March 2009 Archives

March 31

joystick games

Are there any good joystick based games (PC) out there any more? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 11:46 PM PST - 11 comments

When to let go?

When should we consider euthanasia if our cat is not (visibly) in pain? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 11:35 PM PST - 24 comments

reveal the mystic truth!

What is the explanation for spirals of crack-sealing tar I see on the roads periodically? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 10:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Challenging Martial Arts Studio in DC area

My brother's looking for a challenging martial arts studio in the DC, Northern Virginia area. He's really good at jiu-jitsu, but he's most interested in any studio, no matter what the style, where the difficulty level is extremely high. He doesn't care about getting belts or competing, just about learning through through losing, essentially. Any recommendations?
posted by Football Bat at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Options for medium-term pet care?

What are my options for caring for 2 cats while I'm out of the country for months at a time? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 at 10:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Stop the waterworks!

Over the last year, I've started to cry when I orgasm. While it was an occasional thing at first, it's turned into something that happens every time I come. I really, really hate crying, and feel sick and miserable when I have. It's killing my sex drive--I no longer want to have sex, because I know that it's going to make me cry. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 PM PST - 17 comments

How to properly delete a website.

I think I may have made a mess while deleting my website and need some advice! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Please scare me.

I want a book that I have to put into the freezer. I've read this question, which was looking for thrillers, and this post looking for short stories, but I can't seem to find a thread looking for scary, engrossing novels where supernatural is okay. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 9:35 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I thank someone who saved my very broke butt from public humiliation?

How should I thank a stranger who got me out of a small but embarrassing money jam? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 9:32 PM PST - 22 comments

What U.S. cities are best for artists to make a living?

I live in Madison WI and am looking to move to a larger city, under the impression that being in a larger city will provide me with more exposure and greater opportunities. I was thinking of moving to the outskirts of Chicago because it's close to my family in Madison and I love it there. I also miss Denver CO where I was born, but am unsure what kind of an art community it has. Does anyone know what cities are best for making a living as an artist? I have a degree in illustration but am also trying to get into gallery shows as well if that helps. Thank you very much for any advice.
posted by RaceTheDream at 9:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Stop Ramming Me Off The Track You Jerk

Best racing game for the Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Soft-sided dog crate for large elderly dog? Will my dog be safe?

Who has used a soft-sided dog crate for a large dog? Will it provide secure confinement for short periods? We are moving from NJ to the west coast. Our elderly dog is too frail to travel by air, so we will drive a 6-day road trip. For the road trip, I need a portable crate that will stow in our car trunk. We need the crate to set up in motel rooms. I want dog to have his "den". We do not plan to leave him alone, but there could be situations where he has to be kept confined for his safety. [more inside]
posted by valannc at 8:56 PM PST - 13 comments

So I've slept on it, now what?

Hustler CEOs and volatile startups aside, how do you know when an opportunity is practically slapping you in the face to make you pay attention? [more inside]
posted by drea at 7:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Fantasy baseball for healthcare informatics

If you were the IT advisor to the Obama Administration, how would you implement the national medical informatics system that is proposed as part of the stimulus package? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 7:39 PM PST - 14 comments

How much extra child support does he need to give?

My new husband has an ex-wife and daughter who live in Colorado. They've been divorced a long time, not exactly on "friendly" terms, but certainly civil, for their daughter's sake. Recently, the kid's grades have been slipping (she's in 8th grade) and Mom decided she needed some tutoring. She signed her up for $10,000 worth of tutoring, without telling my husband in advance, then turned around and demanded half the tuition from him. My husband pays child support, has never been late, even though he's currently unemployed. He told her he couldn't afford $5,000 and even if he could, he doesn't think he should have to pay since she didn't consult him in advance or discuss the matter with him. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this kind of thing. Does he have to pay her?
posted by redhaired_girl at 7:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Pasta for Passover

Passover is coming, hurray. Is there a way to make noodles, gnocchi or other pasta without using wheat, rice or beans? I've seen commercial potato noodles for sale but I'd rather make my own.
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Me: 'Logic logic logic.' Mom: 'WHARRGARBL'

Mom's acting weird again, currently wrt my independence in various respects. Long story. [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 7:18 PM PST - 69 comments

DSL Modems - more than one??

DSL Modem question, and possibly a really stupid question at that. Can you use two DSL modems in different rooms of the house on separate phone jacks? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Suggestions for a visit to Dublin and Berlin?

Husband and I are leaving Friday night for 10 days split between Dublin and Berlin, looking for any "can't miss" recommendations! [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 6:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Chicken Paprikash recipe

Does anyone have a recipe for an authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash? [more inside]
posted by kochanie at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments

A question for (straight) women about varieties of casual eye contact with semi-strange men

A question, especially for straight women, about varieties of casual eye contact with semi-strange men: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Love the idea of Google Notebook, but not the lack of ownership.

With Google Notebook no longer being actively developed, I am looking for something similar to run on one of my own servers. Anyone know of a similar app I can install to get a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do you "game" in the UK?

Looking for your UK recommended Gaming/LAN centre's? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 5:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Outlook macro to set location

Outlook Macro Filter: I'm limping my way through creating VBA macro for use in OL07. Be my crutch. [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Library school with an English MA: should I even bother?

Library school with an English M.A.: should I even try? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine at 4:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I blame my money problems on Jim Kramer?

Have you ever used a debt consolidation/management company? What was your experience with them like? Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by at 4:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Why won't my PC read my SD card?

My PC can't read my SD card. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 4:47 PM PST - 7 comments

1000 dollar paper weight? My hp laptop is slowly dying and there isn't a cure, what are my options?

1000 dollar paperweight? My hp laptop is slowly dying and there isn't a cure, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by ljesse at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Cabins near Mt. Rainier and hotels in Seattle

Looking for suggestions for cabin rentals near Mt. Rainier and hotels or bed and breakfasts in Seattle for mid-August. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Mobile software for the mobile traveller?

What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Does anyone still process 110 format film?

Does anyone still process 110 format film? [more inside]
posted by tealsocks at 4:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get DokuWiki subscriptions working with Active Directory authentication?

DokuWiki Filter: Running a DokuWiki install with auth:ad for Active Directory authentication. Everything works fine except subscriptions. How do I get those emails working? [more inside]
posted by Xuff at 4:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Suggestions for graduate studies in technology and society area

I am looking for cross-disciplinary graduate/phd course in web technology. More specifically, relating to societal use of web from a global perspective. My goal is to become an expert in use of web based technologies in developing countries (which involves computer use, censorship, etc.). So far, what I have found is STS (science, technology and society) which sounds perfect, but from what I have seen, tend to be more in the areas of applied sciences and engineering. Then there is basic CS programs which tend to be more technology than societal aspects. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas, recommendations? [more inside]
posted by _zed_ at 4:17 PM PST - 7 comments

how to boost libido in a long-term relationship

Help us (straight couple in our late twenties) fix our sex life so we can stay together. [more inside]
posted by monkeygenius at 4:09 PM PST - 37 comments

Replying to [blank]

Why is there no email address to reply to in MS Outlook 2003 from one out of many people? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find the following song (preferably for free, but I'm willing to pay): "Pumpkin" - DJ Technics

Where can I find the following song (preferably for free, but I'm willing to pay): "Pumpkin" - DJ Technics
posted by JamesJD at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

It's not just Apple's logo that used to be in color

My wife has a shiny new unibody Macbook. We have observed a bizarre display bug. The bug is intermittent and temporary. What happens is that the contents (or some of the contents) of the front window will appear in grayscale. Resizing or scrolling the window, or clicking on an element in the window, will usually make it go away. This happens in all kinds of apps: the Finder, Safari, InDesign, etc. It happens on an external screen and the laptop's own screen (with or without the external hooked up). [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 3:07 PM PST - 18 comments

A gift that keeps on giving?

What to send a friend in rehab? [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 at 3:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Neighbor impeding water runoff

How do I approach a business owner whose work on his adjoining property is causing excess water to pool on our lawn? . . . details inside. . . [more inside]
posted by tronec at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

The Great (Nameless) Debate

I am currently writing a paper on where to place humankind on the spectrum between God and animals. Is there a commonly-used name for this philosophical topic? Googling around has failed me. [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 2:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Give me advice on installing an ecommerce shopping cart.

Need advice on pitfulls/things to look for when installing a shopping cart on an ecommerce platform. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Does nosebreath stink?

If you have bad breath, does exhaling through your nose smell better than exhaling through your mouth? Does it matter if you inhaled through your mouth or your nose? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 2:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Thank You Gift for Landlord?

I need some suggestions for a small thank you gift for my landlords of the past month. [more inside]
posted by that possible maker of pork sausages at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to add my wife who has serious pre-existing conditions to my health insurance plan at work. How do we make sure her condition will be covered?

I want to add my wife who has serious pre-existing conditions to my health insurance plan at work. How do we make sure her condition will be covered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone up on Web 2.0 MLM scams?

Looking for background on a new (to me) type of MLM scam. [more inside]
posted by Roach at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me remember this Jewish saying

I vaguely remember a Jewish quip about the questions God asks a Rabbi at the end of his life. It is something like 1. Did you follow my commandments? (yes, all of them) 2. Did you study my Word well? (yes, every day) 3. Did you dance enough? Or something to that effect. Has anyone heard of this or know how it really goes?
posted by brenton at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Why DO we use [at] instead of @?

Quick! I need to explain why mopoetry[at] should be typed as such and not Can anyone give a concise and historical reason to choose this option, especially for use on a poster?
posted by psylosyren at 2:11 PM PST - 19 comments

I seem to have stepped on some people's toes pretty hard-- how do I fix this?

I seem to have stepped on some people's toes pretty hard-- how do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I get DVD's to run better

DVD question. First, a little background. At church we have mpeg dvds that we can rip to the computer and add to playlists in windows media player. This works great. The problem is that the Pastor buys other dvds which are not in this format. [more inside]
posted by notned at 1:44 PM PST - 12 comments

The best (or worst?) of political doublespeak

I'm looking for examples of statements -- probably but not necessarily political -- that can be taken two very different ways. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 1:37 PM PST - 34 comments

Auto Show Spokesmodel

I am a professional spokesmodel trying to get into the 2009 autoshow circuit. I know that some of the major autos show spokesmodels come from either Productions-Plus or Gail and Rice, but does anyone know the best way to get an audition with these companies? Any info would GREATLY be appreciated. The season starts soon!
posted by zollypop at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Jean Baudrillard & Simulations

Jean Baudrillard's stance on artificiality/simulation i.e.: "The Perfect Crime" & "The Vital Illusion" - where can I find some critiques of this? [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to Buy Fish in Downtown NYC?

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy fish in lower Manhattan or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get my new co-workers to like my introverted, hard working self.

Just started a new job. I want these people to like me. Other than working hard, what's the best way for an introverted person like me to make a good impression with my new co-workers? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:19 PM PST - 23 comments


Is the polymer delrin suitable for artwork? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Managing projects with no resources

I would like to use project management software to track medium- to long-term library public services projects. I need it to be a) free, b) web-based, and c) hosted. Am I SOL? [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How to let someone borrow your car for an extended period?

Traveling overseas; how can my friend legally borrow my car for 9 months? [more inside]
posted by txubergeek at 12:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Options for a high school junior interested in going directly to college?

Private high school is closing - options for a junior interested in going directly to college? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get these mourning dove squatters off my air conditioner?

This weekend I learned that two mourning doves are building or have built a nest on top of my master bedroom air conditioner (the only air conditioner in the house). This is not a good situation, as we will need to run the a/c come summer, and I do not want the blood of baby doves on my hands. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Does free wifi exist to make the iPod Touch worth it?

Is an iPod Touch really a viable alternative to the iPhone? Details inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 12:17 PM PST - 19 comments

How to find value of Pullman dining car chair?

How can I find the value of an antique chair from a Pullman railroad car? [more inside]
posted by Abraxas5 at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

What's happening in Fallout 3?

I have a question about the plot of Fallout 3. I am putting it below the fold as to not spoil anything for anyone. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 12:01 PM PST - 18 comments

As a freelance Canadian consultant/faciliator, what are the legalities of taking on US clients?

As a freelance Canadian consultant/faciliator, what are the legalities of taking on US clients? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Make sure you get behind Lincoln's ears

Who cleans the US national memorials? How often is it done and how long does it take? What is the cleaning process like?
posted by easy_being_green at 11:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Strange Vonage Fax weirdness.

Vonage Fax Weirdness. My fax machine doesn't get a dial tone (and doesn't work) on it's dedicated line, but does on a regular landline. A phone, however, does get a dial tone on the dedicated fax line. [more inside]
posted by Nick Verstayne at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Locating missing relatives in Scotland

My Father-in-law and wife are going to Edinburgh, Scotland this summer to try and locate his relatives. I thought I'd try to help by visiting geneaology forums and posting some information, but for the life of me I can't find a genealogy discussion forum that doesn't require a subscription. Is there such thing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 11:21 AM PST - 7 comments

How to learn to draw trees and nature?

Recommend the best way to self-learn to draw trees and nature. [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 11:19 AM PST - 15 comments

A drop in the river

How many books (titles, not editions or book pages) are available on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

to: subject: a gift for you

If you want to send someone a classy thank you gift, e.g. wine, chocolates or flowers, what are the best options if all you have in terms of contact info is the person's email address? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 11:08 AM PST - 7 comments

But I Did Everything Right! Right?

I backed up all of my iPhoto library onto my iPod (by using the iPod as a hard drive) in anticipation of a Mac hospital system reinstallation. I retrieved my music files just fine and loaded them back into iTunes, but the saved iPhoto library on the iPod won't open and won't let me import it into iPhoto. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:06 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the deal with the letter from Barcelona in One Hundred Years of Solitude?

I have a question after reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by motorcycles are jets at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Eerie coincidence, or does X malware actually exist?

Fraudulent Skype transactions: eerie coincidence, malware, or something else? [more inside]
posted by jferg at 10:52 AM PST - 3 comments

sexual healing

I'm male and have a touch of anorgasmia (the inability to have an orgasm during sex) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How to reduce the filesize of iMovie exports.

What bit rate should I store (for general viewing) my iMovie videos at? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments

What double stroller (probably jogger) should I buy?

I'm seeking advice or resources regarding the purchase of a double stroller. [more inside]
posted by Herkimer at 10:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Dispute a video takedown notice?

A home video of mine was taken down from Google Video by Warner Music because of the soundtrack. Should I dispute? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 10:27 AM PST - 40 comments

Life in Lebanon

A zillion questions about living in southern Lebanon! [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 10:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Good gel imaging system?

I'm looking for a good system to take pictures of gels stained with either Ethidium Bromide or Coomassie. Can any one suggest one with good quality and value? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

selling out while staying academic

How can math postdocs switch into more applied fields? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Six Months Later Still Looking For Webcomic About Web Design

I'm looking for a webcomic which illustrates the pain of web design by committee. [more inside]
posted by 3.2.3 at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Hydrogen coalescence in formation of solar system?

I've been rewatching Carl Sagan's Cosmos since I found out it's available on Hulu. Last night, I was watching the episode in which Carl describes how the solar system was formed via the coalescence of particulate matter. But, something struck me as rather odd: if hydrogen and helium are lighter than the heavy elements (duh!) why is it that THEY coalesced into the center of the solar system to become the Sun? It seems to me the heavier elements would migrate towards the center of the maelstrom a bit faster than the lighter ones. Haven't been able to find out the reason for this, hoping the hive can help.
posted by Spoonman at 9:04 AM PST - 30 comments

How To Get Amazon Book Cover Images for My Site?

I want to put some code on my site (Wordpress) displaying images of books and other Amazon products, and link the images, with my Associates key, back to Amazon. Amazon offers several ways to do this. I don't like them. A batch of WP plugins offer to do this, but the ones I've tested are all overkill, if they actually work. I can handle the code, but where do I get the images? I've seen a few sites that pull book cover images from a secure image site at Amazon. How does that work?
posted by justcorbly at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

[Click to add Headline/Title]

How do I keep PowerPoint (2007) from inserting a "Click to add title" textbox when I delete a slide's title?
posted by Jonathan Harford at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

I need to make use of your Riyadh experiences

Can someone help me determine the legitimacy and existence of an establishment in Riyadh? Furthermore, have you lived and worked in Riyadh? What do you think of it? [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

This time with feeling

Can we talk seriously about Mac OSX security this time? [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 8:09 AM PST - 36 comments

Academic Librarian market

I am interested in academic librarianship. I am currently finishing my first year in an MLIS program. I already have my Master's Degree in computer science and am currently working as a computer programmer in an academic library in Southern California. I'm curious as to what the job market is like out there for academic librarians now. I know that many universities have experienced dramatic budget cuts recently and several (including ours) have instituted hiring freezes. I won't be graduating for another year or more but I'm curious as to what the climate is like out there now. Are there many openings? Also, given my programming background, what areas do you think it's best for me to focus on in my studies? What is going to make me hireable and look good on a resume?
posted by pahool at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Why did you move to a suburban tract home/suburban complex/gated suburb?

Why did you move to a suburban tract home/suburban complex/gated suburb? [more inside]
posted by quosimosaur at 7:47 AM PST - 26 comments

Dealing with sleeping alone.

I'm having trouble going to bed alone. It's wrecking me. I don't want to be alone. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Oh Dear.

My life is kinda fucked up and I'm at a complete loss at the steps I need to take in order to not be so fucked up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 37 comments

Get thee gone, my polygon

I've got a polygon of n points. How can I simplify out noisy edges? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

After the girl cheated, is it fair to ask her NOT to spend a week at a retreat with him, and others?

After the girl cheated, is it fair to ask her NOT to spend a week at a retreat with him, and others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 37 comments

Can I rap a baby rhyme?

I work in a library. We have storytime and baby's rhymes for toddlers and infants. Unfortunately I hate singing. But I have a good attitude and I'm willing to get in there. Please, librarians and parents everywhere - what are your best rhymes/songs that require a minimum of singing!? Other ideas for interactive things to add to my storytimes would be good too! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for NYC honeymoon surprise romantic gesture.

Going to be on honeymoon in NYC in June and want to prepare a memorable and thoughtful surprise for my new wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Other than Barbie Horse Adventures...

What are some video games where unique gameplay complements a great story? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 7:00 AM PST - 42 comments

Seeking fashion, covetousness, wine, and French coffee

Going to Boston/Cambridge for few days (April 2-7th) and wondering what I should see, do, or eat ... [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 6:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I stay, or should I go?

I'm in love, but I'm going to college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 33 comments

Who's Got That Old-Time Mountain Murder Music?

Gimme That Old-Timey Religion! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:50 AM PST - 33 comments

Do I get a second chance on an invisible fence?

I set up an invisible fence, trained my dog according to instructions, and all was good for six weeks. The she decided she'll take the zap in exchange for freedom. Can I ever retrain her? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:36 AM PST - 24 comments

website security

Can files be hidden on a website in such a way that virtually all visitors will not be able to access them without a key or specific url? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy a DVD duplicator in the Richmond-Charlottesville area?

I'm looking for a store to purchase a 1:3 or 1:5 CD/DVD duplicator off-the-shelf in the Richmond or Charlottesville, Virginia areas. I can go to Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, or Staunton if necessary. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 5:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Can we all end up happy?

Business partner wants to be bought out. What are my options? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by timshel at 5:16 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I get sponsorships and still live with myself?

Let's say you're a travel blogger/website owner. Is there a way to "make yourself available" for, or otherwise attract, sponsored trips/hotel stays/junkets (with the understanding that I write about these experiences afterward) without coming across as a freebie whore?
posted by micketymoc at 4:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Maybe outsource to China?

Can I find Japanese IT workers in Shanghai. [more inside]
posted by matholio at 3:21 AM PST - 1 comment

What'd this Brit just say?

Having trouble making out a word in this narration: "An odious (?) collection of moves?" MP3 link (@ 0:10) [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 3:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Falling down: help me not to

What should I wear on my feet this spring/summer? ... Not so much a fashion question, as a let's-keep-my-feet-under-me-and-my-bones-unbroken question. But a little fashion would be nice. [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Ketchup monoculture

Why so few varieties of ketchup? [more inside]
posted by ryanrs at 2:31 AM PST - 50 comments

Getting old posts removed from a blogging service

How can someone get to delete their archived posts? [more inside]
posted by Charmian at 1:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Not just another bottle of Maneschewitz?

Spending the first night of Passover with a newish SO's family... I need suggestions for a gift that makes a dazzling first impression. [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 1:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Members Enquiries are ignored - how to progress?

A question specific to UK politics: Members Enquiries from local Councilors are being ignored or otherwise sidetracked - how to turn up the volume? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I live with no current address? What do I ship and what do I donate?

How do I live with no current address? What do I ship and what do I donate? [more inside]
posted by ender6574 at 12:45 AM PST - 23 comments

What's a good, preferably free, diagnostics program for Windows?

What's a good, preferably free, diagnostics program for Windows? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 12:38 AM PST - 6 comments

March 30

How do I download a presentation off slideboom?

How do I download a presentation off slideboom? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 11:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Dream Job--Worst Possible Location?

Theoretically, I have an interview tomorrow for a dream job. I have a unique combination of educational and professional qualifications that have basically tailor-made my experience to suit said job. It's a great opportunity. But there's a catch--of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 PM PST - 40 comments

Can you help me figure out the pop-culture origins of the term "creep"/"creeper" (referring to an unsavory character)?

Linguistics-Filter: Can you help me figure out the pop-culture origins of the term "creep"/"creeper" (referring to an unsavory character)? [more inside]
posted by niles at 10:32 PM PST - 24 comments

What is the best aluminum boat for use with Saltwater?

What is the best aluminum boat and motor combination that can be used for saltwater or freshwater that can be towed with a Mazda 6 wagon? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83 at 9:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for Ancient Egyptian terms of endearment

Anyone know of a good phrase/term of endearment in Egyptian Hieroglyphics that I can inscribe on a necklace? [more inside]
posted by Tenuki at 9:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a fun new hobby!

What are some fun hobbies for a crafty, nerdy couple to pick up? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 9:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Optoma HD70 projector flickering crazy colors, then whimpering out

Optoma HD70 projector flickering crazy colors, then whimpering out - just over a year old, with a brand new bulb installed 6 months ago -- tech support not very helpful. Anyone have ideas, or sympathy at least? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 9:15 PM PST - 3 comments

QuoteFilter: Help me find this quote about life in cities

Awhile back I remember hearing that a famous writer once said something like, "if anyone could go around a city and look through the walls of the houses and offices to see everything that went on in one day--and it wouldn't have to be a big city--it would make that person go completely crazy."

For some reason I thought it was William James who said this, but I've looked through most of his major works and have yet to find it. Does it sound familiar to anyone?
posted by mjklin at 9:07 PM PST - 10 comments

How to store homeless computer parts?

I'm looking for an effective storage solution for computer parts. (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 9:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Ache in my hand from using the computer. Solutions?

Ache in my hand from using the computer. Solutions? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Stupid Microsoft

Building a new Core i7 desktop: WinXP32, WinXP64, Vista32, or Vista64? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 8:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Help a wine-challenged fellow give a good dinner.

How do you find out what kind of wine goes with what kind of meal? [more inside]
posted by mephron at 8:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I lie?

I will be deploying to Afghanistan and I'm considering lying to my parents/family about it. Is this an exceptionally bad idea? [more inside]
posted by lullaby at 8:34 PM PST - 37 comments

wait...what does meperidine do again?

study skills filter: how should I memorize information in pharmacology? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 8:16 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I become a teacher?

How do I become a teacher in the state of California? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

What are these eyeglasses?

[WhatISThatFilter] What is the make and model of the eyeglasses Danny Gokey wore on the March 17th episode of American Idol? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Taking the law into my own tiny hands

Laptop stolen, and I have the IP address. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 7:50 PM PST - 9 comments

My kingdom for a chair...

I need help finding a decent inexpensive office chair. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 7:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Learning how buildings learn

I want to have a skill and the skill is this: when examining a building casually, I'd like to be able to tell, within a span of about thirty years, when it was built (or altered). [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How to organize the buttons on the XP taskbar?

Does anyone know of a modification for windows XP that allows you shuffle/organize the buttons on the taskbar, like the tabs on Internet Explorer or Firefox? [more inside]
posted by jakubsnm at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Understanding referrals in awstats

In awstats, what are these unlabeled columns under referrals? [more inside]
posted by brassafrax at 5:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Toronto Tax Filter

I'm currently working on my request for reassessment for my Toronto property. Are there any generic reasons could I add to my list? [more inside]
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown at 5:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Tasty crops for a gin garden?

Seeking appropriate and flavorful crop suggestions for my gin garden. [more inside]
posted by potch at 5:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Books for the Middle of Nowhere

Novels/ book series suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 5:11 PM PST - 46 comments

Clinical information database design questions

I've been tasked with making a large amount of clinical research information we have easier to search and maintain. I have some questions about the best way to organize a database to do this, and in so doing see how much of my time I've wasted so far. [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Violent action ensues.

In Star Control II, the Mycon divide everything in the universe up into "Juffo-Wup," "Non," and "Void." More information is available about it here. My question is this: this concept of everything being divided into an autistic self-world, the hostile outside, and nothing at all— also explored in Philip K. Dick's "Null-O"— seems like a motif. Does it have a name? Where else is it explored?
posted by Electrius at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

64-bit Vista on Mac Pro?

I'm thinking of getting one of the new desktop Mac Pros recently announced. I'd like to both run Apple's OS X and also use Boot Camp to run 64-bit Windows Vista on it. The question is: will I be able to use the Mac Pro's keyboard and mouse with Vista? Will I be able to use an Apple Cinema Display with Vista? [more inside]
posted by richg at 4:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you plagiarise yourself?

Plagiarism?Filter: I consider myself to be scrupulous about attributing the ideas of OTHERS in my academic writing. But what about recycling MY OWN writing - e.g. using, word for word, my own phrases or paragraphs from a previous presentation for a new one aimed at a different audience? Is this standard practice, or frowned upon? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 4:06 PM PST - 28 comments

London in a Day

How Can I Match a Perfect Dublin Day with a Perfect London Day? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I order contraceptive sponges online?

Where can I order contraceptive sponges online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

positive male behavior

I am looking for literature or cinema depicting positive male behavior. That is, men acting in mature, forward, ways.
posted by ebesan at 3:55 PM PST - 47 comments

How to get someone to actively listen

How do I get someone to focus and pay attention more? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Buying a home?

What is the legal definition of "first-time home-buyer" in Canada? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 3:28 PM PST - 4 comments

forcing resolution change - good/bad/otherwise?

What kind of "hardware damage" are we talking about? Netbook screen resolution question inside - please help. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Build a Freestanding Wall

I want to build a freestanding (but not necessarily portable) wall in my outdoor/natural light photography "studio." Ideas? [more inside]
posted by swilkerson at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I confront my roommate about overcharging me for rent?

I found out my roommate is overcharging me for rent - do I do anything? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 2:28 PM PST - 36 comments

PowerPC seeks Intel based Mac workaround

Can I run an Intel based Mac application on my PowerPC mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

This tent is a real fixer upper...

I've got a nylon tent with 4 sides, 2 of which are giant mesh windows with no covering. I want to retrofit my own interior covering... [more inside]
posted by who else at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Tickets? Check. Wallet? Check. Head screwed on? Ummm...

How can I remember things during my upcoming vacation? Last year, I was a walking disaster at the airport: I forgot to put baggage tags on the luggage, left the car seat at the security checkpoint, misplaced the tickets when boarding, etc. It didn't get much better on the vacation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

What is causing this gross taste in my mouth?

What is causing this gross taste in my mouth? Possibly distasteful details inside. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 1:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me overcome designer's block

I'm having a hard time picking a rug that looks good in my dining room. Having already returned one, I no longer trust my own judgment. Please get me out of my design rut...suggest a rug in the $600 range (8x12) that would look good! Pics are here. The style of the house is modern/Japanese. There will be some modern art on the walls (which has neutral tones), which is not pictured.
posted by jewzilla at 1:38 PM PST - 14 comments

How to punish a bad ebayer?

As a seller on ebay, do you have any ability to warn others off unreliable (but not criminal) buyers without incurring damaging feedback yourself? Or can a buyer casually mess up your auction and get away with it? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Artistic razor haircutting in Chicago?

Chicagoans: I am looking for a hairstylist in the city (preferably downtown or close to it) that knows how to use the razor cutting (or artistic razor) technique. Anyone go to someone they can recommend? I am a woman with long hair, and I'm looking for someone who is good at this - I've asked several places I know of, and while many stylists say they can do it, no one has said they prefer this. I'm hoping to transition away from my old NYC stylist.
posted by slo at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Bookmarks for webcomics, blogs, and other websites of a serial nature

I sometimes like to read webcomics or blogs from the first post. I could use history or bookmarks each time, but any other way to have a simple set-up so I don't lose my place?
posted by Busoni at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How to fill up a week?

Going to Seattle for all of next week - anything awesome going on? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are propaganda?

What percentage of comments on large blogs/newspapers are planned propaganda? [more inside]
posted by Damn That Television at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

car seat confusion

Please help me navigate the complex world of car seats for our impending baby. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 12:09 PM PST - 26 comments

An MP3 player with Bluetooth on top?

Recommend an MP3 player that's compatible with stereo Bluetooth headsets? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

If you're a heterosexual woman who cares about such things, at around what age do men stop looking at you?

If you're a heterosexual woman who cares about such things, at around what age do men stop looking at you? I don't mean a husband, or a boyfriend - I mean men on the street. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 12:01 PM PST - 70 comments

PC issue

I am working with a problem PC at work that keeps giving "memory cannot be read" messages (and it runs slowly). I have substituted another memory stick and have done a DOD grade wipe of the HDD. I don't have another SATA drive or I would replace it. any suggestions to help me avoid having to shoot the whole dang PC? please and thanks.
posted by rxbert at 11:59 AM PST - 8 comments

What does this bloodwork result refer to?

My doctor's office called back with my bloodwork results for anemia and I tried to write down all the information (just for my own curiosity) but I wasn't quite fast enough to get it all. Can someone tell me what part of your blood work a 'normal person has 13-150?' [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 11:48 AM PST - 8 comments

What type of bird is this?

I saw this bird this morning in the bottle brush in my back yard. It kept giving out a single "tweet" every ten seconds or so. One of the photos is an action shot, but I've never seen such a flashy bird where I live - Los Angeles. Does anyone know what it is?
posted by anniek at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

No TV Party Tonight

My TV remote control has ceased functioning. In order to reset it, I tried the most logical solution: unplugging the TV and plugging it back in. Well, that made things worse. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Your experience and advice re installing solar arrays?

Your experience and advice re installing solar arrays? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy mirto bianco in the USA?

Where can I buy a Corsican Liqueur, mirto bianco, in the USA? [more inside]
posted by ad_hominem at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

How to freely distribute my music online

So I basically just want to give out some of my music for free online. [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 11:25 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get a public policy research job in DC?

I'm a recent master's graduate in Applied Economics (Concentration: Community and Economic Development), and I’m looking for a research position with the government or a consulting firm that performs public policy-related research (e.g. The Urban Institute, Brookings, Pew Research Center, etc.). I've had no luck to this point (been looking for about two months), and I'd like some advice. [more inside]
posted by bcredrabbit at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

You spin me round right baby right round, like a record...

Need to get Excel to ROUND properly in a custom way, details inside... [more inside]
posted by emjay at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Polarized Caravan for less than an arm and/or leg

I really love the Ray-Ban Caravan (RB3136). I really wish it had polarized lenses. Can you help me find a similar style? [more inside]
posted by bobot at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you avoid hard coding SQL statements in PHP?

Is there a good way to prevent hard coding of insert/update sql statements in PHP? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Organ donation - the aftermath

13 yrs ago, my BF (and roomie) had a brain aneurysm on a Friday and died the following Monday. At least 6 of her organs were donated to various people. [more inside]
posted by jaimystery at 10:29 AM PST - 18 comments

What are your favorite post workout shakes?

What are your favorite post workout shakes? Looking for tasty recipes, my choco banana shake is getting played out. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Unbiased eyes, School of Public Health Edition

I am considering two Schools of Public Health. Both have accepted me (hooray!). Both offer various plusses and minuses (boo!). Help me sort this out. Bonus points for answering if you tend to hire newly minted MPHs. [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 10:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Relationship advice books needed

Who's the Dr. Phil for the Dan Savage audience? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 10:13 AM PST - 13 comments

How secure is Time Machine backups?

How secure is Time Machine backups? I'm worried about security of the data stored by Time Machine. [more inside]
posted by Leech at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Where in the world can I find a tidal lake

Please help me find a nature documentary I saw once, about 5 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Best Major for Education GRad School?

What is a good (non-education) undergraduate major for somebody thinking of going to grad school for education and focusing on possibly something like comparative international education or education policy? [more inside]
posted by goodbyebluemonday at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Library music?

I have a friend on the Local Music Committee of the Toronto Public Library, and they're looking to hire some Toronto-area bands that have a CD and a following, but aren't so popular that the library couldn't afford them or accomodate the huge crowds they'd draw. The group's music would also have to be acceptable for a fairly general audience. However, I'm very out of the loop, current music-wise, so if anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to pass them along to my friend on the committee.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Hep B Antibody Production

What factors affect the amount of antibodies you produce after a Hep B immunization shot? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Roadman at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Opening Youtube embeds in their own window

Is there a way to open an embedded Youtube video in a new window/tab without playing it first? [more inside]
posted by RotJ at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Inexpensive ASP.NET Training Options?

Looking for some inexpensive training options for ASP.NET/C#, online or in person. [more inside]
posted by zobot at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Technical networking blogs/resources?

Looking for good technical blogs and on-line or off-line resources for computer networking. [more inside]
posted by anti social order at 9:18 AM PST - 1 comment

ZBrush for Less?

Where can I find ZBrush at the lowest possible price? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me ballpark repair costs and sourcing a repair place for my laptop?

I am wondering if anyone has had to pay for a laptop screen replacement and what the ballpark price might be? Recommendations for repair places in Hamilton or Guelph, Ontario appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Convertible with top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked?

Loss prevention in a convertible with soft top - Lock the doors, or leave them unlocked? [more inside]
posted by rinogo at 8:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Learning Carpentry Skills

Please help me learn some carpentry skills. [more inside]
posted by cascando at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Starting my own Auction service locally... what kinds of things do I need to think about?

Starting my own Auction service locally... what kinds of things do I need to think about? Price points, consignments, fees, etc... any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 8:49 AM PST - 1 comment

3G Dongle & iPod Touch

Is it possible to connect a 3G Dongle (from "3" in my case) to a 2nd Generation iPod Touch (do not want and/or can't afford an iPhone) to simulate a Wifi connection? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 8:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I un-refrigerate Honest Tea?

My local market keeps organic tea in its refrigerator. When I buy it, do I have to keep it refrigerated, or can I store it at room temperature? [more inside]
posted by werty at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Slower than a three-toed sloth at a narcolepsy convention

GeekFilter: I just bought an Asus eee PC 900 (the model with the 16 GB HD). I needed a spare laptop fast, since my MacBook Pro had a mishap on the road and has to be repaired. I bought the eee at Best Buy, so it's running Win XP and not Linux. Problem: it's very slow. Question: should I return it, or put Linux on it when I get home? [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

In the pines, in the pines, where the sun don't ever shine...

Things to do in Pinehurst/Seven Lakes/Sandhills area of NC? [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 8:25 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I help a runaway?

A 17 year old I know is on the verge of running away from home. How can I help him without getting in legal trouble? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 8:25 AM PST - 20 comments

Video Conferencing Solutions

Help me learn more about video conferencing and the equipment I'll need. [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 8:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Going away present for a friend's upcoming move to NYC/new life at Columbia.

A good friend of mine is moving to NYC in a couple of weeks, to begin the Master's program in journalism at Columbia. Please help me think of a nice, relatively affordable going-away present! [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Useable wireless photo frame to stream RSS Flickr stream?

I'd like to post pictures to flickr or similar, and pull in the RSS feed of the photos I post with a photo frame I hope to give my parents. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

examples of repurposed inventions?

Can you give me examples of things which were invented for one purpose, but came into common use for another purpose? Bonus points if it sucked at whatever it was originally designed to do. [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. at 7:56 AM PST - 48 comments

Kitty teeth

Cat filter: Do I really need to get her teeth cleaned? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:40 AM PST - 30 comments

How to learn English online?

Do you know of any good online resources to learn English on your own? [more inside]
posted by maca at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Resources about Oil for High School Students?

Can anyone recommend some good resources (articles, books, DVDs, websites) about oil that are appropriate for a secondary school curriculum? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for investment calculator with real historical data

I'm seeking an online tool that will project the present value of a monthly investment in a given stock, mutual fund or market index. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 7:27 AM PST - 8 comments

AHRC Funding for PhD - How to ensure it!?

Applying for AHRC funding for an Art PhD. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 7:16 AM PST - 0 comments

Should I force an answer about a job interview?

Job search etiquette? So it has been three weeks since an interview, where the interviewer said it would take three or four weeks to make a decision. Is it wise/appropriate to send an email or make a call inquiring on the process? Does that look or sound desperate or keenly interested? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Small Amount of Income: Taxes?

Should I file my taxes? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 6:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Babies Looking in Diapers "There Is a Difference! Advertising What?"

There is a drawing of a boy and a girl baby looking into their diapers. It's an advertisement w/ heading, "There IS a difference!" Does anyone remember what product/ service this ad was for??
posted by mickeefynn at 6:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Name this song?

Name-this-song-filter: Soft, acoustic, Augustana-esque song with vague descriptions of lyrics. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 6:00 AM PST - 3 comments

More folk!

Addicted to a new type of music filter: Recently heard Josh Turner's song "The longer the waiting (the sweeter the kiss)" and I want to find more like it. Any suggestions?
posted by tdreyer at 5:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Essay marking advice

TAs, profs, teachers, markers: give me your best stock phrases for essay comments. [more inside]
posted by pised at 4:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Thin, angled prostate massager or other tool for self massage?

(NSFW) Prostate massager, dildo etc - Where can I find an angled one with a handle, that isn't too thick. Alternatively, is there another tool I can repurpose for self massage of muscles inside the pelvis? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 2:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Itunes is turning single albums into multiple, please?

Trying to organize my iTunes library, but I'm going crazy. Itunes is displaying one album as multiple albums. [more inside]
posted by ComeUndone at 12:01 AM PST - 9 comments

March 29

Closed Captioning for online video

Is there an effective, easy way to make online videos closed captioned for the hearing impaired? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it technologically feasible to shoot down a North Korean rocket/ ICBM?

Could the US or Japan shoot down the missile that North Korea is planning on launching next week? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 11:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I expect wet eyes or rolled ones?

College application essay about the challenges overcome in relation to one's sexuality: good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Gotham at 10:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I show my cheating wife an angry letter I wrote? Can our relationship be saved?

She cheated, I'm heartbroken, how much should I hold back? Should I deliver an angry letter? Can our marriage be saved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 PM PST - 58 comments

I've spent so many hours googling lyrics...

Please help me identify a song based on the following lyrics (could be out of order): "make it last" "if you go, make it fast" "before you forget me." [more inside]
posted by mittenedsex at 9:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Facial Tattoo risks

What would the drawbacks be of getting freckles tattooed on the bridge and cheek area of the face? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 9:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Etiquette / protocol

I and four friends have rented a condo in Kona for four nights. Now, a cousin of one of us is going to "crash" in the condo for two nights. How should we share the costs? (other logistics within...) [more inside]
posted by SSinVan at 8:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Computer Virus

My girlfriend's Thinkpad T23 is infected with a virus. [more inside]
posted by Student of Man at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I build a home video monitoring system using a Mac?

Following up on an unanswered question from August, I'm still trying to figure out a good way to build a top-notch home security camera system. Naturally, I don't want to do it the standard way... [more inside]
posted by socratic at 8:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap ways to improve a cheap bike?

What are some cheap or easy things I can do to improve my crummy road bike? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 8:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Cheapest method to send $30k to Dubai UAE?

Simple question: what is the cheapest method to send $30k from the USA to Dubai, UAE? Any advice or experience is greatly appreciated! Options I have considered are - Paypal - Western Union - Moneybookers
posted by lupefiasco at 7:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Go away Leatherface

Working all winter as a bike courier seems to have taken a toll on my skin. What can I do to mitigate the damage and lessen the effects of future harm? [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 7:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you beat a San Francisco parking ticket if it has no VIN number on it?

Can you beat a San Francisco parking ticket if it has no VIN number on it? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 7:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How should I respond to mom's latest crazy antics?

Just found out mom got married to a guy a few days ago she was considering dating. I don't know how to respond. How should I deal with this new development? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Boot Camp for the Brain?

Where can I learn about "boot camp" mental training? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Always locked front door knob

I'm looking for a front door lock or doorknob that stays locked even after you've opened the door. [more inside]
posted by fnerg at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

handicapped-accessible litter box ideas!

my 19-year-old 3-legged cat is finally getting too stiff to use a regular litter box. what can i use instead? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the original french version of this movie quotation?

What is the actual French corresponding to the English translation of this line from the Godard film Le Mepris (Contempt)?: "It's a drag to be so cute and so sad." [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Bike Ride and a Microphone

Bike Riding and a Microphone One of our clients is biking across the country. She wants to be able to speak on a head phone, connected to her cell phone, while she rides. everything we have tried so far has way too much background noise. Can you recommend how she can speak on the phone, safely, with no or low background noise during this long journey by Bike? Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

yes or no ?

does gillian anderson have a cameo role in yes man ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Meta Ask: Share your favourite "Ask X" site for particular specialist topics.

Meta-Ask: We know Ask MeFI is great, but sometimes you need to dig deeper among a smaller but more spedialised crowd. So which are your favourite "Ask X" sites? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 5:49 PM PST - 17 comments

ID this IDM MP3

ID this IDM MP3? [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to call myself a landlord if my SO helps with my mortgage?

I own a house. Boyfriend lives with me, pays me "rent" to help out with my mortgage. He wants to claim his rent payments on his taxes. But I don't want to be his landlord -- at least, I don't want the IRS to think I'm a landlord. What to do? [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 5:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Advice on foot problems.

My feet are killing me. Are orthopedic shoes the answer? - the only answer? [more inside]
posted by Jackson at 5:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Best slow cooker kicking?

What's the best slow cooker out there? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:57 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I stop being Neal from "Good Old Neon"?

So, I just read David Foster Wallace's "Good Old Neon", and I feel like Neal is a creepily accurate description of myself at this point in my life. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I learn to keep a beat?

I am video editor who cuts a lot of promo material. Sometimes I have to take a song and cut it down to a specific amount of time (say 30 seconds), while making sure the song does lose its beat or right order of cords. Is there a way to learn music timing, keeping a beat, cords, etc. for those who are not musically inclined? FYI I have never played an instrument.
posted by helios410 at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me Identify a Perfume/Fragrance

I'm trying to figure out what this perfume is so I can get some for my wife...I know it sounds crazy, but the smell of it is pretty singular. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Miss Million-Dollar Kitty, on her second life

I took a year-old semi-feral cat from our small local colony to the feral sterilization clinic to be spayed on Thursday (3 days ago). She nearly died, but survived a second round of surgery that night. She's healing, per both her vets, although is still uninterested in food or water. Also, she likes the effect of her pain relief but won't let me give it to her. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by catlet at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

setting up a bank account for a small business

Help me make sure I am setting things up properly dealing with invoices and checking accounts as a small business. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 3:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Are women in midlife truly . . . ?

Are women in midlife truly more prone to problematic imbalances than their male counterparts/sometime partners? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 3:36 PM PST - 21 comments

What would your dog recommend?

Never bought a dog carrier but I need one now. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 3:28 PM PST - 7 comments

SAT score on my resume?

Should I put my SAT score on my resume in this situation? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 2:52 PM PST - 12 comments

I guess I look slightly worse than the Elephant Man....

My face is suddenly asymmetrical. Can the medically-inclined members of the Hive Mind give me ideas as to what may be the cause? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Song lyrics search--Humdrum Blues, unknown female singer

Heard a song at work on the Muzak, googled it, couldn't find it. It was a female singer, jazzy-sounding. I recall her mentioning the "humdrum blues." The lyric I wrote down was "work like a dog but I'm mighty poor." I googled "humdrum blues," but what I found was a different song, and googling the lyrics got me nothing.
posted by Slinga at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Help! My boxwood trees are being nommed by mysterious entities

Chewing sounds coming from my boxwood trees... are these box elder larvae? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:27 PM PST - 5 comments

professional interrailing?

I like my job, but I want to leave, badly. I want to leave the UK for warmer/more interesting climes. Where are good places to find a job in continental Europe, with a media/technical slant, for someone who only really only speaks English? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How much can a road cost?

Have you ever cut a road into a densely wooded area? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 12:47 PM PST - 13 comments

One Event. Two Times Listed On Advertisements. One Ass Potentially Handed To Me.

Wow, I royally screwed up the booking of an expensive program at the public university where I work. The program's in a week. Two other parties are involved, and the only way I can halfway make this right is to lie my ass off. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 PM PST - 17 comments

[USA] Best chances to become a foriegn service worker?

[USA] Best chances to become a foriegn service worker? I want to apply, I've alreadly gotten the study guide, but beyond studying and being open minded of the people I'd be dealing with, I don't really know how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 12:29 PM PST - 2 comments

An Old Dog Resists The New Trick

Should I continue to resist paying my credit card bill electronically? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Art history identification

I'm trying to remember a famous painting or graphic in which the artist presents a word such as "blue" painted in red. Or vice-versa. Or some other color combination.
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:28 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I learn to be a man?

I grew up not believing in gender roles, and until recently shunned stereotypical masculine behaviours, not wanting to be a "macho meathead". What are some examples and resources to help me become more of a man? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 61 comments

Why is this happening?

I got laid off about a month ago in NYC. Applied for unemployment insurance and got approved, no problems. Now I got a letter from the UI agency from my former former employer (2 employers ago) declining my claim and requesting a hearing on the basis that I voluntarily quit. This is true, and I was laid off from the place I worked at after that employer. Why is this happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

What genre of music is this?

What genre of music is in the background of this video? Post-rock? Electronica? Can you recommend more music like it?
posted by Paul KC at 11:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Is this SAD, or something else?

Is it Seasonal Affective Disorder, or something else? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 11:55 AM PST - 14 comments

bob the builder theme is like what other tv theme

the end of the Bob the Builder theme song has that heavy guitar riff "wind down" which reminds me of some tv show theme (like the drew cary show or WKRP) where some guy shouts: "I love you NEW YORK -or maybe detroit--what is that show?
posted by hardyboy at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments


Which is the surname? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 11:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Social Media + Environmental Concerns?

What are some social media sites that have an environmental tilt? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

4-bay Firewire/USB2 RAID enclosure for OS X?

Looking for recommendations on a 4-bay Firewire/USB2 RAID enclosure that works well with OS X. I'd also like to see recs for a eSATA equivalent, though I'm definitely leaning towards Firewire/USB2. Thanks!
posted by xmutex at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Worried about future job applications

Need advice on what to do on future job interviews, after having had a bad experience with my last job [more inside]
posted by Anthro girl at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is "references upon request" so common in resumes?

In my middle management position at a non-profit, I get to see a good amount of resumes pass over my desk for various positions in my department. Why is it so common for job applicants to place "References Upon Request" at the bottom of the resume? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 11:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Tax consultant with ACA qualification from UK looking to work in Malaysia

What are the working opportunities for tax consultants with ACA qualification in the UK looking to emigrate to Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by ianK at 11:05 AM PST - 1 comment

How to deep clean vinyl floors

What's the best way to deep clean vinyl floors? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is my scalp sore?

Why do I have odd, sensitive patches on my scalp? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

What causes volcanic mesocyclones to rotate in the direction they do?

Recent research has concluded that strong volcanic plumes exhibit cyclonic, storm-like rotation, which helps explain why volcanic thunderstorms occur. The article indicates that the volcanic plume from Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 exhibited anticlockwise rotation, which I infer to be consistent with the rotation of a low-pressure system in the northern hemisphere. My question: Will the rotational direction of these volcanic mesocyclones be governed by the Coriolis Effect, local atmospheric conditions, compositional characteristics of the plume, or some combination of these factors?
posted by baphomet at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me cover or clean a grimy windowsill

Urban dwellers: how do you deal with windowsill grime? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Action Research Video Footage?

Designing an action research class for teachers and need lots and lots of footage of real classroom activity. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 10:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Cayman Islands?

I need a reliable off-shore savings account. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 10:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Idle hands are eating a devils food cake

I have the opportunity to exercise in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Does it matter if I do certain exercises in order? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

What do with my education?

I am a student doing my bachelors degree and I feel utterly confuzed about what I want to do with my education. I am currently doing an economics major, but have no real passion for economics. [more inside]
posted by happydude123 at 9:53 AM PST - 8 comments

IANYLA - I Am Not Your Landscape Architect

How do we stop (or slow) the erosion of soil down a slope into a stream? We live in a condo in Shelby Township, Michigan. The soil slopes from the street level to a small stream. How do I find a landscape architect / service that will forestall the erosion? [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Axe the ex?

What to do with pictures of exes? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 9:14 AM PST - 34 comments


Is my job destroying my mind? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Need a little time to wake up. wake up well.

I'm tired of the Antelope alarm tone on my BlackBerry. Does anyone have any recommendations for alarm clock tones I can load onto my SD card? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Making a smart offer on a house

How do we make the most strategically sound offer on a house, and how to best estimate the monthly costs (mortgage+taxes+insurance+PMI)? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Have a banana!

I've got one very ripe banana and a craving for banana bread. What can I add to the recipe to make it tasty? [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 8:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Graffiti tours in NYC?

Do you know of any walking tours in NYC dedicated to street art / graffiti?
posted by limon at 8:03 AM PST - 2 comments

A good time to be a car-less driving non-American in America

I'm trying to hire a car for two days in the US, and have found it's far cheaper for me as a Brit (US$40), than if I was an American (US$120). Is there any particular reason for this? Taxes can't be *that* huge a mark-up, surely?
posted by almostwitty at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Reading The Sunshine State

Looking for good novels that are set in Florida [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 7:32 AM PST - 24 comments

VGA Splitter or KVM for my Xbox 360 on my monitor AND TV?

Xbox360Filter: I have an Xbox 360 with a VGA output which I use on my Samsung computer monitor. I want to be able to have it hooked up to my TV (which has a VGA input as well) at the same time. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx at 7:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me save my rosemary bush!

Help me save my rosemary bush! This bush is in my back yard. I live in Phoenix, AZ. The bush has been there for 13 years, but in the past 6 months 90% of it died. I suspect it was either due to a freeze or some windborne weed killer. Up to now I have not maintained it at all (in terms of active watering, etc.) other than trimming it back occasionally. How can I save it?
posted by mattholomew at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Can't find a diving case ANYWHERE

Help! I am looking for an underwater case (Olympus PT-035) for my Olympus 770SW... but it seems to have disappeared from the face of the Internet! [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

I can't keep touching it up.

I'm looking for an adhesive-backed ink-jet printable plastic suitable for use as masking/stencils for airbrushing. I've tried a couple of options, but have failed in some subtle ways. (Now with related bonus question!) [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 2:20 AM PST - 10 comments

March 28

Simple, but less ugly way to present items in an online folder?

I'm sharing files by dropping them into a folder in my public_html folder. Is there an easy way to generate a tasteful, simple front-end that's more appealing than the standard web-browser's text list? [more inside]
posted by huron at 11:55 PM PST - 9 comments

How is pickup formed?

Since I fitted a new 5-way switch to Young Flabdablet's Squier Strat, it produces no signal and the output appears to be shorted to ground. To fix this, I need to understand the cables that come from the pickups. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet's sock puppet at 11:37 PM PST - 4 comments

New industrial architecture

Looking for examples of creative, modern industrial architecture. [more inside]
posted by lou at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Airdisk to Xbox360

Airdisk to Xbox360 [more inside]
posted by telsa at 11:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Why can't I use the internet despite my router telling me I can?

Please help me get my internet back! My computer is showing it is connected to the router and the internet, and it says it is in the router logs and through its updater, but I cannot load any webpages or use anything needing anything the internet. [more inside]
posted by tumples at 11:02 PM PST - 5 comments

I needs me a PC

Help me build or buy a desktop PC for under $900.. [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 8:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Damn it, lenny. Come on now.

Increasingly annoying problem installing Debian 5.0.0 'lenny' on an HP G60 with an Itanium (ia64) processor that is currently running Vista Home Premium. Specifically, the debian-installer consistently falls under the impression that I have an AMD 64-bit (amd64) processor. Why? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 8:29 PM PST - 5 comments

What the heck do we do now?

Night in San Francisco, now what? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 8:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a sanitary way to reduce our daily dishwashing?

Is there a sanitary way to reduce our daily dishwashing? [more inside]
posted by katala at 8:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Need to automate a weekly task using AppleScript

I need to automate the process of printing a report to PDF with the date in the file name, saving it in an archive folder, printing it, and emailing it as an attachment. I am on a Mac and using Pages, Automator, and AppleScript. Help me find the missing pieces! [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 8:20 PM PST - 4 comments

typing SMS from laptop

I have a macbook and I have a nokia N95 8gb. Is there any way I can type SMSs with the big keyboard?
posted by pompomtom at 8:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Needed: Laptop Adapter

Lost my laptop's AC adapter, time to find a new one. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:16 PM PST - 3 comments

The software, it does nothing! Or does it?

cFosSpeed internet accelerator: worth the fuss/money? [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get a heavy truck out of the mud?

Let's say your 35,000lb 4x4 is stuck axle-deep in mud.... [more inside]
posted by csd at 7:27 PM PST - 30 comments

Hot countertops?

How can we test granite countertops to ensure there are no unusually high levels of radiation? Looking for someone near Berkeley, CA who can do this for us ASAP. Who should we call? [more inside]
posted by quinoa at 7:21 PM PST - 16 comments

How Can I Accurately Cut A Pill

CuttingPillsFilter: I am super-sensitive to anti-depressants, but having found one that works, I'm now trying to hit the right dosage. The pills in question are round and scored in half so creating halves or quarters is easy with a Rite Aid pill cutter, but if I wanted sixths - or even better, 12ths - how could I do this? The pills I get are 15mg (lowest dose) so the only thing I can think of is a professional scale which, for that accuracy, cost $$$. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 7:18 PM PST - 14 comments

What to eat in New York City that you can't find in Chicago?

What to eat in New York City that you can't find in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 7:14 PM PST - 29 comments

Please recommend graphically inspiring books and magazines

I'm in a web design rut. Please recommend innovative non-web (magazine and book) layouts to help me get inspired! [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 7:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Say Click! Take a pic!

Where should I go tomorrow in Ottawa to take pictures simply for the sake of taking pictures? [more inside]
posted by Abbril at 6:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Alternatives to pet prozac?

Prozac didn't seem to help cat's problems. Options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me my tweets from July 6, 2007

Extracting twitter updates for a particular date through the API... how?! [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 6:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Ruluctant piano student.

Piano lessons for a reluctant 9-year-old? [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 6:37 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me understand Flannery O'Connor

I'm writing a paper on Flannery O'Connor, and am having trouble understanding a lot of the symbolism in her works. Help me understand Flannery. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 6:27 PM PST - 21 comments

What to do with a broken DS Lite?

I thought I was the luckiest thrift-store shopper ever when I found a Nintendo DS Lite at Value Village for $10, complete with box, instruction manuals, and spare battery. Of course, it doesn't work.... [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 6:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the difference between unhappiness and depression?

I wish I could tell the difference between unhappiness and depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Travel Plan Assistance Please

Traveling from Texas to Canada, Bear Creek Provincial Park in Summerland BC. Is the Vancouver Airport the closest airport or should we fly in to Seattle and drive up? Not sure the best route. Help....airline tickets into Vancouver are like $600!
posted by madmamasmith at 5:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Ph.D. Advice

Ph.D. Advice: I'm going to be starting grad school in the fall and I wanted some suggestions on how to plan out my thesis. What should I be doing from day one to stay organized and what kind of system should I set up to keep myself productive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 5:21 PM PST - 13 comments

All I want is a few cheap glass bottles!

I live in the Bay Area, where can I buy small (~250 ml), screwtop glass bottles? I'd prefer not buying online because shipping charges are huge and I'm not looking for a bulk order. [more inside]
posted by aspo at 5:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Moving to Boston in August!

Help me find an apartment in Boston! [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Cigarette Price Map?

After the shock of paying almost $10 for a pack of American Spirit wore off I thought there must be a website like Gas Buddy or Boston Gas Prices for cigarette prices. My google foo has failed me on this one, anyone know if there's any such site(s)? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 4:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Dead Cow Wrappers For Words

I've seen a couple people recently with very nice fairly stiff leather journal covers, maybe a little smaller than 8 1/2 by 11, that hold a smaller replaceable floppy journal inside. I want one. I've looked around some, but all I can find are the cheap mass-produced ones. Does the hive mind have a lead on where to get a good-quality leather cover online or in the SF bay area?
posted by devilsbrigade at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

still a pc.

Is there any way today to run a mac application on windows? (without the whole mac OS, preferably, though I'd consider that too). [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

There better not be an obvious google query for this.

I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 3:56 PM PST - 34 comments

How to keep Google Desktop gadgets without the search?

Is there a way to keep Google Desktop without it hijacking Vista's search? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Author interviews

What is the best author interview you have found? [more inside]
posted by Dumsnill at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Hip San Diego Hairstylist for stylish haircut?

San Diego Hairstylist Filter - Where do I obtain a stylish men's haircut with highlights, for ~$60 in SD. I'm a guy in his late twenties. Thanks!
posted by strangelove at 3:50 PM PST - 2 comments

WMP11 keeps resetting volume to max when I skip around in video.

Why does the volume reset to max in Windows Media Player 11 whenever I try to change it and then click to skip to another point in the video? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 3:44 PM PST - 0 comments

Elusive Cephalopod

Can anyone help me find a screengrab of the octopus on the end of Wednesday's bed (from the movie version of The Addams Family)? [more inside]
posted by jzed at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you live on it?

HypotheticalFilter: What would happen to a morbidly obese person if completely deprived of food? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 3:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Portland hacks?

Portland Filter: Tips, tricks, and hacks for Portland. What does my brother need to know before moving there? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 2:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Name this children's book.

What is the name of this children's novel that includes time travel, Ben Franklin, some kids and a professor, and two versions of the same character, one of which is from several days in the future? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 2:55 PM PST - 12 comments

What type of workout is best for cardio health?

What type of workout is best for cardio health? Is weight-lifting necessary as well as cardio work? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 2:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Developing a Relationship with my Professor

Hey all, I'm an incoming master's student with plans to apply to my institution's PhD program after my master's. As the first person in my family to go to college (let alone graduate school), I am quite green in many respects. What I'm really worried about is the professor(s) I want to work with in the future--how do I go about developing a professional relationship with them? I'm afraid of creating a negative impression about myself if I keep badgering them during office hours and blatantly trying to ingratiate myself with them. Also, any advice you could give me would be really helpful--especially with regards to a master's student in the humanities field. What should be my main focus and what common errors should I avoid?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Poultry processor in Ann Arbor, MI, area

Is there a poultry processor in the Dexter, MI, area (north of Ann Arbor) that will do small volume? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 1:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Stock data for use in black box trading application?

Stock data for use in black box trading application? [more inside]
posted by Hypocrites at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Pixels not included.

I'm at my wits' end trying to find a suitable LCD monitor to use as a secondary screen for an oldish Toshiba laptop. [more inside]
posted by _dario at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Cat gave birth 12 hours ago and still seems pregnant

Cat gave birth 12 hours ago, three healthy kittens, still seems pregnant (bulgy belly) and seems to be having contractions. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Moon over Parma, find me a freaking tailor I can trust

Cleveland fashion help: awesome shoestore and a decent tailor. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Yes. Just, yes.

On the blog Cardhouse, the Cardhouse dude has posted two pictures, each of a different store and the same book, but has obscured the book's title with a green-edged circle and the word yes. What is the book?
posted by eschatfische at 12:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What are your favourite ways to avoid waste in the kitchen?

What are your favourite kitchen and pantry management tricks to avoid the waste of food and money? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:16 PM PST - 34 comments

Windows XP repair/install woes.

My install of Windows XP got borked by a virus that necessitated the deletion of a number of .exe files needed by the operating system. I was kind of hoping to do this without re-formatting my C: drive, so I've been selecting the option to Repair the C:/Windows installation. It says that it successfully copies its setup files, and then restarts the computer. Upon restarting, it shows me a black screen with a mouse pointer but does not continue the install. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me port forward with my new router, please!

Bittorrent hell with new router! [more inside]
posted by proj at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How did I not notice the freaking GOAT on the bag?

Goat's milk. wtf? [more inside]
posted by peggynature at 11:43 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me get proof that I filed taxes in the U.S...

I'm a Canadian who lived in Philadelphia while going to grad school. How do I go about getting proof that I filed taxes in the United States in 2005 and 2006? Stupidly, I can't find my own documentation. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

What is a fair rent for 700 sq. feet in suburban Virginia?

Help my sister determine how much rent to charge! [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

invasion of the brown specks

Can you help me identify some teeny-tiny bugs that just invaded my kitchen cupboard? This is in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Sound of an old Saxophone?

You have a saxophone that hasn't been taken out of its case for twenty years. What does it sound like when it's played? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 10:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Djembe Recommendations?

I want to learn to play the djembe. What should I buy, and where can I find some good learning resources? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Summer in the City...

What year did New York City switch from having Fourth of July fireworks on the Hudson River to the East River? [more inside]
posted by Wylie Kyoto at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Our dreams will continue after a quick word from our bladder.

PeeingFilter: Why do I always have to pee when I'm falling asleep? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:52 AM PST - 10 comments

April Fool's Dinner

I'm looking to make an April Fool's day dinner, where dinner looks like dessert. We already have the idea of a meatloaf "cake" with mashed potato icing. Do you have any ideas for side dishes that also look like dessert?
posted by nalyd at 9:42 AM PST - 18 comments


Assignment Filter: What the heck is a "dialectical relationship"? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Is it wrong to leave a mostly-ok 10-year relationship because you've found someone new that you're passionate about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 70 comments

HDTVs which detect letterboxed standard-definition broadcasts?

Does this feature exist in current HDTV models: automatically detect letterboxed shows broadcast in standard definition and expand them to fill the whole screen? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Where potato?

trouble sourcing air potatoes? [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I become a game developer at this late age?

I really want to be a game developer. Have I waited too long? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:02 AM PST - 35 comments

Is there a statute of limitations on contesting one's unemployment?

What is the statute of limitations on contesting one's unemployment benefits? Is there one? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 6:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Short Sale Newb needs help.

Need more advice on how to proceed with a real estate short sale. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 4:33 AM PST - 14 comments

I have four months: help me become superwoman

My workload was insane and I wasn't coping, so I've reduced it - but only for four months. What can I do to build my resilience and general life-handling ability during that time? If you've ever taken 'time off' to sort yourself out, I would love to hear your story. [more inside]
posted by [ixia] at 4:02 AM PST - 19 comments

How do criminal trials proceed?

I'd like to know the exact steps that happen in a criminal trial. [more inside]
posted by Jason Land at 2:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Mending bridges with a former supervisor?

How can I mend a friendship with a former supervisor while embattled in a quasi-legal situation against our former company? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn at 12:12 AM PST - 13 comments

March 27

Recommend a New York City gay bar for me.

I'll be visiting NYC by myself next week. I would like to meet / hang out with other gay guys around my age. I'm looking for a gay bar with a younger (late 20s - early 30s) crowd. I'm slightly shy / self-conscious and prefer a place with a relatively friendly vibe and lack of "attitude". Any suggestions?
posted by mahamandarava at 11:45 PM PST - 9 comments

What writing samples are appropriate to apply for this job?

What kind of writing samples would be appropriate to submit with a resume for this job? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo at 11:13 PM PST - 5 comments

new mac mini harikari! how to reconnect round metal connector?

new mac mini harikari! how to reconnect round metal connector? [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 11:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Spring Awakening?

Initiating awkward hook-up time! So here's the deal, MeFi. I developed a major crush on a guy after only knowing him for about three weeks, and, in a drunken flirtation session, stupidly told him. The flirtation has since stopped - since he just got out of a relationship and wasn't looking for anything serious, he thought it'd be unfair to me if we hooked up while I liked him (fair enough, I suppose). The thing is, after getting over the harshest part of the crush, I think I'd like to initiate something physical (only) with him. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 11:02 PM PST - 27 comments

what genre is the ending credit song in the generals daughter?

what genre of music is the song from the generals daughter during the credits at the end? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN at 10:49 PM PST - 8 comments

TV Blogs for UK?

Best TV Blogs for UK? [more inside]
posted by caelumluna at 9:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Why won't certain DVDs play in my DVD player?

Our Kia Sedona has one of those built in DVD players, An Audiovox PROV710. For the life of me I can't get DVDs to play in it. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:20 PM PST - 5 comments

What constitutes a "lead role" in a musical?

My friend's two daughters are in a school musical, and she is naturally extremely pleased. She's been telling everyone that they have the "leads", but neither is cast in the leading female role. I think "lead role" refers to the leading female and the leading male roles, as in this case there are both? (In single gender plays, I would think the "lead roles" would be the two characters with the most lines? ) Of course I won't point this out to her....and I'm wondering if I am wrong? The musical is "Thoroughly Modern Millie".
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:05 PM PST - 21 comments

I Want to Learn Stunt On How To Get Someone To Stand On My Shoulders

How do I get someone to stand on my shoulder's ala Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn in the film "Holiday" [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 9:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Breakup Music Assistance.

What music has helped you get through a breakup? [more inside]
posted by E-Boogie at 8:29 PM PST - 67 comments

Breathe your oxygen Junior - it'll make you grown up big and strong...

All the big organisms on the planet need a healthy supply or oxygen, yet there are a myriad organisms at the other end of the scale that either ignore oxygen or are actively averse to it. How come none of our large scale creatures have come from this anaerobic stock? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 8:27 PM PST - 16 comments

How to not care what people think of me.

How do I not care what strangers think of me, especially on the internet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Big company, big brother?

PharmaFilter: Why must I participate in my new company's insurance plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there good alternatives to Google Moderator?

The White House highlighted the power of Google Moderator when they used it for their Open for Questions forum. Are there any alternatives to Google Moderator that would give me more flexibility with authentication? [more inside]
posted by ufris at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Countryside within easy striking distance of Nagoya

Any Nagoya savvy folks who could comment on what towns to look at for real estate (rental or purchase) within a 30-45 minute train or bus ride of Nagoya Tsurumai Station? Looking to be in countryside, or smaller town rather than within the big city as am desirous of green, fresh air and water, walking, a small garden, but need to work in Tsurumai.
posted by dougiedd at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Living in a toxic waste dump

Asking for a friend. She got her soil tested and the lead levels are at a toxic, and in fact, illegal level. It's a rental, and the whole building was planning a community garden in the yard. Now they're not so sure. [more inside]
posted by nax at 7:05 PM PST - 15 comments

I dont care if its minimum wage, I just want to do it where I want when I want.

I want to find a type of work that I can do from my laptop while travelling, potentially indefinitely. Ideas for my new occupation? [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 6:57 PM PST - 9 comments

China for a non-Mandarin Speaker?

My girlfriend of six years is getting an expat position in Beijing for 2+ years. Her company originally said they would help me find a job, but with the economy going down it seems they are less optimistic about me being able to find a expat position. How can I optimize my chances of getting a job in a foreign country? We are from the United States. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 6:46 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get rid of a once nice car, now sitting by the woods.

What should I do to get a car that's been sitting for 2 years out of my life, without feeling like I've wasted it? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 6:42 PM PST - 17 comments

How to remove built-in auto-complete entries from AOL's email client?

How to remove the built-in auto-complete entries from AOL's email client? [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Labelling windows in Expose

I use OS X's Expose feature probably 500 times a day. I love it, but when I have more than a couple of applications open, it's hard to tell, say, iTunes apart from Is there an add-on that will place the program's icon over the window when in Expose?
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Why are grownups always worrying about the housing market?

Financial noob filter: Housing market fluctuations seem to have always been a big item, but to my noob mind I think "What do people care unless they are buying or selling a house?". I imagine the answer may be something to do with paying a mortgage on the house based on its previous 500k value when it is now worth only 300k. That or equity leverage. Can anyone clear this up for me?
posted by dino terror at 5:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Can you help me spot the spots?

Could you help me identify some commercials my girlfriend found to be adorable? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan at 5:49 PM PST - 1 comment

I thought he flew Vipers, not Pigeons...

BSG final episode question. (SPOILERS INSIDE!) [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:49 PM PST - 25 comments

This quote about smelling is rotting my brain - help me preserve sanity.

I have the quote "Aren't you going to smell me goodbye?". I need the movie. Help me mefi's! Near the end of the movie, the question is coming from a girl to a guy, and as he smells her neck, he moves up and kisses her. This same interaction occurred previously in the same movie with no kiss. Maybe a late 80's or 90's movie.
posted by MsLgean at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use?

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use? [more inside]
posted by leafxor at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Walks like Sigur Rós, talks like Sigur Rós, but ain't Sigur Rós.

Help me id a piece of music from the Skins Season 2 DVD. [more inside]
posted by starzero at 5:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is my PC shutting down randomly?

My desktop PC is powering down overnight randomly and I can't figure out why. Windows XP Pro SP3. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 4:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Help my french sound Quebecois!

Yet another accent question, this time Quebecois French. [more inside]
posted by stray at 4:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Tell me a story about the outdoors

What are your favorite layman's natural history books? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 3:57 PM PST - 20 comments's culturebox editor?

Who is the editor of's culturebox? I want to submit a piece to them, but don't know who to address it to. The email address i'm using is, but the name? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn about Hong Kong film posters

I have recently run across a large cache of hong kong film posters from Thailand circa 1970s. I am thinking of buying them and am trying to research if they have any value. I am not getting great results from the internets. Any brain power out there that might point me the right way?
posted by citybuddha at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

How did Michael know?

Question about The Godfather Part II: [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 3:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Plot question about the movie "Duplicity"

Got a question about the film "Duplicity," which opened last week. It's a plot point, concerning the opening credit sequence. [more inside]
posted by quintno at 3:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Any kind of liquid resistors out there?

What to coat connectors with to create a high resistance connection? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

good income - bad credit - can I buy a car, and is now the time to buy?

Young professional guy, late 20s - pretty terrible credit, decent income (~50k) - need a car - is now the time to buy, and if so, can I get financed, and if so, what terms should I expect/ask for? Am willing to buy American - GM etc...
posted by stenseng at 2:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Minimal set of Vista Updates?

Just reinstalled Vista in my laptop, and now the next step is to install MS updates, right? The thing is, I don't think now installing every available update from MS Windows Update is a good idea. What are the absolutely necessary updates to install, if any? [more inside]
posted by papafrita at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me build an R/C Tricycle

R/C Filter: How to build a remote-controlled tricycle? [more inside]
posted by pkphy39 at 1:33 PM PST - 3 comments

VBScript for Dummies

I need to learn VBScript fairly quickly. What are some stand-out print or online VBScript resources?
posted by swift at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

3D movies -- are they survivable now?

Is the theatrical 3D film experience (e.g. 'Monsters vs. Aliens') much better than it used to be? Eyestrain, headaches, nausea used to be what you suffered through in the old red-blue glasses days in order to say you saw a 3D movie...has that gotten good enough now that it's safe to take, e.g., a 7 year old boy to these things?
posted by felix at 1:13 PM PST - 26 comments

Remove duplicate phone numbers on a Nokia E71

My Nokia E71 ended up with a bunch of duplicate numbers for each contact. How do I remove them automagically? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

There's got to be a faster way to update

Please help me simplify a complicated mysql update [more inside]
posted by special-k at 1:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Wi-fi not so hi-fi

Help a network-illiterate brother with a home wi-fi issue? [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is my landlord acting against his own economic interests?

NYCRentFilter: My landlord is letting me walk after my lease is up rather than cut my rent, even though the apartment will be vacant for at least a month after I leave. Why? [more inside]
posted by raconteur at 11:46 AM PST - 40 comments

What's the joke thas hase the punchline "what and give up show business"

What's the original joke that has the punchline "what, and give up show business?" Google doesn't help, since it's such a common reference, most links are using the line assuming you know the joke.
posted by bonecrusher at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Semi-colon usage

Semi-colon usage: "My name's John; I'm a carpenter and I enjoy repairing old homes and building new ones." [more inside]
posted by boosh at 11:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Best Mac DJ software?

Best Mac DJ software? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Name my Health Blog!

hey all! So I really want to start a blog about the subjects I'm most passionate: eating and exercising. I need help naming it! (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by HPag at 11:25 AM PST - 29 comments

More than a cold reading in hot California, please.

Recommend a psychic in the Los Angeles area who has performed accurate readings? I need answers/amusement/awareness/hope... [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

We have always had weird in-laws

I've been tasked (by myself and others) with compiling an extensive history of my extended family on one side. More than a family tree, we're compiling stories, photos, everything we can gather about my weirdo relatives. What tools should I use to compile it? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 11:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Charcoal grilling on a Boston rooftop--legal?

Is it legal to use a charcoal grill on a downtown Boston rooftop? [more inside]
posted by mgerstenblatt at 11:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Remembering permissions

Is there any FTP client or trickery to remember the UNIX permissions when transferring files from a UNIX machine to a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by pineappleclock at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

I can scratch my stuff on my own time, thanks.

Where can I get cheap (or free!) furniture pads? Or what can I use instead? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Weird Geeks 'r Us

I've been tagged with labels like 'weird' or 'geek' since high school. This is usually coming from someone who has no positive frame of reference for something I've said or done. Hey, I'm unusual, no doubt, but I just get tired of hearing this word. What's a good comeback that doesn't leave scorch marks? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:57 AM PST - 62 comments

Me vs. my wife: Shower curtain battle!

Home decor filter: Help me settle a disagreement with my wife regarding fabric shower curtains. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 10:17 AM PST - 37 comments

Ominous Market P/E?

Can this possibly be right? [pdf] [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

I can finally clean that lint out of my belly button

My firm has just announced one-week furloughs for most employees. What struck me as odd was that the email included an attachment labelled "Activities". When I opened it, it was a list: "Top 20 Things to do While on Furlough". Examples:

* Clean out your garage and other storage places and hold a garage sale.
* Go hiking with your pet.
* Renew your library card.

It's like management is just begging to be parodized. Alas, I have not the comedy chops to do it well. Anyone want to suggest some good parody "activities" I could pursue whilst on furlough?
posted by zainsubani at 10:10 AM PST - 46 comments

Revenue per...eyeball?

Dotcom revenue statistics for dummies. I'm trying to get my head around how stats like revenue/page view, revenue/unique user, etc. are calculated and used. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 10:03 AM PST - 1 comment

How would you set-up internet computers for public commercial use?

Software solutions for setting up an internet cafe/kiosk computers? [more inside]
posted by humannaire at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I build a hand cranked projector?

How do I build a hand cranked projector? [more inside]
posted by tealeaf522 at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get my VOIP on!

Is VOIP (Voice over IP) really mature enough to get rid of the landline, and what would you do with my personal phone/business phone(s) situation?...story to follow. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Logging https logins?

Logging username logins on our web server? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 9:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you explain how Geitner's latest is supposed to work?

Geitner's latest: If the problem is the spread between fantasy values that allow a bank to say it's solvent and market values that say it's insolvent, how does a plan that protects private investors from most but not all of the downside get them to overpay for these assets, narrowing the spread?
posted by markcmyers at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for interesting suspenders.

I've been wearing suspenders for 30+ years~they're so much more comfortable than that tight thing going around my waist. But I need to find sources for interesting (quirky patterns). I've found lots of places that sell boring plain dressy suspenders and braces, but no good supply for unusual ones. Helpmeee!
posted by davoid at 9:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Strange word filling Gmail chat box

When I logged into Gmail recently, the contact list in my chat box was mostly populated by a number of instances of the word "sharfai" -- which corresponds in no way to any of my actual contacts, didn't show up in a Gmail search, and has next to no results in Google search. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Hippopotamus Song on Guitar

Guitar chords for 'Hippopotamus Song' by Flanders and Swann? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Thoughts on REO Offer Situation?

We've been waiting a week for a response to our offer on an REO (foreclosure) property. Today we got a bank addendum.. [more inside]
posted by yarrr at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with the tariffs jungle

UK mobile phone filter: What is a good pay-as-you-go tariff for the emergency mobile phone of an elderly person who will scarcely ever call out? (We have got him one of the RNIB easy-to-read phones that is not locked to a network.)
posted by Idcoytco at 8:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Mystery vials on lamp post.

What are these odd little vials? [more inside]
posted by lucidium at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me get the entire NYPD Blue series on DVD

I am an NYPD Blue fan. Currently, only seasons 1-4 have been released to DVD. This site is current selling the entire series. I would like to purchase it. Is it a reputable site? Has anybody used it? How can they do this? [more inside]
posted by chugg at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I do about being involuntarily outed at work?

I'm about to be involuntarily outed as a bisexual at work. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Best way to show temp work on a resume?

Resumefilter. What's the best way to note that I worked at a company as a temp for a good long while before being hired full-time? Is it necessary? And what about those 4-5 months before I started working for the firm, when I was a temp doing the same exact work, for other companies but also occasionally for the company who ended up hiring me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 8 comments

What bird is this over Berlin?

Blurrybirdidentificationfilter: what raptor is this? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 7:01 AM PST - 11 comments

Resources for learning about soccer (football) tactics and strategy

Resources for learning about soccer (football) tactics and strategy? [more inside]
posted by idb at 7:00 AM PST - 19 comments

why do french eggs taste stronger than american eggs?

It seems to me that French eggs taste much stronger than American eggs. And therefore, any dish with eggs that I prepare in France tastes bad because the strong egg taste overwhelms all the other flavors (this especially ruins sweet dishes). Does anyone have advice on how to get rid of the taste (or better yet, to find eggs in Paris that don't have the strong taste)? [more inside]
posted by helios at 6:51 AM PST - 15 comments

For Shore?

I'm ready to start a savings account. Should I start one with ShoreBank, since they have a relatively high APY and seem to be "socially conscious"? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Conventions in writing film scripts?

Quick education in film script conventions please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 5:16 AM PST - 2 comments

The crazy Oriental sound that the kids are all hep to.

Where can I get Japanese (Korean?) cover versions of American music from the 40's, 50's and 60's? (And, more specifically, the cover versions that feature as incidental music in Robert Altman's film M*A*S*H) [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 5:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Exotic fibers needed as gift for fiber artist.

What kinds of exotic fibers should I get an expert weaver as a gift, and where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 5:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Name that book!

Name That Book Filter! Tracking down the name of a book read in childhood. [more inside]
posted by schwap23 at 4:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Strange prices for used books on Amazon

Why are there used books for sale on amazon for far more than amazon sells them for? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 3:00 AM PST - 13 comments

What headphones should I buy for my rough kids?

Best headphones for kids? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 2:41 AM PST - 13 comments

March 26

Looking for a great East Bay GI doc

You have Crohn's disease. You live in (or near) Oakland, CA. You're on Blue Cross. You have an awesome GI doctor. Who is he/she? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 11:10 PM PST - 2 comments

DWIM means do what I mean, dammit!

Perlfilter: I'm having problems iterating over and testing for keys within a hash of hashes. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 10:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking the names of pre-genocide female Rwandan political figures

Where can I find the names of women who served in the Rwandan parliament in the 1980s and 1990s? Next best would be the name of the woman who was Minister of Justice during the Rwandan genocide.
posted by espertus at 9:57 PM PST - 3 comments

What are these weird things?

Weird stuff I found in Canada: what kind of mushrooms are these? What kind of sea creatures are these? [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

When should you cancel credit cards?

Over the past 15 years or so, I've been seduced into getting credit cards by low interest rates, enticing bonus programs, and 10-15% off major purchases at specific stores. Since then, I've grown financially to a point where I really don't need to use any credit cards. I hear that canceling credit cards is bad for your credit rating. Should I really keep these 7-10 cards even though I'm only occasionally using one at most? Is there some method, timing, or situation where I should cancel / close out old, unused credit card accounts to improve my credit rating? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 8:38 PM PST - 17 comments

It should be a Good Friday, not just an Okay Friday.

Help me find a soprano/mezzo solo for an Episcopal Good Friday service! [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What conference bridge software/system can do this?

What conference bridge software/system can do this? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 8:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me pimp my laptop?

Dell has started to suck. I've owned several, both notebook and desktop, over the past 10 or so years. Now, after buying two power cords for my lemony Inspiron 1720 in less than 2 years, I'm going local. So what are some suggestions for beefing my machine up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Battlestar Galactica Finale

Where can I watch the 2 hour finale of Battlestar Galactica (Daybreak - Part 2)? Free. Online. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 8:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Old house bought: check. Now what?

So I seem to have bought a house. For $8000. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Michael Roberts at 7:52 PM PST - 90 comments

Near Death Non Fiction

Please recommend me a book about disaster/survival along the lines of Shackleton's 'South', Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air' or 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place'. [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 7:52 PM PST - 23 comments

While I appreciate the irony..

I've been attacked by some malware called "Spyware Protect 2009". Have you guys seen this before? Screenshot and symptoms inside - hoping someone can help me kill this thing. [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 5:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a webcam in Chicago

I want to find a cool webcam in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Facebook redesign woes March 09 edition

How do I post images in the comments on the newest Facebook redesign? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Do any American small island communities like this still exist?

What are some examples of incredibly tiny, insular island communities (off the East or West coast of the US) that have resisted tourism and stayed true to their native industrial reasons for existing? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:15 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this old comic image from?

Can anyone identify where this image is from? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 4:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Advice to a gym novice

Does anyone have any advice for a first time gym-goer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 PM PST - 58 comments

I Guess I Just Want My $1000...

Freelance Filter: I've resigned due to timeline pressures, the arrival of another awesome opportunity, and the fact that I'm 8 months pregnant. I've done six weeks of work which have contributed social capital and goodwill to the project, and organizational/planning work which will be of benefit to my replacement. The "contract" we signed was vague and was only really a statement of work, rather than conditions. In my letter of resignation I proposed to keep 20% of the 1st payment for the work done to date. The team that hired me wants all the money back, I think mainly because they're deeply disappointed that I have quit. It's not like I've been sitting on my hands, and my work to date will benefit them. Before I hand over all my work to date and write the cheque to refund the 50%, how should I word my request that they reconsider allowing me to keep a portion of the fee? (Giant background story included, to explain the usual & unusual complications which lead to my departure.) [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 4:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Fun ways to propose

What are some fun ways to propose to my girlfriend? (long story + strange situation inside) [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Rain is better than Sleet

Moving to Seattle! I am about to visit Seattle for the first time, with the intention of moving there this summer. Locals, please help me get my bearings? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 3:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me with my internet annoyance.

I sometimes have trouble with downloading via torrent: surfing becomes a slow crawl/not an option. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 3:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for rural West/Midwest-ish americana music.

I'm looking for americana music that comes from, or is roughly evocative of, the (romanticized?) rural West and Midwest. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 3:36 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I fix the hydraulic lift on my desk chair?

I have this ordinary office chair with a lever on the side for adjusting the height. The lift seems to "leak" and about a dozen times a day my chair loses its lift and sinks to the bottom. It's a cheap Chinese import I bought in Bogotá, Colombia, so warranty/refunds/exchanges/help from the store or manufacturer are out of the question. Is there anything I can do to make it more likely to stay in position, or am I doomed to suffer that dreaded sinking feeling?
posted by nohat at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a safe place to stash the cats for a few weeks

Where to board our cats in Paris while traveling in the states? [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 3:26 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I make sex less painful and more desirable?

Sex is nearly always painful, which is probably why I rarely want it. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Recommend me some good glitch!

I think I love glitch, but I know absolutely nothing about it. What albums / bands should I start with?
posted by grateful at 3:10 PM PST - 29 comments

It's not a Triffid, because salt water doesn't kill it.

This plant has been trying to take over my side yard. What is it? [more inside]
posted by lleachie at 3:03 PM PST - 9 comments

This question can kiss my grits.

Southern phrases like "gets my goat" and "burns my biscuits"? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 2:54 PM PST - 70 comments

You, a hundred bucks, and New York City

You, a hundred bucks, and New York City [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 2:51 PM PST - 17 comments

College-guy-appropriate comfort objects?

What sort of thing could a college-age boy use as a comfort object and stress reliever, in part to become less clingy? Is this an appropriate technique, given my age (19)? Real Dolls are out, and it would ideally be bigger than slip-in-the-pocket size, but not too big to put in a (fairly large) backpack.
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Stopping Niagara

Help me be a better gatekeeper for my boss. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Who fell from the floor up to the balcony and broke the front side of their back?

Can anyone remember a silly "poem" that has the line: "and then they fell from the floor up to the balcony and broke the front side of their back" [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

All done with Azumanga Daioh and jonesing...?

I know next to nothing about anime or manga. I do know, however, how much I enjoyed Azumanga Daioh. What else is out there that I might like?
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:56 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me use a Cintiq as a second monitor!

I have just gotten a Wacom Cintiq tablet and I cannot get it to play nice with my existing monitor. [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

GMAT prep course?

GMAT: Invest in prep course or just buy a book? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 1:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Join me in the Quest for the Mexican Salad Dressing!

Help me recreate an awesome Mexican salad dressing! [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Useful workshops for singles?

I'm a man in his 30s, with generally attractive qualities. I'm kind of in a dating rut right now though and am looking to make a meaningful change, though I'm not exactly sure where. I was wondering if you have taken any useful workshops for singles about dating/relationships? What was your experience of them? What would you recommend or not?
posted by blueyellow at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What should we discuss before we have kids?

Apologies, I know there is a lot on this topic, but I have a specific question that doesn't seem to be answered. We are thinking of having kids. We both want them. What should we discuss before we jump in with both feet? Who will stay home, and for how long? What kinds of names are you considering? What forms of punishment / praise will be used? When can she get her ears pierced? etc. There seems to be so much to discuss... and I want to start having the conversation before I get hormonal. This will be our first. What conversations did you have before yours were born?
posted by saragoodman3 at 1:20 PM PST - 22 comments

"No kings," ok, sure, but wtf?

what does the sign off "no kings," mean? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

What types of menial, yet time-flexible jobs might a skilled vfx professional consider when he wants to leave his industry.

I am a visual effects artist / supervisor looking to leave the industry to pursue acting. In the meantime I need a job that pays me enough to cover life expenses, but time enough to pursue my passion. Please help me brainstorm creative job possibilities beyond the typical "waiter" or "barista." [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How much would you give up starting your own business?

How much would you give up starting your own business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Ever since I was raped, I can only get off to violent rape fantasies

How can I come during sex with my boyfriend? I find it impossible to reach orgasm unless I'm doing it myself, with extreme, violent fantasies. I've tried fantasizing about the same stuff during sex, but it's hard to reconcile with the reality of my gentle, loving boyfriend, even if we have rough sex or (to a degree) act out the fantasy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 21 comments

Converter box blurring picture?

Is a new TV converter box blurring my digital picture? [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Waste free bird seed recipes

WILD BIRD FEEDING - I love my bird friends and they provide endless fascination for my house cats. I have bought "waste-free" bird seed in the past and the birds love it. Problem is, the stuff is expensive and my money is tight. I assume making my own waste-free seed would be less expensive. While I can simply read the bag for the ingredient list, I have no idea what the individual seed proportions are. Anyone have a waste-free bird seed "recipe"? Not suet, just seeds please.
posted by sharksandwich at 12:42 PM PST - 4 comments


I have a beautiful, but not roadworthy, 1980 Raleigh Caprice. Now the evenings are lighter, I have the opportunity to purchase a new bike through my work's Cyclescheme and get myself both fit and cycling at a competent level. Help a new cyclist decide on a bike! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Yet another tax question

Yet another tax question: How can I calculate the value of all the public services I consume? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get from Lomira, WI to Sussex, WI and back again without killing my finances?

How do I get from Lomira, WI to Sussex, WI and back again without dropping hundreds of dollars on a rental car? [more inside]
posted by HonorShadow at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Romantic Phrase for Catan Nerd Love

Where can I buy and get engraved a silver hexagon pendant online, and what romantic Settlers-of-Catan-related phrase should I engrave on the back? [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut at 11:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Finding a new car mechanic

I'm looking for a new car mechanic in Melbourne, Australia and/or tips for finding a reliable one in general... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 11:07 AM PST - 4 comments

who protects the government's critical information infrastructure?

What are some examples of government jobs in the field of security and information assurance? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Declare the pennies on your eyes.

My tax situation just keeps getting better! After coming to the conclusion that I'm getting nothing back for my W2s because I earned a tiny amount from a non-profit on a 1099-MISC, I've got a brand new headache. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Yard party in the City in the Garden without a garden?

Where to have a yard style party in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by @homer at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to play beer league hockey.

I want to play beer league hockey. I am starting from ground zero. [more inside]
posted by Herschel at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it possible to boot a cloned MacBook drive onto a Mac Mini and continue about my business?

Is it possible to boot a cloned MacBook drive onto a Mac Mini and continue about my business? [more inside]
posted by prggr at 10:10 AM PST - 4 comments

French Music ID Filter

About 5 years ago there was a TV commercial (I think for BUPA) in the UK featuring a French song which I guess was from the sixties. The only lyric I can remember is (I think) "Quand votre coeur fait boom..." is the usual place for answers on this - but they seem to be in the dead pool. Anyone have any ideas what I might be talking about?
posted by mattr at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Firefox crashes Maybe Skype 4.0?

Since upgrading to Skype 4.0 Firefox has started to crash, frequently, without Skype open. Is Skype the cause? What shall I do to avoid the crashing? BTW, I am not too nimble at computer wizardry, need basic advice. Tnx.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Upscale Sports Bars in NYC

Looking for a nice place in Manhattan to watch the Duke/Villanova basketball (Sweet 16) game tonight, and maybe grab some dinner at the same time. I'm trying to avoid going to one of the many over-crowded sports bars for something a little bit more upscale, intimate, or at least quiet enough to be conversationally feasible. [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Could you loan me a couple bucks?

How much should my wedding cost, and how can I do it cheaper? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 9:17 AM PST - 68 comments

How to slow down or stop callous growth on feet

How do I prevent or slow down the forming of callouses on my heels? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 9:10 AM PST - 30 comments

Churchill rebutt, anyone?

What's a good rebuttal to this famous quote? "If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart, and if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no head." Winston Churchill
posted by wsg at 8:44 AM PST - 53 comments

New Furniture Price Haggling

Is it possible to 'haggle' / negotiate prices on new furniture? [more inside]
posted by mctsonic at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Where are some good simple puzzle games?

I'm looking for some good, simple puzzle games. Online or iPhone. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad at 8:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Minimum PC specs for playing HD video files?

What are the minimum specs for a PC to play HD video files smoothly? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 8:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Bridal shops in London

Bridal shops in London? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 7:56 AM PST - 0 comments

Do self-cleaning ovens truly work?

I've never had a self-cleaning oven, and I'm sick of kneeling down on the floor and dealing with that mess - it's not even a wall oven. My husband says a coworker tells him that you still have to spray oven cleaner on, then wipe it off afterward. I don't believe this, but want to be sure before I buy a stove. I assume that results might vary depending on how often you clean it and how dirty it is to begin with.
posted by onemorething at 7:38 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I start to enjoy reading again?

How do I start to enjoy reading again? Books and news just aren't fun anymore... [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 7:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for personal recommendations for seafood restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL area.

My SO and I will be in St. Petersburg, FL area for 2 and half days and I've been put in charge of lining up where we should eat. His requirements are to pick a place with ice cold beer and conch listed on the menu. My requirement is to find a place where the locals go and tend to be less touristy. Suggestions for places you've actually dined that meet both of our requirements? Oh, we will have a car, are flying in and out of Tampa and don't mind travelling a bit farther out for a great place. Thanks!
posted by getmetoSF at 7:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Manic Mattresses, Crazy Canopies, and Loony Linens

I'm buying my first bed and first mattress, and I need help understanding mattress height, as well as where/how to find canopy linens. [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

How to become a librarian?

How do I become a librarian? I will soon have a PhD in English but am not sure academia is for me. How difficult would it be to get a job as a librarian, and what are the necessary steps to doing so (obviously an MLS degree)?
posted by emerson at 7:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Help us get along better!

How can we create more unity among departments at work? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 6:40 AM PST - 3 comments

1-800 help a wimp

OK, this is embarrassing. I allowed an acquaintance to use some equipment and it’s now broken. I found out that he’s not planning on repairing it because he just purchased his own as a replacement. How do I deal with this appropriately? [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 6:34 AM PST - 36 comments

How to fix C++ static linking problems?

I need some help diagnosing a problem static linking a C++ program using g++. It compiles and runs just fine without "-static", but I get all sorts of "undefined references" errors when I use "-static". I'm a C++ novice and am at a loss. Can anyone throw me a bone? [more inside]
posted by duoshao at 6:33 AM PST - 9 comments

"Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends"

"Champagne for my real friends. Real pain for my sham friends" What is the origin of this quote?
posted by FuckingAwesome at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Sharepoint Sign Up Page for Intranet

Windows Sharepoint 3.0: HR would like to submit a job listing to the intranet that allows employees to sign up. What's the best method to do this? (Signing up would attach your name to the job posting). [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 6:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it a foreverBank?

I'm thinking of putting a (for me) large amount of money in Everbank, because I want to be out of US dollars. Has anyone heard any scuttlebutt regarding their exposure to bad debt? [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 5:49 AM PST - 10 comments

I can't see invisible things!

Having recently reformatted my XP PC I'm having a very confusing time accessing media files from it using my ethernet-cabled Freecom MP 350 MediaPlayer as it can see some of my shared files, but for some reason not all of them and I would greatly appreciate some advice and help! [more inside]
posted by timpollard at 5:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Fire-and-Forget Investment Advice

Seeking fire-and-forget asset class investment advice for retirement: TIPS? Global Equities Index/Wilshire 5000? I know this is mildly controversial, but it seems like the 'common sense' approach has changed lately from "stocks for the long run" to "risk = loss." See especially here. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Embed Sim City?

Is there an embeddable Flash Sim City game anywhere on the Web?
posted by grrarrgh00 at 5:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What was life like in the 1960s and 1970s?

Where can I find out what life was like in the 1960s and 1970s? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 4:51 AM PST - 20 comments

need quick-and-dirty html help :o)

I have only the most basic HTML skills and I am posting a form on my Typepad blog, with some HTML provided by Yahoo groups. It all works great, except I would like to center the form on the page. I am hoping that someone here in the "hive mind" would be kind enough to tell me what code to put where in the following html so that the form will center? Many thanks!!! (code below) [more inside]
posted by leticia at 3:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheap Mountain Biking experience in greater Sydney?

Cheap Mountain Biking experience in greater Sydney? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 2:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Close your barn door!

I need some fun and creative euphemisms for telling someone his/her fly is open. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 2:35 AM PST - 40 comments


Where to buy used mac? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:47 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I improve my body language to improve my days?

I'm fascinated by studies of body language and their application - yet my own body language sucks - I seem to have - 'hey, cut in front of me when I'm walking or queueing' or 'when I express an opinion, puff up and argue with me' - even though sometimes I actually do have the right info. Does anyone have theories on the type of body language I can use to dispel/improve this? Being short, female and 38 with a 'kind' face doesn't give me a good head start apparently. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. This can get to be tiring and annoying - and I'm actually pretty patient.
posted by IdleRepose at 1:35 AM PST - 27 comments

A Pail af Air

I recall reading a thread years ago on alt.astronomy or one of the similar news groups regarding the, "Pail of Air" scenario. The basic idea is, if the sun were to go out tomorrow how long would life on earth survive? The thread had hundreds, perhaps thousands, of posts and lasted for months. Does anyone have a link to a copy of that discussion?
posted by dustsquid at 1:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Has anyone seen a "x"-shaped adf scanner, similar to the one Neat makes?

I'm looking to go paperless, and have been quite impressed by what I've read about the Neatdesk adf scanner. I'm looking for something similar to compare it to(so I don't buy the first thing I see), and I recall seeing some "X"-shaped scanner somewhere in some magazine(Wired is ringing a bell, but I really do not recall), but no amount of Google-fu can help me locate it again. Has anybody seen such a thing? [more inside]
posted by zweldon at 1:00 AM PST - 8 comments

March 25

how much will a large dog cost per year

How much does it cost annually to keep a large-ish (50 - 80lb) dog? [more inside]
posted by sponge at 11:13 PM PST - 16 comments

What was the first website to hide troll's activity to everyone but the troll himself?

In this article, Clive Thompson says Disqus invented "selective invisibility" -- the moderation technique of hiding the activity of troublemakers and trolls from everyone but the troll themselves. I know this can't be true, mostly because I implemented it on back in 2003. But I remember the idea floating around long before that, and some old online communities definitely implemented it, but I can't remember which ones. Any old-schoolers remember? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake at 10:31 PM PST - 27 comments

IE6 is frakking up the sidebar of my website.

IE6 is frakking up the sidebar of my website. How do I fix it?
[more inside]
posted by knguyen at 10:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Largest U.S. city without a Chinese restaurant?

How big is the largest U.S. city without a Chinese restaurant? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Where do you go to write?

We all know the story of J.K. Rowling writing most of the first Harry Potter at local coffee shops in London. Where do you go to write? Bonus points for places in Portland, OR
posted by 2oh1 at 9:42 PM PST - 23 comments

What to do about defaulted car loan

Should I pay back an old defaulted car loan now that I have the money? I still have the vehicle but never drive it. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by Phoenix Ash at 9:25 PM PST - 20 comments

The Great Trilemma

Best gadget for a college student: ipod touch, eee pc, or Kindle? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 9:02 PM PST - 34 comments

Words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation?

Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 8:54 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me get out of this weird friendship!

How do I politely and professional break of ties with a sort of creepy former colleague? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 PM PST - 24 comments

OSX QuickTime VR editing tools?

What's the current state of QuickTime VR editing software on OSX? [more inside]
posted by dbiedny at 7:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Am I a stranger to love?

How close does a rickroll have to be to a link to the RickRoll'd youtube video to count? [more inside]
posted by hoborg at 7:53 PM PST - 24 comments

fine art photography prints?

A local gallery has expressed an interest in displaying some of my photographs, but there's one problem: I don't have any prints! Need some advice on DIY fine art photography printing. [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie at 7:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Sending passwords over open public wifi connections

Lately I've been spending time at our public library studying and I find myself needing to connect to their open (passwordless) wifi network with my laptop. My computer is fully patched and I have a firewall so that's seems ok for general internet, however I need to log into some non-https websites and I don't want my passwords to be sniffed (especially my school email account). Is there a (/free/) way I can safely/securely log into non-https websites from an open wifi network like this? Thanks for your help.
posted by atm at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Would this offend you?

Would you, as a woman, be offended by this? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:18 PM PST - 146 comments

Taxes for NJ dwellers working in NY.

Online Tax help specifically for people who live in NJ and work in NY? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 7:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Working as a public servant in Canada. Good idea or bad idea?

Working as a public servant in Canada. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Why don't I sweat?

Why don't I sweat? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 6:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Honey, I Shrunk The MP3s!

Any good libraries for transcoding audio, preferably with a Ruby API? I'm thinking "like ImageMagick, but for audio files." [more inside]
posted by lowlife at 6:28 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm a 35 yr old single male with no ties to anyone, totally alone and miserable. I need friends but I'm too untalkative and I can't change..

I'm a 35 yr old single male with no ties to anyone, totally alone and miserable. I need friends but I'm too untalkative and I can't change.. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 31 comments

I want my two dollars!

What would happen if the United States defaulted on all of its debt, or simply said 'Screw off, I ain't payin!'. I know nothing about global finance, economics and power, but would like to understand what would happen if the U.S. could or would not repay its debt. If I default on a loan, someone is going to kick me out of my house. If the U.S. defaults on its loan, who would do the taking away, and what exactly would they take? [more inside]
posted by kaizen at 6:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Size matters. Seriously.

What size backpack do I need for a 17 day trip that will include four different flights, train trips & hostel/apartment stays? [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 6:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Quick cash

How can my friend make some extra cash if she only has about a month to do so? What employment opportunities are available if you're only available for a short period? [more inside]
posted by blithely at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

"Jesus didn't call them retards."

Help me identify an old record album featuring prison inmates translating bible stories into "jive." [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the Mac 10.5 version of Paint Shop Pro?

Please help me find the Mac 10.5.x version of Paint Shop Pro. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 5:34 PM PST - 12 comments

The best of genius at work, in their own words and pictures?

I'm looking for books featuring (first hand) the creative processes, influences, daily routines and preparatory works of creative people - visual artists, film makers, novelists, poets etc. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Electronic Acoustic Enhancement In Opera Houses

How do electronic acoustic enhancement systems work in opera houses? [more inside]
posted by Opera Chic at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

We control the horozontal, they control the vertical

GenealogyFilter: Looking for an application that represents lifespans down the vertical axis and allows durational events to span across the horizontal axis. And imports GEDCOM. Seen some old programs, and they look pretty Windows 3.0-y... Anything new under the sun? Web 2.0 stuff? I'm already using'd like to stretch the rectangles and slice with horizontal bars. [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for CPU die core prints

I would love a huge poster of something like this. But I can't find anything like it on sites that sell posters. Does anyone know where I could find very high resolution images of die cores?
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does my satellite remote control now longer work with my new HDTV?

I recently purchased a new HDTV and all of a sudden I'm having a lot of problems with my satellite remote no longer working. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 4:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Joining MP3 Files Together Based on Date in Filename?

I have a podcast that downloads as multiple segments over multiple days. Its format arrives as YYYYMMDD_showcode_segment.mp3; so, for example, one download might result in files as 20090323_goofa_01.mp3 through 20090323_goofa_21.mp3, and also within the same download 20090324_goofa_01.mp3 through 20090324_goofa_21.mp3. What I'm looking for is a Unix script (shell, perl, what have you) that would look at a directory and look at what dates are represented there, and let me join all of the segments together by day. I can use mpgtx -j to do the actual joining; I'm looking for the code that would let the script determine what dates are in the directory and then get each day's segments united into a single MP3 for that day's show.
posted by WCityMike at 4:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it time to sell my vintage Star Wars figures?

Is it time to sell my vintage Star Wars figures? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 4:08 PM PST - 11 comments

he's got to stop it

How to put a young man on the right path ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Business being defamed on Craigslist. What can I do?

Hi, a competitor keeps defaming my business on Craigslist, calling me a scammer and what not. This hurts because I get most of my business from Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Are water meters infallible?

My water company says that I used 81 units of water last month, which in Minneapolis costs about $500. Since moving into our house in Sept. of 2007 we have never used more then 5 units in a month. I have searched my house, and I can't find anything that would account for that much water usage and if there was an issue, it is no longer occurring because my water meter has only incremented by one unit since this reading was taken 10 days ago. [more inside]
posted by moseymose at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

How would I find a place in DC that could make some custom-made dress shirts for me?

How would I find a place in DC that could make some custom-made dress shirts for me? Or should I tailor my normal store-bought "fitted" shirts? Will this remedy my issues? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

KC910 Music Player

I have an LG Renoir that I want to use in the gym as an MP3 player. How do i make it differentiate music from ringtones? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 3:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find Biggie Smalls' secret tape?

Biggie Smalls' demo tape info request: link to blog with mp3s from a secret, early demo tape where he's rapping over other artists' early tracks for the purposes of demonstrating flow, and whereby said artists would emulate his delivery? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor at 3:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my company's wellness program legal?

Is my company's new, highly Orwellian, wellness program legal? How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 17 comments

We actually do want to volunteer. Really.

I need to organize a group volunteer project for work. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I know if my car is being towed?

There's a good chance my car might get towed at any time. So, what are my options for tracking my car's movement (possible via GPS) when it's not turned on and I'm not in it? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 3:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Side-effect Russian roulette?

I've just been prescribed propranolol, a beta-blocker, as prophylaxis against migraines, which I've been getting every 1-2 weeks and are pretty bad. But I'm scared as hell that the side effects sometimes include clinical depression. I'm already not in the best of places, emotionally speaking, and have been in therapy for a year and a half, but I don't think I've ever been clinically depressed. Should I fill the prescription? [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 3:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Girlfriend's mysterious, not-going-away pain during sex

My girlfriend has had internal pain during sex since a couple weeks after we got together 5 months ago. She's been to two doctors, with multiple visits and we still don't have a solid diagnosis. History and details follow... [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 3:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Can You Recommend an Online Karaoke Source?

Can you recommend a good source for karaoke songs online? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis at 3:05 PM PST - 5 comments

alternatives to Acrobat

What is the best low-cost alternative to Adobe Acrobat Standard? I'm trying a couple out but would like to hear from other users before making a purchase. [more inside]
posted by plague at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Self directed cognitive behavorial therapy?

What are my options when I have decided that I want to receive cognitive behavioral therapy, but I live in a non English speaking country with few mental health resources in general? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Plot? Who cares? But thanks for the Ringworld I'll keep it.

Wanted: Science Fiction Books moved by a great central idea such as: Ringworld by Larry Niven or The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 2:39 PM PST - 34 comments

binary job search

What can an unskilled Computer Science student do for the summer? [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 2:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Starting all over again is going to be rough

Am I being a damned fool? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Recently Unemployed. What to do?

Recently Unemployed. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

My social life is the most awkward it has ever been.

Friends and what to do with them. Long story follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Need christian music suggestions.

I need moving, christian-esque, uplifting music for a photo montage DVD that will be played for my father-in-laws memorial service. Suggestions?
posted by Hugh2d2 at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

A perhaps naive question about securities.

Thanks to NPR, I understand that securitized mortgages are bundled together and divided into traunches, and that this is bundling and dividing process is what makes these securities so difficult to deal with. Is there no way to "reassemble" the traunches and de-securitize the mortgages? It seems like that would make valuation easier to determine, and help with isolating bad mortgages/ investments.
posted by boo_radley at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Easter in Sicily - where and when?

We are going to be in Sicily during the Easter week, and would be interested in experiencing some of the traditional Easter traditions, as pictured here and here. However, we don't know where to go at what time. Any relevant information and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Hediot at 2:06 PM PST - 1 comment

best way by bike from London to France

Asking for friends: Looking for tips, maps, routes or anything else you've got to help plan a bike trip from London to France [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 2:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Patagonia Panoramas

Please tell me about your experiences in the beautiful mountainous regions of Patagonia, South America. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 2:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me print attachments from an Adobe Acrobat 9 portfolio

Do you know a way to print emails and attachments from a portfoilio created in Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I move to New York City or Seattle for city life as well as outdoors activities?

Does New York City or Seattle offer the better mix of city life and outdoorsyness? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 1:51 PM PST - 37 comments

Fried Soy Cake

I have four - 8oz cubes of frozen "Fried Soya Cake". What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by elmono at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Acronis won't answer emails

I'm having a hell of a time with Acronis True Image Home 2009. My OS is VISTA. I have emailed Acronis twice with no response and have read through their support FAQ. I have a 1TB USB drive partitioned into two 500 MBs. The back up works perfectly on one partition but... [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

A dystopic little triangle with a shed and an antenna = aviation aid?

What is this mysterious "aviation aid" and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

University of Salamanca Housing

Help me choose living accomodations while studying abroad in Spain! [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

stochastic hyperlink required

Question about linking pages in a slightly random way with Dreamweaver... [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 12:47 PM PST - 1 comment

Two players, one iPhone. What games are good?

Can you recommend some good casual two-player games for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Inflation forever?

[EconomicsFilter] Deflation is evil... or so everyone in government and main stream media says. The government has an obvious conflict of interest in this instance (inflation is essentially a hidden tax) and I'm unimpressed with the main stream media's coverage of monetary policy. What's the real deal? [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Mmmm...(fake) deer...

Is it possible to make meat substitute taste like fried venison? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I secure the rights to reprint publications of the Canadian government?

Whose permission do I need to reprint publications of the Canadian government? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 11:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Linux Shares: SMB or NFS?

Which is the better way to share Linux folders with Vista and OS X: SMB or NFS? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Excel, Pivot, Dates.

Excel - Pivoting With Dates [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Two SMB shares with similar names. Why the trouble?

Two SMB shares on OSX with same/similar names causing big headaches. Is there a way to force mount points? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 10:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Arts and culture organizations by and about young people in Southern California?

What are some arts/culture organizations (or individual artists) in Southern California that produce film, video art, radio, sound art, criticism, etc. that are run by or work with young people, exclusively or primarily? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Watching iTunes shows on a Roku player?

Is there a simple way to watch an iTunes download on my TV set? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Alcohol, marketing, complete presentation-noob

Presentation question: doing a presentation / discussion of Absolut vodka for an audience of 50+ freshman university peeps. Need some help organizing and making presentation less snore-worthy. [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 10:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Medical MJ and HIPAA

I'm wondering about medical marijuana use in California and to what degree it is covered by health information privacy laws (HIPAA). I ask because my profession is regulated by a state licensing board (and an ethics board, and a national ethics board, etc. etc.) and I want to know if the Board of Behavioral Sciences could ever have access to my medical information if I were to have a card for medical MJ (this is assuming that I am only registered with the state as a legal patient, not ever picked up by the cops for any reason or have anything close to a criminal record, which I already know would get my licensing taken away). I have been searching info on medical MJ and HIPAA but have not been able to find anything conclusive. Throwaway email is
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Therapy help for polyamorous triad near Waco?

How do I find a family therapist/counselor in Waco, TX that can help, rather than judge, my polyamorous relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I find a real person at my insurance company?

My young child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I need some help, please, with getting insurance coverage for his treatment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

nyse -> nasdaq: ?

From the NYSE to NASDAQ: good, bad, indifferent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Category colors are not being shared in Outlook 2007 shared calendars.

Color coding is not appearing in shared Outlook 2007 calendar. [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Cannot shut down OSX 10.5.6?

Desktop G5 under 10.5.6 cannot shut down? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Is the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL any good?

I desperately need some opinions/help concerning an issue I'm going through. Of course I figured the brilliant collaboration of metafilter would give some insights. Starting in mid February I've been having these episodes that my first neurologist thought were partial seizures (couldn't speak, barely move and respond, things surreal) the only problem with that is they lasted longer than seizures are supposed to (25-50 minutes) The worst part of all this is since this time I have swarming light in my vision all the time as well as a general dizzy/easily overwhelmed feeling. [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 8:49 AM PST - 14 comments

PCOS and Insulin Resistance: Some Questions.

My 26 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance. Where does she go from here? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 8:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Tank Battle Movies?

Any movies featuring the huge tank battles on the Russian front during WW2? Seems like with today's special effects it would be much easier to accomplish.
posted by conifer at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How to buy my own Health Insurance in Cleveland?

I pay for my own health insurance in NYC (via Freelancer's Union) and am moving to Cleveland. Freelancer's Union has a deal in place where, if I remain a member, I can buy insurance through a company called Golden Rule, but there appear to be no advantages of going that route. So, anyone in Cleveland familiar with self-insurance options? Or a reputable broker?
posted by subpixel at 8:10 AM PST - 4 comments

London hotels

Looking for recommendations for affordable, centrally located, nice London hotels. [more inside]
posted by sarahalisonmiller at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend quirky places to visit or places to eat/drink between London and Snowdonia...?

I'm taking a journey by car from London (England) to Portmeirion (North Wales) and back a day later. The quickest route appears to be M1-M6-M54-A5 and then eastwards through Snowdonia and a variety of smaller roads. Along this route, say anywhere after Northampton, are there any lovely/eccentric places to stop either for some brief sightseeing or for a bite to eat and something to drink? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do the DVI/USB KVM switches are much more expensive than their VGA/PS-2 cousins?

Why do the DVI/USB KVM switches are much more expensive than their VGA/PS-2 cousins? Any suggestion for a good one with decent price?
posted by parttimeninja at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me pick a dual-head video card compatible with OSx86 (hackintosh) and Linux

Recommend a video card that can push dual monitors on OSX86 (Hackintosh) and Linux. Lots more info about my setup inside. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments


Examples of beautiful, powerful, and great Op-Eds? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis?

What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 7:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Does humanitarian work inevitably leave you bitter?

My friend is going to Kenya and Uganda to do some humanitarian work this summer. She's afraid that when she returns she'll be disgusted by the shallowness of people's problems and concerns back home, to the point of being unable to relate to anyone. Is this likely, and if so, can it be prevented? Should it be prevented? [more inside]
posted by daelin at 7:03 AM PST - 25 comments

What is "La famille"?

Question for Montrealers! In the past few years I have noticed that some stores display a sticker on their front door that features a tree and roots and (sometimes) the words "La famille". It has a white field and the tree is cartoon-ey, green and brown. The caption is written in some kind of cursive font. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 6:37 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I streamline my phone service so people can get me?

Help me streamline my phone needs. How can Google Talk help me in real life? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Does neckache causes your brain to not function at its full potential?

Does neckache causes your brain to not function at its full potential? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 6:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Fer cryin' out loud!

Suggestions for stopping a dog from crying in the car? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 6:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I buy a more robust swingball (tetherball) set in the UK?

Can I buy a more robust swingball (tetherball) set in the UK? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 5:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Running shoes that Thom Yorke doesn't hate

Where to get sweatshop-free running shoes in the UK in 2009? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 3:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Identify a Song

Help identifying a (probably free/bumper music) song (is this even possible). [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin at 3:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find posters of political propaganda?

I like posters of political propaganda. The United Nations Fight for Freedom, the British Keep Calm and Carry On, Obama's Hope... Tell me about posters similar to these and where I can buy them. [more inside]
posted by insouciant at 2:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Melbourne to Brisbane: inland by camper

We’re hoping to rent a camper van in Melbourne (approx April 13), drop it off in Brisbane a week later. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by bookley at 2:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Firefox being weird: Two favicons in my Bookmarks Toolbar keeps changing. . .

Firefox being weird: Two favicons in my Bookmarks Toolbar keeps changing. . . [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Columbo Legal Guide

I'm trying to re-find an entertaining episode guide for Columbo that discusses the final disposition of all the cases. [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 1:22 AM PST - 2 comments

I didn't authorize this plumber.

I was recently out of the country on vacation. The tenants at my rental property had a plumbing emergency while I was unreachable, and I suspect they were taken advantage of. What options do I have? [more inside]
posted by puddleglum at 12:00 AM PST - 7 comments

March 24

Because my online ego is so bloated that it needs its own domain name

I recently was able to get [my name].com, which I'm super happy about. When I was thinking about what I should put up there, I thought a great idea would be to aggregate / mashup all my various social networks into one digestible page. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 11:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Je veux savon de castille!

is there a website that i can order--and have shipped--Dr. Bronner's soap (lavender, liquid castile) online. Catch: It needs to be shipped to Paris, France. (Cost, within reasonable limits, is not a factor.) [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 11:01 PM PST - 9 comments

90's tv show skit about deviled eggs?

Mystery TV show segment - in the early 90's (I think) there was an American cable television show which had a cutaway gag about the history of movie theater popcorn. The joke was that before popcorn was invented, concession stands sold deviled eggs. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by azuresunday at 10:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Maybe I'm projecting

I want to project images onto people and photograph them. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Comcast cable internet hacked?

I'm asking this for a friend. He's been using Comcast cable internet for at least a year now, and as of tonight he cannot access any websites (on either his PC or ipod), and is redirected to the following URL: [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 10:03 PM PST - 19 comments

what kind of gas to use

Completemechanicalidiotfilter: Does it matter what kind of gas I use in a 1979 CB400? [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 9:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Anything I can do about missing employer 403b match by less than 1 hour?

Shot down for 403b employer match b/c I have 999.08, not 1000 hours worked in calendar year 2008. Anything I can do about this?
posted by warsawjude at 8:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Have you heard of a phenomenological summer camp?

A while ago I read an article about former students of Husserl who went to the US during WWII. There was mention of what was described as a phenomenological "summer camp," where these former students would come together and "describe things." I'm looking for more info about this and, if possible, to read some of the texts that came out of this. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 8:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Where's the "make a shirt" button?

My sewing machine is on its last legs. What should I look for in a new one? [more inside]
posted by tomatofruit at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Dark, confessional, female musical theater song?

Asking for a friend: Please suggest a dark, confessional female pop/blues song, suitable for a "Spring Awakening" musical theater audition. [more inside]
posted by dziga at 7:53 PM PST - 41 comments

Offline AskMe reading with iPod/iPhone?

Using an iPod Touch, is there a way to automatically download the latest 50 (or some preset number) Ask MetaFilter questions and answers for off-line reading on the Touch?
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 7:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Oodles of Doodles

Where can I find Oodles of Doodles colouring pages or something similar? [more inside]
posted by Rora at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Low Stress Vacation

Where in Northern or Central California is a good place to vacation in late April/Early May with swimming pools, movie stars, hot springs, massage, day hikes and/or B&Bs with vacancies? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I record a 13-hr Internet radio show?

Radio Station WUMB is having a Bob Dylan Day tomorrow, playing covers of his music from 6 am to 7pm! The problem is I'll be away from my PC for most of the time. What's the simplest and best way to record it? WUMB broadcasts streaming audio over the Net (
posted by storybored at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I mix a nightmare commute with good sleep hygiene?

Due to circumstances out of my control, I have a nightmare commute once or twice a week for the next two months. The commuting itself is tolerable, but the disruptions to my sleep cycle aren't. Please help! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 7:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for some sun on the coast

I'm looking for advice and recommendations for a trip to the Sunshine Coast. [more inside]
posted by bellbellbell at 7:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can we take interesting non-ocean photos in the Ocean State?

What's should we photograph in Rhode Island, besides the beach? [more inside]
posted by edmcbride at 6:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Possible identity theft?

My application to a short course at a university never arrived. Are there any steps I should take to avoid possible identity theft? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Fantastic face mask, but too brief a treat!

Are there any comparable alternatives to the Proactiv refining mask? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 5:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is GSView suddenly defaulting to grayscale?

GSView suddenly printing in black and white when I want color. I didn't (knowingly?) change any settings. Help! [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 5:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help me improve my reading comprehension on the GRE

I need some advice on how to do better on reading comprehension questions in the verbal section of the GRE. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Awesome free Windows racing games

So there are a lot of free (as in beer) FPSes out there. Are there any free racing games of similar caliber? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 4:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Best way to send reminder email to others in future.

What is the easiest and free way to send reminder emails to others on scheduled dates in the future so they remember to do something they agreed to? [more inside]
posted by amalgamator at 4:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I get art with women just being people - not chicks or girlfriends?

Where can I get art with women just being people - not chicks or girlfriends? [more inside]
posted by ggruschow at 4:17 PM PST - 19 comments

It's a hard question...

So many great pads available to soften hard mattresses, but nothing seems to go the other direction. What are some creative ways to make our cushy pillowtop mattress firm enough for safe cosleeping with a new baby? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 4:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Any recommendations for billing and management software that allows me to resell hosting on a virtual dedicated server?

Any recommendations for billing and management software that allows me to resell hosting on a virtual dedicated server? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

In lieu of flowers...

In the past few months, both parents of my Japanese-American (by way of Hawaii) coworker have passed away. What gift/donation might be appropriate and have special significance to her? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Preemptive tongue untying

Finding pronunciation-intensive courses abroad for French or German. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse at 3:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Impulses - to avoid or to destroy?

Am I hurting myself by just ignoring angry, violent impulses that I have, or are these impulses normal and something healthy people have and ignore? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:32 PM PST - 43 comments

What's this DB9 port on my typewriter for?

I have a Smith-Corona XE-6000 electric typewriter. It has a DB9 port on the back. Can I use it as a teletype somehow? [more inside]
posted by mote at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I'd like to watch it again.

Please help me find this Asian-period-piece-war-movie about two generals who fight a series of battles against each other. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 2:52 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the essential travel words?

Which are the 100 most important words for travellers? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring at 2:49 PM PST - 41 comments

The Cell-Molec Bio-Biochem subject GRE, and the vanquishing thereof

Help me knock the biochem/cell and molecular bio GRE out of the park! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm old and play the violin, ok?

What are some resources and events for adult amateur classical musicians? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

how to outsource a youtube video?

What site will allow me to easily outsource reading some text into a webcam and uploading the video to youtube? [more inside]
posted by low affect at 1:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Toddler of Doom: Destroy! Destroy!

I have a cordless mouse for use with my laptop. Last week my toddler yanked the mini-receiver out of the USB port and managed to completely destroy it in a matter of seconds. Is it possible to replace just this receiver, or do I need to toss the whole thing out and spend another $25.00 on a cordless mouse? (Its a logtech mouse.)
posted by anastasiav at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Recording the noise that scares my dog

SoftwareFilter: Looking for voice / sound activated recording software to monitor what noises are spooking my dog when I'm at work. Mac-only, please. [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Using an Airport Extreme & USB hard drive as a small office backup system

I'm considering using a Airport Extreme and large USB drive as a simple backup solution for a small business (about 10 people). Has anyone used it this way, and how well did it work? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 1:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Trying to chase down cheesy scifi story.

I'm looking for the title and author of a sci-fi short story about a man who dies creating a rogue black hole, which then falls in love with the man's wife. [more inside]
posted by pointless_incessant_barking at 12:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Making sense of Messenger

Explain windows Live Messenger to a luddite. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

MS "Tasks" on steroids?

Project management software seems to be focused on a small number of complex projects. I'm looking for software to juggle around a large number of rather basic projects. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Best techno albums since 1990?

What are the best techno albums since 1990? [more inside]
posted by Ultra Laser at 12:46 PM PST - 32 comments

What's the best way for a Crackle Box-type circuit?

What's the best way to make a Crackle Box-type circuit (where the user touches and closes the circuit with their fingers)? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Beautiful guitar pieces

Help me identify some beautiful ear-pleasing guitar pieces to learn and play at random. [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey at 12:45 PM PST - 35 comments

Hawaii Stand Up!

Looking for the best of Hawaiian Reggae - songs like those that get played on Q103 Maui. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

In search of medical blogs/articles

Tell me all about your favorite intelligent professional or casual medical blogs/articles somewhat in the vein of Atul Gawande. [more inside]
posted by nursegracer at 12:14 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the best personal data backup scheme?

My data backup procedure is in shambles. What is the best personal data backup scheme to protect my data? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 12:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Where is my windows.old folder?

My first Vista problem: I can't find my Windows.old folder to delete it. OS details and much, much [more inside]
posted by YFiB at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data!

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data! [more inside]
posted by parkbench at 11:42 AM PST - 24 comments

How to not appear too kinky to new partners

How to not come across as too kinky in new relationships despite being a little bit kinky. [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 11:37 AM PST - 26 comments

5's a crowd in a 747-but it's time to move abroad.

My wife is a third culture kid, grew up all over the world, and has barely survived 10 years in the states. We need to leave the country, and soon. Problem is, we have 3 kids, and she is a social worker/therapist. I'm a elementary-school teacher turned photographer who doesn't want to go back to teaching. [more inside]
posted by johngalt at 11:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Using my iPhone in place of a computer?

I just wanted to post a question regarding my iPhone. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or app recommendations to use my iPhone to it's full potential. [more inside]
posted by Junior687 at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

The propaganda machine or my imagination?

Am I imagining things or has there lately been a surge of right-wing opinion dominating the forums of popular sites like digg and reddit? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 11:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Have I suffered a PDF exploit?

I tried to visit the web site of a local business, and a PDF was automatically and unexpectedly downloaded. What was it trying to do, and how can I know whether I avoided the exploit? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Need help with tabbed search form

CSS/Javascript Filter: How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

World History Projects

What are some good resources for project-based learning for High School World History? [more inside]
posted by cronology at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Desperate in Vancouver

Can someone recommend a psychologist in Metro Vancouver who deals with adolescents and adults? My wife and I are at our limits with our 16 yr old who we believe may have some form of personality disorder. We would like her to get some counseling but she's adamantly opposed to it. We would like to get some professional advice ourselves on how best to deal with our family issues and possibly on how to convince her to go for counseling , but picking a name out of a phone book is too much of a duckshoot. I pick Mefi over the yellow pages!
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How *not* to be a womanizer and settle down?

I'm a nice person. I care about, and try to help, both friends and non-friends alike. I really believe that I have a good heart, and work in a career where helping others, not just earning money, is the reward. The problem is, I like women too much. How can I learn to limit myself to just one girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Aspiring paralegal

Advice for an aspiring paralegal? How to get a job without experience? How to get experience without a job? [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 10:53 AM PST - 13 comments

What should I make to serve with duck confit?

I'm looking for relatively foolproof and delicious appetizer to serve before duck confit. [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 10:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Help my pups poop in the clouds!

I want to build a dog run on a flat (well, 1% or so) modified bitumen (I think) roof. What materials should I use? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Are there old Russian samovars buried in Alaska?

Heard a story years and years ago that after the US bought Alaska, local Russians could not carry all their worldly goods back west. In a dog-in-the-manger move, they buried their samovars and then left. (Potential treasure if you're into samovars.) Sounds like myth or legend, esp. given the small numbers of Russians left by 1860, but I've not been able to find any reference or story like that. This sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Menstrual cramp or low chestbursting alien?

Is this a lady-cramp or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

I need a handheld trackball

I'm looking for a handheld trackball mouse. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments


Does computer work really permanently harm your eyesight? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 9:42 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I watch videos in black and white on my computer?

How can I watch videos on my computer in black and white? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the implications of duplicate SID's on a Windows Server 2003 network?

What are the implications of having duplicate SID numbers on a Windows Server 2003 network? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

TV on the big screen

Help me compile a list of TV shows which continued in theatrical films (continued, not adapted...i.e. Star Trek counts, The Simpsons counts, but Brady Bunch which had a new cast, or Starsky and Hutch, do not count). [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:09 AM PST - 42 comments

Yosemite, Mesemite, Ussemite

Where to stay when visiting Yosemite in May? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 9:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Third-wave feminist book

My book club is looking for a book by a third-wave feminist author to read. [more inside]
posted by esnyder at 8:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Like Twilight, But Without All The Vampires

Help me keep her reading filter: My wife is tearing through the Twilight series right now, and I'd love to keep her swamped in books once she finishes. But the vampire-ness of the series is the least interesting part to her. [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23 at 8:55 AM PST - 47 comments

Gifts for an inmate

A friend of mine was recently sent to Moriah Shock Correctional Facility in NY. I want to send him some mail. What should I send him along with the letter? With this kind of incarceration it doesn't seem like a book is appropriate since I'm not sure he'd have time to read.
posted by josher71 at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Beam me Up metafilter!

Where can I find Star Trek desktop themes and or a good desktop icons download. Years ago my brothers and I found tons of them on the web, we even found a Babylon 5 desktop theme that was spectacular but my search recently has become futile. I looking for something simple for a PC that will run on windowsXP. [more inside]
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments

SciFi X SciFi

Is there any first contact science fiction (or other types of scifi, more generally) where the characters have actually READ first contact science fiction before? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 8:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Pretty code

Most syntax highlighting palettes are created by people with no graphic design/usability sense. What are some great examples of really lovely to look at (for long periods of time) and useful syntax highlighting palettes/schemes?
posted by sandking at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Bailing on a lease one day after signing: implications?

I desperately want to bail on a lease one day after signing. I let the landlord know and she is freaking out and threatening to sue me if I don't pay first and last. Is there anything I can do to get out of this? [more inside]
posted by Waterbear at 8:31 AM PST - 13 comments

If you come to work with the 'flu, why can't I come to work with the weepies?

I disclosed depression at work. Most of the things people tend to do in response to a depressed colleague are things which actually make me sicker. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

My Own worst enemy

How can I stop myself from destroying myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 24 comments

Can opposites find middle ground?

Is this hopeless? He is slow and careful and I am decisive (and possibly impatient). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pay 12 months of premiums for 3 months of coverage

I live overseas for 10 months a year. I am finding it very difficult to get health insurance. No preexisting conditions, no smoking, not obese, but I am only barely a resident of California, and this seems to be a tripping point. All I want is a basic, high deductible plan for emergencies. I am currently covered in Virginia (from a while back, never told them I moved), but since my residency is California now, they probably won't cover me. What are my options? I just spent 4 hours on applications and was turned down every time. Everything else I see on google looks dodgy.
posted by Nothing at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

No linear tag based navigation examples?

I need some examples of sites that use cloud tags for (main) navigation and/or have a sort of tear off or pinned navigation system to remember frequently used pages customized to the user. [more inside]
posted by mjm1374 at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Why can I install Ubuntu but not Windows?

Why can't I install Windows XP Pro on my Dell laptop? I get an error message that says "acpi.sys is corrupted". I can install Ubuntu 8.04 just fine. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:54 AM PST - 47 comments

Birds are procreating in my petunias!

A pair of mourning doves have started a nest in the flower box outside my 3rd floor bedroom window. How do I reconcile our conflict of interest? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 7:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Computer crashes after a few minutes. I've tried everything.

My computer crashes a few minutes after it boots about 50% of the time. If the computer doesn't crash in the first few minutes it won't typically crash. The crashes are strange; the audio coming out the speakers studders, then the mouse stops moving, and then everything on the monitors stop moving (the monitors stay static until I reboot). No blue/black screen and it doesn't unfreeze even if I wait 20-30 minutes. I have to reset the computer to get it working again. I work in IT, and have tried lots of things to fix this problem. Some of the things I've tried as well as the specs on the machine are listed inside. [more inside]
posted by gregr at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Is Countrywide any good for mortgage?

How good/bad is Countrywide for a mortgage? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 7:44 AM PST - 18 comments

. . .You know where to put the Caulk

After a long haul on a plane, I'm wanting to make my very own noise blocking in-ear headphones, as per here. The otherwise awesome directions call for using a relatively slow setting epoxy putty. I shudder at the idea of putting noxious putty in my ears for any time at all. Please suggest a better material thats easy to work with, is non toxic and sets in a reasonable amount of time.
posted by Fupped Duck at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Are the occupational projections data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics flawed?

Are BLS occupational projections data flawed? I've often heard that their projections data is flawed, but I can't find any recent (like 2002 and forward), publicly accessible explanations of how it is flawed or even if it has become less flawed (updated their formula, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by anniecat at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

I need help remembering a song...

So I've got this one lyric in my head. I am pretty certain its a female vocalist and the line is something like, "...screaming, 'nothing can hurt me'". "screaming" might be "saying" and "nothing" might be "no one" or "nobody". I'm pretty certain this line rhymes with the preceding line, and its sung in a very aggressive manner. I've been driving myself crazy with Google trying to find it, so I probably have one of the words completely wrong. Please help me!
posted by AaRdVarK at 7:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find good interactive maps

What interactive maps have you seen that do a particularly good job illustrating an issue? I'm thinking about trying to put one together to illustrate a project I've been working on, which is loosely about policy changes, and I can't believe no one's done this before. This, from Newsweek, kinda gets it ... but I'm looking for other ideas.
posted by janet lynn at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Overnight, topical pimple preventing product?

I've been getting breakouts recently on my forehead (from newly acquired bangs) and on my chin (from sleeping on my stomach, hence resting half of my face on a pillow). [more inside]
posted by patientpatient at 7:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Firefox constantly crashing

Wiped PC, reinstalled XP, now Firefox crashes VERY frequently. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a better way to crack an egg?

Is there a better way to crack an egg? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 6:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Famous Cat Fanciers

Which famous people love cats? [more inside]
posted by Houyhnhnm at 6:09 AM PST - 39 comments

Stop my tendonitis (or whatever it is)

How do I prevent getting (I think) tendonitis in my legs every so often? [more inside]
posted by greasepig at 5:55 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC holiday - getting away from it

I'm visiting New York for two weeks in June, but also want to get out of the city. Where to? (btw, public transport only) [more inside]
posted by nofunnyname at 5:53 AM PST - 18 comments

note for note

code that matches a voice recording to a note? [more inside]
posted by sidr at 5:26 AM PST - 3 comments

which is the best music for eighteen musicans recording?

what's the best recording of music for 18 musicians available? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 5:05 AM PST - 8 comments

why is it whenever I get a cold/flu I feel like there is something in my throat?

YANMD, but why is it whenever I get a cold/flu I feel like there is something stuck in my throat? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a name for this type of diet.

Mostly vegetarian diet with some meat, lots of fruits and vegetables, few carbs, no dairy. Is there a name for this type of eating, and where can I get recipes? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 4:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Safe lubricants?

Natural, safe lubricant? NSFW [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 3:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Please help me ruin a perfectly good canvas field coat

I got a great gift of a brand-new camel-colored canvas field coat from Land's End. It fits great. Problem (?) is: that it looks like a brand-new camel-colored canvas field coat from Land's End. [more inside]
posted by quarantine at 2:50 AM PST - 10 comments

When did TV/movie titles start to float in "real" space?

When did credits and titles start floating in "real" space in TV and Movies? [more inside]
posted by BOfH at 2:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Identify green powder used to flavor popcorn.

Help to identify green powder to flavor popcorn? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 1:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Installing a heatsink the right way

I'm installing a new CPU and motherboard into my friend's case. If I were installing it for myself, I'd slap the thing together and see if it worked but since the computer does not belong to me I'm going to try to be more careful. The CPU is a boxed Intel E5200 and the motherboard is a cheap ASUS. As I understand it the E5200 is going to have pre-applied thermal interface material, a.k.a. thermal grease, on it and all I'll have to do is pull the tape off and put the heat sink on. Right? Also, if anyone has any tricks to gracefully seating the heat sink I'd love to hear them.
posted by rdr at 12:36 AM PST - 3 comments

March 23

Flowers we can believe in

KenyaFilter: The girlfriend will be in Kenya over her birthday next month and I would like to surprise her (more inside). [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 11:22 PM PST - 4 comments

who is liable to pay for bedbug treatment?

who's liable for bedbug treatment in san francisco? are we really liable to pay this bill and can we get our deposit back? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat at 10:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Creep me out in rhyme

Teach me new creepy children's rhymes. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 10:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Poem about the 5th Season?

A poem in which the 5th season is mortality? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:29 PM PST - 1 comment

I can haz construction accoutrements

Where can I find large-ish (500px by 500px+) images of cats with hard-hats, construction equipment, or other buildering/fix-ish things? [more inside]
posted by roue at 10:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Wood for pickling lids?

What woods can be use to make lids for pickling? [more inside]
posted by GeneticFreek at 9:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Emotional state vs. DNA evolution in SW: ROTJ

Star Wars Filter: Does the Emperor not foreseeing that Darth Vader would kill him mean that all Jedi have lost this force ability and that midichlorians leave the body after death and have evolved as they drifted with innumerable species by finding an athletic host who would benefit from incredible power?
posted by parmanparman at 9:36 PM PST - 44 comments

Is there a way to view Amazon without all the crap

Is there a pared down, simplified version of available anywhere? Right now whenever I go there I'm irritated by the fact that 90% of every page is noise. I want to browse, search and generally shop, and I don't mind 'stuff other people who bought this bought' and reviews, but I don't want to see a huge long page with all this other stuff on it.
posted by jcruelty at 9:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Repurposing perfume oil

Can I make a room fragrance from perfume oil? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 9:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I get a tattoo?

TattooFilter: I live in San Antonio, Texas. I'm going to be in New York for the first week of April. Should I get a tattoo while I'm in New York, or just wait and get one in San Antonio (or Austin)? (Multiple questions inside! I've never gotten a tattoo before!) [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

SoCal bird places

Looking for avian resources -- vets, toy stores, etc -- in SoCal! [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 8:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Why does my cat have "poopy butt?"

Why does my cat have "poopy" butt? And can anyone recommend a good vet near Weymouth/Hingham, MA? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 8:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get a reasonable loan modification?

How do I get a loan modification without ruining my credit? I have heard many conflicting ideas that range from not paying the monthly mortgage to hiring a lawyer to sue. [more inside]
posted by ccpearce5 at 8:14 PM PST - 3 comments

The curious incident of the dog in the painting.

What scary black-and-white movie, involving bleeding portraits and howling black dogs, did I see back in the '60s? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty at 8:13 PM PST - 12 comments

there is no more forbidden. why can't i understand this?

Raised in a super-strict, health-conscious household - I never learned "moderation" with not-so-healthy foods. Can I, as an adult, re-train good eating habits that do not include restriction, and do not include binging? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Do black tee shirts have special significance?

Why do urban black males wear all-black when committing criminal/violent acts? Is this just a stereotype? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 8:04 PM PST - 45 comments

Spain vacation

My family and I will be driving from San Sebastian Spain to Barcelona the week of April 6th. I am interested to hear preferred routes to take that are off the beaten path taking into account there is still plenty of snow in the mountains. We are happy to go via France or Spain. All ideas welcome!!
posted by worldawaychicago at 7:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Tanks for the memories

I'm trying to figure out the name of a table top game we played as kids with just pencil & paper and involves cannons, tanks and soldiers... [more inside]
posted by hrbrmstr at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Car Jail

The power went out at my apartment building, and I lost the use of my car for the day because the gate wouldn't open. What are my rights as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

My uncle has been deported.

My Greek uncle has been deported from the US for overstaying his visa last year by one month. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

How bad does it really feel to have a chemically-induced stress test?

How bad does it really feel to have a chemically-induced stress test? Concerned about the "feeling of impending doom" associated with the administration of adenosine. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

AC adapter making my speakers buzz -- and it's not a ground loop.

New, generic AC adapter is causing my computer speaker system to hum. I thought it was a ground loop, but a cheater plug (fitted on the jack of the AC adapter) didn't help. (The speaker system itself is not grounded.) I know it's the AC adapter, because if I run my laptop on battery power, the hum disappears. Anything I can do, short of forking out $70 for an original adapter? This adapter has been working fine otherwise. [more inside]
posted by ori at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Hippest Woman in Seattle

Help me fly to Belgium for surgery next month: [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Have son, will travel (to Berlin)

Will be in Berlin at the beginning of September with nearly 5-year-old son. What family activities you would recommend?
posted by lgandme0717 at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Think of me like an ambassador in a foreign country who doesn't want to anger the King, but also isn't going to do his bidding...

I need tips for surviving in a highly political work environment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I make my Aeron taller?

I need to raise my Aeron chair a few inches. It's on casters. How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by gradient at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

How to look for non-undergrad apartments in Ann Arbor?

The first weekend in April my husband and I will be visiting Ann Arbor, and I was wondering if apartments in the area put up 'for rent' signs, so that it's easy to walk around and call? [more inside]
posted by limeswirltart at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Please excuse me for being intrusive, but congratulations!

My friend was expecting in early March, but still didn't call to announce the birth. Should I call or should I wait? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 6:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me keep my IP

I have some personal IP and I don't want the large corporation I'm about to be employed by to own it, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Quazie at 6:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do my black plastic frames turn white?

My glasses have black plastic frames and they turn white when wet from water or sweat, how can I get them clean? [more inside]
posted by BugsPotter at 6:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Identity, as reflected in fiction

Navel-gazing via literature: Tell me (arts-inclined new physician in an introspective mood) about novels or other literary works that deal with changes in personal identity, the processes which shape who we become, and the conflicts which arise along the way. [more inside]
posted by TheLittlestRobot at 6:04 PM PST - 17 comments

International ATM Card

What is the best credit/ATM card to use overseas? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 6:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Forced into the car market: Lease or Buy?

We just lost our car in a garage fire, should we now lease or buy? We live in a condo, and a bunch of us homeowners lost our cars (and other belongings) in a garage fire. My wife and I want to know the hive-mind's opinion on whether we should lease or buy now that we're forced into the market for a new car. Some information: we're "tree-huggers" so we appreciate good gas mileage (and we're enamored with the upcoming 3rd gen Honda Insight). But we also drive the cars a ton, we drive everywhere. We live in Indianapolis, but our parents and families are on the east coast, so we drive to NYC and the D.C. area multiple times a year; not to mention the Chicago area, too. So that would also be a consideration whether we lease or buy... Thanks for anyone's opinion.
posted by lonemantis at 6:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Group Bible Study

Bible Study Question - are there any studies that are similar in feel to a Beth Moore study but less woman-centric. Everything that I have heard about her studies are that they are amazing etc but very much geared towards an audience of women. I am looking for something a little more generic (and in depth but you do not have to be a scholar) if that exists. No Purpose Driven Life though please.
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 5:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there any viable work at home [internet] based business to make a few hundred dollars a month?

Are there any viable work at home [internet] based business to make a few hundred dollars a month? [more inside]
posted by blackout at 5:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Help! My DVR betrayed me!

I had my DVR programmed to watch last night's (3/22) episode of Breaking Bad, and the box crashed and didn't record the episode. The channel it airs on--AMC--does not offer the option to watch any episodes of the show. What are some good sites to download streaming video of TV episodes? Torrents are not my preference. Thanks!
posted by angiewriter at 5:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Cold as ice. As cold as ice to me.

The oven portion of our gas range went from being fine to dead inside. Made baked potatoes one night, next night I turned it on and it wouldn't heat up at all. The burners still work fine. I reviewed some literature about repairing it myself, but I'm trying to decide if it's a good idea. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I make changes across all keyframes in Flash?

FlashFilter: I'm dumb at this whole Flash thing! How can I change something (i.e. text) across all keyframes? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us get through the "Great Escape" level of Rolando!

Help us get through the "Great Escape" level of Rolando! [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Spanish Metafilter, existe?

Are there any Spanish-language metafilters out there? Could not find anything for all I tried.
posted by Laotic at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Lung Cancer Treatment

My mother has stage IV, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. Any advice on my challenging the terribly poor standard of care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:10 PM PST - 17 comments

WTF filter

What to do about an estranged friend who is sending mixed signals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 37 comments

Don't shoot, I'm a book dealer

What can I expect from a US border guard if I go into the USA from Canada carrying packages of things I've sold on ebay to mail in the USA? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do my computer's power supplies keep dying?

My desktop computer's power supplies (three thus far) keep overheating and then fail permanently -- but only when they are plugged in through a power strip (i.e., everything is perfectly fine when the computer is plugged directly into a wall outlet). [more inside]
posted by astrochimp at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

House Purchase Ceremony?

Do house purchase ceremonies exist? I'm searching for a ceremony to perform just before entering a house for the first time after signing the closing papers. This would be analogous to breaking a bottle of wine on a newly commissioned ship, or jumping over the broom at a wedding. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 3:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Cemeteries: What does PWI stand for?

What does P.W.I stand for at a cemetery? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 3:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Guitarists, can you identify this acoustic guitar music?

Hi guitarists! Help me identify some mystery jazz guitar. [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 3:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me figure out a PHP/Curl mystery

How do I change drop-down values when I retrieve a webpage using PHP/Curl? [more inside]
posted by JakeTimberlake at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Ping yes, ftp yes, http no.

I can ping, I can ftp, I can do dns lookups, but I can't display web pages or anything else involving http, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

I just ate accidentally ate some cheese with pink bacteria growing on it, will I get sick?

I ate some cheddar cheese with a pink bacterial plaque growing on it, could this be something that'll make me sick? [more inside]
posted by CTORourke at 2:53 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm planning on walking across the country - any interesting advice, personal stories, positive feedback anyone would like to share?

I'm planning on walking across the country - any interesting advice, personal stories, positive feedback anyone would like to share? [more inside]
posted by horseshoecrab at 2:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Accessible Moodle guidelines

I'm looking for plain-language accessibility guidelines for e-learning (Moodle) sites [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 2:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Need Ani Difranco tablature for "Way Tight"

Looking for guitar tablature or piano music for the song "Way Tight" off Ani Difranco's newer album Red Letter Year. Any ideas? Can't seem to find any through my searches online.
posted by toftk at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

It's a little hard to only use one half of the keyboard.

My keyboard has issues. Some letters work .. some do not .. some just Gibber at me. [more inside]
posted by duckus at 1:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Interesting foods in ethnic groceries?

What interesting foods can only be found in ethnic grocery stores? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:42 PM PST - 50 comments

What were Yitzhak Rabin's Last Words?

What were Yitzhak Rabin's last words? I am trying to fact check what my guide on a Birthright Israel tour told us, which is that before he died, Rabin said "I can't believe it's a Jew," referring to his assassin who was a right-wing Orthodox Jew. I feel like I've heard this quote elsewhere, but when I try googling to find Rabin's last words I cant find this quote. Can anyone verify this?
posted by minicloud at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is iTunes quality so crappy?

Why does iTunes have such poor audio quality? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Running Longer and Longer Distances

What do I need to know/buy/wear to run longer and longer distances? [more inside]
posted by yeti at 12:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find good images of celtic crosses?

For some reason I am just incredibly drawn to celtic crosses. There's just something about them that captivates me. What are some good resources for finding good images, paintings, etc. of celtic crosses? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Tiptoe through the Tuners

I have an old (1930's? I don't really know) banjolele. The tuners are, best I can tell, original friction tuners, and are in fairly bad shape. Can I replace them with geared tuners? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Questions about Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren's Syndrome: Do you have this or know someone who does? Do you mind sharing your experience with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:19 PM PST - 9 comments

While padded, the baby butt is not sufficient for full body spine comfort.

[NewBabyFilter] Baby Incoming! Before the stork arrives I have furnished the Nursery(tm) with, er, furniture. Crib, chair, what have you. Baby Mattresses vex me, and I need help in buying one. Will you be my baby mattress daddy? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 12:11 PM PST - 31 comments

When all the time is tyranny time

Are Iraqi wrist watches with Saddam Hussein's face on them valuable? [more inside]
posted by milagu at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Muscle tensions in space?

If my working desk were in space, would I still experience tensions in my back? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Finding a 14" +/- Maroon/Burgundy notebook

Help me achieve "life time hero status" by locating and purchasing a new Gateway TC7307u notebook or similar maroon/burgundy notebook. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Does clipping for a tongue-tie really require general anesthesia?

Our 21 day old daughter is tongue-tied (ankyloglossia). The doctor wants to do the clip (lingual frenectomy) under general anesthesia by default, and we're uncomfortable with that. Is general anesthesia appropriate by default for this? Should we be concerned?
posted by NortonDC at 12:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Has anyone successfully attached an iPhone to their bicycle handlebars?

Has anyone successfully attached an iPhone to their bicycle handlebars? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you help me set up a guitar with a bridge held in place only by tension?

I have a Vox Student Prince hollow-body electric with a broken tailpiece and I am hoping to do the replacement myself, but I am worried about setup after the new piece is installed. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Fifteen years ago I heard that we had ten years to turn the world around or it would be too late. When can I stop caring about the Environment?

In high school, I remember a teacher who taped some news show and showed it to us in class and it said that we had like, ten years to turn the planet around or global warming and our First World lifestyle where ten percent of the planet caused fifty percent of the emissions or something would push us past the point of no return. Anyway, my question is, have we passed it yet? When can I stop caring about the Environment? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 11:37 AM PST - 35 comments

That was then. This is now.

I am killing myself because I can't get over the past. Please help me take control of my disease. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Who is the best bra fitter in or near Rochester, NY?

Where can I send my wife to receive a professional bra fitting in or near Rochester, NY? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

RENalyzer or other iohexol measuring solution anyone?

Need help troubleshooting a RENalyzer prx90 or advice on another way to measure iohexol concentration / clearance. As far as I can tell, the RENalyzer hasn't been manufactured in a decade or so and its manufacturer no longer exists. Ideas?
posted by uncoolcentral at 11:19 AM PST - 0 comments

Need a backup phone!

What's a solid cell phone from the last couple of years? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Myopia Suddenly Clears

I have very myopic eyesight. Something like 20/400 plus astigmatism in both eyes. I've worn glasses almost fifty years, since I was seven years old. A few years ago, an odd thing happened. [more inside]
posted by Forrest Greene at 11:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Not at all kinky, sorry

Where can I find 2mm-4mm neoprene in the Chicago area (preferably the northern suburbs)? I'm looking for the stuff that is fabric coated on both sides. I can find it all over the place online, but I'm not having any luck with local suppliers. I'd like to buy locally because I'm in a bit of a time crunch and I'd like to make sure I'm getting what I need. [more inside]
posted by indyz at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Microcell or cell phone booster?

Which will work better for me for improving my cellphone coverage, a microcell unit or a booster? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Cut the cord

Is it possible to hack bluetooth onto a USB keyboard or trackball? Bluetooth dongles that plug into USB are common as dirt, but as I understand it, these only work on the host side. I'm not a pro at this, but I'm not afraid of a little soldering. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments


Please help me develop a one-legged workout. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Soundproof windows?

I'll soon be moving to the SO's apartment, which is perfect in every way except for the street noise. It's fine with earplugs when sleeping, but we hope to procreate, and so the question arises: have you ever installed noise-reducing windows? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 10:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Meat and 2 veg or 1?

In addition to the main (meat or fish) part of the main course, what else should there be in an ordinary weekday family evening meal (excluding appetizer and dessert)? When I was growing up, I think we usually had meat and two vegetables, one of which was usually (but not necessarily) a generic starch: potatoes or rice. Now I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 10:26 AM PST - 17 comments

What do you look for in an online auction?

What do you look for in an online auction?
posted by jakubsnm at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Is the house safe for kitty?

A friend of mine is interested in getting a cat, but is wondering how safe it is because they have been putting out poison for a mice infestation. Suggestions and thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Gor-ella at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

one novel = one day

Please tell me of good novels you have read where the story all takes place in one day. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 10:21 AM PST - 34 comments

...Or are we really just burning all that money?

So where is all this bailout money actually GOING? It winds up in someone's pockets eventually, right? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

New baby playlist filter

Imminently arriving new baby playlist: I'm looking for songs appropriate for parents dealing with their first child's birth any day now. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Thing on my thing needs to be biopsied - should I be terrified?

MediFilter: I need to have some small growths biopsied in an - erm - "sensitive" area. How bad is this going to suck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Project Server admin... in way over my head

I am in way over my head at work right now as a project server administrator and I don’t see a clean way out of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

9th and Hennepin and all the donuts have names that sound like prostitutes.

Please suggest things to do in Minneapolis this weekend. [more inside]
posted by mesh gear fox at 10:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Dog that looks like Samoyed but isn't?

Need a dog recommendation. It would look something like a Samoyed (my favorite doggie look) but could do with a lot less activity, and would be happy to hang out indoors with me most of the day. Must be good for apartments. Which canines fit the bill?
posted by shivohum at 9:11 AM PST - 28 comments

Restaurant Recommendations in Downtown Chicago?

Please recommend a restaurant in downtown Chicago. [more inside]
posted by andeles at 8:46 AM PST - 13 comments

CEO looks to turn faltering loose conglomerate into streamlined, focused corporation.

Renal-challenged cat seeks food to help with wonky poo. [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Can my toothpaste be causing my sore throats?

Can my toothpaste be causing my sore throats? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

A light OS for my mom?

What is the best light OS for my mom that is very easy to install? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me get the Wordpress audio player plugin to work? Please?

I'm having trouble implementing the Wordpress audio player plugin on my website. Please help a baffled man. [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

How long before travel after major surgery?

How soon to travel after major surgery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Need suggestions on some good magazines

Can you recommend me some good magazines similar to Readers Digest? [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Hey You, Get Your Damn Hands Off Her.

Looking for a copy of the Enchantment Under the Sea poster that was in Back to the Future. It's where they kiss for the first time... [more inside]
posted by Brettus at 8:05 AM PST - 7 comments

How to not be stupid?

How do I deal with getting conned, smooth talkers, and pressure cookers? [more inside]
posted by drea at 8:01 AM PST - 21 comments

I know how YOU do it, how would OTHERS do it?

I need to write about "how to get a commercial construction loan". How do I find general information about that subject which is not sponsored by a specific lender? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:47 AM PST - 3 comments

What's bad about FHA loans?

Should I take this FHA refinance, or wait for the new mortgage plan to take effect? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

The accidental minister's wife

My husband, who has been agnostic since we met and hasn't attended church in years, has rather suddenly decided to pursue a career in the ministry. I don't know what to do or who to talk to about my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Pub Crawl in Philly at Now O'Clock

If we wanted to start a pub crawl in philly right about now, where would you recommend we go? Starting us anywhere the R6 lets off would be swell. Cheap beer = awesome.
posted by hummercash at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Childseat rules for Chicago taxis?

Coming to Chicago for a weekend w. my 8-month-old baby. Hotel isn't walking distance to the L, so we'll need cabs a couple of times in town - never on Interstate. What are the rules for child seats in Chicago taxis? Should we plan on bringing the whole set-up from home? What do local daddies do?
posted by smelvis at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Is Nothing Sacred?

A longshot: does anyone know where to find tapes of the series Nothing Sacred or even individual episodes either before or after the Catholic League killed it? I search (as well as the major torrent sites) to no avail; the orginals are clearly being guarded by albino assassins.
posted by glibhamdreck at 6:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Shopping cart software to work across multiple domains?

Shopping cart software to work across multiple domains? I want to create a series of niche sites, displaying only a couple of products each. I want a e-commerce engine that I can create to centrally manage pricing, the payment and shipping calculations, and inventory across all the sites. Ideally it would also create customized emails, etc relevant to each domain. [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me fix my wife's laptop

What has caused a sudden failure of my wife's laptop? [more inside]
posted by gene_machine at 6:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a creative venue in Rome, Italy

I am organising an internal training on innovation in Rome for about 20-25 employees. What creative / innovative venues do you recommend in or by Rome, Italy? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 6:02 AM PST - 1 comment

So you'd like to build a garden wall...

Is there an 'ask metafilter' on the internet for home/yard projects? Not that I'm disputing the collective mind here, but I'm looking to build something in my backyard and it seems to me there must be some group of contractors who all get together somewhere on the internet to tell amateurs that they're doing it wrong. Of course if you KNOW how to install a yard retaining wall, then, by all means, speak up. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Can circumstances change attitude?

Can someone who seems embittered by their experiences with the world in general, and with people, institutions, religion and relationships in particular, improve their view with a change in circumstances? Or, is how they handle the feelings from those experiences more about character, with a change in location or fortunes not having much long-term emotional effect? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:12 AM PST - 18 comments

I didn't return the exit form when leaving Spain

Last year I visited Spain on a vacation for 10 days. I just realized that I did not turn in the part of the entry form I was supposed to when I left Spain. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 5:00 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm thinking about getting a blackberry pearl. will I need a data plan to view maps?

I'm thinking about getting a blackberry pearl. will I need a data plan to view maps? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 4:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Twitter humor

I am looking for the best in twitter comedy, twitters I can follow that are funny and will make me laugh. I appreciate satire but have a hard time enjoying most "fake celebrity" twitters.
posted by ilike at 3:48 AM PST - 31 comments

Real life experiences with Facebook apps, Amazon associates and iPhone applications?

I have three ideas to make money. One is a real product, one a facebook application, one an iphone application. Am I being realistic? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 2:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it normal she's being picky?

Why has our new dog stopped eating her dry food? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 2:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Used Wii Issues?

Anything to look out for when buying a used Wii? Also Wii related exercise questions. [more inside]
posted by pombiki at 2:08 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the best way to pay independant contractors of my new web development company?

I'd like to hire some designers/copywriters as contractors, how do I handle stuff like "comps" for my clients? Also, is it a common practice to tell the contractor that they will get paid when I get paid by the client? I have some more questions inside. These are partly business process questions and partly "contractor etiquette" questions. [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 12:55 AM PST - 16 comments

March 22

Do you have any suggestions for Jewish wedding catering on a Saturday in Los Angeles?

Jewish wedding catering in Los Angeles on a Saturday. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 10:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me get my crazies under control without scary/expensive prescription meds!

Niacin as an anxiety/depression treatment? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 10:24 PM PST - 13 comments


Why, exactly, are pyramid schemes so bad? Should I try to convince a relative to leave one, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 PM PST - 28 comments

No More Maple Candy for You

No more maple syrup candy for you! -- Help me remember this SF novel I read in the 1970s. [more inside]
posted by gum at 8:50 PM PST - 5 comments

rawhide for a cat?

Is it OK to give rawhide chews to a cat? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me understand disability insurance please.

How does disability insurance work for a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do, dad's going blind?

What to do, dad's going blind, depressed? [more inside]
posted by loser8008 at 8:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help identify this weird RF connector?

Can anybody identify or adapt this connector on my Terratec cinergy 850e PVR box? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Food me.

Imagine you are an alien with a pet human. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 8:11 PM PST - 17 comments

The best music resources online?

Calling all musicians and music teachers: What are your favorite, indispensable online music tools, sources, reads, etc.? [more inside]
posted by LooseFilter at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Thirtieth birthday party theme?

My very best friend is turning thirty in April. Her husband has entrusted me to come up with a theme! [more inside]
posted by junipero at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheapest way to cover my feet?

Where is the cheapest place (online) to buy a large number of identical plain white "no-show" socks? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What do you get when you become a US citizen?

Is there some kind of... "welcome to US Citizenship" gift basket? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:21 PM PST - 10 comments

I feel guilty about a work situation, how can I ease my mind?

I feel guilty about a work situation, how can I ease my mind? [more inside]
posted by weh546 at 7:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I get the shirt "If you can't climb it, drink it" for Kilimanjaro lager?

Where can I find the t-shirt for Kilimanjaro Lager that reads, "If you can't climb it, drink it"? [more inside]
posted by jacquilinala at 6:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Hot Tub/Spa Advice for Second Home

Considering getting a spa for an Oregon beach house and have never owned one. We don't rent the house out and family is there about twice a month in summer/fall and perhaps less than once/month in the winter/spring. Interested in advice, considerations for such a set up particularly around necessity of hiring someone for maintenance and temperature/circulation settings while we are gone. BTW, freezing is not an issue, but it does stay pretty consistently cool (50s) most of the time.
posted by jbradley at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Best landscaping mulch?

What kind of landscaping mulch do you buy and what's your routine for installing it? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 6:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Promoting blog on Google

Hi, My website (rather, blog) used to show up in Google search on the 1st page itself when using certain keywords. Now it has slipped to 3rd/4th page. The same keyword search in Yahoo shows my website in the 1st page itself. I want to understand the sudden reason why my website has been 'demoted' by Google page rankings, and how can I bring it back to 1st page for specific keywords. [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 6:21 PM PST - 14 comments

This isn't the bar I'd choose to spend my summer with.

I'd like to find blogs or websites dealing with people's experiences studying for the bar exam. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Green Eyeshades Needed

I'm trying to set up Quickbooks and accounting was never my game... here's a type of transaction I find that I do alot and need to find out the right way to book it: If you pay a business expense with your personal credit card (say $100) Then you pay your personal credit card from your business account ($1000) would you [more inside]
posted by Barrows at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

No Silencio

Why is there a teeny tiny bit of silence at the start of exported mp3 tracks? How can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by minifigs at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I camp on the way from Newport Beach, CA to Seattle, WA by way of PCH?

I'm planning on driving from Newport Beach, CA to Seattle, WA, leaving sometime next month (mid April 2009) I plan to take PCH and drive up the coast. What are the best places to camp along that route? Also, any other useful tips. [more inside]
posted by ender6574 at 5:26 PM PST - 7 comments

What should we do for our adventure in Ireland

We're flying into Shannon Airport on a Monday morning in late June, and flying out of Dublin the following Sunday. Help us come up with a plan. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 5:15 PM PST - 23 comments

What does гомули mean?

On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 5:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I wish for fish right on my dish

About nine years ago I spent a couple of days in Tossa de Mar on Spain's Costa Brava. One night we had a fantastic buttery-garlicky fish dish which my memory (and Google) tells me was called cimi tomba. Does anyone know of the recipe for this masterpiece of Catalan cuisine?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 4:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Brain-in-a-jar, now with 300% more Charles Atlas factor

I'd like to change my self-image from brain-in-a-vat to confident corporeal superhero, through getting properly fit. My efforts so far haven't been mind-blowingly successful. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 4:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Recipe Software

As a professional cook, I have lots of recipes. I want to input them into a computer program. Help! [more inside]
posted by sindas at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

What Cell Phone???

Will hell freeze over before the iPhone comes to Verizon Wireless? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 4:24 PM PST - 18 comments

The United States vs. Money?

I was reading comments on Fark about an article where a man was pulled over and had $26,000 in his trunk and the money was confiscated but he was not charged. The merit of this is not what my question is about, it is about whether money (or property can be a defendant in a case). [more inside]
posted by thenuts at 4:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Catfilter: If I spay my cat while she's in heat, will she continue to yowl for the rest of her life?

I thought my cat had just _finished_ her first heat and made a vet appointment to have her spayed tomorrow. Well, guess who started yowling and moving her tail sideways to display feline private parts?! Should I keep tomorrow's appointment and have her spayed _during_ her heat, or should I wait? [more inside]
posted by bunky at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

the best kind of meeting

Chicago bars: looking for a bar to have a meeting. Requirements: sort of quiet on a Friday night, can accommodate a group of 10 people. Neighborhoods: loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Loop, River North. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 3:56 PM PST - 4 comments

From detox to retox.

Will the upcoming federal auction of toxic assets include any buying opportunities for income-oriented real estate investors? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:53 PM PST - 2 comments

iPod Touch + Blackberry = ?

I have a Blackberry. I have an iPod Touch. Is there anyway I can get the iPod Touch to use the Blackberry to access the internet?
posted by Franklin76 at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss

Is it possible to convert an external drive that is FAT32 to NTFS on Windows Vista without any data loss on the drive?
posted by NoMich at 3:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Hey! Let's wear food service hairnets to an art gallery opening!

Please help me compile a list of offbeat things to do with a friend or friends, to serve as a reference for when I'm sick of the same old plans. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 3:00 PM PST - 30 comments

Easy content management?

A friend has asked me to design/build a website for an organisation he's involved with. He will be updating the pages, creating new ones etc. There's a very small budget, which only covers the intial setup He has no experience, and a copy of FrontPage (which I don't use or have). The host allows php and ssi, but not databases. What's the best option for providing him with a template that will let him create and change pages easily, without screwing up my layout and causing me more grief?
posted by monkey closet at 2:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Credit card I used to book holiday expires the same month I'm there - is this a problem?

I have booked flights and hotels with a credit card that expires the same month as my holiday. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Get tested?

Individual health insurance and sti. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Hallucinations ain't all bad?

Does anyone know anything about benevolent/useful hallucinations? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to have an ongoing relationship with my mom, but it is stressful trying to do so

I want to have an ongoing relationship with my mom, but it is stressful trying to do so. How do I cope with her? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 2:13 PM PST - 9 comments

SSL and compromised networks?

Does SSL protect information even if the wi-fi connection is unsecured? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 2:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me dry out... my lawn

How can a water logged lawn be improved? The lawn is always wet - even in a good summer due to living on a high water table. Is it possible to significantly decrease the amount of water in the lawn? In the UK. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Communicating with a website via email

I want to send an email to my website, and then have my website do something with the information contained in the body. HELP! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Map my contacts

Google Maps is great but I wonder if I can input my contacts so that all of them appear on a map that I can look up as I travel about the world. Is there another program that does this or will I have to do it by hand?
posted by tarvuz at 1:38 PM PST - 4 comments

How to find books.

I've been tasked with finding a bunch of books, and have author names and occasionally publisher, genre or topic. Some of the authors are academics and seem to have published mostly in journals or edited group anthologies. Hælp me you dominators of printed matter, how to find? [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Condom recommendation request (possibly NSFW)

Condom recommendation request (possibly NSFW). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Ok to have rabbits visit my yard?

Any reason to discourage rabbits from playing in my suburban yard? If not, then how can I encourage the rabbits to visit? [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory at 12:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Good Hockey Books

What are some good books about hockey? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Google News atom feeds not working. Any ideas?

Google News atom feeds not working. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I hate bugs.

what the hell are these bugs? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 12:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Examining Carrots and Potatoes

Root Cause Analysis: recommendations? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the right software to maintain and display a calendar of relatively infrequent future events?

What's the right software to maintain and display a calendar of relatively infrequent future events, as well as blog-like news postings? I maintain a website for specialists in my field of mathematics, and one section consists of announcements for upcoming and recent conferences. Another is for news announcements: a basic blog-style list of entries. Both are currently run by our 7-year-old Movable Type installation, in combination with a good bit of chewing gum and baling twine. I'd like to redesign the whole schmear, including the back end. Is wordpress (plus more gum and twine) the right solution? Is there some other system that makes more sense? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Long line composition

I'm looking for information on the so-called "long line" method of composition. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

what to put in a newborn time capsule ?

My nephew/niece is due any minute now. I'm planning a "do not open until 2019" sealed box. Besides newspapers of the day and screenshots of a few websites and bearing in mind that I live in Belgium, what would you put in his/her time capsule ?
posted by Baud at 11:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Some day soon I'll know the name of this song...

Help me find this male/female duet that goes something like "Some day soon I'm gonna get away and you'll be sorry". [more inside]
posted by overglow at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

What the fruit?

What are these things we found in our sink? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Replacing a driveway?

I'd like to tear up and replace my parents' sagging brick driveway this summer. What am I getting myself in to? Have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 11:04 AM PST - 11 comments

HttpHandler using Default Namespace

Why can't I use the default namespace (i.e., no namespace) with an HttpHandler? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 11:01 AM PST - 1 comment

.forward foribidden?

Web hosting company tells me that they don't allow me to setup email forwarders to external addresses (So I can make get sent to Their reason? If any spam comes through the forwarder, they will get blamed and labeled as spammers. True or BS? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Free samples in NYC

Where can I find the best free samples (of anything!) in NYC? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Quitting drinking: are the withdrawal symptoms I'm having from giving up alcohol, or caffeine?

Quitting drinking: are the withdrawal symptoms I'm having from giving up alcohol, or caffeine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 24 comments

A friend with unrealistic dreams, what to do?

How do you tell a friend that their dreams aren't realistic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:34 AM PST - 57 comments

Condoms in Africa

Is this Harvard researcher citing reputable studies when he claims that: "The accepted wisdom in the scientific community is that condoms lower the HIV infection rate, but after numerous studies, researchers have found the opposite to be true. We just cannot find an association between more condom use and lower HIV reduction rates in Africa."
posted by jsonic at 10:25 AM PST - 34 comments

Drinking water questions

What is the best way to obtain non-tap drinking water at home? [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 10:18 AM PST - 14 comments

What's so great about the Hudson Valley?

What's worth doing in the Hudson Valley - near New Paltz? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 10:13 AM PST - 15 comments

Is non stick cookware going to give me cancer in 25 years?

What are the dangers and benefits of non stick cookware (teflon/generic teflon type)? It's obviously healthier to cook without using lots of oil, but I've heard rumors of health problems such as cancer being linked to long term use of non stick pans. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 10:08 AM PST - 21 comments

I haz a Macbook, now what?

Got a new Macbook, but not sure where to go from here... [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 at 9:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Is 28 too old to learn karate?

Realistically, is 28 too old to learn karate or some other martial art (I mean, learn it and be effective with it, not just to have something to do on Saturday mornings)? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 9:51 AM PST - 27 comments

I love crooks and liars, but seek heroes and prophets

What're the OTHER political video blogs? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 9:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Wireless music

I have a computer hooked up to my entertainment system, and I'd like to stream music to it from my laptop. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

What is my life purpose?

What careers should I consider, and which college majors would be the appropriate match? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 8:08 AM PST - 34 comments

Man's Haircut Recommendation SJC area sought

Recommendations sought for "best place" for a man's haircut in the Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Jose area. Not looking for "SuperCuts" or your ole corner barber shop.
posted by shoe478 at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Should you buy all available domain extensions?

How important is it to purchase all available domain extensions? [more inside]
posted by scarello at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Saturday night, the cigarettes come crawling out with the boys who crave regrets

Non-smoker dating a smoker - how to deal? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 7:04 AM PST - 38 comments

How can I exercise thoroughly without equipment?

Can anyone point me to information on exercising with extremely limited resources? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 6:58 AM PST - 15 comments

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on!

My wireless lan connection is enabled, but i cant turn it on! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 6:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me minimize the damage from a macbook/orange juice incident.

I just spilled about 3 tablespoons of an orange juice/perrier mix on my macbook. I vacuumed up the liquid immediately and compressed-aired the bejeezus out of it. What other things should I be doing to prevent a total breakdown? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 4:29 AM PST - 12 comments

parking near Guildford station

I'm moving to Clapham Junction and reverse commuting to Guildford every day on the train - I'm going to be leaving my car overnight at Guildford as I need to have my car at work. Does anyone know the nearest place I can park my car on street near Guildford station? I'd be leaving it there after 7pm, and picking it up in the morning by 8am, so I wouldn't have to worry about the parking restrictions in place (residential parking permits etc.) Anyone else do this reverse commute? Any tips? Many thanks!
posted by bunnyrabbit22 at 2:48 AM PST - 0 comments

March 21

Looking for a poem I saw long ago

Looking for an anti-war poem I saw years ago; it started with two soldiers fighting and ended speculating that if they met in a pub they'd have a pint. [more inside]
posted by caphector at 11:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Baggy trousers

I want to get me some traditional Dutch trousers, like these. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 11:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Logrotate cronjob fails but running at command-line works.

Why does my logrotate.conf file work correctly when logged in as root, but fail when executed as part of cron.daily? [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 11:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me with this sql query

What's wrong with this sql query? [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 11:14 PM PST - 3 comments

I miss my crunchy, staining seeds

[Boston Filter] Where can I find pomegranates out of season? [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 10:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeding torrents on new computer

I recently changed computers and want to continue to seed a bunch of torrents, but have lost the original tracker files. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Souvenirs for project well done?

Team appreciation / project mementos: just got done with a 6 month long project involving a team of about 30 people. I have somewhere in the range of 10k to 15k to spend on an outing and (suggested by mgmt) some kind of memento. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by ajohnson1200 at 9:15 PM PST - 20 comments

How do i tell her not to see him anymore?

How do i tell her not to see him anymore? explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by oviedo at 8:47 PM PST - 32 comments

Oh wise investors please teach me your tricks!

Starting a Canadian Investment Club in Ontario. 10 people will contribute $100 each per month for 5+ years. We are looking to do a stock buy every 1 - 2 months. What do I need to know from a tax standpoint? How should I structure the club (i.e. Incorporation has too many fees)? Also I'd love tips, advice or Canadian specific links from anyone who has done something similar. Google provides great American info but I didn't find stuff for Canucks!
posted by saradarlin at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I use bluetooth headphones to play pc games?

Can I use bluetooth headphones to play pc games? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is the Flickr manual?

FlickrFilter: What can I read to better understand Flickr and get more out of it? Where is the manual? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 7:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Where else can I find pretty, girly, smelly bath things?

Totally girly but unique bath and body products. Who makes 'em? I mean besides Bath & Body Works, Sephora, The Body Shop, and Lush. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 7:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Suffering fools gladly

So how do you deal with someone who is completely full of hot air in a pleasant and professional manner? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 6:53 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking to pick the best e-mail marketing service for our specific needs?

Looking to pick the best e-mail marketing service for our specific needs? [more inside]
posted by orehek at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

How is sodium in foods calculated?

Question about nutrition information - For products like pickles and olives, which are usually packaged in jars with brine, does the total sodium content listed on the facts (amount per serving x number of servings) include the amount in the liquid? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine at 6:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a contract written - Who can do this cheaply?

Need a contract written - Who can do this cheaply? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Simpler Amish friendship bread recipe?

Simpler recipe for Amish friendship bread? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

help me choose decorative sticks

Decorative Sticks: What's the right vase height to stick height ratio? I'm really bad at decorating/visuals. A friend had decorative sticks, like this and this, and I'm copying her, so my question is if, for example, I have 3' sticks, how high should the vase be? Bonus points if you know where I can buy a modern/contemporary vase and sticks together for under $100.
posted by bananafish at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

No Zipcode

Australian readers, what is a good financial planning/money management site (like that is localised?
posted by mattoxic at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again?

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

TV film title sought

Title of made for TV film (70s), playing in Crete. Plot: young infertile woman meets the devil. He needs a mate who can't bear children. Devil is leader of a cult, which has existed long. In the end she has a pseudo-pregnancy and kills him that way.
posted by Eltulipan at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Fixed-width Arabic fonts.

There are a couple fixed-width Unicode Arabic fonts out there. The ones I've seen are pretty hard on the eyes, though, especially at small sizes. Any suggestions for a really readable one? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Short term Peace Corp type gig?

My daughter is interested in a shorter term (1-3 month) Peace Corp/Red Cross type volunteer stint overseas. What programs are out there that pay expenses and give interesting opportunities. She has education and experience in health care, but is interested in any suggestions. Personal stories would also be appreciated.
posted by Jandasmo at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Bug off!

What are these little white bugs on my plants? Can I still eat my veggies and how can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by hatsforbats at 2:11 PM PST - 13 comments

How to add Google search engine back to Firefox?

I deleted the Google search engine from my Firefox search engine bar. How do I add it back? [more inside]
posted by rintako at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Book recommendations for learning Japanese

I'd like to learn Japanese and I'm looking for book recommendations, especially for someone who can read Chinese. [more inside]
posted by pravit at 1:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Maybe not so silly, but still conflicted :/

Okay, it's me, back again with yet more break-up/move out questions. If you guys get tired of me asking these just let me know, I'll quit. Details inside... ugh... [more inside]
posted by big open mouth at 1:19 PM PST - 39 comments

Super Simple offline (time-less) diary/calender?

I'm looking for a super simple offline daily diary/agenda application. Something like iCal. I spend most of my time overseas, and just want to be able to look back, year(s) from now, and see what I did. Have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

On the spinning wheel ride

The Gray Screen of Death: another hanging Mac question. [more inside]
posted by otolith at 12:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I start my own backyard garden?

GreenThumbFilter: I'd like to start a garden in my backyard to grow some veggies and herbs and stuff -- like the Obamas' garden, but obviously at a lot smaller scale. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Figure out what's important to you

I just found out that I got into University of Pittsburgh for their Masters in Information Science program to start in the fall. I also got accepted to DePaul for Human Computer Interaction, which I am already enrolled in and am starting in 2 weeks. So now I have a big decision and I was wondering if you guys had any insights into this dilemma. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 12:21 PM PST - 30 comments

Upbeat instrumental, piano or string music?

Please help me find other songs that have a similar sound to the first 30 seconds of Vampire Weekend's M79. [more inside]
posted by Andy's Gross Wart at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

1987! Remember?

I'm working on a story set in 1987, and I want it to be nostalgia-heavy, a little like The Wedding Singer (except of course totally different). My memory is mushier than I realized, so I was wondering, what do YOU remember from 1987? [more inside]
posted by smoakes at 11:45 AM PST - 70 comments

What time should our sunset wedding ceremony start?

How can I determine at what time the midtown Manhattan skyline will be lit up at sunset on June 20th, 2009? [more inside]
posted by dansays at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving to Exton, PA

I'm moving to Pennsylvania in August and I need help finding a place to live. [more inside]
posted by Nolechick11 at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

how does google produce streetscene?

As a photographer with particular interest in 'stitcher' type panoramic images I was interested in the hardware and software that Google have used for their street scene application. Does anyone have any info? What type of camera and lens combo and specialist software, even if it was written just for Google.
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Stick 'em up

Can anyone recommend a good adhesive tape for an automobile dashboard? [more inside]
posted by paxton at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How to make pages load faster?

What can I do about some hosts making web-page loading very slow? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick a Linux distro

I'm about to move one of my computers to Linux, but I don't know much about the various distributions. Can you recommend resources that compare the strengths and weaknesses of the various distributions, so that I can assess any relevant tradeoffs? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 10:41 AM PST - 21 comments

What's an infrasound pulse generator?

This Audi R8 "Blackbird" is fitted with an "infrasonic pulse generator" mounted in the front. So what is an "infrasonic pulse generator" ... is this a real device that actually does something? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:29 AM PST - 39 comments

Don't know much about credit history

I lose at building a credit history. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 14 comments

How do you pretend to ask happy around others when do you aren't?

How do I "fake it until I make it"? Am in crappy job situation and it's depressing me. I want to have friends and male companionship, so I have to show a different face to the world. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 9:20 AM PST - 33 comments

Oriental artefact filter

Asking for a friend who bought this (two pix here) at a yard sale for 50 cents. What is it? [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld at 8:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Non-toxic anti-mold spray?

What's a simple, safe homemade anti-mold solution that I can spray on my child's toys that were in the basement? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 8:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Train a dog - QUICK!

Help me train my friend's dog in one afternoon! [more inside]
posted by at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Windows Media Player not saving artwork

Why doesn't the Find Info function of Windows Media Player save my artwork? [more inside]
posted by Bonzai at 7:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Best IT Law?

Best IT Legal Regime? I've been looking at IT laws lately. There's been controversy over Australia's proposed blacklist, and maneuvering in the United States and elsewhere over Net Neutrality. The UAE prohibits VOIP, as do other jurisdictions, so... [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 at 6:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Which website (or lawyer) to visit if I want to do some business investigation on a person or company?

Which website (or lawyer) to visit if I want to do some business investigation on a person or company? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 6:22 AM PST - 7 comments

How should i split iphone development profit?

I've made the plunge into iphone development. Ive started working on ideas with a friend who is a talented graphic designer. My question is: how should I split profits from the applications with him? [more inside]
posted by Merik at 4:35 AM PST - 16 comments and Radio Times mashup? for television? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:08 AM PST - 1 comment

I am *asking* a question.

What is the origin in English of the present continuous tense (present progressive tense)? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me track down the name of a disturbing film!

Help me track down the name of a disturbing film! It involves a french woman cutting bits of her self off and eating herself because she feels her body is alien to her... [more inside]
posted by pemdasi at 2:43 AM PST - 6 comments

♪ Rocccckkeettmaaaannn... ♬

A rocket launch? Near San Francisco? What the hell did I see tonight? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 12:49 AM PST - 15 comments

March 20

A cheap replacement for Seroquel?

PsychMedFilter: A cheap replacement for Seroquel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Help prepare me for getting an iphone with tmobile!

iPhoneFilter: My grandpa wants to buy me an iPhone and I'm on tmobile--help me figure out what I need to do to get this purchased and working correctly! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Who were these jazz musicians - if they were jazz musicians?

Who are the jazz musicians I flew with from Los Angeles to DC today? They were talking about performing at the White House (maybe), and had fangirls (well, two). [more inside]
posted by Xere at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What the hell should I do in the next five months?

Help me figure out what to do before I start my master's degree!!! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Kids masturbation talk time?

Help me talk to my son about masturbation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 56 comments

What do I do when someone at work doesn't like me and is rude to me?

How to deal with person at work who obviously dislikes me? [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 7:27 PM PST - 30 comments

$50k for a small business, what do you got?

If you were starting a business in the current economic climate and you had $25k-50k start up capital, what type of business would you start? [more inside]
posted by ibechase at 7:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Which IT career would best satisfy the following requirements?

Solve this puzzle: which IT career would best satisfy the following requirements? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there any reason not to do a "Guaranteed Buy" deal with a builder?

Should we sell our current house to the builder who will be building our new house? Is a "guaranteed buy" offer too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Annoying alarm clocks -- just how annoying?

So how well do those weird or annoying alarm clocks actually work? I'm thinking about getting the one that makes you complete a jigsaw puzzle to turn it off, but I'm not sure... [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 4:44 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I find out who actually likes rough sex?

When a potential partner says they like it rough, how do you figure out if they actually like it rough? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 16 comments

What was that comic?

What was the name of that Muñoz & Sampayo comic about a Werner Herzog-like film director that was published in RAW? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 4:35 PM PST - 1 comment

case for phone AND iPod Touch

I'm looking for a carrying-case for both my cellphone (Sanyo M1, clamshell-type) and my iPod Touch. I'd like a small protective case that fits both devices, with a wrist strap. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by barefoot at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

What damage did tea spillage do to my laptop?

I recently spilled green tea (no milk or sugar) around my Acer Aspire 5920 laptop. The machine now makes strange noises. What damage did I do? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Where did I originally get these vintage illustrations from?

Where did I originally get these vintage illustrations from? [more inside]
posted by chimmyc at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some creative ways that I can make a living as a piano player and music technologist

What are some creative ways that I can make a living as a piano player and music technologist. [more inside]
posted by doppler68 at 4:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Work difficulties as a vegetarian!

How can I properly deal with being a vegetarian in my new job? [more inside]
posted by Raynyn at 4:13 PM PST - 30 comments

Large Group Consensus-Building Methods

What types of large group (+50 members) consensus-building methods can prioritize information quickly? [more inside]
posted by choragus at 4:01 PM PST - 4 comments

First movie to use the 'Verbing Common Noun' style of title?

What was the first movie to use the Verbing Common Noun style of title? You know - Chasing Amy, Raising Arizona, Feeling Minnesota, Being Julia...
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:57 PM PST - 14 comments

motherboard in zt systems affinity 7414?

does anyone know what motherboard is in the zt systems affinity 7414 (core i7)? [more inside]
posted by joeblough at 3:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Normalize mp3s

Recommend me software, preferably free or cheap, so that I can permanently normalize and clip about 200 mp3s. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 3:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify my new spider friend.

Help me identify this black spider. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 3:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me name our Arts Event..

Need help with a name idea for an Arts function... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 3:20 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I record a webcam conversation?

I'm looking to record a webcam conversation. Anyone have a good suggestion? [more inside]
posted by CWitt at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Where do I file my taxes?

What state (or DC) do I have to pay tax in? [more inside]
posted by yesno at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Hardwoods? More like Bore-aphyll.

Need a hardwood flooring recommendation for West Los Angeles - specifically, the Culver City area. [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 2:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Broken external harddrive

External hard drive fell off table, have I lost all my data? [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

How does quiet nerd girl attract type of man she wants?

22-year old relationship-newbie nerd girl seeks strong, silent men. Is it possible? In which context? Anything to do to better my chances? [more inside]
posted by Dukat at 2:36 PM PST - 43 comments

Python or Java ...

Help me choose between Python and Java for a specific type of programming. [more inside]
posted by eebs at 2:13 PM PST - 27 comments

How to get the best deal when buying art?

How to get the best deal when buying art? [more inside]
posted by londonboots at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I have an affordable vacation in Galicia?

In the first week of April I will be traveling to the Fragas do Eume natural park in Galicia (Spain). I will also be paying a visit to the city of La Coruna. I am looking for advice about how to eat cheaply and what to see in La Coruna. [more inside]
posted by maca at 2:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Antibiotics bad for conception?

Wife and I are trying to conceive and I just began antibiotics. Any risk? [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Online video editing

Is there a web based video editor that can upload directly to youtube? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill at 1:28 PM PST - 3 comments

24 hours, no more no less? I doubt it.

Examples of suspiciously round numbers that have, in all probability, been fudged up or down? Extra points for cases where those numbers can be safely discarded in favour of a different, more realistic figure. [more inside]
posted by onshi at 1:24 PM PST - 29 comments

What to do when a company won't give me a correct 1099?

A client sent me a incorrect 1099-MISC and now refuses to correct it. It's in their tax favor. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Aw Mom, we ALWAYS have bagels...

MeetingFoodFilter: Help me find a healthy alternative to bagels and cream cheese for an upcoming meeting! [more inside]
posted by Osrinith at 1:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Best Male Enhancement

What is the best male enhancement medicine or natural herbs to stay hard longer and to carry more stamina. [more inside]
posted by minsid at 1:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Magazine scam

Any recourse for friend scammed by magazine-subscription salesman? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 12:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Oh decisions! My kingdom for a great credenza!

This is a two-parter, the first part being about shipping furniture from Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Portland, Oregon, and the second part being about consignment or mid-century modern antique shops in the Jonesboro/Little Rock/Memphis area... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 12:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Let's have sex--Maybe.

Would it be OK to ask a guy to maybe have sex with me? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 12:27 PM PST - 25 comments

Painting ID

Painting ID question with hilariously scant details. [more inside]
posted by saladin at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

The unbearable darkness of our studio

What are the go to guides for learning to light in production environments? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 12:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice for this girl on leaving the nest (again)?

Help me move out of my family's house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Pregnancy block?

We agreed to start a family, but now there is no sex. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

I already know the best way is to nuke it from orbit.

Help me fix a misbehaving USB HDD on Vista. [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me find a suitable Wordpress theme, and possibly a plugin.

Please help me find a Wordpress theme suited to a website that will be composed mostly of static pages! And possibly a plugin, too. [more inside]
posted by Herkimer at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments


Today was the first day the stimulus withholding showed up in my paycheck. I can't tell: is this additional $13 just a change in withholding, or is my annual income tax actually reduced by $400? If it's just another bullshit rebate, I do not want this money. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Momentary tunnel vision caused by orgasm: wtf?

What would cause me to experience a flash of light in my peripheral visual field during orgasm, and should I be concerned about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Goes together like a horse and trumpet

I've never been someone who practises their married signature or plans a dream wedding dress. Now, suddenly, I like the idea of getting married to my SO very much. Why? Help me reconcile this! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Ugh. Make it stop!

How do I heal my gut? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 11:05 AM PST - 16 comments

baby shower etiquette?

i volunteered to help throw a baby shower for a friend. i'm great at throwing parties, and i think it would be fun. plus, i love my friend. however, now i'm wondering what i got myself into. do i really have to front all the money? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 10:59 AM PST - 44 comments

Why is the Y so expensive?

Why is the Y so expensive? And if you joined anyway, do you find it worth the $ compared to other gyms? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 10:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Sleepless in Hong Kong

I have $500, a backpack, and 3 days in Hong Kong, starting Monday, with nothing to do but wait for a visa (which means I ain't leavin'). Aside from standing around the Tsim Sha Tsui 7-11 eating Doritos and browsing the suitcopywatch collections and trolling Wanchai in the vain hopes of meeting someone who isn't a prostitute or looking for one, where are some fun, up-all-night places to go that involve cheap alcohol and good company for a 20-something?
posted by saysthis at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Trying to remember the name of a contemporary American Painter

What is the name of a contemporary American figurative painter, in his 40’ies, lives on the East Coast, possibly Philadelphia, who paints very realistic, elongated female nudes? [more inside]
posted by ssimon82 at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Policy monitoring for families with kids with special needs

In search of website, blogs, etc that keep up with federal and state (specifically NC) policies that affect families with children with developmental and physical disabilities? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:22 AM PST - 0 comments

Best way to get cash into my online checking account?

What is the best way to get this cash into my online checking account? [more inside]
posted by subclub at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Heroism project.

Anyone know where I might find collections of personal accounts of private heroism/ bravery of groups of children or teenagers? Also, please feel free to share your story here if you have one or know of one.
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Considering the ministry

Does anyone have any illuminating thoughts and/or experience regarding divinity school and the Unitarian Universalist ministry? I have been considering this path for some time and I am wondering if anyone else has explored this.
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 3 comments

You as hell?

There's a beautiful, beautiful summer pop song I heard maybe five years ago, that supposedly either won a songwriting competition or came close, and now I can't find out for the life what it was - please help. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Digital videocam capable of slow-motion video?

Can you suggest a video camera for recording slow-motion video? [more inside]
posted by rubadub at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Bring a Little Color to My Life

My HP Color LaserJet 5550dn has decided that when printing on 11x17 paper it will only print in black & white. How do I make it see that I really do want a colorful 11x17 print out? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 9:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way to listen to my music library through a web browser.

What is the best way to listen to my music library in a web browser? [more inside]
posted by jeff_w_welch at 9:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Improving writing style

How do I improve my writing style? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 9:06 AM PST - 16 comments

What could be wrong with this simple radio kit?

ElectronicsFilter: Help me figure out what might be wrong with my son's "safe, solderless, exciting, educational and fun!" AM/FM radio kit. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

We'd prefer invites with tact

A friend's wedding invitation had a poem that included the line "We prefer gifts of money." Besides choking on my own rage, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 AM PST - 212 comments

Need a fast loan!

Is there a reputable place (online or otherwise) where I can get a quick emergency loan within the next 10 days for $600 - $900? I have somewhat poor credit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

In search of a good furniture store in Chicago's western suburbs

Chicago Furniture: is there a western suburbs equivalent to Lincoln Park's Roy's Furniture (i.e. middle-quality, multiple-maufacturer, custom order)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Possible workplace discrimination to mental illness

What should I do about possible discrimination to mental illness with my current employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is this article on group psychology?

Recent study showing that the person in a group who talks most is judged most knowledgeable by other members of the group. I read an article about this somewhere on the Web within the last three weeks, and now I can't find it again. Can you help?
posted by markcmyers at 8:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Leave a Message After the Tone

I've become intrigued by the idea of these weekend meetings that the companies/government have to decide to rescue, buy, take-over each other. I understand that it's wise not to release the news whilst the stock markets are trading, but so often we hear about the US Fed meeting with banking execs 'over the weekend' and deciding such-and-such. How do they get them together? [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 8:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Wrapped up like a douche.

I've noticed a sharp uptick in the last year in people using the derogatory term "douche". Now, I know this isn't new -- people were called douchebags long before I was born -- but I was wondering if there was a specific source for the term's recent popularity. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 7:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Seeking glass/metal food processor

Where can I find a food processor with a glass or metal bowl? Is every food processor bowl in the world made from polycarbonate? I would like to find an alternative because of concerns with bpa. [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Time for a Third Bank of the U.S.?

Why do we not have a government owned national bank that competes with private banks? [more inside]
posted by medarby at 7:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me track down the creator of my (gr)avatar.

Help me ID this image. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Don't Short Me, Bro!

How does short selling stocks harm the underlying company? To my way of thinking, it shouldn't. [more inside]
posted by gjc at 6:45 AM PST - 28 comments

no longer pretending my kitchen floor is't revolting

How can I do the best job cleaning my floor for the least amount of effort? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Gift to wife on birth of first child

Touching and tasteful gift to mark birth of our first child. [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 2:34 AM PST - 25 comments

Where to hike in March near Fresno for Snow and Fish

Where should we (Me +1) backpack next weekend (Mar 28/29) near Fresno, CA that has SNOW, WATER and FISH? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 2:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I redirect all visitors to my site, before allowing them to continue to the URL they specified?

How to I redirect all website visitors to a particular page, before allowing them to continue to the page they originally specified (i.e. the URL they originally typed)? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 1:33 AM PST - 5 comments

March 19

Who made Jamie Pressley's purple shoes, (Jimmy Fallon Show tonight). WOW!

Greetings, Does anyone have any idea who made the purple shoes Jamie Pressley wore on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (3/20/09)? They were surely among the most bad-assed women's shoes I have ever seen. SG
posted by Studiogeek at 10:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Strange X restarts...

LinuxFilter: What could be causing these strange, unwanted, and annoying X restarts? [more inside]
posted by mqk at 10:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Projector question

I don't know anything about 35mm slide projectors but I have an idea [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 9:39 PM PST - 17 comments


What are some analogues to the Iowa Writers' Workshop outside the US -- creative writing programs that have the reputation of attracting the best of the best in their respective countries or regions? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 9:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Yo busco uno mercado Mexicano en Nueva York, por favor.

Help me find a Mexican market in New York to stock up a suitcase of tortillas etc. to help me survive the coming months in Mexican-free Berlin. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:24 PM PST - 17 comments

MacBook screen replacement?

I broke my MacBook's screen, and I'd like to get it fixed. A quick googling turns up several firms. Can anyone recommend a specific firm? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

shower power

Currently have two handle shower. Will I like a single handle shower? [more inside]
posted by striker at 9:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Argh, my eyes! or why don't we look at an eclipse.

BlindedByTheLightFilter: You aren't supposed to look at an eclipse directly because you can damage your eyes without knowing it. Is that because you aren't supposed to look at the sun directly ever, though you might be tempted to do so by an eclipse; or is there something especially insidious about the effect of looking at an eclipse on one's eyes? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 9:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What kind of doctor do I need?

I have a rash. I've been on two different courses of antibiotics and it keeps coming back. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Am I going blind?

When I wake up in the middle of the night, I can barely see out of one of my eyes. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 8:17 PM PST - 13 comments

How To Be A Concierge To A Couple Of Swallows?

Spring is raging in Portugal: the air is choking with pollen and musk and every flower, insect, bird and mammal is happily and successfully shouting "Fuck me now!". Meanwhile, a loving couple of dark blue-and-white barn swallows have taken a fancy to the air conditioner in my study, in our new house in Sintra. [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Can we break the lease if our neighbors blocked our view?

My roommate just signed a 12-month lease on our place in January. When she did that, our bedrooms had this view. As of this week, they have this view. Grounds to break the lease? [more inside]
posted by rafter at 7:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Problems with sex

I'm worried about my new-ish sex life with my boyfriend. Please help me figure out if everything is alright, and if it isn't what I can do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 26 comments

Developing on a budget...

Unix-based development work on a netbook? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 6:51 PM PST - 27 comments

Recommendations for recent true crime books?

I'd like some suggestions of good true crime books to read. I'm particularly interested in books about crimes committed in the US that occurred or were solved relatively recently (preferably within the last ten years, but no more than twenty years ago). [more inside]
posted by spockette at 5:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember the name of this early 1990s BBC2 programme on computers and technology.

Help me remember the name of this early 1990s BBC2 programme on computers and technology. [more inside]
posted by Glum at 5:42 PM PST - 2 comments

HD animated maps for video?

What's the easiest way to create HD-quality (1080x) animated maps for use with video? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

How to display a transcript in sync with a media file?

I have a transcript with timestamps and a media file. How do I display both of them on a webpage at the same time, synchronized? Oh, and it has to work in any browser or OS. [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

where in Japan is most Oaklandish?

I'm from Oakland California but live in Japan. I'm trying to figure out which area in Japan has similar weather to Oakland. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

white Perl, black oceans

I want to make a program with a specific function, but I don't know any languages that can do it and don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I change date format in JQuery Datepicker?

I'm using JQuery Datepicker, and I'm trying to get it to change the date format from the default mm/dd/yyyy to yyyy-mm-dd (so I can insert it into a mySQL field). But somehow, despite reading the documentation until my eyes bleed, I can't get it to change! What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

How can my brother stop being a loser?

Help my brother stop being a decade-long loser. It's a long one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:23 PM PST - 34 comments

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing.

I'd like to buy a book for my girlfriend to help her structure her ideas in academic writing. My girlfriend is a graduate student in the humanities. She is clever, erudite and rigorous, but her ability to build an argument is poor. She finds it particularly difficult to unpack a complex concept and present its constitutive parts in a logical sequence. The book I'd like to buy helps writers with these specific problems, ideally (but not necessarily) within the context of research in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by limon at 4:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Trying to take care of my baby

I need recommendations for reliable and informative forums related to Nissan Frontiers along with equally reliable and buyer friendly OEM replacement parts websites. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 4:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Itchy runs afoul of an Irishman.

A (non-Italian, non-Irish) friend of mine insists that pronouncing "Italian" as "eye-talian" or calling an Irish man an "Irishman" has racial undertones. Is this true? Are any Italians or Irish offended by those terms?
posted by Ramithorn at 4:10 PM PST - 79 comments

When to go simple, when to go complex?

When creating, would you pursue a simple premise you know you can execute to perfection, or would you pursue a really complex you know might flop? [more inside]
posted by world b free at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Keeping The Lions Strong So They Have The Stamina To Hunt The Gazelles

Why is all this money going to industry and commerce, not the citizenry? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Wedding gift, or not?

Emergency last-minute wedding gift etiquetteFilter! Invite sort of says don't really bring gifts, but sort of says do. What do I do?! [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 3:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does only Cool Whip make my teeth throb?

Why does only Cool Whip make my teeth throb? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Oakland 101, or: What should a suburban girl know before moving to Oakland?

What information do you consider essential to being a resident in Oakland? This isn't just a "which neighborhoods are safe/ghetto" question (although I'd like to hear about that, too), I'm also wondering about things like the cost of utilities, how cold does it get in the winter/hot does it get in the summer, local events and attractions like Art Murmur, how efficient AC Transit is (I don't drive or ride a bike so I'll be relying pretty heavily on public transit and my own two feet), how important is it to rent a parking space, and anything else you wish you'd known before moving to Oakland. [more inside]
posted by foulowl at 3:31 PM PST - 24 comments

The Quote is a Lie

How binding are homeowners insurance quotes? [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 3:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap ATSC tuner card for Mythbuntu?

Recommended HDTV tuner cards for Linux? Preferably inexpensive? And where to find them? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How can we accept credit cards at our temporary call center?

A company I do a bit of consulting for wants to test an infomercial for their hummingbird feeders. The infomercial directs viewers to a phone number that connects to our call center where they can place an order. How should we process that order? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy a poster with the image from the cover of Paris in the Twentieth Century?

I want to buy a copy of the image from the cover of Paris in the Twentieth Century as a poster. Where can I get one?
posted by GuyZero at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Anybody know where I can buy a bottle of mead in NYC?

Anybody know where I can buy a bottle of mead in NYC?
posted by Afroblanco at 2:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How to soundproof a closet?

Help me soundproof my closet so I can sing opera without driving my neighbor insane! [more inside]
posted by philotes at 1:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Text message organizing: yes we can?

Does anyone here have any experience working with SMS/Text message broadcast vendors? A client of mine is a very large membership organization (in the US, California if it matters) that is interested in beginning to use SMS to communicate with its members. But the whole scene is hard to get a handle on. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Sciatica with no insurance. Help!

I have numbness in my leg but no longer have the means to get it monitored. Is there any risk of long-term damage or atrophy if it goes on too long? [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments


RecipeFilter: Seafood stew stumper! [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 12:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Which came first, asthma or excema?

Does anyone here have any experience treating BOTH excema and asthma? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Biography suggestions?

What are some good biographies of James Madison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 at 12:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Ten Years!

Movie quotes containing the phrase "ten years"? [more inside]
posted by cdavis at 12:12 PM PST - 17 comments

List of most visited online newspapers, magazines and literature websites (blogs allowed)

I've seen a list of the most popular websites, and another of the most popular blogs, but for these three categories (literature, newspapers, magazines) I've found a list hard to track down. I'd like it ordered in order of popularity, but a top-ten (or top-hundred) would be fine too. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving to the Bay Area

Help me plan my move to the Bay Area! [more inside]
posted by skaye at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Call in and record a MP3

How do , Tumblr, and other services have a phone number that you can call in and it records a MP3 of the conversation? I want to add features like that to a site and I'm working on in my spare time and I have no idea how to even start.
posted by petethered at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Port logging on a Linux/Mac home network

Looking for a program for Linux (or Mac) that will record what ports I'm using during a given period of time. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Reasonably priced Napa/Sonoma spa?

Specific recommendations for day spas in Napa or Sonoma? [more inside]
posted by synapse at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

OMG I got the job! Now how do I move to France? Where can I go for advice?

I'm starting a job in France in June. I'm English. I'm going to need various stuff (bank account, apartment, insurance, mobile phone, phone, internet, register with a doctor, find some decent French lessons, and heaps of stuff I'm sure to have overlooked right now). Does anyone know any good expat websites or guides to moving to France? Or a forum where I can ask a load of questions? [more inside]
posted by handee at 11:18 AM PST - 4 comments

One of us has got to go.

Has MSN Money recently installed an annoying background image? How can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Bookselling salary guide?

I'm looking for salary guidelines for a job outside my field that I'm interested in -- coordinating events and marketing for an indie bookstore. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Start me (band) up

I sing. I don't read music. I don't know musicians who play my kind of music. But I want to be in a band. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Read, Writing, Hood - A Hoodie with a notebook pocket?

Where can I get a light zippered hoodie with a vertical pocket that'd fit a notebook and pen? [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 10:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Help us pick an ultra-low-flow showerhead

Ultra-low-flow showerheads: Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by ssg at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Lookign for obscure pencil and paper game series from the seventies?

Back in the 1970's I remember a series of cool, geometric, pencil and paper games. Each one was nothing more than a pad of printed 5x8 sheets of paper and rules. There was a whole series of these and I remember lusting after them all at my local KB Toy and Hobby. Now I cannot find any information on these games, if they exist, can I print them myself, what the rules were, etc... [more inside]
posted by peteshaw at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Solitary Buddhist Retreat.

I'm interested in going to a buddhist monastery or retreat for two weeks to a month. Preferably somewhere in the northeast US. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 10:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me make tiny windows.

Help me make my own window panes for a dollhouse. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments


"Tonight" from West Side Story - punk rock cover by ... ? [more inside]
posted by monospace at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How to Stop Hating My Job?

What can I do to stop hating my job? I really cannot stand my job, but I work full-time to support my husband while he goes to graduate school. He has all kinds of work/social functions that I've come to dread because it's all I can do not to burst into tears when someone asks "What do you do?" [more inside]
posted by curiousowl at 9:22 AM PST - 33 comments

I can has embedded fonts?

Where can I find a list of fonts that can be legally embedded using @font-face? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I ask a company to fly my company out for a meeting?

A very large media company is interested in talking to my small, three-person start-up. They're in LA, we're in NYC. How do we gently ask them to fly us out for a meeting? Or should we pay our own way? Not to be picky, but: as interesting as theoretical answers might be, I'm really looking for advice from someone who's been in a similar situation, and how they handled it. Thanks!
posted by Damn That Television at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Standalone or vendor lock-in?

What's the deal with DVRs in America in 2009? Can I buy one off the shelf and take it home and hook it to the cable and use it successfully like a digital VCR or am I "supposed" to get one from my cable provider and get billed a monthly fee for some program-guide service I do not want? [more inside]
posted by Liver at 8:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Not the most titillating way to take video of oneself, but...

Cheap digital video? Help me do time-motion studies on myself. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 8:25 AM PST - 11 comments

An opportunity, or a pig in a poke?

How do I get the most out of a meeting with a financial advisor I don't particularly trust? [more inside]
posted by LN at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and Lyon singing in the wilderness.

I'm going to Lyon this weekend and will be free from late Saturday evening to about noon on Sunday. I'm into food and photography but am on a super-tight budget, so I'm looking for both some cheap, tasty delights and some particularly pretty little corners of the city. I'm staying in Vieux Lyon, going to a concert in Villeurbanne, and can speak French.
posted by mdonley at 8:21 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I make Ubuntu beautiful?

I am used to Mac OS X and I really like the default fonts, the way anti aliasing works and the default theme as well. Now I am working with Ubuntu 8.10 on other machine, but it kind of frustrates me visually. I'd like to ask general tips on how could I make Ubuntu more visually appealing. I have found a couple of links about how to make fonts smoother. That improved a bit, bit still not there yet. I'd like to hear from you what font you use, themes, etc... So, what are the tricks you use to make your Ubuntu install beautiful?
posted by fcoury at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

What is this spam?

What's the scam in my spam? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I exercise after a hernia without injury?

I am fairly certain I have an inguinal hernia. How do I get back into intense exercise while avoiding injury? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Who painted it?

Can you help me find a painting? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 7:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Building raised beds on asphault

Building a raised garden bed on an asphault driveway. What about drainage? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

How can the Fed Destroy Money It Created?

[MonetaryPolicyFilter] In relation to the Fed's huge injection of money yesterday, please explain to me how, if at all, the Federal Reserve can destroy money on its balance sheet in a way that offsets the inflation that normally would result. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Divorce stats

If you are still married after n years of marriage, what are your odds of divorce in the US? Is there data specifically for the happily married? How does this change over time? Also, for those who get divorced, is there any data about at what point the marriage turned the corner from good to bad?
posted by crazycanuck at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

end midlife crisis w/out accompanying fallout

How do you get out of a midlife crisis without destroying your life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 22 comments

I know I should be able to do this, but I constantly feel like I can't

How can I get through this job stress without driving myself insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

What's like Wired magazine?

Need Magazine Suggestions along the lines of: Wired, The Week [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory at 7:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Need animated visualizations of the Internet and digital technology

I'm looking for animated visualizations of the internet and other digital or cybernetic technologies [more inside]
posted by heylight at 7:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Vlookup help for comparing lists of numbers

I am trying to partially automate a tedious list comparison procedure, I think I should be able to do it through excel without any coding (which I don't know how to do) [more inside]
posted by dripped at 7:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving from the UK to US on husband's work visa - can I work as self-employed/freelance for UK company?

My husband has been offered a great job in New York and we're looking to move out there in September (we're both British citizens currently living in the UK). He'll be on a work visa and I'll only have residence rights - can I work as self-employed, or freelance for a UK company, without a work visa? [more inside]
posted by hibbersk at 7:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Stiff Lower Lip

I've occasionally seen police (or military personnel) wearing hats in such a way that the chin strap is hooked under the lower lip rather than the chin. Why? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 6:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Alphonso: The King Of Mangoes

Three years ago the Bush Administration allowed the importation of Indian mangoes for the first time in 30 years. It's mango season right now. Where can I get an alphonso mango in the USA?
posted by Xurando at 6:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Turn off style for a specific element?

Turn off style for a specific element? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Best Sound Card for my PC?

What is the best audio card for my "old" PC? I'll be using it for home recording. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Crowd of white-coated riders.

A western film I saw on TV about 35 years ago featuring a crowd of horse riders wearing long white coats. Anyone know the title? [more inside]
posted by telstar at 6:07 AM PST - 6 comments

It's free, now pay me.

How can I make money through open source development? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I need to upgrade to IE7/8 if I don't browse with IE?

I just reformatted an XP laptop and installed Service Pack 3. I don't use Internet Explorer for browsing - do I need to upgrade to IE7/8 anyway, just for in-built security? Or can I safely leave it at 6 if I don't use it to browse? Apologies if this question seems really, really dumb.
posted by ravcasleygera at 5:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find that music video!

Need help remembering a music video a bit like the ThruYOU one. [more inside]
posted by waldlaeufer at 5:15 AM PST - 4 comments

I need to find a forum where Public Relations people hang out?

I need to find a forum where Public Relations people hang out? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 2:47 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a good PDA in 2009?

I'm on the lookout for suggestions for PDAs or similar devices for my father. His short-term memory is going. While it used to be pin-sharp, it's becoming a real problem, to mitigate it he's been using a PDA - he's always carried one and was a real fan of the Palm series. Now it needs replacing ... [more inside]
posted by unsliced at 1:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Cosy times wanted!

Different ways to watch movies aside from unplugging and moving a rather large iMac around the house? [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:32 AM PST - 14 comments

I want to know how it feels to care about something passionately.

Where does passion reside? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder at 1:11 AM PST - 22 comments

getting to Tijuana from Los Angeles

Is there a good way to get from Los Angeles to Tijuana directly? Greyhound seems to run several direct buses a day, but I wasn't sure if there was another option (direct - so Amtrak isn't an option). I also have never taken Greyhound on the west coast (used to a lot on the east coast), so I'd appreciate knowing people's experiences! [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 1:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Do studios exchange bad DVDs for good?

Is it true that non-working DVDs will be replaced by the studio (specifically, Paramount/Viacom) that released them, depending on the licensing agreement? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:41 AM PST - 7 comments

March 18

Loooking For Scorpions To Eat

Where can I find scorpions (either jerked or canned) in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Lokisbane at 10:36 PM PST - 4 comments

When i kill and restart explorer.exe, what processes and files does it execute?

When i kill and restart explorer.exe, what processes and files does it execute? [more inside]
posted by lockle at 10:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Does the phone company store your text messages?

Does your cell phone provider have a record of your text messages? How long do they keep it? Could it be used as evidence against you in a court case?
posted by matkline at 9:59 PM PST - 16 comments

How Do I Talk to the (Graphic Designer/Coder) Animals?

Teach a person without a creative/coding/CSS bone in his body to talk at least semi-intelligently to graphic and web designers. [more inside]
posted by webhund at 9:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Greenwich, Zulu & UTC: What's the difference?

What is the difference between Greenwich time, Zulu and UTC? Is Zulu and UTC a form of Greenwich time? I can't seem to find a page that states the difference. And do these forms of measurement not recognize daylight savings? Thanks in advance!
posted by cwarmy at 9:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Fieldings Folly

Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees?

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl at 8:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Who were you, Ms. McHale?

Despite the passage of many decades, people still find and are fascinated by the famous Life Magazine photo of Evelyn McHale's strangely beautiful corpse after she leapt from the Empire State Building. I was just wondering if anyone has ever run across any more information about her other than the small bio that accompanied the photo. Are there other publicized photos of her before she died? Was her family ever contacted for comment? I don't mean to be ghoulish about it, I just find it to be iconic (Warhol even made it into artwork) and am surprised that no one ever looked into her life further.
posted by ktoad at 8:27 PM PST - 4 comments

How to be server with NO experience

I'm graduating at the end of August. I would like to expand employment opportunities by working as a waitress/server. I have NO experience. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 8:01 PM PST - 17 comments

What mystery needs a mirror to solve?

Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 7:44 PM PST - 4 comments

How to pay back my parents creatively.

It's payback time. [more inside]
posted by WayOutWest at 7:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Planning a train trip from San Francisco to NYC, need advice on affordability and what are the best routes to take to see the most of the northern part of the country.

How does one maximize their trip experience on a train from San Francisco to NYC without going over budget? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 6:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Am I selling them a call option on my time?

I used to work for one of those ratings agency that are oh-so-topical these days. Now I'm getting calls from lawyers and I've got some questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Can animal abuse be a 1 time thing?

I came home unexpectedly yesterday to discover my fiance kicking our beloved dog. I am not sure how to proceed. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 110 comments

My computer's audio output keeps blowing out my external audio amplifier

I just blew out an old Nakamichi stereo receiver because the signal from my computer's audio output seemed to overload the machine. The receiver clicked a couple of times (reverting to silence each time before resuming normal volume), then quite literally heated up and died. I don't think it's the receiver's fault necessarily, since something similar happened with my previous stereo receiver--in terms of its getting overloaded from the computer's audio signal and shutting down with a loud click. I'm just using the sound card that came with my 3 year old Dell desktop--and I want to make sure this doesn't happen again to the next receiver (I'm using a receiver because I need to drive some old ADS speakers). Any suggestions? I tried using different inputs on the receiver (video, tape, CD, even phono) thinking it might be an issue of too strong a signal coming into the machine. But regardless of the input selection, the same problem would occur--whenever volume got too loud (and I did try lowering the volume on the computer itself) there would be a loud click, then silence. Should I just forget using an external amplifier at all and just use the horrible computer speakers that came with the machine? Thanks
posted by quintno at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Keeping the creative momentum going

This year I started doing a circus traineeship and learning burlesque, which is awesome. In a week I have to go back to Malaysia for a few months while my new Australian visa is processed. What can I do in the meantime in the middle of nowhere? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I watch Six Nations rugby near Mount Airy, NC?

Where can I watch Six Nations rugby near Mount Airy, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by katopotato at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

How does windows do filesystem caching?

How does windows do filesystem caching? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the lifespan of a Meyers lemon tree?

What is the lifespan of a Meyers lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by ljesse at 6:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Inexpensive fluorescent lantern/lamp with 12 volt option?

Fluorescent lantern suggestions for emergency home use? [more inside]
posted by ae4rv at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How much is this 1950 series $20 bill worth?

My boyfriend got a $20 bill from the bank - the old style. It's a series 1950 C. He wants to keep it and not spend it... Is it actually worth anything? It is creased and there are signs of aging, and someone wrote "100" on it with a pencil. Otherwise, it's sharp and in good condition.
posted by mojabunni at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

stats defs anyone?

If anyone could be bothered helping me out with 4 definitions relating to psychology/statistics I would be so, so very grateful. I have searched and searched google and cannot find definitions for the following- Rule of assignment, Permissible transformations, Permissible arithmetic operations, Permissible statistics. I have a very vague idea of what they mean but would LOVE to have some working definitions.
posted by beccyjoe at 5:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Fixing a WMV glitch with PowerPoint 2007 in Windows

I am embedding WMVs in a PowerPoint. They play well from slide-to-slide on a Mac, but when played back on PC, each video begins with a glitch. [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find affiliate program agreement text?

Where can I find a sample agreement for an affiliate program? [more inside]
posted by junger at 5:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Financial Filter for choosing an investment person

Financial Filter: Picking a New Financial Advisor and Evaluating Their Plans [more inside]
posted by Coyote at the Dog Show at 5:35 PM PST - 11 comments

nights on earth

if i were stranded on a desert island -- or to stray from the cliche, in a postapocalyptic abandoned mall -- how would i make booze? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 5:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Why doesn't gmail work on my iphone anymore?

Why has gmail stopped working on my iPhone. More importantly, how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

I need a ranch that won't drive me crazy...

I love ranch dressing. So does my wife. But we really only love the ranch dressing you find in restaurants.... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 4:31 PM PST - 26 comments

Telecommuting in New York City for a few days, help!

Best coffee shop to do some telecommuting in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 4:28 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get treatment for depression without income or health insurance?

I suspect I am suffering from Depression and I have no health insurance or current source of income - how do I get help? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 4:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Is it excessive to be working in 600 dpi for doing cartoon art in Photoshop?

Is it excessive to be working in 600 dpi to do cartoon art in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by filibuster at 4:13 PM PST - 26 comments

What would I need to make professional board game tiles?

What equipment would I need to make my own professional quality board game tiles? [more inside]
posted by st0rey at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I need help to injera my kids!

Help me come up with (American) kid-friendly foods to have with injera (Ethiopian flatbread) in an Ethiopian-style meal. [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me not have to recreate my Google Map!

GoogleMapFilter: can I export my data so I can create a new map? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 3:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Crash course German refresher

I have about a month to brush up on my German before I go on a business trip - what are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Can taxes be avoided?

TaxFilter: Is it possible to reduce the amount of or completely avoid paying the ~$1200 in taxes H&R Block online is telling me I owe the state of Louisiana? [more inside]
posted by m0nm0n at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get a second chance with the guy I just snubbed?

Can this (not even a relationship yet) be saved? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 3:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Direct Democracy or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

Why Can't We Allocate Where Our Taxes Go on Our Tax Form? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 3:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Learning to Write Spanish Online

I'm thinking of preparing the DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, or official Spanish Language Diploma) exam. My spoken Spanish is OK, my listening is fine, and my reading skills are good. What I can't do, because I've never practiced, is write essays in Spanish, and essays are a part of the DELE. [more inside]
posted by Holly at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Secret Security Clearance and academic transcript?

Security Clearance: Will they check my academic transcript too? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 3:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Travel Filter: Ideas for last-minute vaca - walking city, photographic, great eats, direct flight from NYC

Travel Filter: Ideas for last-minute vaca - walking city, photographic, great eats, direct flight from NYC [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass at 2:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Regex Help for Adding +14 to a Series

I'm trying to use Regular Expressions in Textmate to do a Find/Replace. The goal: Find id="1", id="2", id="3", etc. and Replace with a value of +14, so that I replace yields id="15", id="16", id="17" etc. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by pinto at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What is nature's formulary?

Physics-filter: in the context of a diatribe against memorization, a physics professor of mine once mentioned that she fell in love with the discipline because all of modern physics can be derived from a few foundational equations. So, what are they? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 2:45 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the greatest gift?

What gift should I bring to a 4-year-old half American, half-French girl living in Paris? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

OS X 10.5.6 Dock remains hidden

I have OS X 10.5.6 and Logitech V470 bluetooth mouse. 1. When I hide the dock it stays hidden and there is no way for me to get the dock to reappear without turning off autohide 2. My courser works sporadically a. sometimes it will only work on some area's of the screen b. sometimes it won't recognize clicks Are these related? and can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by the_binary_blues at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Southwest roadtrip with kids

Family friendly places to stay from Phoenix to El Paso? [more inside]
posted by I_drew_an_angelfish at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

tagging online maps for urban planning and design

How has your organization/neighborhood/town/city/region/etc... used interactive web-based map tagging sites (ie, Google Maps, ZeeMaps)? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Batch processing multiple-page PDFs

I need to batch process a 54-page PDF through Bridge (or Photoshop) and it doesn't seem to be saving properly. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

How to obtain my baptismal certificate?

What's the easiest way to get a copy of my baptismal certificate if I only have a vague idea where I was baptized? This is embarrassing, but in my defense, I don't really remember it all that well. [more inside]
posted by smurdah at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I can drive here, yes?

Driving with an out-of-state license, valid for a state in which I no longer reside. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Remove, real fast.

I'mAnIdiotFilter: Any way to "walk back" an rm -rf in OSX? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments

How to become comfortable with mathematical notation?

How did you learn to read and be comfortable with mathematical notation? [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:11 PM PST - 28 comments

How could I hack a phone receiver to act as a PC audio device?

Can I use the RJ11 (modem) port on a PC to plug in a phone handset and use it as an audio device? Trying to help a Skype user who has trouble with headsets but knows how to pick up a phone. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Will another User on my PC be able to view my favourites etc?

Windows Vista for Dummies 101: This is probably a totally stupid question, but if i create another user account on my laptop for a friend, will that person be able to view my internet history, favourites and passwords I have saved (i.e. "Remember me on this computer" and whatnot)?
posted by Weng at 1:00 PM PST - 4 comments

No more from after graduation?

Why don't people graduate from school anymore? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 12:17 PM PST - 39 comments

What novels feature the classic age of exploration?

Can you recommend novels that use the great age of European exploration as a setting? For example, I'm looking for books featuring characters along the lines of Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, Walter Raleigh, Cortes--you know the type: nautical, adventurous, vast, brazen, and not necessarily historically accurate.
posted by jackypaper at 12:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Am I using the right guide to set up AwStats?

Is this the right guide to help me set up AwStats to process log files downloaded to my local drive, even it's for Apache and I'm using IIS -- W3C Extended log files? [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Why did I wet the bed?

I wet the bed last night. Tell me if I have anything to worry about and how to get rid of the smell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Links don't work

Link icons -- Location not available -- Access is denied [more inside]
posted by KRS at 11:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Travel in Krakow Region of Poland

I will be traveling to the Krakow region of Poland and have a few questions. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Big Hair, Flares and Bad Guys

Movie Filter - 70's / early 80's, Disney-esque? intrepid kids getting caught up in some mischief. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Financial blogs for people who are in okay shape looking to do better?

I'm looking for financial advice resources that are beyond square one. I've tried following sites like The Simple Dollar, Get Rich Slowly, and I Will Teach You To Be Rich but these sites seem catered to people who are in a rough spot with lots of credit card debt, etc. I don't need advice on cutting up my credit cards or reducing my power bill (I know little stuff adds up and I'm doing all right with the little stuff). I'm looking for square 2 advice: investing, financial planning, real estate, tax shelters... I have a good job, a house, little debt, and some savings. Now what? I'm looking for advice on how to go from okay shape to better. Not bad shape to okay. Any good resources out there? Keep in mind: I am a financial and investing moron. I am looking for layman-friendly resources. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Pre-nup woes

Pre-nup advice--both practical and emotional--needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I redirect subfolder URLs to subdomain URLs?

Apologies for asking a question that I know will be answered already on the web, somewhere, but I can't find it. I'm having trouble writing a .htaccess ReWrite rule that will forward requests for all folders within a specific sub-folder to the same folders at a subdomain - so will forward to Any advice very gratefully received.
posted by Cobbler at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Please tell me how not to melt in my car.

I'm driving around, it's not even 70 degrees outside, and the inside of my car feels like a greenhouse. [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

I need help cleaning some dirty data

Excel-filter: Mysterious single-quotes that precede the data in each cell. How do I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by ashirys at 11:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Pursue a job with a toxic boss?

Should I apply for a job working for a toxic boss? Or stick with my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Is Twitter's search function just erratic?

I want to use Twitter as a medium to do some professional work, but for it to perform as desired I have to rely on (or something similar, like twemes) to accurately compile all tweets with a given hashtag. But my own personal Twittering indicates that these search functions aren't reliable. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

hug or snub?

Must I hug a disliked ex-colleague? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 11:02 AM PST - 31 comments

pleas don't whistle while I work

How can I stop a compressed gas regulator from whistling? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

5 Hours later...

TemporalDisturbanceFilter: I seem to lose time. Or, more specifically, I'm one of those people that needs to get a bunch of things done, but I can easily sit on my laptop and play flash games for what turns into 4 hours. How do I break this habit/get my stuff together? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 10:33 AM PST - 35 comments

Some question about converting a road frame to a fixed gear...

Fixed Gear Conversion / Bike Question: 120mm rear hub. 130mm frame. Solutions? I also have a crank/bb question inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 10:31 AM PST - 9 comments

When should I get a new car?

When is it no longer economical to repair a car instead of buying a newer one? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 10:25 AM PST - 31 comments

SEO impact of migrating a site to WordPress?

I want to move content from a site created in FrontPage to a WordPress-based site. What kind of SEO implications can this have? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Hot Oil for My Hair?

Do hot oil treatments for hair work? Are they good for curly/frizzy fairly thick hair? Will they make my hair silky smooth? Or do they do nothing? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 9:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Why do so many different TV stations use the circle with a 7 in the middle as their logo?

Why do so many different TV stations use the circle with a 7 in the middle as their logo? I'm wondering how so many different businesses can use the same logo. Are all the stations that use it ABC affiliates? Does the logo signify some sort of collaboration among the stations that use it? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find/build an affordable home alarm system

Help me find/build an affordable home alarm system. I am interested in both DIY and turnkey solutions. I want monitoring, but would prefer no contract. [more inside]
posted by hsawtelle at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

help me not to lose my wonderful brother

I want my brother back but he seems happy as he is - selfish or sensible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 30 comments

Italian Treats for Children?

What are some good Italian-themed treats for children? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find higher resolution images of famous architects' drawings?

I'm looking for some higher quality images of work by famous architects, e.g. Frank Lloyd Wright, to use for 3-D modeling reference. Any good resources out there? [more inside]
posted by GaGaLoc at 9:36 AM PST - 2 comments

blackberry without bes?

How usable is a Blackberry without BES? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I change the embedded device name of a USB stick?

How can I change the embedded device name of a USB stick? [more inside]
posted by complience at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you remember this advice column?

Do you remember a funny, hip etiquette and/or advice column written by two young women? [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 8:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Wii Dance With Our Hands

I'd like a good hands-only dancing game for the Wii. I've really been enjoying Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party's dance mini-game, but there's only seven songs. And lots of the other dance games for Wii seem to involve a DDR-style dance pad (which, while fun for me, will be way less fun for my downstairs neighbors). We Cheer seems to be along the lines of what I'm looking for, but in an ideal world, I could get this kind of game without a bunch of prepubescent large-headed midriff-baring girls manically screaming rainbows at me.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

What's this song?

What's this song? It was on US Top 40 radio in the late 80s. It's a mashup sorta thingie of musical styles, starting out with a big band playing "In the Mood" and moving forward through different popular music styles to the modern day. IIRC at the very end there is a brief return to a little bit of In the Mood.
posted by Lou Stuells at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Taxation without representation?

I suspect my former company is guilty of tax evasion after paying me like a freelancer instead of a full-time employee, unless I'm operating under a serious misconception of tax rights. I quit under duress, but now I'm filing taxes and I'd like to report their behavior if it has indeed been inappropriate. Please tell me whether or not I'm right to do so, and if so, how I should report them to the IRS with very little concrete evidence other than hearsay and my own 1099 form. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 8:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Vegas things to do for minors

Can anyone recommend things to do in Las Vegas for 2 couples when 3 of the 4 are under 21? Budget is an issue to some point as well.
posted by albertagirl at 7:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you identify these pocket games from the early eighties?

Help me identify a toy! Around 1980 (in the northeastern United States) there was a line of small games contained within sealed plastic boxes approximately five inches long, two and half across, and perhaps half an inch thick (13 x 6 x 1cm, about the size of a pocket calculator back then). Many contained one or more small steel balls. Some, with flippers, took the form of a pinball or basketball game. Others were mazes or other puzzles. Some contained plastic beads floating in fluid. Some involved magnets. I had a bunch of these at one point but I cannot remember who made them or what they were called.
posted by Songdog at 7:54 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I best spray paint my white Macbook's exterior?

How can I best spray paint my white Macbook's exterior? [more inside]
posted by ilumos at 7:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What herbs or vitamins or food makes more blood flow to the brain?

What herbs or vitamins or food will make more blood flow into my brain? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 7:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Any advice, particularly construction/fabrication related, for this lighting oriented site-specific installation?

A couple of friends and I are organising a site-specific installation for the Smart Light Festival (flash w/ sound) to be held in Sydney from May 26 to June 14 this year. While I would appreciate any advice on bringing an installation like this to fruition, I was hoping specifically to get feedback on our plans to pre-fabricate the components (basically if they seem feasible, and if there are cheaper more efficient ways of going about it, how to use less energy, and especially how we could reuse or recycle the materials). [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Pick up laundry in NYC?

Can anyone recommend a reliable pick up/delivery wash and fold laundry service in NYC? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd like some smart advice for storage (and moving) in NYC!

I'd like some smart advice for storage (and moving) in NYC! [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments


Have you had any experience in reconciling or mediating a conflict between family members? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you find someone to talk to?

I'm not a social person, but I really need to build some relationships. How do people do this? This isn't taught in schools, or I must have skipped that day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I put this?

Help me pick out an appropriate reading for my upcoming wedding, something expressing the wish that the love we feel for each other might also serve as a a foundation for a more universal compassion. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 4:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Can your passport be confiscated for unpaid debt?

I think I remember reading a while ago (not sure where I read this or if it was a reliable source) that a US citizen settled out of the US can be detained or have their passport confiscated for large unpaid debts if they come back into the US, even for a short visit. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 4:41 AM PST - 7 comments

identify the mystery illness!

a week ago i started growing an ulcer (or canker sore) on the inside of my lip. i didn't think much of it, although it was growing quite large and white and i hadn't had one like that before. a week later i woke up very bone sore for no apparent reason, and while out and about.... [more inside]
posted by sardonicsmile at 12:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Internet Art Forums that are not US-centric

Are there any large scale forums like and where digital and traditional artists of high caliber teach and learn and show their work that are not in North America -- forums I've never heard of before, that cater to whole other scenes?
posted by jfrancis at 12:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Suggest other string-only compositions like The Cinematic Orchestra's "Prelude" ?

Suggest other string-only compositions like The Cinematic Orchestra's "Prelude" ? [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:10 AM PST - 6 comments

March 17

Installing Windows 7 on a MBP with a non-working DVD drive

How can I install Windows 7 (via Boot Camp or rEFIt) from an ISO? I think the Superdrive on my Macbook Pro (10.5.6) is on its last legs, because it ejects almost anything I put in it. (Meaning blank DVDs, and the DVD I burned of the ISO on my Windows XP desktop with ImgBurn). It's not extremely old (I got it refurbished on Christmas 2007), but still old enough to be out of warranty (at least I would think so). What I have available: 1tb My Book Firewire External Hard Drive 4gb 1st gen iPod Nano, that isn't even formatted as an iPod right now, so it's basically just a 4gb USB flash drive. I know I can boot from it if it's set up right, because I've been using it with this [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 at 11:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Airports to avoid / favorite airports

What airports do you try to avoid in western Europe and North America?Also what are your favorite airports in western Europe and North America? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 11:14 PM PST - 59 comments

How should I deal with anxiety about performing oral sex?

How should I deal with anxiety about performing oral sex? So, the question itself is pretty simple and similar questions have been asked before, but in my case it involves my own neuroses and history. Some of it is sad, some is gross, and some might be funny. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 PM PST - 33 comments

Husband diabetic. short term affordable health insurance info.

I need information on affordable health care for my type 1 diabetic husband. [more inside]
posted by Chele66 at 9:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Amtrak security measures

How strict are Amtrak security regulations with regard to marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Continually break on through to the other side

Is there a list or map out there that shows all the city blocks one can cut through (as a pedestrian) in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by greenland at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Need Mac Pro Advice

I'd like to get one of the new Mac Pros, mostly for use in digital photography. But which one? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:08 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I resolve this ridiculosity?

How do I resolve a child care conflict with people who swear they have done nothing wrong? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 8:54 PM PST - 89 comments

A song for my love

Looking for a song/video because it would make my fiancee very, very happy. [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Geez, is the example title really "How to get an iPod to work in my car?"

Looking for some audio whiz that can confirm that this particular iPod adapter and car stereo will work. Dazzle me with your knowledge and experience! [more inside]
posted by Overzealous at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I bake salmon wrapped inside phyllo dough?

I had a dish a few years ago that was salmon and wild mushrooms baked inside phyllo dough. It was amazing, very savory and earthy. Does anyone have any ideas on how to replicate?
posted by slepore09 at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Drug use in Vietnam

Anyone recall reading about a novel way they ascertained the prevalence of drug use among soldiers in Vietnam? I just can't recall where I saw it but I think it was probabilistic in nature.
posted by ottlite at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Monster Trucks

Growing up in Texas, I used to go to monster truck shows. I feel like going again, but live in NYC. Where can I go? Jersey?
posted by ecab at 8:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Lazy Pseudo Statistician Looking for Computer To Do Work For Him

How can I take a Myers-Briggs test entered into SPSS in a per question format and get a Myers-Briggs Type for each of 92 participants? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I automatically split GPS tracklogs?

I have almost a year's worth of GPS track logs. I'd like to be able to automatically split them by trip type (walking, biking, car) and filter out some of the noise that gets generated when leaving the GPS on while stationary. [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I do to increase the size of my butt?

I need a bigger butt. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:58 PM PST - 42 comments

How much time should I spend in Wellington on a two-week trip to New Zealand?

I'll be in New Zealand for two weeks (Apr 5-19), flying into and out of Wellington but spending my time traveling around the South Island. How much time should I spend in Wellington at the beginning or end of the trip? Should I head straight for the ferry, or is it worth spending a few days exploring Wellington and its surroundings?
posted by Dasein at 7:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Is Sudbury, Ontario worth visiting?

Is Sudbury, Ontario worth visiting? There's a science writer's conference going on there in May. It's going to take 6-8 hours for me to get there on a bus. I'm debating whether Sudbury is interesting/pleasant enough to justify the trip. Your thoughts?
posted by storybored at 7:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Cheap eats in SF?

Cheap eats in San Francisco. I'll be visiting San Francisco for a week in April and am looking for good, cheap eats both near my hotel (at Sutter & Larkin) and in other parts of the city. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 7:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Best little movie theater in Manhattan

Reading this post cued up the latent film geek reactors, and now I want to go to the movies! The question is - where? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Shingles lite?

So I have all the symptoms of shingles, just...less so. Rash above my left eye, intensely freakishly itchy moving into pins and needles and stabbing pain in my left temple. Also swollen lymph nodes, et cetera et cetera. But I'm told shingles is excruciating, and this is more highly obnoxious. Could it still be shingles, or is that impossible? (FWIW, I've seen a doctor, and she was on the fence too)
posted by sarahkeebs at 6:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can you get a custom tuxedo in SF bay?

My partner is trying to get a James Bond (Sean Connery era) replica tuxedo made, any thoughts on where he should go?
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 at 6:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Can SQL Server and IIS live happily ever after?

Hosting SQL Server and IIS on the same co-located server: Good idea, bad idea, or terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone know of an mp3 player that records to .mp3 format (not .wav)?

I am looking for an mp3 player/recorder that records to .mp3 format. Most of the players out there that I can find record to .wav format. [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 6:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me remember this website?

Does anyone remember a blog/diary site of woman who claimed to be on the run? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 5:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I am not a crazy cat lady. Yet.

Too many cats - I've followed all the rules on introducing new pets to existing pets and it's now 4 months later. Am I doing more damage by keeping Pacey in solitary confinement? [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm tired as hell, but can't take a nap?

I try all the crap like don't focus so much on the falling asleep, just focus on relaxation, breathing, fairly calm/neutral thoughts. What gives? I was fucking tired today (around...2) when I went to take a nap, but after i'm in my bed for a few mins I'm suddenly awake. This is completely puzzling. How can I be tired when I go to bed (in a sorta dark room) and then it's like this sudden switch that says, no no ... don't do that because you'll actually feel better afterwards. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 4:57 PM PST - 18 comments

dog accomodations

I will be driving from Rochester NY to Steamboat Colorado with my two dogs. I'll be looking for dog friendly accomodations. Any unique or special locations I should shoot for? Thanks [more inside]
posted by Palmerpoodles at 4:16 PM PST - 7 comments

What happens to trillions in AIG debt?

AIG-in-the-loop-filter: Just how is AIG going to deal with the trillions of toxic debt in their troubled divisions? Give me the possible scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to start on a demography paper?

paper filter: I'm doing a paper on information technology's effect on population growth/migration. Where do I start?! [more inside]
posted by dunderwood at 4:07 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I start a local, open-to-the-public film society?

What is required to start and run a film society that stages periodic, open-to-the-public screenings of classic, obscure and indie films in one's own town? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 3:53 PM PST - 15 comments

where's the dog ma?

Help me understand Quine's Two Dogmas of Empiricism. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 3:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Maple glazed salmon recipe?

I need help making maple glazed broiled salmon. [more inside]
posted by cda at 3:46 PM PST - 10 comments

It works for 99% of our visiters

I made what I think is a great website for my company using Microsoft FrontPage. However, I have received a few complaints about accessibility and am wondering how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Real Time with Bill Maher Tickets

How do I get tickets to be in the audience for Real Time with Bill Maher?
posted by shortbooks at 3:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Friendship Breakup

Two months ago, I ended a friendship of 8 years. Romantic break ups are common place, but I only thought that an official friendship break up could happen on Seinfeld. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 PM PST - 46 comments

Help me mouse from the couch.

Recommend a wireless mouse with a good range. [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 3:09 PM PST - 10 comments

When and how did you decide it was time to try heavy-duty meds?

Treatment-resistant depression: When and how did you decide it was time to try the heavy-duty stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

What is this vintage cable smell?

What's that stinky smell that old audio cables have? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me ID the saint this statue represents, please.

I came across this shrine in Arizona. The statue on the left (decapitated, though the head is still present and can be seen in the detail photo) is the only one I can't identify, not being too familiar with Catholicism and Latin American folk practices. Can anyone tell me who (which saint?) this is? Here's an image of the entire shrine; and here's some detail. (Click on "all sizes" above the image for a larger view.) Thanks (comments on the shrine are welcome, as well.)
posted by soulbarn at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Cupcake Pink

How do I keep hot pink hair (dyed with Special Effects Cupcake Pink) from staining very light blonde hair? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I post this Photodex slideshow onto our website?

How do I post this Photodex slideshow onto our website? [more inside]
posted by jus7brea7he at 1:57 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the best bet for a novice underwater photographer?

What kind of options are available for someone wanting to try out underwater photography? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Clearance, Clarence

I have to get a security clearance for my internship at a national lab this summer. I am fairly clueless as to a couple of things. [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx at 1:27 PM PST - 22 comments

+ Hair Tool - Frizz

What's the best hairbrush for thick, frizzy, wavy white girl hair? [more inside]
posted by saturnine at 1:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Fungal lovin', havin' a blast...

What are your most flavorful and amazing recipes for a wild mushroom pasta or saute? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 1:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Gotsta Get to Charlestown. Starting in Somerville.

Somerville-Charlestown filter: I'm going to school in Charlestown (at the Navy Yard) and would like to live in either Inman or Davis. How would I get to school via public transportation? Which neighborhoods would be most convenient? There's a possibility of Union Square and also some places I know of in Jamaica Plain too. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the name of this 1980-something animated film?

Help me find the name of this animated story from my childhood! Love, war, myths and a giant pink soul-blimp.... More details inside. [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine at 12:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Happy Law Career

Lawyer-filter: Path to becoming a happy, fulfilled, (potentially) well-compensated lawyer? Thoughts and/or to keep in mind for an incoming 1L? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 12:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Too many balls, what to do?

What are some interesting or useful things I can do with about 100 golf balls? [more inside]
posted by deepscene at 12:28 PM PST - 20 comments

What is a reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant account to accept credit cards online?

What are some reputable, low-cost, non-PayPal merchant accounts that enable you to accept credit cards online? Extra credit question: what are the best designed and lowest cost Web store options? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 12:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me diagnose source of pain in shoulder and back.

What is the most thorough and effective test, or series of tests, I can go through in order to determine exactly what is wrong with my lower back and shoulder? [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a copy of the Great Compassion Mantra in book form.

Looking for a copy of the Great Compassion Mantra in book form. [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output.

Alternatives to the mainstream scientific method that have generated real, practical output. [more inside]
posted by ajp at 11:47 AM PST - 27 comments

NYC Physical Therapist

NYC doctor filter: physical therapist or appropriate doctor for carpal tunnel symptoms? [more inside]
posted by jckll at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

good stories make good neighbors?

Please help me remember this little zen-like "life-is-what-you-make-it" story about moving to a new neighborhood. [more inside]