February 2008 Archives
What songs are out there about a woman getting good, life changing lovin' from a a man. [more inside]
I'm looking for a laptop "holster" (not a stand, per se) for my Macbook that works exactly like this one, but doesn't cost $300. Does such a product exist? [more inside]
Name that pattern! I've seen some really nice designs lately that feature a stylised floral pattern running in a repeating, seamless motif. [more inside]
Asking for my fiancé: What recourse does one have once you have been screwed over by PayPal? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
Major news outlets agreed to keep Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan secret for security reasons; Dick Cheney's hunting accident was kept from the media for at least a day... What are other examples of these government & media secret/blackout practices?
Ok. My car is literally falling apart, and I'm really confused about the whole car buying process. [more inside]
How do you know when it's time to "settle down"? [more inside]
I am turning 40 this month and the only thing that I have been certain of all my life is my desire to have a child. For a bunch of reasons,mainly poor planning, I have no way to make this dream happen any time soon (financial reasons, no partner, etc.). I'd like to look into freezing my eggs so that a couple of years from now I might still be able to make my dreams come true. Does anyone have experience with this? What is the cost? Is it a complicated procedure? Whatever information you might share would be very much appreciated!
Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer? [more inside]
Just had the most divine chilled drink made with cinnamon and ginger - how do I make it?! [more inside]
Quick way to remove embroidery? [more inside]
Taking the LSAT Freshman year? [more inside]
Link me to some Brazilian online poetry journals. [more inside]
Is the third shot of a 3-shot Hepatitis B vaccination critical? And who should pay for it? [more inside]
Please suggest fun date outings in Manhattan for a transplant and a New York City native. [more inside]
forget nyc, it seems that today Iowa is the new askme destination of choice! what should i know to best experience Iowa City and Davenport? mostly this is a quest to know the local area and what should be appreciated here. i have 3 days (may, weekend), and a car. also, what must i buy/eat? anything else you feel urged to write on the topic is also welcome!
A close friend has purchased a gun and I'm worried. [more inside]
Inspiring books about mathematics and statistics? [more inside]
Should I cancel my life insurance policy and use it to pay off most or all of my consumer debt? [more inside]
How soon to try again after a miscarriage? [more inside]
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Always wanted… but never actually worked towards it, so I have no writing-specific experience or training. I’d like to transition to a career that somehow involves writing, but I’m not sure how I can get my foot in the door. [more inside]
What are good sources for ethically sourced, plus-sized women's career clothing? [more inside]
I'm a sucker for the "dying but smiling" feeling I get from the sound of a banjo. What modern/recent songs have banjo in them? I'm looking for things that don't fall neatly under the category of bluegrass - a pop/rock/alternative song that just happens to have a banjo rather than Bela Fleck/String Cheese Incident/Cherryholmes type stuff.
What is the best work-flow process for handling digital photos from capture, processing to archive? [more inside]
Was my poop weird because I donated blood? SFW but contains qualitative poop analysis. Really. [more inside]
Eyeglasses (worn under goggles) fogging up during skiing. Any suggestions/tips? [more inside]
What would happen if I put gasoline with two-stroke oil in it into my conventional four-stroke lawnmower? [more inside]
I've written 2 children's books, now I'm looking for an illustrator. [more inside]
What kinds of basic concerns should I have about starting a tasteful porno-ish web site? [more inside]
Should I bring my iPhone to SE Asia, or go prepaid (and other international phone questions)? [more inside]
I'm half way through my first year at Winchester School of Art and I'm already getting a little bored with Winchester. I've always wanted to spend some time studying in Canada or the US but I'm not sure how to go about it. I've looked into WSA's student exchange program but it looks like the only link they have in America is for fashion students (I'm doing graphics). Do I have any other options?
What's the best TIVO for me? [more inside]
What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
Okay, but what do you do if you haven't reported any income at all? [more inside]
[leapdayfilter] Curiousity strikes: How many February 29ths have there been since the Julian Reform in 45BC? [more inside]
How do I pay off large chunks of my school loan and avoid any interest/payment trickery? [more inside]
What are some unusual/bizarre/gross foods that are suitable for vegetarians? Non-vegetarian examples include wriggling octopus, alligator, chocolate-covered ants and l'ortolan. [more inside]
Is an old-school SLR remote release compatible with digital SLR cameras? [more inside]
Where are you yeezy? And try to hit you with the.... ??? [more inside]
I'm looking to get physical, but how can I avoid injuring myself when shifting from a sedentary to a mildly more active lifestyle? [more inside]
Cannot preview .XviD avi files inside Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, am I missing a codec? [more inside]
A private Twitter for groups? I'm trying to come up with a novel solution for my office... We don't want to have weekly meetings to keep track of what each other is doing. Here's the situation... [more inside]
What kind of plant is this? [more inside]
I'm looking to plan a golf trip to Des Moines this summer and I need some advice on where to play. I'm looking to spend around $40 to $50 per round. I'm looking for public courses pretty close to downtown. Any advice???
Help me buy a new computer. [more inside]
Is the Investor Resource Alliance Network a legitimate service or is it a scam? [more inside]
What's the best way to mount a laptop to a Landice L7 Treadmill, for use while walking? [more inside]
Last fall I served on a jury for a six week murder trial, now I can’t watch scary stuff on my TV. [more inside]
At what point is a PayPal transaction considered "cleared?" In other words, when can I stop worrying about fraud. And what other protections can I take to protect myself? [more inside]
What is the "X factor" when it comes to classroom management? [more inside]
I work for a billing company and we would like to use an accounting software that can process credit cards and deposit the funds into our clients respective bank accounts. Does anyone have any experience doing this or have any recommendations?
Creditors are starting to harass me again for old debt that I don't believe I'm responsible for. [more inside]
How do I find dress shirts that will fit me and stay tucked in? [more inside]
I am a UK citizen living in New York, planning tro move to Montreal in June. I'll be studying French on a study visa for 1 year whilst my permanent residency application is in process. I have some personal belongings, furniture and 2 cats in New York which I'm hoping my friend will drive up to me once I find an apartment. [more inside]
I've been playing with a promising idea for a website for a while, and I feel I'm ready to get things moving. I've got a fairly clear idea of what I want, who would use it, and why it would take off. Income would be ad-generated, in an area where I believe prospects are good. The problem is, there's no out-of-the-box software that does what I need it to do, and programming the site is beyond my capabilities. [more inside]
How do you prevent terminal services users from disabling the Firewall Client for ISA in Server 2003? [more inside]
When I was an undergrad (the first time) I saw a quote on the door of one of my music professor's doors. The subject had to do with practicing and I swear it used the phrase "On Tackling the Beast". I think the quote was from a book but I can't remember. Sound familiar to anyone?
Dylan swallowed by black hole? [more inside]
Games with great multiplayer? [more inside]
Is there anywhere in Chicago where I can buy a SIM card for France today? [more inside]
Suggest some Xbox 360 games for a PC gamer! [more inside]
Sports Betting Filter: How can I determine approximately how much money was bet on the NCAA (men's basketball) tournament last year and where that ranks on the most gambled-upon sporting events of the year? [more inside]
Nevermind that I should have backed up or have them on hand somewhere in a filing cabinet. How can I get a copy of my 2006 tax return on the quick, and on the cheap?
Is there a good way to make the transition from dressing business casual at work to wearing business suits? Is it a good idea? Women, I'd like to hear your experiences w/wearing suits to work - the good, the bad, the ugly - and how you made the transition. [more inside]
I'd like to learn more about tripods. Whenever I visit a camera store or a store site, or Manfrotto's site, I'm bewildered, and I'd rather not be. Instead of asking for recommendations based on my criteria (as in previous questions here and here), I'd like to understand tripods (and heads) as a category so that I can figure out for myself what I need for whatever it is I have in mind, whether it's my digital SLR, a MiniDV video camera, or even a small apochromatic refractor or spotting scope. Are there any resources online, or any books, that I can start with?
Cooking to impress-- the ethnic edition. [more inside]
What is the best way to transport an upright arcade game along the expressway? [more inside]
I just bought a Panasonic TH-50PX77U. Great tv so far. I have digital cable service and wanted to hook up my cable/dvr box (supplied by cable company) to the tv via HDMI. No signal, which I assume means the port is blocked. I heard that cable companies disable a lot of features on their dvrs. So, I had to connect using the standard coaxial cable I used with my old tube tv. Since the digital cable service is coming into the dvr via coaxial, is it still digital going to the tv via coaxial? Do I need a digital coaxial cable? Should I start griping with the cable company to open up HDMI? All help is appreciated.
I have a cheque that's dated tomorrow. I could use the money tonight. When is the earliest I can put it in an ATM without worry? TD bank in Toronto by the way if it makes a difference.
How do you stop someone putting stabbing pains in your foot with hypnosis? [more inside]
Book from Childhood: I recall it as a pre-teen book (in the late 70s/early 80s) and all I remember was a boy (maybe a boy and a girl?) was in a science museum after hours and the Visible Woman (the see-through anatomy exhibit) came alive and befriends the kid(s). I think all of the exhibits came alive, but I most vividly remember the Visible Woman.
is there hope for someone who is highly narcissistic yet falls short of actually having narcissistic personality disorder?
you're so vain, you probably think this post is about you… [more inside]
I just had my eyebrows waxed for the first time ever last week. I am a lackadaisical plucker at best, so this is probably the best my eyebrows have ever looked. How long should I wait before I get them waxed again (i.e. how much time or how long should I let the hairs get)? Also, what kind of maintenance should I be doing in between?
I just moved to London from California last month and I'm keen to make the most of my time here by hitting as many European cities as possible. I loved being able to use farecast, farecompare, etc to see where I could go each weekend in the US and where the ultra low fares were to be had. Is there a similar service in Europe? Any way to be notified about cheap weekend fares from the UK would be fantastic. Thanks to the hive brain. - Alex
Help make my trip to Barcelona awesome! [more inside]
Indoor DAB aerial. I need one. [more inside]
DumbQuestionFilter: Is my sourdough starter supposed to shrink? [more inside]
What will give me the best bang for my buck to advertise a graphic novel that's horror-genre-based, but totally violates genre conventions? [more inside]
Asking this on behalf of a friend of mine: can you help him out with a quiz that will give him an accurate description of how someone will stand on a DNG/SA scale that he's created--where DNG stands for Dork, Nerd, Geek, and SA stands for Socially Acceptable? (Bear with me for a second, will you?) [more inside]
Favorite paper airplanes (and other flying diversions)? [more inside]
I'm thinking of replacing my old Compaq tc1000 tablet with either a new tablet or a regular notebook. Whatever I replace it with though has to take engineering/math notes well. So what are your suggestions for my tablet replacement? [more inside]
[Hatfilter] I'm trying to find the Giants hat Tom Coughlin was wearing during Super Bowl XLII. It is standard Giants blue with the white "ny" logo on the front, but it had the SBXLII logo on the side. I saw it at Modells before the big game, but I failed to purchase it then. I've had not luck hunting it down in-store (Modells, Reebok, Lids, Champs, etc) and my google-fu is failing me online as well. Help me find this hat!
What (automatic) methods would you recommend for cleaning grime off the keycaps of a keyboard? [more inside]
My parents are going to Hawaii for their 25th wedding anniversary. They have a 3 hour layover in San Fransisco. They are going to be getting in around 1ish. The question is do they have time to get out of the airport and see anything in San Fransisco and still make their flight? My parents have already seen the Golden Gate Bridge so thats not really high up on their list but is there anything else they can see in that time span?
My husband and I are going to Kauai for 7 nights in March. Yay! Now please help me not have to mortgage our house to pay for food. [more inside]
Help me clear up my understanding of how to ground myself when working on my computer. [more inside]
Just turned 20, want to start my life. [more inside]
I am bad with money. Help me get better. [more inside]
I bought something on the internet. The store I bought it from seemed (after I placed the order) shady, didn't ship the item, wouldn't cancel the order. I went to my bank and filled out a form thing, my bank refunded the money for me. Today I got a shipping notice about the thing that I ordered. What now? [more inside]
Help me find some hip sneakers? [more inside]
Where can I find a laptop lap pad for a 14" iBook that has room for a wired mouse? Thanks!
Is the ability to write good lyrics to music something one can learn or pick up, or is it something you have to be born with? If it is the former, can you give me some tips, or at the very least direct me to some books or websites that might be of use? [more inside]
What is the cheapest way to get to either Pomona College or Ontario Airport from LAX without having to resort to a cab, a rental car or a 40-mile hike? [more inside]
Caffeine-like performance without the caffeine? Details inside... [more inside]
Good place to order 1989 Mercedes Benz w201 parts? [more inside]
How can I make my laptop pretend it's connected directly to the internet when I'm behind a firewall that blocks almost all ports? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: can you help name this ridiculous superhero movie about some guy exposed to radiation? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a book from the mid-late 80s, maybe earlier, about a hunter who kills an animal with his dogs, and the animals eventually come back to kill the hunter? It had pictures, and the last scene I remember was of the hunter's house/cabin with smoke coming out of it.
Please keep me entertained in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this weekend! [more inside]
I am a heterosexual woman. However, I am consistently attracted to gay men. How can I develop my "gaydar"? [more inside]
Now that the new MacBook Pros are out, I need to decide between buying a new one or getting one of the models they were selling a week ago for $600 less. Given that I'm a video editor/compositor, is a Penryn processor and 512MB of VRAM (vs 256) worth the extra cash? [more inside]
Windows XP sound control question: How can I get the icon for device volume to stay in the taskbar? [more inside]
Made some pesto with chili pepper leaves by mistake. Now what? [more inside]
Know any good ways to prepare canned oysters? [more inside]
Is installing a internal dvd writer to a laptop easy ? Any instructions on how to do it.
When my lease expires at the end of May, my boyfriend and I will be moving together. This is all very exciting, but I'm going to go from living alone to being a (basically) stepmom to a 10 year old boy. How can we make this easier on everyone? Are there any books that will be helpful? [more inside]
I need your help to find an amusing airline safety instruction sheet I recently encountered while flying! My internet search skills are failing me - can anyone help?!? [more inside]
What should I know before hiring a graphic designer for the first time? [more inside]
Converting CSV to TAB: is there a free software for this? [more inside]
I'd like to build a new PC for use as a headless server to run Asterisk. I've got a few conflicting goals for building it, and I'd like to get the Hive Mind's help for balancing power, size, cost, and efficiency. [more inside]
What is an anxiety medication "boost bar?" [more inside]
Leopard, Apple Mail & IMAP issues: Since upgrading to Leopard, Apple Mail seems sluggish and unresponsive. The application is effectively unusable. It's gotten to the point where I'm using webmail access on all of my machines. Is this an issue with Apple Mail or have I misconfigured something (I use Dreamhost for my personal email accounts). [more inside]
I have several old MiniDV tapes, but no camcorder. Is there any hardware I can buy that I can plug into my PC and let me download the video? Is there anything compatible with Linux?
What is the musical term for songs that feature overlapping or simultaneous verses? The only two examples that I can think of to illustrate what I'm talking about are "All for the Best" from Godspell and Irving Berlin's "You're in Love." Anyone ever come across a list of songs of this type, specifically songs from the world of musical theater?
Exchange 2003 SP2: Is there any way to tell how many users read a particular email or opened an attachment in that email? [more inside]
I've had some problems selling CDs on Amazon. Will what I consider to be unfair buyer feedback end my ability to sell CDs there? [more inside]
Is the pesticide Dursban LO appropriate for use in residential applications? [more inside]
When I was in third grade, there was a book at the library that I would go and find every couple of months. Having since, you know, grown old, I can't remember what it was called. [more inside]
Munich's Oktoberfest: package deal or piece meal? And any recs while we're there? [more inside]
Is there a grammar rule that deals with when to use a "to" following certain phrases like "help"? For instance, "Product Wonderful will help you sleep better" -or- "Product Wonderful will help you to sleep better." To my ear, I prefer it without the "to," but I don't know if there's a grammar issue let alone a style guide preference. [more inside]
Where can I get a high-res version of the banana image that accompanies this article in the New York Times? [more inside]
I need a good dive bar in Phoenix. Or two. [more inside]
I have a sick dog, apparently a cold with sneezing. What do I do for her?
The last two routers I've owned, they needed to be reset every couple days to get my connection back. Now it happens with my new router, after months of it working perfectly. Any ideas? [more inside]
It's official: my girlfriend has the flu. Give me ideas of things I can do to help and comfort her while we ride this thing out.
I will be hosting a Japanese dinner party on Sunday night. What should my main course be? [more inside]
I've been offered a ghostwriting gig. Help me with my expectations, please. [more inside]
What are some fun and simple puzzles or cryptography I can solve with Python to help me learn the basics? [more inside]
I'm looking for a photo of a Wendy's Jazz Cap, or even just first-hand recollections of them. These were apparently some type of multicolored painter's cap sold at Wendy's establishments in the late 80's(possibly 1988ish). There seems to be no trace of their existence online. Phone calls to the Wendy's Customer Service hotline have come back with a "try eBay" response. A few good but ultimately fruitless tries to track one down can be found on the comments to my blog. Any information, photos, or recollections would be very much appreciated.
I'm looking for interior designers who specialize in commercial spaces in Phoenix, AZ. [more inside]
What should I do this summer before heading off to grad school? [more inside]
I have a 2004 Ford Explorer with the OEM stereo (I think it's called the Audiophile; it's the one with the 6-disc in-dash changer), and I'd like to use the aux input with the headphone jack on my iPod and iPhone. [more inside]
Looking for a low profile bath room faucet. One handle controls only please. [more inside]
I need a recommendation for a small tripod to be used on an extended backpacking trip. [more inside]
How do you figure out daily interest from an APR on student loans due monthly? [more inside]
Can you point me toward the best Horror/movie blogs? [more inside]
Should I bring wine to a "communal dinner?" [more inside]
I have a client and I'm trying to find speaking opportunities for them. They would like to speak to people that hire for private equity firms, hedge funds, and C-level execs in general. [more inside]
Any good film/movie forums? [more inside]
What practical uses, besides roadside service, have you used your AAA membership for? [more inside]
What do I need to know how to do in SPSS (or SAS) to do market/marketing research analysis? [more inside]
Is soda water making me fat? [more inside]
Russian friends loose in the USA ... help me suggest stops & things to see as they drive from New York to Miami. [more inside]
I'm looking for a funny commercial. I can't remember the company or the product, but the central character is a dad, wearing a shirt and tie and sitting at the breakfast table. As he silently reads the paper and eats his breakfast, he is surrounded by his wife and four or five teenage daughters who mill in and out of the room, all chatting and talking over each other and laughing. [more inside]
Yiddish curse words. [more inside]
Overwhelmed with possibilities for traveling in England. Please help. [more inside]
The Paul Reiser Effect -- Does anyone remember an article about this? [more inside]
I have recently read Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival"; in it, he sights this article , which investigates voter apathy in the 2000 elections, and the surprising figures about how little surveyed voters knew about candidates' policies. The information for this article comes from the Vanishing Voter Project, which no longer exists. Is there any site where I can find out about these sort of subjects in the 2008 elections?
Is switching from a Palm Centro to a Blackberry 8703e a bad idea? [more inside]
I would like to be involved with immigrant right group... [more inside]
Why SHOULDN'T I buy a Canon PowerShot A590? [more inside]
J-1 visa holder. What taxes do I pay? [more inside]
I am interested in literary works that discuss various substances like recreational drugs or pharmaceuticals. I am interested in anything with associations or references to philosophy, politics, religion, mind-expansion etc. Some examples of what I am looking for are Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' and Soma, or Dune and Melange. Any dystopia/utopia parallels, anticipations of the future, criticisms of drug culture, criticisms of pharmaceuticals, or allegories to anything substance related would be incredibly useful. This is a follow up of this thread: http://ask.metafilter.com/83142/Literary-works-anticipacting-the-future-trends
(Hindu?) Question about the purpose of a cord around the waist of children. [more inside]
I want to read this book again. [more inside]
Where are all the lesbian yuppies in NY hiding? [more inside]
I am looking for an alternative way to give.... [more inside]
I'm used to the keyboard shortcuts on OS X, but I have to use a Windows PC at work. What are some ways that I can remap the keys on XP to get as close to Apple's as possible? [more inside]
What is the perfect wii (or maybe ps2) game to play with my lady? [more inside]
I'm interested in designing a notetaking markup system for writing & the web. Before I put much more effort into it, does it exist? [more inside]
Strategies for Research: I'd like to go through each of the US Presidents, and show my kids how they're related to each. George Washington was pretty easy, as his ancestry is detailed back to the Scottish kings, so I can show the kids how they're the 22nd cousins, 11 times removed of the first president of the US. The going hasn't been so easy, since, and I'm fishing for some suggestions on tactics I can take to make the going a little easier. [more inside]
Parallels and networking.... am I wrong in how I _think_ it should work? [more inside]
What Saturday Night Live skit had "a man dead, goes to heaven and asks God questions?" [more inside]
I'm trying to find the title of a British film that came out a year or two ago about a young Indian guy and a young English girl having a relationship and how he has to hide it from his friends and family. [more inside]
Are there any filters that can reproduce the turb effects created in Matador Sprite (1997) in a modern version of Photoshop (or similar)? [more inside]
I have a 1G iPod Nano with 4 gigs of space. I'd like to play a sample in a continuous loop in order to get a constant stream of white noise, without breaks/gaps/clicks and taking up as little space on the iPod as possible. Is this doable and if so, how?
How do I convert my blog entries and comments into a book-type format (digital or analogue) without paying too much money? [more inside]
Proud mavens: help me find a new washer and dryer! [more inside]
How do I get rid of that horrible new carpet smell? [more inside]
What software do I need to convert a company logo (including design element) into a True Type Font? [more inside]
i'm getting a new projector to replace my existing one. my current macbook only has a 720p native resolution (1280x800) so i'm leaning towards buying a projector with 720p resolution. but thinking forward, with blu-ray players etc, will i have problems playing 1080p movies in 720p? and how will they look? is there a big difference? [more inside]
My dog has chronic renal failure. Are we overfeeding him? [more inside]
I want everything I own to fit in a Corolla. After spending nearly a week to move 3 blocks, I decided I'd like to pare down my belongings so they'd all fit in my car at once (minus the furniture). Mainly because I will be driving somewhere else to live soon. What creative ways have you cut down the size of your stuff? [more inside]
Marketing budget question: suppose I have 150,000 $... [more inside]
UK citizen visa for China. What's the best way to get one in a hurry? [more inside]
How can I get a copy of Isobelle Carmody's "The Stone Key"? [more inside]
I need some information on the amount of caffeine that can reasonably be absorbed through oral membranes. [more inside]
(Psychology) Questionnaires designed to elicit the truth? [more inside]
What is your favorite spa in the Atlanta area and why? [more inside]
I want to edit video on my bottom-of-the-line Dell Dimension 3100... cost-effective suggestions for success? [more inside]
Is there anywhere to purchase Japanese magazines on Maui? Oahu is also on the itinerary - suggestions for good places there would be fabulous. [more inside]
Can I run a criminal law practice out of my apartment? [more inside]
What should I read to learn about espionage and World War II/start of the Cold War? [more inside]
What strategy/simulation based games would I love? [more inside]
Does anyone know why Brad Renfro was left out of the Oscars tribute montage? [more inside]
I Missed my flight at Miami Int'l again. 1 hour and 45 minutes to get my baggage. To whom should I complain to? I want to file some kind of formal complaint but I don't know where I should start. [more inside]
Trying to save Videogame screen captures under Windows XP. They're supposed to look like this, but they wind up looking like this(Color pallete wrong). What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
At what air pressure will water boil around 65 Degrees farenheight? [more inside]
Could you identify this old classic cartoon from the image I provided? [more inside]
Is there a script I can use to work around the google-fied URLs that now show up in searches? [more inside]
Some former co-workers have asked me if I'm interested in leaving my current position (where they used to work as well) to join them at their startup. Does this burn bridges at the old job? [more inside]
Pending Divorce Filter: What legal resources are there for a soon-to-be-single mom working abroad? [more inside]
Why do I seem to "change" friends every 2-3 years? [more inside]
i'm in a long distance relationship, so my sex life goes something like this: five or six-week dry spell, intense weekend of sexytime, wash, repeat. i need help physically adapting. [more inside]
How do you turn your homoerotic relationship with your best friend into a full-fledged homosexual affair? [more inside]
What are your favorite experiments? [more inside]
How I copy all content from an iPOD to others? I.e. how to clone iPODs? [more inside]
Is there any hip hop / rap music out there that makes fun of itself or goes completely off the wall in some way? [more inside]
Please share your experience, strength, and hope regarding flooring options for upstairs bedrooms. [more inside]
Will I save gas by turning my car off at long red lights? [more inside]
I'm after a bootable antivirus CD to scan a Windows XP computer. It must be fast, update-able and easy to use. [more inside]
I need to find a cheap hotel in Florence, Italy during a large conference (April 5-10, 2008). All the conference-affiliated cheap hotels are booked. What are my options? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good CPA in Pasadena? [more inside]
I need to install a driver for my USB 2 PCI card but the driver requires Service Pack 1 and I do not have enough room on C to install it. What should I do? [more inside]
Computer maintenance 101: Just bought a Thinkpad T61. How do i make it go forever? [more inside]
Offline Drive Indexing for Macs? [more inside]
Upon googling a doctor I just made an appointment with, I discovered he was convicted of 2nd degree aggravated harassment. What does this mean given that it was listed on a page of professional discipline cases? [more inside]
What is the best rss reader for subscribing to flickr tags on a mac? [more inside]
CarFilter: identify this part from my car (highlighted in red) -- It started smoking on the way home, and I'm wondering how scared my wallet is feeling. [more inside]
I'm looking for a free web-based Flash game that I used to play. You're a miner in a cave, throwing pickaxes at colored blocks that advance towards you. You get points for hitting groups of blocks that are the same color, which also removes them and makes the blocks above them drop down.
What songs have the same message and emotional cachet to the "Star Trek: Enterprise" theme song? [more inside]
I've got a vehicle whose title is in the process of being transferred to me. I've got to do the reregistration by mail from Oregon to California. I've had an offer on the vehicle. The potential purchasers say a bill of sale and them putting the vehicle on their insurance is sufficient to let them drive legally. They also mentioned a temporary registration, which I've never heard of. Is this a bad idea, or a practical one to get the car sold now. [more inside]
Mt. Washington, NH, lodging: We are planning a family trip to the NE this fall, and one potential stop (at my request) is Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. A cursory search makes it appear that the upscale Bretton Woods resort is the only lodging in the immediate vicinity. While we are not averse to staying there, are there other, cheaper options in the area? [more inside]
I had to put my 13 year old pug to sleep last night. I'm just devastated. [more inside]
My dad lives in New Bern, North Carolina, and he's been having a hell of a week. His liquor of preference is Jack Daniels--what's the best way to get him some? [more inside]
Who was the first British Prime Minister to be photographed? [more inside]
Places to visit in Oregon, costs of living, etc.. [more inside]
What should keep my kitchen scraps in before taking them to the yard waste bin? [more inside]
I sent out my taxes (for the first time MONTHS early) and sent them Certified Mail (upon the recommendation of an accountant) for the first time as well. I got the little green card back for the State Taxes but I never got one for my Federal Taxes. Does this mean that my Federal Tax return was lost in the mail? How do I go about verifying if my tax return was lost? Can I send them a copy? What do I do?
Are the illuminated logos on post-G3 Apple laptops the same size? [more inside]
I'd like to suppress my menstrual period for the next twenty years. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
i'm looking for a site like jamglue, but one more focussed on the indie-rock/acoustic stuff, and way less consumed by hip-hop? what are similar web-based, track editing/mixing alternatives? [more inside]
I'll be visiting the USA for a couple of weeks this summer, and I would like to attend a few classes at Caltech in order to get an idea of what school is like over the pond. Will I be able to do so? [more inside]
Writing a script about a military coup in the near future. Any suggestions for reading/viewing material? [more inside]
As an amateur photographer, how do I photograph people in public without it being awkward or creepy? [more inside]
TaxFilter: I work in VA and live in NC. My state taxes are already a nightmare... [more inside]
Questions about PSP modding (via Pandora's Battery) - will my UMD games still play on it? Will games purchased via playstation online store still work? And if future games are made to not work with modded units, can I 'reverse' the modding and go back to Sony firmware?
How big a problem is USB microphone latency for multitrack musical recording? i.e. How difficult will it be to do tight vocal overdubs with a straight-to-USB mic? What about with a mic->XLR->USB interface->Mac setup? [more inside]
How can I create an animated powerpoint w/ audiotrack...all embedded in one file? [more inside]
We are planning to go to central Europe -- Austria, Czech, Hungary. Has anyone taken the trains in this region? [more inside]
What's the best online backup solution for my ReadyNAS NV+? [more inside]
Basic Electronics Repair Filter: I recently purchased a used Korg ES-1 and after a few months the power started to randomly cut out... turns out the power pin on the mainboard has come loose. [more inside]
Oh crap! While attempting to clear, reformat, and merge my ubuntu partition with my primary NTFS Windows partition, I somehow managed to give the GRUB boot-loader brain damage. Now I can't boot in to either partition need to fix this before my girlfriend comes home and sees that I've rendered her computer useless. [more inside]
I have a specific question about apartments in NYC. I will be moving June 1, and am looking for an apartment building in the Upper West Side with similar cost/amenities/location as Sheffield 57 or Trump Tower. Does any one know of any similar rentals or apartment buildings in the same area? I have been searching around, but am finding it hard to locate places that arent for sale, or that have the same standards as these two wonderful places. Thank you so much i really appreciate any and all help!!!!!
All my life I've never felt comfortable singing and it sounds horrible. I don't know much about music but it seems like my voice goes flat and I have a hard time hitting high notes. My husband says it sounds like an alien trying to imitate the singing of earth people. I would like to learn how to be comfortable enough with my singing where I could sing karaoke and possibly Irish folk songs. Right now I am very very far from being able to sing in public. Is it possible to get better starting from being terrible or are singing lessons just for people who already can sing but want to get better? [more inside]
I love risotto. I've tried to cook it a number of times, and always manage to get the creamy texture and flavour that I expect - however, the rice itself doesn't seem to absorb the liquid as much as I would like it to, and ends up being hard/crunchy. I tried a few different recipes+methods and always end up with hard rice. [more inside]
Does a student loan in deferment count as debt for the purposes of figuring debt to income ratios in an FHA loan? [more inside]
Can I convert/install a VMWare Fusion image onto a Boot Camp partition? Or alternatively, can I copy/install a drive image onto a Boot Camp partition? [more inside]
How can visitation to brother occur without approval of guardian? [more inside]
How do I pass an oral (saliva) drug test? [more inside]
My partner and I are about to start the dreaded apartment search in NYC. Would it benefit us to open a joint checking account right now? [more inside]
I've been seeing a sweet, charming, attractive young woman for about a month now. We have a huge amount in common, and excellent chemistry. We make each other very happy, and while we're not "in love" yet, it really just seems like just a matter of time. A few nights ago, she told me that she was on medication for schizophrenia. Help me not freak out and screw this up. [more inside]
Help me, AskMe, you're my (last) hope. The Actiontec wireless router that Verizon insists is the only thing they can give me to use for our home FIOS service is keeping me from accessing MetaFilter at home. [more inside]
QuitFilter: How do I deal with a difficult boss (potentially) giving me a bad reference? [more inside]
Machine shop for dummies? [more inside]
I have a website where I upload all of my photos and license them as public domain. Each photo is individually listed as public domain, each has a link to it's Creative Commons "license" as a work in the public domain, and the site is rather obviously all about photos in the public domain. The problem - Large companies are taking my photos and, without editing them, putting their copyright on them. Is this evil, and how nasty should I be about it? [more inside]
How do I get more WiFi range on my laptop computer? More info follows. [more inside]
If you were an ESL student, which Bob Dylan song would you most enjoy a lesson on? [more inside]
The IRS says I owe $7000 from 2006, it's a mistake... I opened a PNC Investment account with $20k it made 7.5% over 1 year, and the IRS says I need to pay taxes on the $20k I already paid taxes on, money I earned on the job... [more inside]
I need to find an assertiveness course or workshop in London. A good one. [more inside]
Oh magnificent Metafilter, please provide me with more music! [more inside]
If I really wanted to "live free or die," what country/city/region is my best option? Assuming a normal human life with normal services* without purchasing a farm, where does a person on Earth have the most rights? (Electricity, running water, food, internet)
Where can I find "ethical" work clothes, suitable for an office job in London, UK? [more inside]
How can I create a table of contents for a professional portfolio that contains a collection of material gathered from various sources? [more inside]
I have a very soft and high pitch voice. I also speak quietly, and mumble a lot. When speaking on the telephone, I often hear that I sound like a little girl. [more inside]
Helio Sequence sympathizers? Help me find more! [more inside]
I've been reading 'New Kings of Nonfiction' by Ira Glass and love it. I want to read more articles and books in this vein. [more inside]
What is the term for industries/markets that are not easily globalized/offshored because they require a physical presence, like home construction, service industry jobs or healthcare professionals?
Where in Los Angeles should we move? [more inside]
Where might one find dimensioned hardwood lumber in Chicago? [more inside]
My family owns a small business. We manufacture boxes, which we sell to other industrial clients. We've hired a salesman, but he has no sales experience. (We're okay with that.) We're teaching him about boxes, but we'd like to get him some sort of training in sales. We don't have traditional expectations (we think of the job more as "customer relations"), and aren't going to demand that he meet quotas, but we'd like him to have grounding in the basics. Can you recommend some good books on sales? How about training seminars in the Portland (Oregon) area? Any web sites he should read? Info on how to approach cold calls would be especially helpful. (So far we're just going with the "baptism of fire" approach, which has its pros and cons.)
Is it becoming the norm for people to be hired without an in-person interview? [more inside]
So I stumbled upon this flash game the other day, and it was fun, now I can't find it, wtf? [more inside]
Interviewing with a technical writing / communication portfolio. What resources and tips for those who have gone through it or hired from it. [more inside]
I keep attracting girls who are incompatible with me. How can I get women who I actually have a future with? [more inside]
My partner and I want to get herpes blood tests -- the cheaper, the better -- in New York. [more inside]
How do I tell if I really liked the job or the people? [more inside]
So there's this beautiful woman that I'm finding myself overwhelmingly attracted to. We have a great time, seem to have some chemistry, some central common interests. There's been a couple of moments when I thought that she wanted me to kiss her. But they don't last long. Oh yeah, she's a biter. [more inside]
Let's say there are two identical light fixtures, on two identical dimmer switches. One fixture has two 15W dimmer-compatible compact fluorescent lights, the other has two standard 60W incandescent bulbs. The dimmer switches are turned just beyond the "off" position to the "dimmest" position (identical on both dimmers). What will the difference in power utilization be between the two fixtures?
Looking for a recommendation on a decent vac suitable for cleaning toner-messy laser printers. It seems a regular run-of-the-mill vacuum does not play nice with toner due to the amounts of static charge that builds up when sucking up the toner. Can fry the electronics and all, so I have read. Most seem to run in the $200 ballpark, but then I saw this one for $15. What gives? Okay, it doesn't have all the extra attachments and all, but, jeez.... it's $15. Is this a decent vac, or am I "getting what I pay for"?
Need to make one icon to run multiple programs in windows [more inside]
On behalf of a friend: looking for a single scene from a play that would work well as a standalone piece, for a drama class showcase. [more inside]
Where are the best seats for viewing a 3-ring circus (Ringling Brothers) in an indoor stadium? [more inside]
How to wean off of tramadol? [more inside]
Are there any copyright infringement issues to using a Rubber Stamp Image that I purchased on my website? [more inside]
I'm building a PC for the first time and need someone to check my work. [more inside]
I need those expensive, imported jewelry magazines. Where do I get them in NYC? [more inside]
I know, this is a long shot, but can anyone help me identify this song from Adventures in Babysitting with very few useful details? [more inside]
i'm trying to pack conservatively for a one month backpacking trip through south east asia. what items should I leave at home and purchase easily/cheaply while I am there and what items should I be sure to pack that I cannot get while abroad?
I want to stay in a boutique hotel over Christmas, ideally in east central London (not central central London.) [more inside]
How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat? [more inside]
Going for quick stop at FENS meeting in Geneva early July and thinking about doing some vacation time after that. Where should I go? [more inside]
Vista scanner problem. I've just got a new Vista setup. It detected my CanoScan N650U scanner, and loaded the drivers fine. It shows up in device manager as working properly (and I can run Vista's test from the properties dialogue and that says it's there and working), and it shows up in scanners and cameras, but when I click 'Scan profiles' it tells me no scanners are installed, and I can't scan from programmes. Any ideas?
I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
What is the best way to "Publish" a book on a CD-ROM? [more inside]
I need to recultivate my artsy hobbies, most specifically my writing and drawing. The problem is that I can't seem to initiate anything - I have no new ideas, nothing to work on. I'd also like to grow as a writer, but I'm my own worst critic and stop before I start (fear of failure and whatnot) - I'd like to hone my skills but I'm petrified of, well, sucking. [more inside]
Can you recommend some books about spirituality/religion that a take a fairly rational/skeptical approach to the subject? [more inside]
Suppose one friend was to send another a letter by mail. What makes for an especially great letter? What elements make a letter newsy enough to be interesting, without seeming to be a catalog of fabulous adventures? What elements make a letter feel emotionally true and personal, without seeming to be the writer's self-important inner monologue? What elements best invite a response? What elements encourage a feeling of connection in the reader?
Cupcakefilter. I have a cupcake recipe I want to change in order to produce other flavors with the same approximate texture. Details below, because I've included a link to the recipe. [more inside]
What's the best way to find short sound clips? [more inside]
Does anyone have experience working as a school counselor? Do I want to work as a school counselor? Should I pursue this as part of my MFT studies? [more inside]
MAC OS 10 (.4) problem - cmd-shift-3 keyboard shortcut has screwed up my page up/down and arrow up/down functions, varying in different apps and places on web pages -no response from Apple Support discussion boards. I'm stumped. [more inside]
What are some heavy guitar focused trip-hop albums similar to Massive Attack's Mezzanine? [more inside]
Recommendations for professional leather cleaners in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
Please help me look for a statement by Craig Calhoun: Mediation reminds the spectator that he/she is fortunate. What book or article? [more inside]
Okay, so I had to DTMFA... now I need fun/cool ideas on how to occupy myself until I stop thinking about him. [more inside]
How can paper be bleached of its text? [more inside]
Two years ago I met a woman and was attracted to her. I had never been in a lesbian relationship before but found myself thinking about her often. [more inside]
I recently bought a beautiful burgundy sweater coat. Unfortunately, I failed to notice the wash & care instructions, which state "Hand wash cold/separately." How exactly does one go about hand washing a large piece of clothing? The tag says "93% acrylic, 5% polyester, 2% wool." Is there any other way I can get this garment cleaned? Would Woolite be an option? Dry cleaning?
How can I hang movie / music posters cheap, effectively, and in a stylish way? [more inside]
Help!! Looking for Entry Level IT position - ZERO Professional experience. Need some advice. [more inside]
What are some instances of a political issue whose public perception has been almost paradoxically inverted through political discourse? [more inside]
I just bought my drummer a cowbell, but she's unsure of when to use it. I want to make her a list of songs with interesting uses of cowbell (or something similar, like a woodblock), but so far I've come up with: "Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult (obviously) "Red Morning Light" - Kings of Leon I'm surprised that I couldn't find more, and I'm sure that I'm missing some pretty obvious ones. Any help? [more inside]
Can you suggest common phrases in Spanish that would be useful for teacher of Spanish speaking kids? [more inside]
Any Australian mefites out there with tax accounting knowledge for film/tv workers? I am so confused about this "income averaging" thing everyone's talking about. I get the theory of why and how income averaging works, but I'm a bit confused about who is eligible, as I've been hearing conflicting stories... [more inside]
Experiences coming off Wellbutrin? [more inside]
If I have paid for mental health services out-of-pocket, should I leave those things off of any history forms I fill out when applying for individual/private health insurance? Will the insurance companies find out? [more inside]
We are moving our sites from a WAMP to a LAMP and one of the XML parser classes has gone all haywire. Eeep. [more inside]
How to take lots of photos while abroad for a long trip? [more inside]
Is anyone familiar with an Italian love-poem that would be beautiful and appropriate to read at a wedding ceremony (in Italian and then in English translation)? [more inside]
Dog-gone-paws-filter: I adopted a dog, and she's can't keep her paws to herself. She paws people to get their attention, and constantly jumps on people for the first few minutes of interaction. I've tried the tricks I used to train my other dog (ignoring them when they behave badly, grabbing their paws and scolding "no"), but it doesn't seem to work. Even the "a tired dog is a good dog" method doesn't decrease the pawsy-ness. My friends and family won't have anything to do with her cuz they have muddy-paw-print-on-clothes-phobia. Help! Aside from this one bad habit, she's a Good Dog (TM), and oh-so-eager to meet people.
I've been squeezing oranges for the lat 2 hours. I have a big bowl of pulp and a kitchen bag full of rinds. Any cooking/baking/home use suggestions?
Post-collegefilter: I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, and have decided I want to try to break into the publishing industry. Are certificate programs the way to go? [more inside]
I'm having a sexual relationship with someone who has MRSA and Hepatitis C and I'm concerned about getting either... [more inside]
What is a good brand (and shade) of hair dye? [more inside]
What's the most efficient way of exercising on the rowing machine? Got any tips? [more inside]
I need a document that is in Gibraltar delivered to me in the US (via express delivery I guess) How do I do this? Is this what courier services do? Can anyone recommend one? [more inside]
I'm looking for some type of alternative to box.net. I do web development and I'd like to move all my project assets off my local machine. I've got about 100 projects totaling about 50GB. Read more about managing access... [more inside]
On average how long is there pain after knee replacement surgery? I had a partial done Dec. 12th and still have days that I have to take pain pills for the discomfort. Is this typical? Should I go back to the doctor?
In a few weeks I'm going in for a physical. I would also like to take this opportunity to talk to my GP about anxiety, mood and other mental health issues, with the goal of getting a referral to a psychiatrist for further evaluation. I'm unsure how best to proceed. [more inside]
My 18 month old baby loves to pound on the computer keyboard in imitation of her mom and dad. Does anyone have any experience with programs that would both prevent her from deleting all of our files while providing an entertaining experience? [more inside]
Currently I drive a 2000 Ford Focus and looking in to buying a 2001 pontiac aztek for $5700. I need some recommendations on it. [more inside]
I bought a Forester without the key fob & the alarm won't stop going off. [more inside]
Paying US back-taxes: should I go for an installment plan or pay it all now, and pay off the credit card companies instead? [more inside]
Spring break in Sicily. Where are some lesser known destinations that you found to be wonderful? [more inside]
Do any stores in the northeast US sell MAC knives? Bonus points for Philadelphia.
In the space of a busy life, full-time work, girlfriend, and misc other interests, how does one pave the way for larger projects? [more inside]
In working with the adult mentally handicapped, a big 'no-no' nowadays is comparing, treating or considering them as children. [more inside]
Which semi-acoustic guitar should I buy? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations on a good photo editing application for a Mac. Specific needs inside. [more inside]
I would like to find a video of Lila Downs appearing at the Academy Awards, please. [more inside]
What are the options for single user content filtering for Apple computers? [more inside]
Help me negotiate on an engagement and wedding ring. We have things picked out and are being given multiple options on the center stone, which is a ruby. I have no clue about what's fair or what to expect. [more inside]
Has anyone ever made their own drumbuddy? Any ideas on where to find (or how to make my own) schematics and materials? Any other advice? [more inside]
OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
Where can I learn about cities that are built over older cities? I'm more interested in the older cities and what those ruins can teach us. [more inside]
My church is looking for a new logo. Help me find a good designer [more inside]
Subway ride from JFK to Yankee Stadium and back... how long and is it safe? [more inside]
Roma Resources, please. [more inside]
"He's got scratch arms." Help me identify the sociology video that contains this unforgettable dialogue from a four year old child. [more inside]
Help me stay on top of printing and packaging technology. [more inside]
I'll be going to a convention next month with a number of "Dawn of the Dead" alumni in attendance and I'd like to have something unique for them to sign. I love the very unique style of Polish movie posters and want to get an original print of the 1978 "Dawn of the Dead" poster, but am having no luck. [more inside]
Meyer or Eureka? How do I determine my lemon tree? [more inside]
How do I get money (30,000 Euro/$50,000) from Europe to the United States with the least amount of pain? [more inside]
A medication pill has dropped on the floor and seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. I'm concerned for my cat. [more inside]
I'm not a sales person, help! [more inside]
Google-fu Filter: Hope me find the Audi commercial that aired during the Oscars! [more inside]
BostonDatingFilter: Are the single men too scattered around? Where are they? [more inside]
I do freelance graphic design in NYC and have just been asked by a client to travel with them to Chicago for 5 days. I usually charge by the hour and work locally. I have no clue how to quote for this. Suggestions, please?
Extended layovers in Chicago and Portland, OR. What should I do? [more inside]
HindsightFilter: Due to a lack of perspective I didn't give math the attention I should have. I want to now. [more inside]
Would IDE HDD and SATA DVD drives confuse each other on boot up? How do I tell if my dvd drive is mucked up? [more inside]
My 2002 Honda Accord brake light is coming on some mornings when I start the car but goes off after 10-15 min. It started this winter and I thought it was just needing to warm up the brake fluid. But today is balmy and it happened again. [more inside]
Help me find some kid-friendly female-vocals rock music for my aspiring riot grrl. [more inside]
What are some humorous descriptions/job titles/uses for otherwise "useless" people during the zombie apocalypse, end of the world, WWIII, etc.?
We're working on a project and are looking for two sets of data: pro-war Democrat politicians and grassroots resistance to war. Where can we find a lists of the former and examples of the latter? [more inside]
I don't use iTunes, but many podcast links assume you do. Is there any way to 'decode' the podcast feed from the iTunes link? [more inside]
Say you're a real estate investor. Say an airport in the New York region is expanding to become a major hub. What would you do? What would you buy? [more inside]
How can I make my "welcome mats" unwelcoming to cats? [more inside]
Can I make a freestanding fluorescent light fixture like this or this from a regular fluorescent light fixture and bulb? [more inside]
Help me find the docu/mocumentary that [I believe] the Blair Witch was based. [more inside]
Advice or sources for dealing with inspirational overload? [more inside]
Help me get rid of this stupid screensaver! [more inside]
So I was bored and ate a whole lot of paper. What now? [more inside]
Please: recommend a lawyer in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
New York Philharmonic perform today Tuesday a in Pyongyang. How can I listen? Is it streamed? URGENT
I need nicer prompts for certain data fields relating to correspondence sent and received [more inside]
Where can I get this Obama "Progress" shirt? I know the image is from Obey Giant people but I can't find the shirt online anywhere. Know any other good Obama gear? [more inside]
Apparently, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny! Which I can only assume means something! [more inside]
Where does one find images for graphic design? [more inside]
Stumped with RPy, need help badly! [more inside]
Recommend me some resources (online or otherwise) - books, articles, videos, movies, websites, etc - that has challenged and possibly even changed your perspective of things - especially with regards to money and wealth. [more inside]
Scientific History Filter / Native German Speaker Filter. What did Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das war ja toll!" mean? [more inside]
What kind of things do you need to ask a home remodeling contractor, like about liability insurance, bonding and all that? How do you approach this with them? Do you take their word for it or demand proof? [more inside]
i have forgotten the title of this young adult book I read a few years ago... [more inside]
What and where are the best audio/home theater discussion groups/forums for someone wanting to learn about said items? [more inside]
PS3 for Blu-Ray? Should I get one now? Is something better coming? [more inside]
My job isn't all it's cracked up to be. Do I keep at it and hope it will improve or do I take another leap? [more inside]
I'm puzzled by the use of "->" in PHP. I keep seeing it used in php scripts, but I can't figure out how to google for it. Without knowing what it is called or the name of the operation it represents, it remains a mystery. What does it do, and when is it useful? Can anyone enlighten me?
Is there any way Harbhajan Singh has a lot of hair under his turban? [more inside]
Clearing HPV: Help me understand this journal article, specifically the concept of rate ratio and how it translates into real-world risk. [more inside]
Has anyone had experience with the Highlands Ability Battery aptitude tests? [more inside]
Looking for dating ideas that meet three simple criteria: 1. Inexpensive. 2. In Boston/Camberville and T-accessible. 3. Doable in this weather. [more inside]
What is the best value QWERTY phone that one can buy used (unlocked or At&T/Cingular), and where from? EBay didn't yield any crazy deals.
I'm building a desk for my home office and I could use some help on how to personalize it. [more inside]
So I've started eating sugar cubes at my desk. Is this bad? [more inside]
I'm organizing a kickball league this summer and am looking for a good windows-based freeware/shareware baseball scheduling program. [more inside]
Social Security card confusion? Doesn't have the "valid for work only with DHS Authorization" wording? Eh? [more inside]
ODB2Filter: Hyundai airbag light is on. Can I clear it? [more inside]
Why do some restauants resist issuing separate checks for large groups? What are the motivations at play? Does it affect the tip? Is it an issue of complexity? Politics? I'd particularly appreciate perspective from people who have worked as waiters/waitresses, or who own a restaurant. [more inside]
I want to watch the Oscars... but just the five or ten minutes of it that are worth watching! (it's never more than five or ten minutes). Where is that set of video clips? [more inside]
Where can I find more information (and screenshots) about the motion graphic intermissions of Call of Duty 4? [more inside]
I want to take my resume to a career counselor/life coach-type person and talk about improving it. Will they really help me? And how do I find a good one? [more inside]
Where can I get knives sharpened in the Hollywood (CA) area?
Somewhere on the wide internet is a video of a fake product demonstration that's complete and total doublespeak. And I can't find it. Could use a little google-fu from the crew, here. [more inside]
How do I convert European dates to American in Excel? [more inside]
Should I get a gift for someone I worked for for 3 days who tipped me generously? [more inside]
I'm looking for a high-quality scan of a single page out of any Batman or Superman comic book or graphic novel that I can print out off of the internet. My google-fu is apparently not up to snuff. [more inside]
Salsa. What is the hands-down best salsa recipe ever?
Why do I never, ever seem to get that fabled runner's high from exercise? Is it something I can teach myself to do? [more inside]
Art, architecture and food enthusiasts: what should I do during my short trip to Mexico City? [more inside]
Why are some black people afraid of my dog? [more inside]
Are there any browser plugins that allow you to see exactly what is being sent to a website (form post values, cookies, querystring, etc)? [more inside]
Where can I find resources for a mentor/mentee relationship? [more inside]
I just won a brand new Zune 80. I have a 4th Generation iPod. What should I do? [more inside]
Need a good therapist who takes United Healthcare in the Washington, DC area.
I have to a create graphic signature for an email. Usually the graphic is added as an attachment to the email. Is there a way to embed the graphic signature without showing it as an attachment? [more inside]
Looking for a good psychiatrist in the South Bend and Mishawaka area...am willing to travel a bit if I have to. Mainly for anxiety and depression disorders...appreciate your feedback...I have united healthcare as my provider and am getting names of my own off their site, but in the past I have had trouble knowing which were decent and which just pushed meds....so appreciate the HiveMind at work and thanks in advance.
Looking for examples of surfers, people talking about surfers, or people depicting surfers in media.
Looking for depictions of surfers in mainstream media. Examples by people who aren't actually surfers (actors, reporters, wannabe surfers) are great, but people in the surf community are good too. The more common, well-known examples are better. I'm thinking of scenes from movies, passages in books, news stories, documentaries, blogs, comedy skits, but unscripted examples are best. [more inside]
How to Cultivate Altruism and Love the Hard to Love? [more inside]
Need tips on cooking Chicken in a Crockpot. [more inside]
Can you recommend a CPA in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
I'm looking for names of writers that rose from obscurity to commercial/critical success from using the internet. Know of any? [more inside]
How can I print a series of .jpg files to exact size specifications? [more inside]
My high school senior son is a finalist for a very nice Humanities scholarship at his first choice of colleges where's he's been accepted. He'll be interviewed this coming Saturday. [more inside]
Does the country in which a cheque is cashed have any basis on which currency is used? [more inside]
How can I sell something that is not selling in the traditional ways, such as eBay or craigslist? [more inside]
What should we do with our remaining inventory of art books? [more inside]
Help me figure out this DNS problem with my website... [more inside]
What is the right combination of joins and select statements to get this information from a mysql database?
MYSQL newbie needs some help with a crazy query! (Joins, foreign keys, and bears "oh my!") [more inside]
Can you help make my "Should I Eat It?" website awesome? [more inside]
I'm starting a series of collages where I'm attaching bits of photos to other photos, and I'm curious about the best adhesives and sealants for archival purposes. [more inside]
I'd like to find an application that would help two assistants keep track of incoming phone calls (and their status) for a small office of 10 employees, without having to commit to an expensive database solution like Filemaker. [more inside]
I really want to get away from my house to finish up some screenplays for a May 1 deadline. So where can a not-so-rich person go for the last two weeks of April that will allow much peace and quiet while being both safe and warm enough to wander around in short sleeves night and day. Suppose a cost of around $1500--the cheaper the better--including return airfare to Toronto. Note that I like seclusion but I also don't drive so it needs to be someplace close to the necessities.
Help me find new burger recipes. [more inside]
Is there any way for my company to automatically reroute people using our wireless internet to our homepage? Preferably this wouldn't be too complicated as we have different types of routers for the upstairs and downstairs of our building.
How can I revive my favorite mystery plant? [more inside]
Looking for installer recommendations of grid-connected solar photovoltaic panels in the Southern California Edison area. [more inside]
Do you know of any software that allows you to set the standard Outlook Calendar Reminders to be a desktop alert slider like the new email slider instead of the pop-up window? [more inside]
What should the dimensions and surface of a DIY ping pong table be? [more inside]
What's up with these chalky marks on my clothes? [more inside]
Parlor games--can you think of any parlor games (not a game you'd buy in a store) that would be a sort of sexy or intimate getting-to-know-you game for a party? Not as hard-core as something like strip poker or spin the bottle, just a little naughty or risque.
What recommendations do you have for a housewarming gift in Burlington, VT? [more inside]
How do I convert all-crabgrass and sand to grass, on a low budget? [more inside]
How can I absolutely, positively avoid the suburban matron/soccer mom look when I have short hair? [more inside]
How can I rehydrate quickly after a bad cold? [more inside]
I need to easily transfer finds from the US to my Canadian bank account. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
Recommend a piano teacher in Cambridge, MA. [more inside]
I'm looking for the best way to get good quality scans of old photos and then store them permanently in archival albums or envelopes. [more inside]
I have a question about an Spanish-language word that may have been used in one or more episodes of Cheech and Chong. NSFW drug references/language. [more inside]
Get me to take more pictures! I bought a DSLR last year, but other than a week trip to Paris, I haven't used the camera extensively. Sometimes I feel it might be the size (a camera around your neck, to me, screams TOURIST). I've thought about walking around the neighborhood (I live in Chicago's north side), but have never gotten out the front door with my camera. I have no problem with my pocket camera.
Insulin Resistance Filter: I've just been put on metformin. What next? [more inside]
How can I put a login box on every page of my website? [more inside]
I'd like to work on my garden and lawn. I know nothing about gardening and lawn care. What are some good online resources? [more inside]
Should I eat this black bean soup? [more inside]
There seems to be a million different online and software based To Do List and Project Management applications, and my brain is tired of trying to figure out the difference between them. It's the bells and whistles that get to me. Help me find the one that fits! [more inside]
Is it possible to add an extension to a chair back to make it four or five inches taller? [more inside]
Why do women (predominantly) scream? Is it a conscious choice? What goes through their minds when they're screaming? I've noticed that young girls do it frequently while playing in the schoolyard I live near too. [more inside]
LinuxNewbie/Hardware Filter: I just bought a Dell T105 server and installed Ubuntu on it. The machine is great, but graphics performance is very very bad. It only has PCI and PCIe 8x slots, no PCIe 16x ones. Is it possible to get a compatible graphics card? [more inside]
English Grammar: "There is" vs. "There are". There is a banana. There are two oranges. There (is / are) a banana and an orange? [more inside]
My ex has turned violent on me. What recourses can I take? [more inside]
Is there any way to view pages in a Microsoft Word (2002) documents side by side instead of top to bottom? [more inside]
What's good, easy-to-use, backup software for Windows? [more inside]
what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
Celebrity comebacks with single artistic turning point? [more inside]
I have pretty much watched all of the videos on TED.com and I am looking for another source to waste time online - but at least feel smarter at the end.;) I am not looking so much for online classes/courses (MIT and other), but more "bit size" hour long or so talks/lectures. Thanks for your help!
I want to take music that's already on my 20G iPod and load it onto my iTunes site so I can remove music I downloaded from my previous (sadly deceased) computer, which had the then-current iteration of iTunes. Clear so far? [more inside]
Please recommend some unique dining experiences in Richmond, VA and the Hampton Roads area. [more inside]
What are great film examples of the toughest, awesomest soldiers? [more inside]
I'm going to japan from march 9 until april 6, and I want to climb Mt Fuji, from the bottom to the top. How much snow should I expect? How cold is it going to be? Do I need to bring boots and 3 layers of technical outdoor clothing or a warm jacket and sneakers? My lonely planet says its doable, but thats pretty much it. [more inside]
What is that thrift store smell? [more inside]
i have a 12,000 track itunes music library in os x. some of the tracks (~10%) have album art with them, but most do not. all tracks are tagged properly, and in theory should all have album art with them. i've tried itunes built in fetcher and many third party programs for adding album art. i can't recall names of programs, but most were very poor and would crash or not work at all. i would like to fetch art all together, because i don't want to go through 12,000 songs track-by-track. any ideas? thanks! -will
If I take a random video file, say Xvid with AC3 audio and I want to convert it to play on my mobile device (say Symbian S60 v3), is this a simple procedure nowadays? In other words, should I invest in converter software and a good video player for my phone, or am I entering a quagmire of codec errors? [more inside]
In your experience, what is the most romantic restaurant in Chicago? [more inside]
Where can I get a quality yet cheaper as possible logo and web template for a web 2.0-oriented website? [more inside]
Swimmers: Can I expect to reap many benefits from swimming laps just once a week? [more inside]
Where can I view the Best Animated Short Oscar nominees online? [more inside]
Speak to me of blocks to polyspermy. [more inside]
Best secure service to receive political donations via campaign website? [more inside]
Does anyone have any suggestions for catproof earbuds? My cat seems to find the tender plastic to be extremely succulent. [more inside]
Should I keep the job or go back to school? [more inside]
I need to prepare some labels with seven different languages printed in their own written language. [more inside]
So, I'm taking up powerbocking. As an athletic 31yo male (obsessive biker, reasonable runner, maintenance lifter) with a good sense of balance, how would you current users rate the learning curve? Assuming I put in one or two nights a week over the next six months, might I learn enough to get fluent (if not a little flashy) in time for a certain outdoor event in August? Thoughts, anecdotes, tips, and the like are welcome. (Bonus points to Angelenos who can tell me about nice indoor padded spaces where I can go to practice...)
My boyfriend and I are entertaining the idea of a Canadian roadtrip this March but need a place to stay in Montreal and Toronto. [more inside]
My Drivers License is expired. So are my car's tags. A lot. How do I renew both without getting arrested on the spot? [more inside]
I am looking to buy my first ever laptop. What I would like to know are the following oddities that I haven't gotten much info on yet: 1) Is there typically a time of year when companies all roll out there new systems? And I might be able to take advantage of sales on new systems, or on year old systems? 2) It doesn't seem like Bluetooth is available on very many midrange systems based on my initial scans, do I really need Bluetooth or just want it (for cell phone interaction now, other components in the future perhaps). 3) Are Intel processors really that much better than AMD, or is the extra money to spend on them not the best value? 4) If all I am concerned about is speed, does Vista really slow a new system down a whole lot to be concerned? [more inside]
Why is my iMac running the latest operating system talking to me? It's repeating everything I type so I'm going to make the question short. I think it thinks I'm blind... It also reads titles of windows as I switch between them out loud... Please make it stop.
What's the best way to fix up overcooked/dry beef leftovers? [more inside]
External web page being displayed in an Iframe. How can I make the links in the displayed web page open in a new window OR make it such that clicking anywhere on the iframe opens the displayed external page in a new window. Could get a tad NSFW inside. [more inside]
Can anyone point me to a full-sized scan of this saintly image of Obama (originally posted in this thread by goodnewsfortheinsane)?
Do you know any tricks for skiing down small hills while cross-country skiing? I mean without falling down, which is my current style. [more inside]
Photographs → 3D Model of Landscape? I've seen software demos of 3D information extrapolated from photographs — so how can I use this tech to map my house-on-a-hillside into a relatively accurate Sketchup 3D model? [more inside]
Kennedy assassination time traveller short story - anybody know who wrote it or what it was called? [more inside]
I'm going to be launching/relaunching a blog focused on the game development industry. I'm all set to go, but I need a name! Anyone have suggestions for names, or just general help on creating a name for a blog that is memorable, descriptive, and not lame? [more inside]
What stuff should I bring with me on tour? [more inside]
How do I decide where to move next, (or not) when a limited salary is one of the factors? [more inside]
Need a duplicate Lexus RX300 key [more inside]
Are there any network attached storage devices that work well with Xbox 360? [more inside]
What info is there on this $800 tax refund for people who made less than 70,000 in 2007? If you have any links or info, I'd love to know!
Best rates / strategies for calling a mobile in Portugal from the US [more inside]
Say I have a percocet. It has stamped on it "7.5/325". [more inside]
Need car maintenance recommendations for a 98 Nissan Sentra GXE and a mechanic recommendation in Denver. [more inside]
Dear performing Mefites - how do you do that thing you do? [more inside]
What makes for good research? I'm looking for books, essays, blogs or personal anecdotes on pretty much any aspect of the question. [more inside]
I'm looking for an article (couple years old probably) about Barack Obama "stealing" the author's girlfriend.
I'm looking for an article (couple years old probably) about Barack Obama "stealing" the author's girlfriend. [more inside]
I would like to find a computer shop in the Hollywood, FL area that can replace the hard drive in my fiancee's iBook G4. It's way too complicated for me to do it myself so DIY is not an option. Apple's "genius bar" refuses to do it so I guess we need to find a local computer tech shop. Any recommendations on a skilled and trustworthy place?
Palm Centro GSM Unlocked: how to get it in the U.S.? [more inside]
Problems with my outgoing (SMTP) mail server with Outlook 2007. [more inside]
Thunderbird is messing up my outgoing attachments. Please help. [more inside]
I'm interested in giving online dating a try, but as a TA at the local university I'm kind of nervous about my students finding my profile. Is this a valid concern or am I worrying unnecessarily? [more inside]
I'm visiting Japan in April, and would like to find an appropriate PDA with built-in GPS to help with navigation, mapping and language translation, but it's proving difficult to find the right device. [more inside]
Help me find some art classes for a rank beginner in New York City. [more inside]
What programming suites are considered hot these days for for coding standalone Windows applications? [more inside]
I'd like to get a little sun and sand during my spring break -- minus the party scene. Can anyone suggest a good beach camping spot on the East Coast? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out Microsoft Word 2007's settings to meet some very precise requirements for page number formatting? [more inside]
What is this mysterious background voice saying in the Ted Leo & The Pharmacists song "Ballad of the Sin Eaters"? It comes somewhere around 3:58... [more inside]
How long will the toxoplasmosis organism live in frozen feline feces? Does freezing kill it?
I have a machine running Windows 98 SE on a cable internet connection. Why am I recently getting connection speeds of 91 kbps (or less!)? (Measured at CNET's Bandwidth Meter) [more inside]
Can I fix my lack of depth perception? One of my eyes is mostly decorative and I'm tired of hurting myself on coffee tables. [more inside]
I want to stop eating animal slices. Except there's a catch. Please help. [more inside]
Any ideas what this asian antique is? [more inside]
DIY photolithography: has anyone ever tried to etch their own high-resolution PCB layouts or electrode patterns? [more inside]
Where should we visit in Eastern Europe? [more inside]
Are there any Chicago-area wedding/reception venues that don’t require you to use their caterer? [more inside]
What's on the dinner table at your Polish Easter celebration? [more inside]
Can you help me fix poor critical thinking in my high IQ but low education friends? [more inside]
I need a good name! I'm putting together a travel website focusing mainly on indie rock/nightlife/offbeat stuff to do in different cities, aimed mainly at 20-something travellers or anyone looking for live music or more alternative venues while they're travelling. What should I call it? [more inside]
To be, or not to be? The benefits and costs of blogging under your real name. Is it worth it? [more inside]
Where can I buy pistachios at a reasonable price? [more inside]
Why does alcohol disrupt my sleep? Is there anything I can do to minimize this disruption? [more inside]
As a new eBay seller, I need a return policy. What's a sensible one? [more inside]
I got a PSP equipped with Dark Alex's 3.90 M33-2 CFW. Help me get some good SHMUPS to play on it. [more inside]
I have an IPOD shuffle and would like to download self-help books to listen to at night and in the morning. Like a meditation. Do I need to buy another IPOD for this? Just use my shuffle for running or walking and use a 4GB for example for books etc? Seems wasteful to buy another IPOD but I will do it if it would be nice to have.
I need some advice for getting over an ugly break-up for a rather sketchy relationship. [more inside]
Looking for a science fiction short story I read years ago. [more inside]
Which makes more sense environmentally, heating with our waste paper or recycling it? [more inside]
A few years ago, I remember seeing a picture of Radiohead's Thom Yorke wearing a t-shirt with 'Sale Sale Sale' written on it: the kind you would see in the window of clothing stores during their sales. I think the picture might have been in NME, but I'm not sure. Could anyone supply me with a link to this picture? Thanks in advance.
Arnold Schwartznenegger and Jesse Ventura starred together in the movie Predator. Both went on to become US state governors. Are there any other movies featuring more stars (not politicians playing themselves) who went on to become successful politicians? [more inside]
I need help with my behavior regarding my boyfriend. He's absolutely great, but when he's not around I worry myself sick, to the point of incapacitation. What can I do to stop this? [more inside]
Therapist recommendations in the Phoenix, AZ metro area? [more inside]
In movie credits, why is it that only the cinematographer or perhaps film editor have their credentials listed? [more inside]
I'm about to go backpacking for a while and need to take my MacBook 13". Can anyone recommend the best hard shell case you can get for it? [more inside]
Why do some types of paper (e.g. ski lift passes, recipts) turn brown when put through the dryer?
how do i find my scent - what deodorant to use? [more inside]
My cat has been randomly throwing up for the past hour. It's the middle of the night, is there anything that I can give her to soothe her stomach? [more inside]
Anyone know the specs for the Formac Disk Mini external power adaptor (NT070)? [more inside]
Why is my fancy mouse scratching so much? [more inside]
I'm interested in getting an e-book reader. The only two readers that seem to have a following are the Sony e-reader and the Kindle. Problem is, I don't want to spend anywhere near the price of those two. Is there anything you can recommend for a lot less money, say under $100 US? [more inside]
I'm looking for Web sites premised on the production of "crap art", structured art projects for non-artists, inspiration and instructions. [more inside]
Why is vibrato appealing? [more inside]
Reconstructing myself - where to begin? Last night my wife of 22 years announced that she and I were finished as a married couple. Now, at the age of 53, I find myself alone. Presently, I am seeking the anonymity of a bunch of strangers because it doesn't seem hurt as much this way. A cross sectioning if you will. Besides, MetaFites are generally a younger bunch, and they may have a more optimistic perspective on this. [more inside]
Ever gone to couples therapy? What worked? What didn't? What different approaches are there? What should we expect? [more inside]
I am 23 and I have the BRCA1 gene mutation. My mother had a double mastectomy in her 40s, because of precancerous cell growth, and both of my grandmothers have had breast cancer pre-menopause (both are fine.) I'm basically a ticking time bomb. I'm interested in hearing any stories from women under 30 -- or women that you know -- who have undergone a voluntary double mastectomy because of their family history and/or the gene mutation. [more inside]
"Windows needs to close" - filter: The computer now seems to present that "windows needs to close" message when I try to close any window containing a web page that had video or audio on it. It didn't used to do this. I would like to fix this. [more inside]
In the summer me and three friends will be doing a 100km 30-hour walk for charity alongside lots of other teams. I was hoping to come up with a way in which friends, family and donors can check on our progress in real time, from afar. [more inside]
How early should I get to an Obama rally at which the "doors open" at 4pm? [more inside]
Questions/recommendations re Portland, Oregon: (1) name of a good "out-of-the-box" photographer for a male for some personal shots (don't send me to Sears or any "traditionalist" photography company); (2) "life coach" (NOT looking for a licensed professional) who is incredibly adept at exercising perspective (my dear friends are miserable at it, lol); and (3) an absolutely great massage. Think that pretty much answers all of my desires :)
I am looking for information about a program I heard about on NPR, years ago. It is something like this: a gentleman in NYC (I think it was Harlem) started a special school for high school drop outs. The school focused on learning about culture (art, music, literature, etc) rather than the typical reading, writing, arithmetic model. The graduates had a much higher rate of getting out of the cycle of poverty than the traditional school system. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
I have a friend who is looking for a programming job. He has an interview coming up, but there's a problem with his past. [more inside]
I am trying to find a SciFi book that I read the first couple of chapters of. It involved two companies racing to come up with some kind of genetic cure and in the process creating a monster or something. [more inside]
DVD authoring on Ubuntu: I'm trying to create a DVD showing a single static image, containing logos and text, for playback on a standard DVD player. What's the best way to avoid blurriness? [more inside]
Does it matter if I take a 24-hour allergy pill at 10am or 10pm as long as I take it at the same time every day? [more inside]
I've recently started devouring 60's and 70's era soul and R&B music. My favorites are Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, etc. I feel I've mastered the well-knowns, and am now looking for lesser known artists in the vein of Howard Tate: fantastic, but virtually ignored by the masses. Can you help me find other cult favorites / hidden gems?
I am having difficulty figuring out whether our arguments are normal in a relationship or whether they're poisonous. [more inside]
How can I get my hands on higher-concentration vinegar / acetic acid? [more inside]
What's a "mass" doing on my dad's brain? Does anyone have any idea how I start researching this or what I can expect to see from all this? [more inside]
My friends just had their first baby. Hooray! I'd like to send a baby gift, but would like it to be thematically consistent with my shower gift. Naturally, there's a catch. I'll explain... [more inside]
I have DSL but am continually prompted to dial-up for a connection. Plus, how do I learn to manage my wireless home network myself? [more inside]
We're going to Belize! Help me plan our 10-day trip. [more inside]
When I was in Vietnam, I saw a poster of Tin Tin - it looked like a cover of a what seems to be non-existent Tin Tin book called "Tin Tin In Indochina" framed and hanging on a wall. I have wanted one ever since, but can find no trace of either a book or poster like this.... help?
What are some good roommate matching services? [more inside]
Flight departing FRA (the Frankfurt am Main Flughafen) at 7AM. Anyplace nearby where the budget traveler can stay, in order to get through security in time for boarding? [more inside]
What's a job that's easy to get that requires a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
What do you call those chunks of snow that accumulate on automobile fenders behind the wheels? [more inside]
What was the first videogame that had a principle female character that not just a damsal in distress or sex object? [more inside]
Do the University of Phoenix schools have libraries at their on-ground locations? If not, how do they get away with that?
My cat has dark spots in one of his eyes. Is this something I should worry about? [more inside]
Farmer's market and co-op conundrum: what can I use to carry my veggies instead of plastic bags? [more inside]
I really love these easy-to-prepare, not-too-expensive A Taste of Thai/India/China meals for lunch. What else would I like? [more inside]
You want to see this e-mail with attachment? Ok, let me go check out your external drive for no reason before I fetch it.
Why does Microsoft Outlook insist on spinning up my external hard drive before letting me see any e-mail with attachments? [more inside]
I want to make LED Throwies, but I want them to last much, much longer than 2 weeks. I'm thinking 6 months or more. Is such a thing possible? How would I do it? What kind of batteries would I use? I don't know much about electronics, but I understand the basic equations. Thanks!
Who made this poem? I starts like this "Life is a song that begins with the word behold." [more inside]
Help! My computer screen has shrunk and I can't make it big again! [more inside]
Is my microwave still safe? The paint or lining or whatever has gotten chipped over the years and bare metal is showing through in four or five places, mostly on the bottom of the oven. [more inside]
I'll be on the road traveling for a few months so I visited a travel clinic and was prescribed Doxycycline and Ciprofloxacin for malaria and diarrhea, respectively. My question: is it safe to purchase these drugs online (Canadian pharmacy) and if so which sites would you guys recommend?
Adolescent angst-filter --- please recommend good books/movies about being the new kid in town. [more inside]
Roommatefilter: My roommate/renter has asked for an extension to her lease with only a week's notice; I don't like living with her, but don't have anyone waiting to move in, either. [more inside]
What kind of web stats can I provide my bosses, to satisfy their hunger for "measurable stats" but avoid going down a rathole and losing focus? [more inside]
Is there a doctor in Los Angeles that will give me, a male, an HPV vaccination? [more inside]
What might cause the running lights of a 1992/3 Subaru Legacy to all be out. I can't seem to locate a blown fuse. [more inside]
Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how? [more inside]
Tell me everything you know about barn doors and gels for light kits! [more inside]
Recommendations for a nice restaurant in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, for a group of seven on a Saturday night ? [more inside]
I'm interested in turning my rarely-used powerpc mac mini into a web/file server. Where are the good guides and resources for doing this? [more inside]
Why did my microwave "explode"? [more inside]
Where can I possibly find Michael Kors Hawaii parfum? It's unavailable/not in stock in almost every shopping fragrance sites and I doubt any stores have it either. Does anyone know if it will come out again this summer?
Help me be awesome and find this sci fi short story for my room mate. I have only my account of his account of the plot to go by. [more inside]
When my parents' PC is turned off, the fans on the motherboard (case and cpu) spin. What's the deal? Setup and more info inside... [more inside]
What are some beautiful places in or within an hour of Westchester where a group of 20-30 could rent inexpensive cabin(s) for the night? Big plus if it is beautiful AT night, too. Thanks.
Ubuntu geeks: A problem downloading a new repository index. Total Ubuntu newbie, much, much more inside. [more inside]
Any free Podcast hosting out there? I need help with Podcast hosting, uploading and creating a iTunes podcast! [more inside]
I'm setting up my spankin' new computer. So far I've downloaded AVG as my anti-virus solution, but I'm not sure which way to go for anti-spyware. [more inside]
Where can I find the historical PE ratio for a given stock market sector or industry? When you get a stock quote from Yahoo Finance, the historical prices page tells you what the stock sold for on a given day. The competitors page shows the average PE ratio for that stock's industry. I am looking for something kind of in-between — namely, to find out what the PE was for a given industry/sector was on a given date. Where can I find this information online?
Hello fellow takers of any kind of medication. Can recommend a good online pharmacy for someone with health insurance and no "red flag" meds such as painkillers? The AskMe archives don't seem to yield very much. [more inside]
I am trying to figure out which Playstation 2 version of Dance Dance Revolution has this song with this backdrop. [more inside]
Strange bumps on labia that seem to harbor either small piece of flesh or bizarre unknown creature, bleed profusely after extraction with fingernails then heal up without trace of their existence...this is incredibly embarrassing to ask EVEN under the blanket of anonymity so please be kind. [more inside]
When is the best time to buy a vacation package to get the best deal? [more inside]
What's the best way to encode FLV (flash video) files on Mac OS X without Quick Time Pro? Is there a good open source Mac encoder? I've used Riva for Windows but can't find anything comparable for Mac.
I have a friend who has been talking about how Doritos should make Baked Doritos Cooler Ranch Tortilla Chips forever. I found that they exist but I cannot find them online anywhere, Help me! [more inside]
Looking for books that take a philosophical look at the origin of the universe and where mankind is heading (among other things)
Why are we here? What started it all? What is the purpose of life? Where is technology taking us? What will happen to humans eventually? I'm looking for books that discuss the above questions. I don't want the readings to be too dry and textbook like. Thanks a bunch.
Can you identify this show? A friend of mine fondly remembered an animated cartoon that she enjoyed watching in Vietnam about 20 years ago -- but she can't remember the exact name of it. [more inside]
Does anyone have a copy of Part 1 of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes podcast of Lucy Duran in Azerbaijan? [more inside]
I am 28. I am a man. I am broody. [more inside]
Do SAT scores ever expire? Do universities have their own individual timetable of validity? I can't find it on stupid http://www.collegeboard.com/ .
How can I find the original source image from an anatomy poster? [more inside]
When should my new birthday be? [more inside]
TeeVee Filter: Can I use a normal flat lcd tv outside year round if it is not in contact with precipitation?
I’m looking to integrate a small tv set permanently into my outdoor living area. I’m fairly certain it would be protected from rain, sun, snow, hail, and the like. However it does get very cold here, and very hot. What damages could I expect? Could it be dangerous using a flat panel tv set that is not rated for outdoor use?
GiftFilter: Please help me cheer up my sister in law. [more inside]
I want to install Windows XP on my Mac through Bootcamp. I want to do this for purely frivolous reasons... I want to play games. Has anyone had any bad problems as a result of doing this? [more inside]
I'm building a project that I think is a little like TiddlyWiki. Where should I start? [more inside]
Any info about lap-band surgery in Mexico? [more inside]
My 9th grade son has taught himself guitar and he's thinking about entering the school talent show. He's trying to pick a good song that he can play and sing, and I'd like to help him out. What's a good song for one young man and an acoustic guitar and a high school audience? [more inside]
I'm looking for an affordable single-stack pistol suitable for concealed carry, preferably in .40 S&W. The only problem is, I'd like something with DA/SA... [more inside]
Is there a conversion site that converts pdf to mp3? If not, is there freeware that does it? [more inside]
My dog may have the beetus. What do I do? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good, lesbian-friendly therapist/psychologist/whatever in Kentucky? [more inside]
There's some serious douche-baggery going on at my job that cost one of my colleagues his job today. How do I protect myself? [more inside]
I would like to help my father to deal with a loss of a leg. His leg got amputated due to diabetes. Everything happened suddenly and we are all unprepared. I need practical tips on how to predict and overcome obstacles he is going to face.
Howdy folks. I've got a friend in Tampa, FL, who is having a rough couple of weeks. She mentioned that she really needs a professional back massage. She's not the type of person to do something like that for herself, so I'd like to do it for her. I've never set foot in Tampa, so I have no idea where to begin, but I reckon one or two mefites might be from the area and have some experience with Tampa massage therapists. So this is what I need: recommendations for a good massage therapist/spa in or around Downtown Tampa (I can be more specific if necessary) that can take an order from me, preferably online, and get some form of gift certificate to my friend by mail. Thanks in advance.
How do I make decent egg noodles? [more inside]
What are some other examples of using 'an' in front of a non-vowel like some do with 'an historic...'? [more inside]
Are there any current estimates as to what percentage of all marketing/advertising dollars are being spent in contextual marketing? [more inside]
I have decided that this April I want to take a trip to St. Louis, MO. I don’t know anything about St. Louis, which is exactly why I want to go. I don’t know anyone from there, or anyone who has been there. I was wondering if anyone could possibly suggest a good part of St. Louis I could make my temporary home. [more inside]
Given my love of building things, should I change my major from Computer Science to Computer Engineering? [more inside]
I want to glue and layer tissue paper to bristol board. Help me pick out the right kind of adhesive! [more inside]
My trusty UMAX Astra 3400 started scanning solid gray tonight. Any thoughts on what could be wrong, and how to resuscitate it? (if even possible) [more inside]
How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research? [more inside]
Fake Beatle Filter: My friend dimly recalls (as he is wont to do) a mainstream movie with the following characteristics, centered around a fictitious British pop band. No, it's not the Monkees. [more inside]
Inspired by this question: are there good message boards or discussion groups out there on the web for talking about dreams and creativity? I'm not interested in dream interpretation, nor in lucid dreaming per se except as it might apply to using dreaming as a resource for waking creative projects. [more inside]
What are some examples of sites that make lots of money off of hosted white papers? [more inside]
How do I make my limited user account and administrator account look identical, ie have the same tray and desktop icons, identical start menus, program settings, My Documents folder, etc. The only difference I want is for the limited user account to have limited privileges. Running XP SP1 home. Thanks.
Whatever happened to people emitting enough toxic fumes from their bodies to clear an operating or emergency room? I remember seeing news reports on this multiple times in the 1990s, but haven't heard anything since. [more inside]
Need recommendations for an automatic breast pump. [more inside]
Things to do in Osaka and/or Wakayama Prefecture? [more inside]
I'm looking in to taking my girlfriend up to New York for the weekend in a couple of weeks, and need parking advice. [more inside]
I have a OSX Program idea (solution.) Where can I find people interested in it (if I were to give the idea away) or pay for development? [more inside]
I've got a copy of Windows Server 2003 and a bunch of old computers. What are some things I can do with it? [more inside]
I looked up a domain name at networksolutions on February 19, 2008. The .com and the rest of the suffixes (suffi?) were available. I checked back today to find that the .com version had been purchased on the same day that I researched it. It's now hosted at "reserveddomains". 1. Who bought it? Network Solutions? 2. Whatta the odds?
Oh the joys of foreign bugs. Please can someone confirm/deny whether this is a cockroach? I'm creeped out to the nth degree. [more inside]
Anyone knows a good alternative to 43places.com? 43places is great, I like to social idea, the lot of pictures and info you get, but 43 places is too limited. [more inside]
Me and a couple of friends enjoy playing Grand Theft Auto 2 online. It's a freely available nowadays, and it's good, uncomplicated fun. Can you recommend any similar multiplayer games, preferably free? [more inside]
Aumented Realityfilter- Please, Me-Fites give me your examples of films/video clips of humans with built-in H.U.D.s...? [more inside]
I have a web site using Wordpress and I'm trying to figure out a css problem with IE. The first thing I'm doing is creating a seperate IE stylesheet. I've followed all the instructions found in the Wordpress forums but can't seem to get IE to pick up the new stylesheet. (I've already asked this question there but haven't gotten back anything that worked.) Here's what I've added to my header.php *below* the call to the regular style.css: Here's my code: <!--[if IE]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/style-ie.css" type="text/css" /> <![endif]--> I know that IE is picking up the if-then, because I added a random text string in there and IE showed it. The way I'm testing whether or not IE is getting the style-ie.css sheet is by changing the color of the menu bar from orange (non-IE) to white (IE). I've also tried hardcoding the path to the other css sheet and that didn't help. I'm at my wits end. What am I doing wrong?
I am bored. I don't know what to do with myself. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What to do for a working week in Brussels? [more inside]
Some time last year I read an article—a first person account, I believe—of a griefer in a pre-WoW mmo, possibly UO or EQ2. The griefer described his discovery that a low-level character could drag a train of mobs across the world and through the main town, killing everybody in its path. The griefer, however, playing a low-level character, could not be killed by the higher-level players. Apparently his tactics resulted in major changes to the game-playing mechanics and rules. My normally proficient Google-fu has failed me on this one. Does anybody know what article I am talking about?
Selling a complete run of comics: advice? [more inside]
How do I turn my current best friend into something more? [more inside]
Why are there certain intersections in Manhattan that do not have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs? [more inside]
wiiFilter: Where can i find a Wii in Dallas today?? BTW..Dont want to use craigslist.
Why can I never dial a phone in my dreams? I'm looking for possible biological/neurological explanations, like the hypnic jerk instead of dream interpretation (i.e.: "You feel you have trouble communicating"). [more inside]
Gift for a coin collector? [more inside]
In OSX Mail.app (using an IMAP account), why do messages I forward keep getting cutoff or truncated? [more inside]
Why does my cat have whiskers on his legs? [more inside]
I need to get an old drum set back into playing condition. What heads should I buy? [more inside]
What is the polite way to deal with service workers who speak poor English in an English-speaking country? [more inside]
Hulled barley: how long should it take to cook? [more inside]
Lost Link: I found a super splendid sexy aluminum desk online a while back and now it is lost! [more inside]
For the web developers in the house: when viewing the generated code for a web page, the Document Type Definition is missing. Where does it go? [more inside]
I'm looking for an easy-to-use 2D drafting program for creating drawings of parts to provide to a machine shop. I've used Autocad about 15 years ago, but it seems to have grown extremely complicated since then and is really overkill for my current needs. Does anyone have recommendations for a simple 2D drafting program? Bonus points if it runs on both Mac and PC.
Non-degree business education in NYC or audio/video? [more inside]
MusicvideoFilter: Animated mid to late 80s brazilian(?) music video on MTV, what was it? This has been bugging me for decades. There was a video shown on MTV for a while in the mid-to-late 80's that I'd love to see or hear again. I think the band was Brazilian, or at least latin. The video was animated colored drawings on a black background and did a lot of morphing from one thing to another. Can the hive mind mind put me on the right track?
A few years ago, I read about a dating service in NYC where potential mates got together for some sort of dinner or dinner party. At the time, there was a high ratio of women to men, because men who were looking for "the quick score" weren't interested in the service. Does anybody know the name of this service?
Does the Roland MC-505 produce TR-808 sounds using synthesis or samples? Is there anything that the TR-808 does that the MC-505 wont? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good read about bicycle randonneuring, in English or French. [more inside]
Can someone direct me to some good Utopian internet manifestos? The times did an article with a good summary of techno-realist manifestos, but I want to find some really, really wacky Utopian examples.
Why do my sinuses crackle when I sing? [more inside]
What cool / fun / educational things can I email / forward to my nieces and nephews aged 0, 1, and 2? [more inside]
How to add CD art to mulitple tracks in iTunes? [more inside]
I have a Word 2007 document with a pie chart, and this document will be printed in black & white. I want to fill the pie chart pieces with patterns so they'll be easily differentiated in black & white, but I don't see the "pattern" option. In previous versions of Office it was there, but I can't find it in 2007. (By "pattern," I'm talking about dots, or criss-crossed lines, or a "brick wall" pattern, or diagonal lines, etc.) [more inside]
I need to identify resources that provide updates on municipal spending habits and intentions, particularly around disaster management scenarios. [more inside]
I have a macro that takes an un-styled document, and tries to put text into the right styles based on what its formatting is. But, if the document already has some scheme of styles, the macro doesn't work very well. So, I would like to transform a Word document into an un-styled version of itself-- but one that retains ALL of the original formatting (italics, small caps, font size, spacing). What would be the most correct way to do this? I have Word 2003 (which the macro needs) and 2007, as well as Word 2008 for Mac. Also-- HTML doesn't work, as it doesn't retain small caps.
I'm going to be in Valencia (Spain) for a few days. Can you give me your recommendations for budget accommodation and some things to do. [more inside]
What steps should a small practice take to secure patient data on a laptop? [more inside]
Disgusting Speedo Filter...I found a great picture of Fidel Castro a couple of years ago. He was on a trip to the beach and wearing nothing but a bathing suit. Alas, my Google-fu is weak and I cannot find it again. Has anybody else seen this? If you need motivation, there's a class full of middle school social studies students who are depending on you!
How do I make semi-professional, waterproof labels for handmade lip balm tubes? [more inside]
Can I really wash my hair less? [more inside]
Please recommend some albums I'd like based on two of my favorite albums of all time: the Buena Vista Social Club & Manuel Galban & Ry Cooder's Mambo Sinuendo. [more inside]
GoofyTricksForKidsFilter: Looking for simple tricks that only kids under 8 appreciate. [more inside]
Where can I find healthy, great-tasting food at a restaurant in northwest Houston? [more inside]
How do the guys here creatively and efficiently organize their pockets to carry the three essentials: cell phone, keys, and wallet? [more inside]
Bathroom Renovation Filter: DIY vs. Contractor [more inside]
Why do I deserve happiness when there are other people in the world who don't have it? I seriously need to know. [more inside]
What jobs out there involve complete isolation? [more inside]
Skipping periods on birth control - how does it work, and why didn't it when I tried? [more inside]
How can I best display a search by distance feature on a website? [more inside]
How do you, fellow musician, capture musical ideas when you're nowhere near a recording device? [more inside]
Which Japan travel guide should I get? [more inside]
I've been a Windows user since 3.1; I'm comfortable with it, I know enough keyboard shortcuts to do without a mouse. Basically, I'm fluent. So why, when copying a large number of files(moving my music collection to a different external hard drive) can't I figure out how to tell Windows to copy only the new files, and skip the files already on the target drive? [more inside]
What are some compliments you can give strangers without seeming like a creep? [more inside]
Is there a n00b-friendly media player for Ubuntu that would work well on a set-top-box set up for broadcatching? [more inside]
Is there any way to use to guitar controller for the Mac / PC version of Guitar Hero III on a PS2? There seem to be plenty of PS2 -> USB adapters out there - anything that goes the other way?
How do you keep track of multiple projects at the same time, and get good work done on all of them? [more inside]
Short story research: what would your average, on the weekend hunter use to kill a deer (gun, bullets, etc)? What is the process after a deer is killed? What is taken, and how, and what is left? How long would it take for what is left to be gone? Thank you!
Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP. Whether it's youtube or other video, my machine no longer let's me watch video to completion. I have sbc yahoo dsl.
Needed: Can't-Miss Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake and a great price on said hotel. [more inside]
The best week long backpacking trip in the United States? [more inside]
Does anyone know what's up with http://www.dnn4free.com? (Or how to get back the data for son's History Day project???) [more inside]
How do I legally change my name in the state of South Carolina? [more inside]
New blog at Wordpress.com. Would like to use w.bloggar as my desktop editor for posts. Everything's configured properly and looking great, except for this error I get when I start up w.bloggar: "w.bloggar: 401 / Your blog server returned the following error message: / Sorry, you must be able to edit posts on this blog in order to view categories." I'm sure there's a simple explanation, but googling and FAQ digging turn up nothing. What gives?
Where can I buy an attractive, compact loose-leaf binder that uses standard lined or graphed paper? I want something I can carry around with me that is suitable for business settings, does not contain proprietary personal organizer sheets, is not as thick as the Manhattan Yellow Pages, and is not outrageously overpriced. [more inside]
I want to design a boat. A big boat. Help me learn the basics of interior boat structures. [more inside]
Is there a way to avoid geek'd laptop hinges? [more inside]
Where can I find a good and reasonably priced hair cut for my curls in NYC? [more inside]
Is there anywhere out there where I can play Quake 2 or 3 online with a Mac? [more inside]
Help me find a music video? [more inside]
I've got 11 fresh oysters in the refrigerator. After opening them what are the basics in devouring them. [more inside]
My bf's birthday is in two weeks and well I have no idea what to get him. He has been skateboarding for a long time in the NYC area (his spot is the Globe and some parks in the city) and very much into the culture, which I don't know too much about. I would like to get him something skate related but don't know what exactly where to look or for what. I'm thinking of possibly dvds (he likes watching skateboarding videos) or clothing. He has his own board so I won't be getting him another unless he is there to pick it out, but I want to surprise him so.....any suggestions?
what should i know about a peruvian ngo before i volunteer for them for a summer? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title and author of a certain North American Literature work with only a few details. I read it in a class called "American Realism and Naturalism" and it (the book) was dreadfully and woefully boring/hideous -- and that's coming from an English grad. [more inside]
Hi, I'm Wendell, and I'm a Domain Name addict. And I just registered DRINKSYOURMILKSHAKE.COM with the intent of setting up something like isyournewbicycle.com but I'm open to other ideas. Feel free to aim your long straw at me...
CanadianTaxesFilter: Can I legally claim some of my debt as an "investment expense" if I give up my second job to focus on my business? [more inside]
How does one keep their weight down when to exercise is to risk sudden heart stoppage? [more inside]
Help me plan a prank centered around getting snipped. My boss is getting a vasectomy on Friday. What should his office look like when he returns on Monday? [more inside]
Can someone point me to print-out-able readings that are in English but have Spanish translations next to them? [more inside]
Anybody want to offer some tips that might help me navigate Langerado this year? Advice on bands and general music festival tips would be appreciated. [more inside]
What are the coolest, not incredibly expensive places in New York to visit at night? What's unusual and marvelous and memorable? Might include particularly interesting bars, might not. The ability to drink (or bring drinks) would be a plus, but not a necessity. Thanks.
MeFi actors/casting directors/people who have been extras before... any tips for what I should do at an "extras casting call"? [more inside]
Why do animals make eye contact with humans? [more inside]
My dad died recently, and the resulting grief and intense emotional state I'm in have ramped up feelings I have for an unattainable person... a crush. I'm happily married, and this is confusing and painful. [more inside]
Are there any supplements or foods that are healthy for ears? Not the outer flappy cartilage part, the inner workings part.
How do I change a registry value that is user-specific? The location is different on every computer, due to the use of the SID in H_Key Users. Look inside for boring specifics. [more inside]
Is it ever okay to directly contact the other participant involved in an auto accident? [more inside]
So, it has been suggested that I go get my dental work done in Mexico. From what I hear, the $10k worth of work here, will cost maybe $2-3K there. My family knows of a dentist down there that has done work for 4 or 5 of our friends. I would like to hear from anybody else who has experience with this. All feedback is welcome.
My XP takes too long to shut down & boot up. What could be causing it? [more inside]
Asking for a friend. As the result of a credit card arbitrage scheme, he's going to have a hundred thousand bucks to invest for a period of one year (that is to say, until the 0% APR ends). [more inside]
Seeking advice on eliminating my existing Windows PC in favor of a virtual machine running on Linux. [more inside]
Someone is selling my articles on eBay. [more inside]
Who offers the good (Great!) cell phone plans in Adelaide, Australia? [more inside]
How do sites like Terapeak and Hammertap get their data from eBay? [more inside]
hey copywriters/editors: about how long might it take you to edit a 20-page product brochure averaging 10 items/page? thanks!
Is there an international money transfer service with an API that supports transfers to Vietnam, Sri Lanka?
I'm designing an online application for a large number of users, and I'm looking for an online service to automate payments to international destinations using some sort of API or batch process. The service needs to support transfers from the U.S. to India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Since PayPal doesn't yet support transfers to Sri Lanka or Vietnam (only from), it's not an option.
What about London should I map? [more inside]
What's the best site to order contact lenses from in Canada? [more inside]
What could a small ice cream/frozen yogurt shop start selling in the colder months to keep business alive?
I love reading sites like kottke.org and Neatorama (and, of course, Metafilter). It's exciting - I never know what I'll come across next. What are some other sites that have lots of interesting stuff, preferably on a daily basis (but less often is fine as long as the content is high quality)? [more inside]
LifeFilter: Now What? Sometimes great ideas come from unexpected sources. MeFi, I'm looking at you. So, this is my dilemma: I was not accepted to OHSU's Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Masters Program to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and while I am disappointed, I'm taking that as indication that maybe the traditional medical model approach to mental health is not the right path for me. I am very interested in psychology, sociology, social justice, mental health, human rights... I've considered naturopathic medicine, graduate school (psychology, interdisciplinary...), and giving up. [more inside]
How much weight could a healthy adult gain in one indulgent weekend of overeating?
What is the best relatively inexpensive way to get one or two tickets to one of the three Premier League matches in London on 26 April, preferably Chelsea - Man U? [more inside]
Give me your easy, your delicious, your nummy shrimp recipes, yearning to be free! [more inside]
What are my options for including an auto-merged image file in the context of a website? [more inside]
Apartment shopping: Is it acceptable to contact the current resident of an apartment unit we're moving into? [more inside]
Going to Austin (from WA state) next month, have little or no warm weather clothing. Should I buy clothes here or there? [more inside]
I'm interested in purchasing a light box to help combat seasonal affective disorder (SAD); can anyone recommend (or warn against) specific models that they (or someone they know) have used?
I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
I think I've determined that the best way to send regular payments from the US to Europe/Asia is simply a wire transfer (but willing to entertain ideas I haven't considered yet). Now the question is -- B of A sucks for online/international wires -- what bank is better? [more inside]
I have a big external USB hard drive with three partitions for infrequently used files and backup. I was wondering what kind of file to make to have it automatically open a folder showing the drive when I power on the device and not ask me what I'd like to do with each of the other drives. [more inside]
Muttering to oneself : how much is too much? And what if the muttering consists largely of profanity? See also.
How do I copy a file to multiple folders, and rename it based on those folders? I know the answer is "unix", but I need hand-holding. [more inside]
SQL Filter: What query can I use to count the number of times a word appears in a text field? [more inside]
Are there any decent-tasting whole-wheat pastas? [more inside]
How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
Gift idea for 2 yr old boy in the hospital with severe burns on one hand? [more inside]
Can I use my computer monitor as an HD production monitor? [more inside]
Where can I find a funny picture that was circulated around the Internet a few months ago (digg, reddit, etc.)?
Where can I find a funny picture that was circulated around the Internet a few months ago (digg, reddit, etc.)? The picture shows a closed toll gate with car tracks on one side of the gate where people had merely gone around it rather than paying the toll. That's my memory of it, at least.
Do we lose weight just by breathing? [more inside]
I bought a house a few months ago, shortly thereafter asked a friend and former housemate to move in with me, and am now feeling almost constantly enraged by behaviors that didn't bother me so much when I didn't own the house we shared. In fairness to myself, I think some of the behaviors are genuinely unfortunate--but I need some advice on what are reasonable limitations and how to stop my own complete transformation into a raging, miserable Nazi. [more inside]
When I jog, my heart rate goes to 195 beats per minute. Is that bad? [more inside]
Is it possible to convert a normal one-way zipper into a two-way separating zipper? [more inside]
I went to school near Pittsburgh and now live in Ohio. Both at school and here in Columbus, I notice people leaving off "to be" in sentences. This needs fixed, that neads cleaned, those need washed. What's the deal here? [more inside]
Co-worker's Outlook (2003) reminders pop up fifteen minutes and five minutes before appointments, but invariably hide behind whatever application is being worked on. Meetings are being missed or appearances are late because of this. How to make the reminders less shy? My searching turns up nothing.
What are your favorite ravioli fillings and sauces? [more inside]
Are there generalized signs of an empire in decline -- things that show up in different cultures and different points in history?
Help me stop hurting someone close to me... [more inside]
Does anyone know of any online (or otherwise electronic) databases for every make/model of automobile every produced worldwide? This can be broken up into several separate databases, so if you know of a resource for German, Japanese, American (etc.) cars, that would help too!... [more inside]
I can't stop thinking about fridges and winter. Would it save much energy to freeze gallon containers of water outdoors and put those in the fridge now and then? It's Minnesota winter over here and I want to make the most of it ;)
How do I handle copyright issues on a blog/CMS template I'm developing and selling? [more inside]
What's the best-performing OS for a Toshiba Satellite 2595 CDS with 64 MB RAM and a Celeron 400 MHz processor? [more inside]
Is it possible to refinance through the bank that holds your mortgage? Is it desirable? Is it easier? [more inside]
I'm looking for an online system that allows us to set up a number that people can sms text to from their cell/mobile phones. It needs to work in the USA, and ideally also support RSS feeds of the messages as they come in - or some similar feed - so we can extract the received texts. Failing the live feed, we could make do with an Inbox system and periodically scrape or manually extract the messages out. Also being able to reply to the incoming messages is a bonus but not essential.
Let's say I am listening to Internet radio (Shoutcast within Winamp) and I am ready to record anytime with Freecorder. Is there a way of having in parallel info on artist and song recorded automatically in text mode? So I will be able to change the file names with real info, for the songs I decide to keep.
Is there software similar to WriteMaps that will allow me to develop a visual sitemap of an existing website while annotating ideas and bugs as I go? [more inside]
My overgrown eyebrows are starting to look ugly and unsightly. On occasion, i've taken to myself to pluck some out. Recently, (many months) i've left the area unattended and now i almost have a unibrow and both brows are really bushy/thick. Where can i go in Chicago to get them worked on? [more inside]
Exactly how many bones does an adult elephant have?
Please help me re-locate an unusual geological formation on Google Earth. It is somewhere in northern Russia. [more inside]
What applications (freeware preferred) to people usually load up on their Windows Mobile (5.0) devices? After many years getting by with a regular cell phone, my company recently switched me to an iPaq (6955). While I dislike the form factor a bit, I like the option of extending functionality with new programs. I just added Google Maps for Mobile, One Note mobile and will soon add MyLifeOrganized mobile (the non-freeware task mgmt tool I use). Any other recommendations?
My daughter is a huge Ruff Ruffman fan. She really wants a t-shirt with Ruff on it, but such a thing does not exist - well, at least there's no 'official' Ruff shirt from PBS or WGBH. I have been given a Dad Mission: procure a shirt by any means necessary. Can anyone find a Ruff graphic large enough to print on a shirt? (Format doesn't matter.) Have I missed a secret stash of RuffWear for sale somewhere? Does anyone know anyone who knows Ruff? Help me, Ask, my squeaky toy has lost it's squeak!
I forgot to claim a $4,000 contribution to a Roth IRA account during the 2006 tax season. How do I go about claiming this in the 2007 tax season? (more inside) [more inside]
Cheapest way to register an expired Godaddy domain? [more inside]
Robotics question: simple and high-payoff project, don't have the time/leet skillz/rationale to jump in the deep end of the pool (i.e. academic smartypantses building attack vehicles), don't want to spend the money on/deal with the physical bulk of the shallow end (Mindstorms et al). What is in the middle? [more inside]
How do you critique a friend's work, without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
My girlfriend was told something by her doctor this morning that to my ears sounds strange, or at best misleading. He basically asserted that you should never take pills like Solpadeine and Syndol because they contain codeine and caffeine, which in the long run cause more headaches and ultimatley makes them worse. [more inside]
What is the super easy way to create a cool online picture Gallery (flash)? Without a hassle. [more inside]
ShortStoryFilter: A bachelor gradually finds out he has a wife? It's hard to explain it in one sentence. [more inside]
Why is the Big Bang possible? [more inside]
Do facial exercises really work? [more inside]
I got my tonsils out three months ago, and ever since have had a persistent foul taste in my mouth. What's going on? [more inside]
What is the best way to not bore people interested in reading my research blog with my posts on research methodology? (Far better explanation inside) [more inside]
I am interested in pursuing a degree in law. There are no law schools where I live and am too settled to uproot. What do mefites think about online law programs? Legitamacy, practicality, etc? Any suggestions on one over another? Personal experiences? One other complication is I live in Louisiana (where our law code is a little bit idiosyncratic). Does this affect national online law school choices? TIA
I'm invited to an Indian friend's 5 year wedding anniversary party (both he and his wife are Indian). What would be a suitable, perhaps traditional, yet inexpensive present to bring? [more inside]
Will a postcard from Cuba arrive in the US? [more inside]
I'm a dog walker in NYC and despite having stated that dogwalking is not a substitute for overnight care in the service agreement that I make owners sign, a customer is using 2 x 10 minute dog walks a day as care for her dog while she has been away for two nights. [more inside]
Should I try to escalate my recent experience with my credit card provider? Please help me understand what I might be able to gain from doing so. [more inside]
Can I get champagne in a box? If yes, where? If not, why not?
I'm looking for a way to have my Movable Type blog updated when I update my status on Twitter or post a link/image/other to my Tumblr page. I can't figure out what to do, though. [more inside]
I'm jonesing for some old-school BBS action. Are there any worthwhile boards still around, with telnet access? I'd even settle for a social/builder MUD with good signal-to-noise ratio.
Is circumventing ejaculation with pressure to the perineum harmful? [more inside]
What are safe jobs a 16-year old girl could do if she lacked proof of legal work eligibility? [more inside]
I'm a really weird person who just absorbs knowledge like a sponge. If I'm not learning in a job I quickly become bored, frustrated, irritable and miserable in general. I'm thinking of leaving my current position with a great team because of the above. Am I selfish because I want to do this?
How would I estimate what percentage of the world dies or has died of "natural causes" or at least in a way that is not unusual? [more inside]
Is there a version of this representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
Know of any magazines, periodicals, or newsletters dealing with Mid-Century Modernism, particularly home furnishings and interior design? [more inside]
Any recommendations for a reliable/trustworthy mechanic in Toronto? Specifically for a late 90s Mazda. [more inside]
I'm looking for criticism of Joseph Campbell's theory of the monomyth - online or print, either will do. I'm actually keen on finding some outright hostile reactions to his work, but failing that, I suppose balanced appraisal is okay, too.
What can I buy, download or find online to help me learn as much Polish as possible in the next ten days, with a budget of about £50? [more inside]
Do people who hear their own voice all the time (famous people, presidential candidates, singers, James Earl Jones) think that their voices sound odd? [more inside]
Posted for a friend: Her laptop (Dell Inspiron 1500, I think) is having a lighting issue. After a couple minutes of being on, the entire screen will darken perceptibly, except for the mouse cursor. Everything is still easily legible, however. This is a new quirk for her laptop, and it's driving her bonkers. What is it? [more inside]
How can I run a web server on OS X without admin access? [more inside]
Flying from Edmonton to Toronto: $285 on flight AC172. Flying Edmonton to Newark via Toronto(AC172): $258. I only have carry-on luggage. Is there any reason why I can't buy the ticket to Newark and just get off in Toronto? [more inside]
Anyone ever managed to power a USB flash drive independent of the bus-power? [more inside]
How do I inline an image an Outlook 2007? [more inside]
What is this cute little succulent and where can I get one? [more inside]
classy cheap in San Diego.. where should I stay overnight? And any neighborhoods to avoid? [more inside]
I'm a college freshman about to experience technical (CS) interviews for the first time. What can I do to prepare? [more inside]
I appeared in a TV commercial (as a child) in the late 70's. I received some residuals for it showing on TV somewhere, but I never saw it myself. How can I track it down to view it?
How long does my former employer (in New York State) have to get me my final paycheck? [more inside]
So I'm clinically depressed. And right now I likely can't take medication or see a therapist. If things get worked out with medical coverage I might be able to do one or both. But, I'd like to avoid medication if at all possible. What are the things I can do/take (vitamins?) to feel better until ? [more inside]
I never finished college, instead I've been a passionate self-learner for a long time now. I'm interested mostly in cognitive in behavioral sciences. I've read a number of academic and college textbooks on the subject. And now, I really don't know what to do with all this knowledge. [more inside]
I want to put in a safety fence around my pool, but do not want to drill into the concrete deck. Help me find a product, or build something that would preserve my pool deck. [more inside]
Can anyone point me out some free plans for a small chicken coop? [more inside]
What is the best recipe for a castle shaped cakelette pan (think mini bundt cakes) with many sharp angles? [more inside]
I have a silly problem. I have lost quite a few things in my apartment, and need help getting them back. [more inside]
I've been offered a job in Columbus, Ohio and I'm flying out this weekend to see the office, etc. Suggestions on a good place to rent an apartment if I take the job? (and anything else I should do while I'm out there?) [more inside]
Why can't we join our Windows XP machine to our Win2003DC's domain without adding the ".com" suffix?
Why can't we join a brand-spankin-new, from-scratch-install-of Windows-Xp-Sp2 machine to a brand spankin new Win2003 Domain without needing the .com suffix? [more inside]
Where can I buy cafeteria-style individual milk cartons? [more inside]
How do I figure out the source of my VM memory corruption issues, and can I fix them? [more inside]
I just started using Tazorac, and of course now my skin hates me (temporarily, I hope). Any recommendations for moisturizers? [more inside]
Where can I find / how can I make a Venice-style Carnival costume in the Chicago area by Friday evening? [more inside]
Hi. The geniuses on here have helped before with a seemingly impossible question. About 10 years ago, I downloaded an African song (I cannot remember what country the artist was from or even what particular "style" it was in) that was called something like "T'wala bimsu". Somehow I lost the song and I would be very gratified to find out the artist's name and the song's true name so that I could buy the CD if it exists somewhere. The song is upbeat with a lyrical hook floating over a percussive "bassline" for lack of a better word. I vaguely remember another song by the artist concerning a yellow bus. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Thanks!!
Here in sunny Florida, my two large dogs tend to wear my back lawn down to the dirt. Is there a grass that recovers easily? [more inside]
Can I alphabetize data in Excel (or elsewhere) while ignoring the articles "the", "a" and "an"? [more inside]
Mod_rewrite & query strings: Just when I thought I had it figured out... [more inside]
We live in a small town with vibrant arts and music scene. How do we get locals who are passionate about their particular scenes (fine art/punk rock/hiking/environmental activism/whatever) to blog about them on a regular basis? [more inside]
My company has an upcoming three-day conference for its analytics (aka market research or data insights) department, and we need a theme of some sort. We'll be holding it on a college campus in Philadelphia. The topics are very broad and it's hard to hone in on one topic, which is why I'm having some trouble coming up with something. Ideally, this will be short and sweet and, hopefully, a tad funny. Sky's the limit in terms of titles! [more inside]
How can I clean up crappy Microsoft Word code in Movable Type 4? [more inside]
My new doctor is one of those older doctors who believe that vegetarian diets lack protein unless you eat the "right" things. I would like to find an article to give her about how there is protein in everything. [more inside]
Root Canals for cheaper? I have to get two root canals asap. I live in New York, and have a dental plan that saves a lot, but they are still a whopping 1300 each with the crown. I have heard that people travel to Texas, Mexico, etc. to get them done. Is this cheaper? Safe? Any suggestions for how to afford this? Would a better insurance plan like Blue Cross Blue Shield etc be better for covering these? Thank you so much!!!
Mid-back pain when seated-----help! [more inside]
Recently I saw the future (I think). How can I do it again? [more inside]
I'm going to Cuba for a week at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero, and I'd appreciate practical advice on how to prepare (should I buy pesos or U.S. dollars ahead of time or when I arrive?) and what to see on a day trip to Havana. [more inside]
ExfoliantFilter: My favorite exfoliant has been discontinued! [more inside]
How to protect my music on the internet? Or elsewhere. [more inside]
How do I set up an XP-Pro install to broadcast a streaming radio station to be listed in the global iTunes radio directory?
How do I set up an XP-Pro install to broadcast a streaming radio station to be listed in the global iTunes radio directory? [more inside]
I can draw stuff I look at. I don't know if that's a talent or a skill or in any way useful to me. Is it? [more inside]
I'm trying to keep an eye out for everything related to new restaurants, events, gadgets, etc. in the San Francisco area. I'm trying to use del.icio.us, but it hasn't been too helpful, any other ideas?
What is this song lyric from "Little Shop of Horrors"? [more inside]
Now that the HD format war is apparently over, should I renew my search for a 60GB PS3, get a standalone player or wait a while longer? [more inside]
Help me find the right tattoo artist in the Seatle area. [more inside]
Did I harm my mac by connecting via a proxy server? [more inside]
How do I know if my frozen lake is solid enough to walk on? [more inside]
I want tailored shirts. Where can I find a good tailor? [more inside]
Looking for a portable digital recorder that is as small as possible but has a powered 1/8" stereo mic in (for a binaural mic), records uncompressed PCM at at least 16-bit 44KHz, has removable storage, and does not need special software to transfer and deal with files on a computer (e.g. it should record direct to aiff or wav on the card.)
Finally got a condenser microphone - now what? Help me find my Phantom Power! (please, thanks) [more inside]
I got on the wrong plane and wound up in the wrong country. Am I owed anything by the airline? [more inside]
I've slowly been leading a life people would envy: I've worked jobs people whistle at, I'm dating one of the smartest and most beautiful women I've ever met, I'm smart, witty, and I can pick up anything faster than you could blink. I'm also 23, I don't give a shit and I want to. [more inside]
What the heck is wrong with my mother? [more inside]
I eat a lot of hot sauce, and I have many favorites which I have no trouble finding or buying. But I think it would be good to make my own. How does one do that properly? [more inside]
What French literature is relatively easy to read? [more inside]
College tuition fees for out-of-state students question. Before I go to my sons high school counselors and chat to them about this, I am hoping the collective MeFi mind can confirm I have all my facts correct. [more inside]
Will I see the southern lights in New Zealand? [more inside]
Can you recommend a nice, fancy restaurant in DC that has an intimate space(s) suitable for about 10 people? [more inside]
My Irish boss wants advice on a week vacation in Chicago, and an outdoorsy week outside the city. I need midwest log-cabin americana recommendations quick! [more inside]
Hey, my father-in-law has wound up with (horror of horrors) AOL and VISTA. (part of me just died whilst typing that) Is there anyway to downgrade Vista Basic to XP? [more inside]
I was in a car accident on Friday. I have questions about insurance, etc. [more inside]
Why give someone a raise and annoy them simultaneously? [more inside]
I am looking for an estimate of the overall size of the SLR lens market (U.S. or world) and/or market size for filters (polarizing etc)...my google-fu has failed me! [more inside]
When I have a cold, what causes the annoying twinge in my left nostril, that makes me want to sneeze even though I never manage to sneeze? [more inside]
I really enjoyed this NYT article on sound design in No Country For Old Men. Does anyone have any links/references to any similar articles about sound design in other films, past or present? Ideally they'd be a little longer and more detailed than the NYT piece, but I'd rather not read a book on this (unless it's brilliant!)
Open-source way to record phone calls? [more inside]
USB Turntable- Why did it record my conversation but not the album? [more inside]
Daisy-chaining my iPod to my ext. Firewire drive -- I can't seem to get this to work. [more inside]
Philosophy book that mentions King Lear in the introduction? [more inside]
When I print from Word 2004 (Mac), the character spacing is slightly off, but definitely noticeable. Random letters in random words will be closer or further apart than other letters. This happens when I print to a PDF or physically print a document, but not in the regular Word display. What's going on? [more inside]
I have a computer (macbook pro) next to my treadmill. Please suggest some casual games I could play while exercising. [more inside]
Calling all AskMe health care professionals. My acquaintance has been an alcoholic for at least two decades. She's in the hospital again, and I need realistic expectations about her survival. This is a long one, I'm afraid. [more inside]
I am currently seeing someone, but foolishly I have begun to talk to and flirt with a cute girl in one of my classes, and now I think that she likes me and I have to tell her that I am seeing someone, what do I do? [more inside]
(NYC filter) Help me find the Cantor that sells 600 thread count bed sheets in front of a synagogue near Macy's. [more inside]
Trying to make a video in Ulead VideoStudio, but am stymied on a few things. Help? [more inside]
How do I respond to a disciplinary email from my boss? [more inside]
I am currently working on a murder investigation ("cold case") for a journalism project that I am working on. I have access to a lot of witnesses and evidence. I am looking for the best resource (treatise, primer, etc.) to use in conducting the investigation.
Do I deserve a raise and what should I be asking for? Are there any resources other than salary.com type places that can help me with this decision? I know this is asked all the time but each situation seems different. [more inside]
I know this is counter-intuitive, but I get so absurdly wet when I have sex that it feels less enjoyable than when I'm a little bit dry. What can I do about it? (slightly NSFW) [more inside]
I have two best friends. I was about to confess my love to one, when he told me he was dating the other. Coping mechanisms? [more inside]
How do I find an apartment long-distance with very limited time and funding? Should I try to close long-distance on a place with reasonable location and price? Or reduce the field to a small number, take the leap, and hope for a quick closing while living in a motel? [more inside]
Hello MeFites, I'm trying to determine what drug(s) a member of my family is using. [more inside]
What is the job market like in Santa Fe, NM? [more inside]
Tell me what cipher I need for my daily commute. [more inside]
What's the easiest way to create a fake ZX Spectrum/Amstrad/C64 loading screen? [more inside]
What is going on with my beans?! [more inside]
I've been listening to the Black Kids' "Wizard of Ahhhs" EP for about the past four hours, and I'm loving it for all the same reasons I love The Go! Team. I guess I just love a catchy, groupy, poppy-but-will-also-rock-your-socks-off sound. Does anyone have suggestions for other similar acts I should check out?
I feel my libido is too high. How can I normalize it healthily and deal with it? [more inside]
Flat TV's behind two-way mirrors? Good idea or no? [more inside]
does anyone else feel comfortable acting silly around strangers? do you think it's "abnormal"? [more inside]
I'm having trouble explaining the "less is more" philosophy in web application design. What are the most persuasive essays on the subject which I could refer people to? [more inside]
Walk longer or walk faster? [more inside]
Resources for recreating the look and feel of 17th century books (their title pages specifically?) [more inside]
Board game filter: What's a good strategic board game for 3-4 players with moderate attention spans? [more inside]
How about some ideas for creating a mental framework for studying history? [more inside]
My girlfriend's been offered a promotion at her job. However, her manager's informed her that because she's getting a raise due to the promotion, she won't be getting her merit increase this year. Is this kosher? Usual? [more inside]
My vehicle has recently started shorting out while it's starting up... help? [more inside]
How do I avoid setting my kitchen on fire with halogen lights? [more inside]
I need good quotes for a gift for my girlfriend! [more inside]
I'm undertaking a personal web development and database building project, but I don't do web development or database building. Please help me assess the best options to have someone else do the work for me. I think the stuff I want is fairly easy, but please tell me what you think. [more inside]
Does Torchwood get any better? [more inside]
Looking for creative baby gift ideas. [more inside]
The Rowan Williams fiasco brought to mind a book that I read within the last year, but I cannot retrieve it now. In it, a Republican presidential candidate surprises everyone by calling for the adoption of sharia law in the United States. Can anyone help to identify it?
What programs\packages are available that allow one to plug a cable into one pc, the other end to another pc, and then migrate the data? [more inside]
Help me find the best real-time video generative software for someone with little programming experience.
Help me find the best real-time video generative software for someone with little programming experience (PC, no Mac.) [more inside]
Looking for a font similar to the one used in the 1966 Adam-West-era Batman tv show opening credits; any ideas? [more inside]
My little bedroom studio could use some help. It's hard to find a spot where the mics and guitar pickups don't pick up RF noise. [more inside]
I'm curious about goat bras. I've seen a lot of goats wearing bra-like things (like this), and I'd like to know what, exactly, the function is. Protect the teats during lactation? Keep them from dragging in the dirt? Keep the baby goat from nursing? My animal husbandry experience is pretty limited, but I have faith that somebody on Metafilter has cared for goats.
Help me find a locally running (NON-Apache/PHP/MySQL) Windows based inventory management system. [more inside]
Help me identify this zany Christian disco track from the Bollywood classic Disco Dancer. [more inside]
My sister and her husband are in serious debt. My wife and I are going to act as their financial advisors to help them get it together. Can anyone recommend any programs/products we can look into? [more inside]
To this day, what do we know about Dimitri Nabokov (Vladimir Nabokov's son) decision to burn his father'as last book : Laura ? [more inside]
I worked hard when I was single and saved a bunch of money. Now I'm married with kids, not able to save much, and I want to send my child to private school. Private school says OK, but no tuition assistance for you. My friends have no savings, but otherwise similar situation, and were granted a huge tuition break. What gives? [more inside]
How do I get excited about my research or is academia really for me? [more inside]
How do I become a trivia master? [more inside]
Damn silly college "visitation hours" rules at a public state university. Help me fight the man? [more inside]
Does anyone know who created the now famous painting of an alien that is featured on the cover of Whitley Strieber's COMMUNION? [more inside]
What is the secret to bread texture? [more inside]
How should I spend my final two months of freedom? [more inside]
When I was in elementary school, I read this young adult book about a band of children who carry an American flag all the way to Washington, D.C. (along a highway, maybe?) for some reason. Anyone know the book? [more inside]
What are some "life enhancing" books/programs I should check out to help live a more successful and rewarding life? [more inside]
Using Google Maps to track Himalayan climber's progress: an easy way? [more inside]
I experienced what I believe was a very odd migraine yesterday, and I'm trying to understand it. [more inside]
I have almost finished my degree in computer science, and soon the Real Word awaits. I still have no idea what I'd like to be doing with my life. So, for those who have been able to find meaning and fulfillment in their jobs: how did you do it? [more inside]
Moving to Memphis: It seems a bit crime-y, am I going to die? Give me the low-down on real life in Memphis. [more inside]
A disgruntled customer has purchased my friend's name as a domain and re-routed it to a graphic porn site. What can be done to stop this? [more inside]
I want to take a 4 day vacation somewhere, sometime soon, with my SO for under $1500. Where should we go? [more inside]
Zyban/ Wellbutrin side effects... how long did they last for you? [more inside]
PS3GameFilter: Do enough people play online with the Omega Dawn expansion pack for Warhawk to make it worth buying? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend the best way to watch movies, stored as avi's or mpeg's on a MacBook Pro, on a Sony Wega TV that's about eight years old? Is something like Apple TV the best, or a device like the Galaxy Tvisto Amazon used to sell? I realize my relatively old-school TV may make things harder...
I want to stand up while I program. Please recommend a desk. [more inside]
My doc thinks I have a herniated disc at c5-6, and wants to operate does anyone have experience with this injury and if so, could you tell me a bit about it. [more inside]
Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather? [more inside]
A friend of mine read a children's paperback book in the 1960's that featured two kids and a mop that comes to life ( or maybe is alive through the course of the whole book ). The kids and the mops interact (play?). I don't know any more about the book but I'm hoping to identify it and find a paperback copy to give as a birthday gift. If anyone out there knows what this book is or might be I would very much appreciate it. Thanks! - Dave
I need a 'decorative' desk chair. It doesn't have to be too comfortable, it only gets used for occasional filing. But it is in a bedroom, so I'd like for it to be fun and modern. Ikea is the only place I could think of to look, and I'd like some more options. Thanks!
Please help me find a poem/comic book story -- it takes place on Mars and ends with the line "Damnation, I've run out of air!" [more inside]
A question about kid lore ("smart" = "pregnant"). [more inside]
Our roof is leaking and the super doesn't seem to care. [more inside]
Good news! Going through some old paperwork I just found a check for $2,600 that I'd never cashed from 2003. Bad news! It was a rollover distribution from a 401K at Fidelity, made out to E-trade. Fidelity says they did file a 1099 in the year they cut the check. Am I screwed for the back taxes, plus penalties? [more inside]
I cannot maintain a connection to my wireless network. I think it might have something to do with the EIGHTEEN other wireless networks available around me. What can I do? (And let's knock this one out early: I'm on a completely different channel from all the other networks). [more inside]
Please suggest a good PDA with wireless access. [more inside]
3 million record collection for sale on Ebay - a private collector has spent a lifetime acquiring over 3 million LPs and CDs housed in a climate-controlled warehouse in Pittsburgh, now he's selling on Ebay due to health problems. Does anyone know who this collector is or their story?
Automatic investment plans (e.g. employee retirement accounts) often seem to make their investments on the first day of the month. If millions of people are known to consistently invest in markets on the same day of each month, does this have an effect on the price of what they purchase? [more inside]
I've collected a large GEDCOM file of family tree information. What are the best ways to print charts and books from this data? [more inside]
Roommate purchased a new Japanese tatami bed this weekend. He woke up with one of the worst allergic reactions in his life. He didn't think about it until afterwards, obviously, but he's highly allergic to the hay material the tatami is crafted out of. Help me brainstorm ideas to resolve the issue. [more inside]
I have the opportunity to work a job that is paying $ XX /hour full time plus benefits. I've only worked salary jobs in the past, so how do I consider this compared to salary positions. My biggest concern is tax logistics, how is that factored in compared to a salary position? It's in Colorado if anyone has any input from a state tax point of view as well.
Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
HomeDecorFilter: How can I dye some curtains to very closely match my new walls? [more inside]
Small gadgets filter: Did I cause irreparable harm to my Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor? A fall from the window ledge has cracked the screen. (Knowledge of the actual fertility monitor helpful, but might not be required.) [more inside]
I have an MP3 player that uses a standard 3.5mm wired set of headphones. I also have a mobile phone that supports bluetooth. Is there a headset device that would let me listen to my MP3 player as normal, but when a call was received switch to the phone/bluetooth connection? [more inside]
Sure I've got money, but what I really want is cock. [more inside]
Are there standard sizes for bath towels? [more inside]
Birthday/math/language filter: I know about the Beddian year, which is when your age matches the year you were born, discussed previously here. But I’m wondering about the more accessible feat (at least for those of us born late in the last century) that happens when your age matches the day of the month on which you were born.... [more inside]
I want to apply for an internship at a television show, particularly the writing and research department. How should I write my cover letter? [more inside]
Reliable paid file-hosting service that allows hotlinking and has a neutral, professional domain name? [more inside]
How are the role of scientists and the relationship between them and society changing as the climate questions has become (and will continue to become) more and more acute? [more inside]
What is the cheapest, fastest, way to get as many 21 Jump Street DVDs as possible? One (major) caveat --- I'm in northern Thailand.
How can I protect myself from my financially unstable mother? [more inside]
I just bought a used Nikon D70, and so far it's great except for one small problem. The depth of field preview button doesn't seem to work. [more inside]
I'm looking for a short story I lost the link to. It's probably recent, it's about the Tin Man, and it has nice prose. [more inside]
Toolheads, sound off. I need a solid, all-purpose, electrically powered saw. [more inside]
How did Britain and America compare militarily in 1914?
I want to legally add a hyphen in with my [many] names, how complicated is this in Canada? [more inside]
At what age did you start saving for retirement? At what age do you recommend starting to save for retirement? [more inside]
Okay, I heard a song a few months ago. It sounds like a really epic Cheap Trick song. The lyrics are pretty sexually explicit (not a lot of dirty words, but highly erotic) and the singer sounds a bit like Edwyn Collins. [more inside]
Tricks, tips, and recipes for cooking with alcohol? [more inside]
So I've decided to take another roadtrip to Seattle from my lovely burg of Vancouver. I got a great deal for a fancy room at the Sheraton downtown (yay!) but those people want me to pay $28 a day for self parking (boo!). Is there a nearby alternative? [more inside]
What are some good places to work in NYC for a tech-savvy medievalist who also has experience teaching history and politics to middle and high schoolers? [more inside]
[Prison Filter] Do female prisoners get conjugal visits? [more inside]
Are all 18-wheelers stick shifts? Is it possible to have an automatic 18-wheeler?
Why is Judy Garland such a gay icon? [more inside]
Does anyone else remember a Gopher-era interactive conversation simulator that used to be online around 1993? [more inside]
Palm Zire Z22 games. RPG's mostly. Or things like that. Looking for turn based ones mainly. Had a palm long long ago but have inherited a newer one and am looking for turn based fun!
[WoodWorkingToolsFilter] Nice biscuit jointer, or really nice biscuit joiner? [more inside]
And so the saga continues! My father is tracking me behind my back via cell phone. Is my father's behavior inappropriate, or am I paranoid?
And so the saga continues! My father is tracking me behind my back via cell phone. Is my father's behavior inappropriate, or am I paranoid? [more inside]
Say there's another huge blackout like the Northeast had a few years ago, and let's say it lasts two months... Will a GPS unit in my dashboard and powered by my car still be able to connect to the satellites it needs to, to direct me on my way?
Please help me reconcile my desire for a neat hairstyle with my special someone's unreasonable attraction to a Beatles-style do! [more inside]
Where can I find furniture for a particularly small space? [more inside]
Looking for a good book that gives an overview of the African American experience in the United States. It should be readable, engaging, but also informative. [more inside]
I'd like to learn how to make my own leather wingtips, but I have not the slightest idea of how to start. What do I need? how do I learn? how much does it cost to make a shoe? [more inside]
What's travel like on the morning of the San Francisco Marathon? [more inside]
SinusFilter: why can i actually breathe when i am walking around or doing housework whereas if i am just sitting on the couch i can't? [more inside]
What do I take away from a messy breakup? [more inside]
What are some pop cultural artifacts and bits of 'common knowledge' that originated in ad campaigns that most people may not know about? [more inside]
Can the British just sail right up the Mississippi? [more inside]
How do you determine the sweet spot between price and age/reliability when looking at used cars? [more inside]
SVG or Java: Measuring the overlap of graphic objects [more inside]
What is the best(are there any at all?) FREE storefront (Amazon Webstore, Shopify, WebBuilder, and bigcartel )type websites that don't use payment gateways? [more inside]
One of this weeks postsecrets was in a foreign language that i do not recognize. I was hoping that the hive mind could help decipher this. TIA.
Color algebra: How do I pick a color F will make known color C against known background B at opacity N?
Color algebra: Given a color C, how do I pick a color F that will be color C when against background color B at opacity N? How would I do the same thing for a color multiplication? [more inside]
Do I have anxiety? [more inside]
CRT-Quality LCD monitors: do they exist? Where can I see them in person? [more inside]
A couple months ago, I sold my old Sony Trinitron and gave up TV. It's been fantastic and I haven't really looked back. But I *have* been missing watching movies on a screen bigger than my 15” laptop. I've also always wanted a bigger monitor for my laptop, so I can juggle more projects at once. So I'm starting to look around for a large LCD monitor or sizable HDTV to serve these needs. I've had a couple co-workers at previous jobs tell me they use an LCD TV as a monitor and they swear by it for cost savings and multi-functionality. [more inside]
How do I make pay stubs for myself as a freelancer. [more inside]
How do I nicely organize my library of 80 gigs of MP3s? [more inside]
I'm almost done with grad school, and all my academic detritus is taking over my apartment. How much of it do I really need to keep? [more inside]
If the right helicopter were to exist, could I rise X number of feet (not to far mind you) above the earth point myself in the right direction hover there and then watch the world go by underneath me? How fast would I have to go and should I bring a change of clothes?
I have a couple of questions about accessing the internet when travelling with a laptop for the first time. [more inside]
How do I tell my mother that I don't intend to have a relationship with my brother? [more inside]
Within religious traditions which involve reincarnation to or from various animal forms, have any religious scholars created hierarchical lists of the known beings which one could potentially get reincarnated as? Like: 1. Human 2. Mouse 3. Mosquito If so: who's done this, when did they write this, and where can I find this list?
Why is my mother-in-law's computer rebooting? [more inside]
For the past few months my girlfriend has felt very anxious when I have discussed going to out any social event with my friends, so I have been staying at home which makes her feel guilty but has been the only way she could cope. She wants to get better but doesn't know any skills or techniques for reducing anxiety that would help her, and her feelings of guilt only make things harder. Of course there's deep background inside. [more inside]
If I hook a monitor up to two devices (using a different video port for each device), will it be able to tell which one is using it (assuming just one device is on), if I keep both plugged in? And is there any potential harm to the monitor, if it's plugged into two active devices at once? [more inside]
After heading for the gym, I only manage to get a few hours of sleep. [more inside]
What are the largest creative projects released under a creative commons license, such as feature length movies or full albums? [more inside]
Need suggestions for naming a new political/news blog based in Los Angeles. The focus will be on local politics, but also on national issues that affect the L.A. area. [more inside]
I am currently getting mail sent to my apt. for at least 6 previous tenants. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
I would like to get some video footage from an upcoming snowboarding trip and download it to my computer at a later date. What equipment would be suitable for this? My budget is £100 (~ $200 US) [more inside]
What are some examples of questions that you could use Google Sky to answer, and how would you do so?
I've recently started taking St. John's Wort and have had great results. Unfortunately, it seems to cause my pills to stop working. My cycle has been erratic at best since I started taking St. John's Wort. Are there types of birth control pills that have less interaction?
I'm looking for the audio equivalent of YouTube. That is, where can I post and share radio interviews at no cost? [more inside]
My US-born dog has a non-ISO compliant microchip (24pethealth). She's just moved to the UK. If she gets lost there, will the RSPCA etc be able to read her chip, or should we get her a new one? If we need a new one, what happens to the old one? Will this cause complications & confusion? [more inside]
I want to get a nice gift for a lovely Vietnamese friend. She just gave me a Tet present - a decorated envelope with a lucky $2 bill. We've been flirting for several years, and now it looks like we might be about to get serious. I want to get her something that will have special meaning for her Vietnamese background... and will also (hopefully) melt her sweet southeast-asian heart. Any suggestions from Mefites familiar with Vietnamese culture? Also, I am willing to spend up to $50 for this gift.
I am starting a new career in a profession that is in demand, and I am just beginning the interview process. I feel confident in my skills, and I am aware that my resume looks pretty good. But prior to grad school, I only worked entry-level positions where the central issue in the interview process was "Pleasepleaseplease hire me!" I need advice from MeFites who have better job selection and salary negotiation skills than me. [more inside]
I have directv and occasionally they give customers free access to pay channels to tempt us to sign up. I was watching one of the channels, which I think was called Universal, and there was a really funny show that I think was Canadian, about a middle aged guy on his second marriage with two kids from a previous marriage and two little kids, and a really hot 20 something sister. The scene for the show was this: An annual family reunion BBQ to celebrate the wedding anniversary the 60 something grandparents, and preparations for it. The plot, the old man gets drunk and announces that he wants a divorce because his wife is a nag. Very very funny stuff, sibling rivalry, at all levels, awkwark moments between ex and current spouses, some touching moments about the older children being the spawn of inferior breeding, very very funny. I want to stream it, but I don't even know the name of the network, let alone the name of the show. [more inside]
What is the first book you remember loving? [more inside]
Adobe Flash Player apps won't work on my Internet Explorer 7 browser. [more inside]
Where can I learn more about professional (or semi-professional) equipment for testing the levels of indoor air toxins like carbon monoxide, radon, mold, VOCs, etc.? Here's a Talk of the Nation show that addresses the need, if it helps.
I have two weeks to learn PHP. Help me make a plan! [more inside]
What makes a good name? [more inside]
Something has negatively affected my ability to sit comfortably for long periods of time, and I'm not sure what. Slightly embarrassing description within. [more inside]
How do I get an Internet browser to work in Vista? [more inside]
Snap-E-Tom has disappeared from the major grocers' shelves, at least in SoCal. So I've decided to make my own. Where do I start? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a site like FitDay.com but with an English base? [more inside]
I live in LA and I'm going to a job fair for the NYC public school system (elementary school teacher). What can I say about the NYC public school system that is flattering and makes me sound like I know what's going on within the NYC Dept of Education? [more inside]
If someone has set up a public custom map in Google Maps, is it possible to grab the set of points from that map and incorporate them in a new one? [more inside]
Where can I find the dividend payout ratios for all industries? [more inside]
When we were in college, the lovely Mrs. Haddock professed her love in several sweet sound files that I'd like to be able to hear again. Please help bridge the gap between a PowerBook 520 and a Quadra 650 running System 7 and a MacBook running Leopard. [more inside]
Dad gift filter: Out of gift ideas for my Pa. He's disabled, lives in South Carolina, and doesn't get out much. [more inside]
Gas has been getting more and more expensive, yet cars have not been getting more fuel efficient. Why not? [more inside]
Any film historians out there? I am trying to frind the name, and possibly a copy of an old two-reel comedy starring Three Stooges co-hort Bud Jamison [more inside]
About a year ago I was diagnosed with epidydimitis, which has become a chronic (but low-level) pain. I am now interested in having a child (to be precise: being a sperm donor for a close friend; not via a clinic). I know that there is some chance of decreased fertility with this disease, but is there any chance the sperm themselves will be weird, mutated, or otherwise unsuitable for fertilizing an egg? [more inside]
I recently had a miscarriage (at 11 weeks), and had a D&C. That was two weeks ago, and now I can't sleep at all during the night. [more inside]
One hundred pounds overweight and 41. Will I ever get washboard abs again? [more inside]
I am trying to find a service that will send me an email every time there is a news about a public company. [more inside]
SheetMusicFilter: Is there a program on Mac similar to Noteworthy Composer? [more inside]
Remember my previous question regarding a noisy upstairs neighbor in our condo complex? Its gotten worse. [more inside]
How does the music in the St. Matthew´s Passion by J.S. Bach relate to the lyrics and what effect do they have on each other (lyrics and music)?
How does the music in the St. Matthew´s Passion by J.S. Bach relate to the lyrics and what effect do they have on each other (lyrics and music)? [more inside]
How do I physically write faster? [more inside]
I work on a Mac running Adobe CS3 apps. I have an Adobe Illustrator file from a client that will be going to print. The background of the piece is a linked eps (DCS2) file. I am seeing no preview of this file in Illustrator (it said that I wouldn't see a preview of a DCS in the help menu). I can open the link in Photoshop and it looks fine (CMYK + Spot separations in the channels palette). How will the printer handle this file? Is there another way to adjust the file so that it shows up without losing color information? Thanks-
Has anyone used stubhub.com to buy tickets? I want to buy tickets for an MLB opening day game, though these are yet 'officially' on sale. Will I be screwed buying one from this site? I assume it's from someone selling their ticket? Though I don't see how they have said ticket to sell now as they are not yet available.
Bad Gas, the car kind, I think - advice? [more inside]
Who sings the version of "Someone to Watch Over Me" on the latest episode of This American Life? It is incorrectly credited to, uh, Sting, on the TAL website. [more inside]
Help me with my (potential) indoor apartment garden. [more inside]
Why does my dog lift one of his front paws when he sees something that interests him, in that classic "pointer" gesture?
I need to code a form to gather contact information from visitors to my website, and I'm looking for alternatives to mySQL. [more inside]
What do you call your significant other's family members? [more inside]
British Fish and Chip Shops around Boston area / New England? [more inside]
What words should English steal from other languages? [more inside]
Four days in Iceland from Friday: me and my girlfriend are travel writers and will eventually do a write up of the hotel, restaurants and attractions we visit. How can we best stray off the beaten path in only FOUR days? [more inside]
I'd like to record live video directly from my FireWire DV camera using Windows XP. Is this possible? [more inside]
Does DAB arrive along with digital television? [more inside]
I recently subscribed to the short story of the day rss feed mentioned here on metafilter. The first story I read was "That Costly Ride". The ending makes no sense to me. Does anyone have an insight on this story?
AromaFilter: Nice apartmemt, next to a brewery. Will there be unpleasant exhaust from the brewing? [more inside]
When you do something extra-sweet, thoughtful, or generous for your girl... are you satisfied with her response? What do men need in order to know that their efforts are truly appreciated? [more inside]
Male in early twenties with what can only be described as female hips. What's going on, and what does it matter? [more inside]
What proof do I need to claim the Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit on my taxes? [more inside]
What books have you read that handle the mechanics of an expansive timeline well? [more inside]
Suggested workout programs to put on some upper-body muscle and add general torso definition, while leaving room for running? [more inside]
Where can I find someone in Memphis to do the elaborate "wedding" henna on a few people? [more inside]
Seeing the answers to previous questions has made me want to get a smartphone so that I don't have to carry both a PDA and a cellphone. The problem: I have T mobile's prepaid plan. How do I find a phone with good organization features that is compatible with my plan? [more inside]
Help me think of interesting American things to send to my European friend! [more inside]
Help me learn HTML and CSS. [more inside]
low-cost 60-mile commute vehicle? [more inside]
Buying a house in Sullivan County, New York. Need your best recommendations for people to work with (lawyers, title folks, inspectors)... [more inside]
I have a mysterious service listed.... It has the name ZPIXLKJXJ; the path to the executable is C:\DOCUME~1\User\LOCALS~1\Temp\ZPIXLKJXJ.exe . The description in the column in the Services window is blank, the status is stopped, it's manual, and "log on as" is local system. A Google search turns up "no matching documents"; Norton AV says it doesn't find anything untoward, as does Spysweeper, Ad-Aware, and Spybot. What in the world?
Where can I go on the Web to create an informal public poll to gather data for my next book, which happens to be about board games? [more inside]
An iCal feed containing events of astronomical interest? [more inside]
Please help me appliqué with some difficult fabrics to work with! [more inside]
Debit card fraud: despite being told several times by Washington Mutual that they've canceled a debit card that has been compromised, the card is still being used by someone in Florida. What to do? [more inside]
I have a Windows box (~1yr old) that spontaneously developed an eldritch USB failure mode: The first device I plug in works indefinitely, despite Windows' complaint of "power surge on hub port," but no additional devices I plug in respond at all, and if I remove and replace the first device, it no longer works. This condition can be reset by unplugging and replugging the motherboard front USB header. [more inside]
How much damage am I doing to my lungs, specifically with regards to athletic capabilities, by smoking marijuana regularly? [more inside]
Help me figure out what is wrong with my motorcycle! I think it's simple, but I'm confused...[long and technical, yay!] [more inside]
I am trying to prototype my own board/card game. I need a way to design a card format onto 4" x 6" and 3" x 3" spaces. Something like the software CCG maker but different sizes and not Magic specific. [more inside]
Star sightings in NYC: This will be my second trip to NY. We will be in town March 4-5 staying near times square. Where's the best place to catch the celeb's? We probably won't be hitting any clubs mostly restaurants. I have prowled around the green looking for this but most of the questions I found just had to do with the touristy must do's. [more inside]
What can I do to help my mom in her new role as the full-time caretaker for my ailing step-dad? [more inside]
MA filter: Must I have fuse box access if I rent an apartment? [more inside]
i had a spicy meal last night and this morning woke up in so much pain that i couldn't sit or lie down. is this supposed to happen? [more inside]
Am I subconsciously trying to kill myself? [more inside]
What is your favorite hostel in Barcelona?
I really like albums that seem to exist in their own little world, devoid of obvious influences - some good examples being Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks"and Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden". What else should I check out?
LocalInterestFilter...for the last 20 minutes, there's been a lot of excited yelling and car-horn-honking in downtown Vancouver (Canada) What's everyone so excited about? The news tells me nothing...Are they Kosovans, psyched about independence? Did we just win something? Should I be yelling too?
Help me find some interesting erotica and porn...(suprisingly NSFW) [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an excellent art theory and modern criticism site? [more inside]
When my grandfather passed away recently, my coworkers sent me a lovely arrangement of tulips and a viney plant thing. The tulips have died, but the viney thing has begun to grow and sprout some leaves. So my question is a two-parter. 1) What IS this viney plant thing? 2) How do I keep alive a while? (Can/should it be moved to potting soil? What's the best light for it? Etc.) [more inside]
A squirrel has built a nest on my fire escape. What's up with all that? If I just leave it there, will it go away come springtime? Or will I be facing a summer of squirrels trying to get into my window? [more inside]
How difficult would it be to either build a GPS with a little bit of a personality, who is disappointed with you when you make wrong turns, or to mod existing GPS units to have a hint of a personality? [more inside]
My friend is trying to find funds to make a movie, how should he do it? [more inside]
How do I curb my sugar addiction? It's getting serious. [more inside]
Working on DIY solar charger from modified garden power lamps. Of course the panels look different than the ones in the pictures! [more inside]
I own a coop apartment in New Jersey. They don't allow any subletting at all. Is there any way to get around that? Just doing it and hoping I get away with it isn't an option because I have nosy neighbors who would probably rat me out.
So I tried making my Win XP laptop into a TOR node and...uh...yea, no worky worky. Please help me recover. [more inside]
What was the first ever training montage in a film? [more inside]
Is there a way to make my external hard drive only accessible to me without too seriously decreasing the ease of use when I am using it? [more inside]
BumpFilter: Last night I noticed that my right outer thigh felt different than my left. If I had to pinpoint it I'd say it's halfway between buttock and knee, on the outside of my thigh, located closer to the back of the leg than the front. I'm 23, slim and a very healthy eater. [more inside]
Can incorrect and speculative family history be corrected on my medical records? [more inside]
How do I re-learn how to pronounce words in English and minimize my accent? [more inside]
Where can I find a cheap (but not cheap looking) wedding cake in the Toronto area? [more inside]
Is there a sort of public-access darkroom in the greater Los Angeles area? [more inside]
When I go through self-checkout at HEB grocery store and forget the code for a vegetable, I can press identify and the machine can tell what vegetable it is. I'm curious what technology is used to do this. I don't think it is just someone nearby pressing a code, because I've watched and no one is looking my way. Thanks!
I feel like I've seen a drawing of William Shakespeare (in the style of the traditional "plates") doing the Uncle Sam Wants YOU! Pose. Did I imagine this, or can someone help me find it? I have Googled, but apparently our fu is weak. That, or I am imagining this. Thanks.
Is there a Firefox extension for switching between the same page on different domains? [more inside]
Can a person who just can't get through college make it in the (mechanical/manufacturing) engineering world? If not as an engineer, a close second, maybe? [more inside]
I recently watched BodyShock: Half Ton Man & BodyShock: Half Ton Mum. How do people of this size go to the bathroom? [more inside]
What can I make today with six unexpectedly broken eggs? The answers "two quiches" or "a huge omelet" aren't great choices for me as I had a frittata for breakfast and am feeling a little egged out. One or more savory dishes would be good, and it would be great if they froze well, although that isn't required. [more inside]
I want two kittens. My husband wants one. Help me win this argument. [more inside]
How could extract and combine the data from about 40 gig pages on Myspace (like this and this) and end up with a date-sorted list of all of the data? [more inside]
Moving to Austin from the Bay Area-filter: We're pondering a move to Austin from Sunnyvale in about a year. Have you done this? What were the surprises? What should we be thinking about? [more inside]
What's the best way to sell a bunch of old Magic: The Gathering cards? [more inside]
One of my all-time favorite bands is coming to the US for the first time in 10 years or so, to play at SXSW Music. I can't afford the time or money ($650!) to buy a pass for the full SXSW experience, but I can't not go see this act, either. Since I'm involved with the band's unofficial online presence, they've added me to their guest list, but I'm concerned that (since the band has no experience with how SXSW works) this might not be enough to get me in the door when we get right down to it. [more inside]
Can you help my nasal congestion? [more inside]
Can I buy nduja salami in the USA? I've read of a 2003 FDA restriction that precludes its import. [more inside]
Day trip to Atlantic City? [more inside]
How long can your extremities "fall asleep" before there is permanent damage? [more inside]
Vegetarian substitutions four soul food dishes. [more inside]
How do I swap the order of two HTML elements using CSS? [more inside]
Where can I find no-nonsense, scientific analysis of important issues, practical advice, and forecasts for the future?
Where can I find no-nonsense, scientific analysis of important issues, practical advice, and forecasts for the future? [more inside]
kind of like Little Miss Sunshine - all the people + camera equipment - bus + ecological sensitivity
What's the modern, ecological equivalent of a Volkswagon Bus (oh yeah and make it cheap, please). [more inside]
Please help me identify several books I read as a preteen in the late 80s and early 90s. One involved four or five teenagers keeping diaries for school, one was about a girl whose mother was running for mayor, and one was about a boy who lived with his father, a 60s radical on the run! Oh, and one really bizarre book about a girl and her pewter animals. There's [more inside]
Things to do and places to stay in Tacna, Peru? [more inside]
Do You Want To Save The World? [more inside]
What do I do about the crappy garbage can rolling around on the street in front of my house? [more inside]
My phone's power button has shifted internally. Help me figure out how to turn on the phone one last time. I need someone with knowledge of circuit boards and the inner workings of electronics or someone who knows about sidekicks. [more inside]
I have the opportunity to buy some equipment to do usability testing. I want to buy some video equipment but know nothing about video cameras. [more inside]
Where in Los Angeles can I go to get black henna done on my hands? [more inside]
Help me identify a quote about "woe to the society that needs a hero." [more inside]
I've seen the concept casually bandied about on forums and blogs and media (somewhere), but I've always wondered: Just how easy and common is it for Japanese parents to disown a child? Under what circumstances? Or is it just some old-fashioned cultural myth that disownership for dishonor/disobedience/marrying the wrong person/etc. is "easy" in Japan? I know the law must differ from the United States, so I'm quite curious about the actual process and limitations.
I can no longer open a number of raw and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive. What's going on? Is my harddrive about to die? [more inside]
Where can I find this 40-some-year-old power cord? [more inside]
Optimal web browsing with a high resolution (1920x1200) display? [more inside]
Help me remember title of really explicit and racy romance novel from the 70s or 80s please! The main character was a young orphaned woman who was in love with her rich caretaker who was a male family member who took her virginity so roughly that she required surgery and was left barren. [more inside]
Help identify my father's Korean war-era typewriter. [more inside]
Can I run Microsoft Office (2003) off of an external hard drive? [more inside]
Please tell me about the coffee I'm often served in restaurants after dinner (especially in hotels) and at event receptions (especially in hotels). [more inside]
I have an old bose acoustic wave radio serving as my PC speakers. Powered but not connected to the computer the speakers produce a gentle hissing. When plugged in (via a 3.5mm to RCA cable) I hear noisy static -- not pure white noise, far more annoying -- and an intermittent whine that changes pitch depending on what's going on in the computer. For example, if the processor is under greater than 30% load all the noises go away. This does not happen with headphones so I think it is some combination of noise in the computer circuits and the amp built into the radio. My question is how do I make it stop? [more inside]
I'm a scientist. My ex is a scientist. We study similar things, and their name is starting to turn up in my literature searches. What to do? [more inside]
Can one use Lactobacillus acidophilus to treat bacterial vaginosis and, if so, how? [more inside]
Dating for Dummies, Chapter 73: Getting Physical. [more inside]
Graphic artist question: can anyone tell me how the old K&E Barch-Payzant lettering pens work? Do they hold a nib of some sort, or if not, what is the function of the knurled knob?
What are some simple, healthy, and appetizing dinners for impatient cooks that like neither vegetables nor meat? [more inside]
Does this website exist: track recipes (online/offline), add notes (including dates), maybe upload images, cooking stats, etc.? [more inside]
Under 21 in Boston, stuff to do after 9PM? Night life please! [more inside]
Can a store refuse a check (British cheque) that has been folded (you folded it to fit into your wallet)? [more inside]
Best way to send money from the U.S. to Canada? [more inside]
Out of curiousity, how would one arrange a Google Maps image of oneself? [more inside]
Where to start looking for rail cargo rates? I need to move about a shipping container worth of stuff from one side of the USA to the other. (DC to Fan Francisco). I have been told several times that rail is the cheapest, but I can't find much information about how to do it.
Network admin / geek question: I'm in the process of building a small cluster of servers for my quickly growing wallpaper website, but I've never charted those waters before. I found a nice article on TorrentFreak about Mininova's server setup, and found it quite intriguing. My question is, are there any other big-ish sites like Mininova that are open about their hardware infrastructure? Googling around yielded few results. I'd be interested to see the setup for a site like Digg, MeFi, or Flickr. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
I've rolled my own backup solution, and I want to know if I could/should be doing anything more. What I'm basically doing now is copying over everything every 10 days, and deleting anything that's over 4 backups old. [more inside]
A while ago, I started this open-source project called StupidFilter. Things are proceeding well, albeit a bit more slowly than my initial rather optimistic estimates. Recently, a local venture capital firm contacted me about the project and I've got a meeting with them on Friday. Now, I've got a business plan, and I think it's a pretty good one, but I'm not sure what they'll be expecting or looking for. Anyone have experience with getting a tech startup off the ground with VC funding? [more inside]
CarpentryFilter: What kinds of books/resources are available to someone who wants to make a wooden carrying case? [more inside]
Please help me with my mild relationship idiocy. You see, there's this boy (as always), and I really dig him and I'm pretty sure he really digs me. How do I find out for sure? [more inside]
What is a good lightweight anti-spyware/anti-virus application that wouldn't slow down an already old, slow computer, and would act as an extra layer on top of good behavior and careful Firefox usage? [more inside]
Mobile Phone Filter - It's time for an upgrade, so I'm looking for recommendations, non-recommendations and anecdotal data points about the LG VX5400, LG enV and Samsung SCH-u410. [more inside]
Recently staying in a motel I found my laptop (Sony Vaio SZ and 18 mths old) would not [more inside]
Recently I flew to visit a good friend. I went to help with the baby while her husband was away. When I got there, her husband gave me a check for the amount of my airfare (about $250), stating that they wanted to pay for my fare because "you won't really be having a vacation." [more inside]
Where can I get more of this cookie? Today, from Bonaparte's bakery in Fell's Point Baltimore, I had a cookie labeled "butter soble (raspberry)". Weird thing is, I used to eat these as a child in New Zealand, but the only name I have for them is "pink biscuits" (not very helpful). [more inside]
My university is hosting a speech by former secretary of state Alberto Gonzalez. I'm ethically opposed to a lot of things he's done but I'm going to be protesting against his visit primarily because my university is paying him over 30,000 dollars to speak here; money that will no doubt be immediately spent on defense for his pending court date. Anyway, a band and I will be playing at the protest, so I was wondering if anyone had recommendations as to songs that would be especially appropriate to play at his visit. [more inside]
Someone died and willed me a helpdesk... Ok, not really inherited, but in my current job I am now responsible for helping our helpdesk grow and run more smoothly. It's work that I enjoy. What I am missing, however, is an online forum or mailing list that allows me to communicate with other helpdesk managers and planners. I have looked around in various places, but have come up dry. Does anyone know of any resources along these lines?
Suggestions for Photo Management Software Shared Over a Network? [more inside]
What stock banter lines do you keep in your back pocket? [more inside]
I am a brand new Blackberry Curve owner with a very frustrating problem. I don't have MS Outlook (or MS Office) so I can't sync my address book. I would really like to be able to edit and back up my address book on my PC but I have found NOTHING to help me with this quest. I am not able to spend a ton of money for software I will only use for this purpose (the phone cost enough, TYVM), so it should be "cheap-as-free" whatever it is. [more inside]
My roommate bought the house we live in four years ago and I'd like to ask a question on her behalf. She did not have enough for the 20% downpayment and has been paying PMI ever since. She'd like to cancel PMI and save that money, but the lender is giving her the runaround. [more inside]
Lost my phone. Again. Is there a website that I can get to call my phone so it can ring and I can find it? [more inside]
Can I get a gentoo machine to authenticate/mount home directories from a windows 2003 server with a single password? [more inside]
What is the origin of the term "Spoiler Alert". [more inside]
Help me out with building a cat tree. [more inside]
What is the most useful book you own? [more inside]
What is the best way to sell a print that is worth a little money? [more inside]
Did I see a woman playing on a men's basketball team on TV last night (2/15/08) around 8:30 pm ET? I think it was college ball though I could be mistaken, and I think the team was New Orleans. [more inside]
What's the name of that song that is typically associated with the circus? [more inside]
I'd like to hear other people's experience in doing online translation work. [more inside]
How might I find more information about this Obama poster, seen under the Ballard Bridge in Seattle? [more inside]
Vancouver.filter: I'm in Vancouver for a week and was wondering if there are any neighbourhoods that have a concentration of shops that sell home accessories, linens and furnishings - much like the stretch of blocks along Toronto's King East, Queen West West and Queen East neighbourhoods. [more inside]
I need some way of organizing the business cards I am suddenly starting to collect. [more inside]
Why is my nose-breathing markedly improved if I moisten my nasal passages with saline spray? [more inside]
A number of years ago I saw a photograph in an art magazine of a work by an artist I'm having trouble remembering. The photograph was of an ethereal and calm beach scene, with an endless blue/green sea and a washed out horizon, and tiny plastic figures placed throughout the water and beach at various positions, so that from our perspective these figures looked human and real. Any idea how I can find this image or artist?
Calling all geography sleuths - can you ID the destination from the train route described inside? [more inside]
Vegan Torontonians! Have you found any restaurants with vegan options? How friendly are restaurants to requests for vegan food? [more inside]
My cousin's four year old son is obsessed with things like quarks and infinity. He insists to his mother that infinity is the last number. She isn't so sure, and wants to know more about things like strangeness. I don't want to determine this kid's future, but it seems fun to feed his curiosity. And since my wife's babysitter was Murray Gell-Mann, the responsibility has fallen partially on my shoulders to help answer his questions. What kinds of information can you recommend that I give to his mother so that she, an attorney and not a mathematician, and her son can learn more about this information. In particular, what kinds of books, games, and projects would introduce him to other neat ideas in mathematics and physics?
Must I really wash my sweat-resistant 'technical' athletic clothing in cold water and then line dry as instructed on the label? If I put it in with the rest of my stuff that gets washed warm and machine-dried, will I ruin it?
Male, not wanting to shell out $200 for another pair of Seven's, seeks lower-priced alternative to their Standard cut. [more inside]
Where can I find a Windows program that receives console-redirected text and displays it in a text box? [more inside]
Hello: My wife and I are going on a 12 day cruise in March in The Southern Caribbean. We will be visiting St. Martin, St. Thomas, Antiqua,Barbados, St. Kitts and Puerto Rico. She has expressed an interest in acquiring a canary diamond of 1/2 to 1 carat in size. Can anyone tell me where to shop and what I can expect to pay for such a purchase. Thank You.
Recommend to me a good (and preferably free) NZB download site [more inside]
I am searching for a power cable similar to the 2-way "kettle lead" but with C7 (or figure 8) ends. Does such a cable exist? [more inside]
My mom wants a simple Mac on the cheap. I'm a nerd and willing to get my hands dirty. What's the best option for us? Handicap: I'm away for weeks at a time at college. [more inside]
How can I insulate a sash-weight window in a 1900 house? (I wish titles showed up on the main page so they didn't repeat the question....) Seems like you kind of have to leave a big hole there for the weight. But a lot of cold air is getting in there. I'd rather keep the weights if I could.
Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music? [more inside]
How can I hook up my Timex-Sinclair 1000 to a modern television? [more inside]
Should I buy a puppy with an umbilical hernia? [more inside]
Considering a vacation for 1... [more inside]
What can I do with a 100mbps internet connection? [more inside]
iCal disaster. All records before a certain date are gone. This is true -- and the date in question is the same in each case -- for all my daily iCal backups over the last 30 days. I urgently need to recover these records if possible. [more inside]
Is there any way to determine, quickly, whether scratches on a DVD affect playback (without playing the entire disk, including extra features)? I know there's a $$$$ machine that does this, so one solution might be to figure out what sort of people buy those machines, and then try to persuade one of them to run my disk through it...
Our indoor cat desperately wants to go outside. Help! [more inside]
My brother (almost 15) and I (19) are going to Singapore this March by ourselves. I've been planning the itinerary though my dad says it reads like an educational field trip. Help me undorkify it, then. [more inside]
What makes a score to an American WWII movie or tv show have that distinctive "sound" to it? [more inside]
My computer is sick. Please help (XP pro). [more inside]
Panic is in the house. My wife has planned a trip with our 13 year old daughter from the US to Spain. They leave on Sunday afternoon from JFK. Tonight while gathering her passport, we realize that her passport expired 1 year ago. (A minor's passport is only valid for 5 years.) Assuming cost is not an issue, is there anyway for my wife and daughter to make the trip legally on Sunday? I am looking for practical advice for someone in the NY tri-state area.
I'm looking for a fairly recent book about leadership during times of major change written by a female author. [more inside]
i'm trying to find some balti in houston, texas. i went to a balti house in birmingham, england a few years ago and loved the stuff. google, citysearch, and yelp are all failing me. thanks for any suggestions.
Have you dealt with an illegal eviction notice in Los Angeles? [more inside]
What would a person have to do in order to get a one year jail sentence in the California penal system. [more inside]
How long can I leave a cup of tap water sitting out and not worry about what might be growing in it? What about an opened bottle of spring or carbonated water? [more inside]
Why does it appear that all the school/campus shooters are male? [more inside]
Can I get my hands on the pilot for the US version of "The Thick of It"? [more inside]
The best Tonic for a Gin and Tonic... [more inside]
I live in Hollis, New Hampshire. Any recommendations for laser hair removal in SE New Hampshire or nearby? [more inside]
I finally broke down and went to a chiropractor. Now BOTH sides hurt, and much worse. [more inside]
Name the darkest, most evil fiddle player out there. Atonal, discordant, scratchy, and furious are all big pluses. [more inside]
Debt/collection agency help: I want to pay off my $1600 debt. What is the best way to go about doing this?
Debt/collection agency help: I want to pay off my $1600 debt. What is the best way to go about doing this? [more inside]
Curl response different than browser [more inside]
What type of music is Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" - it's sounds half oriental half, half hawaiian ... know any style names? artists? instrumental music?
Is it possible to create a tab/form in the Microsoft Outlook properties window where you can post a user's picture? [more inside]
Help me find non-traditional bible readings for my Catholic wedding. [more inside]
How do I access my Good Messaging emails as plain text (or otherwise)? [more inside]
How do I add x and y axis labels to a chart in Excel 2008 for Macs? [more inside]
How can I add chapter marks to my videos that I watch on an iPod Touch? [more inside]
how can I write with "Marlett" windows XP default system font ? [more inside]
Did my 401K just blow my IRA deduction out of the water? [more inside]
Xbox 360 + Connect 360 (OS X) + 720p + 802.11n = jerky video? [more inside]
Are there any good Facebook apps? [more inside]
Khmer/Cambodian and Lao/Laotian food translations? [more inside]
Currently, I am 39 years old. Everybody seems to think I look fit & trim. I do exercise 4-5 times a week with cardio and weights and when I look in the mirror, I am generally pleased. So the question is why, when I let my self completely relax, I still have this gut? [more inside]
How quickly are non-expedited passports being sent out in the US these days? And, is there any way to keep my old passport (for sentimental reasons only)? [more inside]
I am working on a series of promos for a national cable network and looking for some suggestions regarding music. They love the song from the Michael Mann's Miami Vice trailer: Numb/Encore by Linkin Park and Jay-Z. I'm looking for instrumental tracks with that feeling: serious, inspiring, melancholy, uplifting, energetic, modern, slick, etc. The promos involve beautiful slow-motion visuals with voiceover underneath. Thought I would turn to my favorite hive mind. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Say you wanted to print a small chart of eternally and universally useful reference information on the back of your business card, so recipients would have a good incentive to carry it with them and refer to it often. What information would you choose? [more inside]
How can I change the default Mail application in OS X with a script (not through the Mail.app GUI)? [more inside]
What small cities are there in the U.S. where I can recruit software developers at lower costs? [more inside]
My 14 yr old son seems to be developing into a reasonably talented musician...he seems to be able to make music come out of whatever instrument he picks up. He has been messing around with audacity...laying down tracks with multiple instruments using nothing more than a simple mic plugged into a laptop. My musical abilities are negative but I am reasonably technically competent. I would like to custom build a hardware/software solution that would only be used for his music and will really allow him to stretch and experiment. I have built a number of computers and I can make the hardware and software work. I just dont know what pieces I need. [more inside]
My theoretically bright red hair dye has turned my hair the color of Barbie's dream pony. Looking for help to get the color I actually wanted and stop looking like I stole Britney's favorite wig. [more inside]
Is there a specific name for the plastic toy robots that look like this? Bonus points for telling me where I can find them in Atlanta, GA.
Woozy, nauseated, room going dim. Is there a way to beat it? [more inside]
I want a laptop. So does my wife. Is there anywhere I can get an especially good deal for two laptops? [more inside]
For a friend: Can I bring a pack of hot dogs on a plane to China? That is, are there any regulations that would prevent me from doing so, and will they still be good after ~36 hours? They're Hebrew National all-beef, and I'd put them in cargo.
I'm looking for a complete or brief history of downloading. [more inside]
AskMe Musicians - I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me? [more inside]
I'm a Canadian going to grad school in the U.S. I don't have a student Visa as it is not required for Canadians - we only need to show an approved I-20 form at the border - and I'm trying to figure out if and where I can work. I'm employed by the University as a TA but I'm not sure if I can work anywhere off campus or how that might be done. Any thoughts?
In the opening credits of Battlestar Galactica, there is a brief scene of Dr. Gaius Baltar ducking down if front of Number Six (the blond cylon) as the windows of the lake house burst in from an explosion. What episode did this scene come from? [more inside]
Why would a cat wake you up between 4 and 5 in the morning when it has water and food and an accessible litter box? [more inside]
"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." British personal finance blogs, forums and other resources? [more inside]
Isometric Charts in Visio: Though I work on a Mac, I need to produce IA documents and Wireframes that clients can open and dink with in Visio. I'd like to produce an isometric network diagram similar to that seen here, perhaps using the templates and shapes available here, but I can't seem to make it all work. Advice?
I've decided to buy a PS3, and I'm looking for one that will play my old PS2 games. Can the 60gb version with the PS2 compatibility hardware still be found anywhere, or is the 80gb version with the software emulation my best option? And where can I buy either online? [more inside]
My crappy car was deemed totaled and I'm going to accept the payout and finance a new used car. I'd also like to move into an apartment soon. Step by step, how do I wrangle this plan into fruition? [more inside]
Need opinions before I buy a new car... [more inside]
Marylanders - have you ever been able to track down original house blueprints that are not in public records? [more inside]
How do I send cash anonymously to someone and make sure it gets to the recipients? (~$400) [more inside]
Canofwormsfilter: Help me find fair, well-reasoned books that critique "The Black Community." [more inside]
In a few hours, I'm buying a brand new modded psp slim. What should I check for to make sure I'm not getting ripped off? [more inside]
Looking for a decent chess program that runs in a window rather than full-screen mode. [more inside]
Can anyone reccomed a house painter in Salem, Oregon? I am restoring a lovely old bungalow and want someone who will do a really good job and is sensitive to old houses. Reasonably priced is good too.
What does Billy Joel mean when he sings, “the most she will do is throw shadows at you”? [more inside]
I'd like to find some examples of bands rerecording their own songs with foreign language versions of the lyrics, please. [more inside]
Is it worth working for a potentially toxic manager and team to take a promotion? [more inside]
I am permanently moving from the US to Europe in about a month. I have about $50K in savings in HSBC high (and ever-falling) interest account. I am at a loss as to what to do with this money. Money-savvy Mefites, please come to the rescue. [more inside]
Is there a dpreview-like site for LCD televisions and monitors? Alternatively, suggest a good LCD television or monitor. [more inside]
You buy a Volvo, and suddenly you start noticing every Volvo on the road. [more inside]
Help me identify the origin and theme of the decoration of this asian cup and saucer. [more inside]
When one has laser hair removal on one's bikini line, is the bikini line immediately smooth--as in, one leaves the office hairless? (I understand that at least several visits are required over time, though.) I'm leaving for a vacation in a week, and I'm debating between starting the laser process or just getting a wax.
What is the "bad part of town" for your nearest metropolitan area... and what's the name of the most notoriously "bad" neighborhood(s) in that part of town? [more inside]
Moving to Seattle, where is the good food and the interesting neighborhoods for anything and everything? [more inside]
Is it still worth going to the Red Light District in Amsterdam now that it's in the process of being shut down? [more inside]
Site security experts: Talk to me about chmod 777 directories. [more inside]
Forgotten movie: Winter, small crashed plane in the woods, bag of money, resulting woes. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
Tax payers are to save the second IRS notice regarding the stimulus payment in order to properly file 2008 taxes. Why? Will it be deducted from a potential 2008 refund? [more inside]
Where can I find a free, vector map of the United States, with outlined states? [more inside]
Why did Regan get possessed in the Exorcist? [more inside]
Does it sound like this guy is interested in me or not? I'm getting mixed signals here. [more inside]
Why am I unable to access one particular website? Since moving out of the country, I cannot access the Federal Direct Loan Servicer site to maintain my student loans. I take care of all my financial business online - stateside banks, credit cards, etc. This is the only website in the world that never loads. [more inside]
I haven't watched The Simpsons regularly since about season 12 or 13, but in those episodes I did happen to catch on TV, I have never seen them directly attack President Bush. I do remember back in the 'golden age' they used to regularly poke fun at Clinton (to name but one example, Clinton playing the sax and Moe telling him to "get back to work"). I'm wondering if regular watchers of The Simpsons can point me to episodes from season 13 onwards where they did directly parody or attack Bush.
Is there a website that shows me when companies are going to announce their quarterly results or do other things that usually affect their stock price? [more inside]
From what movie is the quote (or a variation of said quote ) "Whoa Whoa Whoa! We didn't say nothin' about no kids" from? Maybe something Buscemi or a Buscemi-like character might have said? Its driving me up a wall.
I am looking for examples of 3D virtual environments created in a Wikipedia-like manner. [more inside]
What can I do to relieve my pain from hives? [more inside]
Wireless connection on brand new laptop disconnecting after 5-30 minutes and unable to reconnect. Peer moderation with counselor, persuasive tactics with claw hammer and threats of waterboarding proving frustratingly ineffective. Any real solution out there? [more inside]
I want to reduce reliance on my hat as my comb. How should I? I have thin indian hair (I think its thin) which poofs out like a fro, unless I put on a hat immediately after showering and drying. Typically I have a pretty close hair cut, but the receding hair line is making me rethink this, and I'm trying to grow it out slightly. Has anyone experienced this? I'd rather not have to use stuff in my hair every day, but I appreciate any advice!
CarbonationFilter! How long would it take for an unopened can of soda pop to go flat? Would it ever?
CarbonationFilter! How long would it take for an unopened can of soda pop to go flat? Would it ever? [more inside]
How can I model an unusual mortgage repayment strategy in, say, Excel? [more inside]
How can I safely remove candle wax from metal baking sheets so that a) the surfaces of the baking sheets don't get scratched, and b) they're food-safe again? [more inside]
I'm trying to connect to my university's wireless network with VPN. I keep getting a 619 or 721 error. This is with a new laptop that has Windows XP Pro SP3 on it. How can I fix this problem?
I'm driving cross-country (again) and am feeling dubious about the Seattle-Florida route AAA mapped out on my behalf. I'd vaguely planned a southern route. I'd like avoid the really scary mountain passes and weather. [more inside]
Another round of "Should I eat this?" [more inside]
Where can I find royalty free footage of new year's even in times square? The times square alliance was of no help. Preferably footage that shows the countdown/ball dropping/confetti/people/etc.
I am looking for images online of tags that are used on upholstered furniture. Y.know, the cloth labels that are required to be on upholstered furniture? Can someone get me there?
I'm reading Chaucer in Middle English. I frequently find constructions like "Ygeten us thise knedyng tubbes thre". What is the y+verb construction? The translator whose work I'm reading has paid more attention to scansion and feel than accuracy. [more inside]
Please help me diagnose this mysterious Internet problem. I can't connect to a few websites in the normal way -- for example I can't connect to IMdB.com if the URL begins with "www". But I can connect if I remove the prefix. There are a few other websites I'm having similar problems with. What's going on here? [more inside]
My '01 Jetta's alarm keeps going off at my new house, but nowhere else. [more inside]
My son's 5 yo male cat had surgery yesterday to correct a severely blocked urethra. Has anyone else gone through this, and have any tips on diet/lifestyle to prevent recurrence? [more inside]
I recently saw an article by some docs on Oprah that give recommendations about taking care of your skin at certain ages. It says that in your forties and fifties most people need Renova or retinol. I have mild rosacea and dry fair skin and am 48. Do you think I should see a dermatologist to get a prescription or just use an over the counter product with retinol. I do not want to waste my money on an over the counter product if my 48 year old skin would benefit by the prescription. I have lines and dullish dry skin with a few age spots. Thanks.