why does my bird always try to bite me? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 11:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me score come crack bacon

Since Old Dutch discontinued their pork rind line, are there any other brands available in Canada? Any brands available mail-order that you can recommend?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Pageless in Podunk

Particular web pages won't load for me -- nothing exotic, normal stuff like the Washington Post, certain pages at Amazon. The WaPo site just loads the logo bar at the top and then stops dead. Worst part is that it doesn't matter what browser or OS I'm using. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by words1 at 9:47 PM PST - 11 comments

can i eat my dough?

what will happen to me if i make pizza from old dough? [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 9:12 PM PST - 16 comments

ringtones that don't annoy

I'd like a ringtone that wouldn't make you throttle me if you heard it in a public space. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 8:49 PM PST - 68 comments

The Coffee and Tea Wreck

So I've got what's probably an ulcer. What can I do to make life more bearable? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 8:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Wierd Mac problem

Mac OS X can't start new programs, or shut down. Long explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments

C= logo help required, but not the "LT 180, FD100, RT 90" kind.

does anyone know which font Commodore used on their logo in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by threeze at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I temporarily reduce my monthly payment on my *slowly* dying credit card debt?

Credit cards are a trap. My partner and I have been digging out for the last 2 years w/ a Debt Management Plan from a Consumer Credit Counseling Service. We're having a kid and will suffer about 6 months of reduced income as a result. We're already at bare bones to make the huge monthly DMP payment and have no assets. The CCCS had very little to offer - the only real suggestion being that I pull out of the DMP and request a hardship repayment plan from each credit card individually(there are 5). Can anyone share experience of trying this? A consolidation loan is unlikely w/out super-high rates and the total debt is over 30k...
posted by dorcas at 7:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Windows Transparency Problems

OK, so I figured out, through lots of painful browsing of MSDN, how to make windows (partially) transparent, and also how to chroma-key windows. And it works great, but only in windows 2000. In windows XP it works only in certain cirumstances. Need windows programmer to help me... [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember a book!

NameThatBookFilter: Sci-Fi/Fantasy with an interesting way of gaining magical powers (not safe for the easily squeamish inside). [more inside]
posted by forforf at 7:35 PM PST - 8 comments

thesis writers block

Thesis writers block: So I have until thursday to get a first draft of the discussion section of my thesis written. I've been working on it for the past few weeks at a snail's pace. I showed my advisor what I had come up with last week and surprisingly enough, he was ok with it. My problem is I just simply cannot muster up the motivation to get any more work done on this. [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 7:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Am I being hustled by my dentist?

Visited the dentist today. It was suggested that I needed "scaling and root planing" to cure my periodontal disease. That and a "rota-dent" toothbrush. Would these really help, or would I be better to just floss from now on? [more inside]
posted by gavia at 7:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Sugar-cane Coca Cola in NYC?

Where can I buy sugar-cane Coca Cola (or comparable colas) in New York City? I went to Italy last year and was able to enjoy Coke sweetened with sugar cane instead of the awful high-fructose corn syrup glop, and I have been dreaming about the stuff every since. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 7:05 PM PST - 37 comments

help me find a car!

What sort of car am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 6:50 PM PST - 23 comments

Find me a cloth magic wallet!

Where can I find a magic wallet (popular at j crew) that is cloth instead of leather? [more inside]
posted by katelevy at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Do "No Junk Mail" signs work?

Do the "No Junk Mail" signs that I saw in Australia really work to keep away junk mail? [more inside]
posted by bagels at 6:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Re-opening & re-instating credit limits on closed creditcard accounts with my poor credit rating?

I have finally paid off all my delinquent credit card debts. My credit rating is pretty crappy though. But I now have a secure job, and am now ready to re-open some of the closed accounts (if it's even possible), and also hopefully reinstate the original credit-limits on them. But there's that pesky issue of my credit rating standing in the way. What is my best strategy to get my credit back on track? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me organize the podcasts in my iTunes

Is it possible to move podcasts in iTunes from one folder to another? More indepth question inside: [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 5:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Favorite public radio programs

Recommendations for public radio programs [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 5:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Laptop hinge is loose

My laptop hinge is loose. What can I do? It's extremely annoying. [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy at 5:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Highlighting PDF Docs

Is there any cheap and easy way to highlight or underline PDF documents? I do a lot of research, and I'd like to be able to tag important points in some way. [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 4:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Who puts the 'oot' in 'aboot'?

How do accents work? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 4:11 PM PST - 35 comments

feeeelings, nothing more that feeeeelings....

Karaoke in Hartford/Windsor CT area? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 3:58 PM PST - 4 comments

I need clever fish tank toys

Help me find really cool or clever fish tank accessories. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 3:40 PM PST - 13 comments

beginner sex toy?

My girlfriend and I would like to spice things up, and she wants me to get her a toy...problem is, I have no idea what to buy... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 25 comments

Expanding the home network

This is probably an embarassingly easy question to answer, but when it comes to networking, I'm clueless. Can I use static IP + DHCP on same network using two routers—one wired/one wireless? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 3:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How to sell dead laptop fairly?

Help me sell (ebay?) my dead laptop, or its working parts, fairly but safely. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Treating a fingertip wound

Is it OK to leave some gauze stuck to a wound? [more inside]
posted by ParsonWreck at 2:49 PM PST - 16 comments

My cake is domed too much.

How can I prevent my cake from being dome like? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 2:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Best planning/checklist software for moving?

Has anyone used an automated tool for moving (to a new house) - for example, like the Move Planner at moving.com? Your experience? What I'd really like to do is get a package like TurboTax, but for moving. But my impression is that there is no one out there selling good (any?) software for moving. So should I buy just a book (and which one)? And does anyone besides moving.com offer an automated (apparently) way to notify a bunch of magazine publishers that you have moved or are about to move? (I'd rather not fill out all those little cards that the USPS offers - or used to offer, and cut labels off magazines.) [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 2:34 PM PST - 1 comment

So I got this speeding ticket...

I got a speeding ticket in MD, but I live in CA... [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

best fish tacos in Austin

Votes for best fish tacos in Austin, TX? (preferably grilled fish, not deep-fried).
posted by nancoix at 1:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Are images from the UK boy's magazine CHUMS in the public domain?

Are images from the UK boy's magazine CHUMS in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 1:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Ideas for places to visit and things to see near Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK?

Ideas for places to visit and things to see near Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

No Thyroid, Synthroid and Soy?

No Thyroid, Synthroid and Soy? [more inside]
posted by Shane at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the best part of your daily routines?

If you have a routine that you regularly do at night or in the morning, what have been the most beneficial things you've added to your routine that have improved the quality of your life? I'm having trouble establishing routines that are meaningful to me and I'd like some suggestions.
posted by the giant pill at 1:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me read this Javascript and pass the right parameters?

I'm trying to implement some AJAX features in a project, and need help deciphering the possible options and parameters of the Rico framework's accordion display. [more inside]
posted by Tubes at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

How to adjust keyboard sensitivity

How can I fix or adjust the keypad of my new Dell laptop to prevent the cursor from jumping to other spaces, other lines, highlighted blocks of text, even calling up random functions. In the user's guide installed on the HD there are instructions for adjusting the touch pad, but not the keyboard. Over at Dell Hell I find nothing. I'm on the road, limited Internet access, could use some personal experience.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Postcard Archives

How could a person go about finding photographs of a certain Route 66 tourist attraction from its long past glory days? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 12:55 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I organise my mass of digital photos?

I've got a directory filled with the digital photos I and friends have taken over some eight years. It's a disorganised mess with no coherent, standardised naming format. I'd like to: -remove duplicates -sort, rename or place in folders images based on EXIF data or content I'm on Mac OS X but could possibly gain access to a Windows box if necessary. Any ideas?
posted by dance at 12:34 PM PST - 14 comments

what's a good cheap laptop?

Laptopfilter Difficulty: Less then $350. I'm thinking of getting a laptop for a friend of mine. The other day at best by I saw some that were in the $500 -$600 range. So there must be some somewhere in the $300-$400 range somewhere. Where are they and what would be best? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton at 12:33 PM PST - 20 comments

What systems for organizing knowledge exist?

What systems for organizing knowledge (other than the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress) exist? [more inside]
posted by richard m at 12:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Some questions about a trip to Europe...

Geneva, Amsterdam, Vienna, Salzburg: ask.mefiers, help me with some questions about a big European trip? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 12:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Mendel without Malthus, comrade

I want to know more about the history of Russian biology--especially in the period from Darwin to Lysenko (roughly 75 years). I don't know any Russian, so the source has to be in English. Anyone know anything that would fit this description?
posted by onetreehill at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I grow mushrooms at home?

Has anyone tried growing edible mushrooms in their garden? I can't find much info online apart from commercial sites selling fairly expensive growing kits (and a heap of sites on psychedelica). I figured there must be a more economical method ...
posted by bcveen at 11:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Non Gershwin United Airlines music

Does anyone know what the music is at the beginning of this United Airlines commercial? I know the rest is Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue". The piano in the beginning is what I want.
posted by thimk at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

KSA's -- aarrgghh.

I am faced with several dilemmas. The most urgent at this point being: KSAs. I'm aware that its fairly difficult to find a job position with the government but the KSA portion of the process is putting me over the edge! There are several positions that I see posted each day that I believe would be perfect for me, however, I simply cannot get past doing the KSA's. Does anyone here do or know of any good companies that specialize in writing KSA's for others? Perhaps a tutorial site which enables me to do it myself? I sure would appreciate any leads. [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I tell him I think he took advantage?

I recently got back to uni after my dad died, and spent a night drinking and crying on a mate of mine, who, the previous term, had spent a while hitting on me and being knocked back. About 4am, after the best part of a bottle of wine (on my part, he was sober) he kissed me and we ended up in bed together. He asked if I wanted to have sex, and I said no, but then he kept trying to take it further than kissing, and eventually I caved in and let him put his hands wherever he wanted. I wasn't against it so much as indifferent. We had sex, fell asleep, and I left before he woke up. I've felt increasingly uncomfortable about it over the last few days and I have to work with this guy over the next few weeks - should I tell him that I feel he took advantage of me, in order to get it off my chest and move on?
posted by girlwonder at 11:15 AM PST - 88 comments

Whether to replace amalgam fillings

DentalFilter: Anybody else have their amalgam fillings replaced because they're old--NOT because you were worried about their possible harmfulness? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane at 11:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I get a british passport?

What are the advantages or drawbacks in having double nationality and/or citizenship (within the EU or worldwide) ? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 10:56 AM PST - 24 comments

Attributes in C#

Attributes in .NET (C#): From within a class, how do I find all the methods marked with an attribute and fire those methods? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Robot Rock

I am looking for a robot themed song... [more inside]
posted by Psychnic at 10:42 AM PST - 105 comments

why diamonds are bad

I need a bunch of evidence/information to educate a friend about the diamond industry; why it is a monopoly, how it has fueled civil wars in African nations, the current state of diamond mining, etc. I thought there was also a famous photojournalist (Salgado?) who took photos of a diamond mine in Africa as well. Can anyone help me gather information on why diamonds should not be purchased? Thank you in advance.
posted by gen at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Staying safe while doing good

TravelFilter: Any advice for traveling to New Orleans over spring break with college students for a service project? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 10:01 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I keep my mom from losing her house?

My mom is bad with money. She has asked me and my brother to help her with her financial situation, and my brother wants to have power over her financial accounts at her bank. She does not gamble or have drug problems, she just lives beyond her means and we can't stop her unless we have control of her assets which she has agreed to. She currently holds two known mortgages on the home and we want to be able to keep her from putting on any more against it. [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 8:33 AM PST - 24 comments

How to stay organized at work?

I have a hard time staying organized at work. My problem isn't working on something, it's staying aware of the many projects and tasks that I have to complete, prioritizing, and staying on top of a project (and letting clients know that I'm on top of it, next step, etc.) There are multitudes of tools out there, and I have access to many of them. What I'd like to know is what methods have you found that work for you with regards to your daily organization at work? Notebook, spreadsheet, Outlook, etc?
posted by adampsyche at 8:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Is the new IE broswer, Beta 2 as good as Firefox?

Is the beta2 Internet Explorer broswer as good as or a replacement for Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:36 AM PST - 14 comments

How compatible are parts in Volkswagen cars made for US market (made in Mexico I guess) with their counterparts made and driven in Europe?

How compatible are parts in Volkswagen cars made for US market (made in Mexico I guess) with their counterparts made and driven in Europe? [more inside]
posted by yabo at 7:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Two related ecommerce questions:

1) Are there any internet payment methods besides PayPal that are gaining market share? 2) Are you aware of any web services that handle the fulfilment side of selling intellectual property (e.g. download & payment collection)? If it makes any difference, I'm in Canada and server is Unix and in USA. Thanks!
posted by Manhasset at 7:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Alternative in IE Scrapbook feature?

Please help me find an alternative to IE Scrapbook Scraps, which allow field text to be saved for future searches [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 6:57 AM PST - 20 comments

re: AM radio reception

when scanning AM radio stations in my car, why does seeking UP always catch fewer stations than seeking DOWN? this has been the case with each of the 3 cars i have owned. anyone else get this?
posted by jmccw at 6:57 AM PST - 11 comments

How Can I Process My Photos for Consistent Display on Both Mac and PC?

How can I process photos so that they look consistent on the web (to Mac or PC users)? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Places to eat in Hong Kong

Tell me all of your favorite places to eat in Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 5:15 AM PST - 5 comments


What is the difference between plant stanol esters and plant sterol esters? Two popular butter substitutes claim to have been proven to lower cholesterol by using these substances. Which one is better at doing it? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 3:48 AM PST - 6 comments

February 19

T.E.D. tugboats?

Anybody know anything about WWII British tug boats? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 11:53 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you replace a lost California learner's permit?

How do you replace a lost learner's permit in California? I read on the DMV's website how to replace a lost license -- you have to make an appointment, pay some money and fill out a whole new application. But what about a lost learner's permit. If I have a photocopy of the original, can I drive with that? Or do I need to go to the DMV and obtain a new permit?
posted by Carsey at 11:33 PM PST - 4 comments

MTV's YO! MTV RAPS -- Ed Lover Dance soundtrack

Ed Lover Dance? Hell yes -- we both know that, don't we? What you know that I don't: what was he dancing to? I provide question. You provide answer, yes? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Temporary tags for transporting a car from TN to CA?

I have a car that has been sitting parked for 6 months in Nashville, TN and the tags have expired. I will be going this week to drive it to my new place in San Jose, CA. I know that I will have to pay a few hundred bucks to register it in CA when I get there and would like to avoid paying to register for a full year in TN when I only need valid pates for a few days. I've done some searching on the TN website and can't find any information if there is any sort of temporary tag (even 10 days is more than enough) that would get me through. Does anyone have experience with this? Any ideas on what my options might be?
posted by aaronh at 10:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Pregnancy and Genetic Disease

Responsibility filter: Is it responsible to have a child when there is a high percentage chance of passing on a genetic disease? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai at 10:23 PM PST - 42 comments

Flaky internet connection.

My internet connection is flaky. When I load say MeFi, MeTa & Ask MeFi in three tabs together, only 2 of the 3 will load, the 3rd one will be a “Server not found” message. I’ll be able to download something or IM but be unable to load Google, etc. I don’t know what is wrong or how to fix it. Any ideas?
posted by riffola at 9:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Dog training

Potty training the dog. The common method of rubbing their nose in a mistake while saying no and/or smacking them doesn't seem like a great idea. I wonder about the opposite though. Would having them smell their waste outside and giving them a treat do any good? [more inside]
posted by dking at 9:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Will encrypting incriminating documents allow me to escape conviction if the time to break the encryption is longer then the statute of limitations?

Let's say I have a document on my computer that incriminates/implicates me in a crime. Let's say I encrypt it, and I conveniently forget the password or encryption key that was used to encrypt the file. Let's assume the police can break the encryption, but, the time needed to break the encryption is longer then the statute of limitations of the crime in question. What can they do to me? What can happen to me? (Besides possibly getting convicted of obstruction of justice or contempt of court for not divulging the encryption key?) [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 9:02 PM PST - 19 comments

I need help making my own glass coffee table!

I need some construction suggestions for making a glass-topped coffee table. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 8:08 PM PST - 21 comments

LA Times in NYC?

Where in NYC can I get a daily copy of the Los Angeles Times? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre at 8:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Postscript code for epicycloid?

I want a true vector-based (i.e., not merely a series of thousands of line segments) Postscript or Illustrator file of an epicycloid where a=5, b=2. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Mac to MSN Messenger?

Is there a way I can communicate via an iSight on my Mac (10.4) with someone who insists on using MSN Messenger 7.5? [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 7:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to abandon a vehicle

What's a smart way to get rid of a vehicle in the US? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Calling a French cellphone?

I have a US Verizon Wireless cellphone. I want to call a French Cingular cellphone (somehow it can also work on T-Mobile - maybe its a roaming thing?). Country code + # isn't working. I'm very confused.
posted by devilsbrigade at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Can't she get some IE?

Can we really never download IE for Mac? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 5:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Bugs Bunny saunas

BugsBunnyFilter: As I recall, a common feature of households seemed to be a box-like sauna where you'd sit inside with your head sticking out. What were these? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 5:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Dog bite case examples

I am looking for dog bite cases in which both the person and the dog are injured.
posted by Scottk at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find a belated Christmas gift

This past Christmas I got hung up on the idea of giving my brother a particular lamp that I saw many months before in a catalog from uncommongoods.com. The trouble is that they don't seem to stock it any more, I couldn't find the original catalog and now two months after Christmas I'm still looking for another store that stocks it. I only glimpsed it for a moment while I was l leafing through the catalog and I don't remember it well enough to describe it accurately, just well enough that I remember thinking "that would make a great gift". [more inside]
posted by cobrien at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Crossword Making Me Cross

I need help with the N.Y.Times crossword puzzle from today. [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:12 PM PST - 4 comments

all your figures are belong to us

Microsoft Word figure/photo/object placement is driving me insane. What is the secret to placeing figures in word? I'm used to Latex, where they are always at the top of the page, floating with the text. This seems to be impossible in word. [more inside]
posted by about_time at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Gasoline Shelf Life

What is the shelf life of the gasoline/oil mix that is used in 2 stroke engines? I use my chain saw 2-3 times a year and mixing fresh gas/oil mix every time is both wasteful and creates a disposal problem. How often should the gasoline in my emergency generator be changed?
posted by Raybun at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

I hate my iPod (for audio books, anyway)

There’s GOT to be a way I can convert my .aa audio books from Audible.com into plain old audio files (eventually convertible to mp3s for compact packing onto as few as possible CDs) without burning them all onto physical CD disks at 44.1k first, doesn’t there?? (“Virtual” disks would be fine!) On a Mac, btw... And yes I’m aware that this seems to be something of a grail quest, but surely some M’Filterite has found it...yes?
posted by dpcoffin at 3:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How to stop collection agency harassment?

Collection agency harassment: they have the wrong person! [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 3:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Interview Questions Needed about business credit

InterviewFilter: help me compile a list of questions about credit for small business... [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 3:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Betta food for my betta fish?

My new siamese fighting fish doesn't seem to be hungry. Pellets or flakes - which are better? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 1:10 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you teach "sensitivity" in the workplace?

I would like some input on the best way to teach "sensitivity" in the workplace [more inside]
posted by kechi at 1:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Erotic Cakes in Atlanta?

A group of friends and I are flying down to Atlanta this coming weekend to celebrate and support a friend going through a divorce. We would love to get her a penis cake...know any bakeries in the area that do that type of baking?
posted by psususe at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

CarpentryFilter! How do I re-anchor a wood screw that's been pulled out of a bedframe?

The side rails on our wooden bed frame attach by hooking into a metal plate screwed into a recess in the headboard. We didn't assemble things snugly enough when we first put the bed together and as a result one of the screws on the metal plate eventually levered out of the wood. How do we repair this? [more inside]
posted by Lazlo at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Assemble list of links from page

I would like to take a web page and assemble a list of every single URL that that page links to. What is the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by apple scruff at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a vacation

I'm looking for beach, great service, and casual. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Should we go to Scotland?

Where should we spend 2 nights in the British Isles? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 12:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I recieve a 501(c)(3) status

Can I recieve a 501(c)(3) status with a self run computer support web-site?
posted by lowster11 at 12:01 PM PST - 9 comments

British-English accent question.

How come British English-speakers never say "I am going to THE hospital"? It's always "I am going to hospital."? We actually got BBC America and why do that is driving me crazy....thanks to anyone who helps. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 11:50 AM PST - 44 comments

Classical cliches

Name some ubiquitous classical music for me, please. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 10:57 AM PST - 44 comments

What should I know before I have my house's foundation redone?

Might have to do some serious work on my house's foundation. Estimates run to $10,000 or more. What should I be asking or thinking about here? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 10:36 AM PST - 4 comments

'A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman...'

[babyfilter] Good sources of non-ugly plus size maternity clothes? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

What movies accurately depect racism and hostility towards Irish, Italian and Catholic immigrants?

What are some films that show historically accurate racist or bigoted behavior that was directed against Irish, Italian and/or Catholic immigrants to America? [more inside]
posted by hobbes103 at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Why are there little trees on the ski jump ramp?

Last night while watching Olympic ski jumping, I noticed what appeared to be tiny pine trees spaced evenly down the center of the hill, right between the jumpers' ski tracks. What are they for, and why use pine trees?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for my $100 Fairlight.

Looking for a decent, cheap software sampler for Mac OS X. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

February 18

Oriental flavor hip hop?

I heard some Asian hip hop today at a local market and I LOVED it! Help this American find more. [more inside]
posted by Sasquatch at 11:55 PM PST - 21 comments


What (movie? television show?) is being referenced when a character points at some interloper and emits a loud droning sound? [more inside]
posted by jenovus at 10:19 PM PST - 11 comments

How to build your own Atlantis.

So i was kicking the old peanut around and wondered if anyone else ever thought about getting some old oil tankers and converting them into a floating nation. [more inside]
posted by stilgar at 9:50 PM PST - 46 comments

Moron doesn' back up files

Crap! I just lost ten years of writing by accident. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 9:24 PM PST - 35 comments

My dog is suffering

When is enough, enough regarding a 7 year old dog with deteriorating spinal pain? [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 9:15 PM PST - 17 comments

ISO Women's Boxer Briefs

I found the most comfortable underwear ever at Target, but haven't been able to track any more packages down. These are all Google comes up with and they're sold. Help!
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

What percentage for the salesperson?

Does anyone happen to know what an "industry standard" percentage might be for an independent salesperson in the media industry (commercials/animation/print/etc.)? [more inside]
posted by numlok at 8:43 PM PST - 0 comments

oilspill + hardwood floor != crazy delicious

oil spill on hardwood floor: cleanable? [more inside]
posted by Hackworth at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you ID this seashell?

Please help me identify this seashell... [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Look out, world

How can I get over my confidence issues and find a girlfriend (or boyfriend) in Ft. Wayne, Indiana? [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 6:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Preparing to sell a Harley

MeFi Bikers: I want to sell this pig Should I put any time/money into it before selling? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do some victims become perpetrators?

What are the various theoretical frameworks for understanding why victims of abuse often 'deal' with their trauma by becoming perpetrators themselves? What explanations have been suggested, for example, as to why sexually molested children often grow up into sexually-molesting adults? The one that comes to mind is that the victim somehow feels he can master the trauma by becoming its perpetrator. What, or who, is the origin of this theory? Is it Freud? Does it (still) have any currency in professional circles? What, if any, other theories have been suggested?
posted by ori at 5:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find some good "arguments" online for paying more for web design?

I'm looking for factual arguments to my boss that paying good money for a good website is worthwhile. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Alternative media player for APPLE

I need to find a some kind of media player for friends' Apple Powerbook. Quicktime won't play the files I have... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Twice as nice for six times the price?

Where can I buy cheap DVD DL (double-layer) discs, and what's the cheapest price that you've found (either on-line or in a store)? It doesn't matter if they are - or +. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 5:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Changed iPod battery and can't unlock it...

The good news: I successfully changed the battery on my 3G iPod. The bad news: the hold button's locked... [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 5:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Go to Mexico When Pregnant?

Medical/Vacation/Pregnancy-Filter. Should I go to Mexico on vacation if I am in the first weeks of pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments


[SexFilter] After much bruising, my boyfriend and I would like to try again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 27 comments

distance dilemma

In a long distance relationship, is it better to end things over the phone or in person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 9 comments

doublequote mark autoformatting problem

Problem regarding using doublequote ( " ) marks. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 4:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Best craps on OSX?

Tonight, I lost it all on the hard eight. In an effort to become a better player, what's the best craps video game (or general casino game) for Mac OS X?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 4:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Bang-up job?

I was visiting my relatives out of town a few weeks ago. When I got back home, my uncle said that his neighbor thought that I bumped into the front of her parked car, and he said that it was my car that was parked in front of her. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 4:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Saving grace.

Any guidance on writing a non-religious grace? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

As an adult non student , how can one develop better oral debating skills which include thinking on the feet skills ?

As an adult non student , how can one develop better oral debating skills which include thinking on the feet skills ? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

What scheduled service is REALLY required?

Scheduled car maintenance -- what's needed? My owner's manual and service technician disagree. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

More songs about buildings and . . . more buildings

I'm putting together a care package for a friend of mine who just bought her first condo, and I'd like to include some music. My mixtape muse has fled, and I need suggestions for songs about real estate, houses, condos, mortgages - you know, the usual stuff of melodic inspiration.
posted by bibliowench at 3:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Bebe Neuwirth Songs

Bebe Neuwirth, Jack Everly & the SuperPops program. Can someone identify one of the songs? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Accident Prone?

Is there such a thing as "accident prone and am I currently experiencing it? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Scroll lock on 12" powerbook?

Powerbook/OSx/Firefox question. Until today, hitting the space bar scrolls down through a webpage. I love this feature and have come to rely on it. Now, when I hit the spacebar, nothing happens. I've noticed that clicking on the page itself now brings up a flashing text cursor - that never happened before. Plus, arrow keys now just move the cursor up and down. I think this might be because I accidentally toggled scroll lock off, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to turn it back on! [more inside]
posted by salad spork at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

best laptop 06?

Best 06 laptop? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 2:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Paint it Black, or just not white

Why are mental institutions and psychiatric wards always painted stark white? It seems like that environment would only precipitate more insanity. [more inside]
posted by destro at 2:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Windows XP crashes during file access, can I fix it?

Windows XP crashes whenever it accesses a specific file. The problem: I don't know what file it is. What would cause such a serious error and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Brunch in Central Square, Cambridge, MA

Before going to an afternoon show at the Middle East tomorrow (Sunday), I and some friends want to have brunch in Central Square. Any suggestions?
posted by lunasol at 1:07 PM PST - 13 comments

How to remain friends after breaking up?

How to remain friends after breaking up? [more inside]
posted by who else at 11:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Microphone Noise

I have terrible microphone interference probably because my computer runs very noisily. If you approach the back of the tower where the sound card is plugged in, you'll hear lots of humming. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

OutlookToBlogFilter: How can I move a folders worth of emails onto a MT blog?

OutlookToBlogFilter: How can I move a folders worth of emails onto a MT blog? [more inside]
posted by softlord at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Lumpy Earth---gravity's effects on us?

Gravity/Life/SocietyFilter: So the Earth is all lumpy, with more or less gravity in some places. Has anyone ever corroborated it with life/social/world things? Many questions inside... [more inside]
posted by amberglow at 9:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Waking Up with a Sore Back

I wake up with sore lower back and stomach muscles every day, and I'm ready to be over it. I have a history of tweaking my back - mainly just from the way I sleep (on my stomach to a large degree). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

How does an 18-year-old with no credit history get a credit card?

I'm turning 18 in April. I have no credit history. How do I get a credit card? [more inside]
posted by qslack at 9:06 AM PST - 32 comments

How to capture audio streams?

Does anyone know a command line program that will dump real media and/or windows media audio streams to a file (on a windows PC)? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Making medical treatment preferences known

How can I make my medical treatment preferences, not just in case of a living will, known? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Prepaid Debit Cards - helpful or harmful?

I am considering signing up for a prepaid debit card and would like some advice as I don't know anyone who's gone down this path before... [more inside]
posted by pants at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

How to respond to rent-a-cops

In this story a man is accosted by Best Buy employees, and blocked from leaving the parking lot, for refusing to show a receipt after purchasing an item. This raises some legal questions about physical detention by non-police. [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 7:54 AM PST - 38 comments

Is this guy really Dracula?

What's wrong with this logical deduction? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:47 AM PST - 18 comments

housesitting question......is this a fair deal?

I have been asked to housesit/dog sit for 5-6 months of spring and summer. I will have 2 dogs (maybe 3) plus my own dog will be coming with me. It is in a nice neighborhood and the home is extravagant and enormous. There's just one catch..... [more inside]
posted by wondergreen at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Can someone else make a claim on my car insurance?

Can someone else make a claim on my auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 6:31 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I start researching development of a DVD swap site?

Idletimeprojectfilter: What do you think a computer-clueless jerk like me would need to know to build a used DVD trading/selling site? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 6:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking Bizarro Genetic Crapshoot Panel

ComicStripFilter: Looking for a specific Bizarro comic panel... [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 5:04 AM PST - 6 comments

How do we keep getting people to put society's well-being above their own?

Jaded Combatants:-What price the health of our civil servants, army, police, and emergency personnel? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 4:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Inexpensive survival gear website for Canadians?

I'm looking for wholesale water purification tablets online... for Canada... cheap... and with inexpensive shipping... [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 2:00 AM PST - 2 comments

February 17

Calling Africa without going broke?

What is the cheapest way to call Senegal? [more inside]
posted by dsword at 11:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe I just have an overactive imagination and made the whole thing up.

Reminded by this post: Please help me identify a movie that I only recall having seen years and year (like, 15 or so) ago. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

measuring really long distances

Do we have any measurements that confirm redshift for distant objects? [more inside]
posted by rdr at 11:10 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm trying to find an excellent, meditation-oriented yoga place in Santa Clara or San Jose (or Los Gatos).

I'm trying to find an excellent, meditation-oriented yoga place in Santa Clara or San Jose (or Los Gatos). [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find a particular "Numa Numa" video?

Can you help me find a particular "Numa Numa" video? I saw it last year and can't seem to find it again! [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 10:00 PM PST - 4 comments

MS Outlook 2003 Calendar print issue

Help me beat MS Office Outlook 2003's calendar print function into submission. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 8:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Becoming a projectionist

Is there a direct route to becoming a projectionist? What is the pay like? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 7:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Coolest thing(s) from your highschool or college psychology class?

What was your favorite psych class demonstration or experiment from high school or college? What things did the instructor do to make the class fun or interesting for you? [more inside]
posted by skechada at 7:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for some action

[MovieNameFilter] A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a trailer for a movie of oriental origin -- I think it was korean, but I'm not sure -- that was a CGI/live-action giant robot movie, with a swordsman all in white doing a serious job of kicking ass (and potentially taking names, but it was all in a language foreign to me, so I'm not too sure). Does anyone A) know what the name of this film is, B) know where I can find it, and C) know if it was translated into english, or at least subtitled?
posted by ChrisR at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Acceptable foods for Fat Flush Diet?

Someone for whom I often cook is beginning the Fat Flush Diet soon. Can anyone point me to a succinct list of what foods are/are not acceptable in this diet? I've found a few sites with collections of recipes but would prefer to develop/adapt my own recipes, and I don't much want to buy the book about the diet.
posted by bac at 6:03 PM PST - 2 comments

A Couple of Backup Options - What Should I Do?

I recently subscribed to an online backup service that offers 1GB for $9.95 a year. After joining the service I discovered that you upload one file at a time. No uploading of folders. Is zipping files and folders the best solution for getting large amounts of data backed up with this scenario? More below [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 6:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Have you ever done it in a hot air balloon?

I'd like to have sex in unusual/new/(public) places. Any tips, tricks, hints, suggestions, or warnings you'd like to share? What are good places? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 5:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Are Precor EFX Machines really as effective as the calorie readout tells me?

Are Precor EFX Machines really as effective as the calorie readout tells me? [more inside]
posted by mule at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Are humans still evolving?

Are humans still evolving? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 5:39 PM PST - 34 comments

Nerd by day, musicican by night

Can I use an iPod Shuffle as a normal thumbdrive in Linux and a music player in Windows? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 5:21 PM PST - 3 comments


What were the communications mechanisms that kept something as large as the Roman Empire cohesive in any sense? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 5:17 PM PST - 17 comments

i love the smell of wet ink in the morning

Can I use litho printing inks - such as Van Son rubber base or Taniguchi oil base - for letterpress printing on my Vandercook proof press? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:47 PM PST - 4 comments

save the pictures!

My camera recently ate a month's worth of intense picture-taking! About 90% were salvaged by imgsave, but of course the remaining 10% are the best or most important. Each of those broken images completely draws as a thumbnail, but only partially renders when opened. There is no apparent consistency to how much is drawn or which pictures were eaten. [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

"Going up to London." Why on earth...?

"Going up to London." I'm interested in the history of this phrase ... [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 4:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Maps on standby.

I'm looking for a map screensaver, preferably of the world, that flies around and shows different facts about different places. [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 3:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Outdoor dinner party locations in Barcelona?

Barcelona filter: Can anyone help me locate a facility for an outdoor dinner party for 100 people? It has to be within walking distance of the Hilton Barcelona. I'm thinking museum, beer garden, etc.
posted by kdern at 3:52 PM PST - 3 comments

To treat or not to treat (a potential yeast infection)?

Should I use an OTC yeast infection treatment? I'd prefer answers from women who aren't going to scare the crap out of me with worst case scenarios...if you think you can help, check out the [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 3:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Seeking floor mats/liners for a Subaru Outback

Where can I find floor mats/liners like this that are fitted for a 2005 Subaru Outback Sport?
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me identify the movies in these pictures.

Help me identify the ten movies in these pictures: http://www.cool-movie-trivia.com/Tenpics.htm [more inside]
posted by kraagenskul at 3:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a Flash transition that shows Before/After

I'm looking for a simple Flash component that will transition between two photos. [more inside]
posted by r80o at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this Mexican pop song based on my sketchy memory

Mexicanpopsongfilter: Help me identify a Mexican pop song from (I think) the 80s. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 2:37 PM PST - 15 comments

What's like to work as a -----?

Is there a web site that describes "A Day in the Life of..." for various occupations like auto mechanics, cosmeticians, doctors, lobbyists etc. I'd like to know the daily details of what it's like to work in these professions for a story I'm writing.
posted by storybored at 2:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me remove my window sash lock screws please

How do I remove my window sash lock? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Sensory deprivation tanks

Sensory deprivation tanks: Are these still widely used? What is it like? How could I find one near me? (Google has proved useless so far).
posted by gottabefunky at 2:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Pruning long filenames on the Mac

Easy way to find and shorten long filenames on the Mac? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

NFL Memory Lapse

Question for NFL addicts. Help identify a recent game. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How to make Subway Bread

Anyone have a recipe or method for making bread like they do a the Subway sandwich shops? Do they use special pans? How do they make their bread so good??
posted by GernBlandston at 1:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Can't send email

Email sending problem, using GoDaddy, Verizon DSL and a wireless setup. Two laptops, both have Thunderbird email settings set up exactly the same. I can receive just fine, but when I send I get this error: "553 Dynamic pool, http://unblock.secureserver.net/?ip71.124.245.*". GoDaddy's support page tells me to go to the URL listed, which leads me to this odd little unidentified page where I can request to have the IP unblocked. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Bob Moog's theremin shirt?

Near the end of the documentary "Moog", Bob Moog is shown in Japan wearing a black shirt with three theremins on it. Know where I could get one?
posted by ITheCosmos at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find a real 3-button optical mouse?

I am looking for an optical 3-button mouse, and can't find one anywhere. Scroll wheels don't count. Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 12:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Thunderbird: Opening Links in New Window

How do I get Thunderbird to open all internet links in a new window? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Per-user link tracking for research

I'm a web server admin and have a university faculty member that wants to do a research project that would involve recording (on a per-user basis) the links clicked on a web site they have created. Suggestions??? [more inside]
posted by spock at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Lets take some calls, on the air. Hello? Hello? Okay, next caller?

Almost invariably, on talk radio programs, when we go to the phones, the first caller isn't there. How come? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Primary sources for Eastern Philosophy

Help me learn Chinese philosophies through primary sources. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I naive to think I'm truly the "only one" for Demi Moore?

I recently ended an affair I was having with a beautiful, intelligent, charming, older, married woman (I'm Ashton's age, she's Demi's). After 3 weeks I just couldn't deal with the guilt anymore. I knew the affair was wrong, but I did it anyway. As a Catholic, I'm working on the whole reconciliation thing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 AM PST - 34 comments

The One that got away.

How do I get over The One that got away? She's moving on and I'm not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Why do I get such bad gas after eating?

Why do I get such bad gas after eating? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

No Jabba no batta...

[FlabFilter] I'm 35, male, average weight...but I need to try and lose a double chin. (personal reasons for posting anon, apologies) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Build a better Rattrap

Any toy designers on Mefi? I am an artist looking to make a Transformer. I have access to 3-D programs, rapid prototyping and moldmaking capabilities. I'd like material suggestions / online tutorials (if any)... [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 10:45 AM PST - 2 comments

How would you categorize pregnancy?

Is human pregnancy symbiotic or parasitic? Contribute to this heated debate among my coworkers.
posted by archimago at 10:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Guys haircuts in Austin?

Where can a guy get a decent, reasonably priced haircut in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 10:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How to generate in Excel a pay stub with a "Year to Date" column?

I'm using Excel to create a weekly pay stub for a nanny, but I haven't figured out how to automatically include the previous week's data to create a "Year to Date" column for wages and taxes. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

What was the name of Liam Lynch's granda?

Liam Lynch, the IRA's leader in the early 1920s, supposedly had a great grandfather who had been a member of the United Irishmen and fought in the 1798 rebellion. Does anyone know the great grandfather's name or where I could find that information out? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Gmail Mass Delete

I have 10,000 messages from a mailing list I want to delete in Gmail. What's the easiest way? [more inside]
posted by empath at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me install PhotoShop Disc

Photoshop DiscFilter; I have Photoshop 7.0 on a CDR and need to install on new PowerBook, G4 [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments


Where is the best place in SF to buy live crabs? I have a hunger for some tasty seafood.
posted by atom128 at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me select a closing movie for free community film series.

Am organizing a free outdoor film series in a community park in Jersey City and need a suggestion for the closing show. For the most part the series is not mainstream, shows a balance of local, foreign, independent and classics. Based on the current selection (see below) please brainstorm a great closing show. Please take into account the current and past selections when making your recommendations. Thanks & Save the quail. [more inside]
posted by johoney at 8:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Me, Myself, and Eye

What if there was a video game you could play only by moving your eyes across the screen? What sort of game would this be? [more inside]
posted by Laugh_track at 7:45 AM PST - 28 comments

A good printer that handles printable CDs?

Recommendations for a decent consumer grade (cheap) printer that handles printable CDs and DVDs? How is the print quality on a typical silver-top CD? Does printing on them ever risk data corruption?
posted by p3t3 at 7:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Tokyo Festivals in February

Tokyo in 2 weeks - Any festivals going on? What's the weather going to be like? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Open Bookmark in Bookmark Screen in Safari?

What keystroke do I use to open the selected bookmark in Safari's Bookmarks screen? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Dear hard drive, please come back to me.

Is my hard drive really dead? Really? For real? Seriously? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:09 AM PST - 10 comments

How to click the send button in gmail with safari and keyboard?

Safari + gmail question. Is it possible to press the 'Send' button in gmail with the keyboard using Safari? I can tab to the button so that it is highlighted but it seems that there is no way to press it from the keyboard. In Firefox this is easily done -- highlight the button and press return and the message sends. In Safari this typically works with similar setups, but not gmail buttons. I know this sounds like a picky thing to ask but it has been bugging me for ages.
posted by n9 at 7:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Short video of girl jumping through basketball hoop.

Is this for real?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 6:21 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I connect my phone and Palm via Bluetooth?

I want to make my bluetooth-enabled Palm and my mobile phone be friends. Phone: Samsung D600 Palm: Palm TX. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:38 AM PST - 8 comments

UK driving without insurance penalties.

A friend, who is still within their two years probationary period, bought a car at auction recently. Stupidly, they did not have the proper insurance to drive it home, and were stopped by the police. What is the most likely outcome? [more inside]
posted by viama at 12:38 AM PST - 5 comments

February 16

Breakfast of Champions?

What's a healthy but tasty breakfast cereal? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 11:29 PM PST - 53 comments

Where to buy old camera parts

Is there an online source for "antique" cameras, lenses and accessories? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 11:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Okay, it's sparkley. Now what?

What should I do with an 18 carat synthetic diamond? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 10:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Colon Cancer

My wife has just been diagnosed with Colon Cancer through a colonoscopy. We will be getiing a lot of professional advice over the next while. In laymen's terms, what should I know about treatment (in Montreal)?
posted by notcostello at 10:14 PM PST - 15 comments

I got servered

Serverfilter: So I managed to get my hands on my father's company's old server. I know nothing about servers and related fields, but how might I get started? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Timeline of Life

Where's that site which had a timeline of a guy's life? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get my Second Life account?

Second Life account creation question. [more inside]
posted by arha at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Google's Wayback Machine

Can anyone explain the strange results received when doing a search on the keyword 'http' on Google? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 8:19 PM PST - 22 comments

Itunes merged my music and destroyed my organisation, can this be undone?

Itunes merged my music and destroyed my organisation, can this be undone?I decided to give ITunes a try from winamp. I was trying to organise the my music and it seems once I set the ITunes music folder to my own it took all of my .mp3s and placed them in all new folders. I now have double folder sets, one with the .jpegs and ones with the MP3s. I spend a lot of time organising music into folders, so this is quite frustrating. Can this be undone? Or will I forever despise ITunes for this situation?
posted by Knigel at 8:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I fix my car before trading it in?

I'm ready to trade in my 13-yr-old Civic, but it has a bunch of little problems. Hard starts, occasional (though rare) stalls, buzzy speakers, rust, a couple small dents, and some moron recently ran into my side mirror and broke it. Is it worth fixing any of these things in order to get a better trade-in value?
posted by booth at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me grow my small computer repair business?!?!

I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

buying gold

The best way to buy gold. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Reading Itunes on the Crapper sans Laptop

Itunes Library help: I couldn't find this using Itunes or the ask mefi search. [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 7:23 PM PST - 8 comments

How to bridge two wired networks via wireless?

Is it possible to bridge two in-home wired networks wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 6:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Dell customer service sucks (duh)

Dell laptop died under warranty. Dell says, "it looks like something spilled on it," thus voiding the warranty. Nothing spilled on it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 6:16 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the Wordy Rappinghood chant

What's the little ditty sung in the background of Tom Tom Club's "Wordy Rappinghood"? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

How to not have my handheld turned into an expensive virus-addled paperweight

I understand that certain handhelds (the DS and PSP come to mind) can actually be rendered useless and unsalvageable by malicious software. If I bought a smartphone what feature would I be looking for that would ensure me that like a PC, I could always do a fresh install if things got too virusey? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

OS... reinstall

My computer, a 2 year old Dell Dimension 4600, is pretty sick... and in a general state of decline. [more inside]
posted by Huplescat at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get the word out on a new web project

What are some other websites, similar to MeFi Projects, which can be used successfully to announce and publicise new web projects?
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Extracting audio from Olympus VN-900 recorder

Is there a simple way to export the digital audio files from an Olympus VN-900 voice recorder into an iBook G4? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 5:02 PM PST - 2 comments


is there a map or list of all the military bases the "west" (read USA/NATO) has ? [more inside]
posted by Substrata at 4:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Bluetooth apps for OS X?

Is there an OS X application that can sniff out nearby bluetooth devices, and log their presence? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:57 PM PST - 5 comments

One way 2 order results in Sql

How do I order the results of sql query numerically and alphabetically? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 3:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Which will be bigger: biodiesel or ethanol fuel?

Should I invest in companies developing biodiesel or ethanol fuel? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

mac webcam communities

Looking for mac-friendly webcam communities... [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique at 3:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Makes Nolan Ryan look like Mickey Mouse

There used to be a website by these artists/activist types who built crazy machines. Help me find it. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

What would a real bomb squad do?

Last Sunday's Grey's Anatomy episode is bothering me. At the end of the episode, Dylan (the bomb squad guy) takes the bazooka shell from Meredith and slowly walks out of the room. This seems illogical/silly/non-bomb-squady to me. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 2:26 PM PST - 39 comments

video watermarking?

Whenever I watch .mov files now (like these: 1, 2, 3), I get small, vertical colored bars that randomly pop into the video, then fade after a few seconds. I also get this on old .mov files on my computer that didn't have it before I installed the newest version of quicktime. What's up with that?
posted by driveler at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

How to dress like a Young Urban Professional Woman?

I look younger than my age (25) and I've found the best way to combat that is to 'dress up'. I want to know where to get good quality, reasonably priced professional clothing. [more inside]
posted by alma at 2:09 PM PST - 30 comments

What's a really good DOM/Javascript/DHTML quick-glance reference?

What's a really good DOM/Javascript/DHTML quick-glance reference? I'm talking about something I could post on my cube wall, or maybe a folded 11 x 16, or *maybe* a very well organized large page-size small-page # booklet. Up to date cross-browser coverage. Free is nice, but I'm willing to pay.
posted by namespan at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me charge my G4 Powerbook

The power connector to my G4 Powerbook is almost dead. It only charges in one very specific position, and I have to twist it around for a few seconds to find the sweetspot (rotating it in situ). Nothing is loose and nothing is visibly wrong. I tried squeezing the metal sleeve slightly to make it more elliptical in the hope this would create a tighter connection, but it made no difference. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find a good CD head unit for my new car?

Where can I find a good CD head unit for my new car? I'm having trouble finding good reviews for current products online. I'm looking for sites with reviews or recommendations of actual head units. [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a lightTPD guru!

Moving from Apache to lightTPD and I'm having trouble with RewriteCond and RewriteRule. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 12:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Have Cat... Will generate electricity for food...

Cat Filter - In the winter the static electricity gets in the way of the cat & my... well... lets just say personal time. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 12:24 PM PST - 20 comments

What relieves facial redness due to accumulated sun damage?

What relieves facial redness due to accumulated sun damage? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How would this JavaScript implementation look?

I need some help/advice on constructing a simple JavaScript utility. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 12:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Betrayed by Mozilla!

Mozilla browsers suddenly stop reading my css: wtf? [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Car Repairs and extended warranty companies

Dodgy charges for a car repair and recommendations for extended warranties? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Spotlight on OS X isn't finding everything

Something is badly broken in the search on my Mac. It can't find ANY zip or rar files, and it doesn't necessarily find everything matching a given query. E.g. - if I search for "pink", it finds one of 3 Pink Floyd folders and it only finds Pink Floyd tracks within one of those three folders, though a different one than the actualy folder it found! Can/should Spotlight be re-indexed? Are there any hacks to roll back to the old search? Should I just go with a 3rd party search app?
posted by badstone at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a dead gambler

Need help coming up with the name of a former Vegas gambler who was murdered in Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Tighten my mini-firewire jack?

I need to tighten the connection my mini-firewire cable makes in the jack to stop it from falling out. Unobtrusive suggestions favored; at least one duct tape-based solution expected. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 11:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest way to send a package from the UK to US?

What's the cheapest possible way to send a package from the UK to the US? [more inside]
posted by speranza at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Meet Sir Pees-a-lot

My puppy is losing his housetraining when we get visitors. [more inside]
posted by hindmost at 10:52 AM PST - 16 comments

CFP exam prep

CFP exam prep courses? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 10:41 AM PST - 1 comment

European phrase?

I've noticed when reading European books translated into English, the turn of phrase "Do sex" or "sex each other" etc. Is this an accurate translation, or is it a watered down translation for the tradionial f-word in American English? British books sometimes feature it as well. Are both phrases used in Europe? Is there a difference in meaning?
posted by rainbaby at 10:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a certain kind of camera bag.

Following up on this thread, I have a very specific camera bag question. [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Name! This! Blog!

I'm gonna do it! But I need a name. Time and again AskMe has proved itself to be quite talented at this request. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 9:45 AM PST - 59 comments

SEP-IRA Funding

Is there any way I can make additional contributions to my SEP-IRA? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Which insider is selling their stock?

When an insider sells their shares of stock in a company, is there a way to find out WHO sold their stock quickly thereafter? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Electronics made in the USA?

Help my dad find a CRT or LCD monitor that was made in the USA. [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments


I need a good reason why my friend, who is in training for a half marathon, should be doing some of his training runs outdoors. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

HIPAA, private insurance, and prior coverage

I have a question for those of those of you well-versed on private health insurance, HIPAA, and prior creditable coverage. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Cleaning Antique Table

hey, i've been searching metafilter but can't find exactly what i'm looking for in the archives...specifically the best way to clean and polish our antique wood kitchen/dining room table. should we use a wax polish? any truth behind the technique of using a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice? right now the table looks dull and i want it to gleam! thanks!
posted by battlecj at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Confirmation gift- music

My friend is getting Confirmed next week, and I'm looking for some good Christian music for her- a genre I don't know much about beyond the big names. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:20 AM PST - 37 comments

Is my vet gouging me?

1. Am I wrong to think that $110.00 is too much to pay the vet for a 10-minute appointment to look at my cat's eye and hand me a 3.5 gram tube of erythromycin ointment? 2. If the answer to 1 is "yes," can you recommend a good vet near Newton Upper Falls, MA, USA? 3. What's the etiquette for changing vets when you think that your vet is more than competent but you don't want to pay his prices anymore? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Libraries + Free Audiobook Downloads? Tell me where.

Libraries + Free Audiobook Downloads? Tell me where. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Patching Windows XP from burned CDs?

Patching Windows XP from burned CDs? [more inside]
posted by simonw at 7:07 AM PST - 8 comments

What hell for Italians looks like.

What are GOOD "tomato-less" tomato sauces? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Source of G.B. Shaw quote defining "style"

"It was from Handel that I learned that style consists in force of assertion." Help me find the source of this G.B. Shaw quote. [more inside]
posted by bmckenzie at 6:46 AM PST - 6 comments

knitting advice?

How do I keep knitting stitches more even? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 6:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Medicare drug plans

I need to pick a Medicare drug plan for Mom. Is there a resource that explains the plans in relatively easy to understand language?
posted by sandra194 at 6:20 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I tell her to lose some weight?

How do I tell my girlfriend that I am not physically attracted to her since she put on some weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 77 comments

How do I learn to endure my office mate's speech dysfunction?

My office mate's speech dysfunction is driving me crazy -- what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me find an aerobics DVD

Help me find an aerobics DVD? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 6:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Metabolism-boosting tactics

Does anyone have any tried and tested tactics for raising metabolism? (I know, I know...) [more inside]
posted by ajp at 6:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Was I a zombie?

A rule of thumb for volume of sent / received data during internet surfing? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:11 AM PST - 10 comments

get my mom to park slope

hiring a car/limo for my mother in law [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 5:43 AM PST - 6 comments

February 15

iSync not working

iSync not working properly, help please. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find a Russian typewriter?

Any idea where I could buy a Russian (Cyrillic) typewriter? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 10:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How to retrieve photos from a website using GalleryRemote

Last year I used the program GalleryRemote to upload 300pics to a pretty crappy photohosting website. My HD recently crashed and I want to retrieve all the photos easily, but can't - how can I do it? [more inside]
posted by shokod at 10:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Where have the iPhotos gone?!?!

The iPhoto Library folder on an iBook is gone. Vanished. Nowhere to be found. Where did it go? What can we do? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I bogging down my new iMac with software?

Am I bogging down my new iMac with software? I have a 20" Intel iMac with 512mb (adding another 1mb as soon as my Amazon rebate comes). I love it! This thing is so fast...starts up in about 10 seconds, responds quickly almost all the time. Once in a while it hesitates, I suppose due to a lot of programs open. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 9:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Name this band

What was the name of an early 1990s band that were vegetarian, feminist, pacifist etc etc? I think it was kind of rap music and they had one song about periods. [more inside]
posted by meech at 9:23 PM PST - 21 comments

amazon.com javascript/dhtml menu feature

I'd like to re-create the dhtml/javascript menu amazon.com uses in the top navigation button "See All 32 Product Categories". I've run out of google juice. There's an answer on experts-exchanges.com but I thought I'd post here before paying...
posted by masymas at 8:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Setting up an FTP Server

Help configuring Serv-U ftp server with DSL internet access. Why can't remote users get a directory listing? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 8:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Isn't there a law against this?

Truth in advertising filter. How can Jeep claim "0% APR financing for 60 Months"? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Best soundsystem in NYC?

What is the best soundsystem in NYC in terms of bass? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Home recording noob needs software suggestions for iMac

Home recording noob: I need software suggestions for my iMac, and help getting my instruments to "talk" to the computer. [more inside]
posted by the_bone at 5:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Virtual Mix

I am looking for software to make a mix of a bunch of MP3's to subsequently burn onto a CD. I do not have any turntables, so Final Scratch is out of the question. Furthermore, I am not really looking for a piece of 'performance' software like Mixman, or Virtual DJ. Something more a long the lines of ACID that allows me to drag and drop tracks and adjust the BPM to match up the beat. I have actually done this in ACID but the BeatMapper functionality required to pull this off is rather clunky and it takes a long time to compose a 1 hour mix. Is there easy to use 'editing' software to make myself a mix?
posted by jasondigitized at 5:42 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhoto sort by resolution?

Is there a way to get iPhoto to sort pictures by resolution/size? An external utility? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 5:15 PM PST - 8 comments

How to query XML like SQL?

I'm looking for a software tool that will ingest a large XML file, and allow me to write sql-like queries against it for both summary reporting, as well as detailed reports. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 5:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Government Grants -- A Scam?

American Grant Program Foundation? I was contacted two evenings in a row by a company claiming that the government owed me thousands of dollars since I "paid my taxes on time every year". [more inside]
posted by lohmannn at 4:42 PM PST - 23 comments

Times Square bars?

Can anyone suggest a good Irish pub close to Times Square in NYC? Also, how about the best bar in general in that area? (Please nothing with "planet" or "zone" in the name.) [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 4:04 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm addicted to mineral water. Could I OD?

I'm gotten really addicted to mineral water. Are there any health risks, especially if that's all I drink? [more inside]
posted by octavia at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

6-legged protein supplements

So. You're eating take-out from your favorite Indian restaurant. While munching away, you dig for another bite and discover... a cockroach, nicely marinated and well-done. Whadaya do? [more inside]
posted by moira at 3:39 PM PST - 41 comments

Examples of product-placement in movies?

I'm looking for obvious and conspicuous examples of product-placement in recent movies, along the lines of "Castaway" (FedEx) and "You've Got Mail" (AOL). The more egregious the better. Last ten years or less, please. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy at 3:34 PM PST - 97 comments

How does Article II lead to the unchecked executive?

What is the reasoning that says Article II of the U.S. Constitution gives the President blanket powers in matters of "national security"? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 2:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV.

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 1:56 PM PST - 17 comments

John Charles Fare fake?

Can anyone provide me with additional information on performance artist John Charles Fare? [more inside]
posted by nTeleKy at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

sleeping with open windows

Why is it that when I sleep with an open window at night, I wake up way more energized? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 1:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Story in the Kite Runner

In the Kite Runner, the character Saurabh was named after the hero of an ancient Afghan (or Persian?) story mentioned a few times in the book. What was that story and can I buy an English translation? Or did the author just make that up?
posted by exhilaration at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Selling for others on ebay

How much should I charge to list to sell things on ebay for people, and is there anything tips I should follow when doing it for other people? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify this button please

Can anyone point me to a Photoshop template of the buttons which appear on this site? http://www.kennonsoft.com/community/index.html
posted by bright77blue at 1:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Batch convert FrontPage subwebs to folders?

Goodbye FrontPage! How do I get rid of all these subwebs? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 12:55 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I drive a LED as a light-emitter and a photo-diode simultaneously?

ElectronicsFilter: How can I drive a LED as a light-emitter *and* a photo-diode simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by stungeye at 12:53 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I install Indic language support on my PC?

WindowsFilter: how can I install complex language support on my PC without a CD? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 12:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Need small magnetic board with staff notation

Where can I get a small magnetic board with staff notation and magnetic notes in the UK? [more inside]
posted by BobsterLobster at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find the title of this story

What is the name of this Ray Bradbury story, and what collection can I find it in? [more inside]
posted by almostcool at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

buddhist boston

BostonFilter: Can anyone recommend a good buddhist meditation group, temple or otherwise for a friend of mine? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Best resources for learning software design?

What are the best books to teach the fundamentals of software design and architecture? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Memes that cause people to think outside the box and shift their paradigm... to the extreme!

I am trying to make a list of big new ideas. [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 11:07 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some good software development/open source blogs?

What are the best software development/open source blogs? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Diggdot.us search from Firefox?

Is there a search plugin for Firefox to search Diggdot.us? They don't offer an on-site search, and I've had no Googluck.
posted by noahv at 10:33 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the proper -nym or -ism for this synonimity?

Toponym, eponym or simply slang (or something else entirely)? For instance my hometown, Ottawa, is a toponym/eponym/slang for dismal.
posted by Smegoid at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Destroying the Dell Partition

I recently purchased a new Dell Dimension 9150, I plan to wipe the Dell partition and install a fresh copy of XP Pro (I already have a full copy). Any problems/hiccups I should know about before I destroy the Dell partition?
posted by mhaw at 10:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Overblown appraisal?

I can't seem to sell a high value piece of furniture that got aired on Antiques Roadshow -- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Broadcast HDTV reception problems

How can I fix my broadcast HDTV reception problems? [more inside]
posted by putzface_dickman at 9:28 AM PST - 12 comments

London neighborhoods for tourists

Question about where to stay in London, and the character of different neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 9:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find a cast iron skillet with a removable metal handle?

I want to cook delicious things without needing the bulging biceps necessary to move a laden skillet from oven to stove. Help! [more inside]
posted by bomboleco at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Lineweaver-burk woes.

BioChemistryFilter: How do I read the vMax and Km off of a Lineweaver-burk plot? [more inside]
posted by tnai at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the origin of the term "side-out" in volleyball?

What is the origin of the term "side-out" in volleyball? [more inside]
posted by tuxster at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Find record of a recent marriage?

Find record of a recent marriage? Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

cd won't open in itunes

I bought a CD that plays as a CD in my car, but when I put it in my mac it plays as a DVD, because it has some video too. I would like it to read as a CD, so it opens in itunes and I can copy it there. Surely this is possible?
posted by dgaicun at 7:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Will Perl 6 become ubiquitous and mandatory?

Will Perl 6 become mandatory? I know Perl 5 pretty well, and I'd like to keep listing Perl on my resume. I wonder if employers who value Perl skills will start to expect Perl 6 to be listed. [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

New England weekend getaway

We live in Boston and would like to get away for the weekend to somewhere woodsy and beautiful. The problem: we don't have a car and can't rent one. What's a good getaway that's accessible by bus or, preferably, train? [more inside]
posted by josh at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

What would happen to Dick?

What would happen to Vice President Cheney if Harry Whittington were to die? What are the different possibilities?
posted by dead_ at 6:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Don't hold back

How do you learn not to hold back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 AM PST - 35 comments

February 14

What can anthropologists offer on this matter?

How can anthropologists contribute to the answering of questions about the brain and consciousness in the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt at 11:52 PM PST - 8 comments

inconsequential lyric quest

Lyrics to a couple of Grand Theft Audio songs. [more inside]
posted by quin at 10:47 PM PST - 0 comments

After AoE3, what next?

I like Age of Empires 3 for the PC. I never thought I'd like games of this genre; up until now Half-Life2 was the only big PC game I really enjoyed, being more of a console gamer. What's a game similar to AoE3 that I might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by jonson at 10:41 PM PST - 22 comments

NameThatTuneFilter: "I'm in the money..."

The only words I know are: "I'm in the money... I'm in the money" and then it goes doo-doo-doo etc. [more inside]
posted by ding3r at 9:15 PM PST - 20 comments

How to sound like a crying baby?

I recently met someone (male, mid 20's) who could create sounds like a crying baby. If you close your eyes, you really can't tell it's not a baby crying. I just recently saw someone do it on Comedy Central's "Distractions". How is this done?
posted by Ekim Neems at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Firefox trade up?

Should I upgrade to Firefox 1.5? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 8:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Joys of capitalism

Anyone ever try to return something to ModernRock.com? [more inside]
posted by dong_resin at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Best introductory books on investment?

What American books provide the best introduction to personal investment? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

logic of landlording: how to make money?

How can I possibly buy a house with the goal of renting it at a profit? I'm in LA and even duplexes are priced so high that the mortgage costs can not possibly be covered by rents... [more inside]
posted by verylargecorp at 6:49 PM PST - 32 comments

got any mod_python and cheetah resources?

Can anyone point me to a good documentation/samples for building an app using mod_python and cheetah? (and mySQL/DBUtils etc)? [more inside]
posted by karen at 6:09 PM PST - 2 comments

How to control multiple ICQ accounts?

Is there a way to maintain the online status of multiple accounts with one instance of ICQ? It's simple to switch to a different account, but can it be done without logging the current user out? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 5:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do my feet hurt all the time, especially in the morning?

Why do my feet hurt all the time, especially in the morning? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 4:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Could what I don't know, kill me?

Frozen food fiasco filter. My freezer was off for 48 hours. It was not opened during this time. Which items are still safe? [more inside]
posted by Framer at 4:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find and resolve a traffic bottleneck at my colo.

Help me find and resolve a traffic bottleneck at my co-location. We launched a new web-app (it registers users and delivers flash content) at my work and the server fell over at about 17 conn/sec. Help me prevent this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 4:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for business cards to be printed in the UK, quickly.

Looking for about 1000 business cards in the UK. Preferably a site where I can email/upload a design, and have them shipped quickly. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Can't make sense of a Russian site

Is this website really Russian? [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments

xsl:saint-augustine -- help me get to grips with XSLT

xsl:saint-augustine -- help me get to grips with XSLT [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Graphics transplant for grey-haired Powermac?

I need a cheap graphics card for my old Powermac G4 that will drive a high-res LCD. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

MP3 download site legit?

Is this music download site legit? [more inside]
posted by a_day_late at 2:03 PM PST - 17 comments

If you ain't dutch, you ain't much.

Can anyone translate this? I believe I was just insulted in Dutch, but Babelfish isn't translating more than a word or two, and I don't know much. Dutch. [more inside]
posted by tweak at 1:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Amazon Payments Rejection?

Why is Amazon not letting me use Amazon payments? [more inside]
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

My jaw is making my ear hurt.

What sort of specialist should I visit to examine/treat me for TMJ? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 1:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Quality (nonspammy) ringtone sites?

Does a quality, non-spammy, free (CC-licensed?) Ringtone site exist? [more inside]
posted by rschroed at 12:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Anit-love-song mixtape

Love-sucks-anti-Valentine's-Day-Filter: Help me make a mix of anti-love songs. Visualize a mix you might give your ex after a really, really nasty break-up. Something that says "F0ck you, I hate you, and every second we were together was torture, you evil witch," with every song. Maybe starting with OMD's "If You Leave," and getting nastier from there. [more inside]
posted by ChasFile at 12:28 PM PST - 115 comments

Cutters' Font?

In the movie "Breaking Away," what font is used on the Cutters' shirts?
posted by dial-tone at 12:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Chinese/American courtship etiquette

She's Chinese, he's American - what cultural courtship differences are there?The guy is American. The girl is Chinese. They're both educated, from relatively similar economic backgrounds, similar ages...but of course, they're very different. What should they know about courtship and romance are conducted in their respective cultures? What are the rules and etiquettes, from first date to last, from making out to marriage, from expectations to promises? What are the pitfalls - and what are the positives?
posted by soulbarn at 12:23 PM PST - 32 comments

Rubber Jacket, You're The One

Hi friends. I have a terribly ratty jacket, called the Quiksilver Rubbermaid. It's about four years old, falling apart, made of rubber but looks (from enough of a distance, I guess) like leather. I would love to replace it with an identical jacket. I can't find it anywhere, these days. Now, I understand that Rubbermaid sent a cease&desist so they changed the name, but I can't find mention of the new name anywhere either. Here's a page with a bit of information on it. Any ideas? (Sites with out-of-stock listings not needed.)
posted by thejoshu at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

All-Ireland Hurling Tickets

Is it impossible for a foreigner to get tickets to All-Ireland Hurling Finals? [more inside]
posted by unccivil at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Finding legit deals online

How to know when you've found a deal online and when it's too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Gay Lost Boys?

Is the character of Sam (Corey Haim) in the movie The Lost Boys supposed to be gay? [more inside]
posted by jca at 11:47 AM PST - 46 comments

Land Survey coordinates to UTM

Is anyone aware of a program that converts The United States Public Land Survey (such as found on platt maps) coordinates into UTM coordinates? I would like to input land survey coordinates and have it convert the data to UTM coordinates for my GPS. Many thanks...
posted by orlin at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Stan alone DVD fix?

Can I fix my girlfriend's DVD player? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Where online do you buy your vinyl?

DJs - where online do you buy your vinyl? I've had great experiences buying from Juno in the UK, but I'm looking for alternatives. Google turns up a bunch of stuff but if you have any personal recommendations or experience buying from other sites (especially North American ones) please share. I spin mostly club/deep/progressive house.
posted by BorgLove at 10:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Help make A Special Thing even more special.

How can I make Firefox use a unique custom css whenever I visit a particular website? [more inside]
posted by tegoo at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do so many foreign nations host U.S. military bases?

U.S. Military Bases: I have several questions regarding the ins and outs of the vast U.S. military presence abroad. [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 10:42 AM PST - 27 comments

Dangerous passing

Why do people speed up when I pass them? [more inside]
posted by zek at 10:42 AM PST - 68 comments

dna art on the cheap

My GoogleFu has failed me. Does anyone know of a place I could send a swab of DNA from my cheek and get a photo of it back (after they do the Chomatography thing). Because I love these but I'm too cheap and figure given the source image I could do the rest myself.
posted by zeoslap at 10:40 AM PST - 26 comments

Computer Trouble; Like a Valentine's Gift from a Bitter Ex Named Nemesis

Dear crafty gnomes of Mefi, riddle me this: my laptop (Vaio PCG-FRV27) just had a fit and died. What may the problem be? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking a gift horse in the mouth

What is an appropriate tip to give for a carriage ride in central park? [more inside]
posted by langeNU at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Files that start with 'Q'

WindowsXPFilter: This has to be the strangest problem I've ever had... I can't access files that start with the letter 'Q'. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments


Opening a small business in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. What do I do to register a small business with the government? I've been interested in doing this for a few reasons, mostly because I want to work for myself (a good enough reason I know) but am unsure how to register it bureaucratically. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

hotels and hostels in San Francisco

I'm traveling to San Francisco on a tight budget for a conference at the Moscone Center in early April, any experiences on area hostels or cheap hotels? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Where's the Something Cool Delivery Service?

What's something nice you can get delivered to someone... that isn't flowers? (or chinese food.) [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 8:44 AM PST - 29 comments

Why does red icing taste so bitter?

What is the cause of the bitter taste in some kinds of red/pink icing? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I speed up my wireless network?

Why does my Dell Wireless usb adapter (a/b/g) keep switching between 24mbps and 56mbps when connected to my Linksys network? How can I speed it up?
posted by simonash at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Please can you help me with an XP/Creative conflict?

What's so special about XP Media Centre and why won't Creative help me with my Zen Vision problem? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 7:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Case Interview Tips

Case Interview Tips. I'm applying to several business analyst/consulting jobs that require a case interview as part of the screening process. I've never done one of these and I'd like to hear your experiences with them. [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 4:57 AM PST - 7 comments

how do i ask out my friend's cousin?

how do i say this: "i like you and that other night was great, although slightly weird because you're my friend's really close cousin, but he seems cool about it, so, anyway, do you want to do that again sometime, even though it's been a month since that night?"- without coming across as wanting to be too serious or too casual or too weird? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for good chocolate shop in Boston.

Anyone know of a good chocolate store in the Boston/ Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 3:30 AM PST - 9 comments

An audio-clip alternative to Imageshack

I love Imageshack for one-click simple hosting of images, looking for something just as simple for small audio clips. [more inside]
posted by calvinorr at 2:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Is giving head supposed to be arousing to the giver?

Is giving head supposed to be arousing? She prefers this sequence: foreplay, followed by cunnilingus, and then intercourse. Trouble is, almost immediately I go down on her, I lose my erection -- does this mean I'm gay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:01 AM PST - 37 comments

Request for waterworks manual

How does one cry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:01 AM PST - 37 comments

February 13

Discussing the singularity

I'm reading Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near" and would like to know more about the discussion around this book and his ideas. What do people who work with these things – biotech or the computer research – think of him? Is Kurzweil stealing the limelight from other, perhaps lesser known, but more interesting/influential people? Are there any critics I should be aware of (I've found Theodore Modis)? [more inside]
posted by Termite at 11:33 PM PST - 20 comments

v-day wannabe sweetheart: go big? (or forget with illegal yummies?)

VDayfilter: Woman I like, have for a while. Close friends for years, and she knows how I feel. Have pretty much stayed away from the old 'nice guy' just hang out stuff for the last year, but we still get together for a drink once or twice a month. Other than the occasional fun here and there, we are both single. [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish at 11:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Rename HTML files with title tag

I have a large number of HTML files with numeric names (001.html, 2990.html, etc.). I would like to have each file renamed with text drawn from each file's HTML title tag. [more inside]
posted by tranquileye at 10:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Kill the out of control python in Tiger!

In the past few weeks I have started to notice a strange problem in OS X - a process called 'python' starts and will not stop on its own. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 9:36 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a package shipping method that is convenient to the receiver?

What is a package shipping method that is convenient to the receiver? If the recipient is not at home, he should be able to call and reschedule delivery for a better time. This is for a gift. [more inside]
posted by gearspring at 9:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a flat-rate cellular data plan in Canada?

Is there a flat-rate cellular data plan in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Save my GPA!

Looking for personal recommendations of quiet coffeehouse-type study spots in the Twin Cities. With the Winter Olympics in full swing, I am no longer able to withstand the temptation of the television in my room. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

My dad doesn't like my religion.

How do I get my father to understand me? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:45 PM PST - 33 comments

Kids Birthday Cakes

NYC area (upper west side and morningside heights, really) question: good birthday cakes for kids. Where? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 8:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Last-minute Valentine's Day flower delivery

Valentine's crisis: I need to have flowers delivered to either Half Moon Bay (CA) between 9 and noon, or an apartment in the Castro after 11pm. I admit poor advance planning. [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 8:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Tax deductions for freelancers?

Is my health insurance tax-deductible? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Unlove Google

What search engine should I use instead of Google to protest their agreement to provide a censored product for China? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Someone to ride back for me

I'm looking for a childern's movie on HBO back in the early to mid 80s and I have almost nothing to go on. Its a longshot. [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Albany Park == good?

I'd like to know if any Chicago folks could tell me more about the Albany Park area than the wikipedia article can, which isn't much. I took a drive around and couldn't even find a coffee shop or anything, let alone a place where I might see some live music. I didn't even see any pubs/bars. Did I drive the wrong roads? (on behalf of twiggy) [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat at 7:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Charging electronic devices overseas

I'm traveling outside of the U.S. (to Israel) and want to know about charging my electronics. I'm only taking a few (I agree with comments in a summer 2005 posting that taking too much stuff can distract from the actual visit) namely my HP handheld (for contact numbers) and my digital camera. I may need to recharge both. I have the original charging cords, appropriate adapters and I have access to a transformer. Do I use the transformer, and is it safe to charge these devices overseas?
posted by schoenbc at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How to create forums on a blog.

How can I create forums on my food blog like the ones here and here? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments


Is it always a bad idea to sell a house to a friend? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 6:41 PM PST - 15 comments

#1 versus #2 pencils

What is the difference between #1 and #2 pencils? I had a set of Geddes pencils that I adored as they never smudged. However, I think I may have wrongly attributed this un-smudgeability to their being #1 pencils. Is there a correlation? And more importantly, can anyone recommend a (really) good smudge-proof pencil?
posted by anonymous78 at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Rabbit rabbit rabbit

My rabbits hate each other and are making a disaster out of my house. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 6:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Marx for dummies.

MarxFilter: Trouble understanding the concept of "alienation of labor" in the Manuscripts of 1844. Can anyone explain to me exactly what he means? [more inside]
posted by lovejones at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What were the scores to the 1989-1992 Stanford vs. Cal "Big Games"?

What were the scores to the 1989-1992 Stanford vs. Cal "Big Games"?
posted by blueplasticfish at 6:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Thinkpad T41 is possessed!

Huge (hopefully not) monitor issue: Thinkpad T41. Are there any good hardware troubleshooters out there? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

How to effectively, intelligently protest warrantless wiretapping?

Say you wanted to organize a protest re: Bush's warrantless wiretapping... [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get my DVD and CD Drives to write?

My DVD and CD Drives will not recognize or burn blank media, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 5:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Household gas: rises or falls?

Does household natural gas pool in low places or rise to high places? [more inside]
posted by freebird at 5:00 PM PST - 19 comments

competition bug

Does anyone know how to upload photos to this photography competition ? I'm not pleased with nokia.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Double dipping, corporate-style.

How legitimate is it to add a new fee or charge after they've billed you for something and it's already been charged to your credit card? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

One roommate owns, one doesn't; how to handle?

I own a condo with a mortgage and tax deductions and equity. SO moving in. How do we split expenses fairly? Many other questions about financial logistics. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 4:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Accumulated RSS feeds

I'm looking for something that periodically checks new RSS feeds every X hours, accumulates the feeds on a server, and then outputs a new RSS feed with all the accumulated posts [more inside]
posted by Sharcho at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Calculating the Timezone

I have GPS data associated with various measurements from around the world. This data also includes a UTC timestamp. I would like to display this timestamp converted to the local time where the measurement was taken, based on the GPS-reported latitude and longitude. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 3:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Private swing dance lessons in LA?

Help me find a good swing dance teacher(s) for private lessons in Los Angeles!
posted by anonymoose at 3:28 PM PST - 2 comments

What do I want to be when I "grow up"?

Help me decide my future. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 2:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Frost Shock would be bad

Dumb gardener filter: What can I do to help protect my big hibiscus plant from the frost tonight? This is the first frost all winter. I've been told to just throw a twin sized bed sheet over the whole plant. Is it that simple? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Help new podcaster with Skype voicemail/audacity

I have Skype-In with voicemail. How can I download the voice messages for use in a podcast? [more inside]
posted by JamesMessick at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Music blog download tool?

Music blog download tool? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

reclaiming the marital entertainment space--surprisingly, not a reference to sex!

Ok, so I have been charged with coming up with a list of things to do at home with my wife in the evenings after the kids are in bed, because we are too broke to hire a sitter and go out right now. What are some fun things we could do at home with our clothes on that aren't too expensive or unhealthy, in a couple of hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 39 comments

When will Detroit build a sunroof for the husky gentleman?

Where can I find cycling clothes that fit my frame? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Failed to appear in court. But I really wanted to.

Unwillingly failed to appear in traffic court in Berkeley, CA. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 1:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Bird Flu Vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine Are we safe? [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Remember those short films on cable?

Anyone remember the short films on HBO, Cinemax, etc. in the mid-80's? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 1:28 PM PST - 14 comments

French for a Dummie

ParisFilter: I am going to Paris France during the middle of March. I do not speak french, aside from knowing to say merci when people do anything nice for me. I have no misconceptions about the possibility of learning the entire french language in a months time. So what specific words and phrases do I need to know in order to get by in Paris? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 1:12 PM PST - 46 comments

Sticking it to THE MAN

LegalFilter: What are my legal options against a company that withdrew money from my checking account without my consent? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 9:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Would a person leaving a good job tend to make more money at a new job?

My wife and I may be relocating to the Orlando area so that I can start a new job. She currently has a great job (start of long career) as a system analyst at a top-notch company. She earns more money than I do, and probably always will. This year she gets 4 weeks of vacation. She is concerned that if we move to Orlando she will not find a job she likes for the same pay and with the same benefits (e.g. vacation). I had been told (once upon a time) that if you move to another company, you move up in pay, not down. What is the more likely scenario? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Did I spurn California for good?

Help me not commit voter fraud. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Quick fundraising

How can I raise a quick $1,000 for a good cause? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Robin Hood - men 'n' rights

UKJobsFilter: So, the medieval banqueting centre I've been playing Robin hood at for the past 16 years just rang me up to say they're selling the building to developers, and at the end of April that's it, all done. I've been self-employed for most of that time and have been invoicing on a 'per gig' basis for years now, but I'm wondering if, as they've easily (by a factor of lots) been my main employer for those sixteen years whether a 'that's your lot, chum' is all I'm getting, or is there a 'self-employed severance' for long term invoicers?
posted by timpollard at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments


TravelFilter: Heading to Hawaii Feb 17-24, what should I do that most likely isn't mentioned in any travel guide or website?
posted by Clementines4ever at 6:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Working at RedHat?

Working at Redhat? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

3 GHz is slow?

How can a 3 GHz PC be "slow"? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 6:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Lost File Menu in MS word

I have lost File Menu in MS word. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 3:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Combining Unicode Characters

Unicode Filter - How do I go about combining diacritics in Unicode with pre-existing letters? I'm baffled. Win XP, using Word. I'm clueless, and I'm working with a deader than the proverbial doornail language (Hint - Middle Eastern Iranian language family).
posted by AArtaud at 1:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Switching Audio Outputs in OSX

Is there a way to quickly switch between audio outputs in OS X? I have speakers set up through a Griffin iMic, and I also have headphones that I plug into my iBook's headphone jack. Sometimes I like to be able to quickly switch from one to another. Currently I have to go to the sound preference pane choose from my options there. Obviously this isn't an enormous pain in the ass, but it would be nice if I could map it to a keystroke or something. I have Quicksilver and have fiddled with it a little, but if there is a way to make it do what I want, I can't figure it out.
posted by rossination at 1:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding work in Portland, Oregon

I am moving from santa cruz to portland. My girlfriend and I recently(4 months ago) had a daughter and the cost of living here is so high that we feel there is more opportunity for us up there. We have been invited to stay with my girlfriend's parents for a few months until we get settled, but i am concerned with finding a job that will pay enough to support us. I will be the sole earner so that my daughter will be able to have a parent with her all the time. Any suggestions? I need to make at least $15/hr ... I have been doing construction related work for the last couple of years but would like to steer away from that in favor of something not so hard on the body. I'd appreciate any comments...
posted by thatjackbuilt at 12:30 AM PST - 19 comments

February 12

cool places in France

I'm going to france for my honeymoon and would like some advice from people who have been or live there on places to visit during my stay. [more inside]
posted by escher at 11:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Can our apartment be functional and still look nice?

Is there any aesthetically pleasing way to arrange two computers (and desks, office chairs), a TV (and table), and a big comfy couch in a single room. I'm always embarrassed at the ugliness of my functional apartment when people come over. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 10:47 PM PST - 22 comments

How to fly to canada without a passport?

I don't have a passport. I'm American. I need to fly to a wedding in Toronto in a month. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by JZig at 9:12 PM PST - 29 comments

Trouble dealing with rejection

I have problems dealing with rejection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Surgery for post-hemorrhoid skin tags?

Anyone had experience with surgery to remove post-hemorrhoid skin tags? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comment

How to introduce myself unawkwardly?

DelicateSituationFilter: Help me introduce myself and get to date #1. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 7:31 PM PST - 11 comments

$100 Haircut?

How might I go about finding a top of the line hair salon. I am considering trying to settle into a new haircut - even a $100+ price tag is ok this one time. (I'm in S.E. Michigan.)
posted by parma at 7:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Stumbing upon people online without looking for them

Remarkable human connections made possible through the web. Blogs, Flickr, etc. Not "love connections," but rather people who might have recognized an old relative in a photo, or a family member they never knew existed. Stumbling across each other, not searching. (more) [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 5:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Yes, I do know that I'm crazy

How to run a tournament? [more inside]
posted by ancamp at 4:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Where's my pilot light?

Where is my oven pilot light? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 3:57 PM PST - 8 comments

How to clean a plush pig

Our collective household has a cute little plush toy (6 inches or so tall), a little like a beanie baby in form. Our apartment however, is a dust magnet so he tends to get a little dirty, any ideas on the best way to clean a small plush pig?
posted by nickehsmith at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Recycling tips

Spring cleaning: The prior owner of our house left a lot of paint thinner, paint, turpentine (or is that paint thinner) and just a ton of nasty cleansers in the shed, and I finally want to get rid of it in a safe and clean manner. How? Also: I have a bunch of electronics (monitors, CD players, vacuum cleaner) that I want to recycle. Any tips? If it helps, I am in Seattle (King County).
posted by xmutex at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

1990s Internet Streaming Video Compression Scam?

I remember a typical late 1990s Bubble story where a scammer was hyping a fake streaming video technology to grab investor cash. What name should I look up under? [more inside]
posted by meehawl at 2:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Free/cheap firewalls?

Is Zone Alarm the last free firewall software? [more inside]
posted by jaronson at 2:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Busted Tweeter

Speaker Filter: I've just received a pair of M-Audio monitors that I'd sent back for repair. The right side, which was causing me problems previously, has been repaired and works great. But the left side appears to have been damaged during shipping. I'm not very happy with the company and don't really want to send them back again. Can I fix the problem myself? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do I feel nauseated after sitting at my computer?

Why do I feel nauseated after sitting at my computer? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Converting a DVD to high-quality WMV?

Converting a DVD to high-quality WMV? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me get my booty into shape, without killing my knees!

What qualifications should I look for in a personal trainer? What do the ACE certifications actually mean? I'd like to hire a trainer for a few sessions, but I really don't want to hurt myself or hire a nut. Please help me sort through the options! [more inside]
posted by barnone at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Advancing 110 film manually

I just built a tiny pinhole camera that mounts onto a 110 film cartridge. The directions I've found call for using a coin to turn the tiny gear to advance the film. I can't get that to work really at all. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Has anyone used the "High Dynamic Range" plugin for photoshop?

Where can i find it? I found this flickr pool via BoingBoing (Flickr).. I couldn't dig up the photoshop plugin that is used to do this on google, only a bunch of stand-a-long apps.
posted by joshgray at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Electric Snowblowers: Are they any good?

Electric Snowblowers: Are they any good? [more inside]
posted by HK10036 at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Booting from an OSX internal raid

I want to boot my Mac G5 from an internal striped software raid. Possible? [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Firefox Video Clips

I can't seem to play video clips (e.g., CNN, Youtube, IFilm, etc.) in Firefox, but they play in Explorer. Why?
posted by madstop1 at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Audio + DVI = HDMI

Is there product which combines audio with DVI video into an HDMI output? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me track down some Psychic TV liner notes!

Help me find liner notes to a 2-CD Psychic TV compilation? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Websites for the elderly?

What websites will my 80-year-old grandfather love? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM PST - 37 comments

How to get ads for my site?

Help with placing ads. [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments


I've stopped being able to work out what to do with Sundays. I know it's supposed to be a day of rest and that's ok, but I always feel like I've wasted the day no matter what. What does everyone else do?
posted by feelinglistless at 9:07 AM PST - 47 comments

Need an online calculator for height

I'd like to find an online calculator that would predict the adult height of kids or teenagers. [more inside]
posted by mikeinclifton at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Monitoring disk usage on a BSD box

Is there something like Spacemonger for FreeBSD? [more inside]
posted by blag at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How to dominate Conversation

How can you psychologically gain an upper hand over somebody in conversations ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 7:12 AM PST - 47 comments

How do I change Internet Explorer's search page

Used to be that whenever I misspelled a URL in IE or just entered a nonexisting one, I'd be taken to a Google search page for it. Recently I installed a program that came bundled with adware, and now whenever I enter a misspelled URL, I'm redirected to quickbrowsersearch.com. Is there any way to change this? Besides switching to Firefox? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I lose my opu?

So I've decided to get rid of my beer belly. But I have a few questions about counting calories. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 4:49 AM PST - 28 comments

Why can't I find the clothes I want?

Where can a guy find plain, boldly-coloured clothes in London? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 4:09 AM PST - 11 comments

To dream or not to scream

Recurring Dreamfilter: I am standing in a tall building - sometimes a hotel with friends or family, sometimes an office building with work colleagues. There is a noise - a shake - and suddenly the building starts to collapse. [more inside]
posted by Neale at 4:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Mirror, mirror

TaskbarFilter: Can I clone/mirror my Windows XP taskbar onto my secondary monitor, completely? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:45 AM PST - 4 comments

There's a hole in my head.

BodyFilter: I have a pin-sized hole in my head. What the hell? [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 3:02 AM PST - 27 comments

Explain my phones USB Intricacies.

I just bought a Sony Ericsson K750i Mobile Phone, and I love it. But I have some questions in regards to the Memory Stick and the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor that comes with the phone. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Excess Foam

Why does beer foam more than usual when poured into a Styrofoam cup? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:40 AM PST - 8 comments

February 11

Help me achieve an audio effect.

Audio Filter: I want to achieve an effect but don't know how. Is there a term for this / easy way to do it? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 11:56 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I pay taxes on severance package?

I was just laid off and luckily received a severance package. What do I do about paying tax on it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 PM PST - 8 comments

...she loves me not.

My wife wants to divorce me. Should I just give in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 PM PST - 47 comments

Experience with canadaescrowservices.com?

Someone is selling a car via an escrow service, Canada Escrow Services... [more inside]
posted by knave at 10:23 PM PST - 16 comments

I need blank boxes!

Where can I get a small number of blank retail software boxes? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 9:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Best version of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana?

Best version of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana? The headline pretty much says it all. What's the best version and why do you think it's the best one? I'm looking for the classical version, not any of the techno or remixed versions, and when I say "best", I mean the best performance/conductor/orchestra that's hopefully available on cd. For what it's worth, I've only heard a few versions, but I especially liked the version of O Fortuna used in the movie Excalibur. I think it has just the right amount of dramatic flair and I like the slightly faster speed.
posted by edjusted at 9:44 PM PST - 10 comments

People scanning books with their PDAs, what's going on?!

I was at a massive used booksale in Phoenix, Arizona today. I saw at least ten 20-something people with Treos and/or PocketPCs with barcode scanners scanning in tons of books.. it looked like they were doing real-time queries to some server getting book values and stuff like that. Who / what / where is going on? Is this a massive business or is this a new fad that young punks to now ... or what?
posted by cowmix at 8:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Poor dental health of chihuahuas

Would anyone know of a good vet (and pricing) for heavy cleaning and extraction of some teeth for Chihuahuas in the Toronto area? Today I found a molar on the floor...and then the horror which are my Chihuahuas' teeth. Thanks...
posted by strangelove at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Childrens Songs

Many years ago, WGBH (NPR) in Boston had a Saturday afternoon folk music program. One day they played exerpts from an album by a singer/guitarist who had recorded rude songs that children sing when they think that there are no adults around. Who could this be and what is name of the album?
posted by Raybun at 6:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Name that tune!

While watching the olympics I've seen a few ads with Visa's new slogan, "Life Takes Visa" and I really like the song playing in the background. It seems like a pop/rock song (with a little classical in there too), though it may have been composed specifically for the commercial. So my question: if you've seen the ad, do you know what song that is? (And where I could get it? - hopefully iTunes)
posted by pithy comment at 6:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Drain me

Harrowing music. What musical works have left you exhausted and physically drained? [more inside]
posted by nylon at 6:18 PM PST - 72 comments

Create Collapsible Index

Can I create a collapsible index of hard and soft documents? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 5:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Learning about electricity, the bright and colorful but not completely dumbed-down way?

I'm looking for a book that teaches electricity well. The Mims book definitely doesn't cut it - I want something more along the lines of "The Way Things Work" in clarity and accessibility, but I still want it to actually teach the underlying math; i.e., I want it to show me the material in pictures and equations. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Upgrading My Athlon System

I received a decent tax refund and I'm thinking about doing a computer upgrade. The last time I rebuilt my system was in 2003. I don't need to be able to play the hottest new FPS (although I do game occasionally), but I want to be able to comfortably run Windows Vista when it's released. Here are my current specs: [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 5:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Annoying Mouse Behavior (esp. in Outlook and Quicken)

I have sub-screens and sub-windows (as opposed the main window of a program itself) that are no longer persistent, i.e., they close or minimize whenever I roll the mouse pointer off a button that was used to open that sub-window. The problem is most annoying in Outlook and in Quicken. For example, if I try to create a new appointment in Outlook, I can open the New Appointment screen, and it remains visible, but then to select a Start Time or End Time, I click on the down arrow next to date or time box, a calendar or list of times appears, but the moment the mouse pointer moves off of the box with the down arrow, the menu of choices closes. [more inside]
posted by Carsey at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Do major video game tournaments drug test players?

Do any of the big video game tournaments around the world drug-test players?
posted by mediareport at 4:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a tux in London

I need to find a place to rent a tuxedo this week in London. Sub-questions follow... [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 4:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Olive's in the Dancin' Zone

There was a fad dence in the Sixties called The Popeye that was particularly popular in the south, based on a minor hit by the great Enrie K-Doe. Anyone know how to do it? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Addiction: Physical vs. Psychological

Is Cocaine physically addictive? I once read that it is psychologically addictive but not physically addictive. While I realize there is a physical, chemical reaction when a user takes the drug, do they ever show signs of phyiscal addiction? Heroin is physically addictive. Marijuana is psychologically addictive. I have googled this subject quite a bit but still haven't found any conclusive answer. [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 3:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Shoes pick up pet hair from carpets

Here's a long-shot: About 20 years ago I bought a pair of custom-made mountain-man-ish/mocassin-style boots that I had fitted at a crafts fair in San Diego. They were moose-hide, awful-looking things with metal buttons, and came with a weird flat, textured rubber sole material that the maker said was actually conveyor belting that he cut to fit the boots. The boots were happily but a passing fancy, but the soling stuck in my memory: It was the best damn pet-hair catching substance in my known Universe... WHERE can I find some more? Attached to a stick, it'd make a smashing carpet brush.
posted by dpcoffin at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Central Boiler, Dry Air

How can I keep my apartment humid with the window open? [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 3:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Wholesale Flour in Washington DC

I would like to buy a 25-50 lb sack of flour in NWDC. The only place I can think of is Costco in Tenleytown, and I'm not a member. I'm limited to metro-accessible areas. Bonus points if it's unbleached white or whole wheat.
posted by The White Hat at 2:33 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make a break in a long term relationship work?

My fiancee and I are taking a break after four years, how do I best make this break work? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me waste money.

FancyPantsFilter: What kind of stupidly expensive jeans should I buy? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 2:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Best way to let a knife wound (cut) heal?

I cut my left index finger something fierce with a very sharp serrated knife. What's the best thing to do to help it heal fast and well? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Bubbly NYC

Should we buy champagne in Duty Free or in NYC? [more inside]
posted by veryape at 1:10 PM PST - 5 comments

cool stilts from commercial

In the beginning of this ad for Zurich Insurance (link is to an MPG video) there is a kid running on these interesting stilts. [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

ICQ Botherers

Having lain dormant for years, my old (seven digit!) ICQ account has, this weekend, suddenly become a magnet for random botherers. How do I make them go away? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 11:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Problems transferring files to USB drives & SD cards.

How do I get my Win98 PC to recognize USB drives & SD cards as additional drives, so I can transfer files to them from my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by raedyn at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

iFramed for a crime I didn't commit

I'm trying to get iFrames, anchors and hyperlinks to play nice together. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Insurance for a first-time car buyer

When do I need to get insurance for my new car? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Command Line Video Editing?

I'm looking for a tool which will allow me to cut MPEG2's from the command line (or programmatically otherwise). Either Windows or Linux/BSD. I've looked through a bunch of programs found via Google, but none seem to work without their GUI's. Bonus if the MPEG2 streams are cut at the GOP marker or if it re-encodes the GOP's at the cuts. Otherwise it'll get messy. Free is preferred, but pay would be fine too as long as it works.
posted by voidcontext at 9:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Nordic Combined

Olympic Nordic Combined skiing is male-only. Isn't this against the Olympic Charter? Do women want to compete? Is the sport being promoted to women? What would happen if a woman applied to compete?
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you have nothing better to do?

Don't get me wrong, i love the distractions and the asking that sites like this and the metafilter allow, but if i had to choose somewhere that is truly a killer online destination, that i would fight for like my own neographical country, i would be classed a conscientious objectors. What would you fight for? [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg at 8:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Why does my car stereo hate me?

I am loaning my never used 1995 Altima to a friend whos car was stolen, however, whenever she turns it on, the clock on the radio and all the pre-set stations disappear! The radio plays fine, just won't keep the data. Any ideas?
posted by keep it tight at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Wacom Tablet install help

I have an older Wacom 4x5 USB that used to work on my old Win98, but I cannot load it on my new XP Pro laptop...Ideas? [more inside]
posted by lobstah at 7:48 AM PST - 3 comments

babyfilter: Help me find a high quality baby monitor

babyfilter: Help me find a high quality baby monitor. I live in a Manhattan apartment building which has proven to be a very challenging environment for wireless reception. We have plaster-over-lath wall construction which blocks many signals. The apartment is long (over 150' from the master bedroom to the baby's bedroom). There is plenty of RF interference from nearby apartments and the city environment. [more inside]
posted by dudeman at 7:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Walking on to ferries at Dover

Can you walk on to a ferry at Dover? And about how much might it cost? [more inside]
posted by jb at 4:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Problem with mouse click

My problem is killing me, When ever I click once it automatically double clicks. I have uninstalled my mouse programs and installed the latest firmware/drivers. I have looked in the mouse properties and also checked for virus's and spyware. The mouse Im using is the Razer Copperhead. It was working fine before.
posted by spinko at 2:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Is "A Winter's Tale" (by Mark Helprin) available on Audio Book?

I have physical handicaps which prevent me from actual eye-to-book reading. I desperately want to read A Winter's Tale, but I can't find it anywhere on Audiobook. My question is: Is it available anywhere, and if so, where?
posted by jitterbug perfume at 1:25 AM PST - 9 comments

need a web-based video player

i've been using wimpy video player in one of my websites for the past few months, but i'm looking for other options. [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 12:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Stop desktop search engine from indexing contents?

Is there a way to tell those fancy desktop search engines like Google or Copernic, to NOT index the contents of any file on my PC? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 12:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Haunted by a song in a goddamn Coke ad

Recently movie theaters 'round here were showing a Coke ad that had some interesting music. The ad was a series of stills telling a story of someone going back in time and giving [the hated product] to various people, running out, pissing off Genghis Khan, etc. The music wasn't in English, sounded Eastern European to my ignorant ears. It had a male voice and a sort of swinging sound. They don't seem to be playing this ad anymore here. What was the music?
posted by fleacircus at 12:12 AM PST - 8 comments

February 10

Need remote editor

What's a good Windows app for remotely editing files on my hosted server? Currently my method is to hand-code HTML in Notepad then use a custom batch script to FTP it to the server, or to telnet and use pico. Obviously this is horrifically tedious. I'm ready to come out of the 1990s. What's a good, nonbloat Windows app that will help me? Something that will maintain the content locally and upload changed files is be a bonus. Frontpage is bloat and way overkill.
posted by chef_boyardee at 11:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Is this gibberish?

Is this song [direct MP3 link] gibberish? It's the opening track from the PS2 game "La Pucelle: Tactics". [more inside]
posted by pocams at 10:51 PM PST - 5 comments

TB + MJ?

A friend of mine got diagnosed with tuberculosis. The medication is making her fill ill all the time. Will marijuana help? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 10:24 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find free online streams of movies?

Where can I find free online streams of movies? (besides archive.org) [more inside]
posted by who else at 9:42 PM PST - 0 comments

Recovering from sleep deprivation?

What's the best way to recover from sleep deprivation? I'm a 28 y/o guy and I've had three consecutive nights of 5 to 5 1/2 hours sleep (not by my choosing -- busy period at work). Naturally, I'm exhausted by now. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 9:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Angry consumer: How to respond (besides cancelling my subscription)?

I subscribe to the Boston Globe newspaper, which recently accidentally distributed credit card and bank routing info printouts with newspaper bundles. I am angry about this carelessness and want to respond somehow, but I selfishly really enjoy the paper and do not want to cancel my subscription. What are other good ways of responding? Sharp-tongued letters (to whom?), etc?
posted by cadge at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

I am trying to identify two songs.

MusicFilter: I am trying to identify two songs. Both are included in this 11.2 MB MP3 (at about 05:14 there's a three second gap between the tracks). Oh yeah you might not want to click if you dislike electronic music. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Books about the systems behind banking

Are there books that explain, in great detail, the systems that clear trades (equities and options) on the markets and shuffle funds among banks in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by qslack at 8:04 PM PST - 2 comments

How to give my blonde husband a mohawk?

How to give my blonde husband a mohawk? I have clippers (and i know how to use them), scissors, hair wax (for stiffening, not removal) and some violet temporary hair colour. What's the simplest way to keep the mohawk even, both in length and width? Also the best way to dye only the mohawk. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 7:57 PM PST - 12 comments

TiVoing the Olympics

What's the best strategy for TiVoing the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Scarface my ride

Where can I can some sweet wallpaper like this? [more inside]
posted by ibeji at 6:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a desktop search engine that can index the contents of audio files for fast searching?

Now that we have desktop search engine that can index contents of text files in a computer, how about a software that can index the contents of audio files (e.g. speeches , teleclasses, voice mails) ? Anybody making it or even selling it? Please enlighten. Thank you very much.
posted by studentguru at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Unknown Backup Format - Just a README file.

I'm trying to access some old backup CDs and can't remember what backup program I used to create them. The only thing Windows can see on the CDs is a README.txt file that says: "This disc is a backup CD. Except for this file the contents of this disc must be accessed using your backup software." The rest of the data is invisible and presumably in a proprietary backup format. I followed this advice to no avail. Anybody know what backup program I used back then?
posted by ao4047 at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Corian sinks

We have corian countertops in our kitchen. The sink, which I think is made of enamel, seems as if it's part of the countertop. I hate the sink. Does replacing the sink mean replacing the whole countertop?
posted by dpx.mfx at 5:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I Make (Age) Sharp Cheese In MY Fridge?

It seems that sticking cheese in the freezer would stop the ageing process, but what about keeping it in the fridge. Could I buy medium cheddar, and stick it in the fridge for a year before opening it? Anyone tried this, any mold or other problems with eating year old but unopened cheese?
posted by pwb503 at 4:45 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the name of this movie?

What is the name of this movie? I believe it was made before 1981. The plot goes a little something like this: [more inside]
posted by rokabiri at 4:43 PM PST - 11 comments


Self-help books- helpful or hogwash? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ttrendel at 4:19 PM PST - 19 comments

I'd like a Breedster invite. Anyone have one to give?

I'm also wondering about any other cool social networks that are not commonly known, to which I may gain membership to. Thank you.
posted by rinkjustice at 4:15 PM PST - 17 comments

How/why did they do that?

Where can I find discussion/analysis of music videos? [more inside]
posted by d-no at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Implementing Virtual Reference Desk on a closed LAN

I want to start a virtual reference desk at my library. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Carriage Returns in Excel

It's not how I'd choose to spend my Friday evening, but for the last few hours, I've been trying to replace carriage returns that have turned up in an Access and Excel file, and drawing a blank. [more inside]
posted by godawful at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

A raw-IP/HTTP source for real-time option quotes?

I'm looking for a free or paid service that will allow me to connect to a TCP/IP port and request real-time option and stock quotes. [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you love your L.A. tailor?

Can anyone recommend a skilled, reasonably-priced tailor in Los Angeles (preferably on the westside)? Mostly I'm looking for someone who can do some significant suit alterations and occasionally make an outfit from scratch if I provide the material and pattern. I really like the seamstress at my dry cleaners and am happy to have her hem skirts and pants when needed, but I'm looking for someone to do some more advanced work. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by zharptitsa at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

TV antenna towers

Where do you get those little 30-foot TV towers, that look kind of like this? They're all over the place out here in rural Texas, but I don't have any idea where people get them. They can't be ham radio towers, as I've bought those before and they run close to $1000. I just want something to get my weather station wind sensors up over the tops of the pine trees.
posted by rolypolyman at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Find My Nuts

Please help me find more of this yummy food. [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 1:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Why does Firefox ignore my hosts file

Can anyone help me figure out why Firefox is ignoring my HOSTS file when I use a proxy server? Win XP/Firefox 1.5 [more inside]
posted by alan at 12:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Name that black hole film

Please help me find the name of a weird educational science film I watched in high school. It was about the Big Bang and astrophysics. The action took place aboard a set that was supposed to be some kind of space station, where about three people discussed these issues. At the end, everyone got sucked into a black hole and the film ended abruptly.
posted by johngoren at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice for clearing literary clutter

Suggest practical and creative systems for reducing the number of books I own (rather long exposition inside). [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 11:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Is this online job a scam?

Does anyone have any experience with a company called Entertainment Media Consultants, Ltd.? I answered a craigslist ad for an online job from them and something about it is starting to bug me. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:16 AM PST - 21 comments

Monsieur Mangetout, Where Are You

I'd like to write an article about frenchman Michel Lotito, a.k.a. Monsieur Mangetout, a.k.a. the guy who got into the Guinness Book Of World Records By Eating A Bicycle. Better yet, I'd like to interview him. But I can't seem to find any contact information for him on the web -- in fact, I can find very few articles about him at all, aside from his Wikipedia entry and a bazillion nearly identically-worded factoids on assorted "zany facts!!' webpages. You'd think a professional entertainer would provide an easy method for getting in touch, but, if he has, I'm unable to find it. How do I go about finding an email address for celebrity from Grenoble, France?
posted by Shadowkeeper at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Jpop in LA

I'm passing through LA next week, and would like to indulge my jpop/jrock habit. Any recommendations for downtown music stores? I'll be at 2nd/Olive, near the Civic Center. I'm interested in CDs and t shirts; not interested in anime or games. Arigato gozaimasu!
posted by carter at 9:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Fruit Peeler

I'm eating a lot of fresh fruit lately. Which peelers/tools do you particularly find a cut above?
posted by parallax7d at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for work in all the wrong places (LA->NYC Move)

So I have a friend, okay my boyfriend, who I convinced to move to NYC from LA. Problem is, he left a job in media post-production technology for, well, me and nothing. Now we don't quite know where to even start looking for places that would find his skills useful in NYC. The movie and TV industry seem to all be based elsewhere. Can the Hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by PissOnYourParade at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Hardware costs for high-traffic internet site

I have to figure out potential hardware costs for a heavy-traffic website. Rich Flash movies (static content) but with some db queries (user information, scores, etc). More inside... [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 9:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Could I Get Sued for Talking?

So I've just walked away from a job I'd held for four years where they cheated me out of my earned commissions and now I'm left wondering what sort of danger I would be exposing myself to if I blogged the company and the people involved? I.e. naming names. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 8:05 AM PST - 36 comments

Network tech support brain-twister

Riddle me this: there are two Windows XP computers (desktop and laptop) on the same Internet connection, behind the same router, connecting wirelessly to it. The laptop often (but not every time) takes a really long time (30 seconds+) to send email and connect to certain websites. The desktop never has this problem. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

(Am I) good enough for government work?

Who writes all those pages and pages of text that the US government generates? More to the point, might someone pay me to write some of them? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:52 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for Non-sappy poems about grandmothers

I have been tasked with reciting a poem at my grandmother's 75th birthday celebration? Any suggestions [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me locate this Afro-Futurism video...

Years ago at school, I remember a video on Afro-Futurism. More than one instructor screened the video for my classes, so I've seen it a handful of times - but I can't remember the title, or where I can find it. I'm 90% sure it featured Kodwo Eshun extensively, as a "time traveler" who was researching the roots of Afro-Futurism and technology. It was focusing on music, mostly. [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Patching an air mattress leak

I have a toddler-sized air mattress for my kiddo, and it's got a slow leak. How the heck do I find the leak? [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Acai tea

Does anyone know where I can find acai tea? [more inside]
posted by tbrowne76 at 6:12 AM PST - 16 comments

I love Paris in the springtime ...

EurostarFilter: Is it worth taking a day trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 5:19 AM PST - 18 comments

The un-phonetic alphabet

Help me construct an "un-phonetic alphabet". [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 4:48 AM PST - 94 comments

Dithering full-colour images down to monochrome bitmaps

Dithering full-colour images down to monochrome bitmaps? [more inside]
posted by ed\26h at 4:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Valentines Day Dinner

DallasValentineDinnerFilter: I need suggestions for a romantic place to take my wife to dinner on Valentines Day. It needs to be in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex. I know there are plenty places im just having a major brain fart. Thanks!
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a good custom idea for a Valentines party

A friend (though not someone I know very well) is having a valentines party... she is encouraging people to dress up... what should I go as? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 3:37 AM PST - 12 comments

What does Venezuela do with that of its oil money that it's not currently spending?

The Chavez government is doing a lot of direct investment in the people of Venezuela, but it can't be spending all the money at once: I am wondering if it has a fund similar to the Petroleum Fund of Norway - any kind of fund saving up some of the oil money? Particularly interested if they have a fund that invests some of the money in the stock market, as the Norway's fund does. Bonus questions inside. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:55 AM PST - 6 comments

What German valentines traditions are there?

I'm currently in a long distance relationship with a beautiful German woman (hooray). However, with Valentines day coming up is there anything I need to know? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 1:55 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm not a hater, I just flush a lot.

Erm... I have an issue with some "residue" in the toilet bowl after flushing. I'm looking for insight as to why it's happening, and how other people deal with it. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 12:26 AM PST - 25 comments

February 9

I am looking for Euro-Trance Music Videos. Are there any good sources, possibly torrents?

I am building a collection of music videos and currently, I have about 100 or so videos that range from rock to metal and etc, however, I am in desperate need for Euro-Trance videos in .mpg format from the likes of names such as Groove Coverage, Tomcraft, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, and etc. Does anyone know if there are any download/torrent sites deticated to this genre? Thanks in advance.
posted by cheero at 10:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Popmouse replacement?

Does anyone know of any software like the old Windows utility "Popmouse"? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 9:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Board/Cardgames for kids!

I gotta young teen who, sad to say, isn't a great strategist and so on. Consequently, he gets his ass kicked in most every competitive-style board or card game. Got any recommendations on great cooperative-style games?
posted by five fresh fish at 9:10 PM PST - 24 comments

how do i convert from film to digital each step of the way?

i am a photo student/aspiring photographer attempting to convert to digital. i have several questions: *what is the best dSLR out there today for under $2000? *what is the best way to get my film negatives converted to digital files? **is it worth it to buy a good scanner? which kinds are recommended? **or is it better to pay to have them scanned? which companies are recommended? *for gallery quality prints what are the best printing options? website, store, or buy printer? *what is the best photo management software for macs besides iphoto?
posted by slowtree at 9:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Any suggestions for a good/affordable international summer program for a current college student?

Anyone know of any good international summer programs for current college students that are both affordable and well respected? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 7:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Password Retreival

So my wife brought home her little laptop from work and wants to use her wireless connect to our home wireless. No problem, her rig recognizes the network, BUT I FORGOT MY PASSWORD! Please help!!! [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Cell phones, changing carriers, number portability and other considerations

Cell phones, changing carriers, number portability and other considerations. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 6:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to watch the Olympics online?

What are the options, if any, for live video of the Winter Olympics online in the US? Having been able to watch CBC in 2002, I was spoiled, but this year it's back to NBC only. Worse, with the games in Europe this year, they will be showing everything that matters spliced into bite-size melodramatic bits, in between interminable ads and features, six hours after it actually happens. So, any options, licit or illicit?
posted by thirdparty at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

post-baroque cycle reading

I've read everything by Neal Stephenson (and other cyberpunk authors) and most recently finished the baroque cycle. I am looking for recommendations for interesting historical fiction that has that same sort of feel--convoluted, anachronistic, sprawling, adventuresome, but not too adolescent. I need to leave science fiction for a while and need some direction. Thank you!
posted by craniac at 5:38 PM PST - 48 comments

What is the adult version of "Let's be friends"?

What's the adult version of "Let's be friends"? [more inside]
posted by questionmark at 5:37 PM PST - 33 comments

WebsiteFilter: help me find a good interactive product comparison site/tool.

I'm looking for your favorite web site(s) that let you compare 2 products - actually, any 2 anything... [more inside]
posted by rmm at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Who is sharing a web server?

Is there an easy way to find out which domain names are using the same shared hosting server? Ideally, there is a web site or free download (OS X preferred) that can tell me which domain names resolve to a particular ip address. I've fooled around with most of the functions on samspade.org and haven't seen one that does this.
posted by i love cheese at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Has anyone here been involved with organizing a bank?

Banker/InvestorFilter: I'm looking to start a new NJ de novo bank, and need someone that has been involved in such a project... [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Stringing a guitar properly

Help me clear up all the guitar stringing advice I've received. Should you remove all the strings from your guitar and then add the new ones, or change the strings one-by-one? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 4:48 PM PST - 22 comments

which headlamp?

which headlamp? any suggestions? seems like having a few of these could come in handy. which is best for the price?
posted by oigocosas at 4:36 PM PST - 15 comments

What religion, cult or group is this?

Who are these women with long hair and headscarves, who always wear red or blue? [more inside]
posted by andraste at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Travel from Toronto to Dortmund, Germany

How can I get from Toronto to Dortmund, Germany in as little time and for as little money as possible? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 4:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Let's make a comprehensive list of good business books/magazines

Reading/BusinessFilter: I've started reading some business books that I found on the PMBA reading list and I'm intrigued. I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions expanding on this list, whether it be business books or business magazines. [more inside]
posted by petah at 4:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find popular pantone and hexadecimal colors?

Where can I find out what pantone and hexadecimal colors are for popular things? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments


I am looking for movies with only a few main characters and little to no secondary characters. The main characters talk alot about philosophy, or politics or love or something, anything interesting really. (more inside). This type of movie often takes place in a deserted locale for much of the film... a few people get lost on a camping trip, or stranded on an island, or they share a jail cell together.. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 3:22 PM PST - 86 comments

Crazy SexBot Women Who Kill

I'm trying to figure out what this murderous-fembot movie was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 PM PST - 8 comments


I sometimes have networks show up on my iBook's wi-fi indicator, and then I can seemingly 'join' those networks without entering a password. But then I open my browser and it won't call anything up. Are these phantom networks? Or do I need to play around with the settings? Similarly, I get 'computer to computer networks' that show up all the time, and those never enable web surfing. Is there some way to jump on those? What's the use of a network if you can't use it, after all?
posted by jgballard at 2:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Induced labor without tears?

I wanted an unmedicated birth, but at 41 weeks and counting I've agreed to schedule an induction. How can I make the best of a less-than-ideal situation? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 2:50 PM PST - 25 comments

ghost writing corporate blogs

Ghost-writing multiple corporate blogs for a living. Is it feasible? Do companies all want exclusive rights to the content -- thereby removing the option of leveraging the same content on multiple blogs? (I'm aware there are clearinghouses that will market your blogging, but I'm not talking about that type of piecemeal work.) Any bloggers out there who are employed by multiple corporations?
posted by nancoix at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Common/uncommon birthdays.

When is the most common birthday? What about the least common? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 2:20 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I deal with the guy who wants a kickback?

I have a potential customer that has made it clear that he wants a kickback. How should i deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by freq at 2:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does my kitten suck at life?

Why can't our 4 month old kitten use the litterbox without getting poo all over himself? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:51 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to learn setting up and maintaining a Linux server.

I want to learn setting up and maintaining a Linux server. [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 1:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me, I've Broken Out

Two part question: I have a breakout, what is the best treatment? Why doesn't GNC sell me what I want? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

difference between wheat and whole wheat

Lots of time when you read labels some of them say "whole wheat" or "wheat" or "white whole wheat." I read about it in a book about stone ground and steel ground, but was still confused. Can anyone explain the difference and also the difference in nutritional value?
posted by Andrea2880 at 12:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this Normnany accommodation familiar to anyone?

Accommodation in Normandy: St Martin Des Besaces. Anyone on MeFi ever stayed at La Fermette or Le Petit Manoir? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Pilate my Body

Please recommend a good Pilates book with a focus on mat exercises. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

What created that file?

How can I track the source of a file? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 11:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Converting asf to mp3

I need a free program to convert asf audio files to mp3. Google provides plenty of programs, but they all require payment to convert the entire file.
posted by punishinglemur at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Shortest route LGB-Hollywood?

I'm trying to figure out the fastest route from Long Beach airport to Hollywood. I don't trust the answers that MapQuest and friends come up with. [more inside]
posted by bac at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Where did the Quizno apostrophe and plural go?

Why is Quiznos Sub the official name of the sandwich shop and not Quizno's Subs? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:50 AM PST - 39 comments

Desperately seeking female British flick title

Movie trivia - killer! Trying to recall a 1960s-ish (?) movie about a knock-out female British hair dresser who decides to improve herself and take continuing-ed university classes - very toff university, very toff professor (possibly Donald Sutherland or Peter O'Toole - except I can't seem to find anything similar on their IMDB career lists). Very along the lines of 'To Sir With Love,' (shot similar also) but focusing on the female's growth from bleached blonde bimbo to an academic over-achiever. Arg, this is killing me. Anyone remember this flick?
posted by eatdonuts at 10:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Who the heck did I send that to??

Outlook Express: Is there an easy way to open a message in my Sent Messages folder and see who I sent the message to as a BCC? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Nuremburg WTF?

I was in Nuremburg, Germany a few years ago and saw a bizarre piece of public art that puzzled me and the Internets has let me down. It is a giant rabid looking rat-like creature (made of copper?) that appears to be going on a rampage. It was located prominently near a castle in the walled city. Can anybody tell me what this horrific sculpture is all about?
posted by punkfloyd at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Power tip for NEC monitors.

Does anyone know what power tip adapter an NEC monitor would take? [more inside]
posted by Dipsomaniac at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Ambient/chill artist search:

Ambient/chill artist search: a band with a green album cover, 4 letters, 2 middle letters are "oo"(I think). Heard them here, emailed the dj, no reply. Must. write. them down. Longshot, but that's all I have to go on. :/
posted by yoga at 10:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Hellhounds on my trail

Trying to find the spelling for an Irish phrase which means something like "wet-black hounds from the abyss." [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 10:32 AM PST - 5 comments

what do i do with this car with no title?

what do i do with this car with no title? [more inside]
posted by BSummers at 9:50 AM PST - 30 comments

looking for old website with little gifs of antique wallpaper

does anyone know of a site similar to the "damask wallpaper gallery?" [more inside]
posted by cusack at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I buy Peach Juice in the UK?

I went to Berlin last week and found the wonder of concentrated Peach Juice. Where oh where can I buy this in the UK? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

How to create vertical reports in Cognos Impromptu?

I'm working on some reports in Cognos' Impromptu and I'm trying to figure out how to create a vertical report. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a regexp for Excel?

ExcelFilter: How do I convert a column of names formatted Smith, John into John Smith. Feasible?
posted by furtive at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

what are you up to?

What kind of stuff are you planning to do in 2006? After finding out about lebowskifest I am convinced that there are some seriously cool things I don't even know that I don't know about. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 8:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Back from Bolivia with no passport?

My Dad, a British Citizen, is currently in Bolivia and has had his passport stolen. How do we get him home? [more inside]
posted by BigCalm at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

What online stores that deliver to Canada sell simple black kufi hats?

What online stores that deliver to Canada sell simple black kufi hats (like these) ?
posted by Jairus at 7:06 AM PST - 1 comment

اللغة العربية-filter

I'm about halfway through my first year of college-level Modern Standard Arabic, and would love it if someone experienced in Arabic instruction/linguistics in general could make some suggestions for materials with which I can supplement my textbook. Bonus question if you live in or around Chicago! Look inside! [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting password from Firefox to Safari?

How do I get a password out of Firefox and into Safari without some crazy encryption skills? [more inside]
posted by trey at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I prevent/remove cigar odor?

How do I remove cigar odor? How do I minimize it in the first place? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 6:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Luxury apartment finding service Paris?

ParisFi: Looking for an apartment finder service to find me a high-end place in central Paris this spring (2 weeks). Its a gift for elderly relatives and I don't have time or expertise enough to do it myself and its got to be a special place. [more inside]
posted by johoney at 6:34 AM PST - 5 comments


Can I redirect a request for a website to another website? E.G. On our LAN: user types www.myspace.com, user goes to another FAKE myspace.com with alternate content urging employee to work instead of flirt. [more inside]
posted by bloodniece at 6:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Dual Wifi's

Can I have two wifi's? READ MORE [more inside]
posted by jamie939 at 6:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Wedding arrangements in Chicago

The wonderful, fantastic, exhilarating news is that we're getting married in Chicago in June. The less-good news is that we live in different cities, neither of which is anywhere near Chicago. So we could use a little help putting together the pieces, like florists, photographers, DJs, and oh yeah someone to actually do the marrying. And we've like got four months to do it in. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 4:28 AM PST - 11 comments

We're big in our home country filter - I'm looking for bands that are famous back home, but not well known internationally.

We're big in our home country filter - I'm looking for bands that are famous back home, but not well known internationally. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 4:11 AM PST - 67 comments

Organic fruit & veggie delivery in London

I can't always make it to my local farmers' market, and I'd love to arrange regular weekly deliveries of organic fruits and vegetables. I'm in London (NW3). Google turns up a ton of possibilities but I'd prefer personal recommendations. Any suggestions? If anybody has suggestions for delivery of organic meat, eggs, or dairy products, in addition to fruit and veg, I'd be interested in those, too.
posted by yankeefog at 4:05 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I do with my life to build a career in international ICT development?

Career help needed - both short term and long term for an individual with a mixed background: international relations, IT support, and education that wants to get into international ICT content/project development. Two part question. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 4:01 AM PST - 0 comments

Help with Anonymous Amazon Shopping

Help me do anonymous shopping at Amazon.com with funds from my paypal account. [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 3:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Strange problem with my gums

DentistFilter: Help me identify something strange in my mouth [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 1:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Traveling to Taipei, Taiwan.

TravelFilter: Taipei, Taiwan. [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 1:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to get bulk chalk paint?

A friend wants to do some sidewalk-type stencils with wash-away chalk paint. I've found this.. but it's rather lacking in color selection and quantity. Know where I can get this sort of thing in more colors and/or bulk?
posted by AaronRaphael at 12:41 AM PST - 4 comments

I need help unbloating an external drive

Tag&Rename bloated my external drive and now I can't access the drive. Is there an easier/faster way to get my files off the drive? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:04 AM PST - 2 comments

February 8

Is the data on my SATA drive recoverable?

Is there any hope for my dying/dead Serial ATA drive? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 11:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I go to Bonnaroo and not smell like I'm at Bonnaroo?

BonnarooFilter: Planning on attending for the first time this year, and am looking for some first hand accounts of what it's like and how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by viachicago at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How long is too long when working abroad?

Is working abroad (a.k.a. figuring out what I want to do for the rest of my life) for a few years helpful or hurtful when I come back to the States? [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 9:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Identify this noise.

Sound hounds, tell me: what's the source of my AM radio noise? [Warning: MP3 link] [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:58 PM PST - 12 comments

International Baccalareate Oranization

Can anyone tell me experiences or firsthand knowledge regarding elementary schools that use the International Baccalaureate Organization curriculum? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 8:46 PM PST - 9 comments

head-cocking for understanding

Why is it that we tilt or cock our heads when we are trying to comprehend something? [more inside]
posted by SDAnder at 8:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Which anti-depressant is least likely to cause weight gain?

I've been taking Lamictal (150 mgs) and Welbutrin (100 mgs) for over a year. About eight months or so ago, I started taking Celexa (10 mgs) as well. Since taking the Celexa, I've gained over ten pounds, this after staying at the same weight for over three years. I'm still going to the gym six days a week and my diet hasn't significantly changed. The next time I see my doctor, I'd like to suggest he take me off the Celexa and put me on a different anti-depressant. Can anyone tell me which anti-depressant is least likely to cause weight gain?
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Realistic risks of disease from visiting a sex worker?

Realistic risks of disease from visiting a sex worker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Feel like I "ruined" my body for ever.

In a nutshell, I'm trying (healthily and so far very successfully) to lose a lot of weight (around 70lbs). and I keep wondering about how my body is going to change, and whether I'll ever like how I look... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Free lit?

I've recently discovered Cory Doctorow's novels free for download. Are there other authors/sites where I can find free contemporary literary works? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:16 PM PST - 22 comments

hey, wanna go out? [silence]

Questions about rejection via non-confrontational means... [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 7:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Free Promo Website for Unsigned Band

Anyone know of any websites created to promote unsigned/unknown bands? Something preformatted where you can display a few pictures, a schedule of upcoming gigs, maybe a paypal link to sell your CD, etc. Hopefully with your own link (i.e. http://website.com/myband that can be printed on flyers, etc. Free is always great, very low cost is okay. I'm trying to help a local wedding/bar band that is NOT net-savvy or flush with cash.
posted by catcatwomanman at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

traithlon training advice

I've just signed up for a triathlon. I've got a long time to train, but I'm already more or less freaking out. I'm seeking information on beginning training programs and gear. Any advice you've got would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by emptyage at 6:54 PM PST - 19 comments

whotspot, hot or not ?

I'm looking for a side / home based business. I've been toying with the idea of seling WIFI access to retailers and other establishments and came across WHOTSPOT. I'm intrigued by their turnkey solutions and low startup costs. Does anyone here have any experience with them or knowledge of their operation ?
posted by dawdle at 6:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Quickbooks Pro Export Question?

Does anyone know how to get QuickBooks-pro to spit out a form that looks like this? Or has all the elements of this? Caltrans doesn’t care what order, it all just needs to be there. Is there an add-on to QuickBooks for Certified Payroll. (Already tried Sunburst: It sucks). Bonus points for low cost solution (blew my wad on the Sunburst fiasco.)
posted by keswick at 6:06 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I keep pandemonium from breaking loose in my chess class?

I've just started teaching chess to a group of eight 8-year olds. For the first 40 minutes or so this usually goes swimmingly, but then pandemonium breaks loose. Can you suggest any tactics or tricks to keep their attention on chess and not on antagonizing each other? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:18 PM PST - 26 comments

workflow for InDesign -- K4

Help me understand K4, the workflow engine for Adobe InDesign. How tightly integrated is it with the Adobe suite? Is it the best/only choice for that phase of content management, or does it provide just the basic CM functionality (library services, versioning, etc.) found in any enterprise CMS worth its salt? In other words, how many content management systems does it take to run a (mid-sized) publishing company?
posted by pessoa at 4:36 PM PST - 1 comment

How much should I charge for computer repair.

How much should I charge per hour as a computer repair person? How much should I charge to set up a website for someone? [more inside]
posted by stilgar at 4:20 PM PST - 17 comments

18 hours in new haven

I'll be in New Haven, CT all on my lonesome from approximately 3:00pm on a Friday until roughly noon on a Saturday. Suggestions for a good dinner or breakfast? Maybe a coffee shop with free wi-fi? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 4:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Using WordPress as a CMS for non-blog sites.

I'd like to use WordPress as a CMS for non-blogging sites, but I can't seem to break out of the blog structure. Help, tips, and/or examples needed. [more inside]
posted by lychee at 3:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Finding ex-military personnel

How do I find a long-lost friend who served in the military? Is this like looking for a needle in a haystack? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 3:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there any culture in Phoenix?

Through circumstances semi-within and semi-without of my control, I may find myself moving to Phoenix, AZ soon. Am I gonna hate it? Alt-culture / mass transit / theatre . . . . do these things exist in Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by Zendogg at 2:52 PM PST - 23 comments

We're going to air, please turn down your radio

Phoning a live radio show while you have your radio on causes some problems. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 2:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Best restaurant in Montreal Chinatown?

What's the best/your favourite restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown?
posted by ITheCosmos at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the purpose of releasing movies on high-definition dvds when they are too old to have been shot in HD?

What is the purpose of releasing movies on high-definition dvds when they are too old to have been shot in HD?
posted by dino terror at 2:30 PM PST - 44 comments

1st anniversary

Unique 1st anniversary destinations in the Pacific Northwest? [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 2:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for reputable flower merchant.

So, it's almost Valentine's Day, and I'm in need of some help, vis a vis flowers. I need to send some flowers to a beautiful woman in another city and I need suggestions for a reputable dealer of flower power. The city in question is Vancouver, so I suppose if someone had intimate knowledge of the city they could recommend a specific place there, but otherwise an online store that you've used before (with good results) would suffice.
posted by The God Complex at 2:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Homepage Randomizer

Im looking for a program/extension that will allow me to set 4 or 5 different homepages. I would like to rotate them randomly so my homepage is always a surpirse. Any ideas?
posted by Cookie Monster at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Can you help set up our wifi?

Wi-fi for small businesses 101. What is the best solution for providing our cafe customers wi-fi? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 1:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Books and Birds

Why are there so many book publishers that have birds in their names or their logos? Is there a historical explanation? Is there any explanation? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 1:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Paying Rent

I live with my roommate, at first we came to an agreement that I pay two hundred dollars more a month for 2/1. Is this fair? [more inside]
posted by Gabe014 at 1:23 PM PST - 41 comments

Can an average citizen get a fingerprint search performed?

Is there anywhere an average citizen in the U.S. can go to get a fingerprint search performed? [more inside]
posted by de void at 12:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Hot wings eating contest

I need tips for winning, surviving, and recovering from a hot wings eating contest. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 12:27 PM PST - 28 comments

How evil is the company Revenue Science?

How evil is this ad targeting company "Revenue Science?" Would you want to be on a site that placed one of those cookies? Is it actually the kind of thing that might make ads more interesting? Privacy issues? Any security risks to the average web user? Any similarity or history shared with operations like Gator?
posted by scarabic at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

I was smart, but now I'm just stupid...

Emotional Intelligence - can I regain it? How much damage/habit can be undone? Looking for book recommendations and/or mental exercises. [long inside] [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 12:21 PM PST - 31 comments

How to get my car clean?

My car is really dirty. How do I find somebody to clean it? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Sushi Search London

Sushi in London - please, your hot tips! Yes I did Google but no luck. [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 11:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me dump my agent

I have a horrible real estate agent. He's acting as our buying agent and, without going into details, we'd like to sever our relationship with him. Unfortunately, we signed an agreement saying that we'd work with him until May 31st. My question: Is there a form, or legal document, or legally binding language that we can use to cancel our agreement? Or are we stuck?
posted by recurve at 11:47 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I become a "think-tanker"?

What is the official name for a think tank type career? How do I get into the field, and where might I look for company that employs tank-thinkers? [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 11:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Please help me find Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness digipak (new or used)!!!

Please help me find Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness digipak (new or used)!!! [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How many Easter bonnet jokes can a person make?

Attention MeFi smart asses! Here's your chance to make justifiable wisecracks on AskMe. I need an Easter-themed witticism. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:46 AM PST - 60 comments

It's Bread! In a Can!

Has anyone here ever enjoyed canned bread? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 10:42 AM PST - 38 comments

what juicer is for me

recommend a juicer [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 10:39 AM PST - 4 comments

8th Avenue take-out

Good restaurant for carry-out sandwiches within three blocks of W36th and 8th Ave in New York City. [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

My multivitamin makes me feel sick

Help me find a multi-vitamin that doesn't make me sick. [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 9:57 AM PST - 35 comments

2 mice/cursors 1 computer

Has anyone ever added two mice/cursors to one computer? Can I get that on my computer today? [more inside]
posted by ejhdigdug at 9:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Restaurant Smackdown

For recent travellers, is the U.S. still a bargain? Specifically, how would you compare the price of eating out in a similarly semi-fancy restaurant in 1) San Francisco, 2) Seattle, 3) London, 4) Paris, 5) New York. Let's peg the baseline cost at about $50/person in San Francisco, excluding wine. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

I have a problem climaxing while on anti-anxiety meds

Having a problem climaxing while on anti-anxiety meds. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments

law of dominatrixing?

what's the law surrounding dominatrix businesses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

BS in social science?

What, really, in the world can I do with a BS in social science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Thinking including the box

TradeShowContestSuppliesFilter: Hundreds of keys to bring them all...where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by picopebbles at 9:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Quiet a squeaky shoe

Is there any way to stop a shoe from squeaking on linoleum? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

MS Excel Sorting

I've got two columns in MS Excel. They each share 200 numbers. However, one of the columns has an additional 700 numbers. I want the column with 900 sorted in ascending order, with like numbers from the column of 200 beside those in the column of 900. How do I do that?
posted by panoptican at 8:59 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I take online credit card payments without using a third party payment service provider?

How can I take online credit card payments without using a third party payment service provider? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Wedding tipping etiquette

Tipping at one's wedding--to whom, how much, and based on what? [more inside]
posted by mookieproof at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Unix utility that straightens images?

Is there a Unix command-line utility that automatically straightens images? [more inside]
posted by adrian_h at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Get Married in Alameda County

Can anyone help me find a civil wedding ceremony officiant for my wedding in Alameda County, CA? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I stick my XM Radio into my car?

How do I stick my XM Roady2 into my car in a removeable sort of way? Velcro does not seem to be working very well... [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 8:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Differences between dubbed and spoken Japanese

Why would there be a difference between the dubbed Japanese translation and the subtitled Japanese translation in the movie 'Cruel Intentions'? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 8:11 AM PST - 18 comments

rocking my ESL lessons

What songs can you recommend that lend themselves to teaching English? [more inside]
posted by creeky at 8:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Trying to make my computer more energy efficient and quiet

Trying to make my computer more energy efficient and quiet: [more inside]
posted by bradn at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

market sizing:it consulting shops

i need help market sizing. Iam trying to figure out how many small IT shops there are with under 25 people. I was given a quote that there are 50,000 IT service providers with headcounts under 25 that are selling a service, i.e. Managed Service Provider (MSP). The source indicated this number came from Gartner.
posted by finnstones at 7:50 AM PST - 0 comments

Communicationfilter. Worst webmaster ever? Or perhaps that should be Worst. Webmaster. Ever.

Help me control my blood pressure while getting my (young, surprisingly inexperienced) coworker to respond to my requests to improve our company's website. [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 7:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Personal/Professional Site: What to include on it.

JobHuntFilter: I'm currently scoping out lower to mid-level IT jobs in the Nashville area. I have a site setup already with my resume (several different formats). contact info, RSS of my tech articles, and a brief 'who I am' page. Anything else I should put on it? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 7:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Where's the traffic in Austin?

AustinTrafficFilter - I keep hearing how bad the traffic is in Austin, but I need details! [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 7:19 AM PST - 16 comments

When should I replace my lightbulbs?

At what point in the lifespan of a conventional incandescent lightbulb is it most cost-effective to replace it with an energy-efficient bulb? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

The Boston Globe gave out my credit card number - did I do enough?

The Boston Globe gave out my credit card number - did I do enough? I cancelled the number and got a new one, but is that enough? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 7:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Vitamin gummy bears for adults?

Vitamin gummy bears are certainly tasty, but are they strong enough for an adult at double the recommended dosage? How can we measure the efficacy of vitamin supplements in general?
posted by of strange foe at 7:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Travel Globally, Dial Locally

Client needs local internet access phone number(s) in the Philippines, at an affordable price. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Un-stretching pants

PantsFilter: help me get my pants back to size! [more inside]
posted by elquien at 6:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Data Recovery in Londres

I need to find people who can recover data from a broken hard-drive (featured previously here) I am in London (London, England that is) but Googling brings up such an array of hits I don't know how to choose. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 5:51 AM PST - 10 comments

DIY Butterball turkey

I cannot find a fresh Butterball Turkey - even called them, but this time of the year they only have frozen. How can I make a regular turkey into a Butterball type turkey? I have heard that one can put butter under the skin, inject it, baste it etc. Any proven method suggestions out there?
posted by bright77blue at 5:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Experience with Intelliflix dvd rental?

I joined Intelliflix (previously known as dvdbarn) online dvd rental service late last year. I was wondering if anybody had similar experiences like mine with Intelliflix's rental service. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 5:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Parking Space Thievery

What should be done about those horrible people that occasionally steal your assigned parking space in apartments? [more inside]
posted by Phynix at 4:54 AM PST - 52 comments

February 7

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting the cold or flu?

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
posted by sdis at 10:53 PM PST - 23 comments

The All-Seeing Eye

What's the best Masonic Rite/lodge to join? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 10:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Quick and dirty translation?

What does the Japanese writing on these two packages mean (in English)?
posted by onshi at 10:21 PM PST - 13 comments

itunes podcast question

Itunes/Ipod Question ~ Podcasts transferred from Itunes (to my iPod) will continue playing from where I last stopped. However, I have some podcasts that I downloaded manually (not from itunes), how do i make iTunes 'know' that it is a podcast and not a regular mp3?
posted by merv at 10:01 PM PST - 13 comments

How to unionize?

How to form or join a union? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 9:40 PM PST - 16 comments

vocoder music?

Songs with Vocoders: I recently fell in love with "Middle Class Men" by Syd Matters, which features some beautiful vocals sung through some type of vocoder. [more inside]
posted by geekhorde at 9:05 PM PST - 33 comments

The only sure things in life are. . .

Icky back taxes situation, what would you do (esp. if you know tax law well)? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Any linux with good (easy) wireless support?

Linux noob Filter: Is there a linux with REAL good wireless support (integrated Broadcom) and either Enlightenment or KDE as the defalt desktop? I _REALLY_ wanna get into Linux, but it's hard without a wireless connection. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 8:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Transcripts from Mrs. King's Service?

A great many good things were said today in Lithonia at Coretta Scott King's funeral. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 8:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Where in the world is Samuel Clemens?

Where on Earth was Samuel L. Clemens at midnight on December 31st, 1899? Read the [more inside]
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 8:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Like the movie Road Trip, but with less Tom Green.

So we're thinking about a road trip south from Vancouver to (maybe) LA... [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 8:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Electric Shock Made My Computer Restart

I was typing on my laptop and my husband touched my face. His hand gave me a shock, and then my computer restarted itself. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Another word for Revolution?

MetaThesaurus: Help me find a word similar to "revolution". [more inside]
posted by forforf at 8:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Good wet food for kitties?

Help me find good wet food for my cat. [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 8:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Why are only some of my cable channels static-y?

Why are some of my cable channels covered in snow, while others are perfectly fine? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 7:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Help bring hubby home

ImmigrationFilter: my good friend is in a serious same-sex romantic relationship with a Bolivian man. They've been a couple for several years, and they would marry if it was possible. They would like to live together as a couple in the US. If they were heterosexuals, they would have wed by now. Since gay marriage isn't exactly recognized by the feds/Immigration & Customs Enforcement, can you help these lovebirds make their nest? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 7:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Differences between Comcast cable modem and Bellsouth DSL?

Comcast cable modem or Bellsouth DSL? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:55 PM PST - 21 comments

There once was an ISP from Nantucket...?

Best choice for high-speed internet on Nantucket? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Safe Paint for Artsy Light Bulbs?

What would be a safe paint to use on a (regular old general use incandescent) light bulb that will actually be used in a lamp? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 6:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Is my basket impressive? Do I even have one?

SavageLoveFilter: What is a man's basket? Context is Dan Savage's description of Project Runway's Daniel V: "Daniel V.'s eyes? Dreamy. His basket? Impressive." (Link and language quoted inside is probably NSFW.) [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Bookmarks in portable firefox

How do I load my bookmarks and passwords to Portable Firefox from Firefox 1.5 [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 5:43 PM PST - 9 comments

quick trip to Vegas, tips please

Vegas advice? Coming from East Coast, spending this coming Sun-Wed, would like some romance (we'll be there on Valentines Day) and relaxation and some Vegas excitement [more inside]
posted by KAS at 5:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Scrape groups.msn?

Need advice on moving an MSN group - particularly, recovering/scraping existing messages. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Chimney question

Chimney question: Buying my first house and (strangely) the gas water heater vents through the (unlined) chimney. Multiple options inside. [more inside]
posted by spock at 5:04 PM PST - 17 comments

What can you tell me about being a PoliSci prof.?

I want to become a professor of political science. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 5:00 PM PST - 19 comments

intended for external use only - do not put in mouth

Exchange Server - how do I get it to attach a signature to all outgoing mail? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

great gadget gift?

Best. gadget. ever? Valentines Day help. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 4:51 PM PST - 15 comments

New locale vs. financial security

I have lived in Minneapolis for 7 years, as I went to school here and had my first "real" job here. I have been planning on moving to Oregon at the beginning of April, turned in my lease, etc. Just today, I received an excellent job offer in MN from a submission I made in October, I haven't been applying around here for the past few months. So, do I stay and take the job, or move as I have been planning, although I have no employment prospects in Oregon, just the desire for change.
posted by abee at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Céréales nourrissantes

Who or what is the source for the expression "cereal box French", referring to the amount of French that Anglophone Canadians are exposed to? [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 4:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Using the trademarked name of a business no longer in business

Another MeFi trademark question: A small restaurant chain (let’s say ABCFood) opened in Colorado in 1996 and closed all its locations in Q4 2004. All of ABCFood’s state business registrations are in "Delinquent" and/or "Administratively Dissolved" status, and the proprietor has moved on to other endeavors. The USPTO still has a "live" listing for ABCFood’s trademark, though, as mentioned, the mark is no longer maintained. What obstacles would stop someone from hypothetically opening a similar chain with the name ABCFood in another state?
posted by fourstar at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I boost the line-in feed on my laptop?

PC Audio: How can I boost the audio coming in through my laptop's line-in? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 4:17 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis.

I'm looking for software that will help me write my undergraduate thesis. [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 4:14 PM PST - 15 comments

ARrrgh! Darn you outlook! Obey my bidding!

I just started a new position in my company as the IT Support guy. One of the projects we are working on, is getting away from people submitting paper tech requests, and to using a outlook template that everyone can just pop open to email us a standard request. We have the form working the way we want. It automatically emails my boss and I with the information they fill out, but when I fill out what I did to fix it, and try to forward it or reply to it so my boss has a record of me completing the task, it completely borks the formatting. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Microsoft Word tips/tricks/addons

Hotrodding MS Word: I'm finding myself wishing MS Word had a few features that I hope might be available as add-ons somewhere (or failing that, personal tips/tricks). One would be something to tell you how many times you are using individual words in a document (like an enhanced word count), so you can avoid overdoing it. For example: "You used 'cat' 5 times and 'kitty' 3 times." Another would be some way to tag text so that no matter how much you mix it up down the road (as in taking notes and turning them into written text), you will always be able to tell what source each fact/quote/etc came from. Sort of like footnotes, but better, and ideally transferrable from file to file. Any ideas?
posted by gottabefunky at 3:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Wondering what hand stiffness / tingling is

Wondering what hand stiffness / tingling is [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 3:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Windows App for adding FotoNotes

I'm looking for a windows app that will let me attach FotoNotes to my pictures. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

EU safe harbor restrictions - who should comply?

I represent a UK company reselling US server space to EU companies. Which parties have to adhere to safe harbor? [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller at 3:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Secrets of the robot camel jockeys.

How do camel riding robots work? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Downloading multiple Thunderbird attachments

Downloading multiple Thunderbird attachments question inside. [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

What words

What's the opposite of a fysigunkus? (A.K.A. What words do you think look/sound really cool?) [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 2:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Where to get Clients?

How shall I attract clients to my new therapy group? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 2:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Help set me in motion.....

How do I post short digital movies I have made to my blog? [more inside]
posted by shucks at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Handling to-dos with a tagging-based web app?

I'm looking for a web-based to-do application with a few very specific features, but, essentially, one that's almost a del.icio.us clone and is very much centralized not on categories, but on tags. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Adapter for an Airport Extreme card?

I have an Apple Airport Extreme wireless card from a computer I no longer need wireless access to. I believe it's a mini PCI card, although I don't know for sure. Is there are an adaptor out there that will allow me to use it with a regular PCI slot on a PC? (not on a Mac)
posted by northernsoul at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Can this song be found?

Lost 80's song...I can't find this one anywhere: "400 Dragons" by Adrian John Loveridge. Not in iTunes, peer-to-peer, or ebay. (The closest I found with that name was by someone called Band of Thieves)(??) Any song with the line "...send ten thousand Venus invaders and I'd shoot them all down for one night of your love" has *got* to be a keeper! I appreciate any direction someone could point me in!
posted by g4zilla at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments

An image viewer for Windows that's faster than Irfanview.

I'm looking for a fast image viewer for Windows. It should preload upcoming images and let you advance to the next image before the current one finishes loading. I don't think the answer is Irfanview. [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 1:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Amiga Video Toaster: Useful or Boat Anchor?

Is this Amiga video editing equipment in my classroom worth spending any time on at all? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 1:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Dashboard Woes

Please help me close multiple instances of the Widget Manager in OSX 10.4.4 [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Wordpress Woes

Wordpress install woes. Why can't I get this to worK? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Why can't I eat in the morning?

Why can't I eat in the morning? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 12:06 PM PST - 23 comments

corporate bankruptcy.

Company A just went bankrupt, but owes Company B money. How should Company B proceed? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments


There's a bit in, I'm sure, Foucault's Pendulum where one of the characters has attributed to her a heretical belief to the effect that one must experience all sins before being saved. It wasn't, I think, simply antinomianism. Is this an actual "respectable" heresy, and if so, what's it's name?
posted by kenko at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I tear out my landline yet?

Is there a wifi-enabled mobile phone out there which can connect to Skype and the like? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 11:55 AM PST - 26 comments

This is not a pipe.

Is it illegal, where applicable, to own a work of art or an artifact of history if it is also an item of drug paraphernalia? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 11:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Word to your matriculation!

Help me format the figures in my dissertation with Word. [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Help formatting a BibTeX style file (*.bst)

Calling all BibTeX gurus! Can anyone help me format a BibTeX style file (*.bst)? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite at 11:35 AM PST - 2 comments

What are the benefits of having a 4 year BA over a 3 year one?

What are the benefits of having a 4 year BA over a 3 year one? [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Flash players for 3GP files?

Is there a Flash 3GP player out there? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Note taking software with tags?

I am looking for a note taking software with the ability to tag documents...for mac... [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Backup versus iPhoto. Who will triumph?

Mac Help Req'd! Trouble with iPhoto and Backup 3. [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos at 11:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Including PDF figures in a LaTeX document

How can I include a figure from a PDF file in a LaTeX document? [more inside]
posted by event at 10:46 AM PST - 11 comments

General advice for selling on eBay?

So, I've just started selling stuff on eBay again for the first time in years. I'm purging some of my excess geekness. I find the experience much more daunting than it was five years ago. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 10:04 AM PST - 40 comments

How to light up a stained glass window?

I'm looking for the best way to light up a large stained glass window at night. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Psharden at 9:50 AM PST - 10 comments

I screwed up in college, now want to try again.

I failed out of two colleges while attending as a traditional-aged student (teen-20's) for academic problems, but I do have many credits from the classes I managed to pass. As a 26-year-old adult, what are my chances for getting into a competitive school now that I have my head on straight and would like to return? I'm interested in studying linguistics, which is offered at only the toughest schools (UVA, William and Mary) in my state, and would need to stay in-state for financial, family, and health reasons.
posted by juniper at 9:42 AM PST - 30 comments

How long can I keep an opened bottle of sake?

How long can I keep an opened bottle of sake? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

PHP:or:Ruby Webmail program I can hack?

I'm looking for some sort of Web-Based-Mail system that I can install on my server that I would be able to interface through PHP or Ruby. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this all Robert Altman's fault?

Film buffs: I just watched Crash last night (I've now seen all the Best Picture nominees and feel soooo enriched). It reminded me of how very, very tired I am of the whole Random People's Lives Intersect Meaningfully genre, and it made me wonder how it got started. I know that the large-cast-intersecting gimmick is an Altman staple, but are there any precursors to his using it, or is it more or less his invention? Was Nashville where this whole thing began, or are there commonly-known, generally-acknowledged precedents for this genre? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 8:56 AM PST - 26 comments

Cool mobile phone worth waiting for?

Thinking of replacing my cellphone soon, but wondering if I should be waiting for the next big thing... [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Tips for RTW travel?

RoundTheWorldFilter: I'm looking for suggestions and resources to help plan my upcoming round-the-world trip. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant at 8:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Dazzling police motorcade in NYC

When I was in NYC, I saw quite a spectacle of dozens (maybe up to 50?) of police going down 42nd St in a motorcade/caravan of sorts. A friend of mine said it was so they could quickly move though traffic to get from point A to point B. He said it was "operation something or another". (I am sure it was quite a show of policing prowess and tourists from Virginia can think they are safe.) Can someone please tell me what exactly it is called? The word is on the tip of my tongue and something like operation dazzle. Supposedly it is something rather common.
posted by _zed_ at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Oh, To Gleam The Cube

My young nephew came across an ancient Rubik's Cube last fall, and the time has come to give him a hand in solving it. Obviously, Google returns a wealth of solutions. What I'm looking for, though, is a solution that teaches a logical process for solving the cube, rather than the rote memorization of algorithms. If that doesn't exist, can someone recommend a guide that has animation, or sharply executed diagrams, or at the very least is well-written and free of initialisms?
posted by boombot at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Everything's so dark....

Problem with XP, multiple users, and the monitor shutting off... [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Directional Reminiscence

Anyone ever experience this? I call it "directional reminiscence." [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Book signing etiquette

Is it tacky to ask an author at a booksigning to sign a book that s/he is not "touring" to promote? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 7:03 AM PST - 22 comments

Taxes so simple you don't need to file?

Do any countries have a tax system where the average taxpayer doesn't file a return but does pay taxes?
posted by smackfu at 6:44 AM PST - 11 comments

crown and anchor me

Can someone give this HTML idiot an answer in plain English. I don't understand the responses on similar topics that are already on this site! Is there some way - preferably on BBEdit on the Mac - of automatically converting every instance of http://www.whateverurl.com in my html file into properly anchored code, ie: http://www.whateverurl.com? [more inside]
posted by unclemonty at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Have you seen my gerbil?

Soliciting suggestions for recapturing a pet gerbil. [more inside]
posted by Ryvar at 6:09 AM PST - 13 comments

I feel after-school special.

I'm an adult who gets bullied on the public transit bus. There, I said it. [more inside]
posted by cior at 5:46 AM PST - 176 comments

cartridge for sl-q30 turntable?

VinylFilter: What is the cartridge in this photo? Also, what would be an appropriate entry-level cartridge for a Technics SL-Q30? [more inside]
posted by provolot at 3:59 AM PST - 4 comments

image with 72 music bands to identify

I have seen a drawing representing 72 music bands (with a zeppelin in the sky, a guy who is smashing pumpkins, etc.). The aim of the game is to identify these bands. I can't find it again on the web. Help me.
posted by vincentm at 2:34 AM PST - 6 comments

February 6

I am worried that I take too much vicodin.

I am worried that I take too much vicodin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I sort out my freelance tax disaster?

I did a lot of freelance work last year but didn't keep good records. What's the best way to find out what I owe for 2005 & avoid the problem this year? [more inside]
posted by octavia at 10:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting around Sony BMG DRM on a Mac...

I have a friend who has a Sony / BMG DualDisc of Nina Simone. Not only will the CD side of it not play in her Mac, the Mac spits it out immediately without even allowing you to access it from the desktop. What gives? Any way around this? She wants to get the songs onto her iPod. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 10:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me die from eating my own homemade dark chocolate

Dark chocolate: is making it a feasible hobby? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:01 PM PST - 9 comments

InDesign reinstall won't work - why?

I recently installed Adobe InDesign CS2, and then had to uninstall it. When I tried to install it a second time, I get the message that I have to "personalize" my software (meaning put in the serial number again). The problem is it never works. All Adobe's help site says is that I have different language versions installed, but I don't. I've cleaned the registry (as far as I know) and searched for any remaining files but to no luck. How do I get it to work again?
posted by Hall at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Cool software visual design

I'm looking for examples of awesome-looking information displays. This can be anything from interesting OSs, "command center" control displays, and information software that is graphically impressive in its visual design. An information screen/program that makes you go "wow" on looks alone, whether public or proprietary. Any screenshots? I hope I'm describing this right.
posted by zek at 9:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Calculating probability with children

Looking for ideas for teaching probability to kids. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 9:22 PM PST - 16 comments

What are ways that a PDA could become an extension of my brain?

What are ways that a PDA could become an extension of my brain? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Who sang Gummi Bears theme?

I am trying to find out the name of the singer of the theme song from the nineteen eighties animated series, "The Gummi Bears." I can find information on the lyricist and composer, but nothing on the singer. Ideally, I would like to know the names of some other songs he has sung. Thank you.
posted by Java_Man at 8:09 PM PST - 27 comments

PackagingFilter - Desperately seeking specialty packaging.

PackagingFilter - Desperately seeking specialty packaging: Die-cut, corrugated plastic mailers? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

It's alive! (not)

My computer occasionally locks up, and sometimes completely fails to boot when I press the power button. Linux's "sensors" reports out-of-range voltage values. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 7:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How does a first edition book compare to later printings?

How does a first edition book compare to later printings? [more inside]
posted by phox at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

CSS tricks

CSS tricks - cross-browser drop-shadow applied around a wrapper div without using transparent pngs? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 7:27 PM PST - 17 comments

When you quit drinking, how long to look better in the face?

When a heavy drinker decides to quit, how long does it take for your body/face to permanently show the benefits of not over indulging and keeping a healthy diet ? What I noticed is that when I go a week or 2 with no alcohol, my face looks puffy and drawn out. Just old. After I drink again, a normal healthy look returns to my face the next day. [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 at 7:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a good L.A. restaurant for Valentine's Day

L.A.-Filter: Can you recommend a good restaurant (not too fancy) I can take my new bride to on Valentine's Day in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by camworld at 6:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Good sex shops in Austin, TX?

Good sex shops in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a good RateMe / Hot or Not script

Anyone know a good, easy RateMe/ Hot or Not script? Ideally I'd like a free script but I'm willing to pay for a well done script. PHP or ASP.
posted by FeldBum at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

I totally got why bob & doug mckenzie were funny, though.

Please help me understand the humor in a Canadian video I found on the internet. [more inside]
posted by neda at 6:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Big in Japan

Who is the most exalted personage in Japanese (fictional) robotdom? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 5:50 PM PST - 9 comments

InDesign to PDF = text with jaggies

When I export a PDF from InDesign CS2 the quality is noticeably bad. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 5:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a wiki that supports tagging pages?

Is there a wiki program out there that supports tagging content pages? Ideally I'd like to be able to tag pages to make it easier to navigate. PHP preferred but not entirely necessary.
posted by tkolstee at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Post-sex Blues

Is it normal to occasionally feel bad after good sex with a loving partner? [more inside]
posted by BathroomMonkey at 5:27 PM PST - 19 comments

How to share data among two Macs?

I am looking for a simple solution whereby two iMacs can have one set of login credentials. [more inside]
posted by marc10 at 5:13 PM PST - 8 comments

The coolest glass ever, shattered, now what?

A friend bought me a set of glasses from a street vendor. One of them got broken...please help me find another! [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 5:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Are incest fantasies common? Are they healthy and acceptable?

Questions about a sexual fantasy that may be disturbing to some people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 41 comments

Splitting Code Between Multiple SSI

What are the negative consequences of placing Web page HTML code into multiple SSI files? [more inside]
posted by chase at 3:53 PM PST - 15 comments

One Act Play

Looking for a one-act play that could be put on inexpensively ($50 budget with access to costume/prop storage, excluding lights). [more inside]
posted by cynthia_rose at 2:59 PM PST - 34 comments

XP vs server2003

I'm thinking of cobbling together a windows box and have a choice of OSs, WinXP or WinServer2003, which should I use? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 2:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Best ways to find a job in the finance industry in a new city

Best techniques for finding an upper-level job in another city? [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 2:01 PM PST - 3 comments

How to make a change list in Final Cut?

Final Cut Pro help: I'm taking over temporarily as assistant editor on a movie while the original assistant editor is off doing something else. I've been asked to make change lists between different versions of the movie using Final Cut Pro. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

airplane junk

Is there an airplane cemetery? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 1:46 PM PST - 19 comments

RFC on Dacia-Renault Logan

Dacia (Renault) Logan. Your opinions/experiences with this new very low price car ?
posted by elpapacito at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Chemistry for poets

ChemistryFilter: Help me understand significant figures. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 1:28 PM PST - 31 comments

running firefox with outlook web access

is there a way to make firefox work with outlook web access, in "premium" mode? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Obligation to return a mistakenly duplicated item?

EthicistFilter: What do I do with a duplicated shipment when the money involved is insignificant, but it's their error? [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 12:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Monitor display's gone all wonky

My monitor started going light then dark, and now it's settled on a bit of both: in broad lines, according to whatever's darkest on that line, across any program showing. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I go to school to be a web designer?

CareerAdviceFilter: How necessary is official education to work in web design? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Making Tracks

What is the absolute cheapest, simplest, lowest-to-the-ground, home audio recording system I can set up? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

shoe fix in nyc

Any recommendations for a good shoe repair place in New York, either East Village or near Fourteenth Street? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Three additional blasphemous cartoon source?

Linkage to the additional three non-Danish blasphemous cartoons? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

I Want Candy! (for my new iMac)

I've got a new Intel-based iMac to replace my G4 eMac. Is there any good eyecandy available in a Universal Binary? I sort of want to see it do something besides launch Safari really fast.
posted by mph at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Drunk Brother-in-Law/Nephew Duo Strike

Need spy cams to catch vandals. I know it was asked before, I have other questions [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 11:28 AM PST - 25 comments

bad screen! bad!

My mother has an Acer LCD (model AL1715) hooked up to her Mac Mini. The warranty expired 3 days ago, and last night it woke up after being asleep for about 45 minutes with a black line across it - the image divided in such a way that the image has rolled - that is, the bottom is at the top and the top at the bottom, split not quite equal halves. Disconnecting and reconnecting don't work, powering off and back on don't work, changing the display mode on the mac doesn't work, and we can't find a reset button. Acer doesn't answer tech support phone calls (endless holds) or emails. Any ideas?
posted by luriete at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

The toes, they feel nothing!

What might make my big toes numb for years on end? [more inside]
posted by Captain_Tenille at 11:17 AM PST - 19 comments

UPS makes big promises they can't keep!

Can I claim compensation for a hotel room from UPS? We have been forced to stay an extra night (at full cost) because UPS has not delivered a very important document. [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 10:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Alternatives for documenting a SDLC?

I'm looking for a way to help document our software development lifecycle, preferably in a way that will allow easy web-based access. [more inside]
posted by gage at 10:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Will a .BAT file move these files for me?

I need to move thousands of files (01_preview.jpg, 02_preview.jpg, 03_preview.jpg, etc.) into matching (pre-existing) folders whose names are basically the same as the filenames (folder names are 01, 02, 03, etc.) I'm on a Windows box. Is this a good job for a .BAT file? Can you help me write such a .BAT file? (Online tutorials for batch files have not helped me so far.) [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 10:18 AM PST - 15 comments

working abroad as a doctor

My friend is looking for employment for his significant other in Latin America or in the United States. She is a German citizen, and is a certified doctor there (OB/GYN). She is looking for a way to practice either there (in Latin America) or in the US for an underserved community. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 10:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Examples of block lettering for work and play.

Where can I find examples of nice looking "fonts" for writing by hand, in block letters? Script? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 9:22 AM PST - 7 comments

I am selling a car with a loan on it, but how do I complete the sale with the buyer if I am "upside-down" on the loan? (search used already!)

I am selling a car with a loan on it, but how do I complete the sale with the buyer if I am "upside-down" on the loan? (search used already!) [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me some Bossa Nova!

MusicDudes: I'm looking to get into Bossa Nova... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Where does the money for the budget come from in times of deficit?

This may seem profoundly easy to some of you, but I'm perplexed. [more inside]
posted by heartquake at 8:47 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I become a more careful, detail-oriented person

How can I become a more careful, detail-oriented person? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

What does a man give his boyfriend for Valentine's Day?

Homofilter: What does a man get his boyfriend for Valentine's Day? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 8:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Free tech inventory tracking system?

Looking for a free technology inventory/tracking system for my company. [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 7:57 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I impress during my phone interview?

How can I impress my future (hopefully!) boss during my phone interview? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 7:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Why disingenuous instead of liar?

What is the difference between using the word disingenuous and lying, especially in a political context? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

What's it like to work as a software engineer at Amazon.com?

I'm thinking of applying for a software engineering position at Amazon.com. What's it like working there? Given the large number of openings they have, I'm wondering about the work environment. Is it a sweatshop? Is there a lot of turnover? How do they treat their employees? Any info from current or former Amazon.com employees will be much appreciated.
posted by ShooBoo at 7:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Best basic strategy for 25-gig backup?

I'm looking for a basic, personal Mac-based backup plan. I've got 25 gigs of data - files and media - on my Mac that I want to keep backed up, every week at least. I've used .Mac's Backup program, but that's too slow for this size of backup (and doesn't seem to have that capacity). [more inside]
posted by cgt at 6:16 AM PST - 14 comments

domain for lease

Determining the value of a domain name for lease. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments


I want to watch Freeview TV on my laptop. What do I need? What should I buy? Specs and further info inside. Apologies to non-UK MeFites, this probably doesn't apply to you. [more inside]
posted by alby at 5:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Better handwriting

How do I improve my handwriting? [more inside]
posted by hugo at 5:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Why now?

Why did the violence over the European cartoons of Mohammed erupt when it did? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard at 5:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Photoshop Tutorials for beginners.

I am looking for some tutorials for photoshop. Specifically beginner tutorials. Better yet, a website that ranks its tutorials based on the complexity level. Any other suggestions on how to learn photoshop (besides "practice alot") would also be much appreciated [more inside]
posted by VillainousJester at 2:23 AM PST - 16 comments

What musical is this from?

Help me identify this (Off-?)Broadway number. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 12:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Mac slideshow software + Hacking a USB footpedal "clicker".

I need to find Mac slideshow software with the ability to play specific slideshows via assigned hotkeys. I'd also like to make a simple USB footpedal to advance the images. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 12:43 AM PST - 7 comments

February 5

How much does US medical insurance cost?

How much does medical insurance cost in the US? [more inside]
posted by mad judge pickles at 10:35 PM PST - 51 comments

Wiring Heavy Paintings

How do I wire heavy paintings for hanging with thick, braided wire? [more inside]
posted by wetpaint at 10:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Party deals in Chicago?

Any Chicagoans know any good birthday package deals at bars/clubs? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 10:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Blowing air from airport security.

I went through airport security today, and had to go through a large apparatus that blew bursts of air at me from about 30 little air jets. What was that? What does it do? What were they looking for? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:48 PM PST - 26 comments

eight-track digital recorder output is too quiet....

Output from my TASCAM DP01-FX eight-track digital recorder is too quiet.... [more inside]
posted by Tixylix at 9:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Gotta move, got a special kid

We need to move out of the Los Angeles area within the year to find someplace cheaper to live. The show-stopper is our daughter, almost 25, who is retarded. She lives in a splendid group home and attends a splendid day program that is lovingly but inexorably moving her toward independent living, including a real job. This is essential (no sibs) for her life after we're gone. So we need to qualitatively assess services for the retarded in other states. How do we do this? California may well be the high-water mark for the support the retarded get in this country. If there's someplace better we need to know where and why. There are no data, so far, to help with this.
posted by banjomensch at 9:13 PM PST - 12 comments

last minute taxes

Just because I am nice, for the dude that asked this in MeTa: [more inside]
posted by wheelieman at 9:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Friendly accommodations in NOLA for a hospital patient?

Short-term accommodations in New Orleans, preferably home-stay or something budget-friendly? Not your average story. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 8:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Tiny doggie treats?

We recently adopted a 10 mo old Bichon. I'd like to find out whatever it is that the dogshow people on TV use for their frequent scooby snacks to reinforce positive behavior. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 8:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Heat and Laptop

Alienware laptop: I need/want to see the temperature that my laptop is running at. Recently it seems to be hotter than usual. Does anyone know stats for Alienware laptops? (board details, etc...?) Or of applications/hardware that monitors this sort of thing?
posted by nosophoros at 7:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Read my husband's Palm (Zire)

Please help my husband with his Palm Zire 72 randomly spazzing out and shutting down. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 6:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you write a good educational play about technology?

Anyone written or seen an educational play that deals with technology in a compelling way? Do you have tips for writing such a play? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 6:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Anyone use Colibri?

I've been using Approcket for a while and it's been great. Last week I downloaded this applauncher called Colibri. It seems to be even better at finding the app I want from minimal letters typed. It looks quite good, but to call the interface 'understated' would be an understatement!! Problem: When using it, I can find the app and select it in the list of potential matches, then hit 'enter' but the selected app just won't launch! All I get is the Windows 'ding' sound (like when you do something wrong), and Colibri closes. I've got the newest release (10a I thi