February 2009 Archives

February 28

Writing software on contingency?

Developing software on contingency - how much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by SirOmega at 10:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are all the newspapers talking about libraries this weekend?

Why is the (supposed) story about libraries and the recession seemingly spontaneously appearing in every single newspaper this week? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 10:26 PM PST - 12 comments

A Month of Freedom

How should I spend a month between undergraduate and medical school? Spontaneity/adventure preferred! [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 9:26 PM PST - 15 comments

I really don't know what to put here for this...

My favorite beer commercial ever... I remember it but can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 9:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that tune...or else I just might die from frustration.

SONGFILTER It's a good one. I consider myself a music aficionado, but I still am stumped on this one. My buddy thinks it's from a movie soundtrack, I' not too sure it is - but we both definitely recognize the hook. We transcribed it into notes for you all - more after the jump... [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio at 9:05 PM PST - 14 comments

please don't fucking hate albany

Help me help my sister not hate Albany, NY [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 8:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Where is the "real" Ireland?

Ireland Filter: Going to Cork (via Dublin) for 10 days in May. How do I see the "real" Ireland? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 8:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Power adapters needed for US-to-Mexican travel?

Help! My SO is leaving for Mexico (work-related) in the AM and needs to know what the deal is with electronics (i.e., laptops, digital camera, cell phone, etc.) w/r/t converters or adapters for power cables and so forth. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Group podcasts on the cheap?

Researching cheap and cheerful equipment (mics, mixers, etc.) for recording podcasts. The caveat: there will be several people in the podcast. [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 7:06 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the most comprehensive book on weaponry?

What's the most comprehensive/best book on weaponry? [more inside]
posted by Steph1en at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Name this stupidly basic math function for me

Basic Mathematical NameFilter: Name This Sequence [more inside]
posted by bhance at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:44 PM PST - 8 comments

The interweb killed my attention span.

I have the attention span of a gnat. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 6:41 PM PST - 21 comments

What time is it kids....?

Howdy-Doody-Filter - Does anyone have any advice how one could go about getting a copy of a specific episode of the Howdy Doody show on Tape/DVD/anything? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 6:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Texas To-Dos?

I'm stuck in Texas! [more inside]
posted by pjern at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Has a company ever sent you balloons on your birthday?

What are some companies that make it fun to be a customer? [more inside]
posted by entropic at 5:39 PM PST - 45 comments

Can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet?

Aviation buffs and antique enthusiasts: can you tell me anything about this brass figurine of a jet? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 4:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Streamless in Seattle

Does Comcast throttle hulu and other streaming video services in the Seattle area? Additionally, are there reliable, alternative high-speed Internet providers in the Seattle metropolitan area (which do not require a land-line phone connection)?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me preemie baby zip though the airport line at JFK!

How to get through JFK with a preemie newborn without waiting on line for possibly hours? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:24 PM PST - 7 comments

A novel about Jesus in India

Dear Hivemind: Sometime during the 90s or right at the beginning of the new century, I read a novel about a Roman slave, who was trained as a physician, and a character supposed to be Jesus during his lost years. [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 3:44 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best restaurant in Boston?

What's the best restaurant in Boston? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 3:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Dealing with Reflux in Infants

How can we help our 4 month old son feel more comfortable while bottle feeding if he does indeed have GER? Bonus question: how long might it last? (more info inside) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Griffin Air Click - any way to make it work or remote control another waY?

I want to remotely control (from 20-30 feet away) a Powerbook G4. The Griffin Air Click USB isn't working. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 3:05 PM PST - 6 comments

linearity without the scatterplot

How do I check for linearity? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Eggs, Toast, and MasterCard

Why did my waitress add my credit card number to the bill? [more inside]
posted by terranova at 2:14 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I stop blaming myself and let go?

After 27 years of being best friends (we had baby pictures together, and were inseparable), mine decided to drop off the face of the planet and never call me again after I moved to Austin. [more inside]
posted by HPag at 1:42 PM PST - 64 comments

Where can I find Scrunge Flexi-Scour sponges?

Where can I buy Scrunge Flexi-Scour sponges? The company that makes them is called Vileda. My store doesn't sell them anymore, and my Google Fu fails me. Please help! [more inside]
posted by marble at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

TeachFilter, meet NaiveFilter: Degrees and Attractability

Teaching high school with a postgraduate degree? [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Opensource software CMS: Looking for a build that supports blogging, CMS, registered areas, and such. More info after the link.

Opensource Joomla CMS addon: Looking for a build that supports blogging, CMS, registered areas, and such. More info after the link. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this the beginning of the end of the line for my knee?

Anybody have experience with early onset osteoarthritis (specific to knee)? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 1:11 PM PST - 9 comments

ipod touch going crazy?

Why does my ipod touch keep rebooting automatically? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 1:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Wanted: Lightly Used Interocitor

Any recommendations for vintage and/or surplus shops in the SF Bay area? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I live without you?

My DS Lite is acting funky - Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bookwo3107 at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I turn my blood pressure monitor off?

24-hour blood pressure monitor question. 24 hours are up and I took it off but it keeps going off every 15 minutes. Can I turn it off or will that clear the memory? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Trying to find a specific nutrition website, it had circular graphs

What's the nutrition website with circular graphs? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Learning to read music on my Mac?

Great learning-to-read-music program for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 10:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Science of Listener Attention

Is the Science of Listener Attention a real thing? If not, is there anything similar I can learn? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Is that a textbook in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

What small, easy-to-carry-around books provide a satisfying introduction to mathematic and scientific fields, topics and/or concepts? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 10:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there a place that catalogs non-standard holidays?

Where can I find an extensive calendar or listing of events and celebrations beyond the basic national and well known holidays? (i.e. that the last Saturday in Feb. is Open That Bottle Night for celebrating good wine.) [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

How to recuperate my life

Beginning to feel better after 6 months of chronic illness. How do I begin leading a "normal" life again? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

I feel like I am having heart attacks when I work out. Am I going to die?

I am a young guy and I feel like I am having heart attacks when I work out. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 9:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Repouring Seven-Day Candles

What type of wax and wick should I use to refill empty glass seven-day candles? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 8:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Farm and dairy tours near NYC

Where can I go to take a farm tour, pick fruit, or tour a dairy that is within a 2-hour drive of NYC? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:33 AM PST - 14 comments

I got into grad school. It is expensive. Help.

Please explain to me how financial aid for graduate school works, and thus help me navigate how I am going to pay for this. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

where can I buy open pollinated seeds?

Is there a place in eastern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire where I can purchase open pollinated/heirloom seeds in person? Prefer Metro-West, but I'll go where the seeds are.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Outlook+Blackberry=Unwanted Email Attention?

Why would my syncing my Outlook appointments cause my Blackberry to send emails automatically? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Life insurance help?

It's time for me to look into purchasing a life insurance policy. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Life writing anthologies?

Can anyone recommend any life writing anthologies? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 2:34 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get from Clapham to A3

Anyone know any short cuts/back routes to get from Clapham Common to the A3? Commuting from Clapham to Guildford in the mornings, and the traffic getting out of Clapham is horrendous!
posted by bunnyrabbit22 at 1:00 AM PST - 5 comments

February 27

Before I get arrested...

Is online poker illegal in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by RufusW at 11:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Or should I just spend $19.95 for those OMG delicious (and pretty) shortbreads?

I want to make these cookies for Boyfriend and mail them to him. Which shortbread recipe should I use, and how do I paint the clover on to them? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Guaraberas in Miami

Where can I get good quality, authentic guayabera shirts in Miami? [more inside]
posted by Carsey at 10:30 PM PST - 5 comments

The Downside to Litter

My friend and I are having a bit of a debate: Is litter harmful for the environment, society, or other aspects, as I've been led to believe? Legality is not the issue. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:40 PM PST - 62 comments

Just let me grow you some food already!

What would you like to eat from my garden? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 8:20 PM PST - 40 comments

need help identifying painter ...

who painted the painting on the cover of this audiobook? Thanks!
posted by redheadeb at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get bubble bath out of a couch cushions?

How can I clean liquid bubble bath out of the fabric couch cushions? The care tag says NOT to wash/launder the fabric cover as it will shrink and no longer fit the foam interior. [more inside]
posted by Mamapotomus at 7:26 PM PST - 11 comments


Does anyone have advice or first hand experience being a taxi driver? [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Final Cut Pro on an iMac

Generally speaking, how well would Final Cut Studio run on a hypothetical quad core iMac?
posted by mpls2 at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Tas Soft Wind?? Anyone?

Who is (was?) Tas Soft Wind? A few quotes have been attributed to Tas Soft Wind, one of the most notable being "I like her because she smiles at me," and tonight a friend asked me if I could find biographical info on this person. I'm not at work (the library) so I don't have access to the other sources I might have checked, so, naturally, I Googled - to no avail, I'm ashamed to say. I was directed to several quotations sites, a frightening number of porn sites (?), and quite a few link farms, but no bio info. I tried several other meta and specialized engines with no result. And now that I can't find the answer, I am dying to know. Anyone? (Also, if you find the answer via Google or somesuch, I would LOVE to know what you used for a search string!) Thanks!
posted by coollibrarian at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

i've been served.

how do i remove a server from my mac? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 4:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Hurricanes are not a substitute for carwashes

How do I take care of a car that's going to be outdoors all the time? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 4:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Built-in DVD player no longer recognised by laptop

How do I reinstall my built-in DVD drive? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:39 PM PST - 7 comments

What are these things on the light and telephone poles in my neighborhood?

What are these things on the light and telephone poles in my neighborhood? They popped up a few months ago and are replicating! Do I need to don my tinfoil cap? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

What do graphic artists/publishers charge?

How much should I charge for my services? My local car dealership asked me to produce a newsletter for his 4000 customers. I've been working in another industry for 30 years and am exploring doing my life's passion-graphic arts, for work. I do not know what to charge for this. He has seen my work and loves it. Any suggestions? An hourly charge? Per diem? Per copy?
posted by ~Sushma~ at 4:29 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm quaking in my thumb drive

How can I install firefox and Quakelive on a thumbdrive to play at work? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 4:16 PM PST - 19 comments

How To Calculate True ROI in Mob Wars?

This is regards to the Mob Wars game on Facebook, specifically the 'City' mechanic. It seems to be assumed that there is no benefit in investing in 'land' vs. 'buildings'. I want to know if that is valid. [more inside]
posted by sapph at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How do we politely approach a Blog or Blogger and ask if they would be so kind as to review our e-commerce store....thus essentially promoting it?

How do we politely approach a Blog or Blogger and ask if they would be so kind as to review our e-commerce store....thus essentially promoting it? [more inside]
posted by orehek at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this asthma-reducing herbal stuff?

I'm looking for a strange medicinal herb which alleviates breathing problems from asthma, and sold at pharmacies circa 1970. Can you tell me what it could be? It came in a tin, like chewing tobacco. You opened it up and lighted the dried herb and it almost immediately made it possible to breath again. It had a sweet smell - not menthol-like, though. Sort of a dried-herb incense. Not terribly dissimilar to marijuana in appearance perhaps. It did not require a prescription, but you did ask the pharmacist for it. (I'm asking for a friend.) Anyone have a clue what this is?
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

My sore bitter tasting tongue

Why is my taste bitter and my tongue has some sore white spots? [more inside]
posted by Grums at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Expunge Drunk Love

Exactly how easy is it to get a criminal record expunged? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Machine shop for custom handgun parts?

Steel gun parts custom-made in small batches? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 3:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What is going on with my bees?

Are my bees getting robbed? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of work shoes to buy for a man with flat feet?

Where do you find good, longer lasting, work shoes for a man with some feet issues? [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith at 2:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Proper Display of a Flag

When hanging the US flag from the front of a house where do you position it from a visitor's viewpoint? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 2:46 PM PST - 10 comments

I know what you like...now what do you hate?

[iPhone_owners_Filter] What do you hate most about owning an iPhone?
posted by Franklin76 at 2:45 PM PST - 61 comments

Questions on a refurbished iPhone.

Questions on a refurbished iPhone. [more inside]
posted by gtr at 2:26 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm just a silly little girl with grownup problems.

Okay. I've been dating my boyfriend for 7 months, and living with him for 3. We've been having some problems, and I'm seriously considering moving out, so... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by big open mouth at 2:16 PM PST - 46 comments

To stay or go? Life in grad school.

Another grad school issue/what do to with my life question. Long inside, bear with me please. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 2:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Ten movies, five plots

Does anyone remember an article discussing how of the 10 Star Trek movies to date, there have only been 5 plots? [more inside]
posted by zompus at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

If it's going to be empty anyway, why not?

How common is it, or is it common at all, for a commercial property management company to donate the use of space to a nonprofit? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

The Traveling Salesperson Who Needs to Restock Problem

I'm having trouble conceptualizing a Traveling Salesperson Problem that I'm interested in solving. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 1:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I replicate her hairstyle?

I have been watching season 4 of The Office, and I really love Pam Beesly's hairstyle (shoulder length, and curly). I have a tough time styling my hair, and would love tips on how to do something similar to Pam's hairstyle. [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Can an Xbox recharge rechargeable batteries?

If I put rechargeable batteries (batteries, not a battery pack) in an Xbox 360 controller, and plug in the charge wire that is typically used for their battery packs, what will happen to my rechargeable batteries? Will they actually recharge? Will nothing happen? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Payment in full upon receipt.

I want to collect late fees, or at least get a freelance client to pay up faster. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 1:19 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I learn to not need someone and how to be an individual

How do I move away from needing someone to freely choosing or not choosing them instead? And the closely related question is how do I become more of an individual? [more inside]
posted by doppler68 at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

I need an North Atlanta yoga studio!

I need a yoga studio or private instructor in Atlanta or preferably northwards. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I prove residency without a lease or utilities?

After already attending CUNY Hunter college as a nyc resident, they took away my residency until I can prove it to them again. However, I don't have a lease, didn't get a drivers license until 6 months ago, and have no other proof that I've lived here other than attending school here for the past 3 semesters. (Please somebody help me) [more inside]
posted by rubberkey at 12:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a great world map.

Where can I find an aesthetically pleasing world map for sale online? [more inside]
posted by theexpgen at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

What is a normal amount of weight gain to expect in strength training?

[ExcerciseFilter] What's a good target for weight gain in strength training? Not to say body building, but general fitness-level training. I can't seem to find a clear resource for equating weight training to muscle mass. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 12:23 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find a historian to hire full time?

Where do historians look for jobs? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

The world is not my oyster

I'm heading to London from the U.S. for several weeks, and I'm confused about Oyster cards. I've read the site, and now I'm even more confused. Specific questions are: [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:14 PM PST - 16 comments

The elusive joke. Help me remember!

Help me find a joke I once heard. Apologies for the vague details. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Academic Economist Filter: Help me understand the economy

(Academic Economist Filter) What are some of the good journals to find explanations of the economy, past and present. Who are the leaders in this field? Any outstanding review articles? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 11:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Sudoku constructor?

Is there a program that will take an already solved sudoku and create a medium difficulty unsolved puzzle? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments


I need to stop swearing, speak more softly, and in general become a more "ladylike" (I hate that word) person. Please please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 40 comments

Atheist therapists?

How to find an atheist-friendly therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Oli Heater that uses Waste Engine Oil

What are the pros and cons of trying to switch heating systems from a traditional furnace to a waste oil heater that burns used gasoline engine oil, particularly for an automobile repair garage? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 11:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking to recall a cube-based game or puzzle

Help me remember the name of a game/puzzle from the early '70s that featured dice-sized clear acrylic cubes. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Auntie, I wanna rock.

Guitar recommendation for a 5-year-old boy. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Planning a Vacation in Brazil in March

Rio-Paraty-Sao Paulo. March 11-21. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

I didn't realise being in therapy was a skill

I feel like the punchline of a joke: on top of everything else, apparently I suck at therapy. I've given it a while - a year and a half - and I still can't do it properly. Now I'm at a loss. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 30 comments

College Tax Credit. . .which year to declare?

I paid for my daughter's second semester in Dec. 08. The entire second semester takes place in 09. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me run and get past the discomfort of lactic acid.

How can I deal with lactic acid build up during a run? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 9:50 AM PST - 16 comments

$2100 in overage charges on my cellphone bill

Outrageous cellphone bill, my fault entirely. Any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 9:33 AM PST - 49 comments

Finding the Miraculous (Fruit) in Toronto

Miracle Fruit for sale in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me remember this foreign game!

Does anyone know the game "kawanoo" or "Quano" (sp)? It is a complicated rock paper scissor type game that uses hand gestures along with words (african)? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 8:52 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I stop looking at porn on my Blackberry?

How can I stop looking at porn on my Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 11 comments

DSL + Bell Hell

Just moved into a new rental house in Hamilton, ON and I'm trying to get my DSL turned on, but oh boy. [more inside]
posted by the dief at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Need play area for child but too windy!!! What items can we put in back yard!!

Need ideas for outside play area that is super windy! Hi, my daughter will be five soon and our back yard has nothing in it because it is super windy. We bought a trampoline last year and had it for two weeks, then it became a pancake due to the wind. My husband is reluctant to get a swing set, sand box or another trampoline. What ideas do you have that will secure these items to the ground? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:14 AM PST - 19 comments


So, when I was younger, some kids my age would say "yeah security" as if it was a quote. To be sure, there was a lot of inflection on it. "YeeaaahSECURITY!!" Is this a quote? From what?
posted by tcv at 8:10 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I learn to stop letting my past relationship influence how I behave in my current one?

How can I learn to stop letting my past relationship influence how I behave in my current one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm posting this question so I don't have to get offline

Do you have suggestions about dealing with internet addiction in general and chat board addiction in particular? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Life of a user experience consultant

What's it like to be a user experience consultant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Pandas in Atlanta or DC?

Should I see Giant Pandas in Atlanta or Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 7:42 AM PST - 19 comments

What's the best way to buy international, especially European, TLDs?

What's the best way to buy international, especially European, TLDs? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts?

How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:14 AM PST - 13 comments

You get what you pay for... but how bad can it be?

We're moving into an apartment with some really heinous paint on the walls and ceilings. We're painting it ourselves so we're not stuck with an all-white apartment; help us do it on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 7:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there a high quality repository of art images?

Is there a website or anything with high quality art images? All kind of artists, from Picasso to Hundertwasser. I think there should be a torrent tracker or anything related to art/artists.
posted by Leech at 6:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Help a transplanted Texan celebrate Independence Day

Where can a friend find a Texas flag in Boston this weekend? Difficulty: no car.
posted by olinerd at 6:35 AM PST - 1 comment

Recommend manga for an 8-year-old girl.

I need manga recommendations for an eight-year-old girl. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 6:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Smells like teen spirit

Has my camera been hitting the bong? [more inside]
posted by Abbril at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Mapmaker mapmaker make me a map

So I have a lot of addresses. How can I map them? [more inside]
posted by sanka at 5:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Replacing a Laptop DVD Drive

I need to replace a DVD drive on a Samsung R50 laptop. The drive in there now is a slimline (Teac DV W28EA). Do I need to replace with another slimline or will any standard laptop DVD drive fit?
posted by gfrobe at 5:50 AM PST - 1 comment

From where this story of male desire ?

Need some help trying to find the source of this little quote. My memory is fading but I think it was from a stand-up show: "When I was a young man I wanted a girlfriend with big breasts. As I grew older I wanted an intellectual girl. In my thirties I wanted a girl to be the mother of my children. Now as an old man, I want a girl with big breasts." or something like that. Thanks Everyone !
posted by Sturdy at 4:13 AM PST - 4 comments

What is an online tool for creating timelapse movies?

Are there any web-based video editing services that provide "Speed up" effects to create time lapse movies? [more inside]
posted by greenknightwatch at 3:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Cat pee boots, yuck

The cat peed in my daughter's Doc Martins. I'm pretty sure I know why (she had visited another home with cats, one may have been in heat), but how can i get the smell out? I've tried baking soda and febreeze. Oh, the cat is a spayed female and it was not a full on pee, more of a marking squirt. Smells terrible though.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 1:15 AM PST - 13 comments

How to acquire a taste for cilantro?

Ever hate cilantro, then acquire a taste for it? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 12:18 AM PST - 43 comments

What's a CT scan like?

What happens when you have to get a CT scan of the kidneys? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 12:04 AM PST - 17 comments

February 26

Any other High Speed Internet Providers in SF besides Comcast?

Are there any reliable High Speed Connection Alternatives to Comcast in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by crumblydonut at 11:36 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the name of short 1970's ballet film set to Pachelbel?

Hive mind, please help: I'm thinking of a short ballet film that came out in the 1970's (1975?). There is no plot -- it's basically a pas de deux, set to Pachelbel's Canon in D. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria at 11:31 PM PST - 5 comments

What would migrating an Outlook Exchange email system with Google's business Gmail?

What would migrating an Outlook Exchange email system with Google's business Gmail? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 10:43 PM PST - 7 comments


Songs with great codas? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 10:36 PM PST - 48 comments

Cheap DSRL for low-light?

What cheap kit should I get to take relatively low-light photos? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 10:20 PM PST - 21 comments


I wash trucks and houses for my liveing, myproblem is i need a rain jacket that is waterproof and soap proof and very durable( and size 4 x or so) and preferably if possible acid proof i dont mean like hydrochloric acid.. something like you would use on a tractor trailor truck. [more inside]
posted by quseio at 9:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Mac/Windows file copying through RDC: FAIL

Copy-pasting isn't working between my Mac and a remote Windows machine through RDC. Help? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 9:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend me some kickass fight scenes please!

Recommend me some contemporary movies that have lengthy, intense, kickass fight scenes please! [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:00 PM PST - 63 comments

talking to people on the phone

This is obviously a girl-induced question, but generally I dislike the phone no matter who I'm talking to because of good ol' anxiety/being tired. I'll never love the phone, but I was thinking about a few options. 1) Would it help to just randomly call stores daily and ask for things? 2) Volunteering as like a call-handler/receptionist somewhere (I applied for the receptionist deal at memorial park conservation). I'm lazy when it comes to volunteering though and I don't know if #1 is the best option because the other person isn't really talking as I'd be doing all the talking. What does the great council of mefites recommend? And no talking to people in everyday life more is not an option, I don't believe in socializing :).
posted by isoman2kx at 8:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Why does a little bit of alcohol make me vomit hours later?

I have a sensitive stomach and 1 drink can make me throw up 6 hours later. Help me find a way to combat this! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 8:15 PM PST - 28 comments


Two nights running with no power or hot water. What's a tenant to do? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:03 PM PST - 13 comments

What were the social impacts of the lost decade?

What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
posted by alms at 8:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Sources for free icons to use for my .bat files

Where are good places to find icons to use for the .bat files that I've written? I'm looking for 32x32 or 48x48 icon (.ico) files, that are free and nice looking, but not ones from existing applications. Thanks!
posted by atm at 7:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Programs can't connect in Windows 7

Windows 7 help: Some programs can connect to the internet and some can't. Why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Make my mac a speed demon!

Performance tuning OS X, how/where to start? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Unretired number?

Has any athlete ever had their number un-retired? [more inside]
posted by beukeboom at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Put me in coach, but spoonfeed the gameplan to me!

Help a fantasy baseball n00b not embarrass himself while not drowning in information. [more inside]
posted by jknecht at 7:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is my Mac saying "Segmentation fault" when all I want to do is SSH?

Running 10.5.6, my mac refuses to SSH to anything and gives the error "Segmentation fault" in Terminal. My Google-Fu has been very unsuccessful so far. [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 7:03 PM PST - 5 comments

More interesting ways to get her off? (NSFW)

More interesting ways to get her off? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Why is this motion picture created for purposes of copyright law in the United Kingdom?

Why do movie credits always contain the line "This motion picture was created by <company> for purposes of copyright law in the United Kingdom"? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 7:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman...

What specific measures should I take to ensure that important people actually receive and read my letters? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 6:48 PM PST - 10 comments

What shall I feed the playful masses?

I need more ideas for "game night" food! I've done curry and chili in the past, and am tossing around lasagna and gumbo as possibilities in the future, but want more options. Since every cooking question is special, there is [more inside]
posted by itesser at 6:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Mac Gaming Suggestions?

MacGameFilter: Please help me find a new action/adventure game to play on my iMac. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Lifestyles of the Globally Average

Standard of living comparison around the world? What is the "average" or "median" lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

If you can only be happy through medication, is it real?

Have you used anti-depressants successfully? How did you deal with the insinuating little voice that said, "You may be feeling better, but it's really just the pills--without them, deep down, you're still a sad/angry/dysfunctional person." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 PM PST - 44 comments

How do I travel well with someone I don't like?

How can I make the best of a holiday with a difficult travel companion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Repetitive, riffy, drum driven songs

Suggest me some songs driven by drum riffs. [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 5:42 PM PST - 52 comments

Casual (but stylish) clothing blogs for aging hipsters?

Casual (but stylish) clothing blogs for aging hipsters? I'm looking for some blogs that feature cool clothes that you can actually buy. Like HYA meets Etsy but for stuff beyond Ts and hoodies. [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning at 5:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get an apartment manager gig?

How does someone become an apartment manager? (East SF Bay Area, if it matters, which I imagine it does.) [more inside]
posted by serazin at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Do slide projectors still exist out there?

Help us find a slide projector in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
posted by I_drew_an_angelfish at 4:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I put 2 Forever stamps on one envelope?

Can I put two Forever stamps on one envelope? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Rocky's Boots 2009

Games with programming / coding ? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I done with therapy?

How do you know when you're "done" with therapy? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:08 PM PST - 11 comments

My culture told me to jump and I asked, how often should I jump to lose the most weight?

I would like to lose weight. Please help me find the most efficient way to do this. I apologize for the length of this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find something to DO before I drive myself crazy.

Help me find something to DO before I drive myself crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Does this piano software exist?

When I learned to touch type, I used software where the letters appeared and did not go until I had pressed the right key. I was wondering if there is any similar software for reading music but with a usb/midi keyboard. I know it wouldn't be much use for improving timing, but it would help with learning notes and possibly chords too. [more inside]
posted by jcwilliams at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

New HDTV Owner, Hookup with my Mac Mini?

Just bought a Sharp Aquos LC37D43U and am planning to use my G4 Mac Mini for at least a DVD player--but can I have it do more? And how would the setup work? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Skitch like app for Windows?

Is there a screen capture program or browser addon for Windows (Vista, ack) that is better than Gadwin Print Screen or as awesome as Skitch (Mac only, ugh)?
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find an affordable, beautiful necklace for cremation ashes?

Where can I find a beautiful but affordable piece of jewelry for cremation ashes? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 3:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers?

Quality source for number of United States iPhone subscribers? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How does starting a car engine cause wear?

If one car engine makes 3 revolutions on the starter engine before it runs, and (the same spec) other car engine takes 10, does the starting time cause one engine to sustain more wear than the other? [more inside]
posted by wildatheart at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

If you were stranded in Oxford, OH, what would you do?

I have a chance to spend a day or two in Oxford, OH, home of Miami University. What is there to do? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

I haz WoW - whut neckst?

A friend really wants me to get into World of Warcraft with him. My wife has graciously agreed. I know little to none about the game, never played an MMO before (RPG, yes, MMO, no). My friend plays Hoard characters. As a rank amateur, what do I need to know? Give me the works...
posted by Spyder's Game at 2:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Brother, can you spare the time (for an interview)?

Ex-tech-manager left it all for the creative life; now needs it back! How do I improve my job-search curb appeal? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help a novice do a software demo

I have to do a demo of a content management system. I was never completely proficient with the tool to begin with, and I haven't used it for two years. I'm not a programmer. I've never done a software demo before. And I have only the weekend to prepare. I need your help. [more inside]
posted by Valuev at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Christ, I'm an arsehole

I'd like examples of best practice in apologising on internet forums. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 2:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Eating Enough?

Am I eating enough? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Embedding Movies in Keynote

This seems like Keynote 101, but I'm technically challenged. My computer recently crashed, so I'm using a backup to give a Keynote presentation. I've noticed some of the quicktime movies that were part of the presentation don't show when I run the Keynote on the new computer (even though there's a placeholder image). I'm guessing the new computer doesn't have the movie to link to; so the question is how to get the movie "embedded" as part of the Keynote file, so I could show the whole thing, self-contained, on any Mac? I'm sure I should have been doing this from the get-go, but trying to play catch-up. I also feel the photos I'm importing are more high-res than they need to be, or larger. Does anyone know the specs for a photo to show up nice and crisp vis projector, without wasting extra firepower?
posted by dearleader at 2:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I watch full episodes Countdown on the web?

Where can I watch the UK Channel 4 show Countdown on the web? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 1:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Opportunites for young people in government and law

Daughter (sophomore about to turn sixteen in a few days) is interested in pursuing a career in law and would maybe like to serve a summer intership or clerkship in Washington her Junior year. I realize her school (college prepatory) should be able to assist with this and I will ask them but I thought I would bring the hivemind to bear on this as well. Tell me how this works, maybe a little of your own personal experiences, resources, web-based or otherwise you may know of. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Whitelisting sites for an Ipod Touch

My son (12) has saved his lawn mowing money and is buying a refurb Ipod touch. I want to mediate his internet access, if possible, at the router level. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

shoulder blade/back/neck knots

what is going on with my shoulder blade and neck muscles? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a trustworthy online retailer for tobacco (specifically Copenhagen snuff). Any recommendations?

I'm looking for a trustworthy online retailer for tobacco (specifically Copenhagen snuff). Any recommendations?
posted by Dave. at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Best restaurant in Philly

OK. There's only one restaurant in Philadelphia. What is it? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 1:20 PM PST - 24 comments

So Much Racier Online

Facebook Security: Are there reliable security settings for Facebook so that I can talk about my job to my friends network without worrying about others seeing it? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 12:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Stupid stupid stupid

Waste of a question-filter: Can anybody remember one of those stupid "do you think more like a man or woman" tests? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 12:36 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I prevent crotch wear and tear?

I seem to always wear out the crotch in my jeans. I just noticed another hole in my brand-new (as of 12/31) pair of jeans from the Gap. What can I do about this, other than having them repaired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 19 comments

How do you break up with someone who loves you?

How do you break up with someone who loves you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 60 comments

In a community property state, if I file bankruptcy will my spouse be held liable for debts I acquired before the marriage?

I have heard conflicting information: in a community property state, if you file bankruptcy (not joint bankruptcy) is your spouse held liable for debt you acquired before the marriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Print Downloader's Name on PDF Ebook

Is there an automated way to print a person's name on a PDF when they fill out a Web form to get it? Like, "this printed for your name here" [more inside]
posted by junger at 12:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Is the greek religion still around?

Is the ancient greek religion of the gods still practiced? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Find me a new active hobby

I am looking for an active hobby that isn't time restricted or seasonal. [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 12:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for glasses

Looking for interesting, famous or otherwise significant examples of glasses (eye glasses OR sunglasses) in film, literature, TV, photography or other media (not necessarily fictional). Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 11:59 AM PST - 39 comments

ouchless exfoliant?

I need suggestions for gentle exfoliants. [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy at 11:53 AM PST - 28 comments

identical or sororal

Fetusfilter: what are the statistical chances that two female fetuses, 15 weeks, diamniotic/dichorionic ("di-di") are identical? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me cook teh pigmeetz.

PorkFilter: give me your recipes for our tasty piggy friends. [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:24 AM PST - 29 comments

What are the unspoken rules inside a crackhouse?

Every culture has its inherent understandings, those laws that people abide by without them ever having been stated. What are the unspoken rules inside a crackhouse?
posted by Sully at 11:02 AM PST - 24 comments

how to customize web browser context menu keyboard shortcuts

How to change the keyboard shortcuts in the IE or Firefox context menus? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Soul dying, needs 100cc awesome, stat!

Let's talk about interesting, adventurous, exciting, or otherwise awesome jobs that are actually attainable in today's economy. [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 10:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Will I be able to go from medicare to private insurance?

If I lose medicare, will I qualify for private insurance? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

What dance style should I use for "We're going to be friends"?

When I get married, I want to dance with my wife-to-be to "We're going to be friends" by the White Stripes. The thing is, it is not really a conventional song suited for dancing. I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a dancing style that would go to this song. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Quality U.S. F1 Coverage?

U.S. Formula 1 fans: How can I legally watch the British broadcasts of the upcoming Formula 1 season? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 10:26 AM PST - 10 comments

What are these wires doing to my teeth?

What is my orthodontist trying to accomplish with this exotic archwire shape? How does it work? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by pizzazz at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Find a Vera Brittain Quote

I am looking for an exact quote by Vera Brittain which I believe is from Testament of Youth. The gist of the quote is "Thinking is work, and people have to learn to appreciate thinking." [more inside]
posted by Modus Pwnens at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Firefox, Adobe and tiffs, oh my!

How do I tell Firefox to use the Adobe Acrobat plug in to view tiff files? [more inside]
posted by pasici at 10:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Giant EKG Calipers: Do they exist?

Serious google-fu help: I am in need of a large scale EKG caliper. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Music that Taps your Creativity/Motivation?

I need some recommendations for music to unleash the creative writer within. I get my best writing (indeed, my best work of any sort) done when I put on massive headphones and close out the rest of the world. That said, silence makes me sad, so I need a soundtrack to drive the creative process. [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 10:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Winter wardrobe needed

I'm going to be studying abroad in a rather cold area next year. Help me build my wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 9:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Disk Power Management

I'm having a problem with an Ubuntu 8.04 LTS server that seemed to have stumped the stars on the Ubuntu forums. It deals with disk drives and power management. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Newport Beach hotel/nightlife suggestions

Newport Beach Bachelor Party Help - Lodging? Bars? [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I stop sleeping on my side?

I'm getting wrinkles from keeping my face mashed up against my pillow all night long. How do I train myself to stop sleeping on my side? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

The font which was not there

On Windows (XP/Vista), how does Microsoft Office look up the list of fonts which are available to the user? [more inside]
posted by splice at 8:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Vacation All I Ever Wanted.

If I get laid off, will I be compensated for my outstanding vacation time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 13 comments

The exgf wants pics of when we were together, what do I do?

So the ex-gf wants the pictures from when we were together, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 8:19 AM PST - 92 comments

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit?

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit? How do companies conduct their business? How are civic services accomplished? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I turn a family loan into a loan that qualifies for loan repayment?

Can I turn a loan from a family member into a loan that qualifies for loan repayment? [more inside]
posted by hurricanemag at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Two disparate servers need to communicate

A Windows server needs to tell a Linux Web server to change the contents of a Web page. I don't know how the first can communicate this to the second, or how the second can then make the change. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 6:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do in the 'Noog?

Need suggestions on unique things to do while in Chattanooga for a week. [more inside]
posted by te1contar at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

MeFi still down at work...Help!

Remember when the MetaFilter forum was down a couple weeks ago due to server problems? I'm glad it's back up and working again, but from my desktop at work, I still get the "splash" screen that MetaFilter is having a massage (or whatever it said - from memory) and is down. Now what do I do?
posted by Rad_Boy at 6:39 AM PST - 7 comments

need some ideas for indoor exercise

I'm looking for advice on getting aerobic exercise indoors.. [more inside]
posted by helios at 6:31 AM PST - 29 comments

Choose Your Own Adventure Game

I want to do an exercise with my high school students to help them understand the benefits of having going to college, like a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' type of game, where they go through a series of life events and the options they have available to them are based on the level of education (hs dropout, hs graduate, associates, bachelors, masters, PhD, professional) that I've assigned to them. Does something like this already exist or do you have any suggestions for types of questions/scenarios I can ask them? [more inside]
posted by chara at 6:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Paper or plastic?

I'm looking for a better garbage bag. [more inside]
posted by nax at 5:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Does all fortified wine taste like raisins?

Help me find a fortified wine that doesn't taste like raisins! [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh at 5:06 AM PST - 24 comments

What is the mystery term in the fourth quadrant?

The wikipedia article for homonyms does a nice job of explaining the distinction between the terms homonym, homograph, heteronym, and homophone (even tossing in a nice introduction to polysemes). The cartesian diagram depicting their qualities in four quadrants according to similarities in spelling and is particularly helpful, but there is a suspicious blank spot. What term goes in the fourth quadrant of the wikipedia homonym diagram? Is there a term that specifically describes a set of words that have different spellings, different pronunciations, and different meanings? [more inside]
posted by mumblelard at 4:54 AM PST - 32 comments

Making the best of business travel

How can I make the best out of my free time during frequent, short business trips to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by bifter at 4:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Technologic Irrigation

I have a Samsung R70 laptop. I need more hard-drive space. How easy is it going to be for a layperson to upgrade it themselves? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:43 AM PST - 4 comments

February 25

Baseboard Help

Need to find a baseboard with the following criteria: a modern look (i.e., simple with straight lines), 3.5 inches wide by .5 inch thick, primed We're having difficulty finding a baseboard with this thickness. We live in the Bay Area. We would consider buying them on the internet but we need 300 feet, so we would need free or reduced shipping to make it cost-effective. Right now, my husband is contemplating cutting down 300 feet of baseboards to the right size, so please help!!!
posted by bananafish at 11:13 PM PST - 8 comments

(Iggy and the Stooges filter) Ever heard the alternate, vinyl version of "Raw Power" with the different mix of "Search and Destroy"?

(Iggy and the Stooges filter) Ever heard the alternate, vinyl version of "Raw Power" with the different mix of "Search and Destroy"? [more inside]
posted by Waldo Jeffers at 11:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Unusual online calendars?

Are there any calendar apps that break the 30-days-at-a-time mold? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 10:36 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get (free) press coverage for my boss' pet issue?

What's the best way to get some buzz going on a web article my boss asked me to write? The higher ups want to get an established columnist/journalist in the US to publish it, or comment on it. I've posted the article on our corporate site (if you must know, it's a defense of outsourcing) - so what's a guy gotta do to get some column-inches for a pet issue in an actual newspaper?
posted by micketymoc at 10:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What are these bugs on my onions?

How do I deal with these icky bugs on my (store-bought) onions? [more inside]
posted by tomatofruit at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

BPA-free coffee makers?

BPA-free coffee makers? [more inside]
posted by pascal at 9:47 PM PST - 22 comments

What is this film processing tool?

IdentifyThisRandomObjectFilter: What is this film processing tool? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 9:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Sorry, another job question....

Is this worth finding a new job over? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 9:36 PM PST - 43 comments

Capslock, Let's Make It Useful

Can I make (remap?) my capslock key to be two keys? Specifically, I want to make it hit Ctrl+B. If your recommendation is Word-specific, that's fine too.
posted by demagogue at 9:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Pottering around in style

I need help planning an outdoor workbench. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 9:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get mp3s without "save link as" option (from THIS filesanywhere page)

how do I download mp3s from fileshare? My friend plays for the orchestra these songs are there to practice for, but has no internet connection, and wants these files on cd. I want to help him. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:10 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a water pipe!

Where is the best place online to buy glass water pipes? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 8:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Will SQL 2000 work in 2008 domain?

Nerdlinger/Microsoft Server Filter: Can SQL 2000 exist in a Windows 2008 Domain when installed on a Windows 2000 member server ? Before anyone says it, yes, yes I know it's old, outdated, unsupported, we should be using SQL 2005 or looking at SQL 2008 and that it can't be installed on a Windows 2008 server. BUT... does anyone know if SQL 2000 will work when installed on a Windows 2000 server that is a member of a Windows 2008 domain? I know that Windows 2000 servers can be members of a 2008 domain but Exchange 2000 won't work. Will SQL 2000?
posted by Man_in_staysis at 8:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Alternative Diets (Master Cleanse, etc.) that Work?

40lbs must go...what alternative "diet plan" (like Master Cleanse, etc.) worked for you? (Looking for personal experiences of people who lost weight quickly doing something more/other than exercise and eating right, please.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 63 comments

How does conditioning work in sports?

Uh oh! He's "out of gas"! How does conditioning work in sports like MMA and boxing? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Chicago to Louisville

Are there any fun places to stop between Chicago and Louisville? We'll be making the drive on a Sunday. Restaurant ideas are also appreciated.
posted by ae4rv at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Moving without much notice to landlord

I have a verbal month-to-month lease in Chicago, IL (there is no signed paper lease). I want to move out by March 1st (a few days from now). So there will be no 30 days' notice possible. What happens in this situation, with the deposit, etc? (more inside) and how do I deal with the landlord? [more inside]
posted by white light at 7:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Stay in the US longer?

German national in the US. My six-month J1 (short term research scholar) visa has expired and I am currently allowed to stay no more than thirty more days. I am an EU citizen, not under the 2 year rule, and looking for an option to stay for a few more months (hopefully with the option of working part-time or interning). Any chance of that? (Posted on behalf of a friend.)
posted by limon at 6:41 PM PST - 11 comments

American Gothic

LitFilter: Who are the American Gothic Novelists? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 6:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Which are your favorite episodes of Which are your favorite episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations?

Which are your favorite episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 6:36 PM PST - 50 comments

Help me identify this obscure/bad tv movie!

Help me identify this roughly 10-year-old tv movie. It featured an aircraft with a supercomputer onboard, that was deranged and also controlled a powerful weapon. [more inside]
posted by chookibing at 6:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Complete and utter relaxation, how to find

I want to take a bath...but I can't. Relaxing alternative suggestions? [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 6:01 PM PST - 24 comments


Just tell me "The Secret" already! Please, someone spoil this book for me. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:36 PM PST - 40 comments

iPhone SDK: ApplicationVerificationFailed

How do you get rid of the "ApplicationVerificationFailed" error when trying to test an application on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by remi at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Suggestions for traveling cheaply, and (mostly) comfortably *within* Asia?

Suggestions for traveling cheaply, and (mostly) comfortably *within* Asia? [more inside]
posted by dubitable at 4:50 PM PST - 14 comments

If you want to understand something, try to locate it.

Who said/wrote "If you want to understand something, try to change it?" [more inside]
posted by rbs at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Spend our money by suggesting software!

We're a web dev shop with $700 that needs to be spent on software by the end of fiscal. What should we get? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 4:34 PM PST - 12 comments

White Swans?

What is the term/ help me invent a word for: situations where you take a small hit to avoid the risk of a possible substantially larger hit in future. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 4:27 PM PST - 41 comments

How do I get a new Continued Claim form for unemployment?

California Unemployment: I filed for unemployment a while ago, and due to a variety of factors, my Continued Claim form expired before I was able to send it in. How can I get an updated one? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex at 4:14 PM PST - 3 comments

I need the Cliff's Notes version of Halo 1 and 2.

Summarize the stories of Halo 1 and 2 in as few words as possible, while still being fairly comprehensive. Please. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I get some can can?

Da dum dum dum dum dum dum! Where can I find can can music online or on CD (and readily purchasable) on the internet? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

For want of a sync, the party was lost.

Is there any way to put music on an iPod touch without syncing it with itunes or buying from the WiFi store? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 3:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a cheap, reliable email hosting service

I'm looking to find a new email provider. My web host - NFS.net - don't offer this service yet, so I'm casting my net over a wider area. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:14 PM PST - 16 comments

What was that jury thinking?

Have you been on a jury? How do you come to your decisions? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 3:04 PM PST - 28 comments

Lunch and fun near Union Station?

Where should we eat lunch, etc. that is in walking distance of Union Station, Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 2:45 PM PST - 17 comments

If I knew what it was, I might know how to fix it

I have some kind of mental health issue along the lines of OCD and/or OCPD and I need some help fleshing it out. (Long) [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 2:42 PM PST - 18 comments

A WOW of a 30th birthday trip...

I want to go somewhere really special this summer (July 2009) to celebrate my 30th birthday. "Wow Factor" is essential [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 2:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Who studies the university?

Are there any academics who specialize in criticizing/studying academia? What are their names? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send at 2:18 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me give Microsoft money!

Is there any way that I can buy older versions of Microsoft software? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to filter or remove duplicate items from Google Reader?

Is there a way to filter or remove duplicate items from Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Do grades really matter?

Do grades really matter? (Advice on college classes and grades) [more inside]
posted by loser8008 at 2:06 PM PST - 33 comments

FSO + SO = ?

StateDepartmentFilter: tell me about entering the Foreign Service with a non-FSO significant other. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Gear needed and/or methods to use to take a decent headshot/portrait photo

Please help a landscape photographer take a decent headshot. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Excel delimited text import FAIL

Excel is chapping my hide. I have a comma-delimited .csv which contains quote-demarcated text fields. The source of my never-ending joy is the recurrent use of inch-marks and commas within the textfields. Right this way... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 1:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Unknown bugs bugging.

What kind of wasps (or whatever) are these? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Sound editing libraries?

I have many wav files that I need to modify in the same way. Specifically, I want to fade in from zero dB for the first 5 ms and fade out to zero db for the last 5 ms. What do I use? [more inside]
posted by pealco at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

A good family vacation within three hours (by air) of Seattle?

Sun and warmth no more than a three-hour flight from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I win a gummy bear eating contest?

Best strategy for a gummy bear eating contest? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 1:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Can I get into a grad program in Canada?

How likely is it that I'm going to get into a grad program in Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I really need these drugs to feel better?

Help me have a conversation about anti-depressants with my doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Too good to be true?

NYC apartment question - she wants to pay me for my address. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 65 comments

Recommendations for back-pack type baby carrier

Recommendations for back-pack type baby carrier? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Accessible playlists

How would one go about creating a playlist akin to a mixtape (ie with specifically ordered songs), to share with a friend via thumb drive/zip file? [more inside]
posted by miss_scarlett at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Piano parts online?

I'm restoring an upright piano and need a good online source for parts. [more inside]
posted by Benjy at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a name for this trick deck?

Is there a specific name for those trick decks of cards where the cards are all attached? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me revive the arts in my comatose little town

How should I go about buying/starting/running a small business? [more inside]
posted by Spike at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Basic Bracket Question

Bonehead camera equipment question: will this bracket attach to a copy stand (ie the male screw of the copy stand fits the female of the bracket, and the male at the other end of the bracket fits the female of the camera), or will this only fit on some kind of quick-release tripod? I can't tell based on the one image. Thanks.
posted by sleevener at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

iPhone Calendar Internet Sync WITHOUT Exchange or MobileMe?

Sync iPhone Calendar without Exchange or paying for MobileMe? [more inside]
posted by irv4oh at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Austin Dog Trip

Visiting Austin, TX with the dogs. Have any dog friendly visitor suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments


Where can I find some interesting effect pedals? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 11:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Free Lotto Scratch Tickets?

TX Lotto Filter: Anyone heard of stores giving away free lotto scratch tickets? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 11:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for that perfect raincoat

Calling all raincoat fashionistas - I'm having a hard time finding the right coat and would appreciate your help... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Unidentified Dutch ships in a pen-and-wash drawing

Unidentified Dutch pen-and-ink drawing: anyone familiar with this type of ship? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I slow people down so we're more profitable?

We have a guy who's in charge of selling our products a group of customers. He has a list of artwork requests that's a mile long (e.g. put this customer's logo on item xyz, create a custom design to celebrate that customer's anniversary, etc). I noticed recently when I went with him to visit some customers that he has a tendency to put down art requests even when the customer doesn't seem very interested. e.g. He'll show the customer a product, get a *luke-warm* response (at least in my opinion), and offer "ok, we'll send you a sample and artwork." To me, that's part of the reason the list gets so long: because he keeps offering to send customers artwork even for products they might not be interested in. I mean, it's no skin off his back. He's sales, and getting artwork done is "someone else's problem." If artwork generates a sale, its to his credit. If not, then, again, it's no skin off his back.

Any idea how we can cut down "non-essential" artwork requests? [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 10:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Denim Therapy Experiences?

Denim Therapy experiences? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm worried, and feel like I've lost a friend. No what?

I'm concerned about a relationship a close family member of mine has developed over the past year, and don't know whether to butt out and just mind my own business, or try to talk to her about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 AM PST - 34 comments

where to buy a thumb drive with write lock switch

I really thought this would be easier to find, but I can't seem to locate a thumb drive that I can order online with a write lock switch. Preferably 1 gig or more and as cheap as possible. If anyone knows of a particular model I would really appreciate it!
posted by meta87 at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Putting the HD Back in HDTV

Can I watch television from my HD antenna and basic cable service together without much hassle? If not, how cheap is digital cable in Austin? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 10:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Buffets? No Way

Vegas FoodFilter Emergency: BF and I are in Vegas for a confrence and the entire place is giving him a massive stress headache. Any ideas on quiet, off-strip places to eat/recover? Let's say we're going to see Penn & Teller tonight at 9. (we are) Where can we eat afterwards/before that is not crowded, within walking distance, and not super expensive? Restrictions and example below [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Please predict the future of housing!

HousingFilter: Given the incentives to buy a house this year, we're seriously considering buying something in the low $200s this year. Given that we live in Portland, most available properties in that range are townhome/condo/rowhouse style homes. Would anyone care to provide me with a scholarly or trade-related projection how these sorts of homes will be viewed in 15 years? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

How to capture Polycom video stream

I have a Polycom VSX 7000 that we use for video conferencing. I'd like to capture video conference streams and publish to a web server (or youtube) for playback at a later time. (does not need to be in real time) What open source tools can I use to do this? Or can someone point me to a "how to" for this....
posted by purenitrous at 9:41 AM PST - 0 comments

SciFi Story Identification - Body Switching and Mindreading

"What science fiction short story is this?" filter. One story about body switching/different perceptions, and another about mindreading. [more inside]
posted by anthy at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me to mix up some shochu/oolong cocktails

Help me make my favorite shochu/oolong beverage that I always drink when getting yakitori on St. Marks. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Blogger + Indentation?

How do I make Blogger work with indentation? [more inside]
posted by chairmanroflmao at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Why/how do people cultivate mystique through Facebook profiles?

Why/how do people cultivate mystique through Facebook profiles? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 8:53 AM PST - 30 comments

Should I Exercise My Fret Fingers or Restraint?

Should I pick up an XBox 360 this weekend (knowing it is likely a Falcon model), or wait until I can get a Jasper model? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

not so easy rider

Can I legally sell/give away a discarded motorcycle for parts without being the registered owner? I am in Quebec. [more inside]
posted by hector horace at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm sick of supporting your obsolete business model

Love baseball. Hate paying for cable. What now? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

why do i suck at doing dishes?

how can i get better at washing dishes by hand? i am inefficient (it takes me lots of time, energy and water). my results are not always sparkling (some of the stuff i wash ends up kinda greasy). i am clumsy too (i feel like i break a wine glass every few sessions). also, i am rarely motivated to wash (in part because i'm objectively bad), so i also need some kind of kick in the pants in that regard too. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 8:25 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I avoid a fight between my doctors?

How do I handle my doctors' disagreement about what medication I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 9 comments

I lost my ball... no wait, there it is

Sometimes my left testicle "falls in" to my abdomen. Is this bad/dangerous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommendations for online accounting?

Need recommendations for online billing, invoicing & book keeping solutions. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Florist in St. Louis

Wedding florist needed! Who would you recommend (or not recommend) in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Our 9 year old Lab finds the hardwood stairs too slippery.

Our 9 year old Lab finds the hardwood stairs too slippery. She's fallen a couple of times recently and it's hard to "spot her" her from below because coaxing her makes her even more nervous. Her eyesight has been failing for a long time (never was very good, we think) and the pads of her feet have very little traction. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Make My To Do System Better.

I'm happy with the system I've come up with on Google calendar to keep a to do list and track my budget and workouts. Help me make it better. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 8:05 AM PST - 0 comments

Temp agency software

Any suggestion for a Web app/service for managing temp agency -- hours worked, let clients review hours, timesheets, etc? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 7:45 AM PST - 1 comment

There must be 50 ways to get around without a car

How can I get from Toronto, Ontario to Newmarket, Ontario, this Saturday morning? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Roadtrip filter: world's largest ball of twine?

Roadtrip Filter: what can I stop and see for fun when I drive from Boston to St. Louis this weekend? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 7:31 AM PST - 15 comments

What am I missing in SFO?

San Francisco What To Do Filter: I'll be out in the city for spring break this year, and i'm looking for new things to do. I've been a few times before, so what have i missed? [more inside]
posted by virga at 6:57 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I set my TV so that it's mute whenever I turn it on?

How can I set my TV so that it's mute whenever I turn it on? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone recommend a stock library of technical line drawings online?

Can anyone recommend a website that does stock technical illustrations such as line drawings of electronic circuits etc? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 6:47 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I make my dog not freak out in the car?

A couple of months ago, our 3-year-old spayed female beagle-terrier mix started shaking every time we went for a ride in the car. We're picking up a new vehicle today - what, if anything, can we do to make this car a 'happy place' and avoid the shakes? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Spit or swallow?

Is swallowing (just a tiny bit) of mouthwash a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by dnesan at 6:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Export to Word

I need to take form data from an web page and export it to a Microsoft Word File. I have a bunch of form data in HTML which I can convert to XML/JSON. The users will click 'Export to Word Template 1, 2, 3, etc.' and the website will create a .doc file for them to download depending on the template / look-and-feel they select. Can I do this with non-Microsoft technologies like javascript and Python? The key requirements here is the ability to export the same data to different layouts. I have a feeling I can do this with XML / WordML, but the formatting piece looks daunting. What is the easiest way to do this without hooking into COM?
posted by kaizen at 6:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Should a 30-something small mostly-vegan female even attempt WWOOF-ing in France?

Should a 30-something small mostly-vegan female even attempt WWOOF-ing in France? Maybe near a major city? Other ideas for volunteering to meet new people and practice my newly-learned French? Anybody with insight into physical demands of WWOOFing? [rather long, sorry] [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:54 AM PST - 14 comments

What are Today's biggest stories?

Aside from Andrew Gilligan's revelation that the UK government knew that the evidence justifying the Iraq War was exaggerated - what other major news stories have been broken on the BBC Radio 4's, Today Programme?
posted by MrMerlot at 5:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Just don't burn the place down...

Housesitting etiquette? [more inside]
posted by Emilyisnow at 4:49 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm running a 10k race on Sunday. How should I prepare my body diet and supplement wise?

I'm running a 10k race on Sunday. How should I prepare my body diet and supplement wise? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 4:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Diagnosing a faulty hard drive

My PC is no longer recognising one of my SATA hard drives. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 1:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu?

Whats the Difference between a file system and a partition in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by complience at 12:58 AM PST - 13 comments

February 24

What branch of biology studies the environment to advance medicine?

What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something. "What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements? You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession? Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
posted by Tres at 11:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Why me read suck?

After about 20 years of believing myself to be a perfectly accomplished reader, I have been told that in fact 66 percent of America is better then me. Why? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 11:32 PM PST - 42 comments

What's the best Yosemite camp ground for a group of 8 first time visitors?

What's the best Yosemite camp ground for a group of 8 first time visitors? We want to do some day hikes, and we want to visit as many of the "must see" places as possible. We plan on going around the middle of August for 3-4 nights. [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 11:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Planes, Trains, and Metros

ParisFilter: what is the best way to get from the Gare d'Austerlitz to Orly Sud? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 11:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Why am I suddenly getting hangovers?

Sudden Weakness to alcohol. Namely beers. Why? [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi at 10:47 PM PST - 15 comments

WTF is giong on?

I work part time for a coffee franchise. About a month ago a rumor started that we would no longer be getting tips. We found out the the rumor was true. Sucks for us but the reasons why are not clear and I don't know what to tell my customers when they ask why they can not leave tips. [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 10:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Cores or clock?

Help me sort out the tradeoffs between a faster dual core or a slower quad core processor. [more inside]
posted by indyz at 9:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Strange plant at Montaña de Oro

I found a strange ocean plant at Montaña de Oro. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Korou at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Apertifs perhaps?

How can I get my digestion back in functioning order? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 8:43 PM PST - 16 comments

In hot pursuit of clever pursuits

Any clever ideas (based on truth, fiction or anecdote) of how a resourceful character might potentially track down someone who's fled the country? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 8:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I Bless my Kid with the Magic of Southern Soil?

Okay, as a displaced Southerner it disturbs me that my upcoming child is going to be born among a bunch of Damn Yankees. I kind of want to do a ritual with my kid and some red clay taken from Down South to sort of make this all right with myself. What's the best way to make the clay sterile? And . . . [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 8:17 PM PST - 60 comments

What is the best external flash for the Nikon D40 camera?

Which external flash should I purchase for a Nikon D40? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83 at 8:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Will Obama give me money?

Will the stimulus law affect my tax filling? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

The 'W' is Silent

The 'w' in 'Keswick' is silent. So is the 'w' in 'Southwark'. And the 'h' in 'Pakenham'. Is there a name for this and is there a rule to apply it? [more inside]
posted by awfurby at 8:04 PM PST - 36 comments

How would a 23 year-old male become more fashionable?

How would a 23 year-old male become more fashionable? The only time I feel dressed well is when I wear a suit. How can I fix this? It's difficult for me to find clothes that I feel fit me well because of my 6'3" 185 lb frame. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 7:57 PM PST - 33 comments

How is your non-CFC asthma inhaler working out for you?

If you recently made the switch from a CFC-propelled asthma inhaler to a non-CFC-propelled inhaler, how has it been? I've seen news reports that the spray is softer so you may not feel like you've gotten the full dose, and the inhalers have to be cleaned more often, and was curious to hear from people who've actually made the transition as I wait for my seasonal allergic asthma to kick in any day now. Any hints for making the adjustment smoother?
posted by mediareport at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

How to not shrink 100% cotton American Apparel T's

I've only found help on how to Shrink stuff, not how to avoid it. So the American Apparel medium t-shirts are too big for me even after a wash, but their small shirts are perfect pre-wash. They are 100% cotton and I'm wondering what I can do to not have them shrink at all. Can I hand wash them gently with detergent and then hang dry? Any experience or anecdotes would be great!
posted by huxley at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Who wrote this torture story?

Science fiction story, who wrote it? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a telemarketer?

Where can I find someone to do outbound telemarketing sales on a part or full time basis? These are cold calls.
posted by bindasj at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

The logistics are a little weird for crying on a shoulder across the Atlantic Ocean .

My friend's grandmother died. This is not your average friend's-relative-is-dead issue. Possible excessive worry filter. [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Taking it all off.

What should I know before and after I shave my head? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 6:32 PM PST - 73 comments

Tax law question for POD CD

Tax-filter and estate-filter. I live in Ohio. The deceased lived in Ohio and gave me a certificate of deposit upon her death using a payable on death designation during 2008. I then cashed it out and placed this money in a checking account. I am not otherwise involved with the estate in any way. I have usually used "free-file" to do my taxes.

Two-part question: a) does this money count towards adjusted gross income? and if so...um... how? (I know so little about it I'm not sure what I'm asking) b) assuming my AGI is still under the $56k limit for free-file, is there any other reason why I cannot or should not do my taxes in that matter since I inherited this CD? [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Howto: G1 on ATT&T?

Can I get the G1 or G2 (when it comes out) and use it on ATT&T without signing a contract with T-Mobile? More Inside [more inside]
posted by blackout at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me some women who made a nonviolent difference!

Help me think of examples of individual women or groups that worked toward nonviolent social change!! [more inside]
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 5:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me break into the Human Resources field!

How can a person with no HR experience get a job in Human Resources? [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 5:27 PM PST - 12 comments

High quality video capture device for Youtube?

What webcam or camcorder should I buy for my videocast?

I may run it as a youtube channel or as a vlog, but I want it to look and sound as good as possible. I intend to edit each episode with some yet to be determined video editing software and I am 90% sure I will be buying the Samson C01U microphone (possibly the whole podcasting pak).

Now I need a video recorder to match! [more inside]
posted by brenton at 5:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Tiger Woods v Barry Bonds

So, which would go further, a golf ball hit by a world class baseball hitter with a baseball bat, or a baseball hit by a world class golfer? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 5:16 PM PST - 22 comments

I don't read Chinese, but I do speak Science.

I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of a bunch of organic molecules that represent positive traits, feelings, etc. More along the lines of serotonin representing happiness than ethanol or caffeine representing happiness. What are your ideas for emotions/ traits and their corresponding chemicals?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 4:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Drinking half and half?

In your experience, how common or uncommon is the practice of drinking half and half (half milk and half cream) as a beverage? [more inside]
posted by dead cousin ted at 4:48 PM PST - 54 comments

Shirts like that?

[FindThatShirtFilter/DressMeFilter] I know I'm supposed to be eyeing off this seller's Etsy products, but I'm sorta more interested in the shirt her model's wearing! Anyone know where I can find it? Or recognise what brand it is so I can check out their other gear? And/or (while I'm at it!), different stuff entirely but with a similar feel? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Human Rights Inquiries from Work

Can an employer discipline you for making calls to Human Rights on work time? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn at 4:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best way to actually learn spanish?

What is the most effective way to spruce up my spanish in terms of private tutoring, immersion courses, extended night courses, etc? [more inside]
posted by aussicht at 4:12 PM PST - 4 comments

cutting it close with transfer times

How long will it really take me to transfer from Gare du nord to Gare de l'est in Paris? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 4:05 PM PST - 13 comments

block casalemedia popunders

How do I block popunder ads from Casalemedia? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

San Antonio City Manager

How is the city manager of San Antonio selected?
posted by iconjack at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Where Are Your Favorite Old-Timey Folk and/or Beats Music On The Net?

Newly-minted Radio DJ Needs Great Music Online! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it possible to search though multiple Google Local search indexes?

Is it possible to search though Google as if from multiple locations? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Did You Mean

Google search was great, until now. Now it asks you "Did you mean this" and then populates the first two results with the term you didn't type, but Google thinks you MUST have meant, because they are smarter than you. So, what's a good search engine for someone who loves the old google search simplicity? (P.S. Live and Yahoo are far worse)
posted by parallax7d at 3:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How to handle a boss from hell?

Should we stage a "coup" on our boss? Go one level of management above or straight to HR? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Photo-related gifts?

I secretly sent away a bunch of my mom's old family photos for digital scanning. What are some cool birthday gifts I could make/order/buy for her that would make use of the resulting images? Additional specs within. [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 3:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it wise to replace local IT services with, say, Gmail?

My computer science department is debating replacing its in-house services with internet-based services (e.g. no mail server, but use Gmail instead; no local home pages but use gmail pages instead). Is this a good idea? Any hidden traps/cost with the approach? Does anyone have success or horror stories with this approach that I can share with my committee?
posted by media_itoku at 2:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Helipads and you

Do you live near an urban helipad or heliport? Does the noise bother you? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 2:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Name that Ancient Greek Writing Convention

Name that Ancient Greek writing convention: The "Gearing Up" scene. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Does cross-platform, self-contained photo management exist?

I'm a single user looking for an easier way to browse my photos. It looks like I need a photo management tool like iPhoto, F-Spot, et al. The catch: if possible, I would like whatever solution I end up with to be cross-platform and self-contained (because I'm scared of entering all of my information into a proprietary database that I can't get my data out of later). [more inside]
posted by pbh at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me covert my pdf pleadings to Word

How can I best OCR an oddly formatted document using Adobe 9 Standard? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 2:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a pet motel in chicago

Looking for pet hotel in Chicago area - any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by irie1972 at 2:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Which is the best buy?

Should I buy a 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom condo? Specifics after the break... [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 1:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Why don't the fastest times win?

Why don't competitors in marathons start the race all in one pack? Why are there different start times for elite runners? Why don't they decide the winner just on time alone? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 1:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Unusual music for beautiful space images? No electronic space music, please?

Attention music lovers: I’m looking for music to accompany a gorgeous planetarium show about philosophy, cosmology, perception and the known universe. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 1:00 PM PST - 43 comments

seatbelt saves lives, not sanity

How to disable annoying seatbelt reminder in car? Can I simply cut the wire? more inside... [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 12:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Multimonitor mouse cursor wraparound, please.

Can you find a program to wrap the mouse cursor around three monitors? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 12:46 PM PST - 12 comments

My head hurts. Can I have a hat that fits yet?

Help me find the perfect beach hat for a big head! [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Which Wolfe?

Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar -- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
posted by dzot at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a radio

Can you help me find a really nice all-around radio? Something with AM/FM/Shortwave and an Aux input would be great [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Collaborators on film

Films about war time collaboration? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 12:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Vegetarian meals in Edinburgh

Eating out with quality vegetarian options in central Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Metafilter and the Case of the Obscured Book Cover

Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

NYC eats and coffee shops near 44West 44th Street Manhattan

Looking for ideas for food/diversion close to 44 W 44th St, NYNY... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 11:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Are 401k's & IRA's subjec to a Deficiency Judgment? (Colorado)

After a foreclosure & a Deficiency Judgment, can they go after my 401k & IRA? [more inside]
posted by olddogeyes at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Foraging for yummies

What can I forage (for)? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Best of the noughties?

Please recommend me some recent films. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 11:21 AM PST - 57 comments

Happy Yb, Dad!

My dad is turning 70 and is a retired professor/scientist. What can I put on his birthday cake to represent 70 in some scientific way? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 11:19 AM PST - 22 comments

How are suspected criminals given hospital treatment?

What would happen to a suspect who was seriously injured while being arrested? Would they be treated in a regular hospital while under guard? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get pugs from point A to point B?

A likely move to Grand Cayman, but how to get my pugs there? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

a great coffee table book about birds, etc?

I'm looking for a big beautiful coffee table book about birds, wetlands or nature or similar ...preferably with lots of pictures and less text. It's a gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Add an iPhone line

Will AT&T let you add an iPhone to a FamilyTalk plan, where the main phone is not an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Fat man flying to Japan

If given the choice to fly coach from Boston to Tokyo (Narita), which of the following airlines would you choose and why: Continental, Delta, American, JAL or ANA. FYI, i'm 300 pounds and 6'1. Legroom is a primary concern, but any tips appreciated. [more inside]
posted by quibx at 10:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Best Way To Send Lots of Large Images?

Easiest way to send 5,000 hi-res images? Over the internet? Using hard drives and mailing them? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

What's the difference between Lexulous and Wordscraper?

What's the difference between Lexulous and Wordscraper?
posted by box at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

how to play contact?

Has anyone ever played this word-guessing game? It's called Contact, and it's a little like Botticelli. I have some questions about gameplay, if anyone's played it and is pretty familiar with the rules.
posted by pipti at 9:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Applying to multiple temp agencies: List on resume?

JUST started at one temp agency. Should I put it on my resume for the next one I apply at? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Matzo Ball soup in Buffalo, NY?

Does anyone know of a restaurant that serves Matzo Ball Soup in Buffalo, NY, now that Mastman's has closed? [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

How to find out what cellphone carriers my friends have (without asking them)?

Is there a website where I could input known cellphone numbers and know what carriers they are registered with? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:17 AM PST - 7 comments

European history textbooks?

I'm looking for a good book or two surveying the major topics in European history up through the unification of Germany and Italy in the late 1800s. Ideally, the book would have a level of detail similar to what would be covered in an AP European History class or a lower-division undergraduate European history course. Bonus points if the book has a good bibliography for further reading on specific events/time periods.
posted by philosophygeek at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Help make sense of my house's gas bill

What is wrong with the electric and gas in my two-family house? Our bills are incredibly lopsided. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 9:09 AM PST - 14 comments

How dangerous could it be, really?

Staying at the Clermont Hotel in Atlanta this weekend - any firsthand info I should know? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 9:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Solo travel in the Dominican Republic?

I'm heading to the Dominican Republic for a conference in Punta Cana, and spending another five days in the country for vacation. What should I (young woman, solo traveler, semi-adventurous) do with my extra time? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Brooklyn neighborhood with easy access to Columbus Circle?

I'm a neighborhood(s) in Brooklyn with: a) very fast, easy subway access to Columbus Circle, b) pretty good transport to the Village and to the rest of Manhattan in general, and c) great cheap food nearby. What am I?
posted by shivohum at 8:59 AM PST - 35 comments

Batch exporting / printing hundreds of emails

Batch exporting / printing hundreds of emails? [more inside]
posted by uncle harold at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I be concerned about ID theft with 1099 sent to wrong address?

A contract employer sent my 1099-MISC to my old address at which I haven't resided since Jan. 2007. Should I be concerned about possible identity theft/fraud? I already had a fraudulent charge to one of my credit cards shortly after my mail stopped forwarding. Also, are there any repercussions I can/should take against the employer (large state university)?
posted by conigs at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

He stinks and he knows it.

How can I get my husband to shower more than twice a month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 52 comments

DHS stopped shipment, now what?

DHS stopped an illegal shipment, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Best way of avoiding fees when cashing US cheques in UK bank?

I'm British living in the UK but I get sent lots of US cheques in US$. Best way of minimising fees/costs for cashing them?
posted by humblepigeon at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Where did flour come from?

Where did flour come from? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 8:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Soundtrack for a route 66 Drive

Two music lovers traveling all of Route 66 from Chicago to LA. Help me build the perfect iPod soundtrack for every step of the way! [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:21 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I encourage the 10th of my hair that won't curl to do so?

Top of my head hair is straighter than the under hair of my head, which is fairly curly. What can I do/use to help the top hair be curlier? Please save me from my 30 minute routine of blow drying and flat ironing.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

I think I want to find my own wife now.

I'm from a South Asian culture and made the mistake of allowing my parents to start looking for a girl for me. How do I get out of this? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:10 AM PST - 16 comments

I've killed 15 rats and now need to clean and disinfect my garage. Please help!

My garage has been a rat motel for the past year. Now that the rats are gone how do I clean it and make it usable again? [more inside]
posted by phixed at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Find this font!

FontFilter: Find me a free version of this font, please! [more inside]
posted by combustibl at 7:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Bunny Identification Request

What is this bunny? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments


Hourly bonus programs- anyone have experience / advice? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend a place to eat near the Barbican in London.

Can anyone recommend a gastropub or similar near the Barbican in London for a celebratory meal on a weekday lunchtime? Possible problem - we may have a 6 month old baby with us. [more inside]
posted by handee at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

The cheapest distance between two points

Let's say that traveler X would like to fly from city A to city B on American Airlines. The cost to fly from A to B is $500. X notices that a flight from A to C costs $300, and includes a layover in B. What, if any, are the negative consequences to X if he purchases the A to C itinerary, carries his bags on the flight, and leaves the airport after arriving at B, never to complete the B - C leg? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I use metal paint on wood?

What exactly does it mean for paint to be formulated "for metal substrates only"? Can I use it on wood? [more inside]
posted by torticat at 5:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Office 2000->2003 Mail Merge Headaches

Multi-Computer: How to deal with mailmerge differences between Office 2000 and 2003? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 4:33 AM PST - 1 comment

You don't need to hear me gasping for breath.

I have a Motorola SX900 Talkabout FRS/GMRS radio. I need a compatible headset with a boom or throat microphone and push-to-talk, for somewhere in the $20 range. The slimmer the better, but I'll take pretty much anything. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:20 AM PST - 1 comment

how do I file taxes in the UK?

I lived in the UK in 2008, I need to file a tax return. please walk me through it. [more inside]
posted by krautland at 4:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone remember a toy, an "electronic set of building blocks"?

Does anyone else remember this toy, an electronic set of building blocks, or is it just in my faulty memory? Who was the manufacturer? What was the trade name? (How do I search for it on eBay? :) [more inside]
posted by aurelian at 2:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How to advertise my apartment for short term rent?

I made a website for my apartment to rent it out in short term let. Somebody has any idea what to add there or where to advertise this. Was thinking about facebook. Somebody has experience? Tried sublet.com but it isn't working very good so far. [more inside]
posted by simmzu at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

February 23

Any perl gurus up to fix a bug in Warrick?

For the good of the Underdogs, does anyone know how to fix a bug in Warrick? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 11:01 PM PST - 10 comments

99 problems but a name aint one

Can I use a song lyric/title as my business name? Or is it copyright protected? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 10:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Software for making clever information visualizations?

How to make clever visualizations from Excel or CSV data? Any free, flexible information-graphic scripting software out there? [more inside]
posted by anthill at 10:17 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to hire someone to turn on my air conditioning too

Who are the world's largest employers? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me wipe a smell on...

Does anyone know how I can make my own perfume applicators? [more inside]
posted by MsLgean at 9:19 PM PST - 10 comments

dopamine for shock?

Neurologic Drug Filter: I've been reading for a while and am quite tired so I'm hoping my exhaustion is not resulting in my going on mefi and asking a totally stupid question. So here goes.... If the activation of domaminergic receptors result in the vasodilation of the blood vessels in places like the heart and kidneys, why is one of the clinical uses of dopamine shock and hypotension? I'm a little confused by this. It would seem if dopamine results in vasodilation, you would not want to give it to someone hypotensive or in shock. Any ideas?
posted by GlowWyrm at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Thought experiment on entropy

ThermodynamicsFilter: Assume I have a perfectly insulated room, a battery with a fixed amount of power, and an air-conditioning/heating unit..... [more inside]
posted by zachawry at 8:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Help an ailing bunny rabbit & his owner.

Can you help me keep my bunny fed? He has head tilt and has trouble getting food. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 8:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Move my archive of awesome to the cloud?

How can I organize my archive of awesomeness which has mostly pictures? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 8:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Prepare for some abuse

Shady auto body shop in Toronto. Help me prepare myself... [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get started receiving recurring payments

Can someone help me get started with recurring payments (receiving them, that is). I've got access to Miva Merchant. Will that help? I know Paypal can handle recurring payments, but I'm inclined to believe there are better and cheaper ways.
posted by bleeb at 7:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Who is pecking in my feeder?

I set up a cam on my feeder in GA. It saves a pic every few minutes, and when I can, I post the interesting ones here so my folks back in MA can check them out. (It's a long winter for them.) I'm not exactly sure what this one is. I was guessing a female red-winged blackbird, but it doesn't match exactly to sample pics I find online and nothing in my field guide looks like a closer match. Can someone lend me their expertise? Thanks! - Tom
posted by thinds66 at 7:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Name this TV program

I think it was PBS, a roundtable discussion about a hypothetical ticking timebomb and what each branch of society thought should be done. I believe there were 3 panels: law enforcement, attorneys, and politicians. I think the host was an African-American male. [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Did I just go out on a date?

I’m concerned that I may have inadvertently gone out on a date recently. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 7:33 PM PST - 35 comments

Modern (recently new) color laser all-in-one device.

Looking for a modern (recently new) color laser all-in-one device. The device I had specced out seems to not be available any more - no one has it available for some odd reason. I need help picking another one, please! [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

how can i remove my name from spoke.com?

do you know how to get off spoke.com? [more inside]
posted by kewlio at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Bakhtin a Corner

What are the most insightful interpretative writings about carnival/carnaval and mardi gras? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I bought house?

Help us start to look for a house? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 6:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Eats in NYC?

I'm taking a 3 day vacay to NYC. Help me make the best of it foodwise! [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 at 6:42 PM PST - 27 comments

Need a quiet, portable printer

Need portable, very quiet, printer. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Emphasis on "good"

How do I find a good technical co-founder for my startup? (I am not the worthless ideas-only guy!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get over my family?

How do I stop resenting my brother's wife, stop mentally competing with her for the love and approval of my parents, and stop worrying about falling to the margins of my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How to stream radio w/o the bandwidth?

How can I enjoy streaming radio at work without hogging bandwidth? [more inside]
posted by jaseaco at 6:25 PM PST - 11 comments

atXat Blackboard Template Variables

How can I find out ALL of the available Blackboard atXat (@X) template variables?! [more inside]
posted by EduTek at 5:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a Crunchbase-like widget and database combo for custom data display.

Is anyone aware of a widget and database like Crunchbase that I could use to display my own data on my web site? I'm looking for something where I could insert a tag onto the web page (or Wordpress post) to call data for that particular item from a database and display it in an intuitive format. The database could be accessible only by me, or could be a wiki. Does anyone have any leads? I've searched to no avail. Thanks!
posted by underdetermined at 5:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Thesaurus word like "homage to"

Single word that means "to sing the praises of", poss. Greek or Roman in origin. Thinking paean, or ode but not quite. [more inside]
posted by jchinique at 5:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Opera Hanks Lipsyncs in Philadelphia?

In Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, what is the aria that Tom Hanks is lip syncing in front of Denzel? He is also narrating what the aria is about. From the soundtrack information. It must be one of the following... [more inside]
posted by shortbooks at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

My video is fuzzy

Mac and Acer monitor. Why do I occasionally see shadows? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 4:40 PM PST - 5 comments

math riddle

I am looking for a six digit number that would satisfy theses conditions: each digit is between 2 and 9 and the sum of each number exponement 6 yeild the very same number. Anyone ?
posted by selfsck at 4:24 PM PST - 10 comments

How important is your resume towards getting into law school?

How important is the resume of an '08 college grad when it comes to getting into a good law school to attend in fall '10? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 4:23 PM PST - 14 comments

What to do with my teeth?

I would like to have my extracted wisdom teeth made into...something. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me find a concert poster, please?

I am need of a concert poster. Specifically, I am looking for the 2003 Vans Warped Tour poster, either with no venue listed or from the Camden, NJ show. [more inside]
posted by Loto at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

It's Alive!!!!

I have sulfuric acid, de-ionized water, and basic lab equipment. Can I revive my crappy car battery? [more inside]
posted by scose at 3:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Is the Air all that?

Buying a new Macbook: Should I get the Air? Or a regular Macbook, customized with a solid state HD? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 3:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Dear Prudence, or whoever you are...

Whose name do I use when writing a cover letter for a job? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I switch from iPhone to Blackberry Bold?

iPhone or Blackberry Bold with specific uses... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I use a WAP-200 (Linksys, Wireless-G) to do Network Address Translation?

Can I use a WAP200 (Linksys, Wireless-G) to do Network Address Translation? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

What Do I want and How do I get It - for my hair not my life

I've been getting my hair highlighted by a rather inexperienced stylist for the last few months. I love the general color (a soft cool ash blonde) but I'ved got a few problems with it. Now I'm going someplace new with a more experienced colorist. I know what I want -- how do I tell them what I want? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I have anything to freak out about, except freaking out itself?

Almost two weeks ago I suddenly started having strange feelings of lightheadedness, abnormal difficultly concentrating, a lack of coordination (feeling as though I might fall over or run in to things), and visual issues (difficulty focusing on distant objects, seemingly less aware of my periphery - though there are no noticable gaps in my visual field). I've had these, albeit with decreasing frequency and severity, since that time. I'm often very fearful during these episodes (which can last 4-5 hours at a time, the dizziness/lightheadedness sometimes all day), fearing permanent brain damage and having extreme feelings of derealization. I've come to the conclusion that at least some of these symptoms are due to panic attacks. Does that explain it all though? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus at 1:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Can you help out with some (easy) wordplay?

Can you help out with some (easy) wordplay? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 1:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me have a happy lawn.

Help me get a good start on my lawn [more inside]
posted by drstein at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh venerable master machinests, I beseech you!

Designing a COMPUTER CONTROLLED MILLING MACHINE, small, very precise, and specialized to one type of task. Help me understand the bits and drills that will do the actual carving of the metal. [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Those who can't do... teach online.

I would like to teach one-on-one computer classes from home (over the Internet). What's the state-of-the-art re: live screen casting? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 1:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find an artist for collaboration.

I have a story and I'm looking for an artist to collaborate for little to no money on a sci-fi comic book. I will pay for the actual production (it will be a limited run to accompany a record), so I have at least that to offer to the artist. Know of any websites/forums that help foster this labor-of-love type collaboration between media? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Convert a USB device to be wireless?

Convert a USB device to be wireless? [more inside]
posted by puloxor at 1:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Zodiac killer documentary -- lost to History?

In the early 80s, HBO aired a short TV series called "Whodunit?" and one of the 20 minute segments was about the Zodiac killer. It was done in an interesting fashion with a Monty Python-esque cutout design style..It was quite creepy. I cannot find this anywhere nor mentioned anywhere online. Does anybody have any information where I might find this? Or even information? I am just short of calling HBO. It is a segment that has haunted me since I watched it as a child and I kinda want to watch it again. If it matters they also did bits on Lizzie Borden and Richard Speck.
posted by snap_dragon at 1:03 PM PST - 18 comments

An online guide to reading Nietzsche's 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra'?

Hi, I am currently attempting Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra with some difficulty. What I'm really looking for is a chapter-by-chapter explanation of the book; the meanings, metaphors, and significance of the characters and events. Thanks in advance.
posted by FuckingAwesome at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

[Office Politics Filter] How long do I nag my boss about a crappy worker?

We've got an intern that doesn't appreciate his chance to work in our studio, but my boss just won't fire him! How long do I keep giving my boss reasons? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 12:51 PM PST - 42 comments

Landlord, give me my money back!

My previous landlord never returned my security deposit ($1,650) last autumn. I live in Chicago. Do I get an attorney (and if so how do I choose one) or do I take it to small claims court myself? What are the pros/cons of either approach? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae at 12:29 PM PST - 12 comments

How can my friend's band promote themselves?

A good friend of mine just wrapped up a full length album. They are a trio with a little bit of live experience, but no real contacts. How should they go about promoting themselves, both to play in bars/clubs or for possible label representation?
posted by patientpatient at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there someone in Santa Cruz who can fix my Marine Head?

My Sailboat is in Santa Cruz harbor, I have been having issues with my marine head. Does anyone know someone I could have come out and look at it?
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Options other than repossession?

My friend lost half his job (down to 20 hours a week from 40, and this is after a pay cut), and is about to lose his truck. I don't want his credit ruined. What are some options outside of getting it repossessed? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

[FemaleHairProductFilter] Suggest replacement for my discontinued Jon Frieda staple.

[female hair product filter] I've been using John Frieda's Wind Down Relaxing Cream on my hair after I shower, whether I flat iron straight or leave it curly. I've been using it for like 7 years. I think it's been discontinued. What should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I not get the flu?

How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 11:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Prison-themed presents

Help me think of prison-themed presents for a Down by Law screening party. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do with over-boiled sugar syrup?

What can I do with over-boiled sugar syrup? [more inside]
posted by miriam at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Guide me to a travel guide.

What are the best guidebooks for exploring Stockholm, Berlin, and Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by waltzing astronomers at 11:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Professional photography website by an amateur

Hi guys, I would like to make my way as a photographer, and I know making a supemotherlovin' website is essential. I have seen a lot of professional photographers using flash based websites and I see they are rather stylish but often slow (although I understand it is partially necessary for copyright protection). What I would like to ask is: what is the quickest/easiest way for me to make a professional looking website? [more inside]
posted by Saddo at 11:41 AM PST - 19 comments

To podcast or not to podcast?

How to persuade a local radio arts and music station that they should podcast? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 11:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Want to fatten up a little on Fat Tuesday!

Anybody know where to get some paczkis by Fat Tuesday in D.C.? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

SWM seeks dream.

What is it like to dream? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:16 AM PST - 85 comments

Lousy connectivity on my new DSL

Diagnose my wifi difficulties, please! New DSL installation with intermittent, slow connectivity and occasional weird pings/notifications. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Magyarország film!!

Where can I find DVD's of Benedek Fleigauf's films? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

I need a haircut!

Need haircut recommendations in Portland or Beaverton, OR [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

i can haz Port4nd M4in3 CP4?

I need an accountant in Portland Maine as soon as possible. Pretty simple probably but I have some equipment deductions (photography equipment) and depreciation and stuff I can't really figure out. I need to get this done this week as my FAFSA for school is delayed while I'm dealing with it. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Anyone know any good jewelry artists?

I'm going to ask my girlfriend to marry me and I'm looking for an engagement ring - but I'd like something unique, hand made by an artist. It doesn't need a diamond or anything traditional. Its more important that it be an interesting object. Anyone know any neat jewelry artists?
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 25 comments

The pesky Plesk favicon from hell won't leave me alone.

The pesky Plesk favicon from hell won't leave me alone. If you're using vista and IE, can you spare a moment? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 10:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Confused by Cat5e voice and data wiring

I'm trying to do all the wiring in my house in order to distribute data and voice connectivity to each of the locations to which Cat 5e is run. It's been a while since I've done wiring (last time was probably a college job maybe 15! years ago), and I've got a few questions about how to set this all up. Sorry for the length, but I wanted to be as clear as possible about my current set-up. [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 10:30 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the best marketing departments with the best career potential

What are the best Marketing departments with the best career potential? After more than a decade with one employer, I feel like it may be time to stretch my wings and find some new challenges. I've largely built my current department, so in a way, it is limited by my own perspectives. I'd be looking for a place that's more sophisticated where I could be exposed to new techniques and tools that would allow me to grow faster than I can on my own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Is it safe to bring a Nikon SLR to Cuba?

Is it safe to bring my Nikon SLR to Cuba? The depressed economy, and presence of hucksters makes me think not... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Protective, loving dogs and vulnerable, little babies

Our dog of six years is very loving and smart, but he's also overly protective and skiddish. What kind of problems will this create if my wife and I decide to have a baby? Has anyone had experience introducing newborns to over-protective pups? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap, healthy Flatiron lunch?

NYCfilter: I work at the Flatiron (at 23rd and Broadway), and I'm looking for cheap (~$7), healthy (more veg, less fried) lunch places within five to ten blocks. Where would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Ring my bell?

How can I make my gmail "ding" when I get a new email? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

I refuse to let coffee to be the death of me.

I just got shocked while making coffee. In the 16 years I've had the machine it's never happened before. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments

My neighbor has an eating disorder. How can I help?

My neighbor has an eating disorder. How can I help? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Teaching students to cite

Desperately seeking effective online learning resources that teach undergrads how to identify academic sources, and how to cite them correctly. These could be Web pages, .docs/.pdfs, tutorials, etc. Anything interactive is a bonus. [more inside]
posted by carter at 9:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Online Budgeting minus the Online.

Do any online budgeting tools exist that (a) allow manual entries and (b) don't require any access to my account information? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Gifts to represent ten cities for an anniversary.

Help me distill these ten cities/regions into a giftable essence: Boston, Maui, San Francisco, New Orleans, NYC/Hoboken, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Outer Banks NC, Central PA (Dutch Country), Columbus OH. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 8:22 AM PST - 32 comments

What is this grain?

Mystery grain. [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier?

Can I put an aftermarket stereo in a new Nissan Frontier? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Share iTunes, with a catch.

What's the best way for my dad to get access to my iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me trick out my kid's Mac

Help me trick out my old Mac for my preschooler. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

American on Atlas Blue?

Booking a ticket on a low-cost European Airline (Atlas Blue) that "only takes European Credit Cards?" [more inside]
posted by jckll at 7:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Help a newb astronomer see Comet Lulin from Maryland!

I am going crazy trying to get a sighting of Comet Lulin, and I don't want to blow the best chance tonight! I live east of Rockville, MD, and there is a fair amount of light pollution in the area. I just got a 6" Dobsonian Telescope (Orion XT6), but know very little about finding my way around the sky. [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 6:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Counter-strike without steam access?

Can I (we) play the retail version of counter-strike: source on a local network (at work) where we don't have access to steam [more inside]
posted by StephenMeldalFoged at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Changing domain servers: easy-peasy, or fraught with hidden danger?

My inamorata works for a company that is, surprise surprise, experiencing economic difficulties. One area where they are hurting is web hosting. Their site is costing them about $600 a month, which is waaay out of line for their site: html with some Flash, nothing special, not even any video. It changes rarely. What I want to do is to take over maintaining this site and save them a bunch of money. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:34 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the songs in this video?

Please help me identify the songs in this video and this video. Curiosity is killing me. I know the last one in the first video is a CSS remix of "Men's Needs" by The Cribs and I definitely recognize the solo intro from "Sweet Child O' Mine", but the rest are too distorted for me to figure out.
posted by whitedoor at 6:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Historical fiction about scientists

Your recommendations: Historical novels about scientists [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Can you recommend a temp agency for me?

Temp agency filter: I am a creative type in NYC, but it's not paying the bills right now. So I need to step outside my comfort zone. Are there any temp agencies that suit me? I have more details about myself inside. [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 5:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Impossible Story ID

What story did I read in or around 5th grade? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:10 AM PST - 13 comments

laid off + credit cards

I just got laid off on Friday. I filed for unemployment benefits. The next step is to call the credit card companies and tell them I have no money for them this month and don't know when I can resume payments. Any suggestions how to go about this.
posted by hophead627 at 5:06 AM PST - 9 comments

What's a good female-specific purse/laptop bag for a 13" Macbook?

I bought my wife a unibody aluminum 13" Macbook for Christmas. She loves the laptop a lot but only has an old fashioned clamshell briefcase style carrying case for laptops, which was designed for 8 pound, 15.4" screen lap monsters. Can anyone recommend a female specific purse/laptop bag that is stylish and designed specifically for the 13" Macbook, or a vendor of an assortment of different styles of such bags?
posted by thewalrus at 4:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Meta-Median from other medians?

[Statistics Filter]: What's the best way to calculate a meta-median? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 4:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Living with OCD

I'm moving in with my girlfriend, her brother and his girlfriend. He's been diagnosed with OCD. How can I make the best of the situation? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 4:27 AM PST - 16 comments

no, I am not talking about bidets!

Why do public bathrooms in France commonly not have toilet seats on their toilets?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 3:48 AM PST - 7 comments

What might I like/dislike about working in healthcare quality improvement?

The research/datawonk job that I (mostly) love has fallen victim to the times and other hazards. Though I'm by no means wedded to this area, the Mr. and I have given it some thought and decided that this is not a good time (for personal or economic reasons, given family nearby and the difficult local housing market) to pick up stakes. Most of my instincts suggest that I really could make a go out of flying solo, at least for a while. This notion has been bolstered by an outpouring of positive comments and support from several community clients. However, I feel like I owe it to myself to at least consider what other options for "stable" employment might be out there that suit me. I have an upcoming interview for a job for a health care organization in the QI department. I'd like to hear from anyone in the hive mind who's gone this route. Given what I've shared above, what might I find fun, tedious, stressful, etc. about this line of work? What would the day-to-day work be like? What kinds of things should I ask about or look out for in my upcoming interview? (More specifics below the fold) [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 3:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Help Me Find My First Autoharp!

I've decided to learn how to play the Autoharp, and am looking into purchasing one for the very first time. What's a good entry-level instrument? (Note: keep in mind that I'm an absolute beginner, and am looking at the lower end of the price range, since I'm just starting out.) Thank you in advance for your help, all!
posted by teamparka at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments

subs on AVI?

Two-part question about subtitles and DVD-to-AVI conversions: 1) How do I, using open-source software, "hard-burn" a subtitle file onto an AVI from a DVD source? 2) Even better, is there a video player that can load and display subtitle files to an avi format? What software & subtitle formatting should I be using? Extra points all around if your solutions handle Mandarin without encoding hitches. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 12:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I safe to solo camp without a tent?

Solo tent-less camping - safety tips? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 12:02 AM PST - 19 comments

February 22

How much should I get paid for hosting and producing videos?

Hired to host and produce video content for a PR firm. How much should I ask to be paid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 PM PST - 1 comment

The Conquering Hero "Comes"

My girlfriend can't get me to orgasm. Plenty of NSFWness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Recurring folds in my shirts

Sometimes after I buy a shirt there's this sudden fold that happens along front placket. I can iron it, but it takes time and ends up not looking nice and just comes back anyway. What is likely causing this to happen? Is there any way for me to prevent it? Here's a picture.
posted by apetpsychic at 9:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Stay in Takayama for April 14-15

Need a room in or around Takayama, Japan for April 14-15 - everything looks booked. Mefi, help! Are there any nearby cities? [more inside]
posted by olya at 9:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Gotta find this song!

I want to find/download/buy the song "troubled angel" by Eighty Eighty Eight. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 9:25 PM PST - 1 comment

How to deal with mixed signals from a long-term SO?

(Relationship Filter) What's a rational, fair, and non-dramatic way to deal with mixed signals from your significant other? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies at 9:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find out if these nice-seeming tenants are actually defaulting murderers.

LandlordFilter: Who's got credit and criminal background checking service recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:04 PM PST - 6 comments

what kind of guitar is this

anyone know what this guitar is? [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 8:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I have a threesome in LA?

How can I safely experiment sexually, like in a club or other group setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Can a former English major become a healthcare tech?

How can a former English major make a transition into the healthcare field? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 7:32 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a great pair of boots for work and play. HELP!

I want another pair of boots--versatile, hip but nothing too flashy or dressy. Low or no heel. Tough but feminine if you will. Mid calf. Black or brown. My place of residency has a fairly small selection of stores that sell shoes and boots, so I look online a lot, but can not seem to find anything!! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:57 PM PST - 21 comments

I might get a misdemeanor for reckless driving, what should I do!?

I'm about to go to trial for a reckless driving charge in the state of Virginia. According to the cop who pulled me over, I was going 95 in a 65 mph zone. I'm very scared right now of what could happen to me. In VA, reckless driving counts as a Misdemeanor. [more inside]
posted by BettyBurnheart at 6:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Egg myths

Eggs. I love eggs. Every time I use eggs I wonder about food safety but not obcessively so... I think and then I do anyway. There are two things I always do with eggs and I am wondering if they are "magical thinking" routines. [more inside]
posted by maggieb at 5:48 PM PST - 25 comments

SE Asia tying shoestrings

Bali, Thailand, or somewhere else for winter? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Grownup Clubhouse

How would I go about renting a room for recreational purposes? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Interesting photos wanted!

Nonlamephotopraphyfilter: What are some websites, books, and/or magazines that have some neat photos? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 5:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for ideas for a presentation on Web 2.0 and new web apps for teachers

What should I include in a presentation about new internet technology and digital media in the classroom to a group of high school teachers? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 5:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Does grandma need an electric submeter?

Help my grandma lower her utility bill by installing a submeter for the downstairs tenants. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Where's this Late Night music from?

Is the bombastic theme music from the Inflatable Dancing Conan bit from Late Night with Conan O'Brien from anything? If so, where?
posted by Servo5678 at 4:37 PM PST - 1 comment

scrabble rule help!!

scrabble fight! ok, so we are having a dilemma. can you form the same word two times in one turn in the game of scrabble? more inside!! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 4:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Hong Kong tea suggestions, please

I'm in Hong Kong for two more days and would like to bring back tasty tea (of any variety, especially green) that is difficult or impossible to find back in the States. Please give me your tea suggestions, bearing in mind the only Cantonese word I recognize is on an "Exit" sign, but I can find the usual tourist areas on the subway. Thanks!
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 4:31 PM PST - 7 comments

weekend in Phoenix!

I'm visiting a friend in Phoenix next weekend - what are some fun things to see and do? [more inside]
posted by beandip at 4:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Tall bike jerseys?

Bike jerseys for tall people? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 4:04 PM PST - 19 comments

children's book: old man turns into a dragon??

Looking for the title/ author of a children's book about an old man who saves a Chinese village by turning into a dragon? [more inside]
posted by mrmarley at 3:57 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to get a medical mj card for my anxiety, but I'm too scared to go. It still doesn't feel safe. Anyone actually go to one of these "evaluations" that you see in ads on the weeklys?

I want to get a medical mj card for my anxiety, but I'm too scared to go. It still doesn't feel safe. Anyone actually go to one of these "evaluations" that you see in ads on the weeklys? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 3:37 PM PST - 19 comments

But this WAS my backup!

How can I repair any broken files resulting from power loss during defragmentation? It seems that most file recovery applications want to move everything to a new disk, but this is not a good option for me because I don't have any other drives large enough. I was using iDefrag on my terabyte (My Book) external hard drive. It had gotten almost 21 hours in, and somehow the power cable got unplugged and the battery died. To make a long story short, iDefrag can't see the disk at all, Disk Utility sees the hard drive but not any of the data or the partition itself, and verify and repair are not selectable. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Yashica woes...

Yashica T4/T4 Weatherproof: I've recently bought myself a Yashica T4 camera for my travels, but I'm now getting reverse cold feet, and think that maybe i should have splashed out a little more for the Weatherproof model/T5 with waist level scope. More inside! [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

HTML / CSS portfolio emails?!

I would like to send a lovely designed HTML / CSS email to some design agencies as a CV / resume and portfolio sampler so I can ring them up before and after and chat to them about it in the vain hope that there are jobs out there in recessionland. 1. Where on 'tinternet to I go to find out how I can do this for free? 2. What should I look out for when designing said email? 3. Would it be better to send a PDF as an attachment to a plain 'covering letter' style email? Opinions and thoughts from the HiveMind welcome.
posted by gonzo_ID at 2:39 PM PST - 12 comments

eggselent adventure or journey into barfness?

I have nearly year old duck eggs. Are they safe to pickle? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Why can't I consume my coffee plant?

Why does my coffee plant say "For decoration only. Not for consumption"? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should we eat in Negril?

Where is the best "real Jamaican" place to eat on the 7 mile beach in Negril? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 1:29 PM PST - 1 comment

How much do you spend on food every month?

How much does your two-person household budget for food every month? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 1:04 PM PST - 67 comments

Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Bruce, Can You Tell Me Where He's Gone?

While searching for an old friend on Facebook, I found out that he had died a year ago, "unexpectedly at home." Usually that means something bad. What's an appropriate response given that amount of time? Should I follow-try to contact his wife, whom I never met?
posted by Xurando at 12:28 PM PST - 43 comments

Do I need a LLC to protect myself from torts?

I am preparing for my first business. Its a pedal-powered smoothie stand for my local farmers market. I'd like to allow customers to pedal their own smoothies while protecting myself from lawsuits (ex: customer sprains ankle while stepping off bike, or has a heart attack). [more inside]
posted by LC at 12:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Rock Hunters Delight!

Are there any good rock hunting beaches in the southern half of Lake Michigan? Or just pebbly beahces as compared to the sandy dune topography I'm familiar with? [more inside]
posted by readery at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I justify having luxuries while others lack necessities?

How can I morally justify spending money on luxuries while others lack necessities? Many reputable charities offer ways to save or vastly improve the lives of people in extreme poverty for small donations. What type of person am I if I spend $10 on a movie ticket, for example, that could be spent on mosquito netting to protect a poor child from malaria or to vaccinate dozens of children against measles? I don't see how giving a fixed percentage of my income, such as tithing, absolves me of further moral responsibility.
posted by espertus at 12:05 PM PST - 68 comments

Help ID a security dvr system

Have a GE Interlogix StoreSafe dvr security system. What is this? [more inside]
posted by striker at 11:42 AM PST - 1 comment

Where are you going, Ronaldo?

Help me identify a song my grandmother with Alzheimers sings sometimes: "Where are you going Ronaldo? I go to Las Vegas"... [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 11:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I buy Peanut Oil?

Where can I buy large quantities of peanut oil in New York City? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How to promote companies product with zero dollars online?

Having trouble getting promotional traction for new webservice, despite being an avid blog reader, possibly because of split audiences. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 11:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Anyone know of a comparative DOS speed tester software?

I'm looking for a DOS-based CPU speed tester that I remember seeing years ago. It told you how your machine compared to various pre-measured setups. I don't remember how it presented the speed (MIPS, maybe?), but there was a large table of CPU types (386SX/25MHz, 486DX/50MHZ etc.) that it compared the measured result against. Anyone know of such a program? [more inside]
posted by lifeless at 10:36 AM PST - 3 comments

scheduling a touristy layover for myself

I'm heading from the US to Cairo, Egypt in September. A lot of the flights have a layover opportunity in their respective airline hub (Air France in Paris, British Airways in London, KLM Royal Dutch in Amsterdam, Iberia in Madrid). I've taken long layovers as an opportunity to get out and explore a new place, so I'd appreciate some advice on doing this. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

I need a workout hat.

I need a hat for exercising outside in the sun, in Texas. [more inside]
posted by txvtchick at 10:00 AM PST - 15 comments

getting fed up with headphones.

HeadphoneFilter: I keep breaking my headphones at the jack end -- suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 9:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Learn mind control for free.

Learn mind control for free. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Games used to teach kids to research pre-Google

[Apple II educational software AND encyclopedia filter] When computers came to our library/learning center when I was in elementary school (between 1983-1986), I was one of the first kids to get to play a library learning game during "learning center" time and was the first to finish two games. 1) What were the names of these games? 2) What encyclopedia was used? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

What skype capable videophone devices exist?

Are there any Skype capable standalone videophone devices other than the ASUS AiGuru SV1? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 9:35 AM PST - 0 comments

Out of State Teaching Certificates

Out of State Teaching Certification: do I need to have it completed before I apply to teaching jobs that are out of state? [more inside]
posted by aetg at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Merging a Google Apps account with an older, "normal" Google account

Anyone know of a way to merge two Google and Google Apps accounts? (Not talking about merging mail accounts--I'm talking about things like web history, iGoogle pages, Google Reader subscriptions, etc.) [more inside]
posted by LairBob at 9:15 AM PST - 1 comment

You only have yourself to blame.

On the Fox Reality Channel, how much time passes between "tests and treatments" on the reality show Solitary v3.0? [more inside]
posted by Point n Click at 9:14 AM PST - 1 comment

There was a talking cactus, too

[Embarrassingly-revealing-name-that-book Filter] Does anyone remember this historical-fiction shonen-ai manga from the early 90's? [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I increase contrast on a multi-page PDF?

How can I quickly and easily increase the contrast on every page of a PDF? [more inside]
posted by Outis at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts?

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
posted by Bio11 at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Sugar Casting Tips and Resources Sought

MeFi Chef Brigade: Anyone out there know anything about cast sugar (sometimes called poured sugar or sugar glass)? I'm experimenting with some historical cast sugar recipes, but could use some advice..... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Hire a housekeeper with schizophrenia?

Are we obligated to rehire a household employee with schizophrenia? [more inside]
posted by KWittman at 6:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Saving my PC's Optical Drive

Is there a way to selectively disable the CD/DVD drive in my computer? [more inside]
posted by brandman at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Book, slacker, game. Arrrgh! Give me a clue!

Does this book exist or did I imagine it? It was a book of fiction about a 20(30?)-something loser who's working on an obsessive (and as yet unpublished) encyclopedia of every arcade game ever made, or something similar... [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 4:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Autonomous Videogames

Which videogames can be set to use autonomous bots so that the game will play independently by itself for an extended period of time? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 1:12 AM PST - 25 comments

If I could consume nothing but celery and water, I would.

How do I keep morale up and depression from setting in during a lengthy weight loss process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Never been kissed!

[Relationship (or lack thereof) Filter] I'm a 21 year old chick, getting ready to graduate from college this May, and I've never been in a relationship. Worse yet, I've never been on a date, fooled around, or even kissed someone! I'm like Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, only without Michael Vartan to save the day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Virtual Breathalyzer for PC

I had a fantastic idea, years ago, which Google has recently implemented (where I have not). They call it Mail Goggles. My idea was a safe to store your bottles in that would have a sort of Simon-type game built in, to unlock it. If you were too buzzed, no entry. [more inside]
posted by Gusy at 12:18 AM PST - 5 comments

No hearts dotting the I's.

FontFilter: I'm looking for a font similar to this one, except with non-loopy and straight horizontal strokes. I'd like it to look handwritten, and to be free to download. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 12:03 AM PST - 10 comments

February 21

Power Supply for PSR 740 keyboard

Where in Vancouver, BC might I find a replacement power supply (I believe it's a Yamaha PA-6 adapter) for a PSR 740 keyboard?
posted by stray at 11:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Am I overreacting?

Are "innocent" lies okay? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 11:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Sick as a dog...literally

My 18 lb whippett-terrier mix may have eaten up to 8 dark chocolate truffles. He's shaking some, but not vomiting. Can I take him to the vet in the AM, or should I wake the vet up *now.* It's past 1am on the east coast of the US now, where I am.
posted by littlerobothead at 10:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Forgot the name of a surgery TV show.

I'm looking for the name of a TV show that showed one surgery per episode. It came on in the late 90's. It was on Discovery, TLC, or a similar channel. The show was an hour long. I remember there being shows about knee replacement, breast reduction, and something laparoscopic. I thought it was called "The Surgery".
posted by gregr at 10:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Out of Gass

Can you identify the artist responsible for this book cover? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Way to Increase Mouse Pointer Speed?

Under Windows XP, is there a way to make the speed of the mouse pointer increase when you plugin a mouse, but decrease when you're just using the touchpad? Thanks!
posted by drleary at 9:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Rock Band vs Guitar Hero

Rock Band or Guitar Hero for Xbox 360? Possibly mitigating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf at 8:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Help Us Find Web-Based Project Management/White Board Software

We're two people working on a complex project, and we're sending each other sixty emails per day, everything from brainstorming to future ideas to testing notes to expense tracking. We're burning out fast, and need to shift planning and discussion to project management software (web-based, please). [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 8:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Funky origami advice?

Hi all, I have recently become obsessed with origami, and I love the funkier side of the craft. Bright colors, geometric patterns, modular pieces. I have the basic folds down, but now I want to make and learn about really cool stuff. Do any of you have suggestions about the most interesting origami papers, websites, discussion groups, patterns, etc.? Or any other origami advice?
posted by tnygard at 8:21 PM PST - 11 comments


What kind of netbook should I get? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Does everything relate back to sex in the end?

knownothingaboutmalebrain filter: Do straight males really sexualize things related to women's mouths? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 50 comments

[Insert obligatory lightbulb joke]

Three of our lights have burned out, and it's about time I replaced them. Thing is, I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by robcorr at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

LA Lawyer to check a gossip blog?

I need a lawyer in Los Angeles to look over my gossip blog, can anyone recommend someone? I recently started running an anon gossip blog that covers my industry (not entertainment). I post blind items, things I "heard", etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How to deal with an "and guest" invitation?

I received an invitation to a wedding for me "and guest". I'm not seeing anyone. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 4:49 PM PST - 36 comments

"I come from the blue ... "

Looking for a particular French poem about Aphrodite. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 4:18 PM PST - 4 comments

She got her data in my pbwiki; help us get it out!

How can I migrate away from pbwiki before they do their "upgrade" in March? [more inside]
posted by dirtypants at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

how old is this bottle?

Just how old is this bottle...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

denim distress

I just bought a pair of jeans that are almost perfect – except they have that "wrinkled cloth" effect around the front pockets. Is there any way to remove that without having to iron it every time?
posted by roger ackroyd at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Best Costume Design: What to Wear Post-Oscars

I've quite improbably wrangled an invite to an exclusive post-Oscar party tomorrow night. This is not my usual scene (big understatement). What's appropriate attire, and where can a petite but not skinny girl shop for such attire in LA? [more inside]
posted by alainabrowne at 3:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a Countdown Timer That'll Go Higher Than 99 Hours

I'm looking for an OSX application, widget, or menubar item that will display a countdown to a date. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Something's fishy...

Have you ever heard of an email getting "lost" in cyberspace and being delivered months later? [more inside]
posted by jildelicious at 2:51 PM PST - 41 comments

Philosophical question about relationships: Is 100% mutuality required?

Philosophical question about relationships: Is 100% mutuality required? By which I mean: Boy wants to be with girl. Girl isn't so sure s/he wants to be with boy. Shouldn't boy then not want to be with girl since she doesn't want to be with him, i.e. doesn't appreciate him for what he is, doesn't love him the way he deserves to be loved? (Gender irrelevant here.) [more inside]
posted by goalie at 2:16 PM PST - 27 comments


How can I help a kid who won't help himself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:02 PM PST - 21 comments

How can you get past your dislike of a soon-to-be family member?

Anyone have any advice for coming to terms with a person you dislike marrying into the family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Soul Record 'White Chocolate': what is this track?

SoulFilter: Any idea what this soul (perhaps jazz-rock) record is? It's track 20 of a compilation mix called 'Taste of White Chocolate'. Listen here
posted by bollockovnikov at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Keyboard rearranges letters

My keyboard is substituting letters: a and q are switched, z and w, punctuation rearranged; It is not the keyboard hardware itself - tried with a different keyboard; I rebooted; I am at a loss for what else it could be: Sorry for weird punctuation:
posted by Jeanne at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

The best of 21st-century Broadway

I'm looking for showtunes from recent Broadway and off-Broadway musicals. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 1:34 PM PST - 25 comments

I'm famous now!

I found out I will be credited as a co-author on a white paper. [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm an omnivore again, now how do I do this?

I want to make some sandwich meats starting with roast beef and ending wherever my imagination takes me. I have a friend with a meat slicer, an oven, and an equal desire for cheap, awesome lunch sandwiches. Can you help us? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 1:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Family friendly neighborhoods for UW grad student?

Where's the perfect place for us to live in Madison, Wisconsin? We're planning this from afar, and having done that once before already, we're trying to go about it a little smarter this time. Reality checks welcome. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mrmojoflying at 12:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Why do I keep seeing 2FAN321 on TV license plates?

What, if anything, does the oft-used-on-TV license plate 2FAN321 reference? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 12:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Examples of Long-Term Projects?

I'm looking for examples where people invest work in projects that they know they will never live to partake in the outcome. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars at 12:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I be treated for a sleep disorder without a sleep study?

Can I get treated for a sleep disorder without having a sleep study? The thought of going through one terrifies me. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 12:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Management 101: How do I communicate with a difficult person?

What are some tactics or tips to help me communicate effectively with an aggressive, negative person? [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

What are good culinary reference books?

I just got a job as a chef's apprentice, and I'm trying to collect scholarly culinary resources I can use to help me with my studies. So far my instructors have recommended The Professional Chef textbook put out by the Culinary Institute of the America and The Food Lover's Companion. Are there any other websites or books that are essential for would-be culinary professionals trying to learn a little more of culinary science, history, and cuisine classique? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Using iTunes music on my website.

Can I use iTunes music on my website if it is not for resale? If so, how do I get it on the website (it has to be in MP3 format). [more inside]
posted by junipero at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

The inconceivable nature of nature

How much do criss-crossing electromagnetic waves affect one another? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

What do I teach my kids instead of line number BASIC?

What's the modern day equivalent of old school "line number" BASIC as a tool for young children to play and learn with? [more inside]
posted by majick at 11:32 AM PST - 42 comments

What is the fastest USB flash drive I can get my hands on?

What is the fastest USB flash drive I can get my hands on?
posted by parttimeninja at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

How bubble is formed?

By what process do air bubbles form in water? [more inside]
posted by metastability at 10:58 AM PST - 13 comments

applying for work in another city

I am wanting to move back to a major metro area from my current locale, about 10 hours drive. I've been living in relatively small town for about 3 years now. The job opportunities in my previous locale are much greater and I'm getting tired of swimming upstream. I'd prefer to have work there before moving but it's problematical applying long distance. What's the best way to apply for work in another town? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Panama City here I come!

Planning May '09 vacation to Panama City - please recommend a newer hotel - on the beach - in the mid-to-upper range price. I have not been in many years and need your help.
posted by pamspanda at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Dammit USAopoly, did you not test this game out?

I bought this Stratego Civil War edition (unfortunately not from amazon or I might have read the key review) and the pieces are critically flawed: they are essentially dominoes and will fall like them at the slightest nudge of the table. Anyone have any ideas on how to salvage the pieces or make my own? [more inside]
posted by who else at 10:28 AM PST - 15 comments

The perfect week-long read...

Help me find just the right book for a week spent rebuilding the Appalachian trail... [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Quit signing me out, Google!

Every time I close my browser (Firefox) Google signs me out. How can I stay signed in? It's very annoying. Googling has not returned an answer to the question.
posted by wsg at 10:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Bode Miller falling in Olympics Slalom

There was a Olympic slalom event that Bode Miller was competing in (can't remember if it was Torino or Salt Lake City) which was notable because he kept falling and missing gates; but instead of just quitting, he would hike back up a bit and try again - I remember that he missed more than one gate and hiked up - anyone know where a video of that is so I can watch it again?
posted by royalchinook at 9:55 AM PST - 1 comment

What are the true risks associated with eating a greasy meal?

What are the true cardiovascular risks associated with eating a greasy meal? [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 9:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I still use expired Epson ink cartridges?

I have a whole bunch of Epson 1400 ink cartridges that expired on 01/2009. I'm looking to sell them, but before I do, I want to make sure that they are still good and will work.
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Actual French in "The Class" questions

French/English slang in "The Class" (Entre les murs):
What terms were they really using (in French) when the subtitles said "honky" and "skank"? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Did I break my house?

No power to a specific receptacle in the house. Changing the receptacle doesn't work. Now what? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 9:12 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I convince my boss to get us an office and/or do more team building?

How do I convince my boss to get us an office and/or do more team building? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Unique Amsterdam

Please help me create the greatest scavenger hunt in Amsterdam ever! [more inside]
posted by Unred at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Does my webhost not like Google?

How can I figure out if my webhost is blocking Google indexing? A site I manage is listed on Google but any references to it are at least several weeks old. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by tropikal at 8:54 AM PST - 5 comments

'After Midnight' actually plays after midnight.

Is there a playlist creator that will show what TIME a song will be played? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 8:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Will it fit?

Can I find a 37" 16:9 TV that will in a 36" wide cubbyhole? [more inside]
posted by timeistight at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Correct my Spanish

Has anyone ever used a good Spanish text correction (not translation) service? I'd prefer to have my Spanish corrected by humans if possible, not software.
posted by Holly at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there software out there that can add a sort of sonic watermark to an mp3?

I'd like to start an music blog, but don't want to irk musicians by sharing their music without their consent. Is there software out there that can quickly add some sort of sonic watermark to an mp3? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I get over this certain kind of "friends" anxiety?

How can I get over this certain kind of "friends" anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Am I shining my teeth right back to stubbly knubs?

Can I scratch or otherwise harm my teeth by occasionally polishing them with bicarb soda? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 2:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Sketchy Furniture Stores Suck

How Do I Get A Furniture Store To Pay Me? They offered me a $2000 refund if they didn't deliver furniture I ordered before an agreed upon date. They wrote a post-dated check to prove they would deliver or pay. But they didn't deliver, and the check bounced. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 2:21 AM PST - 12 comments

How do i unlock my Peugeot 306 boot?

How do I fix my Peugeot 306 D boot central locking problem. The cars central locking unlocks and locks fine with the key. This used too also unlock the boot however the boot now no longer unlocks and the 1 key i have has never been able to turn in the bootlock effectively meaning my boot no longer opens.
posted by toocan at 1:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What can I do with my BA in Linguistics?

I am going to graduate soon with my BA in Linguistics. I am not planning to go to graduate school because of my department's issues and I'm quasi-singled out from the rat race. Other than being a translator, what can I possibly do? It seems that the very "underrated" field of studies called Linguistics (or any Liberal Arts stuffs) is an under-appreciated quality for a safe career.
posted by sanskrtam at 1:11 AM PST - 15 comments

toronto options for weekend bursitis treatment

What options do I have for what seems like a sudden acute bursitis attack in my right shoulder? I'm in Toronto and have an appointment for my first cortisone shot Tuesday (I may be able to successfully beg a shot on Monday), but I don't know if I can wait that long for my clinic to open again. It hurts a lot and I can't even sleep through the night. It's been getting worse since waking up Friday morning, not better. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 12:51 AM PST - 6 comments

February 20

Tax help for self-employed Portlanders?

Tax preparer with experience helping self-employed folk, ideally in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Where do all the Ph.D.s go?

Is there a website or other source that lists graduate student placements across universities? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 10:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Go to doctor or not?

When should you go to a doctor? I'm currently being prodded to go to the doctor for 'bronchitis,' after only a week of being sick, and only three days of coughing. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:32 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I see how many fragments a file uses in Windows?

How can I see how many fragments a file uses in Windows? [more inside]
posted by worldshift at 10:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Mini poodle wants to break my heart and soil my sheets.

What do we do with our dog, Sparky? We just got an 18 month old miniature poodle, about 15 lbs, not (yet) fixed. She is extremely timid: she came from a backyard breeder who didn't care for her well. She grew up with other dogs and an unknown amount of interaction with people (but we think not enough since she wasn't being groomed). We don't know much else about her past. Tonight we're faced with a difficult choice between a night of wailing or her fouling our bed... [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 10:19 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the easiest way to make live loops using nothing but a laptop?

What is the easiest way to make live loops using nothing but a laptop? [more inside]
posted by dcams at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

the one about...

What's going in the opening joke of Ralph Bakshi's Coonskin? [more inside]
posted by sidr at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

What would make your office a nicer place?

In a week I'll be moving away and leaving behind the tiny law firm that I've worked at for the last several years. I would really like to purchase something for the office that will make my (soon-to-be-ex)co-workers' workdays a little brighter. However, I'm stumped about what would be an appropriate, and appreciated, gift. [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this site!

Help me find this site: it is a popular(?) blog with complete chronological integration with the author's twitter account and other social networks. The author MAY be some sort of PR guru or something. I remember so little about the site that googling proves to be unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What did she $#&!ing say?

Top Chef (this week's episode, the semi-final): At the judges table, Gail Simmons had a multisyllabic outburst of profanity that was bleeped. What did she say?
posted by imposster at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help me reclaim my car.

How do I get my car back? It's still in my ex'es name. I've been giving her $$ for insurance and have been making the payments on it since 2003. I live across the country now and she ignores all my requests to do anything about transferring the title/policy, etc. [more inside]
posted by otis24 at 7:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Chinese translation question: What are "hair beans"?

Chinese vegetable translation question: In Chinese they're called "hair beans". What are they in English? My mum is reading a Chinese newspaper article on six foods people should eat more of. And there on the list is "hair beans".
posted by storybored at 7:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What's This Guitar-Filter?

Can anyone identify this guitar? It's a Gretsch, obvs, but which one? [more inside]
posted by provocateur at 7:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Short-Term Health Insurance

Looking for health insurance. I'm off my parents' plan in a few months and confused/overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me gain appreciation for depreciation

My friend seems to think that he is essentially getting a free SUV under the new small business stimulus package. Help me understand this so i can 'splain it to him [more inside]
posted by Mr_Chips at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

how to write a letter to an insecure and abusive father

How to write a brief email to a disrespectful parent who stole money to try to get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I embed images directly in an HTML email blast?

I need to send an email blast for work through a list vendor and need help converting my original HTML email blast into an embedded HTML file. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 5:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Cable internet + secure wireless network = outer ring of hell

I have a problems connecting to my wireless network, on one computer only. Other networks work for this computer. Other computers work on this network. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

How much to pay my temporary hosts as I sublease my place for a week?

I'm renting out my apartment for a week-long festival and staying with a former roommate for the week. I expect this arrangement to be lucrative for me and I want to share some of the wealth with former roommate. What's an appropriate amount to pay my temporary hosts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Find me a birthday marathon movie!

Point me toward movies about birthdays, please. Bonus points for movies about turning 30 that don't involve Jennifer Garner. [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 4:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Are there excellent "ecard" sites?

Do you have an "ecard" site you could recommend? You know--smart, edgy, slightly weird, funny, artful, PG to R rated,--not all Christian-y or sappy or cheesy or cutsie!
posted by tarantula at 4:06 PM PST - 18 comments

If I bury this pot seed will it grow?

So every now and then a few seeds show up in the shake. Are these real, growable marijuana seeds? If I planted one, and gave it all the TLC yer supposta, would it grow? Or do you need to get your hands on some sort of special seed stock if you hope to raise a plant?
posted by It ain't over yet at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

What does the word "just" mean?

A girl at work said "I 'just' love you, {my name}". What does adding the "just" word actually mean? [more inside]
posted by OneCrayon at 3:58 PM PST - 58 comments

Insurance companies are evil. Who knew?

Has anyone successfully had a cochlear implant covered when the insurance company says that it's excluded? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:56 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I e-mail reports based on Excel documents?

Is there a nice way for me to run a report on an Excel spreadsheet and have that report e-mailed to me? I have a spreadsheet with dates of contracts expiring, I would like for it to shoot me an e-mail notifying me that I'm within 30 days of that contract expiring, that a new contract has been added and so on. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me promote my baby!

We have a great opportunity to promote our fledgling video production company with a booth at a large concert. But we're not sure exactly what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by mhp at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

"Normal" level and frequency of use of cannabis?

Are there any accepted "frequency of use" or level of use statistics for cannabis/marijuana? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Have your cake recipe and bake it, too?

Calling all bakers! On the look-out for fabulous, creative and complicated cake recipes. [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 3:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Filipino Dog

How much would it cost to transport a medium sized dog to Canada from the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Classroom management advice

Some basic suggestions for classroom management of a Grade 8 class? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 3:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Help speed up our home movie studio

Will a reasonably priced upgrade to my system substantially improve video encoding speed? n00b question continues below . . . [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

What sex is my kitchen tap?

What sex is my kitchen tap? [more inside]
posted by domeheid at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

pan. zoom out. repeat.

gmaps filter: what am i looking at? [more inside]
posted by sponge at 3:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me give facts to a friend looking to invest in a second house in Scottsdale, AZ.

A friend of mine owns a house in Phoenix proper. He wants to rent it for nearly his mortgage amount and purchase a bigger house in Scottsdale, intending to have his money in property investment as opposed to sitting in the bank. Help me give him facts that may support or prove inauspicious his idea... [more inside]
posted by blastrid at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What was the name of this Best Buy-like electronics chain?

Trying to remember the name of Best Buy-like chain store from the late 80s early 90s. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 2:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Is it practical to take Rail Europe from Paris at 1pm and spend an afternoon in Brussels, Belgium before taking a train that evening to our final destination, Amsterdam? [mi]

Is it practical to take Rail Europe from Paris at 1pm and spend an afternoon in Brussels, Belgium before taking a train that evening to our final destination, Amsterdam? [mi] [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Just tell me what I owe

TaxFilter, specifically Department of Part-time Expatriate Freelance Taxation. A thorn in my side, inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

mangled email signature...

Why would a PNG, sent as part of an email signature, look compressed and distorted and generally horrible when included again in the recipient´s reply? [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Wurst in Houston, TX.

Where can I buy authentic German Weisswurst (or any other sausage that would go well with homemade soft pretzels) in Houston, TX? I live in the Museum District and will have access to a car after 6pm, but I'd prefer not to have to leave the loop.
posted by halogen at 1:43 PM PST - 8 comments

J'ai ce yoga à faire, Montréal

What are some great yoga classes in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

I was in a minor accident, what do I do?

Do I need to report an accident to my insurance company within a certain time period to stay covered? [more inside]
posted by SammyIva at 12:52 PM PST - 16 comments

How do you deal with professional threats?

My boss swings from one conspiracy theory to another about our work and her/our future. What are some ways to force her to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Upside down. Now what?

Upside down in our mortgage like so many others in our area. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I expect when seeking inpatient mental health treatment?

What happens if you check into an inpatient psychiatric facility in Maryland/ Washington/ Virgina? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Unauthorized use of an image

Unauthorized use of a personal photograph to promote a business. What to do if the business refuses to take it down and DMCA notices are too slooow? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

How should I choose and enjoy music for my workday?

How should I choose and enjoy music for my workday? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Help, KVM ate my keyboard!

When my Server 2003 desktop auto locks, the keyboard becomes unresponsive while the mouse continues to work. Anyone had a similar experience? No indicators in any of the logs. Running Dell 2950 and Avocent AMX KVM. [more inside]
posted by masher at 12:08 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I best encode the intended audience of a photo inside a JPG file?How do I best encode the intended audience of a photo inside a JPG file?

How do I best encode the intended audience of a photograph inside a JPG file? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I can, in fact, has prairie dog!

The ban on prairie dogs as pets in the US was lifted on September 8, 2008, five days after my last question about them. Fantastic! Now where will I be able to get one in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it too late to break up with my wife?!

Is it too late to break up with my wife?! [more inside]
posted by kitkat09 at 10:40 AM PST - 50 comments

Seeking Vendors for Printing PDFs

Seeking the best way to print a nicely-printed, bound version of a bunch of PDF pages. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

So I'm Giving My Boss Zip-Ties for his Birthday...

Boss's Birthday meets Traveling Work Bag Essentials Filter: I need to give my boss something more than just a handful of zip-ties...help [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 10:25 AM PST - 10 comments

I want a YouTube RSS filter

I would like to take a given RSS feed (e.g. MetaFilter's feed), and create a derivative feed containing only the items with YouTube links in the content, with the destination URLs changed to the YouTube links (rather than the source of those links). Does something like this already exist? If not, what's the simplest way to create it? I can write code if necessary, but would rather not if there's an alternative. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I tell my girlfriend I want to be a father?

How do I go about telling my girlfriend I want to be a father? This makes me nervous, since I don't think she wants to be be a mother and life-goal conflicts like this are pretty big when talking about relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 51 comments

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Human Papillomavirus

Why does a healthy adult keep getting warts? How to prevent? How to cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 21 comments

I need to pet a cat. I live in London. Help.

I need to pet a cat. I live in London. Help. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Menstrual Cramps/Labor Pains Connection?

Is there a correlation between how painful/strong your menstrual cramps usually are and how painful/strong your labor contractions will be/were? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop at 8:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Goo Goo Ka Google

Need recommendations for the best two or three books on Google Analytics from both a programming perspective and a biz/marketing person's analysis perspective. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Changing to linux on the MSI WIND

I recently bought an MSI Wind u100 160G 3 Cell netbook, and am very happy with the little thing. I used to have a mac, am familiar with windows, but am considering going the LINUX route. [more inside]
posted by maca at 8:23 AM PST - 12 comments

What was that painting I saw at the Met?

Art Lovers: Help me track down the identity of a painting I saw at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 8:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Please sir... I'd like some lunch

Is it legal for my employer to require us to stay through lunch when they deem necessary if they provide food? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 18 comments

What would Popeye do?

Sauteed spinach snafu! (bubbling spinach and fishy smells!) What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by dm_nyc at 7:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I practice negotiating?

I want to learn to become a great negotiator. What are some every day ways I can practice? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Obama and the mayors

Many mayors are meeting with President Obama today. What is the criteria for being part of this select mayoral group? Population?
posted by josher71 at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Switching from iPhoto to Lightroom

I'm a photographer, switching from iPhoto, to Lightroom. I only want one copy of my (original) photos. How can I make the switch, and clean my computer up, without deleting any photos/shoots accidentally? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Need to fix or replace my scanner

My current scanner is causing banding and discoloration, and I need recommendations on finding a new scanner that suits my needs or help getting my old one to work right again. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I bend an image around a sphere in Illustrator?

Illustrator CS3: How can I 'bend' an image around a sphere like this? I tried the steps here, but I cannot make the sphere invisible, so my shape is shown on a colored sphere. I don't want to see the sphere, just the perspective on the shape. Thanks.
posted by namith at 7:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Help my fiance look older for his interview!

Help my fiance look a little older for his interview! [more inside]
posted by farfaraway at 7:09 AM PST - 20 comments

Kicking the 'Balta- help!

One week off Cymbalta cold turkey. Will it get better, and how soon? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Filtering my (DSLR) results.

Is it necessary to attach a filter to DSLR lenses to prevent scratching and damage to the lens? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me scale an image in Photoshop

Help me scale an image so that part of it is a specific size using Photoshop CS3. [more inside]
posted by featherboa at 6:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Blues harp in modern classical music?

Are there any good examples of contemporary "classical"/art music featuring the diatonic blues harp? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 6:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me stun SharePoint

[MS SharePoint Filter] We have a SharePoint subsite that needs to be kinda disabled for a wee bit until our SP guy gets back from vacation and updates some workflows (yay management decision). Specifically, everyone with access needs to be set to Read Only and a message needs to be added to every page ("This site is unavailable because blah blah blah). [more inside]
posted by Ikazuchi at 5:51 AM PST - 9 comments

The Dean Dome is so very far away now

Is there any way to watch UNC basketball in the UK? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 5:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What the heck is metabolic typing and is it for real?

What is (the deal with) metabolic typing? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 4:55 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I easily backup Outlook?

Is there an easier and less manual way to export your calendar, contacts, tasks and notes in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 2:56 AM PST - 6 comments

My parents drive me crazy.

How do I deal with my parents on limited resources without sending all of us into a fit? (likely to be TL;DR) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me help my plant

Is there any way to save this plant?? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 12:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Can an unlocked Blackberry Pearl Flip work on AT&T's celluar network?

Can I use an unlocked Blackberry Pearl Flip on AT&T's service? [more inside]
posted by JTKestrel at 12:04 AM PST - 3 comments

February 19

I'm always serious. And don't call me Shirley

Can I book a round-trip flight with different passengers on the initial and return flights? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

"Green" couch disposal?

Minor dilemma re getting rid of slightly smelly couch. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:16 PM PST - 14 comments

If you do anything for three weeks, it becomes a habit...

Learning to work effectively from home... [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 11:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me avoid an International Incident!

When sending resumes overseas, what does your contact info look like? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 11:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I store my files?

Would online storage sites (livedrive, adrive, humyo, JungleDisk) monitor uploaded content and delete illegal or pornographic files? Which site is most stable and likely to last long term? [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Any readers in L.A.?

Reading groups/clubs in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Kloryne at 10:04 PM PST - 7 comments

What DSLR + lens to shoot hockey (indoors)?

I want to shoot indoor hockey with a DSLR. What should I get for ~$1000-1500? I'm looking at Canon and Nikon. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 9:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Fantasy books set during/between the world wars

I'm looking for books and/or movies that have a supernatural/fantasy aspect and are set in the era between the World Wars. [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 9:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Days, I dive by the wreck. Nights, I swim in the blue lagoon.

Socotra. Djerba. Ascension. Recommend other remote, Africa-proximate getaways, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 9:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Keypads and Laptops and Numlock, Oh My

How can I get my laptop to respond to an external (USB) numeric keypad without activating? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 9:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Any book out there similar to Ramona the Pest??

What great children's books are there for little girls beginning kindergarten. Ramona the Pest is a book about a girl in Kindergarten and I like that one. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Premium Podcast Service

I'm looking for a premium podcasting service. Here is what I need. I need to be able to upload MP3 files to a server which will allow me to manage about 20 different private URL podcasts for a small internship's classes. Ideally this service would have simple embed HTML code so we can add a player to web pages. Each private podcast will have 16-20 hours of content. [more inside]
posted by 4chrisd at 7:58 PM PST - 2 comments

fake tears that won't run?

I need fake tears for a photo shoot, but they have to stay put. how can I make some fake tears that, like the colors of the american flag, won't run?
posted by mcsweetie at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this PS3 already shot?

Is there something wrong with this PS3 controller? Or possibly something wrong with the system? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I read Watchmen before seeing the movie?

I'm ashamed to admit I've never read the graphic novel Watchmen. The movie is coming out in a few weeks and I have time to read the book BEFORE I see the movie. Should I read the novel first? [more inside]
posted by Acton at 7:07 PM PST - 52 comments

What vaccinations for Bangalore from US?

What vaccinations for US visitor to Bangalore? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 7:05 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I deal with a friend who constantly criticizes me?

I have a new friend on my study abroad trip (we're both Americans) who likes hanging out with me and keeps asking to do things with me, but he always criticizes me. For example, I showed him some of my all-time favorite songs by a Danish band. He listens to it for 4 seconds and is like, "I don't like it. It's too conventional." I mean, I don't have a problem with him not liking the music; I just don't like how he had to label it, especially when I TOLD him they were my favorite songs. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 6:42 PM PST - 47 comments

How do I tell you what name to call me?

How do I let you know that I go by my middle name when all you have is a piece of paper to look at? [more inside]
posted by ralan at 6:32 PM PST - 39 comments

One year of protection, hey thanks!

I applied for a scholarship in October, got my rejection in December. Now I get a letter telling me that my "name and social security number was inadvertently exposed to third parties." Can I sue? [more inside]
posted by Precision at 6:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Shopping in Boston this weekend?

What shops shouldn't I miss in Boston? I'm heading up there for a couple of days and would like to get some shopping done. I'm particularly interested in geeky items, technology, gear/bags, super cool bookstores, occult/alt lifestyles items, outdoor stuff, etc. I won't have a car, so anything must be within 6 blocks or so of a T station.
posted by arimathea at 5:47 PM PST - 17 comments

RSS Audio alert?

Can anyone recommend an RSS reader that can be configured to issue an audio alert when a feed updates with a new item?
posted by beagle at 5:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Volunteer work in Kosovo

I'm a law student, and I might have the opportunity to work, on a volunteer basis, for a political development program in Kosovo this summer. Is there anything I should be worried about? [more inside]
posted by Grimble at 5:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I prove I paid this?

What is the statute of limitations for tuition debt in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 5:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Custody Battle Care Package?

What moral-support gifts can I send a friend fighting for access to her daughter? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Please don't take me to the cleaners...

Buying a used Washer and Dryer on Craigslist: Thrify and Smart or Foolish and Regrettable? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 4:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Java Bunnies Breeding

Which of these Java programs can i get rid of and why are they breeding like bunnies? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 4:32 PM PST - 13 comments

vintage injection molding toy

I am looking for information and references to a toy that was available during the 1960s. It was an electrically heated hand powered plastic injection toy. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

How to grieve while maintaining a life

How do I simultaneously save my personal and professional life in this time of grief over my father's two year anniversary? Is this grief even "real" so to speak, or an excuse to explain some other issue(s)? [more inside]
posted by fiasco at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I take the PADI course in Thailand or New Zealand?

Should I get my PADI certification now in New Zealand or next month when I'm on vacation in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting the lard out before Lent.

Next Tuesday is Faschnacht. Help us celebrate with your best doughnut recipe or tip. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

What size Wacom tablet do I need?

Do I want a wide aspect Wacom tablet, or should I go with the standard one? [more inside]
posted by unreason at 3:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Photographer access to restricted areas

I'm about to widen my photographic and film interests and turn my hobby into something more professional. I've always wondered how photographers/artists are able to get into places such as prisons, military sites, 'secret' industrial buildings and other seemingly restricted areas etc to take authorized pictures. How do they do it? What's the trick?
posted by TokyoLight at 3:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I make Firefox go to a page that I choose if I type a bad URL?

How do I make Firefox go to a page that I choose if I type a bad URL? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 3:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Does an Oscars for horror film only exist?

What is the Oscar equivalent for horror films? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 3:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Asia: Historical Fiction

Anybody have recommendations for good historical fiction/nonfiction books set in China or Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb at 3:05 PM PST - 20 comments


I would like to invent and/or discover a cocktail recipe using as the key note chamomile tea or peppermint tea. In the course of discussing this idea I have heard a rumor of something once made somewhere in Boston with Strega and chamomile. Beyond its deliciousness, further details were lost to time. So, beyond that possible dead-end . . . any ideas?
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

High quality hardware-based screen capture?

Trying to record a video card output (VGA/DVI) with this camera. What adapter do I need and how would you recommend setting it up? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 2:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Movies based in retirement homes?

I'm looking for fictional movies based primarily in rest homes. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 2:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Streak for the Math

Theoretically, what would be the best way to game the ESPN 'Streak for the Cash' game? (Note: I do not actually want to do this) [more inside]
posted by rooftop secrets at 1:43 PM PST - 13 comments

What's that web site?

I'm not sure if it was ever linked on Metafilter, but I remember running across a web site where bands could set up online streaming and downloading of their music, with multiple audio formats and multiple pricing options. There were also various visualizers built into the music players. Hive mind, who can help me track down the URL I've lost? It was a relatively recent find in my travels on the internets—possibly late 2008.
posted by emelenjr at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Danielsanjay Gupta

New career path (Med school) in sights, past the deadline to apply/register for (Fall '09) undergrad programs that offer classes necessary for MCATs, any way to get into universities this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How to create a graphic of worldwide events?

I'm looking to create a graphic that shows where various worldwide events have occurred and need a tool to help me out... [more inside]
posted by loping at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Advice on nursing school

Considering a career path. Nursing school or surgical tech school? All your answers would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Chele66 at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Gallery of Web Apps?

Is there a gallery like cssmania.com for web applications? Not marketing websites, web application UIs similar to this list from Jakob Nielsen? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How sweet it is...

Are there any contemporary musicians reviving the doo-wop / late 50s / early 60s soul sound? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 12:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Why have the NBA's western teams been better than its eastern teams in recent years?

Is there a geographical reason the NBA's Western Conference has been so much better than the East? What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 12:06 PM PST - 37 comments

Credit Card Processing for Freelancer

Freelancer needs to process large credit card transactions. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Why am I getting ignored by these two?

Why are these two males acting funny with me? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 11:57 AM PST - 29 comments

How to edit feeds in Wordpress 2.7?

I use Wordpress 2.7. How do I edit the RSS feed(s)? Please help me troubleshoot my situation ... [more inside]
posted by kmel at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Stand-Alone Fantasy Novels?

Stand-alone fantasy book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 11:46 AM PST - 57 comments

No car, no job

My car is about to die, but I'm in jeopardy of losing my job very soon. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 11:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Preventative medicine for our Jeep?

What should we be doing now and over the next several months to keep our elderly vehicle in the best possible shape for a long, long trip? [more inside]
posted by Neofelis at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Help solve my SQL mystery

How can I get the IN function to work in my SQL? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments

I'll give you something not to cry about

Can anyone recommend a technique, mental or physical, to keep myself from breaking out sobbing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Curse you, Will Shortz

Help me do crossword puzzles FAST. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Furnace Out! What would you do?

Furnace out. Part not available for 2 weeks +. Weather's chilly. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 11:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Colorado Songs

A friend of mine needs Colorado songs. That is to say, she is looking for songs either (preferably) about Colorado or by Colorado bands. Yes, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" we know; also Bob Seger's "Get Out of Denver." Also thinking of The Fray and a few others; but does anybody know any songs about Colorado or Colorado places?
posted by koeselitz at 11:01 AM PST - 45 comments

Moldy Kombucha!?

My kombucha grew some mold... and then the mold went away. What happened? Is it safe to drink? [more inside]
posted by thebigdeadwaltz at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my gum sockets stop itching (or at least itch a bit less)

How can I calm my itchy wisdom tooth sockets? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

My hard drive is too big for your enclosure.

My hard drive is too big for your enclosure! My Thinkpad died. Fortunately, I think the hard drive is ok. I purchased a 2.5" external enclosure to try to recover the data from the 2.5" drive. It doesn't fit. What do I need? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by meantime at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Messed up my tax return - what now?

I filed my taxes online about two or three weeks ago, and completely forgot about a mutual fund I own. Or rather, I remembered it, but because I didn't take anything out of it or put anything into it, I didn't think anything of it. Of course, I forgot about the dividends. So, today I get my Form 1099-DIV from Goldman Sachs, and find that I received $71.04 in total ordinary dividends. What should I do? My taxes were filed electronically and I've already received my state refund. Should I just sit on it and if I'm questioned by the IRS, pay the $10 or whatever in extra taxes? Will I get fined a huge amount if I don't alert them now? If I do alert them, how would I go about doing that? Asking anonymously because I feel like an idiot.
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Tools for Self-Awareness

Please help me brainstorm: how can technology be used to increase, otherwise augment,or lead to greater self-awareness in the real (non-virtual) world? I'm putting together a presentation around what I perceive to be a growing trend in Human Computer Interaction: systems that help us to become more self-aware, or at least help us to understand the hidden consequences of choices that were once invisible. I'm particularly interested in the area of personal health and wellness but I'm not parochial in this respect. [more inside]
posted by anelsewhere at 10:08 AM PST - 13 comments

drug-seeking behavior

Can I ask my doctor to increase my dosage of a prescribed antibiotic based on studies I've read? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Flood in the ladygarden

Can I use a mooncup with an IUD (Mirena)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

In The Zone

My fiance and I made the mistake of renting from a young friend of mine who just bought her first house here in London, Ontario, Canada. We have been here since November 1st with nothing but trouble - construction which pushed back our move-in date by two weeks and then continued for weeks afterwards, incredibly loud dogs (she has 3 dogs upstairs who are almost always in cages) not to mention domestic fights from upstairs. [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Getting irritated at other drivers

Is it rational for me to become irritated when I see people with their windshield wipers on full speed when there is only a light drizzle? Does this irritate anyone else?
posted by ascetic at 9:38 AM PST - 61 comments

Help a Drywallhanger understand money

First let me say I'am ignorant when it comes to economics, but I'd like to have a better understand of it. With that in mind this clip makes sense to me but I also understand it flys in the face of everything held to be sensible about modern economics. Help me understand. Thanks.
posted by nola at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

I need outsourcing help.

I need outsourcing help. I want to produce about 500, short, non-plagiarized summaries consolidated from 3 copyrighted sources. Problem is, this project won't generate enough value to pay someone US minimum wage. How do I find someone overseas with good English writing skills who would be interested in doing this work? Are there particular countries I should be considering?
posted by sisquoc15 at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I specify the order in an ORDER BY clause in a SQL Statement?

Can I specify the order in an ORDER BY clause in a SQL Statement? If not then what is the best way of doing the following query? [more inside]
posted by xetere at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommend a bodybuilding supplement and message board forum!

Firstly, I am trying to find a good supplement to take in addition to daily whey protein shakes. I sometimes take a caffeine pill to help energize myself for my workout, but the effects seem to have diminished. About me: I am 26, in decent shape, but am still trying to loose a small gut. I am 5'10", 175 pounds. I already look thin, only i know i have a gut so i dont want to loose weight, just bodyfat- and replace it with 5-10 pounds of lean muscle. Can anyone recommend a specific routine + supplement? I am looking for a good FREE bodybuilding forum with active members and people who are interested in helping. Anyone have some good links?
posted by l2yangop at 8:53 AM PST - 12 comments

standalone media hardrive

Does anyone know of a straightforward way to have a standalone networked hardrive that will play music and videos via any computer that connects to it? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 8:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Why does smallpox vaccine need to be given via the percutaneous route?

Why does smallpox vaccine need to be given via the percutaneous route?
posted by feathermeat at 8:45 AM PST - 2 comments

business twin monitor - what to buy?

Staff member wants a new business PC with twin screens. Just tell me what to buy. [more inside]
posted by sydney54 at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

What should a new rpg adventure writer expect in regards to the contract?

What should I be paid for writing an adventure for a rpg system? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Baby and bike boutiques in the Big Apple

Headed to New York City, and looking for toddler-geared stores and bike shops. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I make it as a lab tech?

Is it realistic for me to expect that I can pay off my student loans with a lab tech job? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 8:06 AM PST - 14 comments

What software/equipment is available for viewing highly detailed digital images?

What software/equipment is available for viewing highly detailed digital images? [more inside]
posted by pixelnark at 7:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Howto record a meeting on a Mac?

This evening, I'll be sitting around a conference table with my PhD committee, getting feedback on some of my writing. What's the best way to record the session on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 7:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Quick camping trip a few hours from Savannah, GA?

Camping spot near Savannah, GA that isn't populated by RVs? Looking to head out 2-3 hours north or south to find a primitive camp site with a group of 5 friends. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by apipameme at 6:21 AM PST - 13 comments

What you thought of your major before beginning, and what you thought afterwards

What did you expect going into your major, and what did you get? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 6:07 AM PST - 42 comments

Best video codec for DVD ripping?

What are the best video compression settings (codec, bitrate etc.) for ripping DVDs (that I own)? These files will sit on a NAS and be streamed over a wireless G network for viewing on a standard definition TV with XBMC. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me get back in the saddle!

Where should I start - a chiropractor, a sports massage, an orthopedist, acupuncture or what? [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 5:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Where do I find childrens books in bulk?

I am the bookmobile librarian for a small rural system in WNC. In April I will be participating in a festival for children and would like to give them each a book. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 5:25 AM PST - 10 comments

what does terminal velocity feel like?

what does terminal velocity feel like? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 5:07 AM PST - 23 comments

she's takin' a piss!

Would a cat pee on our stuff because the music is too loud? [more inside]
posted by goethean at 4:42 AM PST - 17 comments

fat round things in cords?

what are the fat round things sometimes found inline on various types of electronic cords? [more inside]
posted by karl88 at 3:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Not just profit but organic profit

What is meant by the term "Organic Profit"?
posted by rongorongo at 3:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Once again back is the incredible / the rhyme animal / etc etc etc

Your favourite 'Back' and 'Return' songs. Music fans - hit me! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 1:14 AM PST - 49 comments

Netbook for Mom

Which netbook should I buy for my non-tech-savvy mother? The MSI Wind U120, or the Eee PC 1000HE? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 12:09 AM PST - 26 comments

February 18

How to negotiate for flexible hours at the interview?

How to negotiate for flexible hours at the interview? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Hotel in Algiers

Hotel in Algiers: Sheraton or St. George? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by nazca at 11:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Easy conversation prompts

I am looking for conversational topics/ questions that are relatively easy to answer, on topics that aren't too personal...help me come up with some! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 11:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Where can I find packaged seven-minute frosting in Alberta Canada?

Wondering if anyone's familiar with a packaged seven-minute type frosting that I used to be able to find until a few years ago. It came in a pouch and you whipped it with hot water in an electric mixer. The frosting was the marshmallow type you would put on an angel food cake. Availability in Alberta, Canada would be helpful too.
posted by albertagirl at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Successful drug users

Name Some Names: Successful drug users... [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 9:49 PM PST - 73 comments

Is my company getting ready to screw its employees?

The company I work for is behaving very strangely. Am I being paranoid, or should I start looking for a new job? (Posted anonymously for job security reasons.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Problem booting to Ghost 2003 cd

Today I bought a Dell laptop with Vista Home Premium. I want to make a full disk image before I start changing partitions and other things. Booting to my Ghost 2003 cd seems to go well at first. The computer asks me to press any key to boot from the cd. I do. It brings up the menu for driver support. I select 4 for USB 2.0 support. It proceeds and comes to an a: prompt. Here I usually type "c:" (for some reason my other laptop sees the cd as c:), but when I do here it says "invalid drive specification". I tried all drive letters. A: and B: have boot files but no directories so I know they're not the cd. I need to get into cd's \Support directory so I can launch ghost.exe Thanks for your help.
posted by atm at 9:08 PM PST - 12 comments

help me test out a used Meade telescope

I'm about to buy a small Meade telescope used. It has that gee whiz motoring/pointing/slewing technology. What kinds of things should/can I test in a couple minutes just to verify that it's mostly working? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Oh dear

Many moons ago, when I was naive and young, I left an embarrassing trail of incriminating Usenet posts. I had Google remove them from their archive but, forward a few years, they're back! How can I get them deleted for good? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Tag--you're it

How can I tag my large collection of video files for easy searching? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 8:15 PM PST - 4 comments

A word for Greek voyeurism?

There is a Greek word which describes a preference for voyeurism over participation in sexual activities. What is it? (It may involve small boys.)
posted by Tufa at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Mail from USA to Sweden

On average. How long does it take a first class letter to reach its destination in Sweden. [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 7:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find more music like this?

Recently I discovered that I really love Zeph and Azeem's Rise Up after listing to it almost daily. Can you please recommend something similar?
posted by Issithe at 7:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a plus-sized gal be sexy in a photoshoot!

My boyfriend is very much into photography. I would love to be the subject of one of his photo shoots. What advice can you give a plus sized gal about pose, lighting, clothes, etc? (Slightly NSFW link inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I get a hard drive for the Xbox 360?

Xbox 360: should I get a hard drive for it? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Tell me a story.

I want to see more movies that feature a storyteller, similar to movies I've seen recently like "The Man From Earth" and "The Wild Blue Yonder"... Know of some? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 7:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Printers that will work with Windows, OS X and Linux?

Looking for a printer that will work with Windows (Vista), OS X and Linux. [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

What do you know about Tofino?

I'm getting married this summer, and my partner and I are looking at the west coast of Vancouver for our honeymoon. We've found Tofino and specifically La Picola cabin and I'm looking for any information folks might have about the cabin; good, bad, indifferent, any. (I read the other asks about Tofino, but none of them had as much detail as I'm looking for) [more inside]
posted by dolface at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Forwarding email?

This is probably the dumbest question ever and yet, I am unable to figure it out. How do I all my emails that go to my comcast account to automatically go to my hotmail account? [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Household electric quandry

Odd electrical behavior in my bathroom? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 6:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Do it yourself RSS?

How can I aggregate content from government and NGO websites which update regularly yet don't offer RSS feeds? [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

In need of a Netbeans guru!

Hi, I need a Netbeans guru to help me turn off an automated feature [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 6:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me 'get' my boss...

I started a new job this week and my new (female) boss is very reserved, very aloof and, well, cold. What’s my cue here? How do I (also female) interact with her and what faux pas should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 6:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Old Water Ski Identification

Help me identify this old water ski! Pictures are here and here. [more inside]
posted by HonorShadow at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Is a "Facebook Cause" necessarily on the level?

Facebook "Causes": How do I know a donation is actually going to the specified charity? And is any extra cut taken out of it (as opposed to a direct donation)? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Hi, I'm your big brother. Remember me?

How do I connect with a half-sister who is only six years old? Details of our estrangement and additional background inside. [more inside]
posted by snapped at 6:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Did he really say that?

I've seen a quotation running around recently, attributed to Bill Gates: "Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight." Did he really say that? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Plan my roadtrip.

PlanMyRoadtrip Filter: Driving from St. Louis, MO to Brownsville, TX in 3 days. What should we do along the way? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 4:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does French suck?

Why does French suck? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 4:38 PM PST - 69 comments

What to bring to a funeral?

What, if anything, do you bring to a funeral? [more inside]
posted by Laen at 4:13 PM PST - 13 comments

American trying to get into OxBridge for an M.Phil

I'm a junior considering getting an M.Phil at Oxford or Cambridge before going to law school. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to Board the Beagles?

Northern VA couple out of town for 10 days and no idea what to do with the dogs. Do any folks in NoVA have experience with Boarding their pets around here? Any general suggestions on what to look for (or look out for) in a kennel?
posted by Lord Widebottom at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Tahoe resort for snowshoeing and snowboarding?

I'm looking for a resort in Tahoe that has both (a) good beginner snowboarding trails and (b) snowshoe trails. Nice to haves: group snowshoe outings and snowshoe rentals.
posted by benzenedream at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

A light conservation.

Does light (like heat) seep and weaken? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

$30/night for parking, I don't think so

Staying at Red Lion Hotel downtown Seattle but don't want to pay outrageous hotel parking fee ($30 a night!). Does anyone know somewhere else within a reasonable distance where I can park for cheap? I've got strong legs and some patience.
posted by ninefour at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Awesome Lasting Gifts for an 18 year-old guy?

I have two "significant events" upcoming for my son; he will turn 18 in mid-March and graduate from high school in May. Looking for great gift ideas that will stand the test of time. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 3:09 PM PST - 53 comments

Where in Toronto can you sell a used PC?

We finally switched to Mac. Is there a store in Toronto where my girlfriend and I can sell our old PCs? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 2:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Clever ways to raise more money at a charity music night

I'm based in Scotland, and looking for clever ways to raise more money for a charity music show I am putting on. A decent number of people should be coming (100?) but not sure how many of them will donate before the night, I'd like to have a few things on the night to make sure I get around everyone to give them the chance to help, especially as I am not doing something super-challenging like running a marathon or skydiving etc. so am in no physical danger. At the moment the biggest danger is being dressed like a pirate singing backstreet boys songs (crazy voters!) [more inside]
posted by equality7-2521 at 2:52 PM PST - 4 comments

What ever happened to '80s gifted kids?

Have there been any recent studies of the long-term effect of 1980s gifted education on kids who are now in their 30s and 40s [more inside]
posted by Kirklander at 2:22 PM PST - 75 comments

Quean Eye for the Straight Guy

Is it acceptable to use somebody's feelings for you in order to 'respec' them so they can attract other women? [more inside]
posted by Sova at 2:07 PM PST - 43 comments

How to start a hobby in robotics?

I'd like to start making robots and tinkering with microcontrollers. Where do I start, and what do I need? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

How to deal with flirtly roommate & his female conquests?

What makes more sense when trying to deal with feelings of irritation and jealousy towards someone who just so happens to be your roommate - coldness and avoidance, or cultivating a veneer of warmth? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing at 1:43 PM PST - 23 comments

We've got a full tank of gas, two cats in carriers, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.

Ramblin' up from Georgia to Vermont from March 26-28 with a new wife, two cats, and minimal luggage. So this is a two-pronged question: first, what do you recommend as a nice scenic fun route with minimal leave-the-car requirements, and second, how do you deal with two cats in one car for three days? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How to Manage Multiple Goals?

How do I best manage my time in order to work on different areas of my life? [more inside]
posted by PFL at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get stale cigarette smoke out of my apartment?

How do I get stale cigarette smoke out of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 1:30 PM PST - 15 comments

How Can a Freelancer Safely Fire a Client

What's the best way, once I tell a client I'm done with her, to protect myself from claims of unauthorized access or sabotage on the systems I configured for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How to petition boyfriend about bedding?

I could use some help figuring out how to phrase a request that my boyfriend give his bedding a spin in the laundry. We're pretty newly minted, and I understand the need for tact here, but I am blanking on the best way to say this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:26 PM PST - 53 comments

Make me smell like flowery grape soda.

Can anyone find me some Texas mountain laurel perfume? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:18 PM PST - 1 comment

What realtime chat service is best for a private forum?

I need to setup a real time chatroom service for a private members only web forum. My first instinct is IRC. I've used IRC in the past, but am no expert. I need a service which will scale to a few hundred users and allow me to limit who can join by username. I know for IRC I will need to setup a bot to keep the channel operational at all times and I also know this is not easy. So im also thinking about just installing a chat script on my own server. What are the advantages of IRC and which option do you think suits my requirements best?
posted by Kai2 at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for cold recipes with legumes.

Please share your cold recipes for salads, succotashes, and soups featuring lentils, split peas, and other legumes. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:36 PM PST - 11 comments

IUD fear and pain

It's time for the wife's new IUD. She's terrified of the pain, so what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 61 comments

Music database that filters musical acts by genre and their country of origin?

Looking for an online music database, music search engine which would allow me to filter musical acts by genre and their country of origin (Canada, specifically). Is there a site out there like AllMusic or Last.fm offering this? I've looked in vain for filtering of this sort from these and other musical databases. [more inside]
posted by concourse at 12:17 PM PST - 3 comments

bee Bee BEEP - Im sorry, this call has been disconnected

PhoneNetworkFilter: Help me find government reports (or any official-ish industry reports) that give statistics for the failure rates of various phone systems under various conditions in the USA. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Mortgage Relief Plan Eligibility

How do I know if my mortgage is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? The recently announced mortgage relief plan will help homeowners living on properties where the market value has dropped below the principal owed. Is there a possibility that I will be elegible to receive help when my current loan is with GMAC Mortgage?
posted by alasdefuego at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How to successfully do iPhone development on PowerPC?

I'm doing iPhone development on a PowerPC Mac. How do I get code signing to work properly so that I can build to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Herschel at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I worry about this?

Would I face Fastlane/EZpass violation(s)? What should/could I do? [more inside]
posted by MD06 at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Need towncar service at Orlando International Airport

Looking for reliable, cheap towncar/taxi/vehicle-for-hire to get from Orlando International to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Another composition question

Help me come up with better models!! (re: essays and argumentation) [more inside]
posted by puckish at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me upgrade from NING

Looking for suggestions for alternatives to NING. Something a little more powerful. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 11:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Contract cancellation with Aramark

I am having difficulty disengaging myself from a contract with a corporate linen company. [more inside]
posted by thehmmhmm at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Prepare for Unforseen Consequences

How do I export video from a game on the original half life engine? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 11:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Two people seek affordable hammock

Help my partner and me find a place to take a well-deserved vacation in mid-March. We have a budget of about $1500 including flights. We are looking for something near a beach where it's warm, within flying distance of New York City but preferable outside the US. Something more upscale than a straw hut in Dominica but less pre-determined than an all-inclusive resort in Antigua. Bonus points for ecotourism and cultural memorability.
posted by billtron at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Where in Paris to idle away the day?

What's your favourite place in Paris to idle time away ordering cafe cremes and working through a giant book? Chill and economical is the combination for which I seek. I'm up in Montmartre, but don't mind hitting the metro for somewhere rad.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me be healthy, but not sweet!

Help me transition to a healthy, low fat/low calorie breakfast that is more "salty" than "sweet"... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 10:53 AM PST - 43 comments

Tired of Crazy

I've been very depressed for my entire life and have decided that it's time for another ride on the therapy train. My previous trips were rather unpleasant, so I'm hoping for recommendations for a doctor in NYC and some general advice. [more inside]
posted by wrinkle at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Gee Your Cat Smells Terrific

Most scoopable cat litter has a fragrance added. Normally we hunt for unscented litter, since the scents linger on my cat and he smells like air freshener. We accidentally bought a 40 pound tub of super scented litter. Is there any way to make it less aromatic or remove the smell from the cat?
posted by 26.2 at 10:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Pushing audio from PC to Xbox 360

Streaming music from laptop to xbox, sans TV: possible? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get tickets for Oprah

How difficult is it to get tickets for Oprah? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Best way to study Mandarin at home?

Best way to study Mandarin at home, when I can spare 4 hours a day for 2 ½ months? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy at 10:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Realtors, who needs 'em?

We're considering purchasing a home by ourselves, without using a buyer's agent. General pros/cons? And if it's possible to save on commissions by doing this, how should we introduce that idea into the process? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 10:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Stimulus package and COBRA for dummies

How will the COBRA subsidy in the stimulus package work? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

I want more RSS and I want it NOW, Daddy!

Is there a site that offers an RSS feed (or something similar) of new book releases? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

And the winner is?

Recommended Oscar live blogs, twitter etc? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

How to encourage casual collaboration at work between different offices?

I'm part of a group of about 70 people (at a company of tens of thousands) spread across the country and we're having a hard time communicating, especially casually. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Tilon at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

How to get work in science as a layman?

What sorts of science-y work are available for a non-professional? [more inside]
posted by lholladay at 9:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Severance packages a thing of the past?

Severence package in the current economy? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the best order of blog comments

What is the preferred order of comments in a blog? Oldest on top, or newest on top? [more inside]
posted by kk at 9:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Best Eco-Friendly Packaging for Soft Goods?

I'm looking for good, sturdy, eco-friendly shipping options for soft goods - mostly clothing. Something that won't fall apart or soak through before the customer receives their item, but also something that won't sit in a landfill for 400+ years. [more inside]
posted by Muffy at 9:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Getting stuff typed in Urdu.

How to get typed up stuff in Urdu with our English keyboards? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Next Time, My Car Will Have a Real Roof

Um, my Jeep is full of water. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Words into Type? Anyone?

Does anyone still use Words into Type? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Make an Info Display

I have a 22" external monitor that I want to mount on a wall near my computer desk and display information on it for me to read across the room. How can I do this? Using OSX on an iMac. [more inside]
posted by DMan at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

sweet southern weekend

Weekend getaway in May in the South? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Place to recycle or donate CAT6 cable in Centennial-Aurora-Littleton?

I have a lot of Cat6 cable we need to donate or recycle--a bunch of partial boxes and some bags of random lengths. Ideally, it needs to be somewhere in the Centennial/Aurora/Littleton area. Anyone know of a good place to do so?
posted by everichon at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm tired of pixelated icons in ObjectDock

How can I change the icons in the title bar for OpenOffice's Writer, Calc, and Presentation? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 7:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Reference me that recommendation, please.

How should I approach my professors for recommendation/reference letters for a job that doesn't yet exist? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 7:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Who gets the jobs?

Stimulus package filter. When the money starts filtering down to the state and local authorities that will use the billions to get various projects started, what kind of guarantees are there that new jobs will go to people that need them? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 7:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Throwing a party, where can I get a foam machine?

Throwing a party, where can I get a foam machine? Hosting a party on Friday in the Philadelphia area. Cant seem to find a place to get a foam machine (either online or brick and mortar). Any recommendations/suggestions?
posted by Blandanomics at 7:14 AM PST - 2 comments

What do you wish you had done to your new house before you moved in?

What do you wish you had done to your new house before you moved in? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:04 AM PST - 52 comments

Help me do some risk analysis about asbestos siding and ceiling tiles.

A house I'm considering buying has asbestos siding and possibly asbestos ceiling tiles as well. What are the real dangers, and what considerations I should take into account in making my decision? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 6:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Find me a photography class in DC

Looking for a good, and hopefully affordable, photography class or workshop in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by metamush at 6:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Little (empty) boxes on a hillside

Why are we so focused on the construction of new homes? [more inside]
posted by nax at 6:07 AM PST - 16 comments

What is wrong with me?

What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM PST - 32 comments

What to do with £5k?

What to do with £5,000 in the next year? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 3:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to find an inexpensive set of bed sheets and pillows in Brisbane?

Where can I find an inexpensive set of bed sheets and pillows in Brisbane? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 2:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Best Way to Get Healthcare While Back in the US

I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:40 AM PST - 13 comments

I just want to save money on my insurance

I want to get married. Is there a European Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 12:45 AM PST - 8 comments

February 17

How to tell if what I'm talking about is actually getting through

I'm wondering if anyone who has experiencing teaching small groups has any advice on how I can better read my audience. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 10:06 PM PST - 14 comments

The Brain Chemistry of Reading

What is the brain chemistry involved in reading a good book? What areas of the brain are stimulated? What chemicals experience an uptick? Is there a particular combination unique to reading for pleasure? [more inside]
posted by SaharaRose at 9:47 PM PST - 10 comments

If Murakami were a poet...

I'm reading more poetry lately and am wondering what poets/poems have a similar vibe to Murakami. I love his vivid language and surreal spins on daily life. [more inside]
posted by Korou at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I balance the various needs of support group members?

I would like to learn to better facilitate a stress support group. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Have you ever used Setcom?

Anyone ever used the Paypal-like service Setcom? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Rooms inside Marble Arch?

TinyMagicSpacesFilter: Pictures of the three small rooms inside Marble Arch? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

EntomologyFilter: Please help me identify this bug.

Please help me identify this bug. I spotted one of them in my Northern California apartment yesterday, and two more today. They are no bigger than 3 or 4 mm across, and fairly slow-moving. I don't like them and I want them to go away/die. How can I facilitate that?
posted by rjacobs at 7:52 PM PST - 12 comments

What kind of records do most sole proprietors, freelancers and consultants keep?

What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Breathable dress shoes for sweaty feet

My feet sweat a lot, no matter if I'm sitting still or running around. I am in search of the perfect work/dress shoes (business casual) that will help me best deal with my sweaty feet! All shoe suggestions are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Pass me a 1182.9411875006815

Where can I get malt liquor in Australia? Specifically, Brisbane? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me unstain my pans!

How can I prevent or remove polymerized oil from aluminum sheet pans? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum at 7:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Need to Poop, Stat 911 (for a kid)

Help me help my constipated Kid! [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:24 PM PST - 36 comments

I'd like to read about the early adopters of yesteryear...

I want to read as many things as I can about early adaptors of technologies of yesteryear (like the first people who jumped on the radio, transistors, calculators etc.) Do you know of any articles/books/people studying this? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 7:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Blow This!

I love an early morning walk with my two dogs, it’s quite, cool and apart from me, the dogs and a very few others- I am alone for a brief hour- it has become a very important ritual for me. [more inside]
posted by mattoxic at 6:51 PM PST - 59 comments

Looking for funny, short, inspirational YouTube clips - suggestions?

I'm looking for entertaining, funny, short (<2:00), and inspirational YouTube clips to get my work volleyball team pumped. Any suggestions appreciated, thanks! [more inside]
posted by mindhead at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Who pays for broken gas pipes?

I live in Sydney and have a gas leak. We've had someone out and they said it is in the junction box or something. This faulty junction box is on my property and will cost close to $5000 to fix. Is AGL (the gas company) responsible for paying for this or am I? [more inside]
posted by Man_in_staysis at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Publishing Directions Needed!

How do I submit book proposals to publishers? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Good Graphic Design Porfolio Services/Sites

What are some good online graphic design portolio services? Free is great but I don't mind paying for some quality either. I'm a broadcast designer so I have a lot of motion graphics to show. Thanks!
posted by Tim McDonough at 6:21 PM PST - 2 comments

HTPC, xbx360, External monitor - is there one display to rule them all?

AVfilter: Have XBox 360, Mac, and HTPC/cable box - need one display, 25 inches or larger, to use with all 3. Should I be shopping for an HDTV (no tuner req'd) or a Computer monitor? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 5:27 PM PST - 8 comments

One click button to open up multiple tabs at once?

One click button to open up multiple tabs at once (firefox)? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 5:21 PM PST - 20 comments

How to set up web-accessible outdoor pan & tilt camera

I want to mount an outdoor, pan & tilt web-accessible camera on my building roof so that website visitors can view commecial airplanes on final approach to the airport near our office. I want to be able to set the maximum amount of time each visitor can have control of the camera so that no single visitor can monopolize it. What kind of hardware and software should I use/buy in order to do this as economically as possible?
posted by Dansaman at 5:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Replacement for American Crew Classic Wax

ARGG! American Crew has discontinued my favorite hair prod, their Classic Wax. Help me find a substitute. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 4:53 PM PST - 16 comments

how do i do the switcheroo on a text list?

I did a dumb thing. I put together a book list in this format: first-name last-name (tab) book-title Note that there *isn't* a comma between the author's first and last name. Is there any "computer magic" I can perform to change it to this format: last-name first-name (tab) book-title The list is just in text format, for what it's worth. I'm on a Mac but also have access to a PC. I'd rather not have to cut-n-paste the last names, it's a pretty long list.
posted by edjusted at 4:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Where's the best place in China to see the upcoming solar eclipse?

Where in China should I go to best experience the total solar eclipse this July? [more inside]
posted by the duck by the oboe at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I make sense of this coconut bread recipe?

I found a recipe for delicious-looking coconut buns, but it's missing a bit of info and has distinct ESL qualities. Can anyone help me make sense of it? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting more time out of the day

How can I cut down the amount of time I spend reading daily blogs yet still find the stories I feel are interesting and keep everything streamlined and organized? [more inside]
posted by mephesta at 4:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Please complete this quote by Buddha.

Please help me complete a quote that I acutally found and then lost on Metafilter: "Pity and praise come and go....to stand like an oak tree in the midst of them all." - Buddha [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you make Officespace look good bt comparison?

I need a movie with horribly unethical working environments. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 3:41 PM PST - 48 comments

Da Palermo a Roma!

For vacation, I was thinking of starting in Palermo and making my way to Rome. I know next to nothing about this part of the world, so I don't know how good or bad of an idea this is. Any thoughts from those familiar with the area would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by verevi at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Should my recession dollars go into my 401k, or my wallet?

Where is my money doing me, and the world, the most good right now: going into a 401(k), or going into my wallet and getting spent? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 3:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Ow! My tummy!

How best to treat or prevent stomach cramps due to food sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by smartyboots at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Savage Citalopram/Celexa withdrawl headaches.

I have recently stopped taking Citalopram over 10 days, since then I've had a permanent headache which has lasted 4 weeks to date and seen me visit A&E twice. Currently I have been prescribed and am taking : Morphine, Voltarol, CO-codomol and Sodium Valproate which are only providing limited relief. I am also seeing a Neurologist and Psychiatrist who as of yet have failed to diagnose the problem. Has anyone had similar effect ? If so, what was the diagnosis and resolution ?
posted by Suchos at 2:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I take pictures of kids who are legally required to stand on trains and email them to school principals?

Should I take pictures of kids who are legally required to stand on public transport and email them to school principals? Can I do this? Is there any way you think I should approach it? [more inside]
posted by Talez at 2:44 PM PST - 72 comments

What's the book?

Book filter -- Back in 1978, in grade school, our history teacher wanted to know that history could be personal and he read to us the autobiography of a Russian in an orphanage or juvenile detention when he was 12 years old. I thought that it was Solzhenitsyn but I may be wrong because I can't find that anywhere. Help
posted by notned at 2:24 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I publish links to press coverage in a blog?

How do I (semi) automatically publish links to many different articles, sorted by date, to a blog? [more inside]
posted by timwindsor at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a big dance space in Boston.

I'm helping put on a big swing dance event in Boston this coming spring. Can you suggest places that have big enough dance floors for 200-300 people to dance on? (something on the order of about 3000 sq ft or more.) We're having a hard time locating anything. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this iBook toast?

The hard drive in my girlfriend's iBook (12" G4 late 2004) died, or at least that's what I think happened. I want to cover all my bases and I need a little advice on best practices. [more inside]
posted by clockwork at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Stop calling me!

Should I pick up the phone or change my number? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 51 comments

Opposing counsel in love onscreen?

American movies/TV shows where opposing counsel are involved in a romantic relationship? Possible spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by loulou718 at 1:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Do you know any good undergrad schools for Political Science and Engineering double majors?

Do you know any good undergrad schools for Political Science and Engineering double majors? [more inside]
posted by shatteredverve at 1:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Fruitfilter: Recommendations for quick growing, low maintanence fruit.

Fruit Gardening: Fastest growing/fruiting, most maintenance free, highest yields? I'd like to quickly grow some fruits in USDA zone 9 (25+ F), from seed. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 1:00 PM PST - 14 comments

They're back! Mom wants to show up, daughter wants to put foot down.

How do I communicate with my difficult mom? [more inside]
posted by December at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

iPhone, Google Calendar, and travel across time zones

What is the best practice for entering events across time zones, such as airline flights, when using Google Calendars and the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Best way to take a punt on Icelandic recovery?

Iceland - How to invest? Are there restrictions of foreigners owning Icelandic govt bonds, Icelandic Kroner, property? Is there an Icelandic REIT open to foreigners? What is the best way to take a punt on an Icelandic recovery?
posted by priorpark17 at 12:34 PM PST - 3 comments

What do the tines end at?

What is the middle part of the fork called, that part where the tines end before the handle starts? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for locations in NYC of iconic album covers.

I'm traveling to NYC soon and I'm looking for locations of where iconic album covers were shot. [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Exactly how much do I have to spend before I get the actual 'acupuncture'?

Is it safe enough to get an acupuncture treatment on the first visit / consultation? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Space for a 50-person video conference in LA?

Is there anywhere in LA to host a video-conference for 30, or even 50, people? [more inside]
posted by scrawlyman at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Rebuilding Ubuntu Server 8.04 Help!!

I recently lost a raid array on a ubuntu 8.04 server forcing me to rebuild it from scratch and/or restore data from backup. (I have copies of /var, /etc, and /home) The problem is I can't seem to rebuild the server so that it works exactly the way it did before, this is killing me!! (fyi... I inherited this system). My specific problem seems to be with Samba. I'm looking for help in two different ways... help 1) either figure out how to restore this system with what I've got backed up. Or fix samba so it works. See details below: [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find academic lectures in Japanese!

Looking for academic lectures in Japanese freely available on the web [more inside]
posted by kinakomochi at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

The point is to share, right?

How to use Sharepoint's calendar to remind staff of ongoing project dates for multiple projects. [more inside]
posted by emjay at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

The science of a survey-raffle incentive.

What grabs your attention in a raffle-incentive, for participating in a survey? [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 11:18 AM PST - 14 comments

What could a sudden strange chemical smell be?

A sudden, strong, strange chemical smell in the house. What could it be? And how might we find out? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

C++ and rand()

C++ and the rand() function. Please explain why this piece of code works the way it does: cout << rand() % 20 << endl; [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 10:55 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I convince the Apple Store to exchange my iPhone for a new one because of a defect?

Brand new iPhone (1 week old ) has a dead pixel! Apple Store says this is within "spec," and therefore doesn't warrant an exchange. I call BS on that. Suggestions to help me persuade them to take the thing back and give me a new one? This isn't what I paid $199 for. It's within the 30-day exchange period and I have Apple Care, in case that's relevant.
posted by JuniorBCat at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Best online tools for creating an online mixtape

The old muxtape is dead. But the interface it had to share a mixtape was unbelievably nice. Is there something like muxtape, maybe private, maybe open source that allows easy upload/creation of mixtape(s) for friends?
posted by plexi at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I delete my Facebook account? What are my other options?

Should I delete my Facebook account? What are my other options? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 10:33 AM PST - 33 comments

Whooping Cough or Tall Tale?

Could my roommate really have whooping cough? Because I'm skeptical. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 39 comments

Wacom Display Toggle Advanced Options?

[wacomfilter] quicksilver (or system hotkey) + wacom screen switching integration? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

This *blurp* is *blaat* getting *buuurp* ridiculous *blaaat*

For the last week or so, I've been burping a lot. As in, constantly. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

dont want credit for it, just wanna see it done!

How can I influence my boss into doing something? I dont want credit for it, I just want it to get it done! [more inside]
posted by theKik at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Comfortable shoes in the UK

Help me find comfortable shoes I can buy from a shop in the UK. [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I send/take my camera for sensor/internal cleaning?

Where can I get my Canon d40 cleaned? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Interstate Wine Shipments

Can I have wine shipped interstate to Minnesota? Free The Grapes, a website for a wine trade association, says that Minnesota allows direct shipments. But Wine.com says they can not ship to Minnesota because of state regulations. What is the law in MN?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Waking up with a frog and a hoarse

I've noticed my voice is hoarse in the mornings after an evening spent in any noisy environment. After an hour or two of speaking with a louder-than-normal voice, I'm croaky the next day. [more inside]
posted by ajp at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

I need a tuxedo......t-shirt!

I need a tuxedo t-shirt. Oh, and I need it by Friday. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Lucky there's a....

can i extract the audio from youtube videos to create an mp3? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is my USB headset/mic only buzzing when I use Dragon Naturally Speaking?

buzzing noise in Dragon Naturally Speaking, but not on other programs. Using VMWare fusion to run DNS on my Mac, and recording/listening through a Dinex USB headset with microphone. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do with a 'stray' dog in New Mexico, USA

What to do with a 'stray' dog in New Mexico, USA [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 9:41 AM PST - 8 comments

I paid a photographer to shoot my work. Who owns the photos?

Legal boffins! I paid a photographer a few hundred pounds to shoot some of my sculptures. No contracts were exchanged, and no agreements were made about where the photos would be used. Now a magzine would like to use these photos in a forthcoming issue! Awesome. But the photographer says I don't have a license to allow a third-party to publish these. Is he right? Do I own the photos or does he? I don't have the pieces any more so can't get another set of photos made... Am I screwed? Thanks guys :) PS: I'm in the UK if that makes a difference...
posted by basil1 at 9:32 AM PST - 25 comments

How to reblog news from around the web

I am trying to aggregate and distribute news about an organization from all over the web. I already have a handle on the distribution side, but I need help on aggregation and publishing part. I am looking to put together a system that imports RSS feeds, displays the items from all the feeds and allows me to choose which ones to post into my blog. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Plotting many, many points on a map.

What free website(s)/program(s) can I use to plot a large database of addresses on a map? Multiplottr.com allows me to load in my data and then export a .kml file, which I can import into Google Maps. But it only works for a subset of data; it cannot handle my full database of 15,000 locations. [more inside]
posted by yom3ts at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

am I really asking this question?

paper due tomorrow filter: I need some ideas about how to discuss Skepticism, G.E. Moore's "Proof of an external world," and Rene Descarte's "Meditations on first philosophy." [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 9:03 AM PST - 22 comments

NSFW - banged up my male organ...solutions.

NSFW - banged up my male organ...solutions... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Who wants to be a multi-thousandaire?

My father died and we have to sell his house. I'm going to be inheriting $200,000+. Realistically, what would you do in that situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 21 comments

Recommend a Manhattan boot camp fitness program?

Recommendations for a fitness boot camp in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 2 comments

snow white and the seven dwarfs need internet

Asking for a friend; need to connect 2 windows desktops, 3 windows laptops, 1 mac desktop, and 4 xbox360 to my home network, what do I need hardware-wise and what do I need to consider in regards to my ISP? [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I going to be damned for not having a decent xbox live connection

Am I completely screwed when it comes to Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the very best 'That was SOOOOO worth it' experiences in Southern California?

What are the very best 'That was SOOOOO worth it' experiences in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 8:29 AM PST - 21 comments

Finding Victorian Poem containing a stanza about a peaceful cottage a peaceful cottage

I'm trying to find a particular Victorian poem that contains a stanza depicting a peaceful cottage. [more inside]
posted by Lorna at 8:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Why do my books skip?

Why can my mac (macbook pro) not rip audiobook CDs without skipping near the end? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Allocating my assets between mutual funds in my IRA account

I have four mutual funds in my IRA account - a Total Market index fund, a Small-cap index fund, an International stock index fund, and a Bond index fund, and I'm trying to figure out how to allocate my assets between them. I've read a little bit about "Modern Portfolio Theory" and the "Efficient Frontier", but I'm struggling to understand some of the math. So, is there a simple way I can test whether a particular allocation is on the efficient frontier? Or, see all the possible allocations on the efficient frontier and choose between them? How do I figure this out? Ideally, I'd love to see a simple enough formula that, given the mean and standard deviation (and maybe correlation matrix), of my four funds, would tell me what allocation is on the efficient frontier. Or, some type of online tool, or an Excel spreadsheet or something. [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Fear of flying class in New York metro area?

Is there a fear of flying class that operates out of LaGuardia, Kennedy or Newark airports (or someplace nearby?) I'm ideally looking for a class that involves taking a short "graduation" flight to somewhere like Boston or Washington.
posted by zembla3 at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Male on Female on Female on Male.

Is it possible to pair two ports of my 4-port USB hub, to form a USB female-female gender changer? Can I then connect typeA male end of USB cable modem to this and put a USB-LAN adapter to the other end of this pair, effectively getting a male USB modem to female LAN converter? This through a LAN cable is then supposed to go as i/p to my WRT54GL router. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Digital Version of FHE "Velvetten Rabbit"?

Does anyone remember the Family Home Entertainment video of The Velveteen Rabbit? I need a digital copy. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Mystery dust.

A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 7:29 AM PST - 21 comments

When a cowboy dreams of pasta, what is he playing on his guitar?

What are some good songs for an Italian / cowboy playlist? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments


All things 50s filter: I am throwing a 50s inspired party and would like advice on how to make it very fifties fun. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 7:08 AM PST - 22 comments

What network hard drives play well with the Airport Extreme?

Can I use one of the ethernet ports on my airport extreme for a network disc or am I limited to USB? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Making treats for myself and my co-workers at the office

I'm looking for foods that can be prepared at the office. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:02 AM PST - 16 comments

It could have been great....

I'm looking for examples of good ideas or good concepts that were very poorly implemented and/or managed. They can be in any context. This is for a presentation that I am giving to students. The more well-known the better, but something obscure and relatively easy to explain will also do. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 7:01 AM PST - 27 comments

Crackling coffee

I bought two hand-painted ceramic mugs that appear to have been glazed. When I put my first cup of (very hot) coffee in one of them, I heard a faint crackling sound. The coffee also smelled a bit chemically. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 6:30 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I stop windows from taking over my portable hard drive

I have a portable usb hard drive that I use for keeping all my documents / backups on. Windows seems to love using this drive for everything, for example I am installing IE7 from windows update, and it is using the drive to hold all the temporary files during the install. Because of this the drive is always in use and I can never eject it. [more inside]
posted by Syntoad at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Teaching an adult to ride a bike...

How do I teach an adult to ride a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 5:11 AM PST - 28 comments

chicago traffic question

Chicago traffic question: I have to pick up a friend from O'Hare at 5:30pm on Thursday. I'll be driving from the loop. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 4:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Dine and Punishment

What happens if you eat at a restaurant and then can't pay the bill? I'm looking for experienced answers from people that know better, not conjectures. [more inside]
posted by fucker at 3:34 AM PST - 39 comments

unconventional a capella?

I'm looking for "a capella" but not the college barbershop type. Examples would be Bjork's Medulla and Camille's Le Fil. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird at 3:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Culture of Pregnancy in Thailand?

How long before you can tell the sex of an unborn child? Culture of pregnancy in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 2:38 AM PST - 12 comments

What are my rights after being sold counterfeit items by a Craigslist seller?

I bought some items from a seller on Craigslist and they turned out to be counterfeit. What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by jacksaturn at 12:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Is this part of having strep, or something else?

YANMD, but please help. I'm worried I might be developing some sort of Thyroid condition- or is it just that I'm already sick with strep throat? How worried should I be about this? [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot at 12:03 AM PST - 17 comments

February 16

A smile on my dial without wincing awhile?

Poorly-positioned wound in corner crease of mouth means it won't/can't heal. Super duper fast wound healing solutions, apply within! [more inside]
posted by springbound at 11:36 PM PST - 30 comments

Best with a microwave

I'm looking for a recommendation for a microwave cookbook. I want it to be about what the microwave is best at, not just how to hack normal stuff to work in the microwave. Perhaps a book on how to do things that are only possible with a microwave.
posted by krisjohn at 11:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Find me a spanish language radion station so I can practice listening

I'm trying to learn spanish and just want to listen to the words, even if I don't understand. Can someone recommend an internet radio station with only talk (no music)?
posted by zorro astor at 10:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Plenty of Fish Applies to the Picky?

Population Filter: I have a problem that's been bugging me for a while. Looking at the qualities I tend to be attracted to, can you help me figure out the ballpark number of potential matches? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 10:14 PM PST - 21 comments

mashup classics / polar opposite covers

I'm looking for mashups / bootlegs that are classics or defining moments of the genre. [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 10:05 PM PST - 16 comments

What song is sampled in this Wu Tang cut?

What's being sampled in Wu Tang's "Rock Steady"? What other songs are like this? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft at 10:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Name our farm!

Seeking a name for our impending farm. Help! [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Mnemonic for "Tariff"?

Today, my economics professor mentioned that he always had trouble spelling "tariff" (deciding if it had two "r"s or two "f"s) until one of his students taught him a mnemonic device so dirty, he refused to share it with our class. Any ideas?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 9:27 PM PST - 17 comments

How to test silver items

I want to test the silver content of some items. What should I buy? I see people offering silver testing kits on Ebay. Are these a good choice, or would I better off buying the reagents themselves? If so, which ones?
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I deal with my on-again, off-again relationship? Should I try to fix it, or should I just break up with her? (Ridiculously long and detail-heavy question.)

How should I deal with my on-again, off-again relationship? Should I try to fix it, or should I just break up with her? (Ridiculously long and detail-heavy question.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Calling Ms Manners

We've eloped, everything is great! Except, of course, I forgot to figure out how to word the announcements and am now panicking! [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 8:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I import Firefox boomarks into Google Reader?

Can I import my Firefox bookmarks into Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for web hosting with no email throttling for a mailing list

A non-profit organization runs a time-sensitive email-based service and we are looking for web hosting which provides no email throttling. [more inside]
posted by dithered at 7:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Good spots to take pictures in Marin?

What are some easily accessible, scenic spots in the Marin Headlands? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

IRA to RIRA Advice

My Dad wants to roll his IRA over to an RIRA and use the money to buy my brother a townhouse. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Recipe for truly succulent, traditional Jewish brisket?

How do you make truly tender, succulent Jewish-style brisket? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 7:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Would you skip a step up the promotion ladder, if you could?

Would you apply for a job you felt underqualified for, even if it meant essentially skipping a step up the promotion ladder? Pros & cons inside. [On preview, wow, it's a day for job application questions!] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get my puppy to stop peeing in her crate?

Housebreaking is going great...except my puppy keeps peeing in her crate! Help! [more inside]
posted by MsChanandlerBong at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my bike return the love

Questions of bicycle pain/comfort and perhaps where to buy a new-old one in Perth. Lots of text & occasional squeamish details, sorry. [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Trying to get PC/TV AND PVR functionality to merge onto my 42" lcd

Is there a PC tuner card that can read from my Comcast digi-set-top box that I can control w/a wifi/bluetooth remote from 20-30 ft.? [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Beautiful and/or clever and/or goofy signatures.

What's the coolest signature you've ever seen (pen, not email)?
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 6:04 PM PST - 31 comments

To sow or not to sow is the question

Marriage Madness: Is it better to be single or to waste away in a bad marriage? (long, but uniquely personal details inside) [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 5:46 PM PST - 61 comments

Can a grow light save my plants?

I'd like to hang a small screw-in type grow light (not a giant florescent tube) above my plants to help them out. Possible? [more inside]
posted by washburn at 5:43 PM PST - 10 comments

"One more time! Yeah!"

For those of you like me who still insist on listening to entire albums: How long does it take you to realize how awesome that album really is? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 5:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me avoid coding a lame webpage!

I need a simple cgi-bin script that implements a scoreboard or counter for multiple teams. [more inside]
posted by perrce at 5:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Help find a new dentist with my new insurance!

Need help finding a dentist in the Naperville area that takes Principal Dental Insurance. [more inside]
posted by Becko at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Another console purchase guidance question.

Can an PS3/Xbox 360 perform most of the media functionality found on an original Xbox with XBMC? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Round peg square hole

wrongjobfilter: It's a bad fit and I'm a mess, leave or stick it out, and if so, for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 17 comments

What to put on rental application?

My boyfriend and I are planning to get an apartment together soon. I have solid rental history, but he's been moving from place to place and hasn't been on a lease in about 5 years. How do we tackle this on a rental application? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a UK 60/70's fim from some sketchy memories

UK Late 60's/Early 70's Film/TV filter: I'm looking for a film or made-for-TV drama I remember seeing on TV as a kid in the mid/late 70's. It was set in the UK, possibly in a high rise block in a city and there's [more inside]
posted by merocet at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Identify this Japanese magazine

What Japanese art magazine is this? [more inside]
posted by pengale at 4:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Video killed my audio stars

Plugging in an external monitor to my Macbook Pro kills the audio. What's up with that? And is there a solution that does not involve an expensive USB audio product? [more inside]
posted by larsks at 4:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Food Stylist has designs on Vancouver, Canada

I'm considering re-locating to Vancouver Canada to work in the advertising/ commerical photography business specifically as a Food and Prop Stylist. Fill me in on the local action in this field in Vancouver... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 4:36 PM PST - 3 comments


I bought a Kindle 2. Amazon lists a paltry selection of covers and skins. I want a good one. [more inside]
posted by dbgrady at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

When am I gonna flush out this Thrush?

I was diagnosed with Oral Thrush and am being treated with Diflucan. How long before I'm back to 100% normal? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 4:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Can an MA graduate fill an MS job?

A job opportunity opened up that requires an "MS degree". I have a MA. I know that I have the knowledge and experience for this position. Is there any way I can apply for this job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:52 PM PST - 24 comments

What was this book series I read as a kid?

Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette at 3:06 PM PST - 3 comments

I have about 300 books I need to sell or donate by the 26th.

I have about 300 books I need to sell or donate by the 26th. NYC-centric details inside. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Have your kids learn how to kill people!

A few years ago, Amnesty International (I think) ran an awareness campaign about child soldiers by putting up posters about a summer camp where they could send their kids to be tortured, molested, beaten, and taught how to use rifles. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 2:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Comparing Apples And Ubuntus.

How does the Macbook Air with OS X compare to the Dell Mini 12 running XP or Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 2:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me understand Li-ion laptop batteries.

I'm about to purchase an aftermarket Li-ion laptop battery on eBay. However, I'm quite confused about the differences in specs for mAh and number of battery cells. Which is more important and how are they related? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

MelbourneFilter: What are some good things to do after hours in Melbourne?

MelbourneFilter: What are some good things to do after hours in Melbourne? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it okay to sever a new lease within a certain amount of time in Ontario?

I've heard that one can sever certain contracts they sign in Ontario if it's within the first 10 days of signing. If this is true, does it also apply to a lease on a house?
posted by gman at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Ubuntu -> Debian ?

As a moderately experienced Ubuntu user, what should I know before giving Debian a try? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

London Calling

Advice for a New Yorker moving to London. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 1:37 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me find a searchable list of Sysco products!

Help me find a searchable list of Sysco products! [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 1:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Thank You, Jeeves

I really love reading blogs written by wealthy people. Do you have any to recommend? [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 1:02 PM PST - 30 comments

Uploading Flash Videos to Youtube

I recently started making animated movies in flash. When I upload them to Youtube or Google video, the audio translates well but the video becomes very jerky. I assume its a byproduct of the way they compress the files, but is there a way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by Kiablokirk at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Person-Centered Theory

Rogerian Theory Project [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Help save me hours of busy work

How can I update whole columns in a sql database using new information from an excel spreadsheet while using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac deployment/imaging options that don't require rocket scientists

I am a novice mac lab manager. I was using the popular Netrestore to roll out images to our mac lab. I discovered that the software has been discontinued, and furthermore it now breaks when I try to use it.
So I guess I need to know what the easiest alternative to Netrestore/firewire drives is for imagine our two labs. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I deal with my ex-boyfriend's (who I dumped) new girlfriend being everywhere?

I dumped my boyfriend about a year ago and even though things are amiable, I can't help but be annoyed by his new girlfriend. We haven't ever had a conversation, but for whatever reason, it boils my blood to see her all over Facebook, tagging him in photos and friend-ing all of our mutual friends. I don't think this is jealousy, but I'm not sure how to deal with my absolute annoyance. Is this normal behavior?
posted by patientpatient at 12:08 PM PST - 41 comments

Fly fishing in South East Asia

South-East-Asia-Fly-Fishing-Filter: Any recommendations for beach resorts in South East Asia that offer guided saltwater fly fishing? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 12:05 PM PST - 1 comment

If I can't find a job it's down to Dad and Myrtle Beach

What person, place or thing in Myrtle Beach, SC, lends itself to a multimedia piece? [more inside]
posted by riane at 11:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Explain my gain (weight) and my loss (motivation/sanity).

I gained 6 lbs. overnight. WTF! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 36 comments

Should I, or should I not meet with my estranged relatives?

Should I, or should I not meet with my estranged relatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Figuring out the coldness

Has someone ever treated you coldly as a way to suppress feelings for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Adobe Creative Suite Upgrade

We want to upgrade from Adobe Creative suite 1 to at least CS 3 at our office. We use mostly Illustrator and Photoshop. But the upgrade seems to be more important for Illustrator than photoshop. -It needs to be relatively cheap to get approved so I am wondering the following: a) Would it make sense to just upgrade illustrator or would that cause compatibility issues with the older version of photoshop? b) We need to upgrade on 4 machines? How many upgrades would we need to buy. c) What are the benefits of CS 4 vs CS 3? d) Sicne CS4 is out does that mean CS 3 is cheaper?
posted by ChloeMills at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Tuna recipe from Italy?

I recall eating a meal in Italy that I THINK was just rice, canned tuna, and white beans drizzled in olive oil. Is this a real "dish"? I've put those four ingredients together and it doesn't taste the same. And it's a really monochromatic meal. Anyone have any thoughts on the "real" dish, or if not, how to spice up the one I remember? It was in Parma.
posted by Ollie at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Hello end user! Just FYI, the admin password to this database is: xyz

What might cause a SQLOLEDB connection string (containing an admin username/password) to briefly appear on-screen in a browser session and would I be crazy to buy a product that's had this bug for who knows how long without realizing it? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments


I would like to make the network link light on my laptop blink in a recognizable way. I also want this to happen on the switch to which it's connected. How is this done? Oh, and without spending 400 bucks please. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

How far in advance should I buy my plane tickets?

AirfareFilter: I need to go to Montana in May. At what time between now and then will tickets be cheapest? [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern at 11:24 AM PST - 2 comments

A question about the storage/backup RAID setup I should use for a media center

I am creating a media center out of a high end Dell XPS Studio. I am using Dell hybrids as the extenders, but have a question about the storage/backup RAID setup I should use. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Reverse commute Clapham to Guildford

I currently work and live in Guildford, UK. I love my job and need to stay there for at least the next 6 months, but I am thoroughly miserable living in Guildford - it's a beautiful town but so dull for a young single person!! I want to move to south London and reverse commute - does anyone do this journey? Is it do-able? I'd probably need to drive although could poss do on train. Was thinking Clapham Common is nice area - what is the traffic like to get down to Guildford in the morning, is it bad? I need to be at work at 8.30am. I finish at 7pm. Are there any other places that are better for commuting and missing traffic - Clapham Junction maybe? Or brixton? Waterloo?
posted by bunnyrabbit22 at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Stomach virus still lingering?

Almost a week ago I had a stomach virus (or possibly food poisoning, I guess), and I still don't feel back to normal. Is there anything I can do, or is this within the realm of normal? [more inside]
posted by peep at 11:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Why do I transpose words?

Is there a psychological grounds for the continual transposition of related words over the lifetime of an individual? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Files on BOTH Computer and Dropbox Online Storage

Having settled on Dropbox as a way to backup files, how do I save files to my computer AND to My Dropbox. All I see is how to MOVE the file - I want to have it in both locations - my computer and Dropbox but don't see a choice on the s/w to make that happen.
posted by cmh0150 at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Learn German the hard way!

I'm hoping to start learning German again (I spent a solid 8 years in middle/high school doing my best to avoid learning a single word), and would like to get the ball rolling again by trying to read a book in German. Does anyone have any suggestions for a fairly basic, but entirely adult ( as opposed to young adult) book that would keep me interested/not destroy my will to learn? [more inside]
posted by domakesaypat at 10:40 AM PST - 16 comments

How to safely print a Birthday Paw?

Next week the granddaddy to our kittens is turning 65. As he is always there when needed Siouxsie and Banshee want to do something special. Anyone got any ideas on a safe non-messy way of making a paw print?
posted by Mrs Mutant at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Can dogs fall out of windows?

Is it dangerous to allow a dog to stand near an open window on an upper floor? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 10:31 AM PST - 30 comments

Why are the republicans against the stimulus?

Why did the majority of Republicans vote against the stimulus package? [more inside]
posted by mgarnhum at 10:28 AM PST - 29 comments

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a manuscript must be in want of reference materials.

Can you please recommend some books on daily life, home life, and general society in the UK and the US in the 1840s - 1880s for me? I already have What Jane Austen Ate, and What Charles Dickens Knew and An Elegant Madness. It doesn't have to be specifically on daily life- creative nonfiction like Larson's The Devil in the White City or Johnson's The Ghost Map are awesome, too.
posted by headspace at 9:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Capturing that 70's sound

Classic funk and funky 70's tracks. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 9:21 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I repair my old oak doors.

Can someone help me fix my beautiful old wooden doors? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 8:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Any cartoons where people change their clothes?

Are there any cartoons in which the characters regularly wear different clothes? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Who owns this painting?

How do I find out who owns this painting? I would like to use Thomas Gotch's "The Child Enthroned" to illustrate an article in a scholarly publication. I need to get a good b/w reproduction of it and permission to publish worldwide in print and online. The trouble is, I can't work out where it is, and so don't know who to write to for permission etc. I've tried ARTSTOR and google, but am not getting anything - how do art historians go about sourcing material like this? Given that it's on wikimedia commons, do I even need to?
posted by melisande at 8:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Love After Sex

So what's next after sex in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 8:19 AM PST - 26 comments

"You're in our thoughts and prayers"

When did "thoughts and prayers" become such a commonplace expression of sympathy? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find this dress?

Where can I find this dress? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments


Got a Canon PowerShot A590 IS, and am interested in what add-on lenses are available for it. Looking ideally for something with the physical turn-to-focus-or-zoom like on an SLR, but honestly I'm just looking for any information that can point me in the right direction.
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

finding fakeshaw materials

Where can I find synthetic scrimshaw materials? I've been googling and I'm having a lot of trouble just finding an online store that sells blank pendants and belt buckles which are not made from ivory or whale bones. I really want to get into scrimshaw crafts but I dont want to use animal products to do it. [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Lost in the family tree...

I've been sucked in by the hobby of genealogy. now what? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:12 AM PST - 11 comments

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Never tell me the odds - wait, no, please tell me the odds.

With things falling out of the sky with a little more regularity then usual lately, and what with me being a bit of a flybaby, I was hoping some of the Metifilter geniuses could help reassure me with some science... [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 6:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Websites for a 78 year old

Help an old geezer make the most of broadband. [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 5:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me ID this piece.

Help me identify this piano piece? (Audio/sheet music inside) [more inside]
posted by pseudonymph at 5:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Matching a shade of gold in photographs

I have an engagement ring that is a unique shade of gold. How do i accurately depict that shade to a goldsmith 2,000 miles away? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 5:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Where do they all come from?

Why are there so many tower defence games, and why do people play them all? I can understand the appeal of the genre, but I just can't understand why there are so many tower defence games out there, especially since they all seem to be almost identical with just some graphics adjustments. [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 5:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Yo mama...

Can you give me some examples of "The Dozens"? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 4:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Is my cat just being a jerk or is he trying to tell me something?

What is my cat trying to tell me by wiping his feet near his food bowl? It's a very clear, exaggerated gesture, as though he was trying to wipe something nasty off his (perfectly clean) foot. [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 4:15 AM PST - 31 comments

Please help me stop getting msn messenger spam

SPAM MSN Messenger Messages - when using Pidgin [more inside]
posted by complience at 2:16 AM PST - 6 comments

I guess I do.

The future Mrs. and I don't have a clue as to what we should "preform" for our quite possibly surrealist wedding ceremony. Any suggestions for cynics like us? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 1:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Digital Camera advice: which specs are important?

What factors should I be looking at when considering the purchase of a new digital camera. I know that a lot of people think more megapixels = better quality. But I have a 4 megapixel SLR that takes *infinitely* better pictures than a friend's 10 megapixel camera. Looking at the cameras, it is obvious: my SLR has huge lenses that are expensive, his has a tiny hole in the front. But I have no objective idea what makes the difference. Some cameras have "big lenses" that seem to be mostly for show. So I am trying to figure out what really goes into making a good picture, and how to calculate it. What specs should I look at and how should I look at them? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 12:45 AM PST - 24 comments

February 15

Help me make sense of hdtv technology

I'm looking to buy my first HDTV. I know little to nothing about technology, and it seems that all of the discussions and guides online are geared towards very savvy technophiles looking to spend big bucks on a very precise level of viewing and audio perfection that I neither need nor want. Please help me understand what all of these weird terms mean and what I actually need in order to watch tv and vhs/dvd videos. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 11:47 PM PST - 23 comments

give me some loud, heavy rock and roll

Looking for some long, loud, heavy rock songs. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 11:29 PM PST - 39 comments

Travel package recommendations to NoLa

Does anyone have any experience with book it . com ? More specifically their travel packages to New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 10:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Book Club woes

My book club is fizzling out...help me reignite it! [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 9:56 PM PST - 14 comments

meeting internationals

Are there any resources in Chicago for meeting people who have moved from another country?
posted by nyu2 at 9:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get the happy pills?

I might be going to Vancouver, BC tomorrow. I would like to purchase some Tylenol with codeine pills (222s) while there, but I am not sure how it all works. Help! [more inside]
posted by karizma at 9:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Forewarning on Funeral Leave

Should I notify my employer about a possible (but not certain) funeral leave? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:25 PM PST - 12 comments

How to age a t shirt 30 years in a week?

How can you speed-up the process of a T-short becoming thin, worn, and soft? I don't care about discoloration. [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 9:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get turbo tax for Mac OS if I have a windows subscription?

How do I get turbo tax for Mac OS if I have a windows subscription? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me find this audio cable?

Can you help me find a 1/4'' Stereo Female to 1/8'' Right Angle Stereo Male cable? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 8:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Flip Video on PS3

Anyone have any luck getting Flip Video clips to play on a playstation 3? It's an F260. Doesn't work over a media server or hooked up directly.
posted by mzurer at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Kitchen Inventory

Can anyone recommend (or even find one) a kitchen inventory application? My wife wants to keep a basic inventory of the stuff that's in the pantry and fridge. [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 8:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Is it too soon to ask my new landlord for a new oven?

So, I moved into my new apartment 2 weeks ago, and finally found the time to cook my first real dinner. The problem is my oven. I love to cook, and it looks like this apartment came with an O'Keefe & Merritt oven, something mustard-colored out of the 70s (not the cool vintage 50s kind.) Two of the burners wouldn't light at all, and the other 2 lit, but when I turned them off and tried to re-light them they wouldn't. And this is my first older oven, so I guess you can't use the oven and the stovetop at the same time? Or at least I couldn't. This aggression will not stand. I guess my question is, after only 2 weeks of occupancy, how do I go about talking to my landlord about getting a new oven? Or talking her into getting a new oven, in these trying financial times. I guess that every tenant before me was fine with it but I could barely make edible pasta and garlic bread and that's not gonna work. Thoughts?
posted by buzzkillington at 7:49 PM PST - 15 comments

what kind of mat would be good to sleep on every night (instead of a bed)?

are there any roll-up/fold-up mats i could be comfy sleeping on every single night for, let's say, a year? i'm about to move to a teeny tiny room (about 11'x5'4"). i have plenty of common space available to me in the larger apartment but would love for my room to contain more than just a bed. [more inside]
posted by nevers at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Give me some advice regarding jumping into a gorge safely.

Anybody have any advice regarding jumping into gorges in New York state? Safety-wise - what would be the upper limit of height I might try?
posted by Sully at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to draft a contract to work on spec.

I am a freelance video editor and I am being asked to work on spec (as in do the work and the producers will pay for my work if they like it). I want to draft some sort of contract outlining what I am doing, and their use of my work if they do like it, but I don't know exactly what I should include in a contract like this. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by helios410 at 7:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Why Wallpaper?

Why do hotels use so much wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 7:15 PM PST - 12 comments

What did I break now?

Do I need to replace my CPU or is it something more? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Open the pod bay doors, printer.

Up until recently my printer worked fine, but today a document wouldn't go through, so I tried clearing the print queue, etc., and then finally decided to reinstall the printer. I removed the printer, but it's still listed in the control panel and Windows will not let me reinstall. How can I completely clear it and get it working again? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Software for playing the "rotate that credit card balance to the low APR offer" game

My googlefoo is failing me: Hasn't anyone written a program that helps you figure out the best strategy for playing the "rotate credit card balances from one card to the next to take advantage of low APR offers" game? [more inside]
posted by GenTso at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Source of creaky sounds in an older model vehicle plus general maintenance questions?

Source of creaky sounds in an older model vehicle plus general maintenance questions? [more inside]
posted by limonade at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How to ask my boyfriend if he has an STD?

I noticed a suspicious-looking sore on my boyfriend... how to sensitively ask him to get tested? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Hard-to-find instrumentalists in bands and orchestras?

In orchestras and/or marching bands, who are the harder-to-find instrumentalists - the instruments that you have to constantly scrabble to find someone who plays it, or is willing to? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 6:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Optimizing large HTML file?

Alternative to large HTML table? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 6:14 PM PST - 18 comments

How can A and B be connected if there's nothing to connect them?

When our pool equipment runs, it triggers the sound of a leaky pipe in a wall adjacent to our hot water heater. By triggering the valve on the hot water heater when the water to the house is off, I can stop the noise. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog at 5:58 PM PST - 5 comments

All I Want Is My Two Front Teeth

An accident in the girl scouts cost me my two front teeth. Years later, I'm not sure I'm satisfied with my smile. Am I just being silly, or is there something I can/should do about this? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 5:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Handfree bluetooth blackberry advice please

Any thoughts on how to be able to have two smartphones connected to the handsfree/bluetooth set up in my car? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 5:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Which one is the hip pocket?

Is the "hip pocket" the front pocket or the back pocket? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 4:20 PM PST - 53 comments

What the hell is this?

What in the hell is this? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 3:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Any good books about 'stone soup' days?

I'd like to read some good books, preferably autobiographical, about managing a household in hard times. [more inside]
posted by Catch at 3:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Will United care if I skip the first leg of a two-leg itinerary?

I'm flying from the east coast to southern California via San Francisco in a few weeks. I've decided that for the return trip, I'd like to drive up to San Francisco a few days early, skip the first leg of my return flight (SoCal to SFO), and just catch the second leg. (I would just rebook my ticket but the change fee is ludicrous -- well in excess of the entire ticket cost.) Is this a dumb idea? [more inside]
posted by myeviltwin at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Photographing the Sandbox

What point-and-shoot type cameras would be good for a deployed Marine in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete at 3:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Alternatives to Adsense?

Looking for recommendations for an online ad network that's not Adsense. [more inside]
posted by five_dollars at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Savory Food Combinations

Foodfilter: Savory dish pairings? Previously [more inside]
posted by kiki_s at 3:05 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm glad I'm not from the 80's, but for one night I want to look like I am.

In a month or so I'll be going to a pretty epic 80's themed college party. I need ideas for a costume/ where to get it. I've read up on some websites with suggestions, but I figured metafilter would have better taste. I am a thin white male. I am willing to pay up to $100 but would prefer less than that. I want it to be something Ic an dance in. Any suggestions on what to wear or where to get it?
posted by vegetableagony at 3:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Developing a web application for school reports in Python

What web framework, preferably in Python, should I use to develop a student reports web application? [more inside]
posted by topynate at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Why doesn't Audacity see my sound card?

Why does Audacity think I have no sound card installed? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

twitter bots - where are you ?

Information about twitter-bots ? Interested to find information about twitter feeds that are partially or completely created by machine [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

I recall in the original Quest for Glory, a creature of the name...

I'm going to be in Antwerp, Belgium for a few days this coming week. What should I do? Where should I do it? Who should I see? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for swanky mid-century Art

Artfilter: There's a type of illustration that I think of as "60's Cocktail Party" art. Is there a name for this style of illustration and where can I find more? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 2:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Recommend kitchen flooring that's green

I like cork flooring. Will my dog ruin it? Looking for ideas for kitchen flooring, preferably green* and not very expensive. Wacky ideas welcome. *green - least environmental cost [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Yet Another iTunes Question

How do I get iTunes to stop storing everything on the network server at work? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 1:44 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I tell my partner that a recently acquired haircut is...bad?

So how do I tell my partner that a recently acquired haircut is...bad? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 1:40 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I transfer my 'online communication skills' to the real world?

How can I transfer my 'online communication skills' to the real world? [more inside]
posted by 0217174 at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Any sources for daily stock market index valuations for the long term?

Is there a good source for daily stock market information for the last 100 years or so? [more inside]
posted by rr at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Why won't my iPod play these particular tracks?

Why won't my iPod play these particular tracks? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Bittman & Bittman

Overlap between Mark Bittman's cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by Bezuhin at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

How can we get 3rd hand smoke out of a rug?

Our neighbor is a heavy smoker and smoke regularly filters into our living space. We're moving out but how do we rehab our oriental rug? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 12:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Austin's best kept secrets?

What are Austin, TX's best kept secrets? I've been living here for two years, and want to do some exploring/find some unique, but not well know, elements of the city. [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 12:39 PM PST - 17 comments

How to effectively communicate from 3 offices?

I am in a job, shared by 3 entities and I therefore have 3 offices, 3 voice mails, 3 intranets and 3 email addresses. I cannot forward all phones, or all emails, and cannot read some emails at some offices. I need to check all emails, since automated systems send things there. Can people give me suggestions on how to work effectively in this situation? [more inside]
posted by DrJJ at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

More questions about software for making a paint-by-numbers kit

I want to convert a photograph into a paint-by-number kit. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

I can haz static caravan?

Should we buy a static caravan in a seaside / touristy location, to use ourselves AND rent out? UK specific question and would love answers from those with actual experience of owning/renting. As our money is not making much interest and I fear could disappear, I am trying to persuade Mr LyzzyBee to invest in a static caravan. My idea is that we can use it for a week or weekend at a time, and also rent it out in between. Don't need to make a LOT of money, covering the site fees would be a good thing, and maybe a little more. Should we get one at the seaside (North Wales or Weston-super-Mare are the closest to our Midlands home) or somewhere scenic like Worcester or Stratford? Is it worth it / a good investment (well, not an investment, more just not LOSING money as such) given that we have given up on European holidays due to the euro/pound parity. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Will taking advantage of the gift of a year off destroy us professionally and leave us more experienced, but worse off?

Travel free or just keep hunkering down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 48 comments

SW Michigan economy, how bad?

I'm panicking about moving to southwestern Michigan. Just how bad is the economy there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Fire from the sky!

There was a huge fireball in the sky; looking southwest from my back yard this morning. How do I find out what it was, or where it landed? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 11:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Are you expected to give a gift whether or not you attend a wedding?

What percentage of people invited to a wedding would you expect to give a gift? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:01 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I best print artwork to blank CD?

What are my options for printing album artwork direct to CD without dropping a boatload of cash. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:29 AM PST - 8 comments

My legs suck

Exercise options for a person with a history of compartment syndrome [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members who may disagree with certain aspects of the organization.

What happens when a prospective nonprofit Board Member disagrees with a major initiative? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Female child/adult female

Why do we say "female child" or "male child," but reverse the word order for "adult female" and "adult male?"
posted by arcticwoman at 9:44 AM PST - 19 comments

The Hows of Living with Leukemia

The Hows of Living with Leukemia [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the name of this 1980's television series?

What is the name of this 1980's television series? [more inside]
posted by clamato at 9:09 AM PST - 14 comments

C programming question

Seeking some direction in learning C for a project. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 8:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Never sick a day in your life?

"I was never sick a day in my life". Literally true, or just an empty phrase? [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 8:11 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I avoid annoying the neighbors while I practice a musical instrument?

How do I avoid annoying the neighbors while I practice a musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 2:00 AM PST - 25 comments

What are small ways you use to make a mundane life more bearable?

What are small ways you use to make a mundane life more bearable? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 1:47 AM PST - 53 comments

February 14

Insert some sort of cloud pun

Can you help me remember the site where you could build a profile by entering all of your old boarding pass details or flight numbers and it would help build a picture of where you've been and how far you've travelled? [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 10:05 PM PST - 4 comments

the green fairy's cousin

why does pernod turn milky when water is added? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Pad thai below 14th?

Looking for a specific Thai restaurant in Lower Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Art filter: Klimt & Schiele in NYC?

Where in NYC can I see works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt on display right now? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Kewpie Mayonnaise: way better than Hellman's

Where can I buy Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Pleadthefifth at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Damn the underwear; full speed ahead!

Can sperm in precum fight their way through two layers of underwear? What about two layers of underwear, and two layers of pajamas? Does the material matter? Realistically, what are the chances of an accidental pregnancy from, say, rubbing a penis against a vagina if they're both very aroused, but also within underwear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Why did prominent politicians start shaving circa 1910 Onwards?

What was the reason that the leaders of most western countries (such as America, Australia and the UK) stopped wearing facial hair from around 1910 onwards? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Tell me your fantasy football experiences

I'm not looking for how-tos, but rather books about people's experiences playing fantasy sports. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Works Friends Don't Get No Photos

I recently sent someone a Facebook friend request--they haven't yet accepted. I want them to only be able to see my limited profile. Is there a way to make sure this will happen? Facebook won't let me add them to my limited profile list until we're officially friends.
posted by whitewall at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

No roast swan for me, thanks.

I would like some tips on how to find or make a fireplace screen that is no wider than 23" and no taller than 27" for under $100 or so. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Pizza Bella, pizza bellissimo

What pizzas were on the menu at Pizza Bella in Crouch End, London, during the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 8:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Do I accept a Greenpeace Internship? But first, $4000 More Student Debt!

I'm an Environmental Policy & Planning Major (3rd year). I've been applying to internships over the past weeks for Spring and Summer positions. Great news: I've already been accepted to Greenpeace's "Organizing Term" and I have two other positions I will soon hear a yes/no on for Spring. Bad News: The Greenpeace Organizing Term program will cost me $4000. The program itself is an intensive mix of activities, virtually on a full-time basis (for 2 months of summer, out of 3), including classroom trainings, expeditions to other states (as well as another country for meeting with other international activists), media trainings, and some readings. All of it is included with the cost (including flight/transport/food for a week). What to do? (More in the extended explanation): [more inside]
posted by Risiko at 7:58 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I build a social life at 30?

How do I build a social life at 30? Or how do I get better at building/maintaining casual relationships? [more inside]
posted by runflats at 7:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Did Pythagoras exist?

Did Pythagoras exist? [more inside]
posted by painquale at 7:13 PM PST - 14 comments

...Bead Goddess?

ProbablyNotFilter: Is the woman in this brass Art Nouveau medallion supposed to be anyone in particular? [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 7:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get Mail and Gmail working for me?

I'm using Gmail with IMAP, and Mail.app (and an iPhone, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't matter for these purposes). How can I erase the old messages in the "Sent" folder on my desktop app without erasing them on Gmail? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 5:47 PM PST - 3 comments

shot through the brain

Everyone knows the brain is the seat of the emotions, not the heart. Where can I find an illustration of a brain with an arrow through it? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Won the war. Lost the war poet.

Help me identity this 1910s/20s/30s British poet (from precious little information). [more inside]
posted by taramosalata at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Will direct sun harm a video camera?

Will sunshine 'burn' the sensor on a security camera? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find an objective price for auto repairs?

I normally take my 1999 Accord to the Honda dealership for oil changes. During my last visit, the mechanic suggested a couple of fairly expensive maintenance procedures. Is there a good resource out there to help me decide whether the prices they quoted me were reasonable? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 3:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Filet mignon for dummies

I have a 3+ pound filet mignon tenderloin butt. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

And all shall be whale?

WhaleFilter: My fiancé is trying to find a film he vaguely remembers about whales. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price??

In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price?? [more inside]
posted by maxmix at 2:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Morning Run

In this episode of 30 Days Morgan Spurlock lives on a Navajo reservation and takes part in various rituals. One of these is a morning run... where could I read more about that?
posted by phrontist at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How should I make a video from pre-recorded audio and screenshots?

How should I go about making a video from screenshots and pre-recorded audio? [more inside]
posted by entropic at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Will freon poison my food?

I punctured the freon line in a GE minifridge. Is the food safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Lightweight wireless headphones for television

Any recommendations for lightweight wireless headphones for television listening? [more inside]
posted by TwisterSister at 12:59 PM PST - 3 comments

looking for help with Rapidshare, downthemall and igetter

I have been trying to to use downthemall or igetter to download files from my premium account with Rapishare. All both download managers will download is a small 12k or 8k file. I have been scouring the internet for fixes and cannot for the life of me find something that will work. Have you any personal experience here with my dilema? Please share
posted by citybuddha at 12:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Facebook woes

How to manage Facebook friends and family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I get my pool cue retipped in Boston?

Where can I get my pool cue retipped in Boston? [more inside]
posted by swerve at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

I listened to Kraftwerk all day

What are the best MeFi-, Robotwisdom-, Agonist-like weblogs from Germany and in the German language ? A previous thread gave me some links, but i do not care for them and they were not in the same league as the blogs mentioned above.
posted by Substrata at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments


I have 4 cotton t-shirts, 2 cans of Krylon "Fusion for Plastic" paint and some cheapo stencils from the drug store. Can I just slap them on and spray myself some shirts? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Is Big Brother Surfing With Me?

Very strange DSL behavior - Is it Big Brother? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Visiting Morocco: where to buy foody souvenirs, and whether or not to visit Essaouira.

I have two questions about my 11-day trip to Morocco (Marrakech, Essaouira, Meknes, and Fes) starting next week. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 9:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Domino magazine has closed. What will Conde Nast send me next?

Domino magazine has closed. What will Conde Nast send me next? [more inside]
posted by belau at 9:41 AM PST - 12 comments

80sFilter: Trying to find a late 80s song I think was titled "I V(W)ant To Be a Vampire"

80sFilter: Trying to find a late 80s song I think was titled "I V(W)ant To Be a Vampire" that was a parody of the Boys Don't Cry "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" [more inside]
posted by branwen at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Protect My PC Please?

What Is The Best PC Anti-Virus Software? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:56 AM PST - 50 comments

I Need Some Ice-Fishing Advice

First time ice-fisherman looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Post Interview Note dilemma, who to send thank you note to?

Post Interview Note dilemma: Second interview, two people interviewed me, but I only got the first name of one of them. What's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Why am I so fucking stupid?

Drunken Japanese Filter: I just got home to find my JLPT test results. I took level two of the Japanese language test for the second time, two years after the first go-round, and got 41%. Should I just give up? If not, what the f can I do? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 8:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I go out to Play?

[HobbiesForKidsFilter]: Hobby suggestions for a bright 11 year old boy who doesn't like sports. Familiar story probably for many as he is bright, considerate, thoughtful and somewhat outside his mainstream classmates obsessed with football and the like. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 8:00 AM PST - 29 comments

Why do some corridors/rooms/new books smell vaguely of vomit?

Why do some corridors/rooms/new books smell vaguely of vomit? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Music vs. speech detection software?

Music vs. speech detection software? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 7:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to find MP3 file for Seabiscuit & War Admiral, 1938?

Any clue where I might find a downloadable MP3 recording of the live radio broadcast of the 1938 match race when Seabiscuit took on and beat War Admiral? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

What's wrong with this stupid USB hub?

Can you recommend a USB hub that will work flawlessly with my Macbook Pro (or tell my why this one isn't working properly)? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:11 AM PST - 13 comments

I'd like to pay less money for clean clothes

Does anyone know details of the Energy Star rebate in the Stimulus bill? I was going to buy a new washing machine today, but I'm wondering if my purchase would count if the bill isn't signed yet. And knowing how much the rebate would be may make a difference in the model I pick.
posted by saffry at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Pic of a guy who's really white and muscular

I'm looking for a muscular role-model... [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 7:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Doctor to English translation, please

YANADFilter: Help me decode my biopsy pathology report into lay terms. I am seeing my doctor soon, but I'm curious what this all means in the meantime. Google is getting me medical journals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Change my name while living at current residence, or waiting till I move?

I'm changing my last name. Should I do it now or wait until I get a new place of residence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Help a noob invest with Schwab!

Schwab investment instructions for the complete noob? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:03 AM PST - 10 comments

February 13

I want to eat well!

In search of awesome recipes that use microwaves, a stovetop and a toaster oven. [more inside]
posted by big open mouth at 11:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Loving you is no mis-steak, but this pun is

Help me think of a pun or a short poem about barbecues, meat, and love. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 9:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I find a dentist who is good with terrified patients?

How can I find a dentist who is good with terrified patients? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 9:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Historical art fiction

I'd really like to find some good historical fiction about modern art movements, scenes, or artists. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 9:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Recipes for vegetarian and lactose intolerant significant other

What are some good recipes that me (vegetarian) and s.o. (lactose-intolerant) can enjoy? [more inside]
posted by karyotypical at 9:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Can I eat a city pigeon?

I live in Phoenix. There are all these pigeons around, including a flock that sits on my roof most days. It seems like I should be able to eat them once in a while. What would be some issues I might need to consider before doing that? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 8:44 PM PST - 31 comments

Where can I find the radio clip from Groundhog Day?

You know that morning radio broadcast Bill Murray wakes up to in Groundhog day every morning? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Jackets for Tall Guys Please

How do I find a warm jacket to fit me, a tall and skinny 21-year-old male? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 8:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Teacake or death? Cake please!

How can get the most successful tea cakes out of my new pan? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 7:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Long life fruit = bad juju for baby?

Luo Han Guo and pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 7:15 PM PST - 5 comments

A Better Mousetrap?

I live in a communal dorm in an urban city, and have a bit of a mouse problem. Standard hall procedure is to put in a request for an exterminator to place poison and glue traps. I'm looking for an alternative to these that will allow me to safely, ethically, and humanely dispose of the mice. [more inside]
posted by kensch at 7:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Mary and Joseph, PUT that away!!!

Should I tell my parents (especially my father) what I saw a friend messing with in our living room? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 6:08 PM PST - 123 comments

Get me this trashy lingerie item, stat!

Trashy lingerie shopping help. Where can I find this piece? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:49 PM PST - 10 comments

First time with food stamps

What can I buy with food stamps (in Arizona)? [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Best online Russian translator?

Best online Russian translator? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 5:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you suggest some bluegrass-based modern artists along the lines of Alison Krauss & Union Station?

Can you suggest some bluegrass-based modern artists along the lines of Alison Krauss & Union Station? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 5:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Word to PDF conversion - where'd my links go?

How can I keep the embedded links in my Word doc when I convert to PDF? (MacOSX solutions preferred, though not required.) [more inside]
posted by operating thetan at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me decorate my dining room

Help me decorate my 1920s craftsman bungalow dining room. I have my grandmothers kinda beat up table, hutch and buffet from the 1940s. They are veneer medium wood and either need to go or need paint. I donated the chairs because they were rickety and not comfy. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 4:53 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I de-dupe my entire music library while preserving iTunes data?

How can I de-dupe my entire music library while preserving iTunes data? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Donations and Dragons

How can I contact local high school roleplaying game clubs? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Don't Try This At Home

Culinary emergency filter: I just spilled a cheese cassesrole onto the bottom of a heated oven. It's a mess. Help us clean the oven quickly and ressurect dinner.
posted by Xurando at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Utter fail all the time?

Have I transformed an insanely great and clear-cut early relationship into a friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 43 comments

Being discreet online

I would like to write & sell erotica online. What do I need to know about maintaining my privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the best delis in Boston?

What are the best delis in Boston? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 3:28 PM PST - 12 comments

List of all animals in the California Academy of Sciences?

Where can I find a list of all the animals at the California Academy of Sciences? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

What do I write in a letter to a terminally ill former high school teacher?

What do I write in a letter to a terminally ill former high school teacher? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do some social web platforms catch-on (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia) while countless others don't?

Why do some social web platforms catch-on (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia) while countless others don't? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 3:08 PM PST - 15 comments

csv data formatting

I have a large amount of csv data that I need formatted in a certain way. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by sidr at 3:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get my plant laid.

How do I pollinate my plant? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I organize certain sent mails?

In Gmail, is it possible to create a label for certain emails, and then filter out only the sent mail to those addresses? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

¡Necesito música en español!

Mägo de Oz to Manu Chao...what other awesomeness am I missing out on? Looking for Spanish music recommendations. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 2:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Does anyone watch FX's show "Damages"? If so, who WAS that guy...?

On the February 11th episode of FX's show "Damages", I saw an actor in a small part, who I know from another show, but I'll be damned if I can remember him, and I missed the credits! [more inside]
posted by newfers at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to bank

[I am asking this for a friend.] Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to a bank. I am being sued by a law firm representing a collection agency. I would like to find a way to resolve this situation that does not involve hiring a lawyer, since I cannot afford one. I receive income via Social Security Disability. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Anything like an ESPNZONE in downtown Phoenix?

I need a recommendation of a sports bar/restaurant in downtown Phoenix that is kid-friendly. Think ESPNZone. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Wherever there is fun, there's always... Coca-Cola-Cake?

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake recipes, please! [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Squatting with a barbell: I fall backward or my torso bends too much forward.

Squatting technique with barbells: I either fall backward or I bend too much forward. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this webcomic!

You'd think a viral meme that successful would be easier to find...where is the link to it? [more inside]
posted by eralclare at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I quickly learn basic 3-D modeling?

I need to learn some basic 3-D modeling this weekend. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 2:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Benefits of bundling insurance?

What, if any, are the non-monetary benefits of bundling insurance policies (specifically auto and tenant)? [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me sleep better and wake up earlier!

I am in need of advice for waking up early [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 1:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Stupid excel question

Excel question: Need formula to COUNT cells WHERE text is NOT "foo" or "bar" [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me buy a foam mattress on a budget

How can I find the best foam mattress on a limited (<$400) budget? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Shows by Sale Date?

List of concerts/shows by date tickets go on sale? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Asparagus & Prosciutto Variations

Best way to prepare Asparagus w/Prosciutto (or other suggestions in the same vein)? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How easily can my locked Mac OS X account be open?

How difficult is it to break into someone's account on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 12:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Kids: Don't do this at home.

Please help me remember this educational software which warned of the dangers of binge drinking. [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Novice Snowboard Costs, Zero To Sixty?

How much should I budget to both equip myself and my wife for snowboarding and get us enough instruction so that we enjoy it? I mean, we own nothing with the possible exception of some gloves we could use, and we want to get ourselves outfitted and capable of boarding happily all day at places like Heavenly or Whistler. What will this cost, or, barring that, what do we need to budget for?
posted by scrump at 12:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me offload my movies offshore to DVDs

Hi everyone. I have a some of movie files that I'd like to transder to DVD. However... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get "ownership" of a very specific phone number?

I want to "own" a very specific phone number (non-800). How can I get it? [more inside]
posted by weston at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Weird artifacts in Photoshop Elements 6

I recently upgraded my motherboard (w/ onboard video) and reinstalled Windows XP, now Photoshop Elements 6 is all screwed up (pics below). [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Are scratched pots/pans safe?

At what point do I throw out slightly scratched pans/woks? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I stop being so ticklish?

How can I stop being so ticklish? [more inside]
posted by giraffe at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

My artisan jewelry display looks drab!

Crafty girl needs advice on improving her jewelry business [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

A Place to Meet Near the Javits Center in NYC

Where can I have a relatively quiet meeting this Monday at 3:30, near the Javits Center, at 11th Avenue and 35th Street in New York City. [more inside]
posted by alms at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Cat Scratch Filter

My wife and I have built a cat condo, and we'd like to wrap part of it in sisal rope to serve as a scratching post. All sisal rope found in stores (near as I can tell) has been treated with something that gives it a reek similar to vaseline, probably to keep it supple. We have found a couple of online sources of untreated sisal, but they are A) about 10x the price, and B) out of sisal right now anyhow. We are wondering if the regular stinky store-bought stuff would pose a health hazard to our cats. The cat condo stays on our screened-in porch, so the odor isn't a great concern. I haven't found any MSDSs for sisal rope so far.
posted by adamrice at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Hosted sharepoint & exchange recommendations?

Hello. My company currently has MS exchange and sharepoint hosted with 1and1. However, their support sucks and not all features of the products are actually available. Does anyone have any recommendations that provide good support? Unfortunately, although I'd love to use different products, that's not going to happen. thanks.
posted by reddot at 10:41 AM PST - 3 comments

What does the inside of my car door look like?

I'm replacing the 6.5" door speakers on my 1999 Chevy S-10 (regular cab) and I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Basement flooded - who's responsible for it?

Need some landlord/tenant advice. Basement flooded and my insurance say it doesn't cover it due to negligence by the landlord. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by thebwit at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Acid reflux on an empty stomach?

Seriously affecting my morning workouts: gas or acid reflux in the mornings, before anything is eaten and only water has been drunk. WTF? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 10:17 AM PST - 20 comments

You can't give this stuff away. Literally.

I'm moving on Sunday, and all efforts to sell (or give away) my bed and futon/couch have failed. There's no room for them in my new apartment. What should I do with them?
posted by Robson at 9:52 AM PST - 21 comments

Can you find documentation regarding Windows ftp.exe and passive mode?

The Windows ftp.exe command line program does not support passive mode. Can anyone point me to definitive documentation, preferably from Microsoft, that states this is true? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

The good life can be wherever you decide to make it

I would like to build a house . . . just for fun . . . on paper or online. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Limited edition Converse in tannin herringbone.

Can you help me find a pair of Converse's (discontinued) limited edition All Star Ox Luxe Herringbone low tops, in size US11? The color I'm looking for is "tannin." They look exactly like this. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

What's awesome in Annapolis?

What's awesome in Annapolis? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 9:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Polygamy is probably not an option.

I'm in love with my two best friends. Only one of them is my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 42 comments

What to do with chocolates besides the obvious?

Creative cooks, I need your help. What can I make with a whole bunch of filled chocolates? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the caffeine content of coffee made in an Aeropress?

What's the caffeine content of coffee made in an Aeropress? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Who has overestimated the American public's desire for chocolate this year?

My favorite holiday, Half-Price Candy Day, happens four times a year: Nov. 1, Dec. 26, Feb. 15, and the day after Easter. I usually hit a chain drugstore or grocery store for my Conversation Hearts or Robin's Eggs, but it just occurred to me that I could probably do better. [more inside]
posted by doift at 9:09 AM PST - 11 comments

My cellphone has turned against me.

For no apparent reason, my apartment (despite strong signal according to my cellphone) has become a "dead zone". What remedies do I have? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 9:06 AM PST - 15 comments

India a save place to visit?

How save is India for travelers? [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 8:42 AM PST - 19 comments

I want to be a productive member of society, but be paid for it

As a PhD student in the wet biological sciences who will (hopefully) graduate in 2-3 years, what skillsets/experiences should I work on to maximize my employability? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

What's in my pocket?

I've been asked to take over a small games/trivia section in our department newsletter. Asking for ideas and a copyright question inside! [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Going Dutch on Electronics

Best place to buy consumer electronics and accessories in (central) Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Researching Acoustics/Acousticians

I'm looking for information about accoustics and, wait for it, acousticians. How does one train for this? Is it a branch of engineering? Does it entail studying architecture? Music? I've found only very general information or, on the other hand, very technical stuff. I'm looking to be able to ask an acoustician some (mildly) intelligent questions about his work for a broadcast. Any web resources you can think of would be really appreciated. Thanks!
posted by brynnwood at 7:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to find Jesse Helms videos from the 1960s?

Where can I find video footage of Jesse Helms from the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Slay the zombie, save the world

For the past three weeks or so I've been going to bed as normal, falling asleep quickly, sleeping for seven or eight hours, and waking up more tired than when I went to bed. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 31 comments

Medical records blowing in the wind...

Unshredded medical records literally hit me in the face. Should I do something about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Down Time for Knee Surgery?

What is/was your experience with knee arthroscopy (torn cartilage repair) and how long was your down time? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments

The inside scoop on mandolins.

I'm interested in mandolins. Not the instrument, the cooking utensil. Is it all that it's cracked up to be? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:04 AM PST - 34 comments

I don't know anything about reasonable expectations.

Help me understand weight loss when starting a workout program (or why I'm not losing) [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 3:40 AM PST - 25 comments