March 2008 Archives

March 31

Buy Low, Sell High

Does anyone have any recommendations for any fantasy stock market games online? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 11:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this geeky kids' book!

I read a book sometime in elementary school (early/mid 90's) that I've been trying to find. It had to do with geometry and math and platonic solids and origami (I believe there were several nods to Flatland). The plot had something about evil army men toys and a boy having a fever dream. I think the cover had a picture of the boy riding a manta ray. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 11:13 PM PST - 3 comments

How often do Fulbright alternates become Fulbright scholars?

How often do Fulbright alternates become Fulbright scholars? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 10:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Need Help with lifting program and supplementation

I have been training seriously for about 1 month now. I am 28, 5'11" and weigh about 240 (lots of flubber.) I have noticed that I am putting on good amounts of muscle and adding good strength as well (the beginner effect I guess), as well as losing inches of my waist. I am hoping for a little help with my program and supplementation. [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 10:49 PM PST - 21 comments

i like fun things.

The lady & I want to watch some whales in Victoria BC around Memorial day. We'd like to avoid cookie-cutter-corporate hotels. We want a funky mid-price (think $100/night or so) place to stay. When we travel around Washington/Oregon, we like to stay at McMenamins. Is there anything close to that in Victoria?
posted by negative1 at 10:48 PM PST - 5 comments

A developing film or developing it.

35 mm photography with actual film - what do I do with it now that it's been exposed (properly I hope)? [more inside]
posted by Northwest at 9:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is iphone buzzing?

Why is my iphone buzzing now? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 9:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Cool Travel Documentary Recommendations

I loved The Long Way Around and The Long Way Down - can anyone recommend anything similar? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 9:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me type without ever needing to look?

Is there a wireless, battery rechargeable, full-sized or laptop-sized keyboard available that has a memory card which will allow me to leave the office, go to the gym or a cafe and type without needing or even glancing at a monitor? So that later, I can return to give my work a good editing without caring about how it looks on the first draft? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 9:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Pain Following Massage

Is pain after massage normal? [more inside]
posted by nikksioux at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

personalised book for gift

My friend is getting married sometime this year, and I was thinking of doing a photo book, made up of my favourite recipes and my photos of the food (we are both into cooking). What else could I include in such a book? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 9:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do underwires never want to stay put?

Brassiere filter: Is there some kind of trick for preventing underwire poke-through? Can the ruined bras be repaired (by someone with little to no sewing skills)? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 9:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Doesn't anyone in the NOAA Corps blog candidly about it?

What's it like to be an officer in the NOAA Corps? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 8:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba--Where can I find pictures of the people wearing the costumes? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 7:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the best seats at Wrigley Field?

I am traveling to Chicago in April to see a Mets-Cubs game at Wrigley Field and want to get good (though not necessarily expensive) seats. For those who have been to Wrigley, are there any seats you would definitely recommend? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 7:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Pop songs with (near-)identical bookends whose musical content isn't repeated anywhere else in the song

What are some pop songs that are bookended by identical or near-identical passages whose musical content isn't repeated anywhere else in the song? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit at 5:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Replacing fuel filter

I'm looking to replace the fuel filter on my 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. It's a relatively easy process, but I'm having some difficulty locating the exact position of the filter. Does anyone happen to have a diagram or link to where can I get this information?
posted by Aanidaani at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

*gulp* *ack* *phtoo*

Why make one enormous pill instead of two smaller ones? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 5:07 PM PST - 34 comments

I want to assert mastery over my culinary domain

I want to make easy and tasty international recipes [more inside]
posted by reenum at 4:59 PM PST - 14 comments

What's wrong with my eyeballs.

What was this doctor talking about while checking my eyes? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 4:57 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I keep a receiver cool?

We've got an Onkyo receiver for our new home theater that is running really can I best place a fan to maximize cooling? [more inside]
posted by Hogermite at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to go?

So I've got this new job and two weeks between finishing one job and starting the other. I'd like to travel for a week of those two, but to where? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 4:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Linux GUI-oriented programming languages

What programming languages exist for Linux (preferably Ubuntu) which create GUI applications with ease? I prefer to avoid the Microsoft Studio route as I don't have a ton of cash lying around, and would like something that abstracts the GUI so I don't have to deal with the nitty-gritty of the OS.
posted by chips ahoy at 3:51 PM PST - 26 comments

coffee roaster in Dallas, TX?

Any Dallasites know a good local source for fresh-roasted coffee beans? [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Day 1 - LOL. Day 2 - LOL....

I'm looking to find some funny (as in LOL) blogs, that are updated at least once a day with jokes, funny pictures, amusing stories, etc. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:30 PM PST - 33 comments

Can I trick ProTools?

Is there any way to trick ProTools into recognizing the digital ouput from my Alesis Firewire 8? [more inside]
posted by MNDZ at 3:25 PM PST - 3 comments

sick of the highs and the lows

I have Tourette Syndrome, and I can't stop jumping up and down. Help me rewire my defective brain to channel this activity into something less destructive. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:05 PM PST - 37 comments

Teeny tiny photography challenge!

Photography/Microscopy mash up. My labmates and I are looking for a way to take pictures of crystals under the microscope. We are not a microscopy group. Scientists and/or macro enthusiasts please help! [more inside]
posted by sararah at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I subscribe to comics like I do with magazines?

Can I subscribe to comics by mail, like I do with magazines? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Hobbit seeks hole

Is it remotely realistic for me to expect to get university housing from UW - Seattle as an incoming grad student? Specifically, I want a studio or one-bedroom and I don't know if I can get it. [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Plug safety

If a plug is not fully in its outlet, and you touch one of its prongs, will you get shocked? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 2:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing Jobs?

What kind of jobs can I get with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing from ASU? [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

brrrrr... tick-tick-tick!!

Eeeek! Bit in the ass by a tick! How did I get bit? Will I be OK? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 2:06 PM PST - 20 comments

What is your favorite Online Backing Service? and why?

What is your favorite Online Backing Service? and why?
posted by omaralarifi at 2:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Which news magazine should I subscribe to?

Let's say that I'm a college student that would like to expand my general knowledge about what's going on in the world, and let's say that I'd like to start subscribing to a weekly news magazine, and let's say that I generally have no knowledge of the differences between news magazines. Which one should I subscribe to, and why? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 2:03 PM PST - 70 comments

It's not that I don't trust you... I just don't trust HER.

To what extent could sleeping with my ex-girlfriend, who is now very firmly just a friend, jeopardize the acceptability/reasonability of said relationship to any future potential girlfriends? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose at 1:56 PM PST - 52 comments

Time is Running Out!

Help me find this hebrew phrase fast! [more inside]
posted by rglass at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. But also bacon?

Should I listen to my cravings for high-calorie food? If weight loss is not a concern, and I eat healthy food and still want bacon, should I have the bacon, too? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 1:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Examples of interactive product user guides

I'm looking for good examples of animated/interactive product user guides or instructions, preferably in Flash. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

athletic tshirts

Looking for Athletic-fit cotton t-shirts...more inside... [more inside]
posted by ataraxian at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Batch replace a file in FrontPage?

Can I change a graphic throughout a FrontPage web site? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 1:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you put a baby on a Ducati?

Are there age restrictions for passengers on motorcycles in California? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

What can be done about a poorly insulated apartment building?

We live in a “vintage” 1920s three floor/six unit condo building. The plaster and lathe walls have their charm, but insulation was an unknown concept in 1920. Next winter, I don't want to freeze. [more inside]
posted by mrbugsentry at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments


Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro, wireless hell ensues. [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 1:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Coming out of your shell

How do I get people to try new things? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 12:59 PM PST - 51 comments

Lots of powered add-ons in the car, but hate wires

I've got four add-ons in my car that need 12VDC power: cell phone, sat radio, ipod, GPS. If you have this same problem, and you hate seeing wires everywhere, what have you done about this? Bonus points if you drive my car (2004 toyota corrolla). [more inside]
posted by luser at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I make Google Apps and Page Creator work together?

How do I get Google Apps and Google Page Creator to work together? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

suing over google adwords/result

Someone is threatening to sue my client because his website is returned in search results for the other guy's company name. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Cost of living in Brussels?

Migrating from Los Angeles to Brussels: My girlfriend is entertaining a job offer in Brussels; is she being offered enough to live comfortably there? [more inside]
posted by starscream at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Foodies: ID this soup!!

Foodies: Please help me ID this soup!! Also, what are some of your all time best soup recipes? [more inside]
posted by CreativeJuices at 11:35 AM PST - 15 comments

FTP setup

Trying to setup a very specific FTP service for office group. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Recovery key plz? (again)

What key I need to hold down to access the recovery partition on my Sony Vaio? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

IT Jobs in Costa Rica

Looking for help with tech employment searches for jobs in Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by bmct at 11:13 AM PST - 2 comments

getting new passport pages

I am getting ready to go on a trip this summer, and I've noticed that I may be running out of places for entry/exit stamps in my passport (my next trip will involve a lot of entry/exits to different countries and the US). If I run out of places in my passport upon reentry, will this present a problem? And is there any way to get new passport pages without sending my passport in for four-six weeks? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 11:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Does a reply-all really reply to all?

How do bcc's work, exactly? I think I caught someone doing something bad. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:09 AM PST - 22 comments

What's the best way to get up-to-date baseball scores on the iPhone?

What's the best way to get up-to-date baseball scores on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 11:03 AM PST - 5 comments

You can snarfel the phones, I can snarf my baby

FinnishFilter: Can anyone confirm or deny whether this song is being sung in Finnish? (Youtube link) Or, is it any other known human language? Or is he just making it up? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 11:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Puppy fever - is there a cure?

Hive mind, I have a dilemma. I love dogs and have since I was tiny. I long to own a dog the way some women long to have a baby (ick). I haven't had a dog companion since I was a kid, but I now have just about the best lifestyle I think I'm going to have: we own a home, will have a fenced-in yard (as soon as I can get the contractors to finish the fence; soon, I hope), and have plenty of love to lavish on a pup. But I want to provide the very best possible home, so I'm having some trouble with this decision. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

My Kingdom for a Source!

How does one go about tracking and chronicling ones personal life efficiently using current tech? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a DVD player that CAN be controlled by Final Cut Pro? Or is that just like an editing snuffalufagus?

FINALCUTPROFILTER: Is there such a thing as a firewire DVD player that is controllable by final cut pro? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Access My A**

Why isn't a query in Access returning the correct data compared to the equivalent query in SQL Server. More inside. [more inside]
posted by zackola at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

This could be my first break as a web contractor!

Help me land my first web dev contract! [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Best way to get to a store from an airport

[Little Rock Transportation Filter]: I have a 3+ hour layover in Little Rock, Arkansas and during that time, I need to get to a store that is near the intersections of route 630 and 430. What is my best option? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

What is in "punch", England early 19th C

In many of Dickens' novels he talks about "punch". Hot steaming punch on a cold night around the fire. Cold punch at a summer garden party. A ruffled character smelling of tobacco and punch. How was "punch" typically made, what's in it and why was it the popular drink of choice, indeed almost a "punch culture".
posted by stbalbach at 10:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I pimp my PowerPoint?

How can I pimp my PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Door repair

DIYFilter. Had party. Woke up next morning and noticed hole in bathroom door. The door is fairly new. Replace door or fix hole? [more inside]
posted by chugg at 10:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Best overall measure of health?

If you had to pick just one metric to measure the overall health of an individual, what would that be? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 10:00 AM PST - 24 comments


How does one completely turn off one’s emotions towards an ex-lover? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 9:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Please help us deal with a rumor!

How to quell a vicious rumor. People's lives, careers, and futures are on the line. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I learn more about project management beyond to-do lists?

I'm a web app programmer lacking good project/time management skills, and I'm not really in the best environment to pick them up. I'm OK at the lower-level tasks like daily to-do lists, but how can I learn to handle higher-level tasks like estimating time, prioritizing, and planning project life cycles? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Is this missing a verb?

I have a grammar question that has been driving me crazy. It's probably a matter of style but... [more inside]
posted by mekanic at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

SCUBA and snorkeling in Los Suenos and Jaco Costa Rica

Looking for SCUBA and snorkeling spots in Los Suenos/Jaco Costa Rica area...and other fun things/places to do/go! [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Free online address book, please

Please recommend a free online address book for my slightly technophobic step-mom. I've found a bunch that might work, but not having any experience with them, I don't know which are safe and which are going to sell her info to spammers. The easier to use, the better.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Wedding Hair

Can anyone recommend a good, personable wedding hairstylist in the Santa Cruz, CA area? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 9:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Cardboard t-shirt inserts? For sale?

You know those cardboard inserts you can put in t-shirts so they keep their shape for displaying purposes? I need some of those. Where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by penduluum at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

What do you know about the Theater Works theater co. in Peoria, AZ?

What do you all know about the Theater Works theater group in Peoria, Arizona? My partner and I are going to AZ in a few weeks and want to see their production of the Sondheim musical "Assassins." Their online ticketing system, however, shows that very few tickets have sold, even for the show times that are in a few days. What's the quality of their productions/theater? Just how "amateur" is this group? Google just returns results with address, contact info, etc. Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me fix my face after a weird skin reaction!

I had a sleep study done, and my face has broken out horribly where the electrodes had been glued on. I have never had any sort of reaction on my skin quite like this, so ... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Need appletv, have windows :(

Appletv for Windows Media Center? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Regexp seems great but how do I output the result?

I have a found out a regular expression that searches for a specific bit of text i want to extract from a html document (product names) in notepad++. Now i want to put all the matches of my expression in a new file. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Eclipse as a Code Browser

How do I use Eclipse as a code browser and indexer and not as a build tool? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Who voices the free iPod banners?

Who does the voiceover for those "Congratulations, you've been selected..." banners and how do I get in touch with her? I wish to procure her services. [more inside]
posted by jackcheng at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me AD with the best of them!

Active Directory Filter.... Anyone know of a good source for learning to deploy software via Active Directory? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Following up on resumes

I need to find a decent replacement for my job when I go off to grad school. How do I follow up on these resumes I've been sent? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

like a prayer i want to take you there

i'm sick of blowing out my audio system. please help me pick out an affordable but good sounding system. [more inside]
posted by yonation at 7:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Weird-smelling menstrual blood?

Should I worry about weird-smelling menstrual blood? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

best lube?

LubricantFilter, possibly NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Do I have to disclose that I received a warning at a former place of employment?

I'm very close to getting hired by the firm I want. They just want me to fill out their employment application now. It says, "Did you receive any formal discipline (warnings, suspensions, resignation at request of employer, discharge) at your former or current place of employment? Do I have to answer "Yes"? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 7:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Shelta in San Francisco

I am moving to San Francisco in a little over a month and have been wanting to learn shelta (pavee/Irish Travellers language), but with the low number of speakers finding a tutor or even set of tapes/online audio files/book on how to write/read it so that I can learn the language has been almost impossible. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 7:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Cover a healthy eye for 2+ years - permanent damage?

What would happen if you wore an eyepatch on a perfectly healthy eye non-stop for 2-3 years? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Who is this Mongolian singer?

Does anyone know the name of the 2nd singer in this YouTube clip of Mongolian Urtiin Duu? [more inside]
posted by bwg at 6:18 AM PST - 1 comment

Importing custom Xootr Swift Folder cycle into the UK

I'm planning on importing a Xootr Swift from the USA to the UK. I'd like a few custom components. Anyone have any experience of how best to do this, and what parts will work best? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 5:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Best ways to prepare slabs of chicken?

I've been trying to make chicken dishes that don't rely on the usual pasta or rice+sauce+chicken combination. I have not been successful. I'm looking for chicken recipes and techniques that rely less on pasta and rice, and more on imparting flavor to the chicken itself. [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 1:24 AM PST - 50 comments

Name my dad's band!

Band-name-filter: It's been done before, do it again -- suggest band names... [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 12:39 AM PST - 36 comments

enfant terrible on board

I want to make a sign like those nauseating "baby on board" signs. (Um, err. you do have them in your country, don't you?) But I want it so say enfant terrible on board...... or do I ?? this is what I'm talking about [more inside]
posted by taff at 12:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Skinny jeans for a big butt?

My best beloved wants a pair of jeans she can wear her boots over top of. She can't seem to find a pair that fits right... [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:17 AM PST - 5 comments

March 30

credit hardship insurance

My mother is planning on buying Mortguage Insurance, through a credit source. Do these types (loss of employment, illness or such) plans work or; is there fine print that the company is able to option out legally. As I have never met a person with these credit insurances paying off for during hardship.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:59 PM PST - 2 comments

BIOS Gone Bye-bye

How can I flash my BIOS without paying HPs exhorbitant tech support fee? Details down under ... [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 11:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you name this tiny little riff?

I recently saw the "Beatles LOVE" show in Vegas and was absolutely blown away. I now have the DVDA disc but am trying to identify all the songs mashed into it by Sir George Martin. Here's a clip I am particularly interested in. [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 10:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Photo of the Rising Sun.

What caused the light to do the weird radial effect in my picture? I'm guessing it's the UV HAZE filter I leave over my lens? Does the effect have a name? Like some weird form of "blooming"? Shot with a Canon Rebel XTi with a 28-135mm USM IS, 6 second exposure.
posted by disillusioned at 10:43 PM PST - 14 comments

How to start a career in collegiate sports?

How to start a career in collegiate sports? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 10:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Give me your best book of taxonomies.

So I enjoy books that are an elaboration on theoretical taxonomies such as Roget's International Thesaurus (not the dictionary style) and A Pattern Language. What other books or websites might I enjoy in this vein? Taxonomies on birds or plants are interesting, but I'm looking for things that aren't immediately obvious.
posted by bigmusic at 10:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Don't make me call CarTalk.

Help with my friend's car trouble... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 9:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Singularity + Sci-Fi = My Nerdy Request

What are some good sci-fi stories (both short and full-length) that explore the idea of singularity? [more inside]
posted by pedmands at 8:57 PM PST - 37 comments

CJK Word translation macro

I need a Word macro that will go through a folder, run word/character counts on each file in the folder, and deliver a total count of Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters, ignoring all English. This seems like it shouldn't be hard to script, but insufficient leetness on my part (and the fact that I've never written a macro before) means I'm more or less clueless here. What am I missing?
posted by bokane at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Books on economy

What is a good intro book on economy? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 8:43 PM PST - 11 comments

What shopping cart software should I set up?

Best starting point for e-commerce / shopping cart software? I'm a competent Perl programmer with background in several other languages, who wants to create a decidedly minimalist-looking web site shopping cart for a client. I expect to hack Perl or PHP code, but would like to hack things that are designed to be hacked. Anyone tried CRE Loaded? Other recommendations? Other places to ask? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Direct my wandering in Scottsdale

Please tell me where to walk around in Scottsdale, AZ. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 8:03 PM PST - 5 comments

how to be there for a friend who was raped

What can I do to help a friend who was a victim of sexual assault? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Tips for minimizing power on a FreeNAS server?

Tips for minimizing power on a FreeNAS server? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Algebra for Social Scientists

I tutor several people in a "Mathematics for the Social Sciences" course at a local university. This semester the material is focused on matrix algebra. For the most part, they have no trouble wrapping their heads around the notions of basic vector operations, row reduction, systems of equations, inverse matrices and determinants. But, they have a lot of problems with more abstract concepts such as linear independence, subspaces, basis and dimension. I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on helping them visualize and understand these ideas more clearly.
posted by Proginoskes at 7:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Sniff Sniff Wheeze Wheeze

Is there any way to get allergy shots for cheaper? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Spiders

during the wintertime, what is the kindest way to get rid of a spider? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 6:48 PM PST - 21 comments

What happens next when you call child protective services?

What happens when you call child protective services? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to get the best mens haircut in Toronto?

Looking for a good mens haircut in the Toronto area. [more inside]
posted by RyanB at 6:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Beat Hotels

Where did Jack Kerouac actually stay when he went On the Road? Is there anywhere I could stay where he once did?
posted by MrMerlot at 6:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for an old TV

Help me find an outdated portable TV set. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Sample Essays (not for sale)

What are some good sources for examples of well-written essays? [more inside]
posted by saoyama at 6:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Feed me.... feed me...

My appetite has been spiking over the past few months, and I don't have the parts to be pregnant. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 6:06 PM PST - 4 comments

My house of (network) cards has tumbled

I live in a house with 6 other internet hungry people. Help me cater for our needs! [more inside]
posted by puddpunk at 6:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Trailer towing advice needed

First time travel trailer tower question... [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How does a Canadian pay US taxes for 2 months of work in NJ?

I am a Canadian who worked for two months in the NJ last year. How do I sort out my taxes in the US? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 5:49 PM PST - 13 comments

College athletics: play, then study?

HigherEdFilter: Who proposed that US college athletes should get scholarships that they could use after their sports career ends? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I find a better job?

Should I stick with my job? I can say without reservation that I am currently working the best job I've ever had--the pay is decent, the hours are reasonable, good benefits, laid back office environment--but I am still not content. [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 4:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Why am I craving sushi? Specifically, salmon and salmon roe?

Is there a reason I am craving sushi like crazy? Could it be that my body is lacking in some nutrient that is making me crave it? [more inside]
posted by tealeaf522 at 4:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Copland Third Symphony recordings?

Help me find a good recording of Copland's Third Symphony. [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How to turn bad sex good, or at least better?

How to turn bad sex good, or at least better? [more inside]
posted by different at 2:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Name this fancy chart

Is there a special name for a this type of chart, in this case it is one showing the nuclear fuel recycling capability of a CANDU reactor? Or do I just call it a flowchart, that happens to have a very visually appealing way of showing a complex cycle?
posted by Space Coyote at 2:35 PM PST - 4 comments


What is the trajectory of an above-the-line sales career? Assume no college degree but slowly working towards one. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 2:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy Wiesler's jacket from The Lives of Others?

Where can I buy Captain Wiesler's jacket from The Lives of Others? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

WTF logo is on this fabric?

I just bought some interesting fabric from an enormous textile discount place. See link for crappy cellphone picture. Obviously, the pattern incorporates a logo (there is a teeny registered trademark sign inside each square), but I cannot place it. Any ideas? Someday, it will be a bag or maybe a skirt and I'd like to know who or what I'm wearing. Thanks!
posted by thewrongparty at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Caffeine is the new Xanax.

Are there long-term risks to using caffeine as a method for coping with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Best strategy for buying Red Sox tickets mid-April

Wife, kid and I are going to Boston in mid-April for the Marathon, and we'd like to take in a Red Sox game since kid is a huge fan. We are not regular MLB ticket purchasers though. Should we buy tickets now at 2X list price from a broker, or wait until closer to game day and hope the price drops? Are weekdays less likely to sell out? (teams on the schedule are Rangers and Angels, and it's Marathon weekend).
posted by ldenneau at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Doing the Dingle Run

I'm going to be in Dingle, Ireland for a week in May, and I had a question about driving and the relative sanity of my plans. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 1:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Anyone been to the Daily Show taping recently?

Got tx to the Daily Show with John Stewart. What time should I show up? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

What is your favourite blog?

What is your favourite blog? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 1:21 PM PST - 54 comments

Please help, Lonely Planet Guide Lookup???

Going to India - Quick Lonely Planet lookup help please!!! My Goa Lonely Planet Guide has NV Guest House (in Calangute) on the map, but no description for it (!) Can someone please help out and let me know what other Lonely Planet Guides (South India, India, etc) has/have written about it?? Like prices and such... TIA
posted by ladiorange at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Stop repeating yourself, iChat! Stop repeating yourself, iChat!

Why does iChat send URLs twice? Whenever I send a URL to someone, it shows up twice on the recipient's side. Is there a way to stop this annoying repetition? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 1:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Educational Opportunity or Con Job?

Educational Opportunity or Con Job? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 12:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me suck harder!

How do I increase the sucking power of my kitchen vent? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Best Handheld GPS?

Hi, Read the previous posts. Want/need handheld GPS for hiking in the woods, what is a good unit for tree cover and what is waas and sirfs? Thanks.
posted by jara1953 at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me and my girlfriend watch Wrestlemania

Are there any bars in Chicago showing Wrestlemania 24? [more inside]
posted by trojanavenger at 11:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Automatically attach footer advertising to e-mail via SMTP gateway

Automatically attach footer advertising to e-mail via SMTP gateway [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 11:09 AM PST - 1 comment

I ain't much on that book learnin'

I am pretty terrible when it comes to picking up technology books with the desire to learn about something. I always lose steam at some point. I am asking for tips/tricks/disciplines to get better, especially if you've noticed a difficulty doing this and turned yourself around. Is it possible that I am simply the type who needs to go to a class or learn through on the job training? Or is there a way to get better?
posted by tcv at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Citations or reporting for psychaitric diagnosis in the military?

I'm looking for citations (including reporting) regarding psychiatric diagnosis in the military over the past several years. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 11:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Engagement Ethics Optimization: Estate Jewelry / MYOR

Buying an engagement ring. Advice wanted on a) Estate Jewelry: recommendations on how to buy & not get ripped off. b) Make-your-own-ring workshops: how to get a good used diamond. c) recommendations for both of the above in the LA / SoCal area. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

fellatio : fellate :: cunnilingus : ________.

fellatio : fellate :: cunnilingus : ________. No slang, please. [more inside]
posted by lothar at 10:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Pass the... studio.

Is there any sort of discography for albums created/recorded at Studio PASS? What was the story behind Studio PASS anyway? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 10:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Come to the CMS

How to convince web designers to move from Photoshop-ImageReady to [insert favorite] CMS? [more inside]
posted by acro at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Which drinks have the highest yeast content

Which alcoholic drinks contain the greatest and least amounts of yeast? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I see total drive space in my pc?

Can anyone help with a program to show total drive space in a PC across multiple drives? [more inside]
posted by mrbenn at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

My brother's story in 60 secs.

I just saw one of those anti-drug commercials where the kid sews himself up in a big pot pod then pops out an old man. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by bkeene12 at 9:38 AM PST - 4 comments

How should I build temporary, attractive walls/dividers on the cheap in my basement?

How should I build temporary, attractive walls/dividers on the cheap in my basement? These paper soft walls look great, are flexible and temporary, but cost a small fortune. Looking for an alternative I could simply and cheaply set up myself to block off a 13'x13' section as a "room". The basement is unfinished, dry, with concrete outer walls and wood joists in the ceiling.
posted by drinkspiller at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

War Room?

ID this (Bill) Clinton campaign official in the documentary The War Room? [more inside]
posted by jca at 8:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Lending through Kiva

Lending through Kiva or other organization? [more inside]
posted by vers at 8:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me get to know Park Slope.

Help me get to know Park Slope. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Bragging rights at the old folks home...

Would Barack Obama be the first president with a living grandparent? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 8:23 AM PST - 12 comments

My Father the Mercenary

What does my dad need to know about becoming a mercenary in Africa? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 8:20 AM PST - 26 comments

To Erase, Press Seven

How can I prevent a certain cellular phone service provider from continuing to steal money from my son's college fund, nay, food from his very mouth? [more inside]
posted by donmateo at 7:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Not ready for the rocking chair- aging sucks.

Post-injuryFilter: Reclaiming your sense of self after not being able to be active? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

What are oldest known written or visual description of cunnilingus and fellatio?

What are oldest known written or visual description of cunnilingus and fellatio? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 7:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Can a breakup be stopped?

RelationshipFilter - A friend gave me one of those "How to Stop Your Breakup" books - do these techniques really work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 34 comments

Superglue for food processor workbowl repair?

What glue can I repair my food processor work bowl with? Can I use super glue? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 5:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Gay geeks... Are they more than one in a million?

Kinda like the anonymous question a little bit ago, but looking for the geeky gay guys in Phoenix. [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 4:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Becoming an Ebay seller in the UK

My friend runs a Ebay business in the US. He wants me to help him out on the UK side. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 4:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Planning 3-month getaway to Australia

Planning a 3 month backpacking trip for Australia (hopefully including New Zealand/Fiji) during September - November. Any suggestions/recommendations for locations and durations? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 3:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Arrrr...where's me treasure, wench?

What and where are the collections of the worlds best treasure troves? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 2:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Airport Employee Security

What kind of security do airport workers have to undergo when they show up for work? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 1:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Living close to a freeway in the Central Valley: asthma for sure?

I have mild asthma. My wife and I live in California's Central Valley, and are considering moving to a place that's within 500 feet of Interstate 5. Would living so close to a busy freeway in the valley all but guarantee that our four month-old son develops asthma? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 12:10 AM PST - 6 comments

March 29

Antibiotics+alcohol+birth control=?

Antibiotics+alcohol+birth control=? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt at 11:57 PM PST - 13 comments

ATX Tattoo Parlor?

Recommendations for a tattoo parlor in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 11:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Where are the dorky guys in Chicago?

Where do single male computer science/physics/engineering nerd-types hang out in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Better games than D&D?

What RPGs are there that are better than D&D? [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:23 PM PST - 36 comments

We owe a cock to Asclepius

What is the relevance of Socrates' last words? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Pop quiz for the hivemind

How can I make Kernels popcorn at home? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:49 PM PST - 6 comments

The beets did really weird stuff to me, like to my poop and stuff. Anyway, red wine does seem to be all I drink these days, but that's ok, because....

I say and write the word 'Anyway' too often as a bridge between a previous thought and the next one. I knew I did this on the page a lot but didn't realize I was saying it too. It's clear that I've got some reason why I can't just start into the new thought. How can I stop?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I reestablish my wife’s trust in me?

How do I reestablish my wife’s trust in me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 PM PST - 28 comments

How to make vodka bacon-flavored?

How can I infuse bacon flavor into vodka? The product doesn't need to be vegan or kosher or anything special---just want to go into a kitchen and whip up some bacon-flavored vodka. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Wherefore art thou iCal?

How can I transfer iCal items from my old Mac to my new one? [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying a house or lot in Austin

... I would like to find a good real estate buyer's agent in Austin, and maybe a design/build firm - I've heard of all the new ones (KRDB, et al), but if you have some personal experiences and/or recs please...
posted by youchirren at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Full Metal Dentistry

How exactly would one procure, care for, and live with a set of metal teeth -- especially if they were pointy? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify the language of (and translate) this webpage

Help me identify the language of (and translate) this webpage. I tried Finnish, Swedish, and Icelandic, but no go.
posted by bumper314 at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

When do these magazines hit your mailbox?

When do you get your copy of the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books or the Atlantic? I'm considering subscribing to the print edition of one or more of these magazines, however, for my own reasons, my decision will be affected by when the magazines will hit my mailbox. [more inside]
posted by odragul at 7:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Need microphone recommendations

Need recommendations for a microphone that has a pickup space suitable for a smallish room. [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How wide/long are Crest Whitestrips?

A friend of mine is considering trying out Crest Whitestrips, but she doesn't know whether they'll cover all of the teeth that show when she smiles. I've searched around for a bit and haven't had much luck figuring out their dimensions. Does anybody know how wide/long a Whitestrip is?
posted by eisenkr at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

LED Assistance

I am trying to buy a LED headlamp on ebay...they range in brightness from 8 to 30+ and the one I want is 8. Is that goint to be bright enough for pitching a tent in the dark? I tried to look up LED levels on the inter-web but all I found was scientific mumbo jumbo, can someone just tell me which one to buy please!? Thanks
posted by madmamasmith at 6:55 PM PST - 13 comments

short people got no reason

I got a new car! Unlike my old one, it doesn't have height adjustable seats. I am 5'0" and can barely see over the dashboard. Do they make booster seats for adults? How do other short people deal with this?
posted by streetdreams at 5:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Newbie Seeks Javascript

I want to build a web page with expandable sections of text which default to not being expanded. Unfortunately, I'm a total javascript newbie. The way they did it here is pretty close to what I'd want (scroll to "anatomical focus"): ....Is it possible (or, for that matter, ethical) to somehow grab the javascript they used? Alternatively, are there generic freeware scripts anywhere that do something similar? If there were any such repository with a variety of javascripts that do this slightly different ways, even better. If it's newbie friendly, even better still! Thanks!
posted by jimmyjimjim at 5:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Visual Alarm

I need to design/buy a visual alarm for use with a PC. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Advantage: San Francisco

A few years ago I saw a funny, tongue-in-cheek blog post comparing San Francisco and New York. It judged each city in a number of categories, with a description of how each fared. It would always be obvious that New York should win, but in the conclusion it would go to San Francisco for some backwards reason. [half-remembered example after the jump] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 4:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Disciplining strangers' kids

What is an appropriate way to discipline strangers' kids? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 4:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Do I need more of a social life?

How much am I missing out on by not having much of a social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:03 PM PST - 38 comments

GMAT tutor? Sure, why not.

GMAT tutor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 3:29 PM PST - 6 comments

TV tuner for MacBook that works in US *and* Japan

Looking for a TV tuner, but here's the catch: it has to be compatible with a MacBook (so USB or FireWire only), and I'd really prefer if it supported both US and Japan over-the-air broadcasts (bonus points for HD).
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

What takes pharmacists so long?

Why does it take 20 minutes for the pharmacy to fill my prescription, even when there's no other people in line? I assume they're doing something, but what else is there besides putting my pills in a bottle?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Where does a small web design/development company find work?

Where does a small web design/development company find work? [more inside]
posted by petah at 2:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Mom! Dad! Dont' touch it, it's evil....

He (Mr. InstantSanitizer) started out with a straightforward recipe for cabbage soup. He ended up with a product that I don't know how to use... help, please... there is a stinky vat of it in my refrigerator. More inside... [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer at 1:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Shagitz and shikse seek Passover Seder.

Where can I, a gentile with no Jewish friends, participate in a Passover Seder in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 1:44 PM PST - 13 comments

A new use for old snoes

Old sneakers as planters. Has anyone done this? I'd like some advice on what kinds of plants work best. Other than one article stating to use hearty plants, the tubes have not provuded much. I'm going to talk to the the person at the garden shop as well but figured I'd try here first. Oh, and I live in Centralish Florida, if that helps narrow the choices. Thank you!
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

What do do in Green Bay WI?

Looking for things to do in or near Green Bay, WI. A friend is going for a conference and I am thinking of joining her for the (Memorial Day) weekend. We could potentially stay anywhere within a couple hours' drive. We are women in our late 20s, like nature, culture, and anything that would be a change of venue from our big-city lives.
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of labeler should I buy

Should I buy a stand-alone labeler (with built-in keyboard) or a labeler that attaches to my Macintosh? Recommendations for specific models would be great. [more inside]
posted by alms at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

cell phone static and home stereos

Why does my cellular phone cause my home stereo speakers to make strange noises? Sometimes it happens when a call is about to come in, but mostly it just happens periodically for seemingly no reason. It sounds like strange beepy static and it happpens much more frequently now that I switched to an iPhone. Is there a way to stop this besides throwing my iPhone across the room?
posted by minicloud at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting Excel to interpret string as formula

Getting Excel to interpret text string as formula [more inside]
posted by found missing at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Best home office graphics printer?

What printer/printer output will please an art director? An artist is shopping for a new inkjet printer. It will be used to print graphics and photographs for submission to art directors, so she would like to know if there are industry standards or preferences for the output. [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 11:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Would the police really give out autopsy details

MysteryNovelFactFilter: I'm reading a mystery novel and the protagonist triumphantly announced she knew who did it because a) the victim broke his neck after a long fall and b) the police revealed this info to her. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Pedal or push?

What do I do when my kid has outgrown his balance bike but doesn't want to pedal yet? [more inside]
posted by iscatter at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Cynicism or Honest Mistake?

US Bank Credit Card(REI VISA Card) My bank account was double-billed for my full payment. I have been using this account and paying online for about a year with no prior problems. [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Auto spring cleaning

Happy Spring! What should I do to my car after a long winter of snowy roads and lengthy sitting in the driveway? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What is it what is it GIVE IT HERE GIVE IT -- oh God it's gone now hope it wasn't chocolate

How can I train a deaf dachshund to Drop It -- without hand signals? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:34 AM PST - 19 comments

who does good haircuts for curly/wavy hair in toronto?

who does good haircuts for curly/wavy hair in toronto? [more inside]
posted by acorn at 8:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Standby and hibernation issues

How can I fix my restless computer? (standby/hibernate problems) [more inside]
posted by Ricket at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I deal with my boyfriend's insane work schedule?

How can I deal with the fact that my boyfriend is never around? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 7:52 AM PST - 33 comments

Finding a summer job in New York

What are good ways of finding temporary non-retail jobs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by goingonit at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

our dad needs some help

My siblings and I are trying to find kinds of therapy for my dad, in dealing with the death of our mom/his spouse 17 years ago. He's still very very emotional about any discussion of her, and has never talked to a "professional" about it. Ideas suggestions for types of therapy, and recommendations in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by jalebi at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Gota get up to speed on GoogleApps/GoogleSites, yesterday!

GoogleApps: I love it and think it will work for my organization, but where can I find more in-depth user guides and tutorials? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 7:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I move shit with my mind?

On what grounds does one draw the line between quantum physics/mechanics and pseudoscientific claims about the powers of consciousness? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 6:18 AM PST - 37 comments

Microphone and amp for vocal practice

Trying to choose a microphone / preamp / amp for a vocalist to use when practicing with a band. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I open a ".tar.tgz" file?

How do I open a ".tar.tgz" file? That's all one long extension. [more inside]
posted by exolstice at 5:31 AM PST - 21 comments

It's not a wad of gum, what else could it be?

Last night all was fine when I sat down. When I got up twenty minutes later I began to walk and it felt like there was a wad of gum under the ball of my foot. I checked and under the callous at the distal end of my first metatarsal it is visibly swollen. The area is nearly a quarter inch thicker than the same area on my other foot. The area is not painful, but the shear size of it makes me walk funny. I'll go to the Dr. on Monday, but until then, does anyone have any ideas about what it can be? Googling hasn't given me any clues.
posted by a22lamia at 5:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Can has higher education?

How does one apply for financial aid at a public university as an independent party? This is to imply there will not be financial assistance from the parent/guardian; is there a way for their income to be excluded as criteria in evaluating aid eligibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me use my powers for good. I've had enough evil for now.

What are the best places to work as a consultant for nonprofit and/or charitable organizations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Dear Apple: For the Last Damn Time, Not Everyone Has Always-On Internet.

For the default Calculator app in Mac OS, how do I permanently disable the behavior that results in the "unable to update currency exchange rates" warning at startup? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 2:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to find these PBS documentaries?

I'm looking to watch/rent/buy two particular PBS series that I can't for the life of me find online. [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 12:08 AM PST - 7 comments

March 28

How do I best navigate through a bad landlord/tenant situation?

Complicated, messy NYC roommate/landlord question: 4 roommates share a 3 bedroom converted into 4 (with permission). One roommate signed a lease for a new building without getting permission from current building to transfer name on lease to new roommate. Said old roommate now refuses to pay six months of rent (remainder of lease). Much, much more inside. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 11:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Find this Blue Angels Video!

I'm searching for a Blue Angles promotional video featuring the Moody Blues' "Your Wildest Dreams" as the soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by stew560 at 10:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Long-forgotten band. Joggle my memory perhaps?

Can you name this band? note: very sparse details inside. [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 9:08 PM PST - 44 comments

88 Minutes song title

Anyone know the name of the song at the beginning of the movie "88 Minutes"? It's the one playing in the background at the bar scene. It has a really distinctive beat; it's a dance/club type song. Thanks!
posted by lohmannn at 8:42 PM PST - 2 comments

DC water gets two pinkies down...

ThirstFilter: Help me figure out to make iced tea that doesn't suck, despite DC's terrible municipal water. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Too bad House, MD isn't a vet

SneezyCatHelpFilter: I adopted an adult female Maine Coon-ish cat back in January. Any suggestions cures on why her nose runs and she keeps sneezing? [more inside]
posted by Fiberoptic Zebroid and The Hypnagogic Jerks at 8:04 PM PST - 9 comments

This land is your land...

Where should we go on our California trip? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 6:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Launching a website that contains public government data

Where can I find information about the legality of using public government data on my website? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 6:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Is Big Sister Watching?

I have been searching the site but have not found my specific situation. I would like to know if there is a way to tell that you are being video or audio recorded at work. Not on the computer, just in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Name this font.

Name this font. [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments

NCAA Games live on Web radio?

HELP! I'm Googl'd out and can't find a URL for live radio on the web of the Wisconsin-Davidson game. Please tell me if you know where I can get it. Thanks, A Badger living in Austin, Texas
posted by lometogo at 4:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Hi, I'm Troy McClure. I mean, I'm Charles Bronson.

Anyone remember a short film Charles Bronson made for the United Way? Can anyone help me get a copy? [more inside]
posted by roombythelake at 4:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Feline Anemia Advice

Feline anemia. Our youngish (4 year old) male short-haired domestic began feeling lethargic about a month ago. We took him to the veterinarian yesterday. He had a red-blood-cell count of 8% and was prescribed dioxycycline (to get rid of any possible infections causing the anemia) and prednisone (to suppress the immune system, preventing destruction of the few remaining red blood cells the poor guy has). Questions: Any experiences with feline anemia? Prognoses? Advice? Anything will help! Thanks!
posted by John of Michigan at 4:23 PM PST - 2 comments

O Google, Grant Us Thy Donate Now Buttons

We're a newly minted nonprofit, and we want to use Google Checkout rather than Paypal. I've read the how-to on what we need to do to get verified, but there's a hitch. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting rid of mosquito bit scars

Is there any remedy out there that will make welts/scars from mosquito bites heal faster? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 4:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Fight fight fight.

Help my girlfriend and me end this stupid and (I suspect) fairly common dynamic of arguing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 33 comments

Exes and D'ohs.

Last night my girlfriend became moderately upset with me because I didn't want to meet her ex-boyfriend. So what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 31 comments

They're not REALLY black...

I live in an apartment. The management and maintenance person of the building are racist. I need help with an issue. [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 3:48 PM PST - 30 comments

Where can I find footage of the New Zealand America's Cup "Loyal" campaign ad?

I'm looking for a video clip of the "Loyal" TV ad campaign that ran in New Zealand during the America's Cup against Alinghi last year. There are plenty of copies of the original Dave Dobbyn version but I'm looking for the one with NZ'ers holding hands across the nation etc. YouTube and Goo have failed me. Any clues?
posted by media_itoku at 3:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Which careers for complex negotiations early on?

In which careers can one can get the most experience doing complex negotiations early on -- and make good (or great) money at it?
posted by shivohum at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How much was that stuff worth?

How much was that stuff worth? I have to prepare a fairly precise net worth statement for Sept 93 on short notice. Most is easily pulled off old statements, but how do I come up with a solid fair market valuation for household/personal goods? It's peak tax season, so impossible to get an fast answer from an accountant. The only obvious calculator just throws validation errors. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 3:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Haelp me improve my Axis & Allies strategies.

My friends and I have scheduled a game of Axis & Allies to play in a few weeks time and I'm looking for any advanced tips and strategies to assure sweeping victory for my forces. I've only played it a few times in my life and I've lost more times than I've won so any tips that expert gamers could give me would be great. I'll be playing the original, global map version, not the Pacific or European spin-off versions. I'll also probably be playing as Germany, too. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify my HiFi equipment!

I need help identifying my vintage(ish) HiFi equipment, Especially the amplifier. If anybody has any information on them, it would be appreciated, or does anybody know any useful websites for this sort of thing? (Photos inside) [more inside]
posted by sliderjc at 2:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Copyright issues in creating an ebook?

I'm thinking of creating an ebook that is a workbook companion for an existing popular investment book. What copyright issues do I have to consider? For example, can I title it "The [Investment Book Title] Workbook?" Can I do it at all without getting permission first?
posted by SampleSize at 2:27 PM PST - 7 comments


How do I pluralize a contraction that already ends with an apostrophe? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I go to Lima Peru?

Should I go to Barranco, Lima, Peru? If so, what should I do there at the end of April? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat Power?

Every time I've ever dined at a sushi restaurant there's been a statue of a cat by the cash register. It's always the same pose, with one paw raised in the air in a kind of "cat power" salute. What are these called and what do they signify?
posted by reidfleming at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

open source powerpoint tips?

I saw a presentation given with Apple's Keynote in which the text that accompanied each slide was not shown on the overhead projector, but was visible on the laptop used by the presenter. How do I do that? And bonus points if you can tell me how to do that with open office, a pdf file, or some other non-keynote piece of software. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 1:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Rules for Old E-mails in Webmail

Forcing Outlook Web Access (aka Webmail) to execute a rule manually? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 1:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Dating site photos, "No, it isn't my brother..."

Why do some women on dating sites post pictures of themselves with men as their primary photos? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 1:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Virtualized Network Problems

I'm having network problems with virtualized systems. I have Macs runnig OsX 10.4 with Parallels running XP. At random times, the network fails...kinda [more inside]
posted by nivekraz at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

How long after separation before truly ready to date

Question for divorced men who have since remarried, gotten into a serious relationship: how long after separating before you felt ready to date someone seriously. Not when DID you start dating or not, but when did you feel in your heart that you were ready to date. And was sealing custody/alimony deals a part of this, i.e. did you need this stuff nailed down before you felt ready to "start a new life." And did you feel like you needed a second adolescence after the divorce, whether that meant going wild, or just spending a lot of time doing whatever you wanted, without having to consider someone else's feelings/schedule.
posted by Penelope at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

NoVA ADD/ADHD Evaluation

Give me your recommendations for a child psychologist who does ADD/ADHD evaluations in Northern Virginia. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you know you were four?

In your childhood memories, how do you know how old you were? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 12:05 PM PST - 45 comments

Citizen science

I'm looking for examples of crowdsourcing approaches to conservation science, where anyone - not just scientists - can help in conservation efforts by gathering data, etc. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Let's conspire so I can dream by the fire

I would like to find something to put in my fake fireplace. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 11:23 AM PST - 25 comments

I Hate You AT&T

ISP Filter: AT&T sucks so hardcore that they deserve a medal. I quit. What ISP's have you had good experiences with? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 11:16 AM PST - 26 comments

It All Went Downhill Once Luke Brower Moved In

My blue jeans look like they belong to Kirk Cameron. [more inside]
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness at 11:03 AM PST - 23 comments

The End of the News Media?

Newspapers and media: the sky is falling, the bowl is being circled. What can we do about it? Your best suggestions please. [more inside]
posted by Gagglehack at 10:25 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it possible to connect or network 2 computers that both have wifi and wired nic cards with crossover cable

Is it possible to connect or network 2 computers that both have wifi and wired nic cards with crossover cable [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

i see your schwartz is as big as mine

Certain people in our office *have* to talk to me if we're in the bathroom at the same time. No, they can't come into my office before or after, they just have to talk to me while we're in the freaking bathroom. What's a good way to politely but firmly tell them "hey, let's talk shop outside of the bathroom, when I'm not holding my private bits!" I mean, I'm not the kind of guy that thinks it's gross or anything like that. But I think it's kind'a rude and a real imposition.
posted by edjusted at 10:08 AM PST - 24 comments

Commuting from South Orange County to LA environs?

I'm looking for jobs in Santa Monica, Burbank, etc., but I live in South Orange County. What are my options for going between work and home? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

It keeps growing and growing and growing...

Help me understand MSSQL logs... At least enough to do what I need to do. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 9:42 AM PST - 1 comment

I'm going to Disney World!!! (Crap, what do I do there?!?)

Turning 24 in Disney World... what should we do there? I'll be there in 2 weeks for 4 days and need some ideas to make sure the SO and I are adequately entertained. So I need your suggestions for the Can't Miss things in and around Disney World. Please, help me plan my vacation! [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 9:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Auto CSS head styles to body styles?

What's that program that takes CSS styles defined in the head of an HTML document and applies them to each element's style attribute? It's for HTML email-making, where such a nonsensical thing is desirable. [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 8:25 AM PST - 6 comments

'General Geek' Seeks Employment?

I'm a general geek. I.e. I can do basic HTML, CSS, JScript, PHP, etc. I'm proficient in Photoshop, but by no means an expert. I'm the hardware troubleshooting guy for my family, and a few others (oy). What kind of job am I looking for? There is, of course, more to this... [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 7:54 AM PST - 19 comments

when did static electricity come into the picture?

when did static electricity come into the picture? ok, lightning is static electricity, but im not asking about that particular phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by gcat at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

What is proper MLA parenthetical format for online interview?

MLA Style Filter: I'm citing an interview that was published online. I know how to set up the entry on the Works Cited page, but the MLA Handbook offers no suggestions on how to format the parenthetical in-text reference. If John Doe told Jane Reporter, "I love cats," how do I cite that? Like this? "I love cats" (Doe, Reporter interview). There is no page number, as this was published online. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 7:12 AM PST - 6 comments

A bit on bittorrents

Can someone explain to me the magic of bittorrents? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Need Gift for Best Man and Groomsmen

I'm looking for the perfect thank-you gift for a groom to give to his best man and/or to his groomsmen. The guys are obviously spending a load of cash on the event, so the thank you gift should be something that they'll appreciate. Prefer something that can be bought online -- and definitely prefer something unexpected. Guys all around 30 years old. Any ideas? Thanks....
posted by geoffbart at 6:50 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I become the interviewee

Where do the "experts" interviewed for newspapers, radio, and TV come from? How can I become one? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 6:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Yet another name-that-movie question

Can you name this movie? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Stories that take place in Hell, Purgatory, comas, nightmares, memory etc etc

I'm looking for narratives (books, movies, games) in which the protagonist is dead, dying or unconscious, and discovers they are not in the 'real' world at all, but Hell, heaven, purgatory, a coma, a nightmare, memory, or similar. Examples which contain spoilers below the fold. [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:52 AM PST - 64 comments

How to auto-start a program when Win 2000 Boots?

Windows 2000: How can I specify a program to start up when Windows 2000 is (done) booting? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 5:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me make my Barack Obama event successful

So, I have twenty-some unknown Barack Obama supporters coming to my house on Sunday, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 2:54 AM PST - 25 comments

I Want the Blues

Help me discover more of the blues music I love. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 2:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is my toe tingling?

My pinky toe has been tingling for two days; what does it all mean? [more inside]
posted by EKStickland at 1:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Am I Catwoman?

My kitten, after being neutered, developed an upper respiratory infection, I took him to the vet, and it turned out he had feline herpes. The feline herpes and human herpes virus strains are different and cats cannot transmit this to humans and vice versa--at least according to all the reading and research I have done. And yet, for the last two weeks when my cat was sick, I have had a nasty case of shingles (yes, I was diagnosed, and it is definitely shingles). So, I'm asking, could these illnesses be related in some way, or is this completely a huge coincidence? [more inside]
posted by misha at 12:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Autoforwarding a single gmail address to multiple other addresses

How do I set up a gmail account that automatically forwards anything it receives to two other accounts? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 12:08 AM PST - 3 comments

March 27

Practice makes perfect

What are some activities that are like 'going to the gym' for your profession? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover at 11:26 PM PST - 90 comments

Should we get married and have kids?

In the past year I have had several men propose marriage to me, how serious should I take these proposals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 PM PST - 29 comments

I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

What is the happiest and catchiest (mostly) unknown pop song you know? [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 10:15 PM PST - 115 comments

Why does Chinese printing of Latin characters always use the same font?

Why does Chinese writing, when including a few English words, always seem to use the same font? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 10:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Learning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on my own?

Learning Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on my own? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 9:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Home Network PC/Mac folder sharing?

How can I securely access my PC files using my wireless iBook on my home network? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Sell now or pay later?

My 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ltd. is an unreliable, gas-guzzling symbol of all that's wrong with this world. At 78K it performs - the small errand here or the work commute there - but barely, sending warning signs all along that some bigger and more troubling defect is on the horizon. Does it make more sense for me to sell (or more likely) trade it in now while the resale is 5k (at best), or to continue to drive it while I (and it) can do so? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 8:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Wow, That's a Lot of Yarn.

What to do with a whole crate of yarn? [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 8:22 PM PST - 31 comments

I need advice on mounting an Xserve

Can anyone think of a reason that would prevent me from mounting an older g4 xserve flush against a wall? [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE at 7:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Why am I getting these heart rushes

Every once in a while but at least once a day I get this weird feeling that I just figured out how to describe. Imagine you really have a crush on someone and they unexpectedly enter the room and maybe smile at you - the feeling I get when that happens is similar to this unprovoked random feeling that I'm asking about. Basically, out of nowhere, for like one second, I seem to stop breathing, have a tightness in the back of my throat and experience what feels like a wave of low pressure in the center of my chest. It's a little like what you might call an adrenaline rush or a panic wave but I'm not stressed.... [more inside]
posted by Barrows at 7:10 PM PST - 24 comments

"I'm tired of using technology, why don't you sit down on top of me?"

When I updated to Windows Media Player 11, why did I lose my sound? How do I get it back? I can get sound, that's not the problem. HELP! (yes, I googled... but i've tried everything on the first few pages and it's still not working.)
posted by damnjezebel at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What was this movie called?

What was this movie called? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino at 4:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there any hope?

Please hope me! Or why hope for help? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 4:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Story contest. 500 word-limit. Please tell me that's not counting every *single* word!

When a writing contest puts a maximum of "500 words" for story length, should the count include "a" "an" or "the"? [more inside]
posted by skyper at 4:27 PM PST - 27 comments

home remedy for depression?

Are there some natural or over the counter drugs that help with depression? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 4:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for screen recording and also voice on a mac.

Looking for screen recording and also voice on a mac. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How do we legally run an online contest for non-US participants?

How do you run an online contest for contestants from any country in the world with real-world prizes (i.e. with $ value) and not spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees for compliance with each country's arcane rules? We had talked to lawyers before and they said you should limit to US participants only. The problem is half of our userbase is non-US and we don't want to exclude them. Any experience from anyone? [more inside]
posted by oaklandj at 3:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Microsoft Points blues

Xbox 360 PAL + MS Points for US + UK Live account + non-UK location? How can I work this out? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What songs match my favs?

Find me some new songs - Evaluating personal music preference I'm attracted to a particular subset of music, slow, single male singer, single instrument, telling a story, sometimes it's a little mysterious what's going on... [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 3:42 PM PST - 47 comments

I live in NYC, and I want to hire a personal shopper. What should I know going into the situation?

I live in NYC, and I want to hire a personal shopper. What should I know going into the situation? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I find brand new blogs?

Is there any way I can easily find new blogs? Not new to me but brand new, ones that have been created within the past month, or the past week. [more inside]
posted by Kronoss at 3:26 PM PST - 3 comments

GM Place/Canucks

Vancouver GM Place seating question. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 3:12 PM PST - 1 comment

How to make my own karaoke discs from scratch?

How do I take a song off a regular cd, add viewable lyrics (and whatever else is necessary) and turn it into a karaoke disc that I can hand to the kj at a karaoke joint? I already have evil lyrics and some other audio software, but I can only find reference to working with songs that are already on a cdg ... no references in my audio programs to exactly how to make one myself. [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl at 3:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Anyone able to find an Armenian terrestrial TV frequency list?

Armenia terrestrial television frequency list? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 3:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Shared Outlook Categories firmwide = possible?

Is there a way to share Outlook Categories / Master Category list across all users on an Exchange server? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 3:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Asian stereotype: why the exaggerated front teeth?

Asian stereotype: why the exaggerated front teeth? [more inside]
posted by sweetlyvicious at 2:41 PM PST - 29 comments

Why can't they fix my camera, and yours?

Why, with all the advances in photography, can't they fix my camera so it shoots what I see? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 2:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Tax question for an entertainment writer

I'm an arts and entertainment writer for a blog, and I also do freelance writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. I cover movies, art, TV, music, theater, and video games. What kinds of things can I write off on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by awesomedude at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Voicemail to RSS Embed - What are my options?

Is there a service that will allow me to seamlessly embed a recorded voicemail into an RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Pho You Consideration

Where can the best Pho in NYC be found? A friend of mine and I are big fans of Vietnamese Pho soup. We've had it a few places, including Pho Grand and are looking for a new spot.
posted by soy_renfield at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Horummmm mmmmmuuuuuuuummmm oweeeeeeeeee horrrrrrrrrrrrr

I love listening to the groaning music of Mark Morgan (the Fallout soundtracks) and Lustmord (dark, dark ambient) while I read. I've been trying to find some similar music, but insists that Mark Morgan is like all other game soundtrack composers and Lustmord is akin to gothic wailing*. So I turn to you. What other artists make music with this grinding, eerie, screetchingly dark post-apocalyptic quality? * Nothing wrong with gothic wailing, just not when I'm reading.
posted by Skyanth at 1:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Resume oops

Attorney job applicant left something off resume. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Tips on going to grad school in Israel?

Considering applying to grad school in Israel. Any tips/advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can some Buddhist families find land to buy?

My family ( husband, adult son and I) would appreciate your suggestions regarding a liberal-tolerant area where we and 7-15 other Buddhist households can buy land (75 acres minimum). [more inside]
posted by Prajna at 1:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Automagic FTP Upload

Is there a simple program out there that you can drag a file onto that will automagically upload to a pre-configured FTP server and copy the URL to the clipboard? [more inside]
posted by booticon at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Driving across country where to stay (no hotels).

I'm driving across country in a month (Oregon to NY). I drove out here 2 years ago and stayed in hotels both nights on the way out. I don't have the funds to do that this time around. Any advice about sleeping in my car at rest areas? I'm trying to marathon it and camping would probably slow me down more than I'd like. [more inside]
posted by huxley at 1:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Out of Site

Why does one particular website refuse to load? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 1:29 PM PST - 29 comments

How/where do girls meet other girls (platonic) in NYC?

How/where do girls meet other girls in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dm_nyc at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

It's Slinky, it's Slinky, it's fun for a girl and a boy.

How fast would a typical escalator need to operate, in order to keep a standard metal Slinky moving indefinitely (i.e., in place)?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Why is my nose numb after the flu?

I've had the flu for a few days, but woke up with something totally new to me: my nose is numb. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake at 1:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Firefox Tab Switching

Firefox won't tab-switch out of Gmail/Compose [more inside]
posted by KRS at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

everyday expressions of love

In an average relationship, how often and how intensely do people express their love for each other (in private)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 28 comments

How should bamboo in containers be drip irrigated?

How best can I drip irrigate containers of bamboo in Southern California? [Photos and detailed information provided] [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

New Yorker in Berlin in English?

Does anyone know of an English-language newspaper directed toward residents of Berlin? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Suggestions for social exercise logs

Could someone recommend a social exercise log along the lines of We Endure but which allows one to track more general exercises (like weight training) along with activities like running and swimming. Thanks!
posted by sk381 at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I stay more hydrated at night?

I wake up with a dry mouth three to four times a night. This has been going on for quite a few years, but it would be nice to find a solution that works and to be able to sleep through the night more often. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 12:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Diagnose a computer-death, and advise on migrating the dead one to an imac?

My desktop computer is dead dead dead (I think -- can you help me be sure?). I was going to get a new iMac anyway, so now I'll just move those plans up. I understand there's a utility to migrate all my files from the old Windows machine to the new Mac -- how can I make that happen when the old one won't start? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 12:21 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I protect myself in international business deals?

Will the Korean doctor rob me blind?? Here's the long and short of it... my father is the doctor that pioneered tumescent liposuction. he teaches his techniques to other doctors on a regular basis and manufactures the tools and equipment involved with the procedure. Recently, a doctor from Korea, I'll call him Dr. Lee, took my father's course and liked it so much that he expressed an interest in teaching the course in Korea and to sell my fathers products in his courses. My father is very interested, but feels concerned that he must submit all of his technical files to Dr. Lee so that he can submit them in an application to the Korean FDA for approval. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to be the "great addition to the team" they think they're getting.

Generally speaking, what can I do in the first day/week/month of a new job to make sure I get off on the right foot? Specifically speaking, how can I present myself as a smart interesting capable professional, and not a shy nervous slacker? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Is this a good idea for a counter-offer?

I interviewed for a job, all went really well, and I was told they would offer me the position, but I wanted too much money. So I tried to work some negotiating magic, and I'd like input on my counter-offer and if other people have done this and if it works like I hope. [more inside]
posted by high0nfire at 11:42 AM PST - 14 comments

SpringCleanFilter: Help me get rid of old clothes when Goodwill won't take 'em

I have loads of old clothes I want to discard responsibly, but my local charities are quite picky about what they will accept. I'd rather not add to the landfill. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:26 AM PST - 26 comments

How long have people loved randomness?

What are some (and some of the earliest) instances of people shuffling things on purpose to get a random result? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity at 11:17 AM PST - 15 comments

text to speech to mp3

What's the best quality method for doing text to speech to mp3? [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Deductions for Bi-Coastal Business

I’m a writer who is spending more and more time in Los Angeles for work. I live in Florida, and am a Florida resident. My question is this: If I rent a place in LA, because I am spending roughly half of my time there, what deductions can I take advantage of? [more inside]
posted by vVCHAZVv at 11:07 AM PST - 1 comment

I wouldn't mind voting for Al Gore again.

I own a (very) small number of shares of Apple Computer Inc. However, when I moved about four years ago, I forgot to update my address with them. [more inside]
posted by oaf at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Quality of non-HD video sources when played on LCD HDTV?

How do non-HD video sources look when displayed on a modern LCD HDTV? Is it comparable to what it looks like on a CRT-based TV? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 11:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Cheap eats in Beantown?

Cheap eats and good beer in Boston. I'm in Boston for a conference in mid-April, and I'm looking for cheap dinner options. I'll be downtown but I'm more than willing to travel the T for good, cheap food. Any recommendations for good beer are also welcome.
posted by mollweide at 10:50 AM PST - 32 comments

Old episodes of "Wait Wait..."?

Where can I find mp3s of old episodes of the NPR show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a recipe I can't make sound appetizing.

Can you help me figure out a disgusting-sounding recipe involving Pillsbury Crescent Rolls as tart shells baked with a filling of something maybe akin to egg salad? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Do invoices have to be included in shipments?

Are there legal requirements for sellers to include an invoice in a shipment to a customer? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Making Firefox Copy and Paste HTML Code?

Is there a Firefox extension — preferably a Firefox 2 extension — that will alter Firefox's copying behavior so that, when you copy something, it is copied to the clipboard (or pasted from the clipboard) as its HTML, instead of plain text? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How's was that spelt again?

I want to cook with spelt berries. Do you cook with spelt berries? Please tell me why, and how to do it awesomely. [more inside]
posted by mumkin at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Mw Swap Safely

I think I've finally managed to nail down a house-swap via Craigslist. However, both of us want to sign a contract that will specify terms and protect us if something goes awry. Do you have any suggestions or model contracts? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:48 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find funding for a school?

How do you find private / corporate funding for educational institutions? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

In need of a shrink

Does anyone have any experience in getting diagnosed and possibly treated for ADD or AD/HD in the Austin, Texas area? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Are there ways to manage anxiety without the use of medication?

I'm anxious. All the time. About everything. Everything! Are there ways to manage this without the use of medication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 43 comments

Guatemala, ya'll

Travelfilter: Going to Guatemala for 5 weeks. Need tips. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

How to save time with auto-configuration for laptops?

How can I reduce the hassle of reconfiguring multiple applications in my Windows laptop when switching between networks (home, office, VPN, hotel, ...) ? [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you tell me what was on TV last weekend?

What did I watch on TV last Sunday night which involved a gorilla converting the world to Christianity? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Shinto Me Timbers... help me find out more about this religion!

Looking for some recommended books and media about Shinto, especially the history, tenets and practices of it. [more inside]
posted by tittergrrl at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

NetSol, .Mac or other host for .ca domains?

My friends have a webhosting account with Network Solutions. NetSol seems to be saying that you cannot point a .ca domain-name to that account. Is that really true? Are .Mac accounts compatible with .ca domains? If the answer to both is no, can you recommend a webhost for .ca domains? (They have already bought the domain.) [NB: I don't want to just use a page forwarder - that is, I want etc urls to work.] Thanks!
posted by Marquis at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments


So I sync'ed my Google calendar and my Outlook calendar, and now I need to unsync fast. Is there a way to unsync them without deleting each event and appointment one by one? [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat at 7:59 AM PST - 1 comment

The point of pinging.

What's the point of xmlrpc pinging? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Math is cool, right?

[Math filter] What fascinatingly cool mathematical topics do you wish you knew about in high school? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:33 AM PST - 103 comments

If I May Be So Bold

MacFilter: The keyboard shortcut in Mail to make bold text doesn't work properly. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:12 AM PST - 7 comments

ex girlfriend past memories nostalgia

When will I stop thinking about my ex? She's starting to pop up in my cavernous head again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a program that will allow me to carve up my desktop and maximize applications to certain regions.

Is there a program that will allow me to carve up my desktop and maximize applications to certain regions. [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't need a cure for insomnia

Need recommendations for an everyman's guide to the DNS system thats readable yet thorough. [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 6:39 AM PST - 3 comments

First time Skiing- can I rent ski clothes or just suck it up and buy some?

I'm going skiing this weekend with people who know how to ski- or in other words, they all own their own equipment and ski clothing. I have never skied before. Getting the equipment- boots, skiis, pole, blah blah is all ok... but is it even possible to rent clothing? Where? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 6:31 AM PST - 17 comments

How dumb would it be to reset the modem/router provided my my ISP?

How dumb would it be to reset the modem/router provided my my ISP? [more inside]
posted by jcruden at 5:38 AM PST - 11 comments

David Lynch's spider

David Lynch, the Upanishads, and spiders... [more inside]
posted by robself at 5:35 AM PST - 2 comments

ID card holder

Where can I purchase ID card holders made of rigid plastic, with a slide in the back? Something like this. I want to purchase individual or small quantities, such as 5 or 10, not a pack of 100. Vendor should be in the U.S.
posted by needled at 5:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me refine and name a new cocktail.

Help me refine and name a new cocktail. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 5:04 AM PST - 39 comments

How dare you! ... we like it.

What are some audacious things that people have done to convince someone of their goal/cause/opinion or change their mind - and succeed? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:20 AM PST - 17 comments

How much medicine do I need to give my fish tank?

Any fishkeepers able to give me a definitive answer to how much formalin I need to put in my fish tank to try and cure a case of white spot (Ich)? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:12 AM PST - 7 comments

March 26

What's this ANSI artist doing now?

I've been watching BBS: The Documentary and just finished the "scene" episode. I was struck in particular by Metalhead / Shaggy from iCE. He seemed much, much cooler (my standards, obviously. I also liked Jed from ACiD) than anyone else interviewed. I was kind of into ansi art and demo stuff in high school and college (though not as a participant) and it was refreshing to hear someone kind of deflate the hubris surrounding it. I'd like to see what he's up to now, if anything, but google is failing me. Current work. Websites. Even just his real name.
posted by apetpsychic at 11:39 PM PST - 9 comments

C'est vrai, I want to speak French!

Where can I go for 2 to 4 weeks this summer to learn French that includes housing? Immersion programs would be perfect. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 11:26 PM PST - 12 comments

backing track for guitar

whats the best hardware to use to set up a solo backing track when playing guitar? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 10:11 PM PST - 8 comments

I read a book more than half my lifetime ago, can you tell me what it was?

I read this book when I was 12 or so and all I remember -- yes, one of those questions -- was that a sentient space born creature that served as a space craft (one of many, or maybe the only one, I don't recall) to a somewhat mysterious galactic culture, a culture in which humanity was a junior and insignificant member, harbored an old human male who had been hiding out in it's guts since the forced evacuation of the earth. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 9:39 PM PST - 6 comments

What food to pack in a cooler for a looong plane flight?

Food to put in a cooler for a long plane flight. Difficulty: one omnivore, one vegetarian. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 9:34 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm going without a car for half a year or so, what are my auto insurance options?

I junked my old car and am going without a car for half a year or so, what are my auto insurance options? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee?

How do I stay objective with an annoying/tedious/high maintenance employee? (More information inside) [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 8:44 PM PST - 17 comments

How to craft a condolence card?

My girlfriend's grandfather has just died. I would like to send some flowers to her mother and her grandmother, but in this kind of situation I never know what to say on the cards that sounds sincere without being too sentimental. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 8:22 PM PST - 11 comments

How to reach a clitoral orgasm?

How to reach a clitoral orgasm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I pierce my junk?

[NSFW] What can you tell me about male genital piercings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Do people react differently to information from those who are attractive vs. those who have expertise?

Prettygirlfilter: Is my roommate treating me differently than he treats my boyfriend because of looks? If so, how common is this? Women, does this happen to you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Is the military my oyster?

I'm planning on enlisting in the armed forces and I just scored a 97 on my ASVAB. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:44 PM PST - 15 comments

arrgh the demon eyes.

Excruciatingly simple redeye removal on Windows? [more inside]
posted by zengargoyle at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

My socks!

Why did someone steal my socks? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

During a potentially long-term illness, how do you know when you're supposed to drop what you're doing and go be with the sick person?

My dad is dying, but how do I know how quickly, and how do I know which "scares" I should travel across the country for? [more inside]
posted by bash at 6:58 PM PST - 31 comments

How to make MS Office Mail Merge create varied colored boxes (or similar effect)

I need to do something very specific with Mail Merge (I think thats the best way to do it) but I have no idea how. Basically I want to take info from a spreadsheet and convert it into a variable number of different colored boxes of a constant size in a document. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 6:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Compensate us!

I am buying a condo and was supposed to close escrow and move in Tuesday at 5pm (yesterday). The lender backed out 1 week before that because of a lawsuit, and we had to get a new lender. We were assured by our realestate agent and our broker that there would be no issues. In the meantime, we gave our 30 day notice at our apt. and started to pack. NOW escrow isn't supposed to close for another week and we still have to move. We have to pay out of pocket for a hotel, or day to day lease on our apartment. This isn't cheap. Can we, should we, and who will compensate us? [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 6:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Please, just a few minutes more?

I have cellular service through T-Mobile and have used up all my minutes this month, but there are still a few days before the month rolls over and I need to be able to make some calls for work purposes. What's the most frugal way to make calls without racking up $.35 per minute overage charges for the next few days? In addition to my regular T-mobile phone, I've got an old t-mobile phone with no SIM card and a computer at my disposal and am willing to buy a prepaid card or some other such thing if that's what you recommend!
posted by platinum at 5:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do property taxes vary so much on this street?

How Does The California Property Tax System Work? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 5:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Gadget components

Does anyone know a website that takes apart new gadgets to see the components? [more inside]
posted by erd0c at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me be the a better bookscout

What's the best book scouting equipment setup? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 5:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Suicidal because of memory problems with MS Vista OS

Help me flip the switch that keeps my RAM freed up on my pain-in-the-backside MS Vista O/S machine! [more inside]
posted by tosteka at 4:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Bibliography management for Macs

I am beginning to write articles for publication as well as starting with my doctoral dissertation. I am looking for a bibliography manager that will be compatible with Microsoft Word for Mac or OpenOffice for Mac/NeoOffice (these document formats are necessary since many journals require .doc submissions, so no LaTeX recommendations). [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I start a conversation with someone?

There is a boy. I work at the same place as him, but in a completely different department. Face time is minimal -- what is the least freakish way to start a conversation? [more inside]
posted by als129 at 4:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me find some organizing software!

Looking to organise myself with an outlook style time management program. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 4:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How to store opened beer?

How can I best store the contents of an open bottle or can of ale for a day or two? This is something I would be doing regularly so I would be happy to buy a special stopper or container for this purpose.
posted by tomcooke at 4:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Getting my money back from ebay auction?

I bought an item on ebay, and almost 3 weeks after I paid it hasn't arrived. I've tried to contact the seller to get the package tracking number (since I paid extra for delivery confirmation) through his paypal email address (bounced back) and through ebay's messaging system (did not respond). I don't think I'm ever going to get the item, and at this point I'd like to get my money back as quickly and with as little hassle as possible. Should I initiate a dispute with my credit card company, ebay, or Paypal?
posted by joshuaconner at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Ganglion cyst surgery

I have a recurring ganglion cyst in my left wrist. I usually got a big bump for a couple of weeks, then nothing for months, but this last just kept getting worse. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Cheap 3rd party car insurance

I'm looking for reliable, inexpensive 3rd party car rental insurance. [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 3:17 PM PST - 2 comments

"order for sea is given"

Is it possible to get a broadband ISP without a landline? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 3:14 PM PST - 12 comments

What Do Those Experts on the Street Think?

Are those "person on the street" quotes in magazines ever real? [more inside]
posted by krippledkonscious at 2:35 PM PST - 28 comments

Where should I get Montreal Inked?

What's a good, English-friendly tattoo parlour in Montreal, QC? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Why did drinking tea + coffee make me feel very drained today?

Why did drinking tea + coffee make me feel very drained today? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this account of a mysterious underground civilization.

Help me identify this account of a mysterious underground civilization. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 2:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Rear-ended by a nun

My wife was rear-ended today by a couple of nuns while stopped at a light. She didn't call the police to the scene and now she is feeling some stiffness in her neck. What should we do now? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 1:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Fuck 'Em If They Can't Take A Joke

Where/when did the phrase "Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke" originate? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Where's free rehearsal space in Minneapolis?

Minneapolisfilter: anyone from Minneapolis know of free spaces that an improv group could rehearse in? [more inside]
posted by ictow at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

iPhone data recovery

Recovering iPhone data to OS X 10.5.2. [more inside]
posted by Lucy2Times at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Should we invite the class?

Birthday party etiquette question: Would it be in bad taste to invite my son's preschool classmates to his fifth birthday party? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 1:28 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I price my used books accurately?

How do I accurately price used books? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:25 PM PST - 18 comments

I can has less anxiety nao plz?

Going under the prescription radar for nootropic drugs? [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I learn to scream?

How do I learn to scream? [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 12:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Big names in blogs.

What are the biggest/most influential political blogs on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 12:42 PM PST - 21 comments

Do windows really cost $295 to replace?

Am I getting screwed over? Is $295 for a double paned glass window normal or is that too much? [more inside]
posted by bigtalldave101 at 12:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Why am I waking up at the same time without an alarm?

sleepfilter: How do I 'reset' my body clock? I'm generally a good sleeper, but I find periodically (and lately), I wake up at the exact same (and weird) time every day. [more inside]
posted by 3rdparty at 12:36 PM PST - 13 comments

(Electronics) Cylinder in computer cable - what is it?

So, on lap top power cables, and USB cables, what is that cylindrical object near the end? Kind of like if the cable was a snake, the snake had gotten hungry and just swallowed a plump, unfortunate hamster. (Or a thirsty, unfortunate snake had swallowed a can of soda.) What is it? What's it called? And what does it do? - Digest electrons?
posted by coffeefilter at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Real dilemma estate

Real Estate question - When looking to buy a "short sell", is it normal to have a contract sent to you that is not pending inspection? [more inside]
posted by hellbient at 11:56 AM PST - 11 comments

IRA For First Home Purchase

I want to buy my first house AND not owe any Federal taxes for 2007...Traditional IRA Perhaps? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

weird spacing in mail/os 10.4.11

I just updated my mac OS to 10.4.11 and now whenever I use mail (either typing in or pasting into it) the spacing gets all weird - I lose line breaks, I lose spaces in between words. Please help.
posted by cg2 at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

What do you wish you knew before becoming a landlord?

I've been thinking a lot about buying a property and renting it out. I have a good grasp on a lot of the essentials, but I was hoping for some input from hive mind as to what I should be prepared for, what I should have ready, and how best to handle being a landlord. [more inside]
posted by smitt at 11:25 AM PST - 22 comments

To Stand and Deliver in Massachusetts?

What does the hivemind know about teacher licensure in MA? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I advertise my niche Podcast?

Whats the best way to advertise and get the word out on my very niche comedy news/talkshow podcast so that it winds up being listened to by the right audience of interested people? [more inside]
posted by Del Far at 11:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for good optometrist for astigmatism contacts in New York, NY

Looking for good optometrist for astigmatism contacts in New York, NY [more inside]
posted by randomdeanna at 11:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Uses for a tablet PC

Bought a tablet PC, now what? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Hope me please. Thanks.

Okay, soooo... my dad just died. And I need to know how to handle myself and take care of my best interests. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:58 AM PST - 52 comments

Change IP configurations based on connected wireless network

Is there a way to change IP configurations for a Wireless Netword Connection based on the Wireless network I am currently connected using Vista or any third-party software? [more inside]
posted by fcoury at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Good Food in SF

What is a good place for a first anniversary dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Third world nation/first world diseases

Is there any way to avoid getting sick when you have to touch lots of people in a developing nation as part of your job? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 10:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Who watches the watchmen?

What watches work well with inscriptions? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Can College require me to provide proof of immunizations?

Can College require me to provide proof of immunizations and with hold registration/acceptace if I do not provide? [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 10:28 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you get by when simmering and sauteing aren't options?

I have a microwave and a toaster oven and no range. What are your fresh, healthy recipes using the aforementioned things? [more inside]
posted by pedantic at 10:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Software-only Upscaling?

How can I "upscale" DVD/DivX video on my Windows PC and display it on the HDTV I've got setup as a second monitor? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me with my "laser".

Is there an online source for digital, high resolution old catalogs? I'm thinking turn of the century Sears & Roebuck sorts of things. [more inside]
posted by Telf at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my girlfriend a robot?

Why did my girlfriend sound like a robot last night? [more inside]
posted by chill at 9:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Assistive devices for paralyzed students?

Anyone have any experience with assistive devices in education? [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

help with fixing my computer...

My monitor's power supply blew out recently, but unfortunately it is built into my PC. The PC still powers on, but the monitor remains black. Is there a way to use my computer despite not being able to turn on the monitor? (plugging in an external monitor did not seem to work) [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Port number from Broadvoice?

Why can't I port my phone number from Broadvoice? [more inside]
posted by jackmakrl at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

I want to double-dip, for the same company.

Can I be a contracted consultant for the same organization that already employs me full-time? [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 9:30 AM PST - 4 comments

A Phone that is not merely smart, but gifted?

Does my ideal smart phone exist? Windows Mobile, stylus, candy bar form factor, wifi, standard head jack, superior camera? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:05 AM PST - 11 comments

help me find a famous old photgraph

I'm looking for a famous old photograph. I can see it in my mind but don't know what its title is. It's possible it's by Henri Cartier-Bresson, but maybe not. The photo is taken from inside an art gallery, and through the window can be seen a middle aged man and woman. The woman is saying something to the man about a painting that's in front of them, but the man is peeking sideways at another painting that depicts a nude woman. I love this photo, I think it sums up so much of human experience in one image. Also, I remember that this photo is part of a series of photos depicting the reactions of different people (including children and a cop) to the nude painting. I'm sure someone out there will know the title and photographer. Thank you!
posted by arcadia at 9:05 AM PST - 3 comments

We Can't Dance If We Want To (Yet)

WeddingDance Filter: Need recommendations for a place to take dance lessons in NYC. Bonus points if it's close or convenient to Park Slope. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Recreational adult education classes and groups in Maryland/DC?

Anyone know of Recreational adult education classes and groups in Montgomery County, MD / Northwest DC for 20-somethings? [more inside]
posted by mishtamesh at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Buying through Redfin - does anyone have first-hand experiences they could share?

Buying through Redfin - does anyone have first-hand experiences they could share? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

DVD ripping with both menus and compression

I need a way to rip DVDs to a hard drive whilst maintaining menu structure and picture quality, but also compressing the data. Something like the DVD-like features offered by DivX Author but with an automated front end to convert DVD menus to DivX menus [more inside]
posted by leakymem at 8:50 AM PST - 15 comments

How do we build a web site based on some Filemaker databases?

My mother-in-law is a horse breeder and wants to create a web site that shows the lineage of a particular breed of horses. She has some of the data in a Filemaker 5.5 database, but needs to expand it greatly and put it online. How can we go about doing this, and/or hiring someone to do it? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

xB Touch-up Paint Pen Advice

Anyone have experience using auto paint touch-up pens? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

CAY-muss, de-LEE-yo, NAY-bo-koff, PROWST

How do I pronounce some of my favorite authors' names? (Names inside.) [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 8:25 AM PST - 26 comments

They don't *look* magical...

Calling all mycologists, mycophiles, and mychowhatsists! What are these mushrooms that are growing like crazy in my front yard? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments


I need poetry related anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 8:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Housing market explanations

What are the core reasons for the sagging housing market -- not in terms of what is going on at banks and at the Federal Reserve, but rather, why is Joe Sixpack is not walking in to Century 21 with a preapproval and eager to buy? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 7:55 AM PST - 31 comments

Painful Headache

Every now and then I get these headaches that will last two to three days. My head feels okay when upright, but the second I tip it either to the front or back, as in bending over to pick something up or leaning backwards in a chair with my head bent back, this stabbing pain occurs in my temples and towards the back of my head. I can take Extra Strength Tylenol and get some relief, but good lord what causes it?? And is there a way to get rid of or avoid them?
posted by vermontlife at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I easily sell this Rolex?

Anyone have experience selling expensive items on eBay? [more inside]
posted by whiskey point at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments

When should I fly to SF to find an apartment?

When should I fly to SF to look for apartments available in July? Also, where should I look? [more inside]
posted by zpaine at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

What song should I learn on the guitar first?

I've just bought my first guitar & amp. I want to teach myself. What songs are easy for a complete newcomer to pick up? [more inside]
posted by handee at 6:54 AM PST - 27 comments

The waiting is the hardest part.

Do college admissions waitlists typically turn a lot of their listed students in? Or is it a lottery for a few lucky ones and a way to soften the blow of rejection for the rest? [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 6:42 AM PST - 19 comments


What tree is this? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 6:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a rolling cart for an LCD TV

Where in the world do you get a (reasonably priced) rolling cart for a flat screen tv? [more inside]
posted by uvaleg at 6:07 AM PST - 7 comments

The Sudden Godparent

I've just been asked to the godfather of a 13 y.o. kid. I'd also like to present him with something which codifies the responsibilities of a godparent. What are some traditional gifts/symbols that go along with this? [caveat inside] [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 5:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Ghost appointments on my iPhone

Why does my iPhone insist that I have an appt every Monday @ 6.30pm? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Oh no! Not butternut squash risotto again.

As a multi-decade ova-lacto-pesca-vegetarian, I am bored to tears with my diet. Help me revitalize my meal planning/diet. Meat is still not an option. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Online quizzes for little leaguers

Looking for online quiz material to help 7-8 year-olds learn rudimentary baseball defensive strategy. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Slick shoes? ARE YOU CRAZY?

Have American movie ratings, specifically the PG rating, gotten somehow weaker over the years? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 2:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Dentist with familiarity with trauma

I need to find a female dentist who has some experience with patients who have experienced trauma/ have PTSD in Sydney, Australia. How to best go about this process? Where would you start? Who would you call or talk to? I guess I need to work out what direction to head in, and who'd offer the most useful tips without thinking my request was 'weird'.
posted by gerls at 2:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How organic is Natural American Spirit tobacco?

How organic is Natural American Spirit tobacco? [more inside]
posted by fjardt at 2:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Eastern Europe: Hiking

Cool places to take day-trip hikes in Eastern Europe: suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 1:40 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get the colors of my video correct on this cheap lcd display?

I have LCD displays I need to display video on, but they displays were made on the cheap and the colors display strangely. The screens have no brightness/contrast adjustment options. How do I determine the contrast ratio/gamma of these screens so that I can make adjustments to my video files? [more inside]
posted by mule at 1:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Most economical way to make your house smell good?

What's the most economical way to make your house/apartment smell good? [more inside]
posted by tanminivan at 12:44 AM PST - 42 comments

March 25

Experience with cheap binoculars?

cheap ass chinese binoculars - worth the peanuts? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 10:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me remember this old Macintosh puzzle game

I'm trying to remember an early-mid 90s puzzle game for the Macintosh that was possibly published by Disney (or an offshoot). [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 10:39 PM PST - 2 comments

fancy painting for ANIMATION

I've been using Photoshop as a substitute for paper drawing, because the wacom sensitivity includes Opacity. In Flash & ToonBoom (the other options I've tried), there's no opacity-sensitivity. This makes them poor substitutes for a pencil.... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by gorgor_balabala at 10:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Low-key yoga for neurotic New Yorkers?

Where can I find yoga in New York City that fits me? I'm looking for something mainly to help with stress/tension, that doesn't emphasize either a big workout or philosophy stuff. I am also a complete beginner and out of my depth here. [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

He Can Pluck My Strings Any Time.

Who are the hottest, sexiest guitarists out there? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 10:16 PM PST - 51 comments

Why is Apache not listing any files in an open directory?

I've been helping my friend setup his personal website and we have been muddling through with plenty of help from google and a little bit of luck. But recently, I've been stumped by a persistent problem with a directory containing some files. Here's the scenario - my friend shares his RSS reading list as an OPML file. In addition, he wants to try and show how his reading list has evolved by archiving older versions of his reading list in a folder. He also wants to allow other people to browse this archive folder. It seemed like we should be able to achieve this using .htaccess files, but unfortunately it's not working like we expected. [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 9:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get my cat to stop knocking stuff over?

My 7 month old cat won't stop knocking over flower vases when we're out of the house. How can I get him to understand that knocking stuff over is bad? [more inside]
posted by RobertFrost at 9:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Our outflow will run with many colors.

My wife paints with oils. We're buying a house with a septic system. Will cleaning brushes in the sink be a problem? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 8:52 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I help you through this?

What kind of support do you offer to a family member who accidently hit someone with thier car? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 8:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Quick easy and really cheap prizes/swag to spice up my guest lecture?

Help me be generous, but not too generous. I'm doing a guest lecture tomorrow evening with a bunch of masters-level students that incorporates a simulation exercise in groups. On a whim, I'm thinking it would be fun to spice things up and award prizes to participants/groups based on various criteria...but of course, I'm (a) not willing to break the bank on it; and (b) not prepared to give up a lot of time (nor do I want to look like I'm trying too hard to be liked, because I'm not - I just think the experience will be more fun for everyone, and chiefly myself, if the students have a sense that there's an ante). What can I give away that's no more than $1-2 per student out of pocket, but not totally lame? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 8:43 PM PST - 16 comments

halp! i need my gCal!

I am using a Macbook running Tiger. Suddenly, I cannot access any Google websites using Firefox or Safari. Umm... [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for US article on picking UK footy team

Looking for an article by a US sportswriter trying to figure out which Premier League football club to support. [more inside]
posted by jtron at 8:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Nashville Neighborhoods

im moving to nashville this summer, and im trying to find apartments that are within my budget, safe, and near all the music happenings of the city. id like top ay no more than $5-600/mo for an apartment.....and id prefer a roommate if at all possible. alright, write back. thanks, loco
posted by locoindio at 8:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Pschologist or Psychiatrist in Columbus, O?

Anyone know a good psychologist or psychiatrist in Columbus, O? In fact, which might be better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Ready to pay off school loans. Where to start?

I'd like to pay back my student loans. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 11 comments

To rebate or reprobate?

TaxRebateFilter: I have searched and cannot find a concrete answer. Married, separated for over a year but no legal agreement. Do we need to file jointly to get Mr. Bush's rebate? The reason this is anonymous inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Long Drive from New York to Nashville

Driving from Laguardia to Nashville. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 7:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Medical Care Provisions for kids staying home while parents are out of the country

My wife and I are traveling out of the country, and our 2 year old twins will be staying with my parents for the duration of the trip. We plan to be gone for 10 days. What sort of information do we need to leave with my parents so they can provide necessary medical care (if necessary)? [more inside]
posted by ca_little at 7:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help introduce me to new indie music.

Help introduce me to new indie music and any blogs that cover them. [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 7:00 PM PST - 24 comments

What are some cool sites for ethnic decor?

I am looking for sites that specialize in atypical (not chinese or japanese) ethnic decor, furniture and/or art. Think: Turkish, Moroccan, or Indian home decor. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I automatically charge my account 12 times a month?

I have a checking account through my local credit union which gives me 5% interest. The catch: I need to make 12 check card purchases a month. [more inside]
posted by anomie at 6:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Does this ring a bell for anyone?

How can you tell if someone is single or taken just by looking at them? [more inside]
posted by woolylambkin at 6:37 PM PST - 46 comments

Looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives.

I'm looking for fictional intragenerational incest narratives -- books, film, television, etc. -- in which the relationship is presented as a tragic love, doomed to failure. I'm not interested in the probably more common (and more realistic) pure trauma narratives. The relationship need not necessarily be physically consummated. [more inside]
posted by nobody at 6:30 PM PST - 49 comments

How do I get free coachella tickets?

Is there anyway to get free coachella tickets? I am willing to do anything.
posted by ihope at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Doggie knee rehab advice.

Opal, our yellow Lab, tore her ACL and it was surgically repaired six weeks ago. The surgery was a success, and Opal is doing great except that she still refuses to use the leg that was operated on. I realize it will take time for her to trust the leg again, but what can we do to encourage her to use it normally? We're afraid the stress on her good leg will lead to another torn ACL. Opal thanks you all.
posted by jimbotex at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm considering Santa Cruz for my Ph.D work. What should a person expect when moving to Santa Cruz?

I am considering moving to Santa Cruz for a Ph.D program. I visited the city for 4 days last week and really enjoyed the area. Everyone I have talked to mentions how expensive it is. It is true that housing is extremely expensive, renting too. But, I didn't find the food in the grocery stores to be outrageous, eating out wasn't terrible either. Unless I'm missing something, its the housing which gives the city its stigma for being expensive. Plus, there are 140 Ph.D students at UCSC which obviously make ends meet in some way (albeit poor college student life isn't too bad). Am I close to correct here? Also, I'd love to know what you think of the area!!
posted by noahdubya at 5:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Gangster Films for inspiration

Help me find inspiration for my gangster short [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 3:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Mac Mini scratched my DVD

Mac Mini scratched my DVD -- anyone seen this before? (photo inside) What should I do? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 3:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Any suggestions for driving from NYC to LA?

I'm driving from NYC to LA this weekend. Going to Ironman it with a friend of mine to Flagstaff, sleep, hang around the grand canyon for a bit, and then drive to LA. Anybody have any words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 3:39 PM PST - 24 comments

My Hotmail Account Is Possessed. Help!

I need advice from a good computer exorcist. What is going on with Hotmail? It will not let me send a reply or forward emails. [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

moving company to Dubai

I have a friend that is moving to Dubai, and he is having alot of issues finding a moving company to move his stuff. Anyone have a good tip? [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

How does a lovely geek drop-out find gainful employment?

What would be the ideal type of work for someone with no formal education but who has amazing talents? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:30 PM PST - 27 comments

On the road again

I'm trying to book a tour from Chicago to the West coast and back, that will roll through Portland on the 23rd and 24th of August, and I'm wondering what the best route would be. [more inside]
posted by elr at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

mmm, salty and crunchy...

[SillyKittyFilter] Is it okay for my cat to eat pretzel sticks? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 2:07 PM PST - 16 comments

This iPod is broken

My iPod done broke. It's a Nano I bought last year. The screen is frozen, and when I randomly mashed the buttons it began playing all songs in order. I'd like the screen to unfreeze so I can navigate again. [more inside]
posted by pipti at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Metal crafts classes needed.

I want to learn metal crafts using a scribe/jeweler or marquetry saw and soldering. I live in Los Angeles (specifically Burbank) and I've tried vocational schools but can't find any specific courses, just entire certification programs in welding & such. I'm better learning when someone experienced is teaching and not from a book. I'm willing to pay for courses...just can't find any.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Webhosting reviews

How do you find good shared web hosting, aside from word-of-mouth? Is there a "Consumer Reports" (or Ars Technica?) of the hosting world? [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote at 1:43 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I stream video?

DesperateITHelpFilter: So, someone sprung this on me a half hour ago at work, and I have no idea what to do. How do I stream video over the web? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 1:40 PM PST - 9 comments


Sexual problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Catching up on ten years of mp3 player technology.

What simple, cheap, rechargeable equipment will let me play mp3s out loud? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Intro to Indian chaat and snacks?

I need an beginner's introduction to Indian chaat and snack food. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

New Jersey Tattoos

I'm looking for recommendations for tattooists in New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What kinds of cool or unusual foreign-language utilizing jobs are there?

What kinds of cool or unusual jobs might I be able to find that utilize foreign language skills? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Primary care doctor / GP in Chicago area?

I'm fairly new to the Chicago area; now that my medical coverage has kicked in, I'm looking for a good general practitioner / primary care physician. I live in Oak Park, but that's not really a restriction; I'm certainly willing to travel a bit for an excellent doctor. So, Chicagoland submodule of HealthFilter: your suggestions?
posted by korpios at 1:12 PM PST - 11 comments

If I Had a Rocket Launcher

Did insurgents really fire Katyusha rockets into Baghdad's Green Zone? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 12:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Learning new languages during my commute!

I'd like to learn a new language during my daily commute. What is the best language learning audio cd available? [more inside]
posted by zippity at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I be worried that I always seem to get "Page Outs" from my MacBook's RAM?

Should I be worried that I always seem to get "Page Outs" from my MacBook's RAM? [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Timeframe from pitch to product on shelf?

How long does it take to get a product from pitch to store shelves at a retailer such as Ritz Camera or Target? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that Tile!

I'm looking for some way to find (or at least ask google) about an oddly-shaped ceramic tile I recently saw. [more inside]
posted by sluggo at 12:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How deep a hole is this?

One of my boyfriend's student loans just got turned over to a collection agency. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Working with lender's real estate owned (REO) department?

Does anyone have any insight or experience into dealing with lender REO Departments (Real Estate Owned) when it comes to purchasing a foreclosed property? My wife and I are interested in purchasing our next primary residence from the bank prior to any sort of auction. [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

What fun summer event in Chicago can we have with all this money?

A group of us at our company have volunteered to organize our summer event. Our office is in Chicago, and in the past we have done several things such as going to a cooking class together, sporting events, bars, bowling, cruise, etc. So now we want to do something even more fun and outrageous if possible! Any good ideas for a corporate event in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by sargento29 at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Apartment hunting is even worse from a distance

How to simplify relocation - renting an apartment in another city [more inside]
posted by Listener at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Fleetwood Mac documentary?

I'm looking for a documentary about Fleetwood Mac that a friend had spoken highly of but which I can't seem to find. It might have been about the making of 'Rumours' but I only see a book about that on Amazon--no film. Anyone seen this?
posted by prior at 11:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I access the internal ICS file generated by Outlook when sending a meeting invitation?

How can I access the internal ICS file generated by Outlook when sending a meeting invitation? [more inside]
posted by lordaych at 11:38 AM PST - 1 comment

How should I record and transcribe phone interviews?

What's the best solution for recording and transcribing phone interviews? And what kind of digital voice recorder should I buy? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 10:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Where to find shelf-stable dairy cream?

Is there such a thing as powdered or jarred, non-perishable, real dairy cream for coffee that never needs refrigeration? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 10:35 AM PST - 24 comments

The No SSRI way to alleviating test anxiety. Can you help me with it?

The Green is my last hope. Need help with extreme test anxiety. The medical establishment has (surprise, surprise) failed me. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 10:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Beklager, jeg snakker ikke norsk - EU national moving to Norway?

Moving around in the EU - how about them fjords there? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I perform this Active Directory black magic?

Best way to perform this Active Directory black magic? Our company has dozens of Windows terminal servers at remote locations (client sites), and we need a way to centralize Active Directory. [more inside]
posted by arnold at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Spot the stiff

So I'm way behind you guys on The Wire, watching DVD releases in the UK, but I having just seen the opening of Season 4 episode 2 I have a question. [more inside]
posted by handybitesize at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Now you lose your head!

Do you really need to duck when getting in/out of a helicopter? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 9:52 AM PST - 25 comments

a slow moving train wreck.

My grandfather recently passed and left me as the co-owner of a house with my VERY irresponsible uncle. How can I protect myself from liability and how do / should I attempt to save my uncle from himself? What kind of professional should I talk to? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

We run out of cemetaries...then what?

When all existing cemetaries run out of room, and when there's no room for any new cemetaries...what then?
posted by bluekrauss at 9:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Web site to find shared cast members?

My Google-fu is weakening with age, and I can't seem to find a web site that will let me type in two movies (and/or television shows; ideally, both) and get a list of cast members shared between the two entries. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Merdryn at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Indie songs in TV commercials

Indie songs in commercials? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:28 AM PST - 67 comments

I want you 2nd century bastards off my exquisite Roman lawns!

How do you say "Damn kids, get off my lawn!" in Latin? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 9:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Virus protection stats?

I need your help to settle a debate. Could you suggest the safest antivirus setup, within the confines of Windows XP and a wireless internet connection, with the least bloat, and provide the statistics to prove it? I need more than simple AV comparatives. I need stats on the virtues of Firefox versus IE, on using two function-differentiated user accounts (admin versus everyday, with the 'everyday' account having no admin privileges), etc. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Name that Apple ][e game!

What were those Apple ][e games that I played when I was younger? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Automator and PowerPoint

How can I use Automator to make a PowerPoint presentation run? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 9:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Blackberry Pearl 8130

How can I jump to the most recent emails on my Blackberry Pearl 8130 (Verizon), instead of scrolling and scrolling and scrolling up to the top of the list? [more inside]
posted by Ahuva at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Communities made from eclectic parts?

Examples of online communities assembled from free social tools? [more inside]
posted by bru at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Who is the woman in Moby's "Disco Lies" video?

Who is the woman in Moby's "Disco Lies" video? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

What next after French?

Is there any point learning German? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 8:38 AM PST - 34 comments

Payload capacity of a Toyota 4Runner?

Payload capacity of a Toyota 4Runner? Measured with or without the weight of the fuel in the tank? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 7:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Fun events in SF this weekend

What's going on in San Francisco this week/end? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:44 AM PST - 9 comments

SEO for words with '@' instead of an 'a'!

Special characters in Search Engine Optimisation - anyone know what the deal is there - specifically '@' for an 'a'? [more inside]
posted by swisspotter at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

A telescope to look at ships and stars

My sister has a cottage on the coast, and wants to buy her husband a telescope that he can use to look at ships out at sea during the day, but also to observe stars and planets at night. Does such a thing as an entry-level hybrid telescope exist, and if so what's a good one, available in the UK or Europe?
posted by Hogshead at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me keep my new job!

How would it look to come in with a fresh haircut two days after it's announced that everyone will be given a hair follicle drug test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Age is just a fabulous number

What can I expect in a Younger/Older relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Career counseling for science types

From time to time, I help my liberal arts type friends with resume writing, job hunting and interview coaching. I've now had a scientist ask me for help. How can I help her best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Weddings for Dummies

[WeddingFilter] I need recommendations for a really, really basic book or Web site that explains how to plan your own wedding. Bonus points if it holds your hand and tells you "there, there, it will all be alright." [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:14 AM PST - 29 comments

I am an island

How will I let the Comcast guys in with no buzzer and no cell phone reception? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments

A mp3 or an mp3?

Grammar Filter: A mp3 or an mp3? I can't make myself say the former! [more inside]
posted by tastycracker at 6:34 AM PST - 25 comments

How can I "tail -f" into a constantly updating web page?

How can I effectively "tail -f" into a constantly updating web page? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 6:34 AM PST - 8 comments

History of Programming Languages Poster

Where can I buy the O'Reilly 'History of Programming Languages' poster? I checked ebay and googled around a bit, but couldn't find any for sale. I don't have plans to attend any of their conferences, is that really the only way to get one?
posted by Who_Am_I at 5:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Lets' talk about Files, Folder and Feelings

What is the best low maintainance way of organising my papers for school? With some constraints: I want to carry everything I need to school in my bag, I do not have text books, and I do not want to spend any time organising things. [more inside]
posted by markovich at 4:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Disable favicon animation?

How can I disable favicon animation in Firefox 3? [more inside]
posted by equalpants at 4:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Physical cut-ups: Making Frankenstein vinyl records and books

I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 3:29 AM PST - 10 comments

How does somebody become a Zen Master?

What is the certification process for a "Zen Master" and a Zen "Priest"? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 2:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Calculating standard deviation on compounded investment returns

Is it possible to estimate the standard deviation of an investment's return after "y" years, if you know the investment's mean annual return and standard deviation? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 1:20 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm popular. Just not in North America.

What are some fashion trends that are popular everywhere else but North America? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 12:38 AM PST - 59 comments

March 24

How long will home made mayonnaise keep?

How long will home made mayonnaise keep? [more inside]
posted by slogger at 11:02 PM PST - 11 comments

orthopedic stumper

My 8 year old Border Collie mix has been experiencing weakness in his hind legs recently. He often doesn't have the strength to jump up on the couch or the bed. He doesn't seem to be in any acute pain, but he's reluctant to walk long distances (more than 100 yards.) He's in good spirits, and shows no urinary or bowel incontinence. He doesn't knuckle under when he walks, but does turn his feet out. When he stands, his hind legs splay out. Does this sound familiar to anyone?? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 10:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Help getting Ruby and Java to interact?

I'm trying to compile and run a Java class from Ruby, but I'm having some problems. I'm not very experienced with Ruby- please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong. [more inside]
posted by version control at 10:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you knock a chunk off an iron meteorite?

What hand tools would be needed to remove a chunk of iron from an iron meteorite you've discovered in the field? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 10:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Super-romance for a night in California?

Where should the lady and I stay on our (one-night) honeymoon on the Central Coast? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 9:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Who saw John Adams, part 3?

I fell asleep during the 3rd part of John Adams and I missed something important. Question inside, in case it's a spoiler for someone. [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 9:10 PM PST - 8 comments

From whence Gulliver?

Why are library search engines always given first names? [more inside]
posted by My Bloody Pony at 9:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Hot spot -- the dog kind, not the T Mobile kind.

Does my dog have a hot spot? What should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by katemonster at 8:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it possible to do this at home?

What do I need to buy to print lenticular images at home? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 8:29 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the quote on Lorraine Hansberry's grave?

What is Lorraine Hansberry's epitaph? [more inside]
posted by greggish at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

DVD ripping on linux

What do I use on Ubuntu to do exactly what Mac the Ripper does on Mac? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Guide to Tivoli backup in O'Reilly cookbook style?

Does anyone have a practical guide for IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (Express)? Specifically restoring. I'm particularly after a step by step guide to restoring an entire server after a major hardware failure or disaster.
posted by krisjohn at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

How does an Aussie geo get to Canada?

This time next year I'll be a freshly graduated Australian geolgist. I'd like to work overseas, and I'm tempted by Canada or the US. What should I be aware of while trying to arrange all this, and how easy would it be to work as close to New York as possible? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 7:49 PM PST - 12 comments

How long does it take to learn the guitar?

How long does it take to learn the guitar? [more inside]
posted by CarlRossi at 7:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Help with creating a video on demand page for a school TV station

Ideas for creating a website for a campus TV station; basically a blog with embedded videos but I still need ideas and guidance. [more inside]
posted by the_dude at 7:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Formatting Margins in MS Word 2007

How do I set a different header margin for the first page in Microsoft Word 2007? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Penis curvature worth getting bent out of shape over?

My penis curves laterally. Will this make penetrative sex difficult? Is there anything I should know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:32 PM PST - 30 comments

Homer Attends a Job Interview

Trying to find an episode of the Simpsons wherein Homer attends a job interview, and answers the "What is your greatest weakness?" question with an explanation of his kleptomaniac tendencies. [more inside]
posted by Tzarius at 6:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I move to Belgium?

What should I know about moving from Boston to Brussels, Belgium? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

She never invites me anywhere!

She never invites me anywhere. Why am I excluded, is it on purpose, and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 21 comments

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question.

Need advice on disclosing bi-polar disorder to employer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Will my Prince Albert mess with her Nuvaring?

My wife just got a prescription to switch to Nuvaring (aka "The Ring") for birth control. While she was at the appointment she forgot to ask if my Prince Albert would cause any interference or problems- specifically if it would dislodge The Ring. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Best Cruise for Adult and Kid Fun?

Me and wife would like to take a boat cruise with our three year old in tow. Would Disney cruise be the best choice for maximum entertainment? If so, what's best site for good deals on these? If you've gone on one - what was your experience like? We are not big Disney fans but would like to have the best of both worlds (kid and adult fun). Any tips or tricks? Looking to go in October for 4 or 7 days if that matters. Thanks!
posted by bleucube at 5:35 PM PST - 16 comments

What can this Satellite dish do?

What can I do with a VERY LARGE mesh satellite dish on my roof? [more inside]
posted by omidius at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

The more you know

How has our understanding of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, etc. changed in the last five years? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 5:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Podcasting and Paying Royalties

I do a little podcast that about ten people listen to. I just play a few songs and do intros for them. What I want to know is how do I find out if I am required to pay anybody to use their songs. Should I bother or just depend on being so small time that I don't have to worry about it? Also, what's a good piece of software for mixing my between song patter and my music? Right now I am using the software that comes with Nero.
posted by zzazazz at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

iPhone Enterprise Beta Acceptances?

Has anyone been accepted yet to the iPhone Enterprise Beta yet? I know that last week people began getting acceptances to the Developer Beta program but I haven't heard anything about the Enterprise Program. [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 3:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Folding@Home and nowhere else

I want to run Folding@Home on my MacBook Pro, but I want it to only fold while plugged in. Is there a way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 3:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Engrossing books that make you think until it hurts a little bit.

What books have transported you to another place, and occupied your thoughts for days whilst you read them? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 3:18 PM PST - 103 comments

How can I automate lining up cells in excel or open office?

Is there a way to automate this very tedious spreadsheet task? [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] at 3:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Nike+ shoes

Are there any Nike+ shoes comparable to Asics Gel Nimbus? [more inside]
posted by plexi at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

What books or courses will help me learn science?

What books or online courses will best help me learn science and engineering? I'm especially interested in physics, astronomy, general electronics, and computer science. [more inside]
posted by dylan20 at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

What protections does a state trademark provide that a federal trademark does not?

What protections does a state trademark provide that a federal trademark does not? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

What do you get when you buy some art?

If I buy an original piece of artwork, from the artist, without a written contract, who owns the copyright? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 2:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Making a dumb form smarter

I've been tasked with creating a fillable form for invoices at work. However, I need it to be dynamic/flexible, and I'm not sure how to do that. [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

so. slow.

Changing the default Open/Attach location in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Finger Lakes wineries?

Looking for wine tasting recommendations in the Finger Lakes region of New York. I'll be spending a long day up there in late May and would like recommendations for wineries worth visiting. Preferences are for dark and dirty reds, but I like a good riesling, too. I know very little about the area and the wine, so please suggest away!
posted by idest at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Egg donation: amenorrhea, + other concerns

Egg Donation Questions. Are there higher risks of side-effects for an egg donor with a history of secondary amenorrhea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Badger Brush?

The BEST silvertip badger brush? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 22 comments

I need wheels

I'd like to buy my one year old nephew some Plan City cars for his birthday - will he choke to death? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 1:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Fidgeting with a purpose.

How does one fidget with a purpose? [more inside]
posted by Stagecraft at 1:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Help the average Jane with a statistics question?

An acquaintance who's a university professor on the hiring committee for his department cried 'sexism!' when 50% of the candidates who were asked back for interviews were women, when only 18% of the initial applicants for the position were women. I rebutted. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:25 PM PST - 38 comments

Serial killers serve X purpose in society...solve for X.

I am 96% sure that I have read/heard from a reputable source that murderers, especially serial killers, are an inherent reflection of Western society, and that both actual murderers and fictional portrayals are important significant elements. Part A: Is this just a half-remembered bit of dialogue from some prime-time criminal procedural, and Part B: if not, where is it from? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Am I a criminal for not sending my license plates back to my previous state?

license plate filter: I moved from PA (back to) to Tx several months ago. I switched my car insurance back to Tx. My plates back to Tx. My title back to Tx. My driver's license back to Tx. Everything is Tx. When I got my license plate switched from PA to TX the person at the office said they didn't need the PA plates. Now I'm getting nasty letters from PA saying I have to have PA insurance or I must send the plates and window stickers back. The plates are packed away in boxes. The window stickers were thrown away when I got my Tx inspection. My question is, since they have to know I no longer have the car in PA with the Tx title and insurance, what happens if I don't send the PA plates back? I've tried to call them twice but each time after being on hold more than 15 minutes I hung up. I can unpack boxes and get the plates to mail back but if I don't have to I'd rather save my money that I'd spend on sending them back. Plus there is the issue that the window stickers were thrown away. Anyone been in this situation?
posted by GlowWyrm at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get a digital copy of my own DNA?

How can I get a digital copy of my own DNA? How much will it cost? Is the cost likely to become reasonable any time soon? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 12:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Deathgrip related?

Knuckles: A few days ago I woke up with a bad grinding feeling in my right hand knuckles. [more inside]
posted by birdie birdington at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Letters to the Editor Protocol?

Is there a journalistic protocol that newspapers adhere to when printing letters to the editor? The small town newspaper from where I grew up typically just posts a random assortment of letters from old codgers. However, in the last 3 years or so it has been posting, on an almost weekly basis, letters written by a local man who founded a very prominent White Nationalist organization, and who at one time was one of the most prominent neo-Nazis in America. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 12:26 PM PST - 22 comments

How hard to become adjunct teacher of philosophy?

My formal educational background/profession is in a different area, but I would be interested in teaching a seminar on spirituality, comparative religion, and philosophy at a university. I've studied these areas informally. Anyway, I want it to be mostly a participatory, discussion-oriented class, not one where I pass down my knowledge from on high. How hard would this be to do and how should I go about doing it -- esp. at a well-known university like, say, NYU? I don't need much if any compensation.
posted by Malad at 12:23 PM PST - 17 comments

I'd say you've got about a 50/50 chance of being recommended by me

What should the response be at the end of a college interview? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Goin' to the chapel won't work here...

Recommendations for a licensed wedding officiant for Maryland in the DC area? [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Bingo game with pregenerated winners?

How do I generate a bingo game with a predetermined number of winners? I'll have control over the cards printed and over the list of numbers to be called out. (Specifically, 15 winners out of 15,000 cards.)
posted by Tlogmer at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

what options do I have to "microblog" a special event?

Our first child is due any day now. To quell my excitement I am doing what any computer dork would do... I'm researching "microblogs". I'm looking for alternatives to Twitter and Twitxr. [more inside]
posted by timmins at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Where are the good Enterprise Architecture blogs?

Where are the good Enterprise Architecture blogs? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Why was my pork so pink?

Why did my pork roast turn pink? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Baby Momma Honeymoon

I am planning our post-wedding honeymoon. As an added bonus to the post-wedding bliss, my wife just found out she is 6 weeks pregnant!!! We wanted to do a blowout honeymoon, but with the recent news, we are at a loss as to what we should do and where we should go. We know we are going to be very busy with children in 8 months, and because of this, we think we should take a trip that would be very unlikely with kids in tow. But, because she is pregnant, I am not about to offer up trekking in Nepal, or diving in the Great Barrier Reef. My baby needs her chill time. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 11:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Two buyers, one painting

I gave a collector Right of First Refusal on a painting. How long should I give him to decide? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Eye gevalt!

Sudden eye problem filter: Of course YNMD, and if the problem exacerbates, I'll be off to the Urgent Care Center. But a funny thing happened on my way to Dreamland... [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Not a goth girl, not yet a tanned woman

De-gothify me, good MeFites! I'm looking for bronzing and self-tanning products for the very fair-skinned. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 11:05 AM PST - 21 comments

BEST web library for art?

WebLibary filter: MeFites, in your opinion what is the BEST web library for art journals and books a la, Questa? [more inside]
posted by CreativeJuices at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Slate or Ceramic Tile?

Should I put a natural slate floor in my kitchen, or use some other kind of tile?
posted by mtstover at 10:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Good wine review sites? Know of any?

I'm relatively new to wine and would like to know more about it. Which labels/names are best, what goes with what, etc. So, what are some good wine review sites and blogs for the average Joe? I've Googled for such things, but I don't know which ones are worth their salt.
posted by katillathehun at 10:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Nothing clever here. Just point to a phone that will work puhleeeze.

Smartphone that plays best with Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 10:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Help Fred the baker raise the dough.

How would you transform YouTube fame into money? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

I want a California car...but how?

I want to purchase a car in California, drive it for three months there, then take it with me back to Florida. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Craig won't list my posts

I posted to craigslist >48 hours ago. Post comes up perfectly via the direct link, but won't show up in the category listing or through various spot-on searches. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 10:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Printing a booklet...

I have a Word file that contains a rather long French to English dictionary of words in a technical area. On 8.5 by 11 inch paper, I would like to print the list in two 5.5-inch columns in landscape format, front and back. I would then fold these pages in two and assemble a 5.5 by 8.5 inch booklet. The problem is that what I have when I do this is no long alphabetized. Can anyone suggest how I might accomplish this, maintaining the alphabetical ordering?
posted by retiree at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

What email service does your company use?

What email service does your company use? The small company I work for (10 employees and growing quickly) uses GoDaddy now, primarily for historical reasons, and it's pretty terrible. Any recommendations for enterprise email services?
posted by x41-pbj at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Am I too old for the law?

Am I too old to go to law school? I'm 33 and . . . [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 9:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Small claims court question.

A small construction company did work for a customer. Customer refuses to pay citing not 100% happy. Company disagrees greatly and believes job was well done and customer is being very unreasonable. Company has detailed photographs, a signed contract and wants to go to small claims court to resolve matter. How do we word the answer to the following question? The plaintiff claims you owe $XXXX For the following reasons: How would the hive mind word this? Thanks.
posted by CFMartin at 9:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get enough money to replace my car?

How do I get a fair settlement for my totaled car in Pennsylvania? The insurance adjuster insists that I am not owed the replacement value of my car and refuses to budge. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 9:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Jailed caretaker -- what becomes of the caretakee?

My grandmother’s nephew has been arrested. What will become of his mother? (Ever so much more inside) [more inside]
posted by kittyb at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How to install XP to a brand new Vista-riddled Dell?

How to install XP to a brand new Vista-riddled Dell? [more inside]
posted by jdruk at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

a dream preferred

I'm looking for a dynamic, multimedia online portfolio system. Does such a thing exist? Kind of like a flickr model, but for different media types and personal domains. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by pinto at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Is lease trading a good idea?

Have you ever taken over someone's car lease? It seems like a great way to save money while leasing (no down payment), but what are the pitfalls? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 8:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Business Facts: Back of the envelope stuff

Business Facts: About 2 years ago I saw the online version of a special feature in a newspaper/magazine which had short summaries of various businesses. The ones that were definitely included were New York Taxis, Sandwich shops etc. More inside [more inside]
posted by london302 at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments

fried electronic smell

What is that fried electronic smell? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Searching for a laptop repair shop that solders...

I'm looking for a reptable laptop repair shop that handles Gateway/e-machines systems and would attempt to re-solder or replace a broken power jack rather than replacing the entire mainboard. I'm in Tempe, AZ, but a reputable mail-in company would work too. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Does Xylitol taste like garlic?

I have read online that Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has absolutely no aftertaste and yet if I chew gum with Xylitol I get a very distinct garlicky taste in my mouth. Is it just me?
posted by yfatah at 8:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Opening a 529 when I don't have kids

I'm in my mid-20s, and having worked several jobs (often a couple at a time) through college and grad school, I would like to avoid the same fate for my (future) children. Can I open a 529 and start saving without having any kids? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 8:21 AM PST - 13 comments

FYI: Dubble Bubble will not be marked as best answer.

Aspartame-free chewing gum? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Free Stupid Spreadsheet?

Please recommend a free and very stupid spreadsheet for Mac. [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

iPod won't play nice with iTunes store

I bought an iPod Touch last month. Since the last time I plugged it into the computer to recharge it, it won't play any songs I downloaded from the iTunes store - it acts as if it's playing the song, but all I hear is static, no matter how high I turn up the volume. Songs I ripped from CDs or downloaded from other sources are fine. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What I'll Do on my Summer Vacation

Help me plan my Wild West Vacation this summer - flying to Las Vegas, then driving to Yellowstone, then ? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 7:41 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I use Wordpress to setup a local business directory?

I'm trying to provide a low-cost directory solution for my uncle that produces local informercials in his shore community. Most businesses that he features don't have websites, so this directory would serve as a community "Yellow Pages." How can I make it happen? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for above average beer in Grove City/Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh/Grove City beer quest - my wife is going to Grove City for outlet shopping and I want her to pick up some local/unique beer. [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 7:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Which costs more to make, diesel or gasoine?

What is the difference in cost to produce diesel fuel versus gasoline? Does one require more oil than the other? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 6:51 AM PST - 13 comments

PCT jobs in Atlanta-where are they?

[AtlantaFilter] Mr. Shaarog is in nursing school but in the meantime he took the Patient Care Technician course. He needs to get a job!! [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 6:35 AM PST - 2 comments

How did Amazon find that out?

A few days ago my wife and I decided to pop down to Brighton for a break. She booked the trip on her home computer and I looked at a few pictures on flickr and checked askmefi for what to see using mine. Today, Amazon is recommending me Brighton travel books. How did they know?
posted by srboisvert at 6:12 AM PST - 4 comments

DVD Burning 101 MetaQuestion

How do I back up my movies to DVD-R so I can take the backups to the gym on my portable and prevent my good ones from getting scratched? I just bought a new IMac running Leopard. It has the burner. From research, it looks like I need 1. Mac the Ripper---2.DVD 2toOneX (for compression)---and 3.Roxio Toast to burn (even though there is burning software on my computer).....I have no really good clue and am open to any support and advice you might have to offer. I don't want to buy things that are not so easy to work. I am a very basic computer user. thanks for your time!
posted by snap_dragon at 6:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does this feel so much like a legal scam?

Was I scammed by a domain name registrar? Should I legally be able to get my money back for unavailable domains despite not having read their terms & conditions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Help with Palm V

I've recently bought a old Palm V with OS 3.1. I like its elegance, simplicity and feel. I'm not interested in the email function, but I see there are upgrades available. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Why are my wisdom teeth brown?

Satisfy my curiosity: why are my (extracted) wisdom teeth multi-colored? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 5:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me not track my visitors

I'm looking for a website visitor tracking service that will allow me to not track users referred from certain domains. Or, one that will allow me to not show those users when I'm viewing the stats. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 5:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Fast user switching a pain with a Mac Mini

Fast user switching on a Mac with a custom keyboard layout [more inside]
posted by dance at 5:03 AM PST - 9 comments

March 23

Accomodations in London, Belgium & The Netherlands

I'm going to London, Belgium and the Netherlands from May 10th-24th, and I'm looking for great places to stay. [more inside]
posted by dhammond at 11:49 PM PST - 14 comments


Cleaning Filter: Help me make an oasis of clean in my bedroom, to fight back the chaos in my household? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 11:00 PM PST - 29 comments

What scientific software do I use?

GeekyScientistFilter: Help me find the right software for my research project. [more inside]
posted by fleeba at 10:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Higher? To the place where blind men see?

So I play guitar (fairly well) and ukulele (passably). I'm thinking about getting a baritone or tenor ukulele, but also strongly considering a guitalele. Where can I get one in America (in VA, DC, or NJ?) [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 10:51 PM PST - 3 comments

One key, one wallet, one problem: how?

How do I securely carry a single key in my wallet? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Snark vs. Wit

What is the difference between snark and wit? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Should I just stick with NHS?

UKFilter (again): What are the advantages of private medical insurance over just relying on NHS? I'm an American moving to London being offered private medical insurance. What are the advantages? Things to look for in a private medical plan? Any guidance/links appreciated.
posted by vacapinta at 10:01 PM PST - 15 comments

From iPhoto to iView?

How can I painlessly transfer photos and albums from iPhoto (`08) to iView Media Pro? So far it's proven more complex than I thought... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:32 PM PST - 3 comments

A tale of two cities?

Bookfilter: I'm chasing books, stories, novels that prominently feature either Tokyo or Vancouver as settings. Please no Lonely Planet / Pilot Guides... [more inside]
posted by lych at 9:25 PM PST - 20 comments

"Yes. Nothing is more ordinary than the dreams of Emperors."

What is the best collection of Zbigniew Herbert's poetry translated into English? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 9:12 PM PST - 2 comments

MacBook or MacBook Pro?

The multi-touch trackpads on the new MacBook Pros are cool and all, but are they $750 cool? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:09 PM PST - 31 comments

scratched macbook cover

White macbook question. My macbook's cover has become all scratched up. Is there any way I can polish the plastic or in any way minimize the scratching?
posted by muscat at 8:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Academic uninterest in quitters?

Life and education quandary: If I take a masters instead of finishing my PhD will I be blackballed if I reapply to finish my PhD [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Where should I go for surfing lessons in Newport Beach, CA?

Where's the best place to learn how to surf near Newport Beach, CA? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd at 8:32 PM PST - 5 comments

People-the 8th wonder of the world.

There are times that I find it really hard to "understand people". Two questions have been weighing on my mind this weekend. How do I accomodate people's practical needs that I'm not familiar with? How do difficult people make and keep friends? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 8:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Photography filter: Next step up from "digital macro"?

Photography filter: Next step up from "digital macro"? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I make this secure?

Is there an easy way for a non we-savvy person to create a password-protected url on which to demo a website before taking it "live?" [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

High-quality bulk tea: where, oh where, can I find thee?

I have a newfound love of tea, especially that from Rishi tea. However, it costs an arm and a leg for the little container that I can guzzle down in a week or two. I want to buy tea in bulk, but I don't know where to get quality tea at a good price. Rishi costs $40 a pound. Is $40 the going rate for a pound of good tea? I found this old thread, but I would like suggestions on a place to purchase online. How is Coffee Bean Direct's tea? Bonus points for an awesome green/mint blend and fair-trade/organic! If there's a good tea discussion board with pointers about what's good, I'd love to know about that, too!
posted by jstef at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

I need a catchy title for a spring dinner fundraiser

Help me come up with a name for a spring fundraiser dinner for a farm alliance [more inside]
posted by special-k at 7:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I go to self-publish a book?

What are some places online where I can go to self-publish a book. I'm aware of, but I'm wondering if there are some alternatives out there.
posted by Proginoskes at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Toronto hand car wash

What's a good hand car wash in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

What areas / neighborhoods / streets should I avoid in San Francisco?

What areas / neighborhoods / streets should I avoid in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Bar Classes?

I have to take the July New York Bar and am having a dilemma. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Swimming in oil?

I'm trying to visualize the amount of oil the world has consumed since 1900 and, just for fun, how much there is left ...using bodies of water as a reference. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 5:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How does a decent, caring but impotent and shy guy ever find a girlfriend?

I am a 38-year-old man who has many good qualities (I hope so at least) but two drawbacks which understandably be dealbreakers for most women - I am impotent and I have a small penis (around 4 inches on the rare occasions it is erect), so even if my impotence got treated I am not sure I could satisfy a women. On the other hand, I have heard that it's possible to have satisfactory sex life with a 3 inch penis, but have no idea how that can be. So basically I am what would be a figure of ridicule for many other men, and not exactly a strong candidate to be a boyfriend for most women either. However I know some women while still heterosexual may not want a sexual partner e.g. they may be celibate for whatever reason. And there may even be women who will overlook a sex life without penetrative sex for the right person. I have just come out of a four-year relationship which had lots of affection and companionship but not strong feelings of passion and obviously no sex, but I eventually want another relationship again and believe I have a lot of love to give the right person. How can I find her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 PM PST - 39 comments

I'd like to learn about electronics!

I'm trying to get into building electronics and I need some advice. What would be a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 4:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Best Baseball Glove in Town

As Spring is here, I want to get out and toss a baseball. What's the best glove on the market? While I don't want to spend a fortune, I am not too picky on price.
posted by neoist at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Generating shaded maps of India with state-level data series.

What's the easiest way of generating a map similar to this? I have several state-level data series I want to display on maps of India. [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Birthday in NY

I have a birthday coming up and I want to get friends together to do something besides a house party or going to the bars. I've done karaoke for my birthday in the past. Any suggestions? I want to keep it small this year, probably around 10 people and ideally it would be something where one could drink or at least go to the bars later in the evening. Also, looking for something on the night of March 28 or 29.
posted by Falconetti at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Got any stats on lurkers vs. contributors?

Are there any statistics available regarding the number of lurkers versus contributors on sites with community-generated content? [more inside]
posted by moift at 3:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

[AdultADHDMedicineFilter] What to do about Vyvanse-induced mood swings? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a Xootr scooter in Vancouver?

I'm looking for a Xootr scooter. Does anyone know of a shop in / near Vancouver which has them? Thanks.
posted by Kristan at 3:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Notable Flip-Floppers

I recently learned that Kurt Vonnegut studied biochemistry during his undergraduate years. What are some other good examples of notable people who switched fields like Vonnegut and excelled?
posted by saoyama at 3:28 PM PST - 35 comments

Lying in the gutter, staring at the stars.

I'm thinking of getting tickets to see Speed-the-Plow at London's Old Vic theatre: I loves me some Mamet, and Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum are in the lead roles. Hot dog. How can I optimise my chances of seeing Spacey and Goldblum together rather than one of them plus an understudy? My concerns may be groundless... but do the stars tend to skip an occasional performance, and if so, do they usually skip mid-week shows, or matinees? Any insider knowledge would be much appreciated. (In general I have nothing against understudies, who are often amazing in their own right. I just really want to see these guys at it.)
posted by hot soup girl at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Water (storage) to wine (storage).

What is the best way to convert an old, dry cistern into a wine cellar? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Pull me up by my beltloops.

I'm looking for a reputable alteration shop or tailor in West Houston. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you recommend a Seattle architect?

Can you recommend an architect in the Seattle area? I'm hoping to have a second story put on my ranch house, and need professional advice. (I'll also happily take recommendations for contractors.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Iron Maiden I Am Not

What kind of iron pills can I take that won't upset my stomach? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 1:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Nice florist!

Any small flower shoppes in Carlingford, NSW that will deliver? [more inside]
posted by lain at 1:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Will my head explode if I wear my earphones the wrong way round?

stupid question: why are there left and right stereo speakers? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 1:01 PM PST - 33 comments

Financial FUBAR

Financial FUBAR!! I am having a serious problem with my Credit Union. I am trying to quit but due to a screw up on their part, and mine, they will not let me and are dunning me for monies I do not feel that I am liable for. [more inside]
posted by paulboc at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Best resouce for free printable crosswords?

Where can I find free printable crossword puzzles online for this lazy Sunday and beyond? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Delete iTunes duplicates without losing playlist data?

How can I get rid of duplicate tracks in my iTunes library without wrecking all my playlists? (On a Mac, if that matters.) [more inside]
posted by moss at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get good at basketball?

How to get decent at basketball? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 11:51 AM PST - 12 comments

making a 3D wireframe animal shape

A couple of years ago for an art project I made a couple of four foot long geckos out of conduit and fence wire. It was a lot of work and the end result, while pleasing, wasn't quite as finished looking as I would have hoped. I got the idea from looking at beaded wire frame animal shapes you can see for sale in artsy stores. How can I make a frame for animal shapes that represents the original more accurately with less guesswork? [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:38 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm just not into you.

Datingfilter: I went out on a date, in the end, I wasn't into the person. They're really into me. How do I let this person down without hurting them? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:13 AM PST - 41 comments

Youtube Comments Don't Count

I am interested in finding a good, interesting online academic community—discussion boards, chat rooms, and the like. I am primarily interested in Literature and Philosophy. Do these places exist, or are internet fora pure lulz?
posted by sonic meat machine at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

I can has engineer-mind?

Any good books to help develop an analytic mind? [more inside]
posted by lilithim at 10:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Your Mother's In Here With Us, Karras

Looking for suggestions on how to help, or simply deal with, a friend who changes personalities more often than his underwear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 24 comments

How to request a reference?

Help me write an email requesting an academic reference (for myself). [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Do I have Tourette's Syndrome?

A friend thinks I may have Tourette's Syndrome. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Embedded J2ME database on N95

How to get a relational database on a mobile device, and query it using J2ME? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 9:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Engagement ring on or off?

Should I sleep with my engagement ring on or take it off? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 8:52 AM PST - 34 comments

what does it mean, the shooting with/of the lights out?

what's the origin / meaning of the phrase "he's shooting [playing?] lights out"? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 8:30 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm trying.

I've tried making my own seltzer - and it just isn't happening. So which is the least bad environmental choice, drinking it from 1 L bottles or aluminum cans?
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Does an SEO redesign have to suck?

Does a website that has had the full SEO treatment have to suck? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Destiny 2013 eshop

Where is the Destiny 2013 eshop? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 7:59 AM PST - 1 comment

Should I Helio or not?

Please tell me about your experience with Helio, the cell phone provider... [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Trees in fields. Why?

Why are there solitary trees in the middle of fields? [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 7:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Why does Manulife want me to sell my shares?

Why does Manulife want me to sell my shares? [more inside]
posted by climalene at 6:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Industry specific news service feed

I need to create a company website. Are there custom news bulletin that can be updated automatically so only industry relevant info are displayed? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 5:12 AM PST - 4 comments

first birth control to try: maybe Nuvaring?

Deciding on a birth control option for the first time feels dizzying -- after much research on AskMe and all over the web -- due to all the conflicting anecdotal reports with people who love or hate every option. YANMD, but do you have any thoughts based on the facts I list inside? I'm leaning towards Nuvaring. [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 4:45 AM PST - 38 comments

Suggest some mood enhancing music

Suggest some mood enhancing music. I find music to be therapeutic, especially after a long day, when I need to keep going. An ideal example would be Frank Sinatra's "That's Life". [more inside]
posted by stashdot at 1:51 AM PST - 26 comments

What's my best language strategy for a quarter in Shanghai?

Which Chinese dialect should I learn to best survive in Shanghai, and how? Difficulty: I have 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 1:29 AM PST - 10 comments

My puppy fainted. Serious?

This afternoon we took our 5 month old Boxer puppy to the local dog park for the first time. She got so excited as we approached, that she pulled and panted and pulled, then clearly fainted. What could be the apparent reason for this? [more inside]
posted by blastrid at 1:07 AM PST - 16 comments

March 22

Send me to computer jail

PC Help again again. I have an old pc with windows 2000 server installed on a 20gig SCSI drive. I am trying to install a 40 gig IDE drive that has xp on it. I don't need windows 2000 server anymore so I want the computer to boot into xp but it isn't happening for me. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 11:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Streaming audio service recommendation?

Recommend a streaming audio service, please? [more inside]
posted by papafrita at 11:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Is "an X is just an X, and it is Y that Z" a snowclone?

In , "Molecular Ethology: an Immodest Proposal for Semantic Clarification", Heinz von Foerster says To escape this dilemma it is only necessary to recall that an urn is an urn, and it is animals that learn. Is this a reference to some other phrase (quotation, idiom, or otherwise) of the form "an X is just an X, and it is Y that Z"? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 10:00 PM PST - 6 comments

"The Edge" stapler-tattoo poem link?

Can anyone find a link to a poem called 'The Edge', about a kid who wakes up with a tattoo of a stapler? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I go to law school?

Should I go to law school? I've gotten into some good schools, and while the idea of a career in law doesn't necessarily thrill me, I'm tempted just to go, out of practical considerations for getting on with my life and not weighing my options any further. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 59 comments

How would I go about printing high-quality greeting cards at home?

How would I go about printing high-quality greeting cards at home? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:18 PM PST - 11 comments

I can float without a boat, CANOE?

Help me get the most out of my canoe! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 9:05 PM PST - 10 comments

To flush or not to flush

Woman Filter: So a girlfriend of mine and I just discovered that we've been operating under contradicting information about whether it's okay to flush tampons! [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin at 8:30 PM PST - 47 comments

Why did you wink at me?

I am a woman, and I've been winked at by a few men in my day but recently after being introduced to another woman, she defintely winked at me. This has never happened to me before so I'm wondering if this is something that other women do, and if so, why? [more inside]
posted by tamitang at 8:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Illegal Immigrants in College

Can anyone tell me the percentage of children of illegal immigrants who attend college? Specifically in Texas. We are arguing the HB 104 (in state tuition bill) in my government class and I need to know how many children of illegal immigrants who were not born in the US actually attend institutions of higher education....
posted by madmamasmith at 6:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Better clothes for men near Seattle?

Hip men's clothing (stores, boutiques, thrift shops, hole-in-the-walls) in or near Seattle, within an hour's drive. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 6:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Cooking substitutes for heavy cream?

Are there any cooking substitutes for heavy cream? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 5:18 PM PST - 21 comments

A lengthy commute would be a serious bummer for an exciting move

How long is the commute (via public transit) from Vancouver or Burnaby to Capilano College in North Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by travosaurus at 5:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Risks and benefits of using Google Apps Gmail?

What are the risks and benefits of using Google Apps to send and receive eMail from my domains? [more inside]
posted by j0hnpaul at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I pay to have my music on an online portfolio?

Is there a website to submit your music portfolio for a fee in order for clients to be able to select from? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Bully for the 360: How Do I Know It's Patched?

I want to play Bully: Scholarship Edition on my Xbox 360. There was just a patch released for the game, but my console is not hooked up to the internet and never will be. How (and when) can I know that the physical copy of the game I buy is a post-patch version?
posted by BitterOldPunk at 4:36 PM PST - 16 comments

How does Paul Theroux write the way he does?

I like the prose style of Paul Theroux's travel writing. How's he do it? It seems very distinctive, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Anyone have any nuts-and-bolts insights into how he achieves those effects, both in terms of his prose mechanics and his "voice"?
posted by decoherence at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap Interior Design Ideas in Manhattan?

I am clueless about interior design. I see lots of things I like-- but I have no idea how to get my apartment from here to there. It may require renovation. I definitely need artwork. And shelves. Lots of shelves. So, I'm wondering how much would a consultation with an interior designer cost in Manhattan and does anyone have any recommendations and how do I choose one?
posted by Maias at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us help our puppy.

We just got an adorable new puppy. We're ecstatic! The dog, however, seems less enthused... for the past two days, he has done almost nothing but sleep. He has yet to eat anything, and he has no desire to explore our apartment or walk outside. Why is this, and what can we do to help him adjust? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Homemade Ableton Live Packs?

Can I make an Ableton Live sound pack with my own samples? I have .aiff drum sounds that I want to make into a kit.
posted by MNDZ at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I switch iBook power cords, white brick vs. yoyo style?

Can I use a powercord from an older ibook on a newer ibook if the output voltage and amps are the same? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

I Can Haas Fast Ripened Avocado?

Fastest way to ripen an avocado? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Selling Used Textbooks Online

What's the best way to sell used psychology textbooks online? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 1:35 PM PST - 7 comments

I ain't dropped acid in over 20 years, so why the audio flashbacks now?

What is probably a very naive question about stream audio ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

What species of duck is this?

Please help me identify the species of duck that I saw last week in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I calm him down safely?

Our Pit Bull refuses to have his nails clipped. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 1:20 PM PST - 21 comments

How do we stop the playground bullies?

This group blog/community site for parents that I contribute to is under attack from a better-funded competitor. Help. [more inside]
posted by eve harrington at 1:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Radical history project asks nation for way to change link.

I have a website with several hundred distinct pages. I want to make it so that I can put a link and image in the corner that I can change instantaneously across all of them. How can I? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Help my software team go from good to great.

I'm specifically looking at automated builds, unit testing, better source control, and generally moving away from seat-of-the-pants coding and deployment, to specific processes. This is a Microsoft shop, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by quixxotic at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Sanskrit pronunciation guide

I have a desperate need to gain some basic command over Sanskrit terms written in the English alphabet (i.e. with the diacritical marks). Can someone point me to a no-nonsense pronunciation guide, as I am having difficulty finding one that doesn't assume preexisting linguistics knowledge.
posted by aletheia at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

how to re-enable wmp11 combining artists/albums/etc?

I checked "Don't ask me again" when dragging one artist into another in WMP11 on vista in order to change all the names from one to another (to combine "the beatles" and "beatles" into one, in this case), expecting it to just do it without asking in the future, but now I've lost this functionality altogether. How can I re-enable it?
posted by lrodman at 11:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me find a book on organizational psychology from an anthropological perspective

Years ago I read a book on organizational psychology written by an anthropologist. His thesis IIRC was that the ideal forms of human organization can be seen in the ways hunter-gatherer societies organized, and that nearly all modern organizations are diametrically opposed to that. Can anyone help me find this book? [more inside]
posted by semblance at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Fool me once, shame on you...

So is applying for a particular job really worth it? Applied for a job a few years back, might have gotten "played" by HR, now the job is up for grabs again. Do I re-apply or would I be comprimising my pride? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 10:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a female dermatologist who works with rosacea and IPL.

Does anyone here have positive experiences with a female dermatologist (or other specialist) in St. Louis who is good with most likely erythematotelangiectatic rosacea and care to name names? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 2 comments

How Long a Time Gap Before Court Decisions Were Published/ Available

Back before the internet, how long would it take for legal decisions to be published, and how quickly would a lawyer be able to find out about new decisions? I'm hoping for the recollections of some of you older lawyers, but primarily I would love to find a printed resource for this type of information. I've been looking and looking and can't seem to find the info anywhere. I am looking at the late 80s-early 90s. I've looked for law review articles, caselaw, and general internet info on this subject and can't find anything. If a lawyer relied on a case in 1989, how long after a case reversing it was decided would it be published?
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Is poison green?

Why is green the iconic color of poison? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg at 9:41 AM PST - 39 comments

Should I return the iPhone I just got as a gift but won't be using for the next 2 months?

Should I return my iPhone? The ex gave me one as a gift yesterday as an early graduation present, but I'm leaving for Guatemala for 2 months tonight. [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

What do you do with your cheese?

You bought some cheese - let's say a wedge of brie - that's packaged super-tight with saran wrap and the store item/ weight/ price sticker; and it's now time to eat it. Do you (a) rip off saran wrap/ sticker as best you can and afterwards repackage with fresh saran wrap, (b) rip off saran wrap/ sticker as best you can and afterwards store unpackaged in a cheese tray, or (c) ever-so-carefully peel off the sticker, stealthily unwrap the saran wrap, save it, and then repackage using the same saran wrap and reseal with the store sticker? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 9:07 AM PST - 34 comments

Name some playable RPG's, please

Please recommend some 2D RPG's I can play on my PC. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Teacher, Mother, Secret Lover

Give me some songs about lovin' your TV. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 8:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Looking for all the B. F. Skinner wannabe's.

What are the most exciting developments that are actually functioning in ecology, sustainability and alternative technologies? The more specific the better! [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Good books set in Singapore?

Please recommend some books set in Singapore. [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 8:29 AM PST - 15 comments

How Can the U.S Economy *not* Fail?

How Can the Economy not Fail? Given the debt each of us owes (what, something like $150,000 each?), rising oil costs, cpi going up, infrastructure moved out, failed dollar, failing banks, etc. etc... [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso at 8:28 AM PST - 33 comments

How to restore a missing drive icon for a external drive in Windows Vista?

How to restore a missing drive icon for a external drive in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 8:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me remember this detective comedy film from my childhood!

I am trying to find the title of this film I remember scantily from my childhood. I do remember belly-laughing at this film when I was a kid, but can't remember for the life of me more than just a few details. Here's what I know (or think I remember)... [more inside]
posted by jspierre at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Can whales get rabies?

Can whales get rabies? Are there any documented cases of whales catching rabies? This seems like a good premise for a bad horror movie.
posted by respond at 2:17 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the closest thing that animals have to cooking?

What is the closest thing that other animals have to cooking? [more inside]
posted by white light at 12:20 AM PST - 27 comments

March 21

Are there such things as Interstate Property Exchanges?

Are there any agencies to help people exchange properties / relocate in the US (i.e. from one state to another)? Do large organizations HR help their employees? Is it something the Government does to help out? [more inside]
posted by Dub at 11:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyone have a good and long reggae playlist that will have people up and dancing all night?

Anyone have a good and long reggae playlist that will have people up and dancing all night?
posted by turkishLola at 11:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Organizational strategies for the absent-minded?

What organizational strategies might work for someone who is absent-minded and gets overwhelmed with too much to keep track of? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 11:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Were John Wayne and Ronald Reagan BFF?

Were John Wayne and Ronald Reagan friends? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 10:58 PM PST - 5 comments

How can a bartender verify a Military ID?

Where can I find a good 1-sheet FAQ for verifying various types of US Military ID, for use in a bar or restaurant? [more inside]
posted by SeanMac at 10:53 PM PST - 8 comments

IMDB has failed me

Looking for the name of two movies from the 70's-80's. Creepy bloated undead lady. Friendly worm-dog creature. [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 10:23 PM PST - 6 comments

What are my rights for republishing screenshots/promotional material in an academic text?

What right do I have to republish software screenshots and promotional material within a critical/academic context? Do I need to get formal permission from the corporations that own & distribute this material? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 10:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a Canadian journalist make it in the U.K.?

Canadian journalist wants to work in the U.K. - does this sound remotely feasible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Payroll processor or part-time bookkeeper for startup? (US/SF)

StartupFilter: Payroll processing co or part-time bookkeeper for SF Bay Area co? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

How to wake up a "Not Responding" program.

In Windows XP Can you "wake up" a program/process that is "Not Responding"?
posted by swarkentien at 8:19 PM PST - 9 comments

looking for an old relative

I am fascinated by theropsids. Something about a literal link with our reptile past. Are there any closely related extant species?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

What's Up With AdBlock Plus?

I installed Adblock Plus on my PC and it blocks virtually all ads. It's great. But, when I installed it in the same way on my MacBook at work, I does nearly nothing. Can anybody tell me what's up, and how I can make Adblock Plus work on my Mac?
posted by partner at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

My mind says fraud, but that can't be right.

Legally, what would you call refusal to adhere to city/government by-laws to fingerprint or background check volunteer workers? I imagine it's a fairly serious crime. Location in Canada preferably, but US examples welcome. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I get rid of this smell?!

A rat died in my wall (or ceiling), and it smells terrible. I'm leaving town for a week, what can I do to make sure the smell is gone (or greatly diminished) by the time I come back? [more inside]
posted by Orrorin at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

do these monks exist?

I have been reading Curzio Malaparte's Kaput. In it, he describes an Orthodox order of monks who raise families and then enter servitude to be castrated and then become penitents. I can't find any information online about this group though, even a name, any help?
posted by parmanparman at 7:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Techno + Classical = JOY

Techno-classical recommendations, please!!! [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 6:49 PM PST - 36 comments

Do you lose brain cells when you hit your head?

When you hit your head, do you lose brain cells? If so, how many? Also can you get them back? If yes, how? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 6:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How to print high resolution county/street maps

I need to print a huge map, but I need a high resolution source, or vector graphics. I will be printing this on a large 64" color plotter. I found a place that sells pdf/vector files, but they are wanting near $100 dollars, and I don't think they even cover our County. I was hoping there was some software out there that allows this, or better yet, some way to output large images from google maps. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by passtehbrainz at 6:33 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I block a particularly offensive google ad?

Can I block a particular google ad I never want to see again? [more inside]
posted by emyd at 6:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Yo ho ho and a bottle of....

I would like to make a dessert that contains dark rum. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by dw at 4:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Is it rude to stare at someone's tattoo?

Is it rude to stare at a stranger's tattoo? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green at 4:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Characters as crafty as Veronica Mars?

Characters as crafty as Veronica Mars? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:03 PM PST - 25 comments

My kitchen sink has fallen, and it can't get up!

What kind of adhesive is used to secure an undermount kitchen sink to the underside of a countertop? [more inside]
posted by elmwood at 4:00 PM PST - 9 comments

wtf do I do with all this money

Strange things happen to me regularly, and the last one left me with about $3000. I'm only 21, have no consumer debt and don't need to use any of it. I want to put it away, but I have no idea how. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 3:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Who really owns a domain?

Who really owns a domain? If a company registers a domain under the name of an individual, who really owns the domain and what are their rights? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Used/Cheap Baseball Gloves for Kids in L.A.?

Cheap/free used sporting equipment for kids (baseball gloves) in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

need to waste time again.

looking for an online game from a year ago similar to pixeljunks Monster game on PS3, the towers you built were flowers that could inflict more damage on passing enemies... [more inside]
posted by chasles at 2:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Past examples of altering images in media

I'm looking for examples of incidents where photographers/newspapers/photojournalists altered photos (e.g., the Reuters Smoke incident of '06). Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:37 PM PST - 36 comments

Savings plan for primary school?

My child will be switching to a very expensive private elementary school. I have already prepaid the tuition for next year, but what is my best strategy to pay for the following years? Specifically, what is the best way to invest about $2K/month so that I can withdraw the needed lump sum once a year? 529 plans are for college expenses only, and Coverdell education-savings account maxes out at $2k/year.
posted by lmY2K at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone know a good French Language School in Geneva

I'm staying with friends on the border between Switzerland and France for about six weeks this summer and would like to find a school that offers intensive French lessons. Ideally I would leave for France sometime in the beginning of June and stay until mid-July, though my dates are flexible. I speak intermediate level French now and would be willing to come into a course a little late, if necessary. Thanks!
posted by pkuras at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Physical Discomfort Threshold For Pets

What is the "baseline" level of physical comfort for a housepet? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 2:22 PM PST - 12 comments

I've ceased and desisted. Now what?

My aunt recently received a cease and desist because she's selling a product called (new adjective) (adjective) (noun) (e.g. "really cool thing) on her web site. The cease and desist is because (adjective) (noun) (e.g. "cool thing") is supposedly trademarked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

What does please let us know if you need a decision from us mean?

[Job Interview Filter] What does "please let us know if you need a decision from us" mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Video Phone Examples

I'm compiling examples of video phone use from movies, tv shows and maybe science fiction stories. Deckard's call to Rachael in Blade Runner or AT&T's "You Will" campaign are examples of what I'm looking for. Video conferencing in a business setting is less helpful, but if you can think of a noteworthy example (CTU in 24?) then please list them. My goal is to actually find and watch/read these examples.
posted by Jeff Howard at 2:13 PM PST - 31 comments

If there were pterodactyls still, would we wipe them out to keep giant poo off our cars?

Has there ever been a case where humans have hunted (or gathered) a species to extinction, purely because that species caused inconvenience or danger to humans...and not mainly for food, sport, etc.
posted by Ziggurat at 1:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Crawfish in Seattle?

Crawfish in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Another delivery of love

Looking for an outstanding, but deliverable, gift in Germantown, Tenn., area for new parents. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 1:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Good book that's set in San Francisco?

What's a good book that takes place in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 1:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Bluetooth GPS Tracking

I'm looking for software for my Windows Mobile smartphone + bluetooth GPS brick that will let people log in to a web site and see my current location (preferably in google maps). [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Dodging tomatoes since 1949

What are some generic things that a band might say to the audience at a concert? [more inside]
posted by msittig at 12:32 PM PST - 40 comments

clonazepam and me, sitting in a tree

Clonazepam is my go-to workhorse drug. But am I setting myself up for addiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Somehow-etiquetteFilter : a question on everything that surrounds it

Related to This post on what defines sophistication, and as a student, i believe there may be people who would be interested in books on the topic (aside of non-verbal language books)... [more inside]
posted by Jireel at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

240V Dryer Outlet to 120V Outlet

Is there an adapter for a 240V dryer plug that will allow a standard 120V to operate off of it (while still allowing for the full 240Vs for the dryer)? [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Video editing software for Win, Mac or Linux

Please help me choose newer video editing software for my current situation and needs. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Indy, Indiana, not Louisiana, Paris, France, NY or Rome

Moving to Indianapolis, need neighborhood recommendations. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Searching for a heart of glass

I'm desperately trying to find a particular jewelry designer online. The medium is primarily blown glass. [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Could high air-pressure explained huge dinosaurs?

SCIENCE! > Has anyone in paleontology explored the possibility that some aspects of dinosaur morphology can be explained by air pressure much higher than Earth's contemporary atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by joe_from_accounting at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

I want my deadly venom!

Can anyone help me find video of those sprite commercials from the 90s where they had wirework style kung-fu along with rap? [more inside]
posted by robotdog at 11:13 AM PST - 1 comment

How to stop worrying, and move on

How to acknowledge my situation, without acting as though I'm apologizing for my past? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 10:43 AM PST - 21 comments

Wordpress's functions.php - how do you work?

What are the secrets to the efficient coding of my Wordpress core file using functions.php? Oh, and by the way, I'm a PHP idiot! [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 10:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Herpes in the Liver. Possible and how?

STD question [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Can we share our peep fight with the world?

How can we film an epic peeps battle (in a microwave)? The problems are it's too dark, and the camera wants to autofocus on the grid on the microwave door instead of the peeps. [more inside]
posted by Airhen at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this normal (email problem -not a medical question!)

Am I getting fair and accurate answers from my paid-for e-mail service about why so many friends and relatives get their messages to me "unfortunately" blocked as spam? Or am I right to be twitchy? [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a good used piano in Toronto?

Where in Toronto can I find a good secondhand upright piano? My question would have been more complex, but I got the rest of the advice I needed from this great thread, so don't feel obligated to advise me on how to appraise one, move it, or to tune it after I get it home, etc.
posted by orange swan at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

German Children's Books and World War II

Is this true, and if so where can I find information about it? German Children's Books and World War II [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

non vib vocal sounds

I want to remove the vibrato from MIDI playback in Sibelius. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a good band calendar webapp out there?

I run a website for a band. I'm looking for a 3rd-party calendar solution so they can easily display their upcoming concerts on their website. [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 9:50 AM PST - 9 comments

I can't remember ANYTHING before my coffee...

I messed up the schedule for my oral typhoid vaccine (Vivotif). I've taken two out of four pills. Should I continue or start over? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Where do you buy your video games - and why?

Where do you buy your video games? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:17 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me grow the indoor bamboo garden of my dreams

I'd like to grow bamboo in a container indoors (I have a sunny south-facing window that it can live in front of). Any advice about the best varieties, how to get it to grow tall, and where to get a plant (I'm in NYC) would be much appreciated. (NB: I am NOT looking for info on "lucky bamboo" plants, I want the real thing)
posted by agent99 at 9:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Custom font on a WordPress site.

How to use a custom font on a web page that uses CSS [more inside]
posted by photodegas at 8:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me rock out some automation on my spankin' new MacBook!

Help me rock out some automation on my spankin' new MacBook! [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Russian politics primer?

Help me teach myself about the current political and social climate in Russia. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 7:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Best non-Flickr Collaborative Photo Sites?

Do you remember a global online photo project where individuals took pictures of themselves in their room? If it's still out there, I need to find it, as well as other examples of collaborative, possibly community-building blog-style photo sites that aren't Flickr. [more inside]
posted by clever sheep at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Hello? questions that the help files don't seem to answer. [more inside]
posted by streetdreams at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

20 Euro cents per minute is quite outrageous

Is there a better option for international phone forwarding than Skype? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Eisenhower is the father of the interstate highway system

Roadtrip! Kansas City MO to Madison WI, to celebrate my birthday over a long weekend in April. Please help us plan with insider advice on local color, tasty food & drink, picturesque roads, historic spots and natural wonders -- anything we'd be silly to miss. [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 6:54 AM PST - 10 comments

viewing HTML shrunken images

On the blue, delmoi pointed out that the images of an online comic had been shrunk via HTML to fit the page. Is there a greasemonkey script or something that would allow those images to be seen fullsize without having to think about it?
posted by Sparx at 4:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Why does the devil keep coming here?

The devil visiting earth seems to be a pretty common happening in certain litterature or films. I am looking for examples of what he actually does when coming here. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 4:13 AM PST - 51 comments

Are the following sexual assault sentences typical?

This New York Times article about an INS agent's alleged coercion and sexual assault of a green card applicant brings up several past cases. All ended in relatively lenient sentencing. And so, I have to ask: Can you even be sentenced to "weekends in jail?" [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 2:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for name/website of the woman who gives lectures to teachers about how to relate to students of a different social class?

Looking for name/website of the woman who gives lectures to teachers about how to relate to students of a different social class? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 2:17 AM PST - 10 comments

city dog, country human

Can I go inside to order at a coffee shop when I have a dog with me? [more inside]
posted by splendid animal at 12:47 AM PST - 33 comments

Who's that sharing the paddy wagon?

Who is the military officer in this video. He appears at 2:02. Thanks!
posted by andythebean at 12:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Hidden Wireless Driveway Alarm

How can I secretly and wirelessly be informed of cars pulling into my driveway? [more inside]
posted by Ricket at 12:06 AM PST - 13 comments

March 20

How to stop young dudes from taking over library ‘puters

I work at a public library where we use a popular pc reservation and management system for our public PCs. Some young dudes come in, bypass the login screens and play World of Warcraft etc from their flash disks. My concern is they’ve managed to get admin privileges to do naughty things like extend their session time and kick other people with reservations off. I am just a lowly circulation clerk wondering if anyone could explain HOW these fellows bypass the reservation system and some possible strategies I could suggest while I wait to unleash my ultimate plan for a sound proof gamers lounge. [more inside]
posted by nicole.hilder at 11:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me find the best online storage solution for my needs.

I need a reliable service that is either free, or low, cost for my research files. What is the best option? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Out of State Seatbelt Ticket

I just received an out of state seat belt ticket, how will this affect my insurance? [more inside]
posted by crashlanding at 9:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should we go in Hawaii?

Trying to plan a trip to Hawaii before our first child arrives. Where shall we go? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by stonefruit at 9:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Sports bars in Columbus

Looking for a sports bar in Columbus, Ohio, at which to watch Friday's NCAA tournament action. I have some specific criteria. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 9:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for very thin and glossy "magazine" paper

Where can I buy printer paper like that used in magazines? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 8:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Have Dime, Will Invest!

Looking for Mutual Funds/Investments with low initial investment fees. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:21 PM PST - 9 comments

allergies, dogs, and tattoos

A two part question about allergies, dogs, and tattoos. [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

I need to understand

How does one read pages (dozens, maybe even hundreds of pages) of boring 17th century sermons or other boring material? [more inside]
posted by bobber at 8:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Interviewing and working at Google as a wage slave

What's it like to do interview for an hourly position at Google? To work there as a worker bee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Camping in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma. We need a beautiful spot!

Camping in the Arbuckle Mountain Range in Oklahoma: I need a good, quiet, private beautiful spot. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

It's Outta Here!

Help me track my fantasy baseball home run pool online. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 7:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Reveal my boot-a nature ... or shake my boot-y?

After receiving mixed advice three months ago, I bought an HP Pavilion Elite m9150f running Vista Home Premium. Except for being a little slow to boot into Windows, I've been happy with Vista ... until last night, when Vista Service Pack 1 installed "successfully". I dutifully rebooted and now it won't boot into Windows at all. I've tried system restore from two restore points. Neither works, although I do get a helpful message stating that "a recent upgrade" may be causing problems. The computer can boot into Fedora 8, so it's not hosed, but I've run through my limited bag of Windows tricks. Any suggestions?
posted by lukemeister at 7:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Multiple blogs

I'm looking for a CMS/blog that allows for multiple "installations" to be maintained through one control panel and also allows me to add custom fields. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

What material is appropriate for a hermit crab fountain?

What material should I built my small fountain out of? Should be easy to work with, durable, waterproof, and hermit crab safe! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 6:29 PM PST - 11 comments

The (Monotype) Matrix Reloaded

I have a Monotype matrix case containing a bespoke font. Please help me see what it looks like in print. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me tame the Advanced Filters!

Excel filter-filter: How do I set up an easily adjustable filter for a 7000-odd row spreadsheet in Excel Mac 2004 or 2008? The data's not well organised and needs to be filtered over multiple columns. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How do MacBook speakers stack up?

How do the on-board speakers on the new MacBooks compare to the ones on the MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Panamaniacs, tell me about Panama!

My wife-to-be and I are going to Panama for our honeymoon. Following are a whole slew of questions about Panama! [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 4:57 PM PST - 16 comments

A bucket of mangoes

Help me make the best mango lassi in the world. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 4:21 PM PST - 15 comments

But I don't want to learn .NET!

How can I connect to a SQL Server 2005 database using windows authentication with PHP? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

How to form an equitable business partnership

How to structure a business partnership? Imagine this scenario: Two people want to go into business together. One person has the money to start the business, but no ability to actually run the business. The other person has the expertise to run the business, but no money to actually invest. How do they co-own the business in a way that is fair to both parties in respect to profits, debts, responsibilities and decision making? [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood at 3:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Obscure early-90s-late-80s hip hop song identification: "flyfolds wiggle"?

Obscure early-90s-late-80s hip hop song identification: I used to hear this song on the radio back in the day, and the only part of it I can remember is a line that goes "Joey's in the back / He makes the fly folds wiggle." Anyone? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 3:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I withdraw from Japanese class?

Last day to withdraw from this course- should I? I'm doing badly, but I'm not sure if the consequences of withdrawing would be worse than sticking with it. [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 3:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Dont want to die in a fire but want to use my computer more.

Possibly arcane question about my computer and AFCI circuit breakers. [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 3:10 PM PST - 12 comments


CSS/Float/IE6 (I just scared off half of the web designers) For the rest of you, why is IE6 giving me 's' on this page? My shop now buttons... WTF is going on with them? [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 2:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Yes, but where will they live?

Help me match meat dishes.. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 2:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Actionscript community site?

Mailing list, forum, or other community for advanced actionscript coders? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How to write movie descriptions?

How do I write short (ca. 150 words) and engaging descriptions of movies in English without sounding too subjective (I don't want to use the first person POV)? The people reading will be average movie goers. Any tips, examples or links that you can recommend? Many thanks!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Design Pattern Quandry

Programming/design pattern question. Being self-taught, I've discovered a number of times I've labored over the solution to a problem only to discover a more elegant, standard design pattern already addresses the problem. I'm sort of hoping this is the case here. [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Grad school backdoor?

Say parents regularly donate to a university. Does this have an effect on their kid getting into its Grad School? [more inside]
posted by sentient at 2:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Quicksilver/Growl/Twitter Menage A Trois

How can I get Quicksilver, Growl and Twitter to play nice with one another? [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find an obscure DOS application that had a variety of topics?

Help me find an obscure DOS application that had a variety of topics. [more inside]
posted by bertrandom at 1:56 PM PST - 4 comments


What is a good distribution of WAMP? What about LAMP? I'm looking for something that is relatively easy to install and use like MAMP. [more inside]
posted by crios at 1:32 PM PST - 10 comments

I know the basics of money laundering. I need more in depth knowledge now.

I know the basics of money laundering. Now I want to read more about the various methods used in laundering money. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Broken Quicktime files make ASoze something something...

Quicktime files recorded with OnLocation CS3. Some work, but most don't. The file size is appropriate for their length, so I'm really hoping that there's [more inside]
posted by ASoze at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some good books about Chicago?

What are some good books about Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:00 PM PST - 24 comments

flash flash flash flash flash flash

I'm looking for a particular kind of strobe light. [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 12:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Bohannon, bohannon, bohannon

MusicFilter: In the long version of the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" (available on the 12") there is a female voice saying something in what I believe is Japanese. Can anyone translate that for me? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 12:30 PM PST - 27 comments

Google Gurus, the Hour of Need Has Arisen

Can someone help me find a comprehensive map detailing Chicago racial demographic percentages by neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 12:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What's the safest possible thing that I can do with my money?

What's the safest possible thing that I can do with my money? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 12:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Complete me

Help me find a cookie recipe that uses apple juice as an ingredient and results in the super bestest baked yumminess I have ever gorged myself on... [more inside]
posted by InstantSanitizer at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Cell Pharm 2000 Supplies

Asking for a Bioreactor, add to Bioreactor/Cell Pharm-Supply-filter; we am looking for supplies for a BioVest Cell Pharm System 2000. Either OEM or a third-party replacement... [more inside]
posted by strangelove at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Why use HTML to embed a video when you could use JS?

Sites like Youtube, Vimeo, Blip, etc, all offer code to allow you to embed their videos in your own site, right? But why is that code invariably HTML, and not Javascript? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 11:44 AM PST - 13 comments

How should I invest the money in my US bank account when I'm abroad?

Asking for a friend: How should I invest the money in my US bank account when I'm based abroad? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it too soon to date again?

I'm on the cusp of dating someone soon after a breakup. Is it too soon? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 at 11:00 AM PST - 23 comments

A new bag (of tricks)

This dog needs a new trick. [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 10:58 AM PST - 31 comments

Old Contact, will you hurt me?

Old Contact Filter: To try or not to try? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Preventative Maintenance on a 14" G4 iBook

Preventative care for potential video/screen issues on an aging iBook? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

SSRIs and weight

Why do some people lose weight on SSRIs, while other people gain weight, with no changes in food intake or activity level? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 10:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I gon into web design or web programming?

Should I go into web design or web programming? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 10:29 AM PST - 28 comments

Too many presents

My neighbor is very generous - too generous! Her young son and my kids play together fairly often, and each time my kids go to their house to visit, my neighbor sends my kids home with several gifts. Sometimes if she sees my kids playing in the back yard she just hands gifts over the fence. Last time it was a large tin of cookies, a box of Whoppers candies, and a Vitamin Water style drink. In the past gifts have included a hand-knit scarf, brand new clothes, a doll, a box of donuts, and a large plate of homemade fried chicken. At Lunar New Year she gave each of my kids ten bucks plus a box of sweet rolls. I don’t know this woman well at all. We’ve said ‘hi’ a few times but her English is limited and I don’t speak her language which I believe is Thai. I get the sense that our different expectations around gift giving are related to cultural differences (she’s an immigrant from SE Asia, I’m white, born and raised in California), and maybe also that she is just a particularly (or maybe compulsively) gift-giving person. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 10:28 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me describe and/or fix my Macbook Pro's freezing and graphics issues.

I have a Macbook Pro Core Duo 2.0GHz (not Core Duo 2). I am having random system lockups, graphics issues, and odd problems that I do not even know how to describe. [more inside]
posted by david06 at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Quality tools in coastal New Hampshire?

Where can I purchase quality handtools within 50 miles of Portsmouth, New Hampshire? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Crazy Like a Make it Stop!

Help! For a few days now, keeps loading a tab in Firefox automatically every so often. How do I get it to stop? I tried clearing cookies and stuff, and scanned for malware and found nothing. I also tried reinstalling Firefox since I wanted to upgrade to the latest beta of Firefox 3 anyway. I'm behind a corporate firewall here, so this kinda thing never happens typically. Any ideas?
posted by GS1977 at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I be expecting more from this guy?

How proactive should a girl expect a guy to be about suggesting dates during the early stages of a relationship? [more inside]
posted by zembla3 at 9:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Receive Fax's as PDF

I am looking for fax software that can receive faxes as a PDF file or other non proprietary file. Mac OS X or Windows would work. Anyone have any recommendations?
posted by tirebouchon at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

cpa and parafanellia charge?

Anyone know if having a marijuana paraphernalia charge will prevent someone from becoming a CPA in Texas? Its a class B misdemeanor but I went to the site but when I went to the site,, it is very vague about which misdemeanors are considered for denial of certification.
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 2 comments

alcohol withdrawal?

Quitting drinking--should I worry about withdrawal symptoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 23 comments

marketing brainstorm forecast: cloudy

I could really use some assistance planning a complete advertising and marketing strategy for my small business in Richmond, VA. The problem is that I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me make this hiking trip a trip to remember!

Girlfriend stealing account: I am planning a hiking trip for about 10 people this Saturday to Hudson Highlands Park. Some of us have medium hiking experience, some of us have none. Is the Breakneck Ridge hike too difficult for us? [more inside]
posted by redhotchips at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

No more of this.

...and a time to give up (filter). Please help. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:02 AM PST - 63 comments

East Bay Drum Sander Rental

Does anyone know of a place where I can get some time on a drum sander near Oakland, CA?
posted by zeoslap at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Wanted: codec for g64 files

A friend gave me some video files, about 30Mb in size, that have ".g64" as a file extension, and I've been unable to play them - vlan has shown the top of a partial frame, and that's it. They're supposedly from a fairly recent CCTV system, but I've been unable to find out the manufacturer. Anybody got a clue for me?
posted by DreamerFi at 8:47 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I do in southern Vermont?

Help me get to, spend a weekend in, and return from, southern Vermont. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 8:45 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I prevent IIS from binding to a second IP address on my server?

Running IIS, I have multiple IP's assigned to the server. I need to stop IIS from binding to all of them. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there any good info in Publishers Weekly?

BookPublishingFilter: I've been an editorial assistant for six months, and I'm trying to figure out how to best learn more about the business. I read Publishers Weekly every week, but I have yet to understand what I'm supposed to get out of it. Folks in the business (past or present): do you find PW useful? If so, how? What parts of it are good? If not, what industry pubs are good? (Or should I just stick to things like the NYTBR and Bookforum?) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I pay?

Taxes: Should I claim this freelance I did last year? [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

watching some bball in Boston

Where is a good place to watch NCAA tourney in the Boston 128 area? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 8:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Bugs - OUT!

Anyone have a good recommendation for a manufacturer of screen doors? [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

How not to screw up a teaching career.

I was tentatively offered a lecturer positions at a University for the coming spring semester, which I'm psyched about but has led to a dilemma. [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

I hate work

I need song suggestions to help me make a (de)motivational compilation CD for work - along the lines of 'We've got to get out of this place' and 'I hate the world today'.
posted by xoe26 at 7:24 AM PST - 71 comments

Anonymous CRA tipline?

I'm searching for an anonymous tip line for the Canada Revenue Agency... [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to wash my dishes after I wash my dishes, either...

How can I get rid of my dishwasher's funk? [more inside]
posted by at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Which codecs can I remove?

Does anyone know of a way to determine which codecs might be obsolete or no longer necessary? [more inside]
posted by bwg at 6:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Did I buy the right quad roller skates?

I bought quad roller skates. Application: first (this is true), refereeing in my local banked-track derby league. I'm just learning to skate, so that's a while away. The surface is wood, but not the laminated wood of a typical skate rink. Application two: my local skate rink. I'd like to learn the moves, some skate dancing, for fun. more inside [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Best Reliable Live Recorder?

Looking for a more reliable recording solution than straight to DVD. Will this work or should I be looking at something else? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 5:21 AM PST - 3 comments

NYC Upholstery Finds?

NYC fabric filter: where can I find cool upholstery fabric? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 4:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Please read calligraphy of Mao Ze Dong.

Can you please read this calligraphy of Mao ZeDong (in white) and translate it and/or give me the pinyin. [more inside]
posted by sydney54 at 4:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Scary sleep tests.

I may have hypersomnia, and may be going to get help soonish, because it's starting to get out of control. But! What's holding me back from going for a checkup is that I'm terrified that I may have to go through a barrage of tests that would seem at home in a horror movie. What tests can I expect to be faced with?
posted by Xere at 4:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me automagically assemble ~1 hour of new music per day, to listen to on my commute.

Help me automagically assemble ~1 hour of new music per day, to listen to on my commute. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 3:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How to keep my private bits private

How reliable are USB drives using finger-print authentication? [more inside]
posted by =^^= at 3:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Safe way to remove dried super glue from lid of aluminum Macbook?

Help! I had some super glue drip onto the lid of my Macbook Pro. Is acetone based nail remover a wildly dangerous thing to try to use on the aluminum surface of my precious laptop?
posted by CharlieChu at 3:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Big packs for big guys.

Recommend a backpack for a big guy... [more inside]
posted by iamabot at 12:45 AM PST - 16 comments

March 19

Expat life in Papua New Guinea?

In finer detail than simply "dangerous," what would it be like to be an Anglo expat in Papua New Guinea? What would the daily grind of an expat or a non-raskol native be in Port Moresby? What jobs and lifestyle would be available to someone who was willing and able to perform white collar work in an unfamiliar land? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 11:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What about this gray water recovery system?

I'm kicking off a major home renovation and looking for some green innovations I can incorporate without breaking the bank. This gray water recovery system looks promising. [more inside]
posted by wsg at 11:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Dress me up in your love!

Any suggestions for pieces I should get? I recently lost a good deal of weight and I am now down to about 135 lbs, 5'7". I am going back to see a bunch of people that haven't seen me with my newly slimmed figure, and I'd like to make a good "wow" impression. [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns at 9:58 PM PST - 12 comments

What song is the bridge and refrain of "White" by Lights similar to?

What is the song from quite a few years ago that sounds similar to bridge and refrain from "White" by the artist, Lights (aka Valarie Poxleitner)? [more inside]
posted by bands at 9:44 PM PST - 2 comments

How to deal with an intelligent conspiracy theorist friend?

A friend of mine, who is highly educated (married with two kids, accomplished medical researcher), is absolutely convinced that September 11 was a huge conspiracy initiated by members of the US government. She has a detailed complex explanation for everything. She takes it deeply personally when I scoff at her, telling me I should read the evidence before forming an opinion. I see her as gullible and she sees me as ignorant. Is there an analysis available comprehensively somewhere addressing the conspiracy theorists to the satisfaction of the leading academics in the relevant areas (material engineering, aerodynamics, media relations, architecture etc)? How do you deal with people like this? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 9:19 PM PST - 66 comments

Gortoz a Ran

Song Similar To Denez Prigent's "Gortoz a Ran"? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 9:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Can a taxi driver get rich without winning the lotto?

What strategies do taxi drivers use to make the most money in the least amount of time, other than taking out-of-towners the long way? Do taxi companies impose rules on their drivers to distribute the work fairly? Do taxi drivers form alliances to help each other get the best work? (Not planning to be a taxi driver, just curious about how it all works.)
posted by pitseleh at 8:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Cranky CD burner

CD burner on my Powerbook G4 is erratic. [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 8:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Uh well I love you girl....

Calling all neuroscientists! Is there a word for the times when you see something but don't know that you've seen it? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Need dentist second opinion.

Teeth Grinding and Root Canal. Should I get a second dentist's opinion? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Build me the perfect equation... in Microsoft Word

How do I use Word 2007's Equation Builder to create a combination of subscripted and normal size characters? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to buy porn whilst in Brooklyn?

Are there any good adult bookstores in NYC outside of Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM PST - 4 comments

My boyfriend told me the other day how many sexual partners he's had...

My boyfriend told me the other day how many sexual partners he's had... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 66 comments in Chicagoland?

Chicago filter: Has anyone had experience with in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Ugly little field codes in Word

How do I stop Word 2000 (Windows) from displaying field codes constantly? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 7:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Render, damnit, render!!!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but oh well.... Okay, I write and troubleshoot a lot of code in classic ASP and have IIS running on my local machine... [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Creating/exporting midi files on OS X

I'm looking for a free application for OS X that will let me create and export midi files. [more inside]
posted by Camel of Space at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

sweets that keep and are tiny

I'm planning a birthday which I celebrate enthusiatically only once every 7 or so years...anyways...I'm planning on baking lots of sweet things and feeding all my friends. I need to start baking early to get it all done and would like suggestions for small(portioned) sweet treats that can be made in advance and transported easily. [more inside]
posted by beckish at 6:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Have you heard about the new biography of Father Guido Sarducci

I am looking for some books to read before my trip to Tuscany. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

tentfilter: tell me a good festival tent?

What price-range/type of tent should I get for festivals? (uk weather) [more inside]
posted by Iananan at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Fun while housebound

Please suggest fun thing for me to do while housebound and healing from fractures. [more inside]
posted by betterton at 5:59 PM PST - 25 comments

make my pixels look good!

I'm burning video to be played on a standalone LCD HDTV/DVD player. The video seems to be recorded at 720x480 pixel resolution at 24fps. what resolution should I set it to to look best on my 720p HDTV? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 5:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is best site to sell science fiction DVDs

What is the best website to sell science fiction DVD's and get a good price. I've looked at Amazon, and they take a percentage plus 2 separate fees!! And on ebay, the DVD's are selling for very low prices. I was given 3 classic science fiction movies on DVD that I don't want, I'm short on money, and I'd like to sell them for as much as I can.
posted by JasonM at 5:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me sleep peacefully!

Adult night terrors. Do I need to get my head checked? [more inside]
posted by c lion at 5:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Predict the unpredictable NCAA Basketball Tournament

NCAA Basketball Tournament office pool. Do you have any strategies and tips to help me win mine? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 5:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How to determine MRI risk without knowing what kind of stent you have.

Should my father be worried about having an MRI because he has a stent that was implanted after a heart attack? (It's supposed to happen in 12 hours!) [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 5:08 PM PST - 5 comments

pomegranate wine pairing

Wine pairing: what un-pretentious snacks go with pomegranate wine and a silly movie? Bonus points are not given for "hard to find" or "time consuming."
posted by whatzit at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommend an internet print shop?

Recommend an internet print shop that offers the standard business cards and letterhead, but prints on an actual press and not just (gross) digital printing with glossy coatings? [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should I holiday?

I need a vacation spot. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

It seems very British in a way...

What should I do with a pot-full of drained, boiled vegetables used to make veggie stock? We're talking about potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Eating them with salt is nice, but a little boring...
posted by TheNewWazoo at 4:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Mix folders and files alphabetically in XP Details view?

Mix folders and files alphabetically in XP Details view? I don't want them sorted by name showing folder-names separate from file-names. Mixed was always the default Mac way, which I still crave. After years on XP I still haven't found a way. I've tried various 3rd party multi-pane file managers and did find one to do that, but it costs too much. Also, another freeware manager but it's only single-pane. I want either a simple regedit or a freeware multi-pane manager.
posted by Grand Wahzoo at 4:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What defines sophistication?

What exact characteristic(s) make someone appear polished and sophisticated? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 4:01 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I make prints of my artwork for resale?

What is the best way to make prints of my art for resale? [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do the French capitalize each letter of their last names?

Why do the French capitalize each letter of their last names? [more inside]
posted by December at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me with budget software!!

I need help finding a mac-friendly budgeting software to assist in getting my act together! (I've tried mvelopes and iBank!) More details inside... [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Force IE7 to use cache?

Force IE7 to use cache? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I work in a hotel?

What is it like to work in a hotel? I'm interested in getting a job at a local one and would like to know what it's like. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 3:17 PM PST - 8 comments

flash powerpoint

I have a Flash animation (which ends in .app) that I'd like to use in Power Point (it's PP x for Mc) on a MacBook Pro. But I can't seem to find any way to do it. Has anyone had any luck with this, or know of any converters, or know some other way to link to the animation via PowerPoint but not actually as a slide?
posted by jgballard at 2:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Black Paper Notebook, not Black, Paper Notebook!

I need a black paper notebook! [more inside]
posted by headspace at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Things for Chinese visitors to do while in one of the Flyover States?

It's kind of the opposite of questions that have been asked in the past: What activities can you recommend for an American host to arrange for some Chinese Visitors? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 2:45 PM PST - 19 comments

My spine hurts thinking about it...

Could Forrest Gump really run that much? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 2:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me get to the beach this weekend!

Where should I look to find a last-minute warm weather getaway on the (relatively) cheap for this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Drohan at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking advice after a haircut injury

About three snips into giving me a haircut yesterday, the stylist sliced right into a mole on my ear. Bloody hell! No, really. HELP! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 1:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does it take forever to encode a 48 minute video to burn to DVD

Why is it taking more then 8 hours for Toast to encode a 48 minute dvd for burning? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

When am I gonna get my monies, guy?

I'm stagnating. I'm a 23 year old guy in the UK, I'm back living with my parents, having spent fours years away studying, then working in one of the most excellent (but underpaid) jobs I could have ever imagined. I've been back for quite a while now and want a job that differs from the reams of sales, and typical office jobs I have to trawl through on most general job sites. So, where can I find an 'atypical' job? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 12:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Disney channel movie

Movie on Disney channel in late 80s early 90s. Involves boy with crush on girl who turns out to have magical skills, she lives by a lake in cottage with her ?grandmother? who is a witch. Perhaps in England? Anyone? I picture the girl as having long dark, slightly wild hair.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there recipes where using very fresh eggs makes an especially big difference?

Of all the recipes that call for eggs, which are improved the most by using very fresh ones? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:49 PM PST - 19 comments

How long is too long?

I am applying for psychology instructor positions at community colleges and have lots of cover letters to write. What is an acceptable length for these cover letters? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 12:18 PM PST - 19 comments

What's on this guy's shirt?

Help me figure out what is on this guy's shirt [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

comfort tunes

I'm looking for music for a funeral. Something to play quietly in the background. Preferably classical or instrumental. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 12:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Tour-de-France vs. quickie workouts: Which is better?

1 hour workout vs. 3 hour workout... which is more effective for weight loss and weight loss only? A friend and I are unable to agree. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Icky skin cooties.

Are these blemishes a result of cooties on the vinyl cover of my physical therapist's massage-type table? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Help with travel!!!! (berlin - prague - Munich)

Hey I'm travelling to Europe this summer and want to go from Berlin to Prague. I found a previous post on it but it's from 2005 and the info is a little outdated so i was wondering if anyone had a good suggestion for going about getting to prague? I'm travelling with my Girlfriend and we'll be going from Prague to Munich after our stay there. Does anyone know if we can use our Eurail passes in Germany (from say berlin to dresden then switch trains to prague) or book a roundtrip ticket that will take us into Prague and then on to Munich? All help would be appreciated! Thanks
posted by monkeyagent at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Form an orderly queue, ladies

How do things change (or do they change) when an IT conference is attended by 50% women? [more inside]
posted by emmajane at 11:30 AM PST - 13 comments

How versatile can an undercounter bottle cooler be?

BarFilter: Would it be feasible to refrigerate 15 different types of bottled beverages using an undercounter bottle cooler like this? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

I am pretty good at putting on my game face

Is there something wrong with me or is this all contained in the spectrum of normal? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:46 AM PST - 36 comments for dummies

Learning in one weekend - best free & online resource? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Stress = Baked Goods

Please help with with the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe to help my doctor friend. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 10:06 AM PST - 18 comments

HP Laptop died 2 months out of warranty

A few lights blink, but no-one's a home. No bios, no whirring, no help from the retailer (PC World UK, and no I didn't go there, this question is for a friend)... [more inside]
posted by criticalbill at 9:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Shooting the mob?

Can you recommend a good photographer in the Philadelphia area who will come to an event and take a group portrait? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Sync two servers?

IT Geek Filter: A better way to sync millions of files between very remote servers? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:38 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me find a book from my childhood about Trolls…

Help me find a book from my childhood about Trolls… [more inside]
posted by ktrey at 8:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Debit/Credit card fees in Europe

How do I avoid excessive credit card/ATM fees when traveling in Europe this summer? [more inside]
posted by timory at 8:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Please recommend software program for creating/maintaining webpages

Please recommend software program for creating/maintaining webpages [more inside]
posted by jujube at 8:49 AM PST - 25 comments

Identify a Medical Condition?

I'm curious as to what medical condition causes something I saw a few weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Help my boy take home a Camaro!

So, my son bought a car off Ebay. He's in Colorado, the car is in Maryland. He will be flying to Maryland to pick up the car on Spring Break and driving back-but there's one little problem... [more inside]
posted by konolia at 7:57 AM PST - 43 comments

How can we please our neighbor without sacrificing our privacy?

My fiancée and I rent our house, and the next door neighbor (who owns her home) has complained about trees from our yard overhanging into hers. The real estate has said they will pay for this, but our neighbor has to write to them to ask as much. Thing is, we don't really want to give our neighbor the contact details to our real estate, for reasons I will detail inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 20 comments

My time is precious?

What techniques can I use to make myself less available to others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 13 comments

How did he get my email password?

Husband admits spying on me by reading my emails, looking at deleted files, etc. He says he's stopped, but how can I tell for sure by checking my computer? Give answers for the most computer-unsophiticated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 40 comments

Looking for a language hack.

Tweaking the Mac: Is it possible to configure the OS X GUI so that changing to a different language input is visible at the cursor? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments


If I eat three breakfasts and then don't eat for the rest of the day, is that the same thing as eating breakfast lunch and dinner? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 7:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Desktop decoration

Paul Lehr is my favorite SF cover artist. I found some files to use as wallpaper ( I think this is fair use...) but have had little luck. Are there any good (online) sources for his work?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Roth IRA contributions?

Can I contribute to my Roth-IRA from my savings account if I don't earn an income? [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 7:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeks good SAP Training

The Man is turning the company into an SAP shop. SAP offers training, but I'm looking for third party vendors who offer a better or cheaper option. Specific areas on interest are Portal and BI, possibly XI and MDM. Focus should be Administration more important than end user, but all is of interest. Horror stories welcome, good experiences more so.
posted by IndigoJones at 7:19 AM PST - 0 comments

Make the buzzing stop!

Help me de-eighties my bathroom lights! [more inside]
posted by LN at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Searching for Evolution Book

Help me find a book about evolution by Kirchner. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find my dream urban design, community and technology job.

I've decided that I want to research / work in the development of strong, sustainable local communities using social networks, web and mobile technologies and urban design practice (particularly new urbanism). The problem is, I don't know how or where to get started in this field. [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 7:01 AM PST - 1 comment

I can has good looks?

HaircutFilter: Help me choose a men's haircut/style. [more inside]
posted by explosion at 6:48 AM PST - 5 comments

What the heck do the Arabs say?

When men of Arab nations bow at the hip and roll their hand in front them (usually to dignitaries), what is it they say?
posted by PoopyDoop at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

what kind of doc shall I see about a knee injury and how does the UK med system work?

what kind of doc shall I see about a knee injury and how does the UK med system work? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 6:17 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the closest approximation of an almond?

What nut should I use in place of almonds? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 4:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Examples of Standard Deviation in Marketing Research

Looking for clear, effective references of standard deviation in a marketing research project. [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 4:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Tashkent, here I come! *THWACK*

Traveling CIS / Central Asia via train: romantic silk route journey or hell on an iron horse? [more inside]
posted by electronslave at 4:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Trouble with .TOD videos and JVC HD Video Camera

I have a JVC GZ-HD7 Everio HD Camera and I’m having some trouble using the video. I download the video from the camera and it looks great however to use it anywhere requires me to convert it. I’ve tried Camtasia, Sony Vegas 7, Quicktime Pro, several converters like Kingdia and Cucusoft. The end result is always a video that looks like it was shot with a $10 video camera. Is there someway to get the .TOD videos in a usable format that maintains its quality, so I can edit them and create final videos. A tool that would also allow me to letterbox or crop the 16:9 to 4:3. Thanks so much for your time. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL at 3:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Mediate this, sucka!

IMAL Filter: So I am volunteering to go to mediation today. What can/should I do to get the most favorable outcome? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 2:57 AM PST - 2 comments

cheap, USB controlled, simple mechanical device (example: rotating gear)?

I've made a small mechanical device but need help to find a USB-connected, -powered and -controlled part that gives mechanical input. It should be slow, turned on/off from computer, and really cheap. [more inside]
posted by nolnar at 2:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Personal papers, receipts, and documentation -- should they stay or should they go?

Paper trails: Similar to this link, I am looking for a specific list of personal papers, receipts, and essential documents I should keep and for how long. Any and all receipts? Bank statements? [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

March 18

G4 Powerbook Runs Slow; CPU Maxed

G4 Powerbook (1.5 MHz, 2 GB RAM, Tiger) slows to a crawl and activity monitor shows 90-100% CPU usage - with minimal number of open applications. Might this be software (Tiger?) or hardware (CPU)? [more inside]
posted by kegill at 11:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Forbidden Fruit pics

Does anyone know where I can find a high res image of Lucas Cranach's The Fall of Man? Or, alternatively, a high res version of another classic painting of the Adam/Eve/Apple/Garden of Eden/Devil image?
posted by crossoverman at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

How to speak with someone who stutters

What's the proper etiquette when you're speaking to someone with a stutter? Do you stutter? What are you thinking as it's happening? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 9:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Dead zone begone.

How can I convince a wireless provider to eliminate my dead zone? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 9:33 PM PST - 5 comments

A change for the better...

Where can I trade spare change for bills in Seattle, without fees? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Super-fast business cards in Seattle?

Where in downtown Seattle/Belltown can I get an order of business cards made by 5:00 p.m. this Thursday (day after tomorrow)?
posted by Enroute at 9:14 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the Apple aesthetic?

What is the name of the design language used for Apple products circa 2000? Jonathan Ive designed the iSub, the Cube, the Apple Displays, etc; all of them share a lot of plexiglas surrounding light-colored plastic (if there is any color). This "look" is cohesive enough to be called a design language, but what specifically is the clear-and-maybe-white motif named? More importantly, where else can it be found?
posted by Monochrome at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find an affordable, thorough, genealogist to help me research my Irish ancestry?

Where can I find an affordable, thorough, genealogist to help me research my Irish ancestry? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 8:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Ask now or ask later?

I'm expecting a promotion soon. I want to move to a better office. Should I ask to move now, or wait until my review? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 8:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Any good online Program Management resources?

I'm finishing my MBA next month and am moving from my Product Management role into a newly created Program Manager position for our business unit. [more inside]
posted by white_devil at 8:06 PM PST - 2 comments

What games would our group love?

What are some good board games from my group of friends? [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 7:55 PM PST - 26 comments

Know of any tshirts with funny fishing humor posted on them?

My dad loves t-shirts with fishing-related humor. I've already bought him one with "The trout, the whole trout and nothing but the trout, so help me Cod", and am planning to get this one, "Just for the Halibut." Are there any other funny shirts out there, related to fishing? Note: he's also conservative and old-fashioned, so anything crude won't work.
posted by invisible ink at 7:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Travel in Puerto Morales, Mexico

What are some fun things to do/see in Puerto Morelos, Mexico? [more inside]
posted by nikksioux at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

iMovie glitch - why won't the video play?

I am trying to make a short video clip using iMovie '08. When I play it, it looks great. When I export it, it acts completely differently. [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Can we go ahead and get married?

I am a US citizen. My fiance is a UK citizen. We want to live in the US. In fact, we already own a home together, and he is making trips back and forth. We don't want to wait the 6+ months it will take for a K-1 visa to be approved before we get married. Can we legally marry while he is here on a tourist visa? If we do, does he have to return to the UK if we file for a change of status? What problems might this cause with immigration?
posted by sapphirebbw at 7:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Upgrade my Mac and still share my iTunes with XP?

OSX (Tiger) and XP are currently sharing one iTunes library via MacDrive and some trickery but I'm gun-shy upgrading iTunes or moving to Leopard... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

How to plan a unique 27th birthday party in Boston?

What activities, in or around Boston, would create an amazing birthday evening for my delightfully nerdy, almost-27-year-old boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by evalenza at 6:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Redirects & Mediawiki.

I have a private wiki, & I'd like to keep it from showing up in server logs. Specifically, I'd like to strip out the referrer information by having external links go through a redirect. How do I have Mediawiki munge external links to include the redirector? Also, would using a redirect really do what I want, or does this really vary by browser?
posted by Pronoiac at 5:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Alexander the Greatest?

What is the one book should I read about Alexander the Great? [more inside]
posted by broady at 5:20 PM PST - 12 comments

GayDramaFilter. How can I make sure that people don't confuse my basic interest in them with flirting?

GayDramaFilter. How can I make sure that people don't confuse my basic interest in them with flirting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Cold camping getaway!

We just need some peace and quiet. Looking for a great spot to do some early-season camping this weekend near Seattle, WA. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Craig at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

You know what they say about people with big feet....

Where can I buy large men's sneakers (size 13/48) in China? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 4:43 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I do about my cat's ear drops?

My kitten FREAKS OUT when I try to give him his ear drops. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 4:31 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm showing my age, look away, I'm hideous.

What is my baud rate? [more inside]
posted by SkinnerSan at 4:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Biz travel: little time, big splash?

How should we make the most of our business trip? Two partners and I are visiting NY next week for a client meeting. (We're normally in London and US West Coast.) We may have a spare couple of days, and I'd like to make those as productive as possible from a networking perspective. Suggestions? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 4:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Bluray: Netflix vs Blockbuster....FIGHT

Netflix vs. Blockbuster - Who's got more Bluray? Not counting bias either way, looking for the raw numbers.
posted by joshgray at 3:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Iphone? Should be....My Phone!

I've been waiting for months now for the 3g Iphone to come out....should I continue to wait? [more inside]
posted by Hogermite at 3:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Can I fix my broken camera screen?

Can I Frankenstein (repair with another of the same camera) my Fuji F20 or am I out of my league? [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Durham, NC: What's your favorite credit union?

I’m looking for a full-service credit union in or around Durham, NC. [more inside]
posted by take me to the river at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)!

Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)! [more inside]
posted by StrangeCharmed at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Distribute pictures

How do you do this in css? Meaning, specifically, the plotting of pictures in specific spots like that. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Why won't one of my speakers work?

When I plug my speakers into my laptop, one of them doesn't work; when I plug my speakers into my mp3 player, they both work fine. What would cause this? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 2:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Methods to achieve better tactical and strategic thinking?

Lately I have been playing many strategy board games and not winning that much. I feel I need to become a more adept strategic / tactical thinker. What books, mental exercises or other things could help me? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 2:41 PM PST - 17 comments

No Pets, Lots of Ticks.

My backyard (all concrete) has become infested with ticks and whatever the exterminator is using is worthless. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Non-Indo-European language families

LinguisticsFilter: Why are the many Indo-European languages considered to have a common ancestor, whereas Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and other gramatically and lexically similar languages are grouped into separate language families? How did so many different language families arise in the Americas and Australia given that they were populated by the same groups of people? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by pravit at 2:28 PM PST - 46 comments

How do I figure out which pages on a web site are wider than X amount of pixels?

How can I analyze the width of specific site's web pages? I'm envisioning either a list of links for pages exceeding a certain amount of pixels or a table that lists every page title, along with the link and the page's width.
posted by boombot at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find Shipping Pallet furniture plans mentioned in the latest Dwell.

In the latest Dwell magazine there was a house featured with a chair made from pallets. Very simple and elegant, it also had a small mention of a company called Tolstrup. Help me find the downloadable plans mentioned. [more inside]
posted by huxley at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me decide how much I'm worth per hour

How much does a Clinique counter manager earn in a department store? [more inside]
posted by tosteka at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you identify these musicians?

My wife saw a Latin American guitar duo on late night TV (UK) about six months ago and wants to find out who they are. Can you help? She'll love you all forever! [more inside]
posted by monster max at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Don't penalize my bad typing!

Is it possible to edit the auto-complete list in gmail? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Sci-Fi easy readers?

Book-rec-filter time! Looking for sci-fi themed books for a young child. Can you suggest any? [more inside]
posted by Janta at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

how many words in METAMORPHOSIS

How many words can be made from the letters in the word "Metamorphosis"? [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom at 1:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Two desktops, one DVD burner. Help me decide which one to install the burner in.

I have two separate Dell desktops: (A) one with dual CD burners and, (B) one with a DVD-ROM & separate CD-burner. They have reasonably equivalent CPUs (2.66-3.1 GHz) but B has twice the RAM of A (1 Gb vs 512 Kb). I just bought a DVD burner since they seem insanely cheap (yeah, I'm really with the times - what's Blu-Ray, duh!). Never having burned DVDs, I'm wondering if it makes more sense to install the burner on A, so that I have DVD read capability on both computers; or on B, under the assumption that the greater RAM & dual DVD units would make DVD-to-DVD copying more user-friendly/faster. Is that a BS assumption, or is it reasonably painless to copy DVDs using a single drive? Your thoughts?
posted by Pressed Rat at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

banking on banksy

I'm looking for a photo of Banksy-style graffiti involving rabbits fighting each other. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this mysterious (possibly non-US made) film!

Old Movie Filter: This is the question I joined MeFi to ask. I remember seeing a movie, on actual reels, when I was about seven at school. It has haunted me for the last twenty-two years. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 1:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Happy Festival of Colors?

I want to impress my coworkers in Mumbai with my knowledge of Indian holidays. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify this monster tale?

I'm trying to track down something I remembered watching on television a long time ago. The only thing I can really remember is the climax of the story, which I vaguely recall was about these parents or caretakers (babysitters, perhaps) telling two young children about some kind of bogeyman. At the end, a giant arm reaches through the front door and grabs them while the children watch. I have a feeling it could have been an episode of an Outer Limits type show, or maybe a Trilogy of Terror type thing.
posted by wolfsleepy at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

The tax man's coming to get me! But hopefully to give me more money...

Help! I incorrectly filled out my W-4! I'm in the process of rectifying this, but what happens after the fact? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

How to shuffle test items in random order in Microsoft Word?

how do i shuffle questions in a Word document in random order? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Paperback alert?

I have a list of books I want to purchase when they come out on paperback. Do you know of a service that will email me when that happens? (Amazon, Powells?) [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I do with beef tongue?

Help with all things beef tongue. I bought a tongue from the farmer's market and am clueless how to handle it. I read this thread and need more detail. Peeling? What do you mean, it needs to be peeled? How? Can I overcook it? Should I eat it in a stew, or some other way? What are your favorite tongue recipes? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I get over my fear of hurting others?

In relationships, I'm very, very afraid of the possibility having to break up and hurting the other person. DTMFA threads like this make me want to hide under my bed. I often don't get into relationships or pre-emptively end relationships quickly -- even if things are going great -- if I can imagine a time in the future when things won't work out. The fear makes it hard for me to know myself how I really feel. So my question to you all: can you give me advice -- maybe links to psychological studies or just from your own life experiences-- on how someone can know if a relationship is worth pursuing. Not looking for guarantees of eternal happiness and marriage, just the knowledge that even if things don't work out, I'm pursing the relationship in good faith... and not being an asshole. [more inside]
posted by specialfriend at 12:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me Portrait my Landscape monitors?

I want to make my Landscape monitors into Portrait monitors. Help me find a stand, and maybe software? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Flash Video Limit?

How do I fix this: too many browser windows with flash open stops YouTube from functioning [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:51 PM PST - 2 comments

My CD ROM/Burner are somewhat half dead, XP does not recognize them! Please help.

My CD ROM/Burner are somewhat half dead, XP does not recognize them! Please help. [more inside]
posted by cheero at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Connect via IP, but not NetBIOS?

Why would I be able to connect to other Windows computers in a workgroup via IP, but not by NetBIOS name? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 12:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a "best" way to configure a usb key so that it is most likely to be bootable for Windows-type functions?

Is there really a "best" way to configure a usb key so that it is most likely to be bootable (for windows/dos sw installs) - AND perform a function besides just booting? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 12:41 PM PST - 1 comment

oddly tragic voting radio story

NPR-story-with-little-to-go-on-filter: Several years ago, I heard a radio story involving a tribal election in which one candidate was represented as being for re-investing funds in the tribe, while another was for direct payments to tribe members. An tribe member, interviewed, said he'd vote for the latter, although even he didn't think it was best for the tribe or for him in the long term -- because he wanted the cash. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Photography Jobs/Internships

Are there any Photography Studios/Companies/Newspapers in the New York City area that an amateur photo could get an internship or a summer job with? [more inside]
posted by Del Far at 12:06 PM PST - 5 comments

treatment of social anxiety disorder in or around Boston, MA

Recommendations for treatment of social anxiety disorder in or around Boston or Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
posted by lucky mollusk at 11:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Is the MasterRental benefit all it's cracked up to be?

Question about the "MasterRental" rental insurance benefit that most of us have on our MasterCards. [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote at 11:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Non-profit looking for ways to generate revenue

Non-profit looking for ways to generate revenue. Please help us with ideas. [more inside]
posted by saffronwoman at 11:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Colon Cleansing

Colon Cleansing - Are the solutions advertised on TV and on the web a good idea? Are they harmful? Do doctors approve this kind of thing?
posted by FLHunter3006 at 11:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Why can't we log into our google accounts from work?

Why can't I get to the Google login page? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Project Manager ain't happy, ain't nobody happy

Good online resources for help with writing procedures and creating flowcharts? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 10:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Illustrated ephemera

Looking for online collections of vintage hand-drawn illustrations (like so, but minus the envelope), preferably high quality. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Article by W.C. Heinz

The great writer W.C. Heinz died recently. In his NY Times obituary, it talks about an article he wrote in 1949 for True Magazine called “The Morning They Shot the Spies”, describing the firing-squad execution of three Germans who had infiltrated American lines in World War II. Is this article available online? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How to convert lat/long to x/y on Lambert Conformal Conic.

Math/mapping question: I'm trying to use a formula to convert latitude/longitude into x and y values on a map. What are the reference longitude, reference latitude, and the standard parallels? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

My First Beatmaking Set-up

What software, audio files and other equipment does a novice who is interested in making hip-hop beats need? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 10:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Who sounds more like Godflesh than Godflesh?

Where can I find more music like the song used in the Godflesh song used in this recent Metafilter post? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

electrical engineering in pittsburgh

What is the job market like in Pittsburgh, PA for new engineering grads? Where should we be looking? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Hate the govenment, not the people.

Relaying potentially 'subversive' information to a friend in China via email. How can I best go about it? Would IM be better? [more inside]
posted by dawson at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Heading out in twos.

Tips for motorcycle passengers? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 9:34 AM PST - 21 comments

How to reset my keyboard?

What is the super-secret combination to reset a Logitech wireless keyboard? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

It seems like it might be one of those important moments..

Where can I watch the Barack Obama speech from this morning online in its entirety? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 9:29 AM PST - 14 comments

I feel like the pinata, won't you take a swing at me

A friend and I are turning 23 this weekend. We're making a pinata! What should we fill it with? [more inside]
posted by troika at 9:25 AM PST - 39 comments

Where to buy the abracadabra bookmark?

I want to buy this abracadabra bookmark. Where can I? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Grading papers and apologizing when I'm way behind the power curve

Help! How do I face my employer and students when I've really f*cked up! [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 8:35 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I perform an effective market analysis?

I'm trying to start a small business. Please give me tips on performing market and competition analyses. [more inside]
posted by lunit at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a good EVDO card to clone?

I'm looking at a situation where I may want/need to buy a replacement Sprint EVDO card, and want to just clone over the old card's ID (ESN?) to the new one. What cards work the best for this? [more inside]
posted by frijole at 8:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Selecting a Financial Planner: Fee v. Commission

How should I select a financial planner? Should I find a fee-only or commission-based planner? $150-$200/hour seems like a lot of money to me. [more inside]
posted by mshields at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Sorry, I had to toss my cookies. Yours too.

How do you define a cookie? (The edible kind) [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 8:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Best fast, high capacity usb drive?

I'm interested in a fast, high-capacity (at least 4GB) usb flash drive. Does anyone have any suggestions? Speed and reliability are important.
posted by cahlers at 7:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Biochemistry & Gene Therapy Filter

What's new and exciting in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics? I'm looking for an exciting/interesting journal article to present to my classmates along the lines of heterologous eukaryotic expression of a gene or gene therapy utilizing knockouts as a technique or with an emphasis on transgenic organisms. I could, of course, slog through the journals on my own and guess at what might be exciting in the field, but I thought I would ask the hive first. Any biochemists or molecular biologists out there want to give this a go? Citations would be incredibly helpful.
posted by stuboo at 7:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me delete group photo names from this damnable program!

How can I delete picture group names from MS Scanner and Camera Wizard? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

If Hawaii, why not...?

Why has the United States stopped where it has? Are there any plans for further enlargement? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 7:32 AM PST - 63 comments

Paint for Macintosh?

Is there a program that is free or shareware that works like Paint....except for Macintosh? [more inside]
posted by macgenius at 7:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Fun stuff near Mitsuwa Chicago

Fun stuff in Arlington Heights, IL near Mitsuwa? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:01 AM PST - 9 comments

O mystical credit gods

Why do I keep getting credit card offers when it is sure that I'll be denied? Or is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

What should I do about my debt problems?

I am having some serious financial issues. Who, in Eastern Canada, can I talk to about this kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Things to do in Essen and surroundings

Moved to Germany from the US. Need advice on rebuilding my life. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 6:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Teen girl audition song needed!

Teen MusicalTheaterFilter: Audition song for teen girl- make it a good one! [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Buying my first house: am I screwed now?

When should I buy a house? I'm freaked out about buying my first house to start with, and now this? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 6:38 AM PST - 33 comments

What's the best portable cable management solution?

My laptop bag is a rat's nest of headphones, power cables, USB cables and ethernet cables. I don't have 10 minutes to spend every morning and night wrapping each cable into a nice little package and then securing velcro. Are there any laptop bags or cable management solutions that (1) organize A LOT of cables and (2) allow me to quickly pack and unpack my laptop and cables?
posted by skunkspinner at 6:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Where on these here internets can I find the inside scoop on Columbia Teachers College?

Where can I find "inside scoop" information about grad schools and their surroundings? In particular, Columbia Teachers College? What's the best dorm? Best nearby bar/restaurant? Best place to buy books? and on and on... [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 5:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me pass my test!

What to include on my Statistics midterm cheatsheet? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

"And" versus "or"

Proper choice of coordinating conjunction in a list. "And" versus "or." [more inside]
posted by tentacle at 5:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Best on-line account for a startup?

Startupfilter: best on-line account for a small US business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 AM PST - 3 comments

The Story of (a) Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah

My grandmother owns an unusually-shaped lot in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by alexei at 12:56 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I work data magic to find hundreds of phone numbers fast?

How can I work some data magic and save time looking up hundreds of phone numbers with data from an Excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 12:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Root beer floats + bicycles = best wedding gift ever?

Help me pick out the best wedding gift ever for my almost-husband. [more inside]
posted by bedhead at 12:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert [never?]."

Waitress etiquette: I work at a diner that's only open one day a week (at an auction arena). We're a close-knit group (employees and customers). We have a "special" every week, a dinner that includes a dessert. Sometimes a particular customer will say "I don't want the dessert" and sometimes he/she won't... [more inside]
posted by amyms at 12:08 AM PST - 19 comments

March 17

Vista Hell

The Vista Home Premium DVD I'm using to "recover" the factory settings on my Toshiba A200-TR6 just pops open before even beginning "Operation Recovery." Save me from this Vista nightmare...! [more inside]
posted by rumbles at 11:36 PM PST - 7 comments

10 weeks in London, < $5000. How can I do it?

I'm a Yank who'll be working in London for ten weeks this summer. My budget is really limited, and, with the dollar falling, it shrinks a bit more every day. Right now I could just use some general advice on living cheaply. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:42 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stay safe online?

How do I stay safe online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Show me the way to the next whisky gift...

What's a good gift for my scotch-loving husband? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 10:17 PM PST - 22 comments

Dish Network Vs. DirectTV Vs. Uverse (from those who've had two or more)

Dish Network Vs. DirectTV Vs. Uverse (from those who've had two or more) [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 10:05 PM PST - 0 comments

How to harden the fuck up already

I feel too much. Help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 PM PST - 21 comments

How to end a dysfunctional relationship without being a total jerk?

I have been in what I think is a co-dependant relationship for over four years, and things have been hard recently for me to recover from mental illness and start working again. I think we are simply stuck in a rut now, I also feel more like a good friend or roommate rather than a romantic partner (that's probably at least 50% my fault though as I have low libido anyway) and it's best we are apart. But this woman has become incredibly dependant on me, and since I am the wimpy "avoid confrontation at all costs" type I have kept quiet about my problems. How can I gracefully leave without totally pulling the rug from under her and without her hating me and all men forever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Word for the pleasure experienced in remembering?

Word for taking pleasure in remembering something (not quite) forgotten? [more inside]
posted by etoyasu at 9:36 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm fasting, help me from...slowing.

I'm finishing off a 19 day fast and have only 3 days left. This week is a bit intense for me (2 exams and a lot of running around) give me some tips and tricks to power through. [more inside]
posted by 913 at 9:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Why the big price gap in guitar FX pedals?

What is the essential difference between guitar effect pedals in different prices ranges? Also, are the DIY stompbox kits worth it? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 9:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me make a TV show~!

I'm going to shoot a TV program. How can I package and sell this germ of an idea? [more inside]
posted by DickStock at 8:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Did Kingsley Amis make these guys up?

In On Drink and Everyday Drinking Kingsley Amis lauds two American researchers who allegedly concluded that without alcohol, Western civilisation would have collapsed in 1912. They are briefly named as Hoyt and Roths in the first book. I cannot find anything further online about these marvellous people, and the books in question are lightweight potboilers with no references. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Freed up a little bit. Now what?

Nagging, restless feeling that I could/should make large changes in my life. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

What was this weird phone call?

Should I be concerned about the strange phone call I received today? Was it a creditor (looking for someone else) or a scam? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 7:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Twitter Times Two

Is there a way (preferably using the @ command or IM) that I can post to a second Twitter account? I want to use the other account as a list of the books that I have read - a simple "blog" with the title, author and a quick thought. Thanks.
posted by whybesubtle at 6:44 PM PST - 14 comments


Cheap way to get to Japan? [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 at 5:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Squishy issue

Where can I play squash and or racquetball around Mountain View, CA? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 5:42 PM PST - 3 comments

It's fun to violate the D-M-C-A

What was the wording on this faux-DMCA laptop sticker I saw? [more inside]
posted by namewithoutwords at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Sorry baby, I had to crash that Prius.

Do I have to pay $1000+ the insurance co. won't cover? [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 5:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Legal advice for screwed beneficiary

Estate disbursement question -- screwed? [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 5:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Seltzer is better than Soda. But, are there any negatives?

I drink A LOT of seltzer. I have heard about "carbonic acid". Should I be concerned? Are there any other negatives to high carbonation in a diet? [more inside]
posted by Ryaske at 5:10 PM PST - 15 comments

super fun nostalgia

After almost 20 years, I'm re-learning how to hula-hoop. [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:08 PM PST - 8 comments

"You'd better back off, or you're next!"

What happened to Majestic? I mean, I know it ended, but HOW? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 5:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a photo sharing site that allows multiple people to post photos to a single album.

Looking for a photo sharing site that allows multiple people to post photos to a single album. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 4:57 PM PST - 10 comments

should we stay or should we go?

Should we still move to chicago, even with the threat of recession? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 4:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Is there a word that means edible-or-potable?

Words for things you eat: edibles, comestibles, food. Words for things you drink: potables, drinks. Is there a generic term for things that you eat or drink? [more inside]
posted by painquale at 4:16 PM PST - 30 comments

How to inspire teenage graduates in 25 words or less?

Asking for a friend: I'm looking for a short story/anecdote/or whatever that encapsulates the teacher/student relationship. A sentence, short story, poem, song or novel where the point is that education doesn't end at graduation and that teachers - in their infinite adult wisdom - will always have something to learn from their students.
posted by Elmore at 4:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I renew my MP3Tunes membership, or is there something better now?

Should I renew my MP3Tunes membership, or is there something better now? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 3:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Educational cartoon short about oil/petroleum?

I'm looking for a great short educational cartoon about oil and petroleum that may or may not have been posted in the blue a long time ago, definitely elsewhere on the net. My extensive searching has uncovered nothing and someone else may simply remember the title. It was 50's cartoony, obviously biased in favor of the industry, but seemed scientifically accurate. Any clue?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Get this Microsoft out of my iTunes!

I disabled Explorer with a fake proxy server address, and now I can't connect to the iTunes store. I don't want to go back to Explorer from Firefox, but I needs some new tunes! [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 3:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do people park next to me in open lots?

Who are The Fillers, and why are they after me? [more inside]
posted by dinger at 3:09 PM PST - 43 comments

"Islam is the most stupid religion"

Where can I read Michel Houellebecq's notorious September 2001 Lire interview in English? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit at 2:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Will I ever learn to do the splits?

I want to be able to do the splits. Please tell me if this is realistic, and if so, the best way to go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Cross sections

3D cross section software? is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 2:24 PM PST - 9 comments

"Don't hang up, let me cut our internet..."

Our wireless internet and our cordless phone(s) hate each other with the unbridled passion of a thousand suns. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Can our relationship survive living apart after living together?

My boyfriend of almost 3 years and I have been living together for a year and a half. About a year ago he decided he wanted to start making his own music, something he never had the chance to do earlier in his life. He's also a very successful grad student in a PHD program, so he thinks that before he graduates is the only time he will be able to devote enough time to making music while still being a good student. And now he's telling me that the only way he can really give this a shot is for us to not live together for a while so he can have some "space" to really discover himself and focus on his music whenever he's not in school. He says he wants to work on it so much that he would seem neglectful if we lived together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 85 comments

Help me score tickets for the NCAA tourney

Here is the situation. I live near DC and would like to attend the Purdue - Baylor game, which is the 2nd game of session 1 on Thursday afternoon. Given that none of the 4 schools involved (Purdue - Baylor - Xavier - Georgia) are from the DC area, and none of them inspire particularly national followings, do you think I can score a good deal by waiting until after game 1 starts and working the ticket resellers loitering around the Verizon Center? I seem to recall watching plenty of first round games on TV where the arena was not even close to full because the teams were not local. I can buy on Ebay for close to face value, but if odds are good that I can save $100 on a pair of tickets by waiting until the last possible second, I'll take the risk. After all it's just a basketball game. Looking for input from anybody that might have attended early round games under similar circumstances in recent years.
posted by COD at 2:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Wherefore .mac?

What should I do with my trial .mac membership? I signed up for it with my upgrade to Leopard because it was free, and does not auto-renew. But I just can't think of anything to use it for. I don't need it for making a blog, or posting pictures online. I use gmail. Am I missing something?
posted by bingo at 2:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find data on planetary positions and velocities?

I'm working on a computer simulation of the solar system, but I need data on the positions and velocities on planets and their moons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

HostingFilter: Help me move my web presence(s)

HostingFilter: I need to move two web properties, two active domains, and some parked domains, and I'd like to it to be as economical as possible. [more inside]
posted by micawber at 1:13 PM PST - 7 comments

WMVs into Flv

Please help me convert my mgp and wmv files to flash. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

270 .Vobs a Week, Help Convert!

Need help on a huge .Vob conversion to the best bandwidth saving format project. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 1:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a good meditation teacher in New York City

Looking for a recommendation for meditation classes in new york city. There are so many places offering classes it would be great to hear from anyone who has had any experience. I'm trying to avoid the whole commercialized experience with the health spa and yoga store I am looking for a teacher who is the real deal. My goal is to find someone who is a legend and well known for his/her success. I don't have any real idea about which techniques / schools I should be focusing on but I want to be able to train myself to quiet my mind, improve conciousness and concentration. Thanks
posted by postergeist at 1:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Home Box Office my butt.

Are any of the cable pay channels (HBO, Showtime etc) worth paying for anymore? [more inside]
posted by nougat at 1:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Gzipping javascript for dummies

Ok, so how exactly do I make gzipped javascript work? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 12:54 PM PST - 3 comments

MacPro for a Windows User

MacPro for a Windows User: Please help me plan my new MacPro that can ease me from my Windowsean ways and meet my eccentric needs about dual-booting and hardware disk mirroring. [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 12:46 PM PST - 15 comments

youtube vids not appearing in ie7

Embedded youtube vids not appearing in IE7... [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you want to be my friend? Check yes or no.

Some friends of a friend don't seem to want to know me. At all. Which makes for some really uncomfortable get-togethers. Looking for suggestions on the best way to deal. [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday at 12:32 PM PST - 38 comments

So basically this is all your fault, VISTA

What should a bone-novice know about installing extra memory in a laptop, a Toshiba Satellite A135-S2386? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

ASP Development question: Install a printer on the client's machine?

ASP.Net development question. Can I map to a printer on the client's machine from a web page? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

David Bowie

Bass player. Long time pizzicato, first time arco. What do I need to know about my bow, specifically regarding rosin? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Is the money supply contracting, or expanding?

FinanceFilter: Is the money supply contracting, or expanding, after netting all the Fed action, bank closures, mortgage defaults, etc? The dollar falling seems to signal a net increase of money supply, but this is inconsistent with the thesis of a credit or liquidity crunch. If the money supply is growing at a slower rate due to tighter lending practices, shouldn't the dollar be rising, even in the face of Fed-rate cutting? Do we know the net expansion or contraction of the money supply due to the combination of rate cuts and mortgage defaults? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 11:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Baby-friendly point-and-shoot camera sought

I'm looking for point-and-click digital still camera to replace my Canon A95. I need something dead simple for snapping lots of baby pix, often indoors, in motion, and in low light. [more inside]
posted by wheat at 11:36 AM PST - 19 comments

What's wrong with my balls?

Testicle-related question inside. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Where online can I buy a cool laptop skin for a HP DV5000?

Where online is a good place to buy a decal skin for my laptop? (HP DV5000). I want something to make my laptop look cool. I've checked out and liked their designs. Are there other places I should be looking?
posted by remcobron at 11:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Need Some Kiwi Love

My females are lonely. Help me find a male kiwi plant. [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to buy a trombone in San Francisco?

What is a good place to buy either a new or used trombone in San Francisco? Trombone repairs? [more inside]
posted by R343L at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Who Am I?

My brother is being tormented by being unable to identify a mental image of a photograph of a man who he believes to be an author. He can't recall a lot of details, but here's what he has; I told him if anyone could help, it would be you guys, so don't let me down. :) - Male, relatively young, dark hair, beard - Probably an author, or if not, at least someone well-known - Possibly German or Russian, maybe of Jewish descent - Name may be Joseph or something similar, but not Stalin - Pretty sure it's a black & white photograph, which probably places him in the early 20th century I know this isn't a lot of information, but I figured it was worth a try.... Thanks!
posted by greenmagnet at 11:16 AM PST - 29 comments

Sort, OCR, export text from PDFs

I am in need of a server-side Linux or Unix-based software solution that will sort uploaded PDF files that can be PDF-native (that is, created in such a way that the text in the PDF is freely copyable), PDFs with embedded text over images (usually the result of a previous OCR job), and PDF-scanned, which are PDFs containing no text, only scanned images. The PDF-native files and PDFs with embedded text it will extract text from, the PDF-scanned files it will then OCR and export that text. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 11:13 AM PST - 4 comments

What does the phrase "Look Away" mean in the chorus of the song "Dixie".

In the (traditional Southern U.S.) song "Dixie", what is meant by the lyric "Look away" from the chorus "Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land." [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 11:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Best way to get digital photos from 20+ disposable cameras?

Whats the cheapest and easiest way to get high-quality digital photos from 20 disposable cameras? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 11:06 AM PST - 5 comments

If Bear Stearns is being bought out at $2 why is it trading today in the high $3s?

If Bear Stearns is being bought out at $2 why is it trading today in the high $3s?
posted by priorpark17 at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What healing process and timeline can I expect following crush injury to fingers?

What healing process and timeline can I expect following crush injury to fingers? [more inside]
posted by LeeNicholson at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

What's easy to cook for 15 people?

I'm currently living with 14 other people. We take turns cooking for each other. So Mefites, please help me with cheap, easy and delicious recipes that are easy to scale up to very large portions. Difficulty: We only have one medium sized oven but several stove tops. Oh, and one of us can't eat chili.
posted by sveskemus at 10:47 AM PST - 26 comments

I want my obscure 80's

Sometimes I can’t find what I want at the local House o’ Used CD’s or on iTunes. What are your favorite sources for (legally) obtaining music? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 10:42 AM PST - 18 comments

I can't get no sinusfaction.

What was your post nasal polyp surgery experience like? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Library catalog software

In order to continue putting off packing for an upcoming move, I am looking for software for cataloging home libraries. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 10:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Is a life without makeup in my future?

Foundationfilter: Ladies, have any of you had success clearing your skin for good by foregoing foundation of any type? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 9:49 AM PST - 26 comments

South Bay dog sitter?

Recommend a dog sitter in LA South Bay area? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 9:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Homemade guitar amp filter

I built this mini guitar amp based on this circuit. But I used a 4 watt speaker rather than the 8 watts specified. What are the consequences of that change? [more inside]
posted by Grundlebug at 9:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Someones Watching

I believe that my soon to be ex-wife has installed software on my laptop (Win XP) that allows her to remotely monitor my web activity. How can I find and disable this?
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 27 comments

60 60th Birthday Ideas With "60" In Them. Let's Do It!

What are some creative, gaggy/silly birthday gifts with the number "60" in them? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Give me French hip-hop online radio stations

Online radio stations that play French rap ... [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 9:06 AM PST - 10 comments

da boot?

lyrics to the song by teflon "da boot"? [more inside]
posted by kowboy at 8:54 AM PST - 1 comment

My big toe is a' achin'

Has anyone had bunion surgery? What was it like and how was the recovery? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 8:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What sort of music equipment should I get for my brother?

What piece of music equipment should I get for my brother's birthday? Are there really only certain types of interfaces compatible with Pro Tools? [more inside]
posted by aielen at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Clear Skin or Bust!

My Accutane treatment isn't showing results. Should I take a higher dosage, stick it out or give up? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 8:18 AM PST - 20 comments

My central heating unit smells like farts

Is my central heating system killing me slowly? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 8:13 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you set up a 529 plan for someone else's baby?

Does anyone have any first-hand experience setting up a 529 plan for a member of the extended family? I have pretty good ideas about where to look for information about which state's plan would be best (although any suggestions about great plans in specific states are welcome), but I'm at a bit of a loss with the mechanics of doing for someone else's kid. The soon-to-be niece or nephew of iminurmefi thanks you! [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

What language is this?

What language is this song in? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Create dialog box within page

How do I create a pop-up dialog box within a webpage that opens within the same page? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Turn-by-Turn routing software?

I'm looking for PC/Laptop map routing software with turn-by-turn control, where you can define the origin, destination, and stops along the way and then traverse the suggested route junction by junction, making changes (such as specifying a turn at a specific location) along the way, with the remainder of the route automatically recalculated following each change. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Best places to visit in England

What are the best places to visit in England, preferably around London? [more inside]
posted by celine at 7:53 AM PST - 24 comments

a few days in mexico city

So, I will be going to Mexico City for four days in early April. I have read the following threads here and here. I do speak Spanish and I am interested in what I should see (some questions not covered in the other threads) [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

T9 kybd wld be gr8.

Does anyone know of a manufacturer of a T9 keyboard/software for a PC? [more inside]
posted by moitz at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I help a friend who has some self-destructive tendencies?

I have a friend who's definitely not suicidal or anything like that, but has inflicted pain on themselves in the past. Nobody else knows, and I'd like be as helpful as I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm trying to get back on the horse but I wonder if he's really an ass.

After a four-year relationship ended disastrously, early last year, I've developed an interest in someone. The problem? A reliable source describes this guy as a complete douchebag. Given that I was previously badly burned, do I go out with this guy whose reputation precedes him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 43 comments

Friends breaking up--do I really have to choose?

Friends breaking up--do I really have to choose? [more inside]
posted by freem at 6:51 AM PST - 30 comments

Urinary Alkalizer without an Rx in the USA?

Bladder-filter: I'm looking for a good urinary alkalinizing agent that's available in the USA without a prescription (eg OTC, legal internet-ordered or store shelf). [more inside]
posted by subbes at 6:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Questions about tranferring money overseas

Need to transfer a large amount of money from US to UK and have a few questions about currency brokers and taxes. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 6:39 AM PST - 6 comments

obscure-sub-field-of-anthropology corner

What can you (you wonderful, bright, worldly people, you) tell me about legal anthropology? I'd like to know about its ideological construction, presence in academia, personal experiences, applications in the non-academic world, and whatever you've got. Thanks!
posted by clockzero at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Moving to Portland

I'm moving to Portland, OR next week, and wanted to get a feel for the area. What are some places that I absolutely should visit, places to dine and drink, and so forth? [more inside]
posted by triolus at 6:11 AM PST - 13 comments

What is Showa Day like in Tokyo?

I'm planning a trip to Tokyo mid-April and I'll be flying back to LHR on Apr 29th, which is Showa Day and the beginning of the Golden Week.
I'm told Narita is best avoided on that day, so I'm wondering if it's better to fly back a day earlier or, alternatively, a day later to make the most of any Showa day festivals.
Are there any festivals going on in Tokyo on that day? and, do museums, shops, etc stay open during Showa day?
posted by blogenstock at 6:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Who wrote this book?

Trying to figure out the title and author of a sci-fi book I read years ago, involving an (Inca|Aztec) temple's golden items really being a collection of nanomachines, and these nanomachines, in large numbers, can change humans into otherworldly creatures when submerged in them...except one of the characters is brought back to life by these things at the end of the book without being transformed. Who wrote this, and what's the title?
posted by DarkElf109 at 5:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me understand human behaviour

How can I better understand social cues? [more inside]
posted by ssg at 5:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Doggy diaper ointment?

How can I help my freshly groomed (cut and bath) dog with her itchiness and inflammation around her privates? [more inside]
posted by ick at 4:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Borstals/restrictive boarding schools -- books, films etc?

Books, films etc about borstals or very restrictive boarding school regimes?
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 4:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Dad-day gift filter

It is my dad’s 70th birthday in a couple of days, and I need to buy him something super, tomorrow. But it’s severely complicated by my dad’s hard-to-buy-for-ness. Help me pick out the gift. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 1:46 AM PST - 20 comments

How to sell parts of a valuable collection on eBay--without the feedback?

How do you begin to sell collectible or designer items on eBay that are easily counterfeited or faked without thousands of positive feedback? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 1:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Calculating average cost basis (single category method) for a mutual fund

Need help with calculating average cost basis for a mutual fund that I recently closed. [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 12:26 AM PST - 4 comments

March 16

Help me find this song's title?

Help me find this song's title, please. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 11:17 PM PST - 24 comments

cryptography book question

Help me find this cryptography book... [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:52 PM PST - 8 comments

car lease, income, and credit score

How much is a high income factoredd into a car lease loan decision? [more inside]
posted by dannon205 at 10:42 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I find a place to stay?

Tried to stay with someone in a college dorm - their roommates said OK, I booked non-refundable plane tickets, I'm here now, and their roommates are backing out. Help! [more inside]
posted by mebibyte at 10:20 PM PST - 25 comments

How to use the iPod shuffle

How to use the iPod shuffle [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 10:07 PM PST - 27 comments

How to find current information on the day-to-day practices of the Church of Scientology in Berlin

I'm researching Scientology in Berlin. Anyone know what they're up to in this city either on a day-to-day basis, or politically? Or what sites I might search to get the relevant information? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for Sayeed's suit

Where can I get the suit that Sayeed from Lost was wearing in the recent episode "The Economist"? [more inside]
posted by bmosher at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

TaxFilter. Is the housing market justification enough for a delayed move?

Getting the taxes done, and trying to figure out the real deal about whether my 2007 move passes muster for deductibility. The distance and time tests are no problem, but thanks to the ultra-soft local real estate market, the length of time it took to sell the old house (16.5 months) puts us outside the IRS's one-year (limit? guideline?) to count as "closely related in time." Can I still get some deduction love? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me help others!

What tips can you give me when writing my personal statement for a graduate social work program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Scrolling lines with PS3 on old Sony Trinitron

So I just got a new (old) tv from my parents, and it's not fully co-operating with my Playstation 3. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 9:09 PM PST - 5 comments

What does the creator of a curated travel experience charge?

What is a reasonable fee for organizing and hosting an Elderhostel/ Road Scholar program? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 9:04 PM PST - 0 comments

I'd like to keep the scar as small as possible...

Credit rating/report question... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 9:01 PM PST - 10 comments


I have a friend who is into mainstream music, stuff that one would hear on MTV or general radio stations. I want to introduce her to some good indie music and would like some ideas of songs that would be appropriate. I asked her a song that she really likes right now and she gave me this song. I appreciate everyones help and am looking forward to seeing responses.
posted by thenuts at 8:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Stuffed animals for dummies.

Help me find a protyper and manufacturer for stuffed animals. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Pulling credit reports for savings accounts... why?

You'd think banks would want you to throw money at them, but alas. Why do online banks pull credit reports just to open a savings account, and do any banks just want your deposits regardless of your history? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 7:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Psyche is a slippery slope. Advice on dating as a thirtysomething college student?

Psyche is a slippery slope. Advice on dating as a thirtysomething college student? [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 7:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Never say retire.

Who are the oldest working professional people? After reading about Manoel de Oliveira, who appears to be the oldest working filmmaker, I wondered about the oldest working people in other fields, for instance, the oldest professor still writing papers, or the oldest lawyer still trying cases in court... all other professions or occupations welcome. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:59 PM PST - 25 comments


I'm looking for women's black patten leather loafers, think Michael Jackson "Thriller" style. I've looked in stores and online, and I just can't find anything. One inch heel, everyday work shoes. Help?
posted by rainbaby at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get money I am owed from a UK based employer going bust?

The UK based company I have been working for is going under (I am in the US... I was hired as their Los Angeles based Art Director last November.) They never got the US corporation together so I was always payed as a contractor, month to month, for which I had to invoice them, always with the promise that as soon as they got the US corporation established I would get my pay as a salary with benefits like health insurance. [more inside]
posted by semidivine at 6:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Ultra cool Thai hammock/tent query.

Years ago I was backpacking in Thailand and came across a combination hammock/tent being sold in Bangkok. They are made of nylon and seemed incredibly light and compact. Has anyone here ever bought one of these hammocks? Was it a good buy? And more importantly, where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Hey, are you my long lost tenth cousin?

What's the chance that we're related? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 6:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth?

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the date range of "Classic Rock"?

What is the date range of "Classic Rock"? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 6:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Do I risk it?

I'm receiving a sizable inheritance in the form of stock from a deceased relative. However, there's fairly good evidence that the person who's managed the relative's affairs all these years (due to this relative being incapable of managing their own affairs) has intentionally sold a vast majority of that stock because they didn't want to draw down their own inheritance. If I contest this, though, there's a clause in the will that cuts my inheritance to $1. Do I take the stock that's offered me, or should I risk it on recovering the rest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 PM PST - 38 comments

Meeting Singles in NYC

What is the Best NYC Locations to Meet Singles? [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 6:08 PM PST - 5 comments

How can avoid getting a dry mouth?

My job requires that I speak for long periods of time. Often I end up with a very, very dry mouth making it difficult to talk clearly. Aside from "drink lots of water" are there other secrets to keeping my mouth well lubricated?
posted by Proginoskes at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Fast Web Development Tool Needed

What's the best web site builder software for a non-beginner? [more inside]
posted by jurczyk at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding a graphic designer for an open source project

Where can I find a graphic/web designer to volunteer some help for an open source project? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 5:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me my websites, dammit!

My computer won't let me access certain websites. What gives? [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I convert essential oils into a cologne?

After buying some essential oils, how do I use them as cologne? [more inside]
posted by moof at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I make bathroom ceiling mold go away?

The previous owners of my house obviously painted the bathroom ceiling with the wrong kind of paint. I now have extensive mold growth. Do I have any options, other than ripping the ceiling out and starting over? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

whee, paper plane

What fun things can I do with paper planes? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I convert and edit Sanyo digital camera video?

I just bought a Sanyo Xcati Digital Video Camera. It produces .MP4 files, which don't seem to be convertable for use in ULEAD 7 or Windows Movie Maker video editing software. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:56 PM PST - 4 comments


I'm looking for some women's shoes like those worn in this photo. I'm not sure what they would be called other than maybe flats or oxfords. Neither is specific enough to help me find them. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 3:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Best way to reheat!

Help! I'm cooking a rather large batch of baked chicken tonight, but there are only two of us and I'm wanting to save the leftovers for later. What's the best way to do so? [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 3:07 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get paid for producing an unsigned artist?

I have co-produced a 5 song collection of songs for a friend, who is not in contract with a record label currently, but hopes to get signed. If this should happen, how would I make sure I benefitted financially by the investing my time and expertise into creating this record?, as well as collect any royalties to follow? Would a signed agreement between him and I be enough?
posted by JamesMCS at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

DIY Hardwood Ear Gauge Jewelry?

How does one go about making their own ear gauge plug jewelry from hardwoods? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 2:56 PM PST - 7 comments

My dog thanks you for many future hours of squeaky goodness

I want to make squeaky toys for my dog, but I can't find a source for squeakers. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Help Wordprocessor-man!

I'm fed up of Microsoft Word and Works, what freeware can I use instead? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 2:41 PM PST - 30 comments

What flowers will be blooming in Kauai in March?

What flowers will be blooming in Kauai in March? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What is, and what is the purpose of this part of a laptop power adapter?

What is, and what is the purpose of this part of a laptop power adapter? [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

I have jowls.

StupidVanityFilter: What can I do to prevent jowls? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

I am tired of being ignored

What books, training, or simple advice can you give me in becoming a more interesting conversationalist at work and especially in meeting new people? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 1:05 PM PST - 20 comments

'At the same time' by Sontag: suitable for the uninitiated?

Has anyone read 'At the same time' by Susan Sontag yet? If so, would they recommend it? I've never read anything by her and I suppose I'm looking for a way in, as it were, to her work. [more inside]
posted by Claypole at 12:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Zinc countertop sources?

Can anyone recommend a source for zinc sheeting or zinc countertops in Canada? [more inside]
posted by ollyoop at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Moving from the Midwest to NYC. Help!

I'm trying to make a big decision about a big change in my life. If all goes well, I could be going from working at a giant corporation and living in the midwest to joining a small internet start-up in NYC. What questions should I be asking the start-up? And I know cost of living in NYC is high. I'm looking at tripling my rent--at least! How much do I need to earn to be comfortable, with money in my pocket and in savings?
posted by HeartAuntBee at 11:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Getting Documents Off Old PC

I'm trying to get all the pertinent documents off of a Gateway 2000 PC running Windows 98 on to a new Dell running Vista Home Premium. The CD drive on the Gateway doesn't work, it has a floppy drive, and the CAT5 cable doesn't fit in the telephone only jacks. I tried to use my USB stick, but it can't find the drivers as it's not connected to the internet. The new computer has no floppy drive, so I can't just put the driver on a floppy. What do you recommend for the lowest cost and easiest solution? [more inside]
posted by alcopop at 10:57 AM PST - 26 comments

Back Country Camping in or around Yellowstone

We (my kids and I) are staying with friends just outside Yellowstone this summer, and I am planning on doing a one to two night back-packing jaunt with the teenagers. Any recomendations on back country camp sites? [more inside]
posted by readery at 10:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Marketing Plan Examples

I'm looking for a good example of a marketing plan. Ideally, the example would be credible, associated with a university, published author or vetted by you. I would appreciate any recommendations. I've done a basic Google search and seen a few examples, but would really appreciate a few more good ones. Thank you.
posted by quiverandquill at 10:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Two computers, one network, two speeds?

If two computers are connected to the same wireless router, what would make one faster? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 10:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Women who live unconventional lives and the books that depict them

Women loners, recluses, survivalists, they lived alone and liked it that way. Which books details their lives? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:40 AM PST - 27 comments

Fiction book needs plausible pseudo-science...

I am working on a book plot that relies on some members of a family developing depression and erratic behavior. I need ideas for an environmental cause of such behavior inside their home. [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 9:11 AM PST - 27 comments

Moving to Houston, eh!

So after 5 years of swimming in the cold waters of Norway, the arcticseals are migrating to the warmer zones of Houston. Which brings us to the obvious question that all newcomers ask: Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

How much does it cost to eat (basic food) in San Francisco?

How much does it cost to eat (basic food) in San Francisco? I'm talking anything from Dennys or In-N-Out to some vegetarian places like Love N Haight to take away pizzas? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 8:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Negotiating with a NYC broker

Looking for advice in negotiating with a NYC apartment broker. I know they're all "scumbags" etc, but I find myself in the position of working with a broker and an apartment I want to go for. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Refinance my mortgage filter. Should we do it or wait a little while longer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do about HPV-51 infection?

My ex has been diagnosed with HPV-51. She probably passed it to me. Cervarix and Gardasil do not protect against this strain. What should I do about my current relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Give me strength...

Anti-depressant music...what picks you out of a slump [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 8:36 AM PST - 75 comments

I think I still have some healing to do.

How can I best heal emotionally from life threatening surgeries? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 8:26 AM PST - 13 comments

What to put in a modern day survival kit?

What to put in a modern day emergency kit in the event of Katrina like situation? I realize there are lists that cover this, but I'm looking for what people who have been through this situation have personally found useful. Yeah, I've looked through previous similar questions. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:07 AM PST - 20 comments

Google won't load in any web browser

Anything google related won't load in any web browser [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 5:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Word Request

Title of a specific member of a design team [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 4:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Can I force numeric input on a mobile browser?

I'm developing a web site to be accessible by mobile phone. One of the key requirements is data input into a form that is submitted back to the server. This has been developed and works fine. One of the features of my K610i Sony Ericsson mobile phone is text prediction or auto completion of words. This is a good feature on the text fields, but some fields only require integer or floats (e.g., 12.34567). Integers can be input by either holding down each key for a full second, or by switching the "Writing language" to "123..." (i.e., integer input). Both approaches add a few seconds to the input process, but I'd like to make this is quick as possible. My question is: Is there a way, perhaps with a tag on the form field, to force my mobile browser to switch to the integer input for those fields? Do other phone brands (Nokia, Siemens) do this differently? Would a third party mobile browser, such as Opera, handle this somehow?
posted by chrisch at 1:50 AM PST - 5 comments

What was the name of the witch's hat in Scarios?

Help me solve this scary pasta mystery: What was the name of the witch's hat in Heinz Scarios? [more inside]
posted by atropos at 12:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Mobile Broadband in Central London?

Mobile Broadband in London? I'm moving to Central London and would love any recommendations for mobile broadband access. Who are the providers? What are the best packages? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 12:34 AM PST - 5 comments

March 15

Films about Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and daughters and the films about them - can you name some? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 10:03 PM PST - 45 comments

How do I start a dialog with my wife about her weight?

How do I open a dialog with my wife about her weight gain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 PM PST - 70 comments

Do marketing spams and popup/popunder ads really work anymore?

Do marketing spams and popup/popunder ads really work anymore? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Is a liberation of Sealand viable?

What are the legal and political ramifications of an attempt to wrest control of Sealand? [more inside]
posted by mnop at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Actual story or overactive imagination?

What's the title of a book my boyfriend read when he was 10 years old (early nineties)? [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy at 8:55 PM PST - 5 comments

My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?

My car, which is rarely driven, is unexpectedly acting like it's full of gas and will not accept more. I have no recollection of filling it with gas, though I do recall that the last time I drove it, it was hope-i-make-it-home almost empty. Am I just super forgetful? Or is there another explanation? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 7:36 PM PST - 43 comments

Password Manager Nirvana?

Is anyone aware of a password manager that will perform the following functions? [more inside]
posted by tcv at 7:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for virtual notecards?

I'm writing a research paper. I'm looking for an application that will not only allow me to write multiple notes about each source, but will also allow me to organize these notes into the structure that I plan on writing my paper. Something GUI where I can just click and drag to put them in order. [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

What Part/Full-Time Jobs Allow Lots of Reading Time?

What Part/Full-Time Jobs Allow Lots of Reading Time? So far I could come up with: lifeguard, parking lot attendant, pet/house sitter, night-time babysitter, and security guard. What are some others? Pay is not important. I will be working another job for the $ and get my study/ready done during this one.
posted by LC at 6:21 PM PST - 43 comments

Delicious Vegetarian Sandwiches

Ideas for delicious vegetarian sandwiches? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 5:54 PM PST - 43 comments

Effects of globalization in urban Ethiopia

Give me examples of Globalization in urban Ethiopia [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 4:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Who sang it?

I'm trying to identify a song I heard on the radio. It might be CocoRosie or Nouvelle Vague, but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by Orbitalmovment at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a quiet laptop

Suggestions for quiet, inexpensive (possibly used) laptops? [more inside]
posted by ar0n at 3:14 PM PST - 13 comments

PC iPod + New Macbook = Headache

PCtoMacFilter: Is there an easier (faster) way to get my 37 gigs of music stranded on my PC formatted iPod onto my new Macbook than copying it to a PC with 3rd party software, burning it to dvds, and then ripping the dvds onto the Mac? Apple says "no," but please tell me they are wrong.
posted by Hollow at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Cleaning service advice?

Advice for hiring a cleaning service (or a recommendation for one in the Northern VA area)? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Are there secular alternatives to Al-Anon?

Looking for secular alternatives to Al-Anon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 15 comments

I want what's mine

Is there any way to bulk-reset the permissions and ownership settings on a volume in Vista? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Keep my happy hour from becoming sad.

What's the best way to organize a happy hour at a bar? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 1:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Gay bar tips?

What are some necessary tips for approaching and meeting guys in gay bars, esp. when I'm alone? [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Tranferring game (NHL) data from Xbox 360 to PS3?

This is probably a dumb question to which I already know the answer, but: is it at all possible to transfer an NHL 08 (EA) season from an Xbox 360 to a Playstation3?
posted by xmutex at 1:01 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I set up a SQL Server 2000 DSN connection when moving servers?

IANA IT professional, but I need to move our SQL Server database from one server to another server. I can't get the DSN connections to work now that we're on the new server; can you please hold my hand? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Botched Cannes entry.

I submitted two films to Cannes. The next morning I noticed that the two DVD packages I prepared with the entry numbers and everything were still in my bag. Whoops! Looks like I sent them unmarked discs. The cases I sent them have my contact info and the envelopes I shipped them in have the entry numbers written on them, but the actual DVDs are completely blank. Should I send a new package or will that confuse things further?
posted by davidriley at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Ergonomic Consultant Needed

Help my girlfriend work at home without pain! [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

What's beyond Google-fu?

I recently wrote a job description for my client, who is contemplating hiring someone as an online researcher. Now I am being asked to work out a system for doing that job. Trouble is, I'm not all that technically savvy. [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How does a balance spring keep itself wound, or does it?

Mechanical Watchfilter: How does a balance spring remain wound, so as to keep the balance wheel moving back and forth? [more inside]
posted by lonemantis at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Stats/studies to prove that money-back guarantees work for info products

Can you point me to studies/stats or bona fide case studies on the use of money-back guarantees with information products? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I live in Akron?

My company is temporarily (6 months) assigning me to work in their Akron office beginning next week. I am staying in a hotel for a week or two but would like to find an unfurnished one bedroom apartment. What neighborhood(s) are recommended for a 30 year old single girl that likes the city life? [more inside]
posted by jshort at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

advice for a first time flyer!

In about two and a half months, I'm going on my first flight. What should I know, or otherwise be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 11:37 AM PST - 51 comments

Setting up a panel

I've been asked to set up a panel for a conference many people in my field will be attending in June. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Breakfast in Frankfurt?

Flying into Frankfurt Wednesday morning. Where should I have breakfast? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Partition soup!

Linux filter: I have a Fedora8 machine set up acting as a file server. I want to boot to software RAID5. More inside. [more inside]
posted by gjc at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I change the location of my WinXP application data?

How can I move application data to another drive? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

To upgrade or not to upgrade?

Should I upgrade to Final Cut Pro 6.0.2? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 10:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I gain weight from soda alone?

Based on calories alone and ignoring any other nutritional deficiencies, could I gain weight off of drinking just soda and nothing else? [more inside]
posted by destro at 10:57 AM PST - 20 comments

How do we fix this?

PersonalBankingFiascoFilter: My gf's bank didn't stop a payment they said they would. Details and [more inside]: [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 10:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Bad Kitty

Terrible cat behavior...My cat is two years old and doesn't seem to be growing out of his bad behavior. Is there any hope he'll get better or should I find him a new home? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 10:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Is this a cluster headache?

Is this a cluster headache? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Canon Lens for Family Pictures

What's a good Canon lens for family photographs? [more inside]
posted by pb at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

What can you do with money?

Help! I'm about to have more money than I know what to do with! I'm starting a career, and right from the beginning I want to make good financial choices, invest, et cetera so that I'm setting myself up for continued wealth rather than just wasting all my money. What resources are there to teach me how to do that? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Nashville or LA?

im not sure if it's better for me to move to Nashville or LA. I'm an aspiring songwriter and musician and am having a hard time choosing between which place is better for me. Please reply when you get a chance. Thanks. Loco
posted by locoindio at 8:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Movie with invisible space-born breath-holders?!

Looking for an old (late 70's, early 80's) movie that I vaguely remember from when I was youngish. The only thing I seem to recall is that there was a family (from space!) that crashed their spaceship in a lake (?) and could turn invisible when they held their breath. Anyone know what this could be?
posted by Vamier at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Poop Eater!

Do I fix the dog, or fix the litterboxes? Or fix the cats, with some of that For-Bid stuff? [more inside]
posted by kellyblah at 8:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Who's the best to help me with my bad credit?

I have really bad credit and need professional help, who should I talk to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

No more Mr. Kitty Creosote! But why?

Why have my cats STOPPED puking? Gross cat vomit related details inside. [more inside]
posted by suki at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Build Custom Windows XP Install Disc

Can I create a custom Windows XP install disc with all of my favorite applications, drivers, windows updates already installed? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Imaginary friend the evil monkey appears in toddlers nightmares

Imaginary friends - my daughter has a "bad monkey" she's recently developed. Now the monkey appears in her nightmares, causing "terror dreams" where she looks awake but clearly isn't. [mi] [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 7:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Mani/Pedi in Center City Philly?

Where can I get a cheap manicure/pedicure in Center City Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 7:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Lawn care advice for renters?

[RentalFilter] Lawn/yard care and rental properties... Does anyone have any experience or advice for a former city boy now stuck with 1/4 acre of rapidly deteriorating yard and no tools to speak of? [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 7:33 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm an idiot about uploading stuff to the web

Why do I suck so bad at uploading stuff to hosting sites? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for an episode of This American Life

In an episode of This American Life, a guy was interviewed who talked about the guilt he felt when he masturbated or thought of masturbating when he was an adolescent. Eventually, he spoke with a minister who told him just to do it because the guilt was making it impossible for him to have a relationship with God. I think it aired in 2007. Got a link?
posted by DarwinianDan at 6:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Dam you firefox, why can't you be more like Safari?

I love Firefox. I love using the Fox. I love the warm and fuzzy feeling I get from using opensource software. But, I am drawn to Safari, and for only one feature. I love the way Safari handles PDFs. I like how it opens them in the blink of an eye, letting me view the PDF and then save it with the click of a button (overlay? whatever). What I'm wondering is, is there any way to get the same behaviour in Firefox. I'm relatively new to Macs (soon to be 1 year), so I'm not too familiar with all the ins and outs, but I assume it is somehow connected to There was an earlier attempt at doing something similar on ask.MeFi, but that didn't really lead anywhere. Google searching doesn't help either. In case you are wondering, I like this because I deal with a lot of PDF files (journal articles, woo). I'd consider switching to Safari as a main browser if it wasn't for the little differences (FF3's address bar, Command+1/2/3/4/etc, copious amount of extensions).
posted by doctor.dan at 5:09 AM PST - 10 comments

What cms should I use to host local band press kits?

I want to create a site for bands in my area to post their info, show upcoming gigs, put up a photo or two, and upload one or two mp3s to stream... something dead easy and bare bones, like The Seattle Stranger's Bands Page. ...What should I use? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 4:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Cutting hair with a vacuum cleaner (a device I once saw)

Weird vacuum cleaner/haircut extension tube device. I saw it on an infomercial once. I think there's one in Wayne's World. Can I get one in the UK? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov at 3:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I have two passports at once?

I was born and live in the UK but I have a US passport. Can I get a UK one as well? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 2:58 AM PST - 11 comments

SEATTLE: Suggest mattress stores

We are looking to comparison shop mattresses in Seattle or the surrounding area. Not so concerned about price right now; what we want are as many quality mattresses as possible to lay down on and try out. Where would we find the broadest range of quality mattresses? We are looking at the medium to high end price range. Secondarily, where to go for the best prices on said mattresses? Thanks!
posted by Bob Dobbs at 2:36 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the text changes between the Sandman comics and Absolute Sandman?

Is there a resource that delineates the differences between Absolute Sandman and the original comics? [more inside]