February 2008 Archives

February 29

Sing to me, Baby

What songs are out there about a woman getting good, life changing lovin' from a a man. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Where Can I Find a Good Laptop Stand With A Small Footprint?

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]
posted by paulrockNJ at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Floral patterns - what are they called?

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]
posted by dantodd at 9:24 PM PST - 15 comments

What recourse does one have once you have been screwed over by PayPal?

Asking for my fiancé: What recourse does one have once you have been screwed over by PayPal? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Major news outlets secret agreements?

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?
posted by MrBCID at 7:29 PM PST - 29 comments

Car confusion

Ok. My car is literally falling apart, and I'm really confused about the whole car buying process. [more inside]
posted by Alive N Kickin at 6:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Settling down? When? How? Why?

How do you know when it's time to "settle down"? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 6:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Whoops, I forgot to have kids

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!
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer?

Would it be safe to hide cash in my computer? [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 6:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Un-Fizzy Lifting Drink!

Just had the most divine chilled drink made with cinnamon and ginger - how do I make it?! [more inside]
posted by Adelwolf at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Quick way to remove embroidery?

Quick way to remove embroidery? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

LSATs during freshman year?

Taking the LSAT Freshman year? [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 5:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Brazilian online poetry journals

Link me to some Brazilian online poetry journals. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Consequences of incomplete Hepatitis vaccination?

Is the third shot of a 3-shot Hepatitis B vaccination critical? And who should pay for it? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 5:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Fun date outings for a native NYCer?

Please suggest fun date outings in Manhattan for a transplant and a New York City native. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 2 comments

iowa appreciation day

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!
posted by n y my at 5:20 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I best look after a friend who purchased a gun?

A close friend has purchased a gun and I'm worried. [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 4:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Beautiful Equations

Inspiring books about mathematics and statistics? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 4:42 PM PST - 31 comments

Should I cancel my life insurance policy and use it to pay off my consumer debt?

Should I cancel my life insurance policy and use it to pay off most or all of my consumer debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

How soon to try again after a miscarriage?

How soon to try again after a miscarriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Total writing noob.

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]
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:31 PM PST - 12 comments

What are good sources for ethically sourced, plus-sized women's career clothing?

What are good sources for ethically sourced, plus-sized women's career clothing? [more inside]
posted by lapillus at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Banjo without the Inbreeding

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.
posted by Kappi at 4:12 PM PST - 47 comments

How do I organize and archive my digital photography?

What is the best work-flow process for handling digital photos from capture, processing to archive? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

There Will Be Blood... And Poop

Was my poop weird because I donated blood? SFW but contains qualitative poop analysis. Really. [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How to stop my glasses from fogging up when I ski?

Eyeglasses (worn under goggles) fogging up during skiing. Any suggestions/tips? [more inside]
posted by stilly at 3:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Will two-stroke fuel ruin my lawnmower?

What would happen if I put gasoline with two-stroke oil in it into my conventional four-stroke lawnmower? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

I've written 2 children's books, now I'm looking for an illustrator.

I've written 2 children's books, now I'm looking for an illustrator. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Would a site on breasts cause too much stress?

What kinds of basic concerns should I have about starting a tasteful porno-ish web site? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I bring my iPhone to SE Asia, or go prepaid (and other international phone questions)?

Should I bring my iPhone to SE Asia, or go prepaid (and other international phone questions)? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

British student wants to study in North America

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?
posted by Andy Harwood at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

a tivo we will go, a tivo we will go...

What's the best TIVO for me? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Clean me up, Scotty!

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]
posted by rhoticity at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Taxes and bartending have always been a delightful mix

Okay, but what do you do if you haven't reported any income at all? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 1:47 PM PST - 12 comments

So is this the 500th February 29th?

[leapdayfilter] Curiousity strikes: How many February 29ths have there been since the Julian Reform in 45BC? [more inside]
posted by myrrh at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I pay off large chunks of my school loan and avoid any interest trickery?

How do I pay off large chunks of my school loan and avoid any interest/payment trickery? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Natto, durian, what else?

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]
posted by hyperfascinated at 1:33 PM PST - 48 comments

Is an old-school SLR remote release compatible with digital SLR cameras?

Is an old-school SLR remote release compatible with digital SLR cameras? [more inside]
posted by different at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Ye spill muddled flows that befuddle scholars

Where are you yeezy? And try to hit you with the.... ??? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 1:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Put a bounce in my step without breaking it, please.

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]
posted by RollingGreens at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Cannot see .XviD avi files inside Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, am I missing a codec?

Cannot preview .XviD avi files inside Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, am I missing a codec? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Weekly meetings are the SUXORS

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]
posted by matty at 11:45 AM PST - 16 comments

What kind of plant is this?

What kind of plant is this? [more inside]
posted by heartquake at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Des Moines Public Golf Courses

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???
posted by rme014 at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Best Desktop Computer?

Help me buy a new computer. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:28 AM PST - 20 comments

IRA Network: friend or foe?

Is the Investor Resource Alliance Network a legitimate service or is it a scam? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I mount a laptop to my treadmill?

What's the best way to mount a laptop to a Landice L7 Treadmill, for use while walking? [more inside]
posted by mosch at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I re-desensitize myself to violence?

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]
posted by quarterframer at 10:23 AM PST - 34 comments

Protecting from Internet scams.

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]
posted by uaudio at 10:19 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the "X factor" when it comes to classroom management?

What is the "X factor" when it comes to classroom management? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 9:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Good Accounting Software Recommendation

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?
posted by deadparrot at 9:23 AM PST - 1 comment

It's not mine, I swear!

Creditors are starting to harass me again for old debt that I don't believe I'm responsible for. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I find dress shirts that will fit me and stay tucked in?

How do I find dress shirts that will fit me and stay tucked in? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 8:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Moving belongings from NYC to Montreal

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]
posted by IrishEve at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

1. Great Idea 4. Profit! Help with 2 and 3, please.

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]
posted by muckster at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Users always want to fight The Man

How do you prevent terminal services users from disabling the Firewall Client for ISA in Server 2003? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Remember this quote on practicing?

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?
posted by Silvertree at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

The Vanishing Dylan

Dylan swallowed by black hole? [more inside]
posted by subajestad at 8:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Games with great multiplayer?

Games with great multiplayer? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:09 AM PST - 33 comments

Frenchy SIM in Windy City?

Is there anywhere in Chicago where I can buy a SIM card for France today? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

360 games for the pc gamer

Suggest some Xbox 360 games for a PC gamer! [more inside]
posted by utsutsu at 7:50 AM PST - 30 comments

I'd Wager that A Lot of Money Was Bet on March Madness

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]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Tax question, but not what you think

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?
posted by mboesch at 7:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Business suits - are they worth it?

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]
posted by widdershins at 7:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Understanding tripods

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?
posted by mcwetboy at 6:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Cooking to impress-- the foreign edition

Cooking to impress-- the ethnic edition. [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 6:56 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I transport an upright arcade game along a highway?

What is the best way to transport an upright arcade game along the expressway? [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Cable, HDTV, coxial, hdmi: newbie needs help

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.
posted by medarby at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheque dated tomorrow, can I cash it tonight?

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.
posted by yellowbinder at 6:08 AM PST - 12 comments

How to prevent hypnotic stabbing pains

How do you stop someone putting stabbing pains in your foot with hypnosis? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 6:01 AM PST - 30 comments

Book from Childhood: Visible Woman Comes Alive

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.
posted by macadamiaranch at 5:50 AM PST - 2 comments

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]
posted by violetk at 5:36 AM PST - 23 comments

When will the eyebrow wax wane?

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?
posted by bluefly at 5:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Just moved to London, now I want to leave.

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
posted by cubedweller at 5:22 AM PST - 8 comments

What should we do in Barcelona?

Help make my trip to Barcelona awesome! [more inside]
posted by cardamine at 5:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Need an indoor DAB aerial but don't know where to start

Indoor DAB aerial. I need one. [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 3:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Is my sourdough starter supposed to do that?

DumbQuestionFilter: Is my sourdough starter supposed to shrink? [more inside]
posted by esilenna at 2:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Low-cost marketing ideas for an off-beat graphic novel

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]
posted by Shepherd at 2:37 AM PST - 12 comments

February 28

Calling all nerds/geeks/dorks and Socially acceptable people

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]
posted by hadjiboy at 11:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Paper Airplane Designs

Favorite paper airplanes (and other flying diversions)? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Anything better than a tablet for math notes?

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]
posted by woolylambkin at 10:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Find this Hat!

[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!
posted by stew560 at 9:56 PM PST - 2 comments

automatic keycap cleaining?

What (automatic) methods would you recommend for cleaning grime off the keycaps of a keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 9:53 PM PST - 22 comments

3 Hour Tour of San Fran

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?
posted by lilkeith07 at 9:43 PM PST - 15 comments

cheap but ono?

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]
posted by ms.v. at 9:23 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you -really- ground yourself?

Help me clear up my understanding of how to ground myself when working on my computer. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 9:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make this possible?

Just turned 20, want to start my life. [more inside]
posted by lain at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Today is the first payday of the rest of my life.

I am bad with money. Help me get better. [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 9:06 PM PST - 19 comments


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]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:22 PM PST - 11 comments

The modern man's saddle shoe?

Help me find some hip sneakers? [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 8:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Lap pad for iBook?

Where can I find a laptop lap pad for a 14" iBook that has room for a wired mouse? Thanks!
posted by Brocktoon at 8:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me be a better song writer.

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]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:07 PM PST - 17 comments

LAX to Pomona College

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]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get caffeine-like performance increase without caffeine?

Caffeine-like performance without the caffeine? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 7:53 PM PST - 15 comments

My car needs fixin'

Good place to order 1989 Mercedes Benz w201 parts? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 7:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me connect my two VPNs from a public hotspot

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]
posted by sideshow at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What's this crazy movie called?

Asking for a friend: can you help name this ridiculous superhero movie about some guy exposed to radiation? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Animated book about a hunter who is killed by the relatives of his prey?

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.
posted by mhuckaba at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Keep me off the couch!

Please keep me entertained in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this weekend! [more inside]
posted by whiskey point at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

How to develop gaydar?

I am a heterosexual woman. However, I am consistently attracted to gay men. How can I develop my "gaydar"? [more inside]
posted by anniepants at 6:18 PM PST - 48 comments

How much will I benefit from a Penryn vs non-Penryn MacBook Pro?

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]
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Windows XP sound control question: How can I get the icon for device volume to stay in the taskbar?

Windows XP sound control question: How can I get the icon for device volume to stay in the taskbar? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

pepper pesto?

Made some pesto with chili pepper leaves by mistake. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Oysters in a can, alas

Know any good ways to prepare canned oysters? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 5:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Installing a internal dvd writer

Is installing a internal dvd writer to a laptop easy ? Any instructions on how to do it.
posted by tom123 at 5:05 PM PST - 11 comments

And Girlfriend Makes Three

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]
posted by kerfuffled at 5:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Stewardess, is that Bobby Hill on my flight?

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]
posted by galimatias at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

stock ford ranger edge grille?

where can i get a stock honeycomb grill for a 2003 ford ranger, just like this one? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

You never forget your first . . . designer?

What should I know before hiring a graphic designer for the first time? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 4:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Free CSV to TAB?

Converting CSV to TAB: is there a free software for this? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 4:19 PM PST - 14 comments

What is a medication boost bar?

What is an anxiety medication "boost bar?" [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Leopard, Apple Mail & IMAP Issues

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]
posted by aladfar at 3:27 PM PST - 11 comments

How to download video from MiniDV tapes without a camcorder?

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?
posted by icheyne at 3:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Songs with overlapping verses?

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?
posted by trivirgata at 2:47 PM PST - 39 comments

How popular is my newsletter?

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]
posted by bda1972 at 2:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Amazon CD Seller Woes

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]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Beetle vs. Fetus

Is the pesticide Dursban LO appropriate for use in residential applications? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a creepy book from my childhood.

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]
posted by svolix at 1:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Munich's Oktoberfest:

Munich's Oktoberfest: package deal or piece meal? And any recs while we're there? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

When is "to" unecessary?

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]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 1:40 PM PST - 34 comments

Want Banana. Want Banana Image.

Where can I get a high-res version of the banana image that accompanies this article in the New York Times? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to watch baseball, then drink.

I need a good dive bar in Phoenix. Or two. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Sick Sneezing Dog

I have a sick dog, apparently a cold with sneezing. What do I do for her?
posted by swarkentien at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Routers not working properly

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]
posted by CliffDiving44 at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

tea, soup, sympathy and what else?

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.
posted by palegirl at 12:52 PM PST - 28 comments

Single Gaijin male seeks help with main course at dinner party

I will be hosting a Japanese dinner party on Sunday night. What should my main course be? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 12:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Ghostwriter! Word.

I've been offered a ghostwriting gig. Help me with my expectations, please. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me puzzle-hack with Python!

What are some fun and simple puzzles or cryptography I can solve with Python to help me learn the basics? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying To Find Evidence Of The Wendy's Jazz Cap

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.
posted by extraface at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Phoenix, AZ interior design needed.

I'm looking for interior designers who specialize in commercial spaces in Phoenix, AZ. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I do this summer?

What should I do this summer before heading off to grad school? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 12:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Adding aux input to 2004 Ford Explorer OEM stereo.

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]
posted by jroybal at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

6" or less please

Looking for a low profile bath room faucet. One handle controls only please. [more inside]
posted by juggler at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Tripod recommendations?

I need a recommendation for a small tripod to be used on an extended backpacking trip. [more inside]
posted by MillMan at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

It's got an awesome appetite: Tyrannosaurus Debt

How do you figure out daily interest from an APR on student loans due monthly? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

"The Horror!"

Can you point me toward the best Horror/movie blogs? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Must nondrinker BYOB to "communal dinner?"

Should I bring wine to a "communal dinner?" [more inside]
posted by Enroute at 11:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find speaking opps for my client?

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]
posted by josher71 at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Any good movie forums out there?

Any good film/movie forums? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 11:39 AM PST - 14 comments

AAA - more than roadside service?

What practical uses, besides roadside service, have you used your AAA membership for? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 11:39 AM PST - 45 comments

Good SPSS skills for Marketing Research?

What do I need to know how to do in SPSS (or SAS) to do market/marketing research analysis? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Hi, I'd like a soda fat.

Is soda water making me fat? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 11:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Suggestions For A Muscovite Driving in America

Russian friends loose in the USA ... help me suggest stops & things to see as they drive from New York to Miami. [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Gai kaken oifen yam, and other Yiddish curses

Yiddish curse words. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:57 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me plan four weekend trips

Overwhelmed with possibilities for traveling in England. Please help. [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 10:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Who remembers an article about "The Paul Reiser Effect?"

The Paul Reiser Effect -- Does anyone remember an article about this? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 at 10:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Source of info about actual voter attitudes/knowledge.

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?
posted by Claypole at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it bad to go back in time?

Is switching from a Palm Centro to a Blackberry 8703e a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Immigration in NYC

I would like to be involved with immigrant right group... [more inside]
posted by octomato at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

The old one served faithfully until it was dropped four feet onto concrete

Why SHOULDN'T I buy a Canon PowerShot A590? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

FICA exeption for J1 visa holder?

J-1 visa holder. What taxes do I pay? [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Soma and other substances in literature

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
posted by Knigel at 10:06 AM PST - 31 comments

What is the purpose of a cord around the waist?

(Hindu?) Question about the purpose of a cord around the waist of children. [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 10:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Find my book!

I want to read this book again. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Lesbians in hiding! Where do I find them?

Where are all the lesbian yuppies in NY hiding? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

i want to get more out of giving

I am looking for an alternative way to give.... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How to remap Windows XP keyboard shortcuts to standard Apple shortcuts

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]
posted by Frankieist at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Wii game recommendation?

What is the perfect wii (or maybe ps2) game to play with my lady? [more inside]
posted by aquafiend at 8:26 AM PST - 38 comments

WYSIWYM for Notes

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]
posted by tmcw at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Making More Work For Myself, One President at a Time

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]
posted by thanotopsis at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm a Penguin, She's a Fruit

Parallels and networking.... am I wrong in how I _think_ it should work? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Saturday Night Live SKIT about GOD and Heaven

What Saturday Night Live skit had "a man dead, goes to heaven and asks God questions?" [more inside]
posted by BigCreekBill at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Trying to find the title of a British film

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]
posted by Hates_ at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Turbulence effects in Photoshop?

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]
posted by stackhaus23 at 7:33 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I loop a sample continuously on an iPod?

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?
posted by scrm at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

From Blog to Book

How do I convert my blog entries and comments into a book-type format (digital or analogue) without paying too much money? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you get it for me wholesale? "It" being a good washer and a dryer.

Proud mavens: help me find a new washer and dryer! [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 6:42 AM PST - 25 comments

I like breathing formaldehyde as much as the next person, but...

How do I get rid of that horrible new carpet smell? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Converting a logo to a font

What software do I need to convert a company logo (including design element) into a True Type Font? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 6:18 AM PST - 6 comments

is a 1080p projector worth it right now?

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]
posted by Silky Slim at 4:35 AM PST - 10 comments

CRF and overfeeding

My dog has chronic renal failure. Are we overfeeding him? [more inside]
posted by maremare at 4:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Downsize me

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]
posted by lpctstr; at 4:10 AM PST - 38 comments

Slice the pie, hive.

Marketing budget question: suppose I have 150,000 $... [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 2:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Getting a UK visa to visit China

UK citizen visa for China. What's the best way to get one in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 2:11 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get a copy of Carmody's "The Stone Key" outside Australia?

How can I get a copy of Isobelle Carmody's "The Stone Key"? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 1:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Spit, don't swallow - oral caffeine absorption

I need some information on the amount of caffeine that can reasonably be absorbed through oral membranes. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 12:09 AM PST - 16 comments

February 27

Can you answer this question (un)truthfully?

(Psychology) Questionnaires designed to elicit the truth? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 11:12 PM PST - 8 comments


What is your favorite spa in the Atlanta area and why? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 11:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How Do I Turn my $400 Dell into a Video Editing Powerhouse?

I want to edit video on my bottom-of-the-line Dell Dimension 3100... cost-effective suggestions for success? [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 9:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Japanese Bookstore on Maui?

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]
posted by TauLepton at 9:18 PM PST - 3 comments

If I work out of my apartment, will I be my only client?

Can I run a criminal law practice out of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 8:54 PM PST - 24 comments

What nonfiction about spies should I read?

What should I read to learn about espionage and World War II/start of the Cold War? [more inside]
posted by BT at 8:48 PM PST - 25 comments

What strategy/simulation based games would I love?

What strategy/simulation based games would I love? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 8:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Does anyone know why Brad Renfro was left out of the Oscars tribute montage?

Does anyone know why Brad Renfro was left out of the Oscars tribute montage? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green at 8:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Step-by-step apartment hunting in Chicago

I'm looking for the Chicago version of this answer to NYC apartment hunting. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 8:18 PM PST - 10 comments

I hate Miami International Airport!

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]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 8:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are my videogame screen captures the wrong colors?

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]
posted by Orb2069 at 8:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Water Boiling Point Question

At what air pressure will water boil around 65 Degrees farenheight? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me figure out what old classic cartoon this image is from!?

Could you identify this old classic cartoon from the image I provided? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 7:07 PM PST - 8 comments

What happened to clean URLs, Google? Jeez.

Is there a script I can use to work around the google-fied URLs that now show up in searches? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 6:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Unethical to leave job for startup grabbing other employees?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Legal advice for divorce while overseas?

Pending Divorce Filter: What legal resources are there for a soon-to-be-single mom working abroad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Like a snake sheds its skin.

Why do I seem to "change" friends every 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 6:29 PM PST - 15 comments

How to "keep in shape" between infrequent romantic visits?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 18 comments

How do you take homoeroticism to the next level?

How do you turn your homoerotic relationship with your best friend into a full-fledged homosexual affair? [more inside]
posted by captain nemo the dream squire at 6:18 PM PST - 35 comments

Favorite experiments?

What are your favorite experiments? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 5:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Cloning iPOD content

How I copy all content from an iPOD to others? I.e. how to clone iPODs? [more inside]
posted by zeikka at 5:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Satirical hip hop / rap?

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]
posted by mr. creosote at 5:45 PM PST - 40 comments

Home Flooring for the Baffled

Please share your experience, strength, and hope regarding flooring options for upstairs bedrooms. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 5:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me increase my milage.

Will I save gas by turning my car off at long red lights? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:17 PM PST - 40 comments

Simple Update-able Antivirus CD?

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]
posted by joshnunn at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap Hotels in Florence, Italy?

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]
posted by Alterscape at 5:09 PM PST - 11 comments

CPA in Pasadena?

Can you recommend a good CPA in Pasadena? [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 5:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Windows is impossible.

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]
posted by waltzing astronomers at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Can computers live forever?

Computer maintenance 101: Just bought a Thinkpad T61. How do i make it go forever? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Offline Drive Indexing For Macs

Offline Drive Indexing for Macs? [more inside]
posted by ransom at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Professional Discipline

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]
posted by anonymous78 at 4:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Best rss reader for flickr feeds?

What is the best rss reader for subscribing to flickr tags on a mac? [more inside]
posted by metacort at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Ford Explorer engine woes

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]
posted by Static Vagabond at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a game I use to play

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.
posted by 14580 at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a song with the same message as the "Star Trek: Enterprise" theme song.

What songs have the same message and emotional cachet to the "Star Trek: Enterprise" theme song? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 4:16 PM PST - 13 comments

selling vehicle without title

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]
posted by diode at 4:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Mt. Washington travel advice

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]
posted by TedW at 3:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me grieve for my pug

I had to put my 13 year old pug to sleep last night. I'm just devastated. [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 3:32 PM PST - 48 comments

Where's a good St. Bernard when you need one?

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]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Which Right Honourable Gentlemen first said 'cheese'?

Who was the first British Prime Minister to be photographed? [more inside]
posted by boubelium at 3:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Need opinions on Oregon, Portland areas..

Places to visit in Oregon, costs of living, etc.. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 3:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Where should kitchen scraps be collected before going to the bin?

What should keep my kitchen scraps in before taking them to the yard waste bin? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:57 PM PST - 15 comments

I Think The US Mail Lost My Tax Return - How Do I Find Out?

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?
posted by starsixnine00 at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Apple Laptop Logo Sizing Question?

Are the illuminated logos on post-G3 Apple laptops the same size? [more inside]
posted by ibechase at 2:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Period-free for life?

I'd like to suppress my menstrual period for the next twenty years. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 2:02 PM PST - 39 comments

where would tupac *not* go to collectively mix music online?

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]
posted by garfy3 at 1:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Will they let me in?

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]
posted by koenie at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to find accounts of living underground?

Writing a script about a military coup in the near future. Any suggestions for reading/viewing material? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:48 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the proper approach to photographing people in public?

As an amateur photographer, how do I photograph people in public without it being awkward or creepy? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 1:47 PM PST - 49 comments

Work in on state, get hosed in two.

TaxFilter: I work in VA and live in NC. My state taxes are already a nightmare... [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 1:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Questions about PSP modding (via Pandora's Battery)

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?
posted by mattholomew at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

USB audio latency problems?

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]
posted by waxbanks at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments


How can I create an animated powerpoint w/ audiotrack...all embedded in one file? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting around the "center" of Europe.

We are planning to go to central Europe -- Austria, Czech, Hungary. Has anyone taken the trains in this region? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 12:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Simple online backup for a small business server

What's the best online backup solution for my ReadyNAS NV+? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

electrical help

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]
posted by Espoo2 at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Dear PC, I swear I won't ever mess with your partitions again if you just this once...

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]
posted by willie11 at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Luxury apartments nyc?

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!!!!!
posted by tessalations999 at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it worth it to take singing lessons if I am a truly horrible singer?

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]
posted by Melsky at 11:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me make my risotto softer!

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]
posted by mebibyte at 11:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Student Loans and FHA Debt to Income Ratio

Does a student loan in deferment count as debt for the purposes of figuring debt to income ratios in an FHA loan? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I install a disk image using Boot Camp?

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]
posted by EatenByAGrue at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Visitation of mentally challenged sibling

How can visitation to brother occur without approval of guardian? [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Gaming the spit test

How do I pass an oral (saliva) drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Should we get a joint checking account?

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]
posted by Tin Man at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Watching "A Beautiful Mind" didn't prepare me for this

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:10 AM PST - 49 comments

Help! Verizon FIOS and Actiontec router keeping me from MetaFilter

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]
posted by yhbc at 10:46 AM PST - 18 comments

The bad boss badmouth...

QuitFilter: How do I deal with a difficult boss (potentially) giving me a bad reference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

The Compleat Idiot's Guide to Machine Shop

Machine shop for dummies? [more inside]
posted by kableh at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Public Domain Photos

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]
posted by Ragma at 10:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Getting more range on a WiFi card

How do I get more WiFi range on my laptop computer? More info follows. [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy at 10:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Hopefully a different effect than when he played for that kindergarten class.

If you were an ESL student, which Bob Dylan song would you most enjoy a lesson on? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 9:50 AM PST - 33 comments

2006 tax Problem

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Learning assertiveness?

I need to find an assertiveness course or workshop in London. A good one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Find me more music like Mama Who Bore ME

Oh magnificent Metafilter, please provide me with more music! [more inside]
posted by daveqat at 9:16 AM PST - 6 comments

The most Libertarian place on Earth

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)
posted by clango at 9:11 AM PST - 47 comments

Suggestions for snappy "ethical" office attire

Where can I find "ethical" work clothes, suitable for an office job in London, UK? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Order my contents?

How can I create a table of contents for a professional portfolio that contains a collection of material gathered from various sources? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 9:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I change my voice?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Helio Sequence Sympathizers?

Helio Sequence sympathizers? Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Texasjake987 at 8:49 AM PST - 14 comments

I want to read stories or articles like those on 'This American Life'

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]
posted by reenum at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the word for non-globalizable industries?

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?
posted by snofoam at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Also, we're Latin Kings.

Where in Los Angeles should we move? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 8:37 AM PST - 28 comments

Where shall I buy some wood?

Where might one find dimensioned hardwood lumber in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Good information for a new salesman?

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.)
posted by jdroth at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Who really gets hired off a phone interview?

Is it becoming the norm for people to be hired without an in-person interview? [more inside]
posted by rocket_johnny at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Where did that fucking flash game go?

So I stumbled upon this flash game the other day, and it was fun, now I can't find it, wtf? [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital at 8:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I show some of my etchings?

Interviewing with a technical writing / communication portfolio. What resources and tips for those who have gone through it or hired from it. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not religious. Why is it that all the girls I meet are?

I keep attracting girls who are incompatible with me. How can I get women who I actually have a future with? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Cheap herpes blood tests in NYC?

My partner and I want to get herpes blood tests -- the cheaper, the better -- in New York. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Better is work experience where love is, than a fulltime job and hatred therewith.

How do I tell if I really liked the job or the people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Excuse me, ladies, how long is your kissing window?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 44 comments

A dim question.

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?
posted by eschatfische at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Suck it up! (toner vac confusion)

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"?
posted by captnkurt at 7:42 AM PST - 10 comments

I want to make shortcut that opens two executables in a row in windows.

Need to make one icon to run multiple programs in windows [more inside]
posted by kaozity at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Wanted: one scene from a play

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]
posted by thoughtless at 7:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Circus Seating Suggestions

Where are the best seats for viewing a 3-ring circus (Ringling Brothers) in an indoor stadium? [more inside]
posted by mshellenberger at 6:56 AM PST - 2 comments

When the cure is worse....

How to wean off of tramadol? [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I use a rubber stamp image on my website?

Are there any copyright infringement issues to using a Rubber Stamp Image that I purchased on my website? [more inside]
posted by karyys at 5:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Build a Linux PC for a Dummy

I'm building a PC for the first time and need someone to check my work. [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to get high end jewelry magazines in NYC

I need those expensive, imported jewelry magazines. Where do I get them in NYC? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 5:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone ID a song with little to know useful information?

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]
posted by lxs at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

packing lightly

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?
posted by nyu2 at 2:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Recommend boutique hotels in London

I want to stay in a boutique hotel over Christmas, ideally in east central London (not central central London.) [more inside]
posted by ninebelow at 2:26 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat?

How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 2:22 AM PST - 9 comments

From Geneva to boozy waterside oblivion?

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]
posted by uandt at 2:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Vista scanner problem

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?
posted by monkey closet at 2:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Broken compact fluorescent bulb

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]
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to "Publish" a book on a CD-ROM?

What is the best way to "Publish" a book on a CD-ROM? [more inside]
posted by garius at 1:57 AM PST - 7 comments

I have no original ideas! Help!

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]
posted by Eudaimonia at 1:07 AM PST - 22 comments

February 26

Mysticism/Spirituality/Religious reading material for the skeptical materialist

Can you recommend some books about spirituality/religion that a take a fairly rational/skeptical approach to the subject? [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 11:12 PM PST - 30 comments

the lost art of letter writing

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?
posted by xo at 10:56 PM PST - 19 comments


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]
posted by FritoKAL at 10:34 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I find sound clips?

What's the best way to find short sound clips? [more inside]
posted by Cricket at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I study school counseling?

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]
posted by johngumbo at 10:03 PM PST - 2 comments

How to fix cmd-shift-3 screenshot damage

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]
posted by judybxxx at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

What are some heavy guitar focused trip-hop albums similar to Massive Attack's Mezzanine?

What are some heavy guitar focused trip-hop albums similar to Massive Attack's Mezzanine? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 9:47 PM PST - 15 comments

the care instructions say it, so it must be true

Recommendations for professional leather cleaners in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 9:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Make me fortunate indeed

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]
posted by drea at 9:33 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm tryin' to make a new plan, Stan.

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]
posted by miss lynnster at 9:10 PM PST - 34 comments

How can paper be bleached of its text?

How can paper be bleached of its text? [more inside]
posted by fjardt at 8:51 PM PST - 10 comments

I let my heart go too far, now what?

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]
posted by haikuku at 8:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Is there any way to get around hand washing clothes?

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?
posted by invisible ink at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I hang my posters with inexpensive materials?

How can I hang movie / music posters cheap, effectively, and in a stylish way? [more inside]
posted by Schuby at 8:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Need advice on getting an entry level IT job

Help!! Looking for Entry Level IT position - ZERO Professional experience. Need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bsexton at 7:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Political issues that have been rhetorically flipped around?

What are some instances of a political issue whose public perception has been almost paradoxically inverted through political discourse? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Desperately Seeking Cowbell

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]
posted by worstnerdever at 6:58 PM PST - 32 comments

Se habla, Spanish?

Can you suggest common phrases in Spanish that would be useful for teacher of Spanish speaking kids? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Australian tax question EXCITING. Not.

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]
posted by mooza at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Experiences coming off Wellbutrin?

Experiences coming off Wellbutrin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Mental health services paid out-of-pocket: to tell or not to tell?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

I do declare! But my XML doesn't.

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]
posted by foxydot at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Portable backup

How to take lots of photos while abroad for a long trip? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 5:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Italian love-poem for wedding

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]
posted by chinston at 5:15 PM PST - 2 comments

All four paws on the floor, please!

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.
posted by jytsai at 4:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Uses For Orange Rinds & Pulp?

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?
posted by biddeford at 4:10 PM PST - 10 comments

What do you do next with a B.A. in English?

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]
posted by andeles at 3:55 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I avoid the unavoidable?

I'm having a sexual relationship with someone who has MRSA and Hepatitis C and I'm concerned about getting either... [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 3:48 PM PST - 16 comments

What is a good brand (and shade) of hair dye?

What is a good brand (and shade) of hair dye? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the most efficient way of exercising on the rowing machine?

What's the most efficient way of exercising on the rowing machine? Got any tips? [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 3:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Document in Gibraltar needs to be in San Francisco

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]
posted by vacapinta at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking alternative to box.net

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]
posted by namith at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does the knee still hurt?

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?
posted by lag at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Effectively seeking a psychiatric diagnosis?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Babies at the keyboard

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]
posted by blahblahblah at 12:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Pontiac Aztek or Ford Focus

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]
posted by WizKid at 12:52 PM PST - 25 comments

How to make my car alarm stop?

I bought a Forester without the key fob & the alarm won't stop going off. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 12:34 PM PST - 15 comments

IRS installments vs credit card debt

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments


Spring break in Sicily. Where are some lesser known destinations that you found to be wonderful? [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 12:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Switching to Mac... for the second time.

Do any stores in the northeast US sell MAC knives? Bonus points for Philadelphia.
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Time optimization?

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]
posted by emptyinside at 11:57 AM PST - 31 comments

A question that has my mind going round in circles

In working with the adult mentally handicapped, a big 'no-no' nowadays is comparing, treating or considering them as children. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Axe Me!

Which semi-acoustic guitar should I buy? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Photo editing sw for a simple workflow

I am looking for recommendations on a good photo editing application for a Mac. Specific needs inside. [more inside]
posted by cayla at 11:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Burn it Blue

I would like to find a video of Lila Downs appearing at the Academy Awards, please. [more inside]
posted by msali at 11:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Content filter's for Macintosh?

What are the options for single user content filtering for Apple computers? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get the wedding ring we want at a fair price.

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]
posted by tkolstee at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

how to make a drumbuddy

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]
posted by plague at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Show me the money!

OK so my grandfather bought the proverbial 'swamp land in Florida'... [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Cities built over older cities?

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]
posted by clockworkjoe at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a good Logo!

My church is looking for a new logo. Help me find a good designer [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Help find this dingbat baby

To what dingbat font does this baby belong? [more inside]
posted by ArchBr at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Subway ride from JFK to Yankee Stadium and back

Subway ride from JFK to Yankee Stadium and back... how long and is it safe? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 10:58 AM PST - 27 comments

How to establish good community relations with Roma?

Roma Resources, please. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 10:58 AM PST - 14 comments

He's got scratch arms

"He's got scratch arms." Help me identify the sociology video that contains this unforgettable dialogue from a four year old child. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me stay on top of printing and packaging technology.

Help me stay on top of printing and packaging technology. [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find an original Polish movie poster for "Dawn of the Dead" (1978)?

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]
posted by laze at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Lemon tree very pretty, but impossible to...identify.

Meyer or Eureka? How do I determine my lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

How to avoid losing most of my inheritance to Uncle Sam?

How do I get money (30,000 Euro/$50,000) from Europe to the United States with the least amount of pain? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 10:00 AM PST - 22 comments

No, It Probably Wouldn't Result in a Relaxed Kitty

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]
posted by WCityMike at 9:41 AM PST - 30 comments

How do I determine a fair commission rate?

I'm not a sales person, help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Finding Audi's "Safety" Commercial Online

Google-fu Filter: Hope me find the Audi commercial that aired during the Oscars! [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Where da men at?

BostonDatingFilter: Are the single men too scattered around? Where are they? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:39 AM PST - 27 comments

How should I charge for freelance work on-the-road with a client?

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?
posted by SampleSize at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Things to do during lay-over stops in Chicago and Portland, OR.

Extended layovers in Chicago and Portland, OR. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 8:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Its time to get mathy.

HindsightFilter: Due to a lack of perspective I didn't give math the attention I should have. I want to now. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Cow jumps over Moon, details at eleven

I am asking this for my kids I am writing a book and researching what would happen (both physiologically and on a larger scope) if pure nitroglycerin were injected into a cow, which (as we all know) is just brimming over with methane? [NOT COWIST]
posted by misha at 7:21 AM PST - 18 comments

computer help: IDE HDD and SATA DVD drive: why does the computer freeze up on start-up?

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]
posted by Jhoosier at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Am I going to crash?

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]
posted by shaarog at 6:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Marilyn Manson Does Not Count

Help me find some kid-friendly female-vocals rock music for my aspiring riot grrl. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 6:39 AM PST - 69 comments

Because everyone should be useful somehow.

What are some humorous descriptions/job titles/uses for otherwise "useless" people during the zombie apocalypse, end of the world, WWIII, etc.?
posted by Skorgu at 6:04 AM PST - 26 comments

Who is working for war and who is against it?

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]
posted by history is a weapon at 5:22 AM PST - 4 comments

podcast links without iTunes?

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]
posted by flameproof at 4:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting grounded in airport deals

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]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Scat, cat - get off the mat!

How can I make my "welcome mats" unwelcoming to cats? [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:01 AM PST - 16 comments

freestanding fluorescent

Can I make a freestanding fluorescent light fixture like this or this from a regular fluorescent light fixture and bulb? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 2:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Blair Witch was the original?

Help me find the docu/mocumentary that [I believe] the Blair Witch was based. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 2:33 AM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with artistic overload?

Advice or sources for dealing with inspirational overload? [more inside]
posted by farishta at 2:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Sometimes there are flying toasters...

Help me get rid of this stupid screensaver! [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 1:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Too much starch is never a bad thing, right?

So I was bored and ate a whole lot of paper. What now? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 1:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Canada customs siezed my laptop.

Please: recommend a lawyer in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 12:58 AM PST - 9 comments

February 25

NY Philharmonic concert in N.Korea. Where to listen?

New York Philharmonic perform today Tuesday a in Pyongyang. How can I listen? Is it streamed? URGENT
posted by priorpark17 at 11:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Correspondents seek dates and parties, or do they?

I need nicer prompts for certain data fields relating to correspondence sent and received [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 11:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Canada for Obama!

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]
posted by patr1ck at 10:26 PM PST - 7 comments

I know "Krebs Cycle", "junk DNA", and other cool phrases

Apparently, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny! Which I can only assume means something! [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 10:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Getting started in graphic design

Where does one find images for graphic design? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 9:37 PM PST - 33 comments

RPy problems

Stumped with RPy, need help badly! [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

I need fresh views on money and wealth

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]
posted by arrowhead at 9:05 PM PST - 19 comments

What can "Das war ja toll!" mean?

Scientific History Filter / Native German Speaker Filter. What did Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard's 1985 exclamation, "Das war ja toll!" mean? [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch at 8:58 PM PST - 11 comments

what do we ask a contractor and how do we ask it?

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]
posted by amfea at 8:53 PM PST - 7 comments

don't think I want to google "sex in a cemetery"...

i have forgotten the title of this young adult book I read a few years ago... [more inside]
posted by narrativium at 8:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Best places to talk Home Audio?

What and where are the best audio/home theater discussion groups/forums for someone wanting to learn about said items? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 8:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I get a PS3?

PS3 for Blu-Ray? Should I get one now? Is something better coming? [more inside]
posted by santogold at 8:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it time to cut my losses?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Mysterious arrows of PHP.

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?
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

I Sikh cl-hair-ification

Is there any way Harbhajan Singh has a lot of hair under his turban? [more inside]
posted by uncanny hengeman at 7:27 PM PST - 7 comments

HPV Clearance in a journal article

Clearing HPV: Help me understand this journal article, specifically the concept of rate ratio and how it translates into real-world risk. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 6:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Value of the Highlands Ability Battery?

Has anyone had experience with the Highlands Ability Battery aptitude tests? [more inside]
posted by smellycheese at 6:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Inexpensive dating in Boston

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]
posted by brett at 6:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a good cheap QWERTY phone.

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.
posted by spacefire at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments

In what ways can I mod/hack my desk ?

I'm building a desk for my home office and I could use some help on how to personalize it. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 6:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Snacking on sugar cubes

So I've started eating sugar cubes at my desk. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 5:36 PM PST - 33 comments

baseball software for kickball?

I'm organizing a kickball league this summer and am looking for a good windows-based freeware/shareware baseball scheduling program. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 5:30 PM PST - 0 comments

New immigrant filter: Can he work? Social security office screw up?

Social Security card confusion? Doesn't have the "valid for work only with DHS Authorization" wording? Eh? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Clearing a stored airbag SRS code

ODB2Filter: Hyundai airbag light is on. Can I clear it? [more inside]
posted by Perplexer at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Separate checks, please

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]
posted by Jeff Howard at 4:13 PM PST - 50 comments

Point me to video clips of the best parts of the Oscars

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]
posted by greggish at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find screen captures of COD4 intermission sequences?

Where can I find more information (and screenshots) about the motion graphic intermissions of Call of Duty 4? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a career counselor help me craft a better resume?

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]
posted by Kronoss at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Knife sharpening

Where can I get knives sharpened in the Hollywood (CA) area?
posted by TigerCrane at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a gibberishy fake product demonstration...

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]
posted by disclaimer at 2:42 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get Excel to convert dates from European to American

How do I convert European dates to American in Excel? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 2:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How to best show my appreciation.

Should I get a gift for someone I worked for for 3 days who tipped me generously? [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Holy Hand-out Help, Batman!

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]
posted by np312 at 2:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Salsa. Lets make it.

Salsa. What is the hands-down best salsa recipe ever?
posted by buriednexttoyou at 2:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Wherefore art thou runner's high?

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]
posted by mostlymartha at 2:10 PM PST - 37 comments

First visit to DF

Art, architecture and food enthusiasts: what should I do during my short trip to Mexico City? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are some black people afraid of my dog?

Why are some black people afraid of my dog? [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O at 1:34 PM PST - 117 comments

How do I find the values being sent to a website from my computer?

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]
posted by sherlockt at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find resources for a mentor/mentee relationship?

Where can I find resources for a mentor/mentee relationship? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 1:01 PM PST - 4 comments

In this corner... weighing in at 80 GB...

I just won a brand new Zune 80. I have a 4th Generation iPod. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by kjackelen05 at 12:47 PM PST - 29 comments

DC shrink

Need a good therapist who takes United Healthcare in the Washington, DC area.
posted by chickaboo at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Creating a graphic email signature without attachment

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]
posted by buybelen at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Need some MetaHelp

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.
posted by snap_dragon at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

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]
posted by iamkimiam at 12:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Unconditional Love? Altruism? Can You Learn it?

How to Cultivate Altruism and Love the Hard to Love? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Iron Chef RavinDave

Need tips on cooking Chicken in a Crockpot. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Accountants in Portland

Can you recommend a CPA in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Writers who became famous by leveraging the internet?

I'm looking for names of writers that rose from obscurity to commercial/critical success from using the internet. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 11:54 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I print new DVD inserts?

How can I print a series of .jpg files to exact size specifications? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

In Line for a Scholarship. Your Help Needed!

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]
posted by imjustsaying at 11:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Sending a check internationally.

Does the country in which a cheque is cashed have any basis on which currency is used? [more inside]
posted by comiddle at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Sell, sell, sell!

How can I sell something that is not selling in the traditional ways, such as eBay or craigslist? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me get bought out.

What should we do with our remaining inventory of art books? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 11:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Help solve my DNS woes

Help me figure out this DNS problem with my website... [more inside]
posted by puffin at 10:57 AM PST - 12 comments

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]
posted by lucidreamstate at 10:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I Eat This Website?

Can you help make my "Should I Eat It?" website awesome? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 10:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Photo collages: the sticky and the permanent

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]
posted by lisa g at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Making a handy phone sheet for a small business

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]
posted by phaedon at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should I travel to if I don't want to sightsee?

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.
posted by dobbs at 9:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Burger Time

Help me find new burger recipes. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 9:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Router-based Reroute

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.
posted by dkleinst at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I revive my favorite mystery plant?

How can I revive my favorite mystery plant? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommendatinos for installers of PV systems in SoCal?

Looking for installer recommendations of grid-connected solar photovoltaic panels in the Southern California Edison area. [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Outlook Calendar Reminder Desktop Alerts

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]
posted by panoptican at 9:17 AM PST - 1 comment

DIY Ping Pong 101

What should the dimensions and surface of a DIY ping pong table be? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What's up with these chalky marks on my clothes?

What's up with these chalky marks on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:10 AM PST - 17 comments

sexy parlor games

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.
posted by pipti at 8:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Housewarming gifts in Burlington, VT?

What recommendations do you have for a housewarming gift in Burlington, VT? [more inside]
posted by Read at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me, Obi Lawn; you're my only hope

How do I convert all-crabgrass and sand to grass, on a low budget? [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Eeek! It's the floating soccer mom head! Help me escape!

How can I absolutely, positively avoid the suburban matron/soccer mom look when I have short hair? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 8:23 AM PST - 43 comments

Drier than the Gobi, and hating every second of it.

How can I rehydrate quickly after a bad cold? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Easiest way to easily transfer finds from the US to my Canadian bank account?

I need to easily transfer finds from the US to my Canadian bank account. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 8:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommend a classical piano teacher in Cambridge, MA

Recommend a piano teacher in Cambridge, MA. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 8:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Ah, the days before digital.

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]
posted by sararah at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheech and Chong word?

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]
posted by mdonley at 7:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Get me to take more pictures with my DSLR

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.
posted by sandmanwv at 7:38 AM PST - 20 comments

I'd like to eat more than cheese and butter.

Insulin Resistance Filter: I've just been put on metformin. What next? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 7:33 AM PST - 15 comments

How to return users to the right page?

How can I put a login box on every page of my website? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

How does a garden grow?

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]
posted by suki at 6:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I eat this?

Should I eat this black bean soup? [more inside]
posted by donajo at 6:16 AM PST - 35 comments

Getting a ToDo List Manager is on my ToDo List

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]
posted by willmize at 6:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Make my chair back four or five inches taller?

Is it possible to add an extension to a chair back to make it four or five inches taller? [more inside]
posted by Clay201 at 5:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Scream Therapy?

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]
posted by vizsla at 5:13 AM PST - 44 comments

Graphics card for Dell T105/Ubuntu machine?

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]
posted by Zarkonnen at 3:52 AM PST - 10 comments

"There is" or "There are"

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]
posted by syzygy at 2:53 AM PST - 28 comments

don't call me anymore

My ex has turned violent on me. What recourses can I take? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 1:20 AM PST - 42 comments

How to view pages side by side in Microsoft Word?

Is there any way to view pages in a Microsoft Word (2002) documents side by side instead of top to bottom? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 12:04 AM PST - 6 comments

February 24

Backup software for Windows

What's good, easy-to-use, backup software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 11:25 PM PST - 15 comments

secrets of the fine d-i-y

what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 11:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Everybody loves a comeback!

Celebrity comebacks with single artistic turning point? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 10:53 PM PST - 36 comments

Cool/Interesting videos (similar to TED.com) on the Internet?

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!
posted by aggienfo at 10:17 PM PST - 24 comments

How not to lose music from iPodiPod to iTunes, Vol. 1

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]
posted by motown missile at 9:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Unique Eats

Please recommend some unique dining experiences in Richmond, VA and the Hampton Roads area. [more inside]
posted by srrh at 9:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Hup Two Three Four...

What are great film examples of the toughest, awesomest soldiers? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 8:59 PM PST - 49 comments

First there is a mountain then there is no mountain, then there is

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]
posted by youthenrage at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Thrift store smell

What is that thrift store smell? [more inside]
posted by bokinney at 8:48 PM PST - 25 comments

fetching itunes album art in os x

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
posted by willmillar at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for the video conversion gods to smile favorably upon me

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]
posted by dino terror at 8:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Romantic chicago

In your experience, what is the most romantic restaurant in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a quality yet cheap webdesigner?

Where can I get a quality yet cheaper as possible logo and web template for a web 2.0-oriented website? [more inside]
posted by fcoury at 8:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Swimming frequency

Swimmers: Can I expect to reap many benefits from swimming laps just once a week? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

where to find best animated shorts online?

Where can I view the Best Animated Short Oscar nominees online? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Practical sperm-wrangling

Speak to me of blocks to polyspermy. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 7:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Secure Political Donations?

Best secure service to receive political donations via campaign website? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 7:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I need catproof earbuds

Does anyone have any suggestions for catproof earbuds? My cat seems to find the tender plastic to be extremely succulent. [more inside]
posted by jenfu at 7:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I stay or go back?

Should I keep the job or go back to school? [more inside]
posted by bobber at 7:26 PM PST - 9 comments

A language in its own language

I need to prepare some labels with seven different languages printed in their own written language. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 6:57 PM PST - 9 comments

May the road Powerise with you.

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...)
posted by mykescipark at 6:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Canadian hotels, eh?

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]
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

I don't want to be the new fish!!

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]
posted by brain cloud at 6:51 PM PST - 26 comments

Laptop Shopping Question Oddities

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]
posted by franklen at 6:23 PM PST - 24 comments


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.
posted by Pants! at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How to resurrect dry beef leftovers?

What's the best way to fix up overcooked/dry beef leftovers? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 6:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I get ifame links openin a new window?

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]
posted by sandra_s at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for Obama Image

Can anyone point me to a full-sized scan of this saintly image of Obama (originally posted in this thread by goodnewsfortheinsane)?
posted by maryh at 5:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me ski!

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]
posted by chippie at 5:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Photos->3D Models?

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]
posted by five fresh fish at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a short story about time travellers killing Kennedys.

Kennedy assassination time traveller short story - anybody know who wrote it or what it was called? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Name my game development blog

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]
posted by JZig at 5:14 PM PST - 16 comments

plastic bottles. with caps. always.

What stuff should I bring with me on tour? [more inside]
posted by knowles at 5:03 PM PST - 31 comments

Insert bad reference to Clash song here

How do I decide where to move next, (or not) when a limited salary is one of the factors? [more inside]
posted by lemonwheel at 4:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Emergency duplicate Lexus key

Need a duplicate Lexus RX300 key [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 4:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Xbox 360 + NAS

Are there any network attached storage devices that work well with Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by notchristopher at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Tax Refund?!

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!
posted by paris2000 at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Best rates / strategies for calling a mobile in Portugal from the US

Best rates / strategies for calling a mobile in Portugal from the US [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 3:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Just the facts, please.

Say I have a percocet. It has stamped on it "7.5/325". [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me maintain my wife's car!

Need car maintenance recommendations for a 98 Nissan Sentra GXE and a mechanic recommendation in Denver. [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

My 1st grade teacher said I was a natural...it was all downhill from there.

Dear performing Mefites - how do you do that thing you do? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 2:41 PM PST - 19 comments

What makes for good research?

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]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by gratuitous1 at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Honest and skilled Apple shop in Hollywood, FL?

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?
posted by R_Nebblesworth at 2:06 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get a GSM Palm Centro UNLOCKED in the U.S.?

Palm Centro GSM Unlocked: how to get it in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Problems with my outgoing (SMTP) mail server with Outlook 2007.

Problems with my outgoing (SMTP) mail server with Outlook 2007. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 1:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Thunderbird woes.

Thunderbird is messing up my outgoing attachments. Please help. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 1:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Online dating photos - to post, or not to post?

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]
posted by zeph at 1:09 PM PST - 31 comments

GPS PDA for Japan trip

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]
posted by vaxtv at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

art 101

Help me find some art classes for a rank beginner in New York City. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What's hot with programming languages?

What programming suites are considered hot these days for for coding standalone Windows applications? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I beach-camp on the East Coast in March?

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]
posted by ann_disaster at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Putting the page numbers *exactly* where they ought to be?

Can you help me figure out Microsoft Word 2007's settings to meet some very precise requirements for page number formatting? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Mystery voice haunts Ted Leo song. News at 11.

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]
posted by spiderskull at 12:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Toxoplastic Poo

How long will the toxoplasmosis organism live in frozen feline feces? Does freezing kill it?
posted by kc0dxh at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What is slowing my connection speed?

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]
posted by jaronson at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

My body doesn't know how to stop being a klutz.

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]
posted by cmyk at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Please help me stop eating animal slices

I want to stop eating animal slices. Except there's a catch. Please help. [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 11:38 AM PST - 31 comments

Anyone recognize this antique?

Any ideas what this asian antique is? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:34 AM PST - 13 comments

DIY photolithography

DIY photolithography: has anyone ever tried to etch their own high-resolution PCB layouts or electrode patterns? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Where should we visit or stay in Eastern Europe?

Where should we visit in Eastern Europe? [more inside]
posted by D J Robertstein at 10:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I get married without a caterer?

Are there any Chicago-area wedding/reception venues that don’t require you to use their caterer? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 10:54 AM PST - 9 comments

I wanna (healthier?) eastah egg!

What's on the dinner table at your Polish Easter celebration? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

post hoc ergo propter hoc

Can you help me fix poor critical thinking in my high IQ but low education friends? [more inside]
posted by robotdog at 9:51 AM PST - 42 comments

What should I call my indie rock travel site?

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]
posted by octavia at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I blog under my real name?

To be, or not to be? The benefits and costs of blogging under your real name. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 9:14 AM PST - 21 comments

quest for pistachios

Where can I buy pistachios at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does alcohol disrupt my sleep? And what can I do about it?

Why does alcohol disrupt my sleep? Is there anything I can do to minimize this disruption? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 8:46 AM PST - 26 comments

eBay Return Policy

As a new eBay seller, I need a return policy. What's a sensible one? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:33 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me SHMUP on my PSP.

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]
posted by PowerCat at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I need another IPOD?

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.
posted by seekingsimplicity at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get over a nasty breakup

I need some advice for getting over an ugly break-up for a rather sketchy relationship. [more inside]
posted by the_dude at 7:26 AM PST - 29 comments

We'll never tell. Don't ask again.

Looking for a science fiction short story I read years ago. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Bundle or burn?

Which makes more sense environmentally, heating with our waste paper or recycling it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 6:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me find this radiohead photo?

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.
posted by hairgelburrito at 6:34 AM PST - 0 comments

Polititian-packed Predator number 1?

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]
posted by donkeymon at 6:34 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I moderate my behavior so I don't ruin my relationship?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 AM PST - 17 comments

A place to air my grievances...

Therapist recommendations in the Phoenix, AZ metro area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Why do cinematographers have their credentials listed in movie credits?

In movie credits, why is it that only the cinematographer or perhaps film editor have their credentials listed? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 5:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Whats the best hard case for a Macbook?

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]
posted by 6am at 4:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Brown Paper

Why do some types of paper (e.g. ski lift passes, recipts) turn brown when put through the dryer?
posted by charmston at 3:43 AM PST - 5 comments

how do you find the right cologne?

how do i find my scent - what deodorant to use? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 1:49 AM PST - 10 comments

What will soothe a cat's stomach?

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]
posted by hooray at 1:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Formac Mini External Drive

Anyone know the specs for the Formac Disk Mini external power adaptor (NT070)? [more inside]
posted by mtonks at 1:03 AM PST - 2 comments

February 23

Help my mouse get better!

Why is my fancy mouse scratching so much? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 11:12 PM PST - 7 comments

A cheap bastard's e-book reader.

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]
posted by zardoz at 11:10 PM PST - 19 comments

I've got the "crap" part down, but...

I'm looking for Web sites premised on the production of "crap art", structured art projects for non-artists, inspiration and instructions. [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 10:38 PM PST - 5 comments


Why is vibrato appealing? [more inside]
posted by palet at 10:07 PM PST - 20 comments

How to rebuild a life? Long....

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 59 comments

Please give me tips about couples counseling.

Ever gone to couples therapy? What worked? What didn't? What different approaches are there? What should we expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm 23 and my boobs need to go.

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Dull Windows XP Question

"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]
posted by wittgenstein at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Geoblogging - how do I keep friends updated while I walk 100km for charity?

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]
posted by uk_giffo at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

How early should I get to an Obama rally?

How early should I get to an Obama rally at which the "doors open" at 4pm? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 7:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Portland OR recommendations Wanted

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 :)
posted by america4 at 7:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Extra Culture

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?
posted by tarantula at 6:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Interview Filter: How to handle a tricky history

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]
posted by debgpi at 6:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Some kind of monster (book)

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]
posted by rbs at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Showing a static DVD image with minimal blurriness

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]
posted by russilwvong at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it better to take a 24-hour allergy pill in the morning or at night?

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]
posted by richrad at 5:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me find great, unknown "hidden gem" soul and R&B artists.

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?
posted by amanlikeme at 4:54 PM PST - 55 comments

Is it me or is it you?

I am having difficulty figuring out whether our arguments are normal in a relationship or whether they're poisonous. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 4:41 PM PST - 69 comments

How can I get my hands on higher-concentration vinegar?

How can I get my hands on higher-concentration vinegar / acetic acid? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 4:33 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a "mass" doing on my dad's brain?

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]
posted by bash at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

A Savings Bond That Pays Off In Ameros Would Be Perfect, But What Else Is There?

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]
posted by peacecorn at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Two, two, two computer questions in one!

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]
posted by Northwest at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to go in Belize?

We're going to Belize! Help me plan our 10-day trip. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Tin Tin in Indochina

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?
posted by Deep Dish at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Roommate filter: help me find a roommate

What are some good roommate matching services? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 3:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheap sleep near the Frankfurt airport?

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]
posted by Rash at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Finding an easy-to-get job that requires a BA

What's a job that's easy to get that requires a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 2:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Snow Chunk Nomenclature

What do you call those chunks of snow that accumulate on automobile fenders behind the wheels? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 2:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Kickass digital girls?

What was the first videogame that had a principle female character that not just a damsal in distress or sex object? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 2:01 PM PST - 35 comments

Do UofP schools have libraries?

Do the University of Phoenix schools have libraries at their on-ground locations? If not, how do they get away with that?
posted by foxinthesnow at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Spotty cat eyes

My cat has dark spots in one of his eyes. Is this something I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by puke & cry at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I carry my arugula without a plastic bag?

Farmer's market and co-op conundrum: what can I use to carry my veggies instead of plastic bags? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some good, quick boxed international lunches?

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]
posted by nitsuj at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

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]
posted by roomwithaview at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Make them glow forever!

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!
posted by boots at 12:33 PM PST - 12 comments

life is a song that begins with the word behold

Who made this poem? I starts like this "Life is a song that begins with the word behold." [more inside]
posted by low affect at 12:32 PM PST - 2 comments

my computer screen is too small!

Help! My computer screen has shrunk and I can't make it big again! [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 12:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Is the chipped lining in my old microwave dangerous?

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]
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Buying travel drugs online, how safe?

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?
posted by parttimeninja at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

help my teenagers cope with moving

Adolescent angst-filter --- please recommend good books/movies about being the new kid in town. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 11:51 AM PST - 33 comments

Lease extension to an awful roommate?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 35 comments

How can I fend off the boss with data while I do my job of building a great website?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can a male get an HPV vaccination in Los Angeles?

Is there a doctor in Los Angeles that will give me, a male, an HPV vaccination? [more inside]
posted by DarwinianDan at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Subaru running in stealth mode. Need help.

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]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE at 11:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Snow management for the ignorant

Is it necessary or worthwhile to remove the snow from my crushed-stone driveway? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 11:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me figure out barn doors and gels!

Tell me everything you know about barn doors and gels for light kits! [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 10:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Restaurant suggestions in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles?

Recommendations for a nice restaurant in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, for a group of seven on a Saturday night ? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me turn my mac mini into a home web and file server

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]
posted by that girl at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

My microwave tried to kill me

Why did my microwave "explode"? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 10:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I possibly find Michael Kors Hawaii parfum?

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?
posted by turkishLola at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

What is the name or author of this SciFi short story?

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]
posted by pedmands at 10:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Is my PC's power supply possessed?

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]
posted by zackola at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Beautiful places to rent cabin near Westchester?

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.
posted by Malad at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I fix a problem updating my Ubuntu package repository?

Ubuntu geeks: A problem downloading a new repository index. Total Ubuntu newbie, much, much more inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Help with Podcast hosting, uploading and creating a iTunes podcast?

Any free Podcast hosting out there? I need help with Podcast hosting, uploading and creating a iTunes podcast! [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments


What kind of weird outlet is this? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 9:02 AM PST - 18 comments

New software for a new computer?

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]
posted by ®@ at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find the historical PE ratio for a given stock market sector or industry?

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?
posted by tomwheeler at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Seeking Drugs. Online. Have Perscriptions, Health Insurance.

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]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:25 AM PST - 6 comments

What DDR song is this?

I am trying to figure out which Playstation 2 version of Dance Dance Revolution has this song with this backdrop. [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

What is happening to my vagina?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 25 comments

When is the best time to buy a vacation package to get the best deal?

When is the best time to buy a vacation package to get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 6:25 AM PST - 5 comments

How to encode FLV on Mac w/ Open Source?

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.
posted by nicknd23 at 6:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I find Baked Doritos Cooler Ranch Tortilla Chips

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]
posted by elationfoundation at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

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.
posted by iceman7 at 4:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Anyone Here Watch Cartoons in Vietnam About 20 Yrs Ago?

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]
posted by mhh5 at 3:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Muqam about with BBC Radio 3 Podcasts?

Does anyone have a copy of Part 1 of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes podcast of Lucy Duran in Azerbaijan? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla at 2:58 AM PST - 1 comment

I don't actually think I want to have a family for a while

I am 28. I am a man. I am broody. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 12:06 AM PST - 19 comments

February 22

Do SAT scores expire?

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/ .
posted by H Carl at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding anatomy poster source image?

How can I find the original source image from an anatomy poster? [more inside]
posted by andreux at 9:50 PM PST - 4 comments

When should I be born?

When should my new birthday be? [more inside]
posted by JimmyJames at 9:18 PM PST - 59 comments

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?
posted by CoinOp at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Good Gift for New DSLR Owner?

GiftFilter: Please help me cheer up my sister in law. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 8:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Windows on a new Mac: Safe?

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]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:21 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm building a project that I think is a little like TiddlyWiki. Where should I start?

I'm building a project that I think is a little like TiddlyWiki. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 8:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Make a Run for the Border!

Any info about lap-band surgery in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 9 comments

One man, one guitar, one microphone.

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]
posted by JParker at 7:28 PM PST - 45 comments

Small single-stack handgun with a DA/SA trigger?

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]
posted by vorfeed at 6:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Trouble shoot a Sansa Clip for me

My girlfriend's Sansa Clip has suddenly developed a problem I can't fix. [more inside]
posted by lassie at 6:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Convert pdf to mp3

Is there a conversion site that converts pdf to mp3? If not, is there freeware that does it? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 6:28 PM PST - 12 comments

beetus beetus dia dia dia beetus bark bark bark

My dog may have the beetus. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 6:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Lesbian-friendly psychiatrist/therapist in Kentucky?

Can you recommend a good, lesbian-friendly therapist/psychologist/whatever in Kentucky? [more inside]
posted by reese at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Douche-Baggery at Work: How do we protect ourselves from future slander?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Loss of a leg

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.
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Knead help finding massage in Tampa.

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.
posted by socratic at 5:21 PM PST - 5 comments

How to make egg noodles?

How do I make decent egg noodles? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

This is an historic question.

What are some other examples of using 'an' in front of a non-vowel like some do with 'an historic...'? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 4:32 PM PST - 42 comments

Adsense vs the World

Are there any current estimates as to what percentage of all marketing/advertising dollars are being spent in contextual marketing? [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Recharging creative battery in St. Louis

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]
posted by Kloryne at 4:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Is Computer Engineering a Good Fit For Me?

Given my love of building things, should I change my major from Computer Science to Computer Engineering? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Adhering tissue paper in the very best way possible?

I want to glue and layer tissue paper to bristol board. Help me pick out the right kind of adhesive! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I bring my scanner back to life?

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]
posted by potch at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research?

How do I get a prototype of an invention made and conduct market research? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 3:46 PM PST - 11 comments

If I'm not the Monkees, who am I?

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]
posted by lizzicide at 3:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Discussions about dreams and creativity

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]
posted by moonmilk at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

White Paper Business Model

What are some examples of sites that make lots of money off of hosted white papers? [more inside]
posted by redarmycomrade at 3:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Mirror, mirror leaning against the wall...

I have a mirror that looks like the one in this picture. The frame broke. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Identicalify two XP user accounts?

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.
posted by bbranden1 at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Followup on medical patients emitting enough fumes to sicken hospital workers?

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]
posted by krisak at 2:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Mommy Moo-Cow Filter

Need recommendations for an automatic breast pump. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 2:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Things to do in Osaka and/or Wakayama Prefecture?

Things to do in Osaka and/or Wakayama Prefecture? [more inside]
posted by zompus at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Who sings this song? (background music on a webpage)

I'd like to know who sings the song which is the background music for this website. [more inside]
posted by tra at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to park in the New York City area?

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]
posted by malthas at 1:52 PM PST - 21 comments

OSX programming, coders needed

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]
posted by filmgeek at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I do with Windows 2K3 and old hardware?

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]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Who's watching my domain name searches?

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?
posted by Kibbutz at 1:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Bug-filter: Cockroach? Please god, nooooo!

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]
posted by saturnine at 1:21 PM PST - 20 comments

43places alternative?

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]
posted by Leech at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Fun, free multiplayer games?

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]
posted by Harry at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

pop-up in my periphery...

Aumented Realityfilter- Please, Me-Fites give me your examples of films/video clips of humans with built-in H.U.D.s...? [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm being ignored by internet explorer...

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?
posted by edjusted at 12:50 PM PST - 15 comments

“You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea”

I am bored. I don't know what to do with myself. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 12:42 PM PST - 38 comments

What to do for a working week in Brussels?

What to do for a working week in Brussels? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 12:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Griefer article?

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?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 12:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Complete runs vs. cherrypicking?

Selling a complete run of comics: advice? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 12:15 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I turn my best friend into something more?

How do I turn my current best friend into something more? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 12:14 PM PST - 50 comments

I'd like to know when it is safe to walk on Park Ave.

Why are there certain intersections in Manhattan that do not have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a Wii!!!!!!

wiiFilter: Where can i find a Wii in Dallas today?? BTW..Dont want to use craigslist.
posted by flipmiester99 at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments


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]
posted by bibliowench at 11:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Gift for my hard-to-buy-for groomsman.

Gift for a coin collector? [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Mail.app cutting off forwarded emails.

In OSX Mail.app (using an IMAP account), why do messages I forward keep getting cutoff or truncated? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Why does my cat's paw have whiskers?

Why does my cat have whiskers on his legs? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Scotland on the (too) cheap?

Is myguideBritain a reputable operation? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Boom boom bap

I need to get an old drum set back into playing condition. What heads should I buy? [more inside]
posted by echo target at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

No hablo espanol but I'd like to be polite.

What is the polite way to deal with service workers who speak poor English in an English-speaking country? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Pearls before swine

Hulled barley: how long should it take to cook? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Where was this desk online?

Lost Link: I found a super splendid sexy aluminum desk online a while back and now it is lost! [more inside]
posted by folktrash at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Where does the DTD go?

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]
posted by josephtate at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for 2D drafting software

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.
posted by pombe at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Non-degree business education in NYC or audio/video?

Non-degree business education in NYC or audio/video? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 10:55 AM PST - 0 comments

Name that obscure music video

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?
posted by gofargogo at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm in it for the long haul this time around.

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?
posted by Sloop John B at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

How does a Roland MC-505 stack up against a TR-808?

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]
posted by neilkod at 10:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Good book(s) about randonneuring?

I'm looking for a good read about bicycle randonneuring, in English or French. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Utopian internet manifestos?

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.
posted by munyeca at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Snap crackle sinus

Why do my sinuses crackle when I sing? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I Email to the nephews and nieces?

What cool / fun / educational things can I email / forward to my nieces and nephews aged 0, 1, and 2? [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

How to add CD art to mulitple tracks in iTunes?

How to add CD art to mulitple tracks in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 8:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Word 2007: "Pattern" chart-fill option?

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]
posted by NYScott at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Identifying which elevator to make a pitch in

I need to identify resources that provide updates on municipal spending habits and intentions, particularly around disaster management scenarios. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 8:30 AM PST - 1 comment

MS Word: Strip all styles while retaining formatting?

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.
posted by yesno at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Accommodation and things to do in Valencia, Spain?

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]
posted by jonesor at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

How should we protect patient data?

What steps should a small practice take to secure patient data on a laptop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Disgusting Speedo Filter

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!
posted by richmondparker at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I make professional-looking homemade lip balm labels?

How do I make semi-professional, waterproof labels for handmade lip balm tubes? [more inside]
posted by starsnstars at 7:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I really wash my hair less?

Can I really wash my hair less? [more inside]
posted by sian at 7:34 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking to expand my music collection

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]
posted by Alpenglow at 7:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for simple tricks that only kids under 8 appreciate.

GoofyTricksForKidsFilter: Looking for simple tricks that only kids under 8 appreciate. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 7:05 AM PST - 43 comments

Heathy Eating in Northwest Houston?

Where can I find healthy, great-tasting food at a restaurant in northwest Houston? [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 7:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Pocket organization

How do the guys here creatively and efficiently organize their pockets to carry the three essentials: cell phone, keys, and wallet? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 6:58 AM PST - 78 comments

Redoing Bathroom Without Taking a Bath

Bathroom Renovation Filter: DIY vs. Contractor [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Why do I deserve happiness when there are other people in the world who don't have it?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 AM PST - 55 comments

Running just as fast as we can, holdin' on to one another's hand

What jobs out there involve complete isolation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Skipping periods on birth control

Skipping periods on birth control - how does it work, and why didn't it when I tried? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Ideas for search by distance

How can I best display a search by distance feature on a website? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung at 6:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting music out of my brain away from home.

How do you, fellow musician, capture musical ideas when you're nowhere near a recording device? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Guidebook to Japan?

Which Japan travel guide should I get? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Where's my "No to All" button?

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]
posted by pipesplus at 4:18 AM PST - 21 comments

What are some compliments you can give strangers without seeming like a creep?

What are some compliments you can give strangers without seeming like a creep? [more inside]
posted by refactored at 4:13 AM PST - 51 comments

n00b-Friendly Ubuntu Media Player for HTPC?

Is there a n00b-friendly media player for Ubuntu that would work well on a set-top-box set up for broadcatching? [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 2:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Use Mac / PC Guitar Hero controller on PS2?

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?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:29 AM PST - 2 comments

i can has lolcats?

i can has cheezburger has stopped displaying images when I view it at work - help! [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 1:19 AM PST - 9 comments

February 21

Getting many projects done

How do you keep track of multiple projects at the same time, and get good work done on all of them? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 11:21 PM PST - 10 comments

How to kill a deer

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!
posted by Corduroy at 11:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Help troubleshoot video stalls on Windows XP

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.
posted by rockhopper at 10:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Needed: Can't-Miss Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake and a great price on said hotel.

Needed: Can't-Miss Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake and a great price on said hotel. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 10:00 PM PST - 4 comments

We'll be comin round the mountain.

The best week long backpacking trip in the United States? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 9:58 PM PST - 20 comments

What's up with http://www.dnn4free.com?

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]
posted by caroljean63 at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

She's changing her name from Kitty to Karen...

How do I legally change my name in the state of South Carolina? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Make w.bloggar play nice with Wordpress categories?

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?
posted by freudenschade at 9:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeking compact professional looseleaf binder

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]
posted by alms at 8:57 PM PST - 7 comments

We're going to need a better designed boat!

I want to design a boat. A big boat. Help me learn the basics of interior boat structures. [more inside]
posted by gc at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

ode to red light district

Is there a way to avoid geek'd laptop hinges? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 8:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Haircut Help

Where can I find a good and reasonably priced hair cut for my curls in NYC? [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

I miss Quake 3

Is there anywhere out there where I can play Quake 2 or 3 online with a Mac? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Find this video!

Help me find a music video? [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Oy! I've got oysters.

I've got 11 fresh oysters in the refrigerator. After opening them what are the basics in devouring them. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:50 PM PST - 14 comments

gift for a skaterboi?

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?
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 10 comments


what should i know about a peruvian ngo before i volunteer for them for a summer? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Seeking Title/Author of Certain Unceasingly Loathsome Literatary Work

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]
posted by vanoakenfold at 6:56 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with a meme-ish domain name?

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...
posted by wendell at 5:17 PM PST - 26 comments

... Insert witty remark here...

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]
posted by bitteroldman at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Controlling weight with heart problems.

How does one keep their weight down when to exercise is to risk sudden heart stoppage? [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks at 4:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me plan a prank centered around getting snipped.

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]
posted by sorindome at 4:29 PM PST - 50 comments

Spanish English readings

Can someone point me to print-out-able readings that are in English but have Spanish translations next to them? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Langerado 2008 Advice

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]
posted by Telf at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with used fancy-shmancy genetics equipment?

What can I do with a bunch of cool fibre-opticy Illumina Sentrix Array Matrixes? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Coolest places in New York to visit at night?

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.
posted by shivohum at 3:52 PM PST - 19 comments


MeFi actors/casting directors/people who have been extras before... any tips for what I should do at an "extras casting call"? [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Stare into my eyes

Why do animals make eye contact with humans? [more inside]
posted by oldlies at 3:44 PM PST - 28 comments

relationships of all kinds are hard to sort out

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 14 comments

healthy ears

Are there any supplements or foods that are healthy for ears? Not the outer flappy cartilage part, the inner workings part.
posted by parallax7d at 3:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Registry edit that can call an individual user's SID in Windows?

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]
posted by Psionic_Tim at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it ever okay to directly contact the other participant involved in an accident?

Is it ever okay to directly contact the other participant involved in an auto accident? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 3:22 PM PST - 18 comments

dentista necesitado

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.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 3:16 PM PST - 21 comments

My XP takes too long to shut down & boot up. What could be causing it?

My XP takes too long to shut down & boot up. What could be causing it? [more inside]
posted by cheero at 2:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Good news: I've got US$100,000! Bad news: for one year.

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]
posted by killerinsideme at 2:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for advice on running Windows in a virtual machine

Seeking advice on eliminating my existing Windows PC in favor of a virtual machine running on Linux. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 2:14 PM PST - 22 comments

eBay user selling plagiarised articles

Someone is selling my articles on eBay. [more inside]
posted by tomorama at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Who offers the good (Great!) cell phone plans in Adelaide, Australia?

Who offers the good (Great!) cell phone plans in Adelaide, Australia? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How does Terapeak do it?

How do sites like Terapeak and Hammertap get their data from eBay? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 2:03 PM PST - 1 comment

copyeditors: how many hours?

hey copywriters/editors: about how long might it take you to edit a 20-page product brochure averaging 10 items/page? thanks!
posted by oigocosas at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

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.
posted by tnoetz01 at 1:24 PM PST - 1 comment

What about London should I map?

What about London should I map? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 1:23 PM PST - 21 comments

1-800-CONTACTS Comes North?

What's the best site to order contact lenses from in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How can an ice cream shop survive winter?

What could a small ice cream/frozen yogurt shop start selling in the colder months to keep business alive?
posted by logic vs love at 1:16 PM PST - 52 comments

What are some good blogs/sites that are like kottke.org?

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]
posted by jasminerain at 1:14 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me pick a path

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]
posted by hulahulagirl at 12:47 PM PST - 16 comments

glutton filter

How much weight could a healthy adult gain in one indulgent weekend of overeating?
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Man U at the Bridge

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]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Shrimp Recipe Me

Give me your easy, your delicious, your nummy shrimp recipes, yearning to be free! [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:27 PM PST - 27 comments

Server-side image merge?

What are my options for including an auto-merged image file in the context of a website? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 12:26 PM PST - 1 comment

i can has real opinion?

Apartment shopping: Is it acceptable to contact the current resident of an apartment unit we're moving into? [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 12:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should I shop?

Going to Austin (from WA state) next month, have little or no warm weather clothing. Should I buy clothes here or there? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 11:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Light box model recommendations for seasonal affective disorder?

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?
posted by korpios at 11:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Recommendations for buying a potter's wheel?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Best/cheapest US bank for initiating international wire transfers online?

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]
posted by stephthegeek at 10:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Help creating an autorun file for external drive

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]
posted by royalchinook at 10:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Muttering : where do you cross the line?

Muttering to oneself : how much is too much? And what if the muttering consists largely of profanity? See also.
posted by stinkycheese at 10:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Automating file copying on a Mac

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]
posted by O9scar at 10:35 AM PST - 9 comments

How to count the number of times a string appears in a database field.

SQL Filter: What query can I use to count the number of times a word appears in a text field? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Tasty whole-wheat pasta?

Are there any decent-tasting whole-wheat pastas? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 10:29 AM PST - 31 comments

Come here, birds, I want to feed you!

How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Gift giving when the unthinkable occurs

Gift idea for 2 yr old boy in the hospital with severe burns on one hand? [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Makeshift production monitor from a computer LCD?

Can I use my computer monitor as an HD production monitor? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

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.
posted by raddevon at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Is breathing a weight-loss program?

Do we lose weight just by breathing? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with good person who is a bad roommate

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]
posted by vegsister at 9:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Will my heart explode?

When I jog, my heart rate goes to 195 beats per minute. Is that bad? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 9:26 AM PST - 17 comments

How do i convert a normal zipper into a two-way zipper?

Is it possible to convert a normal one-way zipper into a two-way separating zipper? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 9:23 AM PST - 3 comments

This Needs Answered

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]
posted by lohmannn at 9:08 AM PST - 45 comments

Hot to stop Outlook reminders from hiding behind other open programs

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.
posted by IndigoJones at 9:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Please tell me how to stuff it.

What are your favorite ravioli fillings and sauces? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:59 AM PST - 19 comments

What are the signs of an empire in decline?

Are there generalized signs of an empire in decline -- things that show up in different cultures and different points in history?
posted by dugnorth at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable. -Goldwater

Help me stop hurting someone close to me... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 8:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Searching for an electronic database for every automobile ever!

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]
posted by Detuned Radio at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Can't stop thinking about fridges and winter...

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 ;)
posted by advicepig at 8:07 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I handle copyright issues on a blog/CMS template I'm developing and selling?

How do I handle copyright issues on a blog/CMS template I'm developing and selling? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Best OS for an Older Laptop?

What's the best-performing OS for a Toshiba Satellite 2595 CDS with 64 MB RAM and a Celeron 400 MHz processor? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Refinance through the same bank?

Is it possible to refinance through the bank that holds your mortgage? Is it desirable? Is it easier? [more inside]
posted by condour75 at 7:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for SMS->web service

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.
posted by influx at 6:36 AM PST - 6 comments

How to record internet radio with data on songs?

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.
posted by febus at 6:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Any useful tools for deconstructing a website?

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]
posted by brokekid at 6:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to get my eyebrows back to normal?

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]
posted by AMP583 at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Elephant Bones

Exactly how many bones does an adult elephant have?
posted by tarvuz at 6:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Strange landscape in northern russia.

Please help me re-locate an unusual geological formation on Google Earth. It is somewhere in northern Russia. [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 5:57 AM PST - 5 comments

What tools should I add to my iPaq?

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?
posted by fsmontenegro at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me procure a Ruff Ruffman shirt!

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!
posted by unixrat at 5:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Tax Hell

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]
posted by mand0 at 5:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Help a skint domain name seeker out!

Cheapest way to register an expired Godaddy domain? [more inside]
posted by ceri richard at 3:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me learn how to build my robot

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]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:07 AM PST - 10 comments

The good, the bad, and the ugly

How do you critique a friend's work, without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 2:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Should you avoid taking Codeine and Caffeine for headaches?

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]
posted by chill at 1:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Have pics, need online gallery.

What is the super easy way to create a cool online picture Gallery (flash)? Without a hassle. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 1:12 AM PST - 11 comments

A story about madness? or apathy?

ShortStoryFilter: A bachelor gradually finds out he has a wife? It's hard to explain it in one sentence. [more inside]
posted by lou at 12:05 AM PST - 8 comments

February 20

Big Bang Baffles Bonzai

Why is the Big Bang possible? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 11:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Facial exercises

Do facial exercises really work? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 10:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get rid of this persistent foul taste in my mouth.

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]
posted by sciapod at 10:29 PM PST - 5 comments


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]
posted by chrisalbon at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Recommendations needed for online law schools in Louisiana

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
posted by donmayo at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

Present for Indian wedding anniversary?

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]
posted by zaphod at 9:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Will mail from Cuba get to the USA?

Will a postcard from Cuba arrive in the US? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this dog owner technically guilty of neglect?

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]
posted by merocet at 8:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it worth it to push an issue with my credit card?

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]
posted by handful of rain at 8:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Cham-pahn-ya In A Box

Can I get champagne in a box? If yes, where? If not, why not?
posted by sparkletone at 8:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Forget Web 3.0...I'm jumping straight to Web 5.0.

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]
posted by phaded at 6:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Dead as dial-up?

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.
posted by sonofslim at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Health risks associated with preventing ejaculation?

Is circumventing ejaculation with pressure to the perineum harmful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Safe job for a teenage girl

What are safe jobs a 16-year old girl could do if she lacked proof of legal work eligibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Am I selfish for wanting to leave because I'm bored?

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?
posted by Talez at 5:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Am I statistically more likey to die quietly in my sleep or in a fireball of fury?

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]
posted by bigtex at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Did you hear the one about the loud-mouthed Texan?

Is there a version of this representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 5:24 PM PST - 28 comments

The magazine of today about The House Of Tomorrow

Know of any magazines, periodicals, or newsletters dealing with Mid-Century Modernism, particularly home furnishings and interior design? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 5:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a reliable mechanic in Toronto

Any recommendations for a reliable/trustworthy mechanic in Toronto? Specifically for a late 90s Mazda. [more inside]
posted by impactorange at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Criticism of the monomyth?

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.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Resources for learning Polish?

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]
posted by Lebannen at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Do famous people hate their own voice?

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 by madh at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Old laptop, new trick: Laptop screen darkens--except for the cursor.

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]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I run a web server on OS X without admin access?

How can I run a web server on OS X without admin access? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I get a cheap flight by purchasing a ticket connecting in my actual destination?

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]
posted by newatom at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Self-powering a bus-powered USB device?

Anyone ever managed to power a USB flash drive independent of the bus-power? [more inside]
posted by britain at 2:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Insert Inline Image?

How do I inline an image an Outlook 2007? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this succulent?

What is this cute little succulent and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Staying classy as a homeless in San Diego

Staying classy cheap in San Diego.. where should I stay overnight? And any neighborhoods to avoid? [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 2:20 PM PST - 15 comments

First time technical interview advice

I'm a college freshman about to experience technical (CS) interviews for the first time. What can I do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find my TV commercial!

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?
posted by littleredwagon at 1:55 PM PST - 15 comments

How long does my former employer (in New York State) have to get me my final paycheck?

How long does my former employer (in New York State) have to get me my final paycheck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me out of this downward spiral?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 40 comments

What to do with all this knowledge?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 16 comments

no-drill pool safety fence

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]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN at 1:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find free chicken coop plans?

Can anyone point me out some free plans for a small chicken coop? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What recipe should I use for this pan?

What is the best recipe for a castle shaped cakelette pan (think mini bundt cakes) with many sharp angles? [more inside]
posted by HauteMama at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me with this household engineering problem.

I have a silly problem. I have lost quite a few things in my apartment, and need help getting them back. [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 1:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Renting in Columbus OH

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]
posted by selfnoise at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

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]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

You'll get no Napolean Dynamite quotes out of me

Where can I buy cafeteria-style individual milk cartons? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:01 PM PST - 24 comments

The super err will not be denied.

How do I figure out the source of my VM memory corruption issues, and can I fix them? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 12:52 PM PST - 13 comments

ow! my face!

I just started using Tazorac, and of course now my skin hates me (temporarily, I hope). Any recommendations for moisturizers? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 12:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Who is that masked man?

Where can I find / how can I make a Venice-style Carnival costume in the Chicago area by Friday evening? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 12:43 PM PST - 1 comment

african song -t'walabimsu???

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!!
posted by 8699oriel at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Keep my lawn healthy, and dogs not dirty and smelly

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]
posted by cmiller at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How to alphabetize a list while ignoring articles?

Can I alphabetize data in Excel (or elsewhere) while ignoring the articles "the", "a" and "an"? [more inside]
posted by Burns Ave. at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

%{QUERY_STRING} the Hivemind

Mod_rewrite & query strings: Just when I thought I had it figured out... [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 12:23 PM PST - 8 comments

How can we encourage local bloggers?

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]
posted by stokast at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

What's a catchy theme for a corporate conference?

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]
posted by scottso17 at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Pasting Crappy Microsoft World Code Into Movable Type

How can I clean up crappy Microsoft Word code in Movable Type 4? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Vegetarian needs "respectable" article about protein in all foods

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]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 11:49 AM PST - 34 comments

Cheaper root canal?

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!!!
posted by tessalations999 at 11:41 AM PST - 13 comments

My aching back

Mid-back pain when seated-----help! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

I had a vision. How do I do it again?

Recently I saw the future (I think). How can I do it again? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 11:06 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I prepare for Cuba and what should I see?

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]
posted by Dasein at 11:05 AM PST - 22 comments

I know I should be worried about global warming, but...

ExfoliantFilter: My favorite exfoliant has been discontinued! [more inside]
posted by nax at 10:52 AM PST - 15 comments

How to protect my music?

How to protect my music on the internet? Or elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 10:48 AM PST - 14 comments

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]
posted by Roach at 10:32 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm doing something, but I'm not sure what I'm doing.

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]
posted by kbanas at 10:12 AM PST - 22 comments

Need help keeping an eye on the internet

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?
posted by domakesaypat at 10:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this line from "Little Shop of Horrors"?

What is this song lyric from "Little Shop of Horrors"? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

I think it boiled down to having a cooler name for the technology.

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]
posted by geckoinpdx at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a tattooist in Seattle

Help me find the right tattoo artist in the Seatle area. [more inside]
posted by oncogenesis at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Did I harm my mac by connecting via a proxy server?

Did I harm my mac by connecting via a proxy server? [more inside]
posted by muscat at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

A walk on the wild side

How do I know if my frozen lake is solid enough to walk on? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 8:30 AM PST - 12 comments

I want to have tailored shirts

I want tailored shirts. Where can I find a good tailor? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Portable digital recorder with powered mic in and removable storage

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.)
posted by neustile at 7:58 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I make it up to my pal?

I did what I was asking about in this question , and now I've lost one of my friends. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 7:50 AM PST - 59 comments

Please help me find Phantom Power!

Finally got a condenser microphone - now what? Help me find my Phantom Power! (please, thanks) [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

I got on the wrong plane and wound up in the wrong country. Am I owed anything by the airline?

I got on the wrong plane and wound up in the wrong country. Am I owed anything by the airline? [more inside]
posted by Challahtronix at 7:39 AM PST - 55 comments

What do you do when there's nothing you really want to do?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Why did my mom's personality change?

What the heck is wrong with my mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Hot Sauce Mash

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]
posted by Ragma at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Who else is the French Hemingway

What French literature is relatively easy to read? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 7:16 AM PST - 32 comments

In state tuition fees for out of state students?

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]
posted by worker_bee at 6:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Bring me your solar wind and magnetosphere

Will I see the southern lights in New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 6:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Restaurant recommendations in DC?

Can you recommend a nice, fancy restaurant in DC that has an intimate space(s) suitable for about 10 people? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 6:55 AM PST - 15 comments

My Irish boss wants near-Chicago americana vacation tips!

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]
posted by conch soup at 6:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Should we discourage silly child's behavior?

My friend's 9-year-old daughter acts like this, what can she do? [more inside]
posted by uvaleg at 6:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Deadly Combo

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]
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:31 AM PST - 20 comments

How should I handle this car accident?

I was in a car accident on Friday. I have questions about insurance, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Why give someone a raise and annoy them at the same time?

Why give someone a raise and annoy them simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Overall size of SLR lens and/or filter market?

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]
posted by UMDirector at 5:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I sneeze?

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]
posted by ParsonWreck at 4:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Any good, detailed articles on sound design in movies?

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!)
posted by caek at 4:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Open-source way to record phone calls?

Open-source way to record phone calls? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:26 AM PST - 10 comments

USB turntable help

USB Turntable- Why did it record my conversation but not the album? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 3:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How to daisy-chain an iPod to my ext. FireWire drive?

Daisy-chaining my iPod to my ext. Firewire drive -- I can't seem to get this to work. [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 3:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Philsosophy book with King Lear in the intro?

Philosophy book that mentions King Lear in the introduction? [more inside]
posted by etoyasu at 3:03 AM PST - 2 comments

February 19

What's up with my character spacing?

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]
posted by wsquared at 11:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Casual games for the treadmill

I have a computer (macbook pro) next to my treadmill. Please suggest some casual games I could play while exercising. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur at 11:12 PM PST - 9 comments

When is she likely going to die?

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]
posted by lilywing13 at 10:51 PM PST - 17 comments

help me tell cute classmate I am seeing someone.

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]
posted by gavtaylor at 10:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find the Cantor that sells 600 thread count bed sheets in front of a synagogue near Macy's.

(NYC filter) Help me find the Cantor that sells 600 thread count bed sheets in front of a synagogue near Macy's. [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Need some electrical advice and setup help ??

How is this lantern/hanging lamp setup installed ? [more inside]
posted by hboogz at 8:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Ulead VideoStudio Editing

Trying to make a video in Ulead VideoStudio, but am stymied on a few things. Help? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the best way to respond to boss' negative email?

How do I respond to a disciplinary email from my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 31 comments

Cold Case Investigation Resource

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.
posted by gm2007 at 8:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I deserve a raise?

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]
posted by Anthony84 at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Too slippery when wet?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Iron Love Triangle

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Close a lease long-distance, or narrow and leap?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

So what is he on?

Hello MeFites, I'm trying to determine what drug(s) a member of my family is using. [more inside]
posted by Evan Gaffney at 7:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I Panic?!

What is the job market like in Santa Fe, NM? [more inside]
posted by backwords at 6:47 PM PST - 13 comments


Tell me what cipher I need for my daily commute. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:43 PM PST - 29 comments

How Do I Make A Fake Loading Screen?

What's the easiest way to create a fake ZX Spectrum/Amstrad/C64 loading screen? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What happened to my beans?

What is going on with my beans?! [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Show Me How To Rock!

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?
posted by Hello, Revelers! I am Captain Lavender! at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

More than once every 52 seconds

I feel my libido is too high. How can I normalize it healthily and deal with it? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 5:44 PM PST - 35 comments

Flat TV's behind one-way mirrors?

Flat TV's behind two-way mirrors? Good idea or no? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 5:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone else act silly around strangers?

does anyone else feel comfortable acting silly around strangers? do you think it's "abnormal"? [more inside]
posted by supertouchme at 5:12 PM PST - 66 comments

Less is More Essays

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]
posted by GregX3 at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Walk Hard 2: The Ask.Metafilter Story

Walk longer or walk faster? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 4:49 PM PST - 19 comments

17thc. books online?

Resources for recreating the look and feel of 17th century books (their title pages specifically?) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Picky jerks need a new game

Board game filter: What's a good strategic board game for 3-4 players with moderate attention spans? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 4:29 PM PST - 39 comments

So was that before or after Michaelangelo?

How about some ideas for creating a mental framework for studying history? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Does a promotion negate a merit raise?

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]
posted by Vidiot at 4:14 PM PST - 31 comments

AskMechanics, please help me diagnose this car problem.

My vehicle has recently started shorting out while it's starting up... help? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Help with Halogens

How do I avoid setting my kitchen on fire with halogen lights? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Love Quotes

I need good quotes for a gift for my girlfriend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Create a simple database website (and gather the data)

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]
posted by mtstover at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Does Torchwood get any better?

Does Torchwood get any better? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 3:40 PM PST - 44 comments

Creative baby gift ideas

Looking for creative baby gift ideas. [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 3:28 PM PST - 18 comments


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?
posted by yclipse at 3:03 PM PST - 1 comment

User Migration between PCs

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]
posted by zephyr_words at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by itchi23 at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Batman TV fonts?

Looking for a font similar to the one used in the 1966 Adam-West-era Batman tv show opening credits; any ideas? [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How to reduce/eliminate RF noise in my home studio?

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]
posted by scottandrew at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Goat bras: why, exactly?

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.
posted by bookish at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's all my stuff?

Help me find a locally running (NON-Apache/PHP/MySQL) Windows based inventory management system. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Come, sing, and conquer!

Help me identify this zany Christian disco track from the Bollywood classic Disco Dancer. [more inside]
posted by pravit at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find good options to help my sister get out of debt

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]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 1:02 PM PST - 41 comments

What is up with Vladimir Nabokov's "Laura" ?

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]
posted by Jireel at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Financial-aid-filter: Is saving money for suckers?

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I learn to like research?

How do I get excited about my research or is academia really for me? [more inside]
posted by TypographicalError at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven

How do I become a trivia master? [more inside]
posted by engling at 12:08 PM PST - 30 comments

I can has right to privacy too?

Damn silly college "visitation hours" rules at a public state university. Help me fight the man? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 12:05 PM PST - 44 comments


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]
posted by hodgman at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

A more breadifying experience

What is the secret to bread texture? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 11:05 AM PST - 28 comments

How should I spend my final two months of freedom?

How should I spend my final two months of freedom? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me scratch this mental itch?

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]
posted by irregardless at 10:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Self-help books?

What are some "life enhancing" books/programs I should check out to help live a more successful and rewarding life? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

How to track climber's progress with Google Maps

Using Google Maps to track Himalayan climber's progress: an easy way? [more inside]
posted by klinefelter at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Nausea in my shoulders

I experienced what I believe was a very odd migraine yesterday, and I'm trying to understand it. [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Calling the happily employed

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]
posted by koenie at 10:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Setting down in the Land of the Delta Blues?

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]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Someone bought my friends name.com, resolves it to porn. Help!

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]
posted by Mamapotomus at 9:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Where should I go?

I want to take a 4 day vacation somewhere, sometime soon, with my SO for under $1500. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 9:51 AM PST - 15 comments

at this point I'll keep the smokers cough over the alternative!

Zyban/ Wellbutrin side effects... how long did they last for you? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 9:51 AM PST - 28 comments

Is Omega Dawn worth buying?

PS3GameFilter: Do enough people play online with the Omega Dawn expansion pack for Warhawk to make it worth buying? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

watch avis on tv

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...
posted by jgballard at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

ergonomic desk: help me be a stand-up guy

I want to stand up while I program. Please recommend a desk. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Hernia in C5-6

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]
posted by bernsno at 8:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather?

Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:55 AM PST - 24 comments

What is this children's book with living mop?

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
posted by metadave at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Fun desk chair?

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!
posted by lemonade at 8:38 AM PST - 10 comments

"Damnation, I've run out of air!"

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]
posted by breezeway at 8:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Smart & Pregnant

A question about kid lore ("smart" = "pregnant"). [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 8:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Leaky roof

Our roof is leaking and the super doesn't seem to care. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Is the IRS mad at me?

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]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:00 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I make my WiFi network stop hiding from me?

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]
posted by logovisual at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Best PDA with wifi?

Please suggest a good PDA with wireless access. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 7:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Worlds largest record collection for sale

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?
posted by stbalbach at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Timing, forget the timing

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]
posted by alb at 7:21 AM PST - 7 comments

How to best print my family tree?

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]
posted by kdern at 7:20 AM PST - 5 comments

How to seal in allergens with a clear coating?

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]
posted by Nerro at 7:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Tax and other logistics of working hourly vs salary

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.
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Current and former civilian DoD employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens?

Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

HomeDecorFilter: How can I dye some curtains to very closely match my new walls?

HomeDecorFilter: How can I dye some curtains to very closely match my new walls? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 7:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Did I break it-break it, or just break it?

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]
posted by wg at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

One Phone, One MP3 Player, One Combined Headset?

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]
posted by paulfreeman at 6:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Satin sheets = rich apparently?

Sure I've got money, but what I really want is cock. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 5:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Normal sized bath towels around anymore?

Are there standard sizes for bath towels? [more inside]
posted by chocolatetiara at 5:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Coincidence? I think yes. But what to call it, and does it warrant extra cake?

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]
posted by roombythelake at 5:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Cover Letter Question

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]
posted by jne1813 at 5:01 AM PST - 2 comments

fast, solid, non-lame name

Reliable paid file-hosting service that allows hotlinking and has a neutral, professional domain name? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 4:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Climate scientists as political activists?

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]
posted by pica at 4:19 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm Feenin'!

What is the cheapest, fastest, way to get as many 21 Jump Street DVDs as possible? One (major) caveat --- I'm in northern Thailand.
posted by matkline at 4:10 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I protect myself from my financially unstable mother?

How can I protect myself from my financially unstable mother? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small at 3:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Nikon D70 depth of field preview button doesn't work. What to do?

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]
posted by benign at 3:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Short story about the Tin Man

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]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 2:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Cutting my teeth as a new saw buyer

Toolheads, sound off. I need a solid, all-purpose, electrically powered saw. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:44 AM PST - 19 comments

USA vs UK 1914!

How did Britain and America compare militarily in 1914?
posted by greytape at 2:11 AM PST - 11 comments

His name is my name tooo

I want to legally add a hyphen in with my [many] names, how complicated is this in Canada? [more inside]
posted by rhinny at 1:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Did the ant and the grasshopper both retire comfortably?

At what age did you start saving for retirement? At what age do you recommend starting to save for retirement? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 12:21 AM PST - 42 comments

February 18

Cannot remember this song to save my lfie....

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]
posted by lattiboy at 11:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Tricks, tips, and recipes for cooking with alcohol?

Tricks, tips, and recipes for cooking with alcohol? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I borrow your driveway for a few days?

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]
posted by Salmonberry at 10:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Jobs for a Tech-Savvy Historian/Teacher

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]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Do female prisoners get conjugal visits?

[Prison Filter] Do female prisoners get conjugal visits? [more inside]
posted by gnash at 9:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Automatic 18 wheeler?

Are all 18-wheelers stick shifts? Is it possible to have an automatic 18-wheeler?
posted by Ollie at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't get a good explanation...

Why is Judy Garland such a gay icon? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Forgotten conversation simulator

Does anyone else remember a Gopher-era interactive conversation simulator that used to be online around 1993? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 8:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Palm based RPGs?

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!
posted by jeribus at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I buy a good tool or a great tool?

[WoodWorkingToolsFilter] Nice biscuit jointer, or really nice biscuit joiner? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 7:45 PM PST - 13 comments

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]
posted by sansgras at 7:41 PM PST - 90 comments

Can I count on my GPS during an extended blackout?

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?
posted by CarlRossi at 7:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Give me a good hair day!

Please help me reconcile my desire for a neat hairstyle with my special someone's unreasonable attraction to a Beatles-style do! [more inside]
posted by mebibyte at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a small, tall organizer?

Where can I find furniture for a particularly small space? [more inside]
posted by werty at 6:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Engaging history book that documents the african american experience

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]
posted by allthewhile at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me become an amateur cobbler.

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]
posted by KingoftheWhales at 6:35 PM PST - 12 comments

What's traffic like the morning of the San Francisco Marathon?

What's travel like on the morning of the San Francisco Marathon? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

why can't i breathe?!

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]
posted by violetk at 6:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How to deal with a messy breakup

What do I take away from a messy breakup? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Created by Madison Avenue?

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]
posted by empath at 5:55 PM PST - 30 comments

Can the British just sail right up the Mississippi?

Can the British just sail right up the Mississippi? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 5:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me pick a used car, econ majors!

How do you determine the sweet spot between price and age/reliability when looking at used cars? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 5:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Measuring overlap in graphical objects

SVG or Java: Measuring the overlap of graphic objects [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Small business ecommerce solution?

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]
posted by s01110011 at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

This secret is...

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.
posted by schyler523 at 4:49 PM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by weston at 4:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Do I still have Anxiety?

Do I have anxiety? [more inside]
posted by Schuby at 3:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Where can I find high-quality LCD monitors in LA?

CRT-Quality LCD monitors: do they exist? Where can I see them in person? [more inside]
posted by DoomGerbil at 3:53 PM PST - 6 comments

I gave up TV. Now help me buy a TV. (...Or a humongous monitor for my computer/dvd player.)

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]
posted by jkl345 at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Paystubs for Freelancers

How do I make pay stubs for myself as a freelancer. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I nicely organize my library of 80 gigs of MP3s?

How do I nicely organize my library of 80 gigs of MP3s? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 3:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Binders and Boxes and Bookshelves, oh my! I've got too much school stuff...

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]
posted by cheeken at 3:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Around the world but still stay in one spot?

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?
posted by pianomover at 2:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Need help with Internet access with a laptop.

I have a couple of questions about accessing the internet when travelling with a laptop for the first time. [more inside]
posted by valleys at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to tell Mom?

How do I tell my mother that I don't intend to have a relationship with my brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM PST - 33 comments

Sort of an ancient Hindu Linnaeus kinda thing?

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?
posted by Greg Nog at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Intermittent reboots. WTF?!?

Why is my mother-in-law's computer rebooting? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 2:24 PM PST - 12 comments

How can my girlfriend reduce her anxiety so I can go out socially?

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]
posted by AuroraSky at 2:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Please monitor don't blow up...

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]
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Post workout sleeping disorder

After heading for the gym, I only manage to get a few hours of sleep. [more inside]
posted by Sharcho at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Feature length movies with a CC license?

What are the largest creative projects released under a creative commons license, such as feature length movies or full albums? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Need name for a new L.A. politics blog.

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]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 1:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Unwanted mail

I am currently getting mail sent to my apt. for at least 6 previous tenants. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

help me record my snowboarding trip!

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]
posted by oliverst at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

What can I use Google Sky for?

What are some examples of questions that you could use Google Sky to answer, and how would you do so?
posted by unknowncommand at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there any way to use both St. John's Wort and oral contraception effectively?

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?
posted by TNOTGILL at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a "YouTube for Audio"

I'm looking for the audio equivalent of YouTube. That is, where can I post and share radio interviews at no cost? [more inside]
posted by jurczyk at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Beagle and Chips to go please.

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]
posted by tonylord at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

A special gift to melt her sweet Vietnamese heart?

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.
posted by metabeing at 12:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Salary Negotiation Help

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]
posted by jennyjenny at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What's this comedy show called?

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]
posted by tosteka at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the first book you remember loving?

What is the first book you remember loving? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green at 11:42 AM PST - 147 comments

Flash me!

Adobe Flash Player apps won't work on my Internet Explorer 7 browser. [more inside]
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Toxic Inhahler

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.
posted by glibhamdreck at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

I need skillz

I have two weeks to learn PHP. Help me make a plan! [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 11:15 AM PST - 20 comments

A rose by any other name...

What makes a good name? [more inside]
posted by sephira at 11:10 AM PST - 31 comments

Why has my weight started resting on my coccyx?

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]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:10 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get my browser to work?

How do I get an Internet browser to work in Vista? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Where have you gone, Snap-E-Tom ee-oh?

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]
posted by DandyRandy at 10:38 AM PST - 8 comments

UK based food info site

Can anyone recommend a site like FitDay.com but with an English base? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Tell me anything you know about the New York City public school system.

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]
posted by HotPatatta at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

A question on using Google's "My Maps" feature

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]
posted by patricio at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Dividend Payout Ratios: Sexy Sex Edition

Where can I find the dividend payout ratios for all industries? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

and while we're at it, can you help me run the Talking Moose?

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Not another box of cheese, again...

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]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 9:21 AM PST - 17 comments

Gas prices change but cars don't. What gives?

Gas has been getting more and more expensive, yet cars have not been getting more fuel efficient. Why not? [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 9:19 AM PST - 47 comments

Lost Bud Jamison short?

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]
posted by timsteil at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Epidydimitis and fertility/conception?

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Miscarriage recovery

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Weight loss strategies

One hundred pounds overweight and 41. Will I ever get washboard abs again? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 8:58 AM PST - 24 comments

News Alerts

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]
posted by marc10 at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Mac music notation composer?

SheetMusicFilter: Is there a program on Mac similar to Noteworthy Composer? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't want a friend. I want quiet after 10:00PM

Remember my previous question regarding a noisy upstairs neighbor in our condo complex? Its gotten worse. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:10 AM PST - 29 comments

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]
posted by freddymetz at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I physically write faster?

How do I physically write faster? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 7:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Illustrator and eps (dcs 2.0) linked file printing questions.

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-
posted by pleuroma at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

stubhub.com - scam?

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.
posted by xmutex at 7:21 AM PST - 25 comments

Thoughts on possible bad gas - the car kind?

Bad Gas, the car kind, I think - advice? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 7:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Who's Singing This Gershwin Tune?

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]
posted by dbarefoot at 7:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me do some apartment gardening.

Help me with my (potential) indoor apartment garden. [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 7:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do dogs point?

Why does my dog lift one of his front paws when he sees something that interests him, in that classic "pointer" gesture?
posted by vraxoin at 6:55 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I collect email addresses?

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]
posted by fvox13 at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

What do you call your significant other's family members?

What do you call your significant other's family members? [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 6:18 AM PST - 37 comments

British Fish and Chip Shops around Boston area / New England?

British Fish and Chip Shops around Boston area / New England? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Improve my pan-linguistic wordpower

What words should English steal from other languages? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:12 AM PST - 91 comments

Travel Writer's Guide to Iceland (in 4 days!)

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]
posted by 0bvious at 4:30 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I record live video directly from DV to PC?

I'd like to record live video directly from my FireWire DV camera using Windows XP. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by russ9595 at 4:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Is DAB transmitted along with digital television?

Does DAB arrive along with digital television? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 2:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Explain "That Costly Ride"

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?
posted by mulligan at 12:41 AM PST - 10 comments

February 17

Brewing up a stink?

AromaFilter: Nice apartmemt, next to a brewery. Will there be unpleasant exhaust from the brewing? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 10:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Guys, how do you know she appreciates you?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Male with female hips

Male in early twenties with what can only be described as female hips. What's going on, and what does it matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 33 comments

What Proof for Colorado Hybrid Tax Credit?

What proof do I need to claim the Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 9:46 PM PST - 1 comment

How best to leap through time?

What books have you read that handle the mechanics of an expansive timeline well? [more inside]
posted by deCadmus at 9:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Just a little muscle is all I want!

Suggested workout programs to put on some upper-body muscle and add general torso definition, while leaving room for running? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 9:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Henna in Memphis?

Where can I find someone in Memphis to do the elaborate "wedding" henna on a few people? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 9:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Smartphone on a prepaid plan, is it possible?

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]
posted by vegetableagony at 9:07 PM PST - 9 comments

package ideas for a European

Help me think of interesting American things to send to my European friend! [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 8:55 PM PST - 52 comments

This question is so n00b that it hurts.

Help me learn HTML and CSS. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 8:31 PM PST - 18 comments

My next broomstick

low-cost 60-mile commute vehicle? [more inside]
posted by airplain at 8:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Speeding Up the Sullivan Co. Real Estate Closing Glacier

Buying a house in Sullivan County, New York. Need your best recommendations for people to work with (lawyers, title folks, inspectors)... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 7:08 PM PST - 0 comments


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?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 6:55 PM PST - 22 comments

How to poll the public on the Web?

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]
posted by rwhe at 6:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Astronomy events iCal feed?

An iCal feed containing events of astronomical interest? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me do some tricky applique?

Please help me appliqué with some difficult fabrics to work with! [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Washington Mutual - credit card fraud from within?

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]
posted by skwm at 5:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do I get a power surge error no matter what USB device I plug in?

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]
posted by DoubleMark at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

How much does smoking marijuana damage my lungs?

How much damage am I doing to my lungs, specifically with regards to athletic capabilities, by smoking marijuana regularly? [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

My kawasaki is sick, can you help me nurse her back to health?

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]
posted by TomMelee at 4:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Software to auto format and print game cards?

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]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

star search!

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]
posted by meeshell at 4:42 PM PST - 14 comments

What can I do to help my mom in her new role as the full-time caretaker for my ailing step-dad?

What can I do to help my mom in her new role as the full-time caretaker for my ailing step-dad? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I legallly be denied access to my fuse box?

MA filter: Must I have fuse box access if I rent an apartment? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

my stomach hurts like its never hurt before!

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]
posted by sardonicsmile at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Subconscous Suicide

Am I subconsciously trying to kill myself? [more inside]
posted by thefamousmoe at 3:25 PM PST - 83 comments

Favorite Barcelona hostel?

What is your favorite hostel in Barcelona?
posted by smackfu at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for unique albums.

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?
posted by davebush at 3:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Why is everyone so horny?

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?
posted by Ziggurat at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Yes I have the horn but I have standards too

Help me find some interesting erotica and porn...(suprisingly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Art Theory and Modern Criticism Sites?

Can anyone recommend an excellent art theory and modern criticism site? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

What is my viney plant thing?

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]
posted by katillathehun at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Nuts! I've got a squirrel!

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]
posted by DenOfSizer at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

"Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this."

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]
posted by onlyconnect at 1:39 PM PST - 32 comments

Finding funding for a movie?

My friend is trying to find funds to make a movie, how should he do it? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Any tips for curbing my serious sugar addiction?

How do I curb my sugar addiction? It's getting serious. [more inside]
posted by lxs at 1:31 PM PST - 27 comments


Working on DIY solar charger from modified garden power lamps. Of course the panels look different than the ones in the pictures! [more inside]
posted by aetg at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Any way around my coop's "no sublet" rule?

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.
posted by SampleSize at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments


So I tried making my Win XP laptop into a TOR node and...uh...yea, no worky worky. Please help me recover. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 1:03 PM PST - 3 comments

The first training montage

What was the first ever training montage in a film? [more inside]
posted by siskin at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Secure My External Drive

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]
posted by ecab at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

MedicalFilter: What's this lump on my outer thigh?

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Correcting medical records

Can incorrect and speculative family history be corrected on my medical records? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Jelou, jou ar llu.

How do I re-learn how to pronounce words in English and minimize my accent? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Toronto Wedding Cake on a budget

Where can I find a cheap (but not cheap looking) wedding cake in the Toronto area? [more inside]
posted by 20something at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Public Darkroom?

Is there a sort of public-access darkroom in the greater Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by seeka at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

How does self-checkout work?

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!
posted by meta87 at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Big Willy Wants YOU!

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.
posted by Medieval Maven at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Firefox extension for web development servers?

Is there a Firefox extension for switching between the same page on different domains? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 10:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Mech/Mfg. Engineer w/o degree. Possible?

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]
posted by high0nfire at 10:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Morbid obesity bathroom logistics

I recently watched BodyShock: Half Ton Man & BodyShock: Half Ton Mum. How do people of this size go to the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:42 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I use up 6 broken eggs quickly?

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]
posted by maudlin at 10:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Two Cats are Better than One?

I want two kittens. My husband wants one. Help me win this argument. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 10:17 AM PST - 52 comments

Extracting Data from Myspace and creating a date sorted list of gigs.

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]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Advice on moving to Austin from SF Bay Area

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]
posted by bananafish at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me sell my Magic: The Gathering cards

What's the best way to sell a bunch of old Magic: The Gathering cards? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 9:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Can I see a little bit of SXSW Music?

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]
posted by nonliteral at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me breathe!

Can you help my nasal congestion? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 9:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get nduja salami in the USA?

Can I buy nduja salami in the USA? I've read of a 2003 FDA restriction that precludes its import. [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 9:28 AM PST - 11 comments


Day trip to Atlantic City? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

To Here Knows When, When You Sleep

How long can your extremities "fall asleep" before there is permanent damage? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 9:01 AM PST - 20 comments

Vegetarian Soul Food

Vegetarian substitutions four soul food dishes. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Swap HTML elements using CSS?

How do I swap the order of two HTML elements using CSS? [more inside]
posted by idzyn at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

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]
posted by lunchbox at 8:40 AM PST - 15 comments

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]
posted by sully75 at 7:29 AM PST - 29 comments

What are these books I read as a kid?

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]
posted by lunasol at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Tacna, Peru!

Things to do and places to stay in Tacna, Peru? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Do You Want To Save The World?

Do You Want To Save The World? [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 5:59 AM PST - 25 comments

rubbermaid my brain melt

What do I do about the crappy garbage can rolling around on the street in front of my house? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 4:31 AM PST - 14 comments

How to bypass the power button when turning on a phone

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]
posted by Nickel at 2:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Suggest a video camera camera to record usability testing

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]
posted by TheDonF at 2:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I have to all the way to Portugal for this??

Where in Los Angeles can I go to get black henna done on my hands? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 2:05 AM PST - 2 comments

What is this quote about heroes from?

Help me identify a quote about "woe to the society that needs a hero." [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How does disownership of a child work in Japan?

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.
posted by Ky at 12:45 AM PST - 15 comments

February 16

Photoshop cannot open cr2 and jpg files in a single folder on an external harddrive

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]
posted by msbrauer at 11:57 PM PST - 5 comments

where to find this 40 year old power cord?

Where can I find this 40-some-year-old power cord? [more inside]
posted by ethel at 11:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Web browsing with a hi-res display?

Optimal web browsing with a high resolution (1920x1200) display? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 10:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Need title of explicit and racy romance novel where rough sex with relative left orphan girl barren

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]
posted by citystalk at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Identify my Dad's Vintage Typewriter

Help identify my father's Korean war-era typewriter. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I run programs off of an external hard drive?

Can I run Microsoft Office (2003) off of an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 7:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Whence comes sediment-free after-dinner coffee?

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]
posted by Mapes at 7:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I stop the noise from my motherboard coming through my speakers?

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]
posted by Grod at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

My scientific nemesis

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 28 comments


Can one use Lactobacillus acidophilus to treat bacterial vaginosis and, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Dating for Dummies, Chapter 73: Getting Physical

Dating for Dummies, Chapter 73: Getting Physical. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 28 comments

pen island

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?
posted by fish tick at 6:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Feed me!

What are some simple, healthy, and appetizing dinners for impatient cooks that like neither vegetables nor meat? [more inside]
posted by fleeba at 6:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Track recipes online?

Does this website exist: track recipes (online/offline), add notes (including dates), maybe upload images, cooking stats, etc.? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 5:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Under 21 in Boston, stuff to do after 9PM? Night life please!

Under 21 in Boston, stuff to do after 9PM? Night life please! [more inside]
posted by Texasjake987 at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments


Can a store refuse a check (British cheque) that has been folded (you folded it to fit into your wallet)? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Sending money to Canada from the US?

Best way to send money from the U.S. to Canada? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 4:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Spying on Google Maps

Out of curiousity, how would one arrange a Google Maps image of oneself? [more inside]
posted by RGD at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do I look to find information on rail cargo rates and services?

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.
posted by Nothing at 4:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Large Site Network Infrastructure (Hardware) Examples?

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]
posted by hmaugans at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

What features should I add to my basic backup solution?

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]
posted by philomathoholic at 4:02 PM PST - 24 comments

I've got a meeting with venture capital people on Friday, help!

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]
posted by signalnine at 3:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Carrying Case Construction

CarpentryFilter: What kinds of books/resources are available to someone who wants to make a wooden carrying case? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 3:31 PM PST - 6 comments

How to ask someone out? No, literally, how the hell do I communicate this?

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]
posted by kalimac at 2:30 PM PST - 25 comments

What are the lightest-weight antispyware and antivirus programs?

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]
posted by Ricket at 2:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Which (Verizon) Mobile Phone to Choose?

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]
posted by Dreama at 2:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Wifi mystery (to me anyway)

Recently staying in a motel I found my laptop (Sony Vaio SZ and 18 mths old) would not [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do with this money?

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]
posted by Shoggoth at 2:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Cookie... nom nom nom.

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]
posted by media_itoku at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Alberto Gonzalez protest music

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]
posted by ignorantguru at 12:31 PM PST - 51 comments

Someone died and willed me a helpdesk...

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?
posted by tcv at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for Photo Management Software Shared Over a Network?

Suggestions for Photo Management Software Shared Over a Network? [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 11:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Situational Comments

What stock banter lines do you keep in your back pocket? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 11:43 AM PST - 91 comments

Crackberry Blues

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]
posted by evilcupcakes at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Is the mortgage lender telling the truth about PMI?

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]
posted by amfea at 11:18 AM PST - 8 comments

where oh where has my little phone gone, oh where oh where could it be?

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]
posted by streetdreams at 11:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Gentoo + AD + pam_mount + ssh = single password?

Can I get a gentoo machine to authenticate/mount home directories from a windows 2003 server with a single password? [more inside]
posted by grandsham at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Spoiler Alert

What is the origin of the term "Spoiler Alert". [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me build a better cat tree.

Help me out with building a cat tree. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Useful Books

What is the most useful book you own? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 10:01 AM PST - 104 comments

Selling an antique print

What is the best way to sell a print that is worth a little money? [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 9:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Or was it just a dude with long hair?

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]
posted by funkiwan at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

You know that song

What's the name of that song that is typically associated with the circus? [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 9:05 AM PST - 12 comments

freelance translation - online

I'd like to hear other people's experience in doing online translation work. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 8:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Mysterious Obama street art.

How might I find more information about this Obama poster, seen under the Ballard Bridge in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for style at home in Vancouver

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]
posted by phoenixc at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Organize my work contacts.

I need some way of organizing the business cards I am suddenly starting to collect. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Why can I breathe better with water in my nose?

Why is my nose-breathing markedly improved if I moisten my nasal passages with saline spray? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

ISO: Artist featured in art mag years ago

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?
posted by mizrachi at 8:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Good Morning, America, Where Are We?

Calling all geography sleuths - can you ID the destination from the train route described inside? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to go for dinner with a vegan?

Vegan Torontonians! Have you found any restaurants with vegan options? How friendly are restaurants to requests for vegan food? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 7:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Math for pre-schoolers

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?
posted by billtron at 7:42 AM PST - 27 comments

What about the mone? Launder it.

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?
posted by bingo at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Alternatives to Seven jeans?

Male, not wanting to shell out $200 for another pair of Seven's, seeks lower-priced alternative to their Standard cut. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Does this program exist for Windows?

Where can I find a Windows program that receives console-redirected text and displays it in a text box? [more inside]
posted by equalpants at 5:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Island Diamonds?

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.
posted by malhaley at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend to me a good (and preferably free) NZB download site

Recommend to me a good (and preferably free) NZB download site [more inside]
posted by tundro at 4:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me lead with power in a figure 8

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]
posted by gergtreble at 4:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Cheap Mac

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]
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:54 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I insulate a sash-weight window in a 1900 house?

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.
posted by msalt at 1:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music?

Music Filter: Can you recommend some contemporary Russian music? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 12:06 AM PST - 14 comments

February 15

How can I hook up my Timex-Sinclair 1000 to a modern television?

How can I hook up my Timex-Sinclair 1000 to a modern television? [more inside]
posted by missed at 11:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Definitely not Valentin Silvestrov this time.

RussianShortwaveFilter. Yes, I'm back with yet another song ID in a foreign tongue... [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I buy a puppy with an umbilical hernia?

Should I buy a puppy with an umbilical hernia? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 10:08 PM PST - 25 comments

Vacations for 1

Considering a vacation for 1... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 9:33 PM PST - 19 comments

What to do with 100mbps connection?

What can I do with a 100mbps internet connection? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 8:55 PM PST - 24 comments

three months of iCal data missing

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]
posted by lorimer at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Determining whether dvd scratches will affect playback

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...
posted by jimmyjimjim at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

My indoor cat wants out.

Our indoor cat desperately wants to go outside. Help! [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:21 PM PST - 16 comments

set loose in singapore

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]
posted by drea at 7:16 PM PST - 25 comments

What makes a score to a WWII movie or tv show have that distinctive "sound" to it?

What makes a score to an American WWII movie or tv show have that distinctive "sound" to it? [more inside]
posted by educatedslacker at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Help make my PC better.

My computer is sick. Please help (XP pro). [more inside]
posted by wilful at 7:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Spain or Pain?

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.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a book on leadership during times of great change

I'm looking for a fairly recent book about leadership during times of major change written by a female author. [more inside]
posted by salvia at 6:18 PM PST - 4 comments

balti in houston?

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.
posted by ncc1701d at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Illegal Eviction Notice in Los Angeles

Have you dealt with an illegal eviction notice in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting jail time in california?

What would a person have to do in order to get a one year jail sentence in the California penal system. [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE at 6:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Old water: drinkable or petri dish?

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]
posted by ellenaim at 6:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Why are shooters male?

Why does it appear that all the school/campus shooters are male? [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 5:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Can I get my hands on the pilot for the US version of "The Thick of It"?

Can I get my hands on the pilot for the US version of "The Thick of It"? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Delicious Tonic for Gin+Tonics

The best Tonic for a Gin and Tonic... [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 4:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads

I live in Hollis, New Hampshire. Any recommendations for laser hair removal in SE New Hampshire or nearby? [more inside]
posted by beachhead2 at 4:05 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm a hurtin' skeptical wuss.

I finally broke down and went to a chiropractor. Now BOTH sides hurt, and much worse. [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 4:00 PM PST - 34 comments

ISO Satan's fiddler.

Name the darkest, most evil fiddle player out there. Atonal, discordant, scratchy, and furious are all big pluses. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 3:54 PM PST - 34 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Help with curl

Curl response different than browser [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 3:22 PM PST - 7 comments

"Beautiful Boy " type of music?

What type of music is Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" - it's sounds half oriental half, half hawaiian ... know any style names? artists? instrumental music?
posted by mrmarley at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Possible to implement user photos in MS Outlook/Exchange?

Is it possible to create a tab/form in the Microsoft Outlook properties window where you can post a user's picture? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 2:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Love is not boring, love does not use cliches.

Help me find non-traditional bible readings for my Catholic wedding. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:05 PM PST - 14 comments

How to access Good Messsaging backups?

How do I access my Good Messaging emails as plain text (or otherwise)? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 2:01 PM PST - 0 comments

StupidExcelQuestionFilter: Adding x and y axis labels

How do I add x and y axis labels to a chart in Excel 2008 for Macs? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 1:59 PM PST - 2 comments

How to add chapter marks to an .MP4 file?

How can I add chapter marks to my videos that I watch on an iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

how can I write with windows default system font ?

how can I write with "Marlett" windows XP default system font ? [more inside]
posted by Baud at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

So happy about the 401K until...

Did my 401K just blow my IRA deduction out of the water? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Xbox 360 + Connect 360 (OS X) + 720p + 802.11n = jerky video?

Xbox 360 + Connect 360 (OS X) + 720p + 802.11n = jerky video? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Where are the good Facebook apps?

Are there any good Facebook apps? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 1:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Please help me translate!

Khmer/Cambodian and Lao/Laotian food translations? [more inside]
posted by macsigler at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I just suck it up?

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]
posted by repoman at 12:58 PM PST - 27 comments

Department of State - zippy, or like the dead?

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]
posted by AthenaPolias at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Music Suggestions for TV Promo?

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!
posted by oldkentucky at 12:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Eternally useful info

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]
posted by mthomps00 at 12:34 PM PST - 39 comments

How do I change OS X's default mail app without a GUI?

How can I change the default Mail application in OS X with a script (not through the Mail.app GUI)? [more inside]
posted by sjl7678 at 12:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I hire lower cost software developers in the US?

What small cities are there in the U.S. where I can recruit software developers at lower costs? [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 12:26 PM PST - 26 comments

Music/Technology filter

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]
posted by cyclopz at 12:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Help Me Look More Like Ronald McDonald!

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]
posted by Gianna at 11:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a wind up robot

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.
posted by studentbaker at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

How does one conquer wooziness at the sight of blood?

Woozy, nauseated, room going dim. Is there a way to beat it? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

A discount for buying two laptops?

I want a laptop. So does my wife. Is there anywhere I can get an especially good deal for two laptops? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Flying with hot dogs

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.
posted by danb at 11:27 AM PST - 14 comments


I'm looking for a complete or brief history of downloading. [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me?

AskMe Musicians - I'm buying a drum set for the first time. What advice would you offer me? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Immigration question

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?
posted by pantsonsteven at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Battlestar Galactica Scene

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]
posted by Beaufort at 10:25 AM PST - 19 comments

alarming cat

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]
posted by scottMontgomery at 10:21 AM PST - 45 comments

Personal Finance with Pounds

"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]
posted by Happy Dave at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Isometric Visio Charts?

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?
posted by aladfar at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Late to the PS3 game...

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]
posted by raygan at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I take on these financial burdens, step by step?

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]
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

I need a ride!!

Need opinions before I buy a new car... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Searching for Blueprints

Marylanders - have you ever been able to track down original house blueprints that are not in public records? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I send cash anonymously to someone and make sure it gets to the recipients?

How do I send cash anonymously to someone and make sure it gets to the recipients? (~$400) [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 8:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Critiques of The Black Community

Canofwormsfilter: Help me find fair, well-reasoned books that critique "The Black Community." [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 8:40 AM PST - 15 comments

I don't want it to stand for "Poor scammed peon"

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]
posted by history is a weapon at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a chess program that runs in window rather than full-screen mode.

Looking for a decent chess program that runs in a window rather than full-screen mode. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for House Painter

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.
posted by bungalowbabe at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Billy Joel etymology

What does Billy Joel mean when he sings, “the most she will do is throw shadows at you”? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 7:04 AM PST - 33 comments

Hey hey atashi ni wa wakatteru

I'd like to find some examples of bands rerecording their own songs with foreign language versions of the lyrics, please. [more inside]
posted by terrynutkins at 6:57 AM PST - 72 comments

Is it worth working for a potentially toxic manager to take a promotion?

Is it worth working for a potentially toxic manager and team to take a promotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 22 comments

FX gives me a headache

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]
posted by barrakuda at 6:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Why didn't I see all these Volvos before I bought one?

You buy a Volvo, and suddenly you start noticing every Volvo on the road. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 6:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Need help identifying Asian antique.

Help me identify the origin and theme of the decoration of this asian cup and saucer. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 5:59 AM PST - 13 comments

how fast does it work?

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.
posted by pipti at 5:39 AM PST - 9 comments

February 14

Steer me to your nearest "bad neighborhood"...

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 11:02 PM PST - 175 comments

Packing my bags

Moving to Seattle, where is the good food and the interesting neighborhoods for anything and everything? [more inside]
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 10:36 PM PST - 18 comments


I need to find Christmas crackers in Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by yogurtisgenocide at 10:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it still worth going to the Red Light District in Amsterdam?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Chmod 777 Risks

Site security experts: Talk to me about chmod 777 directories. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 10:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Super depressing winter murder movie.

Forgotten movie: Winter, small crashed plane in the woods, bag of money, resulting woes. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 10:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Stimulus Payment: Free money or loan?

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]
posted by Feisty at 9:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Vector map of United States

Where can I find a free, vector map of the United States, with outlined states? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 9:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How did the demon possess Regain in the first place in the Exorcist?

Why did Regan get possessed in the Exorcist? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 8:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Does this guy like me or what?

Does it sound like this guy is interested in me or not? I'm getting mixed signals here. [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 8:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Direct Loan Servicer inaccessible

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]
posted by BinGregory at 8:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Has The Simpsons ever attacked President Bush directly?

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.
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:47 PM PST - 19 comments

We just split - with your money!

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]
posted by markovich at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

something concerning no kids

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.
posted by MPnonot3 at 7:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Wikipedia 3D

I am looking for examples of 3D virtual environments created in a Wikipedia-like manner. [more inside]
posted by badstone at 6:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Help! Agonizing pain from Hives

What can I do to relieve my pain from hives? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:53 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I fix my wireless internet connection?

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]
posted by Hogermite at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Get rid of Indian-Fro

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!
posted by sandmanwv at 6:20 PM PST - 17 comments

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]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 5:45 PM PST - 25 comments

How to model an unusual mortgage repayment strategy in Excel?

How can I model an unusual mortgage repayment strategy in, say, Excel? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Wax on, wax off

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]
posted by mudpuppie at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I connect to my university's VPN network?

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?
posted by jordanian2 at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Seattle - Florida driving routes?

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]
posted by astruc at 4:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Bad pork or just a bad smell?

Another round of "Should I eat this?" [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 4:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Royalty-free footage

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.
posted by ndicecco at 4:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find lables for furniture

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?
posted by citybuddha at 3:46 PM PST - 2 comments

I pray yfynde mye soothful anser heer.

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]
posted by Netzapper at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

What's wrong with my Internet connection?

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]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 3:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Mysterious Jetta alarm

My '01 Jetta's alarm keeps going off at my new house, but nowhere else. [more inside]
posted by liet at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

How can we keep our cat healthy post-surgery?

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]
posted by mozhet at 2:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Renova, retinol---need prescription or will OTC work?

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.
posted by seekingsimplicity at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Inconsistent Prosecution

Prosecuting someone for a crime that someone has already been convicted of? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I buy a house with an ~old roof?

Should I buy a house knowing I will probably have to replace the roof in 4 years? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 2:40 PM PST - 30 comments

How does pesto go bad? Will it silently kill me?

How does pesto go bad? Will it silently kill me? [more inside]
posted by Anything at 2:13 PM PST - 27 comments

How does one make a living teaching spirituality and meditation?

How does one make a living teaching spirituality and meditation? [more inside]
posted by Stagecraft at 2:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the low-down on brown ink tattoos?

I am planning an extensive tattoo and would like to have it done in brown ink. I have seen a few that look beautiful but the tattoo artist I have chosen is advising me against it as he said it will not fade out well (he says it will degrade fairly quickly and fade unevenly). I'm in a quandry because I'm not crazy about black tattoos. Does anyone have personal experience with this? I haven't been able to find much online about it. Here is an example of what I like.
posted by livinginmonrovia at 1:55 PM PST - 24 comments

all-clad or bust?

What kind of cookware do chefs use in professional kitchens? [more inside]
posted by ecks at 1:42 PM PST - 31 comments

The biggest apple of all for your teacher.

How many college students are there in NYC? Any good sources/cites to back the statistic up would be great too! [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Best computer buying/selling strategy?

What's the best strategy for buying new laptops and selling old ones? I usually buy a new computer once every five years or so and then sell my old one. Say I spend $3000 for a new one and sell the old one for $300. Would I be better off buying a new one every year and selling the old one each year? In other words, would I get more for the old one that it would make up for the depreciation in waiting five years? [more inside]
posted by moedym at 12:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Eye soreness and redness. What is it?

My right eye feels tired all the time. Why? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

personal information on a cv: yes or no?

Should I include personal information on my cv? [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 12:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Valentines Day has left me partially blind

Is there an ophthalmologist in the house? School me on central retinal vein occlusion. [more inside]
posted by msali at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

pawn shop questions

My first time at a pawn shop: basic questions about pawning an iPod and other recent electronics. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

There is a child in me but I am not pregnant.

Therapyfilter: Help a logical scientist understand “inner child” work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 21 comments

I know it will be worth it at the end...but how do I pay for it now?

What steps would you recommend to prepare for financing expensive education costs? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Moving somewhere affordable!

Can I sell my place if I'm on a repayment plan for its mortgage? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 12:22 PM PST - 2 comments

What ever happened to this guy?

Early seventies talk show filter: I remember, as a kid of less than ten years old, watching a particular guest on either the Mike Douglas Show or Merv Griffin and I wonder if anyone here knows his name. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

A Brewster's Millions' Valentine's Day

Need suggestions for a romantic gift idea that can be ordered online and delivered in the East Bay (SF) area, this afternoon. Caveat: there needs to be little trace left of it by 6 pm, so flowers are out. I know it's the last minute but the situation only recently emerged.
posted by andifsohow at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Cygwin sshd problems

Cygwin sshd two-part question. [more inside]
posted by Calibandage at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Creative outdoor exercises for bootcamp fitness program?

Been to any good fitness bootcamps recently? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 11:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Examples of governments that control businesses

For a research project about the Sherman anti-trust act, I'm looking for examples of countries with the most excessive control over businesses and countries with the least. [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Sunbird doesn't play nice with gcal?

Why can't I sync Sunbird with google calendar? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:14 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm a bookish introvert stuck in the advertising industry! Help!

After several miserable years in the ad industry, I'm quitting, because I was never cut out for this to begin with. Suggest some gigs more suited to a right-brained, literature-loving introvert who values kindness far more than the bottom line. [more inside]
posted by Chaotician at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a bridesmaid dress that doesn't suck!

I need help picking a bridesmaid dress for myself, as the maid of honour, for my best friend's wedding. I haven't voluntarily worn a dress since my high school graduation, I've gained a ton of weight in the last year, and I really, really need help. More details and specs after the jump. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 10:50 AM PST - 29 comments

Working out during lunchtime

Going to start working out during my lunch hour. When should I eat and what? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Quotation about men and brothels?

Famous old quotation about men, whorehouses and shame? [more inside]
posted by gelcap at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Vintage photo of French cycle racers smoking?

I am looking for an old, black and white photo (circa early 1900s?) of some French bicycle racers, some with cigarettes dangling from their mouths. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 10:40 AM PST - 6 comments

But, I already read this!

Why is Gmail forgetting what messages I've read? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Commuting to Georgetown from NoVa

Help advise me on my work commute to Georgetown U from McLean,Va (I'm not close to metro). [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 10:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Practice Makes Perfect

Help me build a database of math problems to keep my skills sharp. [more inside]
posted by kjackelen05 at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me be awesome and remember a movie title.

Help me help my friend remember the title of a movie. (Or documentary?) It starts out with a voiceover over a dark screen - and the voiceover is interrupted by someone saying that voiceovers are lame (or something) and they should cut it out. And the voiceover-over-dark-screen ends. The movie (or documentary?) then progresses in a similar manner, being "edited" in that way, as they go along. Some well-known actors or director was involved. Also, it may have been filmed by a cast or crew member the same time they were filming some big-budget movie. Er, and that's about all I know.
posted by Xere at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Toga! Toga!

Source for better-quality womens' Roman toga-type costumes? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments