February 2012 Archives

February 29

job search and networking etiquette

What is the etiquette for contacting a former (short-term) supervisor about new job leads? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian at 11:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Convert from Instapaper to Readability?

I love(d) Instapaper. I really did. But I like Readability even more. Unfortunately I have seventeen thousand articles saved in Instapaper. How can I export / import?
posted by GatorDavid at 10:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I remove an Evite comment?

How can I change/remove a comment I made on an Evite invitation? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 9:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Send my pal to rehab

A friend of mine is looking for a Buddhist-friendly out-patient alcohol rehab place in NYC. AA is out--he quit drinking for health reasons six months ago, but now the hospital requires a formal treatment program at a place that isn't anonymous. Any suggestions? Anyone with an opinion on The Realization Center?
posted by J-Do at 9:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Need quick, easy website-building tool for a static site with inline/embedded audio.

Need to build quick & dirty static website from scratch, with some audio, preferably wsiwyg. Is there a service that does what I need? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 9:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find this demo video

My Google-Fu has failed me. Help me remember the name of an iPhone restaurant app that produced a clever single take demo video in front of a large pool. [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff at 9:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Make me Deaf

How can I effectively deafen myself [more inside]
posted by Query at 9:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Graphic design stuff

I think I'm going to try to make a living out of graphic design. But I'm experiencing a lot of anxiety over this decision and doubting my abilities to succeed in the field. And other stuff. Please talk to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I scuba dive with extreme fish allergies?

Can I go scuba diving with extreme fish allergies? So, I'm taking a scuba diving class in a pool, mostly to get over my deep water fears. Now I'm thinking about getting my open water certification but I had some concerns. I have extreme fish allergies. Meaning if a fish bites me, touches me, or stings me it could cause me to have an anaphylaxis reaction (trouble breathing). That all given, can I go diving without troubles? Will I need special gear?
posted by snow_mac at 8:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I liable if someone slips on my snow clearing job?

If I clear snow badly, can I be liable for someone else's injury? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I bounce back as an eBay seller after a buyer from hell has destroyed my reputation?

eBay transaction from hell has now screwed me as a seller after 12 successful years selling. It's not my primary source of income but something I really enjoy doing. I started selling when I quit drinking 12 years ago and it gave me a focus and helped me stay sober. Now what? [more inside]
posted by hrhcc at 7:49 PM PST - 55 comments

How to cash a large check without a bank account?

Is it possible to cash a life insurance check (for a large amount), without having a bank account? What if the person has outstanding student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by charlie22 at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Cloning is beginning to seem a reasonable option

Help me survive my first trimester. [more inside]
posted by forza at 7:43 PM PST - 45 comments

Ersatz sunshine, my only sunshine

Help me bring sunshine into my new windowless office! I and my plants will be moving into a windowless office soon, and those SAD lights look so, so awful (also, I don't need that level of intensity). I thought I might just find some nice lamps and find special magical daylight bulbs for them. If I get very ambitious, I might make a rice-paper "window" fixture to put on the wall. What bulbs should I get? Do I need fluorescents or incandescents? What specs should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

High Quality at a Low Price?

Good quality clothes, but without the good quality price? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Is it time for divorce, or can we work this out?

The spark is gone. I don't think it's coming back. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Free simple website options for small businesses?

I need a dead-simple static website to promote my real estate services and serve as a landing page for Google AdWords ads. Since I'm just getting started with my business, free is best. What are some good options? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

I may not be flat as a pancake, but the terrain around me sure is

How do I train for running up a long hill when the area around me is mostly flat? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski at 6:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack?

Any idea how I can get the broken off tip of a stereo headphone out of my phone's audio out jack? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 5:57 PM PST - 25 comments


How to deal with that awkward stage when growing hair long? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 5:55 PM PST - 22 comments

What device is used to regulate power over several circuits?

A friend of mine has 20+ old arcade games in his basement. He has essentially set up a small arcade museum at his house. It's pretty sweet! The games are split between several circuits in the house but power is becoming a concern. These old electronics are sensitive to spikes and low voltages and we want to keep them running as long as possible - most of the circuit boards are not made and difficult to replace or repair. What should we consider for 110v line conditioning? [more inside]
posted by rwheindl at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

O Romeo, Romeo, do I explain you?

Taking children, ages 16, 15, and 10, to see Romeo & Juliet. Should I explain it to them first? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 5:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Helping a struggling parent.

My poor, overworked, lonely, non-English-speaking immigrant mother is approaching 50. Her daily existence is a living hell. Short of winning the lottery, what can I do to improve her quality of life? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 5:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Why are you the best?

I have a final interview for a Project Manager position. This job is awesome. One of the questions they would like me to answer is "Why are you the best candidate for this position?". How do I blow them away with my answer? The role requires someone who is passionate about work and life, can juggle multiple projects, and can managed a range of different stakeholders. I can do all of this like nobody's business. But I am sure a lot of the other candidates can as well. How do I approach answering this question and winning this position?
posted by trinigirl at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments

A Place for Ties

What's the best device (case, perhaps?) or method (common household item?) keep my ties and pocket squares in order in my suitcase when I travel? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 5:27 PM PST - 6 comments

ID Story about cybersex and overseas lag?

Looking for a story identification about cybersex, strokes and intercontinental lag. [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 5:27 PM PST - 0 comments

Best peanut butter cookie recipe

I love peanut butter cookies. I love them when they are very peanutty, and slightly moist. I love them when they don't have peanut bits in them, or chocolate chips in them. (I love them when they do have peanut butter chips in them, but I have trouble finding peanut butter chips.) [more inside]
posted by jeather at 4:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Will they throw me in prison?

I am way short on my estimated quarterly federal taxes this year, am freaking out, and need some honest insight into how much trouble I am in. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 4:33 PM PST - 24 comments

I'll be smart, experienced, and missing ALL the buzzwords

I'm trying to choose between two programming jobs. One company is very, very unusual for its field, and the features which attract me to that company are rare or even unique within its field. I'm worried about how taking my first job there will limit me in terms of experience, stereotypes, and networking if/when I have to change jobs and/or fields. Are my fears valid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 17 comments

I'd like to be nicer

I'm casually critical much of the time. I'd like to change that. I'd especially like to stop casually criticizing and reflexively disagreeing with loved ones. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I make the move to NY? Unique situation - advice appreciated.

25-year-old SoCal native looking to make the move to NYC. Writing background with freelance web/graphic design experience, would like to work in graphic/web design or creative direction. Kind of a unique situation (read on) - any advice is much appreciated. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by shotinthedark at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I do anything?

My dad's wife, a clinical psychologist, says he is paranoid and mistreating her. Um. Now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 22 comments

What makes a closet a closet that can make a room a bedroom?

What makes a closet legal enough to turn a room into a bedroom? [more inside]
posted by julen at 3:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Buddhism: Details on what a man does following enlightenment

Once a man has reached enlightenment, and finds the ultimate peace and bliss merely sitting in meditation, regardless of his surroundings, does he have motivation for leaving this position and doing anything at all in the world? See extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by mondotwistedmojo at 3:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Buying an engagement ring in Bangkok

Buying an engagement ring in Bangkok: Advisable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Old charm or a parking spot!

Home buying: modern, super convenient, and soulless or old school charm without the conveniences and all the potential pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

It's time to play Name That Guy!

A guy just walked in and asked for a key to the men's room. I'm absolutely certain he's an actor of moderate fame (this is in a Hollywood office building where actors are in and out all the time, so it's nothing out of the ordinary), but I'm really bad with actors' names. Help me figure out who he was! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 2:44 PM PST - 60 comments

Help me make a yummy bake

Any tips for oven cooking Costco chicken bakes? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 2:33 PM PST - 4 comments

What are good SF stories for teaching science?

What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight at 2:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Is this wool coat worth tailoring?

Is this wool coat worth tailoring? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

I want recipes for Chicken Casseroles, please.

Your favorite Chicken Casseroles with real vegetables and no hash browns? What is in them? How much? Double points for links to recipes that you love. Please limit my need to think or experiement. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 2:14 PM PST - 20 comments

$200 tickets are going to be wasted

Help me figure out how to handle this problem with TicketMaster. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Off-season New England Travel Deals

Are there any great off-season travel deals or tips for a weekend in New England in March? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

Please help me explain why a racist joke is still racist. I have a (now ex-) friend who is still friends with some of my friends. He thinks it's okay to tell "jew jokes" because "jews are white like us so it's not racist". Never mind that I'm of mixed heritage (not "white like us"); though I don't believe I have any Jewish ancestry, I know quite a few of my friends do. [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ at 1:46 PM PST - 36 comments

What adhesive should I use for a leather insole and a Sorbothane heel pad?

What adhesive should I use for a leather insole and a Sorbothane heel pad? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 1:40 PM PST - 1 comment

What does the process look like?

What does the process of getting close to someone really feel like? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

What can I make with terra cotta?

What can I make with terra cotta? [more inside]
posted by gray17 at 1:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Coke vs Pepsi

How has the market share of Coke vs. Pepsi changed over the last hundred years? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Lesbian bars in Chicago?

Looking for a lesbian/bisexual lady bar in Chicago. I'm in my mid-20s and looking to meet other women. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you translate this?

Translation-Filter: My father is looking for a translation of this Chinese (?) scroll. [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Does being in a good relationship take the edge off creatively and aspirationally?

Does being in a good relationship take the edge off creatively and aspirationally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 18 comments

do i have narcolepsy?

I think i might have narcolepsy... Are there any drawbacks to getting checked and diagnosed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Mailchimp madness

Our web developer has left our department, and our email templates are suddenly breaking! [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Will they fit me?

Wondering if any one with a F-H breast size has every ordered from Modcloth? [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How to build an information dashboard?

What tools should I use to create an information dashboard? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How to move away from sponsorships?

Our company receives numerous requests for sponsorships mainly from non profits. Since funds are tight and other projects are taking priority, we're looking to move away from further sponsorships, but need justification. Is there a way to measure efficacy of past sponsorships? Any reading on how to measure retroactively? Please keep in mind, past sponsorships have rarely been tracked. Does anyone have experience in this particular type of situation?
posted by paulinsanjuan at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

What's wrong with my caulk?

Why is the caulking coming off around my bathtub? Am I somehow showering wrong, as my property manager suggests? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 11:34 AM PST - 31 comments

Help a happy man, become a happy dad!

In the last year, I've made unbelievable progress in my career and life. I'm unbelievably optimistic and excited about my future. My wife (who is super supportive) and I are about to have our first child, I make a great salary in a field I truly enjoy. And now that I'm not worried about the everything, it has finally become clear what I want...what I really want. [more inside]
posted by rickim at 11:30 AM PST - 14 comments

How to handle an inevitable run in with the Ex?

He ended it a couple of weeks ago and I have to see him tonight. Any suggestions/tactics on how to handle myself/this situation? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient at 11:16 AM PST - 60 comments

Holistic, beautiful, affordable retreat in nature for the Breast Cancer threatened

After scary "you may have breast cancer" tests over the last year and a winter of too much flu and allergy-induced misery, I need a long-weekend getaway to a beautiful, allergen-free or almost free retreat in our majestic country. For a very affordable price. I feel like I need physical and emotional healing and restoration on this trip. I like restorative (or Iyengar) yoga, organic food, massage, hikes/walks outside, swimming in warm water, etc. I want to be around DOWN TO EARTH, interesting (not spooky spiritual) healing people. In a lovely place. I can do a house swap or retreat swap and a barter thing - I have good massage therapy skills and license....and a charming place in a hip village in a cool-to-visit city with a lovely guest room to rent. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a very thorough, comprehensive, expansive list of personality traits?

Where can I find a very thorough, comprehensive, expansive list of personality traits? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 11:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Road trip! Advice?

I’m leaving Tucson, AZ tonight for a last minute solo road trip to San Francisco. I have 7-8 days to drive, so obviously I’ll be taking the scenic route. Where should I stop? What route should I take? What should I do? What should I eat? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

a bit more complex than study abroad

Can I collect a salary from abroad before my work permit is issued? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Hammershøi's interiors

Please help me identify this Vilhelm Hammershøi work. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

What does acceleration in deep space feel like?

Humans can supposedly sense acceleration. So what would piloting a spaceship in deep space feel like? General confusion about relativity inside. [more inside]
posted by parallellines at 10:38 AM PST - 29 comments

What's going on right now that future people will wish they could have been part of?

What is going on right now, that in fifty or a hundred years, people will be saying "damn, I wish I was part of that"? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 10:27 AM PST - 54 comments

Looking for a short story on copyright micropayments

Looking for a dystopian short story that made the rounds around half a year ago about intellectual property. It was (I believe) a father and daughter who go through emails and have to make micropayments for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, etc. Any thoughts? I may have seen it on MeFi or Boing Boing, and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by evadery at 10:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I want the Ipad3 too?

Very happy owner of Ipad2. But, inspired by this AskMeFi, wondering if I should be eager to acquire the new Ipad3. What say you, well informed hive mind?
posted by bearwife at 9:32 AM PST - 18 comments

I want the iPad3!

I've been waiting for the new iPad 3 but I've never bought an Apple product when it first comes out. What is the usual procedure? Can I pre-order online March 7 after the announcement so I get it the day it is released or will I be forced to stand in line the day it comes out? Standing in line may not be possible depending on work...
posted by TrickyLib at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Sell call options before a dividend announcement?

Newbie options investor question related to dividends. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

date night in the valley

LA/SFV Filter: Where should I go for a second date? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Best way to take care of a bridge

What's the best way to take care of my new bridge? Should I get a water flosser? [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a beginner's tutorial on jailbreaking ipad2 iOS 5

I see there's a jailbreak for iOS 5 that will work on my iPad2. However, I'm having no luck finding a good tutorial on how this process works. I have a lot of questions, and so far all the tutorials I have found are either "click the button and you are done" (I don't trust that!) or are geared for people who have jailbroken 100s of devices and assume a lot of prior knowledge that I don't have. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

My liver vs. Amazon.

Is there a way that I can get Amazon to periodically send me items from my wishlist without me telling it to? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Still hurting, part II

Chronic pain and depression - like peanut butter and jelly? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 8:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you celebrate living an extra day that doesn't exist?

What should I do today to celebrate Leap Day? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments


I have major depression. My therapist is pushing for meds like crazy and I am kind of scared. Several general questions about antidepressants inside. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:24 AM PST - 46 comments

Not quite a blind date, but close enough

High School-esque Drama Filter! My friend recently told me that a friend of hers is interested in me. With my consent, she's arranged a group dinner on Friday and invited both of us along. There's no reason that this thing should faze me, but the amount of freaking out I'm doing right now is ridiculous. Help me calm down before I cancel out of sheer panic! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

"Happy little trees..."

Help me design the best video setup for recording myself drawing/painting. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

So saying "Ratzi" is out, right?

As an avowed atheist, should I not apply to a graduate program at a Catholic university? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 41 comments

Fall five times. Stand up six?

All attempts at establishing a relationship with a therapist have failed. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

What now?

I was recently married to the father of my child (almost 3) and I had serious trepidation before, assuming it was cold feet. Now I know I'm incredibly unhappy. I had cheated on him and had come clean. He wants to stay and work at it. Most of me wants to leave and have a co-parenting relationship with him, but I feel like it's unfair and selfish. Confused. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 22 comments

What laptop do I need for photo and video editing (and playing Minecraft at a higher framerate)?

What laptop do I need for photo and video editing (and playing Minecraft at a higher framerate)? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Class B vs. Class P...where's class J?

[Asking for a colleague] Question about share classes in terms of equity held in a start-up they used to work for. Differences between Class P and Class B, and implications of conversion. [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Foreign Tax Blues

Help me with my complicated foreign tax situation please! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Financial responsibility for dummies

Hey Mefites! Please help me become more financially responsible. I don't think I live particularly extravagantly but I don't even know how to start budgeting. I live pretty much paycheck to paycheck. I feel really bad about this, and could do with some ideas about how to build up a money-tracking and budgeting plan from scratch. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:37 AM PST - 26 comments

Popular social bookmarks by topic in the post-delicious age?

Is it still possible to discover popular social bookmarks by topic in the post-delicious age? [more inside]
posted by mateja at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Sprouting 101

Basics of DIY spouts? I accidentally sprouted yellow peas while over soaking them for a craft with my son (pea and toothpicks to build structures) and popped a few in my mouth. Yum. So I have questions about the basics of sprouting. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Can't Stop Gagging

I cannot stop gagging.. Help! [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Why should my landlord be involved with me insuring my own stuff?

Can my landlord require that I add them to my renter's insurance when I renew my apartment lease? And is this normal? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 6:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there any risk in switching my bank accounts to a freight forwarding address?

I don't technically live in the US anymore; I've sold my house, dropped my auto insurance, etc, and I need to figure out how to deal with my US bank accounts. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 6:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find myself?

Dramatic change in life has rock my foundation of self. I need to figure out who I am now that I lost my main identity. I’m in therapy to help with the change, but was wondering if there were any online (preferably) or offline workbooks, tests, or X activity that I can work through that will help me find myself? I’m at a lost. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 5:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Yo Dawg I Put a Mario Bros Inside Your Super Mario Bros

SuperMarioBrosFilter! Which version of Super Mario Bros. (I believe on Super Nintendo, could be wrong, though) had the feature where you could also play a quick two-player game of Mario Bros.? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 5:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Soothe my whooping cough!

Tips/tricks to soothe my whooping cough? 24/f, never had it before. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 4:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Buying iPhone apps in another country?

How do I buy an iPhone app for a friend in another country? also Travel & Veggie growing apps you can recommend would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 3:30 AM PST - 1 comment

Credible texts on psych behind UFO religions/cults?

Credible academic books that look at psychology behind "UFO religions" or people that believe in ancient astronauts? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 2:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Greek to me

Greek scholars: If an epithalamium is a poem "upon a bedchamber" what would a poem "upon wine" be? An epoinon (ἐποἶνον)? An epoinion (ἐποἶνιον)? An epoinios (ἐποἶνιος)? And how would you Latinize in a manner historically and stylistically concurrent to that of "epithalamium"? Has no Greek poet ever written a poem "upon wine" before?
posted by punkbitch at 12:30 AM PST - 2 comments

February 28

What are the best blogs ABOUT WordPress?

What are the best blogs ABOUT WordPress? I'm especially interested in bloggers who specialize in sharing tips and tricks, etc. Plugins, widgets, tutorials, development... That sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 11:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there a way to record streaming Flash video from a website?

I'm giving a talk next month at a professional meeting. While researching/preparing online, I've come across some Flash videos that I'd like to use in my presentation. Anybody know how I might go about recording them? Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor at 10:13 PM PST - 7 comments

help me avoid fast food

help me avoid fast food... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 10:09 PM PST - 46 comments

Apt Hunting in NYC - What to Expect This Time Around...

Apartment hunting in the NYC area, post-recession: What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Help for first long distance flight & trip with baby

We are traveling in less than a week with our five-month old son to Austin, TX by plane from Philly. We are hoping to get general tips on traveling with a young baby, as well as some Austin-specific tips. [more inside]
posted by dancingfruitbat at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Where in Los Angeles should I live?

Where in Los Angeles should I live? I work in Beverly Hills. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 9:05 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to laugh while I get smarter

I've watched almost all of Terry Jones's history documentaries--what next? What I like about them and what I'm looking for is mainly the humor (enthusiastic but lighthearted, not taking itself too seriously) and the element of looking at things from a different angle. Many of Jones's docs look at the lives of "regular people" in periods of history where most people are familiar with the rich and famous, and others look at civilizations that are overlooked. Sort of the way Mythbusters approaches science, and I'm also a large fan of QI. Recommendations? (I'm looking especially but not exclusively for history.)
posted by sarahkeebs at 8:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Alarm clock computer help please, pleeeeeeeeeeease?

Phone died. Phone is also my alarm clock. Left my charger at work. How do I make my computer into a reliable alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 8:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What makes a person photogenic?

What physical traits make a person photogenic? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 8:00 PM PST - 35 comments

Beware the ides of Peak Oil.

Is the world going to go to hell when we run out of oil? [more inside]
posted by Chutzler at 7:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help identify this key

Can you help identify this key? [more inside]
posted by banshee at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

"Title is not found or not available"

What's up with Instawatcher? Nothing seems to be available ... [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 6:29 PM PST - 3 comments

El Pasotiempo

Visiting El Paso for a (work)week, seeking interesting and worthwhile activities for the off-hours. [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa at 6:13 PM PST - 4 comments

I've lost interest in sex with my boyfriend, and find things increasingly uncomfortable in that department. What should I do?!

I've lost interest in sex with my boyfriend, and find things increasingly uncomfortable in that department. What should I do?! I'm a 28 year old female, and have been in a long term committed relationship with my current boyfriend for about 3 years now. I'd been a virgin up until about 2 and ½ years ago. My upbringing was uneventful, and I've never had any traumatic experiences that I can recall involving sexuality, however I have always felt embarrassed about sex related things, which is why before my current boyfriend I always just made out with whoever I felt like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with an unsettling email?

How would I deal with this upsetting email from a professor? It accuses me of something I didn't deliberately do. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I get rid of a weeks old compacted half-and-half stain?

How do I remove this crusty, smelly half and half stain from my carpet? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy high Vietnamese sub-titled books and movies (with delivery to Australia)?

Where can I buy high Vietnamese sub-titled books and movies (with delivery to Australia)? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

What short film is this?

Short film featuring stationary, miniature figurines in realistic landscapes? [more inside]
posted by Cortes at 5:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Rewarding your dog...trainer

Should we tip our dog-training instructor? How do we do it non-awkwardly? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 5:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Denver Redux

I asked a question awhile back about relocating to Denver. Mr. Anonnymoose and I just booked our reconnaissance trip for this weekend! Looking for current suggestions for a two-day itinerary. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for a downloadable walking tour for Atlanta?

I'm looking for walking tours of Atlanta available as CDs or (ideally) as MP3s that I can stick on my iPod. So far, I have only been able to find these two driving tours, but I'd really like to find a walking tour. Anyone know of anything available, either for free or for purchase?
posted by arnicae at 4:08 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I need to do to prepare for my own death?

What do I need to do to make sure all my affairs are in order in case I die? I have no kids and don't own property. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Wideband elastic

Where can I find wide (3/4"-1") rubber bands? [more inside]
posted by Zed at 3:35 PM PST - 8 comments

It's elementary my dear Watson!

What small details on a person or surroundings would indicate a person's personality / job / background? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 3:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Use of commas after dates

When a sentence includes a date (month, day, and year), is it always proper to set off the year with commas? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Us Entertain Our Kids in Vegas!

What awesome fun things can we do with our small children in Vegas? [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 2:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Bat meet Cat; Cat don't play with Bat!

My cats "played" with a bat in our house that was either sick or hurt. They're up to date on all shots including rabies. Is this a cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 2:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Timelapse ideas for planetarium?

Timelapse ideas for planetarium? [more inside]
posted by supyo at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Need to put my dog on a diet

Took my dog to the vet today, she is part lab/retriever, 5 years old. She has always been stocky and wide, her height is 20" at her back, she weighs 66 pounds. Vet recommended I put her on a diet, she suggested to cut back on her food daily. [more inside]
posted by just asking at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to buy pink baby shirt with pink polka dots?

I'm dressing a baby up as Nyan Cat - where can I buy a pink shirt with darker pink dots in an infant size? [more inside]
posted by mirirose at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Meeting new people: I feel like some (women) see me as a child

Meeting a new person; why do I get so frustrated [more inside]
posted by Lotsofcoffee at 2:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Dealing with arguments that are repeated back to you

Is there a name for the type of argument style where the other person simply repeats back the accusation to you, for example: "I think you are being aggressive", reply: "No, You're being aggressive", or "You're being silly" reply: "No, you're being silly" and so on and so forth? How does one overcome this type of reply whilst exerting your strongly held opinion?
posted by bootlaces at 2:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Grad school or trades? (Snowflake details inside).

What do you think: should I pursue grad school or a trade? [more inside]
posted by thebots at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Help my family get protection from an unwell, potentially violent woman.

How can I arrange action to be taken against a mentally ill woman who is harassing my family? [more inside]
posted by v.barboni at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice for an about to be graduate in CS (iOS experience)

What is the best place to go for a new computer science graduate in mobile development? General advice? [more inside]
posted by nathanm at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop thinking about my ex?

How do I stop thinking about my ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Great bridal seamstress in NYC?

Can anyone suggest a great bridal seamstress in the NYC area that can do a wedding dress from scratch using a picture as reference? Adding difficulty, this would need to be done for less than ~$1000, and the wedding is May 6, so it would have to be done (with fittings, etc.) before that. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

What corporate entertainment can I find in Austin, TX?

Please help me find corporate entertainment for a banquet being held in Austin. [more inside]
posted by jacindahb at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Starting a new job and not everyone is thrilled about my hiring. Help.

I've been hired for a development position in an institution of higher ed. I've been told by my supervisor that a lot of staff and faculty are not very happy with my hiring. I start Monday. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Any actual unscented lotions?

Does anyone know of a truly unscented hand lotion? Not "fragrance free" or what's typically sold as unscented (no scent added, but the ingredients still smell), but a lotion with literally no scent?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 12:45 PM PST - 26 comments

name help please!

question about immigration related name changes, also immigration k1 visa related- details inside [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that Tune!

What is the name of the classical piece played in the background of the Act one segment here? I know I've heard it before.
posted by nickhb at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me deal with a bully in an otherwise positive competitive sports environment.

I train in a martial art at a place with an active competitive team, which I am trying to join. The other person there who is my size/skill level and on the competitive team goes very hard with me in sparring and always leaves me injured/bruised to a greater degree than any other student. How can I work around this situation or have a mature and productive confrontation about it, given that I still want to compete so I cannot avoid working with this person 100%? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for a site similar to Todoist.

Looking for a site similar to Todoist. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you help me be 0.03% more efficient?

I would like a thing (greasemonkey script, add-on, bookmarklet, etc) which will let me easily add events to my Google calendar from within Firefox. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Feed a Picky Eater

Please share with me your favorite simple and healthy recipes for my picky sister with self-imposed dietary restrictions. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

What should I know about buying a Kindle DX?

I'm considering purchasing a Kindle DX, but the current version is two years old and two hardware generations behind the regular Kindle. Is there functionality in the newer versions of the regular Kindle that I would miss when using the Kindle DX? Is it likely to be replaced or discontinued in the near future? Is there anything else that I should know about before buying a Kindle DX?
posted by theclaw at 12:07 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the Real SES Timeline?

What is the actual timeline for interviews, notifications, etc. for the SES selection process in US government employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Meatless. . . mostly?

What are some good compendia of recipes that contain meat, but are mostly beans or legumes? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 11:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Why can't my droid see my files?

I've got an Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and a 32GB microSD card. The contents of the card don't appear to be accessible to the device, though it's a bit more complicated than that... [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments


What's your quick-and-dirty technique for removing joint compound and latex paint from concrete? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices and not others?

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices, while other combinations of devices/shows are not? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I do in Seattle with kids aged 1 and 4 next week?

What should I do in Seattle with kids aged 1 and 4 next week? Staying downtown near the Convention Center. I will have a car. [more inside]
posted by carpographer at 11:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Fake Guru with Genuine Inquisition

Are there any satirical documentaries relating to religion like Kumare? I know there was a popular series on Atheism on BBC and several others like Religulous, The Root of All Evil, etc., and I am curious if there are others which, instead of taking a serious note on educating us what atheism/religion means, evoke laughter throughout dealing on these subjects?
posted by godugu at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments


What would make a good visual substitute for cocaine? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 10:37 AM PST - 15 comments

What do non-academic economists do?

What is economics? What do non-academic economists do? [more inside]
posted by jb at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm too young for this shit

Lifelong asthmatic, and at age 36 I now have osteoarthritis in the knee due to sports injuries (meniscus is frakked). Realizing now that NSAIDs aggravate my asthma...what other options do I have for relieving the pain & inflammation with minimal side-effects? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 9:57 AM PST - 24 comments

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 22 comments

Give me your "rectum, damn near killed 'em" jokes!

In the spirit of "rectum, damn near killed 'em!", what are other words that can be followed with a joke/punchline? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:33 AM PST - 98 comments

How much does an hour of Facebooking cost?

How much does an hour of Facebooking cost? [more inside]
posted by Cobalt at 9:20 AM PST - 7 comments


Wi-Fi/power outlets on specific route. NY Penn Station --> Detroit? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Does our dog's dissapearing cherry eye warrent a vet appointment before we go in next month for shots?

Our puggle seems to be getting cherry eye- but it dissapears in the morning? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

My kitten wont use her litter box

First-time cat owner. Adopted a 7-month-old kitten from the local Humane Society. The only problem we’ve had is that she’s not real sure about her litter box. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 8:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Long notice period: Should I quit before finding a new job and hope for the best?

I'm concerned my rather long notice period at work (3 months, UK) will harm my chances for finding new work. Should I quit before finding a new job and hope for the best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommend a NYC neurosurgeon

Help me find a good neurosurgeon in New York City? [more inside]
posted by torticat at 8:40 AM PST - 5 comments

What books discuss taste like a pro chef would?

Please recommend good books that discuss the theory of food taste and design—analyzing flavors and textures, figuring out pairings, that sort of thing. Either savory or dessert-centered would be fine. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 8:39 AM PST - 11 comments

4/3 * pi * r^3 = ?

Is Mathematica Home Edition worth $295? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:32 AM PST - 17 comments

MDMA a bad idea for someone with a history of depression?

Is it a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea to try ecstasy if I have a history of depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 42 comments

Surely there are less expensive kitchen drawers!

I'm trying to add drawers to my inconveniently deep kitchen cabinets. After hours of searching online, I finally found some that matched my desired dimensions, and look sturdy. [more inside]
posted by purpletangerine at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Bosotn home inspector

Please recommend a good home inspector in the Boston area.
posted by Behemoth at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Pep me up please!

Looking for success stories of older PhD students (mid to late 40s) who succeeded. Particularly interested in personal experience of was the pain worth it. Similar to this, but I already decided to jump in with both feet. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by bmorrison at 7:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How much torque would a crowfoot torque if a crowfoot could wrench torque?

If I have a click-type torque wrench (the sort that has a clutch so it clicks over when I get to the requisite torque) connected up to a straight socket, I can set the wrench for the desired level of torque and that's what gets delivered to the bolt when the clutch clicks over. What if I've got my torque wrench connected up to an offset crowfoot socket that's on my bolt? The offset presumably creates some leverage, so I'm delivering a slightly different torque force to the actual bolt than with a straight socket. How can I calculate this difference and figure out what the actual torque is on the bolt? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Help middle name my baby!

"______" is my middle name!" Help us pick a cool middle name for our second son! [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 6:55 AM PST - 166 comments

A fated fundraiser?

I have lost my faith in full-time fundraising and would like to transition out of it. Here are some ways I have figured out doing this. Help me pick one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain

I'm looking for an affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain. I'm a bit clueless regarding types of mattresses. [more inside]
posted by svenni at 6:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Once upon a really crappy mattress...

We just got a new mattress to replace our king-sized memory foam mattress. I bought the old mattress a little too cheaply, and its not suited for further use on a bed. What are some creative ways to reuse the foam? [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 5:35 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to want you, not need you

After a one and a half year period of celibacy and a general holiday from romance I am starting to see someone I really like. Can you help me deal with a whole lot of anxiety and needyness surrounding this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Like the Krypton Factor but with fewer tracksuits.

I'm looking for ideas for activities to do during a pub quiz/activities evening for ESL/EFL adult students. In addition to having "what's that film?" or "name that tune" rounds, what else can we *do* that would challenge them to use more English, be competitive, and have a great time? This is in Poland, by the way. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 5:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery limousine...

What is this (vintage luxury limousine) car? We're guessing Rolls or Bentley; would be ideal to find out exact model and year.
posted by progosk at 4:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Google, you creep show

Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 3:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Tips for redying faded red hair?

I dyed my hair red. Now I'm wondering if the instructions for redying/touch-ups are really correct, even for dye that has faded very quickly. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 2:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Are polyunsaturated fat cooking oils dangerous?

Do cooking oils containing polyunsaturated fats peroxidize or go rancid before the smoke point? Common advice says that the smoke point is when cooking oils go bad, but sites like and other websites for saturated fat and against polyunsaturated fat imply that free radicals are formed from sitting on the shelf in a clear bottle, heating it to less than the smoke point, and the refining process(which heats the oil). What exactly is the truth here?
posted by vash at 2:35 AM PST - 10 comments

After a Harry Potter exhibition, I'm going to need something interesting.

An appeal to the tiny minority of Mefites who are Aussies: I'm taking my kids to Sydney this weekend. We're going to the Harry Potter exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum on Saturday afternoon. What else can we see/do while we're in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 2:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Potential domestic violence/abuse roommate situation?

I think I'm in a potential domestic violence/abuse roommate situation. Help! [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 12:50 AM PST - 45 comments

Will a flight scheduled to arrive at LaGuardia at 4:30pm leave me enough time to get to The Met by 7:30pm?

If I'd like to attend an event that starts at 7:30pm at The Met in New York on Wednesday, is a flight that's scheduled to arrive in LaGuardia at 4:35 likely to make me late? [more inside]
posted by weston at 12:11 AM PST - 25 comments

February 27

Name that Latin/Italian/Greek/English poem! About death!

Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 11:36 PM PST - 7 comments

It's been a while...

Romantic date ideas in SF for next Friday (3/9)? Is this even a good idea or am I jumping the gun? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the most successful Kickstarter projects, but success defined by the project goals?

What are the most successful Kickstarter projects, but success defined by the project goals, and not fundraising? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 10:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there craft blog events?

I have a blog that used to have some readership. I think I got people interested mostly by participating in food blog events (where someone hosts on their blog, names a theme, and then everyone makes something, blogs about it, and gets a link in the event post. There are so many of these that there are even blogs that aggregate all the food blog events). Then I had to move my blog and lost most of my visitors. Also I now post a lot more art/craft content than food. I assumed there would be similar things for my new topics, but I just can't find them. Do you know of any recurring art/craft blog events with open participation, or any websites that catalog such things?
posted by lgyre at 8:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Might be easier to find a new apartment than to make peace between cats

My cat is old and is used to being the queen of the house. But my roommate is about to introduce her old cat to the house, and I'm concerned. What steps do I need to take to minimize problems and stress? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

ebay ninja training

How can I learn how to efficiently manage eBay sales of large amounts of stuff? [more inside]
posted by diode at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Ill-advised, yes, but is mixing my MAOI with a cough suppressant too risky?

PharmacologyFilter: Realistically, can I take a small dose of dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) with my MAOI and not risk serotonin syndrome? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 7:24 PM PST - 18 comments

A Tale of Two Poops

poop + cats = problems. How do I keep my sanity, save my nose, and help my kitties? [more inside]
posted by itsacover at 7:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Math is Fun

What are some ways to accurately measure the volume of very small amounts of liquid without complex equipment? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 7:02 PM PST - 26 comments

What's going on with our new dog's health?

What is this injury in our new dog's ear? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 6:53 PM PST - 15 comments

How to be an accidental mentee

Being the receiver in one-sided relationships and how best to handle that. Are there things I can do to balance it out? Make it less selfish and more friendly? [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 6:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Ditching the friend isn't the answer to this question.

There is no way to ask this question that doesn't make the person whose behavior I'm trying to figure out sound like a horrifying human being, which is problematic because that's not really what I think. I'm going to try to keep this simple, but bear with me, because I bet it will get complicated really fast, mostly because I'm going to be compelled to use examples. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 22 comments

East Side

Which ski resorts in Eastern Austria would one recommend? It seems the majority of recommended Austrian ski resorts are on the Western side of the country. However, we're traveling by car from Budapest, and in our wish to keep the drive under four hours, wish to stick with Eastern Austria. Flying is not an option. Also, with English-instruction on learning how to snowboard would be a plus. One of us is very well versed with skiing resources in France, but when it comes to Austria we are clueless! [more inside]
posted by peachtree at 6:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Affordable ideas for covering a very large window?

What is the cheapest way to attractively curtain a very large window? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Debts and Death

My father died recently. We're mostly past the grieving stage and into the dealing-with-his-lack-of-money stage. My mother has apparently been driving herself insane trying to figure this out. I just found out about it, and would like as much info, pointers, or anecdotes as possible so I can keep her stressfree. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 5:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Removing art from the art space

I'm looking for good examples of experiments that have been set up where "art" has been put somewhere unexpected, and then had people's responses tested. I tried googling phrases like "can people appreciate art out of context?" but came up blank. Famous artworks in diners? Famous authors failing to get books published under pseudonyms? And what about the other way around — when have the art community been duped into accepting duds? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 5:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Weniger, aber besser

Which glasses are these? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 5:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I'd walk through the quad, and think "Oh my God...These kids are so much younger than me."

Tell me your stories about/examples of people that either started college later in life (after 21) or returned to college after dropping out, and went on to become famous or wildly successful (or both!) in academia or their chosen careers. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei at 5:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it weird? Is it math?

Recommend to me please your favorite "oddball" math topics and resources. [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 5:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Headlong into adulthood. What to read?

Remember that book you read at exactly the right time in your life? Looking for recommendations for books for a young man 17/18 years old. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:10 PM PST - 65 comments

Design Nostalgia

Looking for online stores with interior design elements like Design Within Reach. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Documenting tithed amount/donation; need to keep records under a certain percentage?

What amount of my income can I claim as tithed/donated without having to have receipts or a paper trail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

The Saga Continues…

Unfortunately this situation got far, far worse. I'm exploring ideas about how to respond. Extremely long but worthwhile, likely the most shocking thing you've heard a "doctor" do. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 4:44 PM PST - 23 comments

How to build ecommerce website from scratch?

Ecommerce starting out - 1. Can anyone suggest the best way to do a highly custom ecommerce web site? 2. I know there is Drupal, but haven't really seen any example Drupal sites that impress me. Is it possible to build a "from scratch" custom web site and still integrate ecommerce? Thanks so much for your help and opinions! [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 at 4:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Don't let me give myself food poisoning!

Jar of chili leaking and pressurized. Is it still edible? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 4:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Can gastric cancer be present without GI bleeding?

Does gastric cancer always bleed? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

What does this T-shirt say?

What on earth does my girlfriend's t-shirt say? Japanese edition... [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

it doesn't look like it'll kill us. i think.

When househunting, what are signs of quality renovation? What are signs of a shoddy renovation? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 3:51 PM PST - 21 comments

What would happen if large-scale lunar mining operations became commonplace?

Could mining the moon destroy the oceans? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 3:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Was Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend Album Nearly Thrown Out By the Record Company?

Is it true that Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend album was rescued from the trash and/or "discovered" by a record label administrative assistant? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 3:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't Be Evil, but do be annoying

Where did Google's advanced search feature disappear to this time, and why do they keep moving it around? Is there any way I can edit my settings so that it's always in a nice visible place? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How to recover from Picasa hostile takeover

If I could punch myself, I would. Clicked too fast and our beautifully organized Windows Live Photo Gallery has been emptied into Picasa. DO NOT WANT!!! Is there a site out there that will walk me through zeroing out and disabling Picasa and getting my old setup restored? [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 3:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Women in Islamic Cultures Book Suggestions

Recommendations for nonfiction books on women in Islamic cultures. Bonus points for books that touch on queer, feminist, or disability studies themes. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 3:06 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it possible for a currently-credit-troubled person to get my LLC off the ground?

Will I have to undergo a credit check in order to form an LLC and open a business checking account for that company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area.

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 2:38 PM PST - 4 comments

viability of becoming an ESL teacher in Spain at midlife?

After some recent immersion in learning Spanish, watching Spanish films and going to Spanish conversation Meetups, I have realised I might want to have a go at teaching English as a Second Language in either Barcelona or Madrid. I have a few questions about the feasability of this at my age (42) given that the Spanish economy is not in great shape and my resume has a massive hole in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help me reduce the saturated fat intake from my diet

(I know this will end up being quite lengthy), but the main question is to ask for some advice on how to reduce the amount of saturated fat in my diet. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Hi Sarah. I'm Hillary. I'll be working for you.

How do I deal with working in an industry/for people whose values don't match mine? [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 2:22 PM PST - 44 comments

Where's Jack Vance?

Where can I send a letter to brilliantly underrated science fiction and fantasy author Jack Vance? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 2:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist.

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist (Work-to-Live version) [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 2:07 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the difference between a ski lesson and a puppy class?

To what extent is it useful to apply dog training techniques to teaching people? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 2:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Should I be wearing glasses couch surfing?

Myopia: Is focusing on web browser text on a LCD screen about 8 feet away from me making things better or worse? [more inside]
posted by Diag at 1:49 PM PST - 3 comments

My ex-wife is not rational.

Is it illegal to post photos of children on the Internet without both their parent's permission? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 1:39 PM PST - 32 comments

Selling Books

I'm thinking of selling most of my books. Have you done something similar? Do you regret it? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 1:36 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me get my money?

How do I go about collecting money owed to me by a friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Harshad telephone numbers?

What do harshad numbers have to do with telephone numbers? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

What do market research/strategic consulting firms look for in an applicant?

What do market research/strategic consulting firms look for in an applicant? [more inside]
posted by libertypie at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me re-trace my grandfather's WWII steps

What are the best resources and online communities focused around WWII veteran research? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight at 1:14 PM PST - 55 comments

Can downloads be traced to a computer using an open wireless network?

Let's say, hypothetically, I downloaded an old TV episode via a filesharing site or bittorrent. Could it be traced to me if I download it from a public access point? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Destroy all the things.

Hey, please help me delete these files in OSX. They just won't go away. [more inside]
posted by degoao at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Rome and Britain and 6th grade boys, oh my

Ancient Rome filter! Any good ideas for a short activity based on: the fall of Rome, Roman Britain, and/or Rome's impacts in the modern world? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

What goes best with irish breakfast tea?

What's the best breakfast in Dublin? [more inside]
posted by troika at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to find an EU charger plug with USB in Bremen?

Where can I buy an EU charger plug with USB connector in Germany? [more inside]
posted by naskar at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

If you had a chance to talk to your long lost father after 30 years what would you ask/ or say?

If you had a chance to talk to your long lost father after 30 years what would you ask/ or say? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 12:19 PM PST - 22 comments

My scanner scans forever but doesn't save the scans.

Help! I need to scan these watercolors ASAP and this damn thing's not working. I'm using an HP Photosmart 4400 and a Mac. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Resources about Native America

Help me find resources for elementary age children regarding the modern Native American experience. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for an idiotproof printer-scanner.

Looking for a printer-scanner that is as simple to use as possible, to use with a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 12:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Can stage curtains of unknown origin be tested to get certification of fire code compliance?

Our school is being asked to remove the stage curtains to comply with fire codes, since we do not have documentation proving they are fire safe. Rather than buy new curtains (gulp), is there a way to send a piece of the fabric out for testing and to get back the necessary fire code certification? I'm in MA, if that matters. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Books to help understand and move forward

Are there recommended books for adult children of alcoholics? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

This sucks because it no longer sucks.

Where can I get little parts for Miele vacuums? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Recommended software to download website?

I want to download an entire website to my computer for off-line viewing. I'm using OS X 10.6.8 with Firefox, but I'm fine with Chrome or Safari. I've studied the offerings on Google and CNet like SiteSucker, WebDevil, WebCopier, Getleft, etc. I'd prefer a free download since I plan to use it only once. A browser feature or add on would be great. Before I decide I'd like to know of other's experience with this task in hopes of avoiding pitfalls. Thanks.
posted by partner at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

late life career changing

Ageism in the workplace: I'm in my late fifties and need to hear some inspiring stories of people who have successfully changed careers in late mid life (or should that be just before getting a seniors card)
posted by sparkle55 at 11:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Career anxiety and finding a decent job

How do I get a new job? What kind of jobs do I even qualify for? How do I get over the fact that I didn't graduate from college and present a more confident self to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by krakenattack at 11:25 AM PST - 11 comments

when the going gets weird....

Looking for a Hunter S Thompson story/column/allegory(?) about shooting a wolf. Little help? [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Is the name Jesus popular in languages beside Spanish?

Is the name Jesus popular in other languages besides Spanish?
posted by ivan.santiesteban at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Best Use of Short, Funny Writing Samples

What's the best venue for short humor pieces to further my writing career? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Where do I find very short, interesting stories: no strings attatched?

Where could I find very short (2-3 paragraph) interesting stories or anecdotes in the public domain that could be recorded for an informational video? [more inside]
posted by mimo at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Unusual wedding rings in NYC?

Any suggestions for jewelery stores in the NYC area that have unusual wedding bands? The Clay Pot in Brooklyn is a perfect example of what we're looking for. Also maybe interested in vintage. Where should we go? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

In Tokyo and back in the dating game: help me be the most amazing first date ever!

FirstDateFilter, Tokyo Edition: I've been out of the dating game for some time and am looking for some creative afternoon date ideas in Tokyo. (I could also use any general first-date wisdom to help me regain a little bit of my dating confidence.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Awkward job referral situation.

A friend of mine was looking for a job. I knew that the company I work for was looking for someone in his field, so I offered to forward on his resumé to a recruiter and some of my contacts. What do I do if he doesn't get hired? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me keep a receiver for a decade.

What features do I need for 10 years of future-proofing out of an AV receiver? [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Set up LLC now or later

Asking business question about setting up LLC and tax savings [more inside]
posted by akomom at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Smile—now! And look natural!

How do I learn to smile naturally, on command? I've started a performance art and need to be able to smile on command without it looking forced. Exercises, tricks, and explanations of how to "smile with your eyes" are all welcome! (Previous questions about smiling revolve around smiling in everyday life, which isn't exactly what I need.)
posted by philosophygeek at 10:01 AM PST - 13 comments

How do we use our apartments coded-entry system?

a question about secure/code-entry apartment buildings. [more inside]
posted by austere at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to scatter ashes

What do we do with our daughter's ashes? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Cats and Carpet

What other types of scratchy things can I give to my cat? How can I train her (an infrequent scratcher) to use it? [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Pie chops?

We were at the local watering hole this weekend and one of the servers brought us a comment card that a customer had filled out. In the comment area, the customer put "This place is pie chops!!!" No one could figure out what this could possibly mean. Any ideas? We tried googling the full phrase and just pie chops, but came up empty. The customer seemed happy so we assumed it was a compliment.
posted by jshort at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Brazil or bust

As an American, I possibly just got a job in Brazil. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Folk at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

A red fish in a tank of blue fish

How can I stick to eating healthy and exercising in a household full of sedentary people who practically live off junk food? [more inside]
posted by never nice at 8:42 AM PST - 27 comments

Dumb mistakes.

I stupidly got involved with my (married) supervisor. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 53 comments

Sex+How much time?=Abnormal Pap Smear

What is the incubation period of HPV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me take pretty pictures.

Relatively new Canon dSLR owner planning a trip to some Really Beautiful Places. Looking to invest in a lens that will help me take some amazing shots while I'm there as well as on future adventures. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

JD + warmth and empathy equals?

Which areas of law practice might be attractive to a JD who wants to use her smarts plus a strong sense of empathy and a warm personality in her future work?
posted by Hellebore at 8:30 AM PST - 20 comments

What's it like renting apartments?

What is it like being a real estate agent for rental apartments in Boston? Or other cities. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Analytical relationship advice books without esotericism?

How to be an adult in relationships, but without fifties gender roles and esotericism? [more inside]
posted by faux fabric entertainment device at 7:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Need feedback on Alaska Air v. Hawaiian Air from PDX to HNL

Trying to decide on possible merits of choosing Alaska v. Hawaiian Air for flight from Portland to Honolulu... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me deal with my proliferation of webcomics.

Help me deal with my proliferation of webcomics. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Butter or more butter?

Attention cheese, butter and cider-lovers: Where to go in Brittany or Normandy? [more inside]
posted by Liesl at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

MS Word: chapters and subheadings

Microsoft Word with chapters and numbered subsections: I was a good boy and wrote my dissertation draft with well-organized hierarchical headings. Now that I am going back to fine-tune the format, the numbering has gone completely haywire, the spacing is off, and I am literally pulling out my hair trying to fix it. I don't even know where to look for help. [more inside]
posted by imposster at 6:57 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get business search results to change contact info in one or two fell swoops?

How do I change business contact information in search results/ directories? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 6:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Alternative Nightlife in Seattle (March 4 - 8)

Seattle evenings: March 4 - 8? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Not only can the sun give me cancer, but it can also make me itchy.

Do you have Polymorphic Light Eruption (PMLE), where your skin breaks into an itchy rash at least once a year when you're out in the sun? How do you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm a stranger in a strange land of collective action.

I'm an American in Bangalore. Tomorrow, major unions have called for a nationwide bandh (strike). I'm having a major personal crisis about what to do. Listen, I know this isn't my country. And it's not my strike. But I'm very, very, very uneasy about what role I should be playing. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 5:39 AM PST - 29 comments

When you hear dueling banjos, run!

I need help finding uptempo contemporary/progressive bluegrass tracks for my running playlist. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 5:18 AM PST - 10 comments

What was on this driving songs compilation?

An issue of Q Magazine in 1994 or 1995 came with a cassette tape called The Greatest Driving Songs or something like that. I played the tape constantly while driving my first car, but the tape has been gone for over a decade now. I can't recall all the tracks which were on it. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 4:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Straight to readable text?

Is there an online RSS feed reader, with a Readability-like feature, that takes me straight to formatted text when I click on a news item? No extra clicks on readability or instapaper buttons please. [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou at 3:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me remember an upsetting YA novel

Help me remember a young adult novel I read as a kid. The main character was a teenage girl and there was an upsetting incident involving a kitten and a doormat. [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 2:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Kindle without amazon

If I cancel my Amazon account, how will it affect my kindle? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:17 AM PST - 8 comments

February 26

Noise therapy?

When a person with schizophrenia plays several different radios tuned to different stations at once, as Roky Erickson did in the documentary about him, how does it affect them? Is it soothing? Independent of how a person with schizophrenia may feel about this practice, is it considered helpful or therapeutic by medical professionals? Finally, how common is this practice among people with schizophrenia?
posted by ignignokt at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

MacBook possessed by mystery entity

So...I'm thinking my Mac has a virus. I have a Mac OS X 10.5.8. I keep running out of hard drive space and deleting files constantly, so I got Disk Inventory X to see where my space is. Turns out there is 20 GB of 130,000 text files on my computer in a hidden file marked "private". I can't see this "private" folder from the file manager...only from Disk Inventory X. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by HylandErickson at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Lease vs. own to save money short term?

Should I lease a car in order to lower my monthly car payment and have an extra $100 a month or suck it up and pay off my car in three years? A local lease special I qualify for would have my paying approx $200/month to lease a sedan which I neither love nor hate. I know leasing is not a great long-term financial plan, but would trading in my current car for a lease to have a little breathing room be worth it in the short term? My current car I've had for two years and it's "right side up" by about $1500. My payment is $330 with a 3.5% rate (In November I refinanced down from 7%). I like this car a lot. Aside from some dings, it's in good shape. Runs well; loan is up in 3 years. *Snowflake stuff inside* [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 8:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me mange my mother's care.

I need to find an assistant in Maine who can help me manage my mother's health care. [more inside]
posted by yellowdoll at 7:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Ahoy, Captain Otter!

Name that children's book: An intrepid otter captains a beautifully illustrated riverboat. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden at 7:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Hide the ugliness. Please.

How do I hide the ugly colors on the cables of these headphones? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

What sort of diet program is Weight Not?

Can someone tell me what the Weight Not diet program consists of? It's mostly to satisfy curiosity. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Complementary research meaning

What does a candidate having a research program "that complements the department's existing strengths" really mean in a job announcement? [more inside]
posted by SandiBeech at 6:47 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get pants that fit me?

My girlfriend and I recently spent several hours in our typical U.S. city looking for some new pants for myself, an adult male. Almost none of them fit. I wear a 34" waist (36" was always way too big) and a 34" inseam, but in most of the pants my abdomen showed upward-pointing "smile lines." From looking at some sewing blogs, it looks like this means the crotch is cut too high. My girlfriend says I have a "perky" rear end, so some of the pants were giving me wedgies too, especially the ones made from thinner fabrics. After trying on lots of pants at Nordstrom Rack, Gap, J. Crew, and Banana Republic, we were only able to find a few pairs that actually fit (a pair of khakis at J. Crew, dressier slacks at Banana Republic, and a pair of Levi's 505 straight fit corduroys). I couldn't find any jeans that would fit me at all, but maybe I can find somewhere with 505 jeans. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Women does pickup work on you?

Does picking up women outside of bars and clubs work? A woman's opinion is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by curious-mind at 6:17 PM PST - 94 comments

wife wants to recover hard drive

Should I agree with my wife to spend $1000 or more to recover an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 6:07 PM PST - 35 comments

Why is stock price related to company earnings? No really.

So I completely understand that prices of stocks, like anything in a market, arise from supply and demand. But at the end of the day, why does demand for a stock increase when a company's earnings increase? How does holding the stock of a company whose earnings have increased since purchase benefit a stockholder? It can't purely be that I care about earnings because I know everyone else cares about earnings because they know everyone else cares about earnings... can it? What is the ultimate source of this caring about earnings? If dividends were more common, I could understand all this as a jockeying for a good deal on a dividend. But as it is, it sounds no different than betting on a never-ending horse race with earnings arbitrarily picked as the indicator of which horse is in the lead.
posted by the jam at 5:47 PM PST - 24 comments

I WANT MY (four hundred and) TWO DOLLARS!

How can I use this no-pin, no-name, non-reloadable prepaid visa debit card? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 5:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Ashes to...?

What is best to do about a large pile of wood ashes in the corner of my yard? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Lifehacker for Older Parents

My parents are getting older and I'm thinking of ways to help them out. Can you share some gadgets/lifehacks/changes in way of life that might have helped out your older parents? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 5:13 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I create a yearbook memorial page for a young student who passed?

I need to create memorial page in an elementary yearbook for a student who passed away. What are some ideas to make it as meaningful and tactful as possible? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 5:12 PM PST - 8 comments

What should the voice in my head say?

Help me be ok with not giving 100% to running every day. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 5:10 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I love better?

I really don't want to end up alone. What can I start doing to break this generational cycle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas?

Calling all artists: which paint should I use for vintage-style lettering on leather and treated canvas? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Because I'm hoping it still exists somewhere in the wide world

I'm looking for (on behalf of my friend) for this butterfly pendant. He got this 2 years ago, but when he went back recently to the departmental store where he got it, he was told they didn't carry it anymore. Would anyone happen to know where he can find another one exactly like it? I (and my friend) thank you in advance!
posted by titantoppler at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

how much of the house have the termites eaten?

What do I need to know to evaluate a termite problem, and how do I find it out? What else should I look for when inspecting a early 1800s wood frame house? [more inside]
posted by sepviva at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

My feelings are hurt, but I feel like the jerk in this situation

What are my sisters looking for when they want to compare physical attributes and how should I respond? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 4:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I invest in NLY on margin?

Should I purchase NLY on margin? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments


How to teach yourself long tern planning and organization? [more inside]
posted by mbird at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments


What should I name this cat? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 3:10 PM PST - 91 comments

Shared media and backup for 3 macbooks

In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup. [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

My options are limited

My long term relationship has ended. It was so long overdue. Even still it didn't happen the way I would have hoped. My partner raged at me for hours over who knows what. It wasn't the first time. Things turned physical and it was the ugliest scariest situation I can remember experiencing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Web Site, Blogger, and Email Answers?

Gmail, Blogger and My Web Site question. It's not pretty. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 2:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to look for jobs online?

Living abroad and job searching in the USA (CA Bay Area, to be specific): what job-listing websites should I be browsing regularly, or where else should I look online to find job postings? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Sing to me!

Help me conquer the world (or at least my world) via music. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 2:26 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to be reminded that my current apartment situation is finite.

Renter's Remorse Filter. I moved into a new place and I cannot stand it (upstairs neighbor sounds like an elephant, asinine condo regulations, horrible parking, etc.) Is there a countdown timer utility (Mac OS 10.6) or email service that I can use to count down the weeks I have left to live here? Ideally, I would like to receive an email at the end of every week, saying I have X number of weeks left.
posted by invisible ink at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Find my Facebook Group.

Why doesn't a group I created on Facebook show up when others search for it? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

A clever name for a kids geology website?

Please help me come up with a clever name for my 9 year old's geology-related web site which will feature his gem and mineral collection. THANKS!
posted by punkfloyd at 1:47 PM PST - 11 comments

The Big Green: Data Mining Noise or Risk?

What effect do my Ask MetaFilter searches on behalf of others have on data miners' sense of who I am? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Estate lawyer in GTA?

Estate lawyer recommendation in GTA (esp. Etobicoke or Mississauga)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Why does my toilet hate poop?

I have a rather...sticky situation happening in the bathroom regarding poop and my new toilet. Please help before I die of embarassment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 33 comments

Post defense celebration/commiseration

I would like a restaurant recommendation in Vancouver, BC to celebrate a PhD defense. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 12:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me recover from a frustrating groin injury.

Please help me recover from a frustrating groin injury. [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

someone has to save our skins

I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 11:35 AM PST - 48 comments

I wrote this while sitting on my thumbs

dating filter: as a girl, how little initiation in dating is too little initiation? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 11:21 AM PST - 21 comments

What is a good plot size for a house

1. What is the plot size of a typical bungalow and a 2-storey house in Toronto? I am trying to be knowledgeable about this so I can compare different houses on the MLS site. [more inside]
posted by musicgold at 10:42 AM PST - 9 comments

neck popping.

neck pain/popping advice needed [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Best iOS RPGs?

Great non-action RPGs for iOS? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 10:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me help my teenage sister get help.

What rights does a 16 year old in Texas have regarding pursuing her own health-care, specifically mental health? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

"Stand clear of the closing doors please: _______"

Asking for a friend: where can I get a clean recording of the NYC subway "door closing" chime? Ideally it would be something better than just a field recording with background noise etc. The cleaner the better!
posted by hermitosis at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I get strong without getting big?

WorkoutFilter: More Bruce Lee, less Schwarzenegger. More Pacquiao, less Tyson. How can I get strong without getting big? [more inside]
posted by damo at 9:54 AM PST - 17 comments

"Page Not Found" - Linking Wordpress to Facebook is not as easy as it seems.

Wordpress + Facebook = Fail. Help. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

graphics card outputs

I own two monitors with twine inputs - HDMI and VGA. Why can't I find a graphics card with twin HDMI outputs? Are HDMI connections inferior? Or expensive? Or uncommon? Or splittable like USB? Or...?
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 9:06 AM PST - 10 comments

I own over 20% of my house. Is the extra PMI I paid refundable?

I own over 20% of my house. Is the extra PMI I paid refundable? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm better at my job than everyone else around me.

What's the "correct" way to compare yourself to other people on the questions commonly found on job applications? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find videos of professional athletes competing in a sport other than their professional one.

Help me find videos of professional athletes competing in a sport other than their professional one. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 8:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Quiero apprendar!

What is the best comprehensive Spanish grammar text in a single volume? What other books are indispensable for self-teaching Spanish? [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 7:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Making Room for Baby Weight

Please hope me prepare for pregnancy this year. 36 years old, 40lbs overweight. I know I need to lose weight, but I'd also like to start trying sooner rather than later because of my age. I know there are no quick fixes, but I still want one. [more inside]
posted by heffalump at 7:10 AM PST - 36 comments

How to resolve gas inspection dispute?

UK tenant adivce-filter: Stuck with a "dangerous" boiler that perhaps isn't, between estate agents, mistrusting landlord and two different gas/heating companies. How do we keep ourselves safe (and warm)? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy at 5:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Who can two art/design types move from the UK to the USA and find work?

Why is it so hard for UK citizens to move and work in the USA? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 2:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Why is my full name still attached to a Blogger post when all obvious traces of my name have been deleted?

My last name got attached to a blog post. I asked my friend to delete it. She did, but the blog post still shows up in Google with my full name attached. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:18 AM PST - 10 comments

I would like an asian girlfriend

I am a caucasian male, who has always been very attracted to asian girls. Specifically Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese. I am a member of the regular dating sites okcupid, eharmony and chemistry, but I am not having a lot of luck finding my true love. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 1:54 AM PST - 37 comments

What Spanish speaking country should this CELTA grad work in?

Follow up to this question… I'm going to have my CELTA in two weeks and want to teach English in a Spanish speaking country…where should I go? [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 12:46 AM PST - 3 comments

February 25

How much time should I give my relationship?

How much longer should I give my 3.5 month relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 PM PST - 80 comments

Work becoming toxic, assertiveness not encouraged. Halp.

Previously happy work environment has started to show signs of toxicity. I loved my job until recent weeks. Is it time to look to getting out now or can this be salvaged? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 9:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Short-term and long-term solutions for noisy neighbors?

Every Saturday, my downstairs neighbors have been having a noisy, extended get-together that disturbs my evening rituals and bedtime. [more inside]
posted by questionable accounting at 9:15 PM PST - 26 comments

How do you prepare for a United World College interview?

Did you go to a UWC? What sort of questions were asked on the interview? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 8:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Anxiety On The Phones

What are some techniques that will help me stop feeling anxious while talking on the phones at work? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 7:14 PM PST - 20 comments

How do you know if a used car dealership is trustworthy?

Should I even bother looking for a car at a dealership? If so, how can I tell which dealerships will try to rip me off? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:13 PM PST - 19 comments

How to create an online troubleshooting tool?

I would like to create an online troubleshooting "tree" in which users needing tech support get directed to different pages with further suggestions and questions depending on their answers to earlier questions, similar to (but hopefully more useful than) the Microsoft Windows troubleshooter. If they are unable to resolve the problem themselves, I would like to be sent an email or for a ticket or spreadsheet row to be created with the answers they provided. [more inside]
posted by espertus at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm a significant adult in the life of a 12-year-old girl who has become a bully.

I'm a significant adult in the life of a 12-year-old girl who has become a bully. How can I help her develop some empathy? [more inside]
posted by tempest in a teapot at 6:51 PM PST - 36 comments

What's a good way to give a class full of people the opportunity to share email addresses?

What's a good way to give a class full of people the opportunity to share email addresses? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Kids Movies with Great Ensemble Dancing

My almost six-year-old son has fallen in love with the Step In Time (youtube) ensemble dance scene from Mary Poppins. What other movies should we get for him? Remember, he's not quite six years old. [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:35 PM PST - 25 comments

Child befriends talking butterfly (person)?

Child befriends talking butterfly (person)? Help us identify this movie! [more inside]
posted by yamsmith at 5:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Remind me what it's like to be 15!

Help me find some quality books that would be easy reads for my 15-year old female cousin. [more inside]
posted by JannaK at 5:42 PM PST - 29 comments

trees rotating backwards

When riding in the passenger seat in a car on the freeway, do the trees sometime look like they're rotating backwards? [more inside]
posted by oonh at 5:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't Shine Unless I Need You To!

I need a bedside clock which emits zero light in that dark, but can be read at a touch, or push of a button. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 5:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Dinner in Philly

Philadelphia group dinner restaurant recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 4:57 PM PST - 12 comments

I made the wrong career choice so now what do I do?

I enrolled in a veterinary technician program this past fall, and I've realized that I don't want a career in this particular field. The main reason I actually returned to school was not to pursue a career I want, but just to get away from my previous job, which I hated. If I choose to quit the program, how do I tell those supporting me, specifically financially, that I don't want to take this path anymore even though I appeared so sure of it before? Also, where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT at 4:49 PM PST - 16 comments

What are some radio shows/podcasts/TV shows by funny tough guys?

What are some radio shows/podcasts/TV shows by funny tough guys? (Repeat of this question, 5 years later.) [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Kind of Blue... Actually It's Black & White

Can you tell me about this iconic photograph of Miles Davis? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 4:01 PM PST - 7 comments

External HDD fried

External HDD no longer recognized. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Guns, Turtles, and Berets.

How do I find a print of this picture? [more inside]
posted by charleskinbote at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Does Plavix actually CAUSE bleeding?

Calling all knowledgeable medical persons! I need help with this medical hypothetical. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 3:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Sex toy disposal

What do you do with sex toys that you no longer want? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 3:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Ask me no more questions/tell me know more lies

What are your tips for conducting freelance journalistic-type interviews for articles/non-fiction essays/books? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 3:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Did I do this wrong?

Am I overreacting to anti-Semitism in my own home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Room sharing at a science conference

grad students and former grad students/postdocs/academics (or pretty much anyone who has experience going to conferences): trying to figure out if I'm making an unreasonable request about room sharing at a conference, or if colleagues are. [more inside]
posted by captain cosine at 2:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Consistent Volume on mac?

How do I keep the volume on my mac consistent in apps other than itunes? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for examples of a keyboard style.

There's a keyboard solo technique used in funky, upbeat tunes that is based on simple, high-pitch synthesizer chords, played really fast. I don't remember any specific tunes with this technique, but I'm thinking of 80s bands like the Commodores, for some reason. Can anybody help me find examples and maybe some theory so I can emulate it? Probably involves some pitch bend, too.
posted by circular at 2:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Where do you keep your emergency fund?

Where do you keep your emergency fund? All in a savings account, or do you put some of it in CDs or other investments? [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 2:17 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I associate OS X Lion with my Apple ID with no computer capable of purchasing Lion online?

Long story short, I have a Macbook Air that is completely formatted. I'm trying to install Lion from a USB drive and I'm getting an error that my Apple ID is not associated with a copy of Lion. I'd like to buy Lion with my Apple ID, but apparently I need to get to the AppStore to do this. I do not have access to another Mac, but I have the following: Windows with iTunes, an iPhone, an iPad. Is there anyway I can buy OS X Lion on these devices so I can continue my installation?
posted by geoff. at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Switching to NC residency

How do I become a "resident" of North Carolina for tuition purposes? [more inside]
posted by Silo004 at 2:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How should I treat the inside of my whiskey-barrel planters?

I have two half-whiskey-barrels that I want to use as planters. How can I prevent them from rotting out in a few years? [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Monitor, please don't die on me.

The screen of my LCD computer monitor has started emitting a high-pitched sound and then going to black seconds after I turn it on. The power button light is not affected. What is happening and is it fixable? Thanks.
posted by Memo at 1:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Funk/Soul Guitar Resources

Where can I find resources for learning soul/funk guitar? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

New Ways to Share Photos

How else can I share photos with my family? [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

I think I'm losing my mind

I still have my eyesight (for now), but the diagnosis has triggered serious anger and midlife crisis issues. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 12:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Minting custom coins on the cheap!

What is the cheapest way to have custom coins printed? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me understand chemical potential better

Thermodynamics Filter: I understand that we do not know the absolute Gibbs Energy (G) of anything, only changes in G associated with processes such as a chemical reaction. Most tables of thermodynamic data list "Delta G of formation" values for various compounds and I understand all that because the values refer to the reaction forming the compound from the elements in their most stable state.....a change. But other texts list these same Delta G of formation values as just "Mu" (chemical potential), not Delta Mu. So do we actually know absolute chemical potentials of things (Mu) at a given T and P, or is that just sloppy use of symbols in the text? I have my undies all in a bunch about this because, like G, I always thought we don't know the absolute chemical potential of things either. Help.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

aaaahhhhhhh ...

What is this very pleasant sensation I feel when hearing certain specific songs, and what are some more songs/artists that might produce it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:35 AM PST - 23 comments

American criminal biographies?

What are some well-written biographies of American criminals? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 11:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Mickey Mantle Tattoos

Did Mickey Mantle have tattoos? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Restaurant for vegan and non-vegan in NYC

What restaurants would be good for a vegan and a non vegan in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 10:43 AM PST - 19 comments

If you're going to drink the morning, you should probably have a snack too

We are having a brunch reception following a church wedding - the groom and I will likely be delayed by 30-45 minutes by photos and greetings so we want to have some sort of cocktail hour. We have the drinks sorted out, bloody marys and a mimosa bar, along with tea, coffee, etc, but we are stuck on what to serve as a light, savory snack during that time. [more inside]
posted by cessair at 10:18 AM PST - 28 comments

What's this craft paper called?

Google-fu failure - please help me find this kind of craft paper! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

How to prevent tax fraud occurring the third time?

It's tax time and we're having a problem again. Last year when we went to file our taxes electronically, they were rejected due to someone borrowing our daughter's social security number and using it to file taxes. We filed police reports, IRS reports and submitted our taxes by paper. The same problem is occurring this year. What can we do to fix this and prevent from occurring next year. Is there a specific number, agency or method to request help from? The IRS is closed over the weekend, so we'll be calling them this week, how should we go about doing it?
posted by lynnshaze at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

North Seattle bar with games

Which north Seattle bar has the best game collection? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Music to celebrate a lifetime of love?

Classical / opera music help: My partner has set up an beautiful slideshow of pictures and film of his parents' wedding in their village in Italy as a present for their 50th wedding anniversary. Help us with the music! [more inside]
posted by girlpublisher at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Scroogle is dead; long live Startpage.

How do I change my default search engine for Firefox ON A MAC? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my boyfriend to get Viagra or something

How do I convince my boyfriend to get help for ED? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Little marching people game

Looking for an old Windows game where marching figures (like Smurfs but not blue) appeared at the top relentlessly ever onward. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Ice, ice baby?

What is this odd ICE knob on the faucet? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm rich! I'm rich! I - well, I'm slightly less poor.

MoneyFilter: A small windfall arrives in the pocket of a poor UK student. What should he do with it? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Food-based nicknames for ethnic or cultural groups

What are examples of ethnic groups being labelled or identified as an item of food (e.g. 'cracker')? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop at 7:44 AM PST - 61 comments

Car Death and Taxes

How do I stop paying vehicle excise tax in RI when I haven't lived there in years and I don't even own the car anymore? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me make peace with my inadequacy.

Please help me make peace with my inadequacy, because it's killing me. [more inside]
posted by starcrust at 7:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Is this a Short Sale dream, or nightmare?

Is this a Short Sale dream, or nightmare? I put an offer on a house back in September, a short sale. It was approved by the owner in September and selling bank in December. 10 days before closing, the loan officer I had been working with discovered that his bank doesn't write mortgages for anyone that has had a loan modification in the past 4 years. I modified under making home affordable in 2009. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 7:15 AM PST - 2 comments

What the Wifi is going on here?

Help me diagnose problems with my Macs/Apple TV now that I have an XFinity wireless router please! [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Branch campus annoyances

I work as an administrator for a university and am based on a branch campus. My department would prefer it if I would spend the summers on the main campus, which involves a more arduous commute for me. My commute would bump up from 40 minutes to 1h20minutes. I would prefer to remain on my branch campus. My "higher-ups" like to frame things in terms of "let's negotiate something that works for everyone," but the power differentials tend to mean that I usually just go along with their preference. Are there tried and true methods for underlings to resist persuasion/coersion?
posted by anonymous at 6:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Sneezy kitty won't take his meds

Need clever ideas to get kitty to take his meds [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 6:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Merge photos into a banner

I want to merge 5 or 6 photos into a single 1300x160 px image (banner) for a web site. I've already edited my photos and resized them to a height of 160. Now I need a way to "glue" them together. How can I do that without spending money on new software?
posted by 14580 at 5:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Why Orange Stick Why?!

How and when did manicure rituals begin? I understand anyone might want to trim their nails, but I mean the rest of it.
posted by MidSouthern Mouth at 5:14 AM PST - 9 comments

I want good online stores for my kitten cat

CAT-FILTER: Where are the cutest and coolest online stores selling cat toys, cat costumes, cat furniture, etc.? Googling brings me boring stuff. Etsy and eBay stores are good too. [more inside]
posted by KLF at 4:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Neuro drinks - what's your take?

Neuro drinks - Legit or bogey? What are your experiences with these products? [more inside]
posted by HolyWood at 2:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Useful to you, programming for me?

I want to contribute with my programming ability (software developer) to free software. I could be developing another tower defense game but prefer a small project which might be mildly useful to somebody and possibly teaches me something outside of programming. What would be a useful to you and a good project for me? [more inside]
posted by EuroBunny at 1:35 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't remember much of High School, but I don't believe my transcripts that I was on the Ladies' Tennis Team.

My high school transcripts have major errors in them and no one in the school system wants to help me fix them! I'm pretty sure I had more than a 0.0 GPA and I know wasn't on the girls' tennis team! (I'm a guy, I think I would remember the skirts!) Will this effect my chances at returning to college? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 1:11 AM PST - 21 comments

I have a need for Swede.

I love Kikki K diaries but convenience has led me to use Google Calendar instead. Is there some sort of magical combination of the two - an online browser-based diary with nice fonts and graphic elements that are designed to look cute / quirky / artsy, rather than computery and minimalistic? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 1:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a matte, cream eyeshadow available from UK?

My crazy dream: A good but relatively inexpensive cream/creme eyeshadow, preferably from the UK (or maybe Asia), without glitter, gleam, glimmer, glint, glitz, scintillation, shimmer, twinkle, or other sparklysparklespark. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by taz at 12:39 AM PST - 15 comments

February 24

Does anyone else miss Brunching Shuttlecocks?

What sites do you visit when you want a laugh? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 9:49 PM PST - 37 comments

What can you ask for in court that they're least likely to have...

For a foreclosure to be legal and proper, what documents must be present and authentic from each and any parties? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What's it like being a UN Volunteer?

Have you or anyone you know ever been a United Nations Volunteer? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

PCR help

Molecular Biology / PCR Gel Electrophoresis Help? Help in elucidation of source of spurious banding? [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 9:17 PM PST - 8 comments

I need pretty hands.

How can I stop messing with my cuticles and nails? I don't want sad-looking hands forever! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 8:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Mat Leave Job Serach

Is maternity leave the wrong time to start looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Literature to mediate on the scum of the earth

I have been trying to deal with the shadows, or dark reality, of life: sex-trafficking, war crimes, war rape, rape, hatred, familial abuse, child pornography; even the "lighter" shadows of infidelity, corruption (of the 3rd World and 1st World), hard drug use and dealing of financial elites, etc.; and perhaps maybe even more importantly: the lack of public-moral outrage that would seek to eradicate such an infestation (strong words, sure - I don't mean to imply I want a 21st century witch hunt). [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 7:19 PM PST - 27 comments

The Hernia Hokey Pokey

Tell me about the time you pushed your hernia back in... [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america at 6:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Raw soy of doom

I shouldn't have eaten it filter: I ate a couple of handfuls of raw soybeans. Afterwards, I googled for things to do with raw soybeans. That's when I learned that you really should not eat raw soybeans. Am I in any danger? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Passion vs. Security in Career - Which should I pursue?

Hello. I'm facing a big career dilemma and I would love some feedback. The short question is whether I should call a job I already declined to ask for it back (it's been 5 weeks), but in order to best explain what is causing this dilemma and (hopefully) get some advice, I think I should give some historical context. My apologies in advance for the long question and thank you for any perspective and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by curiousone at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Do you recognize this monocled, non-Wain cat?

Do you recognize this cat illustration? It's a Victorian/Edwardian looking picture of a cat wearing a monocle, labeled "Masher". I don't think it's Louis Wain, though I think it may be Wain-inspired as he did some very similar images (right down to the "masher" title). Mug came from a now defunct Cafepress shop. There's a small, mostly illegible copyright mark on it that says "J. Meyer [something with 4 letters]" that may or may not be contemporaneous with the image.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 5:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Could cervical adjustments by a chiropractor be dangerous?

I recently went to the Chiropractor for the first time, who told me I have no curve in my neck where there should be. He adjusted me, which did hurt a little, but my question is: is there any danger to adjusting the cervical vertebrae. A coworker was telling me she had heard that you can be seriously injured, is this true? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 at 5:02 PM PST - 40 comments

Frequent Flyer tracking services

Best online service for tracking frequent flyer miles/programs? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 4:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Awesome words set to awesome music

I have a fondness for songs that incorporate crackly snippets of old movies/audio recordings, or things that sound like old movies/audio recordings. What are the best tracks in this genre? [more inside]
posted by itesser at 4:45 PM PST - 40 comments

iDont know why my Podcast feed doesn't work in iOS

HELP! My podcast feed works fine on PC but won't work on iOS. Why? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

I might have to ask my grandmother.

A professor I worked with last year just informed me that he cannot write me a letter of recommendation for graduate school because I didn't take a class with him. This is reasonable, but how do I respond? Also, what other professors could I ask to write a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How to stay calm & cool on a date?

Tactics for staying calm & cool on a date, other than "dating around?" [more inside]
posted by morganw at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting AACs in bulk to become MP3s to better be played with SDs.

What's the best - and ideally free - way to get a LOT of AAC's onto a memory card that will play in my car? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I get multiple domains for my website?

A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Infants and CT Scans - what can I expect afterwards?

Infants and CT Scans - what can I expect afterwards? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

This could be so win-win if you only knew!

tl;dr: I’m an easy restaurant patron who tips well. How can I benefit from that fact at the beginning of my meal? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 2:50 PM PST - 37 comments

I'm looking for high quality mace/pepper spray that also has some sort of high-pitched alarm on it. Any suggestions?

I'm looking for high quality mace/pepper spray that also has some sort of high-pitched alarm on it. Any suggestions?
posted by wooh at 2:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me ground my fantasy in reality with regards to off the grid living...

How do I live off-the-grid... [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Know of any webcam chat sites for gay teens that are NOT chatroulette / cam4 style?

Know of any webcam chat sites for gay teens that are NOT chatroulette / cam4 style? [more inside]
posted by audio at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Is butter a carb?

I have just been diagnosed with Impaired Glucose Tolerance. I am really freaking out. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Gross sticky nasty gunk everywhere

I live in a pre-war (1920's?) Brooklyn apartment building. Recently, the ceiling in the kitchen collapsed due to a leak in the pipes above, spreading plaster, dust, and wet and dry gunk everywhere. Now the landlord has completed a shoddy-looking repair, again leaving everything in the kitchen covered in dust and powder and sticky gunk. Every. Single. Thing. Two questions: how do I find out if we are in danger of asbestos exposure? How do I proceed if we are?
posted by jennyjenny at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

CA Mortgage: recourse/non-recourse

California Mortgage question: is it recourse or non-recourse? [more inside]
posted by middleport at 1:33 PM PST - 2 comments

What (ideally XKCDesque) dangers would threaten a person stuck in a human-hamster-ball?

What (ideally XKCDesque) dangers would threaten a person stuck in a human-hamster-ball? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 1:22 PM PST - 54 comments

What's the return on investment

A motor vehicle accident occurs in which one driver makes a left turn while another car is in the intersection, not giving the other car enough time to stop. The left-turn maker is cited at the scene and apologizes. His insurance company offers a certain amount as a settlement, minus 25% (~$1,000) for "comparable negligence", meaning the not-left-turn-maker was 25% responsible. Is it worth it to get a lawyer to argue/negotiate on the basis that 25% is a unfairly high determination of responsibility? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 1:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Any early morning options in Salvador, Brazil?

Hi well traveled mefites! My husband and I are taking the overnight bus from Lencois to Salvadore tonight and it arrives at something like 5am. We have ~6 hrs to kill in Salvadore before we catch our flight to Rio. Are there any places we can go to hang out early morning? I'm guessing the Market isn't open that early but maybe there's a restaurant that's open 24 hrs or a section of town that's nice in the early morning maybe.
posted by lannanh at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Best PSAs in the last year?

Last year, I asked this question about innovative and original public service announcements, and I got some very helpful answers. I was wondering if any new ones have come out that I should know about. [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

how to get over an ex completely?

how to get over a breakup when you don't want the person back, but feel no closure? (note:very long) [more inside]
posted by teaforone at 12:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Why does higher blood sugar feel more healthy?It's been 2 years since it got stabilized.

Why would my dad feel worse after getting his Type II diabetes elevated blood sugar under control? It doesn't seem to be an adjustment-period thing - he's been in the proper range for almost two years and still feels far worse than he did with high sugar. [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude at 12:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Gravity of the situation

Would artificial gravity be enough to contain an atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr at 12:41 PM PST - 21 comments

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse. Hm. Anything smaller, maybe?

Have horses grown in size since the Middle Ages/Renaissance? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do single income families afford health insurance?

How do single income families afford health insurance? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 12:34 PM PST - 26 comments

how can i transfer my money from a french bank?

How can I transfer funds from my French bank account (which I can not access online) to my American bank one? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Asians, Catholics, New Yorkers, Construction Workers....

Do you know of any websites, book or documentary about various stereotypes and how they originated? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Mom died, no will, left us $500k mortgage, what next?

Mom died, left us a 500k mortgage,, no will, no bad blood between us two audit siblings. Some standard questions. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

What type of lawyer do we need?

My husband and I would like to be able to travel, but he has a felony conviction that makes things a bit complicated, and we're having trouble sorting out what options we have, what needs to be done, and in what order of operations. I would like to buy an hour or two of a lawyer's time, but I first need to know what kind of lawyer we need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

What veggie meals do meat eaters like to eat?

Question for vegetarians: what are your favorite recipes/meals to cook for meat eaters? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas at 11:42 AM PST - 42 comments

I need songs!

You're 3 years old. You love holding up your plastic microphone and looking at yourself in the mirror as you sing along dramatically to diva women with big voices. Who are you singing to? Give me names and songs for this compilation, and make a little girl super happy! [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 11:42 AM PST - 47 comments

Android Newbie Guide

What do I need to know about Androids (and smartphones in general)? [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 11:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Rocky Mount, NC

Please tell me about Rocky Mount, NC. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

To gift or not to gift

Impromptu birthday invite...but not really a party, should I take a gift? [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 10:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Music in like Brian Tyler's Killing Room.

What are some specific albums reminiscent of Brian Tyler's score to Killing Room? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:47 AM PST - 2 comments

N900 Repair Advice

Any thoughts on repairing my Nokia N900? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Block browser access to files on server

How can I block browser access to MP3 files, yet allow streaming? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Take me beyond Wikipedia!

So in a week I'm starting a gig writing questions for a tv quiz show! Where are your favourite online (or offline!) repositories or trivia and amazing facts? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Need help with Sister Act (the musical)

Have you seen the musical (not the movie) "Sister Act"? If so, you may be able to help me. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 9:36 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get timestamps from APS photos?

I recently got my old negatives and prints digitized, including many that were on APS film. APS film has time stamps embedded in it that are typically printed on the back, but they weren't saved in the digital version (checked the EXIF tags too). Is there any way to get the time stamps from the negatives without having to get reprints of every photo?
posted by Nikolai at 9:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me help my marriage.

Hitting a brick wall in my marriage and I would appreciate some different perspectives to help me figure out how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 50 comments

Portlandia bound!

We're coming out to Portland, OR in early may for the HP Lovecraft film festival. We have been before, but I'm wondering (a) where to stay and (b) what's new in the past 3 years. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do I feel so drawn to escapism when my life's actually pretty sweet?

I'm meeting all my responsibilities but I don't feel invested in my own life. All I care about are fictional characters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Write the number dow-uhn

Why the two-syllable pronunciation of "nine" for the telephone? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 9:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:53 AM PST - 30 comments

Stock Option Advice

What type of professional is best to discuss stock options? [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

"Well ain't that sweeet!" Movie quote earworm help needed

Help me purge this movie quote earworm: "Well ain't that sweeet!" [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Algorithmic Movies

Can you tell me about some algorithmically developed/edited movies? Or movies that are different every time they're shown? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Have we poisoned our baby?

We cluelessly fed our 4-month old baby three or four 4-oz bottles of formula made with lukewarm water from the tap over the last 7 days. Should we have her tested for lead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Geez, buy a girl dinner first...

Looking for an extremely sensitive and kind gynecologist in the Portland, OR area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the name of the "Life is Good" cat?

What's the name of the cat in the "Life is Good" merchandise? I know the guy is Jake and the dog is Rocket but I can't find the name of the cat.
posted by ivey at 8:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Help a n00b buy a harddrive

Recommend me a decent, cheap hard drive for my HP netbook (or at least a reliable site to shop from) [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Top Secret Desk Jockey

What exactly does one do in a "desk job" for a covert organization? [more inside]
posted by baronessa at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Internet Browsing on PS3

Since the Xbox 360 doesn't have a browser I am unable to connect to Xbox Live on a public internet connection because the 360 cannot give me access to the user agreement (if anyone knows a way around that, I'd like to know). Does anyone know if the PS3 has a browser capable of going on a public wifi and agreeing to the user agreement? I ask this because I am considering purchasing one for the library I work at. This will allow me to download updates for our games.
posted by zzazazz at 7:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Am I right to feel slighted?

My ex-boyfriend informed me recently that he got engaged. He and I were together for almost four years (the last of which was spent long-distance), and broke up early in the fall. We both agreed that we would do our best to maintain a friendship, as we had been good friends before we entered into a relationship. Aside from the fact that this announcement of engagement comes less than six months after our relationship ended, I am most upset that he emailed this information to me. My question is this: do I have any right to be upset by his choice of communication in this matter? [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains at 7:28 AM PST - 54 comments

How can I get my iMac to wake up remotely?

How do I get my iMac to wake on demand when it's asleep and asked to do so? These instructions from Apple are pretty straightforward on how to set it up for Bonjour, but I can't get it to work when it receives a request from Apple TV to wake up. It's an iMac running Lion with a Time Capsule set up as the Base Station. The iMac supports Wake on Demand over Wi-Fi and ethernet (it's connected over Wi-Fi). Time Capsule and Lion have the latest updates. I've found recommendations on Google but nothing has worked. Any troubleshooting pointers? (Bonus question: how can I get it to wake up from outside my network?) Thanks.
posted by jroybal at 7:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Cool music 1992-1995?

During the years 1992 to 1995, what *popular* music did smart East Coast college students listen to? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:54 AM PST - 112 comments

How to distinguish relationship doubts from a complicated history?

I've been with a wonderful man for 4 years and I'm panicking about ending the relationship for no good reason. I still get smiley when he texts me and he makes me laugh, he's gorgeous, but I have these sudden adrenalin rushes and an overwhelming panicky feeling that I have to end the relationship immediately. I asked for three weeks apart to clear my head, and we made it to two before I wanted him here again... but the panicking is back! [more inside]
posted by Anne Onymouse at 6:20 AM PST - 30 comments

Mac to iphone calendar push notification app?

Is there an app, combo of apps or app/email combo where I can send a calendar event from my mac to my wife's iPhone - and then the event is added to a calendar app on her iPhone? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 6:12 AM PST - 10 comments

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments


Do I need a a doctor, chiropractor, or morphine dealer? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 5:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Macbook doesn't like HDMI anymore.

My Macbook's Mini-DVI port stopped working with an HDMI adapter, but it still works with a VGA adapter. Baffled. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Awesome Kick-Off

As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this job and want to leave an awesome impression. What things can I do to set myself apart? What are your tips for awesome kick-off meetings? I need to demonstrate my skills as a meeting facilitator and project manager. I am looking for anything that will set me apart including handing out candy / fruit, using an awesome slide deck, or simply facilitating a awesome kick-off. Have you seen anyone do something awesome in a meeting that wasn't borderline cheesy? I need to demonstrate imagination but also an ability to drive and get things done. Links or videos appreciated as well. Help me get this job!
posted by kaizen at 5:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Sunday Trading in Helsinki

I'm going to be in Helsinki next month - hooray for me! However, I'll be there on a Sunday. Is the city pretty much closed, or will things be open? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:39 AM PST - 9 comments

An iPad feed reader that doesn't require Google Reader to use

Please recommend me a well-designed iPad feed reader that doesn't require Google Reader to use. [more inside]
posted by Georgina at 4:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Internet changing what I type.

Why does my browser change the last two letters of some of the strings I type to "Pr"? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes at 4:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Growl notifications from the web

Growl notifications from a PHP script (or Twitter) [more inside]
posted by dance at 3:29 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm paranoid about my gas range.

How safe to use is a gas range that got a little bit waterlogged previously? [more inside]
posted by drea at 2:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find these old whaling journals

The naturalist Frederick Debell Bennett wrote a journal of his experiences on a whaler, which were published as Narrative of a whaling voyage round the globe. Are his original journals still around, and if so, where are they?
posted by Joe in Australia at 12:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Forgotten remembrances

Help me locate an article on divorce and memory loss. [more inside]
posted by TheRoach at 12:07 AM PST - 4 comments

February 23

Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming?

Where to start with teaching a bright 13 year-old programming? His interest comes from wanting to code Minecraft mods. [more inside]
posted by grubby at 11:18 PM PST - 19 comments

What kind of fish would you tell a fish newbie to eat?

Fish newbie here. Tell me what to eat. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 10:59 PM PST - 26 comments

multi-alarm woman's watch

My googling is inadequate. I need a woman's watch, a small one, with TWO OR MORE daily alarms, for a friend who needs reminders to take her medications. I'm hoping to find a watch that costs less than $30 (the only one I can find is $70) [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Let's hang out ... but only at my place

Looking for advice about how to deal with spending a disproportionate amount of time at one person's house when in a relationship ... while my situation may be unique, I'm hoping others have done the dating-while-living-with-folks thing, or the dating-with-a-horrible-roommate thing, or dating-someone-who-doesn't-drive thing. I can feel myself getting resentful, and that's not fair - it's no one's fault. [more inside]
posted by athena2255 at 10:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent?

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent? [more inside]
posted by leahpeah at 9:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Strange mark on my girlfriends back has her freaked out...

Help me identify a blotchy red spot I noticed on my girlfriend's back which now has her freaked out. [more inside]
posted by cassini at 9:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Give me the pictures, I'll give you the Woah!

For lent, this year, I'm giving up looking at sardonic pictures on the internet. Help me find those amuse yeux that lack the mocking overtone and yet aren't just kitties and other insipid cuteness. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:02 PM PST - 14 comments

It's something worth thinking about.

I'm moving sometime soon to pursue a screenwriting career. By default, I'd be relocating to Los Angeles, but would it be a bad decision to relocate elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 9:02 PM PST - 35 comments

Day trip in or around Bangkok

I'm going on a business trip to Bangkok. What do I do with my two extra nights? [more inside]
posted by Elcee at 9:00 PM PST - 10 comments

First time interview with local business owner, what to ask and how to do it.

I was told last minute that I was doing an interview with a small local business owner (a new bar in a college town). I am not from a journalism background, and need some advice. See below the cut. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Traffic Lights

Why are traffic lights in New Jersey horizontal in many cities and vertical in the suburbs? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Why red knuckles?

My friend's knuckles get red and hot after she eats. She has no other symptoms. What could be causing this? Has anyone else ever experienced it?
posted by holympus at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

There Ain't No Party Like a Liz Lemon Party

Can't believe I'm using a question for this, but -- 30 Rock filter: Why doesn't Grizz ever have any lines anymore? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 8:24 PM PST - 8 comments

You know Robot Unicorn Attack? Like that!

Is there a name for the kind of aesthetic you find in Sailor Moon, the Sixth Doctor's TV intro, and Robot Unicorn Attack? What's the history of the whole magical-sparkles-in-space thing, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Say hello to the new bossa nova, same as the old bossa nova.

I would like to get up to date with the most cutting edge modern orchestral music being composed today. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Took a risk and went to another company...not happy so far

I was at a fast growing, exciting company for over a year and half. I had started there right after college and after a year or so, had a yearning to go out, explore, and try something else. Don't get me wrong, I loved working at this company and they loved me. But I still left since I felt like I was young and able to take the risk. My new job is slightly higher paying and in the same industry but does not challenge me whatsoever. Although I have less responsibilities and less work, I feel like there is more I am capable of. Long story short, it is boring and unrewarding. I also don't fit very well into the culture. I am only two months in. What do I do? Stop wasting time and find a new job? Give it more time? Try to go back to my old position? What are the downsides to going back to an old employer?
posted by cm1088 at 7:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Toiling over Wedding Venue!

I have a dilemma regarding wedding venue. Months ago, I decided on a wedding venue, mom put down the deposit, the end. I am in the south and both the church and the reception were downtown historic buildings, very ritzy and high-class looking--what I envisioned a wedding should be. The rub is about a month ago, my aunt volunteered to help with the decorations, we bring her buy the place, and she starts finding fault, telling us about this other place that's so much better supposedly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 PM PST - 32 comments

Teaching Students to Teach Each Other?

Are there any experimental teaching methods that focus on students teaching each other? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 7:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly?

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin at 7:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Want to create a formal legal roommate agreement, not a landlord/tenant lease document

I'm moving in a roommate. What can/should I do to protect myself legally? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 7:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone give me a breakdown of the Seattle public transportation system?

Can anyone give me a breakdown of the Seattle public transportation system? [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 at 7:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Shirt and Shoes, But No Service.

Has anyone else completely lost Sprint reception on BART these past couple of days? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 7:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Money money money...or benefits?

I'm expecting a formal job offer soon, but the salary is well below market. What "soft" benefits should I ask for instead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me make this gift as cool as possible!

Creative-gifty-diablo3 filter: What else could you put in a DVD/game case where the CD/game usually goes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Which literary critic had "Today" inscribed on a plaque on his desk?

Which literary critic had "Today" inscribed on a plaque on his desk?
posted by R. Schlock at 6:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Why is my kefir bitter?

Why is my milk kefir bitter? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Accenture is interviewing me ... but not for a job.

What should I expect from an Accenture review/interview of my branch office? [more inside]
posted by 5DollarQuestion at 5:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Who will clean my Seattle-area house?

I'm looking for house cleaners in the North Seattle area for a one-time very thorough cleaning of a house that hasn't been cleaned in years, before new people move in. The job is too big for just one person. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How long is too long?

Academic Jobs Filter: What is a reasonable amount of time to ask for to make a decision about a job offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Are certain implications of religious freedom at odds with the principle of equality before the law for everyone?

Recently I entered a discussion about the following scenario: If a college student at a state university says they can't take a test on Friday, because of their religious beliefs, should their professor be required to honor that and reschedule the test for that student? I am talking about some sort of a formal requirement, as opposed to the professor being an accommodating sport. Read below for details. [more inside]
posted by josefk at 4:36 PM PST - 33 comments

I hear you, but I also hear the cat licking its paws a mile away...

Attention Filter: I can't filter things out when it comes to hearing. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 4:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Beautiful Baby Book

Recommendations for a beautiful fill-in baby book for new parents? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 4:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Diagnodent and tiny cavities - get them filled?

I recently moved and went to a new dentist. My old dentist used a probe to find cavities - I haven't had a cavity in a decade. This new dentist used a Diagnodent and told me I had 5-6 areas of decay that he wanted to drill into and fill. He said he didn't know if they went into the dentin or just the enamel, and wouldn't know until he got in there. What's up with this Diagnodent business? Is it legit? YANMD, but is a Diagnodent really better than a probe, and does it sound wise to get them filled? Thanks.
posted by baltimoregirl at 4:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Will my mental health really improve if I start eating meat?

Vegetarian. Depressed and lethargic. Psychiatrist suggested eating meat again. Is this something I should seriously consider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 53 comments

Online Book Publishing Workflow?

Online Book publishing: ebook, kindle, epub, ibook - can this be done without a million different programs and converters? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 3:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Lunges make me lose my lunch

Why do I find lunges so unbearable, when I don't mind squats at all? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 3:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Employment law advice in a hurry

My wife finds herself quite unexpectedly facing termination from her job and needs legal/employment advice quickly. Some details after the link. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm Not a Bad Person, Amazon-san, Honest!

I live overseas. I like music. I want to purchase and download MP3s from Amazon.com, which are literally half the price of the same album sold by iTunes Japan. Amazon doesn't want to let me do this. [more inside]
posted by zachawry at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find the best travel arrangement between Missouri and Tennessee

Help me choose from among a few transportation/lodging options for a St. Louis-Columbia-Knoxville trip. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 2:27 PM PST - 7 comments

The Webby for best bank website goes to....

What bank has the best/easiest/most useful website for a small business. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm a student and want to do it!

I was approached by a teacher of mine, who says a friend of a friend is looking for a graphic artist, and he thinks I'm more than capable and wants to give me the opportunity to try and get some professional work into my portfolio. I'm a freshman, and have no idea how to navigate this situation, or what to expect. Help? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Delete my Google's Search History?

What are the benefits of Google's Search History? As I understand it, Google is changing it's privacy policy so that my personal search history (which was previously kept separate), will now be tied to my Google profile for other Google products (Google+, Gmail, Google Voice, etc.). In other words - my search history will now be associated with my actual name and personal phone number. So - I'm thinking about removing my search history, but I don't know what I'd be giving up. According to Google - it uses my history to "personalize" my search results. But - does this really make a difference? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Winged Rodent Man, you're my hero!

I'm thinking of making custom costumes to sell. I have an opportunity to advertise through a local comic shop and I suspect many clients will be looking for replicas of existing heros/heroines. What legalities do I need to be aware of in terms of copyright infringement? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 2:06 PM PST - 6 comments

To spot-tone or not to spot-tone

Can you ever really change your body shape with specific exercises? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 1:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Dysfunctional family funeral

Non-deist, non- spiritual funeral for dysfunctional family [more inside]
posted by b33j at 1:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Keeping my browsing habits secure

I have a handful of questions about Google, VPNs and privacy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Spending Effort on the Least-Favorite Option

Do I go for an interview when I'm not sure I'm interested anymore? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 12:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Tasty tex-mex for under 650 calories

The 650 calorie Tex-Mex meal - how to do it? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 12:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Rescue Me (Ma)

Can anyone offer me recommendations, guidance or personal experiences in choosing a "Rescue Alert"-like service? TL;DR inside. (I will never, ever use the term "snowflake" that way.) [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with struggling exotic house plants!?

An older couple asked me to care for their condo & exotic house plants for three months while they're traveling. Two of the plants are struggling, and I don't know what to do! More info inside. [more inside]
posted by eenagy at 11:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Home AC

Dfwhvacfilter: looking for a recommendation for a good honest reputable air conditioning service business. My ac at my house is running but no cold air. I live in the North Dallas area. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I get poetry translations published?

How can I get my translations of a deceased poet's work published? [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone have a crafty way to manage your earbuds and cord for an iPhone/iPad?

Does anyone have a crafty way to manage your earbuds and cord for an iPhone/iPad? [more inside]
posted by starkraven at 11:33 AM PST - 30 comments

What to do with inherited stuff/antiques?

I have just inherited about one hundred boxes full of 40-100 year old stuff from 2 or 3 generations. I can't really use any of it and some of it may be very valuable. How can I best assess the values of the thousands of items so that I can sell/donate/throw out everything? [more inside]
posted by meantime at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for an optimal-schedule creator

I need to create a schedule for many, many one-on-one meetings that are all happening in the same day, between two groups of people. What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 11:29 AM PST - 4 comments

iPhone Photography for an SLR User

What are your favorite apps, tips, and techniques for getting the most out of photography with your iPhone? Difficulty: I'm a proficient SLR user looking for something new creatively. [more inside]
posted by fremen at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Is medical treatment always necessary for an ovarian cyst?

I have an ovarian cyst, do I *need* to see a doctor? Slightly unpleasant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Any reason I shouldn't let people use my house as a canvas?

What is the legality of commissioning graffiti art for a residence? [more inside]
posted by komara at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Website's links suddenly broken in IE8

My company's website is having a bizarre experience: our links have stopped working, suddenly, in IE8 only. They focus but don't trigger the target URL to open. Naturally, most of our clients use IE8. No changes have been made recently. The site is DNN-based, and we've opened a support ticket with DotNetNuke, but I'm stumped. What should I be looking at? Memail me if seeing the site would be helpful and I can give you the URL.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Invite to Facebook Page?

How do I invite my Facebook friends to like my Facebook page? For some reason the Invite Friends option is not there. What am I missing? Is it something in my settings?
posted by tomcochrane at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I turning into an emotional abuser?

Am I repeating my abusive relationship? I had an extremely triggering fight with my boyfriend tonight, but he was the one describing me as "violent." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 29 comments

Is a colonoscopy really surgery?

I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy in December. I was put under twilight sedation during the procedure, and when it was over, I went home. Now my insurance company is claiming that this outpatient procedure counts as surgery, which has a copay of $150. Are they right? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments

You've got mail.

How does Poste Restante work? Need to send gift to Geneva, Switzerland next month but no fixed address for recipient yet... [more inside]
posted by veryape at 9:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Heater outlets?

Alternative to this ugly heater outlet and online fabric stores [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Convince me to move to San Antonio

Convince me to move to San Antonio [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 9:15 AM PST - 32 comments

Bye-bye bulimia?

Raging ED-filter: My eating disorder is back with a vengeance. I need to find a way to finally deal with it (or at least make a tangible start on recovery) before my entire life gets turned upside down when I leave the country for graduate school in September. Advice? Encouragement? Kick in the pants? All are welcome (and needed) here...loooong story inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist?

Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Is there a word for this? Independent discovery of a previously known thing?

Is there a word for this? Independently coming up with a "breakthrough idea" that turns out to have been previously discovered and explored. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:57 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I make wired connection to a wireless network?

How can I make a wired connection to a wireless network? I'd like to use my external hard drive wirelessly with my laptop and DLNA-enabled BluRay player - the hard drive is made to be plugged into a router and used in this way. Problem: I share internet services with another apartment in my building and I do not have access to the router, which is in the other apartment. [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Notes with pics, please?

What's a good Android App that will allow for inline picture additions into a text document and does not require an internet connection to work? [more inside]
posted by deezil at 8:53 AM PST - 1 comment

What are some fun things to do in the next couple of days in San Francisco?

What are some fun things to do in the next couple of days in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:31 AM PST - 17 comments

We need to be laying a whole lot o' pipe up in here.

What should we be thinking about and considering when re-plumbing an entire house? Plumbers and experienced homeowners we welcome your advice. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 7:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Hey! That's my guitar!

I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 7:02 AM PST - 34 comments

How can I tell how much of the weight I've gained is muscle?

How can I tell how much of the weight I've gained is muscle? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 6:53 AM PST - 16 comments

I don't want to be a flake!

Is my skin flaking because I am overexfoliating or because it is still adjusting to the chemical exfoliants? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 6:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 5:09 AM PST - 11 comments

I've screwed my squats.

Started Starting Strength, but I think I've done some damage with my squats. Halp! [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 4:09 AM PST - 21 comments

network throughput and latency monitoring on cloud server

I would like some advice. I would like to send test data at intervals from a client to a cloud server and measure the time taken for it to arrive at the server. At the same time, pinging the cloud server at intervals and measuring the roundtrip latency. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 at 3:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for a document database that runs on Windows, offers categories, tags and full-text search for a collection of PDFs, PowerPoint and Word Documents and images?

Any suggestions for a document database that runs on Windows, offers categories, tags and full-text search for a collection of PDFs, PowerPoint and Word Documents and images? [more inside]
posted by starzero at 2:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Can a virus alter a file without altering the timestamp?

Can a virus alter a file without altering the timestamp? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 1:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there such a thing as project aggregation software?

I'm not looking for project management, nor time tracking, nor (necessarily) to do lists, but more of a way of assembling all the different project components and work in progress in one interface. Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by outlier at 1:17 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I rid my apartment of negative energy and replace it with positive?

Recently moved apartment, and found that two of the rooms are filled with negative energy. Guests concur: when you're in these rooms, you'd rather be elsewhere. Therefore I'm looking for tried-and-tested home improvement tips to clear rooms of negative energy and fill it with positive. (I've looked into feng shui, but interested to know what specifically has worked for the community.) Thanks!
posted by scrm at 1:02 AM PST - 33 comments

Moving to London, working at Southwark Bridge

We may be moving to London. If so, I'd be working at an office near Southwark Bridge. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 12:43 AM PST - 17 comments

February 22

Windows7filter: Are there any options under Windows 7 to sort files and folders in explorer without segregation?

I'm looking to sort an entire folder alphabetically by name, but Windows 7 insists on always keeping files and folders separate. There was a solution for XP earlier, but under 7 that option is nowhere to be seen. I'm open to 3rd party file manager solutions, just as long as they don't look like a programmer with ADHD designed it ala.
posted by a. at 11:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for free or cheap graphing software

Can you recommend free (or cheap) graphing software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 11:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Why, oh why, can't this just fit together like Legos?!

Plumbing/Science Equipmentfilter: I have a process air heater that I bought from Omega but I have no idea how to connect the 4in non-threaded duct and the 1in threaded pipe outlet from my blower. Help please! [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 10:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Microsoft Word doc "properties"

What kinds of document-editing scenarios produce the time and date information stored in "Properties" for a Word document? Regarding a college student's fishy paper submission. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 9:52 PM PST - 27 comments

What resolution do I use for large prints with the Canon 5D MkII?

I need to get some prints done at a fairly large size. The final output will be maximum 3 feet by 2 feet. I've never done prints this size but everything I've read has said that the 5D MkII can produce that size just fine. What I'm unsure of is how to set my file up in Photoshop. The largest prints I've done in the past is 18x12 which is more or less the camera's largest output at 300dpi (which is plenty sharp). For larger prints (like the ones I want to do) what resolution should I be using? 72? 150?
posted by Joseppi at 9:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Skype hacks?

How can I have the best video chat experience? [more inside]
posted by segfault at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How to write your own letter of recommendation?

Do you have any tips for drafting your own letter of recommendation? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 8:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents. This seems very not okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Locating a Hanshin Tigers New Era Cap

How could I get a Hanshin Tigers New Era 59FIFTY hat in North America (Canada or US)? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 8:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Into the labyrinth, never to return

Where did my movie go? [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

So how many appliances can I plug in there before starting an electrical fire?

I have a two-plug outlet with a three-plug adapter, meaning that I have four things plugged into the outlet. Am I going to set my sublet apartment on fire? Or rather, how can I keep from doing so? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 7:32 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the difference between the effects of witchhazel, salicylic acid, and acetasalicylic acid on the face?

What is the difference between the effects of witchhazel, salicylic acid, and acetasalicylic acid on the face? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 7:28 PM PST - 5 comments

When there's snow on the ground, I think they call your 'spring allergies' by it's latin term: "the Flu"

I'm a supervisor, and one of my staff was out sick all last week with the flu. This week she is back, but coughing, hacking and sneezing loudly. When asked about it, she stated that she had allergies. I don't want her to infect the office, but am not sure how to pursue the conversation with her. Help? [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox at 7:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Coping with waiting for bad news

How to cope with anxiety while waiting for bad news, especially when you don't know when the bad news is coming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Foodie gift from Chicago

I am returning from Chicago to NY on a foodie's birthday. What, if anything, can I bring back for him? Limitations/details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Are Allergy Flares Like Little Flags Saying, "Stop or I'll Shoot?"

Flares but no wheals. What does this mean? Also, casein-milk allergy, but no allergies to cheese, cheddar-type, and cheese, mold-type. I've been unable to locate even a single discussion or explanation of these phenomena online. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 7:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Care package for someone with a life-threatening illness

A wonderful friend was just diagnosed with life-threatening cancer recurrence. What can I send as a care package to support her and her family? [more inside]
posted by goggie at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a dog to do in Santa Fe?

Is Santa Fe a dog-friendly destination? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Alert the next of kin. And Netflix.

How do I make my passwords available to loved ones if I die suddenly, but keep them secure while I'm alive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Need to get just a little higher in my tower...

[Singing Filter] I was just cast in a musical. I generally sing alto but the role I'm playing (Rapunzel in Into the Woods) is soprano. I'm having some difficulty getting her highest note - it is one or two notes out of my range, depending on the day. Looking for tips, tricks, advice - anything! [more inside]
posted by firei at 6:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Recommendations for an email guide dog.

Someone close to me is going blind. What kind of screen reader and other software should I set them up on so they can continue to read and send email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 6:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Cream-whipper recipes

What are some cool things to do with an "iSi Mini Whip"? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 5:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Interviewing Firms...

I am a recent graduate. I want to visit to design firms and do short, factual profiles of them on a website for students. What questions should I ask, what will firms not answer, and is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 5:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Peanut butter or ham

Peanut butter or lunch meat? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 5:32 PM PST - 25 comments

I want my facebook wall gone.

I want my facebook profile to serve as a second email account, and nothing more. Help? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 5:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I see multiple doctors? CAN I?!

Is it acceptable -- in a legal sense, I suppose -- to see multiple doctors and have them prescribe different medications? [more inside]
posted by apip at 4:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Need opinion/experience from meetup.com or match.com users

Just broke up with my BF 2 weeks ago; need advice about how to busy myself and move on and how to meet new people (friends or potential dates). Thinking about meetup.com and match.com, need advice from anyone who has used these sites. [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Showing Facebook

My cousin puts all her business on Facebook. She's around 18 years old and puts all sorts of drama on her wall, mainly centered around her boyfriend. I'm concerned not only for her well-being with this guy but also finding a decent job once she decides to grow up. She's very cool and comfortable with me. Is there any way, I can approach her with this, without making her feel like a 2-year-old?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 4:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres.

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 4:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Help Me Ask My Engineer If This Is Built Right

Can you keep this old house from falling down -- or help me stop pointlessly worrying about nothing -- by helping me ask my licensed structural engineer this question the right way? (Long.) [more inside]
posted by slidell at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Give it to me skinny

Is my tailor giving me the true skinny? Can the arms of an expensive sports jacket really be removed in order to cut the shoulder length? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 4:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How to avoid playing golf with people you don't like

I'm looking for a free program/app/webpage, etc that will allow me to create 6 or 7 rounds worth of golf foursomes with as little repetition as possible. [more inside]
posted by jenny76 at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

My brain is making up a new version of English.

My brain regularly replaces words. Cute or scary? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 4:00 PM PST - 40 comments

What's that portrait?

Name that incredibly photorealistic painting of a (bishop?) at a European museum (the Prado?). [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 4:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get a bar feed unit for a Pultra 1550 capstan lathe or information about it?

Where can I get a bar feed unit for a Pultra 1550 capstan lathe or information about it? [more inside]
posted by dugnorth at 3:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Should we find our dog a new home?

Help me think through whether we ought to find a new home for our dog. Long, special-snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 3:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find these glasses?

Where might I find glasses like these? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

I require bad movie puns.

I am looking for creative, pun filled categories for a home version of The Leonard Maltin Game. [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments


I need help finding a 2D game about running a restaurant- and it involved a lot of mini-games and menial tasks. Very simple graphics, too. [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 3:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Barbed wire just isn't enough.

What is the cheapest way to build a lot of wall or fence to keep predators at bay? [more inside]
posted by ThisKindNepenthe at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

I can't go home again, but can you help me get to Portland?

Please help me devise a feasible plan for relocating to Portland from Los Angeles. Level of difficulty: pretty desperate. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for name of book about sleep

BookFilter: Book which I'm pretty sure was about sleep and wakefulness at different times of the day; what's the name? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I talk about movies?

I just saw a thought provoking movie the other day, and I'm dying to talk about it. Where is a good forum for discussing movies without either a lot of silly chatter about the cute boy actors, or a lot of art school theory stuff.
posted by thylacinthine at 3:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Accessories for a shorter foot?

I have one foot that is 1/2 inch longer than the other. Are there any good ways to make the shorter foot fit my shoes better? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd at 2:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Tips for visiting Zion National Park with a baby?

On a whim my husband and I booked a trip to Zion National Park for mid-March. We love hiking and photography, and we're excited to visit Zion for the first time. Our 8 month old daughter will be with us, and we're looking for advice on getting the most out of the park with a baby in tow. [more inside]
posted by eliina at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Are iPad 2s going to drop in price soon?

I am going to buy an iPad 32 gig, but am thinking of waiting until the 3 comes out ('early March', apparently) to see if the price drops. However my brother is coming over from Australia next week and it would be nice to have the 'pad so we can make music on it. Is my hope of a price drop reasonable? Or is it more likely to be confined to the bottom end, based on past Apple pricing behaviour?
posted by Sebmojo at 2:24 PM PST - 20 comments

It is hard to forget a river of babies

This is a long shot, but I'm trying to identify a painting that I saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art about 4 years ago. All I remember is that it was a large painting that looked like a forest scene - at first glance it looked simply like a river within the forest, but upon looking at it again, you can see that the river is made up of hundreds upon hundreds of babies. I've tried googling, and exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art's webpage, but to no avail. I am hoping someone knows this crazy painting!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Five-year-old on third day of vomiting and belly pain -- stomach virus?

Five-year-old on his third day of vomiting with stomach flu? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 1:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Coding sample as part of a job application?

If I'm applying for a junior developer job in a web company, and they ask for a code sample along with the resume, what sorts of things would make a good sample? How much code is just enough/too little/too much? What would make a sample supergood, or the opposite? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Please tell me this can be done with a few clicks instead of a few days!

Illustrator filter. Is it possible to mirror several objects at once, but have the mirroring axis be the center of each individual object? Picture explanation below. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Non-Popup Notifications

What are some well-designed web apps that dynamically add/remove content (notifications) to pages without using lightboxes/overlays?
posted by phrontist at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it a wet dream if it's all just sweat?

Why am I sweating so much when I'm asleep and dreaming? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 12:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Which Mac for me?

Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 12:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Volunteering in Seattle

Know any good LGBT organizations in the Seattle area to volunteer at?
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Monochrome V for Vendetta Copy

I love V for Vendetta (the graphic novel), but I hate the coloring job. Years ago, I borrowed a monochrome line-art-only version from a library. I would really like to own such a copy, but my Google-fu fails me.
posted by Zarkonnen at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

A whole new world with iphone keyboard?

How can I best use my new bluetooth keyboard with my iphone? [more inside]
posted by Buckt at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

San francisco photography

I used to take pictures a ton, but I'm working all the time now. I want to try and go out and shoot photos during my lunch break & after work (near Montgomery St. Station). I'm looking for suggestions of good photogenic or interesting places in San Francisco to go that would help me jumpstart my old hobby. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 11:33 AM PST - 23 comments

In a haze, and I don't know what to do about it. Depression, school, work, &c.

In a sleepy haze, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 11:23 AM PST - 18 comments

What is your opinion on aftermarket cruise control?

What are your experience with aftermarket cruise control? Specifically I'm asking about the 2012 Subaru Impreza hatchback base model, which doesn't include cruise control. [more inside]
posted by czytm at 11:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Carpenter/Handyman in Arlington, VA

Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced carpenter/handyman in Arlington, Virginia [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

I mean COME ON, a soda bottle? You could've hit someone in the head!

What's going on in someone's head when they blatantly, casually litter? What justifications do adults use for dropping their trash onto the street? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:52 AM PST - 97 comments

Thief high centered my Jeep on a boulder. What now?

Stolen car, undercarriage damage, and an auto insurance claim. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Win7 home-built HTPC shuts down without an error message, why?

My home-made HTPC running Windows 7 shuts down without warning, first after prolonged use playing HD (720) videos with VLC. Then it stopped twenty minutes into an episode, and switching to Media Player Classic seemed to be the answer. Then the computer shut down after about 20 minutes of simply being idle. And there's never a "sudden shutdown" error message when I reboot. How do I diagnose this, or what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:46 AM PST - 20 comments

What is this campy horror flick???

Mid/late 80s-90's comedy/horror flick. Seems very B movie esque. It actually reminds me of something that Troma would churn out. It had to do with a high school reunion. Everyone had quirky tendencies and maybe they were all murders? I remember a murder happening in a school cafeteria kitchen and think someone was decapitated with something silly.
posted by baconandvodka at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments


Please recommend your favorite white noise machine! [more inside]
posted by zarq at 10:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Needing some hope

There's always someone else, right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 38 comments

Weaving webs to wind me

Can you find an example from before 1979 of the "crazy string wall" used in movies and television? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:00 AM PST - 2 comments

I cannot wash that many items by hand every week.

Handwash Only?! How do I manage the increasing tendency for professional women's clothing to demand very special, labour intensive treatment? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:23 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me take pictures with Dad's 1967 rangefinder camera

I've inherited my father's 1967 rangefinder camera. The metering doesn't work anymore. Help me take pictures with it again. [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Is the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal now protected from closure?

The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal has just been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Will this complicate efforts to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan? [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Catalog this!

Librarianfilter: I think I'd like to be a cataloger. Librarians, tell me about it! (Also, tell me how cataloging is changing as Library Science becomes more Information Science-y, and about jobs in other fields that use similar skills.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 9:14 AM PST - 19 comments

401K Contribution

What percentage should I contribute to my 401K? [more inside]
posted by gpoint at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I get floral images?

Where would I find flower images similar to these? [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

How to stop obsessing over incompetent new hire?

Help me stop raging about a difficult work situation. I got promoted. My boss's stepson is being hired to take my place. He is incapable of taking over my responsibilities. Looks like this is actually going to happen and I can't stop obsessing. How do I stop thinking about this and just focus on myself?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 20 comments

To Complain or Not?

I gave birth via emergency c-section over the weekend. The baby and I are both fine, but I wouldn't be querying the hivemind if I didn't have a too-long and too-detailed question about what happened. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 42 comments

Help Finding A Summer Place Near WNY

I'm looking for a place to take the extended family this summer. About 20 people, ages 3 to 83 want to spend a week at some beach. Level of difficulty is we need 3 cabins/cottages/trailers/whatevers, and the location should be about 200 miles or so from Buffalo NY. So that would put us someplace between maybe Syracuse and Cleveland, and anywhere south of Toronto in Ontario. Closer to Buffalo is better. We're hoping to stay on a beach or as close to a beach as possible. [more inside]
posted by Blake at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Word spacing screwed up by saving on faulty flash drive?

When I save MS Word docs, a lot of my spacings between words are being eliminated. In just about every sentence, it happens at least once! To be clear, instead of something like "and the", it will say "andthe". Could it be a faulty flash drive? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 7:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Best books that act as writing coach for fiction?

What are the best books, articles, or websites that act as a kind of "writing coach" for fiction, which walk you through, like an encouraging but demanding mentor, the psychological, technical, and purely logistical issues of writing and then publishing short stories or novels?
posted by shivohum at 7:50 AM PST - 14 comments

I ate my dinner in a diner...

What words become different words when you double a letter? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 7:39 AM PST - 34 comments

What was this Gauntlet clone?

What was this early 90's Gauntlet clone I remember playing as a kid? [more inside]
posted by naju at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Hate work but don't want to take holidays

Quotation/Proverb: returning to the drudge of work after holidays is so painful that it's better not to take holidays, just plough on. Has someone said this in a more well-known/profound/general way? Maybe something about caged birds being happy because they've never known freedom?
posted by Gomoryhu at 7:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Who can I trust with Grandma's gold?

Any good jewelry store recommendations for the New York area? [more inside]
posted by Mooseli at 7:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Need some pointers on creating a simple inventory database

Need help setting up a simple Access database. I'm trying to reconcile a bunch of inventory, which is all recorded in multiple Excel spreadsheets. I want to import all the Excel files into an Access database so I can match them up all at the same time. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

big fat geeky book list

Book Recs -- Presidential Biography edition! [more inside]
posted by mibo at 6:57 AM PST - 9 comments

violent video games developer -> bible software developer?

My partner and I are currently living on separate sides of the Vancouver/Washington state border - I would very much like to move to be with her, but the job prospects for my specialties are low. One option is to work for a local company which produces bible software. From a technical standpoint, their products are excellent, the jobs pay well , have excellent medical and retirement benefits and they regularly hire from outside the faith. The catch? I am a staunch atheist, and bordering on actively anti-religious. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Where, around Tokyo, can I have my blood tested for specific genetic mutations?

Where, around Tokyo, can I have my blood tested for specific genetic mutations? Specifically, protrombin 20210 and factor V (5) Leiden. [more inside]
posted by ovesh at 6:34 AM PST - 2 comments

iTunes, uTunes, we all Tunes for iReviews

I've read that a podcast becomes more popular on iTunes the more people review it. Is that true? Why is that the case? Is it worth it to ask listeners of my podcast to review it to improve the podcast rank?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Best Wordpress ecommerce plugin for digital goods?

What is the best Wordpress ecommerce plugin for digital downloads only? I am setting up a small store for digital goods (e-books, etc.) on a Wordpress site. [more inside]
posted by matcha action at 6:05 AM PST - 5 comments

What are common pronunciation mistakes English speakers make in other languages?

I just found a list of common pronunciation mistakes English learners make depending on their first language background. What are typical pronunciation mistakes English speakers make when learning other languages? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 5:45 AM PST - 45 comments

How can I get my Android browser to cut me off?

How can I find, rig or code a self-control/freedom/leechblock-type solution for my android phone's browser? [more inside]
posted by feets at 5:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a Chicago Brick and Mortar Store with Obama Merchandise

Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
posted by jeanmari at 2:14 AM PST - 14 comments

It's like epoxy clay, but easier.

Please help me remember a crafty-type material I saw in a web article a month or two ago. It's some kind of plastic that comes in pouches, in various fairly deep colors, and apparently permanently hardens some time after being exposed to air. [more inside]
posted by Malor at 12:00 AM PST - 14 comments

February 21

The death and life of languages

Help me sort out the best way to approach language preservation, as an academic interest and as a guideline for volunteer work. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 11:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Keep my boss from taking credit for my work.

How do I keep my somewhat petty, probably vindictive boss from taking credit for writing all of the online content that I write for the company website? [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 11:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Must I Holler? Must I Shake 'Em On Down?

Calling Bluesologists and/or Language Historians: Want interpretations of the meaning of a song, or more specifically, a specific phrase used in that song. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 10:27 PM PST - 5 comments

I need an awesome camera

I need a DSLR camera that takes high quality pictures and video for $800 or less. I'll be using it for interviewing, artsy pictures, party pictures, "stand RIGHT THERE and smile, dammit!" pictures, short films, and everything else an amateur might get up to with a shiny new camera. [more inside]
posted by jingle at 10:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me decide on the right iphone video strategy for my event

I want to use my iPhone 4s to film a 15-30 minute event, indoors, just three people talking, dark-ish lighting. It doesn’t have to be perfect – this is for personal use, not commercial. What’s the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments

What about...? What about...? (2) What about...? (3)

Mac OS... I want a file I rename, that has the same name as another file, to automatically label it as 2nd, 3rd, etc. Windows does this automatically, but in the Finder it says I need to give the file another name. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 8:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Can't Get iTunes Match to work

iTunes Match disaster--how do I get this service I paid $25 for to work on my iPad2? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 8:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Suggestions for a winter road trip from MN to OR with little prep!

Driving from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR at the end of the week. Looking for suggestions on what to do along the way. Bonus: Yellowstone for a day? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara at 7:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Fun London Nightlife

My wife and I will be in London in two weeks and would love your suggestions on great pubs, gastropubs, bars and other nightlife activities. We are interested in fun places with local flavour, not touristy places. Inexpensive is preferred but not mandatory.
posted by cjets at 7:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Please help us save our conjugal oak tree!!!

Our conjugal oak tree is dying, and I'm devastated. Please help us save it!!! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

it seems like only baptised penguins deserve tiny sweaters

Crocheting for secular charity? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 7:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me help myself get down to work

Strategies for getting things done, especially when those things are deeply important, pretty scary, and you have no idea how to start. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 7:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Ginja / Ginjinha recipes?

Ginja drink / recipe recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 7:12 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I stop losing my keys and phone?

How can I stop losing my keys and phone? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 6:49 PM PST - 42 comments

So, what gives? I thought nursing was a growth field

I'd always thought I'd be a nurse, and I finished all but the final pre-req before I veered off to work in insurance for a while. My question is, is there really a nursing bubble going on right now, and how is it affecting new grads and more experienced nurses? If there's no bubble, what are some of the reasons my more experienced RN friends are having problems finding work? Thank you
posted by Issithe at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

NYC Startups: A Quest

I want to work for companies like Tumblr, Kickstarter, Meetup, OKCupid, Yelp, and the rest of the hip NYC startup crowd. How can I become involved in the startup scene? What do I need to do to make myself a competitive applicant, especially when I have no idea what job title suits me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 20 comments

What do with all the $#%!$ pecans?!

There are pecans everywhere. Formerly they carpeted the backyard, now they're in huge container in the living room. Mostly. There are still more to pick up. A LOT more, the pecan tree has been surprisingly fruitful this year. What the hell does one do with a ton of freshly picked pecans, besides eat them and/or give them out to friends and family? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Negotiating parenting time in a divorce before court

Very shortly, I will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to sit down with my soon-to-be ex-wife and discuss between ourselves the terms (and therefore set the tone) of our final divorce (married about 15 years). If this conversation fails to get us on the same fundamental page, it’s off to a mediator or even a trial. And I’d love to avoid that, but I don’t know the best approach for having the conversation I want to have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 41 comments

What can I do with a sudden supply of amaryllis bulbs?

I have come into a supply of very large, robust Amaryllis bulbs- more than I can deal with. A little help? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

What to ask job recruiters

Going to a job fair hosted by the local community college next week. My interest is I.T. (Network/Sysadmin, preferably) I'm going to it to gather information on how to get a job, rather than the actual job. What questions should I ask the company reps? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

When is it time for inpatient treatment?

I think I'm having a nervous breakdown. Should I pursue inpatient treatment? Any recommendations in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 PM PST - 19 comments

What to do with this suit?

Two years ago I bought a $500 business suit for use in my mom's wedding, job interviews, etc. It's a pretty nice suit and all, but I've lost almost a hundred pounds since then. What should I do with this suit? [more inside]
posted by Avenger at 5:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Russian dictionary support on the Nook Simple Touch?

Is there any way I can replace the standard dictionary on my Nook Simple Touch with a Russian/English dictionary? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find this guy!

Help me identify a participant in a long-form debate on religion, who rebuffed a strict atheist. [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Alternate map routings on my iPhone

How do I turn off alternate map routings on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

The Shakespeare of Brazil...

Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 4:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex at 4:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Social Hacks for NYC Needed

My partner recently moved to NYC from the Northwest. Help me help him (geeky, science-loving, and politically active) find friends that aren't already mine! [more inside]
posted by corb at 3:44 PM PST - 22 comments

I just really wanted some nummy vegetables, you see.

Rookie Mistakes with New Cookware Filter: I was so excited to use my shiny new enamel Le Creuset oven pan that I forgot to wash it before using it to roast some vegetables. Aside from probably getting some warehouse dust in my food, is this in any way dangerous / unsafe?
posted by a small part of the world at 3:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Will my iPhone be watching me?

Will my iPhone be watching me? [more inside]
posted by hafehd at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Should we keep this puppy?

New puppy-filter. More specifically: is this new puppy for us-filter. [more inside]
posted by murkywaters at 3:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Cheap Seattle Motel in the middle of it all

I'll be in Seattle in a couple of weeks. Looked at the Kings Inn because its cheap and walking distance to the touristy stuff. Any other suggestions for cheap motels in the middle of it all? [more inside]
posted by Lindalou at 2:36 PM PST - 15 comments

I can't pay attention if paying attention makes me sleep!

Does this happen to anyone else: Long periods of concentration result in a creeping headache that eventually prevents me from functioning until I can take a nap. If so, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 2:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Basic circuit element symbols in DWG format

I'm using DraftSight to make some circuit diagrams and I am looking for basic circuit symbols in DWG format. I've found a nice collections of circuit element symbols in WMF format, but am having a hard time finding a converter on a decent web site. Decent web site as in one that doesn't look like a malware factory. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Should a cover letter ever be more than one page?

Should a cover letter ever be more than one page? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 2:09 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I block these websites and how can I figure out my compulsion to visit them?

I love tumblr, but there are a few specific tumblrblogs I need to stop reading to keep my own sanity. I compulsively read a certain set of blogs dozens of times per day. I have unfollowed them, but keep compulsively going directly to their blogs to read them. (This question is one part about software and one part human relations) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Beading help

Beading/jewellery/craft people, can you help me work out how to make this necklace? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 1:41 PM PST - 3 comments

I should have just gone to med school

Calling all nurses and non-nurses: I hate clinical, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:36 PM PST - 13 comments


What makes someone use Vimeo instead of Youtube ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:34 PM PST - 38 comments

How to proceed once you have your home inspection?

How to decide what to request repairs vs. credit vs. ignoring after a home inspection? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 1:26 PM PST - 19 comments

No, I do not want to purchase a widget from you. Shut up.

At work, I get calls from salespeople. It's part of my job, but I really loathe dealing with salespeople...especially over the phone. Please help me to not be so psychotic about it. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:23 PM PST - 34 comments

What to do with my free time?

I have a pretty stable non profit job and plenty of free time. I'm considering getting a project management certification, is this a good idea? Any other recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Need marriage communication book recommendations

Need book recommendations for improving communication in marriage as a substitute for therapy [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

You don't have to go home but you can't stay here

How to tell current roommate he can't move with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 32 comments

Tell me how a web startup like Pinterest or Kickstarter happens.

Tell me how a web startup like Pinterest or Kickstarter happens. I'm most emphatically not starting a web company of my own, but I'm in the industry and am curious just what exactly goes into making a recognizable and successful site like that. [more inside]
posted by relucent at 12:24 PM PST - 18 comments

What should I do when my landlord will not respond to me?

I'm trying to get out of my lease 13 days early. I have sent my landlord's company 2 letters, made 16 phone calls, left 11 messages, and no one has responded. What do I do? What can I assume? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant at 12:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Why is he marrying someone he just met?

Why is he marrying her and never proposed to me? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 12:03 PM PST - 32 comments

It's what I wanted, right???

I think my ex-partner just walked out on our mortgage. Please help me navigate this new world! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Great Escapes: Examples Thereof

I'm looking for examples (biographies, documentaries, blogs...any format, really) about people who made the decision to completely change the direction of their lives, particularly folks who went from a typical "day job/corporate career" into something less mainstream. [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Troubled times

Birth control/emergency contraceptive question. To panic or not? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets at 11:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Attending a Brazilian Wedding: The Essential Information

I am going to a Brazilian wedding (in Anapolis, near Brasilia) this summer. As a non-Brazilian guest, what do I need to know? One more specific question regarding dress inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I smell this?

I accidentally melted a plastic ladle on my cooktop this morning. It smoked profusely and the fumes smelled horrible. How concerned should I be about toxicity? All windows are currently open, but there's still a lingering odor. I did call the poison control center, and the operator told me that 1) yes, the fumes could be toxic, and 2) in the absence of symptoms, just air out the house. Does the hive mind have anything to add?
posted by Wordwoman at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Help with Excel formula and table

I need to a formula that will calculate accumulated points based on the number of sales an employee had during a quarter, when there are certain milestones he or she has met. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Places with cheap rents and don't need a car?

If I wanted to live in a city where a room goes for under $300/$400, and I don't need a car, where should I look? Assume USD, don't care about weather, and safe-ish. Youngish people who like to do things other than watch TV is also preferred. [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny at 11:15 AM PST - 42 comments

Signs of many places.

Where can I learn about the history of US national forest signs? I've seen this style all over the country, so I'm wondering when and where the decision was made.
posted by curious nu at 10:50 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the easiest, best forum platform these days?

Our roller derby team needs to stop talking derby on Facebook and into its own forum. We'd like it to be a "members only" area of our Wordpress self-hosted website. What's the best, easiest forum platform these days that integrates with Wordpress and doesn't require yet another complicated login (preferably people can sign in with Facebook, Google or YahooID). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me engage a jeweler!

What should I know about working with a custom jeweler? Dos and Don'ts. [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Small time event insurance

What can you tell me about event insurance requirements for a small-scale one-off theatre production in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by transient at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Throw me a bone here

Help me identify this possibly antique carved bone object I just bought. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there time for a coffee break during my layover

Traveling AMS-IAH-MSY on Friday: can I exit the terminal in Houston and get back in during my 3-hour layover? [more inside]
posted by knz at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

The number 6 in Chinese culture

Is the number 6 lucky in Chinese culture? I am confused. I read Numbers in Chinese culture and it is not conclusive. It can be both. So when is the number lucky and when is it unlucky?
posted by rsol44 at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Do I need to pay the movers who cost me money?

Moved from US to Hong Kong. Mover shipped some boxes we explicitly told them not to ship--items we needed in our first 10 weeks here while waiting for the boat to arrive. Final payment now due, we want more compensation. What's our recourse? [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars at 9:49 AM PST - 5 comments

IRS = High Interest Savings Account?

True or False: If you're supposed to receive a refund from the IRS, but you file an extension and submit it at the very last, the IRS has to pay you the interest that has accrued on your refund, just like you'd have to pay any interest to the IRS if you owed taxes. [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:41 AM PST - 8 comments

All-aboard The Crazy Train

Two adults and a 7-year-old on an 9-hour Amtrak ride from Philly to Fayetteville, NC. Tell us how how to survive and not kill each other. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 9:39 AM PST - 26 comments

LGBT/Migration-related Photo Project Funding?

Helping a friend try to find funding for a photo project involving LGBT refugees. She's located in the New York area. Does anyone know of any funders we should be applying for grants from?
posted by Enneking at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

What can I do to help my wife transition back into the working world?

My wife's going back to work after a year worth of maternity leave (we're in Canada). I expect a large amount of separation anxiety from both the baby and the mom. We've talked about this a bunch already. Basically we both acknowledge that's it's going to be hard for her. What can I do to be more supportive? What has/hasn't worked for you? Is there anything I can do to ease the transition?
posted by aeighty at 9:07 AM PST - 12 comments

mouse a Venezia per i capretti

Find-that-book filter: Help me track down a 35-year-old kids' picture book about mice in Venice. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Another tofu question...

What is the procedure for freezing tofu? [more inside]
posted by miaou at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Winch my door please?

I backed the open door of my old beat-up pick-up truck into a tree (yeah I know) and now it won't close. Everything looks reasonably intact and the hinges move except that the whole door has been displaced forward about a 1/4 inch. Any suggestions on getting in back into position? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz at 8:43 AM PST - 15 comments

I have 3 months off coming up. Think I can get decent at guitar?

I have 3 months off coming up. Think I can get decent at guitar? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Cultural Appropriation for Birthday Celebration

In Chinese culture 88 is considered to be an auspicious number. Are there any special presents, food, or activities that are considered particularly appropriate for an 88th birthday? [more inside]
posted by Jabberwocky at 8:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't want to look like an American Idiot

What do my wife and I wear to see American Idiot? [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 8:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Open Source / Free pdf redacting tools?

I need to redact some information in several pdf files. It doesn't need to be secure just obscure. Is there a way to do this without buying software ? Open source option? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 7:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Seeking to see up close

Can you guys recommend an app that will let me use my iphone as a set of binoculars? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

My lentils have a tomato flavor with no tomatos. Sorcery.

Why do lentils cooked with beet greens have a tomato flavor? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy a car!

Car buying out of state: I have a NJ license, am staying with my parents for a while in NH, but my job will be in MA and I intend to also live there eventually. I need to buy a car to commute to work ASAP. I haven't had a car in 4 years. What is the best way to proceed in this situation, i.e., should I get a NH license right now, buy the car in MA with my NJ license, no idea. Will the dealer provide temporary tags and insurance, if so, for how long? I changed my address with the post office but I still own an apartment in NJ and I don't want to start paying rent ( and moving to MA) until that sells, which might take over a month.
posted by spacefire at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

How to Get What I Want

How do I, an early-30's woman, get what I want when it comes to dating and sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I ask potential dates for head shots on dating sites?

What's the best way to ask for photographs from someone on an online dating site? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Super-automatic coffee terrific happy hour

I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 6:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Disney World sans kids.

What tips, hints, recommendations, and tricks can the hive mind offer for two adults going to Disney World (FL) in March? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 6:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Money from Zuckerberg?

Can our non-profit accept Facebook credits as donation according to the TOS? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 6:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me fix my iPhone4

I'm looking to replace the back glass panel of my iPhone 4. The options seem to be cheap ($2-$10) options from Amazon, or $80 from iFixIt. I'm mostly interested in the quality of the glass covering the lens. Mine is tremendously scratched, rendering my camera useless. I'd prefer to not pay $80, but I also don't trust the $2 knock-offs from Amazon. I've heard that the cheap ones have very crappy lens coverings - essentially just plastic wrap, not clear glass at all. Any advice on getting a quality rear backing at a decent price?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:23 AM PST - 15 comments

I have nothing

Where can I get the recording of the live performance of Cui Jian/ADO at Tianamen Square in 1989? [more inside]
posted by millions of peaches at 3:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Epic history book suggestions

MagnumOpusFilter: What are some epic history books? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 1:43 AM PST - 40 comments

Take care of my face (Nivea?)

Do products like Nivea coenzyme Q10 face protector (or the DNAge) do anything or are they just a mix of fancy soap/lotion + marketing hype? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 1:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Why? Because fuck you, that's why!

Where did the expression "Why? Because fuck you, that's why!" come from? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 12:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking: Photo of a bored, violent cop, Chicago, 1968.

I'm looking for a famous photo from the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention: a policeman, carrying a club, has his arm back ready to strike the photographer. The cop has a helmet, a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and a bored expression, looking right at the camera. [more inside]
posted by xil at 12:09 AM PST - 4 comments

February 20

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do?

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks at 10:53 PM PST - 16 comments

The best 27 hours in Miami?

On a whim, we added a 27 hour layover in Miami to our impending mid-March vacation. What should we do with our day, and where should we eat dinner? [more inside]
posted by toxic at 9:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Tofu recipes for meat eaters?

Tofu recipes for meat eaters? [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 9:35 PM PST - 23 comments

On-Line Silent Auctions??????

Doability of having a silent auction on-line...... [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:29 PM PST - 4 comments

All I got for my Linsanity was this stinkin purse

Left my leather handbag on the ground during a sporting event and now it's soaked through with beer. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak at 7:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find the bed of my dreams!

Despite my minimalist style in general I have wanted a bed like the one in this article for as long as I can remember. Can you help me find one that doesn't cost $1000? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I buy this camera?

How much should I pay for this camera? [more inside]
posted by parapluie at 6:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Private death

An acquaintance from high school recently died at the age of 22. His family decided to keep the cause of death private. Help me out here -- why would they choose to do that? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 6:47 PM PST - 67 comments

You didn't eat that, did you?

Dog + fiberglass insulation = Bad. Right? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Can DMV suspend/revoke license for J Walking in another state?

My friend has a drivers license from the state of Pennsylvania and is currently living in Los Angeles California. They got a ticket for J Walking and the officer took down their name, License # and home address in Los Angeles. Then my friend recently receive a letter from the CA DMV saying that if they don't pay the fine then they will suspend/revoke the license. Can CA suspend/revoke their Pennsylvania license for J Walking in Los Angeles, CA? Yes/No and how did you resolve it or get out of it? Thanks!
posted by HBomb at 6:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Block Parent logo?

I am looking for a high-res logo or a high-res scan of the Block Parent graphic of the adult holding the child's hand. If the "Block Parent" text is included then all the better.
posted by heybudday at 6:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I be worried about repeat vandalism after one incident?

Should I be worried about repeat vandalism after one incident? [more inside]
posted by jason_steakums at 5:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How to prevent self sabotage?

Asking for a friend: How can a person get over a crippling anxiety of getting dumped? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 5:11 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I do with my new toy?

What should I make with my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 5:01 PM PST - 30 comments

Kittens, kittens, kittens, kittens...

Kitten is pregnant! Help please! [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 4:30 PM PST - 35 comments

What is the opposite of a snowball?

This is a slightly strange one, so bear with me if you will! I have been building a rubber-band ball ever since I read the Warren Buffett biography "Snowball". I wanted something in my office that symbolized the snowball idea -- little achievements that gradually grow into something big -- and that I had made myself. It is growing pretty big right now. It occurred to me the other day that a successful strategy requires a dual approach. So now I am thinking that slow and steady is only half the picture. The other half is impulse, intuition, go-with-your-gut and, as my handle indicates, seat-of-my-pants! My question: What can I put in my office that symbolizes this spontaneous trait. The ying to the yang of snowball. The quantum-leap approach, if you will! I want to have something that is either interactive or made by myself so that it is not just an inanimate glump sitting on a shelf. Thank you for indulging me and I look forward to your insights.
posted by seatofmypants at 4:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Home daycare questions

Questions when considering starting a home daycare. [more inside]
posted by patrad at 4:00 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm a little old kitty/ I live in Philly/ My teeth are filthy/ My breath is icky.

Any recommendations for a vet in the Philadelphia/DelCo area? Little old kitty needs a teeth cleaning. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me help my parents buy a new minivan the easiest way possible.

My parents (who are in Savannah, GA) are looking to buy a new car, but recently moved away from where they knew who to go to and who to trust. Now they are looking at those websites that offer to contact dealers around and get you the best deal before you go looking on the car you want, with no haggling. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner ?

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Link to TOMIPASTA lesson plan format, anyone?

Please help me find a TOMIPASTA lesson plan format explanation/link. [more inside]
posted by just sayin at 3:37 PM PST - 2 comments

I have some serious conference room envy.

Data on office layout & team collaboration? My workgroup needs more conference rooms, and I'd love to have studies to back up my suggestion. [more inside]
posted by samthemander at 3:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Cats: Begone!

How can I keep my neighbor's cats out of my hair (and yard) ?! [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 3:16 PM PST - 25 comments

How to find abundance in love

What do you do to feel that love is abundant in the world? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 3:01 PM PST - 25 comments

I know this sounds hilariously effete

How do you prepare yourself for failure before it comes? What do you read or watch to allow yourself to let go when a labor of love has failed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Institutional ownership of a stock How often is this reported?

I can log onto my Ameritrade account and find the percentage of a company's stock that is "Held by Institutions". How often is this information reported and what constitutes an "Institution"? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Sometimes we hear banjos and pigs squealing out there in the woods and it's scary...

We live in the sticks. I'd like to take my 7-year-old out to where the people are! Can you help me conceive an awesome, week-long-ish trip for $1000 or less? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 2:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Is joint parameter estimation always strictly better than individual parameter estimation?

Is it true that it is always better to estimate parameters jointly, even when they are completely unrelated? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Art art art art from the public.

Tell me about your favorite art blogs. [more inside]
posted by sonika at 2:07 PM PST - 28 comments

What do I do with a moderately fast spare computer?

Ideas for what to do with a (moderately fast) spare PC in 2012? (Intel C2D 3ghz E8400, 8GB RAM, etc) HTPC comes to mind, but open to more creative suggestions. [more inside]
posted by petah at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Downton Abbey iTV versus PBS runtimes

Was there a difference in the iTV versus PBS airing of the Christmas Special (last episode) of season 2 of Downton Abbey? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 1:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Scardy Cat II

Are there any good, humane ways to trap a semi-domesticated cat? [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 1:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Just all around confused about my relationship

Really, totally confused about my relationship. Suddenly, I've lost all desire to see her, and I don't know why. I honestly don't. I would really appreciate any insight. I'm just lost. [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia at 12:55 PM PST - 45 comments

Oh, The Possibilities?

What kinds of jobs can I get based on my degree and current work experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Gas grill using natural gas?

I'm beginning to look into propane barbeques. Now, I have a natural gas outlet/line already installed on my deck, and I'd much rather use that than deal with propane tanks. I see plenty of gas BBQ conversion kits available online, but A. How safe/easy is this conversion to do yourself? B. Does it need to be done professionally / follow some city code? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide at 12:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Will I have to pay a parking ticket for a stolen car?

My car was stolen. Will I have to pay the ticket for illegal parking where it was dumped? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh at 12:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me understand this court case (if it is one)

Please help me understand this court case (if it is one). I have made some attempts to try and find help with the California court noted here but I've been told "that's not us" and am a little embarrassed with my attempts to chase this down. I've also emailed the attorneys and other people involved but they are not responding perhaps due to the controversial nature of the case. [more inside]
posted by uhom at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

But it's not that kind of white powder!

Can I bring diatomaceous earth on an airplane? Quick responses appreciated. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments


I love my new kitty, Agent Cooper, beyond all reason. He's 1 year old and was a stray, and he's been living with me for a month now. The problem is, he's a biter. I'm pretty sure it's an OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, CHOMP! kind of bite, but I want to be sure I am reading, and handling, his behavior correctly. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 11:26 AM PST - 27 comments

No one's rushing the field.

When and why did pitch invasions/court-storming/rushing the field end in professional, american sports? I see highlights in the 70s from Hank Aaron's 715, Yankees winning their division, even the Celtics winning an NBA championship in the early 80s where the fans celebrate with the players (or try to take hats off of their heads). In my sports lifetime,(post 1992), I cannot recall a single moment of this happening in pro sports (in America).
posted by sandmanwv at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Seriously Wrong Number.

Got a call from someone who said he got my number from someone else I don't remember meeting. Should I pursue more info or let it drop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Witty title

Know a good plumber in seattle? Faucet's pivot-stopper is broke where it connects to drain stopper inside pipe, where i can't reach it. Should be easy for a pro. Know anyone, or have other recommendations? Sorry for the question but I don't want to go in blind here.
posted by uni verse at 10:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Circadian sexuality circus

What might cause a 'scheduled' sexuality change/shift, regularly, in a man? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you 'like' on Facebook?

What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
posted by Artaud at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Diapers and Strollers and Wipes, Oh my!

I need to buy a double stroller and some diapers for my out-of-state niece and her two kids, aged 1 yr and 2 weeks old. I know nothing of such things and I feel a little overwhelmed. Help please! [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 9:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures?

Are there any good novels that use Greek trade in or around the 6th c. BC as a way of exploring ancient cultures? Also, how far did Greeks travel during that time? Did they make into India? To the British Isles?
posted by jwhite1979 at 9:44 AM PST - 17 comments

none more flakey

Help me become more reliable at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Work visa in the USA

Can I apply for a visa to work with a company that I create in the USA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Who made this table?

Calling all furniture experts! Who made this hall table? Branding mark on back. [more inside]
posted by ElCuadrangular at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Handbook for the Concussed

I'm looking for some things to do for a friend who's supposed to avoid thinking for a few days. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:48 AM PST - 36 comments

MS Access Query Query

Complicated (or probably not complicated) MS Access question that I'm not sure how to google for. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me land my dream job!

HRfilter: How do I apply for a supervisor position in my field without any supervisory experience? I fulfill and exceed all other requirements, and I just need to convince HR that I'm very ready to lead. Please help! [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Best over-ear headphones for iPhone?

I'm looking for recommendations on great over-ear headphones I can use with my iPhone. I've been using Klipsch earbuds, but they don't stay in my ear that well, and I'm concerned about hearing loss, so I'd like to keep a small distance from my sound source. I've seen in previous questions that the Sennheiser HD-280 and Sony MDR-V6 have been recommended for general use. I'm not sure about the viability of a hugely long cord for using these while walking around, however, nor do I know if the iPhone could drive these cans. I'm looking for accurate sound reproduction (no pumped-up bass, please) and comfortable wear. I'll be using them both outside and indoors, but they don't need to be sound-canceling.
posted by the sobsister at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

In search of info on a 50's/60's illustrator-author of children's books

I grew up always loving a children's book titled Throw a Kiss, Harry. The author is Mary Chalmers. She wrote a number of children's book and illustrated for several other authors. I have been able to find several of them through Alibris, but I have been unable to find much info on this great author. I believe she is still living and would be in her eighties, but other than that, I am at a loss. I would love to find out more about her and her work. After and an extensive web search I have no leads. Any ideas?
posted by flesti at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Biomedical Equipment Technician AS degree - Can I do this faster and/or better?

I am planning on returning to school for a 2-year associates degree in biomedical equipment technology (AKA medical equipment repair). Does it have to take 2 years? [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 8:01 AM PST - 1 comment

My memory fails me

I'm trying to remember a web-video series that was mentioned on the blue a couple of times in the last year or two. All I can remember is that they were hosted by a woman (maybe light brown/blond hair...?) who was giving a funny/feminist take on various things in pop culture. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think maybe one of the topics she talked about was yogurt commercials aimed at women. I know, not much to go on!
posted by trillian at 7:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Where did 30 years go suddenly?

Seeking Dear Abby, handholding and guidance for Dummies. Yes, this is about a man and yes I'm feeling totally clueless. Help. [more inside]
posted by infini at 7:39 AM PST - 66 comments

Web host that allows SSH tunneling on shared plan

I’m looking for a shared hosting plan from a major/well-established/reputable web host that allows SSH tunneling (SOCKS5), which is cheaper than the $9.95 per month shared DreamHost plan. Note; I am asking about SSH tunneling, not just SSH shell access. [more inside]
posted by disguise at 7:38 AM PST - 9 comments

When MS Paint won't cut it...

I can't justify the cost of photoshop. What freeware/shareware/open-source image editor for Windows comes closest in terms of capabilities and/or interface? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 7:37 AM PST - 26 comments

I miss my old friends

Should I try to get back in touch with the high school friends I pushed away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 26 comments

JavaScript precedence for dummies

I have a hard time remembering operator precedence rules in JavaScript. Is there anything wrong with using parentheses to force the precedence I want so I don't have to remember the rules?
posted by markcmyers at 7:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Sci-fi written by women in the 2000s?

I'm looking for the best sci-fi and speculative fiction written by women in the past 10-or-so years. I don't care if it's hard or soft sci-fi, merely that it creates a realistic world and is well-written. If it helps, my favourite authors include Umberto Eco, Susanna Clarke, and George R. R. Martin. I'm still chewing through Perido Street Station, so I don't quite know if I like Mieville or not. Any recommendations?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:17 AM PST - 38 comments

Tips for going to first basketball game?

Tips for going to first basketball game? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 6:04 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you figure out feelings?

I'm having a lot of trouble identifying the emotions I'm feeling and why. What techniques can I use to work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 16 comments

omgwtfbbq mefi, i can haz gay boyfriend, plz?

PhillyGayPhilter: Online dating through OkCupid hasn't been working out well for me, but I'm not quite sure how else to do it now that I'm out of college. How do I meet other young-ish gay men in Philadelphia, in either meat-space or alternative digital pastures? Anxieties, personal details, and candy within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 10 comments

It's choose-your-own-adventure management!

If things go my way, I may be a Team Lead for a group of remote analysts soon. But this position was basically invented to keep me around. There’s no job description and I don’t really know what I would be doing as the Team Lead. Help me figure out specific actions I can take to make myself useful in this job. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 5:32 AM PST - 3 comments

SelfRewardFilter: What treats do you give/buy yourself for rewards or incentives?

SelfRewardFilter: What treats do you give/buy yourself for rewards or incentives? [more inside]
posted by Kevtaro at 4:52 AM PST - 21 comments

I don't want to be a lap swimming jerk

I'm keen to add lap swimming to my fitness routine, but I haven't done it before and don't know the etiquette. Help me not commit any lap swimming faux pas. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Simple usability testing?

How to set up a simple usability test station? I'm thinking a laptop with the webcam recording the user's face + a screen recorder. Anything like this already out there? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 4:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Embedded Video Hosting - What's a good option for a school ?

Hosting for videos so that they may be embedded in a school web-site ? YouTube ? Vimeo ? Picasa ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:05 AM PST - 6 comments

FTP moves in mysterious ways?

Since about a week my work as a web developer has become incredibly frustrating due to intermittent but very frequent FTP problems. Making small changes in a remote stylesheet has become agony (7 out of 10 times the uploading fails, have to restart software and try again). I cannot find the root cause. It's not the software (tried several different applications), it's not the server (problems occur on all the websites I manage) and it happens on both uploading and downloading. I have turned off firewalls, antivirus software and things like DropBox but all to no avail. I don't have any other connection issues (I'm not on WiFi and web browsing and bittorrent work fine for example). I'm on a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1 with all the latest updates installed) laptop. That is the only variable I cannot change, I don't have another computer at hand. Does anyone have an idea what could be causing these problems? Is there something else I could try to fix it?
posted by dinkyday at 2:32 AM PST - 15 comments

a poorly timed rebellious phase

I am going to be interviewing for jobs soon. My hair is currently a rather vibrant shade of purple. How much of a problem is this going to be? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 12:47 AM PST - 44 comments

Last minute ski trip - where to?

Where's the good snow right now? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 12:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Which diaper will fit?

Diaper Filter! Please Hack my diaper issue. I don't understand the sizing at all. My current knowledge is that choosing a size has more to do with your baby's "output" than the recommendations for weight on the label. My son is slim, but large. His current size leaks. HELP! [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 12:32 AM PST - 30 comments

Buy my book, baby, and I'll drop down for ya.

I would like to add a paypal 'Buy Now' button for a single item to a self-hosted wordpress website, with a drop-down selection list. I've created the button in Paypal but the code becomes messed once the html is inserted in the wordpress page - the options are all visible as if in a table, not in a drop-down. I've googled but can't find the solution. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 12:22 AM PST - 10 comments

February 19

What's your Bollywood Power Song?

I need some Bollywood music for my 10k run (runtime: 60 minutes). [more inside]
posted by vidur at 11:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get this door open?

My bedroom door won't open. I'm not inside and can't get in another way. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 10:16 PM PST - 44 comments

it's a credit union party, y'all

Credit Union Filter: Have you attended your credit union's annual meeting? What was done there, and did you find it worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by koucha at 10:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a modern-day moveable feast.

What are your favorite books (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc) and films about contemporary life in Paris, Munich, and/or Zurich (or their environs)? (Translated into English, of course). [more inside]
posted by tully_monster at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments

The longest cat and mouse game

He's not over his ex. I suppose I just have to go away and wait to see if he ever pursues me... [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 9:24 PM PST - 39 comments

What can I do about plagiarism by international students?

What can I do to decrease plagiarism? Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 PM PST - 52 comments

I went to Philadelphia and it was...

Quickie trip to Philly Museum of Art: how safe is public transit? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 7:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for great places doing great things in New Jersey

Move to New Jersey in the future (Princeton), I am looking for jobs but I have some specific interests. I know almost nothing about the area and what is based there. I am aware of its proximity to major cities but I would like to start with recommendations near Princeton and then outward. I really want to work in technology/creative groups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Will I have any problems getting in-state tuition in California?

My boyfriend and I are moving to San Francisco for his work. I'm in the middle of a second bachelor's degree in biochemistry/fulfilling premedical requirements. I'd like to enroll at the City College (community college) for a year and then transfer to a university after I've established residency. This will be fine, right? Have I missed anything that might enable a California university to deny me in-state tuition? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 7:33 PM PST - 22 comments

OddFilter: Tracheotomy microphones for sale?

Where can I buy one of those old microphone things that tracheotomy patients put up to their throats, and when they talk they sound kind of robotic? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 7:14 PM PST - 11 comments

I really can't study in libraries.

I need more coffee shops/restaurants in the Durham/Chapel Hill area to study in. Requirements: decent seating and wifi. Plugs a bonus but not a requirement. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 7:06 PM PST - 17 comments

What's in a name? Should I allow my son's surname to be changed?

Should I allow my son’s mother to change his surname? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 72 comments

How can I get it through to my partner that she can't afford an unpaid internship?

My partner refuses to consider giving up her unpaid internship in order to find a job and is furious with me for suggesting that she should. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 55 comments

Copying old DVD of home movies onto my Mac hard drive?

I want to copy a DVD of home movies to my hard drive (mac) and be able to watch them (and possibly upload them onto the internet). Copied the DVD files, but none of them will open with any of my current applications. Please help. [more inside]
posted by The Pantless Wonder at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

physical barriers to pickpocketing

What can I do to my existing pairs of jeans to prevent pick-pocketing? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 5:57 PM PST - 21 comments

How to create warmth and hominess without a lot of stuff?

How can a minimalist and a less-minimalist set up a homey and comfortable apartment together? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I coordinate my disparate digital music collection?

How do I coordinate my disparate digital music collection? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Creativity Zapped

How do I get my artistic inspiration/mojo back? I have 3 primary artistic outlets: pottery, photography/videography and writing (primarily about my travels and linked to the photography. I seem to be crap at all of them and can't get back in the zone. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 4:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 4:45 PM PST - 16 comments

how to pick up a barista?

On Friday I grabbed a coffee with my sister, and the barista was the most lovely woman I'd ever seen. Love at first sight if I've ever known it. I stammered my order, paid with cash, and simply remarked to my sister on the way out the door that "wow, she was cute!" The next day I receive my match.com daily email with 14 "mutual matches" and BOOM, there is the amazing barista among the other women. Destiny! How do I go about asking her out - in person and not via match - without seeming like a creepy stalker?
posted by Hermanos at 4:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Tell me about these music festivals you speak of

In NYC, never been to a music festival, but want to go to one this spring/summer. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 3:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Heading off the worst of a flu?

My young son probably has the flu, which could strike any day now. Dumb question, but is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 3:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Reputable dog rescue or shelter in Belguim?

A Belgian friend of mine's dog just passed away. Recently, when we lost one of our animals, a different friend made a donation to a shelter she had knowledge of & respected in our pet's name. I found that deeply touching, and now, I would like to do the same for this friend. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Post-gallbladder-surgery problems

Post-gallbladder surgery complications question - have you had your gallbladder out? (TMI inside, be warned) [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Seroquel and the Miracle of Losing Weight?

I'm taking 150 mg of Seroquel which has seemed to be helping. But i need to lose preexisting weight..about 40-50 lbs. All i read on the web are horror stories about people gaining 50-100 lbs even when they are doing cardio and weights. My question...anybody here either themselves or know people who have actually been able to lose weight while on seroquel if they followed the usual healthy eating and exercise 3-5 times a week?
posted by snap_dragon at 3:29 PM PST - 11 comments

he doesn't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything ... or sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed...

What kinds of careers/fields of study should my music- and animal-loving STEM-student son consider? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 3:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Completely Acoustic "Orchestra"

I'm looking for some completely acoustic "orchestra" recordings. I went to see Steven Schick's NINE RIVERS Part II: Iosis performance at Columbia's Miller Theater back in September here in NYC, but I haven't been able to find an entirely acoustic orchestra performance since then.
posted by lrnarabic at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

why can't i pull both my knees to my chest?

I started a new yoga class and have found that I am unable to pull my knees to my chest. No one else in the class has this problem and I'm generally fairly limber. What do you think this could be and how can I work on it? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 2:34 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I map the keyboard shortcuts from Apple Mail onto Outlook 2011 for Mac?

How can I map the keyboard shortcuts from Apple Mail onto Outlook 2011 for Mac? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Recommend activities for me

I love to climb. What other activities might I like? (Caveat: that are doable within NYC). [more inside]
posted by prunes at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to learn to make motion graphics. Is After Effects a good way in? Whats a good way yo begin learning it?

I want to learn to make motion graphics. Is After Effects a good way in? Whats a good way yo begin learning it? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Cannot delete Photoshop created file from iMac desktop.

When using a custom Photoshop action to resize and save JPEGs to my desktop, something keeps happening occasionally that leaves a locked TMP file on my desktop that can only be deleted by restarting iMac. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Analysis of the various post-CitizensUnited campaign finance reform proposals?

Where can I find an independent analysis comparing likely effects and shortcomings of the various campaign finance reform proposals that have been made in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Using gnucash to track a couples' joint account?

How should we set up gnucash to track a couple's cash flow and joint account? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Beyond Mousercizing

What resources are there on the internet to help a senior grow more comfortable using her laptop? [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for real "American Horror Story" murder houses

Trying to find houses, hotels, or other locations where multiple, unrelated homicides, unusual deaths, or disappearances have occurred over the years. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Concerning the crispness and decisiveness of characters' lives in movies

Question about the crispness and decisiveness of characters' lives in movies. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 12:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Please can someone just take my stuff already

Help me find a place to donate my stuff! [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Yeah, but skin-deep matters too.

Image-conscious MeFites: Please recommend a retinol cream for my sensitive, sun-damaged, shiny, combination skin. [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Cost to exhume & rebury body?

Can anyone offer a ballpark figure on the cost to exhume remains and rebury them in a different state? (in US). "Expensive" is not very helpful, I would like to know if it is closer to $10k, $50k or a $100K. [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 10:42 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm not keeping a betta in this.

I have been given a tiny "fish tank". This one. What can I humanely keep in there? How much work would it be to keep it livable? I love the idea of having a creature or two at my desk, but realize there are some limits. [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 10:06 AM PST - 25 comments

Building pergola on a hill

How do I build a pergola on a hill. I have graded a small area, but can't seem to get it level. Couldn't I just build a platform that is level, then raise the pergola above that?
posted by merci420 at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Babybrain: temporary insanity or actual change of mind?

Happy DINK having doubts: How do you discern between real change in baby-making opinion and just temporary hormonal brooding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 55 comments

Online mathematics

Which are the best online courses for studying algebra and progressing up to trig, calculus, and differentials? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 8:39 AM PST - 14 comments

It's all about the money, honey!

Help me figure out the best way to convert dollars to pounds in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I lactose intolerant?

I think I'm lactose intolerant. Advise me? [more inside]
posted by meronym at 7:12 AM PST - 37 comments

How to change the wing mirror on a Peugot 107?

How to change the wing mirror on a Peugot 107? [more inside]
posted by richb at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I get by with an iPad?

I need a secondary computer. Can that computer be an ipad? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:28 AM PST - 32 comments

In the desert of memories

A film/TV show that concludes with a missile base? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 6:24 AM PST - 2 comments

What to do after domestic violence?

My fiance hit me today. I called the police and he's in jail. What am I supposed to do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 AM PST - 58 comments

Cat very upset after outside time

Our indoor cat got outside, maybe tangled with a feral cat. He came back inside and is now growling and screeching in the bathroom. Bad situation. This is a long story. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 5:35 AM PST - 23 comments

The next booming market, music for NICU wards...

What are some nice relaxing songs I can play on the guitar for my son in the NICU ward? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 3:14 AM PST - 23 comments

What do I do with expired yeast?

What can you do with expired yeast? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 2:31 AM PST - 8 comments

this belly fat is stubborn!

What is the best way to get rid of belly fat, for a woman? Diet or exercise? What kind of exercise? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 1:57 AM PST - 25 comments

Squats and upper-body strength

Do squats really help with building your upper-body? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 1:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Lesson Differentiation: PE Filter.

How can I differentiate PE activities for young students when they're sick? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 1:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Thinking of starting a nicotine habit

Can the benefits of starting a nicotine habit outweigh the costs? [more inside]
posted by TristanPK at 1:04 AM PST - 48 comments

Problems I never thought I'd have: finding lodging in NYC for my fiance for several months / a year

I can't believe I'm trying to find an apartment in NYC, especially on such short notice, but I guess I am. Is there some kind of apartment-finding service anyone recommends? Am already looking at Airbnb - good? Probably need something cheap, tiny, convenient for a few months (one person working in Times Square), then something for two people and possibly a cat for the remainder of the year. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it me?

Was I wrong? [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 12:31 AM PST - 60 comments

Raindrops keep fallin' [in] my head

Sometimes when I sit at a strange angle or practice bad posture I hear a faint dripping sound, like a leaky faucet, coming from inside my throat, slightly to the right of my windpipe. It dissipates after a while on its own. Now what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei at 12:10 AM PST - 3 comments

February 18

Will there be long term issues with dating/marrying someone 13 years older than me?

What long-term issues arise with marrying an older man? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug at 10:37 PM PST - 57 comments

my schnoz can't take it anymore.

How do I cancel out really pungent odors left behind by someone's cooking? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 10:24 PM PST - 14 comments

13 years? Challenge accepted

Which University/College should I go to if I plan to become a forensic pathologist? Specifics inside; looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 10:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get my curtains off my desk and onto the windows

I am confused about curtains. Please unconfuse me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 9:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I excercise my damaged knee or should I baby it more?

I have an ACL injury from a motorcycle accident two years ago. I have noticed in the past 6 months it has gotten much worse. Should I excercise more or less? I don't have health insurance and have no way to get physical therapy at all and have already exhausted all free health-care options. [more inside]
posted by RampantFerret at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Identify my dog's breed

What breed/mix of breeds is my dog? [more inside]
posted by knave at 9:32 PM PST - 34 comments

What can I do if my public defender isn't fairly representing me?

I'm the defendant in a legal case and am being represented by a public defender. I feel I am not being represented fairly. My hearing is next week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 18 comments

What's missing from my diet?

I'm 20, and have since at least Middle School been living off of graham crackers, peanut butter, and milk. Tell me what's wrong with my diet and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 46 comments

Dear Diary, How do I keep you?

What are your tips on maintaining a journal that is private, useful, detailed and organized? [more inside]
posted by twinight at 7:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Panicing for planes

I am having panic attacks and I need to get on a plane tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Cartoon fashion IRL: Help me dress like Noodle from the Gorillaz.

Cartoon fashion IRL: Help me dress like Noodle from the Gorillaz. Stripey shirt - check. Still on the prowl for rad boots, funky hats and jackets/shorts/pants with cool asymmetry, weird pocket placements and military inspiration. In general, I just dig the style and am trying to figure out where I can shop for clothes like this - online or otherwise. I live in Portland, OR.
posted by red_rabbit at 7:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I pretend to be excited about an engagement I'm not excited about?

Sister in law just got engaged. I'm not super excited. How do I fake it 'till I make it? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 7:01 PM PST - 43 comments

music for good girl gone bad?

What album or band would a good girl who wants to be "bad" listen to in 1991? [more inside]
posted by space cat at 6:59 PM PST - 47 comments

The Plantation-ville Horror?

What, if any, horror films feature the retaliation of ghosts of enslaved Africans, similar in concept to movies that are built around Native American spirits taking revenge against (white) Americans? [more inside]
posted by thadman at 6:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How to Talk to a Surgeon, Episode 759

I had reconstructive surgery to close a carcinoma wound this week and the surgeon rushed and botched the stitching. I did everything I could think of to have it seen. Now I don't want to see him for my scheduled appointment next week. I also have to keep things open with insurance and other area surgeons for a possible scar correction after a year. More inside. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 6:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh the Horror!

What are good sources for finding out about new and forthcoming horror books? I'm not talking about anything with vampires and/or werewolves, I mean books that really inspire a sense of dread or fear.
posted by lirael2008 at 6:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Beginner fingerpicking songs?

I'm looking for songs that will help me incorporate fingerpicking into my guitar practice. What are some good songs to start out on? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 6:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Songs like Dana Fuchs' Beatles covers?

I adore Dana Fuchs' covers in Across the Universe. Help me find more songs like this? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Antiques close to NYC

Where can I go get antiques on a day trip out of NYC? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 5:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Gym Shoe Recommendations Please

My familiarity with exercise footwear is limited to my running shoes. What should I be looking for in a gym shoe? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 4:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Info for the new beader

Getting started with making beaded jewelry. Looking for tips and inspiration. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Writing App that Syncs

Recommendations for a clean, simple, functional writing app that will sync documents between a desktop Mac, ipad, and iphone/ipod touch. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Incessant credit card offers are one thing, but this is a whole other ballgame.

Normally, an unexpected $10,000 check in the mail would be super. Not f it comes from a secret surprise student loan. Help me fix this please! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

...to wound the autumnal city

Have you read Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney? Was it worth it? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 2:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Are there really java viruses?

Are there really Java viruses? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

We've only been dating for a few months. He doesn't want to get married, ever. I do. What now?

We've only been dating for a few months. He doesn't want to get married, ever. I do. What now? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 2:01 PM PST - 97 comments

How do I get better emotionally and still have a job?

How to deal with severe depression and delusions? Where do I go from here? Special snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help my miserable stomach!

I've had pretty much constant heartburn for a few months and I've completely miserable. What can I do and do I need a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 16 comments

How screwed am I?

How do I buy a car as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 1:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Where should I go to grad school?

A year-and-a-half ago, I asked for your advice about grad school in philosophy. I have since ignored it, applied, and am now trying to decide where to go. Help me out! [more inside]
posted by resiny at 12:56 PM PST - 40 comments

How decrease my levels of frustration when learning a skill?

How do I get over the sudden fear, anxiety, frustration and embarrassment I feel when learning a new skill? [more inside]
posted by Shebear at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

help me boot my macbook with a dead screen to an external monitor.

Staff member's MacBook (four years old or so, probably running osx 10.4 to 10.6, I'm not sure on this) has a dead screen. I have a back-up machine for them, and want to migrate them to the new machine... The old computer boots, I can JUST barely see the screen enough to log in, but after that, can't see enough to do anything. I can attach an external monitor (I've tried two different monitors, the result is the same), it boots to the initial starry background, and although I can log onto the computer as noted above, the external monitor never changes from that background. No windows, no menu bar, no dock, just that background and the cursor arrow. [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat tac act

Are there any words in English whose letters, when rearranged in every possible order, form a word in every case? Example: son-- sno, nos, nso, osn, etc. Obviously this is not a correct answer. If so, is there a word for it?
posted by bq at 12:31 PM PST - 24 comments

USA AMT income tax question

USA federal income tax question relating to AMT and state income tax refunds. Very much a #firstworldproblems sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Trying not to run myself into a knee replacement

New runner...with 41-year-old knees. I am doing a decent amount of running for the first time ever, and have been pleased with how much my endurance has improved pretty quickly. BUT, I have a couple of questions: 1) does running surface matter a whole bunch; and 2) how to best prevent knee injury. (More below) [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 11:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Buy Elements 10... or not?

Stick with Photoshop 6.0, or buy Elements 10? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

OMG There's So Much Meat!

How do you divide frozen foods, especially meat, between two freezers? We have a regular refrigerator-freezer in the kitchen for items used daily. Then there's a back-up refrigerator-freezer in the garage for beer and meats that we buy in bulk and freeze until we need them. I can't figure out a good system for deciding which meats get stored in the kitchen freezer and which get stored in the garage. Every method I try gets all confused within a month or two. So how do you do it?
posted by DrGail at 11:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Sneaking into First Class

Has anyone ever tried to sit in an empty First Class seat on a flight when their actual seat is in economy? [more inside]
posted by zain at 10:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Marcel, the 1.5-winged pigeon

Pigeon prognosis? [more inside]
posted by kengraham at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What are these shoes?

I wish I was a athletic/jogging/tennis shoe enthusiast: I need help in identifying the type/brand/shoe of this particular pair seen in a particular photo. [more inside]
posted by muymuy at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Buying an engagement ring, best time? Online safe?

I want to propose to my girlfriend. My budget is $750 or less, ideally $500 or less. She loves diamond solitaries or the 3 stone rings. She wants something less then 1/2 carat. My questions are: [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 10:39 AM PST - 18 comments

How soon should I get paid?

How soon should I be paid for work I have done? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Trying to Stay in Contact

I manage my contacts in Outlook on Computer 1. I manage my iPhone on Computer 2. I don't want to put Outlook on Computer 2, and I don't want to connect my iPhone to Computer 1. How can I best keep my contacts up-to-date on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Investing for the Fearful

Investing for the Fearful: I have a fair amount of savings, but haven't been investing most of it for fear of another 2008-style stock market crisis. Is there a low risk way to start investing without feeling like I'm gambling on my life savings? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 9:53 AM PST - 12 comments

How to look better in group photos?

i don't want to be tagged in ugly pictures of myself [more inside]
posted by thischarmingirl at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Stroller? I hardly know her!

What are the three most important features in a stroller? What three features do NOT matter in a stroller? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 9:09 AM PST - 38 comments

What is this Asian food?

What is this mysterious thing I bought in an Asian grocery? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 8:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting sober and getting on with it

Getting sober and/or working towards your dreams: before, after or simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Like water, money slips through my fingers...

Mid-40's father having nervous breakdown over money woes and long standing relationship to money. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 8:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me undermine assumptions about women in STEM jobs

I need a tactful but clear way to correct stereotype-based assumptions about my abilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 42 comments

Paging Dr. Bronner (Refill)!

Is there any place in NYC where I can refill a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Odyssey of Pain? Does this photo exist?

At univerisity in the 90s there was a book in the library which featured (as far as I recall) a man in a darkened room with electricity being passed through him sentried on either side by men in white coats (not an electric chair). The caption was "Odyssey of Pain". I have a feeling it was from a LIFE Magazine collection -- it suited their style -- but I was hoping someone might be able to confirm I've not been imagining it all these years.
posted by feelinglistless at 7:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me help my sick cat.

Our cat isn't eating or drinking. He's been to vet, but doesn't seem to be getting better. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend us a hotel convenient to Penn Station please?

Any personal recommendations for Manhattan hotel that is clean and won't totally break the bank? I'm thinking ideally ~$200. It would be for Feb 25th (Saturday, a week from today). Private bath a must. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 6:30 AM PST - 17 comments

How to deal with fiancé's explosive child?

My fiancé and boyfriend of several months has a troubled 10-year old who has been living with him in his studio apartment for two years, ever since her mother, with whom my boyfriend has no relationship, was hospitalized for mental health issues. The little girl has very low frustration tolerance and throws tantrums or starts crying at the slightest sign of not getting what she wants. On these occasions I try to keep out of the way and let her father handle her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 32 comments

VOIP Upgrade

I'm thinking about getting an Obi110 VOIP appliance to replace our T-Mobile @Home service that's set to expire soon and keeping us tethered to an expensive plan. Is Google Voice the best service to go with, or should I go for another SIP voip provider? 911, either built in or third party, is a must. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Where does this commercial guitar riff come from?

What is the name of this distorted guitar riff that's been playing the past couple months on a television commercial? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:05 AM PST - 17 comments

When google fails - time to call the metafilter hivemind to find that website!

Metafilter, can you help me remember the name of this website/startup that is in the back of my mind that I saw about 6 months ago and now cannot find? The site was a wiki style site that took a TV series or book and/or movie and extracted all the other books and music and films that were referenced in it. The site gave you summaries of these references and itunes and youtube links so that you could immerse yourself in the "universe" of a particular show/book. So kind of a similar idea to the madmen unbuttoned blog but more like a wiki. I have it in mind that this was a startup of some kind that was just starting out and thought that it was called little monsters or little devils or green monsters or something along those lines. (but trying everything I could think of along those lines turned up nothing so that may be a red herring!) I've been continually amazed by the power of the metafilter hive mind to solve this kind of query in the past, so thought I would give it a shot. Thanks.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 5:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Treasure + history + adventure + action = awesome

Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, National Treasure, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec and even Tomb Raider and Sahara. I love all these movies. Recommend me more of the same, please!
posted by slimepuppy at 5:07 AM PST - 35 comments

Does she have to go to jail?

Lying under oath: what would a likely penalty be for a plaintiff who commits perjury? [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 3:47 AM PST - 11 comments

iPad stuck in reboot cycle

My iPad 1 is stuck in a shutdown-reboot loop. I put it onto maximum brightness to use it outside, while attached to power. The app I was using, a graphically intensive game, drained it dry anyway. Now it is stuck in a situation where it charges up enough to start up, starts up, and being on max brightness, drains itself dry and shuts down again before I can get to the menu. The rocker switch is set to volume not brightness. I have tried various combinations of buttons. Any ideas?
posted by aeschenkarnos at 2:13 AM PST - 8 comments

February 17

How to deal with a non-working subordinate?

How can I get my new subordinate to stop whining about having to do their job, and actually do their job? (Also - is it me?) Also - in an interview to replace this person, what kind of questions can I ask to ensure I don't get another person like this? Long, rambling details about long rambling e-mails inside.... [more inside]
posted by Lt. Bunny Wigglesworth at 11:40 PM PST - 62 comments

If I'm just cooking for myself, should I buy a smaller oven?

If I'm just cooking for myself, should I buy a smaller oven? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:06 PM PST - 14 comments

The best of the worst

I am looking for as many examples of funny/absurd/head scratching political advertisement from the current US cycle. Video preferred but print/web certainly accepted. A few (hopefully clarifying details below the fold) [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 10:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Tanto Pocket Knife?

I need help finding a folding tanto blade knife with some specifications: [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I not look pregnant?

How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel at 9:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Herbs/supplements for academic writing?

I am in the last two weeks of writing my master's thesis and I was wondering what herbs or supplements others have found useful for writing. Focus is part of it, but I also need to produce and get in the flow, so to speak. It comes sometimes, but I can never force those really productive moments. I have a cupboard full of various herbs, but no time to experiment. Wondering what has worked for other, including combinations. [more inside]
posted by cejl at 9:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me bake cookies in a pot

For baking cookies in a pot on the stove-top, apparently some kind of spacer like this is needed. What is it called, and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Beeeeep. Beeeeep. Beeeep.

There is a smoke detector in my building doing the low-battery chirp, and it's been going off for DAYS. How do I make it stop? Please, please help. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 8:19 PM PST - 25 comments

When you started rock climbing for fitness, did you start alone?

Looking to try rock climbing for fitness and mental health, but I don’t have many friends who do it currently and honestly not interested in a social experience if or until I get any good. It seems like it’d be a great sport for me but I’m daunted by the need for belaying partners and all that business. Is this a sport that you even can do solo, or are there other sports that involve a combination of strength and puzzle solving I should be looking at?
posted by migurski at 7:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Intergenerational bonding

Many years ago it was not unusual to give a newborn a U.S. savings bond as a gift. Does this still make sense to do, or has the economy and the political situation made this obsolete? In which case, what would be the current equivalent?
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:48 PM PST - 28 comments

What can I do to get myself to feel attracted to a different type of man?

What can I do to get myself to feel attracted to a different type of man? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Cell Phone Help!

I need to cut my cell phone bill, but still want a capable smartphone. Help! [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 4:49 PM PST - 14 comments

market value

Are there any interesting foreign/international food markets in in-town Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 4:02 PM PST - 9 comments

I need to find a brief history of adult ESL education in CA

I need to find a book/article/website on the history of teaching Adult ESL in California. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Level 10 übervegan

Can a man survive eating only black beans and apples? [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera at 3:23 PM PST - 38 comments

Wanted: a good study Bible with superb footnotes

3.5 years ago I posted a question about looking for the kickass bible story book of my youth. I finally found it today! Now, I'd like to find a good study Bible for me. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

What's this Sci-Fi short story?

What's this Sci-Fi short story? A scientist working on gender selection technology is contacted by future potential outcomes of his work (a male-dominated world and a woman-dominated world) that end up corresponding to the woman he marries.
posted by ropeladder at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need a patent lawyer?

I have an idea for a fun project I'd like to fund via Kickstarter, but I need to do some due diligence first. My idea involves a variation on an existing product. How do I learn if there are patents involved and who I need to talk to to license them if needed? Is this a job for a patent lawyer? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them?

Are quality ballet flats worth it? Do you resole them? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 2:52 PM PST - 24 comments

How do they get the little people into the box?

What books, blogs, online journals, etc. would be good reads in order to get a behind the scenes, nuts and bolts look at the television industry? [more inside]
posted by roosterboy at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you "check in" on a relationship?

BF and I (straight mid-twenties lady) have a happy, loving relationship (2 years+). But, this is my first long-term relationship and I have an anxiety disorder. I want to "check in" with him and make sure we're still on the same page about us and the future, but this is my pattern and it has been unhealthy for me. To the healthy couples - do you "check in" with your partner? Should I? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Mother-in-law triggering PTSD

How do I keep sane when my mother-in-law does crazy things? [more inside]
posted by mild deer at 2:21 PM PST - 43 comments

A Video Camera in Every Pot

What kind of video camera is best for mounting above a cooking demonstration island and cooktop? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 2:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Vancouver or Bust!

Trying to plan a last minute trip to Vancouver and need some hotel recommendations. Also, it's looking like it's significantly cheaper to fly into to Seattle. Would that make sense to fly into Seattle and then make my way to Vancouver via rental car, bus or train, OR would it be smarter to just pay the extra cost and just fly straight into Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

No income, no job prospects, and no possibility of unemployment benefits. Help me.

I left a good job to go back to school. Now I can't find a job, but I don't qualify for unemployment. What next? [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese at 1:33 PM PST - 39 comments

Best way to tell whether an online news article was published in print

At work I am often asked whether a news story on a website appeared in print, and we need to know within a quick timeframe. We do not have Lexis Nexis or any other such database for me to check against and there's no chance that we'll have money in our budget to buy a subscription. Usually I resort to using Press Display, but they don't have every paper. Is there an online resource for me to use to determine what was published in print? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

European Car Rentals

Need some advice on renting a car in Europe this summer [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 12:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Printable record labels for that custom touch.

Where can I find white record label (stickers) in LA by tonight? [more inside]
posted by raihan_ at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Automagic help to organising a filesystem?

What things can help me organise a file system? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

What benefit does a Negative Operating Cycle get you?

What benefit does a Negative Operating Cycle get you? Other than just cash on hand. Amazon has a lot of cash because they practice Just In Time inventory management & sell out of their products before the bill for that product comes due. Other companies pay the bill first & then wait for the stock to sell out to recoup their money. Aside from the benefit of having cash on hand, what benefit do you get from this? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter at 12:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Suit and tie

What color suits, shirts, and ties compose a basic professional wardrobe? (On Tuesday I'm starting a new job in which I will wear a suit and tie every day. I need to buy some clothes -- help me out.) [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 12:11 PM PST - 31 comments

How would you describe Cutty Ranks to a deaf person?

Is there a technical terminology that could describe different styles of popular singing, in the same way that linguists might describe accents? Try your hand at a couple of examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What are some non-academic jobs in the social sciences?

Non-academic careers/jobs in the social sciences? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a sortable spreadsheet exist in a PDF?

I have a PDF document and a spreadsheet in XLS format. We want to be able to put the spreadsheet into the PDF and allow users to click on the sheet's column headings to sort the data alphabetically depending on need. Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 11:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Please use small words not written in VBA

Conditional Images in Word. It must be possible, but how hard is it, and am I just looking in all the wrong places for an answer? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

I should have eaten my crusts.

I have fine, long, wispy, ultra-ultra-straight hair and according to the hairdresser, lots of it. I would like to occasionally have some loose, simple curls or waves, for going out, weddings and other dressy events. [more inside]
posted by reshet at 11:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Do I get the leftover gold when my ring is resized?

When you get a ring resized smaller, where does the "extra" metal go? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 11:56 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I use fewer parentheses?

How do I use fewer parentheses? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 11:47 AM PST - 28 comments

How does an ad-buyer make their money?

How does an ad-buyer get paid in an agency? And how does that information get relayed to the client? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

How are your technology and communications teams structured?

I'm wondering about communications & technology staffing at organizations like the one I work for. [more inside]
posted by jdl at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Japan for the Solo Traveler

Traveling to Japan on my own for 2.5 weeks. Help me avoid the part where I start talking to myself. [more inside]
posted by noted industrialist at 11:06 AM PST - 18 comments

It's not minor surgery when it's happening to ME!

Ladyparts-filter. Looking for advice/experiences from women who were diagnosed with cervical dysplasia/cancer and had the LEEP biopsy and/or laser ablation. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

I can't bring sunshine - what else?

I'm visiting an old friend in Seattle this weekend, and I would like to bring her a little something. What would be a good gift to bring from Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 10:28 AM PST - 11 comments

how much for an Ivory Tower address

What are current rental rates (or rate ranges) for NYU and Columbia faculty housing? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata at 10:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Boston Bar Bites

Boston food people: what bar specials still exist? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

OSX Screencast App with tons of specific features?

Cheap screencast app with simultaneous webcam and audio recording for OSX? A few more catches, too... [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for motivational podcasts, hold the extra cheese

I really need some pep talks right now. I've been on the hunt for inspiring, upbeat podcasts, but so many of them are phony or cheesy. What podcasts are real, helpful, and motivating? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL at 10:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a word or phrase..

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies offering a solution to a problem created by the same entity offering the solution. Or even just a created problem in general (e.g. created by society). [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Make loft bed taller?

Loft bed alteration question (am NOT handy). [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Now, here's Cat Pie Hurts with the weather

I am the IT Manager for a small public access tv station and I've been roped into doing a segment on our weekly news show and I have absolutely no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:25 AM PST - 30 comments

Taking care of my Macbook Pro's battery.

what are the best practices for taking care of a macbook pro (specifically the battery) for someone who uses it intensively for 8-10 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by austere at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

History Of 'Gay Hotels' in Provincetown?

Recently, I found out that a now deceased family member worked at a 'gay hotel' in Provincetown MA in the 1940's. I'm trying to find out more about what 'gay hotels' were like in Provincetown, and just generally more about gay life in Cape Cod during that time. Can someone point me toward some good resources? I'm particularly interested in the sexual identities of the men who lived and stayed in Provincetown. [more inside]
posted by shushufindi at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Multi-purpose audio equipment?

Buying advice for audio equipment that can be used for both home video and for field recording? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Introduce me to some funny narrators!

I am looking for some new books to read, and it occurs to me that some of my very favorite books have excellent, well-developed, funny narrators. I'm looking for the kind of book where you might forget the plot, but you'll never forget the person who told you the story. [more inside]
posted by zoetrope at 8:59 AM PST - 56 comments

The perfect console table / shelf

Can you help me find a two shelf version of this lovely piece of furniture? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I use Fedex and UPS boxes for mulching?

Can I use any cardboard, such as Fedex and UPS boxes, for mulching? [more inside]
posted by 7life at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

I'd be Lion if I said it was going well

What is "brtool" and why is it (or a lack of it) killing my Lion upgrade? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I stop a hardware beep in my desktop PC?

My IT Help Desk is stumped - can you help me? My computer is making what I can only describe as a hardware beep that I can't turn off. Muting Windows and disabling all system sounds doesn't work. Yet the beep only happens when I do certain things with the software - at first, it was only when trying to save a document into my virtual system in Word, but recently it's every time an email arrives in Outlook, which is just awful. This didn't used to happen, but once, many months ago, I accidentally pressed a random combination of keys and it started. I have no idea how to turn it off - and neither do the IT people. System details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me not burn my house down

The heat guard around my oven door has come away slightly as seen here. How can I fix this permanently?
posted by waraw at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with potential theft by caregiver for elderly? Details inside.

How to deal with potential theft by caregiver for elderly? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Where can I get a pediatric MRI in the northern Chicago suburbs?

Where is a good place to get a pediatric MRI in the northern Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I go abut learning metalsmithing for jewelry making?

How can I go abut learning jewelry making? Real metalsmithing, not just stringing beads on wires... [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 8:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right?

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 8:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Holes in Old Wood

I have a musket stock from a C. 1760ish Brown Bess. The stock is heartwood walnut. The original wood, both on the outside and interior, is covered with small holes beween 1.25 and 1.5mm. in diameter. These look like insect holes. Is this seen in British muskets and other arms or furniture of this era? If so, what might cause them? Can a forum be recomended that might be able to suggest what had caused these holes?
posted by Raybun at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

It's just an old painting, but it's MY old painting. Please help me save it.

I know it's not worth anything, but the sentimental value is through the roof. Is there any way I can restore a black velvet painting I have that's in pretty bad shape? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Should he have said something?

Is there a code of ethics for financial advisors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Climbed a peak, now back in the valley

Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you keep track of DJs and dance music

How do you keep track of and find new DJs and electronic music - the kind you would dance to at clubs and festivals? The rules seem to be different compared to album-based rock/pop music I'm more familiar with. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 7:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Counseling for grief and addiction

My coworker lost her son to addiction earlier this month, and she has a younger son who also struggles with addiction. She needs counseling for both grief and for dealing with children with addictions. She's not able to find a therapist right now so I told her I would help. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 7:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I maximize the conversion rate for a foreign check?

I have a GBP-denominated check that I need to deposit into my USD-denominated bank account in the US. My bank has quoted me a ridiculous conversion rate for the deposit. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Help my wife name her new latin Latin dance classes!

Help my wife name her new latin Latin dance classes! [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Teacher-Filter: Looping?

Teacher-Filter: Looping? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 6:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Furniture Repair in NYC?

Our Noguchi coffee table is in need of some serious TLC. Does anyone know a good furniture repair place in NYC that could fix the broken leg and hinge, without overcharging us? We've already tried wood glue and failed, miserably.
posted by J-Do at 6:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Help us stop the (legal) bleeding.

Best way to get a law office to stop nickel-and-diming us to death, long after our case has been settled? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 5:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax?

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax? Looking for up to date ways to integrate a paper planner with online services. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 5:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:30 AM PST - 15 comments

History of Psychoanalysis?

I'm looking for a good book on the history of psychoanalysis. Some more details inside! [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 4:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Best path to becoming a web app guru

What's the best way to learning web-app development after working through Learn Python the Hard Way (or any other introductory Python book for noobs)? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg at 3:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Does she stay or does she go?

18 year old daughter doesn't want to go on annual family vacation because of anxiety. How does a caring single parent work through this? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 3:24 AM PST - 37 comments

Who makes good Print on Demand printers?

Can anyone please recommend equipment or manufacturers of machines capable of full colour Print-On-Demand perfect bound books? I know they will be very expensive, but it is hard to find information and comparative reviews of the printers so I thought I would ask here.
posted by debord at 3:02 AM PST - 2 comments

My Spring Pan Leaked

I was baking a cheesecake and the spring pan leaked. I get that water will ruin the crust, but since mine has no crust, is my cheesecake still ruined?
posted by Yasuo at 2:40 AM PST - 13 comments

What is this bronze object my friend found in a field in France?

My friend found this bronze piece in a field in the outskirts of Montady, a small town in the south of France. It's quite heavy, and seems to be solid. I've included a Euro coin for scale. Any ideas what it is?
posted by dbarefoot at 1:28 AM PST - 36 comments

Travel Planning to New Zealand Advice

Need an information dump on backpacking through New Zealand! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 12:30 AM PST - 10 comments

February 16

Being a Type B personality sucks.

Alright, so I'm not super talented, educated or driven... I should be happy with my less than fulfilling and menial day job, right? Please read further for possibly annoying details. [more inside]
posted by anoirmarie at 11:14 PM PST - 32 comments

I do not think it means what you think it means.

What is some bizarre and amusing industry-specific jargon? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 10:20 PM PST - 54 comments

How do I pursue my career and not leave my husband in a depressive mess?

After 2 years in a crappy job, I finally have an opportunity for more work with another company! So excited! Problem 1: the work is 1000 miles away. Problem 2: I’m afraid if I leave for periods at a time my husband might fall into depression. [more inside]
posted by feidr2 at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

How to make TXT files into kindle with chapters?

How do I turn a TXT file to a Kindle file (with chapters), using OpenOffice in between? [more inside]
posted by lankford at 9:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to get cheap bento boxes in Los Angeles

Where to buy cheap bento boxes in Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by that possible maker of pork sausages at 9:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Jeans are hard :-(

I am a man trying to find some new jeans and I'm having difficulty. My go to brands have recently changed their cuts and I don't like their fit anymore. I've been researching online for additional brands to try, but haven't had a lot of luck. I have no interest in Raw and my preference is for designer jeans. [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 8:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Metafilter Rule Number 30: When there is a plate of beans, over-think it

I'm looking for lists of TV shows and movies that have characters referencing numbered lists of rules. As examples in Wedding Crashers they reference a random assortment of rules e.g. Rule #110: Never walk away from a crasher in a funny jacket. Fight Club has "First Rule of fight club is..." What else has a set of rules like this?
posted by vegetableagony at 8:36 PM PST - 30 comments

What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do?

What kind of magic does QString().setNum() do to convert -1413011644 to 2881955652? [more inside]
posted by crawl at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me deskercise!

I sit at my desk all day and forget to move, focus elsewhere, stand up, drink water, stretch. You get the idea. I want a regular reminder to take a moment to do these things. I've searched apps and freeware and have come up empty. Help? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 7:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Building a text-heavy site, what resources should I look at for prototyping?

I'm hoping to put together a relatively simple website on which to put various stories and essays my friends and I are writing. I'm aiming at imitating old journals and newspapers (like this), fairly simple, mostly text. Do you guys know any great examples of this type of layout online that I could scope out, and if I wanted to start prototyping it myself relying as much as possible on CSS and javascript, what would be some resources I should consider? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Hide empty tables with jQuery in Voxco

Somewhat obscure jQuery question. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Fantasy newbie wanting more pls!

Looking for some recommendations for serious fantasy books, especially those inspired by fairy tales. A couple guidelines inside. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 6:21 PM PST - 59 comments

How do I stop being catty?

What are some strategies to stop being catty when surrounded by people who like to be catty and gossip? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 33 comments

our little baby is a little baby

Please tell me your experience with a small-for-gestational-age / intrauterine growth restriction pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 13 comments

I have some random NBA questions

I watched my first NBA basketball game ever and I have some random questions. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 5:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I board a plane 24 hours after I get my wisdom tooth removed?

Have any of you flown on an airplane the day after you got a wisdom tooth removed? My oral surgeon says it'll be fine, but I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 5:11 PM PST - 22 comments

from LA to Chicago with an empty suitcase

What do you get the guy who has nothing? I'm looking for practical going-away gifts for a friend who's about to pack up his few belongings in his car and move cross-country, broke. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 4:42 PM PST - 48 comments

Accept a job or treat depression?

May be about to be offered a temp-to-perm job, but also may need to start 6 to 8 week voluntary medical process that will preclude working. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Markdown, Google Code and notices

How would I create a "note", "tip" or "caution" notice box (rough examples) with the syntax provided by Markdown and Google Code? Is there a trick to make this possible?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Pre-paid SIM in Japan

How can I best get cell data while in Japan? I've got a GSM Galaxy Nexus that I'd like to use while I'm in Japan. Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM? If so, where would these be sold? I'll be in Nagoya, if that helps.
posted by VoteBrian at 3:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommendations for a Korean stock broker.

Asking for a friend: I'm in the U.S. and require the services of a stock broker licensed in Korea who speaks English and has experience handling U.S. clients. I'm looking for any referrals to firms or individuals who work with well known firms. Feel free to MeFi Mail me if you'd rather not post publicly. Bonus question: For circumstances beyond my control I need to take direct ownership of an interest I have in what will become a publicly traded Korean company. I plan to speak to my tax adviser, but are there any particular considerations I need to be aware of in obtaining and holding this investment? My understanding is that I need a licensed broker to take custody for me. I also understand that South Korea is a relatively friendly place for U.S. foreign investment. Thanks!
posted by chaiwawa at 3:30 PM PST - 3 comments

New Coins. Why?

OK, I understand why the government keeps on making new bills, because they wear out. But why do they need to make new coins? No one would throw away a dirty old quarter, they don't disintegrate, they work fine in machines, etc. So why do we keep making new ones? Not referring to pennies, which I guess sort of disappear because people don't think they have much value. I don't know why we don't just get rid of them, but that's a different question.
posted by mmf at 2:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Trying to rediscover a podcast.

Looking for a particular podcast I used to listen to, lost track of, then forgot the name of it or the people involved. It was by a man and woman, probably in their early to mid 30s. Friends, but not romantic (he was married). Funny, conversational, no set topic, but not necessarily a "comedy" podcast. Popular enough to have t-shirts for their show. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 2:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me take advantage of a last-minute invitation to Sydney

I just got invited to spend a week or so with some friends in Sydney, Australia (yay!). But the flight is going to be long and painful enough that I'd like to go for longer, and probably get a little ways out of Sydney. But I do not want to drive. Is the following feasible, doable without driving, and reasonable for an older (60ish) woman on her own? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Author, Author!

You all did such a great job of helping with my Black History Month question, that I am returning with another similar question about African American authors of fiction--specifically SF Bay Area-based, "classic", not controversial... [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

After-market faucet condom?

Our new and overly-swanky kitchen tap does not have an aerator. This creates a mess of tidal-wave proportions. Is there an after-market fix? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Thinking of going to LA late next week, NOT for the Oscars.

I may be going to Los Angeles next week on a brief vacation with my Disney-Channel-oriented 13-year-old daughter. I have signed up for free tickets to a taping of 'Jessie' on Friday the 24th. Will this all work out? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 1:54 PM PST - 18 comments

We want to design a cool tradeshow booth. Help us!

I work for a small, educational game non-profit. We have out first trade show coming up! We're looking for cool, clever booth designs. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I contro nervous yawning?

How can I control my yawning tic, or at least make it less offensive? It seems to really put people off, and I feel terrible. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 1:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Deadly Dames and Dieselpunk Dreams

What does 'dieselpunk' mean to you in a story? With our without 'AU historical elements'. I'm just looking for wild ideas and scenarios that may fit into this oeuvre, especially a set-up that sounds blindingly awesome rather than simply appropriate for the fantasy subgenre. [more inside]
posted by reenka at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments

No Free Fries With My Medal, Right?

Can soldiers in US accept awards/rewards beyond those within the military structure, such as cash rewards and such, for actions pursuant to their military duties? (I'd be interested in other Anglophile or closely-allied nations, too.) [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Hungry Hungry HIPPA

What do I do if I suspect a hospital patient may have been involved in a criminal act? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 1:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it really possible to 'steal' the nomination?

I keep reading rumors of Ron Paul supporters sneaking their delegates into state conventions. How plausible is it that Ron Paul can get the nomination with this strategy? And if it can't get the nomination, what can he do with all the extra delegates?
posted by empath at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Breakup diplomacy, help me find peace

Breakup customs-filter. I did my boyfriend wrong, by becoming an exhausted-complaining mess, on a recent depressive lapse I had, partially due to a physical condition. He left me, scared and confused, though we were madly in love, after 3 months of this. I wish to part in peace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 52 comments

seeking stability in an unstable life. also, I'm apparently unlovable.

Want a long-term relationship, but I'm in a geographically unstable stage of my life and everyone prefers to be friends. This sucks. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 12:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Suit colour for a freckled redhead

What colour of suit looks best on a ginger? [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu at 12:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Service firm workflow software

Project, workflow, and customer management tools for web design and service firm? I want to manage (many) small web projects through design, approval and launch steps, then have billing attached. [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 12:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help my non-profit art shool navigate tax exemption, funding, and get off on the right foot.

I'm an artist, and I help run a non-profit studio-school. Our studio is about to file for 501(c)(3) exemption and seek funding, and we've reached the limit of our collective knowledge. Please point me in the right direction(s). Length and details inside. [more inside]
posted by amcm at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Examples of the soul switch

I'm looking for examples from art, popular culture, mythology, and religion of what might be called the "soul switch": where one person's soul or mind leaves his body and inhabits a new body. [more inside]
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson at 12:04 PM PST - 65 comments

Salaried game artist in CA - what's the law for overtime?

I need to figure out if my coworkers and I are owed overtime pay. I'm getting conflicting information everywhere I go, and if I need to refer to a lawyer in the end so be it. Maybe you guys can help though... We're salaried video game artists in California. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 19 comments

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills?

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills? [more inside]
posted by hick57 at 11:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Audit me!

Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG and PwC filter. I have an interview up soon for an auditing firm and would like to fresh up my admittedly rusty accounting skills. I'm not asking for a way to pass my interview with the least amount of effort, but rather which topics they will expect me to know for a successful internship. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Going from 2.4ghz dual to 2.2ghz quad: a step up, down, or sideways?

Graphic designer, currently using a 2.4GHz Core2 dual-processor MacBook Pro (2gb RAM). Considering a new i7 quad-core MacBook Pro; I could get either the 2.2Ghz or 2.4Ghz. Would rather save $400 and get the 2.2Ghz. Is this a step down because of clock speed, a step up because double the processors, or apples-to-oranges? Which would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by barefoot at 11:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Star Search Archives

Are there archives of Star Search available? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

New bridge? Or implant?

Can you help me choose between a dental implant and replacing my bridge? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Finding contemporary classical fans online and in the real world

I love contemporary classical music, but I don't know enough other people that do too. Aside from Sequenza21, what are some good resources for meeting people online that share this interest? Also, aside from attending local events (I live in Madison, WI), can anybody suggest ways to meet people in person who are also fans? BTW, if this is an interest of yours too, feel free to send a message.
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I decline a raise request, yet still maintain employee morale?

Small business owners: Is it possible to turn down a request for a raise from employees, yet maintain workplace morale? On the flip side, have you been turned down for a raise, but stayed in your position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 42 comments

Roux en-Y vs. Lap Band

I have been approved for an essentially free gastric bypass surgery (Roux en-Y), but the extensive surgery/recovery scares me and I would much rather have Lap Band surgery. That won't be covered by my insurance so I'd be paying about $15,000. Can you help me evaluate my options? And personal experience with either surgery would be great. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 17 comments

It's Not Like Anyone's Gonna Quit...

How much would facebook need to charge per user per month to eliminate ads? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 10:20 AM PST - 31 comments

The most passive income?

I recently bought a camera from a third party retailer on Amazon (in the US). The retailer used Amazon's fulfillment service to ship the items and to give Amazon Prime members their free shipping. They also priced their wares at a couple bucks less than Amazon itself, so theirs was the default way to purchase the camera. My questions are: What is expected from the third party retailer in this case? Just buying the stock and cashing the checks? Is there anything to prevent, say, me from doing the same thing?
posted by CutaneousRabbit at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Drive / Fast & Furious 5 Movie Night

Double-feature movie night running order quandary - Fast 5 and Drive [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Punctuation for a list of people including their credentials

[PunctuationFilter] When you are writing a list of people with their credentials, do you separate the person with their credentials from the next person with their credentials with commas? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Best tech for sharing baby pictures with grandparents?

What is the best way for us to share pictures with moderately tech-unsaavy grandparents? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse at 9:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find this children's Bible

Help me find the illustrated children's Bible/book of Bible stories I had as a kid. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Boundaries or ultimatums?

What is the difference between an ultimatum and a hard limit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 45 comments

Dunkin' Dunts Munchkins are too easy

Help me think of miniaturized versions of Irish food! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:52 AM PST - 29 comments

"Someone Like You" sounds familiar.

What older song does Adele's "Someone Like You" remind me of? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:41 AM PST - 26 comments

GUI-Customizable flash soundboard that assigns sounds to keypresses?

I need a simple program (an SWF preferably) that will let me assign locally-stored sound clips to my PC's keyboard. Something like the Jingle Keyboard freeware, or a flash soundboard, but will let me assign specific sounds to specific keys -- such as sound1.mp3 to C, sound2.mp3 to V, etc.. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get my UMAX Powerlook 2100xl to work with Lion?

How to get my UMAX Powerlook 2100xl to work with Lion?. [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 8:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting content from a drippy Macbook

How can I access a perfectly functioning Macbook hard-drive in an otherwise not perfectly functioning computer? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 8:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Your ipod is grounded!

Cracked ipod touch repair - have you done it? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Strategy for retiring young

Strange and fortuitous circumstance: Where should I retire to at age 30 with a $2.5 million nest egg, an adventurous girlfriend, no job and no obligations? How much should I spend/mortgage on a house vs. invest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 47 comments

Can a US employer ask what medications I'm on?

An employer decides to update their employee database and distributes a form with the usual name, address, emergency contact stuff on it. There is also a line for "Any medications you are currently taking." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 14 comments

if only I had the warranty...

My Sonicare toothbrush is not working correctly. What might be wrong? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I allow myself to trust someone else?

How do I allow myself to trust a guy I'm "seeing" given a previous relationship where I deluded myself into giving too much trust? [more inside]
posted by soulsteelgray at 7:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Slim Slacks of the shelf, anyone?

Where do the more fashionable young men in NYC get their slacks? I need some nice pants and I don't want to look like my father. Where can I get some fashionable, slimmer, non-break, pants in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 7:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Is the laundromat a big deal?

How big of a deal is not having a laundry room in my apartment unit? [more inside]
posted by pluot at 7:14 AM PST - 58 comments

TB or not TB, that is the unoriginal title joke...

Should I, as an adult, be given the BCG vaccination...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting Wrinkles Out of Rayon

How to get wrinkles out of dry clean only clothes (rayon)? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 6:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Left Brain Advice for the Right Brain Guy

Business practicality filter: As a freelance designer, one man shop, what would I have to consider regarding taking on an assistant? Help my underdeveloped left brain... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 6:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I see clearly now?

My annual eye exam is coming up.  I've had a years-long string of not-quite-right corrective lenses.   What can I do to get an accurate prescription this time? [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 6:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Why is my vision blurry after using my laptop? (and I see light beams coming off of bright lights)

Why is my vision blurry after using my laptop? (and I see light beams coming off of bright lights) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 6:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Beyond Borders

Has anyone ever been in a relationship with someone from another culture? How do you get over some of the fundamental differences in world views? [more inside]
posted by northxnorthwest at 5:59 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I get myself to have safer sex?

I'm really bad about using condoms consistently, and I don't know what to do to make myself be more responsible and safe. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 19 comments

How to be a good parent to a kid going through puberty

My daughter is starting puberty and I'm freaking out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM PST - 29 comments

You're never truly dressed without a pair of Persol sunglasses

Tell me about high-quality, (i.e. more than just a designer name) classic, luxury accessories. [more inside]
posted by ladybird at 4:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for the name of most languages in every language

ShotInTheDarkfilter: I need the names of the top 60 or so most common languages in each of those languages. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird at 4:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify this quote/passage that I love!

I'm trying to remember the origin and full quote of a part of a book I read - it mentions 4AM being "the witching hour". [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 1:38 AM PST - 13 comments

February 15

Email epistolary book needs design help

This is one for the design-heads. I want to create a bound-book containing an email exchange - something along the lines of an epistolary novel. I've got a good bookbinders lined up. And have a passble knowledge of how to physically construct a book. However I need some help with the presentation of the content. [more inside]
posted by dry-jim at 10:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find the question mark on my keyboard!

I~m having an issue with my Mac keyboard not working properly with a PC running Windows XP. My punctuation is all screwy and I can~t figure out how to fix it. Hope me please! [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 9:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Please recommend software for building an offline, personal Wiki-clone.

Please recommend software for building an offline, personal Wiki-clone. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 9:37 PM PST - 12 comments


I am not in Canadabut I have a credit card loaded with 75 Canadian dollars. What is the smartest way to buy something in canadian dollars off of Amazon (amazon.ca)? I will need any purchase shipped to the U.S.. Will there be crazy unforeseen delivery charges buying through amazon.ca? Is there a way to get this money onto my amazon.com account as credit? Is there some other smart way to spend Canadian dollars while living in the u.s.? Is there some way to get it transferred through the credit card company to an account of mine? The card says it is only for electronic use. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 9:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Thanks for the memories

Guy Gift Filter - An old friend said he'd love to see pictures of us I still have. His birthday is coming up, so I thought it might be cute to make copies of pictures and cards he sent me way back when. I have one idea for putting them together, but it might not go over well. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 8:58 PM PST - 8 comments

This is a great team, but I don't want to give them more sugar.

what's the right take on food/sweets as a motivator in the office? My team has had a hard week and food is a common reward but I feel uneasy about it. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:41 PM PST - 67 comments

How do I rationalise opening up an office in a particular neighbourhood of San Francisco? You can bet there's

Are there any maps/resources to illustrate the neighbourhoods that Silicon Valley VC/PEs and tech companies are located in? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Therapy for a sixteen-year-old in DC?

Looking for a CBT or similar therapist for a sixteen-year-old in the DC area, and help for dealing with parents. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

My Twitter account is displaying everything in bold. How can I change this?

My Twitter account is displaying everything in bold. It's only on my home computer; my work one is fine. I have emptied my cache and deleted cookies but nothing is working. How am I able to fix this? It's driving me crazy.
posted by Joseppi at 7:24 PM PST - 9 comments

MIDI controller

M-Audio Keystation 88ES Midi Controller -- a good choice at a reasonable price? I got GREAT advice here a little while ago re: KWK speakers and this is the next piece to be purchased for my son at college (includes a Macbook & a DUET interface). Is this a good choice at the price? I like the fact that it has 88 keys.
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:17 PM PST - 15 comments

"Sooo... can we have sex now?"

Second hookup/date tips for a girl who likes to pick up guys? (How to encourage said guys to make a move the second time around). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Online Source for Business Cards

What's the best online source of quality business cards (besides Moo.com)? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 6:45 PM PST - 13 comments

I want you to want me. And you. And you...and you too.

How do I get over not feeling wanted? For a long time (since childhood for sure) I have never felt "wanted" by anyone. I am absolutely tired of feeling this way, especially when rejected for relationships, but I cannot honestly wrap my head around how to move forward. HALP! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 6:29 PM PST - 17 comments

The Perils of Googling

Should I be concerned about the PeekYou results for our daughter's preschool teacher? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 52 comments

I'm too clingly, she's too independent, or just incompatible?

Three months into a relationship, we're having communication problems. I want to talk all the time, she's ok without it, and this bothers me. I'm working to become less clingy, but should I look for a girl who's clingy too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Pretty me up, on the cheap!

Any hidden gems in the world of drugstore makeup? [more inside]
posted by jabes at 5:37 PM PST - 67 comments

What? I can't hear you!

Keep and fix or junk? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 5:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Grammar police

How can I request that someone stop correcting my grammar and/or pronunciation of words? [more inside]
posted by Lord of the Sock Puppets at 5:25 PM PST - 47 comments

How do I grow out acrylic nails?

Sister Mefites, how do I gracefully grow out acrylic nails? [more inside]
posted by puddinghead at 5:22 PM PST - 16 comments

How to make a loan to a family member?

Where can I find a good contract template for a loan between two family members? What about the tax implications? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Anthologies about Abortion and Homosexuality?

Does anyone know of any good anthologies featuring true stories, told in first or third-person, about (a) abortion in the United States before Roe vs. Wade, or (b) homosexuality in the United States in the 1960s and before, when it was very heavily stigmatized? I have some social conservatives in my family, along with some newly minted moderates and liberals, and I'd like to give the former some things to ponder, and the latter some talking points and fuel for their progressive opinions. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 4:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Give me your wisdom, let me see through time!

Calling all 40 year olds... what do you wish you had done when you were 30? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 3:57 PM PST - 74 comments

TV and film background calling services

Recommendations for calling services for background (extra) work is Los Angeles? What services have worked best for you?
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

[AcademicFilter] How can I ask better questions in seminars?

[AcademicFilter] How can I ask better questions at seminars? [more inside]
posted by starcrust at 3:13 PM PST - 35 comments

What is this city name on this headstone?

Please help me read the name of this French city on this headstone! [more inside]
posted by erst at 2:52 PM PST - 29 comments

From Russia with [illicit] love

LateImperialRussianHistoryFilter: What penalties under the law might a Russian man or woman in 1890 face for adultery? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Do Numbers Have Souls?

Do Numbers Have Souls? [more inside]
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Just say No to Oriental Trading

Help me come up with a party favor for a four year old's birthday party. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 2:15 PM PST - 35 comments


18-c. German filter. Pagodenkopf anyone? [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get a "grown up" or "real" job?

How do I get a "grown up" or "real" job? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 1:50 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me find where I can spend some downtime between touristy activities while in Paris for a week!

Help me enjoy Paris as a local! [more inside]
posted by CristinaT at 1:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I need a broader view than what slashdot is giving me now

I realized recently, that I've lost somewhat of my network that kept me up to date on technology trends, software development methodologies and up and coming frameworks. I'm specifically in the enterprise JEE world. What are some software related blogs that you use as a Senior/Lead/Architect? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to write right!

I want beautiful handwriting. [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 1:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Seeking DJ wisdom

What criteria do you use to determine mix tape/CD/playlist order? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 1:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Which Kate Bush song is this?

I've had part of a Kate Bush (?) song in my head for days & can't get it to "finish" and identify itself. At the end (or beginning?), a man (her dad or brother?) sings the first lines of "You Always Hurt the One You Love"... "the one you wouldn't hurt at all..." Googling has failed me. What's the song?
posted by dywypi at 12:54 PM PST - 3 comments

How did this change for you?

Are you a woman who used to be invisible to physically attractive men, and now gets a lot of attention and approaches from them? What changed? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness at 12:43 PM PST - 69 comments

My sister can't afford the additional $600 a year

Can an employer in British Columbia require employees to opt in to extended health coverage? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should we live in San Diego?

Tell me where to live with a toddler in San Diego that's not too far from UCSD and isn't crazy expensive. Moving from North Carolina and everything seems so pricey. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 12:10 PM PST - 17 comments

iOS podcast apps and automatic/background downloads

Are there any iOS podcast apps that will automatically check for and download new podcasts in the background without me having to open up the app and refresh it? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 12:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How to create a "Chat With The Site Owner" widget?

What is the best way for a web developer to create a custom "chat with the site owner" widget? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

To the Hoover Dam and beyond?

Roadtrip from the Bay Area to Hoover Dam and beyond at the end of winter... help us connect the dots! [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Best in-the-field science blogs?

Looking for great in-the-field science blogs. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:51 AM PST - 2 comments

headline: Moron Makes Mail Mishap

I sent a small package via priority mail and it never arrived. Probably due to me writing the wrong zip code. Is it lost forever? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

In case of emergency, dial CMXI.

Is there any sequence of letters that spells out a number on a telephone keypad as well as indicating that same number in Roman numerals? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

How can we get our Cat Mate pet fountain working?

Last summer we bought a Cat Mate Pet Fountain for our cats. One of them ignores it and drinks from the old ceramic bowl, but the other is crazy about it. It's stopped working a couple of times (you can hear the motor running, but water does not move), but cleaning the parts has fixed it before; now it doesn't. Does anybody have experience with this? (In general, the product gets excellent reviews, so we'd prefer to avoid having to try another brand unless we have to.)
posted by languagehat at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I temporarily relocate 70 miles from home to find a good job?

I have a house and a husband I'd like to keep. However, it seems like the only way to do this is to temporarily relocate myself 70 miles away where the job market is better. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Val_E_Yum at 10:43 AM PST - 27 comments

Gluten Intolerant in a gluten filled work environment

I am Gluten Free, work in a small office, we all bring our lunch, but others' lunches make me sick! What do I do??? [more inside]
posted by glitrqn at 10:43 AM PST - 62 comments

I'm going to be rich...assemble my staff.

I want to be prepared (tongue-in-cheek) for when I win 300+ million dollars in the Powerball lottery. The moment my winning numbers are selected, what kind of staff should I assemble to handle the $$$, protect my family's safety, and maintain the greatest anonymity possible and any other creative suggestions...all before I publicly turn in the winning ticket?
posted by teg4rvn at 10:34 AM PST - 21 comments

How dangerous are the nitrites in cured meats?

Are the nitrites in cured meats dangerous when ascorbic or erythorbic acid is used to inhibit the formation of nitrosamines? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I refrain from embarrassing myself at my prospective grad school?

How can I overcome (or at least convincingly mask) my near-paralytic shyness and social awkwardness before my upcoming GradSchool visits? Help! I'm a very special snowflake... [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 10:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Where is this online post about a software architecture model?

For the sake of my dwindling sanity, can anyone point me towards the blog post I read about a "concentric" model for data-driven software architecture? I've googled like mad but haven't come anywhere close to it because the only search terms I can come up with are either vague or have additional meanings that pollute the results. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Card games for Android tablet

Please help me get card games for an Android tablet [more inside]
posted by klpage at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

The song playing in the bar/strip club in Outland (Sean Connery, 1981)?

Biggest longshot, but what the hell... The music playing in the bar/strip club in Outland (Sean Connery, 1981)? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 9:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Want to jazz up my cube with fabric panels, but clueless about fabric

I want to spice up a couple of the panels of my work cubicle, tastefully. I have something like this in mind but I'm looking at different fabrics online and realizing I have no idea what type of fabric to go with (there's printed cotton, faux silk, linen, wovens) or even what category (sold for quilting, apparel, interior decorating purposes etc.). Does anyone know what I should go with? I'm happy to go to a physical store but I want to make sure I know what I'm even looking for in terms of look and feel. I don't necessarily need/want advice about pattern, just type of fabric. Thanks!
posted by lovingkindness at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Can high sodium intake be offset by drinking a lot of water?

Can high sodium intake be offset by drinking a lot of water? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 8:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Finally at 32, I have a chance to come up for air and I need to focus.

Big changes are coming and I'm not sure how to make the best of them. I am not enthralled in the least in my current career and would like to take a chance on something new, but should I go for something that is very risky that I love, something practical, or something that uses my mind, or is there some kind of career that embraces all of this that I am not aware of? Man this gets long! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Do Capsacin sports creams actually work?

Do sports creams with capsacin actually do anything to help healing and repair of inflamed tendons / ligaments or are they merely palliative? [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Bizarre nonfiction recommendations?

Nonfiction books that are off-the-wall, of mixed-to-dubious accuracy, but which are also entertaining and insightful as works of literature, irrespective of the factual claims presented therein. Clarification and examples lurk within. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 7:47 AM PST - 44 comments

The LTR analogy: familiar small town versus exciting Istanbul

I read this article/essay that once compared long term relationships and the excitement of entering new ones with the difference between a small town and the exotic Istanbul / Marrakech (I no longer remember which). Perhaps you can point me towards the right direction? Many thanks.
posted by drea at 7:16 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get back into the law? Yes. Really.

How do I get back into the law? Yes. Really. [more inside]
posted by Hellebore at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I ask him to try again?

My ex broke up with me at the beginning of January. I want to give our relationship a second chance. Should I? How? Wall of text within. [more inside]
posted by fight or flight at 6:17 AM PST - 50 comments

What's the best way to reach out to advertising agencies about work?

So how exactly does a junior advertising copywriter introduce herself to agencies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

We are not friends anymore. STOP CALLING! also don't murder me in my sleep.

A former acquaintance (non-close friend) from college continues to contact me regularly despite me ignoring his calls for almost a year. He calls me about once a week and occasionally he will call in bunches. He has probably called 40-50 times in about 9 months. The fact that he has persisted this long is freaking me out a bit. Should I just tell him to stop contacting me or has it gone beyond that? More below. I’m a man btw. [more inside]
posted by Ommcc at 5:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Econobox of Doom

Help me persuade a concerned relative that a minicar is not a death trap. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 5:34 AM PST - 42 comments

Is this wedding dress for real?

Is the wedding dress in these photos actually like it appears in the photos, or a "trick of the light"? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 4:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Docs that are Different

Docofi: Human Planet, One Giant Leap, Crossing the Bridge, Baraka, Playing for Change and the Qatsi trilogy are all great examples of documentaries that don't follow a traditional narrative. I'm looking for more documentaries that are neither investigative (Thin Blue Line, Capturing the Friedmans) nor quest/mission based (Catfish, 10 MPH), but rather paint a picture. If that's not clear enough, picture a nature documentary, but instead of animals the subject is "art" or "culture" or some kind of theme. Bombay Beach, The Gleaners and I and Dark Days are sort-of good examples.
posted by omnigut at 4:10 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I protect my javascript code from being stolen?

I've written some customizable interactive activity templates in javascript that work on tablets and I want to sell to publishers. How do I prevent anyone from stealing and re-using the code? [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 4:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Moving: When the baby is inside or outside?

My husband and I own a small house, and were originally planning on moving early next year. We got some good news over the holidays and I am now nearing the end of the first trimester of my first pregnancy. We'd still like to move, but is it easier to do this while I'm pregnant or should we wait until the baby is 6 months old? [more inside]
posted by smalls at 2:55 AM PST - 34 comments

Roommate issues - how to level?

Personal issues with new roommate; two males. How do we resolve this and move forward? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 1:03 AM PST - 42 comments

Kosher Muffaletta

I'm looking for kosher sausage that I can buy in Albuquerque or get sent here. [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 1:03 AM PST - 13 comments

February 14

Next: same question but with Zombies.

Could an average person, sufficiently motivated, break through a wall built to current U.S. building code standards without the use of tools? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:33 PM PST - 38 comments

The mysterious uncredited song

What is the song playing in the gameplay trailer for Cradle?
posted by FatherDagon at 10:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me decide if I need to seek emergency medical care for my cat.

Please help me decide if I need to seek emergency medical care for my cat. [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets at 10:06 PM PST - 25 comments

New ways to say Happy Birthday

Can you help me come up with alternative ways to say happy birthday? I'm tired of writing the same old things when I send friends birthday cards/texts/etc. Looking for creative, thoughtful, and/or poetic ways to send someone birthday wishes. Bonus points for literary references or foreign language translations that have a slightly different connotation than "Happy Birthday"
posted by robverb at 8:35 PM PST - 36 comments

Chewing gum and gastro distress

Could 3 to 4 pieces of sugar-free Dentyne Fire gum per day be giving me occasional episodes of gas, bloating, and diarrhea? If so, what kind of sugar-free gum should I chew instead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Warning: NSFW. Deepthroat issues (No, not the guy. The activity.)

Fellatio filter. Interesting topic for my first post ever... My wonderful boyfriend and I have a great sex life but he can only come from intercourse (and usually only when he sees me getting off from it) or from rough, consistent, deepthroating, the latter of which I struggle with severely and just cant seem to pull off even though I love performing "normal" oral sex. How can I give him what he needs in this area (which would make me SO happy) without feeling like I'm going to suffocate and die (dramatic, I know, but seriously what I feel). Modest details inside... [more inside]
posted by bostontina at 8:17 PM PST - 33 comments

Cover letters for bulk applying online? Yes or no?

When applying for jobs online and you're asked to cut and paste a resume and answer a few questions, should you add a cover letter to the beginning? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 7:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Resumé skills for a social science/liberal arts major?

Resumé skills for a social science/liberal arts major? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 at 7:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Where is a panoramic east bay SF view?

Looking for a scenic San Francisco East Bay location that i can shoot a picture of my car, preferably something that catches a bay view. [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 7:41 PM PST - 10 comments

need tons of input on Bahamas for travelers

Traveling to the Bahamas. Help me plan things that arent not just snorkleing and beach. I know it is a great island and I am so excited to go but I want to get some suggestions on what to do by people here. We are going to stay in Nassau but we could be coerced to another island with suggestion. It is just myself and my bf and we are 35. [more inside]
posted by femmme at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Not a doormat

How can I, a quiet, late-20's woman, be more assertive at work? [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 6:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Which phD program is better?

How do I know which Ethnomusicology graduate program is considered better in the field? And how do I decide where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me brainstorm career ideas

I like putting things together in optimal ways. What job can I do? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend at 6:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get a Claes Oldenburg film appraisal

My parents use to hang out with Claes Oldenburg back in the 50s and 60s. My father took a B and W silent film of one of his happenings, "Gayety", at U of Chicago in 1963. What to do with it? [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me deal with a difficult situation at work.

I need the job, but am feeling unappreciated. How can I explain my situation to management without jeopardizing my career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I move to Baker City, Oregon?

Should I move to Baker City, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by kuatto at 6:03 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I wear this blazer and not look like an idiot?

How do I wear this blazer and not look like an idiot? I have absolutely no idea how I am going to wear this. I'd like to dress it up, with maybe a white shirt and tie, but what colors? And what color pants? I am totally confused as to why my mom would buy this for me as a gift.
posted by sushi69 at 5:54 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me be a dogwalker and a speech therapist

How does one get "licensed and bonded" for liability insurance with dogwalking/housesitting, and a bonus question about umbrella policies for a personal business [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 5:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Does anybody have any experiences using Ebooks for graduate level study? In particular Kindle books or books from Coursemart? Making citations?

I'm going to be taking a few graduate courses online while traveling abroad. I need three textbooks. All three are available for the Kindle through Amazon. Only two are available through Coursemart. I bought a tablet with the hopes I could use it for the texts and avoid carrying three more books with me when traveling. I see two potential problems, that being said my question ultimately has two parts: [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Obsolete analog video woes

I have a media box plugged into a 480p widescreen TV. How can I get Windows to use the correct aspect ratio? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 5:31 PM PST - 17 comments

house affordable for us?

Can we afford the house? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 5:01 PM PST - 56 comments

Printing and trimming odd-sized images? Turning images into print on demand postcards?

Two image printing questions: 1) Will Costco trim images (and if not, is there a similarly priced & equally high quality competitor who will), and 2) What are my options for turning images into print-on-demand postcards? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

What is best approach for measuring cloud network latency?

I would like to know what is the best approach for measuring a cloud provider's network latency and jitter e.g. Amazon EC2. While a single ping on the command line can achieve a round trip latency snapshot for that one moment, I was looking for something more comprehensive and thorough. Are there any software tools out there that are particularly recommended and hopefully easy to use for measuring at intervals, network latency & jitter, preferably in Windows? Is round trip latency or end to end latency the best metric to consider? Ping provides roundtrip although if the packet came back the same route it came, then end to end could be found by dividing by 2. Latency and jitter increases in proportion to server load. How could I ramp up server load to let's say a specified percentage? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

20 hours = $150.00

If I can find a way to come up with $150/week, I can quit my degrading retail job and hugely improve my quality of life. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 3:55 PM PST - 46 comments

Please help me find the results of a pair of 2004 UK court cases...

I need to find out the results, if any, of a pair of cases filed in the UK High Court of Justice, Queens Division, in 2004. I have the names of the claimants and the case numbers, but don't have access to (or can't find) the legal databases that might give me the info. Anyone in the UK legal world have any hints? I can provide details if you message me. Thanks.
posted by soulbarn at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Get it out of here

How do I ship my ex-fiancee's stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia at 3:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Basic (as in, no bells and whistles) sewing machine recommendations for a beginner...

Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a good, basic, durable sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 3:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Citizen Science in the Middle School Classroom

I am looking for great citizen science projects for my students to get involved in! [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 3:24 PM PST - 15 comments

See it wiggle...

Looking for kick-ass jello / jelly recipes. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments


Why are old, black&white films (seemingly) always presented sped up to a modern framerate, making them jerky and fast? The explanation I have of that is that they were recorded with a slower frame rate, so if you want to play it on a modern TV, you have to speed it up. But can't we do better than that now? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 2:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Scared of Suburbia...

We might have the opportunity to move to DC - but can we even afford to live there, in a nice, walkable neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 2:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Doula recommendations for a Sunnybrook delivery in Toronto?

I'm currently pregnant with my first child (whee!) and as a single-mom-to-be am kind of freaking out. It's been recommended to me that I investigate hiring a doula to help with labour and delivery as well as post-partum. I need recommendations if you have them on the who as well as what to look for in a good doula. [more inside]
posted by machine at 1:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Cardcaptor this ain't.

Is it in poor taste or offensive to pass around this photo in a class presentation? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. at 1:47 PM PST - 57 comments

Options to replace Google Documents

Options to replace Google Documents? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Lots of hugging, lots of dancing, etc etc

Many mainstream US sitcoms often seem to have a very sentimental moment five/ten minutes before the end. This is rarely the case in UK sitcoms and as a UK viewer seems very much an American thing. When did this become a convention and why? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 1:27 PM PST - 51 comments

How to interact with twins?

There is a pair of twins I interact with socially. I cannot tell them apart. It's awkward and I think probably very rude of me. Help? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Some stories just take 10,000 words to tell

Help me find some riveting long-form journalism to read! I love thoughtful, explanatory, intelligent, slightly investigative single-topic pieces of writing. Can you help me find more? What are your all-time favorite pieces of long-form journalism? [more inside]
posted by firstbest at 1:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Do I stay (for a little bit) or do I go?

I really dislike my current job. I have a job offer from a company that would love to have me and is willing to accommodate all timing logistics. However, I still feel guilty about quitting my current job, for a myriad of reasons. Give me permission to quit. [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop at 12:42 PM PST - 40 comments

Envisioning a syllabus on the Display of Quantitative Information

I am planning on teaching a course on data visualization to some Ph.D. students in the social sciences, and could use some ideas about designing the syllabus. If you have taken or taught such a course, I would especially value your input, but I would also love to hear from any among you who have experience doing data visualization. [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck at 12:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Seed Swap help!

The community garden where I volunteer is planning their first ever seed swap and I’m the one organizing it. Help! [more inside]
posted by bCat at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Matchmaker, matchmaker ...

Do you know a great therapist in Brooklyn or Manhattan who helped you or a friend cope with depression? I'm trying to find a good fit. [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

I really want this internship. Can you help?

I just found out I have an interview for a Systems Analyst (Developer) Co-op internship on Friday. I am terrified. Some questions on what I should wear and on whether they might have me write a test are within. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Is this a wedding or a fundraiser?

When I asked my brother if there was something in particular he would like for his upcoming wedding, he told me not to give him anything unless it was cash. I have a few issues with this request. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 83 comments

Another question about what am I supposed to do with twins?

So how do you get twins to fall asleep in bed, i.e. without carrying them around for hours? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 11:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Facebook marketing for social media newbie organization

How can a small nonprofit best publicize its upcoming national conference on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Apple TV in Canada: Yay or Nay?

Tell me everything about AppleTV in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

What is this weird sensation I'm experiencing during certain movements of my eyes?

I have a weird medical issue that has caused a couple internists to shrug their shoulders. It involves dizziness and an ability to hear my pulse when moving my eyes in a certain way. [more inside]
posted by balistic at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

How will these shirts fit me?

Anyone have any experience with Woolrich shirts? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to communicate with everyone!

Best (and preferably cheapest!) way to learn a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 10:21 AM PST - 33 comments

MeFi Academics: Describe the perfect conference web app

MeFi academics: imagine you're attending a conference. Describe the your dream conference web app/website. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:14 AM PST - 35 comments

Which seaweed should I add to which foods?

Please suggest specific ways to add seaweed to my meals. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Beyond the Salt Lake

3-4 days free in Utah; what fun adventures can I have? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

How to pick the right color

Where can I find good websites, books, magazines, etc. that explain the principles of picking good paint colors to use when painting rooms in my house? I tend to pick a color and paint the room, only to find that I don't really like the color. Are there design standards/rules (e.g. the rule of 3s for photography)?
posted by GernBlandston at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Non Profit Struggling with Recordkeeping

Small US non-profit (501(c)3) at its Whit's end. Are there opensource or online solutions to help me consolidate all my bookkeeping! [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 9:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Go get 'em, Tiger! -- more like this plz

What are some "pet" names that empower or show confidence in the named party? [more inside]
posted by fake at 9:52 AM PST - 64 comments

Driving through BC

I'm planning a drive from Calgary, AB to Victoria, BC this Friday, and I would like your advice. [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 9:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Facebook Woes

I hate the new timeline on Facebook! Is there a way to change back to the old version? [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Idea for a "Stop and Think" tattoo

My friend would like ideas for a tattoo that would remind him to stop and think before acting and to remain calm. I've found this image which comes close. Any other ideas?
posted by Hubajube at 8:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Help a Wishy-washy technophile

Ipad vs Fire. We had this question which is related but not directly to mine. [more inside]
posted by notned at 8:49 AM PST - 21 comments

The city of Vancouver illegitimately towed my car, but should I fight city hall?

My car was illegitimately towed by the city in Vancouver, BC. Now that I'm disputing the ticket, is there any chance of fair arbitration or do these things also go in the city's favour? Way more details inside. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 8:45 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm in charge of software development practices and need some help.

My role at work is growing from being a plain programmer to being in charge of our development process. Sounds great, but we don't have a process so I need to come up with one. I need techniques and tools to improve our end product. [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 8:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Things learned by reading biographies

How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Star stud earrings from "Starryeyed" music video

Where can I find the star stud earrings featured in this Ellie Goulding video? They appear to be shaped like 5-pointed stars, have gems at the base of each triangle, and one in the center. My wife loves starry earrings, stud earrings, and Ellie Goulding, and I would love to get them (or a reasonable clone) for her. [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Le souris est sur le table... la chat est sur la chaise... le sange est sur la branche. Et je suis le président du Burundi.

DILF? DELF? DALF? Which French foreign language exam is right for me - and how should I prepare for it? [more inside]
posted by jph at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How to make a Stop Motion with a Canon G10

I have a Canon G10 and want to create a stop motion piece where I won't be near the camera, how do I do it without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by rudhraigh at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Wattleseed Recipes

Just got a gift from a Metafilter-ian in Australia of ground wattle seed, which I'm super exited about! Now I need some delicious recipes to cook with it. I have a Valentines party to go to later today, so I'm especially looking something dessert-y to share (but other recs are also welcome!)
posted by kittenmarlowe at 8:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Drink with alcoholic and NA versions for a ladies-night-in?

In need of a party drink recipe. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to spend this year working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started?

Working my way up to getting a refereed beat down. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Tell me - what will surgery be like?

Help me quell my fears about upcoming surgery and understand what recovery will be like. [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 7:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Comparing Spreadsheets

Subtracting 2 sheets in LibreOffice Calc [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 7:53 AM PST - 1 comment

How much notice is required when leaving a month-to-month apartment?

I've been living in a NYC apartment for six years without a signed lease. Now I want to leave. What are my obligations about giving notice to my current landlord? [more inside]
posted by zerbinetta at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Losing my insurance the month I'll be giving birth

Please help me deal with insurance coverage, while pregnant and a student [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Does Jax really walk that way?

I got hooked on "Sons of Anarchy" reruns. Some great acting, and fine straight-ahead storytelling. How 'bout that Gemma! But tell me, is Charlie Hunnam (who I know is a Brit, by the way) swaggering as part of the role he plays (Jax) , or is he limping because of a real-life disability, or does he just walk that way? Once I noticed, it started driving me nuts. Have unearthed zippo on the web.
posted by fivesavagepalms at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

red restricted blog

Reading a blog that reqires permission, but the author is anonymous [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:15 AM PST - 1 comment

What can I do about this constant sinus discomfort?

You are not my doctor, but I won't be able to see him for a few weeks and you might have some helpful sinus-related advice and tips that could really help me out. Long and slightly gross details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 6:43 AM PST - 26 comments


Why would a flight to the destination city be less expensive than the same flight to the connecting city? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 6:36 AM PST - 10 comments

What to look out for renting a camper (motorhome) for the first time?

Camper (motorhome) filter: we (me, my wife and kids (5-year old daughter and 4 year old son) and our small dog) are going to tour Europe in a camper van (this one). I've never driven such a vehicle before and I've never lived in a camper before. I need your advice. [more inside]
posted by hat_eater at 6:31 AM PST - 12 comments

MacBook Pro w SSD?

Any Mac gurus out there ready to predict when we can expect a MacBook Pro with a solid state drive, like the Air, as a standard feature? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 5:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me exchange my iPhone

Help me find a reason to exchange my iPhone 4s at the Apple Store. I've got an iPhone 4s for Verizon and I love it. Last month it started making a vibration or rattle in the receiver earpiece. It is noticed when on a phone call and the other person is speaking. It's a pretty annoying vibration. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Offbeat Paris for Offbeat Families

Our family (with early teens) is travelling to Paris for a week in mid-March this year, and after perusing the many threads about Paris and France, we have settled on getting a Museum Pass and found suitable accommodations. We are now looking for some more offbeat Paris activities to round out our trip. [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 5:18 AM PST - 23 comments

But I'm still on the 2.5 lb barbell weights...

I am a small yet active female. How many calories should I eat in a day? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 4:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Practice in the World of Transcription?

I have 5 hours of an audio (MP4) interview. I need to transcribe it as quickly as possible into a Word document. I don't have a foot pedal and can't get one quickly. Got any suggestions on how to speed this up? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 3:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 at 3:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Romcaffe coffee

Is there any store in the U.S. where I can buy (or mail order) "Romcaffe caffe filtro" coffee? [more inside]
posted by zerzura at 3:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Name that song ?!

Need help with song identification ! Can anyone identify what this song is from this midi version please? Joke valentines gift song has captured my curiosity. video link here
posted by Faintdreams at 2:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes at 1:15 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me enjoy running again

I'm a beginner trying to get serious about running, but evil side stitches are thwarting my progress. What is causing them and how can I prevent them or relieve them once they start? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 12:29 AM PST - 30 comments

February 13

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer?

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 11:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find the closest match to this nail file in NYC by tonight!

Where can I find a crystal nail file that looks as close to this one as possible in NYC for Valentine's Day? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 10:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a receiver that will let me switch HDMI audio and video independently?

I need to buy a new receiver. [more inside]
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