March 2006 Archives

March 31

A Perfectly Good Guitar

What's the best guitar store in the South? [more inside]
posted by catfishjohn19 at 11:36 PM PST - 11 comments

I just can't bring myself to sit there.

I'm wound so tight I feel like I'm crawling out of my skin, but sitting and meditating is achey and boring and too time-consuming. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 11:21 PM PST - 33 comments

Riverboat style?

"Regular or River boat style?" Some mildly NSFW text inside... [more inside]
posted by wilky at 10:54 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I copy videos FROM my PC TO my TiVo?

How do I copy videos FROM my PC TO my TiVo???? I see plenty of ways to copy video the other way, including TiVo's own TivoToGo, but what I'd like to do is copy videos I have on my computer (in various formats) TO the TiVo. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 10:53 PM PST - 6 comments

The Ghosts of LA live on the freeway

Inspired by this excellent FPP, I was looking at the LA River on Google Maps, when I noticed something odd. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 8:35 PM PST - 12 comments

I played this song a hundred times in band, but I can't remember the name.

Help me identify an intense piece of music I played in high school band. [more inside]
posted by liet at 8:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I get more info on the Toldot Yeshua?

Michael Wex, in his Born to Kvetch, mentions a book called Toldot Yeshua (or possibly Toldos Yeshua), a medieval Yiddish manuscript that proposes that Jesus was a parlor trick artist, Mary an unclean woman and that Peter was a devout Jew that diverted Christianity out of Judaism (or something along those lines). Now, I'd quite like to learn more, ideally reading the book myself. Do any of you have any more info on it? Does there exist an English translation?
posted by Kattullus at 7:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I help my friend get help?

I have a friend (seriously) who has serious problems with social anxiety, to the point she is sometimes paralyzed with fear or depression. She cannot hold a job because of it, and therefore has no insurance for medical attention - what can she do? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Need a good answering machine

Good answering machine? I need an answering machine that has good microphone sound pickup for recording outgoing announcements. [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Ensuring My Forms Are Spam-Safe

Is the script that powers my contact form spam-safe? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find some good narcocorrido music!

Do you have any recommendations for narcocorrido albums? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a great April Fool's Day prank?

What's a great April Fool's Day prank my 5-year-old daughter and I can play on her Mom (my wife) tomorrow? Nothing too devious or disturbing, please. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 4:15 PM PST - 30 comments

1972 Baseball card wrapper

1972 Topps baseball cards - The "psychodelic" set. I'm looking for a good graphic of the groovy art on the wrapper. It's kind of a Peter Max-ish portrait of a ball player holding a baseball. Any help?
posted by jsteward at 4:00 PM PST - 5 comments

BitTorrent + Donations = Viva la revolution?

I have a relatively bold, and quite possibly extremely idiotic, idea for a website. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 3:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Dammit, Smithers, this isn't rocket science, it's brain surgery!

SimpsonFilter: Where can I find a screen capture of C. Montgomery Burns performing brain surgery on Homer? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Who delivers fishing ponds?

There is a company in the Twin Cities that will bring live fish ponds to your catered event and let people fish in them... [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

our website stinks!

Am I getting ripped off by my web designer? (and also, how much should a website (non-commerce) cost to design?) [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 2:59 PM PST - 25 comments

Why is my ipod's diagnostic screen coming on?

Why does my iPod feel the need to bring up its diagnostic screen? [more inside]
posted by theinsectsarewaiting at 2:11 PM PST - 2 comments

When to leave for Tahoe?

We're going from SF to Tahoe tonight but can't leave until 4:30 p.m. or so. Should we even bother leaving ASAP or should we just wait? [more inside]
posted by epugachev at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Squishy shoes blues

Squishy noise when I walk, help! [more inside]
posted by Marky at 2:06 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best software for encryption?

What is the best software program for encrypting certain folders on an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead at 1:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Need examples of typographical mosaics

I am looking for examples of typographical layouts, with lots of random or not so random words. I've tried google, but I'm not sure what to search for. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 1:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Simpsons clown music?

What is the circus music played in the "Homie the Clown" episode of the Simpsons, wherein Homer goes to clown college? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Cinque Terre and Rome lodging

Any suggestions for places to stay in Cinque Terre and Rome for honeymooners on a budget? Can afford more than a hostel, but not more than about 60 euro a night.
posted by abee at 12:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Maid service?

Can anyone recommend a good maid service in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

How to display on/off status on a website?

How can I set up a simple system that allows a non-html knowing website owner to change easily change the displayed status of team members on the site? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 12:18 PM PST - 7 comments

My Ex-Boyfriend's Back

What to do now that the ex is back in town? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 12:17 PM PST - 33 comments

Where Can I Buy Jumper Pins?

I've been trying to find an online store that will sell me a single (or a small number) jumper pin for a hard drive. I'm having trouble finding a store that sells them
posted by Cookie Monster at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Walk me through getting a clone running locally on my Mac?

I would like to build and host a clone on my Mac (Intel iMac running Tiger). It need not be accessible outside of my machine, although if you can advise me how to do that while still keeping my machine secure, that would be a very nice plus. I am able to build simple command-line apps in Unix and puzzle some stuff out, but I am very much not a l33t hax00r. Can anyone walk me through the process very simple step by very simple step? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

A Case of Mistaken Locality

Google thinks that I am in the UK. I am in the US. Any way to convince it of the truth? [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 11:46 AM PST - 16 comments

help me identify a circus song!

ok, its a very very commonly heard 'circus' song, often used in other shows (tv shows etc) for 'comic effect'; within the circus context I think you most often hear it when the jugglers or other funny acrobats come out and do silly things. I'll 'hum' a few bars for you... [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Typing on a PDF file

I have a PDF copy of a form that I need to fill out. I need to type my answers onto the form; how can I do this with a PDF file?
posted by punishinglemur at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Should we bring a birthday gift?

My 3 year old is invited to a birthday party and the invitation specifies "no gifts." What is the ettiquette here? It is at a party place that is pretty expensive to rent out and pizza will be provided, so the host is spending a lot of money. It seems wrong not to bring a gift.
posted by stockaholic at 10:42 AM PST - 32 comments

Where's a good place to buy property in Halifax?

Where's a good place to buy property in Halifax? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Help for a dummy

I need help with a small code item which I had at IE but cannot get to work at Firefox [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

AFF,, craigslist CE?

AFF,, craigslist CE experiences? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Is a 739 FICO good?

What's a "good" FICO score? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the best introductory book to corporate finance you know of, for self study purposes?

What is the best introductory book to corporate finance you know of, for self study purposes? [more inside]
posted by studentguru at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Book recommendations for the PIC microprocessor.

Geeky BookFilter: I'm looking for a good book on PIC Microprocessors. Details of the specific knowledge I'm seeking inside. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 9:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Eating meat again

I'd like to start eating meat again. [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique at 8:44 AM PST - 23 comments

travel cheap

What's the deal with standby? Any mefites have first-hand experience of traveling on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend me some sparse moody instrumental music

Recommend me some nice melancholic instrumental music with sparse arrangements. Maybe classical music (?), of which I know very little, but I'm thinking specifically of "Music For Egon Schiele" by Rachel's. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 8:07 AM PST - 41 comments

how do i have html form data emailed to me?

I know how to create html forms (very basic ones), but, without using mailto: I don't know how to have the data the user submits emailed to me. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Multiple channels of TV on one screen?

How can I get four different television channels playing on a large plasma or LCD display at once? I'm guessing that cable inputs would need to go to a PC, and then piped to the TV through DVI, but beyond that (hardware, software) I am a little stumped. Anyone have any suggestions?
posted by GriffX at 8:00 AM PST - 7 comments

no, I'm great, really! and I have emails to prove it!

Is it appropriate to forward compliments about yourself (relating to work) to your boss? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 7:56 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I find the right LASIK doctor?

I'm looking into laser eye surgery and I need to know how to distinguish one doctor from the next. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

My fire/water safe got moldy - how do I clean it?

How do I clean a moldy fire/water safe and the contents? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What do people do when their accountant dies during this time of year?

My father, who was a self-employed accountant with a staff of zero, passed away on Monday in the middle of tax season. His clients, mostly doctors with small to medium sized practices, are people whose finances he's been managing for decades and they were friends to him as well. How can we, my family, ease their transition to another person to handle their taxes? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Greetings Earthlings! Take me to your Phish!

Can anyone identify the music used in the opening sequence of the film Contact? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 7:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Help the Sun shine!

I'm going to interview a couple sysadmin candidates in the near future. What are some questions that one should ask a sysadmin candidate that are Solaris specific? Please let me know what the correct answer should be, too. I've found that "How would you use newfs?" is a good one. Help me think of others!
posted by drstein at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Low libido

The girlfriend has lost her sex drive, and mine is higher than ever. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 71 comments

Where does iTunes save imported cover art?

Where does iTunes for Windows copy the cover art that you drag in? Is there a better way to organize those images?
posted by linklog at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I tell my mortgage broker I just lost my job?

Yesterday I got fired from a job I hate, but I'm in the middle of applying for a mortgage and I'm worried this will jeopardize my chances of getting approved. I need to know what I should tell the mortgage broker, if anything, about this whole situation. [more inside]
posted by elisabeth r at 6:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Deep meaningful movie recommendations?

Recently I've run out of beautiful, interesting movies I enjoy watching. Over the last few months I ended up watching some predictable romantic comedies I really hate. So what deep meaningful movies would you recommend? Which movies have made you feel, think or cry? Maybe, some of these Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s?
posted by volandmast at 6:41 AM PST - 51 comments

Terms for a local in other languages

How do you ask for a local in other languages? [more inside]
posted by Bezbozhnik at 6:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Is alltunes safe?

Is alltunes safe? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 4:11 AM PST - 25 comments

Mp3 Player for my 80 year old Gran, need advice?

Mp3 Player for my 80 year old Gran, need advice? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Can i drive her car?

Tomorrow me, my girlfriend, and her dad are going tp pick up my girlfriends new car. She hasnt passed her test yet, so i'll be driving it back. Ive been driving for 6 years, never had an accident, and have fully comp insurance. Can I legally drive it? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Requesting Insider Information

Five minutes ago, I heard about an interview that will take place tonight. Does anyone know anything about the firm IQPC, or the conference industry, that could help me get this job, and get to New York? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 2:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Scrabblegrams puzzle & answer archive?

Looking for a site that posts daily Scrabblegrams and answers for previous puzzles. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 2:48 AM PST - 3 comments

My head itches

My scalp itches terribly in one spot. I'm not sure how to tell wether it's dandruff, dry scalp, an allergy or some silly nervous condition that makes me scratch it. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 2:32 AM PST - 13 comments

mp3 transfer problemo

I've transfered some mp3s from one hard drive (windows) to another (Linspire), and dang it, the titles are all messed up ("09thel~1", "lostbo~3", etc). Can I redo the transfer or do I have to fix all brazillion titles manually (unpossible)? Thanks.
posted by NorthernSky at 2:15 AM PST - 9 comments

How to manually tell iTunes how long a track is

How do I manually tell iTunes how long a particular track is? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 1:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there an easy way to audit how long it takes our company to reply to emails?

Is there an easy way to audit how long it takes our company to reply to emails? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 1:43 AM PST - 5 comments

March 30

Minimizing Downtime on a Linux Migration

I need help migrating to Linux from an "unlicensed" Windows 2000 Server? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I in any danger after this phishing attempt?

I've fallen for a phishing attempt. Based on what they may have, what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 PM PST - 17 comments

PHP Security

I’m working on a PHP/MySQL app and would like to ensure my security is up to scratch – need tips on authentication, globals and input sanitization. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 11:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Chicago Plastic Surgeons

Does anyone know a good plastic surgeon in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Good black beans and yellow rice recipe?

Good black beans and yellow rice recipe? It's a little hole in the wall at the NW corner of Broadway and Broome but it's heaven to me. [more inside]
posted by sonnet at 11:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Virtual Note Cards

OS X: I'm looking at outliners/organizers for the Mac, and can't seem to find just what I need. I'd like a virtual box of index cards that I can use to make an outline/lesson plan. Here is the ideal way that it would work: [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 10:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Rates for photographing artwork?

What should I charge for photographing artwork? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 10:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Titles are silly, don't you agree?

Help me find the best writers' workshop in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Gamesaves from memory card to Xbox HD

Please help me transfer my Xbox game saves from a Mega-X-Key USB memory stick. [more inside]
posted by aceyim at 7:38 PM PST - 2 comments

What does a nurse do in an ER situation?

Nurse Filter: Can someone explain some basic ER stuff to an actor about to audition for a nurse part? I want my physical actions to be realistic. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a better fit

I heard today that if you sit in a bathtub wearing your new jeans, and let them dry on you, that theyll fit better. Has anyone ever tried/heard this?
posted by Rlocurto at 7:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Eco-Friendly patio furniture on a budget?

In search of eco-friendly patio furniture. We'd like to get a nice table and four chairs for the pending badass wooden deck in the backyard. Budget would be somewhere in the vicinity of $150-$250. Are we delusional?
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me devise a fitness and weight-gaining plan for the summer

Help me devise a fitness and weight-gaining plan for the summer. (Los Angeles - area specific suggestions much appreciated, too) [more inside]
posted by sirion at 6:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me manage my life (i.e. my calendar)

I add appointments to my calendar at work (desktop) and home (laptop) but miss appointments because I am at the wrong computer or away from both. Help me stay synchronized. [more inside]
posted by special-k at 5:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Why are habits so hard to break, even for a moment?

It's one thing to stop smoking, or stop biting your nails, or stop drinking, altogether -- what I want to know is, why is it sometimes so difficult to stop doing a habitual activity even for a few moments, while trying really hard? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 5:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Uses for Automator

I'm overwhelmed by Automator. What are some of the ways that you use it?
posted by charmston at 4:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Help this turtle tiptoe through the tulips

How do you trim a pet turtle's toenails? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Just an inch or two?

Help me with just an inch, maybe two. [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 4:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Suggestions for songs to run to

Seeking some specific work-out music. The type or vintage is unimportant; what I need is songs which exactly match my running tempo. Over the years, I've filled four tapes with these matches, but I'm always seeking more. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Snail Mail Spam, how to stop?

It seems like almost every time i open my mailbox i get this advertising mailer in there. How on earth do i go about complaining and get this crap to stop! I assume there are laws like there are spam these days, if you say "unsubscribe" they have to obey? Googling for it only came up with the link i pasted above and looking on the Kansas City Star website was no help either. Any advice?
posted by joshgray at 3:49 PM PST - 19 comments

What do I invest $5000 in?

I've got $5000 to invest in my business. What do I use it for? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Best form of birth control ever

What do with a teenage girl starting to act up? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 2:42 PM PST - 44 comments

Sheffield Ahoy!

LongshotFilter: Does anyone have a room going in a shared house in Sheffield, UK? Or, failing that, any advice for moving in with people I don't know in a city I've visited less than 5 times? [more inside]
posted by Captain Najork at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How to get a landlord to cough up for bar work done?

My girlfriend did some casual bar work and now the landlord is dodging paying her. There is no complaint on her work but she didn't get anything in writing. How can she get the money due to her? [more inside]
posted by sixball at 2:26 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I open a wks file?

I need help opening a file with a .wks extension. I believe it's a Lotus spreadsheet, but I don't have that program. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

How does plucked hair regrow?

I was doing some face gardening this morning - a Sisyphean task to try and avoid the appellation 'strawberry nose'. I got to wondering, how does a plucked hair manage to grow back?
posted by tellurian at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Anonymous donation?

How can I make anonymous donations? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Phd with creative dissertation vs. MFA

I'm wondering if anyone knows much about Phds with creative dissertations versus MFAs. I want to eventually teach college-level creative writing. [more inside]
posted by Destroid at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Where did my image go?

How do you make a jpg or pdf image visible when you are sending out a electronic mail merge? [more inside]
posted by beatnik808 at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone help me find a book including a letter to God written by a Holocaust victim?

My apologies for this vague description--I used to work in a bookstore where I'd pick up and browse through a number of books. One book included a letter written to God by a Jewish man (maybe a rabbi?) imprisoned during the Holocaust. Part of the letter involved him saying, essentially, "no matter what you do to me, God, or what suffering you send, you can't make me stop loving you. That is the form my free will takes." Does anyone know the author or title?
posted by piers at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Protective plastic coating for paperbacks?

I've noticed that libraries often put a rigid, clear plastic coating on the covers of paperback books. The coating makes the book covers more sturdy and durable. What is that coating, and is it available to retail consumers?
posted by jayder at 12:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Give an example of a famous satirical French totalitarian slogan.

I need a French quotation from a French source that is a reference to a satirical utopian slogan like "Freedom is slavery" from Orwell's 1984. [more inside]
posted by dobie at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

keep me from killing my treo phone

Does your Treo's phone quality suck? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

What instrument should I learn?

Where to start learning a musical instrument for the musically inept? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 12:27 PM PST - 38 comments

Need Landscape CAD

CAD for 3d sitework recomendations, please. [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Re-ripping audio CDs

Ripping tracks from a audio CD-R...what bitrate to use? [more inside]
posted by apple scruff at 12:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Yellowknife to Jamaica custom excursion

Where can I find a lot of information about the travel and resort industry with an eye to arranging a charter from Yellowknife (Northern Canada) to western Jamaica? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to expand my in-home workout routine.

I want to expand my in-home workout routine. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I re-attach the jeans button?

Any seamstresses? How can I re-attach the button to my jeans? [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 11:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices?

Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices? How can anyone make money here? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 11:17 AM PST - 27 comments

a dramatic monologue, between stops

If you were interviewing passengers on a city bus, what would you ask? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 11:07 AM PST - 31 comments

Name that crappy obscure fps from the early 90s!

Did you play first person shooters in the early 90s? Help me figure out the name of this obscure and relatively mediocre WWII game based on the incredibly limited amount of information I remember about it! [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 11:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Account fleecing my mom

Former accountant holding some papers hostage. How do I best handle this? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 11:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Getting permission to use a likeness in merchandise?

I have a great idea for a meme with assorted merchandise involving a deceased musician and his likeness. How do I pitch this to the appropiate person so that I might profit legitimately and what are the typical terms of such an arrangement?
posted by keswick at 10:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Now what?

Maybe I have a couple problems. The first one probably stems from the second. Insurance won't cover therapy or medication. Is there any place in Baltimore, MD that offers free or very low-cost assistance? Thank you.
posted by anonymous at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does blowing on food make it cooler?

Why does blowing on food make it cooler? [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 10:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Hearing and drugs

Hearing loss, vasodialators and nitrous oxide - why do these chemicals improve hearing? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Gas station signs

Why do (most?) American gas stations use physical, numerical signage that require manual adjustment when prices change? Wouldn't electronic signage make life easier and maybe more profitable? Is there some regulation that requires non-electronic signage?
posted by punkfloyd at 10:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Credit Card with miles w/ bad credit

Credit Card Filter: I know there has been plenty, but this is a bit different, I searched and could not find anything related. I am beginning to work for a company who let's me use my own credit card for expenses. Problem is I do not have a credit card, I have a debit card. My credit isn't that hot. Basically, I am looking for a credit card that is easy to get and that I can get miles on. Remember my credit is whatever.
posted by Gabe014 at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

I have a theory about consciousness. Tell me what it's called. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 9:34 AM PST - 33 comments

Don't know what I should wear to my grandmother's memorial service.

Don't know what I should wear to my grandmother's memorial service. [more inside]
posted by vionnett at 9:19 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to play the normallestly sized violin in the world, or such.

Last night I decided I want to play the violin. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:06 AM PST - 22 comments

I can't get no credit respect

How can I Build Credit Quickly? And will taking a small loan out and paying it off way ahead of schedule be good or bad for my credit score? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

How to mix video and PowerPoint seemlessly?

I'm working on a competition presentation for my student organization. The presentation is in the form of a video (made in Adobe AfterEffects) but we may also want to include PowerPoint slides. What's a good way to mix video and PowerPoint without fear of hiccups? [more inside]
posted by yevge at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Getting it on (like Donkey Kong?)

What is the origin of the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong"? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Free wiki

WikiFilter: I need a wiki that will allow Password protected forums, groups or users, & file attachments. I also need the app to be free. Anyone know of one?
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Find this font (please!)

Can anyone identify the font used in this logo? (image inside) [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 8:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Searching for a few good schools

Is there any good site that allows you to review public schools in a given neighborhood, namely Brooklyn?
posted by adampsyche at 8:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Guilt versus greed - how much do I pay this woman?

What percentage of my take-home pay should go to someone who does my laundry and cleans my house twice a week? All sorts of complexity and intrigue inside. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 7:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Be my Q. Help me crash a party like James Bond.

A secret cabal of family members is having a rather big party this summer on the shores of Lake Huron. My mission: arrive in style a la James Bond. I've checked out their security, and although strong on three sides, they haven't guarded the lake. Fools. I would like to arrive via the lake. However, I'm having a tough time with what to wear. Preferably, I'd like to slip out of my wetsuit into a crisp, wrinkle free tuxedo. Is this possible?
posted by maxpower at 6:39 AM PST - 93 comments

Movies where actors sing?

What are some good movies with musical numbers sung by the actors? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 6:19 AM PST - 53 comments

The best community for caretakers of profoundly learning disabled people?

Posting for a friend: What are the best newsgroups and discussion boards for the families and caretakers of profoundly learning disabled (also known as profoundly retarded) people? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:18 AM PST - 2 comments

What should I name my hypothetical children?

What should I name my hypothetical children? [more inside]
posted by jrengreen at 5:13 AM PST - 79 comments

Does anybody have an idea about how many people have lived on our planet in total?

How many people have walked the earth? [more inside]
posted by Haarball at 5:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Films about revenge

MovieFilter: Help me find films about revenge. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 5:00 AM PST - 67 comments

Am I using correctly?

If I create tags that only I would understand am I doing anything wrong, or perhaps even undermining the service? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 4:57 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I become an Outdoor Educator?

I live in the big city, but I want some days on the mountains - how can I get the qualifications I need to become an outdoor educator? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 4:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Questions re orphaned adopted kitten

Please help resolve some problems with an adopted orphaned kitten. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 4:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How Many College Applicants to US Colleges?

I am looking for statistics about college applications. [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 4:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Pivot Table Charting Help

Help me with creating two bar charts from two columns in one pivot table, please? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 4:21 AM PST - 4 comments

March 29


IndyFilter: I am going to be in Indianapolis for an interview towards the end of next week. I will be in town for two evenings, and I am looking for things to do. Do you have any suggestions for places to visit, pubs to drink at, and restaurants that serve great Japanese, burritos, or pizza? I am 21 years old so I'm looking for places that draw a younger crowd, ideally young professionals. I've loved my time in college, but I am about ready to leave the college crowd behind. I am not a huge fan of clubbing, so if you can steer away from any of those in your recommendation, that would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jab at 11:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Searching for the name of a mid-80's sci-fi TV show/mini-series

This silly little thing haunts me - the name of an 80's sci-fi TV show. Maybe a mini-series, or very short-lived I think.... [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Modifying php-based web calendar to allow UTF-8 (Japanese) input

Probably easy question about PHP and unicode (UTF-8) and RegEx. I'm trying to modify a php webcalendar (VTcalendar) to allow Japanese text in calendar postings. I've found all the variables to get the UTF-8 headers, and so japanese text manually inserted into pages appears fine. But, there's an input validation thingy I don't know how to modify. (short snippet inside) [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 10:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Font encoding in Adobe Indesign

PDFfilter: Font encoding in Adobe Indesign [more inside]
posted by crack at 10:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Formatting Combined Feeds as a Daily Link List

I have been using reblog to combine two feeds (for a blog and a forum) which I then publish through Feedburner. What I want to do is have the blog part of my feed update normally (i.e. individual posts) and the forum part of my feed compiled into a daily link list (which itself is published as if it were ONE feed post each day)... What ways exist for me to do this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:49 PM PST - 1 comment

What can I do to help him lose weight?

How do I empower and support my boyfriend in his goal to lose weight? [more inside]
posted by Rowgun at 9:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Did ancient Samaritans eat pork?

Did ancient Samaritans eat pork? [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Hot gas, how to cool?

We bought a gas barbeque, but it's a little too hot, even on the lowest setting. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:17 PM PST - 5 comments

ID the song that uses this synth loop sample

Identify what current song uses this synthesizer loop from a 20-year-old song. [more inside]
posted by intermod at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Eclipses blow my mind

Are there any reasonable scientific explanations for the fact that the width of the moon as viewed from the surface of the Earth is precisely the right width to match the apparent width of the sun, and give us total eclipses? It does seem spectacularly unlikely that it turned out that way by mere chance.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:34 PM PST - 54 comments

How do I host a wine class?

What do I need to know about setting up a wine class? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 7:24 PM PST - 8 comments

A Raccoon, A Rabbit, and An Owl

Help me identify an old animated movie that involved a raccoon, a rabbit, and an owl. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a good font management application for Windows?

What's a good font management application for Windows? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Brazilian waxist in London?

Recommendations for a Brazilian bikini wax in London? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for stuff to make my place nicer...

Emerging artists... who are your picks of relatively, virtually, or literally (but for you, I suppose) unknown artists who create things I can put in my home (ie, not filmmakers/animators/writers/comic writers, etc.), such as paintings, pottery, furniture, photographs, etc? Criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 4:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Encyclopedia Brown and the Mystery of the Missing Hard Drive Space

Where the %$&*@! did all of my hard drive space go?!? [more inside]
posted by Cyrano at 4:35 PM PST - 17 comments

The copyright of this post is held by the author

In a few academic papers I've seen, instead of the usual ACM/IEEE copyright blurb, it just says "Copyright held by the author". What's the significance of this? Can anyone just replace the ACM copyright with their own? Does it affect the paper's acceptance rate? Does the conference or journal approve of this?
posted by lpctstr; at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Name this author

Name the author and book... [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Fake Address?

How can I determine whether or not an email address is real without the owner (assuming it's real) knowing that I checked it? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 4:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Movies with kid versions of actors?

Movies which show main characters as children, usually through a flashback? [more inside]
posted by lhall at 3:52 PM PST - 56 comments

Advice on Good Groundcover?

I’m looking for suggestions on what to plant as a groundcover in our backyard. I live in Los Angeles, California and am searching for the ideal ground cover which would: - require little water - not require super drainage (we have a fair amount of clay in our soil) - thrive in a sunny area - handle occasional foot traffic - grow moderately quickly - be evergreen - not be poisonous to kids The real kicker on the ideal groundcover would be cost—if we could plant it by seed that would be superb. Am I asking for too much? Should I bite the cost and buy thyme plugs?
posted by krudiger at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Intoxicated Timesharing System

Where can I find several small, clean solenoid-actuated valves for a modest sum? For making an automatic drink-mixing computer. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

The Mini & Media Art

Mac Mini (Dual Core Intel version) & Media Art Installation: I'm working with a friend to develop a system that will allow not only for playback of audio/visual content, but also for recording it. I think a Mini is a good way to go, but would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 3:06 PM PST - 4 comments

What's wrong with my tummy?

My gynecologist recommended laparoscopy to diagnose my pelvic pain, but I'm not sure this is the way to go. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 2:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Travel podcasts

What would/do you like in a travel podcast? What are some of your favorites, and why? If you could describe your ideal one, what would it be like?
posted by gottabefunky at 2:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Health Insurance is confusing!!

Someone told me that if you use your health insurance to cover mental health treatment (even if it's just therapy), it may affect your ability to get disability or life insurance in the future - does anyone know if this is true?
posted by echo0720 at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it PC to be a fan of another culture?

When someone is an extreme fan of a particular group or culture, is it "politically correct" to be so, and how do the people being so admired feel about their admirer? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul at 2:41 PM PST - 29 comments

I've Lost (my) fonts - please help !!!

My computer crashed, the HD was reformatted and now when I try to use the following fonts, there gone. I use windows EX, MS office and want to use the following fonts in Photoshop CS. I would like to reinstall the following fonts; Amaze, Bangle, Bickley, Broadway, Stencil, Stop, Surfer, Wide latin, MS gothic. I don't want to pay too much, if possible -- I had the above fonts before the crash. Thanks in advance for any advice...
posted by orlin at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

A cabin in the woods question

Canadian Cabin/Cottage property finding question. [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Easy storage for Game Boy games

Is there any sort of storage system for Game Boy/Game Boy Advance games? I can use a DVD rack to hold just about any other type of game, but my Game Boy games have been relegated to an old wooden box I have. [more inside]
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Encasing a child's art project in lucite.

I would like to encase something my daughter made in lucite. Here's an example of the kind of thing we're talking about: bugs in lucite 1, bugs in lucite 2. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

BT in me car

I want a bluetooth speaker phone for my new Blackberry 7290 for use in my car. I found lots of articles talking about new cars that have bluetooth, but can anyone recommend a device that I can purchase for the car I have already? I need a new stereo, so one that requires me to replace my radio isn't a deal breaker. [more inside]
posted by about_time at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the costs, benefits and drawbacks to cosmetic dentistry?

I have terrible looking teeth and I'd like to fix them and finally have a nice white straight smile for the first time in my life. After doing research, it seems my options are braces (ugh, I'd be one of those dorky 35 year olds with braces), veneers, and caps (are there any other options?). What I'm curious about is the ballpark costs, benefits, and drawbacks of veneers and caps. All info online seems to be tainted by cosmetic dentists looking to make a buck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Beach? Coast? Shore? Also: is Puget Sound part of the ocean?

Waterfilter (heh) — so, I have a couple of water-related questions born of a drunken debate among friends. First: what is the difference between a coast, a beach, and a shore? Second: is Puget Sound part of the Pacific Ocean, an entirely separate body, or some freakish combination of the two? Finally: when Seattleites go down to the Sound, are they going to the coast, the beach, the shore, or something else? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 1:15 PM PST - 41 comments

Should I break off a friendship and how would I do it?

I am stuck in a one-sided frienship and not sure whether to end it or keep things status quo. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:11 PM PST - 26 comments

World getting smaller, my ass.

Anyone (non-Japanese-speaking, not based in Japan) have experience buying from [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

An XP app to convert MADI to any other format?

Converting PlayerPro MADI files into something more ubiquitous, such as .IT, or .XM? [more inside]
posted by Durhey at 12:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Start up problem with EPro Laptop N34AS1

I obtained an EPro (Compal) N34AS1 laptop computer. It has a Pentium 4 with Win XP Home. When starting up, it will not boot on the first try. The indicator lights flash and you can hear the fan but there is no display and no boot. However, I have found that by repeatedly pressing the power button to turn the computer on and off, by the 4th or 5th try it will boot up and then operate very well. [more inside]
posted by KHcancun at 12:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Katrina Filter

We have a vacation home in Florida (33767), and we've been told that it is now considered 'uninsurable.' This isn't because it's right on the water, but because it's located in a certain zip code. Any advice on how I can go about getting a new policy? Everyone says NO as soon as they hear what zip it's in.
posted by richmondparker at 11:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Automatically PDF a website?

How can I automate printing a complete website to PDF?

I need to be able to show what the site looked like on any given date. The site is a sales tool and therefore requires user input on every page, so simply spidering the site is not adequate.

Because the site requires user input all over the place, I'd somehow need to supply the tool with data so it could be fully automated.

Are there tools out there that could do this?

Note: It doesn't necessarily have to be output to PDF, just something manageable and static.
posted by gfroese at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

How badly can golf ball sized hail damage a roof?

Is it feasible that a short (probably under 5 minutes) but rather heavy hail storm of golf ball-ish sized hail would damage a shingle roof to the point where it would need to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by shinji_ikari at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

can adwords look nice?

How much flexability is there in the way google adwords are displayed? Whenever I see google adwords on web pages, they mostly look 1) pretty much the same as on other sites and 2) rather ugly. How much flexability is there in the way they are displayed? Are there any other textad services that allow more flexability in aperance? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I help rebuild New Orleans?

Rebuilding New Orleans: How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by elr at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Are yeasts nocturnal beasties?

Why do (maybe just my) yeast infections itch worst at night? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I deduct academic software being used non-academically?

If I use my sister's college-student discount to by computer products at a reduced price, but claim them as expenses for my home business, will anyone care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 18 comments


I want to get a divorce I'm in the UK: Do I need to involve a solicitor? is this something I could do on my own? If it is something I can do myself, how can I go about starting it? My wife is not overly keen on us getting a divorce, though I'm pretty sure she'd NOT put up much of a struggle once the thing got started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for resources to help me tutor a student with Asperger Syndrome.

Please help me locate useful resources, preferably free and web based or available through the library loan program, that would lead to more effective tutoring for a student with Asperger Syndrome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a fat guy breathe?

I am middle-aged, overweight, and I have asthma. I am considering moving in four months from Houston, TX, approzimately sea-level to Denver, Co, approx. 5200 feet. How much trouble will I have with the altitude? Other than walking more than I am now, what can I do to prepare for the altitude change?
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Charger specs for cordless screwdriver?

Power-tool help: The people at Black and Decker are behaving [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 10:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Dealing with ripoff experts.

What's the best course of action after being ripped off by an online retailer? [more inside]
posted by clunkyrobot at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

What's wrong with my computer?

Wireless networking problem with a Thinkpad t40/Cisco 350 mini-pci wireless card. Windows XP sp2, latest versions of everything, as far as I know. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Upgrading to ACT! ver. 7 or 8?

Is it worth moving to either version 7.0 or 8.0 of the contact/sales management software ACT!? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comment

which payment method has less risk of failure after a hurricane?

My mom is concerned that a hurricane could damage enough infrastucture to cause problems if she's making payments electronically. [more inside]
posted by bleary at 9:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Did Russian wipe out national languages?

Did Russian replace other languages in Eastern Europe and the former USSR countries? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 8:48 AM PST - 28 comments

sql or access?

Small database project: Should I use Access or SQL Database? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 8:21 AM PST - 38 comments

Help an 11 yr. old bound for music school

Any info on what an 11 year old should be doing in preparation for acceptance into a college specailizing in music. He is very self motivated, loves playing the guitar, can play the piano and has mentioned Juilliard several times. Not sure where he picked up that particular name. Any info would be greatly appreciated by his non-college, non-musical mother...
posted by prairiepmb at 8:03 AM PST - 21 comments

One Widget Two Widget Red Widget Blue Widget

WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
posted by pants at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Where does one park at Citizens Bank field?

The old man bought me opening day tickets for the Phillies' new ballpark and, boy, do we have some issues... [more inside]
posted by red cell at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this NASCAR fantasy site legit?

Ultimate gift for a NASCAR fan? [more inside]
posted by I_am_jesus at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Will I damage my refrigerator if I transport it on its side?

Will I damage my refrigerator if I transport it on its side? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Going to Bogota, Columbia for six weeks and I need advice.

Going to Bogota, Columbia for six weeks. What's the safety / internet situation like there? Got any tips for a newbie? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 7:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Growing a computer forensic investigation business

How can I grow my DC area computer forensic investigation business? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 6:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I find someone using their IP Address?

Using their IP Address, can I pinpoint the location of an individual? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 6:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Cheap alternatives to tabloid newspaper floor racks. What can you think of?

Cheap alternatives to tabloid newspaper floor racks. What can you think of? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

HTML help

I use Yahoo Sitebuilder for my wife's site, but I also used it to build a small satire site which I want to post via FTP. How does a tech challenged crustacean turn the Sitebuilder code into regular html? [more inside]
posted by lobstah at 6:10 AM PST - 8 comments


Help me settle an argument: I say that the word "precocious" always has a connotation that's derogatory (if applied to an adult) or patronizing (if applied to a child). She says that it can be used as a legitimate compliment. What say you?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:08 AM PST - 46 comments

How to find customers to get a photo scanning business off the ground?

How to get a photo scanning side business off the ground? I need customers! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

A Rising Problem

Why do I get so easily aroused? [more inside]
posted by nona at 5:28 AM PST - 30 comments

Training / running in smog - should I even run?

Training / running in smog - should I even run? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 4:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Pitching a sitcom

How would I go about pitching a sitcom to the BBC?
posted by jimmy at 1:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is carbon dioxide often used as a compressed gas?

Why is CO2 used as a compressed gas to inflate things like lifejackets and bike tyres? [more inside]
posted by edd at 1:42 AM PST - 16 comments

They are staring at me. I must oblige.

Summer. The evening is starting. Friends gather around on the beach. I have my acoustic guitar. They ask me to play something. What to play ? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 1:11 AM PST - 45 comments

A 3ft "column" of houseplant

Houseplant recommendations, please. I want a "columnar" plant to sit in front of my floor-stand-mounted speakers, hiding the ugly black-poled void. In other words, what houseplants a) sit in a ~10" pot and b) have a "columnar" display rising straight up for 2.5-3 feet? The plants will get bright reflected light, but almost no direct sun.
posted by Moistener at 12:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Which security/adblock software blocks what?

Folks with adblocking and internet security software, can you help me out by letting me know 1) if your software blocks a site 2) what software it is 3) why. That why is the tricky part! [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 12:37 AM PST - 20 comments

March 28

We don't need no education

I'm probably going to drop out of a Ph.D. program – should I still take my qualifying exams? Any chance this might let me ultimately get a Ph.D. while feeling like I left academia? If I do ultimately drop out, would taking exams have just been a big waste of time? [more inside]
posted by ruff at 11:59 PM PST - 21 comments

How much moneys I get fer doin' this?

You know that part of the job interview, where they ask you if you have any questions? I have a hard time thinking of questions. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 11:37 PM PST - 29 comments

public school rankings, state by state

Please help me find, free of charge, reliable statistics for US Public school academic ratings. Elementary thru high school, state by state. [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 at 11:31 PM PST - 2 comments

give me blogs or give me ...

Blogs you love? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 11:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Is a somewhat practical rebar crossbow possible?

A crossbow that fires rebar. AND: Superheating the rebar. [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 11:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me replace my music-player!

I need help figuring out which audio amplifier I should buy. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 10:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What do cops do when traffic is bad?

If they're not handling accidents, what do highway patrol officers and cops do when there's a traffic jam? I never see them on the road. Are they abandoning their posts? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 9:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Is there a way to get to Staunton Island in GTAIII without doing the missions?

I've looked at the cheats and tried unsuccessfully, so I pose this to the ever-talented video gamers of Metafilter: Is there a way to get to Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale from Portland in Grand Theft Auto III without finishing up all the missions? Have you actually done this yourself? I've seen the subway and bridge jumping tips but haven't had any luck. I'm using a PS2 if it helps.
posted by tozturk at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Steve Jobs's job title, 1976-1985?

What was Steve Jobs's official job title at Apple from 1976-1985? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Home and housewares in Boston, MA.

Funky stuff for my home in Greater Boston: Where? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Sucking cold wind burns my lungs it does

When I jog or something in the cold my lungs burn. Is this normal? If I jog in the cold repeatedly will this go away or get worse?
posted by baking soda at 8:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me answer all of my questions about dishwashing machines!

Help me answer all of my questions about dishwashing machines! [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

er er err..

I have a word-puzzle that I never figured out -- help me solve it! [more inside]
posted by provolot at 7:16 PM PST - 14 comments

The value of loneliness

Does loneliness have any value? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I get rid of the stink around my 5 month old's ears?

How do I get rid of the stink around my 5 month old's ears? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 7:01 PM PST - 21 comments

What is your impression of Grand Rapids and the lakeshore?

What is your impression of West Michigan? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 6:56 PM PST - 50 comments

Why am I getting a error message when I try to publish a file in Macromedia Flash?

Flash 8 Issue I am having problem publishing my flash file. [more inside]
posted by lane73179 at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Wheeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnn! For the love of God, help me sleep through the night.

Bloody mosquitoes, trying to suck my blood, why won't you just let me get a good night's sleep? [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 6:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Do people with concealed weapons foil crimes?

Are there any reports of citizens with concealed weapons in the USA foiling bank robberies or other violent crimes? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 6:27 PM PST - 19 comments

What Mac text editor can do HTML-Kit style FTP?

Are there any text editors for Mac that can do FTP the way HTML-Kit (for Windows) does? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer at 6:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Massively Multi Hard Drive

External storage filter: external 2.5” enclosure for more than one 2.5” drive? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Rubber Man-Purse?

Where can I find a rubber man-purse online? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Phonebook organization

Firstname Lastname or Lastname, Firstname? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Meet me in St Louis, Louie

Anyone know of a good written or photographic history of Expositions or World's Fairs? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:06 PM PST - 6 comments

This is driving me nuts!

Name the late 80s (possibly early 90s) Japanese import that had a peculiar break light design. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 4:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend awesome music.

Can you recommend some really excellent music? [more inside]
posted by mai at 4:28 PM PST - 61 comments

Know of a good online document-collaboration system?

Attention authors, typesetters, and publishers: Can anyone recommend a good online document-collaboration system? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Why should(n't) I officially start a business?

What are the advantages, disadvantages, and Important Things To Know about officially starting a business? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 3:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I thrive in a small office?

Any words of wisdom for someone about to start a job in a small office setting? I'm mildly nervous. [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 3:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Used book buying guide

What is the cheapest and easiest way to buy a specific group of used books? [more inside]
posted by bove at 2:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Paging Herbert Kornfeld - ecommerce with purchase orders

Is there an open-source ecommerce store system that has built-in support for purchase orders? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Could it be any more Savage?

What is the purpose of this website/blog? (Beware pop-up ads) [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my boss to actually work?

How can I get my boss to actually work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 18 comments

How to write a proposal for selling software

How to write a proposal for selling software... [more inside]
posted by pandaharma at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I buy curious decorative objects in Manhattan, NY?

I am looking for a store in Manhattan, New York where I can buy curious decorative objects: pop art, retro kitsch, odd memorabilia (not sport-related), ancient ad posters, antique swag, Americana, etc. Quality, authentic stuff, not crap; though I'm not against mass-produced items. [more inside]
posted by gentle at 1:43 PM PST - 15 comments

portable, cross-platform GTD'ing (or web based?)

Calling all GTD-ers! I need some help with a cross-platform, portable system to keep track of my endless supply of open-loops and next-actions. I'm looking for The One tool to use and it has to meet some odd requirements. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Best cat litter system

What is the best cat litter system? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey at 1:02 PM PST - 37 comments

female tricksters, pranksters, radical artists

I'm looking for female tricksters, prank-sters or radical grrl artists who are creating contemporary playful political art in any genre including: pranks, graffiti, installation art or performance art, street protest groups, etc. Does anyone know where to find these wild women?
posted by nyoki at 1:01 PM PST - 15 comments

When was Howdy Doody Time, really?

Before there was videotape there was Kinescope, a process that took hours to process, and could not be transmitted electronically. So how did New York based live television shows get shown "live" in different time zones? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 12:52 PM PST - 16 comments

"Literally" is its own antonym! How can this be?

Thanks to a derail in this thread, I have learned that Merriam-Webster now believes that "literally" also means "virtually." This has shaken me to the core, and seems to be evidence of the English language being irrevocably broken. I beg you to ease my soul and prove this isn't true by giving me evidence of other English words that, over time, have come to mean their own antonyms.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:44 PM PST - 106 comments

Emailing to a group

How can I send mail to a group of about 15 people? I've found that cc: is not reliable. [more inside]
posted by zek at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Which Amp to pick for these speakers

Audio Amplifier selection: I have an older (90s) Sony Amp driving two much older Boston acoustic 150 watt - 8 ohm rated speakers (A150s, series II, 1985). The speakers just had the woofers placed by BA, and now it's time to move the amp up into the new century. How Audiophile do I have to go to get decent sound? [more inside]
posted by daver at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Takeout Delivery in Vegas

Vegas Filter - Opinions on take out delivery services in Las Vegas. [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

What can I do with this dog?

Aggressive dog problem... [more inside]
posted by knave at 12:23 PM PST - 26 comments

Best online stock trading site?

I'm looking to do some casual stock trading...likely 1 or 2 trades a quarter, in amounts around $1000 or less. What online stock trader site is best for me? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 12:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Securely Network two Windows XP Computers for Small Business, POS involved

Help me help a friend's business getting his network and Microsoft Retail management system up and running. [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

interactive vacation website

Is there an interactive website that will allow me to provide various inputs in order to find fantastic vacation spots / places to take up residence? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Roast Material

I'm going to be participating in a bachelor party roast in a week and a half and need some supplementary material. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Scheduling Software

I tutor mathematics at university and often my students forget about their appointments. Is there some kind of software (preferably that could sync with my Axim) that could email out reminders to the students? I use linux and windows.
posted by jplank at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Well at least she won't want me to meet her parents, right?

Are we distantly related enough that this isn't incest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM PST - 65 comments

How can I help my boyfriend relate with people better?

How can I help my boyfriend relate with people better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

PDF page extraction

How can I extract every 14th page from a PDF? [more inside]
posted by piro at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Can multi-vitamins go bad/expire?

Can multi-vitamins go bad/expire? [more inside]
posted by redsnare at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Competent bookkeeper in UK

Seeking a competent,reliable and inexpensive bookkeeper in the UK.Although I am in London I would be happy to deal with said bookkeeper through the mail.
posted by Dr.Pill at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Touring in Japan...

I'm looking for some advice / experiences with tours through Japan (i.e. traveling in Japan with activities etc. taken care of by someone else). [more inside]
posted by thumpasor at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Optimizing Images for OS X

How should I format pdfs for best viewing in OS X's screen saver slide show? [more inside]
posted by valkane at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

How Can I Find This Remix?

I was listening to a stream of KCRW's Nocturna program and heard a remix of Feist's "One Evening." Now I want it. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Collective recipe index?

Is there a website that contains a recipe directory for printed cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

USB ADSL on a slow Linux box?

Linuxfilter: Is it worth replacing my hardware ADSL solution for a USB based ADSL Modem on a slow Linux (IPCop) box? [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan a trip to Italy!

I need an affordable, independent travel agency for a trip to Italy OR a plan for 1.5-2 weeks in Italy. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:38 AM PST - 10 comments

XML online training?

Want to learn some XML. I've read a few books on theory, now I want to get my hands dirty and was thinking an online training course would be a good plan. Has anyone got any experience of these or have a recommendation to offer - there's a lot to choose from!
posted by russmail at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

The Haircut Who Wasn't There

Screenshots of the haircuts from the Coen Brothers film The Man Who Wasn't There? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

ZIP+4: en-dash or hyphen?

ZIP+4: Should I use an en-dash or a hyphen wth a ZIP Code that includes all 9 digits?
posted by stopgap at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

Casting in silicone?

Casting (molding?) a solid object in silicone or similar... [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Whats the word for...?

What is the word for...when someone speaks in a different accent or tone to depict the fact that they are not totally committed to what they are saying (either for amusement or fear of reprisal)? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 9:39 AM PST - 20 comments

week in london - hotel recommendations - entertainment recommendations?

week in london - i wonder if mefiers have recommendations for hotels (preferably marble arch area moderate-high end) , entertainment, galleries, flea markets, off beat must not miss curiosities? march 31 - april 6?
posted by specialk420 at 9:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I become a professional golfer?

Can I become a professional golfer? Or is it just to late for me? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How to find towns within a radius of my house?

I'm looking for vacation property that's within about 2 hours of my primary residence. Is there a site out there that can generate a map that shows towns within this range? Maybe a Google map with a maximum radius displayed?
posted by GernBlandston at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Oh, Lord, Kill Me Now

I have to, starting very early in the morning, and well before Friday, install Windows XP, Office 2003, and a number of small insurance applications on 9 different minitowers that are coming in. Assuming they are all exactly the same build, and hopefully, without spending any more money, what would be the quickest and most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 9:17 AM PST - 17 comments

So many fonts, so few used...

Printing a book of fonts- shareware or freeware for Mac advice needed... [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Is professional altruism dead?

Are National Service Organizations (AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC) all they're cracked up to be? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Yet another condom question

Ladies, when using condoms, can you tell the difference between regular condoms and "ribbed for her pleasure" condoms?
posted by smithmac_99 at 8:55 AM PST - 47 comments

They chopped my Agave in half!!

What steps do I take to get a 20 year old Agave cactus replaced that my newly-hired landscaper chose to trim? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

What's fun about Hawaii in the rain?

There's a lot of questions here on AskMe about having fun in Hawaii. Problem is, they all pretty much assume the weather is nice. My parents are in Hawaii right now. It's pouring rain. They're sad. Any rainy-day tips for things to do if you're rained out in Hawaii?
posted by 40 Watt at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

blank cds won't mount in OSX

I am running OS X 10.3.9. Blank CD's are not being recognized or mounting on my desktop. Music cd's and dvd's both work fine. They show up on my desktop as icons and automatically launch itunes/dvd player etc. what should I do? thanks
posted by cg1 at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

FirefoxFilter: Browsing within the sidebar?

Is it possible to view and browse a site within the Firefox sidebar without having links open into the regular tabs? [more inside]
posted by mattwatson at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

mind the crockery!

I need a man with a van in London. [more inside]
posted by oh pollo! at 7:39 AM PST - 4 comments

color names

I would like to know the specific names of 1) the greenish background color and 2) the reddish letters used for the company title (after the flash) used on this website. I would like to use these colors for business cards. Also, any suggestions for companies that could print business cards w/ these colors at a reasonable price would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by slow, man at 7:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Gap-year destination advice

I am going to take a gap year at the end of my time as a sixth former at school, and I need advice on making itinerary decisions. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Marcus and I even go to the same barber, although I have a slightly better haircut.

Haircuts for guys. There are tons of sites/pictures/info on women's haircuts, little for men. What are some sites for inspiration for my next cut? [more inside]
posted by striker at 7:00 AM PST - 21 comments

How do we jump into a closed set?

If humans communicate via symbols and can only understand something (i.e., give it some semiotic 'identity') by way of comparison to already-familiar things, how do we begin at all? [more inside]
posted by Yeomans at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

music heard in a tv documentary

Can you help me identify an instrumental piece of music heard in a tv science documentary? [more inside]
posted by funambulist at 6:03 AM PST - 2 comments

"Good News!" in Latin?

Latin speaking Mefites, would you help with my Church logo, please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 5:43 AM PST - 18 comments

event-level debugger for VB.NET

Please suggest a good event-level debugger for VB.NET. I am looking for a debugger which can trap the execution of event handling code , when an event gets triggered from a line of code, by the .NET framework or by some user action. [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 5:28 AM PST - 6 comments

konbini toy /modular doll's house filter

When I visited Japan two years ago, some konbini stores sold boxes with toys that contained a room with furnishings. More rooms could be interconnected to a complete house. I still kick myself on a daily basis for not buying them then and there. Can they be found for sale online? [more inside]
posted by ouke at 4:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Split RTF files

What is the best way to split an RTF file? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 4:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Gravity and relativity.

If General Relativity is accepted as true, why do Physicists talk about (and look for) Gravitons? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 2:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Will I be denied entry to the US under the visa waiver program?

I was at-fault in a minor car accident while in the United States last year. The other party involved was a Department of Homeland Security officer. Will this incident affect my ability to enter the United States under the visa waiver program in the future? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 2:20 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I image CDs to a file on a PC?

How can I image CDs to a file on a PC? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 2:02 AM PST - 11 comments

March 27

Swap the Modem?

Modem problem. Three computers, all firwalled, virus protected and clean have been separtely attached to the modem with different cables - they all exhibit the same behaviour [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 11:58 PM PST - 5 comments

I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General

What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 11:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Fly ID

Can you identify this waspy fly? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:06 PM PST - 7 comments

21st kids party ideas

Kids themed 21st birthday party: My 21st is in two weeks and I'm having a kids themed party, so it's back to the days of fairy bread and balloons. I need ideas. So far I'm using a projector to set up a big screen game of Super Mario Brothers, I'm having a pin the tail on the donkey game where you win a shot if you get it even remotely right, and I've downloaded a bunch of theme songs from kids shows back then. Any more ideas? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 10:07 PM PST - 24 comments

What song was used in tonight's episode of Without A Trace?

My husband is going crazy because there was a song on an episode of Without A Trace tonight and he can't think of the name of the song or who performs it. Can you help us out? (He really is going nuts.)
posted by lisaj32 at 9:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Moving to Miami

Which neighborhood/apartment complex to choose in North Miami? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How much power does a cellphone use?

For that matter, how about an IPod? It's not a battery life issue, but a question about the about of power the various server farms consume while supporting your widget's content needs. I learned today that "Computers in the average corporate data center consume the energy equivalent of 80 barrels of oil each day" So I wondered how much power your typical digital device gobbles per day?
posted by marvin at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

diamonds are forever..

Are there any other companies that have fooled as many people as De Beers? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 8:47 PM PST - 62 comments


When I even moderately physically exert myself I get wiped out for the rest of the day. Im a prisoner in my house basically because I cant walk anywhere without getting fatigued afterwards... Does anyone know what this could be? [more inside]
posted by who else at 8:38 PM PST - 23 comments

problem adding memory to a gateway laptop

ok so my girlfriend's laptop was rediculously slow and infested with spyware, viruses, and who knows what else. I couldn't even work on it it was so slow. .. Checked the memory .. it was only 256.. got 1024 from in two 512 sticks. Should have no problem wiping the spyware .. problem is with the memory!! [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Contacting DMOZ

How do you contact the folk behind DMOZ, other than individual editors?
posted by jedro at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments


Where and what in Albuquerque? [more inside]
posted by carmina at 8:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me modify the config on a necessarily dissembodied solaris drive

I'm looking for a (preferably) linux based livecd with read and write support for sun UFS. [more inside]
posted by Matt Oneiros at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Why doesn't Apple Computer just buy Apple Corp?

So Apple Computer is being sued again by Apple Corp, and it is likely that Apple Computer will settle. Question: Why doesn't Apple Computer just outright make an offer to buy Apple Corp? (And while they are at it, buy their music collection as well?)
posted by phyrewerx at 6:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Hot bean buns

Where can I find (the best) red bean dumplings/buns in DC? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Running with plugged ears - help me hear again.

My ears plug up whenever I run. Please help me hear again. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 6:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Up is down?

User interface question: When I'm simply watching TV, pushing up on the remote's channel changer button moves me to a higher-numbered station. Yet when I'm viewing the channel guide, pushing up brings me to a lower-numbered station. Why the discrepancy? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 1:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Film Gift Recommendations

I need some good quirky film recommendations for a gift to a film lover. [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 1:47 PM PST - 40 comments

Am I missing some big problem to the idea of taking my wife-to-be's name?

What's so wrong with taking my wife-to-be's name? [more inside]
posted by jefgodesky at 1:35 PM PST - 88 comments

Book Forum?

What's the best online book discussion forum? [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a non-sucky merchant account.

Any recommendations for a quality e-commerce merchant account services provider? [more inside]
posted by spilon at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the identity of this Monster Bug?

Help me identify this monster bug. [more inside]
posted by myodometer at 1:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Maybe it is cheaper to drive

Are bike racks really this expensive? [more inside]
posted by paxton at 12:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Batch Job Scheduling Software needed

We use Ad Tempus to schedule and report on success/failure of batch jobs. When it works, it's grand but when it fails, it causes me so much pain. [more inside]
posted by justlisa at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for extended travel insurance.

I need good travel insurance! I'm going on a round-the-world trip and need medical, repatriation, and baggage coverage. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

What should we read to each other at night?

We like Milne and Sandburg--what else could we read to each other at night? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Anybody used or familiar with a music download service called [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:41 PM PST - 24 comments


So April Fool's Day is this Saturday, so I'm wondering what is the best joke you've pulled, and more specifically... [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 12:29 PM PST - 30 comments

What do I need to know before my first psychologist appointment ever?

I'm going to see a psychologist for the first time ever. What kind of questions do I need to ask? What should I expect in general? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

What am I Doing Wrong in the Actual Interview?

I'm falling down on the actual interviews - what should I be doing, reading, projecting, etc ...? [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Pen/paper cellar management

I have approx. 500 bottles I'd like to track using a non-computerised system. Ideally I'd like to use a plain ruled moleskine type notebook only, no fancy forms or anything. I'd like to track price when and where purchased, when to drink and any Parker scores/comments. I'm currently doing this by linear entry into a journal, which is fine but I'm really creating more of a diary of wine purchases rather than a useable tracking method. Anyone have any tips/tricks/techniques for tracking wine?
posted by Keith Talent at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

automate info transfer among Outlook contact fields??

A friend of mine, using Outlook under WinXP, has entered only the "email address" and "display as" fields into her contacts list and now regrets that. Is there a way to automate going thru her several hundred contacts to copy the "display as" names she has entered (usually the first and last name) into the "full name" field?
posted by emg at 10:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Will I hate DirectTV less than Time Warner?

Having come to the end of my rope with Time-Warner's sucky customer service, we're looking at DirectTV. What advice, warning, cautions, or kudos would you give us before switching to this service. Two more specific (kinda stupid) questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:11 AM PST - 23 comments

Hanging art from the ceiling... ?

I have several large paintings (5 x 5 or so) and am moving into a new apartment. I know from experience at my current apartment that I like to move stuff around and that I don't like holes in the walls. What's involved in hanging paintings from the ceiling like galleries often do?
posted by dobbs at 10:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Good lawyer for traffic court in N.VA?

Northern Virginia: I need to appear soon in Arlington County traffic court, and I'd like to get legal assistance with my case. The metro area is full of law firms - would anyone care to recommend a good one?
posted by atavistech at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Where's it all going down?

I'm reading a book that has a lot of references to Paris between the wars and culture that flowed underneath it. The surrealist movement, people like Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, the brothels and debauchery, etc. Similar situations have happened everywhere - the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation and countless others. I'm sure you can think of more. My question is this: Where is this stuff happening now? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:44 AM PST - 23 comments

The opposite of a pardon?

Say that a (US) presidential administration was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing. Could a future presidential administration find this out and prosecute the former administration's officials? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find an old sci-fi short story

Hi, I'm thinking of short story I read a while ago where the worlds communications system (telephones pre-net I think) became sentient. First sign of it doing so was that it started putting people in touch with each other that it thought might like each other like some crazy dating agency and finally it achieves full intelligence and starts communicating with a telecommunications system in another galaxy. Oh how I've looked! Or maybe I dreamt it in which case forget you ever read this and I'll write the story!
posted by merocet at 9:11 AM PST - 17 comments

When Past Transgressions Attack!

LawSchoolLoansFilter: As most undergrads do, I've got a few small blemishes (and one large one) on my credit report. I've gotten into school, but I'm paralyzed with fear to even start on my private loans. Am I being stupid, or am I right to be frightened? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Hero's Journey: The Short Version?

I'm looking for a book not by Joseph Campbell, but interpreting his works. It outlined the steps of the "hero's journey" and identified the archetypes. It leaned heavily on the Odyssey, Star Wars and the Wizard of Oz as examples of Campbell's model. Does anyone know the name of the book?
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Nuisance animals

What do I do about neighborhood pets in our yard? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 8:24 AM PST - 42 comments

How can I make these sandals, part deux

Followup to this question: where can I find a sturdy, inelastic fibre with which to make the uppers for a pair of flip flop sandals? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me remember this brand of beer!

Dad used to drink a specific brand of beer 10+ years ago, and I can't remember what kind it was! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:40 AM PST - 19 comments

Print to JPEG?

Recommendation for free windows virtual printer driver that outputs JPEGs? Like PDF Creator but creates jpegs instead. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Exporting outlook email headers

So I'm doing my expenses, and I want to see every night I sent an email after 8:00 or so, because that implies I took a cab home that night. (I can bill them without receipts, but I want to be honest and I'm doing this for a couple months.) Is there a way to export email headers from Outlook to excel or a csv file, so I can sort them by time and count up my trips?
posted by mtstover at 7:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Is taking turns to speak a Western cultural phenomenon?

Is taking turns to speak a Western cultural phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 7:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Ephedrine as an allergy reliever?

Ephedrine as an allergy reliever? [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 7:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Our db reminds me of old Converse All-Stars wrapped in duct tape.

We're outgrowing our 10 year old Progress database. We need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 6:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Outdoor kids games at a large family reunion?

Suggestions for outdoor kids games at a large family reunion? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:24 AM PST - 17 comments

How to replace keys on damaged laptop keyboard?

Where/How can I replace keys that have fallen off my Dell Inspiron 6000? The actual metal pads are damaged. [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 6:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Employment contracting/legal options

Should I continue working for them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find sites like

Help me find sites like [more inside]
posted by destro100 at 5:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Lazy pregnancy = bad mom?

I'm pregnant and it's not at all what I thought it'd be. And evidently I'm not at all the kind of mother I thought I'd be. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 5:56 AM PST - 48 comments

Help me accommodate my sweaty ears

Can you suggest some headphones suitable for running? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 5:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Building With Climate Change in Mind

Does anyone know of a detailed online map showing the future effects on North Africa of the ongoing change in sea levels? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 5:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Dealing with financial woes of the socially inept.

How can I become more socially adept/assertive? I'm now losing money because of my social anxiety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Anchovy, Anchovy, the Flower of Fish

What are your favorite recipes that use anchovies? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 4:12 AM PST - 35 comments

Identify this novel.

This should be an easy one. I'm trying to remember the title, and author, of a sci fi / cyberpunk novel I read a few years back. The book started in Galveston, Texas, then moved on to guys in the Caribbean running ecosystems on ships. I think it also involved an escape from Hong Kong on a ship, and later, jail in Mali. Oh and while you're at it, reccomend some lesser known books with a similar vibe, if you can.
posted by Jimbob at 1:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for Guatemalan Last Supper (political piece)

Looking for a photo of the Last Supper - Guatemalan political version. [more inside]
posted by viiviiviivii at 12:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Scribbling instead of scrubbing?

Dry erase board for the shower? [more inside]
posted by scallion at 12:29 AM PST - 10 comments

March 26

Static electricity and thunderstorm-phobic dogs

I work with dogs who suffer from severe thunderstorm phobia. It's a difficult problem to manage because there are so many stimuli involved - the noise, the lightning itself, the smell of ozone, etc. These dogs seem to be able to sense atmospheric electrical charges that occur during thunderstorms - they feel the static in the air. Many of them head to the bathtub. I assume that the grounding plumbing pipes provide discharges the static. I would like to build something that would help dogs who are fearful of the electrical phenomena that occur during thunderstorms, but I lack the physics background to even articulate clearly what I'm looking for. Ideas, anyone? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:23 PM PST - 19 comments

The King's jumpsuits

There was a site posted at mefi a few years back that cataloged all of Elvis' jumpsuits. It was (obviously) the best site in the whole world. I can't find it now. I found something, but it wasn't it. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Output an object in PHP

I remember there's some kind of output function in PHP that will print an object or array broken down into its parts. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 11:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Okay, voice recognition technically works, but...

Anyone have any practical tips for using voice recognition in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 10:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Sewing in Seattle

Sewing jobs in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Jawn at 10:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows to my PC

Is there an application that can give me a little window that sits on my desktop that can show various computer functions: hard disk space, cpu function, etc.? I've used Konfabulator, and it's good, but I've been having a bit of trouble with it recently and wonder if there's something similar out there. Freeware is best!
posted by zardoz at 10:41 PM PST - 14 comments


Hobbies are supposed to occupy your time, right? I feel guilty unless I am being productive. What hobbies are there that are fun and productive? [more inside]
posted by dking at 10:18 PM PST - 39 comments

Seeking an Online Community/Groups Service

I have a group of people and we are seeking an online calendar and email service. We are looking for something where we can send an email to one address and it will be sent to the rest of the group and/or archived on the website. Also, looking for a service that has a calendar that we can post upcoming events. (I am familiar with Yahoo Groups, but seeking an alternative solution.) [more inside]
posted by marc10 at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Where should we stay overnight between Boston and Toronto?

We are going to be driving from Boston to Toronto on a Thursday night and Friday with our five kids (ages 3 to 16). We want to stop somewhere half-way to sleep--ideally a hotel that is not too pricey but still decent and has an indoor pool. Perhaps a good breakfast, or just a decent breakfast. Where should we stay? And in general, if you needed to find a hotel en route from A to B, how would you do that (the second question is WAY less important than the first)?
posted by Raspberry at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Close-up shots of snakes on a plane.

Digital camera filter: I am looking to upgrade to a better camera. Should I opt for an "SLR-like" camera, such as the Panasonic FZ-30, or should I shell out for a digital SLR? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 9:00 PM PST - 23 comments

What are the best comics?

Comics--old, new, and just plain good. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 8:32 PM PST - 53 comments

Vector to vector --- SVG to DXF or SHP

SVG to DXF or SHP format for free? I've been banging my head against google for the last couple of hours and [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 8:27 PM PST - 3 comments

We hope to spend nine months in London, not in rendition

In four days, I will leave with my family for a nine-month sabbatical at a university in London. Late in the game, we found out that I need a work permit, even though I'm still being paid by my US employer [a non-profit research institute] because we're staying in the UK for more than six months. I filled out the 'Work Permit for Sponsored Researchers' form, but the permit hasn't arrived yet. I haven't gotten a straight answer on what will happen when we arrive in London. Please tell me that we won't be bundled onto the next flight back to the US!
posted by lukemeister at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I wrap a Tagelmust?

Can anyone tell me how to wrap a Tuareg tagelmust? [more inside]
posted by atrazine at 7:58 PM PST - 3 comments

What foods help fight disease and make for an overall healthier person?

What types of food promote good health, and what are the supposed health benefits of consuming such foods/beverages? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 7:22 PM PST - 23 comments

Regex: Text from HTML, no attributes

Regex Madness...filter. How do I pull the text out of an html document without looking at the tag attributes? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 7:15 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio?

How can I shut off the auto-click feature of the touchpad on my Sony Vaio (model PCG-GRT170, if that helps)? [more inside]
posted by DyRE at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Blue Blazer With Gold Buttons

Okay, I have to "look nice" for an interview and I was told that a pair of khakis and a blue blazer would be perfect. The only "blue blazer" I have is the traditional blazer with gold buttons. Some say the gold buttons are timeless and is always "in", others say they are "out" and replace the buttons. What do MeFites think? Is it iffy enough to worry about? I did an AskMe search and didn't find anything addressing this blazer/button issue. Help?
posted by Gerard Sorme at 6:03 PM PST - 35 comments

Chicago-style pizza in New York

Chicago style pizza in New York? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find the top Melissa McGhee wore on American Idol

FashionFilter: Can anyone help me locate the designer, or even better, and online source for the smokin hot shirt/blouse/top (whatever women call those things) Melissa McGhee wore on American Idol the night she got voted off? Here's a pic: [more inside]
posted by jwhowa at 4:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Basic Ecology Question

FaunaFilter: Is Petco selling ecologically dangerous animals? If so why? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Modeling Agencies in the Bay Area

I'm looking for modeling/acting agencies in or around the bay area, ca. This would be for a 20 year old girl, she has high school and some college drama classes and a little modeling under her belt. Lots of smarts. Recommendations or success stories are welcome. Also feel free to let us know if there is any places/agencies to avoid. Thanks Guys and Gals!
posted by Building at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

stingrays and bridges.

can you turn solid material into liquid by sending the proper frequency through it? [more inside]
posted by kooop at 2:41 PM PST - 31 comments

How is an interest rate determined on a joint mortgage?

My wife (who only works part-time) and I will be applying for a joint mortgage soon. My FICO score is 800; hers is 670. How will a lender determine our interest rate when we have such different scores?
posted by boognish at 2:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Crime, Web 2.0 Style

ShadyDealingsFilter: Since I've read some how-to's on cyberstalking and murder and such here lately, I have a hypothetical question about criminal fund-raising... [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 1:56 PM PST - 19 comments

How to get the most out of an informational interview?

I have an information interview at a large company I'd like to work for. Some background: The interview was set up by a former colleague's friend and the person I am speaking with does not work in the department I'd like to work in. What is the best I can hope to get out of such a situation and how would you go about achieving it?
posted by captainscared at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How to fix the temp on my Wolf oven?

How do I correct the oven temperature on a Wolf stove? [more inside]
posted by suchatreat at 1:38 PM PST - 7 comments

My kingdom for a cannoli!

Cannoli in Los Angeles? Seriously... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

8 ball in the corner pocket - at work

Have you aced an interview? How'd you do it?
posted by vers at 1:24 PM PST - 21 comments

How would you track down someone from an online community?

If you wanted to track down someone you knew from an online community, given only a username, how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 11:38 AM PST - 18 comments


Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the documentary UNREASONABLE DOUBT: The Joe Amrine Case? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 11:27 AM PST - 2 comments

DIDACT is an anagram of ADDICT

Where can I find someone to make a simple alteration to a OS X java program? This program allows me to play internet scrabble on [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

tell me a story and make it funny

Please recommend standup commedians to someone who dislikes gags but loves storytelling. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:40 AM PST - 30 comments

Held me understand the twist of Inside Man

I saw Inside Man with some friends last night, but I don't get it. Please help me understand it :). Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 9:16 AM PST - 33 comments

I'm looking for my missing piece, one that won't increase...

Antivirus software on WinXP SP2: Finding the balance between something that will protect my computer and something that won't slow down my system or interfere with my working online. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 9:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for cheap motel listings on the internet.

Is there a good/great internet resource for small mom & pop motels? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to be a country song.

Topping 400 and my dog is 14 1/2 years old... but it's not really about that. [more inside]
posted by auntbunny at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Adjuct or "Faculty"

I need advice from the academic mefi community: Should I leave a faculty position at a community college to adjunct at local universities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Should we adopt another pug?

Oh dog lovers of Metafilter: I need some sober second thought. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

What happened in the last paragraph of "Oblivion?"

Long shot: can someone help me understand the ending to David Foster Wallace's short story "Oblivion" from his book of the same name? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Using my mobile as a bluetooth remote on XP Professional

I'd like to use my mobile as a bluetooth remote control at work but can't install any software [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 7:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Jazzfest advice sought

Jazzfest in New Orleans: tips for a first time visitor? It's been asked before (pre-Katrina) and I've bookmarked all the New Orleans threads, but I'm asking again just in case. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:24 AM PST - 9 comments

First-time homebuying for dummies

If you were a first-time homebuyer, would you buy a home right now? Specifically, would you buy in Chapel Hill, NC? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 6:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Where should I visit in The Somme?

Where should I visit in The Somme? I'm off there this week, primarily to trace the actions of the Sheffield City Battalion which was focused on the village of Serre. But where else should I visit while I'm there? What are the must see things in the region. I am staying in Albert.
posted by chill at 4:39 AM PST - 7 comments

impressive-sounding piano songs

Impressing people with piano music. [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime at 2:44 AM PST - 26 comments

the amazing human spider!

Real-life superheroes? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 2:01 AM PST - 12 comments

March 25


In Google Local, this area is heavily blurred. In Live Local, it doesn't even exist, but the area next to it is shown in clear detail. Does anyone know what this is about? (Gulf of Ob, northern Siberia, zoom in and out to see what I mean)
posted by Termite at 11:24 PM PST - 22 comments

full movie credits

This is probably one for the librarians; Is there *anywhere* that the full end-credits to a movie get published? Online,Offline, or Overpriced-Industry-Service? IMDB does a decent job on the big names, but I'm interested in a full and accurate listing for movies (aka., down to the second second assistant assistant director).
posted by alan at 10:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Medical Songs

I am trying to put together a playlist of songs about doctors and hospitals. Not metaphoric "Love Doctor"- type songs, but more along the lines of The Replacements' "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." [more inside]
posted by Failure31 at 10:41 PM PST - 32 comments

LED Array and Sign Howto?

How do I make an computer-controlled (and PIC-controlled) LED matrix? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 10:34 PM PST - 8 comments

does batman retire?

Are there any Batman comics dealing with the wane of his days and/or the actual retirement? [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 9:32 PM PST - 11 comments

How to move a forty foot shipping container.

I need to move a forty foot shipping container 120 yards across a grassy field and turn a corner and another 20 yards. [more inside]
posted by Mhead at 9:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Help ID this Heavy Metal Song and Artist.

Name this modern Heavy Metal band or Song [more inside]
posted by quibx at 9:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a service that can help me find my dream job?

Are there effective employment counseling services for people interested in a career change? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 8:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Web Galleries for Music Files?

I want to interact with my music library over a network and be able to add notes, links, etc. to each item. Looking for static or dynamic approaches . . . [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

A free solution to have any recieved email automatically printed out?

I'm looking for a free solution that would AUTOMATICALLY print received emails from a POP account (Gmail, to be exact). If there's ANYONE out there who knows how, you'd be my hero for life (at least, until next week :D)... [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 7:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Music to think to.

Please suggest instrumental music we can listen to while we study. This music must mask the noise coming from the apartment above us and remain relatively unobtrusive (without being lame). [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 6:55 PM PST - 71 comments

Depreciation: over 3 or 5 years?

What is the benefit, if any, of depreciating a piece of expensive camera gear over 3 years instead of 5? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Medicare-Part D

MedicarePart-D:North Carolina Plans--any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sandra194 at 6:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Simple Bathroom Repair

Where can I find good instructions for free and online on how to "choke" a bath tub? More specifically, rechoke actually. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Automatic file maintenance under XP?

I'm looking for some software to be run under Windows XP that I can set to move or remove files which are past a certain date after specified intervals. Ideally the software will have a small footprint and relatively easy to use. Is this the sort of task that can be done through some sort of Windows based CRON program? Ahhhh help me Mefi!
posted by a. at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Good magazine. Bad typeface.

Why are magazine subscription renewal letters always written in the Courier typeface? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Spywarequake sucks!

Grrrr...blinking Virus Alert! icon and popup message in my taskbar tray and undead SpyWareQuake software keeps reinstalling itself. Help! [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments


my brother may be heading for divorce. yay. its gotten to the point where my sister in law is ready to see a counselor. can any one recommend a good marriage counselor in the tacoma/seattle area?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 5:11 PM PST - 2 comments

What's missing from The GIMP?

What can Photoshop do that The GIMP can't? [more inside]
posted by joegester at 2:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Tax Filter: Why would the fact that I paid interest on student loans last year mean I owe the IRS more money?

Tax Filter: Why would the fact that I paid interest on student loans last year mean I owe the IRS more money? I was doing my taxes on TurboTax today, and I have two 1098-E forms which say that I paid a total of $1,700 dollars in interest last year on student loans. This is the first year I'm paying on loans rather than taking them out, so I'm not sure how it works. My little counter at the top of the screen was saying I was getting an $800 refund until I entered that amount. After that, it said I would owe the IRS $450 this year. When it said I might be able to take the $1,700 as a deduction, that seemed like a good thing... so why do I owe now when before, I didn't? I don't get it.
posted by abbyladybug at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I work an audience?

How do I make the audience like me? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite at 2:39 PM PST - 16 comments

How to Vanquish Bedbug-Borne Phobias?

I was heavily bitten by bedbugs over the summer of 2005, and although they're gone, I've grown very anxious about the thought of ever becoming reinfested. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Bankruptcy under the new rules

Has anyone had any experience declaring bankruptcy (either 13 or 7) under the new rules? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Salvage color LCD

I have this graphic LCD from either a pixter color or a leapster toy and I'd like to use it as a display, unfortunately..... [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me improve my memory!

I’m studying for an exam and would like some tips on polishing my memorization skills. How do actors remember their lines? I know repetition helps, but what else can I do to retain the questions/answers I’m studying. Any tips, tricks or websites of interest would be appreciated.
posted by johnd101 at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Identify this geographic feature.

What is this? [more inside]
posted by salad spork at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Honey, this clam dip is to die for!

Were the food laws in the old testament rational for the time or somewhat superstitious? [more inside]
posted by tula at 12:55 PM PST - 16 comments

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook... very tight space and very delicate. What can I do? I have a suspicion that an ant or two has crawled in my titanium powerbook G4 (let's not talk about the ants!) and I wanted to open it up by taking up the keyboard/track pad assembly so I can inspect it, armed with a nice spray can of air. [more inside]
posted by semidivine at 12:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Kids bike for an adult?

Is there a compelling reason for an adult woman not to purchase a 24" bike if that is most comfortable for her? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 11:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Respectable online/distance education degrees?

Autodidact looking for respectable distance-ed degree in computer science [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Join the war against genetics!

I want to maintain my weight, but continue to lower my body fat percentage. Should I lower caloric intake or just increase my exercise, or both? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Water spilled on iBook

Some water (a glass, only about 20% full) got accidentally spilled on my iBook (it was closed, turned off and disconnected). I immediately rinsed it all off, especially the rear panel vent, very carefully. But I am afraid water got in the insides of the iBook. How long do I have to wait until its guts dry up & I can safely try to turn it on, see if it's been damaged? And, if it doesn't work, is it going to be expensive to have it fixed (it's a G4, two years old)?
posted by PenguinBukkake at 10:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Real Tooth vs Fake Tooth

I'll be getting a false tooth. What are the noticeable differences? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 10:31 AM PST - 16 comments

burning text onto images

I wanted to create a banner image for a blog and wanted to take a jpg image and 'burn' some text into it (using different typefaces) -- anyone know the best way to do this? I don't have photoshop -- is there any other way? (I own an ibook)
posted by dearleader at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Why does my Media Center CPU spike?

What upgrades do I need for my Media Center PC? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What songs do you recommend about survival against odds or in the face of adversity?

What songs do you recommend about survival against odds or in the face of adversity? I am putting together a CD of songs to remind me I can push through anything. Examples of what I am looking for are: 18 Wheeler by Pink I Get Knocked Down (Tubthumping) by Chumbawumba I Will Survive by Cake (I like their version best, sorry) Any suggestions are helpful, but I am not particularly interested in breakup songs. If it is not a song where you can not sum it up into something along the lines of "Bring it!" or "Is that the best you got?" then it is probably not what I am after.
posted by slavlin at 9:28 AM PST - 51 comments

What job should I look for in China?

I am an American planning on moving to Shanghai, China. What are my employment options if I don't know Chinese? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

In Qdobas of all places

I heard a song in Qdobas that I liked. The lyrics always repeat "I could be [blah...blah] but [blah...blah]". [more inside]
posted by tfmm at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Sunlight analysis

Is there a way, possibly using Google maps or some other app, to determine the path of the sun over my property for the coming summer months? Specifically, I am trying to determine if a particular region near some oaks will get enough sunlight for a small vegetable garden.
posted by docpops at 7:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Bernoulli where are you when I need you?

Can a plane take off? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 7:00 AM PST - 66 comments

Industrial Sewing Machines

Best of breed industrial sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 6:45 AM PST - 4 comments

What is Latin for 'Boys will be boys'?

Latin speakers: What is Latin for the expression 'Boys will be boys'? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 6:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I Upgrade to Windows Media Center?

Should I upgrade to XP Media Center? [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

March 24

I wanna talk smack.

I can hear everyone talking when I'm playing online, I just can't talk back with my PS2 headset. What could be the problem? [more inside]
posted by recurve at 11:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Add a usb button to a Flybook Laptop

ModFilter: I've been given a Flybook as a gift. It's a great little machine, but it has one incredible flaw (and a few minor ones): when used as a tablet, there is no way to right click. Help me add a mod a button or two, or three into this tiny little laptop. [more inside]
posted by Freen at 10:40 PM PST - 7 comments

what's this crap on my fingers?

Sometimes, but not always, when I play my acoustic guitar, I get this dark "dirt" on my fingertips... [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 9:30 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I convince my friend he's being nuts?

Help me deprogram a friend. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 9:29 PM PST - 39 comments

What happens in that oven?

Why does cookie dough taste better than cookies? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve at 9:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Netflix HELP!!

Netflix Filter: My Netflix acct/Netflix tech. support is driving me crazy! HELP!! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Calling all Dark Tower fans! What gift do you give a member of your ka-tet when they leave?

A close friend of ours is moving away in a few days and I'd like to get him a token of our friendship to take with him. I know he's a huge fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, so I'm trying to come up with a symbolic object or phrase from the books that would be meaningful. I read the books myself a while back, but am terrible at remembering details and I won't have access to them in the next few days to look anything up. Any ideas?
posted by platinum at 7:50 PM PST - 17 comments down and gone??

Anyone know what happened to, and where I can find a similar site?
posted by strangelove at 7:06 PM PST - 9 comments

I need idea's for 80's clothes for 3 and 5 year old

I need ideas to Dress my 3 and 5 yr old up for an adults 40th with an 80's theme... Something comfortable, but recongizable enough to be a hoot! Thanks!
posted by kmurray24 at 6:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Wikis designed to fit with a larger site?

What are some examples of a wiki being tied in as part a larger site - with static pages, a forum, whatever - with a consistent skin between them?
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

What should my brother do with his career?

Help me help my brother make a decision about what to do with his career. He is 24, from the UK, has a batchelors degree (in Business Studies) and has worked for about 3 years as a management consultant. [more inside]
posted by Rc at 4:55 PM PST - 5 comments

It all started watching PBS late one night when I was seven.

I would like to have a suspension(Warning: talks about some things that are probably NSFW) done in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by JackarypQQ at 4:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Ultrapasteurized half and half

Does ultrapasturized half and half last longer than regular half and half once the carton is opened, or only in the unopened carton?
posted by Jackson at 3:26 PM PST - 11 comments

What is best upgrade for a powerbook G4?

I would like to upgrade my old 15" G4 powerbook laptop 400 Mhz. I would like to get more speed out of it. I have maxxed the ram out and installed a faster access HDD. What else can I do? Motherboard? Recommendations?
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 3:08 PM PST - 7 comments

keeping IE from being in charge

you know how you're sometimes forced to use internet explorer? and you know how sometimes you open a second window while waiting for Window #1 to load? and then when Window #1 is done loading, it automatically pops in front of Window #2 which you're now happily reading? is there anyway to prevent Window #1 from popping forward?
posted by crush-onastick at 2:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus

I am looking for a clear understandable introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico Philosophicus. Is there any particular book or website you can recommend to someone who is not schooled in philosophy?
posted by davar at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Purchasing Academic Regalia

Looking for good places to purchase Academic Regalia. [more inside]
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a "user's manual for grownup life" out there somewhere?

My current level of "life management" skills aren't cutting it anymore (not that they ever did so great to begin with). How can I get my act together? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 2:07 PM PST - 20 comments

How much time am I entitled to take with my doctor (in Canada), or how many issues per visit is reasonable to try to address?

How much time am I entitled to take with my doctor (in Canada), or how many issues per visit is reasonable to try to address? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 2:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Fiscal Year End Filter

What's the quickest interactive way to find out a company's fiscal year end? [more inside]
posted by kaytrem at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments


Are there toxic issues with a kid playing with an old circuitboard? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 1:48 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to copy a book.

I have an out of print, foreign book (written by Jesuits, snatch) that I need copied. It's a language book, and written some time ago. The book is borrowed and I'd like a copy for reference. It does not have to be professional bound or anything like that -- and the original copy can be destroyed if necessary. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Find me a niche job...

In a few months I'm going to have an MA in Science & Security. So where do I look for a job? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

corporate summer fun

I have been tasked with coming up with some ideas for what to do for a warm weather outing for our small (30-40 people) company here in Atlanta. Does anyone have any ideas or experiences that they have really enjoyed that they would share? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Cannondale Lefty Topping Out?

How does one stop a Cannondale carbon lefty fork from "topping out"? [more inside]
posted by ciaron at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

What's some good electronic pop?

What is some fun, lo-fi, electronic pop music? Emphasis on the pop. I've heard Nullsleep and some of the other 'chip' musicians, and they're too techno-y for my tastes. I'm looking for something more along the lines of the tracks on the Life Aquatic soundtrack.
posted by hughbot at 1:10 PM PST - 37 comments

What is being done about high prescription costs?

The high costs of prescription drugs is often reported in the media, but what is currently being done about it? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott at 1:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Star Wars Comparison Site?

Where is that website with the side by side screenshots comparing the original release to the digitally enhanced re-release of Star Wars?
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Placing Loudspeakers Correctly

What are the physics concepts and equations behind loudspeaker placement in a simple rectangular room? [more inside]
posted by authenticgeek at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Chicago neighbourhood question

Posted on behalf of colleen711, who joined too recently to be able to post this herself: My roomate and I are recent college graduates, she's working in libertyville and I'm working in deer park. We want to live in the city, but keep our commute to less than or equal to one hour. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

A ghost of the previous program

I just bought Norton Ghost 10.0. It is complete crap, as far as I can tell. What can I do, either to make it work the way I want, or to actually return it for a refund? [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Better Photoshop display

Photoshop CS2 does a terrible job scaling down an image when displaying it in the edit window. Is there an equivalent of "Bicubic" for when I'm looking at an image on screen? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments

"Gentlemen, we can rebuild your credit. We have the technology. We have the capability..."

Considering hiring someone else to do credit repair for me. What differentiates a good service from a bad one? Are there traps or pitfalls? What should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by weston at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Here I Dreamt I Were an Architect?

Collective noun usage: "The Decemberists are a band," or "The Decemberists is a band?" [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 10:44 AM PST - 30 comments

Suzuki Forenza "Elevator" Commercial?

I was riding in an elevator at work when I saw the Suzuki Forenza commercial "Elevator" come on. I'd like to get a copy of the commercial ... [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a Liberal Capitalist to do?

I need to open an IRA, and probably another mutual fund account (or other investment) for shorter term savings, but I don't want to give money to evil corporations. [more inside]
posted by Fenriss at 10:28 AM PST - 11 comments

What is Proust's longest sentence?

I'm looking for the longest sentence in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 10:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Consolidating several files in folders to one folder?

How do I consolidate files in several folders into one folder? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Insurgent: use and meaning

When did the word "insurgent" become main stream? [more inside]
posted by kechi at 9:48 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I extract website content for translation?

How do I extract content of a website (including images and alt -tags) for translation into different languages? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Gap ad "Daddy-O" song?

Asking for my wife... There's a Gap TV ad running in the U.S. this month, featuring a "Daddy-O" song. Any one know the artist and actual song title? Sorry I don't have more info.
posted by markmillard at 9:15 AM PST - 10 comments

It's not a 'World of Warcraft' per-se, but more of a 'Township of Warcraft'

Any idea as to the retention rates of users in online games such as World of Warcraft? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for a portable midi keyboard/controller?

So I finally got a midi cable and hooked up my keyboard to my computer for some home recording. It works swell, but I'm looking into a portable solution so I can take it along with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by pooya at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I Sell My Books on eBay?

I'm starting to buy a lot of books on Audible. Problem is: they're pretty expensive. Legally, can I sell the books I've listened to and no longer want to read on eBay? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 8:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Very very minor Microsoft Word annoyance

MicrosoftWordFilter: How to always have my default view when I'm opening someone else's file? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me help my Mom get off of AOL!

Help me convince my mother to switch from aol to gmail. [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 7:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I spend the extra money?

Computer geeks: is ECC memory worth it? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 7:37 AM PST - 29 comments

Experience with Wireless print servers?

What is the expected printing speed for wirelessly connected printers? I hooked up a Trendnet usb to wireless printer server with my older Canon S600 USB printer. I use wep encryption on my network. I immediately noticed that the print job for one page color document take a quite a bit of time to start on the printer. I have not played around much yet, but when i tried printing a short word document from my laptop I was getting not enough memory errors. I am pretty sure it is not a laptop problem. When the printer was connected to the desktop PC i did not notice these problems of course. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Dressing for a vacation to Washington DC

We're taking our first trip as tourists to Washington, DC next week. As we in Maine and clean mucking boots is considered dressed-up, how casual is appropriate for this trip? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 6:57 AM PST - 24 comments

Frozen fruit?

I'm just wondering why frozen fruit, more specifically frozen berries take so long to defrost in the refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by GoodJob! at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I protect my laptop en route?

I'm thinking of traveling with my laptop for the first time. What should I be careful about? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 6:44 AM PST - 22 comments

I want to be healthy and happy again.

I am quitting my day job? What kinds of things should I indulge in or good habits should I pick up before I go back to school in fall? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:03 AM PST - 15 comments

What do we do after a break-in?

What do I need to do, practically speaking, after a computer theft? (Several related questions inside.) [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 4:40 AM PST - 18 comments

One provider for cellphone internet services in multiple Western European countries?

EuroCellServiceFilter: I'll be travelling in Europe from mid-April until September/October to many, many countries, but 2-3 months throughout Italy and 4-5 weeks in Spain, followed by more inside. What cell service providers (if any) offer plans for data services in multiple countries throughout (Western) Europe at reasonable rates? I'd be happy with something that will do data for my 3-4 months in Italy+Spain, and then just use internet cafes during the rest of my trip. This is primarily for using with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by cactus at 4:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Homemade martial arts dummy

What can I use to build the frame for a martial arts dummy? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Setting up a mobile internet facility in Africa

Where can I find a resource with information about buying and converting a truck or bus? [more inside]
posted by davehat at 1:54 AM PST - 4 comments

March 23

Bouncing around a room song?

Help me identify this crazy little ditty! [more inside]
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 11:14 PM PST - 11 comments

trancendental tuition

I finally decided to make good on a long standing resolution to learn how to meditate. transcendental Meditation, I wa told, was among the best programs to learn from. I found a TM franchise nearby, and attended a free intro class. After a long boring lecture and no actual meditation, in which the lecturer showed study after study showing how TM cures everything including ingrown toe nials, she drops the karma bomb: $2500 "tuition" for the course. My questions: Is TM really superior? Has it really become the peaceful tonic of the upper classes? Is TM really superior to other forms of meditation? Does TM always have to be so expensive? Can it be learned from a book instead of avaristic new age meditation moguls?
posted by Fupped Duck at 11:08 PM PST - 24 comments

This situation is so played out.

How do I get over a really wicked crush? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 10:48 PM PST - 27 comments

Hippy Kitty, No More For You!

House cat keeps on getting nappy dreds. Any solutions? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 9:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Can't I please take long-term vacation from this place?

Is it realistic for me, as an American, to entertain thoughts (read: dreams) of attending law school at Oxford? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 9:53 PM PST - 14 comments


How can I cut and paste two or more things at the same time with Win XP? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Shawarma-less in Seattle

Where can I find awesome shawarma in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Slippery Keys On Keyboard

How can I make the keys on my keyboard less slippery? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 9:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Adjective n

Which words in the following sentence are adjectives? "My wife put a 1kg Nescafe coffee tin on top of that oily cardboard box." [more inside]
posted by meech at 8:50 PM PST - 24 comments

Freezing iMac.

"New" iMac G5 with a serious case of the freezies. Hardware test shows no problems with any hardware. Wiping and re-installing does no good. How on earth can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there any underground houses left in South Jersey?

Any ideas on how to see an underground house in South Jersey? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Two gyros, hold the thanatos.

Where can I get pre-packaged gyros meat in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:32 PM PST - 2 comments

What was it like for those in and around cuba between the revolution and the missile crisis.

What was it like for cubans, and foreigners visting / working in cuba between the time of the revolution and the missile crisis. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 5:35 PM PST - 2 comments

grad school: help me make my final decision

Bournemouth, University of East London, or University of Salford: Mefites, help me choose my grad school! [more inside]
posted by damn yankee at 5:26 PM PST - 14 comments

the boogie man don't have nothin on me

I get so many boogers that the boogie man is jealous of me. How do I get rid of boogers, it's embarassing because I have to pick my nose at least twice a day in fear that some hot chick is going to see a booger in my nose. This isn't only during the winter, I get boogers year round. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 5:16 PM PST - 28 comments

Know anything about Ferris wheels?

I'm working on a project that requires somewhat in-depth knowledge of the workings of antique carnival/fun-fair size breakdown and re-assemble Ferris wheels. The problem is that I don't know enough about Ferris wheels or how they work to know what to look for. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Spore-ready PC?

Buying a computer, don't want to spend too much, but want to be able to play Spore when it comes out. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 5:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Dickens me please!

I am ashamed to admit it but I have never read Dickens. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 4:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Finding Pharma Headhunters

How do I find niche Job recruiters for this niche work I do. I negotiate contracts with Doctors who participate in clinical trials... [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Bone Hardware Contractor

What should I do, in the way of homework, before elective surgery? [more inside]
posted by teece at 4:02 PM PST - 9 comments

NCAA Hockey in the Windy City

Looking for a place to watch the Michigan vs. North Dakota hockey game in Chicago on Friday. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 2:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Right camcorder for a mac guy?

I'm a mac guy. Is this camcorder a good fit? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do they make these things so confusing?

Do I have to pay self-employment tax if I also work for someone else? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Using Ibsen to supplement ice core data

I've recently been studying how humans interact with their environments by studying ice cores, sediments, and other such things. I'm interested in supplementing this research by looking at how literature from the same time and place represents humans interaction with the environment. Anybody know any journals, books, etc. that deal with this sort of work? [more inside]
posted by eighth_excerpt at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I fly Lufthansa or Air France?

Should I fly Lufthansa or Air France? [more inside]
posted by howling fantods at 2:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Physics, Car Wrecks, and Newton's Laws

I am interested in the physics of motor vehicle accidents. The most basic question I have is which of Newton's laws, if I am understanding them properly, is at work in the following situations: 1) You're driving in a straight line and suddenly you jerk the wheel in one direction. This makes the car start to roll. 2) You're driving and you fall asleep at the wheel, so the car drifts to one side. You wake up suddenly, jerk the wheel in the opposite direction, and the car starts to roll. 3) You round a sharp curve too fast and roll the car. If anybody would like to give detailed explanations of the physics of each of these situations, hopefully without calculus, that would be great, as well. thanks!
posted by soulbarn at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

quickpayroll won't update, profoundly blows

I can't get Quickpayroll to download an update. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 1:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Low calorie chocolate bar

Low calorie chocolate bar? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 1:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Broken thermometer

I just broke a glass thermometer and can't find the mercury. Help! [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Why won't WMP tell me the CD track names?

Windows Media Player: How do I get CD track names? [more inside]
posted by luneray at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I drive from San Diego to Portland and have a good time?

Driving from San Diego to Portland: how do I plan a pleasant 3-day trip up the west coast? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 12:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Downloading many images

How do I download entire archived images from a website? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get the guy?

How do I win the guy I want without being a homewrecker? (more) [more inside]
posted by smeater44 at 12:06 PM PST - 65 comments

Where to find Google Earth satellite image dates?

How can we find the photograph DATES of the satellite images in Google Earth? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me save five months of memories?

How can I fix the corrupted jpegs on my Win XP computer? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 11:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Delay a task in Windows?

Does anyone know of a way to add a delay to a scheduled task in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

How to keep myself on the cutting edge...

How can I put myself on the cutting edge of the Internet and interactive media? -or- What's the future of the Internet? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Stretchy graph problem

Say I have 5 points: a,b,c,d,e. I know the position of each one at t=0: pa0,pb0 etc. Now say that at t=1, the distance between each one changes, so I know Dab1,Dac1...Dde1. Is there an equation or algorithm which will allow me to know (or aproximate) the positions at t=1 : pa1...pe1? [more inside]
posted by skree at 10:28 AM PST - 33 comments

Traveling to Ireland

I'm traveling to Belfast next month for the first time. Travel tips? [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I make this go away?

I did something to my computer (iMac G5) over a year ago, and now every folder includes a file called ".DS_Store". What is it, and how can I make it invisible again?
posted by interrobang at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

How to go from "this_" to "this" ?

Batch unzipping and file renaming on UNIX or OS X? All_ my_ files_ look_ like_ this!_.gz [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 8:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Firefox pages losing focus

Keyboard navigation problems with Firefox on a Mac (OS 10.3.9). I've searched and searched or an answer, really I have, but haven't found the definitive one. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How to buy hiking boots

Let's say you just joined a hiking club... you're in decent shape, but haven't really hiked on any kind of regular basis since you were a Boy Scout. You need boots... boots that would cover a variety of hiking situations, most anyway. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Witty at 8:01 AM PST - 42 comments


A friend of mine is flying on Delta soon and wants to know: if they strike, will another airline honor her ticket? [more inside]
posted by philulrich at 7:56 AM PST - 4 comments

"What's So Civil 'Bout War, Anyway?"

I'm researching the American Civil War and the Reconstruction. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Slacker seeks to aesthetically improve bicycle

What's the best quick-and-dirty way to change the colour of my bicycle? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 6:45 AM PST - 23 comments

"Antique" disco ball?

What makes an antique an antique? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 6:44 AM PST - 15 comments


I need soundfiles of baby babble to dub over a movie. Where can I get these?
posted by thirteenkiller at 6:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me understand the anti-progress crowd.

While I'm certainly have empathy with those who are critical of uber-consumer capitalism, I cringe when I hear people glorify the past or "primitive" cultures. (more...) [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 6:34 AM PST - 76 comments

Help me hire a programmer

Where should I advertise to hire a programmer in Stamford, CT. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 6:18 AM PST - 9 comments

A blogger is hurting our business.

How can I outrank bad comments? [more inside]
posted by astorias at 4:56 AM PST - 38 comments

online learning

What kind of experiences have you had with using online tutorials/courses to help learn common softwear programs, word, quickbooks, elements, datacad and the like. [more inside]
posted by flummox at 4:20 AM PST - 7 comments

big breakfast

What would be your perfect breakfast after a night with a partner? No unfertilized egg jokes please... [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 3:37 AM PST - 50 comments

Yahoo SEM account management

Yahoo paid search. I run online ppc marketing for my company in Europe. I have a question about the way Yahoo make us pay our bills and manage our account. [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 2:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Take first left

How do builders and construction workers refer to streets on a new development that have yet to be officially named? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 1:55 AM PST - 13 comments

"Put blue food coloring in your milk so everyone else thinks it has spoiled"

I'd like some advice for 3 first-time apartment dwellers. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:27 AM PST - 30 comments

German vocabulary

Where can I get hold of German vocabulary lessons/lists on cd or mp3? [more inside]
posted by booksprite at 1:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I create a free physical address mailing list

Does any one know how I can create a free, accurate mailing address list for every house in our town of 5200 people? [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 12:13 AM PST - 8 comments

March 22

Razr as Blackberry Handset?

I recently was given a Blackberry 7290 and a Moto Razr for work. Each has its own phone number. Both have bluetooth. Is it possible to use the Razr as a BT handset to answer calls made to the Blackberry? That is to say can I use Bluetooth to answer both phone numbers with the Razr? How?
posted by leftoverboy at 11:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Shipping Fine Art

Let's say I wanted to have some fine art (paintings) shipped professionally. That's museum-style professionalism I'm looking for. Going to NYC, coming from various parts of the country/world. Where they're coming from isn't important - this is entirely made-up, a small part of a budget as part of a hypothetical project. Can you give me any sort of ballpark figures, considering various sizes and various points of origin?
posted by thejoshu at 11:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Creative soccer goals

Is this soccer move, in which a player steals the ball from a kicking goalie, legal? [video site with possible NSFW ads] [more inside]
posted by alex3005 at 10:33 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me with my ADD.

How can I focus and prioritize more effectively? Do I need ADHD medication? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 10:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Owe Canada?

Canadian TaxFilter: Does a US-based company have to withhold taxes for Canadian residents of Canadian nationality who are independent contractors to the company? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Combative non-sequitur retorts?

IdiomaticFilter...: [more inside]
posted by evariste at 9:49 PM PST - 47 comments

old video game

Trying to recall an old video game [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 9:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I buy a Sony 30XS955 in Canada?

Where can I buy a Sony 30XS955 in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 9:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Do state lotteries pay off more often at the beginning?

North Carolina starts its new statewide lottery next week. Is it reasonable to assume that in the early days the lottery company will offer more than the usual number of small prizes as a way to get folks excited? I saw this thread, and this comment that claims it's true the odds are better at the start of new games, but I'm looking for evidence of actual lottery practice.
posted by mediareport at 9:31 PM PST - 1 comment

One fish two fish red fish blue fish.

QuickieFilter! What color is this? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by arrhn at 9:30 PM PST - 77 comments

What is the command string or path for forcing processing of local loop audio in Winamp?

What is the command / string / path for piping local audio through Winamp? IE, I want Winamp to run whatever is being output through my soundcard, Multi-media soundsystem or DirectSound as wave through it's DSPs. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 8:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Designing Math Figures and Shapes with M$ Products

Help me, please, with creating shapes, symbols and figures for teaching math class. [more inside]
posted by msacheson at 8:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Not a Post to Script in

Any recommendations for a PostScript RIP for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 8:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find this comedian's name.

I once heard a recording of a comedian/folk musician performing a song whose main lyric was "I didn't throw up; it was a pretty good day." Please save me from madness and tell me his name.
posted by DWRoelands at 7:57 PM PST - 6 comments

I even won a tournament of this game -- one would think I could remember it.

In college, my friends and I played an Amiga game incessantly. This game was a futuristic sporting game somewhat like hockey, except involving a metallic ball. And for the life of me, I can't remember what it's called. Help me, Metafilter, you're my only hope.
posted by solistrato at 7:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning Spanish Quickly in the US?

I need to learn to speak Spanish as quickly as possible. There are a couple of small problems - I live in DC, work irregular 12 hour+ days, and don't have the money or the vacation time to go abroad... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 7:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Resources on US nation building

I'm looking for some good resources and reading (books, websites, etc.) on U.S. propoganda and rhetoric in reference to nation building projects in the last 50 years (Vietnam, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan/Iraq).
posted by rbf1138 at 6:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How to judge risk of brief asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure and pregnancy: at my wife's workplace, they've announced that they are closing off a bathroom for asbestos removal over a weekend. Is it wise for her to avoid the office (all in close proximity to the space) on, say, Monday? Longer? Or needlessly paranoid? She's feeling especially cautious as she is five months pregnant. [more inside]
posted by BT at 6:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Books about the US in the 60s?

I'm looking for good non-fiction books about the US in the 60s. I'm interested in the social upheavals that occurred then and I'm particularly interested in the anti-war protests and things like the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
posted by pombe at 4:55 PM PST - 30 comments

High Blood Pressure Meds and Sun

I've been taking hydrochlorothiazide (25mg) once a day for about 2 months now for high blood pressure. The bottle says avoid prolonged sun exposure. I'm going to Hawaii for 10 days, so it will be pretty hard (and not fun) avoiding sun exposure. I'll be doing the sunscreen, floppy hat, etc. What do I need to worry about? What will happen if I do get prolonged exposure? Yes, I have a call into my doctor...
posted by mhm at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments


Make/Buy an Applause-O-Meter? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Name that tune

Help me identify this "traditional Hasdic melody". [more inside]
posted by mge at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

iBook Optical Drive Swap

iBook SE 466 (Clamshell) and iBook 500 (white, G3 processor) - Can I use the Clamshell's DVD drive in the iBook 500? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I calculate buying power?

How is buying power calculated, specifically in my stock account? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

squishy is good for pillows, not batteries

iPod battery turned soft and squishy. Why? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Group presentation tips

I'm in business school and am getting sick of my classmates boring group presentations. Building upon this question, what are the best tips for giving a group powerpoint presentation? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 3:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Favourite non-fiction?

What's your favourite piece of non-fiction ever? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 3:06 PM PST - 117 comments

Can't send E-mails to CompuServe, AOL, and Comcast

E-mails from my small business are slowly starting to get blocked by AOL, CompuServe, and now Comcast. It appears my ISP (WildBlue) has lots of IPs on some blacklists. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 2:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Paxil vs Zoloft for anxiety?

Paxil vs Zoloft for anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 28 comments

Pop Song Analogies

For a Friend: What are some songs about about people who used to see eye to eye, but now they hate each other and can't un­der­stand each other? Or about righteous people trying to smash down lower people? [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 1:55 PM PST - 39 comments

Adding tagging to my php CMS

Whats the best way to setup and implement a tagging/folksonomy system into a php content management system from scratch? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Doughnut frying tips requested.

Deep-frying n00b asks: How do I keep a consistent temperature when making doughnuts? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Transplanting Cactus

Can I transplant cacti from a 1" clay pot to a 4" successfully? Is this too big of a size jump?
posted by kc0dxh at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

100% stock based mini tender offer?

is there such a thing as an "all-stock" mini-tender offer? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Markdown for ColdFusion?

I'd like to use Markdown to format some text fields on a ColdFusion based site. Markdown exists for Perl and has also been ported to PHP, but I can't find anything for ColdFusion. [more inside]
posted by Tubes at 12:56 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I solve these Safari browsing slow-down problems?

My computer is driving me insane. Please help. My 1.8gz Macintosh g5 has developed several annoying quirks, the cumulative effect of which is to make browsing the internet an exercise in frustration. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out. Here are the three things that I believe, individually and/or in combination, are causing the slow-downs. I have no idea how to fix any of them: [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 12:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for a Canadian comedy recording from the 1960's

Where can I find a recording of (or information about) a Canadian radio comedy sketch called "Les Anglaises"? [more inside]
posted by sayitwithpie at 12:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Fido wants a new dress

DogsInClothesFilter: Help me design a line of pooch clothing that will fit a wide variety of dog body types. [more inside]
posted by discokitty at 12:10 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a Terabyte!

What's the best way of adding a Terabyte of reliable, contiguous, archive-quality storage to my system? By 'best' I mean Toyota Corolla as opposed to Hummer. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 12:04 PM PST - 49 comments

Chrome restoration?

I have some chromed steel with pretty substantial pitting and rust. However if properly restored its relatively valuable. Is there anything I can do about this myself? If it should be done professionally, where in San Francisco might I take it?
posted by atom128 at 11:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Quark logo doppelgänger?

Is it just me, or does the new, new Quark logo remarkably similar to a design element used in the movie queue?
posted by punkfloyd at 11:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Tell me about blue-collar Japanese culture

Where can I learn more about blue-collar Japanese culture? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Movies that show the grim consequences of quantum research?

Please help me name books/stories/movies where scientific experiment opens some kind of link to another dimension or timeline, with horrific results. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 11:38 AM PST - 59 comments

Javascript regexp help needed

Using javascript, what would be the most efficient way to reduce a multi-word string down to just the first word? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Hotel or B&B in Vancouver

I need a good, cheap clean hotel or B&B in Vancouver BC, in a safe area, close to attactions. Any suggestions?
posted by bright77blue at 11:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Digital Signature?!

Digital "Signature" in an excel spreadsheet, is it easy and possible? My company wants to reduce our paper waste and do digital copies of some of our internal forms. But we need an easy way to digitally sign the documents throughout the various stages of approval. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Mad about the mouse

Keyboard-centricFilter: I need to reduce my mouse use under Windows XP. What are some good keyboard-centric file managers or desktop replacements? What have others done (besides learning all the keyboard shortcuts) to reduce your mouse use?
posted by lhauser at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments* -> new*?

Is it possible to implement domain-part redirection on URLs, along these lines: becomes for any instance of "*", that segment of the URL is replaced by "*" If so, are there multiple methods? [MI] [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Carbondale 101

Tell me of the waters of Carbondale, Usul... [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Bill of Rights font?

What currently available font must closely matches the handwriting in The Bill of Rights?
posted by leafwoman at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Where did the porn go?

Is it just me, or has Google become less and less useful as a porn-search tool? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid at 10:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Fun birthday activities in Cambridge/Boston area?

What are some really fun, chill places/activities for a birthday party in the Cambridge/Boston area? I've already thought of: karaoke, playing board games at Diesel Cafe in Somerville, and candlepin bowling. Any other ideas...? Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Navajo Grits

A few years ago, I attended an Elderhostle study on the Navajo culture in New Mexico. One part of the presentation was a hands on instruction on how to stone grind corn by hand. We then each had a sample of blue corn mush which was delicious. I got to thinking that this would be quite good served up like grits with butter and pepper. Since then I have been trying to find stone ground blue corn similar to that which was served. The commercial blue corn that I have found is much lighter in color and while good for baking has comparatively weak flavor and almost no mouth texture when cooked as mush. This is true even when cooked at double the concentration called for in the recipe. What is the darker blue corn meal called and where might I get some?
posted by Raybun at 9:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Evaluating Home Construction in NM

Evaluating Home Construction: We're considering buying a home in NM, where construction is very different from here in MN. Anyone have any good sources (online or otherwise) to help home buyers evaluate quality of construction in Southwest style homes -- especially stucco homes? We're looking at pueblo/adobe style places.
posted by nancoix at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Recording voice over demo on the cheap: USB or pre-amped mic?

I'm trying to determine the best bare bones microphone system for recording a basic voice-over demo cd for the smallest financial outlay possible. Is there a tremendous advantage to USB mics over 1/8" mics? Can I get decent quality without having to buy a preamp, or is phantom power the only way to go? Can a USB headset give me CD quality audio, more or less? [more inside]
posted by StrangeTikiGod at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I find and feed blog posts into my website?

FeedFilter! How do I: a) get bloggers to tag their posts about X with “X”; b) subscribe to the “X” tag via RSS; c) feed the “X”-tagged posts into a non-profit web site I run about X? [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I seal my smoker?

How can I seal my home-made steel smoker? It's made out of a never-used oil drum, shaped like a giant flask. The problem is that the hatch, while large enough to cover the opening, doesn't form a perfect seal because of the body's curvature. Imperfect seal = imperfect smoking. What kind of material can take the medium heat of smoking, is non-toxic (no fiberglass!), and is slightly soft, to mold itself to the surface?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 9:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Bank recommendations

Looking for recommendations on banks which offer both checking account & credit cards. [more inside]
posted by skwm at 8:59 AM PST - 21 comments

google friendly phone

new cellphone that runs gmail and google maps? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do letters to the editor all sound the same?

How does the Economist get all the letters to the editor sound the same? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

flushing refuse

I have to pee. I also have to blow my nose. Is it more environmentally friendly to toss my snotty Kleenex into the trash or into the toilet (which I was going to flush anyway)?
posted by mookieproof at 8:26 AM PST - 18 comments

How can my bike survive NYC?

How do I make my bike less attractive to thieves? (Plus, other NYC biking questions.) [more inside]
posted by hooray at 8:10 AM PST - 31 comments

iPod remote with max. range?

I'm looking for an ipod remote control with the greatest range. I'm trying to control an ipod on the other side of a wall in the back of a movie theatre- -about 100 feet or so. (Video iPod- -does that impact my choices?) Thank!
posted by verylargecorp at 8:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Billing Software

A friend has asked me if I am familiar with any 'off-the-shelf-software' applications for the staffing business ... [more inside]
posted by ericb at 7:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Needing a "dual" doorbell or intercom system.

I need to purchase a new doorbell and/or intercom system and have some questions... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 7:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Why did Arrested Development get cancelled?

Why did Arrested Development get cancelled? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:11 AM PST - 56 comments

Where can I find the extended-edition Lord of the Rings with Portuguese subtitles?

Needs to be region 0 or region 4... [more inside]
posted by sablazo at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Preventing hotlinking

Is there an easy method for a non-tech guy to use in order to keep folks from right clicking on my site, or, if not that, an easy way to prevent pictures from being copied (getting properties) so as to prevent hotliniking? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 4:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Should I start looking for a new job?

Is my new boss pulling one over on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 AM PST - 43 comments

How to become literate in home recording

Editing my home multitrack recordings - looking for advice and resources. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Mobile phone video formats & conversion

A couple of questions about mobile phone video formats: [more inside]
posted by blag at 2:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Disappearing Hard Drive

Where has my primary hard drive gone? My primary hard drive disappeared after I installed a new CD-ROM drive! It seems my CMOS doesn’t see my main drive! Help! [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 1:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Do I have to pay "document fees"?

[UK] Buying a new car from a dealership - do I have to pay "document fees"? [more inside]
posted by coach_mcguirk at 1:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Interesting things to do over the summer

What are interesting things I could do over the summer? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 1:10 AM PST - 12 comments

March 21

Need a new car title.

I've lost my vehicle title and need a new one. But where is the original? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 10:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Door number 3, Monty!

Besides the Monty Hall paradox, what are some other counterintuitive math problems that require a bit of a mind warp? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:52 PM PST - 89 comments

Why are my daily scripts running more than daily?

Why are my daily scripts on OS X running more than daily? [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 9:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Did my site get a DoS attack?

How do I tell whether my site was hit by a denial of service attack? [Server logs inside.] [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:43 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get user content and ratings on my site?

Is there a software package or script I can get that will allow me to enable users to add content to my web site and enable other users to rate that content? I am not a programmer, so something that is pretty simple is preferable. I would like the content to be sorted by showing the highest rated first. Thanks.
posted by stockaholic at 9:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Disneyland on a budget..

How do you get the cheapest admission to Disneyland? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal at 9:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Someone is using my photo without permission

I post photos of my dogs onto my personal website. I just found someone on Ebay selling prints and t-shirts using a photo of one of my dogs. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 9:25 PM PST - 43 comments

Programs for animating many digital photographs?

What programs are best suited for animating many digital photographs, and adding sound and music? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Big trip to Asia

We are finally going on the big trip to Southeast Asia (and China) in a few weeks. Would love some advice on a few general and specific travel topics. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 9:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Running A Youth Hostel For The Clueless

Running a youth hostel: what does it take? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:05 PM PST - 14 comments

What do you want a cover band to play?

Just formed a new cover lounge band in Las Vegas. Male lead singer. Audience range from late 20s to 50s. Want some opinions on what songs people want to hear and what songs NEVER to play. So what do you want to hear? [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 at 8:56 PM PST - 31 comments

Is my apartment going condo?

My apartment is going condo. Unless it's not. Please help me be less confused. [more inside]
posted by bac at 8:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Digitrac (logic analyzer) on XP

Anyone with experience running Digitrac (logic analyzer) on XP? [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 8:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Simple digital camera with no LCD or optical zoom.

I'm searching for a very specific type of digital camera. I want a camera without a LCD preview/review screen, along with a few other things... [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 8:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Joe Buck footwear

Where is a good place to get swanky or custom cowboy boots in Manhattan / NY area? Could be a prop or costume house as well.
posted by gingembre at 8:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Mencken theory

Mencken filter. I recall seeing this piece, but I cannot find it now. Mencken asserted that the Renaissance was the direct result of the pandemic Black Death of the mid-1300s, arguing that the reduction in European population by 1/3 opened the door to a more widespread sharing of wealth and resources. Can anyone point me to the right location?
posted by yclipse at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Restraining order? WTF?

Must the target of a restraining order be made aware of that restraining order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 46 comments

Lip waxing questions.

Lip waxing: I'm a girl with a heavy 'stache who has been shaving it every two days for years. Whether the shaving did it or not, the hairs are very thick and very dark. I would like to switch to waxing at a salon but have some questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Need clove cigarettes

Where can I buy Djarum Super clove cigarettes online in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 7:35 PM PST - 2 comments

What's that 80's show with the neon sportscar?

I'm trying to remember the name of a TV show from the 80's about a guy who had a computer cursor that would make a neon motorcycle or sportscar. [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 7:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Apple Cider Vinegar vs. Acid Reflux

Does Apple Cider Vinegar really cure Acid Reflux Disease or GERDs? [more inside]
posted by Gankmore at 6:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Does American popular culture have a negative attitude towards apartments?

I know many people who don't live in houses but in apartments - empty nesters, young couples with or without children. However, if you were to base your idea of Americans' residences solely on television shows, it would seem that absolutely everybody lives in a house. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Digestion of meats and vegetables

What digests better and quicker, veggies or meats? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

synching servers

How can I get my home server to synch with the server in my office? [more inside]
posted by alball at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How to shoot a lot of sperm?

How do pornstars have so much cum? They shoot *spurt*, and shoot *spurt* *spurt*.. and it shoots far, may I add. I hear it's eating lots of celery. But come on, what other ways of having more sperm? And shooting it, too.
posted by Devileyezz at 6:38 PM PST - 43 comments

Where can I find cat images that are both free and royalty-free?

Where online can I find pictures of cats to use in an amateur music video, without worrying about permissions and legal mess? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 6:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Pets, and Kozmo, and eToys oh my!

I work for a small dot com that just was acquired by a larger dot com (one with a historically shady reputation). What are some signs that my job may not be safe, even though I've been promised it is? What are signs that we are just going to be chewed up and discarded? How will I know when it's time to rewrite the resume and get out?
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

I know, but I've never heard one do it.

Can cats cough?
posted by 31d1 at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

1. Gather CDs, books, DVDs. 2. ????? 3. Profit!!!!

Are there any services or software to make it easier to sell a bunch of stuff on Amazon Marketplace? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 3:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Peanut Butter on Head

Any idea on the title/details of a movie released in the early '90's about a kid who puts peanut butter on his head and his hair won't stop growing? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

overdue ticket hell

Help me keep my fiance out of jail... Overdue parking ticket hell. [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 12:47 PM PST - 32 comments

Fill my ear holes!

InterestingEarJewelryFilter [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me help my dad

How much of an effect does a bad reference have on getting a job? [more inside]
posted by chicken nuglet at 12:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Movies where the movie title gets a mention

So, movies where the movie's title is mentioned in the dialogue - my girlfriend was talking about these the other day; she has a superstition that it's a badge of quality. So, how many films are there like this - I would guess it's a minority? Is there a list somewhere? And is it a tick of some directors/screenwriters?
posted by runkelfinker at 12:18 PM PST - 67 comments

Flat Bar on a cruiser?

Bike handlebar questions... [more inside]
posted by puffin at 12:17 PM PST - 15 comments

You know those "wonder-products" you see on shopping TV and ebay. Are they really any good?

So, I admit it, I browse ebay a lot and I'm also not averse to surfing the many teleshopping channels. Now in my travels I often see things which look like they are too good to be true - especially on the TV. You know the sort of thing - the drill which has a lifetime guarantee and will drill through concrete or steel etc. or the juicer that takes the whole fruit without cutting it up or the makeup that can make you look 10 years younger. Anyway it got me thinking that there must be some web site somewhere where I can get reviews of these kind of "wonder-products"! Most of the review sites I've found are pretty poor in my opinion - so few products are actually reviewed and I've yet to find any that look at eBay or Teleshopping products. Of course if anyone has any genuine wonder-products they have got this way then feel free to post a short review here as well!
posted by empedia at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Digital SLR

DigitalSLRFilter: I want to get a good entry level Digital SLR camera. I would like to get the Nikon D200 but its a bit much for me right now. Id like to spend no more than $1000 for camera and lens. What do you recommend? Thanks!!
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:27 AM PST - 36 comments

Too many microcontroller to choose from! HELP!

Which company should I go with for microcontrollers? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find Civil War suits?

Where might one find Civil War-era suits like the ones found in the movie Gangs of New York in either NYC area or online? Nothing antique necessary, just replicas/costumes.
posted by Ekim Neems at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

area between curves

What is the area between the x^2 parabola and the 2^x curve? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 11:02 AM PST - 23 comments

Plastic Fabrication

Short-run-plastic-fab-filter: Where can I go to order a very short run (100-300 items) of custom shaped and machined plastic sheets? In addition to a whacky shape, I need some drilling and something close to 'etching' on the surface. [more inside]
posted by daver at 10:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Help Kato Kaelin Find A Home That Isn't My Living Room

What will it take for my friend to find an apartment now that he's been evicted? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I suffer through a fever and expect to get better sooner?

If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

XP wants to talk Mac

How do I make XP talk to Mac os server 10.2.8? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Why are old people stupid?

The recent stories about the difficulty our seniors have found in understanding the Medicare prescription benefit, coupled with continual reports of vehicular "issues" among the elderly, make me wonder about old people, and whether I will be just like them when I get there. [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 10:33 AM PST - 39 comments

Flight to Australia

Help: Miserable middle seat to Australia [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 10:32 AM PST - 25 comments

How to find good quality incense.

Where do you get good quality incense?
posted by parma at 10:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Language Learning for Lonewolves?

What is the most efficient way to learn the native language of a country while traveling there on your own? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Show in Providence

I'm trying to find a place for my band and a friend's band to play a show in Providence R.I.. I don't care if it's a house or a bar. I just need some leads!
posted by josher71 at 10:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Top Podcast Download Numbers?

Where can I find numbers of downloads for, say, the top 100 most downloaded podcasts?
posted by davebug at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Holy Shit, Batman!

Where do apeshit and batshit come from? [more inside]
posted by landtuna at 9:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Name That Tune Filter

In the movie Nightwatch, in the scene where Anton comes out of the subway station following the kid, and gets hassled by the cops there's a bit of incidental music playing in the background, and my brain swears it recognizes it, but won't tell me what it is. I don't recognize anything off the soundtrack listing. Hope me?
posted by Capn at 9:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Recovering background conversation from a live music recording?

Help me recover background conversation from this stereo live recording. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:02 AM PST - 18 comments

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"?

ToothEvolutionFilter: Why are human teeth so poorly "designed"? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 8:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Why does Entourage give permissions errors with Exchange?

Exchange + Entourage + Permissions Filter. I request your assistance with one more hurdle on the road to Mac OS X groupware nirvana. [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

My Telecaster got hit in the nuts.

How stupid would I be to try to DIY a nut-replacement on a Telecaster? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Nibb High Football Rules.

Help me impress my boss: where can I find video of the Billy Madison "Industrial Revolution" speech online? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Alternate video format other than DV

What is the best alternate video format to archive DV video. [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 8:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Which famous sci-fi author wrote the worst book he could on a bet?

Which famous sci-fi author bet another author that if he wrote the worst book he could, it would become a hit? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 7:49 AM PST - 30 comments

Custom jewelry in Boston area?

Does anyone have recommendations for custom jewelry in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 7:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How to win a seat in the House of Reps?

What is involved in running for a seat in the House? Right now there is an uncontested seat in my district, (AR-03) Arkansas, going to Boozman (R). He has a lot of financial backing and and a solid religious support base but he is also batshit insane. I am a 32 year old network/computer specialist that works for the university with no previous political experience, I am pretty good organizer and a fair public speaker and would do well on web activism. but I am not sure if this would even make a difference in a real congressional race as I have no $$$, if there was another candidate I would support them, but this guy is running unopposed so somebody should do something!
posted by los pijamas del gato at 7:13 AM PST - 24 comments

User Permission Encoding

Managing User Permissions: I'm reworking an existing system that has a fairly granular permission system and am looking to make it easier to use. At the risk of sounding like a complete clown1, I've recently seen at least one OS permission system where permissions are encoded with ids that are (I think) all powers of 2, which allows the system to discern whether a user has access to a given permission from the sum of the user's permission ids. Can someone explain how this works? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 7:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Lock'n Load

Why do I like violence so much? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 6:57 AM PST - 41 comments

What is my bandwidth going to?

Host Network Monitoring: I have a colo box. I can watch traffic levels on it using mrtg. But how do I find out what is causing the traffic I see on the pretty graphs? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 6:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Spotted on the T: OFFICIAL CYPHER

So last night on the train I saw a passenger with a small blue paper book titled "OFFICIAL CYPHER" [more inside]
posted by sol at 6:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Wrong plate numder

Do I have to pay a parking ticket if they got the details wrong? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 4:54 AM PST - 39 comments

Regular expression search engine

Is there any regular expression based search engine or search engine that allows to search for one word in the vicinity of another word, like say word1 within 10 words of word2 ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 4:51 AM PST - 8 comments

I need help to bulk *clap* me up!

What are the best supplements to take to make it to that "next level" of muscle-mass gain? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 3:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Ordering dietary supplements for Autists

International ordering via a US website, technical problems ordering supplements for an Autistic child. Should I give up? Can you recommend alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 2:53 AM PST - 3 comments

When faced with Bad Solicitations

Charity solicitor via phonebank recalls not personally a contribution I would have never made over the phone from a previous year, cannot provide details. When I ask him to send more information, t(he)y sends "Sponsor Reminder". [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:46 AM PST - 7 comments

RSS for Idiots

Somebody explain the practical side of RSS to me. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 12:31 AM PST - 19 comments

March 20

understanding comic books

A friend of mine recently told me that she can't read comic books. She doesn't have problems with understanding text or visual information. She's been a voracious book reader since a very early age and she's a dedicated film watcher. I didn't entirely understand her explanation but she says that she never learn to decode the tight coupling of textual and visual information in comic books. Has anyone heard about or experienced something similar? [more inside]
posted by rdr at 11:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Recipes for a milk bath???

I am throwing an ecstatic poetry/prose party this weekend and want to have a milk bath. I have access to a lot of fresh milk but not enough to fill up a large tub. Are there ways I can mix with oils or other decoctions? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do about dead pixels?

What can I do about dead pixels, and why do they happen? [more inside]
posted by anjamu at 10:55 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I best interpret my dreams?

How might I best begin in interpreting my dreams? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 10:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Can you receive a fax while driving?

I have a friend who is a trucker and he wants to know if there's way to receive faxes while on the road. He either wants a fax machine that could receive while he's in route or.... [more inside]
posted by thebarron at 10:01 PM PST - 11 comments

A little too much eavesdropping...

I have new neighbors...they are exceedingly loud. And, no doubt, can also hear my every word. How can I reduce the amount of sound I hear? [more inside]
posted by ebeeb at 9:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Short readings that open up the world?

What have you read that gave you a new outlook on the world—or even changed your life? I teach a Language Arts class to at-risk teenagers at a small high school, and I need to compile a body of short readings for next term, which is six weeks long. I want to give them those "a-ha!" moments that I had as a teenager when I read something that opened up my brain to something new and made my world larger. All genres (fiction, nonfiction, news articles, poetry, essays, etc.) are options. There are, of course, challenges... [more inside]
posted by cacahuete at 9:27 PM PST - 79 comments

Relaxing CD for a cynical person?

Any suggestions for guided mediation CDs? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are lcd numerals at an angle?

Why are the lcd numerals in digital clocks and other such displays at an angle, as opposed to straight up-and-down?
posted by luftmensch at 8:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Lodging near Snow Summit Ski Area

Is there any decent lodging within walking distance of the Snow Summit ski area in Big Bear, California? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 8:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Fanny noise in hard drive

How do I quiet a noisy external drive fan? Or should I? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it worth it to pay a salon to dye your hair?

What is the difference between hair dye bought at the drugstore, vs. at a salon? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments

diff my iPod and iTunes libraries?

iPodFilter: Now that my iPod is nearly full, and I can't rely on automatic updating, is there any simple way to do, essentially, a diff between my iTune music library and my iPod? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

stockpiling sunflower seeds

How long will an unopened bag of shelled sunflower seeds lasts? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 7:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Are late fees consisting of 10% of rent per month, per day legal?

Is my friends landlord charging him a legal late fee? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 6:58 PM PST - 18 comments


Does city-wide wi-fi increase cybercrime? Are there any studies on this?
posted by my sock puppet account at 6:53 PM PST - 12 comments

First signs of carpal. HELP!

Has anyone been able to head off carpal tunnel shortly after the symptoms start appearing? How? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop at 6:44 PM PST - 30 comments

Looking for my baseball glove.

My beautiful baseball glove was stolen about ten years ago when I was too young to know better. I'd love to buy another one of the same or similar type, but all I can remember is a few specifics. Fortunately, it was pretty unique. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DrJohnEvans at 6:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Tough Avocado

What can I do with an (open) unripe avocado? [more inside]
posted by tangerine at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

How many USB devices can be powered by a PC?

How many USB devices can I power from my system without problems? If USB devices are drawing too much power, which ones are best to off-load on to a self-powered USB hub? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 6:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Screaming nightmares?

So I've been waking up from nightmares a few times a month by screaming out loud... [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 5:57 PM PST - 16 comments

God hates everything?

Why hasn't Fred Phelps perished due to violence yet? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 5:52 PM PST - 36 comments

Landlord selling my building: Am I screwed?

NYC: Our landlord is selling our building. We have a lease. What's going to happen to us? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 5:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Shaving my pubic area - for the first time!

What are the best products, techniques, shapes, and ideas for a first-timer grooming the female pubic area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Thinking about suicide

I keep thinking about suicide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Where to change the technological world?

14-year Apple veteran -- Where to go to change the world? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

E-mail Waiting?

You'veGotMailFilter: I'm looking to have some visual indication that I have e-mail waiting on my Windows-based PC. Not on the monitor, but an external device. LCD, a big flashing LED, a waving flag, whatever. Preferably something I could, potentially, rig up in other spots of the house, too. Anywhere from a simple flashing light to a listing of e-mail headers in a mailbox (integration with Outlook 2003 or 2007 a plus). I have a Griffin Powermate, but that device seems to only flash for waiting e-mails on a Mac; I need a PC-based solution. Or a standalone solution. Ideas?
posted by Merdryn at 4:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Cat, baby, sleep. Safety?

My wife and I will have our first kid in June. Our cat is a sweet, lovable, completely insane little pain-in-the-butt. He loves snuggling up to both of us, especially when my wife naps, but he's not allowed to sleep with us. But now we have to think about Baby Kickstart. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 4:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me light a home office!

Building a home office, and need help with lighting. [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

iPod Eep!

iPod issue for a friend. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 4:14 PM PST - 7 comments

The Green, The Bare and the Puppies

With what should I cover our (dogs') backyard? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Human figure in early Islamic Art?

Can someone give me references for books/journals for understanding human figures in Safavid manuscript paintings? [more inside]
posted by korej at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Building stamina

Slow stamina increase while exercising. When will it get better? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 2:56 PM PST - 20 comments

How to deal with an HPV scare

So my girlfriend got the dreaded phone call last night... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Biting Puppy; Why?

Why does our puppy look like she is biting other dogs?
posted by pettins at 2:42 PM PST - 19 comments

For the birds

The family bird hates me, help! [more inside]
posted by viachicago at 2:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Smartphone recommendations?

I've recently started a new job as the tech director for a small company. I have a bunch of websites and servers to keep an eye on, and I'm thinking I need a mobile device that will allow me to keep track of them. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

where else to go in Milwaukee?

Another question about travelling to Milwaukee, a follow-up of sorts to Frank Grimes' recent question. My girlfriend and I are going up to Milwaukee this weekend; are there any neat non-beer/bar/brewery-related things to do and places to visit? And does anybody know of a good vegetarian restaurant or two there? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

who are those guys?

who are these gentlemen? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 1:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Making that Brilliant Idea Real

Inventionfilter: Lets say I've come up with a brilliant idea that will change the world as we know it. How do I go about making this idea a reality? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Troublesome Treo

Treo 650 syncing woes on OS X and a .Mac account question. [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Falkland Island travel advice

I want to spend a month in the Falkland Islands next year. A few questions. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 12:52 PM PST - 16 comments

I (wish I could) see right through you...

BeatIEIntoSubmissionFilter: Is it possible to force IE/Win to display CSS background images with PNG transparency? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Could working at the FBI ruin my future?

I am interested in an analyst position at the FBI, but ultimately, I would like to work for a non-profit like Human Rights Watch or as a researcher at a think tank. I know that if you've worked for the FBI, there are certain things that you can never do because of it, such as joining the Peace Corp, for example. So my question is: would working for the FBI compromise my future career aspirations? Would I forever be seen as biased by possible employers? Is it really true, as people tell me, that "once a member of the Bureau, always a member of the Bureau"? And, what does that REALLY mean?
posted by exacta_perfecta at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Is music a universal language?

Music and emotions [more inside]
posted by knave at 12:46 PM PST - 19 comments

should i ship or fly?

Should i ship or fly with my bike to the west coast? [more inside]
posted by fidgets at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Good haircut in Philly/NYC?

Where can I get a good new hairstyle/haircut in either Philly or NYC? Sick of my current hair and need someone to say "Do this". Bonus points for a specific person and/or under $100 for the cut for a man. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Best OS for an original G3 PowerBook?

What's the best operating system for an original PowerBook G3? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 11:54 AM PST - 15 comments


stupid question/geek-filter: is there a repository out there for old video game sounds? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me with MT filename trimming.

Individual entries on my MT 2.6x installation are archived using their trimmed entry-names (i.e. I'd like to make the filenames longer from now on (trimming to 30, probably), but I think that if I change the parameter in my Archiving prefs and rebuild, it's gonna go and change the filenames of all my preceding entries too. This I don't want. Is there a way to change the trimming for filenames, but only "from now on"?
posted by Marquis at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

I do not want to be a wrinkly mess

Help me iron! [more inside]
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Human-sized microwave ovens

Is there such a thing as a "walk-in" microwave oven? [more inside]
posted by halespawn at 11:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Are there good freeware programs for creating QTVR images?

I'm impressed by the QTVR images found on and would like to do something similar. Does anyone know of good freeware to do this? I'm using Windows XP.
posted by chrisch at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

A Pirate Looks for a Hotel

Affordable accompdations in Key West in May? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Why did foot binding begin?

Why exactly did the practice of footbinding begin? I know when it began and somewhat how it started, but why were people so eager to do it in the first place and who made it into a standard of beauty?
posted by cynthia_rose at 10:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Catch 22 International

Is an "international driver's license" still required for a European-licensed driver, in the USA? [confusion inside] [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Films set in Paris?

Good movies set in Paris? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 9:49 AM PST - 43 comments

Father's budget expectations for moving to Greece

My father thinks he can relocate to Greece on a meagre budget (that's another story!). We (my wife and I) are sceptical of his budget expectations for buying a condo (for cash) in Greece. [more inside]
posted by iTristan at 9:34 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I learn for doomsday?

Imagine the standard post apocalyptic scenario - social order collapses, technology is set back hundreds of years, people are struggling to create something like a livable society again. What skills would make a person especially valuable in a situation like this? Bonus points for things that would be useful in everyday life now. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:26 AM PST - 60 comments

Good Swedish novels?

What are some good Swedish novels? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

A good bed and breakfast around Seattle?

Any recommendations for a good Bed and Breakfast near Seattle-- either in town or out in the scenery? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Music that samples from Jame Bond themes

Music that samples from Jame Bond themes? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 8:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Opening CAD without CAD

Does anyone know any good freeware that will allow me to open and/or preview CAD (specifically .dwg codec) files? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

not so social bookmarking

Whats your favorite (social) bookmarking site? Please read details inside. [more inside]
posted by bradn at 8:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Info on relocating to Tucson

I will be relocating from Austin, TX to Tucson, AZ at the end of May. Please tell me everything about the city. [more inside]
posted by bove at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How is "Coenties" pronounced?

Does anyone know how "Coenties" is currently pronounced, as in "Coenties Slip?" [more inside]
posted by gubo at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Simple standalone midi solution?

I have a nice keyboard midi controller that I connect to my pc. However my wife would like to use it without having to muck about with a computer. Is there a simple (and cheap) solution to let her use the keyboard as a piano without too much hassle? A small box with one or more patches and the ability to connect to a stereo or powered speakers would be ideal.
posted by beowulf573 at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I get some PC/Apple Certifications?

or, How To Make The Public Beleive You Are Competent With High-Priced Electronics. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Using a PC LCD Monitor as a TV?

How can i use a PC LCD monitor as a TV, without using a PC? I found TV Tuners online, but they usually require a computer to be there.. I'm just thinking that, considering lcd tv prices, I might as well buy a bargain basement lcd monitor and hook it up to a tuner. and the cool thing is, the lcd monitor already has enough pixels to display HD!
posted by frenchbenj at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Having trouble sleeping

I've been having a lot of trouble sleeping. I want to know if my problems are common, and some strategies for coping. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:29 AM PST - 27 comments

What's the funniest joke that doesn't involve making fun of anyone?

What's the funniest joke that doesn't involve making fun of anyone? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 7:03 AM PST - 126 comments

Food for the wandering mind

In a while I will be going on a round the world trip to do a bit of soul searching (and to have a lot of fun of course). I'm looking for books on the subject of travel, not the pragmatically oriented genre, but philosophically and spiritually inclined ones. I'd like to read true stories about open-minded people backpacking around the globe and learning something about themselves and the world. I'd like to taste their joys as well as their disappointments, their insights as well as their confusion experienced during long-term world-wide travel. [more inside]
posted by koenie at 6:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Monetary Policy and Me

I'm not afraid of bird flu. I'm afraid of waking up broke one day. How do I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 6:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Adventures in Kittysitting

I've offered to take care of a friend's cat for a week; a previous meeting between her cat and mine was a staring contest with occasional hissing. What can I do to make this week go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 6:50 AM PST - 7 comments

The Mormons and roaches will outlive us all...

In light of the US Govt dancing around the 'S' word, help me build a small stockpile preferably with recipes or a cooking list and any general advice about stockpiling... [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 6:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Thoughts on wood-inlay wedding rings?

Does anyone have any experience with wood-inlay wedding rings? My fiance and I are considering these rings, but we are wondering how the wood will hold up over the years.
posted by tperrigo at 6:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Hijacked by Microsoft

Microsoft continues to hijack my computer. Every time I get a new Windows update, it changes my default email client from Outlook Express to Outlook (I prefer OE) and my browser from Firefox to IE. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 5:28 AM PST - 11 comments

iBook trouble

Has my iBook hard drive failed or is something else going on? [more inside]
posted by anglophiliated at 5:22 AM PST - 11 comments

removing glass scratches

How can i remove scratches from my car windows? [more inside]
posted by maxmix at 5:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Affirmations, visualizations and the subconscious mind.

Questions on affirmations, visualizations and the subconscious mind. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 5:02 AM PST - 4 comments

SQL select problem

help me with this SQL select [more inside]
posted by oh pollo! at 3:30 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I turn recorded speech into text?

What is the easiest way to turn a recorded interview into text? [more inside]
posted by janecr at 3:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Returning to school, but in the big desk

Becoming a Primary teacher (in NSW, Australia). Tips/Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 2:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Rules for card game Durok?

Help me rediscover the rules to a Russian card game I learned when I was a kid. [more inside]
posted by lhall at 2:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I start dancing?

I can only dance when I'm drunk. [more inside]
posted by bloo at 1:47 AM PST - 10 comments

March 19

In search of photos of people aging

I'm looking for photos taken of people at various points in their lives, showing the effects of age on their appearance. Where can I find these? [more inside]
posted by teem at 11:50 PM PST - 9 comments

$50 Gift suggestions for: A clarinettist, a violist, and a cellist

Gift suggestions for: A clarinettist, a violist, and a cellist(who is also a composer). ~$50 each, I have 12 days to get these gifts. Prefer online ordering. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 11:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Children's Book

I am trying to find an old book from my childhood (the 1960s): it involved a (possibly magical) bedspread and Sirius (the Dog Star). I remember lots of blues and greens in the illustrations, but not much else. Does this ring a bell? Can you help me find the title?
posted by Carsey at 11:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Ragga song that the Black Eyed Peas were covering in "Get Original"?

Ragga song that the Black Eyed Peas were covering in "Get Original" (or vice versa)? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 11:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

I just moved down the street from a crack house... Safety tips? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 10:47 PM PST - 47 comments

Business cards help

I want to make my own business cards in Photoshop. Nothing fancy, just some text in B&W, so that part I can do myself. But the layout's proving a bit tricky. Any good tutorials on making your own business cards? My end product should be an A4 sized, 8-up or 10-up, in PDF format that I can run over to Kinko's and have them print out and cut.
posted by zardoz at 10:33 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the point of invite-only music bittorrent sites? And how does one go about getting invites?

What is the point of invite-only music bittorrent sites? And how does one go about getting invites? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 10:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Why do men get married?

As I look at the strewn wreckage of my past relationships and think about why the ones that seemed like "the one" never quite turned into the one, I wonder what is it that makes a man decide he wants to get married. Do men start thinking I want something more serious this time? Or does it hit them like a meteor out of the blue? Or is it (as they often claim on the 1st or 39th date) a slow slow burn (get to know ya and then 7 years later, lets move in)? Please explain the male psyche to me.
posted by zia at 10:03 PM PST - 27 comments

Windows Media Center + iTunes Library + OCD = suck.

Windows Media Center + iTunes Library + OCD = suck. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 9:51 PM PST - 2 comments

GMail: POP'ing ALL of your old e-mails?

With GMail via POP, is it possible to send ALL past email to an e-mail client? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 9:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Martin Short Images

Anyone have quality screencaps of Martin Short's Saturday Night Live characters from the 1980s, e.g. Jackie Rogers Jr., Nathan Therm, the synchronized swimming guy, etc.? (FYI: At this point,I'm more interested in SNL images than stuff from SCTV.)
posted by iced_borsch at 8:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Posting XML feed directly to delicious

I have an XML feed which I want to automatically post into my account. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the best free web-based email service?

What is the best free web-based email service? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I tell my girlfriend that I find her weight gain unattractive?

Is there any point in telling my girlfriend the truth about my feelings about her weight gain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I become less creepy?

I have a problem. You see, it appears that I've become unable to have make regular eye-contact and a "normal" conversation with women; somehow, my eye appears to dart downwards towards their breasts. How do I stop doing it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I increase my self-confidence?

How do I increase my self-confidence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Support group for relatives of the mentally ill in NYC?

Support groups for relatives of mentally ill/suicidal in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 PM PST - 3 comments

In search of pipeline analysis

BusinessAnalysisFilter: I've been out of the Business Analysis sector for about 6 years, and I'm giving some serious thought to heading back in that direction. In looking at a particular job description I've encountered a term I'm not familiar with, and general interest, as well as not wanting to sound ignorant if I apply for that particular job, leads me to ask... [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Read Only Folder - User Error

Every time I turn off the Read Only setting for this one folder it reverts immediately. Is there another way to change this setting? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

how to deal with U.S. compensation for foreign freelance work?

I am a US citizen and resident, contracting with a European organization for a freelance project that won't be over until near the end of the year (we're still fighting over discussing the actual due date, but that's another issue). I requested a certain fee in US$. They agreed to that fee, but they want to pay it in Euros, based on today's exchange rate. Is this common practice? [more inside]
posted by scody at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Accelerated Aging

Accelerated aging in human beings- Is it possible? Causes? Medical name? And instances in film and literature? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

DIY locksmithing

DIY locksmithing? I locked my keys in my car tonight. Before dropping $70 to have someone open it, can I do this myself? Tools/techniques/tutorials?
posted by masymas at 5:17 PM PST - 24 comments

What is this architectural feature?

What purpose does this architectural feature serve? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Questions about religious discrimination in hiring.

Questions about religious discrimination in hiring. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:32 PM PST - 38 comments

food near universal city, ca

I'm trying to put together a restaurant guide for an academic meeting being held in Los Angeles' Universal City. Aside from the (mediocre) places along the nearby Citywalk, can folks recommend interesting / funky / neat / fancy and other types of worthwhile places to eat within a short taxi ride, drive or public transportation trip (from the Universal City metro station)?
posted by luriete at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Free divider/filigree line art?

Find me some free, nice divider/filigree images that I can use in a printed booklet without getting pixelated looking. Stuff like this, but better: [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me hear the music again

Help me save my expensive headphones. The wire was severed. Too short just to attach a new plug. Where do I find a good quality thingy that connects two wires of this kind together? [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi at 2:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Extra rent for the cat??

Quick show of hands or something: How common is it for landlords to want an extra amount per month, in addition to a pet deposit, for a renter who has a pet cat? I completely understand the need for the pet deposit, but it strikes me a little weird to be told, "Oh, if you have a cat, that's an extra $25 a month."
posted by pax digita at 2:42 PM PST - 41 comments

How can I force Google Blogsearch to index my archived blog entries?

I'd like to be able to search my (MovableType) blog via Google Blogsearch, but they only update via RSS. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Quality of Generic Dog Food?

Is there a difference between store and name brand dog food? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic at 2:20 PM PST - 24 comments

ShoeFilter: Need a right Jimmy Choo

ShoeFilter: Unite shoe lovers! My 10 month old Labrador Retriever ate my right Jimmy Choo last night. Green calf leather from last fall season 2005, size 10. Unite shoe lovers and together we can put together what was separated by devastating circumstance. Does anyone out there have a left size 10 Jimmy Choo or know how I can go about getting just a single shoe?
posted by sandrapbrady at 2:02 PM PST - 0 comments

Paris during Easter

I'm thinking about going to Paris over Easter. Is my timing good? [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 2:00 PM PST - 16 comments

A great chimerical epithet?

In "What Metaphors Mean" Donald Davidson refers to a critic who called Tolstoy "a great moralizing infant". Who was that critic, and in what work was Tolstoy so called?
posted by kenko at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I look at my internets in the internets?

There used to be a website (of course there was) that examined a URL of one's choosing and then showed pretty pictures of how it was rendered in a few dozen different browsers and platforms. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments


I'm bringing the crew to Vegas. Four guys, one weekend, celebrating good times. The flights are booked but that's about it. Suggestions for making this weekend ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by effugas at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I negotiate a better grad school offer?

I have been accepted at three graduate schools, and each offers a different financial package. Having spent many years in the technology industry, my immediate reaction to realizing I have multiple offers is to want to negotiate better deals from all of them, or at least some of them. Having never been to grad school before, though, I have no idea if the schools give you their best offer up front, or if there is room to negotiate, or whether trying to negotiate is considered bad form, etc. So, can I go back to the schools that have accepted me and negotiate a better deal than the ones originally offered? If it matters--and it does, I'm sure--these programs are in the humanities. Thanks.
posted by lustra at 12:06 PM PST - 16 comments

A fresh start at 23?

For a friend: How do I get a fresh start at college? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 12:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for lamp from The Ring

Okay, here's a tough one. In both The Ring and The Ring II, the morose little boy has this amazing bedside lamp that looks like a flying saucer taking off. I assume the set decorators must have purchased this lamp somewhere...but where? Many hours of exhaustive searching have yielded no results. Anyone know where I might find this item?
posted by ChaoticIndustry at 10:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me fix my iBook!

Sick iBook: Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by Finder at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Google Desktop Search "crawls" my computer

Why has Google Desktop Search's indexing become so slow? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to visit in New England?

My boyfriend and I are driving from Minnesota to Novia Scotia this Spring. We'll be doing some camping along the way. I'm specifically looking for recommendations of where to visit in New England - Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire? Thanks.
posted by Ailla at 9:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Buying a vehicle for business as a business.

Buying a vehicle for business as a business. Should I or shouldn't I? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 8:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Saving files with Javascript?

Are there any tutorials out there that explains how to save/update files from a browser using only javascript as tiddlywiki does? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 8:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Explain beneficiary vs. co-owner, and why I should care?

What is the difference between a beneficiary and a co-owner in terms of life insurance stocks? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Understanding Hong Kong

Resources on cultural ideas/identities/images of Hong Kong. Not for travel, for a kind of research. What City of Quartz does for LA, what Maximum City does for Mumbai. What does that for HK? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Is eating less making me cold?

Does not eating, or eating very little, affect body temperature? [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Easy list making program needed.

Easy list-making software? I'm looking for a program that will let me generate a simple packing list that I can reuse every time I travel. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Does an English/Chinese dictionary with pinyin exist for Symbian 60 OS?

I've given up. I can't seem to find this anywhere. Perhaps MeFi can do it? I'm looking for an English-Chinese dictionary for my Nokia N70 phone that has pinyin pronouncations listed for the characters. I want characters, too, but the pinyin is pretty key if I'm actually going to be able to say anything. I'm running Symbian 60 OS. You would think this shouldn't be that hard to find but everything I find either doesn't have pinyin or is for the wrong Symbian OS.
posted by riverjack at 6:44 AM PST - 0 comments

How to record web video to computer?

Is there any software (preferably free) which would permit me to record web video clips, and hopefully burn them to DVD?
posted by quintno at 6:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Exploring Comic Book Culture

I've derived alot of enjoyment from reading Quarter Bin and The Museum of Black Superheroes comic book websites, and I'd like to find more of the same. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 4:42 AM PST - 7 comments

mblah mmbah nadadamah

I have a question, it was asked here before, but left unanswered. Mumbling song ID question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 2:56 AM PST - 8 comments

One night in, er, Singapore

24 hours in Singapore: seeking a few specific shopping/food recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 2:02 AM PST - 12 comments

How to make an icon for a web page?

How do I create a little icon for the tab of a web page? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 12:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Taste my Sauce, Alfonso!

Please recommend me some recent masterpieces of Asian cinema. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 12:16 AM PST - 37 comments

March 18

What was the song that sampled the "There is no America" speech from Network?

Tracking down a song that sampled a famous speech from the movie "Network." [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 11:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Parking with Peace of Mind

Help! I need to know where it's safe to park in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The last time I rented a car... [more inside]
posted by auntbee at 10:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Separating the fact from fiction..

Is there any truth to the 9/11 conspiracy theories? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 9:56 PM PST - 81 comments

Shocking iPod question.

How do you get your music off a malfunctioning iPod? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

A vegan poached egg? No $%#@ing way!

Does anyone have a recipe for a poached "egg"? The only catch... for a vegan. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 8:53 PM PST - 6 comments

What happens at the end of Spectre (computer game)?

How many levels are there in the computer game Spectre/Spectre Supreme/Spectre VR? What happens at the end? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 8:36 PM PST - 1 comment

How to design an interface for aliens

Science-fictionish question here, but I figured if zombies were all right, hypothetical aliens would be too. Specifically, interface design for non-humans... [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 7:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Please tell me this is a decor faux pas?

Is putting photographs of yourself on your bathroom wall strange? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:29 PM PST - 42 comments

Poll teh Geist

WebPoll Filter: I need a cheap (or free) online poll service that can collect at least 1000 responses and prevent revoting (using cookies or IPs, it doesn't have to be highly secure). [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Tax implications of various investments

I have a chunk of change that I am trying to make earn more than the small interest in my savings account. Can anyone speak to the tax implications of someting like an ING Direct savings account - which is offering a promotional yield of 4.0% - vs. something like a money market fund, which lately seems to yield in the range of 3.8 - 4.3? Help me make my money work for me!
posted by xmutex at 5:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Safe place to park a car in Lahaina for 5+ hours?

Safe place to park a car in Lahaina for 5+ hours? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments


Help me go to the dentist prepared so that I can reasonably say "I want my remaining teeth and root tips extracted and I want full dentures" [more inside]
posted by missed at 5:37 PM PST - 15 comments

TurboTax browser problem

Stupid TurboTax question - why does it think I don't have a browser installed? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a touch-screen compatible media player like Front Row for the PC?

I watch episodes of TV shows on my pc laptop in bed before I sleep most nights. They are usually divx AVIs, but sometimes DVDs. Is there a piece of software that would work well with a touch-screen monitor that would make watching things easier? I'm thinking of something like Apple's Front Row but for windows.
posted by cmicali at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

buying mom a computer

buying a small desktop computer for mom [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 3:56 PM PST - 22 comments

Movie that's itchin' me

There is a movie where someone is petting a sewer rat and they think its a cat. And someone tells the person they're mistaken and petting a rat. Does anyone know what movie? It went something like this: What a nice cat. Excuse me mam, thats a sewer rat!
posted by Gabe014 at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Web publishing and paper publishing the same resume without double work?

I have a resume in Microsoft Word that I use to print and an HTML resume online. Every time I update my resume, I have to do it by hand twice. How do I cut my work in half? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 3:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does exercise make me feel bad the next day?

How do I avoid exercise hangovers? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 2:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Things that make Danny Elfman & Co. want to dance

Songs that prominently feature insects, spiders, or other terrestrial arthropods in the lyrics, but do not mention them in the title (thereby escaping my searches). [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 2:12 PM PST - 39 comments

Bands Oasis has hyped or dissed?

MeanMonobrowHypeMachinefilter: I'm looking for a list of bands that have been hyped or dissed by Oasis. I know they're hyping Secret Machines right now, and have done the same for The Soundtrack Of Our Lives in the past. Quotes from Liam or Noel are very welcome.
posted by Siberian Mist at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Wireless Mac ADSL hell

Setting up a Mac wirelessly on ADSL. Help! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Where's my mail?

Why has Thunderbird stopped saving my "Sent" emails, and how can I make it start saving them again? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

My car was stolen. Now banshees live under the hood.

My '94 Honda Accord was recently stolen. I've since recovered it, but now something under the hood makes horrendous metal-on-metal noises. The Honda dealer that repaired the ignition found nothing else wrong with the car. I think this is BS. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by hercatalyst at 12:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Software for new computer

My mother in law has just purchased a brand new laptop. She only uses it for mail and banking. What software could/should i install that would broaden the computers usefulness?
posted by FidelDonson at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Is foul play responsible?

Things are starting to disappear from the house. What's your best advice on catching a possible thief who appears trustworthy? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 11:52 AM PST - 21 comments

annoying sound on fox soccer channel

This is a random question, but it's driving me nuts. Can someone explain to me the purpose of the dial-up sound on the Fox Soccer Channel? [more inside]
posted by ob at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Cat meets sofa...

What will happen when our scratching cat meets our (proposed) new leather sofa? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 11:49 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get people to observe a No Parking sign?

How can I get people to stop blocking my apartment building's driveway? [more inside]
posted by nadise at 11:47 AM PST - 37 comments

Importing RTF files

What is your favorite way to archive RTF files into one large file? Programs such as Treepad etc. are good for collecting the contents of numerous files into one large archive. What will accomplish this best? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Wedding Photogapher in Youngstown?

Does anyone know a good photographer who can shoot a wedding in Youngstown, Ohio? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice requested

I talked to my parents this morning and my brother is in a psych-center on suicide watch after going thru $2,000 of my folk’s money on crack. This is not the first time this has happened: [more inside]
posted by PHINC at 10:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Dealing with the long term effects of childhood religious indoctrination

I was raised as a christian scientist, meaning no medicine, no doctors and I was not even allowed to believe that any physical symptom of illness or injury I might have was real. Needless to say such beliefs have not promoted a healthy self awareness, self image or even much of an instinct for self-preservation. I also had some persistent medical problems as a child that went untreated. [more inside]
posted by gallois at 10:12 AM PST - 8 comments

wRap those words

MS Word XP: How do I force text to wrap to the next cell in table? [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Funny "Songs from Shakespeare"

I'm looking for audio of Peter Schickele's (also known as "P.D.Q. Bach") hilarious "Songs from Shakespeare"... Right now, I've got a cassette of its 1990 performance for Garrison Keillor's "American Radio Company: The First Season," but I'd like it on CD or MP3. (Is video even available??) Thanks in advance for all your help!!
posted by Misciel at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Fill my every waking moment with the awesome fruit of your knowledge-loins

Need more input! I need suggestions for games/reading/comics/music etc. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 9:13 AM PST - 21 comments

What do I do about previously broken fingers?

Please help me find more information of what options I might have to correct previously broken and healed fingers. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I rotate a video?

Is there software that will rotate a video file? [more inside]
posted by sublivious at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Why won't my LAN and WAN play together?

I can share files over SMB on a local network, or do stuff on the internets -- but not at the same time. How can I make the LAN and WAN play nice? [more inside]
posted by holgate at 8:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Hip hop roller skating?

Hip hop roller skating; is this an actual scene, a holdover from roller-disco, what? Thanks in advance.
posted by mischief at 7:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Personal involvement with someone possibly psychotic?

I've recently found out a person I know could truly be psychotic. So my question is what are the general guidelines for psychosis and when does personal involvement with someone suspected of being psychotic become dangerous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Ouch! Zap. Ouch! Zap.

Photocaine - for use before laser hair removal. Does anyone have any experience with it? Google isnt too reassuring... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of my deepseated anger for my mother?

So I'm still angry at my mother for some things she did during my childhood. I don't want to be anymore. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 AM PST - 21 comments

How to sell downloaded software

Selling downloaded software - recommendations of hosts/companies? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Should my girlfriend cosign on my car loan? Or, how do I get a car loan?

How do I get a car loan? What are the mechanics of cosigning? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 5:59 AM PST - 9 comments

What did I just do in OpenOffice!?

I've done something (in the Navigator?) in OpenOffice that created a read-only duplicate of a chapter of the piece I'm writing. [more inside]
posted by Harry at 5:57 AM PST - 1 comment

iTunes file dupes and bad tag reads.

iTunes is creating duplicate copies of everything - and isn't faring too well with the id3 tags, either. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 5:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Splitting hairs

What is the correct way to split words with a hyphen at the end of a line? [more inside]
posted by sic at 4:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Resizing images in photoshop.

Photoshop question about resizing images... [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 4:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Niggling riff

A simple one for people unlike me with a decent memory. What's the name of the song that plays when you go to, and who played it originally?
posted by Holly at 4:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Let's Play Together

What are fun, real-time game things to play over the internet? I'm in a long distance relaionship and wanting some new things to do together while we're apart. This site is a great example, where two people can draw together on the same page. Anything remotely like this would be great.
posted by twirlypen at 3:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheap comfortable rural accomodation in England?

I'm trying to find comfortable accommodation for an all male party of 10-12 men (it's a stag do) somewhere in England. It should preferably be self contained (i.e. not shared with any other parties), preferably rural, comfortable, and not expensive (no more than around £50/head/night). [more inside]
posted by chill at 2:00 AM PST - 6 comments

March 17

Yeah, it's sort of a rhetorical question

How come we never hear about nude ghosts? Clothes always seem to go into the spirit world in anecdote and popular culture. Is this a reflection of society's taboos, or do ghost believers have an explanation?
posted by shannymara at 10:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Why are the APA guidelines so widespread?

Of all the organizations, why is it the American Psychological Association that sets style guidelines? (I know there are others, such as the MLA.) [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 9:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Golden Spike

In this famous railroad picture, why does the leftmost locomotive have a funnel shaped stack and the right side one have a straight pipe? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 8:50 PM PST - 10 comments

PhD: moving from wait-list to acceptance

I've been wait-listed for a PhD program, how can I increase my odds of getting in? [more inside]
posted by terceiro at 8:34 PM PST - 25 comments

I tried to think of a cute title, but to be honest, I didn't try very hard.

In America, there's a trend towards making the English language more gender-neutral. However, it seems that English is already one of the world's more androgynous languages. Is there an effort to make other languages more gender-neutral, or is it just American English?
posted by Afroblanco at 7:37 PM PST - 50 comments

Good Online Credit Card

Good credit card for internet purchases [more inside]
posted by plinth at 7:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Through the looking glass

Help locate this obscure drug/lsd public access video from a while back. [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 7:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Yum yum Dole Pineapple

In front of the Tiki Room at Disneyland they continuously play this old 1960s film about the Dole Pineapple cannery. [more inside]
posted by thesiameseffect at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

UFO over Seattle

Help me identify the very odd, large, possibly military plane that has been flying over Seattle for the past three days at around 6:30pm. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 6:42 PM PST - 18 comments

TV show about hairdressing

Are there shows that are strictly about hairdressing on TV ? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Website redesign tips for a college?

What is the process for redesigning a website? More specific: a higher-ed institution's website. [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 6:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I use iTunes on my Mac to control a music library on my PC?

Before I bother setting up a network between my PC and MAC: Can I use iTunes on my Mac to control a music library on my PC?
posted by apetpsychic at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Exporting Hotmail emails to Gmail

Hotmail and gmail. How do I get my saved hotmail messages over to gmail while still maintaining the original sender as the sender (since if I just forwarded them my hotmail address would replace the original sender's when they appear in gmail)?
posted by Mave_80 at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Taco Bell Beans or Fancy Feast?

I hope this doesn't wreck the experience for anyone... But why do the refried beans at Taco Bell smell just like canned cat food? This really bugs me.
posted by roguescout at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

MP3 players and Linux

Which harddisk portable MP3 player is the best choice for a KDE Linux system? [more inside]
posted by richardh at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get totals in a pivot table in SQL?

I have an SQL query that totals the number of students per grade. How do I get a grand total of the number of students? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Do we really have to count the votes by hand?

How do you count votes for "Best of the City" contest? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I don't have to do this for a living, you know.

Should I look for work as an attorney? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Photoshop CS under Rosetta unbearable?

I currently run Photoshop CS (not CS2) on an 1GHz iBook G4. I find it performs well enough. Will Photoshop CS running on an Intel iMac under Rosetta feel a) agonizingly slower, b) about the same, or c) somewhat faster? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer at 3:24 PM PST - 17 comments

.check_this_out baby {tenemos: 'tremendo_lio';}

IE CSS Bug #65536: This page works fine in a real browser, but breaks in IE6. The boxes containing "Article 1" and "Article 2" should be to the right of the menu, but instead the text wraps around, and the black border stretches out as if the menu wasn't there. Please hope me. Here's the CSS.
posted by signal at 3:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Keeping continuity on a non-scripted show

TVFilter: I caught the tail end of a reality show on the Discovery Channel and noticed a continuity person in the credits. Continuity? On a reality show? [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find the pickup truck of our dreams...

Please suggest a make and model for our next vehicle, based on the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 2:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a place to buy rugby gear

I am looking for a place to buy rugby gear in Texas (preferably Dallas) or Las Vegas. Can you help me?
posted by falameufilho at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

How feasible is it to commute between Avondale and Tucson, AZ?

How feasible is it to commute between Avondale and Tucson, AZ? [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy at 12:28 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I need to do to go to college at the age of 33

Having never really gone what things do I need to do for going to/back to college. [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Hub w/ maximum no. of unpowered USB ports?

I need an unpowered USB hub with the max number of ports available, for cheap. What is the max number of ports possible, and where might I find such a doozie? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Crate training

We will be adopting an 8 month old chow-mix puppy next week and would like to crate train him. [more inside]
posted by lola at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Overnight charger hacks?

My new car won't charge my ipod or phone when the car is turned off. Is there anything I can do to change that? [more inside]
posted by ab3 at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

The effect of a mortgage on credit

What is the effect of a mortgage on a credit score? [more inside]
posted by plexi at 11:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I buy a new car in Washington or Oregon?

I'm thinking about buying a new car in the next year. I live in Seattle, Washington, where the sales tax is about 8.8%, but I visit Oregon frequently, where there is no sales tax. Would there be any drawbacks to buying the car in Oregon to avoid the sales tax? I would still register and insure it in Washington.
posted by matildaben at 11:44 AM PST - 18 comments

find me a shed

Help me find a back-yard shed which will fit on an existing slab. [more inside]
posted by soundslikeobiwan at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Constructing Vegetable Beds

Constructing vegetable beds for a community garden: I have no idea what I'm doing. Can any carpenters out there give me feedback on the designs of our current beds (see more inside), insights into alternative and cheaper-to-construct designs, or point me to resources that will teach me a bit more about carpentry so I can figure this stuff out myself? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:22 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking for music discussion

I'm looking for either a mailing list or forum for music discussion. [more inside]
posted by keswick at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

how many bones do a pig, cow, and sheep skeleton have?

how many bones do a pig, cow, and sheep skeleton have? [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

World Cup Fashion Fever!

In soccer, why do goalies were different uniforms, if not entirely different color combos, than their teammates?
posted by bardic at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Tell me how to power my way through a power of sale.

Does anyone have experience with/knowledge about buying a Power of Sale property, and if so, would they care to share same with me? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me figure out my Irish ancestry ...

Help me determine how much green blood runs through my veins. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Remote Desktop to Mac

What is the best way to remotely access a Mac computer from a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 10:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Which historical figures can be classified as "passive-aggressive" or performed historical "passive-aggressive" acts?

Which historical figures can be classified as "passive-aggressive" or performed historically "passive-aggressive" acts?
posted by jeremias at 9:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Using two networks at the same time

How do you make an application use one of two networks? [more inside]
posted by geonags at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

renew my lust for plants

growing new indoor plants from cuttings from existent plants, and (bonus!) identify these two specific plants and tell me if cuttings will work, etc. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 8:55 AM PST - 11 comments

When did the cool kids discover computers?

At what point in time did computers go from being something the nerds used to something all the cool kids used? I'm asking specifically about high school age and below. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:42 AM PST - 55 comments

Smoking in the bath tub?

Any smokers out there light up while showering or taking a bath? [more inside]
posted by Sloben at 8:32 AM PST - 41 comments

Protestants and St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Patrick's day. Is it only a holiday for catholic Irish? In NYC, the big 5th Avenue parade is run by a Catholic Org. (thereby prohibiting gays), but is labeled as an "Irish Pride" Parade, but we never hear about the protestant side of the Irish? [more inside]
posted by Duck_Lips at 8:32 AM PST - 40 comments

Offline Browser programs

Is there a program that will download websites that include dynamic table functionality? For example, if a website has statistical information on all 50 states (e.g., most government websites) and, by inputting the names of, say 3 states (plus vehicle data) you get a screen that compares car insurance rates in those states for the car in question. My goal is to be able to download such a site and browse it offline in instances where I can't connect to the web.
posted by zephyrbill at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Statistical analysis package for OS X needed.

SPSS is fine but produces offensively ugly figures. R has nice, clean output but is otherwise inscrutable. Statistica is, alas, Windows-only. Mathematica isn't really it, either. What statistics package should I use for OS X? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 8:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Fantasy baseball newbie

This is my first year playing fantasy baseball with some friends. I am looking for some tools to automate player analysis. I have heard of a program that will give you the next best available player as players are being drafted. Any ideas?
posted by tirebouchon at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Books about Zombies.

Zombies are hot right now. Help me ride the zeitgeist by suggesting good books about zombies.
posted by ND¢ at 7:55 AM PST - 29 comments

Oscar neutrality?

Belated Oscars question: In this age of political correctness and gender-neutrality, why are there still gender-based Academy Award categories? [more inside]
posted by beagle at 7:36 AM PST - 22 comments

crossing the pond

Should I move to LA from Oxford? [more inside]
posted by humuhumu at 7:23 AM PST - 27 comments

Please help me exorcise my phone.

Help! My phone is totally unplugged. So WHY does it keep ringing? [more inside]
posted by lilybeane at 7:11 AM PST - 44 comments

What to do around Wroxham?

The Norfolk Broads. Setting out from Wroxham on a Friday in a couple of weeks for a weekend's boating and boozing. Where to go? What to do? [more inside]
posted by MrMustard at 6:58 AM PST - 1 comment

https from Google Talk client

Is it possible to force gmail to open with https through the google talk client? [more inside]
posted by friedrice at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

I like to hit the pavement, but it hit back.

I'm addicted to running. I've injured myself. I'm forcing myself to take a couple days off. How do I speed up healing--because come hell or high water I'm going to be back at it on Monday (provided I can restrain myself). [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 6:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Discless DVD Player?

I need to create a public information display system. Its only purpose will be to play a looping 10-30 minute video on a 27-32" NTSC display. It will be installed in a traveling exhibit. The whole thing needs to be durable, and I would prefer to forgo using a DVD player or anything with portable media or moving parts (including hard drives). I am wondering if there are any solid state play back devices. Something small that the attendant would only need to power on and press play. Anyone know if such a thing exists and where I could find it. [more inside]
posted by squink at 6:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Degradable PHP/AJAX forms

PHP/AJAX: Say I have a form with 3 SELECT's - country, state/province, city. I'm looking for a something that will update the SELECT's from the server using AJAX if possible, but will also degrade to the non-AJAX version for people that have JavaScript disabled. Can anyone recommend a PHP library that can do that?
posted by Sharcho at 6:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Brazilian Newspapers

I'm looking for RSS feeds of Brazilian Portuguese-language newspapers or alternative media. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Career Change Help

I'm 38 and I've finally decided to be what I always wanted - I just can't help feeling it's too late. I'm after some advice and some optimism. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 4:06 AM PST - 23 comments

Undoing data loss via mis-saving formats?

Using Open Office 2.0, I accidentally saved and closed a document as a .txt. Unfortunately, this wiped out all formatting, and more importantly, footnotes. How can I undo this? [more inside]
posted by duende at 3:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get rid of all these old servers?

I have hardware. Servers, to be precise. A stack of them. Taking up space. What's the best way to get rid of them while getting something in return? Charity, and if so, who? Or selling them, and who's buying? [more inside]
posted by SkelPaff at 2:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend me some good Elephant6 Collective music

I've just discovered the fantastic Neutral Milk Hotel and, after some investigation, found that they're part of the Elephant 6 collective. There's a lot of bands in that - where to start investigating further? What's really worth a listen?
posted by TheDonF at 12:34 AM PST - 31 comments

How Do I Create Applications/Programs for OSX?

I would like to start developing programs/apps for Apple's Mac OSX, I have no experience at all with anything like this. Nor do I have any knowledge of the terminology or tools used, please help me work my way up from the very bottom. Including tutorials for beginners or anything you would think help me start my journey into the unknown. A couple of examples of the type of programs I am inspired by are Clutter and Noise. Both for OSX. Let me know if you need anymore information from me. Thanks!
posted by Building at 12:18 AM PST - 28 comments

March 16

Looking for coffee shops in the greater los angeles with good open mic nights.

I've recently taken to writing poetry (or more specifically, taken to writing poetry I feel comfortable reciting in public) and I am looking for somewhere to expose myself. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 11:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Windows using a Mac Printer

I have a printer on my MacMini and I want to be able to use it for print requests from my Windows XP laptop. I was able to get it working using CUPS and the MacMini's IP address, but the problem is that since the Mac is on a DHCP wireless network, the IP address can (and has) changed. Now printing from the laptop won't work. How do I identify the Mac from the laptop without using an IP address? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 10:43 PM PST - 8 comments

When is it time to call the exterminator?

I keep finding live flying bugs in my windows and lights and our house is very tight and doors open only rarely. I can't tell if this is normal springtime bug populations or if I have an infestation in my attic. When is it time to call the exterminator? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What physical changes happen when you stop drinking and when?

If I were to stop drinking, what would happen physically, and when would I notice? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 8:20 PM PST - 19 comments

CompCam Biz Insurance

I am trying to internationally insure my Camera and Computer equipment but I keep getting turned down because I tell the insurance person that it' for business. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Blogs by night shift workers?

I am looking for blogs written by low-wage, night-shift employees (such as convenience store clerks) who use their blogs to chronicle interesting experiences from their working lives. Any suggestions?
posted by jayder at 7:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Metal "thingy" that covers vacant Air Conditioner slot

Where can I buy a replacement cover for the air conditioner slot? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Insuring our planned pregnancy

My fiance and I have been talking about having a baby. We will be getting married in 2 months and have talked about having the baby within a year of the wedding. We feel that we are ready for the responsibility, however we're unsure of what to do about insurance. Neither of us has insurance of any kind what-so-ever at this point, but we would like to get some after our wedding. I'm looking for recommendations on health insurance that will cover the upcoming planned pregnancy. Thanks in advance!
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Is there ANY quality in the hands-free telephone market?

Help! I need a regular desk phone that has a GOOD headset for my business. I'm tired of dealing with inferior, poorly-made headsets. [more inside]
posted by zek at 5:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Commuting between Austin and San Antonio?

How feasible is it to commute between Austin and San Antonio, TX? [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Keyboard + water = :-(

KeyboardFilter: Enter and down-arrow are funky after last night's water spillage accident w/ the laptop. Everything else is dandy so far. Now what? [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 5:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Mysterious hunger bouts

In relation to this fpp about food and mental health, I have recently been getting drastic bouts of hunger, confusion and depression when I eat late (even an hour later than usual), or don't eat enough at a meal. These bouts last about 3 hours, and once they start even stuffing myself won't help. Has anyone had this, know what it could be, or know how I could try to solve it? [more inside]
posted by purple_frogs at 4:54 PM PST - 15 comments

How to create a trade association

How does one go about creating an trade association? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 4:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Cool arcade in Atlanta?

Where is there a cool arcade in Atlanta? I'm just looking to waste some money on arcade games... Thoughts? Oh, and, err, some cool places to go tomorrow for St. Patty's would be nice, too. Anything cool but not too out of control?
posted by phaedrus441 at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

supplanted by a deathly paleness his hand?

I have been receiving experimental poetry through my blog. Who is sending it and why? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 4:07 PM PST - 7 comments

box me up.

Upgrade filter: I'm looking for a new motherboard/CPU combo and a SATA-RAID "solution" I want to spend $300-$400. What hardware should I get? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton at 3:55 PM PST - 26 comments

unPOP gmail autosaved drafts!

When I'm writing an email using Gmail, every draft version of it ends up on my BlackBerry because of the autosave feature. If I take my time writing, this can add up to an insane number of drafts popping up, and drives me batty. How can I prevent this from happening without switching POP access on and off manually, and without disabling autosave?
posted by saffron at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me brainstorm and build my kitchen calendar idea

What equipment and tools do I need to build an electronic calendar? [more inside]
posted by chase at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

A SQL Join

How do I manage this SQL join? [more inside]
posted by nonmyopicdave at 3:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How to give a good powerpoint

How can I make sure my classmates pay attention to my powerpoint presentation and have it stand out to the teacher. [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 2:52 PM PST - 29 comments

<frink>How does a _person_ use REST?</frink>

Help me understand REST. [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 2:40 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the odds?

MathFilter: What are the odds? I have exactly 5,115 mp3's on my iPod. I was just sitting here at work listening to it shuffle through stuff. "Me, Myself, and I" by De La Soul came on, THEN when that was over it was immediately followed by "Freak" by George Clinton. The De La Soul track samples heavily from "Freak". What are the mathematical odds that the next track in a random playlist would be the sample source of the previous song?
posted by letterneversent at 2:35 PM PST - 34 comments

switching to dvorak on OS X

Help me install/switch to Dvorak layout on OSX. [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a very simple link checker

Need a URL link checker which can just take in a txt list of URLs and just see if they are active or inactive. All of the link checkers I downloaded are geared towards taking in a URL and then traversing all the links and anchors within that URL and generating reports on everything. What I have is a simple list of websites on the internet (not my own pages within my domain or site).. all I need is for it to tell me whether they still exist or not. Thats all. Can anyone recommend something?
posted by postergeist at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

easy as pie...roigi

Wanna help a girl get her pierogi on? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 2:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Landlord/tenant responsibility for converting outlet voltage

We have just moved into a rental condo. The laundry area is equipped for a 110V gas clothes dryer. Of course, ours is an electric dryer requiring 240 Volts. We want to have the outlet converted to the correct voltage, but I'd like to know whether we should expect to pay for this before contacting our new landlord, and how much it will cost. [more inside]
posted by moira at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

What's new with .gu?

Questions about registering a .gu domain name [more inside]
posted by mikepop at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How to fix a car mirror?

Can I replace the passenger side mirror on my 1999 Honda Civic? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 1:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find timeline software?

Can anyone recommend good timeline creating software (preferably free)? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 1:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Spanish Raver SlangFliter:

Does anyone know a colloquial Spanish (/dialect irrelevant) term equivalent to 'Tripping," as in "being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug?"
posted by gnomicPerfect at 1:11 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I import from one database into another?

How can I import selected fields from one database into another database? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Search for my site

Can you reccommend a solution for searching my own site that does not display ads (therefore, it is not Google)> [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 12:58 PM PST - 7 comments

help a historian out?

PhotoshopFilter - I need to bring two map images together, one of a map, the other of a map overlay that was traced on top of the map. Is there a trick to somehow automate this in photoshop? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

One day in Nashville....what to do?

Things to do in Nashville on short, tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by griffey at 11:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I post-process?

Where can I go and what can I do to learn how to properly post-process my digital photography? On a budget? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me become a 1950s zombie

50sClothingFilter [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Young and Leading

I have been promoted within my company to run customer service. I have worked here for two years and have divided myself between customer service and operations. I am now going to be a leader in a department where I have been a near equal among my coworkers. Any tips on making this transition? Another challenge is that I am 24 and happen to be half as old of the people that I will be leading. Any adivce on how to make my mark as a leader and not allow age to get in the way. I'd like to hear from young leaders as well as anyone who has had experience with a younger boss. Thanks for your input!
posted by ieatwords at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

It's corny and it's beefy

Best corned beef and cabbage recipe (no boiling necessary)? [more inside]
posted by GarageWine at 11:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Better headset?

Can you solve my cell phone problem with an industrial-strength headset or other idea? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 11:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me choose a therapist, please.

How does one go about choosing a therapist or counselor? [more inside]
posted by Necker at 11:22 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I pay for my adventures?

Travelers I need your did you pay for it? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Does anyone have a middle school graduation ceremony checklist or planning document?

Does anyone have a middle school graduation ceremony checklist or planning document? [more inside]
posted by sandra194 at 10:51 AM PST - 1 comment

best before

Does milk go bad faster in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 10:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Your favorite web design tricks?

What's your favorite HTML, CSS, Javascript web design trick? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Byproducts of uranium enrichment

I'm being told that cesium and strontium are by-products of the enrichment of plutonium, which is a step beyond what takes place in a uranium-enrichment plant. True or false?
posted by tizzie at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Extra Gentle Shampoo / Conditioners for Color Treated Hair?

Is there an extra gentle, natural, or super-mild hair care product that I can use to wash my hair when it needs it? [more inside]
posted by sarahmelah at 10:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I repair or replace my hard drive?

My hard drive might be on the brink of failure. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Bahamas tips

Bahamas honeymoon help? [more inside]
posted by teishu at 10:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Gill Sans + XPress = Crazy Printing

Quark/Font filter: Using Gill Sans in an existing XPress layout. •, ', ™, and - fail to print. Rather, they are replaced with yen, nothing, opening double curly quote, and en dash, respectively. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

interweb rss aggregated spam for the sake of what?

What is the point of non-advertising-based RSS aggregator bot blogs? [more inside]
posted by analogue at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a proper plural for "ethnicity"?

Is "ethnicities" a proper plural of "ethnicity"? [more inside]
posted by pardonyou? at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Last minute COBRA

Last minute COBRA coverage. A what-if scenario.. [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Baseball Nuances

Why do they roll the ball to the mound? [more inside]
posted by Todd Lokken at 9:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me find what I want.

All of the guides to life planning or career management start from the assumption that the individual knows what they want or at least what they like. I have no idea what I want. What can I do to discover or rediscover direction? [more inside]
posted by Tolerant at 9:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Audiobook suggestions

Audiobooks: My Audible wish list is empty -- help me fill it with compelling, commute-friendly nonfiction and literary fiction. [more inside]
posted by kmel at 9:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Outlook 2003 journal

Outlook 2003 journal. Is there a way to have an action performed on specific journal events ? I would like to have an email sent to my inbox for every phone journal entry as it gets created, is it possible to have Outlook 2003 perform such action ?
posted by selfsck at 8:31 AM PST - 1 comment

eUtils for dummies?

Is there a really simple guide, or even better a freeware app that will help me use eUtils for automated Pubmed requests? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Has Spring Sprung?

Has Spring arrived where you are? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 7:48 AM PST - 48 comments

Famous movies shot in Kodachrome.

Did Kodak make 35mm Kodachrome film for movies? If so, what famous movies were shot using it?
posted by NoMich at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

What are the ethics of leaving something off of your resume?

Would it be considered fraud or providing false information if I were to leave my doctorate off of my resume? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 at 7:32 AM PST - 27 comments

My brother wants to join the National Guard. WTF?

My little brother just announced that he's seriously considering joining the National Guard. Help my family and I either a) discourage him, or b) make peace with his decision. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:06 AM PST - 41 comments

dialer.gbdial won't die!

Particularly stubborn infestation of dialer.gbdial (or something very similar) on a Windows XP machine - any suggestions, either of solutions or reliable anti-malware forums where I can post logs? [more inside]
posted by terpsichoria at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

How to Learn Teeline?

What do you know about Teeline shorthand and about training in the U.S.? It seems to be more popular in the U.K. I would like to use it for taking notes and doing interviews.
posted by sholdens12 at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Choices, Choices, Choices

I'm moving to London in October. Help me decide on phone, internet access etc... [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 6:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Recommend a good third-party power adapter for an Apple PowerBook?

Can anyone recommend a good third-party power adapter for an Apple PowerBook? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite at 6:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I convert a jpeg to plain text?

I am a journalist who sometimes needs to send article clips to prospective employers. I have scanned the newspaper articles and saved them as jpeg files. Is there a program that will allow me to convert the jpeg files to plain text? The jpeg files are too large to e-mail, and I really just need to send the text of the articles.
posted by zembla3 at 6:16 AM PST - 15 comments

When can I come back from Mexico?

How does the statue of limitations run in class action issues, or where multiple victims are involved? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 6:06 AM PST - 9 comments


I'm trying to create a website and am using typepad as a quick and low-cost alternative to full custom design. I'm not overly thrilled with the range of color/font/layout options, however. Does anyone know if any other blog services offer greater variety?
posted by dearleader at 5:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Would I be bike theif?

What are the ethics of taking an abandoned bicycle? [more inside]
posted by splatta at 5:15 AM PST - 17 comments

English Bacon, Canadian Bacon . . . Who knew there was so much to a pig?

While abroad last fall, I had really awesome sandwhiches. It seemed like every pub we ate in had a brie-and-bacon-on-some-sort-of-bread available. Now that I'm back in the states, I want to know where to find English bacon, or how to substitute for it. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Sisters are doin' it - women singers for a compilation cd

I want to make a compilation CD for my mum for mother's day (next sunday). Theme: Women singers. Genres: country (about which I know very little), MOR pop/rock, and classic singers like Patsy Cline and Dusty Springfield. There is, of course [more inside]
posted by handee at 4:17 AM PST - 31 comments

Best cashback/miles card in the UK

Best value UK cashback/points credit/charge card? [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 2:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a London cookery course

Please help me find an affordable cookery (cooking) class (course) in London. I have loads of free time in May, April and June, due to exams and I'd like to improve my cooking skills. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:26 AM PST - 2 comments

March 15

Astronomical world problem

If April 6 and September 10 are the same length from sunrise to sunset, does the sun take the same path across the sky on both days? [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 11:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I find an issue of 2000AD with pretty much no information?

This is what I know: About oh, 4 or more years ago, my letter was published in an issue of 2000AD comic magazine. [more inside]
posted by stray at 10:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Peanuts? Life Presever? Headphones?

What can you tell me about being a flight attendant? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 10:07 PM PST - 17 comments

TV commercials are too damn loud!

Is there a way to keep TV commercials from being so much louder then the program that I'm watching? [more inside]
posted by devilshgrin at 9:50 PM PST - 32 comments

Where can we stay when we move to Melbourne?

My partner and I are moving to Melbourne in a month. Where can we stay fairly cheaply until we find rental accommodation? [more inside]
posted by azuma at 9:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How much do they make?

Adam Sesler and Morgan Webb. How much are they pulling down a year? [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 8:48 PM PST - 19 comments

fun activities in San Francisco at 3 am?

What is there to do in the middle of the night in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by moss at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Stick a feather in my cap...

Help me find a Red Hat training class in the SF Bay Area - by Friday! [more inside]
posted by drstein at 7:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Is she flirting?

FlirtFilter: Help me figure out if a colleague is flirting with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for the name of an Indian musician.

I just heard a great track on the radio, it was an Indian pop piece, of the sort of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan style. The band or artist went by the name of `fundamental *something*'. The announcer mentioned that he had in some way worked with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, but I couldn't hear it properly. Any ideas? I'd love to find more of this work.
posted by tomble at 7:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Scissors Filter

What do you call this type of scissors? [more inside]
posted by bshort at 7:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Big-budget films

How could the film "Brazil" have been made with only $15 million? Was that amount of money thought of as exorbitant at the time of its production (1984)? [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 6:48 PM PST - 16 comments

How long do 100% linen sheets last for?

About six years ago I spent a fair amount of cash on a good quality 100% linen sheet,pillowcases and duvet cover.The sheet and duvet cover are now worn out,the sheet in the center and the duvet cover at the top.I machine washed them regularly at 60° C with a standard non-biological detergent.I was under the impression that good linen lasted a lifetime.Do I have unrealistic expectations or am I doing something wrong?
posted by Dr.Pill at 6:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

I have a tomato that sat, neglected, on a countertop for longer than it probably should have. Instead of beginning to molder and rot, however, it began to sprout! It is now shooting off several little baby tomato plants. How can I best get these to some dirt and encourage them to live rather than to die a horrible, desiccated death at the hands of bad soil and my brown thumb?
posted by kaseijin at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How to create a full work with the actors?

How to produce and direct an collaborative, actor-created work? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Pay all you can pay, father of two

If you owe a bunch of back child-support (14 years for the older child, three years for the second, two different women), are married to a woman you could take or leave (not the mother of either), have no custody of the children, have never met the second child, have had no contact with the first for the past ten years, would like to begin to become current with past due payments, would like a closer relationship with your children, don't want to go to jail, don't consider yourself to be someone having a strong job skill-set, are currently unemployed {leisurely, if not pleasantly, subject to the arbitrary whims of said spouse [of which include no requirements for earning an income (lots of time to play video games, watch movies, and think)]}, don't believe you can support yourself alone with the work that you believe you can find, are afraid to find a job, move out, lose the maximum in state-mandated garnishments from each check, fail again and end up living with/under someone else, would like to learn and travel, wouldn't mind medical, dental, vision and life insurance, could use a retirement fund; would enlisting in the US Army be a strategically effective next action? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 5:11 PM PST - 47 comments

Favorite extra items to pack

When you travel is there something you pack other than clothes and toiletries to make your stay more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:08 PM PST - 56 comments

How to attach prints using archival tape when DIY print framing?

Framing Tape Filter: I've started to frame my own prints/posters, and have a frame that's slightly larger than the print. The print slips, I need to keep it in place... [more inside]
posted by zenorbital at 5:08 PM PST - 4 comments

disable Adobe PDF doc for edit, print & SAVE?

How to fully protect an Adobe pdf? I want to post an exam temporarily on the net for my class, and I'm using Adobe Pro 7.0's security functions to disable editing and printing functions (so students can't easily print and circulate the exam). The doc can still be saved, however. Adobe forums seem to have no idea how to disable the SAVE pdf function.... [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 4:53 PM PST - 32 comments

Where to find specific Star Trek MIDI music.

Does anyone know where I can find a decent MIDI version of the battle music from the Star Trek episode "Amok Time"? I would like to make it my default ring tone, and I can't find it anywhere!
posted by Jenesta at 4:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Allegedly Speeding...

AllegedSpeedingFilter: What should I expect at my criminal speeding trial? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 4:31 PM PST - 16 comments

When a friend won't take no as an answer

How do you deal with a friend who keeps coming onto you via text message ? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 4:22 PM PST - 19 comments

I've just found out I have Smitfraud-C on my computer. Should I cancel all my credit cards?

I just found out I have Smitfraud-C on my computer. I'm not sure how long it's been there. According to one website it's a keylogger among other things. I just removed it but should I cancel all my credit cards?
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I remove a stripped screw?

My computer keeps overheating. But that's not the problem I need help with. I can't figure out how to remove one of the screws from the case because it's stripped. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 3:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Hong Kong Bespoke

Your experience with Hong Kong Tailors. [more inside]
posted by subtle-t at 3:36 PM PST - 11 comments

What material should I use for a cover for a portfolio made with chicago-style screwposts?

What material should I use for a cover for a portfolio made with chicago-style screwposts? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

So why do fresh concrete pavements / sidewalks eventually go dark?

So why do fresh concrete pavements / sidewalks eventually go dark? [more inside]
posted by snailer at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Do I want a gold card?

Do I want an American Express Gold Card? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 3:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Interesting songs

Looking for funny/lighthearted/danceable songs about non-love non-relationship stuff (like politics). [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 3:10 PM PST - 30 comments

Benefits to Google Privacy Data

What benefits Google by collecting your private data? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Problems with a transfer from MiniDV to VHS.

Transferring MiniDV contents to VHS. Red/White/Yellow component cables hooked up to the OUT from the camera and into the IN of the VCR (SVHS deck). I push play on the camera and record on the VCR. Nothing is recorded but static, why?
posted by packphour at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What modifications can I make to my work PC to make other people hate using it?

What modifications can I make to my work PC to make other people hate using it? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 1:58 PM PST - 50 comments

Browsing the source fantastic

At work we use Bonsai and FishEye to browse our source control tree. Bonsai isn't that great of a product and FishEye costs a lot and is overkill for my needs, anyone know of any other good tools in this space? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

name the tree...

Photofilter: can anyone identify this tree? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Online games to pass the time:

I'm looking for particular types of web-based games to pass the time. There's [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 1:45 PM PST - 27 comments

EM wave / gas interference?

Can a gas interfere with or block an electromagnetic wave? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

public school or home school?

Pros and cons of homeschooling. While I never thought I would even consider this, my wife and I are facing the possibility that we may homeschool our daughter. [more inside]
posted by tom_g at 1:29 PM PST - 48 comments

how to catch a break with the cell phone company when phone broke right after warranty expired?

my cell phone broke right after the warranty period ended. has anyone had any luck getting a new cellphone or break on their fees, when their cellphone broke shortly after the warranty expired? how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by dthaspaz at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Spa/Massage therapy recommendations in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a spa or massage therapy place in NYC? I want to get my girlfriend a gift certificate for her birthday. Thanks.
posted by Vidiot at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Tape machine reel motor pulleys | the mind reels and I've got that sync'ing feeling.

What are reel motor pulleys on a reel-to-reel tape recorder and how do I replace them? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Witness tampering in the Moussauoi case.

Witness tampering, the Moussaoui case and disbarment. [more inside]
posted by matteo at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Cartoons of Jesus and Santa, methed and barebackin'

The most obscene and offensive gift wrapping paper imaginable. Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by peewee at 11:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Open Source Too Open for Me

What type of open source software should I use to disseminate information I have collected over the years? I have a HUGE series of links on a topic that I would like to start sharing with friends and the net as a whole. I am having trouble deciding what to use to post it: CMS (like PHPNuke or Joomla), Wiki, Blog (like WordPress or MT), or just a bookmark manager (like SiteBar). [more inside]
posted by JLobster at 11:40 AM PST - 4 comments

I look pretty young, but I'm just back-dated

So next week I start my new job as a substitute teacher. Advice, anyone? [more inside]
posted by Kronoss at 11:34 AM PST - 25 comments

What should I spend on dinner?

At Nobu, Next Door the Omekase menu has price points of "$80, $100, $120 and up". What's the optimum value for "and up", assuming price is unimportant? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos at 11:15 AM PST - 27 comments

DLL Question

Repeated calls to a user created dll cause stack overflow. [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I put on my parking brake when I'm parked on a hill?

Are you supposed to put your parking brake on when you park on a steep hill even if your car is an automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 10:34 AM PST - 40 comments

Party like it's 1974?

Help us party like it's 1974! A friend is throwing a 1974 party (she was born in that year) and my partner and I would like to bring a gift to the party relevant to that year. We've already drawn up an extensive list of '74 references (see inside) but are really missing out on ideas for food and drink. [more inside]
posted by unclemonty at 10:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Diet Tracking Software for Pocket PC

Need diet-tracking sofware for Pocket PC. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Baseball statistics newbie!

Help me find statistical benchmarks for sabermetric baseball stats. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Has a hit song ever been written or produced using Apple's Garageband software?

Has a hit song ever been written or produced using Apple's Garageband software?
posted by sntamonica at 9:58 AM PST - 17 comments

How valuable is a one-month business program at Stanford?

Have you attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management? How was your experience? If you are an employer in the financial sector, how much more inclined would you be to consider a job applicant with a non-business degree who had attended the SI?
posted by fourstar at 9:46 AM PST - 0 comments

The bunny won't take its meds...

Help me get a rabbit to take its antibiotics! [more inside]
posted by jrb223 at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

What defines dating?

What are the components of dating? I have tried to thinkl of all the stuff that are included when two people actually 'date'. In a nutshell, to me it is is as easy as 'two people (any combo) in a committed friendship with physical/sexual aspect included. Basically, friends with benefits in a commited relationship...(more) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 8:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Fading clothes mystery

Why are my darks fading? Is it the washer, dryer, temperature, detergent??? [more inside]
posted by traderjoefan at 8:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Opening a private club.

How do you start a private club? [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Interesting Ads?

Know of any interesting advertisements? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 8:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Quirky travel possibilities in northeast/mid-Atlantic?

What would be the coolest, weirdest, quirkiest places to visit in the northeast/mid-Atlantic? Could be towns, museums, roadside attractions, etc... bonuses for areas that might take more than an hour or two to absorb. Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 8:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Gucci shades up on my braids?

Finding a stylish pair of sunglasses [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 7:36 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I move to the "roof of the world"?

After reading this book, I'm wondering what my chances are of living and working somewhere in the Himalayas. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

High-quality, standards-compliant instructor-led XHTML/CSS print courseware?

High-quality, standards-compliant instructor-led XHTML/CSS print courseware. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Wild Turkeys

We have a family of turkeys that has lived in our neighborhood for the past three years. They are active summer through early fall and then are not seen until next year. They leave no tracks in the snow during the winter. The full family of twelve walked through our backyard yesterday. The are much bigger than they were last fall, obviously well fed, and we can now distinguish sexes in the family. How do turkeys in New England survive winter? How long does a turkey family stay together. Do flocks contain more than one family? What is a good source of information on wild turkeys as a social unit?
posted by Raybun at 7:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do I ejaculate more quickly in some positions than others?

Why do I ejaculate more quickly in some positions than others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Is my form mail script being used to send spam?

I have a website with a feedback form script. Suddenly, over the past week, I've been getting a lot of weird, spam-like mail sent to me via this script. (It doesn't actually sell products--it just contains gibberish, of the sort that might be used to confuse spam filters.) I'm more worried that my feedback form is being used to spam other people. How can I figure out if this is the case? And either way, how can I stop abuse of my feedback form? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Good distance learning schools?

Please help me find a respectable university where I can finish my bachelor's degree via distance learning (preferrably online). [more inside]
posted by cactus at 6:02 AM PST - 16 comments

3007fpw Dell

Looking to get 30" Dell LCD for my agp system... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 5:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Long-distance apartment-hunting in Boston

I'm a midwesterner looking to move to Boston in August. How should I search for an apartment? [more inside]
posted by brett at 5:25 AM PST - 22 comments

My feet are naked!

So a few years ago I bought this really awesome pair of shoes at a thrift store. It was serendipity - they were the perfect style , size and price! Now, alas, I have worn them out. It has been impossible to find another pair! Dear Mefites, can you help a girl find another perfect pair of kicks? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored at 4:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Who blows money?

I am making a speech on product development in tourism, specifically heritage tourism today, and it occured to me that an interesting aspect to include was different spending habits of different age groups. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 4:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Good online calendar solution

I need a web-based calendar solution that will sync with my phone. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by SharQ at 4:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Which college to go to?

What are the negative and the postive things that can be said about this short list of colleges? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 3:46 AM PST - 28 comments

Why can't I find a job in LA?

Why can't I find a job in LA? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 3:35 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I reset the settings on Terminal for OS X?

I've managed to screw up Terminal on OS X. I chose File | New Command and checked Run command inside a shell, then with the window active I went to Terminal | Window Settings... and then clicked on Use Settings as Defaults. Ever since then, a File | New Shell will just open a window running the same command as the one that I did the Use Settings as Defaults on. How can I fix this and reset Terminal's configuration? I'm using OS X 10.4.5 on an Intel Mac mini, if it makes a difference.
posted by EatenByAGrue at 3:05 AM PST - 6 comments

March 14

I need help keeping my transdermal patch from falling apart.

I need some help brainstorming ways to keep my transdermal patch from falling apart. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 11:17 PM PST - 20 comments

"Come to a sleepover. Bring your mom's Pretty Woman video and a coin."

I started thinking about what I guess you'd call "Urban Legend Rules of Thumb", The kind of stuff people (especially teenagers) make up and pass on to answer nagging questions like "How can I tell if my boobs are saggy?" and "How big can an age difference in a relationship be before it's creepy?". I'd like to hear some more. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 11:07 PM PST - 51 comments

Why is this single website not available from my home?

I'm having trouble resolving a single website. My home internet connection in general is fine, but one website recently hasn't been coming up with anything. When we try it from work it shows up fine. [more inside]
posted by sudasana at 9:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Goodbye Nikon Coolpix 995

Long after they've become obsolete, I'm still using my old Nikon Coolpix 995. I'd like to upgrade, but I've got a few amateurish requirements for my next camera. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 9:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Resigning for fun and pleasure

Let's say I'm going to resign my position. What's the worst that could happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 25 comments

Aetna doctor in LA

I need to choose a primary physician, sight-unseen, in Aetna's HMO network, in Los Angeles. By tomorrow! So, [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 8:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I have to pay for my kids astrologer?

My ex wife is asking me to pay for half of homeopathy for our children and I don't want to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 PM PST - 31 comments

Best Bed Advice

Looking for advice on a great bed/mattress--we're ready to invest....What's the best night of sleep you ever had? [more inside]
posted by seaward at 8:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Feedback from my amplifier's phono setting?

When I have my integrated amplifier set on "phono", I get an annoying 60 cycle hum buzzing out my speakers. [more inside]
posted by Ber at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Quicker WordPress upgrades?

I'm trying to keep up with WordPress upgrades (2.0.2 just came out yesterday, and I was only halfway through upgrading 30 installs to 2.0.1!), but I swear there must be an easier way than the way I'm doing it. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 8:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Tulum, Mexico Travel Advice Needed

Where can we camp near Tulum, Mexico? Suggestions of places to eat, swim, snorkel, hike, and meet other travelers also welcome. [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 7:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is Blackstrap Molasses so high in minerals?

Why is Blackstrap Molasses so high in minerals? Extended research (both internet and olde-fashioned) have failed to answer this question - I even emailed a molasses producer but didn't get a reply. One theory is that it has something to do with the equipment it's processed on, another that it has to do with how concentrated it is, but so far no hard facts.
posted by dorcas at 7:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What is hiding dog kibble in our clean laundry?

What is hiding dog kibble in our clean laundry? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 7:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Aloha oe DC...

Time for me to move again..this time to Hawaii, island of Oahu. [more inside]
posted by tetsuo at 7:38 PM PST - 1 comment

French Podcasts

Where are the intelligent and engaging french podcasts? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 7:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me help a kid

Mild Autism? Asperger's? Student A is having some far reaching problems. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

H ey yo Ugu yss olVe me

Attention codebreakers! For a friend: A friend of mine gave me this "riddle". I can't figure it out. Now there is a chance that they are just messing with me and it is complete gibberish. “lwa hy ou wi Tll I di a w h at g ys y” [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 6:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Better Clothing Style?

Help dress a lesbian. [more inside]
posted by Orrorin at 6:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Books Set In Israel

I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction books (fiction preferred) with modern-day Israel as the setting (I don't want to clog up this thread).
posted by scrump at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Degrading network connection

My network connection degrades and then stops entirely for mysterious reasons. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 6:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me Broadcast print!

Is there a way to do broadcast printing native to windows? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 6:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Who the hell is responsible for this cool track and video?

This (Quicktime) is currently rocking my sorry world on all sorts of levels, but I have no idea who it is. Help!
posted by Decani at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Divide one dollar into 14 coins.

What's the easiest way to figure out this fourth-grade math question? Divide one dollar into 14 U.S. coins.
posted by soiled cowboy at 5:47 PM PST - 25 comments

not too sharpe about ratios

I don't understand Sharpe Ratios and the results I'm getting in my Excel document of a fund's returns. [more inside]
posted by xo at 4:39 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I convince my current landlord to cancel my lease?

ApartmentLeaseFilter: I live in one of several complexes operated by one company. We're moving out because of lack of the incompetence of said company, help me out of the last month of rent, either by being a pain-in-the-ass, or legally. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How to make vim act like it knows it should.

In vim, is it possible to enable end-tag completion in HTML files? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 4:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Network speed varies from PC to PC--why?

I work in an office with several not-for-profits share a high speed internet connection. My internet connection on my Mac Book seemed slow, so I tried the online test at Speakeasy. (I disabled the Airport connection so that I could test Ethernet) I ran the test several times and always found I had around a 400 K connection. Wireless, same test, circa 150 K. So I asked my collegue to run the same test from his Dell desktop---he got almost 1200K across several tests. I thought maybe it was the jack in my office, so I tried yanking out the plug and trying it in my collegue's office with another Dell desktop--she got 1200k--I got 400. I thought it might have been the MBP, so I dug out a Dell laptop--guess what--the most it would get in any office location was 400K. Same for a Mac mini that's on the same network. Now here's the thing--if I take that same MBP laptop home I get 3000K over my cable modem. Why would some computers get higher throughputs than others? They have an outside vendor administer the network and they seem to have disabled ping and traceroute. I started to wonder if maybe they limit bandwidth to the IP address, but all I really do during the day is work in Basecamp and reply to emails with an occassional look at Bloglines. Any ideas for the MeFi community about why this might happen and how I can intelligently describe the problem to the network admin so it doesn't sound like I'm nuts?
posted by teddyb109 at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I concentrate without taking notes?

I used to concentrate during lectures, seminars, and meetings by taking copious notes on what was said. While this worked well, I now have a wrist injury that makes doing so undesirable. What are some good ways to keep concentrating?
posted by grouse at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Reading glasses for red eyes?

Will reading glasses help red eyes? [more inside]
posted by nomis at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I combine Thunderbird email addresses?

Thunderbird filter: Is there a way to combine all my "personal address book" addresses and "contacts" in one place? [more inside]
posted by wordwhiz at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I would rather not poison people.

How do I keep my kitchen clean and sanitary? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 2:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Anybody remember this eighties kids TV show?

Does anybody remember a kids TV show from the eighties with a yellow flying saucer robot, a boy and, as far as i remember, a dog? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Trying to find relationships in numbers

How can I have my computer analyze a small dataset to find patterns? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 2:06 PM PST - 27 comments

Fixing fonts in OS X....

My fonts (OS X Tiger) are a mess... help! [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do in Amsterdam and Fortaleza...

Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mikeanegus at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Stroke my Photoshop, the same way every time

Can I set defaults in Photoshop CS2? Specifically, I want to change the Layer Style "stroke" default. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Thirty-four thousand, three hundred thirty-five (34,335)

Where does the practice of putting an arabic number in paranthesis after the written number originate? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

my big fat portland finale

I am looking for a reasonably-priced, cool venue for a private party in Portland, Oregon. [more inside]
posted by pudders at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Any research leads on human error??

Specifically I'm looking for the tendency, I believe this is correct, for practitioners in a domain (e.g., surgeons, race car drivers, whatever) to become prone to errors after seven (7) years, owing to perceived expertise, complacence, and that this becomes a particularly dangerous time. Any leads GREATLY appreciated!
posted by adamrobinson at 1:23 PM PST - 2 comments

San Francisco headhunters

I'm looking for recommendations for San Francisco-based headhunters to help me find a technology job (ideally in the financial sector). [more inside]
posted by ny_scotsman at 12:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Recommendations for a mailing list host?

Does anyone have a good mailing list company to recommend for a big weekly e-mail newsletter? I send a plaintext e-mail newsletter to a mailing list of 25,000 or so double-opt-in subscribers - mailing them 10-15k of plaintext every week or two - and my current host of several years - Sparklist - is giving me billing trouble. My hosting fee used to be less $100 a month and now they're charging $500 or more. I'm looking for a new company to send out the list, give me a control panel to add and remove subscribers, and give a price closer to $100/month than $500. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

1099 Tax Issue

Oops tax seasons here and I accidentally threw away my 1099 forms... [more inside]
posted by matimer at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Children, Innocence, & Sexuality

[book/other media recommendations]: I'm researching the sexualization of children, found in abusive situations as well as in less obvious contexts like child beauty pageants. Has there been a particular book/movie/situation that most eloquently laid out this topic for you? [more inside]
posted by ibeji at 12:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Help us find a car! Please don't recommend the (ugly) HHR!

So, my wife and I are ready to buy a car, and we need some suggestions... [more inside]
posted by richardhay at 12:25 PM PST - 42 comments

Renting out your own home whilst overseas?

Ever rented out your home so you could flee the country? [more inside]
posted by globetrotter30 at 12:21 PM PST - 12 comments

InDesign Indexing

Automated indexing in InDesign CS-- dream or reality? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Insurance policy for cameras and laptops?

Camera & Laptop insurance? I came across a thread that begins to answer my question, but doesn't quite provide a solution. My renters insurance will not allow me a rider to cover personal property outside my home, so I'm looking to buy a policy that will cover only my gear in the event of theft or damage. Recommendations for a specific agency or policy would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Why use 6th gear?

Just bought a Renault Laguna 1,9Tdi Diesel. My first Diesel and it has six gears - I am not used to the 6th gear - not sure it makes much of a difference between 5th gear - should I always be aiming to get it into 6th gear - is this to do with fuel efficiency?
posted by calvinorr at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Cap'n Crunch approves this message.

Experiences with transpersonal / meditative therapy? [more inside]
posted by Errant at 11:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Nursing school

My wife is thinking about going back to school to become a nurse. She has a BFA and is a fairly high level manager at a wireless company. We had a close friend die 6 months ago and she as felt a great need to do something more meaningful to her. We live in the NYC area. Is there a "best" nursing school local to NY? What sort of classes will she need to have completed to get into nursing school?
posted by Shanachie at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Foiling the workplace food thief...

Where can I find lockable food &/or drink containers? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 11:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Who is Sheila Seed?

Does anyone have any info on Sheila (Turner) Seed? I need to clear the copyrights for some of her material for a work project, and am having the damndest luck tracking any info down... (more info on who she is and what I already know inside) [more inside]
posted by deadtrouble at 11:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Migrating vBulletin to Newsgroups?

Best way to export posts from a vBulletin forum and repost them to newsgroups? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 11:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Help with hearing loss

My mother, who is in her 50s, suffers from hearing loss. Two years ago my parents (who are both retired and live on a limited income) scraped together $3000 to buy her a set of hearing aids. They just stopped working, and of course the warranty was only for one year. So she is in the market for a new set. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Getting a new Laptop

NewLaptopFilter: I have $1500 to spend on a new laptop. This includes shipping to, What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:08 AM PST - 15 comments

DebtFilter: Help me get out of credit card debt!!

DebtFilter: Anyone heard of Superior Debt Services, Inc.?? They're a debt settlement company. Website: [more inside]
posted by deeman at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I break up with my agent

I've decided my book agent isn't helping me. When is it OK to dump him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I work from home?

I'm about to start attending college again after a year-long break. However, I'm planning on going back to classes full-time to finish up my degree and am looking for a way to work from home and make enough money to pay rent. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by myodometer at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

John the Revelator

I've been listening to the song John the Revelator, and putting his name into Google gets me lyrics. Who is John the Revelator?
posted by FunkyHelix at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Shipping the goods home...

Questions about using post offices in Europe. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Mobile Internet Access

Is there a mobile international dial-up service for laptop users to get on the net? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Trying to report a criminal

How can I get the Illinois Attorney General's office to respond? [more inside]
posted by astorias at 9:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Want a Green Lantern ring

I'd like to get a replica Green Lantern ring made, because I am a ridiculous dork. What's a good place? [more inside]
posted by kafziel at 9:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Personal finance web sites?

Please recommend some good personal-finance related web sites. I'm looking for sites with good information on all aspects of personal finance and responsible money use. Most of what I've found is focused on investing, though, and on macroeconomics. I'm not interested in the Big Picture. I want sites that focus on the Small Pictures: dealing with debt, saving for the future, finding bargains, etc. Think Your Money or Your Life, but in web form. Big sites, little sites, weblogs, print magazines — I don't care, so long as it's focused on personal finance. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 9:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Anyone living in Vacaville CA?

Residents of Vacaville CA 95696? Can anyone confirm (or deny) that Belder Street in Vacaville actually exists? The company I run (based in the UK) has received a business enquiry that looks a bit suspect. House number in the 400s. All maps searched return "location does not exist". Grateful for any help. (No more inside!)
posted by JtJ at 8:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Creating a PDF document with clickable links to chapters on contents page?

Creating a PDF document with clickable links to chapters on contents page? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 8:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you count the points in Illustrator?

Is there any program or plugin out there to count the number of points in an Adobe Illustrator file? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 8:13 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I deal with habitually rude callers?

What, if anything, should I do about in-laws who won't identify themselves when they telephone? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 8:10 AM PST - 57 comments

Please give a man a page.

I have been asked to find one page from Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. Specifically, the page where the "Acute Pulmonary Responses to Toxic Exposures" section begins (maybe page 1906?). I have exhausted all libraries in my area. This is needed today, so I don't have time to order the book and overnight it.
posted by ajr at 8:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Its 10 am do you know where your children are?

RandomQuestionFilter: Where have I heard the lyric "Its 10 am do you know where your children are?" [more inside]
posted by 13twelve at 6:48 AM PST - 17 comments

A Very Special Scanning Negatives Query

StupidQuestionFilter: I have a disposable camera, I would like to open the camera up and scan the negatives into a computer. Is that possible, or is some processing necessary before the negatives are physically reminiscent of the pictures you took... I know nothing about cameras. Should I just spend 5 dollars to get them developed elsewhere or is the DIY route possible? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 6:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Dress up a skinny dude!

Help a skinny guy get dressed! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 5:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Where to find illustrated body parts to mix to create infinite character position/attitudes ?

Where to find illustrated body parts to mix to create infinite character position/attitudes ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 2:51 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get to see the future?

I turn 20 in April. I figure if I'm lucky, what with advances in healthcare, I might just make it to 2100, when I'll be 114. What can I do to get further into the future than that? So far I've come up with (perhaps in order of likelihood) cryogenics, genetic modification, becoming a cyborg, and a faster than light round trip (time dilation). Any more?
posted by Orange Goblin at 1:37 AM PST - 31 comments

Who was Diana Lang?

A friend has a painting by Jock Frater, dated 1920 titled "Diana Lang". We know who the artist was, but are intrigued to learn more about the subject. Anyone with expertise on glam socialites of Australia in the Roaring Twenties in the house?
posted by Pericles at 12:56 AM PST - 5 comments

March 13

the art of forgetting

How can I make myself forget something ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 10:47 PM PST - 31 comments


What features would you like to see in a community/links/news site like metafilter? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 9:46 PM PST - 17 comments

How to force iMac screen to sleep?

I have an iMac G5 (iSight) running Mac OS X 10.4. Is there a way to force the screen to go to sleep, but keep the computer running? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 9:27 PM PST - 12 comments

NCAA's as a Probability Primer

So lets say I've got probabilities for 64 teams... [more inside]
posted by JPD at 6:51 PM PST - 13 comments

USB key drive dual-boot?

Work gave me a 1GB keydrive for carrying personal files. What I'd adore is using it to carry around a rescue disk such as one of the many tiny bootable Linux distributions. [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Will Hauppage WinTV PVR USB 2.0 MCE work with Win 2K?

Can WinTV PVR USB 2.0 MCE Edition be used with Win 2K? When I purchased it I did not realize I was getting the MCE Edition which apparently does not include the MPEG codecs and has an external IR sensor for use with Windows XP Media Center Edition. The non-MCE version is supposed to work with Win 2K. Should I return this or can I get it to work fully with Win2K ?
posted by flyby22 at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Office painting fumes

My boss has decided to repaint the interior of our office building, which is nice. However, she is having it done during office hours - I'm 10 weeks pregnant, we have someone with allergies and someone with asthma. Is this odd? Isn't this usually done outside of office hours so we don't have to sniff paint fumes for 8 hours? [more inside]
posted by marajade at 6:13 PM PST - 29 comments

Help Me Not Murmur The Words

I'd like to add lyrics to my iTunes tracks as painlessly and automatically as possible. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Rubber ducky you're the one

There is thin, soot-like substance in my daughter's rubber ducks. What is it? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:55 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I stick it to the man?

A collections agent sent me someone else's information. How can I use this as leverage against them? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 5:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a portable software calendar?

Is there a decent portable calendar that I can install on a USB key? [more inside]
posted by laptop_lizard at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

LCD Projector Recommendations for a Small Nonprofit?

Do you have an LCD projector recommendation for a small, nonprofit? Yes, this question has been asked before. However, I figured it was worth asking again since it's been over a year since it was last posed to AskMeFi and there might be some new models available on the market. All we will be using the projector for is monthly PowerPoint presentations for no more than 100 people. We would prefer to buy it new for under $1k. Depending on the fabulousness of the projector, we might spring for a slightly more expensive one. Even if you don't have a specific recommendation, please let me know if there are any features I should look for. Thanks!
posted by zharptitsa at 5:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Website to track body measurements?

Help me find a website I used to go to that tracks weight and measurements, and also has a calculator to estimate body fat percentage. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How to determine a web visitor's country of origin?

Is there an easy, free way for me to figure out which country a website visitor is coming from? Or more specifically, if a user is not in the US? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm giving up on Dreamhost. Webhosting recommendations welcomed.

I've had it with the intermittent email service that I (and many others, apparently) have been experiencing with Dreamhost. [more inside]
posted by runningdogofcapitalism at 4:41 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I run a simple online NCAA Tournament pool?

What's the easiest and least-intrusive way to run an NCAA tournament pool online? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Millionaire Mind Intensive?

Millionaire Mind Intensive? What are your thoughts/opinions on this "$1300" seminar by T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind? [more inside]
posted by jeffmik at 4:16 PM PST - 17 comments

fence making

My daughter needs to confine her 2 year old when she is outside. Any experience with attractive,cheap (~$500) fences to enclose approx. 400 sq. feet.
posted by JohnR at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I stand up through a concert without foot pain?

I went to see Ben Folds here in Milwaukee last night, and by about halfway through the main act, I was in serious pain, just from standing there. My feet, especially my heels, were killing, and my lower back was stiff and uncomfortable as well. My question is: Is there any way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 3:37 PM PST - 11 comments

why do buses have so many stops? are they necessary?

I recently, out of curiosity, tried the public transportation systems in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. I know that you can’t seriously depend on buses to get around – most buses run every 20-30 minutes, not to mention the waiting time for connection. Ok, I can accept that. But what puzzles me is that there are so many “unnecessary” stops, a lot of which are installed BOTH before AND after the traffic lights at the same intersection. Twice as many stops double the travelling time. It just seems to me such a waste of resources and lack of efficiency. Are people not willing even to walk across the streets to catch the buses or is this some kind of community service issue? Any input will be appreciated.
posted by dy at 3:12 PM PST - 22 comments

International backups.

I'm trying to burn a backup that has a ton of files with Japanese names. I'm using Windows XP SP2 and Nero 6.6, and anytime I try to create a DVD with any of the ISO (or UDF) settings it forces the filenames to their short filenames, such as "Docume~1". Anyone know how I can record this?
posted by LukeyBoy at 3:11 PM PST - 11 comments

To raise or not to raise

How much would it cost to raise a 900-square foot house a few feet & give it a new foundation? Looking at 1912 Craftsman in Seattle that is a good deal but would only work if we could add some space, and the attic doesn't seem tall enough to add dormers. Just looking for a rough idea of what to expect. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

When you can take the bobbin from my hand, it will be time for you to sew.

I want to improve my sewing kung-fu. But where to start? [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 2:48 PM PST - 16 comments

how do I give my vegetarian soups and food depth?

VegeFoodieFilter: how do I give my vegetarian soups and food depth? [more inside]
posted by daver at 2:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Where's the best place to get furniture online?

Where's the best place to get furniture online? I'm looking to get a cheap couch/futon contraption for around 150-200 dollars, and so far I'm looking at I don't know where else to look.
posted by petah at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

My eyes! My eyes!

My eyesight has always been great, and in general I see just fine. As a general rule, the world is not blurry and when I look at something, whether it be 1 foot or 20 (or 100) feet away, I see what I expect to see. I've never worn glasses. [more inside]
posted by jaded at 2:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Mister Magoo

Re: Last night's Sopranos, what was the Italian phrase uttered in last night's episode? (Spoiler inside) [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments


WarFilter: Why hasn't the Iraqi insurgency acquired more advanced weapons? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 1:01 PM PST - 43 comments

How to be an Outsdoorman

Whats a budding outdoorsmen like me supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 12:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Groove Alternative

I need an alternative to Groove. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Low cost printer deals in the UK.

Have you recently bought a great printer? - tell me about it. I've been asked to do some research for a friend who needs to buy a new printer - and I'm swimming in data. The main criteria are: low-to-medium price; colour/black & white (as opposed to some of the amazing deals on b&w only laser printers around); reasonably priced consumables (this may be the trickiest part to assess); reliability. We're in the UK - any online deals have to be accessible to this country. TIA!
posted by dash_slot- at 11:58 AM PST - 31 comments

Has blogging really changed the world?

Back in 2004 there was some speculation about the bulge on Bush's jacket, that started on the internet and eventually got the attention of the mainstream media. I'm looking for similiar examples, where something that started as talk on the internet eventually got the attention of the more mainstream media (such as TV and newspapers).
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 11:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Schlappi? Drogodil? WTF?

What the hell is "Schlappi Das Kleine Drogodil" about? I hear it everywhere. Something about a crocodile with a prescription drug habit?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Moderated wiki, Full-time, part-time, or easy?

Is there any wiki software that will allow a moderator to approve edits before they are posted? If so, how difficult would it be to set up and maintain? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 11:26 AM PST - 10 comments

i am the ginger beard man!

I have dark brown hair, yet I grow a beard tinged with quite a bit of ginger hair. Why? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 11:13 AM PST - 32 comments

China book

Does anyone know of any good modern books about China? Nonficiton preferably, along the lines of Maximum Bombay, but for Beijing or Shanghai? Stuff that reveals the nature of the place as it undergoes rapid change...
posted by jgballard at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Mac OSX data recovery

Does anyone know of a good undelete tool for Mac OS X (10.4.x) that can recover AVI files from an external (FAT32) drive? [more inside]
posted by Chunder at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get a kidney transplant overseas?

Is there any legal means for a US resident to travel overseas to obtain a kidney? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 AM PST - 24 comments

What to do in Fort Lauderdale?

I'm attending the IAFA conference in Fort Lauderdale this week. However, I've never been to this city and I have a few days to kill there once the conference is over. Obviously there's the beach and plenty of clubs, but can anyone point some hidden treasures?
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Quotation For My Mum's Birthday Gift

QuoteFilter: For my mum's seventy*coughcoughcough*th birthday this year, I found a bunch of postcards from her hometown in England. I'm putting them into a book, and I'd like a nice quotation or something to write in nice script on the outside. Something about roots or birthplaces or something, and amusing Oscar-Wilde-style or touching-but-not-saccharine would be preferred to glurgey-sugary-weepy.
posted by biscotti at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Stop BestPrintingOnline from allegedly stealing copyrighted material

BestPrintingOnline stole content from my website, I allege. How do I get them to take it down? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 9:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Comfy Climates: Relocation for an Eczema Sufferer

I have had eczema all my life, but it has never been as bad as when I’ve lived in Boston, where I live now. I’m appealing to a small subgroup of people on this site, but I’m hoping I can appeal to people with sensitive skin and eczema who live in some of the places where I’m considering moving [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug at 9:38 AM PST - 27 comments

Picture worth a thousand milkshakes.

Where can I get fast food art? [more inside]
posted by zonkout at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Saving memories while moving on.

My parents have lived in the same house close to 30 years (my entire life). They just sold it, and are moving into a large condo in a month and a half. I want to put something together for my family to remember the old place and make this transition easier. [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Multipart email CMS

Collaboration tool/CMS for building HTML emails needed. [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this Photoshoping style?

Does this style of photoshopping have a name? Any tutorials out there?
posted by srboisvert at 8:16 AM PST - 16 comments

why can't fax be simple

Is there any decent fax software for Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by striker at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

whobedup where I lay my head

Lonnie Brooks, Bayou Lighting, Voodoo Daddy. At 4:13, he refers to the "big black snake" as a "whobedup". What is this word, whobedup? How do I properly spell it?
posted by cior at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is my network hectoring AJAX?

Does my router hate AJAX? When I access Google Maps (or certain other sites that make use of similar technology) it consistently triggers network freezes and delays on my home network. [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Resources on the transformation of books to movies

Looking for books, essays, articles, any resources at all about film's relationship to literature. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Best Buy Gift Card Into Cash

How to convert $100 Best Buy gift card to cash? [more inside]
posted by JamesMessick at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

A beautiful, Mexican song of death --help me find it?

Music/VideoFilter: Looking for the name of a music video with a Mexican Day of the Dead theme. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 7:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Ethnicity and cellphone use

I've noticed many hispanic youths in my neighborhood making use of their cellphone's "walkie talkie" feature. I have seen only a handful blacks doing this, and no whites or asians. Also, I've noticed several whites using their cellphones in a "hands free" fashion, employing some sort of earpiece/microphone. However, I have seen no blacks, asians, or hispanics doing this. So my question - are these real trends, or false conclusions based on my limited experience?
posted by kenoshakid at 7:22 AM PST - 25 comments

bypass corrupted RAM chips?

is there any way to bypass corrupted RAM chips? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Why is porn so expensive?

Why is porn so expensive? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 6:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Message Board Software

Can anyone reccommend message board software that can run on Apache and authenticate through Active Directory / LDAP? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 6:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Stupid Face

I have constant skin outbreaks and I don't know why. Sometimes I will be clear for a week and sometimes I break out. I know it must have to do with what I'm eating but I usually keep fairly consistant on how I eat. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 6:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for Great (Brunel) on DVD

Obscure DVD Hunt: Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel), an animated biography of Brunel by Bob Godfrey. It won an oscar in 1975 but it's not for sale anywhere. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 6:14 AM PST - 3 comments

To include or exclude shipping and insurance on quotes

Problems/ethics of excluding shipping and insurance charges on quotes to customers. [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you steer a runaway car with the engine turned off?

Runaway cars: After reading this recent story about a BMW that got stuck in gear with the accelerator jammed down, I don't understand why he didn't just turn the ignition off. Is it true that he'd have been left unable to steer? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 5:43 AM PST - 46 comments

Corporate web filtering

My company needs to find a web filtering solution that can filter out pornography, gambling and all the other sites companies don't like people looking at when at work. Our main requirements are that we don't want to have to host or manage a server ourselves and that we need very clear activity reports. Anyone have any experience with suitable products, good or bad? [more inside]
posted by dodgygeezer at 5:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Need rss travel feed for Netvibes

Need an rss feed for flights from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette for Anybody know of a feed service or a way to work around getting it on the page?
posted by daveed66 at 5:25 AM PST - 4 comments

should i?

Im a struggling illustrator/designer, but the goal is to simply figure out a way to draw stuff for a living. Im considering becomming a tattoo artist - more inside. [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 5:15 AM PST - 11 comments

european alternative?

I'm looking for a company that basically does the same as only in a different paper size (A4 or A5). [more inside]
posted by ouke at 5:02 AM PST - 3 comments

C'mon, doesn't everybody do it?

How often do you contemplate suicide? What's your score on the Beck Depression Inventory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:23 AM PST - 80 comments

How do I sleep on my back?

SleepFilter: Please help me learn to fall asleep on my back. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 4:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Broken AGP?

PC problems. Help me revive my machine. [more inside]
posted by StuMiller at 4:10 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I fix a Windows Blue Screen problem!

One of our PCs is having major problems at boot up, and when it does boot, does not recognize the slave drive hard disc. After working normally for a couple of house, it often goes to a blue screen with a “kernel_data_inpage_error” messages [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 3:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Auto crop images

Is there a piece of software that will allow me to make autocrop an image to make multiple smaller images? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 12:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Crichton, global warming, etc.

What's the most convincing response (provide a link, that is) to This Crichton speech about global warming. I'm looking for arguments other than "scientific concensus".
posted by Tlogmer at 12:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast?

How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 12:19 AM PST - 16 comments

March 12

They don't exactly teach this in Sunday School

Do Christians (specifically Baptists) believe that masturbation is a sin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 PM PST - 18 comments

I'll trade you a proxy for a doxy! (Er, or not.)

Help me make a bookmarklet for a proxy server - now doesn't that sound like fun! [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 11:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How would one go about legally obtaining a real human skull?

How would one go about legally obtaining a real human skull?
posted by Espoo2 at 10:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get a second after a good first?

Why am i completely satisfied after doing it once, and how do I increase the number of times I can have sex in a single night? [more inside]
posted by Manouk at 10:43 PM PST - 13 comments

You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much disk space...

You can never be too rich, too thin or have too much disk space... [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 10:30 PM PST - 10 comments

DC April Roadtrip

Where should we go for an April weekend roadtrip in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet at 10:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Scare me into compliance ...

DoctorFilter: Please scare me into being more conscientious, but not to a point where my anxieties go ape. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Voice too low

I'm female and my voice is a bit deep/low. I'd like to make it a little higher and more feminine. Are there any vocal exercises or anything I can do?
posted by miltoncat at 8:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Swollen hands when hiking

When I walk/hike for any length of time, my hands swell and fill with blood, turning bright red to purple. It's painful, and scares the hell out of my wife. What's going on?
posted by jsteward at 8:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I get out of my crappy apartment?

What can I do to get out of my awful apartment? [more inside]
posted by billybunny at 8:35 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do in Banner Elk, NC?

Traveling to Banner Elk, North Carolina May 5-12 - need suggestions for places to go. [more inside]
posted by mojabunni at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Dented Frame

I put a dent in the downtube of my aluminum/carbon fiber bike, is the integrity of the frame compromised? [more inside]
posted by dseaton at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Find a Book for my Mom

My mother is planning on retiring in a little over a year, and she is worried that she won't be able to fill her time. Her birthday is coming and I'd like to get her a book that discusses different jobs, hobbies, or activities that a retired person could do. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 6:37 PM PST - 9 comments

alternative to XMLHttpRequest

Is there an alternative to XMLHttpRequest that would work across different domains? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:47 PM PST - 16 comments

What the hell am I? Genderqueer, ftm, crazy??

I've been happily (well, to various degrees) living my life as a lesbian (mostly of the soft-butch/butch) variety for many years. I think I might be genderqueer. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Practical steps to take after a person dies

Can anyone tell me about the legal, practical steps of dealing with a person who dies, their dead body? I live in NYC but imagine the steps must be pretty similar all over the US and Europe too. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Breton accent, anyone?

French speakers: can anyone characterize the Breton (Brittany, not Cape Breton) accent for me? [more inside]
posted by blissbat at 5:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Fixing laptop settings changed by feline random entry

Two parter about cats walking on computer keyboards and havoc their little toes wreak: [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Any way to send 1 coax TV signal to a TV in another room wirelessly?

Any way to send 1 coax TV signal to a TV in another room wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by ilikebike at 5:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows Firewall/Norton pokieness

My PC lags a bit on booting up. It's fine at first, my desktop comes on screen quickly and the start menu programs load normally. But then when the Windows Firewall and/or Norton Antivirus kick in--I guess the last on the start menu list--it locks up other programs for a full minute or so. I can click on icons, but double clicking doesn't do anything until the WF and Norton do their thing. Anything I can tweak to get this lag to go away? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I put dirty glass in the recycle bin?

What happens when I put a glass peanut butter jar with peanut butter remnants in the recycle bin? Does it cause extra work for the recycle sorter? Or will it just pass through the process? [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Why does male performance anxiety continue to severely hamper my sex life?

Why does male performance anxiety continue to severely hamper my sex life? [more inside]
posted by kyle at 3:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Grouphug-alike platform?

I'm looking for a platform to run a "grouphug" style site - in the sense that anyone can post, and all posts are moderated and anonymous. [more inside]
posted by thedaniel at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do with the kids?

Ideas for a domain name for a site in a major metro area which will provide comprehensive and detailed information on what to do with your kids on any given day. [more inside]
posted by crosten at 3:01 PM PST - 20 comments

How to access locked files via target mode.

OSX help: how do I get around access privilege problems using target mode? [more inside]
posted by magwich at 3:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Broken Audio in Flash Movies

Help me un-break Flash movie browser audio under OSX. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 2:33 PM PST - 10 comments

How to keep the peace with sex-fiends?

Responding effectively to neighbors' loud sex lives... [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 2:07 PM PST - 52 comments

font filter - proof movie

font filter - proof movie. Looks very familiar but can't place the font [more inside]
posted by kewlio at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Solar powering a linksys router?

Solar powering a linksys router? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 1:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Giant silent clock?

ShoppingFilter: giant silent clock? [more inside]
posted by grimmelm at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best thrift store in New York?

What's the best thrift store (for men) in New York?
posted by sirion at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What is the music from the Battlestar Galactica season finale?

Help me identify a piece of music from Friday's Battlestar Galatica season finale. [more inside]
posted by mmcg at 11:19 AM PST - 16 comments

how to junk a car

In California, what are the steps that I should take to sell my totaled car to a dismantler? I want rid myself of all liability for the vehicle and get as much money as possible for the parts. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a self-help book for my unconfident friend!

I have a chronically un-confident friend. I would like to find him a self-help book to teach him how to have more self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Russian/foreign cell phones

I accidentally spilled some water on my girlfriend's cell phone (a Motorola Razr), and it stopped working. I'd like to get her a new one to replace it, but there's a wrinkle: [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Better Biryani

Help me make better Indian food! [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Using an extension cord, safe?

Safe to use an extension cord for a small refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Will this job search never end?!

Help me figure out the proper wording for a cover letter. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Badinage for Brass recording

My dad is looking for a recording -- format doesn't matter -- of Harold L. Walters' Badinage for Brass. [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf at 7:36 AM PST - 4 comments

March 11

What is the largest rare book dealer in Mississippi?

Rare Book Dealers in Mississippi? (Help a student librarian!) [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 11:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Non-techie with a vintage controller and a dream...

I just found one of these (not the receiver, just a controller) at a flea market for $1. Would it be possible to turn it into a substitute remote for this? [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 9:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Mrs. Robinson has an anima projection

I am a 41 year old female, recently attracted to a man about a dozen years younger than me. It did not start out as an attraction, but a work relationship that turned into an attraction and featured a lot of mutual flirting. This man started showing up in my -for lack of a better word-psychic space, the part of my brain used to process creative ideas and artistic projects. He showed up as a tuning fork, which sent me on an internet search on just what a tuning fork is and does (I am not a musician). The effect his presence was having on me was stunning. It transcends mere attraction, it was, I believe, an anima projection (a term I found after leaving the employment situation where we both worked). There was a piece of me that started to unfold, expand, absorb, and just flowered. I felt amazing and beautiful creative and calm. I left the job and therefore the daily interaction stopped. I did not see this man on my last day, and didn't hear from him. Two weeks after leaving the job, I sent him a note expressing my feelings and that whatever it was (pretty impossible to explain, really--"gee ,dude, I think you are my muse") felt important, and I have heard nothing. [more inside]
posted by 45moore45 at 8:35 PM PST - 75 comments

What is the ultimate homepage for teenage girls?

Please recommend a homepage for a teenage girl who loves to websurf [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice at 8:30 PM PST - 30 comments

True widescreen

Likely a very stupid question, but it's making me insane. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Unheard Music?

Not on CD/DVD? Why? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Chocolate lab with tumor

I have an almost-14 year old chocolate lab, who collapsed about 6 weeks ago. They thought she had pancreatitis, but that was negative. In the course of events, they did an ultrasound and found an adrenal tumor, also a small nodule on her spleen. [more inside]
posted by marciabcd at 8:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Does/can running Kazaa zombie-fy (partly) a PC?

I have this idea that running Kazaa potentially lets other users store files on your PC. Is this correct? [more inside]
posted by birdsquared at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

does it take energy to change the phase (not the temperature) of water?

Help me settle a physical sciences argument about boiling water. [more inside]
posted by scarabic at 7:27 PM PST - 22 comments


If you needed a favor from a stranger in another city, how or where would you begin the process? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata at 7:23 PM PST - 15 comments

As zombies get weaker, we get stronger

Zombiefilter: How long would it take before a zombie's muscles were no longer functional? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:15 PM PST - 42 comments

TiVo with Dish Network = boom?

TiVo with Dish Network in a 30-year-old high-rise Chicago building? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

How can a homebody meet intelligent platonic and romantic female friends?

Male introverts, homebodies, and my nerdy brethren, how did you meet your female friends? Your female significant others? How can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM PST - 49 comments

Song lyric - "Getting Down to Business"

SongLyricsFilter: First line (and refrain throughout the song, I believe) is "Getting down to business." Sounds vaguely 70ish with a sort of pump-up beat. Google is getting me nowhere. Any ideas you may have are much appreciated.
posted by zachlipton at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What is causing my brain strain?

Questioning my core beliefs causes me mental discomfort, which is understandable, but it also starts to cause me physical brain discomfort if I persist, which lingers... [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 6:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Designing printed forms on a budget in a WinXP environment

DesigningPrintedFormsOnABudgetFilter: I'd like to design some forms to be printed to standard laser printer paper to assist capturing information taken from telephone calls at work (WinXP SP2 environment). [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I Have To Go To The Library?

When do students need to go to a library? I'm writing a lesson plan for teachers to use when teaching research to middle schoolers. Most kids probably figure the internet is the ultimate source for research, and wonder why anyone would bother going to the library. I'm trying to answer that question: this is what I have so far. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 4:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I decipher my religion?

I am searching for my spirituality. I suppose I never lost it, but I yearn to pinpoint what it is I actually believe... [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe at 4:19 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I safely make sparks for a film shoot?

I'm looking for a safe way to generate a lot of sparks for a film. [more inside]
posted by MattS at 4:08 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I stay sane while I try to conceive after a miscarriage?

How do I stay sane while I try to conceive after a miscarriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 35 comments

Any suggestions for magazines covering Anime?

I've been asked to identify magazines available in the United States, and Web sites in general, that cover Anime and Asian cinema. Problem is, I've virtually no knowledge of either subject. [more inside]
posted by littleme at 2:33 PM PST - 9 comments

iPod issues

iPod newbie here... why won't the "do not disconnect" message on my iPod shut off? The iPod isn't updating either. [more inside]
posted by the_bone at 2:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Night Driving in Mexico

Is it still unsafe to drive at night in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:43 PM PST - 19 comments

what are these, middle-eastern crop circles?

What are these structures? And why are they hexagonal/circular?
posted by provolot at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Your Secret History

I would like to learn about an interesting aspect of history which is new to me. This could be broad ('Ancient Greece') or very specific ('Anarchists in the Ukraine in the Russian Revolution'), thematic ('the Victorian underworld and crime') or about a location ('Venice') - but I'd like to also know why your suggestion interests you so much. If you can recommend some good books on your suggested topic, that would be just perfect. [more inside]
posted by reynir at 1:14 PM PST - 25 comments

iTunes n00b ISO professional

iTunes novice seeks professional help with a possibly non-trivial setup. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

ID this stash

Help identify my daughter's friend's stash [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 12:48 PM PST - 55 comments

Sticking it to Rasterbation, darkly?

I'd like to use Rasterbator to create a large wall decoration, glued onto thin MDF or plywood. I want to paint the MDF/plywood a dark colour first. What paper and/or glue should I use to make sure the dark paint colour doesn't bleed through the glued on papers? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

How long do eyelashes take to grow back?

How long do eyelashes take to grow back? [more inside]
posted by sayitwithpie at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

How to publish new editions of classical music?

I want to publish Mozart differently. What problems might I run into? [more inside]
posted by fireflies to stars at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

I need help getting a paper on estuaries!

I need help getting access to a published paper on estuaries. My girlfriend needs it to work on a paper of hers. We've found everything else on various free sites, but this one we're having no luck. Since it's just one paper, I was hoping someone here was a subscriber to one of the sites it's at. (Specific details inside) [more inside]
posted by inigo2 at 9:04 AM PST - 13 comments

How to negotiate parking fines

My boyfriend got a notice in the mail that he owes $600 for two parking tickets from 2004. Though he doesn't think the city of Baltimore is just making up the original fines, this is the first he's heard of them or the penalties. The original fines add up to $84. Is there anything he can do to eliminate or reduce the penalties? [more inside]
posted by Airhen at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Ten hours in Geneva

I'm taking a week-long trip to Barcelona, and have a 10-hour layover in Geneva on the way there (during the day). Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

save how, why, what?

How much should a teenager save? And how and why? (Plus complications) [more inside]
posted by anadem at 8:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Nazi: Still a four-letter word?

Does the re-purposing of the word "Nazi" in U.S. culture in recent years to mean generic-overzealous-rule-enforcement instead of Homicidal-Socialist-German-Workers-Party detract from the horror of the Holocaust and the other crimes perpetrated by actual Nazis? Is the "Soup Nazi"-type usage of the word "Nazi" taking away the power of the word? If so, is that the right thing to do? Is it causing greater estrangement in cultural relationships between the U.S. and Europeans? How is the word "Nazi" used in your community/workplace/social circles? [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 7:43 AM PST - 33 comments

Tax return tips for adult industry?

How can I best avoid an IRS audit? My occupation may complicate things: I’m a professional in the adult entertainment industry with a job that is legal (but often perceived as illegal) and an entirely cash-based business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 21 comments

What fonts should we use in our newspaper design?

What fonts should we use in our newspaper design? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 5:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Buying for potlucks.

What to bring to a potluck if one is completely inept in the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv at 3:54 AM PST - 42 comments

Can choosing the wrong font affect the bottom line?

How might choosing the wrong font for its customer communications adversely affect a company? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 12:28 AM PST - 21 comments

March 10

VoIP and ADSL on the cheap?

What's the minimal hardware I need to put my house phones on VoIP? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 10:17 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the best wallet pen out there?

What's the best wallet pen out there? (That is, a pen that clips inside of your wallet) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 9:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it even possible to influence tipping behavior?

How, if at all possible, does one increase the amount of tips received as a salon assistant? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:51 PM PST - 42 comments

Should I donate it or should I sell it?

A book author/publisher has found an image of mine on the net, and asked for permission to use it in their book. I would like to know if I should allow them to use it gratis, or ask for a fee? [more inside]
posted by mule at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Why Does Burned Coffee Rule?

Why does (what is the psychology of) Starbucks thrive(ing) selling coffee that, it would seem, most people find less than ideal? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 9:06 PM PST - 82 comments

Doesn't let me delete!

I run Abyss Webserver, and of late.. sometimes when I try to rename/move/delete any folder within htdocs folder, it doesn't let me to. It says access denied. I try removing the read-only attrib, and it comes back. [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz at 8:28 PM PST - 1 comment

simultaneous tabbed browsing

I'd love to be able to simultaneously open in Firefox tabs the URLs in a bundle. [more inside]
posted by font_snob at 7:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Restaurant Nazis

Fed up with corporate bullsh*t. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 7:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Good bookshelf stereos that fit onto a 10.5" deep bookshelf?

I'm looking for a compact bookshelf stereo with decent sound. The catch is that our bookshelf is only 10.5" deep. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 6:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Are there some things you just dont say?

Am I a jerk to mention that our relationship might have an end? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 6:45 PM PST - 46 comments

How do authorities detect indoor marijuana crops (e.g. hydroponics)?

What sort of methods do authorities use for detecting small to middle size indoor marijuana crops (e.g. hydroponics)? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 5:10 PM PST - 32 comments

I guess this rules out "Bambi"...

What are your best recommendations for movies for 7 year-old girls? [more inside]
posted by DawnSimulator at 3:20 PM PST - 50 comments

Looking for vintage F1 vids.

Does anyone know where I can download some flag to flag coverage of the 1976 Formula 1 season?
posted by roguescout at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

What's he singing?

Anyone know what language this slick kid is singing in? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

mp3 greeting?

how can i set an audio file on my computer as my voicemail greeting [more inside]
posted by christy at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Weed for my dog?

Is there an equivalent of catnip for dogs? I used to love revving up my cat when I was a kid and watching her act silly after a few munches on the weed. My dog lumbers around and only gets jazzed up when there's a rolling ball or a squirrel or deer outside. That's fun to watch of course, but I'm looking for the silly stuff. Any suggestions?
posted by terrier319 at 2:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Where do you find high-quality wallets?

The clasp on my cheap Target wallet just broke. What sites and/or brands do you recommend for buying high-quality wallets? Feature requests listed inside. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 1:33 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get my wisdom score to 18?

How to become more wise? How do you grow morally, ethically, and spiritually? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 1:26 PM PST - 42 comments

Restroom restrictions

A cafe on Geary St. in San Francisco enforces a $3.00 minimum purchase for bathroom use. Is this draconian policy against the law? What about in other cities -- is it illegal to refuse bathroom access to those who merely purchase $1.00 java? If so, what legal relief is possible?
posted by inksyndicate at 1:13 PM PST - 45 comments

Photo club, O photo club...

A few friends and I are kicking around starting a photo club, both to keep us shooting as well as to help each other with critiques and whatnot. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 1:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How do non-American men view American women

In general, how do non-American men view American women? Repressed, promiscuous, intelligent, arrogant, superficial, attractive, aggressive, etc.
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 12:01 PM PST - 62 comments

Animal Builder

beginner 3d modelling program? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

"The Best of Metafilter." $9.99 at your local Barnes & Noble

Who owns the posts to Internet forums? I know someone who produced and acted in a one-woman show in which she "performed" weird stuff she found on Usenet. She claimed this was legal. Was it? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I bite the bullet?

I've often noticed that when confronted by a decision, some of us err on the side of not making a decision at all. What is your personal philosophy when confronted by a decision, or how do you avoid avoiding making decisions? [more inside]
posted by russmail at 11:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Books on gardening

Garden help. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 10:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Typing Gloves

I'm born and raised in Southern California. This is a problem when the temperature drops and my excessively warm-blooded body can't handle the cold. I have a pair of fingerless glove inserts from an Army/Navy surplus store, but they're many years old and fairly intrusive anyway. So I ask: what are the best gloves to wear while typing? [more inside]
posted by rcs at 10:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Tick, tick, tick

I'd love to have a fully featured (note-taking, to-do lists, calender, contacts, etc.) internet-accessible organisational tool such as foldera or airset but run the software from my own hosted space. Does such a software exist? And could it be free?
posted by ceri richard at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Best cannolis on Chicago's North Side?

ChicagoFilter: Where can I get amazing, authentic cannolis in Chicago? Preferably North Side or el accessible.
posted by agregoli at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find pretty colored plastic.

Sourcing colored plexiglass. Where can I buy large sheets of 1/8" or 1/4" plexi in a variety of colors/patterns? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Can't shake that fever!!!

Motorcycle filter: I live in the U.S. and am trying to decide on a new motorcycle (read on and on and on)... [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 9:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Baby music

Music for babies? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:50 AM PST - 29 comments

The Wild East

What was life like in Siberia circa the mid-1820s? Specifically, what was life like for Decemberists who were exiled there? I have heard that it was like the Wild West, only much colder. Are there any good books on this? I've found a couple of websites referenced, but, well, I don't speak Russian. Academic history papers are also appreciated. Any good authors, novels, histories, authorities would be a help. (As a corrolary— was there a concerted exploration and surveying movement in that area at the same time? What would it have been like to be on the frontier? How would it have been different from the American frontier of a similar time [which would have been around Ohio and Michigan]?)
posted by klangklangston at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments


A swap possibility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Opinions? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Why not send a microscope to Mars?

Life on Mars: Why not send up a remote control optical microscope package? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments


Does space expanding require more nothingness inbetween? [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Ukranian wedding customs, what to know?

A friend of mine (from the U.S.) is marrying a woman from the Ukraine in a month or so. His mother is throwing her a bridal shower in the States and I'd like to make her feel welcome... [more inside]
posted by absquatulate at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Microwave oven door physics

Why does a microwave oven door sometimes bounce and sometimes close? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 8:14 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I print a drive's directory structure?

Is there a freeware windows application that will allow me to print the directory structure of a drive or section of a drive on my network? I have a drive at work that needs to be reorganized and it would help me if I could see directories and sub directories listed in order and in print.
posted by linklog at 7:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Free Poster Filter

You know those posters put up en-mass on hoardings (the plywood around building sites and whatnot). There are some really cool ones for a certian upcoming movie I've spotted around Toronto. How can I get my grubby little hands on these? It seems like with so many printed and put up, it shouldn't be hard. Just peeling them off the wall never works.
posted by Capn at 7:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Escape from Hilton Hotel

Downtown Austin, SXSW: Looking for a coffee shop with good WiFi, good coffee or root beer, good food and friendly staff. [more inside]
posted by RevDanCatt at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Hardwood Floor Help

Hardwood Floor Filter -- How can I spruce up my hardwood floor without a major refinishing project? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 7:31 AM PST - 7 comments


Seeking PDA or similar for reading and note-taking. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find the mobile device of my dreams

Small, WIFI, USB, Externally rechargeable batteries, Tablet PC Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 6:33 AM PST - 9 comments

A cordial request for poetry suggestions

PoetryFilter: Having never read a book of poetry in my life, I picked up a translation of Virgil's Eclogues & Bucolics (this one) and loved it. Can anyone suggest other, similar poetry I might like? I've seen poetry threads on AskMe before, so there might be someone out there who can help me.
posted by primer_dimer at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Why use single-camera mode when shooting television?

What, from the standpoint of the audience, is the difference/advantage between shooting, say, a sitcom, in single-camera mode (SCM) and multiple-camera mode (MCM)? If all you're doing in SCM is shooting dialogue, for example, out-of-order to construct an effect that is effortlessly achieved by switching from one camera to the next in MCM, it would seem that, if anything, you would gain from the immediacy of the actors' reaction in a scene shot in MCM.
posted by the sobsister at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Adolescent Circumcision

Deeply conflicted, the circumcision we'd reluctantly decided upon was rescheduled until his seventh day. My husband and I got within a block of the doctor's office, our perfectly-formed week-old baby in his carseat, and simultaneously decided he was just right and we were just wrong. We turned around and never looked back, until . . . [more inside]
posted by wordswinker at 5:41 AM PST - 91 comments

Brokeback Mountain interpretation question?

MovieFilter: how did you interpret events in Brokeback Mountain? (warning: spoiler inside) [more inside]
posted by nml at 5:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Message board archive app?

Recommendations on an app which can archive message board content on my PC? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 5:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Can my doggie point the way to the poles?

Do dogs always sleep parallel to a north-south axis? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 4:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Am I feeling lucky?

I'm at the one year anniversary of my current job and have been grappling with a decision for most of that year... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Compulsive lying questions

Some questions about infrequent compulsive lying - how common is this? What is your reaction to it? More questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Do I wanna dance, or do I wanna dance?

How do I learn to dance - or rather, get away with feeling utterly unself-conscious on the dance floor? [more inside]
posted by badlydubbedboy at 3:38 AM PST - 24 comments