March 2005 Archives

March 31

mon oncle

Why are "aunt" and "uncle", emplyed in a nonfamilial sense, used as terms of endearment and honorifics in so many societies?
posted by deafmute at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

I should've named him Sparky.

Any tips for getting rid of static electricity in big, furry dogs? My Old English sheepdog is always rubbing against the couch and rolling around on the carpet. Every time I scratch him behind his ears, I get a slight jolt. I've tried rubbing down his favorite pillow with a Bounce sheet, but of course the static always comes back. Thanks to everyone in advance.
posted by invisible ink at 9:02 PM PST - 5 comments

DJing with a laptop

I'm thinking about upgrading my laptop and use it for amateur DJ'ing in parties. What software and hardware do you guys recommend? Is the Indigo DJ PCMCIA soundcard a good choice or should I go with something external like the Hercules DJ Console?
posted by guictx at 8:17 PM PST - 6 comments

The Most Awesome Movie Training Songs?

I'd like your help in compiling a workout mix-cd of the most Awesome Cheesily Inspirational songs from movie training sequences. Think "Eye of the Tiger"... or even better, "Hearts on Fire" from the Rocky IV training sequence. And quite possibly the apex: Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" from the Karate Kid. (YOU'RE THE BEST! AROOOUND!) Stuff where you can't help but start going, "Yeah! I'm going to totally train in this montage to kick that guy's ass!" Doesn't even have to be from a training montage, just have that 'feel.'
posted by Stan Chin at 7:25 PM PST - 65 comments

Vampire aliens from... heaven?

I've recently gotten very interested the science-fiction/horror-with-a-religious-tint genre. Can you think of any good books that could fit that description? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 7:23 PM PST - 46 comments


What are the worst karaoke clichés? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 5:58 PM PST - 41 comments

Commercial Leasing

Any commerical leasing people in the crowd? I'm about to lease office space for the first time, and I'm not sure how to go about it or what the lingo means. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Speaker noises

Speakers. I have a new set of computer speaker. I'm really happy with them, except they make a loud popping noise anytime I or any of my neighbors turn off a light. (I live in an apartment building.) So I have two questions: Is this harmful to the speakers? Is there anything I can do to eliminate those noises?
posted by epimorph at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Soccer or Football

Non-Americans: Having recently purchased FIFA Soccer 2005 here in the U.S. I was wondering if they reprint the cover to say FIFA Football 2005 for the rest of the globe (or if the American version is the reprint).
posted by untuckedshirts at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

AIM blocking and spellchecking

Is there any program out there that will let me a) spellcheck AIM messages and B) show myself as being "Away" or even offline to only certain people on my buddy list?
posted by trinarian at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Soda water and hydration?

It seems that soda water (i.e. water with bubbles) doesn't hydrate me very well at all, even when consumed in great quantities. This is true of club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling mineral water. Is it all in my head or is there a good scientific explanation of this?
posted by callmejay at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

DSL Data rates at office versus home

I've never completely understood why my work's Internet connection, which is supposedly "3 megabit DSL", seems so much faster, shared amongst many more users, than my home's "3 megabit DSL". What am I missing here?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What are good books to buy for a Clive Barker fan?

My brother's birthday is coming up and he has worn his copy of WeaveWorld by Clive Barker into pieces from constant re-reading. I want to buy him some similar books, could you recommend some similar books he might like? [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 2:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Honda Accord Hybrid

Is anyone out there driving the new Honda Accord Hybrid? If so, how do you like it? Is there a monster waiting list? I'm impressed by the design and the 39 MPG, which seems very high in these days of 15 MPG rollover prone SUVs...
posted by jgballard at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Oh my god, it's Justin!!!!!

What gifts appeal to 13-year-old girls? [+] [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 1:44 PM PST - 29 comments

labor law in California

A good friend of mine works for a large international bank in the SF bay area. This person was informed today that beginning immediately, the two 15 minute breaks that have been allowed up until now are being reduced to 5 minute breaks. This person works a full 8-hour shift, and I was under the impression that a 1-hour lunch/meal break and 2x 15 minute breaks were required by law. What are the legal requirements in California, and how do they differ from federal requirements?
posted by luriete at 1:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Best April Fool's Day jokes

That most hallowed of foolish holidays is upon us, minus one. So you've got time... What's the best April Fool's Day joke you've ever heard or been a part of? I need some ideas. [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 1:41 PM PST - 18 comments

What PC software to use to remove noise from a radio recording?

I record several NPR radio programs with my RadioSHARK and am happy with the process except for the vague background noise. What can I use to filter out the noise without the sizable investment in MY time? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments

put him down before it gets worse?

Assuming my dog has a brain tumor, should I have him euthanized? (I found some good advice here, but it just wasn’t enough). [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita at 12:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Starting Sorority Products Website

I starting making some crafts to sell at a sorority store around campus, and realized there would be a pretty good online market, so I was wondering a good way to get in contact with product wholesalers to sell online? Any other web start up advice would be appreciated. Also, annoying second question: Is it possible to pour your own pewter keychains? Each sorority has their own symbol (lyre, crown, arrow, kite, etc.) and I was wondering they would be possible to make.
posted by sicem07 at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Frozen dinner replacements?

Inspired by a post on the blue, I'm looking for recipes to replace frozen dinners. They have to be impossible to screw up and can't require any fresh ingredients. Frozen or pantry only. No involved prep allowed for the frozen stuff either. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 11:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Dining in Denver

I'm looking for a restaurant in the Denver area that will satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians. I would like it to not be too pricey, but I'm willing to spend a bit more to get an epic meal. I would prefer to avoid Boulder, if at all possible. Any suggestions are appreciated.
posted by Sheppagus at 11:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Please DeLay my death

I would like to name to DeLay as my "Enduring Power of Attorney" in the event that I somehow reach the same state as Terri Schiavo. Would this hold any ground in court? Could he legally refuse the EPA?
posted by sharksandwich at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you explain heartbreak?

What is the psychology/biology/(insert)-ology behind what we commonly refer to as "heartbreak?"
posted by playtragic at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

And I didn't see a single tentacle!

Last weekend I saw Steamboy. I have questions that presumably will involve spoilers. [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 10:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Do you love your alarm clock?

I dislike my alarm clock and I want a new one. I'm tired of sleeping too late because the power went out or I couldn't tell if the alarm was set for AM or PM. I'm tired of jumping out of my bed in the morning because the alarm decided to it's awful impression of "the ocean" instead of beep at me. But mostly, I'm tired of taking 5 minutes to set my alarm an hour earlier. Desired feature list and picky UI concerns inside. [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

car repair diagnosis

How can I figure out what's leaking from my car? (And other maladies...) Does anyone know of a site -- like WebMD, but for cars -- where I can type in symptoms and narrow down what might be wrong with a car? I know that I can go to a mechanic, but sometimes the first question is whether it's even safe to drive the car to the mechanic. [more inside]
posted by xo at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Is 128kbps AAC enough?

Do you think that 128kbps AAC files are good enough? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 9:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Gay divorcee?

I am a gay man who recently broke up with my partner of 15 years. I am about to head off to my 20 year high school reunion. I haven't seen any of my classmates since graduation. How should I refer to myself? Divorced? Separated? [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse at 9:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Name that painting

Looking for information on a painting commonly seen on the walls of Mexican restaurants and sometimes sprayed on the hoods of low-riders. It is a scene of what I believe is an Aztec warrior holding a naked woman above his head. It might be a sacrifice scene. What is the name and origin of this painting? Link to a picture would be appreciated. Muchas gracias.
posted by suitcase at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Breaking the news to your ex(es).

What is the kindest way to tell an ex (or exes) that you've gotten married? [more inside]
posted by veronica sawyer at 8:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Moving to SF.

I'm moving from NYC to SF in June, to take a job at UCSF. I'm a little daunted by the prospect of yet another transcontinental move, so I thought I'd just ask for general advice, as I'm not even sure I know the right questions to ask. What do you know that you think I ought to know about moving cross-country to SF? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 8:40 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the best way to procure red sox tickets?

I need to get four Red Sox tickets for a weekendish game in July. Anyone have experience with online vendors? Is it a rip off? Is one better than another? Comments and ticket acquisition suggestions are greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

A Quiet Night in Vegas

CounterintuitiveFilter: Where can a guy read a book and get a good cup of coffee in Las Vegas, Nevada? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Mac-to-PC File Names

I am trying to transfer a large number of files (mostly word documents and excel files) from older Macs (G3s and one '02 iMac) to a Windows Server 2003. The problem is that most of these files were created several years back on OS 9.x and have file names with characters the server does not to recognize as valid. This then stops the transfer of all files, shutting down the whole transfer. Short of going through 1,000s of files one by one to check the names are valid or moving each file over one-by-one, what can I do? Does anyone have any suggestions or experience?
posted by jeffe at 7:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Layered Images and changing them with Javascript

Does anybody have an easy way in HTML (or CSS) to layer two images on top of each other, while maintaining the ability to switch the bottom image using a javascript event? [more inside]
posted by stovenator at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Overnight trip from tokyo

I will have a few days free in tokyo and am looking for an interesting overnight trip, I am not so interested in getting a tourist ticket punched. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

I Can't Find My Favorite Deodorant

My favorite deodorant is Borotalco Deodorante, which is sold in Italy. I can't find it in the States and I can't seem to find it for sale on the internet either. I'm down to the bottom of my last can. Does anyone know where I can buy Borotalco?
posted by pinkkitty at 6:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to live in Seattle?

If I were to work in Bellevue, Washington, where would I want to live? We love where we currently live so we would want to replicate it as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by probablysteve at 6:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Tire Blowout Risk

I nailed a pothole yesterday, and when I got back to my place, I noticed a sizeable bulge in the sidewall. Would I be OK to drive it for a few days? Whats my risk of blowout?
posted by Mach5 at 5:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Music Theory/Chord Progression

Music Theory/Chord Progressions: Bm + F#7 + ??? I'm trying to compose my first song on a guitar; being unused to most chord progressions I need some help figuring out what the hell key I'm in and what progression I need to use. [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 3:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Fast file transfer between a mac and PC on a network?

I've got a mac and a PC sharing the same desk, both on a 802.11g network, but file transfer between the two is atrociously slow, like only a couple hundred kb/sec. Is there any way to transfer lots of data quickly between the two (like several Mb/sec)? A crossover ethernet cable between the two? USB? Firewire?
posted by mathowie at 12:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Reputable tax preparer in metro DC area

Does anyone know of a reputable tax preparer in the metro Washington, DC area? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 12:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Minor Key

Does anyone have any favorite popular songs in a minor key that they can suggest to me? More Inside. [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 12:02 AM PST - 25 comments

March 30

Where to start for reading classic crime/noir fiction?

I'm a pretty dedicated reader, but one of the genres I haven't explored much is classic crime/noir fiction. (I do love James Ellroy, but that's about all I've read.) I know that the big guns are Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson. Any suggestions as to which titles to start with (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Grifters all come to mind first, of course, because of the films), as well as other authors to consider? I'd also be happy to entertain suggestions of really high quality true crime, though my hunch is that In Cold Blood is probably unbeatable.
posted by scody at 11:42 PM PST - 42 comments

How Do I Empty Powerbook Trash?

My new Powerbook's harddrive is full (93 GB) so I tossed many huge DVD files. Now I can't empty the trash. How do I force it to empty the trash?
posted by Toolshed at 10:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Save My Plants!

Some sort of mite is attacking my houseplants, tiny, tiny white specs all over the leaves, how do I stop them and save my plants?
posted by Cosine at 10:34 PM PST - 26 comments

How to count freckles.

I have many freckles. What's the best way to count them?
posted by swift at 10:33 PM PST - 21 comments

Baby gift for Wicca religion

I have been invited to a "baby presentation" for a Wicken friend. I asked what is customary to bring to it (as a gift), and she said "something that will help the child through this world and is spiritual in nature". Help! [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 8:51 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I turn a translated haiku into Japanese calligraphy?

How can I turn a translated haiku back into Japanese calligraphy for printing and framing? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Raleigh on a shoestring

RaleighFilter: I'm heading to Raleigh, NC for the summer. How do I find a sublet, and what should I do while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by Aster at 7:28 PM PST - 8 comments

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Weddingfilter: Church ceremony from 2 to 3pm; reception starting at 7pm, less than a half hour of travel in between. Is it too long to make people wait? Out of towners will have hotels nearby; friends might not really have anywhere to go. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 6:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Promoting a Garage Band

I'm the webmaster (well, host is more like it) for a band of talented young men with whom I attend high school. They're having a concert in an auditorium with seating for over 500 and I'd like to see it filled. How do you go about promoting a small local band's concert? [mi] [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:44 PM PST - 11 comments

online multiplayer games

The online community is awesome in every area that I search except I am having an awfully hard time finding fun and interactive online multiplayer games. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Who pulls the plug on me?

Help me choose who gets to pull my plug. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 6:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get individual download windows in Firefox?

I hate the Firefox Download Manager. How can I bring back the individual download windows from my Mozilla 1.7 days?
posted by punishinglemur at 5:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Capital gains relief

TaxFilter: Do I meet the "unforeseen circumstances" requirement of the Taxpayers Relief Act for capital gains on my house? [more inside]
posted by knave at 5:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Death of the Living Room Stereo?

Does the wired home spell the end of the living room stereo system? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 4:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Are all chiropractors quacks?

Are all chiropractors quacks? Are there good ones and bad ones, or is the whole professional a big scam?
posted by medpt at 4:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Unidentified IBM PC Motherboard

Out of boredom, I have decided to cobble together a bare-bones computer (read: pile of wires and parts on a desk). Something seems to be atwitter with the BIOS on the motherboard, and it won't progress beyond the standard bios screen. We are not talking anything life threatening, just the end of my boredom buster, but does anyone know how I might identify the motherboard, and prod the BIOS back to life?
posted by potch at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Eating in Austin

This question is for a friend of mine: Good eats in Austin? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

2046 US release date?

When will Wong Kar-Wai's movie 2046 be released in the US? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Fun with Treos

What's the coolest use for a Palm device you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by angry modem at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is my dishwasher clouding up glassware?

Why did my dishwasher suddenly start clouding up my glassware? The water hardness didn't change, I didn't change the type or amount of soap.
posted by sixpack at 3:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Oh god, bridesmaid dresses

I'm maid of honor in my sister's wedding in a month. The dress we ordered to match the other bridesmaid's dresses doesn't fit AT ALL. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine?

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Johnny Appleseed and allergies

I have a clear childhood memory of being taught that Johnny Appleseed spread ragweed or some other allergy-inducing "weed" in addition to apple trees. Does this ring a bell for anybody else?
posted by NortonDC at 2:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get a Sainsbury's-style cookie outside London?

I lived in London for a while and fell in love with the fresh-baked cookies from Sainsbury's. They came in a pack of 5 for .99p (as I remember). There were double chocolate and chocolate chip versions and they always seemed to be soft and delicious. The problem is I just can't seem to find a cookie that stacks up to the ones from Sainsbury's. Anyone have any recommendations? I live in New York City. Or, even better, anyone know the recipe for Sainsbury's cookies? Even just knowing the name of these cookies (if there is one) would help in my quest. Thanks.
posted by nbrier at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Microsoft watching me?

Is Microsoft watching me? I was going over the web statistics for my small website and the number one url that traffics my site is located at One Microsoft Way in Redmond Washington. The rest can be explained by friends and family, what's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Helping a friend with bipolar disorder

I think my ex-boyfriend may be bipolar. He refuses to admit that, or seek help. His mother and I are both worried, and both want to help, but we don't know what to do. Does anyone have any experience convincing someone to seek help? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 2:10 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I pay off my student loan?

I owe around $18,000 to Sallie Mae in student loans. I live in the UK. And, now, Sallie Mae has decided to not accept credit cards... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Sniffing HTTP traffic

What is the easiest way, in Windows, to sniff the HTTP (and HTTPS) requests and responses back from the server for an application that won't let you tell it to use a proxy? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Places at the forefront of research in their fields

I need the names of some institutions (schools, hospitals, colleges, whatever) that are at the forefront of medical research in their fields. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 11:36 AM PST - 12 comments

MP3: Excellent Attorneys

Anyone know where I can find MP3s of succesful oral arguments of skilled attorneys? Okay, so I should ask a law librarian, but y'all are just so handy! [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Home for sale by owner

I want to consider selling my home myself. There are a number of Internet services that provide multiple-listing services, which should I consider? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

keyboard strokes and mouse clicks to background

Is there a program that will send keyboard strokes and mouse clicks to a program that is in the background? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Wanted: Podcast Recommendations

I want to listen to some Podcasts on my way to work. Any recommendations of a good site that has a listings of various shows would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by Maishe at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Digital Voice Recorder for Mac

Yet another voice recorder question: I suddenly have potential access to a reasonable grant (theoretical max. $1000) to purchase a digital voice recorder. I'll be using it primarily for interviews, although recording focus groups are a possibility. I'd like it to be Mac compatible, and hopefully mountable without drivers, so I can just drag the files off of it onto my hard drive. [more inside]
posted by carter at 9:17 AM PST - 22 comments

What programming/IT blogs do you frequent?

I love TheDailyWTF and read /. every day. Without signing up for some members' only site, are there any IT-related blogs/sites you check out daily? Personally I'd love to read about programming (PHP/Python/Ruby/hell even VB script), databases (MySQL/PostgreSQL/MSSQL), and network administration. For general science news, I already check out Google Sci-Tech News and Technocrat on a regular basis. I'm not looking for l33t XHTML/CSS-hacks but rather blogs that discuss emerging programming trends with meaningful discussion. Maybe something that is a mix of Ask, Developers, and IT on Slashdot. If there's a demand for such a site maybe I'll start one. But I'm too lazy to create something if it's already out there.
posted by chime at 9:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Where did I read this?

Sorry to bug, but this is driving me crazy: I recently read a passage (in a novel, I think) where the narrator or one of the characters says that you can tell a lot about a culture based on what they drank to avoid dehydration before the advent of reliably potable water. (mi) [more inside]
posted by audrey the bug at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Automatically set XP folder permissions.

I have problems sharing new folders on my home LAN. I have an XP pro box, my wife has a WinME laptop. [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Are free business magazines worth it?

Are free business magazines worth it? and a couple of other websites are offerring free magazines to "qualified subscribers." Has anyone signed up before? Do these magazines generally have valuable content or are they created just to gather names and addresses for advertisers?
posted by yevge at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Life after death

Where am I physically going to be in 2 million years. Say I am hypothetically buried in a suburb of Boston, MA tomorrow....where am I physically going to end up? Dissolved into the ocean? A couple hundred feet down in dirt? Some of my ashes might be part of the construction of another animal? Where will I be in 10 million years too. Guesses and educated guesses welcome.
posted by pwally at 8:13 AM PST - 17 comments

The Happy Happy Fun Bag.

I picked up 50 digitech guitar pedal bags at the local thrift store, cheap. My wife is laughing at me as I try to get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Am I paranoid, or am I just being paranoid?

The thought frequently hits me that people I'm talking with seem to "know more than they should" about me or "know more than they're letting on". Without fail, I logically work through the thought and conclude that this is highly unlikely and that I'm just being paranoid. So, while I'm not, in the end, truly concerned that there is any sort of conspiracy afoot, the fact that I keep having these thoughts makes me wonder: how normal is this? [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments at 8:00 AM PST - 28 comments

Address format for International yellow page searches

I'm working on a Web site where users will be able to search for events occurring on or around the same day across the World - US, Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia etc. and am looking for a decent way to do such a search. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 7:34 AM PST - 4 comments

children's science books

ten-year-old girl, reading at the twelfth grade level, with an abundant interest in the natural sciences. i'm trying to pick good books which blend science, history and cultural perspectives (along the lines of The Great Influenza, Krakatoa and Guns Germs and Steel) that won't be too grown-up for her. despite her reading comprehension and general intelligence, she is just a little girl (with the short attention span of most kids) and one who spends most of her time in rural appalachia. i have asked my children's librarian, but i hope y'all have some suggestions, too.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:24 AM PST - 43 comments

How to retrieve copied data

I copied a slab of text to add to an email but before I pasted it I then copied the intended email address. Is there someway to retrieve the text ? Or is it lost forever?? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 7:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Wind-Up Wendy's?

Question about Murakami's Wind-Up Bird and 1980's Japan. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:47 AM PST - 21 comments

How do you reconcile your values with the need to protect your family?

The debate surrounding this post on Infoshop led me to a series of reflections on my personal choices. I am a 25 year old woman, and one of the reasons I have not had a baby, and probably won't, is because I don't want to be forced, as the Infoshop server owners have been forced, to make a choice between the well-being of a dependent family and my personal values. Have any other MeFi users taken their political circumstances into account when deciding whether or not to have a family? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Large Capacity CDs

I have a CD with some software on it. When I copy the files from that CD, the size of the files on my hard drive are far greater than the capacity of the 700mb CD it came from! [more inside]
posted by viama at 2:06 AM PST - 13 comments

March 29

What sort of average is required for the top Grad programs?

What sort of averages (GPAs) do top graduate programs in the humanities in the English-speaking world look for? [more inside]
posted by ori at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Shatner and Nimoy as the Lone Ranger and Tonto?

I have tried everything. Why can't I find that painting of Shatner and Nimoy as The Lone Ranger and Tonto? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 8:27 PM PST - 3 comments

How to disconnect a thermal fuse?

My dryer is dead, and based on some google searching I suspect it may be my thermal fuse. I want to test it with a multimeter, but I can not figure out how on earth to disconnect the leads. I am guessing there is some trick, but I can't figure it out and I don't want to keep yanking on the wires and have them break on me. Is there a trick to disconnecting the leads, based on the second picture on this page?
posted by AhBook at 7:58 PM PST - 6 comments

What does japan smell like?

What does japan smell like? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 7:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Finding a Roommate

How to find a roommate: I need to find a place to live. I've always lived with friends, but that's not an option right now. I'm looking for a room on craigslist and but pickings are slim. I feel like there must be some other big sites out there, but I don't know what they are, and googling only turns up paid sites. Where else should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by duck at 6:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a word to describe suddenly becoming aware of a new word?

You learn a new word, and suddenly you see that word everywhere. Or you have a new experience, and suddenly it seems the media is filled with other people talking about that same experience. Is there a word for this phenomenon?
posted by Badmichelle at 6:17 PM PST - 27 comments

OFFLINE blogging software

Is there such a software critter that one can keep an offline (read completely private) blog or journal, readable only to the author, in HTML format stylee, with features that allow for easy input of pictures, links, backups, etc ...? [more inside]
posted by Wulfgar! at 5:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for a particular screensaver

I saw a simple, but stunning screensaver on a Mac, which was a slow zoom into images, and I'm trying to find something similar for XP. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by tomble at 4:51 PM PST - 11 comments

transporting UGOs

GarlicFilter: I have a tremendous, if petty, dilemma: Everytime I go to ol' Ess-A-Bagel here in NYC on 21st/1st (best bagels in the country, hands down) and eat a delicious, creamery bagel, I want to buy a few more Everything or Garlic bagels to take home. Problem is, they stink my bag up something terrible. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Camping bass?

What is the best bass for a camping trip, short of an upright? I have one, but can't haul and house it in the woods. I also have an acoustic/electric guitar style Washburn bass, but it provides no bottom whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 4:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Reviving a PowerBook battery?

On Good Friday, I came to the sorrowful realisation that the battery in my 12" PowerBook was kaput. How can I make it rise again? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 4:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I buy a house in San Francisco?

Is there going to be a correction in urban real estate prices in the United States? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 3:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Googling for plagiarists

To those (2 year/4 year) college instructors out there: what experiences have you had with "course tools" to allow students to electronically post assignments? [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 3:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Mars needs porn!

I have a need for porn. I've been tasked with doing an 'adult' site and while I have no ethical problem with it, I've never done one before and am having a hard time finding inspiration. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 3:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Anyone know treatments for wall plaster?

I need some ideas for a finish for a semi-rough interior wall plaster made from sand, portland cement, and masonry cement. It's pretty beautiful already... [more inside]
posted by gingembre at 3:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Designing Women

Somehow, I've managed to take a liking to haute couture. As in, fashion design has begun to interest me greatly. I am seriously thinking of a career path in it, or at least willing to pursue it to see how much interest I can maintain beyond, "that's really neat looking." Some basic, naive questions lay within. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Why haven't I ever had a good dream?

In my entire life, I have never had a good dream (that I can remember). What can I do about this? Every morning I awake feeling like I've just endured an extremely intense work out. These nightmares terrify me and are incredibly vivid. It feels like I am dreaming all night long, without ascending and descending through all of the stages of sleep. Is it possible to get too much REM sleep? If so, what causes this? Any sort of suggestion, outside of recommending therapy (done that), would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by crapulent at 1:20 PM PST - 21 comments

A place to meet folks for iChatting and/or iSighting

So I'm interested in finally using my iChat to meet and hang out with folks online, as well as use my iSight for something more than scanning books. Does anybody know of fun ways to meet folks in iChat? Perhaps a community or two? [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

broken lighters

Why do my disposable lighters somewhat frequently break? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 1:08 PM PST - 14 comments


I need help dealing with a serial rapist. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:00 PM PST - 28 comments

searching for a entertainment unit

So I bought a TV, and now I need an entertainment unit in which to hide it so that it's not the focal point of my living room and so I don't have to look at something that resembles a big ugly dead eye when not in use. I'm having trouble finding one that meets my super-specific criteria. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Need help organizing my digital life!

I need help organizing my digital life! I am an academic who works on three different XP computers... [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Football (Soccer) Training

How do Premier League football coaches keep their training sessions fresh? It can't be easy training every day throughout a nine month season. How do they structure their sessions? What drills are most productive?
posted by TheManticore at 11:09 AM PST - 0 comments

Summer High School Student programs like upward bound

Does anybody know of any websites that offer pretty comprehensive categorized lists of summer programs, like upward bound programs, sports camps, learning tours, etc., available for high school age students. All the searches I can think of haven't produced any. Thanks
posted by rabbus at 10:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Dieting: how to stop notions of comfort food, and food as reward?

Need to lose weight: How can I stop thinking of food as comfort, as a reward, or as the main event of any celebration? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 10:49 AM PST - 41 comments

Identifying a religious order

When shooting photos of the protest outside Schiavo's hospice in Pinellas, I encountered a distinctively ornamented religious group. I've never seen anything like this before, and Google is inconclusive -- an ID would be appreciated. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Stated Income Home Loans

My wife and I are applying for a home loan. I recently started my own business while she has a normal job. Should we choose a "Stated Income" or a "No Income Verification" loan? Our loan broker suggests using a Stated Income loan by adding our two real incomes together and saying it is her wages. This seems like lying to us....what do you think? A No Income Verification loan is $10,000 more....
posted by Instrumental at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Road Trip

I'm getting married in October, and our honeymoon is a long leisurely drive up to Massachusetts. We know we'll be stopping at Niagara Falls for one night, but are there any other places we should stop and see, weird roadside attractions, etc? We've already been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland...any roads less traveled to consider?
posted by agregoli at 9:58 AM PST - 33 comments

Gainful employment?

Have you ever driven/operated an ice cream truck, coffee cart, burrito wagon, or the like? Was it a fun way to spend some time or just mind-numbing? Did you make any dough?
posted by gottabefunky at 9:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Hickory Nuts -- where to get 'em?

Anybody know a by-mail source for hickory nuts? And are they worth it? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:45 AM PST - 4 comments

High fall on soft surface or lower fall on hard surface?

Basic physics. Sitting on a 2,5m (8.2ft) high boulder without shock-absorbing footwear, should I prefer jumping down 2m (6.6ft) onto a flat rock or the full 2,5m onto a softer forest surface? [more inside]
posted by Akeem at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Shape of a Zulu Shield?

Unsettled bar question: what is the shape of a Zulu Shield called? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 8:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Fun things in the mid-south

I'm taking a road trip to the south this weekend. What are some can't miss places -- for eating, shopping, experiencing, or simply tons of fun -- in and around Nashville, Memphis, or Little Rock? [more inside]
posted by brad! at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Best source for last-minute tickets?

What's the best way to get the best possible seats for a concert at the last minute? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Straight answers about BritRail, please.

TravelFilter. Where can I get the best answers, strategies and deals about BritRail? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 7:22 AM PST - 18 comments

End-of-ski-season blues question.

Has anyone ever found a resort with a reasonably large and varied out-of-season ski area? Anywhere in the world that isn't outrageously inaccessible would do... [more inside]
posted by Decani at 6:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Interlinked pages for search engine optimization

I need help researching the effects of interlinked web pages in search results... [more inside]
posted by patgas at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I change my body clock?

How can I change my body clock? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 6:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Things to do in PIttsburgh.

I'll be in Pittsburgh, PA, for a few days next week on business. Any places I should visit, things to do, places to eat, drink, etc.? [more inside]
posted by trox at 6:15 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I find decent seasonal work?

Lately I've been hearing from people who support themselves on a low budget doing seasonal work part of the year: ski bums in Canada who plant trees up north in the summer, punks here in Pittsburgh who work the cranberry harvest out east each fall. I'm curious about this sort of job. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:03 AM PST - 13 comments

My brother loves not getting paid overtime

My brother needs some advice on breaking into the games industry (different than this question, since he's not asking SHOULD, but HOW) [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 5:32 AM PST - 10 comments

house renovation resource needed

Bought a house last year (1901) with a lot of old ceilings and woodcraft. Some parts really need a good renovation. Are there any good resources for these specific operations?
posted by mailhans at 4:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest way from Arizona to Anchorage?

I'm from Arizona, and am going to Anchorage this summer to work. What's the cheapest way to get there? An Orbitz search says the cheapest flight is $497; are there other, cheaper alternatives? I'm open to driving up to 5 hours (i.e. Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Phoenix, etc.) if it will get me a cheaper flight, and also open to alternative methods of transportation (renting a car, train, etc.), as long as they get me there relatively quickly.
posted by joshuaconner at 1:52 AM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with information/art/life overload?

I often feel that there are tons of books interesting books I want to/need to read, exhibitions to see, websites to visit, movies to watch, news items to research etc. just to keep in touch with the world and not enough time whilst handling everyday life. How do you deal with this feeling or the problem in general without panicking about it? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 12:38 AM PST - 47 comments

Beauty products: grocery stores vs salons.

BeautyFilter: Is there a marked increase in the quality of salon or department store makeup/hair/skin products over grocery and drug store items that makes the higher price worth it? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 12:05 AM PST - 10 comments

March 28

Working out and Testosterone

Does working out increase you testosterone level?
posted by drezdn at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for Parsing Blog Feeds Using PHP?

Can anyone suggest good PHP books or existing scripts that can help me successfully parse RSS 1.0, 2.0 and Atom 0.3 feeds, then save them to a MySQL database? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best pet insurance?

I am looking to get pet insurance for my dog, and I'm looking for advice/recommendations. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:58 PM PST - 5 comments

By the lamp's flickr

What are the alternatives to flickr? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Starting to build credit

As a young person with a pretty much blank credit history, I'm looking for ways to start building solid credit for the future (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 8:12 PM PST - 22 comments

OS X Login Screen Sleep

How can I control the amount of time before my G5 sleeps while at the log-in screen? My computer has two user accounts, both of which are set to never sleep. I'd like to set things up so that the computer will go to sleep 10 minutes after logout. Detailed steps for any sort of Terminal wonkery would be greatly appreciated.
posted by boombot at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How often do people object at weddings?

So how often do people object before the fatal I-do's are spoken at weddings? Either shouting something like "Ellllaaaaine!" or the more understated going up and conferring with the clergyperson and celebrants. [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 7:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Does taking multivitamins every day help your body maintain fitness, especially when you are in your 20s?

Does taking multivitamins every day help your body maintain fitness, especially when you are in your 20s? How about if you excersize every other day? What else are multivitamin supplements good for? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 7:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to buy large eyeglass frames

Are there any brands of eyeglass frames with an extended size range for those of us with large head and high nose bridge? Or a source for custom frames at a reasonable price?
posted by Jackson at 6:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Moving! To sell or not to sell the truck?

MOVING! I am moving to Seattle in May. I have an old truck and a 14 hour drive. Do I sell the truck and fly? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

The wedding and The Game

I'm getting married on Saturday. In Michigan. And, well, there's this baskeball game on.... [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a better sound scheme for my PC

Ever since I've had a PC I've either had to endure the MS Sound scheme or some amatuer wavs that were horrific. What I'm looking for are pleasant sounds that say like, when you have a critical error, you hear a chorus vocal by Enya instead of "DING!" [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 6:15 PM PST - 6 comments

how does an ollie work?

Skateboard filter: [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 6:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Identify this song, please

What recent song features a female vocalist, with lyrics like "The better you feel / The more you'll heal / The better you'll be / The more you'll see"?
posted by rwhe at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Changing Windows XP SP2 Product Key

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to change the product key for a copy of Windows XP Pro SP2 that has already been activated? [MI] [more inside]
posted by sixdifferentways at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Learning to burp

Teach my girlfriend to burp. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 4:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it fair that manufactured bands sign terrible contracts?

Boyband/LawFilter: Is it fair for manufactured bands (NSync, American Idol-ers, etc) to have questionable contracts when they sign to a label? (+) [more inside]
posted by evadery at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I skip out on a return leg of an airline ticket?

One-way airfare is expensive -- it can be up to five times as expensive as a normal round-trip flight during certain times of the year. What I'd like to know is this: can I skip the return flight on one of these cheaper round-trip tickets, or would that be asking for a visit from the friendly folks of the TSA? [more inside]
posted by moonbiter at 2:48 PM PST - 20 comments

How to get Word to open the next drop-down automatically?

I have a Microsoft Word document template containing many drop-down form field elements. How can I get Word to advance to and display the choices for the next drop-down automatically when a selection is made? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving at 2:25 PM PST - 0 comments

Generating new comment counts

What's the most efficient way to provide a MeFi-style x new comments count for a MeFi-style chat board? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments good or evil?

I've gotten a couple e-mails from recently as friends have signed up with the service. Should I join as well? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What are my options for private student loans?

What are my options for private student loans? [more inside]
posted by socialdrinker at 12:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Desperately seeking list of "hardest" email addresses

A while back, there was a funny little list of the hardest email addresses to communicate to someone else. I can't remember specifics, but things like:, etc. Anyone know where to find this list?
posted by provocateur at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Accibump on road bike. New helmet required?

I had a minor accident on my road bike this weekend, and fell over whilst moving at a very low speed. Do I need a new helmet? [more inside]
posted by netsirk at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommendations for cordless headphones?

I'm about to get a roommate, and she's warned me that she tends to play her music loud, and late (she's a bartender, so she works until about 2am). I'd like to buy her some cordless headphones; any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by littleme at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Skin care tips

Other than using sun screen, what should I be doing to keep my skin healthy as I age? What do all these anti-aging products actually do, anyhow? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Is my external hard drive dying?

I have a hard drive in an external enclosure. Recently, it (sometimes) has been making disturbing noises. Is my hard drive dying, or is it my enclosure? [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend at 11:06 AM PST - 16 comments

selling jewelry, specifically platinum

What is the best way to sell personal jewelry or metals? Specifically I have a platinum band that I've had for a few years and havent worn in ages that I'd like to part with. Is there a fixed value market for this similar to gold? How do you prevent getting a rotten deal from a reseller? Does anyone have personal experience with this? Really, what's the best way to go about doing this? Thanks as always for your responses.
posted by Peter H at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments


I've been trying to find green Spanish (or goobers) peanuts, in the shell, that I can boil at home. I've searched the web and found many sites that have them green out of the shell. I live in Florida and every so often my grocery store will have the big Virginia peanuts. However, they are not as sweet. I'd even take green in the shell Valencias. Anyone know where I can find some?
posted by DeAnna at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Why is dental insurance so lousy?

Why is dental insurance so lousy? My wife and I have managed to get decent (though too expensive) health coverage, but the only dental coverage we can find provides only a few hundred more dollars coverage per year than you pay for it. And it's not just a self-employment thing: when I worked at a pharmaceutical-related company, the medical and vision coverage was fine but the dental was similarly lousy. Is there some structural reason for this? You'd think some company would offer better service in the hope the masses would flock to it.
posted by languagehat at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

SXSW Robert Plant video coverage?

I'm on the lookout for video coverage of Robert Plant's keynote at SXSW this year. SXSW's website has some video coverage, but nothing involving Plant. If video is completely non-existant, I suppose audio will do. Any ideas of where I can find this? Thanks.
posted by nitsuj at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

What Video Card?

I have a 19" LCD monitor w/ a DVI-D port on order. What video card should I get? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What fits you to a tee?

I’ll be launching a new t-shirt site over the next several months and am looking for insight into what makes a good shirt (our fearless leader, for example, likes American Apparel shirts and the designs from Protoculture, nerdnyc and glarkware). So what do you look for? Comfort (cotton? cotton-poly blends?)? Funny or clever slogans (you bet your ass there’s a difference between funny and clever (and witty, too))? Artistic value? Originality? Retro styling (or do you think retro's going back to the grave)? What’s your favorite t-shirt? Where and how did you find the shirt/seller? Please don't get all riled up about "self-linking": I emailed #1 twice for an OK and got no response and of course am not including any link (here or in my profile).
posted by Sinner at 10:13 AM PST - 20 comments

First ESL Lesson Nerves

Any ESL 'graduates' out there? What did you love or hate about your tutors? What should I attempt, or avoid, in our first few meetings? [more inside]
posted by pants at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

WinXP - Limited or No Connectivity, wired box.

WinXP, limited or no connectivity, wired box. Can't connect, tried everything I can think of, pretty close to trashing the whole install and starting over. [more inside]
posted by clubfoote at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

cheap fancy food for 200?

I'm going to be making the food (a table of hors d'oeuvre type stuff for about 200 people) for my university's student art show opening. I'm pretty much stuck at hummus. Ideas/recipes/tips?
posted by cilantro at 9:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Perceptions of Time

Have perceptions of time changed in the last few hundred years? Did people used to speak more casually about periods of time? I'm reading Jane Eyre, and Charlotte Bronte uses "ten minutes" in an odd way. I suspect she means (by today's standards) 30 seconds. Is this sloppy writing, cultural difference or what? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 8:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Unusual musical notes

Neotones: As I understand it, a note is not a pure frequency but a combination of a prominent frequency and various overtones, which are multiples of the fundamental frequency, of diminishing contribution. Is there a device, that can generate alienesque tones, where one can freely manipulate the various overtones?
posted by Gyan at 8:49 AM PST - 13 comments

High Interest Investment?

I would like to set aside initially a modest amount of money for young children to be used at least 10 years out or much later, for college expenses or some other use. What do you recommend for the best return? Will entertain a small to modst risk.
posted by terrier319 at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Pricey Prescription Panic

I have not paid for glasses in years, and was shocked to learn that my glass lenses (-8 nearsighted...) are going to cost me $400. I have only heard of one other person who ever paid that much, so maybe I'm just looking to whine and pity myself, but any other empty walleted blind-ish folk out there? [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants at 5:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Is my iTunes possessed?

Every once in a while, my iTunes just seems to start playing without any reason (I have it running in the background with no music playing). This seems to happen when I mis-type something, leading me to think there's maybe some weird key-combo set to "Start playing music in iTunes", but there's no such setting possible, afaik. There's nothing in the CD-Drive, either. If it's any help, i'm on a Mac mini.
posted by slater at 5:00 AM PST - 6 comments

A couple of Cultural Studies questions...

Well, one might be Cultural Studies, at least. I've had a couple of ideas for papers in the last couple days but I am having trouble digging up some preliminary research sources on them and the offerings at my university library are a bit meagre. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Good general computing-related forums (fora?)

What are the best general purpose computing/tech-related forums? Though people here have been remarkably enlightening when faced with tech type questions I don't want to constantly use up my one question per week asking about such banalities as browser problems and php CMSes and suchlike. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

March 27

Acronym for this breed of software?

There's a breed of software which you point at a database and which then generates an add/edit/delete web interface for all the tables. (examples a, b) I've seen a four-letter acronym used to refer to it, but I can't come up with it and I'm spending way too much time surfing to find it. Help!
posted by Tubes at 11:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Apropos of Nothing

How can I obtain a copy of Eduardo Paolozzi's short film The History of Nothing for home viewing in the United States? Any format is acceptable.
posted by eschatfische at 10:24 PM PST - 2 comments

What sort of features would you look for in a local music website?

What sort of features would you look for in a local music web site? The standard reviews and show listings are pretty common sense, but can you all think of any other features that would be appealing for a local music community website?
posted by jackofsaxons at 10:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Know any good Spanish jokes?

Know any good Spanish jokes? [more inside]
posted by Neosamurai85 at 10:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Costarring? Featuring? With?

What is the rationale behind television shows (mostly older ones) and some movies listing the actors in the program in "groups"? Usually they list the main ones as "starring" or "costarring", but sometimes there's also some people that are "featured", and some go so far as to list someone at the end with a "With...". Something like "Special Guest Star" is obvious, but I'm curious as to the rules for how they pick who is a star, who is "featured", and who is barely a "with".
posted by robbie01 at 9:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Better Windows XP Backup?

I've used standard MS Backup with DLT and it's really getting old (just snapped a tape and lost a 5 hour backup session). [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Pug vs. City of Chicago

My dog nearly died this weekend after my vet discovered he was bleeding internally. It turns out the culprit was rat poison. I live in an urban area (Chicago), where the alleys are heavily baited. How would I go about lodging a complaint to the city or is there any other recourse I can take? [more inside]
posted by zombiebunny at 8:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Streaming media

How does IE decide whether to stream a media file or download it fully before opening it? How can I get players other than Windows Media Player to properly stream mp3s with a browser click?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Preparing for Media Server

What is the best (easiest) way to convert an IFO DVD file to MPEG4 which I am prepping to get something like this for my home network.
posted by benjh at 4:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Instructions for Singer sewing machine 328K

Does anyone know how to wind the bobbin on a Singer 328K sewing machine? Can anyone give me simple instructions please? [more inside]
posted by sconbie at 3:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Christian art?

Come Easter, I've been listening to a lot of religious music, not least Bach's passions. It got me thinking as to whether there was any art totally outside of faith that was equally sublime. (Disclaimer: I am an atheist) [more inside]
posted by Jongo at 2:52 AM PST - 27 comments

What to do in Philadelphia

I find myself with an afternoon to kill in Philadelphia. I'd like to see City Hall (the whole Rocky thing), and partake in an artery-clogging cheesesteak. Is there anything else in the City Hall vicinity that I should take a look at? What's the best cheesesteak place near City Hall (Pat's seems to be far in South Phili)? Any travel advice on transport in Philadelphia and between downtown and the Wissahickon/East Falls area? Any other general input also appreciated.
posted by ruwan at 12:15 AM PST - 14 comments

March 26

How do I transfer my Firefox settings to a new computer?

Firefox question: I recently bought a new computer and want to transfer the Firefox settings from the old computer, namely the bookmarks. What file(s) should I copy over to my /Firefox folder in the new computer?
posted by zardoz at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Radio station synchronicity.

Why do two different radio stations sometimes have the exact same song playing, often in complete sync, or only a measure off? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 10:01 PM PST - 24 comments

The Number of the Beast

Why was (is) 666 the number of the beast? Revelation says that the number of the beast is six hundred threescore and six; I know the verse, but I'm curious as to why that's the number and not, say, 555, 637, or 8. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 9:02 PM PST - 27 comments

Locating "Battery" energy drink in Canada.

I remember a few years ago I purchased "Battery" energy drink at a 7-11 in Ontario. I haven't seen the drink anywhere since, but I do know it exists here. Does anyone know where in Ontario I can find it? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 8:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Tan B Gone

Will a glycolic resurfacing peel make a tan go away faster, or are there proven methods to reduce an accidental tan? How long does a one time tan last?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 6:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Ethics: Spyware and Adware

What are your opinions of the ethics of spyware and adware? ..and do you think they play an important role in e-commerce? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 6:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Icing Recipe?

I'm in dire need of a chocolate icing recipe. I know the basic ingredients but need the ratios. 2 cakes await! [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 4:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my butt cold?

Why is my butt cold? [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 3:48 PM PST - 17 comments

hoping to find some good authors

I'm trying to get into reading again, and am looking for fiction authors who write well-defined characters and seem genuinely to like people. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 2:21 PM PST - 55 comments

Free e-mail reminders

Can anyone recommend a good, free "reminders by e-mail" service? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How many kinds of news stories are there?

Do editors choose and assign feature news coverage based on archetypal stories, and, if so, how many types are there? [more inside]
posted by merlinmann at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Networked Scorched Earth?

I loved Scorched Earth. I want a networked version of Scorch for Windows. I think Scorched 3d is nearly unplayable as-is, though I love the concept. I want something like xscorch but for Windows. Something like Pocket Tanks, but networked. Any ideas?
posted by jojopizza at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Freeware movie annotation

Is there any freeware (W2K) that I can use to annotate a movie clip? I just want to stick a copyright string at the bottom of the picture (for the whole clip).
posted by Ferrari328 at 8:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Portable road entertainment

What's the coolest thing I can buy to keep my kids entertained on a 15 hour road trip to Oregon, for $200? I will probably try to find a decent portable dvd player but it occured to me that there might be a portable gaming system or something that would improve the bang/buck ratio. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 7:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Where can I find "modified" inkjet printers?

Scientists (and others) are using modified inkjet printers to print a wide range of really nifty things, such as working electronic circuits, 3D architectural models, and living tissue like organs and skin. My question is, do you have to modify one yourself, or are they for sale? Where would I get an inkjet printer that was capable of printing out a layer of resin or wax or whatever? The only one I can find is the kind that prints out edible birthday cake photos.
posted by RylandDotNet at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

xp annoyance

In WinXP SP2, I can no longer drag and drop files from one folder to another, or from Explorer onto applications. Nothing happens, either right- or left-clicking. To move files around I have to cut and paste. Any idea how to get my drag and drop back?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 5:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Expanding musical horizons

I haven't bought a CD in over 6 months - not because I'm downloading them, but because I can't find anything I like. Help me find more music? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 2:20 AM PST - 47 comments

Curry stain removal

Does anyone have a tried & tested way of getting curry stains out of clothing please? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 12:04 AM PST - 7 comments

March 25

Special Mexican Cocoa

Does anyone have a good recipe for mexican hot chocolate that involves melting cocoa butter with ...ahem, smoking tobacco?
posted by hautenegro at 10:56 PM PST - 29 comments

MySQL Fulltext searching

Is it possible to implement full-text substring table searches in MySQL? [more inside]
posted by esch at 9:39 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm in Notebook Buying Hell - I need T42 advice

I've finally decided to breakdown and buy a T42 Thinkpad to replace my quickly fading HP desktop. I'm so confused and I think that I've screwed up. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Will Post For Food

My friend Lisa is a brilliant young woman in a terrible professional situation. She has been working at her job for the last three years---everyone there acknowledges her for the talented person she is. She has been promoted four times---she is now manager of research and ad sales marketing---and she still makes the same money she made when she started AS AN ASSISTANT. I want desperately for her to find a job that pays her what she deserves, but it's hard for her to find opportunities that speak to her skill level and current position. She's tried and many other job sites. What else can she do to find good meaningful work that will pay her what she deserves? THANKS!
posted by adrober at 8:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Furniture shopping in Los Angeles

I'm moving into a new place and beginning the search for furniture. Anyone have any favorite sources of good deals on good furniture in LA? How close to a gigantic selection of good quality/looking stuff at garage-sale prices can one get in this city? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

bali or southern costa rica?

we are thinking about finally getting away for a belated winter/spring vacation ... to southern costa rica or perhaps to bali - i still think sri lanka sounds wonderful - can anyone speak to the conditions in either locations in early mid/apri? more inside [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 6:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting Mail from the Antarctic

Do you know where I must send mail to get it forwarded from the British Antarctic? [more inside]
posted by missbossy at 5:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Transferring between LGA and JFK airports

I am trying to book a flight for my honeymoon. I live (and will be departing from) Toronto, and there is a stop in NYC. The flight is scheduled to arrive at La Guardia at 9am and my connecting flight is scheduled to depart at 12:30pm. I do not travel very frequently, so I am not sure how long it will take to get out of the airport at LGA (customs, baggage, etc), how far it is between airports, how bad traffic is on a Sunday morning/afternoon in NYC, and how long it will take to check in at JFK. How can I determine whether the 3.5 hours I have are a long enough time? I don't want to book this flight until I am reasonably sure. Under normal circumstances, I would be adventurous and take the chance, but I don't want to risk any problems for the honeymoon!
posted by omair at 5:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Meaning of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work"?

Does anyone know what the song "This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush is about?
posted by Muffpub at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Keeping insurance after quitting your job

My girlfriend is planning to quit her job shortly, but needs to have continual health insurance. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:29 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I do in South Beach this weekend?

What should I do in South Beach this weekend? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How long do you want the feeding tube?

Has the Terri Schiavo situation led you to tell a loved one how long you'd wish to to be kept alive if you're completely incapacitated? If so, how long? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah at 4:11 PM PST - 36 comments

Creating Little Buttons/Banners for Blogs

I have a feeling that somewhere online is a place where I can easily create those little buttons (or banners or whatever they are called) that live at the corners of everyone's blogs. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here for an example. What I'm imagining is a site where I can put in my text, select colors, then quickly create one of these. I'm sure I could do it in Photoshop, but the little tool I'm imagining seems so likely to exist that I thought I'd start by asking here. By the way, what DO you call those little things?
posted by abbyladybug at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

How to rent an office for one night?

Let's say I want to throw a party in some disused (or, ideally, distressed) office space in Manhattan. How can I find some, and how much would I have to pay? Is it even possible to rent office space by the night for a party?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 2:33 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm looking to buy a record player

I just received a load of great records from my parents. Of course, I don't have anything to play them on. I have a stereo receiver that I'd like to plug the record player into. Basically I'm not looking for something top-of-the-line. I just want something decent and/or used. Please see extended.... [more inside]
posted by derekislost at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Advanced civilizations on various continents

Pre-industrial age: the Egyptians in Africa, Chinese in Asia, the Aztecs/Incas/Mayans in South America. Why did an equivalently advanced civilization never develop in North America?
posted by event at 11:29 AM PST - 37 comments

Looking for a Canon rangefinder 35mm f/1.8 lens

Does anyone know where I can find a '50s-era Canon 35mm f/1.8 or the later f/2 rangefinder lens in good to excellent condition?
posted by Il Furioso at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I sit or should I bend?

I have a mountain bike on a resistance roller that I use to workout, and I also use a heart rate monitor to keep my heart rate at 145. If I workout in a cycling position with my hands on the handlebars, it takes much more effort to maintain 145 than if I sit upright with my hands by my side. Why is this, and does this mean my upright workout is less effective than my bent over one, even though I'm maintaining the same heart rate?
posted by forallmankind at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Is it harder to keep your balance in the dark?

I'm a pretty good balancer (e.g. can stand on one leg for extended periods of time without falling over). However, I've noticed that my balancing ability degrades significantly in the dark (really dark, not just dim). My theory is that it's harder to keep your balance when your eyes don't have something to focus on. Thoughts?
posted by noahv at 9:48 AM PST - 23 comments

What happens if I write a check with disappearing ink?

If I go to a store, and 'inadvertently' write out a check, useing a pen that has disappearing ink, what will happen when the check can't be processed? I know that with the new 'Check 21' program, the actual checks aren't sent to my bank, but if the ink disappears before the check gets scanned by the stores' bank, what happens?
posted by whoda at 9:45 AM PST - 18 comments

completely original story title?

A friend has asked me to find out if a particular title she wants to use for a short story has ever previously been used in published story. I have no idea how to find this out, or if it's even possible to find out, so I am asking you guys. If you wanted to title a story, say, "Mr. Jones Learns to Pogo," and you wanted to absolutely sure that title hadn't been used before, what would you do? (Personally, I could care less if my titles have been used before, but my friend is a bit obsessive--and quite brilliant.) Thanks. Lustra
posted by lustra at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Trying to identify a ~30 y.o. children's book

I read a book in school when I was in 1st or 2nd grade (around 1975). [more inside]
posted by shoos at 9:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Measuring temperature from heater?

Where can I find a thermometer which will accurately measure infrared heat in 10 seconds or so, and reads in the 300-1000 degrees Fahrenheit? [more inside]
posted by daver at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Games for a Dinner Party

We're having a dinner party that should go on to the wee hours. We want games. [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 9:09 AM PST - 32 comments

groupwise to ical?

Best way to transfer Groupwise calendar items into iCal without a PDA?
posted by neilkod at 9:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Advice for buying a cheap used car in NYC?

I'm in NYC/Brooklyn, and we're looking to buy a cheap used car for the first time. Advice? [more inside]
posted by BT at 7:34 AM PST - 11 comments

That fresh feeling

GuyFilter : preventing that last drop. [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 6:44 AM PST - 67 comments

Memphis recommendations

I'll be in Memphis for the first time April 8 - 10. Any recommendations for off the beaten path places to hear some good blues? Bonus points for acoustic sets.
posted by yoga at 5:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Once thought to be legendary, now known to be real?

What are some things once thought of as mythic, legendary, or folk tales, but know thought or known to be real? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 1:09 AM PST - 44 comments

March 24

pad thai yum yum

What's your best recipe for pad thai and tips for cooking it? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 10:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Free / open statistical software

Help me find free and/or open-source statistical software. [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Internet site blocking

Does anyone have recommendations for good software/methods to block certain overly addictive websites for say, the revision period prior to exams? [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 9:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Where are our lines?

One of my bright fourth-grade students asked me something she said has been bugging her for a while: "Why don't people have lines? Like in the cartoons?" Not as in lines of dialogue; lines in the drawing, to mark our feature. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 8:59 PM PST - 45 comments

Seat height filter

I'm a pretty tall guy, and the chair I have doesn't adjust high enough. Is there any way (I was thinking of some sort of caster extensions) to make my existing standard office chair a couple of inches taller?
posted by cameldrv at 8:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Wedding Planning Software

Is there any good Wedding planning software or web services out there? I'm looking for something like Business Plan Pro or Basecamp, but for weddings.
posted by Jairus at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find good pants?

Who makes pants that can take a beating and still be comfortable? I have a few specific requirements.... [more inside]
posted by ordu at 7:09 PM PST - 9 comments


My 9-month old puppy has been diagnosed with ehrlichia. Has anyone had experience with or knowledge of this disease, treating it, and the fatality rates? :(
posted by about_time at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Subterfuge Art

Today's article about art snuck into a museum reminded me of another story about a sign snuck onto a highway. Does anyone know of similar stories?
posted by cribcage at 7:07 PM PST - 18 comments

What are news anchors scribbling?

What are news anchors scribbing down on their pieces of paper at the end of a broadcast?
posted by Stan Chin at 6:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Appendectomy Recovery

How long does it take for one to completely recover from an appendectomy? [more inside]
posted by Scottk at 6:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Candy of the '80s

Today, the image of a horrifying candy from my childhood flashed into my mind, and I felt a tremendous urge to get my hands on some. I have no idea what it was called. [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 5:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Can the web community help improve machine translation?

Babelfilter: Machine translation still sucks. Why isn't there a system that allows members of the public to collectively help improve the quality of computer-produced translations? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:52 PM PST - 11 comments


I want to buy a 35mm camera and learn how to develop film. Should I buy a new one? A used workhorse? Tell me. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 3:40 PM PST - 25 comments

someone's reading my email!!!

stop reading my email filter; I type an email, I send said email to person X, I immediately delete said email from sent folder, and I delete said email from the deleted folder. I can no longer see said email. Now the fun begins! Fast forward 24 hours. Person Y tells me that he is looking at my screen and said email and can quote from email. [more inside]
posted by busboy789 at 2:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Mexico Vacation Filter

My husband and I want to take a 7-9 day vacation in July-August. I am looking at La Isla Mujeres in Mexico and want to know if anyone has been there and what you thought of it. Also, do you have places you love in Mexico? We are looking for off the beaten path places. We are into hiking, snorkeling, ruins, stuff like that. (Not the Cancun type of people.) It must be on the water.
posted by aacheson at 2:22 PM PST - 21 comments

San Francisco bachelorette party suggestions?

San Francisco bachelorette party suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 1:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Amount of money needed for hobo stay in North America

How much money would I need to bring if I'd want to spend 6 months without work in 1) New York, NY 2) Portland, OR, 3) Toronto, Canada? The amount should cover all expences, from housing and food to beer and fun.
posted by mr.marx at 1:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Under-25 Car Rental

I'm going to Phoenix for a couple of days in June and will need to rent a car. My only problem is I'm 22 and most rental car companies have strict policies about renting to those under 25. Those that will rent to those under 25 (Thrifty and Dollar), charge excessive surcharges ($20 a day when the rental is $25 a day). Is there any way of getting around this?
posted by mhaw at 12:58 PM PST - 18 comments

How to find #1 song on my birthday outside US and UK?

The latest silly (but harmless if you don't take it seriously) method of trying to classify people's personalities is Popstrology. (Also see this website which has a more extensive list of songs, plus the UK #1's, but no analysis.) But... I was not born in the US or the UK--I was born in a US Army Hospital in Germany. I want to figure out what the #1 songs were in my birthday in Germany, or on Armed Forces Radio. I googled, and was able to come up with the current German #1's, but not anything in the past. So I turn to you, O Wise Denizens of AxMe. I figure other MeFi'ers who weren't born in the US or UK might like to participate in the goofiness, as well.
posted by Shoeburyness at 12:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Blinded by the light

I was in a white room with florescent lights, writing on a yellow sheet of paper, when suddenly, I could no longer see anything I focused on. [more inside]
posted by stray at 11:51 AM PST - 26 comments

Authors Similar to Muriel Spark

If I like the works of Muriel Spark, who else would I like? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Portable Jump-Drive Copier?

I have in mind a device: it is portable (battery-powered); you plug pen/jump/thumb drive 'A' into it, and then plug pen drive 'B' into it. Press a button, and 'A' is mirrored to 'B'. Does this device exist?
posted by everichon at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

What is

What is [more inside]
posted by $15 worth of sox at 11:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Do "The Rules" have any validity whatsoever?

Do The Rules, Why Men Love Bitches, and He's Not That Into You have any truth to them? There are so many out there now, and they all seem to have the same basic message - I'm wondering if anyone here actually has read them, thinks they are valid, or has other experiences/opinions? I'm especially curious as to what men think. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:38 AM PST - 52 comments

De fog, boss, de fog!

Hot or cold defog? [more inside]
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:45 AM PST - 11 comments

tooth whitening

Has anyone used Klear Action or a similar product to whiten their teeth? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Productivity? Gasp!

I've turned my office onto Basecamp in a massive way and now I'm on a quest for other web services that share information beautifully like this. [more inside]
posted by Vaska at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

intense / complex classical music

What classical music is complex, more intense, or moving? [more inside]
posted by mdn at 8:48 AM PST - 80 comments

need some beach music

im putting together a compilation of songs for a trip to the beach next weekend. any suggestions?
posted by mudhouse at 8:46 AM PST - 36 comments

Japanese language downloads for iPod

I'm looking for Japanese language study materials to put on my iPod. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

List of Books - update?

BOOKS. In 1988, Frederic Raphael published "List of Books" -- a guide to essential reading on a variety of topics (economics, history, philosophy). But it's almost 20 years old. Does anyone know of a similar updated list (equally trustworthy and well researched), either on-line or in book form?
posted by nancoix at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Make a living by learning?

Is it possible to make a living by learning? [more inside]
posted by grefo at 7:41 AM PST - 20 comments

How and where to sell "vintage" books?

Where's the best place to sell "vintage" books, and how do I find out about pricing them? [more inside]
posted by tommyc at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

MAT Test...what to watch for?

I'm taking the MAT (Miller Analogies test) today. Any mefites give me some pointers or at least some idea what to expect?
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get un-blacklisted from Google

I run a popular regional community site that I believe was banned by Google due to practices of the former owner of the domain name. Yahoo!, MSN and other search engines send users my site's way - but not Google since the Googlebot won't visit. It's as if my site doesn't exist as far as searchers on Google are concerned. [more inside]
posted by kmartino at 5:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice on area in Inwood, Manhattan

Need quick advice! My girlfriend and I looked at an apartment last night on Sickles Street off Nagle Avenue, a few blocks below Dyckman street, in Inwood, Manhattan. We've been advised before to stay west of Broadway in Inwood. Can anyone comment on the area? [more inside]
posted by edlundart at 5:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Horses boiled at ten thousand degrees?

So, my new roommate brought a cat with her, and she's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I want her to eat wet food as well as dry (she seems to love it), but everytime I open the can I retch. Has anybody found a way around this?
posted by jon_kill at 5:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Why did Gmail lock me down in sector 4?

Yesterday morning, when I tried to collect my Gmail messages, Thunderbird told me the server had reponded "Lockdown in Sector 4!". I couldn't get into Gmail (POP3 or webmail interface) all yesterday and all today; it's come good tonight. Has this happened to anybody else? If so, have you ever found out why? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 3:51 AM PST - 5 comments

CD burning

Is there a way to stop XP's built in CD burning tools (I'm currently burning stright from Media Player) leaving a small gap between tracks? Failing that, cheap/free software that will?
posted by monkey closet at 1:17 AM PST - 6 comments

March 23

Best of Youth?

I recently saw the first half of Best of Youth, and only the first half (the second half was sold out). I have to see the second half, it has lingered in my head, and by the time it is out on DVD in the US I will have lost interest, I'm sure. Any ways of getting my hands on a subtitled version of this movie? Help! [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments

I can't find the title of a movie I saw as a kid in the 80s

As a web developer I can usually find what I want on the Internet. This however, has stumped me for over five years. Please help me find any info about this movie. I saw it in the 80s, possibly the early 90s. For the amount of detail I recall about the movie, I can't believe I've never found anything on the net. The description follows: [more inside]
posted by pelletierm at 9:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Found in thrift store: Coin from 300 B.C.

My sister-in-law found a 2300 year old Greek Drachma coin at a thrift store for $4.00. She knew what it was because they found one just like it at an archeological dig in Bethsaida, Israel that she was on a while back. [more inside]
posted by spock at 8:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Best beginner music production software and tutorial?

I'm hoping to start playing with home production of music on my pc, and am wondering what would be a good tutorial for the basic basics (e.g. using MIDI or not, a good combo of software sequencer, drum machine, synth, etc.), and some examples of the software mentioned above. I know next to nothing about it, but am a relatively experienced 'analog' musician. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by skechada at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Solo cello recordings

I'm eager to find recordings of solo cello that could be classified as ambient/minimalist/moody. Help?
posted by davebush at 7:42 PM PST - 15 comments

DVD to XVID converter

I used a dvd to xvid, divx converter constantly until I had to reinstall windows. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me! [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

fight and flight?

Is there a term for a moment when both the fight and flight response occurs? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 6:54 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do in DC?

DC Filter: My flight leaves for home tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:15pm. I will wake up early in the morning and plan on setting out to enjoy the city for 4 or 5 hours. What should I do? Tours? Museums? Attractions? I am open to almost any suggestion, but realize that my options may be limited due to my limited time here.
posted by xorowo at 6:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Council of Advisors

I know this is a longshot, but has anybody ever been contacted by a group calling itself the "Council of Advisors" from an investment firm called the Gerson Lehrman Group? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

WebTV: What is it good for?

WebTV equipment absolutely clogs the computer sections of my local thrift stores. Is there anything cool that can be done with it? (In my view, anything that involves a dial-up connection is not cool.) [more inside]
posted by box at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me get fat for free.

I need help finding websites for restaurants that offer the "finish this gigantic meal in an hour and it's free" type of special. I'm looking for restaurants anywhere in the world, if they even exist outside of the US.
posted by greasy_skillet at 5:14 PM PST - 28 comments

Lip piercing acceptable for a professional internship?

I currently have my lip pierced in the middle, with a ring. I'm going to be doing a legal internship with a barrister in London this summer for four weeks. I don't want to lose the piercing, just yet. (The Man can own me in a year or two when I graduate law school). [more in the extended] [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 4:19 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I provide encryption for all the data in a public application?

How should I keep data encrypted in my database? (php, mysql help) [more inside]
posted by miniape at 3:44 PM PST - 10 comments

And How!!!

What is the Etymological origin of the phrase "And How!" used as an exclamation. [more inside]
posted by Megafly at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

No gaps

I need a way to make a CD from my iTunes library with no gaps between songs. Ideally it would fade one song out and fade another song in, just like it does when I use 'Party Shuffle.' [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is my WiFi connection spontaneously dropping?

I need some information on a WLAN card problem, if anyone can help. [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Simple Photo gallery with comments

I'm looking for simply photo gallery software that i can install on my web-hosting provider that will allow me to upload photos and have a very simple gallery that allows comments. Everything i seem to find is trying to throw in the kitchen sink. I just want a simple photo gallery. Something like flickr, but hosted on my own server, without all the doodads and gizmos.
posted by Freen at 2:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Sonic Youth recommendations?

So, I've always kind of meant to get into Sonic Youth, but never really have. I saw them a few years ago on Sessions at West 54th on PBS, and really quite enjoyed it, especially when the drummer went all spastic. So, my question is, what is a good place to start to really get into Sonic Youth? What's their best album? Best song?
posted by geekhorde at 2:21 PM PST - 25 comments

mp3 cut utility

I need a (free) (command line?) utility for XP to cut a 2 hour recording into 10 sections. Something simple that can take a file, cut, and save the smaller files with a new filename. Audacity works - but it takes a lot of time and CPU cycles.
posted by bright77blue at 2:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Painted canvas stretching.

Is it possible to get an already painted canvas "stretched" over a frame? [more inside]
posted by arha at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Do Dogs Smile?

My wife maintains that our dog smiles in response to being happy. I maintain that she smiles because she is panting (my dog, not my wife). I concede that there is a smile-like movement on the dog's mouth but, since she is part beagle and has a skin flap over her mouth, she is doing this to enhance her air exchange. Also, since she seems to pant more when she is excited, I think this "smiling" mechanism can be confusing because it happens on occasions when we would expect a smile. I'm not sure what evolutionary purpose smiling would provide a dog (or a cat for that matter…she thinks the cat smiles, too). My guess is that smiling in humans serves a sexual/propagation purpose and, since dogs spend their time with their noses up the ass of other dogs, this would not make sense. Maybe that's why they wag their tails? Anyone have any thoughts on this important matter?
posted by SparkyPine at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Pronunciation of Wieseltier

I am a great admirer of the writings of New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, but I am shy about recommending him to friends because I can't pronounce his name. How do you pronounce Wieseltier?
posted by shambles at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

making cement outdoor plant containers

we have a deck on our house where I've planted tomatoes in the past. we wanted to get a custom plant container that is 3 feet high, 6 feet long and 2.5 feet wide custom made for that space. it is prohibitively expensive. i thought I remember reading somewhere about making plant containers using concrete and peat moss or something to make it lighter in weight. i think i read it in martha stewart or something. i can't remember how to do it. it's not a big deck so the dimensions are really limited. any suggestions?
posted by dstrouse91 at 1:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Font for Grant Application

I'm submitting an NIH grant application, should I use Arial or Times New Roman? [MI] [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments

archive my apple mail mailboxes?

is there anything like this available for apple mail? i need a way to archive my huge mailboxes so i can search them later...
posted by subpixel at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Are travel agents obsolete?

Does anyone still use travel agents? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 11:46 AM PST - 19 comments

How do you determine a gay-friendly city?

How do you determine how gay-friendly a city is? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 11:31 AM PST - 31 comments

Combine RSS feeds into new feed?

I know there have been several RSS-related questions, but I couldn't find the answer to the specific scenario I'm looking for. I want to combine several of my published RSS feeds into a single combined RSS feed. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Design Magazine Suggestions to Replace Communication Arts

Designers: our marketing/communications department has had a Communication Arts subscription for a while now. The past few issues seem to have taken it into a new editorial direction. Much less inspiring stuff there. Is there some hot new contender that we should look at subscribing to instead? We'd probably only get just one.
posted by willnot at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

lightweight chat

Whats a good, public, lightweight, web-based chat service? Some friends of mine and I will be traveling around Asia, meeting up in different places, then diverging, then meeting up again etc. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

How does the W32/Sumom.C worm propagate?

My brother's PC has become infected with the W32/Sumom.C worm. I'm resigned to re-formatting and a re-install to remove it, but how did it get there to deliver the payload? He's sure it arrived via MSN Messenger, as his kids use it heavily. Wishing to use this as an educational experience as well a chastening one, (no more Messenger!), I'd like to know if there was anything he or they should have done differently. Did they have to explicitly run the Messengered file(s), or was it all entirely automatic?
posted by punilux at 10:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Tufte's Beautiful Evidence

Edward Tufte was supposed to be coming out with a new book, "Beautiful Evidence" I believed scheduled for last fall. I haven't seen anything about it; does anyone know its status?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

need advice for subletting my apartment

I am going to sublet my apartment for the last three months of my lease. I saw the question and comments here , but have a slightly different set of concerns about how to do this [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Good field recording devices?

I am a sort-of musician (lo-fi ambient-ish- real marketable stuff) and I want to start going out into the crazy world about me and recording various sounds. I'm looking for tips on a suitable microphone for field recording and, just as importantly, a good (quality + convenience) digital sound recording device so that I can come back and transfer my sounds without losing quality.
posted by xmutex at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Pre-built kitchen cabinets

Following up on my question last week, I'm looking for recommendations for companies that sell pre-built kitchen cabinets, where we can choose from various types and sizes. [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 9:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Water softening

Our new house has hard water, and my skin is really starting to dry out. What's the most economical way to soften water for your shower?
posted by bjork24 at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Improving memory and concentration skills?

I'm only 30, yet I find that my memory, concentration, and ability to focus ("tunnel vision") aren't near as sharp as they were five or ten years ago. What do you do to retain or improve your mental abilities as you get older? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 9:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Jazz quote?

Quotefilter: I've been introducing my girlfriend to jazz lately and half-recalled a witty quote I read once about traditional jazz vs. avant garde jazz. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Dallasfilm at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Non-standard examples of standardized designs

Light bulbs for public places like subways are designed with threads that run counter to ordinary light bulbs, so that the subway bulbs couldn't be stolen and used at home. I've been thinking about other examples of designing against standardization for a particular purpose (not necessarily preventing theft). Other examples might include clothes hangers in hotels, or the screws that hold together public restroom stalls. I'm trying to compile a collection of other examples. Any ideas?
posted by Jeff Howard at 7:45 AM PST - 64 comments

Back-panel and memory help needed by new Mac Switcher

Received the shiny iMac G5 yesterday, along with 512 mb RAM from Crucial. Can't get the memory to fit in the slot. Replaced back panel for the meantime but couldn't get it flush again. Newbie nerves, indeed. Help!
posted by desuetude at 7:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Old pop charts

Thanks to this, I'm trying to find out what the top-selling single was when I was born (Dec. 4th 1982).
posted by Tlogmer at 7:11 AM PST - 48 comments

Software for two year olds

Is there some software I can let my 22 month old daughter use and so not screw up my computer? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:37 AM PST - 13 comments

photographing Death Valley in bloom

Death Valley in Bloom: where and what would you photograph if you were going? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 4:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Tattoo you.

Has Shelley Jackson's tattoo story been published anywhere?
posted by the cuban at 3:46 AM PST - 8 comments

March 22

Solo Acoustic Guitar Gigging

I am having a mid-life crisis and would like to become a professional restaurant musician who plays James Taylor songs for baby boomers eating their filet mignons - help me. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 11:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Eyesight Improvement Exercises

I use reading glasses for reading (obviously) and when using the PC. They're low-strength (+1.5). I wondered if anybody here has tried any eyesight improvement exercises which have caused a noticeable improvement in their eyesight.
posted by haelen at 11:02 PM PST - 5 comments

no-fault divorce in Arizona?

Is it possible to be divorced (no-fault) in Arizona before a settlement is reached regarding the property and custody of kids? [more inside]
posted by j at 8:35 PM PST - 9 comments

What happens to film when it ages?

A friend just gave me twenty-one rolls of 35mm film of various speeds and types. All of the rolls are old; most of them have "use by" dates of 1989 or 1991. What is the likely condition of this film? Can any generalizations be made? What happens to film when it ages? (I'm secretly hoping that the film is still useful, but that it'll create bizarre chromatic aberrations.)
posted by jdroth at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

CPU Hogging

Why do certain Windows applications eat up 100% of my CPU processing capacity, and what can I do about it? This just happened when I started up Zelda Classic, and happens with my SNES emulator. Additional clues and oddities under the fold, Cartalk-style. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

(Yet Another) Help Me Find This Book

I would really like to locate a hardback picture book I loved as a child. It has to do with 3 children who find this whole fantasy world up a tree. Different areas on each stretch of branch, and the tree is hollow so they can slide down it's centre to get to the ground. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

How would you break into the video game industry?

I don't have formal training in Video game Programming. I do have two Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Biomedical/Electrical Engineering. Is it worth it to go to pigpen for 2 years and two years of high-interest loans to get a Masters Degree in Computer Science at 29-30 to get into the video game industry or is there another way? [more inside]
posted by countzen at 5:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Inspiring Adolescent Architects

Which is the best PC-based software approach to allow a 12-year-old boy (who is bright, but not necessarily ardently studious) to explore the basics of CAD and/or architectural design principles? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble at 5:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Which bluetooth headset to use with Mac OS X?

Which bluetooth headsets are definitely compatible with Mac OS 10.3.8? I'd like to use one for Skype. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 4:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Favourite Sony Playstation Games

I picked up a used original Sony Playstation (PSOne) at a flea market yesterday. It's all working OK, but the only game I have is Resident Evil 3, and I was wondering if anyone could suggest some of their favourite games that are worth seeking out. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:05 PM PST - 39 comments

More turntable trouble:

What's the best way to keep a record player from skipping? [MI] [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 3:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Mozilla Page Jump

How's your HTML-fu? Mine is failing me. I've created two dummy pages Jump 1 and Jump 2.
In Internet Explorer, these pages are identical except for their length. However, in Firefox, 2.html isn't in the same place horizontally as 1.html even though I think it should be. Am I missing something obvious? Thanks for the help.
posted by tayknight at 2:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting All Versions of a File from SourceSafe

Is there an easy way to get all the versions of a file from the history in Microsoft SourceSafe 6.0? [more inside]
posted by hootch at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Bird Flu Pandemics

I just read a wire story stating that, "hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic said." How seriously should we be worried?
posted by trinarian at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I find my wifi benefactor?

I am at my parents vacation home in Florida for Spring break. Today I found an open wifi connection which I am using now. Since am here quite often, I would like to ask permission and even pay for access. (Maybe access in exchange for securing this person's router :-)) How do I physically locate the source of a "free" open wifi connection?
posted by Hash at 2:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Why are seemingly no IM clients compatible with each other for anything other than simple chat?

Why are seemingly no IM clients compatible with each other for anything other than chat? (i.e., file transfer, image insertion, file transfer, oh, and also file transfer.) I'm not talking about Y!IM vs. AIM here -- I'm talking about the various clients that all use AOL's IM service. Even the open-source clients have this problem. Why wasn't this problem solved years ago?
posted by tweebiscuit at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What is a word?

WordFilter: I'm using Microsoft Word as my word processing software for a very, very large project (my PhD). I have a strict limit of 100,000 words to follow, and although it seems as if that's a lot, I'm feeling the pinch right about now. The issue I'm having is that I get conflicting reports when I do a word count, using 2 different methods... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 2:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Portable / Home Backup Solution

Backup / Storage: I have a picture of an ideal product in my head. It connects via USB or Firewire, it contains two IDE drives that mirror each others. They're hot swappable, so if one fails, you just by another standard IDE drive of the same size and throw it in. All this is transparent to the machine accessing the device. It's under $300. Does this exist?
posted by weston at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments


Let's say some friends and I want to purchase an old warehouse and refurbish it into something great, like living/art/performance space; how would we go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Building a stable loft

Engineers, architects, contractors, and woodworkers -- I need your help to prevent my untimely death in some terrible lofted-bed incident. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 1:13 PM PST - 27 comments

Windows locale troubles

?????! I can type in Japanese and have a slightly broken OS as a result. [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Best place to live

What is the best location in the USA to live? [more inside]
posted by knave at 12:36 PM PST - 52 comments

Identifying a childhood book

Fuzzy Memories Please help me identify a book I read as a child. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Investing advice

I'm a college student with about 500 dollars to invest. I was wondering what would be the best use of this money. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by sicem07 at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments


The management of my office building is holding a contest: determine the number of jelly beans in a container. Prize: $500 at Best Buy and all the beans. [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Tivo DVDs

DVDs burned on my Humax Tivo machine aren't read by my Sony DRU DVDRW R+, R-. Why is this? Is there software I can use to edit my Tivo DVDs?
posted by ewkpates at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Staying in Troncones? How about Quinta d'Liz?

I'm spending a little time in June in Troncones, Mexico, and I'm looking for advice on where to stay. I really just need place to sleep at night and keep my luggage, nothing fancy; I'd like a private room, though, not a hostel or other group arrangement. Anyone been there and have some advice or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by abingham at 10:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Losing high-speed Internet

Losing high-speed Internet. We're moving from Austin to an area of rural Texas, and I am trying to find any last option for having high-speed Internet. [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 10:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Weird Japanese Notepad Origins?

I'm looking for information on the origins of a small Japanese notepad I've acquired. Primarily I'd like to know who the characters in the illustrations are, and why one is examining the other's backend. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend a custom postcard printer?

Can anyone recommend a custom postcard printer? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 10:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Splitting large MP3's into smaller files

I'm trying to split up big mp3's into smaller ones and my usual tricks aren't working either because either the track information I have is wrong or the CD is not listed on freedb. Do I have to suffer some number crunching or is there a better and easier way to break them up? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 10:01 AM PST - 1 comment

Trademark registration services

I'm looking to register a trademark. Searches on here have revealed some great answers on how to check if a trademark has been registered, etc, but I have not seen any recommendations for actually doing it. I'm thinking I'll need legal help to get it right, so can anybody recommend a moderately priced service or firm that they have used?
posted by baggers at 9:30 AM PST - 7 comments

WordPress plugins?

WordPress users: What plugins have you found useful? My wife and I are both new WordPress users, after an arduous battle to wrest our previous entries from Blogger's paws. I'd like to extend the functionality of our sites, but the number of plugins available is a little daunting. What plugins do you use?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 9:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Best registry cleaner?

What's the best registry cleaner for windows? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

What must I see/do in NYC?

I'm in New York City until Sunday. I've been exploring mostly without direction so far, but I thought I'd throw it out to you guys. What should I see or do before I leave? [more inside]
posted by rfordh at 9:06 AM PST - 48 comments

How do I get my Fuji FinePix zoom A204's "PC CAM" feature to work on my Mac?

I have a Fuji FinePix zoom A204 digital camera that I use with my iBook 14". The software that came with it for Mac OS X 10.3.x only allows me to download photos from the camera and then organize them. I can not use the "PC Cam" feature on my Mac, just on my PC. Here's my question... Is there any free or cheap software out there that will allow me to use its "PC CAM" feature on MAC OS X 10.3.x?
posted by Livewire Confusion at 4:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding good bagels in London

Is there any place in west or central London to buy fresh "NY style" bagels? And is there anything to the story that bagels don't taste the same outside of NY because the water is different? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 2:19 AM PST - 35 comments

March 21

XE Trade recommendations ?

Has anyone out there in hyperspace used the services of XE Trade ( ? I want to transfer a $30k+ figure from a USD to a EURO account without incurring the ridiculous foreign exhange charges of my bank. This service looks good, but is it trustworthy ? Thanks !
posted by superfurry at 11:52 PM PST - 5 comments

In search of palatable fish dishes

We have decided as a family that we need to lower our cholesterol levels, and want to add fish to our diet for the omega 3 fatty acids. But we all hate the taste of fish. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 9:56 PM PST - 45 comments

Dreamweaver Template Options?

Within a Dreamweaver MX template I built, I want to insert a line of code which looks like this: [!-- InstanceParam name="pagename" type="text" value="index" --], only when I go under Modify > Template properties, the words are greyed out. Anyone know why? Is there another shortcut I can use to insert that line? [more inside]
posted by jenleigh at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Testing the drive of an iPod and changing battery

I bought a used iPod. It won't hold a charge. (It's a 3rd gen 40gb.) The guy has offered me my money back but can't meet me for 2 days. I got a good deal on it and I'd keep it if the battery were fine. However, is there a way for me to check this to make sure the battery is the only problem with it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Amazon's Statistically Improbable Phrases

Do you know of a page or project that will show a list of Amazon's statistcally improbable phrases, live-linked to the Amazon content the are found in? Options for sorting by source date, title, author, subject, or other classes are what my inner librarian really wants. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:46 PM PST - 5 comments

T-Shirts, Dyeing and Otherwise

Joy of joys, I've finally found a t-shirt I love (Jockey Classic, tagless, crew neck). That said, I hate wearing a white t. So, then, a two parter: 1) Can anyone discuss dying a t-shirt? I'm concerned not only with a simple process I can easily follow, but also with the color both remaining solid (as opposed to streaking) and also not running off in the wash onto other items. 2) Simpler still, can someone recommend a colored t-shirt similar to the Jockey? I'm looking for something that comes in a variety of colors and is lightweight, inexpensive, 100% cotton, preferably tagless and lacking the seam running along the rib/shoulder line that so many color t-shirts have.
posted by boombot at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

LCD Recommendation

LCD Qustion. So I'm in the market for an LCD monitor/TV... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 6:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Photo Permissions

A major publisher has approached me about using a photograph that I posted on my website that was originally taken by my dad (who, for reference, passed away a few years ago). According to the person who contacted me, the image would take up about a half-page in the interior of the book and they are interested in a quote for both world and North American rights. Can anyone give me a notion of what sort of compensation would be normal for this sort of thing and what the correct procedure might be? Thanks!
posted by stefnet at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get fresh okra in the US, outside of the South?

I want to cook with okra, but I live in the Pacific Northwest. Help with this specific dilemma would be great, or more generically -- any tips on finding produce that seems, at first pass, to be unavailable in a given area? [more inside]
posted by gurple at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Radios and Record Stores

I'm part of a Chicago-based band, and we're on the cusp of releasing our first full-length studio album. We're not on a label, so we have to find radio stations to play our stuff and record stores to carry our CD's ourselves. Are there any good resources out there to help indie bands find these? Can you share any indie-friendly stores/stations in Chicago yourself?
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:10 PM PST - 9 comments

trade or fix up piano

I have a 1950's Chickering piano that plays 'bright' Nice touch, etc but loud in it's current home. Piano tuner says 900.00 will voice it, fix hammers, etc. Piano store says that vintage not worth the money and should trade it. I am looking for suggestions. Others tell me to just put blankets, etc as sound absorbers. Not sure what to do. I play classical stuff.
posted by lag at 6:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Disney World: Stay on or off the property?

Thinking about taking the youngins to Disney World in June. Daughter will be 11 and it will be her second trip. Son will be 4 1/2 - first time for him. Last time, we stayed at a Disney property: rode the shuttle buses, swam in the myriad pools, drank $2 cokes, etc. This time, cash flow is more of an issue so I'm looking at Kissimmee hotels. Just wondering, though, if the low price is worth losing the on-site amenities and convenience. Been there? Done that?
posted by SashaPT at 6:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Photo of kayaker+whale

Foggy photo of a kayaker with a whale surfacing alongside. Anyone remember where? [more inside]
posted by figment at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

I was drunk, where was I?

I was drunk in the Quarter, where was I? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 5:40 PM PST - 13 comments

How to cheer up mother who has cancer?

I have recently moved in to help my mother who is battling cancer can I do to make this process a bit more enjoyable for her? I want to cheer her up and bring some humor back. [more inside]
posted by Viomeda at 5:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Nonstandard negative scanning

I have inherited approx. 100 very old family photo negatives, many of highly nonstandard sizes, some non-square (seem to be hand-cut with scissors, perhaps), etc. I started scanning a few and fell in love with them not only as heirlooms but as Americana--they're dynamite. But I'm getting lost when I try to figure out how to get the lot safely & archivally hi-res scanned. [MI] [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 3:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding politicians's staffs.

I am trying to find a list of staffers and the issues they focus on for specific U.S. Senators and Representatives. [more inside]
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 2:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Copyright violations

I saw a website once where you can enter a URL and it will use Google or whatever to find similar web pages that the page may have derived from, based on word match frequency. It is useful when looking for copyright violations, or the source for someones work. What is that website?
posted by stbalbach at 2:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Kid-friendly anime?

My kids (6, 9, 10) have thoroughly enjoyed running through the catalog of Ghibli/Miyazaki films that are available in English release. Now that we are running out of titles, I was wondering if any MeFi people could suggest more kid-friendly titles that are kind-of-like the Ghibli films, if you know what I mean. [more inside]
posted by cgk at 1:55 PM PST - 19 comments

What are some great books about political marketing?

I'm looking for a few good books or articles - either on the web, or in paper publications - about political marketing. [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 1:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't laugh. I want to learn how to ride a bike.

Okay, you can laugh a little bit. I'm 24, I moved to a more urban area a year ago, and I want to learn how to ride a bike to get around the city. [more inside]
posted by patgas at 1:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Preferable digital camera battery type?

Digital cameras: rechargeable battery vs. one-time use (AA) batteries. Which is preferable and why? [more inside]
posted by suchatreat at 12:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Stephen Fry's Disappearance

Has Stephen Fry ever given a full account of the time he ran off to Belgium and away from the production of Simon Gray's play Cell Mates (as angrily related by Gray in the highly enjoyable Fat Chance)? It's been ten years, but I can't find anything other than passing references in interviews to his "little wobble". He's been amazingly candid about his past before, and I'd love to read his version of events.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Saving towns in Animal Crossing

I am addicted to the GameCube game, Animal Crossing. I want to make a copy of my town, and send it to my sister, who is also addicted. It won't let me copy the memory card - is there a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Futurehouse at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How should I ship two vinyl LPs?

I just bought two records as a birthday present for a friend, and I realize that I have no idea how to ship them. The post office doesn't seem to sell anything appropriate, and I asked at Amoeba Records and they didn't know either (they said they typically ship only in large numbers). Does anyone know of a better solution than a 14x14x14 box filled with packing peanuts?
posted by symbebekos at 12:11 PM PST - 11 comments

non-profit fundraising ideas needed

My wife is on the board of a non-profit organization. We live in a retirement community that has all kinds of fundraisers,plays, fun runs etc. We need ideas for an annual fundraising campaign that is different, will grab new attention and attract substantial local donations annually.
posted by pablogrande at 12:02 PM PST - 20 comments

How to handle multiple iTunes libraries.

We have four computers that we want to keep music on, but the collection is too big to just copy the whole library everywhere. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by mosch at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Taking screenshots of video?

Anyone know of the best way to take screenshots of video on a PC? I notice that DVDs and mpegs and avis all seem to do a weird matte screen thing where video is projected "above" the video player on your screen, so all screengrabs are blank. There must be a hack to get a simple grab every now and then off this sort of video. Anyone ever figure this out?
posted by mathowie at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Online Casino Bonuses

Is there any reason why this method of collecting bonuses from online casinos wouldn't work? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Widget Co.

In addition to the math class, I’m in charge of instructing the violent repeat, juvenile offenders who have earned their GEDs in “experiential life skills.” We have a rewarding brief daily class in money management, employability, independent living, etc. The rest of the day the offenders have jobs around the facility where they’re supposed to be practicing responsibility, initiative, and other workplace skills. In reality, they’re doing mindless chores six hours a day. I’d like this time to be spent more professionally, more business-like, so they can learn something about inventory, cooperation, deadlines, marketing, technology etc. and feel proud doing it. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Ultimate emergency kit

What would be in your ultimate one-person emergency kit? [more inside]
posted by bove at 9:26 AM PST - 49 comments

on the stereo

A comment in this thread reminded me of something I've always wondered about: What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he talks like an ordinary guy. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 8:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Best used Scooter Recommendations

I bought a Twist n Go scooter last year without the research and it turns out that its very hard to get parts for this scooter when repairs are necessary. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a manufacturer(honda etc...) of a scooter that if bought used could still be quickly repaired with parts that are still made or easily ordered. Or a scooter that is new, but cheap and will last long. I would like to keep my purchase under $1000...
posted by matthelm at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Tile and Grout Cleaner

If there's a badass tile and grout cleaner out there (for the bathroom), can you tell me what it is please? I can't seem to find "it". I don't mind letting "it" sit and soak. I don't mind scrubbing. But I want results. Gracias!
posted by Witty at 8:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Filing US taxes from out of country with no income to claim?

I'm not sure how to file my taxes. I am a US citizen living in Canada. I am a stay-at-home mother and I have no income to claim this year. [more inside]
posted by Melinika at 7:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Lost Digital Camera Software

I lost the software for my Canon Powershot A75. Try as I might, I can't get the camera to work with just the Windows 2000 TWAIN drivers. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Burning 100 CDs

What's the best way to burn roughly 100 CDs? Banjo and I are going to be giving mix CDs as wedding favors and would like to know the best method of going about this. Burn at home, or get someone else to do it? How much would that cost? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Recommended Form Upload Component?

A client wants to enable fiile uploads via their web site. The web site is hosted outside the company and the files need to be uploaded to their FTP server which is hosted within or on-site at the company. Thus far all the components I've looked into upload to the web server. Is this simply the only option? Can anyone recommend a good component or alternate method? PHP, ASP are fine.
posted by juiceCake at 7:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Zelda Windwaker Help!

Zeldafilter - Can anyone tell me where Makar goes if you die in the wind temple and then save? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Linux server with GUI

Free server-oriented Linux distribution with GUI config tools? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Anti-virus scans: bad for your HD?

My 160 gig HD is being scanned daily by Anti-Virus Guard. Seems like all this wear-and-tear would add up. Does this reduce the life span of a hard drive? Bonus if you know how to make Grisoft's AVG Free Edition scan less frequently.
posted by agropyron at 6:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Pinstriped Suits with Colored Shirts?

FashionFilter: Is there a "rule" about wearing a colored shirt with a black pin-striped suit? Are there other rules about female business attire that a soon-to-graduate-undergrad should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance at 6:25 AM PST - 8 comments

What's up with kids toy packaging

Lately, if you open a packaged kids toy, you're faced with the daunting task of unwrapping and untangling the toy from its own packaging. This is a daunting real task when faced with a kid who simply wants to play. Why all the wires? [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 6:15 AM PST - 10 comments


What are good ways to generate new ideas for something you’re thinking about when you’ve hit a brick wall? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 6:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Who is subscribing?

Bloglines lets you see who is publicly subscribing to your RSS feed. But can you also find out who your current subscribers are with Feedster, MyYahoo, MyMSN and Newsgator?
posted by timyang at 12:55 AM PST - 4 comments

March 20

How to put a smaller door in a larger door frame.

I need to rip an extra-wide door out of our shed and put in a new narrower one. The door frame consists of substantial timbers -- I'm guessing around 3x8 (actual measurements). The floor is cement, there's no bottom frame member. What's the best way to replace the door? [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 11:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Should graduate students buy houses? And if so, how?

Despite MetaFilter's members' fantastic advice for my boyfriend to choose MIT over GA Tech, my guy is most likely going to stay in Atlanta. He's talked about the possibility of buying a house in ATL, but living on a student stipend, and without substantial savings, how would that work? (He's curious, too, not just me.) Renting in Atlanta is expensive, so a house payment could very possibly be lower than rent . . . and we've heard sometimes people buy without down payments now . . . but we're not sure about the logistics. Any good info is appreciated. : )
posted by sally_jp at 10:47 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm looking for a flower pot.

A particular flower pot. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:03 PM PST - 2 comments

35mm Film Scanner

Can I scan 35mm film negatives with my Canon LiDE 30? Other flatbed scanners come with an adapter that allows for this, but this scanner didn't. Is there an off the shelf widget that will work?
posted by aladfar at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

My Turntable needs to be soldered.

My Turntable will only play through one channel. I have a soldering question, because I have to replace the RCA cables. Can someone teach me how to properly solder audio equipment? I have never soldered before, but I am handy with electronics. The Turn Table in question is a Pioneer PL-10, a nice older one that goes well with vintage reciever. I bought it for $30 along with some scratched up first pressing Beatles albums. Basically, when the needle is down you can only hear one channel. There is absolutely no signal from the left RCA cable. When I reverse the plugs, the dead RCA cable is still dead.... just on the other channel. [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 9:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Information on Edison discs?

Today, at an antique mall, I found, for $2 each, three Edison discs (also known as "Edison diamond discs"), big, thick (1/4"), 78-size records. I'm quite sure they're not valuable or anything, but I'd like to know more about them: when they were made, what the serial numbers etched into them refer to, who the artists were, etc. Does anyone know how to learn more about these things, either online or in print? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Origin of card game "The King of Hearts Has 5 Sons"?

Can anyone tell me where to find the origin of and definitive rules for the traditional American card game The King of Hearts Has Five Sons, mentioned in the article Deduction Games in the December 2000 issue of The Games Journal? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

I am going to Southern CA desert and need advice

Due to a lucky alignment of stars, I have a 5 day vacation slot appear out of nowhere. I semi-randomly picked a destination: on Tuesday night I am flying out to Los Angeles, renting a car and driving into desert. What must I see/do? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy at 8:43 PM PST - 12 comments

What video game supports the most simultaneous players?

What video game supports the most simultaneous players? [more inside]
posted by Sibrax at 8:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Cost of Paris

How much will it cost my wife and I to spend four days in Paris? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:55 PM PST - 16 comments


BrakeFilter: My dad and I need to settle a bet about driving habits affecting brake pad life. [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds at 6:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Founded by Scientologist reject, family abuser, and tax avoider all in one!

The Landmark Forum / est, courtesy Werner Erhard, has stolen my friends. Please help! [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 5:10 PM PST - 28 comments

iPhoto won't load

iPhoto help: I was importing photos and when it was complete, it wouldn't let me go to the library, so I had to restart my iBook, and now iPhoto won't load. I looked in the Apple help forums, but they're no help at all. This ever happen to you?
posted by ColdChef at 4:33 PM PST - 10 comments

AC off car/marine battery -- tips?

I want to take my Mac G5-based sound system on the road, including setting it up outdoors, using my own power source. I understand a deep marine battery is the best source for silent, portable power, and delivers AC via a converter. Anyone have experience with such a setup? [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Unknown instrument

A few years ago my mother picked up this traditional(?) instrument in Hungary. What's it called and how do you use it?
posted by klue at 3:30 PM PST - 9 comments

The ending of

At the end of the movie "The Good Thief"... [SPOILERS INSIDE]
posted by nicwolff at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide?

Is there a site with a ukulele tuning guide? I have seen one for guitar were you press the button and it makes the sound the sting is supposed to make when strummed. I cant seem to find one like that for my ukulele though.
posted by Suparnova at 2:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Old refrigerator?

How do I dispose of an old dorm-style cube fridge that has died a horrible death and is not worth repairing? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

How long are you supposed to keep bank statements, tax returns, etc. on file?

I'm trying to organize all that paperwork that's piling up in my home, but I'm also trying to simplify my life and reduce clutter. [more inside]
posted by luneray at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Soundtrack Issues

After recently having seen The Life Aquatic, I noticed that the soundtrack missed a song from one of the key scenes in the movie. This is not the first time I have come across this phenomenon and I wondered if anyone knew whether it was a legal issue with copyright or something as mundane as CD capacity. After all, if an artist/label allows their song to feature in a movie, why not on the soundtrack too?
posted by ulanbator3 at 1:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Playing Audio Input on OS X

My dad just bought me an XM radio receiver, and I'm trying to run it through the audio input jack of my Powerbook. I know the sound comes in, because I can record it -- but I can only actually listen to the recordings, and not the sound in real-time! Or, at least, that's all I can figure out how to do. How do I listen to audio input without recording?
posted by Coherence Panda at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

T-shirt management

Over the years, I've collected a whole lot of t-shirts, and as I'm something of a slacker nerd, they're pretty much the only thing I wear. The problem is, I keep them in stacks in a big rack of square cubby-like containers, so I wash them, I fold them, I stack them on top, and then inevitably wind up wearing the same dozen shirts over and over again. I've been trying to devise an ingenious way to get a better rotation, but I'm coming up blank. (I share a closet with the girl, and pretty much all of the hanger space is hers, so that's out.) Anyone have a brilliant method of managing shirts like this?
posted by majcher at 12:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Personal Finance Software for Mac OS X?

Recommendations for personal finance software for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by Succa at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Magazine page layouts

Can anybody recommend some magazines with good page design? [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to find News

I'm a non USAian who spends about 4 months a year in USA. Where can I find in depth news about anything that happens outside this country. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 9:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Why does laser light

Why does laser light "sparkle"? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 8:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Song from TV show

Does anyone know how to find the name of the hiphop song playing in the background of the most recent Las Vegas episode?
posted by stratcog at 7:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Any suggestions on a good Heinlein discussion site?

I am a fan of Robert A. Heinlein. I am also a fan of Jane Austen, and I like reading the discussions of her works at I haven't found a site that discusses Heinlein's work in a similar way. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Monday at 7:18 AM PST - 2 comments making me wait...

In Neverwhere Neil Gaiman describes a Christian abbot thusly: The abbot had known that this day would bring pilgrims. The knowledge was part of his dreams; it surrounded him, like the darkness. So the day became one of waiting, which was, he knew, a sin: moments were to be experienced; waiting was a sin against both the time that was still to come and the moments one was currently disregarding. Is anyone aware of any Christian teaching that anticipation is to be avoided? To modern ears Gaiman's passage sounds so be-here-now Buddhist. I am aware of the passage in Matthew where Jesus says "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself," which is pretty explicit, but has this notion ever been taken up and turned into formal doctrine by any branch of the church, or has any historically important theologian ever grabbed this particular ball and run with it?
posted by jfuller at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Beef and guns

I am: vegan, mildy exercise-induced asthmatic, non-car owning & often-biking, slightly scoliotic (not visibly, but there's back pain here and there), have virtually no access to exercise equipment other than a set of ancient free weights, weight bench, and mat, without much money. I desire hulking guns and beefiness all over. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a free secure wiper for Macs?

Is there a free multi-pass wiper for Mac (like BCWipe on the PC)? [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Electronic music production tools?

ClickCutCrunchFilter. I'm an amateur musician who wants to start producing electronic music on my PC. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 12:08 AM PST - 19 comments

March 19

Daily Show booklist?

Has anyone compiled a list of books promoted on the Daily Show?
posted by krisjohn at 11:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Is it okay to escape from prison?

Is it true that absconding from prison is not a crime in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by Jim Jones at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Matthew Lesko Books dumb or not?

Ok, I'm terribly curious...I've seen the Matthew Lesko infomercials for years. Some of you have got to have picked them up. Are they worthwhile. It's not the cost, its the time investment that I'm talking about.
posted by filmgeek at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Show removal at airports?

I am ready to Fight The Man and refuse to remove my shoes at airport security *unless and until* they set off the metal detector. Help my defense. [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:26 PM PST - 50 comments

One day in Tokyo

I am going to Tokyo for a week of work and have one free day. What would people recommend in my one free day. I have some interests such as Japanese consumer electronics, toys, and sneaker/streetwear culture but really want to make sure I have the best day possible. Any advice?? Any great sites to use. (Already using
posted by rje7 at 5:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Browser problems

My brother says that he can't use websites which have some kind of "logging in" type function e.g. online banking, Hotmail etc. He's kind of resigned to it but asked me why it happens. Has anyone any ideas why this happens? Browser settings? Cookie problems? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Living on the Cheap

Any suggestions on how to cut spending on food and other 'discretionary' items? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 3:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Vagina Question

Famous vagina-centric feminist artists out there? I know Judy Chicago is pretty famous for her Dinner Party and Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues is a good one too. Any others? I know there have been a few male ones too, can't remember. Google is not easy to search for this stuff! [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 2:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Defecting to OS X recommendations

I've taken the plunge, and purchased a Mac Mini. I've used Windows primarily for most of my life, with a bit of Debian Linux. What recommendations do you all have for general use, software, etc etc?
posted by jackofsaxons at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I refinish a much-abused table?

I need advice on how to refinish a dining table that is badly damaged. The table is walnut and about 50 years old. The wood is very dry, enough so that the grain is visibly raised, and the finish has been completely gone for years. The stains are dark (including one large spot stained by persimmons). [more inside]
posted by cali at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to source a dialogue sample:

I'm trying to track down the source of a dialogue sample used most prominently in several My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult tracks and Meat Beat Manifesto's 'Acid Again'. It appears to be an interview with a girl describing her experiences with drugs. My Google searches have resulted in a lot of people talking _about_ this particular sample, but never the source itself. (Quotes inside...) [more inside]
posted by djwudi at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Grammar Filter:

Which statement is correct? Does either of you recognize this person? Do either of you recognize this person? [more inside]
posted by pelican at 12:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Catalina Golf Carts

The page says that golf cart rentals on Catalina Island go for about $30 plus an hour. Is this right? So a couple hour tour of the botanical gardens and Avalon would cost me over $100? For some reason this seems a little high to me. I remember when I was a kid it was about $25 for the afternoon, but that was years ago. Anyone been to Avalon recently who can remember the rate?
posted by luriete at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

PC needs to read Mac documents

I need a free and solid document reader. I have a PC, the documents I need to read are from a mac. Any suggestions?
posted by pwally at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

DIY screen printing.

Looking for general advice in regards to DIY silkscreening tees. [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

My iBook went damn crazy.

MacFilter: My iBook froze last night and displayed some very unusual colors, and now it won't boot up. Is it fried? [more inside]
posted by hughbot at 10:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Selecting a Quality Watch.

I would like to purchase a quality watch that will last my lifetime and potentially beyond that. [more inside]
posted by ix at 8:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Forwarding an e-mail address across domains?

I recently registered a domain name through and now I want to forward e-mail to an address on my domain to another e-mail address on another domain. GoDaddy's help files don't explain how to do this. Help! [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 8:40 AM PST - 6 comments

how to get to lint off towels

How do you get the lint and fluffies to come off new towels so they don't leave fluffies all over you? thanks dudes!
posted by cashmein at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Online collaborative software

Does anyone have any experience with online collaborative spaces, i.e., websites that allow users on different computers to work on the same document, whiteboard space, etc.? I've found links via Google and will be trying to explore, but if you have a favorite—or not!—it would save me some time. [more inside]
posted by ancientgower at 5:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Which Linux Certification?

I am trying to break into the Linux Server Administration field so I have been doing quite a bit of studying lately. I figured while I am studying the subject I might as well work towards a related certification. I am leaning towards the Linux Professional Institute Certification. Other certifications I am considering are CompTIA’s Linux+ and Red Hat’s RHCE. So which Linux certification is the best? I would say Red Hat is the most reputable of these three but I am concerned that their certification might be too Red-Hat-centric, and I don't want to be locked into one distro. Which one is the easiest/cheapest to obtain? Which is the mostly highly regarded in the industry? Are there others that I missed?
posted by dirvish at 12:45 AM PST - 11 comments

March 18

How to recover incorrectly deposited money?

If I attempt to make a payment to someone by direct deposit into their bank account, but deposit it into the wrong account, what legal means do I have to recover the money? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 11:28 PM PST - 15 comments

PC won't sleep or shut down, only restarts

I've built a PC with a Shuttle AN35 mainboard (with Award BIOS) and it won't shut down or standby. When I shut down (through software) it goes through the motions of shutting down, but then instead of ultimately going black & quiet it just reboots. Same with attempts to make it standby - it just reboots. I have checked the connection of the PC case's PWON connector to the motherboard, diddled with Windows XP's power settings, and poked around in the BIOS a little but am not sure what to do. This sucks because when I ultimately have to shut it down to move it or something, I have to do it the ugly way: with the mechanical switch on the power supply. help!
posted by scarabic at 9:56 PM PST - 4 comments


An iPod question that has me stumped. I have an old firewire only iPod (2nd generation). I would like to sync it to a Windows computer that has an absolute lack to slots for a PCI card, but has four open usb 2 slots. I cannot find any sort of converter. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? They seem so similar.
posted by rtimmel at 9:44 PM PST - 5 comments

CLEP exam advice?

I'm going to college...about 10 years late. My employer will pay for school, but not for another 6 months, and I want to get started now. My school will accept up to 45 credits through the CLEP exams. Anyone take them? Any advice on studying or strategies for taking them? Helpful books?
posted by horsemuth at 8:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you tag stuff in the most individual way possible, or do you let tags overlap?

Tags. They're used everywhere on the Web now to categorize stuff, but not everything has a unique name. Do you tag stuff in the most individual way possible, or do you let tags overlap? For instance, if I post a picture of my computer screen and one of my house, do I tag them both "windows"? Or do I tag one "Microsoft Windows" and the other "house windows"? Is someone named "Chris Smith" stuck with being conglomerated with other people with the same name, or should I ask Chris Smith what his middle name is and add it to the tag? It's easy for New York City to get the tag "NYC", but should photos of Springfield, Illinois be "Springfield", "Springfield, IL", or "Springfield, Illinois"?
posted by Nikolai at 7:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Favorite credit card rewards?

What's your favorite credit card and why? I'm currently using a Bankone Visa, which corresponds to 3% back for amazon purchases and 1% back for all other purchases in the form of $25 amazon gift certificates. I pay off my balance in full every month. Anyone particularly happy with the rewards they're getting from their credit cards?
posted by sirion at 6:46 PM PST - 30 comments

Top open source projects?

I am putting together some research, and wanted to poll fellow MeFiers about what they think are the five (or two or ten) most influential or important open source projects, currently being worked on and why. Linux and Firefox are obvious, so what others would qualify -- Gaim? OpenCRX? I want to know your list, and why these would make it. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 6:13 PM PST - 27 comments

Alex P. Keaton was an Auspie

My daughter came home last night with her school newspaper (written, designed, etc. by 4th and 5th graders). They interviewed a kid from their school who has Ausperger's syndrome, which I thought was very cool. I know just enough to recognize the name and the basics behind the syndrome. At the end of the article though they list a "fact" about Auspergers is that Bill Clinton, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates are fellow Auspies. This is news to me, how about you? I can't seem to find any information that successfully contradicts or supports this unexpected claim. [more inside]
posted by nramsey at 4:08 PM PST - 14 comments

web-based DNS maintenance product

I'm looking for a web-based tool to allow customers of my ISP to manage their zone files. [more inside]
posted by bac at 3:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Mademoiselle Nation

Anyone know of any good books, plays, or other material about Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, a.k.a. "Mademoiselle Nation"? She was an eleven-year-old girl adopted by the French revolutionaries after her father's murder by a royalist. Her portrait by Jacques-Louis David is currently on display at the Getty in Los Angeles, and as the book blog Romancing the Tome says the story of her life would make for excellent reading. Surely she's found her way into print by now?
posted by Asparagirl at 2:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Disappering hard drive...

I hate to use AskMe for tech support like this but this has me scratching my head. Ok this is the set up...G4 (AGP) has the stock drive(20GB) and a Maxtor 150Gb drive on a Sonnet PCI ATA/100 card. Sporadically, and I emphisise that word, the big drive will either not be recognized at all or not mount because the drive shows up as having 0 Bytes as the drive size. What is the cause? --> [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments


I recently purchased a 30GB iPod photo... as in purchased it a week ago. I love it to death except my case is horribly scratched! I'm obviously careful with it and have kept it in my pant pockets but the front and back have all these tiny scratches. It's like they made the case to scratch easily... any ideas that help reduce the tiny, albeit annoying scuffs? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Help identifying a book -

I remember reading a "young adult" type of novel, probably in the late seventies or possibly early eighties, that I could swear was called "The Mark of Conti." However, no amount of googling has turned it up. It's about a high school student ("Mark Conti"?) who reprograms his school's computer. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
posted by JeffL at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

mov to mp3

Anyone know how I can create an .mp3 of the audio from a .mov video file on the same pc?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

five boro bike ride

Thinking about doing the five-boro bike ride in NYC this year. I'd like to hear experiences, opinions & advice from anybody who's done it. Is it too crowded to be fun? What kind of shape do I need to be in? What should I bring? How long will it take to finish?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Will this lead to Gangrene?

Every single morning when I wake up, my left hand and forearm are 'asleep'. Am I doing any long-term damage to the flesh/nerves of that hand by letting this continue to happen? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Diabolical Brainstorm: what are ways, either real or imagined, that one could erase almost all human life on earth?

Diabolical Brainstorm: what are ways, either real or imagined, that one could erase almost all human life on earth? Don't worry. I'm not actually planning something. I'm curious about compiling a list of ways that humanity could be wiped out. This could be a real-world threat or a science fiction-type threat. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 1:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Chris Rock routine?

I'm looking for a Chris Rock stand-up routine from several years back. He does a rant on Fried Chicken.. [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 12:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a sack suit?

Where can I get a sack suit (in the style that was fashionable around 1860) for fairly cheap? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 12:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Open link in new tab on doubleclick

Is there a way to make Firefox open a link in a new tab by double-clicking it? [more inside]
posted by tcp at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Needed: blocking software.

Looking for website blocking software. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by itchie at 12:17 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of sampler...?

Say you played synth semi-competently with a band. And say your responsibilities were to play fuzzy, low-end bass melodies, but occasionally you wanted to trigger noisy textural sounds simultaneously and manipulate them with effects--would you run your synth through a rackmount sampler, play with two synths, or buy a tabletop device (ex: Electribe) to add texture? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt at 12:11 PM PST - 10 comments

IE Processes Gone Mad

When I run IE6 on my Win 2000 at work, over the course of the day I end up with about 25 ghost IE processes hogging up my RAM even though I have exited all IE windows. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Work + Theft + Insurance = ?

An associate, while returning from a work site after 5 p.m. and was on a personal errand, had his car broken into and along with personal items, his work laptop was stolen. His homeowner's insurance covered his personal items, but obviously would not cover his work owned laptop. His employer, on the other hand, is demanding that he pay for the cost of the laptop (a 3 year old Dell bought for approximately $700, which they consider to be worth $590). He works for a fairly large non-profit located in Maryland. The laptop was purchased with a technical grant, which I expect would have demanded insurance. And he doesn't believe that he signed anything that would have made him liable. What are his rights?
posted by Heatwole at 11:51 AM PST - 18 comments

What's a good gift for my newly employed friend.

My buddy just got hired, right out of university, by a big-shot consulting firm. What's a good, cheap gift I can give him? [more inside]
posted by sid at 11:37 AM PST - 18 comments

What are some 'newer' classic french films?

I'm looking for French films that could possibly be considered classics, but are also newer than the 40's/50's/60's gems. [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 11:36 AM PST - 40 comments

Is there any way I can have calls to my office forwarded through the Internet so it rings to my PC at home?

I want to work from home. The only thing stopping me is my damn office phone. I'd like to have that number forwarded through the Internet so I can answer it via my PC at home or wherever I happen to be (via wireless). [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 10:00 AM PST - 4 comments

A sad, sad song?

Is the Merle Haggard song "That's the Way Love Goes" a break up song? [more inside]
posted by insideout at 9:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving to Dayton

I just found out yesterday that I will be moving to Dayton, OH. Lots of info is needed. [more inside]
posted by thebwit at 9:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Songs In The Key Of Bush

Songs about George W. Bush? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 9:11 AM PST - 43 comments

Kurt Vonnegut: Where to begin?

Kurt Vonnegut: Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 9:00 AM PST - 44 comments

What should I wear when I'm running?

I am not currently "in-shape". In past months, I've been thinking that it would be pretty awesome to run a marathon. Think big, right? What do I need to go buy before I start? [more inside]
posted by schustafa at 8:59 AM PST - 24 comments

leaving on a jet plane

I've decided to go on vacation this year and I'm in the early stages of planning it. My style is backpack/hostel/budget travel. Yes, I already know about Let's Go and Lonely Planet. I'll be leaving 9/2 and coming back the 14th. I've got my destinations narrowed to the following: Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, or Moscow. Any experience/advice please.
posted by pieoverdone at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

CSS Help Request

Strange CSS problem with my departmental website when using cookies to set text sizes. On any font size but the standard, content is (correctly) centered. Using the standard size, content is left-justified. Both XHTML and CSS* validate. This is killing me. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Automotive woes. In need of guru.

I need an automotive guru. I'm losing my mind. See if these symptoms add up to anything to you. I've got a wobble in the front end. Here's what I know so far...(it's a bit of a saga) If you figure it out, I'll buy you a beer. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 8:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Good Historical Action Hero Movies?

Normally, I'm not a big fan of historical or period films, but lately I've been enjoying a few. Recently, I watched Braveheart and Gladiator, and now I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions. I do enjoy epics, and I don't mind older films, so any ideas would be welcome. What historical hero movies do you recommend?
posted by MrZero at 8:24 AM PST - 39 comments

Burning Fat: Cardio or Fat Burning?

So I go to the gym semi-regularly and use the Elliptical machine. It has some built-in routines. One is called "fat-burning" and one is called "Cardio Workout". The fat burning sets a target heart rate in the 120's (number made up) while the Cardio sets my target heart rate somewhat higher -- maybe the low 140's. My question is, which will actually burn more fat, the Fat Burn or the Cardio?
posted by petestein1 at 8:08 AM PST - 21 comments

renaissance florence reading?

NovelFilter: I just finished Romola, by Eliot, and didn't love it, but want to learn more about Florence in the era--a very interesting time, to put it mildly--with the Medicis, Savanarola, etc. Any good novels or non-boring non-fiction on Florence in the late 1400s-early 1500s?
posted by amberglow at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Which sewing machine to get?

I am utterly convinced that I need a sewing machine. But I have absolutely no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 7:47 AM PST - 14 comments

What's your favorite music to exercise to?

What's your favorite music to exercise to?
posted by barjo at 7:37 AM PST - 36 comments

Computer Software for Recording

I'm looking to record on my PC ( I have adequate Hardware) some music using guitars, bass, vocals, and some other instruments. I need suggestions for a good software program to use (money is not a problem) for the basic recording/tracking and a good program to create drum tracks from scratch. Please see extended explanation for more details. [more inside]
posted by derekislost at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get my site off internet filter blacklists?

I have a website that I maintain for my middle school soccer team. It has the usual stuff: practice schedules, game schedules, rosters, stats, etc. Sometimes I will post fun things related to soccer on the site. For some reason, the site is being blocked by internet filtering software at the school, the public library, and even in some homes. What can I do to get my site unblocked by filtering software?
posted by BobJordan at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Custom built computers

What are some good companies that build customized notebooks? I'm looking for a level of customization/options like VoodooPC.
posted by sciurus at 6:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do links to anchor tags in my pages turn the # into %35, and thus break?

Why do links in my anchor tags turn the # into %35 and thus break? Any idea why - and (most importantly) how to fix it. (yeah, I know I should scrap this cumbersome system and move to WordPress - it's my plan, but I don't have time at the moment). [more inside]
posted by Pericles at 5:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Itchy fingers.

Every so often a finger on my left hand twitches involuntarily. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 3:15 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to start programming under OS X. Where to start?

I've done some programming in my time (Basic & Turbo Pascal way back when), shifted more to the web side of everything about 8 years ago (procedural PHP server-side and HTML&JS&CSS client-side). Having recently purchased a mac mini, and hearing the gospel of how easy it is to program with carbon & cocoa, does anybody have any recommendations (books) on where to start? [more inside]
posted by slater at 1:59 AM PST - 5 comments

To lint or not to lint -

Maybe this should be titled 'To de-lint or not to de-lint.' My Dad is living with me for a few weeks and we've had some heated discussions about dryer lint. In the interest of peace (and the possibility of not having to do any dishes for a week) - please share your knowledge or opinion. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 1:16 AM PST - 39 comments

Where should I attach a pick-up on my violin

Where is the best place on a violin to attach a DiMarzio Acoustic Model Pickup? The band's got a gig tonight, the pick-up is new and we want the best sound possible from the fiddle. [more inside]
posted by bunglin jones at 12:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us raise $10,001 for Relay for Life!

I'm on a fundraising team for Relay for Life. We've set a fundraising goal of $10,001. Other than hitting up family, friends, and local businesses, what are some good ways to raise a lot of money quickly?
posted by joshuaconner at 12:27 AM PST - 10 comments

March 17

Proportional programming fonts

Following Bjarne Stroustrup's lead in The C++ Programming Language, 3rd edition I've for several years programmed in a proportionally spaced, not a fixed-width, font. What's a good font for this? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 11:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone experience weak hands after laughing hard?

Every once in a while, after I laugh long and hard, I lose strength in my hands and even a little in my arms. Does that sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by jessicool at 11:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for DV Camera Purchase?

I'm looking for a Digital Video camera but am at a loss as to what to look for, what technologies are on the horizon (that are, perhaps, worth waiting for), etc., etc.. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso at 11:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Staying in touch with old friends

Despite my best intentions, I'm not especially good at keeping in contact with people. How do you stay in touch with friends after you've parted ways? [more inside]
posted by Aster at 11:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Homeless or incarcerated?

I live in a city with a fairly high homeless population, and sometimes I wonder why the *really* destitute people (those seemingly beyond any help) don't just commit a crime bad enough that they would get put in jail for several years, where they would at least receive 3 meals a day, regular lodging, medical attention and the chance to learn some sort of skill or get a GED or something. I imagine a great majority of the homeless have a drug and/or alcohol addiction that they realize couldn't continue in prison, but is that the driving factor? If you were beyond hope and had to choose to either be homeless or incarcerated for the better part of your life, which would you choose?
posted by robbie01 at 10:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Poem interpretation...

So I found this poem that, back in high school, I found in one of the poetry books I was obsessed with. It brought back great memories! I'm 28 now and still love it. Just curious to hear anyone's thoughts. [more inside]
posted by camfys at 9:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Is longer better?

The decision is made, and a Ruger Blackhawk .44 mag pistol I will buy. But, is the longer barrel better? [more inside]
posted by Wulfgar! at 9:19 PM PST - 16 comments

How much does it cost to release an album that's already been recorded?

How much does it cost to release an album that's already been recorded? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:43 PM PST - 11 comments

laptop numlock problems

how do i stop numlock being on from being the default when i logon to my IBM laptop. MI [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 8:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do dogs sing?

Why do dogs sing? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Answer cell phone without opening?

I have an LG 6000 cell phone, and I want to be able to answer it while riding on my bicycle, but not have to fumble to open it. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't adjust the Date and Time on my pc {mi}

When I try to adjust the date and time on my pc, I get the ol' " Not responding" message. As a simple crustacean with limited skills, I need some help. {MI}
posted by lobstah at 7:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Setting up a spoken word studio environment with a Mac

I have the latest PowerBook G4 and would like to set something up in my home to record spoken word. I'm looking for recommendations on preamps, microphones and maybe software. From what I have read GarageBand can record vocals just fine. Does anyone have any experience they could share on that subject as well? Cost isn't really an issue, but I don't need anything super fancy or complicated.
posted by whatevrnvrmind at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get php working in Ubuntu Hoary

So I upgraded from warty warthog to hoary hedgehog and something broke PHP on my box. Any ideas as to where I should look to fix this. I already have: DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.shtml index.cgi index.php and AddType application/x-httpd-php .php AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps in my httpd.conf file.
posted by outofpaper at 4:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Legal post-broadcast online TV

The combined public broadcasting networks in the Netherlands put a lot of their shows online to be viewed (legally) after they air at Uitzending Gemist (Missed Broadcast). Do broadcasters in your country offer a similar service?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Voice chat software?

Does anyone have recommendations as to voice chat software for a forum? We'd ideally like to have a regulated chat room in vbulletin where one person has voice control (for a lesson type environment), but standalone software could work too (except paltalk). Ability to control who can enter the chat is a must.
posted by Mossy at 3:12 PM PST - 2 comments

How to load new documents in a single instance of SciTE

I've decided to move on from my favourite UltraEdit to the up and coming SciTE. However, I have one annoying "feature" that's stopping me from falling in love with SciTE. I have yet to figure out how to stop it from creating separate instances when loading multiple documents. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

That movie with the animated corpse

More "please identify this movie for me:" I'm trying to track down a horror movie featuring a taxidermied old lady and a maze. [more inside]
posted by hilatron at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

CSS Help: Weird IE bug when displaying DIVs

CSSfilter: Help with weird IE bug when displaying DIVs? [more inside]
posted by jca at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get my mitts on good, local, legal email lists?

I'm trying to market cool events happening at my (reputable) workplace to families with young children, and some other cool events to young professionals. We have a lovely and responsibly kept email list here of our own constituents, but we want to expand into new territory to promote events. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Offbeat Sans Fonts

Lately, I've taken an interest in simple but slightly offbeat sans fonts, such as Rotis, Indosans, Elemental, What other sans fonts would you recommend that have clean, simple shapes, with some quirkiness and character mixed in? [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Weight loss and vertical leap

BasicPhysicsFilter: Everything else being equal, how much would my vertical leap improve if I lost 10% of my weight without losing any muscle?
posted by callmejay at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

musician/non-musician collaboration tips

Tips for a musician collaborating with a "non-musician"? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 11:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Build a little birdhouse.

My mother-in-law has a new hobby: building (upscale) birdhouses out of salvaged materials. She'd like to sell a few pieces, but needs a catchy name for her enterprise. (Um, something better than my contribution, "Birdhouses by B.") Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:23 AM PST - 41 comments

Counting coins

A friend needs to deposit sums of money in US quarters, and the bank wants him to count it himself and tell them how much exactly is there, or they'll charge him a fee for the wrong amount. It is usually about 50 pounds (about $1,000). He will not use the stupid "Star" machines and pay 6 or 10% "counting" fees. Any ideas of how to quickly count sacks of money? (he does not have kids)
posted by growabrain at 10:14 AM PST - 34 comments

New York City - Recommended Hotels or Hostels

Dear New York City Mefites, I've got a bit of an unexpected trip to your fair city and am looking for recommendations for hotels or hostels. I'm hoping you can recommend places that I'm missing because they either don't have a web page, or are buried beneath massive piles of seo inflated sites. [more inside]
posted by lpqboy at 10:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Neck cracking

Is it a bad idea for me to be popping/cracking my neck? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Any fashionable plus size shops for women in New York?

I'm coming to New York in August and want to take advantage of the dollar to top up my wardrobe, however my googleing for shops for the larger lady have not been fruitful. Can any ladies in NY give me any pointers? [more inside]
posted by floanna at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Learning JAVA

I would like to start teaching myself JAVA and SQL but I'm not sure where to start in terms of what I need on my computer. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 9:34 AM PST - 25 comments

NCAA Tourney

What site(s) would you recommend using to listen to live streaming audio of this year's men's NCAA tournament? Preferably free sites, but any recommendations are appreciated. Thank you.
posted by mic stand at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Afternoon Exhaustion

Every day I leave for work feeling energetic, spend the morning the same, but by afternoon I am exhausted. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 9:08 AM PST - 25 comments

Candy & Quitting Smoking

I have recently quit smoking and thanks to the oral-fixation soothing powers of Altoids, I've been doing fairly well. Unfortunately... [more inside]
posted by headspace at 8:26 AM PST - 40 comments

OS X upgrade question

I'm thinking about buying my first Mac, an iBook G4, 12". If I buy it today, with OS X "Panther", will I have to pay to upgrade to "Tiger" next month? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:09 AM PST - 23 comments

BPD Treatment

Has anyone had any success with treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder?
posted by eggerspretty at 7:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Salvia Divinorum

I was wondering what the side effects and dangers of Salvia Divinorum are. Are there any mefites out there with experiences and/or information related to this plant? [more inside]
posted by dazed_one at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

UNIX Recursive file renaming based on patterns

Unix folks: How can I recursively find all files with a certain string in their filename, replace that string with another string, and rename them with the new filename? [more inside]
posted by turaho at 7:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Why is this the universal representation of a factory?

Why does the universal representation of a factory include a series of right triangles on the roof? (warning, .gifs inside) [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 6:59 AM PST - 18 comments

What to write in people's birthday cards?

As the fourth "collectively-signed birthday card for a colleague" this week passed my desk today I realised that I just couldn't come up with anything clever, trite, humourous, etc. to say.... [more inside]
posted by lazywhinerkid at 6:48 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I automatically remove unused styles from a Word doc?

Some of my MS Word docs (Microsoft Word 2003, Windows XP) have been through many hands and have many styles defined. Lots of these styles are garbage. Other than doing it manually (stepping through all of the styles one by one, checking whether each style is in use, and then deleting the styles I don't need), is there a way to remove all styles that are not used in a document?
posted by pracowity at 6:02 AM PST - 7 comments

March 16

Why is mint the premier flavour for dental hygiene?

A question from the young 'un I couldn't answer. There are lots of clean crisp flavours out there: why are toothpaste, floss and other dental/oral products stereotypically mint-flavoured, and not, say, clove or cinnamon? Is it simple popularity, or is there a technical reason?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:49 PM PST - 24 comments

A good name for an event

We are staging a fundraiser for a community radio station, based on two programmes; Black and Blue (The lowdown of beats and forgotten soul nuggets. Funk starts here) and Giant Steps (Jazz for the 21st Century) We need a good name for the event. Something that sums up the styles of music and is catchy enough for a poster. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sconbie at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Short final for Red Square

Is this photograph of Mathias Rust's plane faked? [more inside]
posted by tss at 9:35 PM PST - 14 comments

BBEdit equivalency?

On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 9:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Yee-haw movie within movie?

YEEEEEE-HAW!! What movie did I see in the last ten years, in which our characters are watching a western in which people say the above approximately thirty times in succession? [more inside]
posted by Aknaton at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Extra rails

Take a look at this picture. What are the extra rails for? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

HP Commercial Effect

Deconstruct-the-magic-filter: In the latest series of HP commercials, there is this really neat effect where people wave photographs around and they meld seamlessly with the footage, and vice versa. How do they accomplish this? I'm not easily stumped by this kind of thing, but I really have no idea.
posted by phrontist at 6:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Wedding ceremonies

WeddingFilter: My wedding ceremony will be secular. A friend will officiate. So we need to plan out the ceremony on our own. What is your advice for planning a meaningful ceremony? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 6:07 PM PST - 21 comments

International E-Commerce?

I helped a friend set up a couple PayPal buttons to sell some things online, which worked great until we ran into a new kind of customer: the international. How can people outside the US who don't want/have Paypal accounts buy her stuff online?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

CD Club fun!

I've been thinking of joining a CD club, like Columbia House. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:26 PM PST - 10 comments

How to Find a Pinball Machine?

After reading this metafilter thread, it occured to me that I would love to have a pinball machine in my rec room. [more inside]
posted by chaz at 4:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Who's the comic book housewife?

The last wive in the Desperate Housewives titles. Who is she? Is she from something? Does this style of cartoon have a name?
posted by cillit bang at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Adoption and foster parenting

What can you tell me about your experiences giving/raising/being an adopted child? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Do your eyes pop?

Me and my boyfriend have discovered a strange thing - those little bobbles on the inside corners of your eyes will "pop" sometimes. Obviously everyone has the bobbles, but do yours "pop"? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 3:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Sweater Issues: Wizard's Sleeve and Hanger Shoulder

I hung up a wet sweater on a hanger to dry, and now it has ;ugly hanger lumps on the shoulders. A few other sweaters are starting to flare out at the sleeves. Any tips on how to fix these without buying new sweaters? I don't have an iron.
posted by brownpau at 3:35 PM PST - 9 comments

KVM Recommendations for Mac and PC?

Can anyone recommend a good KVM that will allow me to share my SVGA monitor, USB keyboard and mouse between a Mac Mini and PC?
posted by kickerofelves at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find Oprah torrents?

Where can I find torrents (or other downloadable media) of Oprah's daily shows? Not surprisingly, Oprah isn't carried on most of the tv torrent sites.
posted by ahughey at 3:13 PM PST - 1 comment

vacation filter - sun and warmth

vacation filter: recommendations for vacation spots in the next couple weeks? - off the beaten path, sun, surf, adventure, tranquility. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 3:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Need help with Wordpress/CSS

My Wordpress-based site looks perfect in Firefox, but terrible in IE. Can someone with a few minutes give me some advice? Here's my index.php and the CSS. The problem seems to be the with my supernavcontainer div (which contains my menu at the top).
posted by exhilaration at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

The Guardian in the US

What ever happened the the plan to begin publishing an US edition of The Guardian?
posted by Keith Talent at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I save a hosed Windows partition from Linux?

My FAT32 Windows partition melted the other day; attempting to boot it now results in errors citing "nonvalid links" for most files on the system, unspecified errors, and a reboot. Fortunately a Linux partition on the same disk was unaffected and I've been able to use it to back up my data. Since the data is still accessible (nothing I've checked so far seems to be corrupted) I'm wondering if there is a way to rebuild the index/toc/whatever it is that's resulting in "nonvalid links" from Linux rather than having to reinstall everything. I've never really used Linux for anything other than playing Tuft Racer and growing disillusioned about the promise of open source, but my guess is that the solution involves fsck. My efforts in that vein have been stymied by the error: fsck: fsck.vfat: not found and I don't know how to rectify that. Thank you AskMe I love you all in advance and I was just kidding with the open sores jab. Please, I am writing this in emacs, send help
posted by moift at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

whatchamacallits - where can I get one?

I had one when I was a kid, and I want one again. What do you call the tablet/thingy where you write or draw on a piece of plastic which is atop a waxy piece of cardboard, and when you don't what you've drawn or written anymore, you can peel the plastic up and make the thing you wrote/drew disappear? It came with a plastic writing implement. Does anyone make a smallish version that I can use at my desk?
posted by iconomy at 2:02 PM PST - 26 comments

the trouble with dvd players

Why don't most DVD players have arrow keys on the face of the unit? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Hey programmers? Any experience on switching from full time to consulting?

After 5 years working my full time corporate programming day job I'm almost ready to give up the security to spend the majority of my time on exciting non-profit open source projects. But for various reasons I want to keep the corporate job on a consulting basis. Any advice on how to negotiate going from full time to part time? [more inside]
posted by lips at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Email Misdirection

I've received an e-mail addressed to someone else. How or why might this happen? [more inside]
posted by normy at 12:31 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I transfer passwords from Mozilla to Firefox?

How do I transfer my saved passwords from Mozilla 1.7.1 to Firefox 1.0.1? The "Import" option under the File menu didn't work.
posted by punishinglemur at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

I need new headphones

I need new headphones. Which ones should I get? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Living in Oregon

What can you tell me about Portland, OR? The good, the bad and the indifferent? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 12:00 PM PST - 28 comments

.WMF/.EMF to .EPS Conversion

Please offer your recommendations on the best cheap/free .WMF/.EMF to .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) conversion utility. Win98 or XP. Application: getting t-shirts silkscreened. Thanks.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

mouse-trainer needed

How does this work? Momus led my horse to water, but she refuses to drink. [more inside]
posted by red cell at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

PCRDist where art thou?

Where is PCRDist and what has become of the source? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for two movie titles

I'm going to jump on the 'name that movie' bandwagon and ask for help in identifying two movies from the mid-80's (I think) --> [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 9:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Child care vs. Nanny

Which is better for a short term (3+/- mos): Hiring a nanny or sending your infant to child care? The child is coming on 15 months, and a second income is imperative. [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Independent internet media

Examples of news websites that are are independently owned? I'm interested in sites that generate news (as opposed to just commentary), and that are not owned by traditional media outlets (as opposed to sites like Slate, which is owned by Washington Post).
posted by Polonius at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Can a Mac and PC ever learn to live together?

I just bought a new PC and would like to set it up so I can wirelessly share a cable internet connection with an older mac. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Fassbinder recommendations?

You've never seen a Rainer Werner Fassbinder movie. Where do you start? Keep in mind that maybe some of your favorite German movies are the solemn and detached poetics of Werner Herzog, esp. the flawless (in your opinion of course) Aguirre, the Wrath of God. But you're not sure if this applies.
posted by xmutex at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Online movie listings

Is there a reliable, region-specific, and, most importantly, FREE source for movie listings that can be incorporated into another website (i.e. RSS feed)? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 9:03 AM PST - 1 comment

CMS for Newspaper Sites?

I'm working on a project to bring a relatively new local GLBT newspaper online. Is there a CMS product (preferably open source) out there that I can setup for this purpose? My web skills are minor, so I'd like something as out of the box as possible that won't have me in fits trying to set it up. I know there are several options for non-open source software, but they get very expensive, very quickly. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Removing about: blank

My computer has been jacked by the about: blank bug. [more inside]
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 8:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Help, my browser's resizing images!

Hello all. I have a problem that on some sites that hotlink images directly to me, the images are coming to me resized. For example, the page is doing a width="500" on every image, making larger images smaller, and smaller images larger. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Happens in both IE and FF. And I'm not talking about the automatic image resizing option. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Calling all songwriters

How do musicians write songs? Do they typically write the words then the music to those words...or the other way around? Or does it happen spontaneously so that some artists do it either way depending on their influence?
posted by SparkyPine at 8:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Conspiracy Theory

What is the origin of the often-used phrase "conspiracy theory?"
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Warming Tortillas

Does anyone know of an easy, quick method for heating up refrigerated corn tortillas? I love corn tortillas, and have found some great ones here in Brooklyn that I buy for a buck a package. (I like to eat tortillas and scrambled eggs for breakfast.) But I have had difficulty coming up with some way to warm corn tortillas both effectively and quickly. One way I have tried is to do each one on a hot iron skillet without grease. This works well, but takes a lot of time, about a minute or two per tortilla. I have tried heating them in a toaster oven, but this dries them out. A microwave makes them kind of chewy. My sense is that some method involving steam might work, but I haven't found it. Any ideas anyone? I'm sure that there exists an easy, simple method somewhere.
posted by Alex Marshall at 7:53 AM PST - 32 comments

Noise canceling headphones?

I want to get a nice set of noise canceling headphones, and would appreciate some first-hand reviews. [more inside]
posted by turtlegirl at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

What Balzac book should I start with?

ClassicLitFilter: I've been wanting to try out some of Honore de Balzac's books but don't know where to start - suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by Dallasfilm at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Napa Restaurants

My boss and wife are taking a trip to Napa and asking this ex-Californian for good restaurants, where would you send them... [more inside]
posted by slew at 7:09 AM PST - 17 comments


does anybody have a gmail invitation which they could please forward to me? & if anybody else is interested, perhaps we could pay it forward again? [more inside]
posted by n o i s e s at 6:56 AM PST - 22 comments

International Money Transfers

MoneyFilter: I get paid in the US and I live and work pretty much everywhere (mainly Europe). I've had it trying to transfer chunks of cash between the US and abroad: it's slow, expensive and a pain-in-the-neck. Any electronic/web-based solutions to this that people have been happy with? [more inside]
posted by costas at 6:55 AM PST - 19 comments

MPEG standards

The MPEG website seems pretty dead. Is anyone doing anything interesting with MPEG-7? Is anyone doing anything interesting with MPEG-21?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 6:37 AM PST - 2 comments

PCs: Is Random Really Random?

I have set my screensaver to play "My Pictures Slideshow" and notice that some pictures appear much more frequently than others. I have noticed this with other programs as well. Is there a process or formula the processor uses in these cases. Is random really random?
posted by terrier319 at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Quick SQL Primers

After a year of employment, my boss is suddenly asking me to use my skills in SQL. It has been a year since I used them, and I need to brush up. [more inside]
posted by veronitron at 4:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Printing encrypted PDFs

I have a PDF file that doesn't want to print. The print commands are grayed out in Acrobat Reader. The lock symbol appears indicating that the document is encrypted to prevent modification of "certain aspects". However, I have other documents which appear to have similar encryption that print fine. Is the encryption causing this problem? If not, then what is? How can I work round the problem?
posted by nthdegx at 3:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Dealing with post-traumatic stress

How do you deal with post-traumatic stress? An incedent happened to me a couple of days ago that I just can't seem to shake... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:44 AM PST - 20 comments


Is there a way to "quick copyright" a musical composition? [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a specific clock for my house...

Some years ago I saw a clock, which appeared to be made from 'valves' sticking out of a metal block...inside the valves was an old fashioned illuminated number. So the clock was digital, with old fashioned (think 60's space programme) orange was quite expensive, and now I have gainful employment and a half-decent house to put in, I want to track one down. Any ideas?
posted by mattr at 2:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Phonetic Swedish

Phonetic Swedish: How do I pronounce the words of this song? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 12:41 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I keep my speakers from muting when using headphones?

How in the world can I keep Windows XP from automatically muting the speakers when headphones are plugged in? [more inside]
posted by Stunt at 12:24 AM PST - 9 comments

March 15

program for autofire click?

Is there a macro program that will auto fire click for me? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 11:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Superior free software?

What examples are there of consumer-grade open source software whose quality surpasses that of closed source, proprietary software? [more inside]
posted by pealco at 11:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Coffeshop Wifi Social Networking Application

In the last week or so I came across a tool online for coffee shop owners who want to offer wifi to their customers. It was a mix between friendster, plazes, and a generic login system, where the user would create an account, tell the system a little about themselves, upload a photo, etc., and they'd be able to see who else was there at the coffee shop using the WiFi connection, and information about them too. I think it was open source and it seemed like a cool idea. I cannot find the link now, can anyone help?
posted by pwb503 at 11:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Perl, CGI, and Apache

I have a Perl script which is supposed to handle user registration. It works fine from the command line (perl "username=blah&password=blah") but doesn't modify the file it's supposed to modify when run as a CGI script in Apache 2.0. [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 9:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Two player card games

One deck of cards. Two of us. What's the best game to play?
posted by sugarfish at 9:38 PM PST - 31 comments

help me see again

I'm shopping around for good sunglasses to replace my battered old A Wires. I'm thinking about getting prescription lenses for whatever I buy. Anyone have any experience buying sunglasses with prescription lenses? [more inside]
posted by showmethecalvino at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Sniffin' Sticky-Tak?

I've gotten carded at a grocery store for buying Sticky-Tak, otherwise known as adhesive putty. There has to be an explanation for it, but I don't know what it is. Send help.
posted by puke & cry at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Attention Deficit Disor... what?

I've got a kid 'round here recently diagnosed as very likely ADD. What now? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 8:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Custom cabinets or DIY?

Can it be cost-effective to build your own kitchen cabinets from scratch vs. buying and installing them yourself? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

A Good sounding phone for VOIP?

VOIP Saga, Episode IV. I've got a VoicePulse VOIP account. It's stable and doesn't sound bad; better than the cheaper BroadVoice(BroadVox?) account I canceled; and better than a cell phone. But is it possible that certain telephone brands/models will actually make it sound better; closer to classic telephony?
posted by ParisParamus at 7:36 PM PST - 7 comments

What does air do to your heart?

So what happens when you accidentally inject 2 mLs of air directly into a vein via an IV? [more inside]
posted by bh at 7:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Non-U.S. Politics

Are there political weblogs that do not discuss only U.S. politics? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Engaing in Viral Marketing, yea or nay?

Say you've got a political action website that you fund out of your own shallow pockets. Say that in addition to helping bring about what you see as positive political change, one of your motivations is to maybe find a name and/or good job for yourself in the future. Pretend it's successful, but in intangible ways. You're still poor and still hope to someday get out of your dreary 8-5 shit job. Say your site got noticed by the right people and is having the sort of effect you wanted it to, but you have a decision to make... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 PM PST - 29 comments

lyrical confusion

I don't understand the lyrics of a Billie Holiday song and a Robert Johnson song. [more inside]
posted by rdr at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Imprting Thuderbird into OSX Mail.

I am trying to import Mail Folders from Thunderbird into Mac Mail. [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 4:48 PM PST - 4 comments

papers please...

I was asked for identification today, to purchase a gallon of mineral spirits at WalMart. Does anyone know if this is due to new legislation, or is WM doing this on their own? The clerk told me I could expect to be ID'd for many other items in the future. I'm also curious if they think I'm making bombs or drugs.
posted by pekar wood at 4:08 PM PST - 36 comments

Piss On You, originally what?

Was Dave Chapelle's R. Kelly "tribute" song, "Piss On You" based on an actual R. Kelly track? [more inside]
posted by jimmereeno at 4:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Gender in French language

Please explain to a clueless person how genders are decided in French language... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Customizable geek schwag?

I've recently trained a person in each of our branch offices into roles where they will be the IT Liaisons for the 40 or so people in that office. What should I get them for "graduation?" [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 3:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Penetrating Wagner's Ring

As the result of there being 3 simultaneous Ring Cycles going on in London right now, all of which I have been attending and enjoying immensely, I have become worryingly addicted to Wagner's tetralogy. Any recommendations for further reading that will deepen my understanding of the work? [more inside]
posted by chill at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

HTML editor

What HTML editor would you give your dad? OK, it's not my dad, but you get the point. I'm looking for a very simple WYSIWYG Windows HTML editor that will allow a computer novice to easily edit static pages on one of my hosted web servers. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How do you put a positive spin on

Long story short, I have my yearly evaluation tomorrow. While I've rocked my way through 80 percent of my duties, there are two areas my new boss has marked for improvement in the coming year. How do I get the most out of the part of the evaluation where we discuss my shortcomings? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 1:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Ethnic maps?

1. Are there maps anywhere that show the geographical distribution of ethnicities and religions accross different regions? 2. Or, does a program exist where I could plug in preference for different feilds (example: religion, climate, geography) and it would spit out the closest region to such specifications? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

That scary tingly feeling

So today, I was driving down the road in pretty thick traffic and had to hit my brakes really hard to avoid a crash. As always, with every adrenaline related incident, I got this very sudden tingly feeling all over, most notably in my neck. What is the physical cause of this? Muscles tightening, increased blood flow or something completely different?
posted by chiababe at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Talking alarm clock

I'm looking for a specific funny alarm clock that I saw about three or four years ago in Target. [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 12:54 PM PST - 5 comments


Speeddating advice. I've been roped into an event at the end of this month and on reflection I'm looking forward to it. Some tips and advice would be useful though. [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 12:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me pick a laptop!

I've decided to buy my first ever laptop of my own (ie not a cast-off from a parent.) I know what I want it to do/have in functional terms, but I don't know enough about hardware to really make a truly educated choice. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 12:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Graphic novel form of Paradise Lost

I am intrigued by Paradise Lost, but looking over it quickly in the bookstore … well it looks hard. Is there a nice graphic novel version which will gradually ease me into it?
posted by shothotbot at 12:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you tighten laptop screen hinges?

Please help! My laptop's screen hinges just recently became really loose--is this fixable, or am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does crying when you have PMS make you feel better?

Why does crying when you have PMS make you feel better? [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

books on british colonialism

i am interested in recommendations for novels about british colonial period (india, africa, etc). what are your favorites?
posted by dstrouse91 at 11:27 AM PST - 27 comments

Catholicism in *Anti-Intellectualism in American Life*

As a non-Catholic, I have a (very long) question about the depiction of American Catholicism in Richard Hofstadter's book Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

What's a good long distance carrier for Toronto?

Can you recommend a good long distance telephone provider? I'm in Toronto, I make perhaps 1-6 long distance calls a year, I call only within Ontario, and getting billed for monthly network fees regardless of whether I've called long distance that month really gets my tailfeathers in a twist.
posted by orange swan at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Mapping URIs as Drives with Python and Win32

I've fallen hard for Python and have been searching for a project to really learn the language with. I'd like to create functionality similar to Windows "Map Network Drive" for URIs using Python, urllib, etc. My questions are: does this seem possible for someone with a decent programming background (but no formal CS training)? Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Buying a car

I am looking to buy a car for around $5-6000 dollars. What's the best way of finding a car online? Also, I know nothing about cars. What suggestions do you folks have for brands, features, etc. I should look for?
posted by xammerboy at 11:04 AM PST - 19 comments

SQL 2000 Monitoring

I am trying to implement SQL mail fonctionnality for monitoring purpose under win2k / sql2k, only problem is to be configurer properly it must first obtain its parameter from Microsoft Mail API (MAPI) thru an already configured mail account, these are production servers and i don't feel too good about installing Outlook or Outlook express just to get an account configured so i can use this fonctionnnality. is there a way around this ? I am aware of several monitoring solution offered by third parties and i accept proposition (please no astroturfin') but I want to get that build in feature to work first.. anyone ? Thanks Selfsck
posted by selfsck at 10:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Kids TV

I need help remembering a kids TV show where the main character was painted on a juice glass. [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Best Vegan places in San Francisco?

Help us celebrate a joyous reunion! What are some of the best restaurants for vegetarians and vegans in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Decrippling a Blackberry 7100t?

I just upgraded to a Blackberry 7100t, and in my (crappy!) research totally missed the fact that the Bluetooth is crippled. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I charhe my Shuffle on other computers?

iPod ShuffleFilter - can I charge my shuffle on a computer without iTunes? I'd like to leave it to charge on my work computer while out for lunch, but despite my Google Fu cannot find out if this is ok for the device.
posted by tr33hggr at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

MFA-filter: photography or writing?

MFA-filter: photography or writing? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 8:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Movable Type Installation Error

I managed to install movable type to my server without a hitch, but on the mt-load.cgi page I got a long error... [more inside]
posted by hautenegro at 8:50 AM PST - 10 comments

T-shirt cotton conundrum

I have a lot of cotton t-shirts, of the medium-to-heavy weight kind that usually have something printed on them. There seem to be two distinct kinds of cotton fabric in the shirts: Good: After a few washes, the shirt becomes soft and kind of broken in. Bad: the shirt never really becomes soft or broken in, and worse, inevitably comes out of the dryer with (clean) lint and cat hair all over it. So I have two questions about this:
1. What accounts for the different outcomes for two 100% cotton shirts?
2. Is there any solution, ASIDE from using fabric softener? Any non-nasty alternatives to fabric softener?
posted by everichon at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Accessing very old Mac files

I have been asked by a friend to open and archive some very, very old Mac files. [more inside]
posted by tranquileye at 8:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Page layout software?

Any recommendations for inexpensive, effective page layout software? [more inside]
posted by wezelboy at 8:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Chipotle recipes

I've fallen in love with Chipotle peppers (specifically those packed in adobo sauce)...i'm looking for a few good, simple, recipes using these smokey and slimy little delights... [+] [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 6:44 AM PST - 29 comments

Bookmark Folder Splitting in Safari?

SafariFilter or AppleScriptFilter: I very often collect bookmarks of pages I'd like to look at in Safari, through the double magic of NetNewsWire and Saft. The problem is that I end up having one folder with 180+ bookmarks in it. I often then manually split them into chunks of 20 using cut and paste, but it strikes me that there's got to be an easier way to do that automatically via AppleScript. However, my google-fu fails me in that respect. Anyone know of a link to an AppleScript that takes one bookmark folder and splits it into folders with x number of bookmarks each in them? Or any AppleScript master and MeFi resident out here savvy enough to whip one up for me? I'll send you a cute picture of my cat sunning himself in a sunbeam, if you want. :)
posted by WCityMike at 6:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for The Roots/The Seed Remix?

I heard a track on the local radio that has the lyrics from The Seed 2.0 by The Roots. It's a track on Phrenology, but the sample on Amazon sounds nothing like what I remember. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 5:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to get postcodes and map them to distances?

I'd like to store people's postcodes and work out distances between them. I think I need a postcode-to-coordinates database, and then a way of working out the distances... [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 5:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Wound that could have healed cleanly, but ended up as a very ugly scar

Is there a word in any language that means "wound that could have healed cleanly, but ended up as a very ugly scar"?
posted by Jairus at 5:06 AM PST - 18 comments

CMS on Microsoft servers

I'm working for a large, well-known organisation, which is looking for a content management system that will run well (and securely) on Windows 2003 servers. [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller at 5:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Coin Laundry start-up

I'm considering starting a coin laundry business. Can I have some suggestions for a good name? (It would be in Australia, so international pre-established names A-OK) Also has anyone here been in the business? Pitfalls, potential? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 3:44 AM PST - 36 comments

March 14

Emigration to Australia or Ireland

As an American, how difficult is it to emigrate to either Australia or Ireland? [more inside]
posted by mexican at 10:10 PM PST - 23 comments

orange taxicabs labeled yellow

Why do some American transport companies named "Yellow" paint their vehicles orange? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:14 PM PST - 12 comments

twee twee twetwetwe. badabadump.

So, the Office Season 2 episode 1 opens up with a little impromptu song performance. What song and what is it from? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 8:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me avoid being homeless in Baltimore

Calling Baltimore Mefites!!! I'm in a serious bind, I need a 1room place to live this week in Charles Village. All online resources are aimed at Hopkins kids and way over priced. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 8:15 PM PST - 6 comments

TivoToGo to the Mac

I have a TiVo with the TiVoToGo functionality, with which I can download .tivo files of my recorded shows. I also have about 10 Simpsons episodes I need to catch up on, and a trip starting tomorrow where I'll have some time to watch them. Problem: my main rig is a Powerbook, which doesn't support playing the .tivo files. What's the easiest, fastest way of whipping these files into shape? I have Windows and Linux pcs available for my bidding. Can I transcode the .tivo files on the PC to something more manageable?
posted by neustile at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

the name of that one place

I was in this restaurant/bar a few weeks ago, but I don't remember the name. It's in New York near Rivington and Suffolk. Any ideas?
posted by airguitar at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

My shins burn when I walk.

My shins burn when I walk on a treadmill. Please tell me how to make it stop. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Bicycle Lock Recommendations?

So I'm living Chico, a great bicycle town, and I got my treasured cruiser (over 6' long, black & cream, whitewall tires) out of storage. Bike theft and vandalism is a pretty big problem here, and I was wondering what people are using to lock their bikes in the wake of the Kryptonite lock issues. Bonus points for something that doesn't make my cruiser much heavier than it already is.
posted by keswick at 5:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Detroit-Area Live Music

I'm wondering where one can go in the Detroit area to hear live music, specifically jazz, lounge or alt-country. If responses could provide a parking/dress code/vibe snapshot, I'd be grateful.
posted by boombot at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I clean up my hard drive before giving away my computer?

My google-fu is failing me on this. I'm getting a new computer and my dad wants my old beast of a Dell. I don't need to clean my hard drive to DOD-specs, but it does seem reasonable to do more than just delete my files. It's not busted, the Windows 98 is pretty beat up, but it's still usable. What's the sane minimum of clean-up before it leaves my house?
posted by desuetude at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Insuring the goods (photo/video)

Photographers and videographers: How are you insuring your gear? I've started to look into insurance for my recently-acquired DSLR, and I'm having trouble finding insurers that cover photo equipment, particularly equipment that goes to other countries with me. [more inside]
posted by xo at 4:27 PM PST - 3 comments


I just got a Motorola V600 to replace my old and quite-literally-busted cell phone. For any fellow V600 users on MeFi: do you have any tips and tricks, fun hacks, or other useful inforrmation for this phone? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with an eye of round?

So on Saturday at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, Prather Ranch had a special on Eye of Round beef. Being a sucker for getting a giant piece of meat at less than half-price, I am now the proud owner of a 5 lb Eye of Round. So, uh, now what should I do with it?
posted by rorycberger at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I buy a treadmill?

What are the caveats for purchasing a treadmill? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

baby question

My wife and I are having a son in a few months. We've been working on doing something special for his bedroom. I've noticed that a theme can be forced on you if your not careful (someone gets your kid an Elmo doll and next thing you know, it's all Elmo all the time.) I'd like to avoid that. I was thinking about doing something sorta retro sci-fi... rockets and stuff... Anyone know a good source for 50's sci-fi decor? I know it's a little early to go crazy but, it's not everyday you have a son...
posted by Shanachie at 3:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Streaming music

What are some of your favorite choices for finding streaming music on the internet? [more inside]
posted by mert at 2:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Easy-entry engineering bachelor's?

I have decided on a much-needed career change, and find that the list of schools willing to take on a prospective second-bachelor's engineering candidate is quite short. Anyone know of good EE or CE programs on the west coast which are more open to second-bac students? [more inside]
posted by plexiwatt at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

I finally have that healthy intestinal flora I've been dreaming of

Based on this thread, I have overcome my lifelong hatred of yogurt, and eat it daily. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 1:44 PM PST - 29 comments

60s gothic scifi movie title

I've been searching for the name of a gothic horror movie from the late 60s or early 70s. A number of astronauts land on a planet that is populated by tall upside-down-carrot-shaped creatures that have an infrared eye. One by one the astronauts meet terrible deaths. One astronaut is burned to death by one of the carrot aliens in a very graphic way. Another walks into a sphere that appears near the space craft and is flash-frozen. I recall seeing this gore-fest on television as part of weekly horror/scifi movie time. The movie has some of the same feel as Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). Does this movie sound familiar? Does anyone know the title?
posted by jhritz at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

curious CSS/IE problem

Italicizing one certain paragraph in a page with CSS layout causes IE to break the layout. Moz/Firefox, however, remain unfazed. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

fonts and that

I am looking for a free font that can be used royalty free (ie. 100% free in all respects) in potentially commercial material. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 1:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Meatmen lyrics question

Okay, so I'm looking for the name of the album a particular bit of spoken word is on. I did I search on Google, and the only match said that the bit in question is from The Meatmen. Unfortunately, they didn't say what album it was from. (warning: text is of questionable taste, so I put it in the "more inside" section) [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

manufacturer reconditioned...

I am currently shopping for a scanner and cordless power tools. I am considering factory reconditioned models. What are peoples experiences, good and bad, with this?
posted by flummox at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Samurai Filter

I'm looking for the title of a Japanese TV serial, circa 1985. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 12:15 PM PST - 1 comment

TiVo noise

Does anyone else have a problem with the level of noise their TiVo produces? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 11:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should I buy gas for my car?

I am trying to be more conscious of the political ramifications of my spending habits (ie, Target instead of Walmart because Walmart == Republican, and Target seems civic-minded), and now it occurs to me that I should do the same for gas. Most places are priced about the same (within 2-3 cents) and since I drive a Toyota Echo, gas mileage isn't really a problem (I average around 37 mpg), so price isn't (much) of a concern. So, based on past failures and forward-looking research, factoring in politics for a left-leaning gay man who cares about the environment and progressive social causes, where should I spend my gas money so that it won't be used for evil? [more inside]
posted by chota at 11:10 AM PST - 26 comments

What is ontology?

Philosophy 101: What is 'ontology'? For a while now I've been using the word ontology to mean an unspoken and taken-for-granted theory of the world. I've used it as a kind of opposite to epistemology, and congruent with the distinction (in my mind at least) between tacit and explicit. Last year I was mugged by some philosophers who said that I just could not do that. Am I right? Am I wrong? Useful resources? Help! [more inside]
posted by carter at 10:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Has 'Spooks' jumped the shark?

WTF is happening to the tv show known as MI-5 here in the States and as Spooks in the UK? Spoilers inside if you haven't yet seen season 3, especially episode 10 'The Suffering of Strangers'. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I buy a mattress?

My wife and I are in the market for a new queen-sized mattress for our platform bed (Valencia platform bed from Pottery Barn). [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 10:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Learning to snowboard

Is learning to snowboard inherently dangerous? Is there anything you can do to make it safer? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 9:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Extended warranty/accidental damage coverage for laptops?

I just bought a spiffy new HP laptop. I declined the third-party extended warranty at the time of purchase... [more inside]
posted by enrevanche at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Losing faith

Atheists, when did you lose your faith? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 8:45 AM PST - 147 comments

Fighting the Evil Credit Card companies

My credit card company just pulled a quick one on me. Despite my best efforts to resolve the situation with their customer service, I am going nowhere. What should be my next step? [more inside]
posted by tuxster at 8:42 AM PST - 23 comments


Anyone here get asthma? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 8:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Uh, didn't get the email?

I have gmail. Is it possible for people using applications like Eudora, Outlook, etc. to know if/when I have "opened" and read emails they have sent to me?
posted by availablelight at 8:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Man looking for a good bag.

Can I get recommendations on a high quality, stylish side bag to be used day to day for business? Needs to be rugged enough to withstand travel and fashionable enough to be able to bring into a business meeting. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Digital photography workflow on a Macintosh

I am a Macintosh user who has just acquired a Nikon D70 digital SLR. Most of my photography experience is with film-based equipment; I have no experience maintaining a collection of digital photos. The software bundled with the camera seems questionable, and iPhoto drives me nuts. What do other amateur (or professional) photographers use to manage their photographs? Will iPhoto do the job? What habits should I develop? What software should I use? Any tips or tricks to help ease me into the world of digital photography?
posted by jdroth at 7:18 AM PST - 28 comments

Songs About Songs

Chatting with a muscal friend, I was stumped on a topic we wandered into: Excluding the obvious (American Pie, Sweet Home Alabama) what are your favorite songs about other songs (or failing that music in general)?
posted by jalexei at 7:05 AM PST - 116 comments

Help me pick my poker chip set colors

I am buying a set of 500 poker chips online. I have an option to customize the number of chips of each color and need help please... [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 7:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Flash preloader with external file?

I've plowed through a lot of Flash sites, but haven't found an answer to what I thought would be a simple question. Y'all are a buncha geniuses here, so I thought I'd ask you. [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 5:08 AM PST - 6 comments

March 13

Slovenia and Croatia

Two active thirtysomething guys, two to three weeks in Slovenia and/or Croatia this (late) summer. What should we do? Ideally mix up the vigorous outdoors with the culture and the relaxing. Offbeat/non-guidebook advice is particularly welcome.
posted by gottabefunky at 11:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Open-source journal software

Does anyone know of a software package, preferably open source, that would be good for managing an on-line academic journal? I would need it to handle both presentation on-line and submissions through a complicated back-end. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 10:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a free, online database of lawsuits filed in the US?

Is there a free, online database of lawsuits filed in the US? My Google-fu is no match for awesome super-powerful search engine spam... [more inside]
posted by stringbean at 10:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Betting Tips

Even with the big March event coming up, this is a hypothetical question. In a state like California, is there a legal way to bet on sports? Also, are there grey areas in betting, such as internet betting?
posted by jonah at 9:52 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get a light buld to light momentarily.

I want to turn on a 60 watt light bulb when I press down on a switch. I bought a RadioShack Momentary Pushbutton Switch. Can I splice a an extension cord, and use this switch? It is rated at 3A at 125VAC, 1.5A at 250VAC. Dangerous? Wrong switch? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt at 8:39 PM PST - 6 comments

fixin 0s nine

My PC died and so I took all my CD saved files to place on my Mac. Here's the rub, many of the files (esp. media files) now have truncated and extremely garbled names. Mac OS9 has a 31 character limit, while PCs have a lot more. Is there any tricky way to increase the size of filenames on OS9? Its hundreds of files, so renaming them is out of the question.
posted by fucker at 7:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Dumping AIM

So, now I want to dump AOL Instant Messenger, and convince all of my friends and relatives to do the same. I want something that isn't too fly-by-night, so I can be sure it'll last, and it's gotta have a little higher usability-quotient than I recall ICQ ever having. Ease of use on-par with AIM (so non-tech-savvy family can install it and set it up) is important, too. Any suggestions?
posted by Plutor at 7:50 PM PST - 26 comments

unexpected traffic in server log

I'm seeing wierd things in my server logs. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 7:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying a house

We're looking to buy our first house. New or old? Dual agency? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 7:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Chaos Control Needed

I admit that I am the daughter of Chaos. I seem to have zero organizational skills when it comes to objects, use of space, and clutter. I would like to hire someone to come organize my house, create a logical system whereby things are stored, and walk me through clearing the detritus of my mad packrat tendencies. To whom do I turn for this sort of skill set? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 7:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Transitioning from a Citronella Collar

I have a dog who loves to bark at one household member. Nobody knows why. I bought her a citronella collar and this has helped greatly. But now she barks to her hearts content any time she's not wearing it. How do I train her to not bark even when she's not wearing the collar? [more inside]
posted by duck at 7:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Harold and Maude sample in a song?

I just watched Harold and Maude for the first time in several years. The intense "and there was a blinding flash!! kill!! kill! " monologue by Uncle Victor triggered a synapse in my brain and I KNOW this is sampled somewhere in a song. [more inside]
posted by glenwood at 7:00 PM PST - 7 comments

What was the first match played using Football Association rules?

What was the first match played using Football Association rules?
posted by Dreamghost at 6:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find a dictionary of words that are spelled backwards?

Where can I find a dictionary of words spelled backwards, listed in alphabetical order, preferably accessible via WWW? This kind of book used to be a common tool for cryptographers back before everything was done by machine, but I'm not a spook; I just like Oulipo-style wordplay. I used to know what this was called, but no longer do, and have googled "reverse dictionary", "backwards dictionary", "yranoitcid", and many more terms with no success. Suggestions for similar dictionaries, such as ones in which all the letters of the words are sorted alphabetically (mouse->emosu) are also welcome. Thanks.
posted by rwhe at 6:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Need javascript help

I'm having a problem with some javascript, and comp.lang.javascript has not been much help. Any mefites care to try their hand? [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 6:18 PM PST - 10 comments

In the market for a moped / scooter

In the market for some sort of non-car auto-transport, need help... [more inside]
posted by ac at 4:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I enter the games industry?

I'm a graduating senior and am considering getting into the Computer/Video games industry. I've seen a few comments from insiders/ex insiders and could use some advice. Should I enter the industry? What should I look for in companies that I apply to? [more inside]
posted by JZig at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Miter Saw Projects

I just bought a Ryobi miter saw for a couple small home improvement projects (hand rail installation and base board cuts), so the saw will pay for itself in pretty short order. Still, I don't want to watch it collect dust when I'm done. [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

I hereby ask this, a question in the form of a performative utterance

I've been fascinated for a while by actions that we can take simply by saying that we're taking them. I recently found out these are called "performative utterances"; the classic examples are firing someone by saying "You're fired", or getting married by saying "I do (take him/her to be my...)". These things pop up all the time in mathematics (in fact one might say that mathematics consists almost entirely of such statements). What are some other arenas where they arise naturally? Are there other parts of life that are almost completely performative in this sense? Any favorite examples? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 10:07 AM PST - 71 comments

Locally-installed Basecamp-type solution?

My fiancée and I are currently in the thick of planning our August wedding. Is there something like Basecamp that I can install on my home server to help us keep track of the thousand-and-one-details? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How much dough for dough?

I'm thinking about buying a bread machine. Should I pony up the extra cash for an expensive brand like the Zojirushi? Is anyone happy with a less expensive model? (please say yes) [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 9:18 AM PST - 28 comments

Spell Check and Post to for Firefox

I'm trying to make the switch from IE to Firefox but I'm needing a couple of extensions before I can dump IE. I use IE Spell to spell check web forms and right-click post to to bookmark pages in Does anyone know of any similar extensions for Firefox? Thanks in advance!
posted by nalihasan at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

French-door Fridge

Does anyone have experience with French-Door Refrigerators? [more inside]
posted by alms at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

You were wrong.

In Built to Spill's song "You Were Right" (from 1999's Keep it Like a Secret) Doug Martsch samples the lyrics of many Classic rock tunes. He steals from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Stones, Bob Seger, the Beatles, Kansas and so on. I pretty much know all the references, save one. From which classic rock gem is the line "do you ever think about it" from? This has been bugging me for many years, as I should know it. [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 7:43 AM PST - 16 comments

So you want to be a project manager?

I've recently decided that I want to change my career path from an IT technician to project management. [more inside]
posted by shawnj at 7:31 AM PST - 13 comments

March 12

Death by allergies!

My allergies, the eyes, the sneezing, the Jekyll and Hyde reactions to most meds, the more inside... [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 9:50 PM PST - 24 comments

How do you get to Iqaluit?

This summer, I'd like to travel to Iqaluit, the capitol of Nunavut in Canada. I've been fascinated with the place for years, and this spring would be the perfect chance to go see it. What's the best way of getting there? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Brain hemisphere separation

Is it possible to safely separate the hemispheres of the brain? If so, can I ever have such a surgery done?
posted by jimmy at 6:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Kitty, stop biting!

How to stop a cat from biting so much when playing? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 4:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Lawyers and Employment Termination (USA)

Trusting soul I am, I expect a decent severance package from my employer. HR said I was entitled to a severance package (14 weeks). Should I get that in writing? And have any of you had to use a lawyer to get what you expect, to make sure there are no 'misunderstandings'?
posted by inchoate at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Interpretations of Bach's Chaconne

BachFilter: I've been listening to John Williams' phenomenal rendition of J.S. Bach's Chaconne. So what other must-have recordings of this masterpiece (not just violin/cello/guitar...) should I seek out?
posted by noius at 3:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Fight the commies

Wanna subvert an authoritarian regime? Help me get around the Great Firewall! [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 3:10 PM PST - 16 comments

I need a good desk (task) chair for under $200

I'm currently using an Office Max $79 special that's doing horrible things to my back. Candidates must swivel, tilt, have adjustable arms, etc., but I'm not expecting an Aeron. Either mesh or standard cushion (not leather or similar) acceptable.
posted by words1 at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get a Windows XP

I know Windows XP has some sort of restore feature, but how about a good independent program that can let me take a "snapshot" of my new clean WinXP installation + Documents and Settings + Program Files so I can maybe burn to (probably multiple) DVDs and then easily restore at some point in the future. (This must be a common thing, but my googling proved unfruitful.) [more inside]
posted by parma at 2:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Langston Hughes query...

Does anyone have some good info on writer Langston Hughes, aside from obvious Google sources? Any information gotten off the beaten path? I'd love to get some relatively unknown info on him, if anyone has it, or some particulary good access sites/books. Writing a paper and am tired of following everyone elses footsteps with information access.
posted by codeofconduct at 1:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Working with knob and tube

My house still has some knob and tube wiring. I am concerned, in particular, with the ceiling light fixture in my home office where I just installed a new light. Neither wire was marked as hot or neutral, and my voltmeter read the same thing no matter which way I touched the wires. So I figured I had a fifty-fifty chance of getting it right. Will anything bad happen if I got the lamp wires connected to the wrong source wires? How can I tell which wire is which in the future?
posted by booth at 12:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Best Windows macro recording software?

I've taken on a little mini project and I think the best way to get the job done will be to use one of those little bits of software which can copy and then simulate mouse movements etc. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo at 12:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Pitching a New Feature

How would a nobody consumer go about contacting a major corporation about adding a new area to an existing piece of software? This software in question is already updated all the time, it seems like it would be easily implemented, and would bring in new revenue. [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 11:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Mysterious object

Mystery object: we bought this ewer (or pitcher?) 10 years ago in a flea market in France and we haven't been able to figure out its purpose, origin and age. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 11:07 AM PST - 26 comments


Coffee Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Originally known from David's Cookies, in NYC. Recipe? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a durable gloss wood laquer?

I want to find out how to get a durable glossy lacquered(?) wood finish for pseudo wooden instrument cases. I know almost nothing about varnish/lacquer. My last attempt resulted in this, which is definitely the right look for the finish, but the problem is that it's far more prone to damage than it should be, such that I now feel I should try to keep the surface covered and protected, which makes me reluctant to actually ever take it out of the closet or use it. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 9:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Microsoft Access screen size

How can I get Microsoft Access 2000 to default to full-screen mode when I open a second instance? [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

On a 25 ans, on est déjà vieux

Looking for a french melancholic song in the "Chanson française moderne" style, with one perhaps two voices singing. The only line in the lyrics that I vaguely remember is "On a 25 ans, on est déjà vieux". I heard it about 6 years ago. Does this ring a bell for someone?
posted by ruelle at 7:07 AM PST - 1 comment

900mAh AAA

Does anyone know a store in the Perth (Western Australia) metro area that sells 900mAh NiMH AAA batteries?
posted by krisjohn at 5:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Anyone use or know a LP Ripping Service?

I've never had great results ripping vinyl. I still have my 1980 vintage Pioneer turntable, and a receiver that has phono inputs, but the files never sound that good, and noise filtering didn't do much. Also, I really only need to rip about 3-4 albums. While I'm sure the gods of karma will arrange for some to finally be released on CD or iTunes just after I go to the hassle of copying, I'm also sure 2 will never be "officially" released. Anyone have a vinyl ripping service they would recommend?
posted by Marky at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Lost vital music.

I used to own a tape of Marty Balin's "Hearts", recorded live on a TV show, with a guitar solo that would peel paint off a wall . . . [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 3:41 AM PST - 4 comments

bloglines trouble

anyone else having difficulty getting into bloglines at the moment? Nothing seems to be there right now. Is this the result of being taken over by the load of idjuts at AskJeeves?
posted by juniorbonner at 3:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Office mail system

I'm looking for a small network mail app (freeware, preferably) to use in a small business. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:07 AM PST - 5 comments

March 11

Midwife recommendations for New York City

Looking for a good midwife in NYC for a first time mother. [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 10:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone identify this photo in the New York Metropolitan Art Museum?

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in the modern art/photography section there's a photo (from 1997 or thereabouts) of a man standing in a hotel room in a rainy day. It's a huge print, probably 5'x4', and is lit from behind. It's not on the Met's website. Does anyone know the name of the photo/photographer?
posted by incomple at 10:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find the old-style Levis 501s?

Please help me find a store that carries the "original" (pre-2002 or so) original Levi's 501 jeans. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 10:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Help identify this painting...

I saw a great unsigned print tonight, and am really curious to know who the original artist was. The print was roughly 4'x3', with a dark seductive background. Two women were seated at a table, one was staring toward the viewer at a candelabra, the other was leaning away from the viewer, over the table, provocatively, drinking from a glass of wine. [more inside]
posted by togdon at 9:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Viking movies!

Are there any good Viking movies? Total cheese OK.
posted by argybarg at 9:23 PM PST - 22 comments

What's causing my lights to pulse?

The lights in my house occasionally pulse--that is, they'll rapidly get noticeably dimmer and brighter numerous times within a matter of just a few seconds. I'd say "flicker," but they never seem to actually go completely dark. Does this indicate faulty wiring, or something else? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 8:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Social networking via mobile phone?

Tech/Business: Say I were to conduct a feasibility study for social networking via mobile phones. I would like the service to enable people to define their relationships and be alerted when a specified contact is nearby (e.g., within 30m/100ft) - provided that contact has set themselves to be "findable" to that person. Is this already being done? If so, where can I find more information? If not, is this viable? Do we have the technology? How do I turn it into a profitable venture? [more inside]
posted by Lush at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

A little ways from Shanghai

Anyone know of useful resources regarding travel to/in Xinjiang Province, China? [more inside]
posted by numble at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

LCD text legibility distances

I am trying to track down information on the distance from an LCD screen where text of a given size would still be legible. [more inside]
posted by pasd at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Urban bicycle purchase tips.

I want a bicycle for casual, here-and-there riding on city streets. I want to spend under $150 CDN (~$125 USD). I don't mind buying used. What should I look for? What should I know before I go shopping? I know nothing about bicycle repair & maintenance. Bonus for Vancouver-specific tips. (Other Bicycle threads were for different needs/budgets).
posted by ori at 6:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Two childhood cartoons I can’t remember the names of.

I'm trying to figure out the names of two different cartoons I watched when I was little. One was vehicle based and the other had a Frog Captain... this has been driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Neosamurai85 at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Kitty weight-loss

Help my cat lose weight. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 5:26 PM PST - 17 comments

buying dress pants

i need a new pair of dress pants. the problem is that i can't find *anything* that isn't for chubby people! even when I go a waist-size down from what I am (to 30), the pants fit at the waist and then slightly balloon out until the legs taper. I've checked Daffy's, Sym's, Century 21, Banana Republic, Zara (all in NYC). No luck. Can a guy find a pair of slim, "sexy-ish" dress pants any more (ie 60s-style), or is our country just too fat? And i'm not talking about a pair of $300 Prada pants, those are out of the question. Can anyone help?
posted by yonation at 4:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Instant-On Laptops?

I am exasperated. I ordered an iBook from Apple on February 23 and it still has not shipped. Each time I call, I am assured that it is shipping today. Regardless, as it has not happened since Tuesday, I have decided to look into PC alternatives. Apple's primary allure was its "instant-on" ability. Any PC suggestions?
posted by ajr at 3:54 PM PST - 24 comments

[perlfilter] Is it possible to 'use' a perl module whose name is stored in a variable?

Example: ------------ my $include_file_name = ''; use $include_file_name;
posted by bryanzera at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Torrent Filter

I've got a torrent file that uses the old Lokitorrent tracker, so it's unusable as is. This much, I know. My problem is that I can't figure out how to make it work otherwise. I have tried changing the tracker address, but I'm learning quickly that if the tracker I point to isn't listing this file, it's of no use. Is there another way around this problem? It's a file I've been waiting MONTHS for.
posted by LGCNo6 at 2:39 PM PST - 9 comments

need help identifying a samurai movie

A friend recently told me about an old samurai movie he saw in high school. All he can remember about it is the basic points of the plot. The main character is a guy whose clan is killed by a rival clan of samurai. From what my friend tells me, the movie mostly consists of the main character training and preparing himself to get revenge. In the end, he goes to the rival clan and kills all of them except for their leader. The leader, in turn, kills the main character. I know it's vague, but does this plot sound familiar to anyone? What is the movie called?
posted by joedan at 1:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Reading attention span.

I used to be able to read for hours. Now I'm lucky if I can read for ten minutes before checking my e-mail. What to do? [more inside]
posted by trey at 1:22 PM PST - 29 comments

DogFilter: Dog walker not walking dog.

So we set up this webcam to watch our puppy while at work. We were shocked to find out that the dog walker we hired never came to walk her. She continued to neglect her duties all week. What to do? Is there somwhere I can report this dogwalker? On the plus side, our puppy does totally fine while being left alone for 8 hours, with paper to do her business and some water and lots of toys!
posted by eurasian at 12:40 PM PST - 16 comments

eBay sniper software suggestions

Can anyone suggest eBay sniper software. There's lots about but I'm leery about releasing either credit card details or my eBay login. If it's UK compatible that would also be a plus!
posted by dmt at 12:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Do you know this artist?

I'm looking for an artist (Russian, I think) who paints landscapes with faces inside them. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I fold up my Botero collapsible background?

Photographers I need your help. How do I fold up my Botero collapsible background? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Steampunk Suggestions

I'm a newbie to the Steampunk genre looking for suggestions. I've been starting on some of the early speculative SF stuff, like Jules Verne, Wells and Burroughs. Where should I go now?
posted by Dante5Inferno at 11:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Care for Sensitive Plants (Mimosa Pudica) and other houseplants?

Any tips on how to make Sensitive Plants (the fern-like ones that close their leaves when you touch them) thrive? I can usually keep them pretty happy for a few months, but they gradually become more and more unresponsive and eventually die. I'm in Southern California and will be moving to a new place with a greenhouse, and am fairly ignorant in the ways of plant-tending. Another question, just for sucking as much possible information out of this as possible: Anyone have any indoor plants they really like? If so, how do you make *those* thrive?
posted by sirion at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Immigrating to Canada from Britain

I have a friend who lives in Canada while her boyfriend is just finishing up a psychology degree in England. He wants to move to Canada in the summer but there is the problem of not being able to get a job as a UK citizen. What are the requirements for British citizens to be able to work and live in Canada for an extended period of time (say several years at least)? They are not willing to get married yet. Any advice or previous experiences would be extremely helpful!
posted by degnarra at 10:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Is the baby alive?

A friend who is 8 weeks pregnant recently had an ultrasound. The computer said that she was only 6 weeks pregnant. She suspected that the baby might have died two weeks ago, which is why it has remained at a 6 week size. However, the levels of hormones in her blood continue to rise as if she were pregnant. Is more likely the the baby is just somehow undersized, or that the baby has died but the pregnancy has continued?
posted by stray at 10:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Where did stereotypical Asian music come from?

The New Wave classic "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors opens with a short musical phrase signifying "stereotypical Asian music". You've heard it in many other places, usually (these days) for comedic effect. Did this phrase originate in any actual Asian composition? Or is it purely a Western invention?
posted by jjg at 10:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Where to download Public Domain general knowledge / trivia question bank?

I need a few hundred to a few thousand general knowledge or trivia questions that I can integrate into a application I'm writing. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 9:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me program a Horror/SciFi Movie Night

Movie Night. I'm helping plan a Horror/SciFi Movie Marathon for a few friends. I need to come up with a list of 4-6 movies available on DVD in the U.S., and am looking for a theme to tie it all together. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy at 8:48 AM PST - 44 comments

Dell Resources

Several days ago, my daughter dumped a bowl of cereal onto (and into, some) my Dell laptop. I have been trying to determine if I should just get a new one, or if this one is salvageable. . .it turns on, but is not sufficiently functional at this point. I have exhausted all of the online info that I know if, including Dell's knowlege base. I am not looking for tech support here, but does anyone know of a forum, or non-Dell knowlege base, or such, that they trust and find exceptionally helpful?
posted by Danf at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Why won't SBS 2003 decrypt my sql scripts?

I am having a problem with our account app / server; I need to apply a hot fix to the sql db and the files are encrypted. When trying to decrypt the file, I get varied error messages. Any MCSE / encryption Guru's in the house? [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar at 8:36 AM PST - 1 comment

DIY home improvement blogs

Can anyone recommend any frequently-updating blogs that cater to first time home owners/buyers, mostly geared towards DIY repairs and upgrades? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

DRM Software on Kings of Leon CD

I recently bought the new Kings of Leon CD. It won't let me play it without downloading some b.s. DRM software and it won't let me burn to iPod. How do I get around this? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:51 AM PST - 37 comments

Can Safari work with Sharepoint?

Is it possible to configure MS Sharepoint to allow access from the Safari web browser? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 7:35 AM PST - 0 comments

Must. Have. Email.

Can someone please help me access Gmail despite my companies officious blocking policy? [more inside]
posted by Vaska at 7:28 AM PST - 39 comments

Where to find a cheap digital camera?

Where to find a cheap digital camera? I want to sell some accumulated crapola on eBay, while keeping the overhead as low as possible. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 4:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Star Wars 1-3 showings

Okay, despite my dislike for Star Wars, my father loved it. When I was about 3, he took us to a showing of the first three movies. I have not seen the fourth and fifth because I was waiting to do the same for the sixth. Now that my father has passed away (last year, don't worry) it reaffirms my desire to go to a showing of all three movies even though I'm not a fan of the series. Where/how can I get tickets before they degenerate into an eBay frenzy? Which is to say, I'd like to get them before they are scalped/resold, because I'm not interested in paying huge money. Any sites to watch/feeds I can monitor? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 4:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Sports team owners

Could someone point me to a list of current professional sports team owners, especially owners of NFL and NBA teams? Googling keeps bringing up fantasy football sites. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 4:14 AM PST - 8 comments

How to publicize a useful experience anonymously?

Let's say you've had an experience and written about it. And let's say it's something others on the internet might want to know about. And let's say you have it saved as a simple html doc and would like to get it out there, accessible via Google, etc. And let's say you'd like perfect anonymity. What can you do to get it out there and indexed but not traceable? Free? Anonymous? Publish and forget? Obviously, this is about battling spammers at some point. Advice?
posted by scarabic at 12:19 AM PST - 16 comments

March 10

Music production: need a tempo-fluctuation-fixer.

Music production software: I need a beatfixer. I've got recordings of a live percussion ensemble. I've also got electronic/sequenced music that I want to mashup with the live percussion. The live ensemble recording -- what with the humans and all -- has tempo fluctuations: that's a big problem for mashing. I want a music processing tool that will "straighten out" the live recording so that the live track will stay in sync with the electronic track. [more inside]
posted by Moistener at 11:01 PM PST - 11 comments

San Francisco Akihabara?

I'm going to be in San Francisco for a conference from 3/14-->3/18, but sadly not the emerging technology conference. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anything like Japan's Akihabara--some sort of dense flea market with strange gadgets and such, that I might visit. Any sort of robot-themed "performance" involving flammable materials would be cool too, but I've heard that Survival Research Labs isn't allowed to play in the city any longer. In short, what would be some cool geeky/techy things to do while there that might not be available elsewhere and won't land me in jail? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Are product tester promotions a scam?

Has anyone signed up for one of these sketchy-looking "get free stuff for being a product tester" sites? (example.) What disaster, if any, has befallen you? What expensive personal electronic devices, if any, have you received for "free"?
posted by Tubes at 10:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I disable Content Advisor

Everytime I try to use Internet Explorer a content Advisor box pops up asking for a password. The problem is I've never set a password and I have no idea why this has started popping up. It also pops up when I try to use solitaire or the Windows calculator. Does anyone know of a master password or some other way to circumvent this?
posted by berek at 9:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does Apache stop serving one file after I request another?

I have run into an unpleasant Apache concurrency problem, whereby the ongoing download of a large file spontaneously and silently hangs ~90 seconds after another request to the server is made. Error logging set at the highest level reveals nothing. Any idea what may be causing this? (Apache/2.0.52, Win2K Professional) [more inside]
posted by Danelope at 8:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Coversyl in Australia without a prescription?

How can I get Coversyl 4mg tablets in Australia without a prescription? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

How does a magazine interview work?

I have an interview at a national magazine next Friday and was wondering if anyone has interviewed at a magazine, and if so, if you could tell me what they ask. [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Batch renaming files

I'm looking for a good way to tweak bunches of files. I'm pretty sure there's been a question about this before, and "Batch Rename" was recommended. Looking for other recommendations, or advice on Batch Rename. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I catch a newspaper thief?

Every Thursday morning without fail, I get my newspaper only to find that someone has stolen the Food and Drink section. This is my favorite section of an otherwise worthless paper (the AJC) and I want to catch the thief in the act so I can dole out the appropriate punishment and prevent this from happening again. I live in an apartment along a long corridor and the paper is delivered directly to my door. How do I catch the thieving punk who ruins my Thursday mornings?
posted by TheGoldenOne at 7:11 PM PST - 39 comments

People who can't seem to shut up at the movies

You're at the movies trying to enjoy a show, when much to your dismay, you discover you're sitting right in front of a couple of very noisy moviegoers (the annoying kind that don't even bother to whisper & feel the need to comment after every scene). You turn around and politely ask them to keep it down. Unfortunately, ten minutes later they're at it again. Short of getting up and moving to another seat, what do you do?
posted by invisible ink at 5:23 PM PST - 59 comments

Geometric anomoly?

Why is a rectangle not called a quadrangle?
posted by punkfloyd at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for guitar music

I play rudimentary guitar and am looking for a book that will give me the chords and words for loads of the 'classic' tunes that people like to hear in the pub or round the campfire. (That's classic as in popular and timeless not classical...) [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 4:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Jobs in International Development?

I'm in the US, about to finish a graduate degree in about a year and a half, and I am interested in a career in international developmnent, and I was curious what different options I might have. Do any MeFiers have recommendations what areas I could go into? Pay is a concern for me, as I have fairly significant debt from undergraduate and graduate school, so I was not really looking at the nonprofit side as much. I was thinking of government or private sector, but I wanted to know what thoughts you all might have. Can I do private sector without working for some place that's exploitative? I'm really not sure what's out there past basic government jobs, so maybe someone has some suggestions. I've looked at books too, but i figured asking MeFiers might be good.
posted by jare2003 at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Call for bloggers?

Where do I post a call for bloggers? (This is not my call for bloggers.) [more inside]
posted by o2b at 3:07 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the new South Park Commercials modeled after?

It's driving me crazy. There's these new South Park commercials on Comedy Central that's a take on some interstitial, show intro, or commercial from my childhood (born in '76). It's the quasi-pinball roller coaster ad, where the silver ball goes by and flips up 3 flags. What are these ads a parody of? [more inside]
posted by rampy at 2:42 PM PST - 24 comments

The Sweater Song

My favorite sweaters are made of wool. They're dry-clean-only. And they're also stretched out and don't look that great anymore. How can I shrink them just a little bit to get them back to their original size? Oh, and any advice on preventing/removing pilling?
posted by SpecialK at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Know thy self's sugar level...

I want to try monitoring my own blood sugar levels and linking it with energy, mood etc. How to go about this? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 2:12 PM PST - 18 comments

wifi amplification?

Is there a way to amplify a weak wifi signal? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Keeping Two Copies of Entourage In Sync

At work I have two Macs that I use (An iMac and a Powerbook), one with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, and one with Microsoft Office v. X. Is there any automated way to keep the contacts lists in both copies of Entourage in sync?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments

A Utility to Bookmark All Links?

Is there any javascript, Firefox plugin/extension or utility out there which would enable me to bookmark every link on a webpage automatically? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 1:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Identifying a quote about scientific ideas

Help me find a quotation that I've seen in Slashdot signatures, and other places. It's a quote about scientific ideas, usually structured in three parts. Here's the paraphrase: "First a new idea is rejected as heretical. Then it is (I don't remember what). Finally, it is universally accepted." Any ideas?
posted by waxpancake at 1:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey Mr. DJ, maybe we can have a deal.

Can anyone recommend a DJ in the Boston area for my september wedding? Perhaps a DJ is you. That's fine, too. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Practical puzzle for math geeks

I have a circular patio table with four legs. The paving stones are uneven, so it has always been difficult to set the table in place so it doesn't wobble. I move it regularly, since the shadows from the trees change, and sometimes I want shade, other times sun. I used to mark small dots on the stones so I could set it down quickly. Then I discovered something very interesting--no matter where I put the table, if I simply rotate it around its center, I can very quickly find a steady configuration. But move it from place to place, and it takes all day. This is like the four color map theorem. It works every time, but I haven't figured out why. It might even be tricky to put this into a mathematical format. The table doesn't need to be level, and all four legs needn't be the same height or "at" the same height. The table just can't wobble. Go geeks.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Repairing M2V files

DVD ReEditing woes: The video stream from a DVD has bad metadata, and repairing the m2v file I've ripped hasn't worked. [more inside]
posted by too many notes at 12:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Audio Recording with my Mac Mini

I'm need some direction with this: I've been a PC guy all my life but decided to "switch" to the Mac mini(with KVM)to see if I like it better. However, I'm about to convert all of my mom's old LP's to CD's and want to use the Mini for this. I know it doesn't have an audio in but was hoping that someone could suggest a specific USB Audio Interface and audio recording software for the mac and any any other kind of tips or tricks for this project.
posted by stevyb at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Trippy Filter: Costume for Burningman

I've got an idea for a costume for Burningman, but I'm going to need a bit of electrical help to figure it out. I want to use A set of LED's like these connected to cheap hobby quality fiber optic cable ala This sort of chintzy stuff. [more inside]
posted by Freen at 12:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Not a sensitive man.

Genital sensitivity filter. [more inside]
posted by staresbynight at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Noteworthy Architectural Websites?

What well designed architects' websites would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by signal at 11:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Gifts to take when travelling to India

What should one take as gifts for friends/family members when travelling to India from the States? [more inside]
posted by darsh at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Fried Harddrive

I've had a bad experience with two hard drives being fried by one computer. Unfortunately... [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Which Incredibles DVD, fullscreen or widescreen?

The Incredibles comes out on DVD on Tuesday, and there's nothing that will stop me from rushing out to acquire this jam-packed roller-coaster of a movie. But which version? [more inside]
posted by soyjoy at 10:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Photoshop: Creating a Panorama

I'm trying to create a panoramic landscape view from several photographs in Photoshop. How do I go about making the colors/tones of the sky & snow match from photo to photo?
posted by skwm at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Toothbrush phobia?

Are you grossed out by your partner's dental care routine? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Syd Hoff's Cartoon Strips

I'm interested in finding old syndicated newspaper strips drawn by well known children's author and illustrator Syd Hoff. [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 10:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Display Cell Caller ID info on Windows via Bluetooth or USB?

Does anyone know of software that will forward my cell phone's incoming Caller ID info to my Windows desktop? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 10:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Images in HTML select form elements?

Is it possible to have an HTML select form element display images for each choice rather than text? [more inside]
posted by ewagoner at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I go to MIT?

I'm currently finishing a MS degree at Georgia Tech. I've been accepted to the GT PhD program, and will probably be accepted at the MIT Media Lab. Should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by anjiro at 9:37 AM PST - 24 comments

moving advice sought, St. Louis to Minneapolis

Long and short of it: I'm going to be moving by end of April from St. Louis to the Minneapolis area. A handful of complicating factors in the usual the more, it is, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Can this iPod be saved?

Can this iPod be saved? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Jazz Quoting

Are there any books, journal articles, or magazine articles about the phenomenon of "quoting" and other allusory / referential techniques in jazz? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 9:26 AM PST - 1 comment

What's the name of single page joke sites?

Is there an official name for the new crop of gag sites like,, and With really low domain and hosting prices these days, they seem to be everywhere. [more inside]
posted by timyang at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Guess the number and win a sculpture!

How does this work? [more inside]
posted by ~rschram at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Creepy Puppet Photographer

Who is the photographer/artist whose photo series revolved around a slightly creepy puppet/creature/thing in (often) compromising positions? [more inside]
posted by ScottUltra at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I teach English articles to foreigners?

What's the best way to teach adult ESL students (Polish engineers) how to use articles ("a" or "the" or nothing)?
posted by pracowity at 3:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Phones with line out?

Inspired by the thread about Audacity. I'm currently recording interviews on my computer through the modem, but the available software is shaky at best. Help me find a telephone with a line out jack! [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 2:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Name of children's TV show?

Back in the early/mid 80's here in S. Africa the local TV station broadcast a live action children's series about two minitaure elves(I think they were elves) who lived amongst normal size folk in the modern day. What was it called? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil at 1:48 AM PST - 4 comments

March 9

Becoming a bouncer

So, you're thinking of becoming a bouncer. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 9:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for fairytale book from childhood.

When I was younger my mom had a fairytale book she read to me all the time, and it has since been lost. What's the name/where can I find it again? [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 7:48 PM PST - 7 comments

50MB tiff files and memory hell in Windows XP.

I've been working with 16-bit grey layered tiffs lately, 50-250 MB each. When browsing a folder of 25 files, my machine chokes to the point of screen redraws becoming "wipes". What'd going on, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Rental Car Insurance

Is the extra insurance offered by rental car agencies really needed, or is it just a big scam? [more inside]
posted by o0o0o at 6:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Ancient chinese messaging/encryption system

Needed: a photo or at least more information about a particular system of coded communication supposedly used in ancient china along the Great Wall. Either my google-fu is failing me or I dreamed this whole thing up. [more inside]
posted by fatllama at 6:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Dressing Professionally When It's Cold

I live in a warm climate, and I have a job interview in a cold climate in the near future. How do I dress professionally when there are a few feet of snow on the ground?
posted by abbyladybug at 5:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Fog Gun! Shower!

One of the features of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Bathroom was a fog gun shower. It was supposed to spray atomized water at high pressure, over 200 psi, and get you clean with less than a cup of water. Would this work? Has this ever been made? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 5:53 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you tell a 5-year-old about divorce?

My husband and I are about to legally separate with joint custody of our 5-year-old daughter. How do we break the news to her? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 3:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Who's Zooming Who?

Am I being ripped off? And by whom? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Clothing worn in movies

How do I find out what clothing was worn by a character in a movie? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Silly ten foot headphone cords!

I have a pair of headphones that I like, but the cord on them is ten feet long. As it is I have to wrap them up with an elastic band. Is there a way to cut the cord, remove a bit of the wire, and put it back together? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 3:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Another forgotten book title.

Help me remember the name of a book about walking... [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking Self Discipline

Any ideas on increasing self discipline with respect to personal habits? Particularly in a College/Academic setting? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Any OS X IM clients supporting MSN video chat?

Some friends are considering making the switch to an iBook but they use MSN video chat to keep in touch with several friends abroad and this is a must-have feature for them. I couldn't locate any OS X IM clients that support MSN video chat, although rumors indicate the next version of the official client will support it. Does anyone know if any clients exist now for OS X that would work for them?
posted by harmfulray at 1:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Update to my windup godzilla project

There was a request or two in my original question for an update about where to find bulk wind up godzillas. [more inside]
posted by krisobi at 1:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Microsoft Access Applications

How do I implement a more custom look for a Microsoft Access database? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Calling all sommeliers

I recently turned 21 and I'd like to start learning about wine. [more inside]
posted by Crushinator at 1:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Sample list for

I'd like to compile a comprehensive list of samples used in the Kleptones' "From Detroit to J.A.", similar to what Andy did for "A Night at the Hip-Hopera" but including the non-musical clips (like Brodie's line from Mallrats) as well as the musical ones. What samples do you recognize on the album?
posted by Aaorn at 1:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Seattle on a Saturday?

What are some fun locals type activities in or around Seattle on a Saturday? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 1:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Anyone know of a good public torrent tracker I can use when making torrents?

Anyone know of a good public torrent tracker I can use when making torrents? I don't feel like setting up my own and using Azareus's built in one isn't an option since my machine is off so often.
posted by daHIFI at 1:08 PM PST - 5 comments

.htaccess multi-leveling

How do I set up .htaccess files in both a directory and sub-directory so they don't conflict? [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Ergonomic keyboard with trackpoint mouse?

I'm looking for an ergonomic keyboard with a built-in trackpoint (nub-style) mouse [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Curses! Foiled again!

Why are the aluminum foil sheets used at deli counters patterned (with dimples, crosshatches, diamonds, &c.)? Is patterned foil available in roll form?
posted by breezeway at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

foreign-owned US companies

Can anyone give me a website or a reference I can use to find out/get a list of US companies that are actually foreign-owned?
posted by Cool Alex at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Does UNDEReating slow weightloss?

I keep hearing that while you're trying to lose weight, you should be careful not to UNDEReat. True? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:57 AM PST - 17 comments

indoor vs. outdoor cats

Do your let your cats outdoors? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by shaun at 10:22 AM PST - 69 comments

carrot & stick

St. Paddy's Day? Or St. Patty's Day? The latter makes me grind my teeth. But I'm seeing it more often. (Google calls it even, more or less.)
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:07 AM PST - 13 comments

drug test - male vs. female

is i possible to tell in a drug test if it is from a male or female?
posted by specialk420 at 9:49 AM PST - 15 comments

paper storage

As a freelance graphics designer, I have several different paper stocks that I use daily for mock-ups (mainly sized 8.5"x 11" - 13" x 19"). Are there any fairly inexpensive storage units you other artists use to keep these stocks organized?
posted by sharksandwich at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

blogging in os x via rendezvous

What it the easiest way to create a blog locally hosted on my machine (OS X, Panther)? Can it be done with Personal Web Sharing and some wonderful Aqua app I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

stupid memory

There was a game screenshot of a guy about to get fragged. He was on his knees wearing a copyleft, or creative commons, or EFF t-shirt, something like that. Ring any bells?
posted by leotrotsky at 8:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Any danger sitting close to a large printer?

My office just bought a HP Designjet 815mfp large format scanner/printer. The only space we have for it is in my co-worker's office area and now he's sitting about 5 feet away from the device. Is there any health danger from sitting so close to this device? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Audio enhancement question

What are the best tricks, using an audio program like Audacity, for improving a recording of a phone interview where the other guy sounds really quiet, but your voice is loud? What compression/decibal settings are typically best, and what other effects will bring the quiet voice up -- perhaps without making the loud voice much louder? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate at 8:38 AM PST - 9 comments

How best to learn basic book keeping?

I'm the treasurer of a small non-profit organization who has been keeping track of our group's finances in a crude, checkbook-style format. I'd like to keep the financial records in a more professional way, as if we were a small business. What's the best way for me to learn how to do this? Can anyone suggest good books or software that will help me learn this?
posted by capcuervo at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Beware the titanium ring?

I am looking at wedding bands and want a titanium band. However, various jewelers are quick with the "it is very difficult to cut titanium and in the event of a bad happening you could lose your finger OMG!" But then, some unaffiliated individuals tell me that this is just their ploy to get me to buy the more expensive bling like the platinum and that titanium can rather easily be cut. Any tips? Information? Stories? Tales of the amputated finger and woe?
posted by xmutex at 8:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Power requirements of an unmarked electrical motor?

I picked up a whole box of unmarked motors at a garage sale for three dollars. How can I figure out how much electricity I need to use to power them? [more inside]
posted by the_W at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Digital projector for a small theater

My wife and I are opening a small, single-screen independent movie theater in April, and we need to buy a good digital projector... pronto. What should we be looking for as far as specs (Lumens, throw, inputs, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Microsoft Publisher Printing Problems

Microsoft Publisher has stopped recognizing my printer. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

how to re-attach plastic panel in Saturn interior?

My friend has a 1995 Saturn (as do I). For some reason, the plastic paneling in part of the interior, around the doors, is falling away from the frame. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Wheelchair Accessible Train Travel in Spain

How hard is it for a mostly wheelchair bound person to get around Spain by train? Our party of 4 includes one wheelchair user (who can make short walks on prosthetic limbs if necessary) and three people with no mobility issues. We're trying to determine if we can travel by train among Madrid, Seville, Toledo, and Cordoba, or if we should rent a car. First-hand accounts would be particularly appreciated, and any other tips on accessibility issues in Spain are welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Wedding Speech - tips and guidance

Getting married at the end of April, and thoughts turn to the speech. Bought all of the usual speech books and etiquette guides, so have gathered who I need to thank and the like. What I'm looking for is that touch that will get the whole room going, be it a quote, a bit of poetry or something else. Not looking for jokes / one-liners in particular as think they come off corny. Help appreciated
posted by lloyder at 6:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Lonely street, heartbreak hotel

How can I help my 18 year old son cope with his first heartbreak? [mi] [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 6:17 AM PST - 48 comments

Defensive coordinator help

Any ESPN NFL 2k5 players (or football gurus) out there want to offer some advice about selecting defenses? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 5:54 AM PST - 5 comments

OS-X TV tuner software

Anyone know of a decent software soultion for my Hauppauge USB tv card and my new Mac mini please?
posted by kenchie at 4:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Disk Space Checker

I am looking for a way to monitor the disk space remaining on several of our windows servers. [more inside]
posted by viama at 3:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Homosexuality in history

I want evidence of consensual practicing homosexual relationships (between, you know, relatively mature people) in the time of Moses; failing that, in the time of Jesus.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 2:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Song Mashups

What are some good mashups that you've downloaded lately? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:23 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I find codec/media player for an .avi file?

How do I find correct codec/media player for an .avi file? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 12:17 AM PST - 11 comments

March 8

Vieques vacation

Things to do in Vieques? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

what do do about acid etch graffiti on glass

The front window (5'x7') of my storefront was hit with acid etch graffiti last weekend. Does anyone have any experience with trying to buff out acid etch or will the window need to be replaced? I'd also like to hear about protective (read sacrificial) plastic coatings for storefront windows
posted by puppy kuddles at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I control roaches with a gecko?

Gecko-based roach control was mentioned in another AskMe thread. There must be something wong with this idea, but I don't know what. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 6:00 PM PST - 9 comments

French doors: practical or just for show?

I'm starting work on a new deck and ideally when the project is finished, I'd like to swap out the standard sliding glass door that leads out from the kitchen with out-swinging double french doors (something like these). But can they also be practical? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 5:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Cut finger advice

Icky cut finger advice sought. [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 5:13 PM PST - 17 comments

What makes for a good tisane?

TeaFilter: Recently my wife tried an herbal tea and much to her and my surprise, she liked it. It was just a cheap bag, and so now I'm interested in finding some better stuff. What are some good tisanes to try? Where should I get it? What's the necessary equipment for a truly great brew? I should mention that I'm primarily interested in tisanes (herb tea), not traditional leaf teas. Thanks for understanding. [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 5:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Wireless Routers?

I'm in the market for a good wireless router. [more inside]
posted by shangomoons at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

January Honeymoon Ideas

Where should we go on our honeymoon? We're getting married in September but can't get away for an extended period of time until Christmastime. She wants sit-on-the-beach; I'm a national parks type. [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 4:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does PBS have commercials?

Is public broadcasting really public if it has commercials? How and why did this happen?
posted by swift at 4:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Advantages of Pseudonymity

What are the legal and artistic advantages of having a pseudonym? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 4:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Cheap music CDs online store?

A while ago (a few weeks, a couple months?) I found a online music store that had just been started as some sort of experiment by a larger company. It sold CDs at close to music club prices, but without the subscription. In fact, the parent company might have been BMG or Columbia House. Now I can't find my bookmark, and I can't find it on Google. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Alternatively, can you tell me the best places to buy music CDs online?
posted by tsackett at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Leaving tapes in tape drives?

Is it okay to leave tapes mounted within tape backup drive mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by AlexReynolds at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Free on-line dictionary with wildcard function

I'm looking for a free, on-line dictionary that will let me do wildcard searches. For example, when looking up *ton* I want to come up with atone, acetone and cretonne as well as ton and tone.
posted by Cuke at 2:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Capital jewelry

I'm looking for recommendations for a reputable jeweler in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Drum circle strategies?

This Friday, my daughter and I are hosting a drum circle. This will be the first one in our small Midwestern town (that I know of, anyway). We are both still very much beginners; we know some rhythms, but aren't adept soloists. (So we're not really qualified, but we're not letting that stop us.) Please share your favorite strategies for a fun drum circle that gets everyone in the groove.
posted by bricoleur at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Slackware 10.1 hates me.

Help needed with linux (re)install. Managed to somehow kill my slackware 10.1 box, so I reinstalled - now it's not networking because it can't properly reference the hardware auto-detect features. Any help would be appreciated... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Noisy toshiba fan

I've had a Toshiba 5205-S119 laptop for a little over a year now. About a month ago the system fan started to periodically make a grinding noise (or as one person on usenet described it "like running a matchstick up and down a comb"). Is there an easy way to make this stop without opening up the laptop case?
posted by cmonkey at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

What to buy Mum for her 65th birthday?

My mum will be 65 on March 18. She can just about buy anything her wee little heart desires. I cannot because money is, well, in short supply. What should I get/buy/do for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by deborah at 1:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Find me a poem.

Find me a poem: The subject is Satan, climbing up to view Heaven. God is just chilling, being all Godly, and Satan is jealous and sad. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Starting an online lit mag?

A cohort and I are starting an online literary magazine with a very specific vibe and mission. We have experience in writing and editing, but we've never actually run one of these crazy things before. What would be the best resources for us to learn the ins and outs before we jump right in? Does anyone have any informed advice or dire warnings?
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Rear Projection

I am doing visuals for a concert. I want to project the visuals using rear-projection but I am not sure what material will work. Money is an issue, as I have not budget to speak of. Is there fabric that I could get for pennies anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

a historic / an historic ?

"A historic occasion," or "an historic occasion?" [more inside]
posted by evinrude at 12:39 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I synch Audio in an .AVI?

I've got an .avi file whose audio has come unstuck in time. Is there some easy Mac OS X solution to re-sync this audio? Basically, is there any software out there that will let me take apart the file, and then glue it back together with the audio two seconds later?
posted by hughbot at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Networks? Servers? Huh?

I need help to find out why my mother's website is down because I know nothing about networks, servers, or apparently anything else. [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Care package ideas for the recently widowed.

My father passed away from a rare cancer last week. I'd like to send my mother regular "care packages" to ease her through this transition and let her know I'm thinking of her. [more inside]
posted by Sangre Azul at 11:57 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a Mac OS X 10.3.x driver for my HP ScanJet 5300c

I really like this scanner and it works fine under Windows and Mac OS 10.1 BUT for some reason HP decided not to update the driver for OS 10.3 so I am stuck with a scanner I like but can't use. Help a brother out? [more inside]
posted by Livewire Confusion at 11:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I get a lit degree early?

I can graduate in a year with a BA in literature. That would make it 2.5 years start-to-finish. Should I double major and stick around longer, or can I move onto grad school with just this? [more inside]
posted by rfordh at 11:43 AM PST - 27 comments

What mystery novels do you recommend?

Solve This! I love mystery novels and have a hard time finding some that I like. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 11:07 AM PST - 35 comments

Flyyyyyyyyying Away

What is involved in buying an airplane? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

How to go from couch potato to skinny tater stick.

Like a lot of people, I have managed to gain more weight than I would like to be carrying around. I have an idea, but personal obstacles I need advice in overcoming. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 10:22 AM PST - 48 comments

Is it rude not to say,

Is it rude not to say, "Thank you" when someone says, "Bless you" after you sneeze? [more inside]
posted by agregoli at 10:19 AM PST - 83 comments

Need name of a region.

This is an easy one (I hope). Had some UK'ers over for a wedding recently, they were talking about a vacation region that I'd like to know more about, but I don't know remotely how to spell it or where it is. They pronounced it Mee-ork-ah. Once I know the spelling, I suspect Google will be able to tell me all I need to know, but if you've got information or stories, please share.
posted by Capn at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Safari URLs fail to load

Stoopid Safari question: URLs often only load on the second try. I type in the URL, hit enter, the URL disappears, no page loads, any URL that was there before reappears. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Getting the latest iPod photo?

I'm going to buy the 60gig iPod photo tomorrow. How can I ensure that I get the latest model with the better battery life? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the poem associated with a painting I don't know the artist of?

I was at the MoMA the other day and came accross an amazing painting called The Diver. I am trying to find out the artist and the poem associated with it. Art history mefites? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

How do stars work in Google?

How do stars work in Google? David Beaver describes a series of searches using multiple asterisks in this Language Log post; specifically, he says: "there is * * * * a house in New Orleans" gets, at time of writing, precisely the same number of hits, 3560, as "there is a house in New Orleans" But when I click on the former, I only get two hits. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 9:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Hotels in Charlottesville Virginia?

I will be visiting Charlottesville, Virginia for a conference at UVA and I am looking for a hotel within walking distance of campus and downtown that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions or am I better off staying at a cheap motel further out of town?
posted by fancypants at 8:55 AM PST - 17 comments

wireless between buildings

Have dsl in building 1 with linksys gateway providing a wireless connection. Need to use dsl is building 2. What is the best/cheapest way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by striker at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to eat in Berlin?

My girlfriend and I will be in Berlin for a week starting tomorrow, and we love to eat good, interesting food. Unfortunately our budget will be pretty tight. Any restaurant or cuisine recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hartsell at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

What's your cool family tradition?

I'm a new dad and I want to create some cool, happy family traditions. What traditions do you most remember and treasure? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 6:58 AM PST - 49 comments

Secret of the Lotus Seed Bun

After having a delightful dim sum experience this past weekend, my wife and I are trying to figure out how to make what I believe is called a steamed lotus seed bun. [more inside]
posted by picea at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

iTunes woes

Who can help me with a sudden iTunes for Windows problem? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 6:01 AM PST - 6 comments

XP is an x-pain in my ass

Windows XP Home Networking Problem [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 5:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Nasty English Sparrows

Could you give me any ideas for ridding my horse barn of English Sparrows. Their population has reached plague proportion. They have driven away the barn swallows, phoebes and robins that used to nest in the barn. we would prefer a live trap as we would like to keep our native birds and bats, but we are frustrated enough with the sparrows’ mess, that we wouldn't be fussy about what traps we set during the winter.
posted by Daddest at 4:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Google going downhill?

Is it just me, or is Google search going downhill? [more inside]
posted by BigCalm at 2:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Family Guy in Japan?

Is the show "Family Guy" on the air in Japan at all? Do the Japanese like it? Is any American animation popular in Japan? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Exercise and Pollution

If I exercise in a polluted environment, is the net result positive or negative? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 2:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Favourite dip recipes?

DipFilter! What are your favourite dip-recipes? And what do you dip with? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 1:12 AM PST - 34 comments

Are there novels like Raymond Carver's short stories?

I love Raymond Carver's short stories because they're complete and perfect without much happening in them, in terms of action and plot development. What I'd like to find is some novels that are similarly "plotless"? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by bunglin jones at 1:05 AM PST - 38 comments

The beautiful music of B2B commerce

Business today is beautiful! Sprint is in here, Sprint is in there, Sprint is everywhere! This commercial aired every week this summer during Meet The Press and I miss it. I find myself getting disappointed and depressed during every Meet The Press commercial break now because I may never hear that wonderful song again. I’ve been unable to find it posted online anywhere, only message board & blog posts celebrating it (or sometimes wrongly suggesting it’s terrible.) I’d love to find a video of the commercial or an MP3 of the song. [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 12:46 AM PST - 5 comments

March 7

What's wrong with my computer?

It keeps shutting down at random. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 11:23 PM PST - 11 comments

What textbook or study shows that it is considered normal for a child to not only be sexually ambiguous, but that it is normal for children to dress up or act in the opposite gender?

What textbook or study shows that it is considered normal for a child to not only be sexually ambiguous, but that it is normal for children to dress up or act in the opposite gender? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Becoming more efficient

I'm giving a presentation on things that people can use to be more efficient. I've already covered things like google maps, google calculator, google dictionary, and metafilter and (of course) basecamp. Do any of you have any little thing you do to make your life more efficient. [more inside]
posted by sirsteven at 10:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Something to cover my office wall

What can I use to cover my large and unfinished and unpainted cinderblock wall at work? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 9:12 PM PST - 13 comments

I hate Red Hat

The Fedora Core 3 installation crashes on my Red Hat 9 PC, and posting to Bugzilla has yielded zero results. Is there any way to get my system up to date without upgrading? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to find a Yahoo commercial ...

There is a Yahoo! commercial currently airing in which we see a woman going through her closet to the tune of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"; we then notice that the lyric "wondering what clothes to wear" is repeating. The wife comes in, where the husband is causing the lyric to repeat on his laptop. "Honey?" "Yeah?" "Knock it off." "Yeah." I crack up every time I see this commercial -- can anyone tell me where I can get a copy of this, preferably not streaming or Windows Media?
posted by WCityMike at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Lost Book: British travel writer spends time in the Alaskan fishery

Last month, a British travel writer appeared on the Daily Show to talk up his new book (single-word title, a fishing-related verb) about his winter in the Alaskan fishery. What is the author's name, and what is the book's title?
posted by tomharpel at 7:55 PM PST - 6 comments

How to Deal With a Bad Nurse

My grandmother hired a woman to help out with my grandfather in the evenings and to put it bluntly, she sucks. How should we deal with it? [more inside]
posted by amandaudoff at 6:09 PM PST - 18 comments

QuickTime objects and IE6

I am searching for help in dethroning a QuickTime object from the authority it has been given by Internet Explorer 6. [more inside]
posted by tenseone at 6:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Illustrator's portfolio website with great flash work?

This is a long shot: I'm looking for a digital illustrator's portfolio website that I saw previewed on a portal a while ago. His/Her work was soft edged, used lots of color and almost watercolor-type brushes (digital). The site was done in flash and had amazing "watery ripple" transitions in between sections, almost like a dream sequence on tv shows. I also remember you could pickup a mock brush and play with it as well.
posted by omidius at 6:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Transforming XML with XSL

I need a new way of transforming XML with XSL. Till date I've used PHP's Sablotron, which I absolutely love and is simple to use, but my host keeps forgetting to enable and include it each time they recompile Apache, so I was wondering if someone here knows of a way to do the same with either Perl or JSP/Tomcat or even PHP as long as it is without Sablotron's xslt_create(). [more inside]
posted by riffola at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

The Pedals in my Truck

Why aren't the pedals in my truck flush with each other? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Caffeine, Taste & Sleep

Two caffeine-related questions regarding its effect on taste and sleep. [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 4:54 PM PST - 19 comments

1,378 Deliver Status Notification Emails can't be good.

I have a domain hosted through a pretty reputable hosting company. The associated email that I check about once a week and usually yields no more than five to ten offers to refinance my home now has 1,378 "Delivery Status Notification: Failure" emails in it. Is this bad? What should I do?
posted by jennyb at 4:37 PM PST - 7 comments

How long does it take to adjust to a new job?

How long does it take to adjust to a new job? I just (4 days ago) started a new job and I feel like I'm in outer space, or the 13th level of hell, or something, but this has to improve, right? Any anecdotal or otherwise comments are helpful; right now, I think I'm drowning. I'm sort of the only person there, doing marketing among other undefined things and I really need to know if feeling like a complete idiot is going to stop. I haven't changed jobs in a while, and I was thoroughly courted and headhunted, oddly enough, for this one, and it's significantly more money. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Setting text vs HTML message composition in Hotmail

How can I help others set their default message format to "text" in Hotmail? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 3:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Registering an Iceland

I'd like to register an ".is" domain. I have no connection to Iceland - I just really like a particular domain name. Is this possible? If so, where can I host it?
posted by letitrain at 3:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Republicanism 101 for Teen Liberals

CogentRightWingThinkerFilter: A friend of mine has a younger sister who is a well-educated and politically savvy 16-year-old liberal Democrat. In the interests of broadening her horizons, what sources for Republican or right-wing politics would you recommend for her? [more inside]
posted by stet at 2:22 PM PST - 69 comments

Software to track multiple projects

Can anyone recommend a decent piece of software to keep track of multiple concurrent projects? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

weather reports, archived?

I need to find archived weather reports from Michigan for the month of February of this year. [more inside]
posted by tweak at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Books like HBO-series Carnivale?

I've been enjoying the first season of HBO series Carnivàle on DVD, and I'm interested in finding some related fiction. Can anyone recommend books with similar genre/setting/themes?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Where should I sell my motorcycle?

I live in the SF Bay Area and I need to sell my motorcycle. I've heard advice from Cragislist to Ebay to Cycle Trader, all of which seem fine, but no one I've talked to can make comparisons -- They've all used just one service. Turning to the MeFi community to help, does anyone have anything to offer besides just individual anecdotes? Is there a resource that compares selling services for bikes (or just vehicles in general) that could help with the decision?
posted by wolftrouble at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Vin Diesel's shoes in Pacifier

Does anyone know what shoes Vin Diesel is wearing in "Pacifier"? Not that I fall for the film/product-placement thing, but they looked like nice shoes.
posted by jsavimbi at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Where are the Peter Puck videos?

My 1st question ever! Anybody know where to get videos of the old Peter Puck NHL animated cartoon spots? [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 12:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Apostrophe or no?

In the phrase "I'm going to milk this for all it's worth," which is it? Its or it's? (I.e., apostrophe or no apostrophe?) [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 12:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Can you name the poem and the author?

The poem involves a war-time scenario (perhaps Revolutionary War) with a wife being accosted and probably raped by the enemy in her own home. Her husband is away in the war. [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Thank-you notes?

Do thank-you notes matter? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 12:36 PM PST - 31 comments

Juicer suggestions

So getting into 'juice'ing, I'm wondering what kind of fruits and vegetables do what. I mean I've tried the obvious carrots, but do more exotic combinations exists? Is there a website about juicing? Somewhere that describes the benefit and taste of various fruit and vegetable combinations.
posted by patrickje at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

16thC Italian Law and The Merchant of Venice

I saw The Merchant of Venice over the weekend and have a question about the legality of Shylock's action. Since the question involves spoilers, it is inside one of these three caskets the thread. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Web video resizing/compressing/formatting?

So, I've bitten off more than I can chew. I've been handed a 60mb VOB file of a television commercial that I want to post to the website of said company. [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Auto repair/service shop forums?

Where can I find an online forum for owners & managers of auto repair/service shops? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 11:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Shopping cart question

My friend has a skateboard shop he runs out of his garage. He has an online shopping cart set up but the person who did it disappeared and left no documentation. He want to update the cart but has no idea how to find out which cart he uses or where to go to find a control panel. Is there an easy way to tell which service he uses?
posted by onekat at 11:07 AM PST - 6 comments

But are they really dead?

A friend recently posed this question, and I had no answer: How come movies always have blood trickling out of the mouth to show that someone is really dead? Does death by physical trauma always cause internal bleeding and your lungs to fill up with blood and eventually work its way out of your mouth? Or is it just that a trickle of blood from the mouth is more dramatic than just a dead stare?
posted by arielmeadow at 10:56 AM PST - 18 comments

taxfilter: digital camera vs. film camera

Can my mother, a corporate travel agent, deduct the cost of her digital camera (as a unreimbursed work expense) since she is no longer deducting film & processing costs? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Mercedes Audio

Does anyone know how to program the Mercedes audio (COMMAND) system so that the radio volume does not automatically adjust itself according to (the car's perceived sense of) background noise. I expect it is a series of codes that can be input through the radio.
posted by Carsey at 10:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Resume for a temp worker

For the past several years, comprising the bulk of my relevant work experience, I've worked through temp agencies almost exclusively. Now suddenly I need an up-to-date resume. How? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Stop the flatulence!

How can I stop being so flatulent? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Piggybacking Avon

My wife sells Avon. I had the idea that since she goes door to door delivering Avon books and has created a decent client base, I could make up a snazzy flyer with cool products that the men in her customers' lives would find interesting, but probably would not have seen before (i.e. cool stuff found on the net). I don't have a ton of money to pre purchase lots of product, but probably enough to get started small scale. The men would be 30-60 I'd say. Any product Ideas? [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is my home PC on????

How can I know when an XP pro system has been switched on (as in: at what time did it start up *today*)?
posted by magullo at 9:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Intro to Flickr

I am about to set up a Flickr account. Is there anything I need to know before doing this... tips, tricks, or whatever would be very helpful.
posted by bamassippi at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Automatic backup-to-server on Windows XP

I'm looking for a way to automatically back-up specified directories to a web server under Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by billybunny at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Gutar Man

My 13 yr. old son has been taking electric guitar lessons for about a year and is getting ready to spend his hard earned money on a new guitar. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 8:48 AM PST - 25 comments

Summarise Gentry Lee's sequels to the Rama series

I've just finished re-reading the 4 books in the Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee, and was wondering about the sequels by Lee solo, set in the same universe, which by all accounts are not very good. Has anyone read them, and would you like to summarise? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Learning to paint

What's the best way to learn to paint in watercolors? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 7:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Pampering a Pregnant Wife for her Birthday in NYC

My very pregnant wife's birthday is next saturday and I want to give her a day of pampering, but I need some tips and pointers. [more inside]
posted by sd at 7:24 AM PST - 13 comments

internet textbooks

i read somewhere that people were taking textbooks and scanning them in and could be read on the internet. i was looking for some medical textbooks where i could just download them. is anyone doing this?
posted by dstrouse91 at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

gmail overlords the system!

When I click on a link from a website, gmail comes up rather than thunderbird. Tbird is set as the default mail application. What gives and how do I fix this? I don't want gmail as the default mail application.
posted by damnitkage at 6:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Why are medical costs so ridiculous?

Can someone with experience in the medical field break down the incredible costs of an emergency room visit for me? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:41 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I create an online poll?

DIYPollingFilter. For an article I'm writing, I need to request some demographic info from about 900 people via an online poll. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 5:36 AM PST - 2 comments

VOIP: now, where do I plug in my computer?

I just received my second install kit for VOIP, but unlike Episode I, there's no second LAN jack for my computer on the phone adapter. [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 5:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Turn signal noise stuck on

The turn signal "click" noise on my 97 Honda Civic is stuck on. This will shortly drive me crazy. How do I shut it off? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 4:54 AM PST - 21 comments

What Do You Look for In A Resume?

I'm interested in hearing about different techniques people use when they have to go through a large stack of resumes for a job opening. Is there a specific process you use to weed out the best candidates to then bring in for a face-to-face interview? Are there specific things you look for? What's your process?
posted by marcschil at 4:50 AM PST - 18 comments

March 6

Email into the Future

How can I send email to myself in the future? Or, more broadly, is there a way to do so reliably? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 11:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Kava kava

I want to buy some kava. Looking on the internet, it seems it'll run me about $12/lb plus shipping. Is the stuff I'm getting going to be crap? Has anyone tried it? What's it like?
posted by borkingchikapa at 11:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Internet Connection Problem!

I need help fixing a problem with my internet connection. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 10:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap network storage?

I have a small network with a couple of Dell servers (6300, 2450, 2650), all loaded up with 18.2GB SCSI drives in RAID5 configs. I need more space but the cost to u/g the SCSI drives is pretty steep. Is there a cheaper way to gain great gobs of storage space on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by Lactoso at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Currency exchange for a Europe trip six months away

USAsian traveling to the Continent this Fall -- should I buy some euros now? How? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:22 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I treat Molluscum Contagiosum?

I am a healthy guy who caught Molluscum Contagiosum from a sexual partner. I have gone to a dermatologist many times about the virus and he has given me Aldara as treatment. It seemed to work all right at first, but I just keep getting them and am looking for alternatives to Aldara. I have had them frozen off, but doing that tends to leave scars. I only seem to have them on my stomach an a couple on my inner thigh. I've read about some other treatments that I found on Google, but I would rather hear about how someone else treated it. I'm getting really frustrated by it (and so is my girlfriend). I would like to get rid of them once and for all.
posted by whatevrnvrmind at 9:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Graphing Email

I'd like to graph a large database of email (tracking the amount of email received per day from a variety of addresses over several years), ideally in MS Excel. The data is currently in Entourage 2004 for the Mac. Thoughts?
posted by boombot at 9:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Converting cassette tapes to mp3

Does anyone know of a self contained device that can convert cassette tapes to mp3 or burn them to a CD? If not, what is the best software and setup to use with computer? I've got a zillion cassette tapes. Help!
posted by jimbo1023 at 7:59 PM PST - 5 comments

ancient greek lexicon and grammar

Language-filter: I'm looking for a no-nonsense ancient greek lexicon and grammar... any suggestions? [MI] [more inside]
posted by Frankieist at 7:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Revealing minimized windows in Linux

A very silly Linux question: How do I get a window back after minimizing it? [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron at 7:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Fixing Drywall Around Shower

In trying to fix the joint where my wall meets up with my shower, I wrecked my wall. What do I need to do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 6:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Does anybody remember laughter?

Some albums are quintessential. Off the top of my head, I can think of Moby's Play, Beck's Midnite Vulture, kd lang's Ingenue, St. Germain's Tourist. These albums cut across genres, have mass appeal and can be found in almost everybody's collection, be they electro-freaks, punkers, or style-mongerers. In my opinion, and I may be completely wrong and out of touch, there hasn't been an album in recent times like those above that has touched us as deeply. Where are these new and fantastic cd's or have I simply missed the latest and greatest?
posted by ashbury at 6:37 PM PST - 77 comments

What makes you flip political allegiences?

What makes you switch sides? There's the old saying that if you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative by 60 you have no money/brain... but what events actually make people change? I'm pretty liberal myself and don't really see myself changing, but obviously people do. What event made you change, from one perspective to the other?
posted by rooftop secrets at 5:48 PM PST - 45 comments

Squeaky shoe

How do you get a shoe to stop squeaking? I have a pair of tie shoes (Danskos) that I've worn for months without problem. But a few months ago, the right shoe suddenly starting squeaking on any surface, in any temperature. And it's loud. People look at me when I walk through the "quiet" floor of the library at school. Is there anything I can do to make the squeak go away?
posted by swissice at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How differently do people think?

Richard Feynman described thinking as basically just talking to yourself. Then a friend told him to picture a part of a car and then asked him how he explained to himself what the part looked like. He then realized that you can see when you think as well. Then later on he tried counting up to 60 and seeing how accurate his perception of time was. He usually counted to around 48 by the time 60 seconds had gone by. Then he figured that he could count pretty much all of the time and not get distracted, but he couldn't talk and count at the same time. (+) [more inside]
posted by pwally at 2:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Breaking the Rumor Mill

How do you stop a rumor from being spread about you once its started? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Homemade tshirts help, experience counts.

Suggestions on how to do handmade tshirts better? Or ideas on how to make them better that isn't handmade (let's avoid small or large run online tshirt places - too much cost. Labor is cheap) [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 12:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What do you do with old notebooks, letters, pictures, home movies?

What do you do with old notebooks, letters, pictures, home movies?
posted by airguitar at 12:28 PM PST - 24 comments

How to get Mod_Mp3 to read directories?

I'm running Apache 1.3, with the latest version of mod_mp3 to stream mp3s. It is pulling mp3s from 2 directories, one of which has a collection of mp3s not in subdirectories, and the other directory only has sub directories which contain mp3s. Mod_mp3 will read the mp3s from the first directory, but not the second one that only has subdirectories. What the duce?
posted by jackofsaxons at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I remove moisture from inside camera lenses?

Recently somebody broke into my car, took my camera equipment, and dumped it in the bushes. The stuff sat there for nearly two weeks before we found it this morning. Everything's there (or seems to be), but I'm worried: all five lenses are cloudy. They seem to have collected moisture inside. How can one effectively remove moisture from inside a camera lens? Will time take care of it?
posted by jdroth at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Travelling Bands Problem

My friend is (foolishly) trying to start up a record label. He wants to be able to schedule various bands at various venues, and optimize the bands' schedules to minimize travel cost. How would he do this? [more inside]
posted by sandking at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Sourdough Bread

Bakers, help! How do I get my sourdough sourer? [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Website design contests for school children

My company is considering sponsoring a website design contest for grades K-12, with an informational theme. (We're a public utility.) I'm trying to find out how many such contests we might be competing with. Where do teachers go to find contests/competitions like this for their students? So far, I know about ThinkQuest, Global Virtual Classroom, and CyberFair. In addition to these large national/international contests, are there any Midwest-area website competitions for kids/teens?
posted by Joleta at 10:35 AM PST - 1 comment

RSS feed blog

Is there a way of getting an RSS feed to post itself automatically inline into a 'Blogger' weblog? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Cataloging Music CD Collection

What's a good low-cost software that will archive my music cd information? [more inside]
posted by B_Sovereign at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Temporary Positions

What is the reasoning behind temporary positions, and is "Temp to Hire "usually a line of bullshit to get you excited about a job? [more inside]
posted by angry modem at 9:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Upright Bass question

Will a 3/4 scale Upright Bass fit in the back of my car? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Dilbert Question

There is a Dilbert cartoon, one of the daily ones because it had 3 frames, that involved Wally and Dilbert in a meeting with thier boss discussing what they did that week. Wally said something about "transferring 1,444,000 bits of data onto a removable medium." Afterwards, Dilbert asked Wally if he just took credit for transferring a file to a floppy disk...which he did. Working in the IT field, this is one of the funnier strips I can remember (next to the "shut up and reboot" one from Catburt's call center). However, I cannot find this strip on the Dilbert website. I don't suppose anyone knows where I can find this?
posted by SparkyPine at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

audio text

What are your favorite audio poems, books, plays, etc?
posted by mono blanco at 4:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Book about Time

I once read a book that talked about Time and how the concept of time is different in each culture. It mentioned this: In the US we would make a doctors appointment at 3pm and we made sure to show up at this time and would expect to be served at or close to this another country you set the appointment for 3pm, but your would arrive about 4pm and the doctor would get to you until 5pm and thats how life is there... [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 2:03 AM PST - 8 comments

HotSyncing an old, old PDA

Where can I find software to sync my vintage USRobotics Pilot 5000 to my Windows 2000 PC? [more inside]
posted by S.C. at 1:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I get a good kick drum sound?

I have a Shure Beta 52 and a really good preamp. The kick drum sounds OK "I guess" live. When I put the mic in front of the kick drum, it sounds like poo - soft weak poo that can't be turned up without distorting either. I want a tight sound that hits your heart. Good lord, this is a vague question - but give me your magic bullet!
posted by mildred-pitt at 12:30 AM PST - 10 comments

March 5

In the future, will we all be incarcerated?

Sometime, say within the last 4 years, I read an editorial which answered the question of what accepted practice of our society would be viewed by future generations as morally reprehensible. The editorializer (who I believe was a person of some note) proposed incarceration as punishment for crime as an answer. Does anybody know who this was or where it appeared? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 10:23 PM PST - 3 comments

What kind of big headphone should I buy?

So I have decided I need new headphones for use with my iPod and occasionally on my computer. I'm looking for big, art-school style headphones that are ear-enveloping and comfortable to wear, and also happen to sound awesome. I have the Sony MDR-V600s, but they are unsatisfactory for a variety of reasons. What I really want to know is: do any of y'all know of some big, nice headphones I can buy for less than or equal to $100? [more inside]
posted by scrim at 10:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to find the fantasy impact?

Any places to find out the costs or studies on fantasy sports or virtual communities that generate real world income or value opportunities? [more inside]
posted by brent at 9:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What does this dongle do?

I was just cleaning my new truck, a 2003 Ford F150, and I noted that there is a coaxial cable and what looks like a power cable near the floor in the middle. What does it do? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm sorry, Mr. Jobs, I just prefer WinAmp!

Wireless networking and music: Apple AirPort (or something else?) meets WinAmp... [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Time to Cut The Cord

I want to have my Panasonic ReplayTV ShowStopper (PV-HS2000) make its nightly outgoing calls to download the showtimes via my cell phone so that I can dump my landline. I have a Nokia 3650 and am using ATTWS/Cingular. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 6:30 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I make my laptop an extension of my desktop?

I recently bought a laptop, and would like to know the easiest way to allow everything on my laptop to be acccessible on my PC, and vice versa. Windows file sharing won't cut it. [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Turning a touchpad into a pen-iput device

I've been racking my brain (and the internet) trying to figure out how to turn the touchpad on my new laptop into a defacto pen input device. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 2:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Using a Mac in Korea

I was going to be traveling to Korea shortly, and wanted to bring along my Mac. I was wondering if it's possible, using my regular iBook G4 with Airport, to access the Internet if the hotel (or somewhere else) has an open wireless network in place. Or are there all sorts of compatability issues? I'm guessing I also need a power/plug adapter (I'm in the U.S.) thanks...
posted by jgballard at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

How were you punished as a child?

How were you disciplined as a child? [more inside]
posted by jca at 1:22 PM PST - 88 comments

Marriage of convenience?

At least from the perspective of US and UK citizenship, is there such a thing as a marriage of convenience any more? Do any AskMeFites have knowledge of the relevant laws, or experience of having been married to people from across the pond? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 12:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Peru and Bolivia

I'm going to Peru and Bolivia in late May, with a small group. We're starting in Cusco and winding up in La Paz, with Macchu Pichu and other relatively well-known archeological sites on the itinerary. Have other MeFites had experience in that area? How about wonderful, off-the-beaten-track recommendations or practical tips? Google is remarkably short on substance on this.
posted by moonbird at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Rap/Dance music w/arabic influences?

So I'm a pledge at a fraternity here at Cornell university, and we're throwing a party whose tentative name is "Rock the Casbah". We're hoping for a mid-eastern/indian feel to the party, from decorations to music. Anyone know some good arabic/indian dance music or american rap music influenced by the sounds of the mid-east/india? [more inside]
posted by Kifer85 at 11:57 AM PST - 30 comments

What are the implications of becoming a cosigner on a mortgage?

My parents asked me to become a cosigner on their house purchase (they don't have enough credit to get the house themselves). I am fully willing to accept the financial responsibility, but am wondering if there are any hidden caveats (especially with regard to IRS) that I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

MS-DOS Formatting on iPod

I'd like to know if there's a downside to formatting the iPod as MS-DOS. I want to keep podcasts and the like on the Mac and my music collection on the PC... then switch back and forth between the two according to my whim. Should I format the iPod as MS-DOS ?
posted by garyduke at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Need QUIET Vacuum for my Cat!

Since spring is almost here I would like to get a small vacuum to use on the cat. I have used my big vacuum with a long hose and a soft brush on the end on the cat and that was acceptable to the cat ;-) so I would like to get a small QUIET hand held one that wouldn't freak the cat out. I tried a Shark? one that was advertised as quiet but it was everything except quit! Obviously I only need one with fairly low suction, don't want the cat stuck to it.. /Peter
posted by Ferrari328 at 7:45 AM PST - 15 comments

I need project management help!

I am looking for a simple way to keep a client informed on what projects I am working on for them, and what their current status is. A service like Basecamp is a possibility, but it is much more than I need. Their free TaDa list site is useful, but too simple. I need something a bit more informative, but easy to maintain. Any suggestions?
posted by mudhouse at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Do crossword puzzles cost more to make?

Why is it so hard to find a magazine of 100% crossword puzzles? Do crossword puzzle creators charge more than other puzzle creators? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Killing Roaches

What's the most effective, least toxic way to kill the hordes of cockroaches that have infested my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 5:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Theoretical explanation for kinkyness.

So has anyone tried to explain sexual kinks and fetishes? I don't mean in a cataloguing sense, but in the same sense that an evolutionary biologist explains a fish's tail shape. Where it came from, what purposes it serves, that sort of thing.
posted by kavasa at 12:25 AM PST - 29 comments

March 4

Car Repair filter. Leaking radiator help.

Car Repair filter. Leaking radiator help needed. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 10:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Editing photo metadata

I've decided to start editing metadata in my photographs. I want to add keywords via Photoshop CS. My question is, if I add keywords to a JPG, when I save it, will it recompress the image and thus degrade it?
posted by keswick at 10:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Digital Piano Recommendations?

I'm selling my upright piano in order to get a digital piano - what recommendations do you have? I'd like a piano that is portable enough to take places in my car, but also has that "piano feel" and a good number of voices. Also, any amp and headphone suggestions?
posted by joshuaconner at 9:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Espresso makers

After years of unsatisfactory espressi at home via a Moka, I'm in the market for a good espresso machine. Not a milk frother - I can make my own decent caps if I have a good base. I'd welcome any unreserved recommendations from Mefi.
posted by Neiltupper at 9:06 PM PST - 17 comments

dancing etiquette question

What is the etiquette with respect to dancing at say, a rave party? [more inside]
posted by dhruva at 8:39 PM PST - 10 comments

big stud

My wife's problem with a stud that's too big. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

DVD recording and playback

I bought recently a DVD recorder and burned a few of my old video tapes on DVD. I played them back on my laptop's DVD drive but when I tried the same on my desktop's DVD drive, I couldn't play it. Can anyone explain why?
posted by gazoo at 7:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you deduct losses due to crime?

Followup to an earlier question: Can you deduct financial losses incurred due to a car break-in on your taxes? [more inside]
posted by knave at 6:09 PM PST - 5 comments

More on Migraines

Another migraine question. I'm wondering if any chronic migraine sufferers have had success with preventative medications. [more inside]
posted by btwillig at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

DVD won't play

I just added a new DVD-Rom drive on my PC. Popped in a DVD film and it can play, but the images are jumpy, halting, and not really viewable. [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 4:54 PM PST - 14 comments

places to stay near things to do in oregon

I'm trying to organize an Easter trip for 8 adults, a 16-month old toddler, and 3 dogs for the dates Fri, March 25th - Sunday, March 27th. I'd like it to be roughly equidistant from Yakima, Washington and Oakland, California. This places our vacation spot in central to mid/south coastal Oregon. I've already googled for pet-friendly Oregon vacation rentals and haven't had any luck (off-season, or already booked). [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Printing stuff causes lights to flicker

Why is it, when I print anything, that for minutes after the fact, the lights in my room continue to flicker?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 3:33 PM PST - 7 comments


TracFone. Anyone here have anything good/bad to say about TracFone? Google shows very mixed reviews, with the worst of them dating 2-7 years ago. To complicate things, a lot of the negative reviews are written poorly or involve ignorant customers. Amazon reviews are useless since everyone is spamming the reviews trying to do referrals ("why, sure the phones are great!"). [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 3:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Any forthcoming Nick Drake reissues?

Since the Nick Drake compilation Made to Love Magic came out last year, and the Fruit Tree box set is out of print and used copies are selling for exorbitant prices, I couldn't help but wonder if there might be a reissued/remastered CD version of the other albums being planned. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to by Pro audio equipment?

ProAudio Filter: I'm looking to purchase the new portable Marantz CF recorder. What's the best online retailer for this kind of gear? There are so many to choose from that it's hard to decide.
posted by aladfar at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Free congressional database?

Is there such a thing as a freely available database of Congresspeople? Names, districts, party affiliations, etc. Preferably easily loadable into a MySQL database. You'd think with the success of grassroots politics on the web someone would be offering one, but everything I've found wants me to pay a significant amount of money for one.
posted by crawl at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How does VOIP work for big bandwidth users?

How does VOIP work for big bandwidth users? I like to play online flash games and watch streaming video from time to time. My boyfriend plays games like Everquest and World of Warcraft. Is VOIP realistic for us, or should we stick with our landline and calling cards?
posted by croutonsupafreak at 12:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Too good to be true?

On eBay sometimes they list products as extremely cheap because you are paying for "information" to get free products (e.g. a laptop or ipod for 5 cents). Are these things ever legit? [more inside]
posted by mowglisambo at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Migraineurs: Can a neurologist really help?

Chronic migraine sufferers, have you seen a neurologist? Did it help? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 11:24 AM PST - 22 comments

What's the best way to set up blogs for my students?

I teach computer literacy to 9th graders at a small independent school, and we're currently trying to figure out the best way to give our kids their own blogs. They'd blog assignments and observations for several subjects, and we'd leave comments and feedback on their entries. It would need to be private (only for students and their teachers), customizable (to allow for individual creativity), and public-web accessible. Any suggestions? We can probably host our own server, if need be, but we have limited funds.
posted by tomadelic at 11:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Surviving the Pandemic

Assuming the Avian Flu pandemic become reality within the next year or two, what preparations should a rational first-world citizen undertake? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:54 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I edit the notes section of iCal automatically using Applescript or anything else?

Simplified scenario: I have a text file called "blah.txt" with some text in it. I also have a To-Do item in iCal named "Blah". I'd like to be able to doubleclick something to make the contents of blah.txt appear in the notes section of the Blah to-do item. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Caller ID on cell phones

Do any cell phones do name & number Caller ID for numbers that aren't already in the phone's address book? Or are all cell phones number-only?
posted by stopgap at 9:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Googling a non-alphanumeric whatsit

Give me a fish: What does this symbol mean? )'( Teach me to fish: Is there any way to Google a non-alphanumeric string like that? How about other search engines? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Dangers of swim goggles: true or false?

When I was young, I was instructed not to wear swim goggles for any water activity that could force water at them, like waterskiing or diving headfirst off a diving board. The theory was that strong contact could pull one's eyeball out of its socket as a result of the suction and vacuuming that would occur on impact with the water. Fact or fiction?
posted by werty at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Selling Photography or Getting It Displayed

I'm an amateur photographer, but I'd like to see if I could sell it to someone, somewhere. If not that, maybe enter it in online or local photography contests. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Visio opening many copies of the same document

Visio weirdness: if I open any Visio document on a network drive the program opens several identical copies of that document (15 to be precise). This doesn't happen if I open a document on my desktop's HDD. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 8:30 AM PST - 0 comments

I burned my mouth and it's driving my crazy.

I burned my mouth on some very hot chicken about a week ago and Wednesday night, after eating some very good, but very spicy jambalaya, the burn on the left side side of my palate is so raw and irritated. Does anyone have any remedys to stop the pain? [more inside]
posted by renyoj at 8:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Sites with registration lists?

Can anyone direct me to a website with usernames / passwords for public consumption for sites like NY Times, WSJ, etc? [more inside]
posted by elsar at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Early SciFi

Suggestions for a friend on a speculative fiction / early Sci-Fi kick (stuff along the lines of H.G. Wells' "The War in the Air" and John Jacob Astor's "A Journey in Other Worlds")?
posted by Polonius at 8:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Suggestions for outfitting a home hospice?

HomeHospiceFilter: my father is coming to live with us in the midst of his battle with mesothelioma and melanoma. I have a couple of months to furnish our teeny-tiny (10x10 plus closet) guest room with stuff that's comfortable, practical, and homey. Of course, I have a teeny-tiny budget, too. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by whatnot at 7:59 AM PST - 6 comments

importing address book from hotmail to entourage

Can I import my address book from hotmail to entourage? [more inside]
posted by mdn at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

band name etiquette

What is the etiquette involved in using a band name that is similar to one already in existence. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 7:32 AM PST - 26 comments

MP3 Players with Linux and/or Win98SE

My elderly PC boots up into either Win98SE or (preferably) Linux. I'm thinking of buying an MP3 player, such as the 20GB Rio Karma or Archos GMini XS200. I've just sent off for a USB2.0 controller card, as it seems this is the interface of choice for peripherals these days. Will I have any issues seeing the MP3 player? Will it show up as a removeable drive, or will I have to install extra software? Do I need to check which MP3 players are compatible with linux?
posted by salmacis at 7:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Financial Advice / Investment Community sites, forums etc

I am looking for good, active websites for financial advice, run unbiased sites where members are free to post their views would be good. I did a search and cannot find anything interesting. I am already aware of Any others?
posted by ataraxian at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

What's a good estimate for exercise requirements for the labradoodle breed?

My husband and I are considering getting a lab/poodle ("labradoodle") mix. I'm a little concerned about how much exercise the dog would realistically need. We have talked to a breeder about this and are pursuing referrals from her to current owners, but I'd like all the advice on this subject I can get since this will be a 15-year commitment. Any labradoodle owners out there? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 7:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Guatemala Travel

My wife and I are planning a vacation to Antigua, Guatemala in April. Any tips on things to do or see, places to stay, etc? [more inside]
posted by alball at 6:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting rid of headlice

Genuine Itching Mites... [more inside]
posted by verstegan at 5:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Delusional Itching Mites

Delusional Itching Mites... [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 4:14 AM PST - 10 comments

plastic bits with framed canvas

I bought a small (20x30 cm) canvas (cotton on a wooden frame, pre-whitened) to paint on yesterday and it came with 8 pieces of plastic, each about 1 cm across, 4 or 5 cm long, with one end square and the other at 45 degrees. What are they for? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 3:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How to make a Bottleneck slide

Does anyone know how to make a bottleneck guitar slide? I tried google and couldn't find anything reliable. Bear in mind that running to the hardware store and buying expensive equipment is out of the question. Obviously there'll be SOME expense, but things like electric belt sanders simply aren't going to happen. Thanks in advance.
posted by shmegegge at 1:35 AM PST - 17 comments

March 3

Face Textures Too Real?

I saw a thread somewhere on a popular blog in the past year or so talking about how when the textures on the faces of video game characters (or possibly just CG) cross a line of looking too realistic, it actually causes people to dislike them or feel uncomfortable. Does anyone know what this is called, or can point me in the right direction to find out more?
posted by will at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Microsoft Word Add-On's

A few days ago, I saw a Microsoft Word freeware program that adds all sorts of little colored icons and functionality. Now I can't find it. Anyone know what it was?
posted by Quartermass at 11:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone have experience with PC-based alarm clock software?

Does anyone have any first-hand experience with PC-based alarm clock software? I'm looking particularly for something that allows any number of alarms to be set, preferably on a schedule. Additionally, I need one that - this is key - unmutes the computer if it is muted. Bonus points if it integrates with iTunes playlists. [more inside]
posted by socratic at 11:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Hot Roof

Cooling my apartment: advice needed from experts in the fields of air conditioning and building codes, and, as a last resort, lawyers. [more inside]
posted by Deepspace at 10:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Iron vs. Steamer vs. Cleaners

This is so corny. Years and years ago we stopped ironing. After a while I decided that my shirts should look a little less wrinkled and started taking them to the cleaners at a price that is now 2 bucks per shirt. I am getting tired of going to drop off and pick-up and pay for these shirts. A friend at work suggested a steamer. They say it works much better and much quicker than an iron. I can't go back to ironing....ever. I am looking for a solution. Do steamers work faster and more efficiently than irons? Is there another less time consuming solution? Should I wear wrinkled shirts?
posted by snowjoe at 10:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Simple and addictive OSX action games

I'm fond of the products of Japanese studio ABA Games and am looking for similar stuff for my G4 iBook. [more inside]
posted by nonemoreblack at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Are Mephisto shoes worth the price?

I'm a man with big feet (usually size 14 U.S., size 48 European, extra-wide), and consequently have a really hard time finding good shoes that fit me. I've heard great things about Mephisto shoes, but have been wondering if they're really worth the price. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 8:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Mystery effects pedal?

Awhile back I saw Grant Tennille (Trans Am, Idyll Swords, Black Taj, Jimi Hendrix Inexperience) play guitar through a big, red, kidney-shaped effects pedal. I'm a certified Music Junkie, but an Equipment Ignoramous. Any idea what it might be? He seemed to get a variety of sounds through it (echo, vibrato), and one of my mates commented that it was a popular pedal to have. Little did he know I was considering getting one for him as a gift, assuming it can be ID'd.
posted by jenleigh at 8:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Mexican Vacation: Ixtapa vs. Zihuatanejo

Mexican Vacation Thunderdome: Ixtapa vs. Zihuatanejo. Two cities enter... One city leaves. [more inside]
posted by daver at 8:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Online survey tool recommendations

Half the blogs I read have links to the Blogads survey today, which reminds me that I've been meaning to do a readership survey for one of my sites. There are a plethora of web sites offering survey tools (if this page from SurveyMonkey, which is doing the Blogads survey, is any indication); which one(s) would you recommend? (Free or very nearly so is preferred, natch.)
posted by mcwetboy at 7:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Missing credit card data

My employer requires me to have a credit card for travel. The card is issued by Bank Of America. I had to provide my social security number and much personal data to get this 'official Government Travel' card. Recently BOA lost a whole bunch of data. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 7:11 PM PST - 4 comments


A dear family member is having a mastectomy/reconstruction/biopsy this friday. She's across the country, so I can't be there. I'd like to hear any success stories and warnings, plus any advice on how I can help or what I can send.
posted by stray at 6:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there anything to the popular theory about the USSR collapse?

Are there any serious scholars of Russian history who buy the "increased US military spending bankrupted the USSR" theory of the Soviet Union collapse? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 6:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Modern-day Consumer Reports?

Where do you go for product reviews and comparisons? I recently bought a bunch of audio and PC hardware with mixed results. Consumer Reports is outdated, Epinions reviews are quite thin on the ground, and Amazon is trying to sell you everything. Google? Ha! Thousands of links to people with little "stores" fronting for Amazon...
posted by rwhe at 6:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How to determine possible identity theft

In light of the recent scamming of ChoicePoint, I want to know if my information has been compromised. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

training collars for dogs

We have 7 month old dog that needs to stop nipping and barking. What has been your experience with training collars? [more inside]
posted by JohnR at 4:21 PM PST - 14 comments

How to keep my husband from destroying socks?

My husband destroys socks. Every single pair he owns has holes in them, no matter how old they are. Darning is a neverending chore and buying new socks every week is expensive. Are there any socks that can stand up to him? Or are there any tricks to make his old socks hold together longer? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 4:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Material to teach Introduction to Computers

I'll be teaching a smart, almost completely computer-illiterate person the basics of navigating a PC. Does anyone know of good material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by quiet at 3:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Predictive text for Office

Anyone know of an add-on for MS-Office (or any other Office suite) that can do predictive text?
posted by Cosine at 3:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Mobile phone games

What sites or companies does anyone trust in regards to sending / downloading games to mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 3:26 PM PST - 1 comment

doubling up on medical benefits?

My wife works for the local school system and has excellent medical benefits through them. I'm starting a new job on Monday and will be allowed to enroll in their medical benefits program. Is there any reason to enroll at the job given how good my wife's medical insurance is?
posted by jperkins at 2:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I buy tailored clothes?

I'm at the point in my career where I'll need to buy more business attire. I've had a little trouble buying off the rack stuff that fits well, due to my build (athletic, but stocky, rather thick-necked. 10 years of rugby will do that). So I'm curious about tailored clothes What can I expect? In what price range should I expect to pay? Are there some things that just aren't worth seeing a tailor for?
posted by electroboy at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

PC game with Code Wheel

I was having a conversation with a couple of coworkers about old PC games and there was a game that we all remembered with a unique puzzle solving element, but none of us can remember the name. [more inside]
posted by Restlessavenger at 1:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Selling a mac

What's the best way to sell an almost new computer? [more inside]
posted by justgary at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Does magnabar scratch knives?

I'm lusting after new cutlery and am considering forgoing the knife block for a magnetic knife storage device like the Magnabar. Will the bar scratch the side of the knives? I know it is totally cosmetic but after dropping a few hundred dollars on knives, I want the cutlery to look great on the wall.
posted by KrustyKlingon at 12:31 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you dial a collect call from the UK?

Dialing 0 doesn't give you an operator and I can't figure out how to reach one.
posted by gfrobe at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments


I know it's not a very "intellectual" question, but I can't figure out where else to look for the answer. I have a song stuck in my head, or more precisely 1 line of the song...and it's driving me batty! [more inside]
posted by ramix at 12:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me with my vision!

My girlfriend's been having some problems with her vision and she's not really sure if her eye doctor(s) are understanding her adequately, or are thinking of things that could be less common that could be the problem. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 11:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Does isosceles subsume equilateral?

Are equilateral triangles also isosceles? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 11:11 AM PST - 25 comments

Historical difference between Canada and the United States

Can someone provide a good overview and possibly some links explaining what the difference was between the American colonies and the Maritime Provinces that led to their separation? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 11:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Is the iPod dock worth it?

iPodFilter: I'm on the verge of buying an iPod, and am wondering if the dock is worth it. [more inside]
posted by sid at 10:40 AM PST - 23 comments

Interior paint reference?

We found the house, and we'll be painting before we move in. I'm looking for a good reference book or website that covers wall treatments, painting in general, and color effects. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 10:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Mexico all inclusive honeymoon

I am trying to put together a honeymoon in Mexico for July. We are almost sold on the El Dorado Royale Resort. Any experiences with this resort or suggestions for another? We would really like an all-inclusive, but it is not a requirement.
posted by vianetman at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Portable word-processors

I'm looking for something small, simple and cheap to use for basic word-processing on the road. Something like the Alphasmart Neo, or some kind of bare-bones laptop. Suggestions/advice?
posted by gottabefunky at 9:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeking name of famous Westerns character actor

Looking for the name of an actor who was typecast in many westers as a "crazy old coot". [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 8:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Average face online quizz

Where can I find the online test where, presented with two faces, you would choose the most beautiful to you, and in the be presented with YOUR favorite face ? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Fish restaurants in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC -- We'll be there for a long weekend and need recommendations for restaurants serving fresh/healthy grilled fish (or even fish tacos). Want someplace casual (not necessarily cheap, but where jeans are OK). Not interested in shrimp, crab or lobster. Thanks.
posted by nancoix at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Apartment portable washer/dryer

Apartment portable washer/dryers? Any insight, recommendations, pitfalls. I'm looking for something liftable by me (~100lbs?) that can hook into a sink and uses 100V electric. It should also work well. I'm looking at this one: thor , but it is 180lbs, so I'm looking around. Money isn't an object (within reason, under $1500). Any advice?
posted by pissfactory at 6:21 AM PST - 12 comments


Is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (or EMDR) a load of bollocks or a legitimate treatment? Any pitfalls or unintended consequences to look out for?
posted by alan at 5:17 AM PST - 16 comments

How to tell your machine has been hacked?

I am looking for the definative method for determining if my machine has been hacked. I don't trust antivirus software and was thinking of looking into packet sniffers but wasn't sure if that was the place to start.
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 4:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Bargain Stereo Component solution

I'm moving into a new apartment in a couple of weeks. It's completely wired for sound and has a rack in a closet for components. I know nothing about components, but think it would be great to hook something up. Help? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 12:06 AM PST - 10 comments

March 2

How do I get Extensis Suitcase X1 to auto-activate fonts in Photoshop CS?

How do I get Extensis Suitcase X1 to auto-activate fonts in Photoshop CS? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Origin of the term meatspace?

Where did the term "meatspace" originate? I know it entered the OED in 2000 (alongside "gaydar," "cybersquatting" and "Frankenfood"), and I see The Word Spy credits a 1995 article about John Perry Barlow as the "earliest citation," but I think I saw it in cyberpunk sci-fi before that. Anyone got an earlier appearance than 1995? [more inside]
posted by mediareport at 8:33 PM PST - 24 comments

Recommendations on a heart rate monitor?

Recommendations on a heart rate monitor? I'm 27 and I go to the gym four to five days a week with a ratio of about 80% weight training (3-4 days) and 20% cardio (1-2 days). I'd like to do more interval training to lower my percentage body fat and many of the online resources describe this in terms of heart rate. Not knowing a thing about heart rate monitors, I thought I'd ask here. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 8:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I register an expired domain name?

How do I register an expired domain name? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:17 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I stop traffic on a major freeway?

How do I stop traffic on a busy freeway? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 5:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Fender Bender

A fender-bender has, uh, bent my bumper. Torn the rear one off half the frame, specifically. The car is old enough that no one makes the right size bumper/brackets anymore. Plus the frame need a bunch of work before it can accept a bracket again. Insurance declared a total, but has left open the option to repair. Several folks have suggested unbolting the other end and running w/o a bumper. Is this safe?? Not to mention legal? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 5:35 PM PST - 20 comments


When you close your eyes as tight as possible, what do you see? I see patterns and shapes constantly changing and moving across my vision. I searched and one page suggested that this phenomena was 'hypnagogic vision', but all other references seem to suggest that this is a part of the sleep pattern, and not when fully conscious. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 5:33 PM PST - 45 comments

Is zero a cube?

This page mentions, among other things, that "100 is the smallest square which is also the sum of 4 consecutive cubes." Obviously, this refers to the sum of 1^3 (1), 2^3 (8), 3^3 (27) and 4^3 (64). But it seems to me that the sequence can be pushed back to start with 0^3 (0), in which case you can get four consecutive cubes adding up to 36, which is a square. Is zero then not considered a cube? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Best way to learn Spanish

I minored in Spanish in college about 10 years ago, but remember very little of it. Just went to Tijuana to and had the opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture for 5 days. A lot of it came back and I was able to communicate .. now I have a huge desire to be bilingual. I'm back in Tennessee now ( where I live ) and won't be able to go back to Mexico for awhile. Whats the best way to learn to speak fluent Spanish in Tennessee? More classes? Books? Tapes ? I don't have any Spanish-speaking friends.. any ideas ? Is it even possible ?
posted by jason9009 at 4:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Apple hard drive

I have an old iMac that I want to get rid of and I want to erase the hard drive before I give it to someone/recycle it. The computer is screwed up (battery died, long story), and the only way I can erase it is to go up to the "erase" option in the drop down menu. I did that, and it seemed to work. Then, I reinitialized the hard drive. Does this mean it's really erased completely, or is the info still on there?
posted by braun_richard at 4:23 PM PST - 17 comments


My daughter is a freshman at UMN in Minneapolis and is beginning her search for an off-campus apartment. So far, she has seen only the huge industrial apartment complexes that have sprung up that offer a high-end dorm-like environment (at a stunningly high rentmay add). I know (and she knows) that it is not the kind of environment that she wants, but she is unsure of how to go about finding the right place. So, does anyone know the good sources for apartment classifieds around UMN? In Chicago, it would be the Reader. I don't know anything about Minneapolis.
posted by UncleJoe at 4:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Objective Truth.

For some reason I have become incredibly irritated with bad rhetoric. I'm talking about the obvious stuff, like lies told by politicians, but I've also become incredibly frustrated with half-truths and distortions told by groups whose causes I espouse. It's not that I want to be told what to think, I just want to not have to constantly churn through the layers of deception to get answers to even the most basic questions about empirical reality. I wish there was a special newsletter I could subscribe to, written by someone who was generous and smart and at least attempting to fairly describe the problems and solutions. So, do you have any go-to publications that at least attempt objectivity, without obvious corporate/radical/religious/middle-earthian bias? [disclaimer: let's not bring up postmodernism] [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:00 PM PST - 24 comments

What version of Linux should I try?

I want to try Linux. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 2:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Outlook help

We use Outlook 2002 at work. The gentleman next to me refuses to learn Ctrl V to paste and would rather hit Alt+E, P. Recently, this stopped working for him. When he hits Alt+E it highlights Edit, but does not drop down the list. When I try it in my Outlook, it works fine. He says it stopped working a few weeks ago. I cannot figure out for the life of me what is wrong. Anyone? [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Converting Windows Event Viewer log files on a *nix platform?

DUMPEL from the Win2K Resource Kit takes .EVT (Windows Event Viewer) binary log files and outputs plaintext. I've searched high and low, and can't find a Linux/UNIX equivalent that I can use to process these saved log files. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill at 1:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Putting the

Are there any web-based Playlist Editors? I'd like to export my song library in XML, put it on the web, and have friends pick songs for a playlist and save it. [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy at 1:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Mapping software, in color book form

At work we're looking for something that will allow us to color in a basic county-by-county map of the state. Is there any free/inexpensive software that would allow us to fill in different parts of a map with different colors? [more inside]
posted by gus at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments


I'm trying to remember the title of an animated flick. The closest thing out there to it would probably be Ralph Bakshi. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Tulips in spring

Is it too late to plant tulips? I am in Salt Lake City, Utah and it's already starting to feel like spring. I have a big bag of tulip bulbs that I meant to plant last fall. Little green buds are starting to show. Should I give it a shot now? If they don't come up this spring, is there a chance they will come up next spring? I'm not sure what type of bulb they are.
posted by jacobsee at 12:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Quarter-Life Crisis: How did you handle it?

Quarter-Life Crisis: How did you handle it? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:41 AM PST - 23 comments

MS Word replacement?

Tabbed word processing -- is it out there? I'm working on a very long writing project and need some way to keep track of notes, sections of the document, timelines, etc. I've been using a simple index card system next to my computer, but I find it disruptive to go from pencil to keyboard and back as I move along. So, is there anything available (cheaper the better) that is better than Word for this kind of thing? I'm on a Windows system.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 11:22 AM PST - 25 comments

My liver hurts

I am having a hard time getting satisfactory answers about why my liver hurts. I've been to a couple doctors and have done some searching online, and I can't really match my symptoms to anything. I thought I'd check here to see if anyone had any ideas I hadn't thought of yet. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I ask co-workers to stop emailing me religious junk mail?

How do I ask co-workers to stop emailing me religious junk mail? [more inside]
posted by raedyn at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Fishing near Seattle

Where's a nice place to take a 7 year old girl on her first fishing trip?
posted by poodlemouthe at 10:34 AM PST - 11 comments

.IN Registrar.

I am looking for a good/reputable domain registrar that can register .IN domains. [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Podcast software

Looking for software recommendations for retrieving podcasts (Mac OS X 10.3.8). [more inside]
posted by anathema at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Austin shrinks

I'm looking for a reccomendation for a good psychiatrist in Austin. [more inside]
posted by jammer at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Creating large documents?

I'm working on a document that will eventually be very large...what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 9:48 AM PST - 15 comments

How to deal with leukemia in the family.

My uncle is battling leukemia. What to do? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Disabling caps lock?

How to require Caps Lock to be held down for a few seconds before activating? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Diving into Buffy?

I have a friend who has never ever watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is curious, after hearing about it from me and others, and wants to know what episode(s) to rent that would give her a good feel for it. If I had to recommend, I would start out with The Body in Season 5 and then a couple episodes after that, as a "representative slice" of the show. It has more gravitas than earlier seasons but not over-the-top intense like most of Season 6. Not that this is an earth-shaking topic but perhaps other fanboys and fangirls could weigh in.
posted by Danf at 9:18 AM PST - 43 comments

Making a web page in Japanese

I'm trying to make a 1 page web site in Japanese using my computer (english windows 98). I'm unable to type in Japanese using dreamweaver. I downloaded the Japanese version. Still no luck. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by keithl at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Sappy Slideshow Music

I need some good song suggestions for music to accompany a slideshow of a child growing up. [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 8:59 AM PST - 35 comments

My little toy..

Has anyone here used NetPerSec? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:41 AM PST - 3 comments

css in blogger

I'm seeing weird stuff when I try to make some css changes to my Blogger index page. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you become a casting director?

How does one become a casting director? It doesn't seem like there would be classes in film school on becoming a casting director, so I'm curious as to what professional course one would take to attain this position. I have quite an eye for placing actors in roles that have yet to be cast, but I'm sure that's not all it takes. Is it all just nepotism and luck?
posted by bjork24 at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

iCal Unknown Network Error...wha?

How do I debug (and solve) this iCal error: "Cannot publish your calender. There was an unknown network error (-2). " [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comment

French VAT Repayment

Our company recently participated in the MIDEM conference in Cannes (and they didn't take me!). We were assessed a reimbursable Value Added Tax. However, MIDEM arranges this repayment through an agency which takes a cut. I would like to get reimbursed without anyone taking a cut. Is this possible to do directly?
posted by Captaintripps at 7:11 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I get rid of old computer parts in Toronto

How can I get rid of old computer components in the Toronto area? [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 6:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting On A Panel At A Comic Con

I have a presentation that I want to give at comic book and science fiction conventions. How do I become an official convention event, and what else do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Webcam chat between Mac & PC

I'm looking for an inexpensive pair of Mac and Windows compatible webcams to chat with my girlfriend -- she has a PC, I have a PowerBook. [more inside]
posted by armage at 5:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Am I being Watched at work via remote access?

[RemoteAccessFilter] Am I being watched at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Nonlinar Music

Nonlinear music: where can I find good examples? I remember the Final Fantasy composer talking about one of the scores for a boss battle that could transition several different ways, for example. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 1:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Microsoft Word Adds Thousands of Pages?

Anyone great with dealing with Microsoft Word problems? It's adding thousands of blank pages to my document! Please help...I'm in the middle of writing my thesis... [more inside]
posted by rio at 1:16 AM PST - 15 comments

What is this song?

Can anyone help me identify the song in this video of a man dancing all over the world ( It's a fun site, also.
posted by jb at 12:01 AM PST - 7 comments

March 1

Desperatly seeking hosting.

Need co-lo/server space where I can pay in Euros, but not a fortune as I'm not rich. I'd like to lease the line and the server but have a few 'special' needs. [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 11:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Where/how/what do I do to earn big bucks this summer?

I just got accepted into a graduate school program in Manhattan, which is great, but I'm going to need A LOT of money. I have one summer to earn money before going back to school. Where/how/what do I do to earn big bucks this summer? [more inside]
posted by geryon at 11:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Living in close proximity with neighbors

How do you learn to live with your neighbors seeing you in your undies? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster at 9:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Data from Flash interface

How can I get data from a Flash interface-based web page? e.g. When I click on an item in the interface, is there anyway to get info on what was selected, etc? For example, on, how can I get the data on which selection was made from the list? I'd like to take that data into a PHP app and do something with it elsewhere.
posted by noahv at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

How to secure a programming job after a long break?

How to secure a programming job after a long break? Should I mention that when I left my last job, they tried to keep me with a massive salary increase? [more inside]
posted by crack at 8:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Buying stuff online in Canada?

Calling all Canadians! My limited free and work time is being sucked up by really trivial purchasing problems. How does one efficiently shop online in Canada? More importantly, where? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:24 PM PST - 25 comments

TENS/EMS recommendations?

After an accident a few years ago, I had a significant amount of physical therapy and they used a tens/ems unit both for muscle memory and for pain relief. I find some of the pain is returning, and I'd like to try one of these units before going the narcotic route. However, most of the sales sites I've found seem kind of shady. Does anyone have a medical supplier they recommend or any personal experience using one of the commercial units?
posted by dejah420 at 8:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Where's the fun?

Is anybody having fun? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 8:15 PM PST - 45 comments

How can I get an upgrade on my flight?

In April I'll be flying to New Zealand, this flight is 23+ hours long, and nonstop. I got a great rate from Qantas Air, but it's economy class, and I'm 6'2". 23 hours in a small seat will be tough and I want tips on getting an upgrade to business class, or even first class without spending a lot of money. Anybody have any tips for this?
posted by splatta at 8:06 PM PST - 31 comments

Help remember a CD based on album art

My boyfriend is having a hard time remembering a CD. [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Beer can headaches, but why?

On behalf of my friend's dad: Why is it that he gets headaches from canned beer, and not beer from other sources, or canned drinks?
posted by Monster_Zero at 6:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How to explain e-commerce to e-ignorants?

I need to explain how e-commerce is different from plain old commerce to business people with no e-background. What are your favorite resources (online or offline) for e-commerce information? I'm thinking of things like business basics, basic e-commerce concepts, shipping, digital photography -- essentially anything related to e-commerce from the business user level point of view. The hidden gems or the quality perspectives. Tutorials, books, online demos, graphics, statistics, whitepapers, or any other information suitable for an introductory-level audience.
posted by gleuschk at 6:13 PM PST - 5 comments

How to find what a given author's next book will be?

Inspired by this question, I found myself wondering - is there any way to find out what a given author's next book will be? Sort of like those 'screenplay sales' pages where it lists what a given production company has purchased, I guess.
posted by GriffX at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Train Scenes in Movies

I'm completing a lighting design for a play called "Last Train to Nibroc". The play's first scene takes place on a train heading east across the United States, just before dawn on December 28, 1940. In doing my research, I'm looking for movies that include interior scenes on trains of around this period. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 4:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Bane of the teaching existence

I've got to grade a stack of student essays that is nearly two feet high, and my motivation is lagging. I feel obliged to provide good feedback and useful comments on my student's papers, but it's getting painful. When the task in front of you is distasteful, long, and boring, but you hafta do a good job anyway, what do you to do keep motivated (and/or tricks to make the job less laborious)?
posted by terceiro at 4:46 PM PST - 39 comments

Good electric guitars for an acoustic fingerstylist?

I'm an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. I play a Martin OOOc-15e. Lately, I've been considering buying an electric guitar for similar purposes, as well as some heavier blues stuff. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 4:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Is there a site for people moving out on their own for the first time?

Is there a website that has advice, information, facts, and maybe even a forum for people who are moving out on their own for the first time? Not to college, but getting an apartment or house for the first time? As an example, it might have everything from tips on dealing with a landlord to how to do your laundry. (I know how to do those things, just an example.)
posted by IndigoRain at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Buying patchouli seeds

Where can I buy patchouli seeds right now? I'd like to plant them within the next couple of weeks, and the only online retailer I have found so far that offers them (a nursery in Indiana) had to toss out their batch and won't receive any more for at least a month.
posted by lnicole at 4:24 PM PST - 7 comments

The rich life...

Is it really that hard to be happy and rich? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 4:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Arts & Crafts classes in NYC?

I've been looking forward to taking classes at the YWCA Arts & Crafts League in NYC, ever since I found out about it a few months ago. However, it turns out that they will closing after their current term of classes, possibly re-opening in the fall with a reduced slate of classes. What other reasonably priced options are there in NYC (Brooklyn, Queens or Manhatten) for arts & crafts classes? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

In-n-Out Gift Certificates

Is there any way to buy In-N-Out Gift Certificates from the East Coast? [more inside]
posted by trey at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Curtsy for the Queen?

What is the proper etiquette/protocol for Americans greeting or addressing non-American people of title? Does one say "Her Majesty" or "Your Highness" or "Lady So-and-So" or other formalities, if one comes from a country with egalitarian and anti-monarchist roots and beliefs, where the non-recognition of titles is even a part of the Constitution? How about the whole curtsying thing? Where is the line commonly drawn between being polite to someone and being true to personal and national values? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 3:01 PM PST - 29 comments

Emailing Photos to Picture Phones?

Is there any way to email a photo from a computer to a Verizon picture phone?
posted by Pinwheel at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Life Question

I just moved to a new city, which in itself is exciting, but I am finding it a bit lonely. While some parts of my life are fabulous, they don't make up for the daily monotony that seems to escalate the longer I fail to do anything about it. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by Lola_G at 2:27 PM PST - 20 comments

iSight as security camera?

Is it possible to rig up my iSight camera (Mac OS X) to essentially act as a security camera? I'd like to record the footage it sees for "x" hours before overwriting, and ideally have it motion-activated so it only records when it detects movement.
posted by robbie01 at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Stephenson's Baroque Cycle

Does Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle undergo any stylistic changes in volumes two and three that will make it more readable? [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 12:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Non-drowsy motion sickness remedies?

Besides chemicals that make me nap all day, what can I do to keep from hurling on flights? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 12:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Creating a job for yourself

If you've ever approached a company and impressed them enough to create a postion for you, I'd love to hear how you went about it.
posted by davebush at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Taxes on marked down items

Oprah recently gave away cars to everyone in her studio audience, and some of the winners complained about the income tax burden represented by the car. Could she have avoided the problem by selling the cars to the audience for a nominal fee? [more inside]
posted by Bezbozhnik at 12:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Pens?! Pens?!

Recently I've been writing in a notebook and finding it less distracting more productive than a computer. Problem is: pens. My hands always cramp. Writers: what are your favorite pens? I fancy me a fine point as well.
posted by xmutex at 12:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Job Interview - Strengths/Weaknesses

I need some winning responses to the dreaded "What are your strengths/weaknesses" job interview question (Marketing Manager position at consulting firm). I am well-qualified and, of course, I know my own strengths/weaknesses, but I want two or three surefire BS responses that will knock their socks off. Euphamisms OK!
posted by punkfloyd at 12:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Whence comes the binding power of precedent?

I've got some idle curiosity-type questions about the nature of legal precedent. [more inside]
posted by kenko at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

financing the Great American Novel

I want to spend three to six months writing a novel as my primary activity. I have savings, but not enough. What kinds of work can I pick up and do, wing in and out of, make money but have maximum flexibility to do my writing? I have published two books previously and have strong well-developed skills in technology writing, web writing, some copy writing, etc., if that matters to your answer. Many thanks.
posted by lustra at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Flash ActionScript Key.isDown Command

I have some ActionScript and I need to change the keyboard controls from the arrow keys (up, down, left and right) to a, z , comma and period but nothing seems to be working... Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by stringbean at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

What should 10 fine arts students do in San Francisco for Memorial Day Weekend?

10 fine arts students from Oregon State University are planning a trip to San Francisco for Memorial Day Weekend (arriving Friday night, leaving Monday morning). What museums or other art-related locations are worth visiting? Bonus points for hostel and cheap food advice!
posted by evilbeck at 11:44 AM PST - 14 comments


The show "24" has taken a lot of heat lately, mentioned recently in this Mefi thread and it got me to wondering.... [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 11:04 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the quote about current technology as a metaphor for the universe?

I am looking for a quote from an article. The quote discussed how the current state of the art in technology usually became the metaphor for how we understand and describe the universe. The article is probably 5-6 years old, but was posted on the web (I probably accessed it through Arts and Letters Daily). [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Mystery Medicine

This morning, I discovered a funny little pill. What is it? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 10:40 AM PST - 19 comments

What advice would you give someone who is selling web development services?

I have been charged with training our retail representatives on how to sell our new web development services. Since I'm a code monkey, I have no idea about how to sell web development. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 10:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Laptop dying at random.

I've got a Compaq laptop (Presario 735 US) that's lately started to die on me, almost at random. [more inside]
posted by staresbynight at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Best solution for a website for a christening present?

I have a friend whose baby is getting christened. As a little present I'd like to provide them with an easy-to-operate website through which they can store and display photos of the child as he progresses, and supply news (essentially a blogging factor). Though I'll be setting it up and am pretty good at tech-stuff, the operators of the website (the parents) aren't so it'll need to be as simple as possible for them to do things like upload photos and post news of the baby. PHP content management systems seem like the logical solution, and I've looked at a few ideas (like using Gallery for the photos, and embedding it in a site) but I was wondering what do you all recommend?
posted by uk_giffo at 10:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Juicer Recommendations

Any recommendations for a good Juicer? Durability, efficiency, and ease of cleaning are especially desired features, but I'd like to keep the cost under $100 if possible, or in that neighborhood if not.
posted by wildblueyonder at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Job Hunting

If you were going to start looking into getting a job in sales where would you start? More specifically how would you determain what type of sales you would do? [more inside]
posted by thebwit at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

traveling across europe

so in may, i'll be headed back to Central Asia where i've been periodically offering computer consulting to non-profit NGOs for the past 5 years. generally, i've gone, come home, and started working the very next day at my job here in the states. this year, however, i'll be spending one full month over in that part of the world, and was figuring to take a week tooling around Europe on the way home. [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I prevent OS X keybindings from over-riding my applications?

How do I prevent OS X keybindings from over-riding my applications? For example, when programming in Emacs the auto-complete feature is normally bound to command-tab. By default, if I press command-tab in my Emacs session it will try to tab out to other open programs. How do I let OS X know to leave command-tab alone? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is the world's population centre of gravity?

Where is the world's population centre of gravity? [more inside]
posted by brettski at 8:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Punk classics

I'm doing a DJ set at a party soon with a number of 40something punk fans there. What shall I play? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 8:14 AM PST - 58 comments

Cool NYC hotels

NYC Hotel Splurge: My bf bought Spamalot tickets for a weekend in June and we are looking for reasonable deal on a high end hotel ($250-350/night) to live it up a little. Royalton? Sofitel? Other? Also seeking food recs. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 8:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Vital, earth-shattering question...

When men wear pajamas, should they go commando or wear underwear? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 7:48 AM PST - 40 comments

Gay New York

I am an English lady coming to New York in April with a gaggle of commited homosexualist men and one other female. The aforesaid dedicated homosexualists will undoubtedly want to explore the gay bars of New York, and probably the seedier the better. Can anyone advise me on which gay bars are women-friendly and which should probably be left to the boys? Which ones are the most fun? We will be in the vicinity of the West Village.
posted by Summer at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Best cheesburger

Which restaurant serves the best cheeseburger in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 7:30 AM PST - 52 comments

How to open RAW files correctly

Just bought a Nikon D70. I shoot in RAW. Not sure I'm opening the files correctly. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:30 AM PST - 24 comments

What materials do you recommend on the Edwardian era?

I'm trying to learn about the Edwardian era especially (but not exclusively) in England, Ireland, and Canada. What excellent materials (fiction and non-fiction books, movies, websites, etc.) have you read and seen about this period?
posted by orange swan at 6:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Stalin, Trotzki and Photoshop. No MetaTalk snark attempt.

As we know, Stalin gave order to perfectly remove Trotzki from older photographs. Are these pictures available somewhere? [more inside]
posted by tcp at 5:37 AM PST - 10 comments

what's the difference between an apartment and a flat?

A neighbour who's learning English has to write an explanation defining the difference between an apartment and a flat... and I just couldn't help her, because I didn't realise that there was a difference. I figured someone here might live in or know of a place where there's a distinct difference between the two. Can anyone help?
posted by bunglin jones at 12:05 AM PST - 17 comments