March 2010 Archives

March 31

What are the best resources for learning Hindi?

I'd Like to learn written and spoken Hindi starting form square 1. What are the best resources, particularly Web-based resources for doing that? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 11:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Facebook Quandry

What is the best resolution and format to upload a video to Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 10:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Is a mature-age apprenticeship a good career move?

I'm interested in advice about changing career in one's thirties: specifically, learning a trade. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:57 PM PST - 13 comments

This was easier in the 80s...

What should I know about the legality of sending a USB mixtape across international borders? Will sending 20 great songs to a dear friend get me or them in trouble? Can I do anything else to cover my ass? Assume both origin and destination are developed, non-US countries.
posted by anonymous at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Baby chicks won't work either.

What wonderful things for grownups can be hidden inside standard plastic Easter eggs? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 9:30 PM PST - 24 comments

How do lawyers handle mundane contracts in their personal lives?

If you're an attorney, I'm curious how you handle all the mundane contracts (such as Web site terms of service or software licenses) with which people are expected to comply these days? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 9:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Narita to Shimbashi Station, After 10pm?

Tokyo Travel: I am arriving at Narita at 9:30pm Saturday night, with reservations at a hotel near Shimbashi Station that evening. Is this trip possible? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Good idea, bad idea?

Am I over-thinking this, or will attending grad school at a CSU (California State University) hinder further career goals? Help me eliminate one more thing from my grad-application-frazzled mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Posters? Do I include bubble letters too?

Poster presentation outside of elementary school: help me be professional! Bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 8:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with sexual dysfunction with a partner

I have issues having intercourse with my partner. Everything starts out, and erect. Foreplay is no problem, but I have a tendency to start going limp during intercourse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

You make me want to be a better man.

What one change I can make in my life for one month will have the greatest positive effect? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 8:54 PM PST - 69 comments

Why is US health care bill affordable?

What reason is there to believe that the recently-passed health care bill is affordable for America? Sure, the CBO projects it to reduce deficits, but isn't it required to use possibly unrealistic legislative assumptions, like Medicare cuts that have never been implemented in the past? Given the incredible growth of Medicare and Social Security costs over the last decades, the powerful interests (like doctors) that may stand against harsh cost-cutting, and the US's aging but heavily-voting population -- what reason is there to believe this bill doesn't start up yet another fiscally irresponsible and politically untouchable entitlement program?
posted by shivohum at 8:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Good, neutral, career aptitude tests?

Good, neutral, career aptitude tests? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I move for a change of venue?

Is transferring to a different law school after 1L a good idea, or a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the Tea Party all about?

What is this Tea Party thing I keep hearing so much about? [more inside]
posted by Philby at 7:55 PM PST - 34 comments

What to photograph in North Carolina this weekend?

I am looking for interesting places to photograph in the Durham, North Carolina area. I'm into old architecture, specifically places where I might be able to ask people to pose. (I prefer pictures with people and go around Toronto asking people's permission). I have a car and be there from Friday noon to until Sunday evening. Thanks!
posted by rooster416 at 7:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Mark Bittman made it look so easy!

Breadfilter: Help me troubleshoot my loaf and expand my bread baking repertoire. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 7:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Oy! I don't want to be a shlemiel in front of my mishpocha

What vegetarian main dish should I make for a seder tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

4 months to kill on Toronto?

I am an Australian who will be living in Toronto for 4 months later this year, as my partner is studying there for 1 semester. I am post 31 so can't get a travel/work visa. So I'm looking for suggestions on how could use my 4 months there? [more inside]
posted by JohnBlaze at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Spanish-language Easter vigil in VA/DC

VirginiaFilter: Where in Virginia can I find a midnight Easter vigil service... in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by math at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What mid-sized corporations do you think have ugly logos?

What mid-sized corporations do you think have ugly logos? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 7:38 PM PST - 25 comments

Good documentaries about South America in Spanish?

What are some excellent documentaries (especially "non-traditional") about South America? Ideally in Spanish. [more inside]
posted by wooh at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend some DS games?

Can you recommend some Nintendo DS games for me? I love Animal Crossing and the Harvest Moon games. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 6:48 PM PST - 24 comments

We made it to Portland with the baby - now what?

PortlandFilter: Flying to PDX from May 29-Jun 3 with a 16 month old. Any suggestions for kid-friendly fun? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 6:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Where are all the sick people?

How do I get a part-time job (nights and/or weekends) in health care could I seek considering that I have no clinical experience and a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Spending my high-value Canadian dollars

Thinking about doing some cross-border shopping in Buffalo this weekend (from Toronto). What kind of traffic can I expect, and what other tips should a first-timer know? [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help replace tobacco with another break-taking stimulant-type thing.

I've quit smoking, but I miss the periodic (5-15 times/day) neurochemical "hit" -- as well as the break-taking-ritual aspects -- of having a cig. What are my options? (Answers should be less unhealthy than smoking, but don't necessarily have to be "safe as milk"). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 35 comments

What are the best practices for investing for a non profit?

What are the best practices for investing for a non profit? Details about this particular situation inside. [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Changing my mind--too late?

I was offered a dream job eight months ago that I turned down due to situational factors at the time. Those factors have changed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there any point in bringing up being underpaid in today's tough budgetary and economic climate?

I'm work at a California university, and I'm seriously underpaid. Is there any point in bringing this up in today's tough budgetary and economic climate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Rock is Dead, Long Live Rock

Alternatives to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 4:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Storing my fotos

I recently bought a new 1TB external hard drive to store my microscopy images. What is the best way to partition and index the drive so that I can easily store and access thousands of images? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Not quite what I'd call a "Mixer"...

I need another word for "Alchemy" for a fantasy setting. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 4:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Silly math Q

Dumb math question: is there any useful relationship between numbers a, b, and the function a*(a/b)?
posted by xmutex at 3:55 PM PST - 11 comments

UK law conversion mid-career via GDL?

CareerChangeFilter: Anyone have experience of graduate conversion to law mid-career in the UK? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 3:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Good overall book on the PC?

I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Molotov bartender?

Why did some schmuck attempt to open the gas tank of my parked car? [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal at 3:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Your wrong! No, you're wrong!

Spelling in protest signs - is there a liberal / conservative divide? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 3:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Ow; stop that. No wait; please don't.

Sexfilter: I'm okay with this, but what does it mean that I love it when Mr. Anon pulls my hair during sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments


Thank you so much for getting me to seek therapy. You're the best. Now I need more help, because I don't know if the therapy is working. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Babies and Bathwater

Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 2:48 PM PST - 22 comments

A thrilling question about furnace and ductwork replacement

Getting a new furnace with a side order of asbestos abatement funtimes! Do we need new ductwork too? [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Reading Old Comics

How do you reread comics that are part of a large shared universe? [more inside]
posted by davextreme at 2:25 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the top 20 most visited video game news websites?

What are the top 20 most visited video game news websites? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I borrow a cup of sugar? Or a fondue pot?

Is there anything similar to freecycle or craigslist for items one wants to borrow and return? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

We always forget the Thundering Herd!

Help me find the answer sheet to my family's favorite game of 'name all the teams, their mascots and college city in the Pac-10, ACC, SWAC, etc'. Looking for something graphical. [more inside]
posted by shew at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Source Scandinavian Design Magazines.

I love Nordic home design. I'd like to subscribe to some Swedish home decorating magazines, but there is the language barrier on the magazine websites. Needless to say I cannot read any Scandinavian language, and the sites do not have an English option. I'm not even certain they'll do foreign subscriptions. I've yet to find a US magazine that has total Nordic design as its focus. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Can a genealogy site display personal info without my permission?

Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

There...Are...THREE...Lights! (hopefully)

I have three big, lightweight, plastic spheres, and want to turn them into a three-light swag-type fixture. It would be cool to have all three controlled by one switch (kinda like a three-way floor lamp). Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I expect after an abortion?

Someone close to me will be undergoing an abortion in about a week. My role will be to support her during and afterward. We don't know yet whether it will be the medical (plan B pill) or surgical procedure. What kind of physical and emotional side effects can we expect to deal with? Can anyone who has gone through this offer advice or wisdom? The patient is 18 years old, athletic, and otherwise in good health.
posted by leafeater at 1:34 PM PST - 30 comments

Largest slums in the Americas?

This Flickr blog post about the project to map Kibera (perhaps the largest slum in Africa) has left me thinking: what is the largest slum in the Americas? In North America? In the United States? [more inside]
posted by komara at 1:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Shoes full of sand; please advise

Flipflops, how does one wear them? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile at 12:50 PM PST - 48 comments

Where should we go for dinner in Austin, TX?

Austin, TX dining: What would be a good restaurant for four friends celebrating a birthday this weekend? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 12:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Screenshots in powerpoint don't render

When I take screenshots on my mac and paste them into a power point presentation I can see them, but anyone I send the ppt to gets no pictures, just a quicktime decompressor message. Images do render to a pdf. This never used to happen to me on my last powerbook. Are there settings that I can change? Thanks
posted by cg1 at 12:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse?

Animal cruelty bothers me way more than it should. Is this related to my childhood sexual abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 AM PST - 37 comments

I am doing European electric in America! Or am I?

I am trying to install a lighting fixture. It is 240v. I am in America. And also what is this electrical wiring weirdness coming from my ceiling that I am hooking it up to? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

mystical psych art

I'm looking for minimalist, psychedelic pop art with mystical or ambiguous symbols/iconography. Something a bit hypnagogic like this. I also prefer a simple black-and-white or muted approach rather than the garish colors and wavy lines associated with much of 60's psychedelic stuff, though I'm not necessarily opposed to that. Links to images encouraged. Thanks!
posted by naju at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Hiking around Lake Mead

Hiking around Lake Mead, looking for advice on trails. [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 11:42 AM PST - 1 comment

An Education Cleavage?

I'm looking for studies about educational attainment as a predictor for party choice in US Presidential Elections. [more inside]
posted by robinhoudt at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

My grandpa passed on. This is some of his stuff!

My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 10:52 AM PST - 21 comments

So how do I do this...?

I need advice finding something to do this weekend in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments


Manhattan Mad Men Tour: Fellow I know coming into town is a huge Mad Men buff. I'd like to show him around places that evoke the show's era and style. What places are like the Campbell apartment, the Pierre, the Oak Room, and such? Is it even possible to do it on a budget? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Long-term use of Lamictal?

How long can I stay on Lamictal? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 10:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates?

Do changes in thermohaline circulation have immediate impact on regional climates? [more inside]
posted by melatonic at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to go for professional digital imaging services in Canada?

Professional photographers in Canada: looking for Canadian based digital imaging lab with services similar to White House Custom Color? [more inside]
posted by mushroom_tattoo at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Please explain the zombie fad.

Where and when did all this zombie silliness start? Why?
posted by space_cookie at 10:10 AM PST - 44 comments

Help me find out where my food comes from & how it's disposed when living in Europe.

I'm having a hard time finding information about the agriculture and trash systems & practices in Europe. Basically I'd like to know where my food comes from and how waste is disposed of when living there. When I pick up a piece of produce from Portugal, I want to understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

No True Scotsman punches an American in the face.

A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 9:51 AM PST - 48 comments

Picking a Perfect Final 4

What % of NCAA tourney brackets entered correctly picked the remaining teams that currently make up the Final 4? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Roadtrip Recommendations

Roadtrip filter: Recommendations for things to see, places to eat, cheap but nice places to stay for a US roadtrip - Itinerary follows... [more inside]
posted by jammy at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

What goes in a good PC these days?

Building a computer: help me put together a shopping list. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

How to balance a PhD waitilist with PhD acceptance?

How do I balance my waitlisting to a wonderful PhD program with not messing up my acceptance to a great PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 13 comments

How to be more positive

I have a bad attitude. Help me change. (this might get long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 14 comments

We're On Our Way, but Don't Know Where We're Going

What are some great work abroad opportunities for two friends not looking to settle down yet? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

palettes for colorful speech

I need short, generic readings designed to model the diction, cadence, and inflection (and to a smaller extent the demeanor/character) of the speaker so that I can record demo clips to use in my voice-over portfolio. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 8:35 AM PST - 3 comments

If God is in the details, is a bus tour heaven

What is the best way of getting to the Farnsworth House while staying Chicago? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

How to prep a BlackBerry for sale?

How to prepare a Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 for sale on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by de void at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

How'd he do that??

How exactly does Steve Manns latest HMD work? [more inside]
posted by GhostChe at 7:59 AM PST - 1 comment

Tastes Like... Outer Mongolia?

We're not in the beef jerky aisle at 7-11 anymore, Toto: tell me about foods from other cultures which are difficult for the American/Western palate to "translate". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:52 AM PST - 63 comments

Awesome book for teen boy

A friend's son is turning 17 this week - what mindblowing book could I get him? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Key differences between Apple and Microsoft's UI guidelines?

I'm preparing a talk for my design studio on the key differences between Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and Microsoft's Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines. Looking for any resources. [more inside]
posted by jragon at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Marry or break up?

Marry or break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 84 comments

Coffee Table Book o Maps

CoffeeTableBookFilter: Anyone know of a book full of maps, particularly if those maps show the changing borders of countries in various time periods? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 7:23 AM PST - 4 comments

I need ideas for a class of 1st & 2nd graders who literally don't speak my language.

I need ideas to keep a class of 10-15 1st & 2nd graders occupied. The catch? We don't speak the same language and there isn't a translator. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Bulk HTML Emailer for Mac

What's a good bulk emailer for Mac? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

But I don't want to be flat!

Help me develop my pectorals! [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 7:00 AM PST - 37 comments

cheap storage in Paris

Small-scale, short-term, reasonably-priced storage in Paris. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 6:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Bonus points for using the phrase "redd up"

Looking for songs that reference Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 6:54 AM PST - 32 comments

Using Taxicabs and the Subway in NYC

Using the subway and taxicabs in NYC without looking like a rube. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 5:57 AM PST - 73 comments

What are these two men wearing?

What specific items of clothing are these two 19th century men wearing? Is there a name for that style of hat, those styles of trousers, etc? If you happen to know the exact name for those precise styles, that's great-- but if not, even general terms that would help me describe them would be great. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 5:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Financial impacts of moving to China

Asking for a friend: Financial considerations of moving to China and being paid in renminbi? (originally from Britain) [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:49 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows?

How can I organise a huge number of disorganised files in windows? [more inside]
posted by Stuartsjaw at 4:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me not to offend people

Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
posted by cromagnon at 4:07 AM PST - 14 comments

That's crate

I currently store bedroom things in one of these. I'd prefer something like one of these. Where can I find some attractive storage crates to make what is on show by necessity look nicer? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I have to return this present?

EtiquetteFilter: A business partner's wife handed me a gift for my wife on my latest visit. Said business partner is from (and lives in) the Middle East, same goes for his wife. Their family background is muslim, though they are not really practicing it. I hardly know his wife (met her only twice) and both of them don't know my wife at all. What is the meaning of such a present? Should we give her a present in return? If so, should it be more or less costly than the one for my wife (they are wealthy, far more than I am).
posted by cronholio at 2:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Making Chrome work with custom TLD

How do I make Chrome work with my company's intranet? [more inside]
posted by arcticbluejay at 2:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Interested in Database Administration--Any Advice?

Wondering how feasible it is to become a database administrator when I'm in my mid-30s, even though my IT skills are pretty minimal. [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 2:08 AM PST - 10 comments

I already have a surname, thanks

Is it considered very unusual in the US for people to keep their own surnames when they get married? Does this lead to misunderstandings or problems in everyday life, or is it totally OK/commonly accepted for wife and husband to have different surnames? [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 1:32 AM PST - 60 comments

Instructions needed: neck pillow

A silly question, but how do I use those U-shaped neck pillows? I know I'm supposed to put the wider part (bottom of "U") behind my neck, but this pushes my chin down and as I have no support for it on the front (top of "U"), my neck hurts even more than if I just let my head loll around. [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 1:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Why can't I get a smallpox vaccine even at my own expense?

Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to members of the public on a voluntary basis in the US? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:56 AM PST - 29 comments

March 30

Should my friend get an MBA?

Should I get an MBA? (Posting for a friend) [more inside]
posted by metametababe at 11:22 PM PST - 13 comments

My 10-year-old wants to blog

How do I help my 10-year-old blog safely? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 11:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How to insert a link into a blog without the blog changing it?

How can I add a non-traditional (non-website) link to a blog post/template without the link being changed upon saving? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 10:24 PM PST - 6 comments

forced to change job title

Should I fight an attempt to change my job title? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for cello instructor in Los Angeles

Looking for a cello teacher in Los Angeles for a beginner. Or is there a string instrument instructor you know who might recommend a cello instructor or a cello player who might want to earn a few bucks, or bargain his or her time? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 9:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find a good therapist in Toronto?

I'm in Toronto and having an, err, identity crisis, coupled with feelings of anxiety and depression about my life. Does anyone have any recommendations for a therapist who would be good at dealing with these issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM PST - 4 comments

People, they just ain't no good

Book suggestions! Looking for fiction that features people a) being Done Wrong and b) dealing with that and moving on with their lives again afterwards. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 PM PST - 22 comments

DVD drive is selective about what disks it runs into

Windows 7 refuses to read commercial data dvds, plays movies fine, loads CDs fine, but chokes on pre-written disks. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my need-for-the-rest-of-my-lifetime prescription filled?

I had all but a sliver of my thyroid removed in May 2007, when I was 20. I was under my dad's fantastic health insurance then. Since then, my dad has been laid off, and my health insurance through my work will not pay for anything until I've met a $2000 cap. I didn't make an appointment with my specialist for nearly two years, so he refused to fill my prescription for levothyroxine. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Freedom of Speech. Yeah, just watch what you say.

I have been asked to write for a website that deals primarily with first amendment issues. Help me add sites to my RSS feed and find mailing lists that will give me things to write about! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Us Brainstorm A Job Title

Help me brainstorm a new job title. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 7:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me with Travel to Japan, please!

Please help me understand travel to Japan [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me start another hobby

Noob looking to start kayaking. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Newbie Mom. Jaded daughter.

I need some interesting internet destinations for my mom. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 7:25 PM PST - 36 comments

Abused bike needs help.

I have a motorcycle that's been stored outside for a year and I'd like to get it running. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments

I could make soured milk myself...

How can I ensure I get good quality yogurt from my yogurt maker? Plus, what cakes would you recommend for Easter? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Unusual locations for studio recordings

Which pop and rock music studio recordings were performed in unusual and unexpected locations? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 5:55 PM PST - 56 comments

Novels about English Village Life

I'm making a reading list and I'm looking for some novels about English village life. What I have so far you can view here. Any suggestions of books and authors I may have missed? I am looking for fiction that is in print and more than likely available at most public libraries in the states. [more inside]
posted by zzazazz at 5:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Where to find legitimate sex partners online

What is the most reliable site for strictly finding sexual partners? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 4:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Pranks for kids: pull my finger doesn't count...

Innocuous April Fool's pranks for a young kid (5) to play, and to be played on him? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 4:25 PM PST - 39 comments

How busy is Coyote Gulch in late June?

Does anyone know how busy Coyote Gulch would be in late June (say, in people per day)? Or how busy the Escalante backcountry area in general would be? Or alternately, is there a message board for people to talk about the Escalante area, like there is for Death Valley?
posted by Dr. Send at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I list this job in my resume?

I am a 13 year IT professional who was laid off from my job back in early 2008. After months of unsuccessful job hunting, I did the stay-at-home-dad thing for over a year before I landed a job as an office manager at a small store. (well cashier, but I also do light book-keeping, fix the computers, do the payroll, AP, AR, etc...) With the economy (hopefully) picking up, I want to update my resume and get aggressive about job hunting again, but am hesitant to put this job in my resume. Will this hurt or help? Your thoughts are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Translate the Dublin Bus System into Manhattanese, please!

Please explain the Dublin bus system to me. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a reputable motorcycle mechanic in WNY

Hey, motorcyclists! Anyone around Western New York care to recommend me a repair shop? [more inside]
posted by Jinkeez at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Four days in Santiago. A motley crew of travelers.

Looking for hostel/hotel and activity recommendations in Santiago, Chile in May. [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 3:08 PM PST - 1 comment

Irish Dougie

(Irish Pronunciation) Dougie. The name. As pronounced in Ireland, specifically.
posted by coffeefilter at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Single female. Los Angeles. How do I do this?

How and where does a chick in her late twenties meet guys in Los Angeles? I'm single for the first time in eons, and I'm just starting to come out of my shy shell, too. I'm looking forward to the casual dating scene, except I'm clueless as to where to go (and what to do)! I *don't* want to try anything internet-related (not even meetups) this time. The internet's always been a crutch for me, and I want to overcome that. I will sometimes be with other friends, but sometimes I'm going to be on my own. Which I'm excited about! ...but a total n00b. Help me figure out where to go and how to attract some attention without desperately clinging to a friend's arm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Body language---cupping hands under another's elbows?

body language--placing hands under another's elbows [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 38 comments

Whither buskers in the iPod world?

Has the proliferation of MP3 players/other personal music devices had a negative impact on buskers? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 2:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How to defog the windows without air-conditioning?

How do I de-fog my windshield without air-conditioning on a cold, rainy day? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 2:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Daring Fireballesq.

Is the Daring Fireball style of linking possible on a self hosted WordPress blog and if so how easy is it to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

And he's going to be my wife

I want to propose to my male significant other. What should I do, and what should I give him? [more inside]
posted by audacity at 2:07 PM PST - 48 comments

Shine on, little bulb

Is the light bulb in the microwave different than the ones in our lamps? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Because apples just leave me feeling hungry.

What low-calorie foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, do you find most filling? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 1:38 PM PST - 38 comments

Moving the database

How can I move an MS Access file to another PC? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 1:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Less Ovaltine, please :(

I've spilled chocolate milk all over my power strip (with surge protector). What to do? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

what to do in Fargo / Minneapolis?

Mr. Koko and I are in Winnipeg, and like to take little weekend trips to anyplace within a day's drive. Neither of us have explored Fargo or Minneapolis, so I thought we'd hit both in one long weekend. I'm looking for one or two highlights for each place. [more inside]
posted by Koko at 1:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Microwave - (turntable tray + wheels) = Fine long term?

This is likely a dumb question. :) But I have this little microwave. Both the glass turntable and the plastic wheel thing are broken. The microwave itself works fine and heats things up. Short of dripping stuff down into the motor enclosure where the wheel+turntable would normally sit, can I use this microwave normally long-term with no worries? I'm assuming that the only difference is the food would be unevenly heated (I could manually turn), but I just wanted to make sure the turntable motor business wasn't connected to anything else. Replacements would cost more than the microwave at this point.
posted by Ky at 1:17 PM PST - 7 comments

A little Luther Vandross, some Erikah Badu and "PICK UP MILK. ALSO CONDOMS"

Is there any way to sync my voice notes with my iphone that doesn't involve them ending up in my music section? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way that I can find out approximately how many 1st generation iPhones are still in service?

Is there a way that I can find out approximately how many 1st generation iPhones are still in service?
posted by bradn at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Mama is a rolling stone

Help me find a AA or AAA battery powered MP3 player for my Mom [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 12:39 PM PST - 18 comments

These little things are really starting to bug us.

We think we have carpet beetles! Help! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Will I be able to play the violin afterwards?

YANMD I just had a weird faint-y, nauseated episode. Care to speculate? I'm invited to a Seder this evening, and don't want to go if I'm contagious. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 12:14 PM PST - 28 comments

hook me up.

what is a fair price for a used macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 12:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Ideas for a fun date in Cleveland, April 11-13?

If anyone lives in Cleveland, I'd like hear your suggestions for a fun date. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Need to get to LA on time

FogFilter. Flying SFO to LAX on Monday morning (April 5) on United -- if I really need to get to LAX on time should I buy another ticket on Southwest out of OAK? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Why do people become dentists?

Why do people become dentists? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 11:39 AM PST - 69 comments

How to Shorten a Dress in Denver

Recommendations for a tailor/seamstress/alterations expert in Denver for a formal gown? [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep at 11:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find relief!

Does anyone know where I can find Nick Relief, a product which helps stanch shaving cuts, in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

by invitation only

Having an outdoor wedding in Bay City Michigan the end of June and I am wondering if anyone knows of an effective and safe way to eliminate mosquitoes from the area for several hours? I really want to be sure no pets, people or the environment itself are toxic, I just want the nasty blood suckers to leave myself and the guests alone!
posted by gypseefire at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

The weather's nice and I need new clothes

Chicago Thrift stores: Ones that have a nice selection that don't charge $75 for a used t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

How can we fight against the "1984" version of the internet?

Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
posted by simpleblob at 10:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Why don't characters ever make mistakes?

Are there any examples of television/movie scenes where simple non-plot-related mistakes are made intentionally? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:48 AM PST - 56 comments

Don't kid me, I know you're a pharmacy

Why would a new CVS have to keep only the word "pharmacy" covered during construction? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 10:42 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the opposite of a "mommy blog"?

Help this special snowflake find some witty, urbane blogs? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 10:41 AM PST - 20 comments

Networking - What am I missing?

I think networking is the missing element to my rather unsuccessful job search effort. Any suggestions as to how I could grow my network usefully? How much about "networking" is hype? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Sanity for Dummies. I'm the dummy.

I'm concerned about my fiancée's mental health. I don't know much about this stuff. Help! Novel-length details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 48 comments

Can anyone tell me why we say "roast chicken" instead of "roasted chicken" and then turn around and say "roasted vegetables"?

Can anyone tell me why we say "roast chicken" instead of "roasted chicken" and then turn around and say "roasted vegetables"?
posted by markcmyers at 10:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Sugar syrup cleanup?

Domestically incompetent + pure sugar cane syrup all. over. kitchen. floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by goodnight moon at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

When to get a new plan under Obamacare?

Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Strategies for geo-strategy?

Monitor 360 does the kind of work I'd like to do. Help me find similar companies. [more inside]
posted by kjars at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Texas school quality in the last few decades?

In a general sense, when did Texas public schools last perform in the top half of the 50 states? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

I am tired of simple math to determine the time, make it simple, gmail!

Why will my GMail timestamp not change to reflect current timezone? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Inspirational Twitters

Who do you follow on twitter that are motivational/inspirational? I am looking at Tony Robbins already.
posted by Wong Fei-hung at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Day Trip from Barcelona

Should we take a day trip to Montserrat or Carcassonne while visiting Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by emilyv at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Price gun filter?

Price gun filter? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

So close to Miami, yet so far

I hate region specific questions but -- A place for techno/dance/house music in Tampa, FL? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Thanks for the generous favor

How to thank parents-in-law for a gigantic, monumental favor (of a financial nature) they've done for us? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Windows 7 desktop gizmo reveals annoying escalating RAM demands.

Windows 7 paranoia: the desktop CPU/RAM clock doohickey is now the central preoccupation of my life. But I'd like to know why does my RAM usage continually creep upwards? [more inside]
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Trying to ID some old hockey memorabilia

I am wondering about the origins of these 1960s NHL vignette photo card things. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Holiday with mum - aaaaaaahhhhh!

How do I spend a week with my mother without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 8:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Design By Committee Always Works

Looking to make the best trail mix possible. List one or two ingredients that you love in trail mix, and one or two you hate. Will name this trail mix 'hive mind mix' based on you're replies and will re-post with how it tastes.
posted by parallax7d at 8:09 AM PST - 98 comments

Running in Vibram FiveFingers

A question about experience with Vibram FiveFingers and other minimalist running shoes. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 8:09 AM PST - 16 comments

recommend positive books

Too broad, but oh well-- Please recommend clean, uplifting, life-affirming, feel-good books, nearly any genre. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 8:00 AM PST - 30 comments

Are semi-frozen foods in grocery stores safe?

Should I be concerned about frozen prepared foods that don't seem all that frozen in the grocery store? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a cheap, portable dual n-back game?

Is there a cheap, portable dual n-back (brain training) game? Would consider a phone. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Pushpins won't work

Is there an online map tool for identifying a central location? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with severe post acne mark?

I have a really big red mark leftover from acne, and it won't go away. What's the best way to treat it? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Eligible for unemployment?

Am I in my rights to file for unemployment? Recently laid off but promised of a "transfer" to a different job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I take this job?

Moral dilemma: Should I take this job, considering I might turn around and leave for something better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

How will HCR affect the VA?

How will the recent US healthcare reforms affect the VA hospital system? Will vets be more or less likely to seek treatment at the VA? Will the VA see an overall increase or decrease in number of patients treated? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Brahmins and Lockjaw

What are prevalent upper-class social markers of speech in the US (if any)? I'm from continental Western Europe; the Netherlands. I asked my US girlfriend what upper class speech markers exist in the US. Because in NL I can place people quite quickly as coming from a specific upper class or lower class background just by hearing the way they speak. She said that that doesn't exist in the same way in the US. I find that hard to believe. Do you notice social markers of speech in your surroundings? And can you give examples? Maybe even youtube fragments? [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 7:09 AM PST - 87 comments

Want Martin to Arrive in One Piece!

Flying With a Guitar? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 6:52 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get out stain or marks on sidewalk?

How do you get reddish brown marks off sidewalk caused from the snowblower scraping along the concrete? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 6:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Like a goldfish in a bowl...

Window hardware and curtain suggestions for a 12ft opening? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond at 6:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Give me some hardcore science pr0n

Help me find hardcore science podcasts. I am a well-informed layman who likes reading about science issues above my head. Are there any hardcore science podcasts out there for me? NPR's Science Friday, Nature, and Science podcasts are all way, way too dumbed down. I want something really meaty I can listen to on the train and just barely be able to follow what they're saying, and maybe look up stuff on the web to actually learn something new. In other words, podcasts for science specialists by science specialists.
posted by zachawry at 6:35 AM PST - 18 comments

My employer is going to pay me $5,000/year to go to school. Help me figure out my next move.

My employer is going to pay me $5,000/year to go to school. Help me figure out my next move. [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

What's going on in the Channel 4 News titles?

What's with the weird barcode thing in the opening titles of Channel 4 news? [more inside]
posted by public at 3:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Help my short-sighted mind's eye.

I am attempting to identify the artist and time period of a specific painting. Vague (and possibly unhelpful) details inside- any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 12:11 AM PST - 8 comments

March 29

There will always be a moon over Marin?

I've always wondered about the lyrics to the Dead Kennedys' song "Moon Over Marin". It seems like one would have had to have lived in California in the late 70s-early 80s to get all the references in the song, so I'm hoping someone who did can explain them. [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 11:15 PM PST - 18 comments


I am thinking about having some microdermabrasion treatments. I do not have scars, just some stubborn mila and mild rosacea. I have done research but am getting confused with all the choices and methods. I am in the LA area, so have a big selection of Med-Spas where the treatments are given by an RN or LVN. What is the difference between SmartPeel or Vibraderm or a SilkPeel, or...they go on and on. Does anyone have any direct experience with the various methods. Don't tell me to see my dermatologist, as Kaiser doesn't deal with optional aesthetic procedures. I use some prescription creams, Metronidazole works better than Retin A, for the rosacea.
posted by cosmicsister at 10:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Talking in public about a confidential building use

I am in a graduate college urban composition class, and I'm making a presentation, to about 45 people, about the history of a building over the years. I don't want to reveal what the building is currently used for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Hood she?

[DatingWardrobeFilter]: How casual is too casual? Hoodies acceptable on second date? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 PM PST - 83 comments

Looking for budgeting software with specific features

Help! I am SO confused about picking the right budgeting software. I am looking for a budgeting software but I have a lot of parameters. I have read the previous threads but it seems like nothing does exactly what I want it to do. Paramemters below. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 9:45 PM PST - 4 comments


Can anyone tell me what the deal is with 'red' Batman?
posted by Frasermoo at 9:11 PM PST - 5 comments

If only I could thematically search my brain.

What poem am I thinking of? (Warning: woefully inadequate clues inside.) [more inside]
posted by ardent at 9:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Mobile broadband recommendations?

Mobile broadband recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse at 9:07 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm willing to pay the cost to selectively defrost

Is there any way I can freeze part of a chicken but not the rest? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 8:06 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking for "badges" from other environmental groups to put on my group's Facebook page.

I'm looking for "badges" from other environmental groups to put on my group's Facebook page. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 7:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Get into OS X account without password and without killing the keychain?

I would like to get root access on a Macbook Air running Mac OS X 10.5.8. Bonus points - without nuking the existing keychain. [more inside]
posted by zippy at 7:31 PM PST - 31 comments

help me install my monitor sans cd

I just bought this LG monitor, and after I got it home and unpacked it I realized it (of course!) came with an installation CD. Problem: I'm using it with my netbook, which doesn't have a CD drive. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 7:08 PM PST - 12 comments

If I had a nickel for every parent... I'd have $0.20!

My life is complicated and so are my wedding invitations. Help me word this thing, please! [more inside]
posted by hooper4 at 7:03 PM PST - 25 comments

What play is this darkly comic scene from?

TheatreFilter: Help me identify the play that this morbid, dark, hilarious scene I saw came from. [more inside]
posted by iktomi at 6:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Frame my ethical dilemma.

Responsible science filter: Social sciences + military = bad? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 6:40 PM PST - 15 comments

What blogs/books should I read before creating an archival database?

I'm making an archival database (in Excel) with about 10,000 rows and 6-7 columns for each row. I'm doing this so the information will be easy to cross-reference and search. I've never done anything like this before and am looking for books, blogs, etc. for tips, suggestions, and anything that will make my life and this project easier.
posted by melodykramer at 6:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Unintended Discontinuation Syndrome...thanks doc!

Moved Northeast from Southeast back in January. Realized last week, I still hadn't found a pdoc to refill my prescriptions. Ends up that my Venlafaxine had no more refills. [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 6:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that male/female duet country tune

Can you help me identify the country-ish/folky song in my head? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 6:33 PM PST - 5 comments


OddballPlaylistFilter: I'd like to make a playlist of songs that use a specific musical allusion -- the single repeating note doot-do-doot-doot-doot-do-doot that represents "signal transmission." But I can only think of two examples. [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault at 6:15 PM PST - 38 comments

Republic's Plato or Linus' Dutchi in Chicago?

Where in Chicago can I test ride a Plato by Republic Bikes or a Dutchi by Linus Bikes? Barring that, can anyone A) swear up and down they are not suited for a very short girl so I can stop dreaming or B) suggest similar smaller-framed Dutch single-speeds? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Tele + trem = ?

I have a nice Telecaster. Trouble is, I like making surf sounds. Would I ruin it by fitting a Bigsby or some other tremolo?
posted by scruss at 5:25 PM PST - 11 comments

If I were Scandiavian, what would my North Face be?

What are the major Scandinavian Mountaineering/Ski clothing companies out there? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 5:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Lord knows it wouldn't be the first time

Was I being a jerk/untoward with this girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 33 comments

Where to watch World Cup 2010 in Chicago this summer?

Looking for a friendly, preferably cozy, bar (or non-drinking establishment) in Chicago to watch World Cup 2010 games this summer. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Wisco72 at 5:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Hard Drive Stolen: How to tell if it was copied?

External hard drive stolen, then recovered. Can I tell if its contents were viewed/downloaded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Farty MBP...

Weird MacBook Pro behavior... It seems to fart when I move it. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 4:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Odor-free dry-erase markers

Are any dry-erase whiteboard markers genuinely odorless (or close)? [more inside]
posted by decagon at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the longest individual presidential time limits in the world?

What are the longest individual presidential term limits in the world? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

How can some medical students climb Kilimanjaro?

How can some students climb Kilimanjaro this summer, for a decent price? [more inside]
posted by senseigmg at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments

From NYC to Canada in less than a week

Is it possible to get a U.S. passport in less than a week? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 3:13 PM PST - 24 comments

Office drone to high school English teacher?

I hate my office job. I want to quit it and become a high school English teacher. Is that stupid? What would I have to do to get started if I live in NYC? What are the pros and cons of teaching high school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Doc, please help my achin' head

Do you think I could obtain a prescription for Marinol to treat my chronic migraine headaches? I am in NC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 13 comments

It doesn't hurt at first...

Sex = ouch! Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Help us get started camping and fishing!

What are great places to fish, boat and camp driving distance from central Maryland? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 2:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to get a digital perm in NY?

Where in New York can I get a digital perm? (preferably for less money) What exactly are the differences in results over a regular perm and are they really worth the cost? I am seeking more larger loose curls for Asian hair.
posted by pinksoftsoap at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

The Straight Poop

Body function filter: early potty training. If he can sit, he can poop there. Right? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom at 1:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Document preservation for home display?

How to preserve/display this old map in my home? [more inside]
posted by phisbe at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How can we keep sand from getting into our house?

We live across the street from the beach and are constantly losing the battle to keep sand out of the house. What are your tips and tricks for dealing with this problem?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Where are this robots from?

I am wondering what series or cartoon these plastic robot toys come from. They were bought to me when I was a child (that's the eighties). [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What killer APs ya got?

What APs would you recommend for an iPod Touch newbie? [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 12:53 PM PST - 18 comments

What sources for inspiration for courage can you think of?

What sources for inspiration for courage can you think of? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 12:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with Apple Aperture?

Help me learn why Aperture, or maybe it's os x, is showing me the wrong files? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Bulbs burn out

Why do my lightbulbs burn out so fast?! [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I improvise a power supply for a strange monitor?

Can I improvise a power supply for a mysterious LCD monitor? A sticker on the back gives the power requirements, but the plug type is strange. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Meatloaf night: As it was, is now, and ever shall be.

My wife and I have recently decided that we’ve had enough of the chemical laden, highly processed, "bad" foods our families have been eating for generations now. We're looking for healthy, family-friendly meal ideas that use fresh ingredients. Help us break the cycle of boxed dinners, frozen meals and drive-through take out. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 11:24 AM PST - 50 comments

Any tips for travel to Ethiopia?

I'm going on holiday to Ethiopia - specifically, Addis Abeba and some hiking in the Simien Mountains. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations? Whilst I am fairly well travelled, this is the poorest country I will have visited; is there anything I should look out for or anything I should take?
posted by handee at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

I've got an idea for a new instrument...

Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Grading the internet

How can I get a count of total misspelled words on a web page and a count of total words overall? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to eat?

Milwaukee restaurant recommendation time! Where to eat in the general area of the Pabst Theatre? [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Taller woman, shorter man

I'm a taller than average woman who is often asked out by shorter men. How can I stop being bothered by the height difference when dating? [more inside]
posted by mesha steele at 10:51 AM PST - 79 comments

Job Search

I need to find a job, but the odds are against me. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Is the Osage River the largest tributary of the Missouri River?

Does the Osage River contribute the largest volume of water of all the tributaries of the Missouri River?
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get along with my colleague

There is this one guy at work I'm having a hard time getting along with. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 10:01 AM PST - 22 comments

matrilineal descent for lesbian couples

queer-judaism filter: can't find an answer online: two moms, one jewish, the other not. how does traditional matrilineal descent apply to "lesbian" couples? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 9:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Freelancer's Union Insurance it good?

Anyone use Freelancer's Union insurance? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for a literary nonprofit looking to build earned income online

Help writers use the internet! Polling the hivemind for interesting business models to generate earned income for writers and literary arts nonprofits. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Is a prostate exam supposed to have long lasting effects?

Second time I've had a prostate exam, second time I've felt pain, soreness, and general differences for weeks and even months later. Are my doctors doing it wrong, or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 11 comments

I urgently need help in abandoning my doubt before it destroys a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

I know my anxiety to be a liar. I don't know how to shut it up. Please help me get a handle on it before it derails something amazing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Underwater but not drowning yet

We are $125k underwater in our mortgage. We are not currently in financial distress. Do we have any options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Intense cramps in early pregnancy?

What pains did you experience in early pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Full time job time job?

Third job interview - now I have to write a what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there rechargeable batteries that retain their charge over several days?

What types of rechargeable batteries will hold their charge over several days of non-use in a digital camera? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 8:13 AM PST - 23 comments

An aggregator that can also screen scrape?

RSS aggregators that can also scrape pages without feeds? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Need to find old-school pepperoni pizza in Boston/Southern NH!

Remember when pepperoni on pizza was thick and would curl up and collect it's own grease in a nice little meat bowl? I need to find a pizza place in the Boston or Southern NH area that still cooks their pizza that way. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 7:58 AM PST - 16 comments

And therein lies the game

I grow weary of hard games and/or games that require massive investment of time and energy for any payoff. Please recommend easy, casual video games for me. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Where do you get colorful inflatable furniture?

Where do you get colorful inflatable furniture? I used to have an entire lime green inflatable living room set, but I cannot find anything similar online now because the company that sold them (Bubble Furniture) seems to be "OUT" of absolutely everything.
posted by mortaddams at 7:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Downloading from itunes store without itunes?

Downloading from itunes store without itunes? [more inside]
posted by wile e at 7:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Are there any powered computer speakers (2.0) that are shielded from the dreaded snap-crackle-pop interference from GSM mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Do TV, radio and newspaper drive internet traffic?

A blog I run stands to get some exposure on television, on radio, and in the newspaper. It's all likely to happen in the next month or so. I'm a little skeptical about conventional media's ability to drive traffic to a web site, and I'd like to know if anyone has experience with what to expect. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 7:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Make your case statement.

Best case for a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 digital camera? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:11 AM PST - 0 comments

Hope for Foot Pain?

Foot_Pain_Filter:Has anyone successfully reversed foot pain? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 7:05 AM PST - 20 comments

What do we want? Brains! When do we want it? This weekend!

Does anyone know whether the zombie march from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge will be taking place this Sunday? If so, what time? I can't seem to find any information about it. Or, if you know any other zombie marches in/around Boston this weekend, I love to hear about them. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Paris in August?

How bad is travelling to Paris/France in August? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Does anyone know when the Australian Net-Filter legislation is to be put to the House of Reps?

Does anyone know when the Australian Net-Filter legislation is to be put to the House of Representatives? How long does it takes for them to debate it before they vote? Then when does it go before the senate? And how long does it take for the senate to debate and vote on it?
posted by tomargue at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

need help organizing spreadsheet

I need to organize a spreadsheet of log files into specific columns. The spreadsheet is a converted text column, each log file parses things differently, so column 'a' on one row can be userid, while column 'd' on row is the userid. I want to organize this spreadsheet, so that column a is userid for all logs. is there a specific excel formula or macro i should use, i was thinking: if cell contains userid, move to column 'x'. just not sure how to do this. - Tim
posted by fozzie33 at 5:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery sticker on candy packaging

What does this "sleepy level" sticker on my candy mean? [more inside]
posted by PontifexPrimus at 4:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Peachtree 10K Please!

(Atlanta filter) I'm trying get one of the entry forms for the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta this year. It was in last Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution (03/28/2010). [more inside]
posted by redtriskelion at 3:14 AM PST - 5 comments

I can handle the truth!

What's really in sausage? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 2:54 AM PST - 30 comments

lodging while roadtripping

My wife and i are going on a cross country road trip in just two weeks. Shall we book hotels in advance (thus bounded by all the check-in deadlines), or just "wing it" (thus may have to pay dearly for some last minute reservation)? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 12:10 AM PST - 30 comments

March 28

Best flyer mile program for frequent travel to Japan?

What is the best frequent-flyer mile program for someone who travels from the US to Japan at least once per year, and makes several trips within the US per year? [more inside]
posted by twblalock at 11:12 PM PST - 12 comments


What would we find on the bookshelves of Chris Morris? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:03 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to get pregnant. Should I start right away or wait?

Is there any danger in taking a two-week trip to Europe while being a month or two pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 PM PST - 24 comments

I can has websiet?

Web design firm recommendations in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 9:36 PM PST - 1 comment

DUI Lawyer Needed?

How important is it to get a DUI lawyer for a first possible DUI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I track RSS subscribers for a feed with parameters?

I have an RSS feed that takes parameters, something like I want to track subscribers for this feed. FeedBurner won't work, because it doesn't support this. Is there any service out there that does?
posted by zavulon at 8:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me understand the echoing voice in the Metro stations.

What is said at the beginning of this Washington DC Metro station announcement? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime?

How can I improve my (unusual) exercise regime? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:01 PM PST - 25 comments

I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in parts of my body?

What works of literature/movies/etc. depict Heaven as a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Point n Click at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

But ... but ... my soaps!!!

Digital transition redux woes... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I fly business to Japan on the cheap(er)?

I would like to fly business class to Japan. Any tips on doing this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

You must either give netzapper $100, or give mathowie $200.

I'm deeply confused. Other than in a strictly juvenile, we-won-you-lost sense, why and how is the recent US health reform legislation considered a success? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 7:11 PM PST - 52 comments

Houston, we have a flea problem

Help me get these little jerks off of my cat! [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 7:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Remote Desktop from Win7 to Mac?

is there a usable remote desktop type app for sharing your mac desktop to your windows 7 pc other than vnc? [more inside]
posted by joose at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice for young programmer looking for a new career

Hey guys, this is my first question. It's a career question (yawn, I know!) I've been working as a software engineer for the past two years. It's a decent job and I like my coworkers, but I'm feeling a bit anxious about my future prospects. [more inside]
posted by Triumvirate at 6:52 PM PST - 36 comments

Slang for "white trash with high-class attitude?"

Does anyone know any American slang (preferably country or southern) that is for this concept: "poor people/lower socioeconomic class people who behave in upper class ways" ? [more inside]
posted by mscottveach at 6:30 PM PST - 61 comments

Granny's glasses, that is

Can you identify these wine (water? sherry? liqueur?) glasses? Pics 1, 2, 3, 4. They are from before 1960 and feature an etched design and, oddly, rose pink bases. Bonus question: what beverages are the different sizes/shapes meant to contain? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:24 PM PST - 16 comments

When should I come back to see my show?

If a sports game or another special event shown on TV runs over, how can I find out how much the station is delayed by so that I know when to come back for my show? [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me focus on doing whatever I'm doing well before moving on

I'm really bad about not focusing on my current task, and hastily finishing whatever it is so I can move on to the next and perform it equally as poor. How can I learn to be more focused on -- and enjoy -- what I am currently doing, rather than spending that time looking ahead to the next project at the expense of doing the first well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 7 comments

I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness.

I would like to know how you have dealt with or are dealing with this thing called loneliness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:03 PM PST - 25 comments

Properly Putting Data Into a .jar for the Major Platforms

NetbeansFilter: I need to know exactly how to do a very simple thing - package a .jar file correctly so that the Java App inside can read critical data files, across the three major platforms. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 5:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Post-Christmas Travel in Australia and New Zealand?

What is travel like in New Zealand and Australia in the two weeks following Christmas? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 5:03 PM PST - 19 comments

What alcoholic drinks/cocktails are less sedating?

What kinds of alcohol are least and most sedating? Whats a good strategy to enjoy a few drinks in an evening without the sedating effects? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Mail order medications

Mail order medical supplies [diabetic testing strips] from overseas, has anyone found a reliable resource? I would prefer Accu-Chek Aviva system. At a $1 a strip I could use some help.
posted by 77144 at 4:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I Have Multiple Task Lists Displayed Horizontally?

TaskList Special Request: MyLifeOrganized is my preferred tasklist software, because I can do exactly what I need - simply create new tasks and sibling/ child tasks rapidly and unrestricted, and drag and drop them into category groups. Problem: I have so many tasks, one huge vertical list isn't really working for me, nor does it jive with my widescreen workspace. Solution: I want to view each category group (eg immediate actions, projects, documents, clients etc) in it's own vertical list, and each list is displayed side by side in a horizontal view. Is there any Win XP tasklist software *not web-based - no internet access at work* that does this?
posted by forallmankind at 3:25 PM PST - 4 comments

hypothetical match-up

Sports Newbie-In a hypothetical match-up between 2 'perfect' ball teams,would the final score be 0-0, or 1000-1000? Or something mixed, like now?
posted by ebesan at 2:59 PM PST - 30 comments

How Can I Get Immediate Notification Via Text of an LA Earthquake?

I live in northern Virginia, however all of my family lives in the Los Angeles area. At work, I have to keep my web browsing to a bare minimum and restricted to my lunch break. As such, I'm worried about the Big One hitting the LA area, and not knowing about it ASAP, especially if LA's phone lines and cell towers get knocked out. Is there any way I could arrange for a text message to be sent to my cellphone, for every earthquake that hits the LA Basin? I realize this may turn out to be excessive, but am willing to experiment.
posted by invisible ink at 2:53 PM PST - 13 comments

MS Exchange + Snow Leopard, help! + Exchange 2007 + Snow Leopard. Messages aren't getting deleted inside They look like they are, but when i quit and re-open, they're back. The internet has failed me. [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Blogs about foreigners in the US?

I'm looking for blogs by and about foreigners who move to the US and talk about their experiences. I'd like to avoid mandatory student blogs if possible. Bonus points for English-language blogs by someone from the East, but anything that isn't Canada will do. Thank you, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Blues on nylons

Is it worthwhile to learn blues on a classical guitar? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 2:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me collect donations for a friend.

How do I raise money to replace stolen goods for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 2:17 PM PST - 6 comments

[foreclosure filter] Must we clean the home we lost?

House is being foreclosed on after a long battle with the bank. We've got mere days to move and nowhere to go. Can we leave behind furniture, etc, that we can't afford to move or dispose of? Are we liable to clean the house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 11 comments

"In this economy?!"

Job Offer Dilemma: Do I take this offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 12 comments

My girlfriend keeps initiating contact with her ex-boyfriend and I don't like it.

My girlfriend keeps initiating contact with her ex-boyfriend and I don't like it. I know she's doesn't want to get back with him and I know she is not going to cheat on me. One of the reasons I don't like it is because he seems so indifferent to seeing her, but she just keeps initiating contact. He has made it quite obvious that she is of little importance in his life now and he has moved on, maybe he feels like she treated him badly. But every now and then she wants to get together, why can't she just leave him alone!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 19 comments

So how much profit are they making off me, anyway?

This is a four-part question, in which I ask: how much profit does a merchant typically make on the following products and services: A $2.00 slice of plain pizza, a $5.50 cycle on a laundromat clothes washer, a $1.50 box of strawberries and a $0.25 cycle of 8-10 minutes in a laundromat dryer? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 1:41 PM PST - 16 comments

how to maintain high quality video to swf

What is the best way to convert a high quality video into a high quality .swf? I have footage of a stamping machine that i filmed and want to put it on a website (like a flash banner). It looks great in imovie but when i convert it to flv and import to flash it looks grainy. [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 1:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me identify this 18th (?) century drawing of an insane asylum?

I'm trying to identify this drawing of an insane asylum, which opens a surgical film that I'm writing about. I felt sure it was Hogarth, but it doesn't seem to match any of his works. I'm sorry it's so blurry!
posted by miriam at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Outdoor Ed= perpetual seasonal work?

Moving East to West for seasonal Outdoor Ed job, but need something stable afterward. Advice for the skilled & experienced, but perpetually hand-to-mouth college grad? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

What are some good, snarky comebacks for when people make fun of your accent?

What are some good, snarky comebacks for when people make fun of your accent? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 1:05 PM PST - 55 comments

Cheap Senor Swab Materials For Digital SLR Cameras

Looking for the lowest cost for sensor swabs or pec pads to be used for digital SLR sensor cleaning. Specifically for the Canon 30D. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Doubts about Starting a New Relationship Not Long After a Breakup...

So, I'm just three months out of a 1-year relationship and recently met somebody really amazing. We're taking it very slowly so far, but after 4 or 5 dates I think there is definitely long-term relationship potential. The problem is: a voice at the back of my head is telling me maybe I'm not quite ready. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by kramer1975 at 12:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Help for the Hopelessly Disorganized

I lose my cell phone all the time at home. Is there a way to ring my phone from the web? (For free? In the US?) All I need is a hint where to look and it would be back in my hand! [more inside]
posted by Ys at 12:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Any Post-Rock, Ambient, Contemporary Classical Radio Stations?

I'm looking for a high quality online radio station that plays Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Stafraen Hakon, Yann Tiersen, Sigur Ros, and the like? [more inside]
posted by jonj at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me figure out what TV-movie / TV special this is!

Please help me figure out what TV movie / TV special from the 80s I'm remembering. It involved a woman receiving a manufactured child in the mail that required her to add water (or some other liquid) to activate it. [more inside]
posted by BishopFistwick at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Grass + dog = dirt

Our very active dog has turned what used to be a fairly nice backyard lawn into clumps of grass and lots of dirt. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

A woman's life prior to women's lib?

How was a woman's life prior to the feminist movement? Books? Articles? Documentaries? Personal stories? I want to know everything about a woman's life prior to the feminist movement: sex, food, drugs, smoking, parents, siblings, school, boobs, lesbians...everything. Nitty gritty. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 11:28 AM PST - 44 comments

More help for the injection impaired

More help and reassurance for the injection impaired, please! I found this question but I'm still a bit freaked about having to give myself a subcutaneous injection. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Triangle head, Triangle head, help me get rid of my triangle head

Melbourne,FL filter: I don't know how many Space Coast MeFites are on here, but never hurts to ask right? I need a haircut, please help me find someone who can deal with my cursed hair. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

A Need for a Lack of Speed

A driving sim that can satisfy my apparently abnormal desires; specifically for one that doesn't require racing, realism, or GTA-style shenanigans. [more inside]
posted by rodgerd at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me find an online game I played once.

I played this match-3 game online once, and now I can't find it. Description inside... [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Six year broken relationship: Fix it or move on?

Two months after ending a six-year relationship, I miss my ex and am contemplating getting back in touch. Move on or try again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Cat Back Map?

Children's book involving a cat and a map? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 10:16 AM PST - 4 comments

SF Sublet Advice

Summer housing in San Francisco: is it totally crazy to fly down and start looking only two weeks before my job starts? [more inside]
posted by ewiar at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Constant feeling that boyfriend would be interested in other people than me

Constant feeling that boyfriend would be interested in other people than me [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

How to get support from my boyfriend while my mother is dying?

My mother is going to die and my boyfriend is barely able to provide the support I need. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 26 comments

Can an American get a job with the UN?

Is it possible for an American citizen to get a job working for the UN FAO? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Dead or alive?

Is this tree gonna die? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments


Travelling to Guatemala (from Mexico) without a passport and Visa. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

And we even broke up soon after =(

Drove ex-gf to California, got a ticket, asked for extension (or to appeal?) and forgot about it. Never got a response and now a law firm in El Paso is trying to collect about $250. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Ficutfi: Final Cut Wonder Showzen export out of sync with final cut edits. Is God (or other) punishing me?

The first 28 minutes of the export are perfectly in sync, and then suddenly it's Final Cut Pro export is massively out-of-sync, after about a half hour of the exported quicktime movie. Part of the movie has disappeared, and the audio includes parts of the movie I've edited out. This article suggests my processor might be overwhelmed. Is there a solution? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Mo' money?

Is getting your taxes professionally prepared worth the time and money? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 9:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Not-ravelry-but-similar Filter

Dear hive, are you by any chance aware of ravelry-style(ish) social networking spaces for embroiderers/cross-stitchers? [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 9:06 AM PST - 1 comment

HP it broke

My HP laptop dv6500 abruptly shut down last night and now it won't turn on. Anything I can do? Or where can I get it fixed (I hope?) in downtown Toronto? [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding an officiant for gay marriage in Washington D.C.

One of the steps for marrying in D.C. is to, at the time of registration, identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony. When and how does one find such an officiant? [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Better Risk rules for two players?

Looking for Risk rules that avoid the pesky "we-both-know-who-will-win-but-the-game-still-doesn't-end-for-another-hour" phase. [more inside]
posted by JensR at 8:32 AM PST - 17 comments

What Should I Read About Video Games?

I'm a professional screenwriter interested in breaking into video games. I want to know more about videogame story telling. Aside from playing a bunch of games, which I'm doing, what should I read? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:12 AM PST - 14 comments

Please sir, I want somewhere to live.

ApartmentHuntingFilter: How do I find an apartment when not currently employed? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

At least there'd be no comic sans...

A question about fonts, handwriting, and alphabets other than our Latin one... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

trunk or roof??

What is the best choice of bike rack for a 2009 Ford Focus SE ? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Not again ...

What is this bug that I found in my room yesterday? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for feedback on my plan for a May trip to Western Europe.

Looking for feedback on my plan for a May trip to Western Europe, probably Paris and one other country. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Question re: Marx's theory of historical materialism?

According to some sources, Marx argued that the mechanism of social change was the contradiction between the material forces of production and the relations of production, whilst elsewhere it is argued that Marx saw social change as arising from the conflicting interests of different social classes. My question is, assuming that Marx stated that both of these contradictions brought about social change, what is the relationship between class conflict and the conflict between relations and forces of production?
posted by FuckingAwesome at 6:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Anti-snoring devices?

Anti-snoring devices? I've tried a few, but do you know of any that work? My snoring is in the back of my throat, and isn't linked to whether I lie on my back etc. Read on to learn what I've tried. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 6:17 AM PST - 14 comments

How to burn a letterbox DVD?

I am making a DVD with 7, but I am having letterbox issues. How can I burn a letterboxed DVD? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Super Colon Blow

Colonoscopy Prep- making it less unpleasant - detailed description inside [more inside]
posted by plinth at 4:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I name drop in a cover letter?

I'm writing a cover letter for a job application at a company. Should I mention in the letter how I found out about the opening? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 4:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Government accrual accounting

Why do governments use cash accounting and not accrual? Are there any governments that DO use the accrual method? I'm interested in the history, legality, challenges, anything. Any location, any government. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 3:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Lost: A Favorite Song

I am unable to find a song that I once had on my iPod. It's a post-rock number. Although there are no lyrics (that I recall, anyway), there is an extended sample (I don't know from where) of a guy talking about a hot night when the power went out in his apartment complex. He talks about a woman who lit candles, and somehow in the end this leads to an apartment fire. The song feels like the soundtrack to a dream. My memory is not 100% on these details. It's been well over a year since I heard it. But the song was really good and I think about it now and then and I really miss having it. Anyone recognize it?
posted by Moody834 at 1:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Making the Web Seem Like...A Web

Is there a bookmark organizer that works like a mindmap tool? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Conflicting reviews

Wolframm's "A New Kind of Science" is a very thick book that would require a significant investment of time to read through. I'm interested in the computational modeling of complex adaptive systems and have heard it recommended as an interesting read. I've also seen it described as a huge load of crap. Is it worth the bother?
posted by moorooka at 12:40 AM PST - 12 comments

March 27

Installing (x)ubuntu onto G3 clamshell?

I want to install ubuntu/xubuntu onto my iBook G3 clamshell. How? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 11:59 PM PST - 12 comments

A nation of hypochondriacs

Has the American health care nonsystem made Americans more neurotic about their health? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 11:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Bikey Needs a New Pair of Shoes

How do I pick new city tires for my mountain bike? [more inside]
posted by fedward at 11:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Making money - one currency or another

Making pesos (or dollars or reales) in Central / South America - how can it be done, and what will you be doing? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 11:17 PM PST - 10 comments

How to explain pet death to a young child?

Tomorrow morning we need to tell our 3.5 year old that our beloved dog has died. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 10:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Do dictionary writers start with the letter M? [y][n]

My friend alleges that dictionary writers start with the letter M, but when I asked, "Why?" he had no response. Apparently he just saw it on QI (with Stephen Fry). Extensive googling has produced no results, and I won't be able to sleep until we get to the bottom of this. HALP! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 10:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How to tell if someone is remotely viewing (not accessing) my computer and how to prevent it?

How can I tell if someone is remotely viewing (not accessing) my computer and how can I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my guitar amp blow every speaker it comes in contact with?

Can a guitar amplifier ruin every speaker cabinet it gets plugged into? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 9:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Life starts... now.

I really want to start living my life now, as is, instead of waiting until things are "right" and obsessing about perfection - but I keep falling into this way of thinking - help! [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 9:44 PM PST - 22 comments

Eating out with milk allergy/intolerance

I want to know how have people with milk allergies and/or lactose intolerance changed their lifestyle in terms of eating out. It seems it should be simple- all you need to know if there is milk in it- but then again, not so much, esp if its not consistent (different brands etc). I am not interested in answers of the kind, "ask the waiter" but I am more interested in knowing how it affected this part of your life. Is it a drain to eat out with people at the new office when they ask you out? Do you turn a date down just because..? How did you accept that you may never be able to enjoy that ice-cream or cheesecake again?? (sigh)
posted by xm at 9:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS...

Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS... [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Fixing dates by sorting photographs

A while back I found a web page for nice OSX tool for fixing the dates of a set of pictures by allowing the user to sort them graphically in a timeline. Sadly I did not download it then, and now I seem to have lost the link. Does anyone know what this tool is?
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 9:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding critical responses to academic articles

How do I have critical responses to a particular academic journal article? [more inside]
posted by ethulin at 8:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the legal status of catholic priests in the United States?

With all the discussions around catholic priest abusing children and the police considering any report of such abuse as not part of their jurisdiction, I was wondering what the legal status of a catholic priest in the United States would be? [more inside]
posted by TNLNYC at 7:44 PM PST - 21 comments

How can the weird advertising strategy employed by the walk-in tax prep places be worth it to the owners?

How do the economics of hiring minimum-wage sandwich board carriers work? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 7:42 PM PST - 13 comments

What *should* have the seller have told us about the water well situation?

What does full disclosure really mean in a real estate sale? [more inside]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out at 6:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Toddler gets blue lips when very active. Is this a problem?

Toddler gets blue lips when very active. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Cool Bars and Restaurants in the Marina, San Francisco?

What are cool (non-douchey) restaurants and bars in the Marina in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Find me a buffet!

Does anyone know of any "American food" type buffets in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 5:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Japanese "No Laptops" decal

Small, 2" circular plastic sign/placard?/decal?, red circle crossed though with an image of a laptop inside. "No Laptops Allowed" being the meaning. Comes with adhesive foam tape on back. Purchased from Daiso. Where can I find another online? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:32 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do with four hours at Edmonton Airport?

Tomorrow afternoon (28th Mar) from 2:30pm until 6:30pm I have a layover at Edmonton International Airport, Alberta. What is there close by to see or do, or are we stuck in the airport?
posted by lych at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the secret behind "mail your pull tabs" fund raising?

Fund raising by mailing pull tabs from aluminum cans. Does that really work? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Can multiple users tweet simultaneously on one account?

I tweet for our library. I usually use Tweetdeck or question regardless of the app used (including Seesmic and Twitter's own page itself) -- can multiple persons be logged in to the same account and post at the same time? Other librarians from different departments would like to be logged in while I am logged in and tweet whatever. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon at 4:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheap Wireless Mics?

Are cheap wireless microphones (less than $100) reasonably good? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How to help modify toxic behavior in 3 yr olds?

How to help my friend's marraige and mental health survive their 3 year old dictators? [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 3:06 PM PST - 75 comments

A calendar of silly observances

Having once again missed Talk Like a Pirate Day AND Pi Day, help me assemble a full calendar of nerdy observances. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 2:28 PM PST - 47 comments

Good ideas for a gift bucket?

Can anyone help me out with ideas for a college gift bucket? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

South Florida HMO filter...

Which South Florida HMO should I pick? VISTA, AVMED, United Healthcare - any reviews ones to watch out for etc... [more inside]
posted by dorcas at 1:53 PM PST - 2 comments

See you in court?

Should a plaintiff provide copies of her smalls claims court lawsuit papers to the insurance company of the party she is suing? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments


Why does stainless steel have such strange properties? [more inside]
posted by Skeptic at 1:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Copious amounts of snot

Seasonal allergies: sign of a weak immune system, a healthy one, or just pollen-wrought hell over which I have no control? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 1:04 PM PST - 21 comments

What's a good speaker system for a Turntable?

I am in search of a dedicated speaker system to listen to my LP's. Doesn't have to be too fancy, but I like nice sound. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Kcmartin at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

How often do home thermostats fail?

My friend's thermostat failed. He came home and his house was 120 degrees. How does this happen? How common is something like this? Could this have been prevented? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

I Liked the Sims but I Killed Them All with the Cleaning Robot

I want a Sims-like sandbox type game that I can mess around with in my free time. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 11:52 AM PST - 22 comments

need to rebuild my website authoring chops

need to rebuild my website authoring chops -- can you teach me how to make tha cool stuff? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me make my apartment not look like I am still doing my undergrad

Decorating Filter: I'm moving to a new apartment and finally want to rid myself my cheap, student cultch and want to have a more modern, adult decor. Problem One - I don't know what I need to avoid/get rid of to keep my new place looking professional rather than studenty. Problem Two - I don't have a giant amount of money to spend on new items to decorate with. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 10:42 AM PST - 23 comments

Anybody else culturally fragmented?

Anybody else culturally fragmented? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 10:02 AM PST - 25 comments

How does reflexology on feet really work?

Feet in massage - how do it know? [more inside]
posted by tenkarasu at 9:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Zip it. Zip it good.

How can I automatically and simultaneously create multiple .ZIP files out of an equal number of uniquely named folders in a common directory? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for a toddler bed please.

Toddler Bed recommendations? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

My gut is not a calorimeter.

Prompted by this comment, I'm here to ask what the deal is with "calories" as a measure of "nutritional content" (whatever that means). I understand that the calorie value we see on food packaging is arrived at by burning the food in a calorimeter, and that this would be an effective measure of the total chemical energy in the substance. How well does this actually approximate the energy our body can put to use (mechanically, or for other biological processes)? Isn't this measure essentially useless for people trying to lose weight? Why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Are there some foods which have an astronomical number of calories which our digestive systems can do little with?
posted by phrontist at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Things that are always fake?

I'm looking for examples of things - anything - for which the "authentic" version is exceedingly rare or non-existent, and most or all of the real-life versions are imitations/knockoffs/replicas/synthetic/fake. Especially if the fake versions are commonly believed to be real. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:35 AM PST - 95 comments

Movie/TV show with Petula Clark's Downtown

A friend of mine is being driven crazy by a half-memory of a horror movie or TV show that had the song "Downtown" (Petula Clark's version) in a pivotal scene in it. Does anyone remember this? Not Little Shop of Horrors, though.
posted by Meep! Eek! at 7:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Free screenshot program with good editing features?

Free screencapture program similar to Jing but with more editing features? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 7:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Outsourcing 101

What services do medium and large companies typically outsource (locally, not in India or China)? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 6:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me read the world through different eyes

Back in January, as a New Years resolution, I set myself the goal of reading a book a month in 2010. Each book would help me expand my world view or be the seminal book about an interesting topic. They would be non-fiction. I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:02 AM PST - 31 comments


Is there a closed-form method for finding the unique subsets from the power set of prime factors of an integer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I strengthen my voice?

Are there DIY methods to strengthening my speaking voice? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 5:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Money In Yer Pocket, You Betcha!

Lately I've been hearing the phrase 'money in your pocket' a lot. I know it's an old expression, but the overuse of it recently seems to point to some real estate/money makin' motivational speaker or program suggesting this particular phrase as some sort of tagline. Can anyone point me to a point of origin for this recent usage? [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 1:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to take a Photography Vacation and stay in an All Inclusive Resort?

My boyfriend and I would like to spend a week this spring at a reasonably priced All Inclusive Resort anywhere that's Warm where we can do some photography in the area. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 12:12 AM PST - 10 comments

March 26

What format to use to email short videos to luddites?

I have a four and a half minute video that a client wants to have in a format he can email as an attachment. What's the smallest, most broadly compatible video format I can use for this, and what software and settings should I use to convert it? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Campaign Donor Addresses?

Why aren't campaign contribution addresses kept private (or at least semi-private)? [more inside]
posted by thorny at 10:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do American mussels make me barf?

I enjoyed mussels in Europe, why are they making me vomit in America? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

I wonder how many of these things just end up in landfills...

Has anyone found a clever or useful use of the stock heatsinks that came with your CPU? Specifically, one that came with an Intel Core2Duo and an Intel i7 (the i7 is marginally bigger and has more vanes, but they're very much alike). Please delete if considered chatfilter [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Quiet you

How do I read without talking to myself? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 8:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can i find an efficacy comparison of old drugs vs new drugs?

The fact that drugs aren't marketed as being x% more effective than another drug makes me more than suspicious. Where can I find comparison information of old vs new drugs? new vs generics? I'll give you an example. I have allergy problems. Doctors try to tell me about the latest xyz antihistamine. These doctors are paid by the drug companies to sell me this stuff, and can't seem to give me any apples to apples comparisons. Is allegra more affective than diphenhydramine? Is x more affective than y? Were the best drugs already found, and the newer drugs crappier, or is it the other way around, or neither? Why isn't this openly published and available? What the hell happened to the scientific method?
posted by torpark at 8:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Recipe ideas using Starbucks Pumpkin Spice syrup?

I've been given a couple jugs of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice syrup by a few friends of mine. I love the stuff, but it's due to expire soon (or soonish, not sure how long it will keep beyond the date) and I know I'll never use all of it. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen, so I thought I might use them to make desserts and whatnot (loaves, muffins, etc.). Any recipe ideas/suggestions?
posted by idleminded at 8:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for high-quality security fastener in small quantities.

I'm looking for a high-quality tamper-reistant nut (like a Bryce penta-nut) in 8x1.25mm (8mm coarse), and in small quantities. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this comic strip I used to read back in Russia?

[RussianComicsFilter] What is this comic strip I used to read back in Russia? (NB: Probably did not originate in Russia) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Seeking a female therapist in Boston

[Boston filter] Could anyone recommend a female therapist or psychologist in the city of Boston? [more inside]
posted by kmavap at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify this plant growing in Jamaica.

What is this strange plant I saw in jamaica? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I print out all of my chats from Gmail?

How can I print out all of my chats from Gmail? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I dance the Madison?

DanceFilter -- Can anyone explain to me the steps of the Madison as performed in the film Band Of Outsiders? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 6:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Hair dye + flaky scalp = _____ shampoo?

Via the magic of chemistry, I'm now a redhead. Unfortunately, I also have a historically flaky scalp. What shampoo? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 6:16 PM PST - 10 comments

If a rental car gets scratched and a driver never sees it, did it really get scratched?

A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 6:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Worried about house purchase falling through

(Should-I-be-worried filter) Spouse & I are buying a house in another city. The closing is on Wednesday (3 business days from now). Realty paperwork & mortgage process have all gone great, no hitches. Now, at 4:30 pm on a Friday afternoon, the Commitment Letter from our bank arrived but has a blurb asking both my spouse & I to provide letters from our employer certifying that we'll both be keeping our jobs, working from home in the new city. This was never part of the equation. [more inside]
posted by rpaxton at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Last minute doula in Chicago

Is there any chance of finding a doula (in Chicago) that will work with us at 39 weeks? Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by steinwald at 6:04 PM PST - 1 comment

How to set up a simple home surveillance system?

Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I dispose of this box full of computer guts securely and cheaply?

I am moving across the country in a few weeks. I had these two VERY old desktop computers that I have completely taken apart. Now I have this box full of hard drives, boards, wires, etc. I want to dispose of them securely... [more inside]
posted by eric1200 at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

BOSS field course?

Anyone taken/know of anyone who has taken a BOSS field course? [more inside]
posted by LegateSaxon at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comment

an odd tail

reptile-filter: what would cause this lizard's tail to become embedded in the ground, requiring human extraction from said earth? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

voice to text while on the go

My daughter wants voice/speech recognition, including voice mail to text, while working in the field, office or home. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Low-end 21.5" imac sufficient for Adobe CS5?

I'm considering buying an mac mini or 21.5" imac w. 4GB of RAM. Think that they're powerful enough to support upcoming Adobe CS5 (photoshop, bridge, and InDesign open), Windows 7 in a virtual machine, and HD YouTube video similtaneously--and in a timely manner?
posted by doncoyote at 4:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Vitamin Pills

Why is it a bad idea to get one's nutritional needs entirely from vitamin pills and whatnot, and eat whatever one wants for calories?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Keeping a bike parked outside?

New bike, new apartment and for the first time in my life I have to keep my bike outdoors. Any tips/tricks to keep it clean, safe and in working order when it's parked in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Vocal technique for voice drop?

I've been doing some public speaking, and it's been going pretty well. One critique from a friend of mine, however, is that my voice tends to drop at the end of sentences. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I learn to play the banjo before I actually buy one?

Can I learn how to play the banjo via the guitar? How? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Forgotten pages from the Great American Songbook

What obscure musical gems have you unearthed from the Great American Songbook genre -- Broadway show-tunes, cabaret and jazz standards from the 1930s-1960s? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 3:08 PM PST - 13 comments

The Rule of Threes

What are some things that come in threes? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft at 3:01 PM PST - 89 comments

Where can I buy recordings of the Moscow State Chamber Choir?

Where can I buy CDs of the Moscow State Chamber Choir? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Share your custom board games

What are the best games you or your friends have made up yourself(s)? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 2:55 PM PST - 29 comments

How To Fairly Divide An Apartment re: Rent

Who should pay what among a group of renters, subletters, and others for a summer? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 2:42 PM PST - 12 comments


I really like ScoutingNY, but I live in Chicago. Is there anything similar with a Chicago focus?
posted by Arbac at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Basic epidemiology help please

In epidemiology and/or medicine, is it called the "positivity rate" or the "positive rate"? Is one (i.e., "positive rate") a preferred term for laypersons? Also how do you calculate this rate? I've seen it done several different ways. Could you provide references to authoritative sources that define it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

ISO Ramanujan's high-res handwriting.

Can someone help me get high-res scans of Ramanujan's notebooks? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

An anonymous community weblog. How do I do it?

How can I start a weblog that allows anonymous contributions for posts (not just comments)? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

What language is this?

What language is this written in? Obviously the top third is English, but the bottom third and side? No one I know can identify it. Extra points for any clue as to what it says.
posted by ochenk at 1:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Pause iTunes for YouTube

I'm a lazy bastard who spends a lot of time on the computer. I'm running Snow Leopard right now, and I want to know if there's a quick, easy way to pause iTunes when I start watching a YouTube video. [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

SFBay industrial surplus?

[SFBay Area Filter] Replacement for Triangle Machinery? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Where/when do I buy a car if I'm moving?

I'm moving from Philadelphia to North Carolina. Where and when do I buy my first car and car insurance? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I make a DB faster?

MS Access: How do I turn my database from a tortoise to a hare? (Or, if not a hare, a chipmunk?) [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Cabins/cottages w/in 3-4 hr. drive of Detroit?

Cabins/cottages w/in 3-4 hr. drive of Detroit? I've got three days off next month and would like to get out of the city for that time. [more inside]
posted by lolo341 at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

It Really Seems Like I'm Haunted.

Weirdness. Am I haunted? Is my house haunted? Strange, unexplainable things are happening. [more inside]
posted by davoid at 12:55 PM PST - 55 comments

Is there a twitter hack going on right now?

Is there a twitter hack going on right now? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Cat Pee Cardio

Will exercising in a poorly ventilated basement near a cat's litterbox have any detrimental effects on my health or the quality of my workout? (Aside from the unpleasantness). Should I be worried about breathing heavily in this environment? Moderate-to-vigorous cardio (elliptical) plus heavy-ish weight training, about 30-40 minutes 5x per week.
posted by Alabaster at 12:45 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I become someone who gets at the CEO skill level when it comes to dealing with people?

"When we are dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity."- Dale Carnegie. What can I read to deal with people and understanding their nature, motivations etc better? Oh, and can you also suggest getting better at being less impulsive in conversations? [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Handling High Stress Work Situations With Diplomacy

A psychological question about work -- How can I be zen and mature about a work reorganization? (I know this sounds like a boring work question, but it's really about how to get over fears of being left out or that other people are better than me.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Yes, we're lawyering up

Can you recommend an immigration lawyer in the Bay Area who specializes in dealing with academics (J1 Scholars)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 PM PST - 2 comments

why am i having these stressful dreams!?

For the past few weeks, I've been having extremely stressful dreams. Why? What will make them stop? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

How to bring a destroyed front lawn back to beauty

New home owner without a green thumb needs help to bring his destroyed front lawn back to life. [more inside]
posted by papercake at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Good hotel in Denver?

Wanted: Hotel in Denver, CO, at a reasonable price that includes free shuttle service from the airport. [more inside]
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Name My Band's Music!

Let's name a music that has never existed before. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Application for PHP Documentation of Tables

Looking for an Application to search a file directory which contains php files (or any code, if it will work with PHP) and find all of the Database Tables which are referenced in the code, without relying on comments in the Code.
posted by jesirose at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

There is really no way to fix this, is there?

Can you help my mom? She's locked herself out of her email account. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

White Castle burgers causing chest pain. Remedy?

Can you offer a health/diet remedy for food-induced chest pains? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help with livestreaming videogames.

Need help with setting up my PC for live streaming video, with an emphasis on high-quality sound and video. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 11:25 AM PST - 0 comments

I wonder...?

Are discount cosmetics/perfume retailers online or in-store selling old/expired/liquidated merchandise? Please explain how cosmetics industry works. [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Where's the best/least sleazy place to buy a used Prius in the Phoenix metro area these days?

Where's the best/least sleazy place to buy a used Prius in the Phoenix metro area these days? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

D.O.M.S. D.O.M.S. D.O.M.S. D.O.M.SSS

Newbie to weightlifting seeks relief from awful muscle soreness. Yes, I'm a wimp. But my soreness is almost to the point where I can't do exercises the following day. I know it goes away in time and with repeated lifting, but if I can't lift the next day, I'll keep repeating the cycle! [more inside]
posted by Viola at 10:45 AM PST - 24 comments

Why are the front and back wheels different on buses?

Why exactly do the front wheels on some/most buses jut out slightly, whilst the back wheels are recessed? Is this just a case of weight distribution to improve comfort for the driver (by damping vibrations) or something else? [more inside]
posted by jhayes at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

If It's A Problem For Liz Lemon, I Usually Also Have That Problem

I can't believe she's wasting a question on this filter: Is there some technique for changing the bottle in a water cooler that I'm completely unaware of? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 10:43 AM PST - 35 comments

Suits on bikes

What is the best way to carry a suit on a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 10:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Three oranges + two avocados = ??

I have three oranges and two avocados that were purchased two weeks ago. They look and feel OK but I'm sure they'll go bad soon. What can I do with them over the weekend (not necessarily together)? Assume EXTREMELY BASIC cooking skills. Other ingredients must be inexpensive.
posted by desjardins at 10:18 AM PST - 23 comments

home office horror

Help! I'm married to a computer geek, and we are in desperate need of some home office solutions. [more inside]
posted by onepot at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Free will or omniscience? Or both?

Are free will and an omnipotent/omniscient God possible in the same universe? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 10:11 AM PST - 93 comments

i hope i laugh at this in the morning.

Living extremely close to North Korea, I'm very concerned about the news that a South Korean ship was sunk tonight, possibly by the North. Looking for practical advice for what-if scenarios and general reassurance. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do Word and Excel for Mac OS 10 open as read-only?

Suddenly, my Word and Excel for Mac OS10 open as read only, with a command to save them with a new name. I haven't advertently (is that the opposite of inadvertently?) fiddled with anything. Anyone have a clue why? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Let's dance!

My friends and I are looking for a good place to go dancing tonight, in NYC. We'd prefer Manhattan or Brooklyn, and a dance party would be much better than some huge, crazy club. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I ride the bus in LaJolla?

A question for San Diego transportation experts: Can I get from La Jolla/UCSD area to 2160 Avenida De La Playa (Surf Diva surfing school at the beach) on Saturday and Sunday, reliably and safely, using public transit? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us name a new LLC

We need a name for our LLC! [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 9:35 AM PST - 17 comments

How long does it take for water to get from your mouth to your bladder?

How long between drinking water and having to pee?
posted by DMelanogaster at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Scripture Cake was in what children's book?

I was just reading about Scripture Cake and I have some vague memory of this cake being referenced in a children's book--maybe one of the Little House books, I can't recall which book and googling Laura Ingalls Wilder and Scripture Cake comes up with nothing. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by pipti at 9:14 AM PST - 13 comments

"Don't Use This Company"...or so I say.

How do I and my company deal with customer reviews online? [more inside]
posted by Tavern at 9:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Cleanliness is next to godliness. So, one who's good with sex related cleanliness is very nearly a sex god, right?

A couple questions (his n' hers) regarding sex-related cleanliness. [more inside]
posted by anonysex at 8:48 AM PST - 29 comments

What techniques should I use to tease out leading indicators from a set of data?

This is a question for the statistics / data analytics junkies out there. What techniques should I use to tease out leading indicators from a set of data? [more inside]
posted by AaRdVarK at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

urologist in philadelphia?

Looking for a great urologist recommendation, preferably in suburbs of philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 8:25 AM PST - 0 comments

Working 9-5- still a way to make a living?

Does anyone work 9-5 anymore? (Aside from government employees, that is.) I just got a job and my hours are 8:30-5. I've noticed that many of my friends work similar hours- 8-5 or 8:30-5:30 or 9-6 or even later. Is "Working 9-5" a thing of the past?
posted by shelayna at 8:23 AM PST - 84 comments

What do I need but don't know I need?

What really cool photographs am I NOT taking by having a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, and what features do newer models have that I will love do I not know I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a shared wedding reading!

Help me find readings that two people can read together on my wedding day! [more inside]
posted by farfaraway at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I use Google GPS Navigation and TMobile to drive cross country?

I plan to drive from NYC to the Black Hills in South Dakota and Devil's Tower in Wyoming in a few months. I have a Nexus One Android Phone and service with Tmobile. How realistic is it to expect to use Google's free GPS Navigation with Tmobile's coverage along this trip?
posted by somas1 at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

2 days in Plovdiv. Can I be more than a tourist?

2 days in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. But I don't want to be a tourist. [more inside]
posted by hasna at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

it was like goatse, with more pictures to choose from

What gross website from the early 2000's am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me teach myself about physiology and anatomy, and to generally understand the human body

Please help me teach myself about physiology and anatomy, and to generally understand the human body. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Who will sew this wedding dress?

Need recommendations for a dressmaker in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to stay in Denver (cheap and near cafes)?

I'm going to Denver for a conference, Ap 30-May 4. I'm looking for an affordable hotel (less than $150/night), and it would be great if it were near cafes and public transportation. Know of any? And, if you have a favorite cafe, I'd love to know. All suggestions are appreciated.
posted by Pineapplicious at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How does an agnostic write an encouraging note to a religious relative?

How does an agnostic write an encouraging note to a religious relative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 22 comments

steal one of my company's clients for myself?

My company provides a service to a client that I can do (and have done) all by myself. I am considering trying to cut out the middle man and offering to provide the service myself as a contractor... and quitting my job. Should I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Nazi punks #$%& off!

Aside from moving, what can I do about the prevalence of white supremacy in my community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 25 comments

How to rotate alternating pages by non-90-degree-multiple amounts?

I have a PDF (hundreds of pages) that was scanned from a book. All the odd pages are tilted about 6 degrees left, all the even pages, 6 degrees right. How can I fix this, preferably with free software? A command line solution would be ideal.
posted by dmd at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

TV News Helicopters

What is the approximate cost for television stations to have helicopters for their local newscasts? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

No a data person- need help with listening to my music!

Help me import music from a DVD onto my Itunes! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Which version of Spanish are books translated to?

If I buy an English book that has been translated into Spanish, does it matter for which Spanish-speaking country it was translated? In other words, if my intention is to learn Castilian-Spanish, is it better to find book translated for Spain? If so, how do I find such books? How do you know what version of Spanish a book is based on? [more inside]
posted by verevi at 6:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Fast Cash

I need $150 by March 31st. Running out of ideas to obtain it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by spinto at 5:12 AM PST - 49 comments

How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money?

How to meet people in the big city without spending a ton of money? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:18 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I get my students to dream of Djinni?

What's a good academic text/trade book about Jinni? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 3:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Desk, chair, shelf

Where can I find this desktop background? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 1:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Shorthand, but in German!

Name that children's fiction from the 70's/80's: it was a mystery that two kids (I think a boy and a girl) needed to solve. The solution turned on a note. It was in shorthand, but it turned out the shorthand was in German. I wish I had more, but that's it.
posted by lionelhutz5 at 1:07 AM PST - 2 comments

MIDI retuning software?

I have a soundcard with a MIDI port. Is there software out there that would allow me to change the tuning of my MIDI keyboard and play it in real-time through my speakers?
posted by archagon at 12:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Name that 80s toy computer

What was this computer I had as a kid? It was in the early to mid 80s. It was small (barely bigger than the keyboard). It had a very small built-in display (LCD, I think). There was a membrane keyboard. It took cartridges, and some of the carts came with keyboard templates. There's one in particular I remember that had information about countries of the world, and the template had one flag for each key. I seem to recall the plastic case being beige, but I'm not 100% sure. It could play sounds, and there was a cart for composing music. What was this thing?
posted by jewzilla at 12:02 AM PST - 16 comments

March 25

Where can I buy an inexpensive USB micro cable?

Where are some brick-and-mortar places to get micro-USB cables relatively cheap? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 11:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Blood, sweat and tears (but not mosquitoes)

My 3 year old son seems to be immune to biting insects (tics, mosquitoes, leeches). Why? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 10:20 PM PST - 19 comments

RIP Frappr

Is there a service for mapping online communities where I can just embed code and it will make a map that people can put pins in? Frappr used to do this, I believe, but it seems to be dead now. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 10:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Game reserve advice in South Africa?

Going to the World Cup in South Africa for a month (mid-June to mid-July) as a group of 6. Will primarily be in the Johannesburg area. What's the best game reserve/national park to visit, how long should I set aside to visit, and what's the best way to arrange and book a visit/stay there?
posted by lupefiasco at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Online printers with reasonable prices and great service.

What are some online commercial printers that have reasonable prices, but also have great customer service? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 9:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Identifying a remix of Cannon by Lil Wayne

I am looking for the actual name of thisremix of the song Cannon by lil Wyane. Either the name of a remixing artist, the title of the remix, or most preferrably a link to a decent quality version is what I'm looking for.
posted by Samineru at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

O So Clearly Canadian

Where can I buy Clearly Canadian in NYC? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Does it disgust you, yeah?

Is lack of circumcision considered a big deal, particularly in sexual situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM PST - 43 comments

What if you had to order your bread from a person every week?

Why, at my job at a convenience store, am I throwing out 30-50 loaves of bread a week? Isn't there be a better way? [more inside]
posted by Truthiness at 8:52 PM PST - 31 comments

What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines?

What is your one game-changing tip to manage multiple projects with multiple timelines? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Take the job offer or stay?

I need some unbiased feed back....I went on job interview on a whim. Turns out the hiring manager liked me a lot and I got a job offer the next day. The offer included a hefty pay raise with bonus potential. The job is similar in scope with some more responsibility and the potential for good growth. But the health insurance/dental/vision benefits are not great, but all other benefits are similar. The new position is salaried, my current is hourly. [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 8:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Does Line6 have looper effects pedal software?

I have an old Line6 GuitarPort with Gearbox 3.5 on a Windows laptop. Does anyone know if there is a Line6 plugin or other software available (from Line6 or elsewhere) that I can download to my laptop that will simulate a looper pedal (or a phrase looper as defined by wikipedia ). I'm trying to record the rhythm for a song I like, have it loop and then freestyle the solo on my guitar, all through my computer.
posted by WhereAmI at 8:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Quick! Can cats crunch cafe?

Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Sewing construction help needed!

I need some help figuring out construction of a vintage dress from pictures. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Upper West Side?

NYC neighborhood filter: Help me figure out if living on the Upper West Side is right for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Baby bashing statue... explanation?

Does anyone know anything about this statue of an angry nude man being pummeled by babies? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What kind of newspaper was this?

I was doing some poking around in the NY Times online archive, and found a brief article about a 'libidinous hebdomadal' known as The Town (later The Sporting Times) from 1865. The NY police were quite keen to confiscate this newspaper, apparently, which originated in Boston. Anyone heard of it or have any idea what kinda content it would contain? I'm guessing it's sort of dirty. [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 7:13 PM PST - 5 comments

My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to?

My roommate died. Who do I make the security deposit check out to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I reunite with my ex-boyfriend?

(relationship filter] Please help me choose between true love and great sex. Of course, I don’t really mean that. But I do need help making a decision and whatever I decide to do, someone’s heart is going to be broken. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 PM PST - 47 comments

Taking Care of Pop

What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

hobby lobby game make

Help me make a gift for a friend. I have a friend that enjoys shopping at the the Hobby Lobby / Michaels kind of stores, and she also likes board games. Help me adapt a board game rule set that would go nicely with shopping at such an establishment. (One problem, she hates Monopoly - so it can't be a Monopoly adaptation.) She really likes Taboo, but I can't think how to work it in with this theme.
posted by Brent Parker at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

How long until I'm found out?

So, I've become worried by this question and I have to know: how detrimental would it be not to be able to roll your R's in say, the Balto-Slavic languages? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 6:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for simple upper-body exercises

I want to exercise and tone my upper body. Please help suggest SIMPLE exercises. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 5:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does my cat bite my girlfriend?

Can someone explain why my cat bit my girlfriend? I was tickling her and she was laughing with somewhat of a high pitch, and the cat ran over and nipped her on the face. [more inside]
posted by dragoon at 5:27 PM PST - 43 comments

Help identify author: The Happy Holidays (old YA series)

Identifyfilter: Probably quite cheesy children's/young adult book series -- "The Happy Holidays". Google-Fu failing spectacularly. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

No blue channel with component video

I need help with my HTPC and its component cable connection. I'm missing the blue channel. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Hope this question doesn't get an FBI file started on me

So let's say a Jack Bauer-type had to stop a terrorist from blowing up a nuclear power plant... Where within the plant might the final showdown take place? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I dress nice for second interview?

Second Interview: Dress as nice as before? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 3:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Seattle lawyer for a Startup

I need a Seattle lawyer to help guide me through contract negotiations with VC/Angel investors. [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 3:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Children's books with complicated pictures

For my son's 2nd birthday, I am looking for ideas for children's books with complicated pictures full of different objects. He adores Richard Scarry books where he can spend ages pointing out all the different things he can see in a scene. But I have had enough Richard Scarry for this lifetime. What other books have similarly rich, complex pictures?
posted by beniamino at 3:05 PM PST - 40 comments

Rote memorization techniques

Rote memorization. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 3:01 PM PST - 41 comments

What to charge for freelance web development

I've been offered a brief side job putting together a website that looks fun, but I don't know what a fair price is. [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Jewish accent?

American Jewish Accent? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 2:27 PM PST - 39 comments

Ivy Jivey

A Princetonian character in The Dud Avocado (set in Paris in the 50s) is described as saying mostly "zop zop". Was this a real thing? Part of ivy/preppy or Paris-based emigrant slang? Part of a larger lexicon of nonsense? No one in the novel (thus far) seems to think it remarkable. [more inside]
posted by kenko at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Bond, Treasury Bond - Help me find bonds

Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Three teams enter...

Are there any sports where three teams compete on a field at the same time? Perhaps on a triangular field? [more inside]
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 1:53 PM PST - 26 comments

Outlook 2007 Calendar on my Windows XP desktop?

How can I keep my Outlook 2007 Calendar always on top, and always "snapped to" my other programs (so their borders don't overlap the calendar) on my Windows XP desktop? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children.

Help me plan a 2-day trip to New York with my wife and young children. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm worried about having to support my mom financially, indefinitely.

I'm worried about having to support my mom financially, indefinitely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 39 comments

How can I get a form in an Access database to let me use images in a dropdown as the choices?

How can I get a form in an Access database (I'd like to make a web app, but my hands are tied and I must use Access) to let me use images in a dropdown as the choices? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

I need more than just a product brochure

Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 1:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Best way to remove textured paint?

What are your top tips for removing textured paint from a plastered wall? [more inside]
posted by different at 12:49 PM PST - 12 comments

from TEN DIGIT to THIRTEEN DIGIT --- an improvement or a headache?

Once, there were ten-digit ISBNs. Then, someone added a three-digit "978" prefix, the checksum digit at the end of the number changed, and now ---shazam--- they are Thirteen-digit ISBNs. Are they planning one day to use prefixes besides "978"? What was the point of this massive and seemingly pointless change? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

treatment denied after the fact

Physical therapy was deemed medically unnecessary after the fact; is the medical provider responsible at all? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Can Passover be saved?

Help me have a seder for just me and my eight year old daughter [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

How best to sew this to that?

[sewingfilter] What is the best way to applique a piece of one t-shirt to another t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help creating a keyboard layout shortcut.

Mac users: Can somebody please tell me how to set up a keyboard shortcut or script that allows me to toggle between U.S. keyboard and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) keyboard layouts? I switch these on and off a LOT when I'm using my iMac and Macbook, but am tired of constantly going up to the little flag dropdown menu in the Finder (which I have to do repeatedly as I switch from program to program, since the drop-down window change doesn't seem to apply globally, but rather only within the current program you have up top). I know there's an easier way, I just haven't gotten around to figuring it out or setting it up. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some charities that ALL congresspeople would endorse?

What are some good charities/organizations that are nonpartisan, that both the most bleeding-heart liberal and bible-thumping fundamentalist conservative would feel comfortable supporting? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 12:11 PM PST - 32 comments

NYC non-profit professional networks

Seeking networking groups for a youngish, unemployed, non-profit-minded professional in NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Waves of anxiety

Are there potential risks from using my iPhone and other wireless devices in close proximity to my baby? [more inside]
posted by thenewbrunette at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Wait...does this mean it's working?

Users of Co Q 10: Did it help you? How long did it take for you to feel better? Am I feeling a placebo effect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Exercising on Concerta

I'm looking for advice on how to exercise effectively but safely on ADHD medication. My heart rate has been jumping up to about 170 (90% of the heart rate zone for a 40 year old woman) with moderate exertion, but if I lower it, I don't feel like I'm getting much of a workout. I'd like to find a solution that would let me remain focused and still alive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Aggressive panhandling--does it work?

So what's the deal with aggressive panhandling? Does it work? I have been experiencing a lot of it recently and some of it has scared me. I don't so much need self-defense advice; I just want to understand the phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 37 comments

Solicitation letters to Vendors -- Good/Bad Idea?

Non-Profit People: How do you feel about sending solicitation letters to vendors?
posted by parmanparman at 11:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Why does my VLC player only play one DVD?

My iBook is locked into playing Region 1 DVDs, but will consent to play Arnaud Desplechin's "Un Conte de Noël" (Region 2) with VLC -- but no other Region 2 DVDs! Qu'est-ce qui se passe? [more inside]
posted by delayed-reaction android at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How much to contribute when they pass the collection plate in church?

How much do regular church-goers donate, when they pass the collection plate? Any statistics available, (ideally by denomination and demographic), or maybe that would all just be guesswork? This recent question was helpful, but not quite the answer. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Which mouse shall I place in my house...and laptop bag?

My Logitech lx7 mouse has served me well, but is approaching the end of its useful life and I want to upgrade (I remain on Windows XP). What's good now? I want wireless, mobile (i.e., not a big trackball. I do not want a small notebook mouse.), comfortable (although I don't need to be walking into a clients office with a mouse that looks like a dildo) . I'm on the computer all day doing fine-motor work, so the cost is reasonably unimportant. A friend of mine has a new Logitech mouse with a really nice, spinny scrollwheel that I like, but am not set on. I'm male, but have smallish hands. Extra buttons are important to me; Four or more over the standard left and right will do. I know the best way to do this is to try a bunch in-person, but please get me started in the right direction?
posted by The Dutchman at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Seeing is not always believing..

Where can I find very low power (+.50) reading glasses in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember this car commercial.

Do you remember what this car commercial was for? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

berry has HOW many kinds of net?

Ok I am confused about Blackberries, the way they connect to the internet, and wifi. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Hannah = red hair?

A disproportionate number of people named Hannah or Hanna have red hair. Confirmation bias or fact? If fact, why? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 10:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Building Recumbent Trike: bike pedal question

Building recumbent (adult) trike. Is there ANY way to replace the non-driving crank arm with a chain sprocket set or a shaft. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 10:40 AM PST - 11 comments

How to play a tractor live at a concert?

Wrooom Wrroom Tractortronica: I'm going to perform live with three tractors. What kind of sounds can you get out of them? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Your Mother was a Boxer; Your Father was a Boxer

Looking for a Boxer in the mid-Atlantic states. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 10:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Comment caboodle

What websites would you like to see have their comments stripped away? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom at 10:08 AM PST - 51 comments

2 years and tens of thousands of dollars

I've been recommended for admission to the graduate program I applied for!! Just a few questions... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Before I Thee Wed

Has anyone had a good experience with a pre-marriage counselor in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) metro area? Not looking for anything too religiously structured, but won't rule it out if you've had good experiences of that sort. Looking for the pre-marriage "inventory" or compatibility type classes /retreats. (We are not getting married at a church.) We are very compatible and know each other well, but I don't think it can hurt!
posted by jilliank at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

And the boy grew up and the Lord blessed him.

What do I get my cousin for his bar mitzvah? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Life on the sinister side

Just how inconvenient is it to be left-handed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 103 comments

Managing pain expectations...

Minor surgery (in this case, laparoscopic tubal ligation)-- without pain meds. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:49 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I get the most out of the PS3?

Please help me get the most out of our new PS3! [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 8:44 AM PST - 32 comments

What happened to the Spirograph toy?

What happened to the Spirograph? [more inside]
posted by Goodgrief at 8:31 AM PST - 18 comments

I want to be touched.

Help me find short, touching essays written in the first person, about personal relationships. [more inside]
posted by yawper at 8:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Trouble Finding Right Photoshop-Fu

Hi, all, I'm fairly adept at Photoshop, but have been having trouble finding what i need: Need to create an image -- symbols (which I have) that appear to have come from pages of old, soiled journal. Need to be scratchy, roughed up. Output in gray scale, 300 dpi. I'm open to tutorials, ideas, brushes, custom shapes, etc. Thanks in advance.
posted by gb77 at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a split-flap departure board in use, or video/film reference of one?

I'm working on a project where I need photo and video reference of a large split-flap display in action, like those old Solari departure boards that used to grace train stations and airports. Where can I still find one in use? High quality video or film references would also be welcome (like if you can think of an old movie where these are featured in action). [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs?

How can I break out of "customer service" sort of jobs? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

to freeze one's cake and NOT eat it too

Cake that freezes well, but isn't edible when frozen? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets at 7:57 AM PST - 37 comments

Film Production Expense Report Suggestions?

What's a good tool for keeping track of expenses on a film production? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Cursed Cursor?

Help me fix my Mac's cursor? Google-fu fail. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How much sacrifice is normal in a relationship?

How do you decide when someone is asking too much of you? How much do you sacrifice in your romantic relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 46 comments

The Unspoken Rules of Texting (if there are any)

Online dating filter: My friends & family seem to have unspoken texting rules. I'm concerned about the amount of time I've invested in a person I haven't met yet, and I want to know what other people consider the texting rules in this situation. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 7:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Where is the world is this? (probably Germany, but...?)

Crowd-sourcing photo info: Where was this photo taken? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 7:09 AM PST - 16 comments

So what if this career change doesn't work out?

CareerChangeFilter: Help me get a better understanding of the risks and fall-back options of a career-change attempt. Comments from IT managers & HR people will be especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by great.ideas.$1 at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Broom, broom, Eeeeeeee!

Can you recommend me a GTA or Gran Tourismo-esque game... for the PC? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:56 AM PST - 18 comments

History for Dummies

Looking for an engaging guide to English history from the Norman Conquest onwards. Yeah, not a broad question AT ALL. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:33 AM PST - 12 comments

VDSL2 bridges for 600 meters wired Ethernet

VDSL2: We'd like to bridge two 100Mbps LANs together. They are located at buildings approximately 600 meters apart by cable distance. I've found a few VDSL2 Ethernet bridge products that will do 90/70Mbps full duplex on 24 AWG POTS phone wiring at 600 meters. Wireless point to point links are not an option. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 5:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Good Muslim blogs?

Do you know any good blogs written by Muslims, especially devout Muslims, about Islam? It's quite a slog trying to find readable ones!
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Damn you, Oliver Stone.

I just watched JFK. It IS a movie (hence, adapted for storytelling purposes) but I'm somewhat convinced that there was a conspiracy behind the assassination. Please reassure me that I'm not going bats--t. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:07 AM PST - 37 comments

How to compile WordPress author stats from a database

Where to find WordPress post view stats. [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 3:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Diabetes Disability - who pays?

I have a friend (living in the U.S. Southeast) who is not working due to type 1 diabetes. He was recently working the assembly line for a major Japanese automobile manufacturer before diabetes forced him to stop working and now he's on some kind of disability for the rest of his life. Does his employer write his disability checks or the Social Security system or is this unknowable without asking him probing questions?
posted by loosemouth at 2:48 AM PST - 7 comments

visual stimulation on the cheap

Looking for cheap, beautiful art and design books I can buy used. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

March 24

I want to believe...except maybe not.

Is it possible for a rather hardcore atheist to find some sort of spirituality again? Long, but I attempted to keep it concise. [more inside]
posted by LokiBear at 11:20 PM PST - 52 comments

Daily Word Count

Professional Writers: How many words per day is average for you? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 10:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Now what am I going to spend my dividend on?

Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I rename a project in Scrivener?

How do I rename a project in Scrivener? [more inside]
posted by snorkels at 10:15 PM PST - 1 comment

How to make this line effect in Word.

How to create this line effect in Word 2007? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 9:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Other than butthurt

I need a non-vulgar synonym for butthurt. Canonical english and neologisms both are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:42 PM PST - 51 comments

What is it like to be a pathologist?

I have the opportunity to get into a pathology residency programme in Singapore. Does anyone have any idea what pathology will be like as a medical specialty? [more inside]
posted by ianK at 9:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How to sit together without buying the same ticket?

Me and a friend are both taking the Amtrak Empire Builder from Minneapolis to the Northwest in late May. However, she is heading to Wenatchee, WA. and I am heading to Portland, OR. We haven't bought any tickets yet, and we are wondering if it is possible to be on seats next to each other even though we are heading to different locations. Is this possible? The train we both need to take splits off in Spokane, WA. which is why we can't simply buy the same tickets and one of get off early.
posted by Corduroy at 9:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Which car rental places let you drive out of state?

Which car rental places let you drive out of state? [more inside]
posted by and1 at 8:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to eat in San Francisco?

Where should my family eat in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 8:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Unhealthy turtle shell

How do I take care of my turtle's unhealthy looking shell? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice for renting a car in Europe?

Renting a car in Europe for a few days -- what are some things we should keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 7:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Helping someone who's shutting down

Have you ever seen a student slowly shut down over the course of the year? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Colorado Conundrum

After 40+ years in Colorado, I don't know where to go... for spring break. Help me figure out our last-minute-low-cost-something-new vacation plan! [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

I need help finding the best shoes or sneakers for chronic achilles tendinitis.

I need help finding the best shoes or sneakers for chronic achilles tendinitis. [more inside]
posted by shimmer at 7:46 PM PST - 7 comments


Where can I find full episodes of Survivor 2010 on the internet? I'm in Canada so the cbs website doesn't work for me. Thanks.
posted by cleo at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I tell if an iPhone is refurbished?

How can I tell if an iPhone is refurbished? [more inside]
posted by Penks at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Get my bleep on. And by get, I mean solder.

Is there a San Francisco or Bay Area equivalent to Austin's (or NYC's) Handmade Music scene, focused on building electronic musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Are votechs worth it?

I'm thinking of heading back to school in network management/IT, but I'm thinking of going back to a vocational school. So would something like Keller/DeVry be worth it? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Glue resistant thermoformed plastics

If I want to cover a mold I'm using in a vacuum bag veneer press with a thin sheet of thermo-formed plastic, what type of plastic would be best for wood glue resistance and clean up? [more inside]
posted by machaus at 6:37 PM PST - 6 comments

I know you're not supposed to look at it, but can I take a picture of it?

Would taking a picture of the sun damage a digital camera's CCD? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Who can name those geographical tunes?

What are some short tunes that often play onscreen to quickly identify the location of a movie/tv scene? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 6:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Describe Your Writer's Block

What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
posted by lore at 6:27 PM PST - 18 comments

when are the dog police napping?

does anyone have the inside scoop about the hours / schedule of the dog police? i'm not talking about the police dogs, i'm talking about the folks who drive around in their vans handing out tickets for having your dog off leash. i live in denver, colorado. i have two well behaved, trained dogs and i live next door to a nice little park. the problem is that there is a hefty fine attached to being caught having your dog off leash. the general rule of thumb according to my neighbors is 7 am to 7 pm 7 days a week. do the dog police get government holidays off? do they get snow days? any info would be helpful. (please do not remind me that there are sanctioned "dog parks": the one near me is a small area for a large number of dogs without a tree or a blade of grass in sight. it is a disgrace.) thank you for any info.
posted by zoesmom at 6:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What English words are there for "the supernatural ability to travel instantly between locations" besides "teleportation"?

Is there an English word for "the supernatural ability to travel instantly between locations?" without the technological connotations of "teleportation"? [more inside]
posted by aether516 at 6:22 PM PST - 39 comments

How to access advanced BIOS settings on an Asus notebook?

Some time ago I was able to access hidden BIOS settings on my M50Vm Asus notebook and change memory settings for my video card. Now I need to change them back but have no idea how to access it again. I know that there is some magic key combination (and it's not ctrl+F1) but Google seems useless. [more inside]
posted by przepla at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this game from my childhood?

My sister and I have been trying to remember a computer game from our childhood. It was on a Macintosh, and involved a stick-figure man who tried to go up levels using ladders, but could also fall down through space from whatever level was on. [more inside]
posted by warble at 6:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Did no one learn from Tiger's mistakes?

Which should I secure first, new work or new shelter? Gawd, what a day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 23 comments

Is this scoliosis?

Is this scoliosis? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

What was the first rap concept album?

What was the first rap concept album? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 5:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Goofy gift for goofy friend?

Any ideas for a goofy gift for a very good friend who just got a job in an insurance company (doing data analysis)? [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Wanted by the law: me!

I think an elderly pedestrian took down my license plate number and reported me to the police. What might happen and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 4:42 PM PST - 56 comments

What's a good cartridge for a Technics SL-1200?

What's a good cartridge recommendation for a home listener with a Technics SL-1200? I'm currently using an Ortofon Concorde Nightclub and would like to try something new. Currently listening to a lot of jazz, but there's everything in the stacks. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister at 4:38 PM PST - 15 comments

31 spare bowling balls.

What neat things might I do with 31 bowling balls? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:29 PM PST - 33 comments

What's the real Google Nexus One T-mobile monthly bill look like?

Total real monthly bill for a Google Nexus One with T-mobile? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Che Guevara: Hero or Villain?

Hey, I'm interested in finding sites that discuss the positive and negative aspects of Che Guevara as a historical figure. They don't necessarily have to be ambivalent; editorials are definitely ok and might even be better since I'm interested more in the debate itself rather than specific historical facts. Examples might look like this or this
posted by bookman117 at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

What Seattle-area museums should I visit?

What Seattle-area museums should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 3:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Asperger Syndrome and a Military Career

Have any of you had experience of being in the military with Asperger Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by jpcooper at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

DateIdeaFilter: Help me, Fort Worth, Texas.

Fun date ideas in Ft. Worth, TX for a man who's only spent time in Dallas? [more inside]
posted by troutforbrains at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Did I ruin my new messenger bag?

My jeans ruined my new messenger bag. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by threetoed at 1:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Why do towns in the USA have population signs?

Why do towns in the USA have population signs? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 1:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Name-dropping former employee in cover letter?

Should I name-drop a former university instructor, a former employee at the company I am applying, in a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What pitfalls should I keep in mind when adapting PHP scripts to run on the command line?

I'm trying to run some PHP scripts via the CLI instead of over HTTP. How do I make them play nice? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Damn, that cat is crazy!

Can animals go insane? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:37 PM PST - 39 comments

a chairy-tale

Children's story about a wooden chair that grows back into a tree? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Applying to companies with no openings?

What is the protocol for applying to companies that don't have any job openings listed? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

We broke up but still live together until moving out in a month. How do I deal?

BreakUpFilter: How do I make it through the next month of living together now that we're broken up but before I move out? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 12:01 PM PST - 39 comments

When to tell my parents that their beloved cat has died?

My parents are on a long-anticipated vacation overseas. They return in 2 weeks. I'm taking care of their house and their very, very beloved cat (which I was also very fond of). The cat was hit by a car last night and killed; I just found her body this morning. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 11:40 AM PST - 96 comments

Can I pass the CFA with no Finance background?

Passing the CFA, is it really possible as a liberal arts major? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

What do you do? Where are you from? How long have you been living here? Hey, wait, where are you going?

Women of AskMe : A guy starts a conversation with you in a bar or social gathering. Assume for the moment that you are available and find him physically attractive. What kinds of things would you like him to talk to you about or ask you about? NOTE : I am NOT looking for pickup lines. [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 11:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Do charter school teachers in Arizona pursue Master's degrees as often as the public school teachers?

Any teachers in Arizona out there? What are the key differences between charter school teachers and public school teachers in the greater Phoenix area, especially with regards to professional development? [more inside]
posted by terilou at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Will Write for Free (would love to write for cash).

Does anyone have any advice on how I can turn my two driving passions— writing and orchestral film music—into a vocation? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 10:42 AM PST - 3 comments


Any idea where I will be able to find green walnuts in NYC when the season arrives (June-ish?)? I am raring to make nocino, after tasting it in Ticino some years ago.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking recommendations and experience with video conferencing equipment and operations

work question filter: Seeking recommendations and experience with video conferencing equipment and operations [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 10:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Can one have a nostalgic feeling for a time of great suffering?

Can one have a nostalgic feeling even for a time of great personal suffering? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 10:21 AM PST - 23 comments

I saw my baby wearing Zach G.'s beard.

So, this hipster beard thing that's going around. Did it start with Zach Galifianakis, or were there other origins?
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 10:18 AM PST - 44 comments

I am sick of having to say "I'm not good at math."

I have always had difficulty with mathematics. Now I'm in my mid-thirties and have gone back to school to study engineering. Things are not going appreciably better than they did the first time I went to university. What can I do to fill the gaps I have and become a skilled problem-solver? I want to go from being a C to being an A student. [more inside]
posted by rhombus at 9:54 AM PST - 30 comments

I don't have insurance. What can I get now?

I don't have insurance. I do take medication. Can I get free or cheap health care through the gov't? Where do I sign up? Can I get free or cheap medication through the gov't? Where do I sign up?
posted by oneous at 9:53 AM PST - 11 comments

making the aesthetic useful again

Turning faux pockets into real pockets on a jacket. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Bringing friendship into the workplace

Moving to a new city. A good friend is a manager at a local company and has a job open - should I take it? (If only it were that easy...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

I think the optometrist gave me a bad eyeglasses prescription. Should I have to pay for getting my lens corrected?

I think the optometrist gave me a bad eyeglasses prescription. Should I have to pay to get my prescription updated or the lens corrected? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 9:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Landlord relations concerning apartment locks

I'm paranoid about security and want to add a strong door lock and interior deadbolt when I move in. What should I expect (or how should I handle) the landlord-relations part of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me come home with as little trouble as possible!

How to reintegrate as quickly as possible after having lived abroad? Both socially and with regards the "systems" in place in England. I'll be moving back to southern England after three years in Norway. I am a British national currently living in Oslo, Norway. I intend to move back to England in July after three years of living here as an ex-pat... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Not The Bridge Over San Luis Rey

Just had a break-up. I need a book recommendation. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 8:45 AM PST - 17 comments

new approach to historical analysis?

what are the modern or post-modern approaches to historical analysis? [more inside]
posted by TMezz at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Restaurant recommendations in Brooklyn and Manhattan

I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Brooklyn and the UWS -- whatcha got, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by Janta at 7:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Taxdebtfilter: where's my money going?

Why is federal refund reduced because of money I owe the state? Is the fed paying the state this amount and thus reducing my debt to the state? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

You too can be "Jew for a Day!"

My wife and I have been invited to a friend's home for a housewarming / Passover celebration. As Christians, we don't know what to expect. Difficulty: we would also like to bring a thank-you / housewarming gift. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 7:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Sneetch envy

Are there children's authors today who write like Seuss? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Is this a yeast infection or am I overreacting?

Is this a yeast infection? WAAAAAAAAY TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 11 comments

things they don't teach you in school

I’m about to undergo some pretty major role changes in my life, and I’m not sure I have the tools and tricks to deal with those changes. I need strategies / diversions / projects that will help me become a better caregiver for my little sister, who is faced with a dire medical prognosis, while at the same time trying to retain my own identity in this crisis. Folks who have become caregivers to loved ones at the expense of other important things in their life, this question is for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Can someone else's lack of work ethic get you fired?

Another person wondering if they have a wrongful termination case in an at-will state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Firefox RSS options

How do I add Google Reader as an RSS subscription option in Firefox 3.6? When I click on an RSS feed icon my only option is Live Bookmarks.
posted by jmf2525 at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Another half-forgotten book.

Name that children's book! I read it in the late 70's or early 80's around the end of grade school, beginning of middle school. I remember nothing at all of the plot, but it had a theme of dying and reliving your young life, physically. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Asheville dining?

Friends are going to be in Asheville NC for a celebratory weekend April 2-4 and I'd like to get them a gift certificate for a meal at a great place. best I can come up with, based on previous threads, is Tupelo Honey. Any other suggestions?
posted by Ollie at 6:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Delete contact history! Begone!

Motorola Backflip - can I clear contact history? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 6:04 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I make friends in a new city?

How do I make friends when I'm in a new city? [more inside]
posted by shortbus at 5:04 AM PST - 21 comments

Seeds aren't sprouting.

I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 4:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Advice on the book publishing industry in Canada

Should I try to move from the newspaper industry to the book publishing industry? Or is this just jumping from one sinking ship to another? Canada-specific advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Rental Home

Renting out a house in the NoVa/DC area. Seeking referrals and advices/warnings on locating and hiring property management companies. [more inside]
posted by MD06 at 1:57 AM PST - 0 comments

Biochemistry video?

I'm looking for a particular video clip of a CGI animation of a biochemical process. [more inside]
posted by darkstar at 1:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Picturing the outlook of an art director.

The art director of a magazine I submit photos to seems to be rejecting my iPhoto adjustments in favor of the originals. Should I discontinue sending in the adjusted photos? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 1:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Where to go for my high-tech sabbatical

Help me find the perfect international destination for my high-tech sabbatical [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 1:15 AM PST - 13 comments

March 23

Help me minimize the pain of some bad news.

This will hurt. :( I have to share some news that will be really hard to hear. How can I minimize the pain? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 10:48 PM PST - 34 comments

photoshop, spraypaint, stencil

How can I give an image the look of a spray painted stencil using Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Where and how to learn who does what and why.

PsychologyFilter: Group dynamics courses. Where can I do something like this? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder at 9:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a good beater bike!

I'm looking at older (70s-80s) motorcycles. Which makes and models are the easiest to obtain parts for these days? Which makes and models should I be looking at in terms of cheap cheap beater bikes? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 9:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Train the (Wannabe) Trainer

I want to eventually become a world-class training manager (the business kind, not the lifting weights, drinking powershakes kind). Trainers of the askme world -- what was the path you took to get where you are today? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Seattle Flashmob--How Do I Find One?

Are flashmobs still "in"? I would like to participate in one in Seattle and Googled Seattle and flashmob but the only hits are for flashmobs that happened some years ago. Unfortunately I missed the Thriller flashmob in Seattle last summer. Anyone know how I could participate in a flashmob in Seattle, even if such things aren't popular anymore?
posted by MsKim at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I reduce guitar feedback?

How do I get rid of this horrible, high-pitched feedback? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Please recomend a work-out wipe-down towel

What product do you recommend for a post-work-out wipe-down when no shower is possible? (Sweaty details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Mid at 8:16 PM PST - 22 comments

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free?

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 8:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Bulk preserves? O' where for art thou?

Where to buy BULK? (Online mostly) [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Can they stay, with only one to pray?

What is the divorce rate for interfaith marriages? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 7:09 PM PST - 14 comments

What did I do to my foot?

What is wrong with my foot that causes this pain??? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Doctor, Doctor Gimme the News!

Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 6:51 PM PST - 29 comments

Show me the money. If the company has any...

I'd like to find as much financial information as possible on a small, privately held company. What's the best place to start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card.

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 5:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Need World Cup finals tickets and clarification of rules

How can I get World Cup finals and semis tickets, and can they be purchased from someone outside my country? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Picky post-dental-op cat is hungry.

My very fickle, post-dental-operation (one of her canines had to be removed) cat is getting hungry. She doesn't like wet food -- she'll lick up the juice and ignore the rest. I tried softening some dry food with water, but she's not interested in that either. So I've been giving her tuna, which she eats and enjoys. Should I just stick with that for the next couple weeks or is there something else I should try feeding her?
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:02 PM PST - 27 comments

It's not the Bat Cave, but it'll do.

Recommendations for a small event in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Bike Seat Bruising

I finally hauled my old touring bike out of the closet and am commuting to work. I'm prepared for a certain amount of pain, but how can I get it over with faster? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 4:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Adhesive For Automotive Trim

The solid piece of rubber trim around the wheel well of my car is gradually peeling away. What kind of adhesive should I use to reattach it?
posted by dephlogisticated at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is Enoch Benedict Buried?

Genealogy - I would like to find out where an ancestor was buried. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me dress like a grown-up (but not a geezer)

Last month, I finally landed my first "real" job. However, I have no idea how to dress myself -- I need to look "smart," but not overdressed. Give a geek some fashion advice! [more inside]
posted by schmod at 3:30 PM PST - 35 comments

Sentimental tokens / good luck charms?

Looking for a fun or sentimental token / good luck charm to give as a gift. Something that is in Hebrew, or relates to Judaism would be cool, too, but is not necessary. [more inside]
posted by diamondsky at 3:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Reported disputes re: lifesciences licenses

Reported commercial disputes between Life Sciences licensors and Big Pharma licensees? [more inside]
posted by extropy at 3:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Replacing a failing hard drive

Can I easily replace a failing hard drive in a desktop? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Uses for really small pieces of wood?

Creative ideas uses for really small pieces of scrap wood. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 2:35 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do in Nassau?

What to do in Nassau, Bahamas when you have three nights? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I keep from looking like a big dummy at the blackjack table?

In a few months, I'm heading to Las Vegas for a conference. I am absolutely not a gambler, but figure I'll spend an hour or two checking out some of the gaudiest casinos and maybe playing some slots. But, for some reason, I also have an urge to try playing blackjack. My question is twofold: 1. What can I expect from the blackjack-playing experience? I've only played slots before and have never interacted with anyone at a casino. How can I keep from looking like an idiot? 2. Any recommended resources for basic blackjack strategy?
posted by laze at 1:43 PM PST - 28 comments

All I want is a text. Is that so wrong?

I need help remembering stuff. But I don't want to be productive. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Commuting Pollen / Polution / Dust Mask: Blessing or Hooy?

Dear hivemind, can you recommend (or provide an argument against) a face mask designed to keep the majority of large particles out of my nose and mouth while outside? [more inside]
posted by strixus at 1:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Mobile video hosting

I have a company video that I want to stream on Blackberry phones. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 1:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I put this in the dishwasher?

Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 1:21 PM PST - 33 comments

Fun for three?

What are nice positions/activities for FFM threesomes? Or good non-pornographic resources for same. Very new to this... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 6 comments

I can teach this stuff, I swear I can...

Hope me understand what's going on on p.144 (footnote 5) of Tufte's Beautiful Evidence. Page 6 in this online excerpt. [more inside]
posted by madred at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Miswired receptacle.

This switch/receptacle has been miswired for years. For starters, neither device had the grounding wires attached. I want to put things the way they should be. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 1:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How to transfer a domain name?

I have a friend whose former boyfriend registered a domain and set up a site for her. I'd like to transfer the domain to her so I can change the DNS settings and move her to Google Apps. The registrar appears to be I've sent several e-mails to the boyfriend and he responds that he's busy, etc. What can I do to get the domain in her name? He seems to have no problem with transferring the domain, he's just making it difficult and refuses to do anything. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to reduce my healthcare costs, but my medication is expensive

I pay for an individual health-care policy with a ridiculous premium (I'm in grad school, so I have no medical coverage available to me, as the school's plan only covers undergrads). It's the prescription coverage that forces me into the high-end plan. Do I have other options? (Much, much more inside; sorry for the info-dump) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 12:15 PM PST - 38 comments

The Best Brown Slip-On Formal Loafers?

I'm looking for some brown slip-on formal loafers that have this kind of style but without the styling on the side (I'd prefer them to be slightly more plain looking). Any ideas? I'm in the UK.
posted by samengland at 12:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I accept my fiance's cat?

I really don't like my fiance's cat. Now that we've moved in together, how can I learn to accept the cat as a part of my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 37 comments

Why does my scrot cuddle with my taint when I'm ill?

Man-filter: Why does the scrotum tighten and pull up close against the body when you have stomach problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I eat good barbecue in Gastonia, NC?

Where can I eat decent barbecue in or near Gastonia, North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 11:54 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I give a bonus/commission/incentive to a 1099 contractor?

How do I give an incentive requiring an independent contractor to meet certain goals without creating an employer/employee relationship? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

everything is killing me

Since having a baby, I've been trying to pay more attention to the types of products we use and now I'm pretty sure that everything is killing us. How do I become better informed about hidden toxins and chemicals and other nasties and learn to eliminate them from my life without going completely crazy and running off to the forest with my tinfoil hat? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 11:49 AM PST - 31 comments

Can I can the mustard I muster?

Does anyone have anecdotes, experience or advice regarding home-canning home-made mustard or barbecue sauce? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments


What books and movies have helped you define what it means to be a man? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 11:41 AM PST - 100 comments

Limerence part II

Limerence filter How do I ask someone out but minimize the other person’s discomfort, especially if this person has been a friend for a long time? [more inside]
posted by Dances with sock puppets at 11:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Smart-ish cell phone recommendation?

What is a good smart-ish phone usable with Verizon's inexpensive data plan? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

70lbs down and still a frown??

No longer the fat girl and need help! How to maximize the positive changes and make this a discerning moment in my life? Help me improve my most important relationship, the one I have with myself. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 10:53 AM PST - 21 comments

I'm a Mac and I need PC help

How to transfer video from a Mac and burn on a Blu-Ray PC? [more inside]
posted by bach at 10:44 AM PST - 3 comments

List of steps to a failed African state?

I am looking for the identifiable steps that a government takes towards being a failed state, with a specific emphasis on African countries. I was wondering if anybody is aware of a list similar to this one written by Naomi Wolf. I am hoping for a list that might use Zimbabwe as a case study. Anything that addresses the systematic movement from a working to a failed state will be appreciated.
posted by gekko15 at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

R-O-C-K in the U-S-A

This year I have been accidentally discovering the hard rock in the 70s that for some reason escaped me. The latest discovery is Jetliner by Steve Miller, thanks to Noah Baumbach. Despite writing about music, I am not exactly sure what I am looking for... [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 10:24 AM PST - 56 comments

Need suggestions for a computer chair (Toronto, Canada)

Need suggestions for a computer chair (Toronto, Canada) [more inside]
posted by abbat at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I get this piece of rubber out of my phone's headphone socket?

Phone headphone socket with FieldTurf crumb rubber particle deep inside. How to remove? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 9:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Need help implementing a simple barcode system.

I want to implement a simple barcode inventory system, but this has lead to surprisingly complicated questions. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

100% wireless, except for all these wires.

What should I do with all the old cable and power cords I have? Donate? Arts and crafts? Recycle? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Why such an intense divide over health care?

Why isn't the new U.S. health care program a good thing? I am apolitical and a registered Independent, so I'm not looking for a two-party flame war, but having just read the list of things that health care will provide, the only possibly "bad" thing I see is that some people will be forced to buy insurance or pay a fine. But otherwise, these seem to be good measures. I'm not very savvy when it comes to current events, so what am I missing? Why are some people so angry?
posted by jackypaper at 8:56 AM PST - 56 comments

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.

I'm a cat lady with 3 rescue cats. I'm seeing a guy with 2 rescued dogs. We want to see if they will get along. What's the best way to do this while minimizing trauma?
posted by Kurichina at 8:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Create Hotspot Forced Homepage

How do I create a forced splash-page or homepage for people using my WiFi hotspot? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

I'd like to pay my friends while making money for myself. Halp?

Help me figure out how to pay people in our new company. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Excel Quest

I have: An excel spreadsheet with a bunch of emails. I need: A self-updating text string that can be copy-pasted into an email TO: Field. I know about C1&","&D1 but is there a way for the list to be automatically updated when I or subtract an email, without specifically having to tell the formula to look in the newly added row? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Pre-snipped for your convenience

Early spay/neuter for puppy at seven weeks old. OK or no? [more inside]
posted by randomination at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a great doctor - STAT!

I've got issues - big complicated medical issues. Help me find a primary care doctor in Kansas City. (TMI lurks within.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Want to buy a house even though we are in lots of debt.

My wife and I have a LOT of credit card debt and no savings. We can now afford to start paying off the debt. We'd like to buy a house as quickly as possible, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 40 comments

Switching Sides

Had the ad agency with whom I do freelance work won the account, I'd probably have work. But the Other Ad Agency got the account. Can I approach The Other Ad Agency to work on the account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop?

PlumbingFilter: Where is this water coming from and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Kids movie soundtrack?

I need instrumental music that would work well for a kids movie soundtrack! [more inside]
posted by ictow at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Pay up, Facebook!

A student asked me this. Given that content providers to the media - journalists, bloggers etc. - are or can be paid for their content, why isn't Facebook obliged to pay me and its other 400m users, without whom it would be nothing? Or is the pleasure it gives sufficient payment in itself, a logic which my boss would love?
posted by Holly at 7:40 AM PST - 49 comments

Luckily, I enjoy quinoa and kale...

EndoFilter: Have you followed an Endometriosis Diet? Did radical changes to your diet mitigate your symptoms? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys at 7:38 AM PST - 15 comments

favorite non-heavy boardgames

Please recommend your favorite non-heavy boardgames. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 7:35 AM PST - 51 comments

Pulling it together

Help me get back on academic track as I recover from depression. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Work Hour Limits

What fields have strict limitations on hours worked per day or per week? Trucking and aviation limit strictly. Nuclear power workers have regulations that aren't often enforced. Medicine limits residents but not attendings. Any other industries place strictly enforced limitations?
posted by reverenddrjice at 7:29 AM PST - 8 comments

It doesn't work that way

"This is how it really works." I'm looking for things you know that work differently than people assume they do. For instance, people usually assume that school textbooks are chosen strictly on merit, when actually it is Texas book events that end up controlling textbook sales. Or like the comment that said "what the FBI does is collect evidence for prosecution. They rarely solve crimes on their own and they rarely prevent them." Before payola was widely talked about in recent years, most people thought songs on the radio got there solely because of popularity. I'm looking for other examples where widely common perceptions about how something operates are not accurate.
posted by cashman at 7:18 AM PST - 104 comments

Do that dance until it don't move

Help me find some Hip Hop songs about dances. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 6:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Lots of nursing school questions

Help, we need a nurse! Or someone who hires them or teaches them or is learning to be one. My 18 year old, HS senior niece wants to study nursing...lots more situational stuff and numerous questions after the jump. We're in the US, Colorado. [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I send an executable file?

How can I send an executable file, namely, the Skydur VPN software, to a friend in China (I am also in China)? Gmail does not allow this, and her options for alternatives are rather limited. As is my knowledge about these things... [more inside]
posted by dawson at 6:45 AM PST - 15 comments

What are some net-capable multiplayer games that a friend and I can play on our low-end laptops?

What are some net-capable multiplayer games that a friend and I can play on our low-end laptops? [more inside]
posted by genericdave at 6:21 AM PST - 18 comments

3DTV or not 3DTV? That is the question.

Why will 3D TVs be successful when 3D PC games weren't? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 6:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Need a bed in London for one night and that's it really!

Anyone know a cheap, clean hotel or B & B in London? Looking for something in the £25 a night range. All of the big chain hotels are so expensive and I only need a bed for the night and a shower in the morning.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 6:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Connecting MacBook Pro To A Television

What Cable Do I Need To Buy To Connect My MacBookPro To This TV. [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 5:58 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get rid of an exploitive insurance company?

I cannot get my license because a car insurance company is exploiting me with a safety claim. Can someone help me find a lawyer or offer some advice? [more inside]
posted by justflux at 5:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking help with recalcitrant printer

I am trying to get my printer working, with minimal luck. What am I missing? MacBook Pro --> USB cable --> Brother MFC-240C = promising noises, but... [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 4:59 AM PST - 7 comments

I’m trying to decide how best to spend my limited advertising budget.

I’m trying to decide how best to spend my limited advertising budget. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 4:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Title Insurance?

Buying a home in Northern Virginia. Closing costs include Lender's title insurance for $2600 and Owner's title insurance for $1000. Do I have to purchase Owners title insurance? We are purchasing from original owner in an established community (25 year old home)
posted by cactus86 at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Is walking an option?

Cheap transportation between Prague/Vienna and Graz? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 12:14 AM PST - 7 comments

March 22

How do I find people to feed?

At the end of this year I am hoping to feed several families as a part of a charitable effort/challenge that I started for myself. I need advice and ideas on how to find families, how to feed the families, any problems that can come from this, etc. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 10:43 PM PST - 18 comments

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think

Socialism. I keep hearing this word in regards to our current health care reform. I'm fairly sure most of the people I know don't really know what it actually means (my mother, for example) - I'm not even sure I know anymore. Are there already socialized programs in the US and, if so, please give me examples I can share?
posted by _paegan_ at 10:39 PM PST - 32 comments

What are these plants in my yard, and what do I do about them?

What are these weeds/trees/green things that are all over my yard, and can I do anything about them? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 9:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Catonsville / Ellicott City MD Vet recomendation

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Vet in the Catonsville or Ellicott City MD area? We have an older cat with some health issues, and don't feel we are getting the best care from our current vet. Does anyone have any recommendations in the area? Thank you!
posted by nalyd at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

The more "average" you are, the more attractive?

In what popular magazine did I first read about the 1990 study "Attractive faces are only average" (I think that was it)? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Hey world, stop telling me what to do!

I've become super sensitive to people bossing me around, and it's freaking me out. How do I stop this delayed-onset teenage rebellion before it gets me in trouble? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Lagging landlord owes me money.

I put a down payment on an apartment but the landlord delayed until I backed out. Now he's delaying repayment of the down payment. What should I do? YANML. [more inside]
posted by amanzi at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Searching for a specific designer's list of design fundamentals

Looking for a specific list of design fundamentals / best-practices. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 8:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Step three, assemble house?

I want to pay cash for a lot, then have a modular house put on it or have one built. Have any MeFites done this, and what sort of books or people should I be referencing for getting started? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Almost Paperless

Help me scan my legal documents. [more inside]
posted by shew at 7:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Because macaroni and glitter might not end well.

Please help me make my new computer case a little more snazzy. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I say “Happy birthday, stepbrother!” in Latin?

How do I say “Happy birthday, stepbrother!” in Latin? [more inside]
posted by kyten at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Why do antibiotics make it hurt worse in my teeth area?

Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens?

Is there a good resource online for reviews of literature geared towards early-teens? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 6:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Audience participation in Cirque du Soleil: O

Cirque du Soleil: O - question about audience participation (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Bars on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

NYC filter: Looking for a bar on the Upper East Side (preferably east 80s/90s) which can accomodate a group of ~50-70. My high school class is having its 15th reunion, which will start off at our school and then progress to an after-party at a bar at around 9/9:30pm on a Friday in June. So a private room would work, as would a bigger bar which could simply accomodate a mass influx. Anything from divey to schmancy is a possibility. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 6:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Website suggestions?

I'm looking for suggestions for websites that would be interesting, useful and informative to a group a adult newcomers to the internet. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 6:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find an essay on the proper role of a police officer?

An article (or essay? almost a manifesto?) on the proper role of a police officer, or perhaps rather, the philosophy of what a British constable is supposed to do. From I think the late 19th century. Can you find me the link?
posted by Eshkol at 6:39 PM PST - 2 comments

There's a hooker next door.

The apartment opposite mine is being rented weekly by prostitutes. [more inside]
posted by theCroft at 6:04 PM PST - 74 comments

The Outlook Is Grim

I need help getting up to speed on writing Windows apps that interact with MS Office (specifically Outlook). I am completely lost. Show me the way. [more inside]
posted by perrce at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?

I want a long lasting, good looking, custom, temporary tattoo. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 4:57 PM PST - 3 comments

My son has his learners permit. Now what?

This weekend I took my son out to an empty parking lot for his first experience behind the wheel of a vehicle. He didn't do anything that caused my heart rate to spike, so we got that going for us. However, I realized that I have no idea what I am doing. [more inside]
posted by COD at 4:53 PM PST - 52 comments

Remote desktop clients/servers for assisting the elderly

Seeking suggestions for remote desktop services to assist an elderly computer user. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

NYT article about best tax lawyer

I'm looking for a NYT article about the country's best tax lawyer. A man infamous for finding loopholes and his perspective on the ethics of his work. It was very interesting. Does anyone know where to find it?
posted by JamesJD at 4:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Birthday extravaganza

Restaurant recommendations in D.C. that are loose on IDs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 18 comments

[creepy filter] Is it normal to become this distracted from seeing an attractive person in public?

OK, I'm pretty sure this issue is creepy, so, brace yourself. The gist of the issue is that I'll be in public, at the store, the park, whatever, and I'll see someone who I find is very attractive ("wow, I can't believe how hot she is."). But, instead of simply letting that nice moment pass and continuing on my way as normal, I remain distracted, not really able to focus on what it is I was doing or was going to do, for a very long while, up to an hour or more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 106 comments

What if your baby is a girl, but you wanted a boy? Or vice versa?

How do people cope when the sex of their baby isn't the one they were hoping for? What if you were hoping for a girl, but got a boy instead? Or vice versa? What if you have a definite preference? Should you just not have children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 54 comments

I need to eat 36 eggs.

There are three dozen eggs in my refrigerator that will expire about 2.5 weeks from now. What are some easy, different and delicious egg recipes? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 4:20 PM PST - 50 comments

Best way to put an image on dress?

Best way to put an image on dress: screen printing or fusible interfacing and machine sewing? [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

X-ray photo of a cat?

Where can I get hold of a high-resolution (300dpi or better), print-quality digital copy of a radiograph (ie., x-ray photo) of a complete cat's body? I'm looking for something like this one at Getty Images, although preferably one taken from the side, like this or this. I have found several decent detail photos via Flickr and Google Images, but what I'm looking for needs to be a complete image. Getty and other stock photo providers are hideously expensive, and this is for a personal pet project of sorts (no pun intended), and not something I am able to spend hundreds of dollars on.
posted by gentle at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How have companies convinced people to order online rather than physical stores?

What are some examples of ways in which companies have driven customers to order online rather than a physical location? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 4:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Inky Boots

Screen printing for very cheap. I have printer inks for pigment, what can I use for a medium/binder? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 3:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Shimmering Guitars

Can someone help me identify what combination guitar effect pedals are being used to create the shimmering electric guitar swells littered around this clip (skip to about 1:02) [more inside]
posted by freud at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Debugging CFML

Trying to invoke a remote web service in ColdFusion and I want to see the exact request that's being generated and sent out. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I pass along an advertising idea?

I have an idea for a political advertisement that I want to pass along to my party. How do I do that? A letter to the chairman of the party? And how do I make sure that I'm credited in some (non-monetary) fashion? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one?

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Online Wholesaler Selling Terra Chips

Where can I buy Terra Chips at wholesale prices? [more inside]
posted by mazniak at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

take a hike

Has anyone ever hiked the GR10 (or the GR11, or the Haute Route Pyréneen, or anything else in the Pyrenees)? More specifically, how cold will it be there in April-June, and more generally, what kind of sleeping bag do I need? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Agave is my enemy

When I eat or drink more than a bite's worth of anything with agave or agave syrup in it, including tequila, I get confused, irritable, and light headed. I see spots and get tunnel vision and I often get a buzzing noise in my head. I feel like I'm on the short road to passing out. When it's over I'm headache-y and exhausted. WTH? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 3:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me get my ODS back!

I'm trying to recover an .ODS file from OpenOffice that was accidentally deleted. Can you help me get the "header"? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits?

Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits? [more inside]
posted by Outis at 2:42 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I log the ip addresses of people who visit my website or download my publication?

How do I log the ip addresses of people who visit my website or download my publication? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Should my friend complain about his psychiatrist?

Should my friend file a complaint against his doctor and, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by wet-raspberry at 2:10 PM PST - 37 comments

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive?

What's the protocol for doing research in an archive? I know I probably have to call in advance, but is there anything else I should know? And do I have to know exactly what I'm looking for before I go? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Attraction to New Men vs. Partner

I've been with my boyfriend for three years (living together for half that amount of time). This is my first long-term relationship. Previously, my relationships lasted anywhere from 3-6 months. So I don't have a real point of comparison for anything outside of the endorphine-rush phase. [more inside]
posted by Blazing Star at 2:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Gender Equality vs. The Co-ed Sleepover

My 7-year-old daughter wants her BFF to spend the night. BFF is a boy. Is that ok? [more inside]
posted by SamanthaK at 2:00 PM PST - 37 comments

Where to ski near Boulder?

Help me choose a destination for a one-day ski trip near Boulder, CO. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Song help. Shazam failed me.

Does anyone know what this song is? [more inside]
posted by BiffSlamkovich at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Printing Coupons

My Mom wants to download and print coupons. I went as far as downloading the couponprinter software from the net and Comodo warned against it. Is this a safe application? It is a form of spyware in that it collects data, though relying on your agreeing to it. I’m not a computer-talented person, but I know enough to have installed security software for her and to be wary.
posted by mightshould at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Automatic reminders for email follow-up in Outlook

Is it possible to configure Outlook to automatically create reminders when emails are flagged for follow-up? Thanks!
posted by mpls2 at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Just a head of iceberg lettuce and a fork, please

I am in the midst of applications for professional positions in my field. Often the people doing the hiring will fly interview candidates out to their location for a day-long interview process, which includes meals with people on the search committee. How can I gracefully request that they accommodate my vegan diet? [more inside]
posted by Fui Non Sum at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 1:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Ultra basic classical physics: force, energy, power

Please help me understand the relationship between force and power via this little thought experiment I dreamed up. [more inside]
posted by nathan v at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Pimp my work desktop

I've been given a (supposedly) blank check to get myself the best work desktop that I can. [more inside]
posted by _cave at 1:13 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the best way for an American to get an office job in Europe?

What is the best way for an American to get an office job in Europe? [more inside]
posted by metakiwi at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Toilet trouble

This clogged toilet is giving me! [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me get my comics/graphic-storytelling career started.

Help me figure out if my dream comics career is worth pursuing. No wait, that's too easy to answer. [more inside]
posted by circular at 12:46 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find/remember this "odd" fairy tale short cartoon series

Help me find/remember this "odd" fairy tale short cartoon series [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam at 12:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember this baseball story I read/heard.

Looking for an article or a radio story about baseball as a uniquely American sport. [more inside]
posted by cusack at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Is $8k worth rushing this?

How bad an idea would it be to try to buy a condo before the new homeowner credit deadline (April 30th)? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 11:58 AM PST - 10 comments

History of Las Vegas showgirl costumes

What is the history of Las Vegas showgirls, and especially their costumes? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Fun books about China?

I'm looking for books to read during a Los Angeles - Beijing flight. I have a guidebook and an abridged copy of Journey to the West, and I would really like to read something more contemporary. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by betweenthebars at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Digital photo/video set-up

I do a fair amount of photo/video editing and would like to step things up with some new equipment. I'm going to replace my overheating, broken screen hinge laptop with a desktop and monitor, but I know nothing about gigs and ram and video cards. Any other suggestions regarding photo storage, organization, and editing software are welcome. [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

IS hiring a Life Coach worth the $$

Has anyone ever used a life coach / career counselor? I'm unemployed and at some crossroads and wondering if this may be the shot in the arm I need to find some direction... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 11:30 AM PST - 12 comments

using a QUERY formulate in Google Spreadsheet

Hi, I searched through the archives and did not find a match. Thank you in advance. Let's say I have a spreadsheet in Google docs with two columns, names and dollar amounts. Jane Smith, $5; Joe Sixpack, $7; Jane Goodall, $4; Joe Frankin, $10, etc. I want to use – I think – the QUERY function to ADD up all the dollars that all the Joe's have, or all the dollars that the Jane's have. I have read through as much documentation as I can find and it's not giving me enough to formulate a successful query. This:
=query(A1:B20, "Select A where (A contains 'jane')", sum(B))
does not work. Any suggestions? thank you!
posted by noway at 11:17 AM PST - 11 comments

women making love to women

Sex interest filter [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:56 AM PST - 41 comments

DC Civil Ceremony Details?

Civil ceremony! What's it gonna be like? We're gettin' hitched in DC. [more inside]
posted by atayah at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a TinEye for audio?

Is there a TinEye for audio? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How to discourage piracy amongst a small community?

Seeking ideas for discouraging piracy of a DVD which has a small potential audience of only a few thousand, well-connected people. [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 10:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me determine the name of an older children's book.

Help me determine the name of an older children's book. I have a year and a half old child and for months now I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of a book that sticks out in my memory from childhood. I vaguely remember it from 1st or 2nd grade so that would have been in the early 70s. [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Carleton v. Wesleyan

Carleton v. Wesleyan. I'll be seeing my nephew next week, and he has his future whittled down to these two colleges. Not that it will really have an effect, but I'd like to appear to know more than that it is colder in Minnesota, and asking MeFites seemed easier (and maybe more astute) than reading a lot of PR things. Neither he nor I know what he will major in, but probably nothing practical (ie. if he doesn't wind up an academic, he'll be applying to law schools sooner or later.). Any opinions or insights?
posted by Some1 at 10:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Hat maker, hat maker, make me a hat...

Make/Carpentry Filter: I am a milliner (hat maker) and I desperately need some new wooden forms. Here's the rub... [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 10:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Flowery interpretations needed for a list of billiard house rules.

Flowery interpretations needed for a list of billiard house rules. [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Yet another way parents wreck their children?

Follow me inside for a bunch of questions about co-sleeping with an older child. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

I have been had

Found out on the weekend that my employer has been deducting completely bogus amounts of tax and other deductions since last May. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Breakups Suck

After some soul-searching, I've decided I need to break up with my live-in boyfriend. Our lease is up in August, and I'm worried about how to deal with living together when we're no longer "together" while we're looking for new apartments. I'm sure many of you have gone through this, so any anecdotes or advice would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 28 comments

How much money am I losing here?

How much does writing in books decrease their value? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

It can be done, but how?

I'm interested to know how people with chronic illnesses keep it from interfering with their professional lives. I have Crohn's Disease and am training to be a psychologist. How does having an illness affect your ability to see patients or clients, keep a schedule, and have a professional business etc.? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Well-designed industrial web sites?

Any examples of well-designed web sites in the industrial/engineering/manufacturing industry? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Please recommend a good painter and decorator in South West London!

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 8:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a band from SXSW...

SXSWfilter: Saturday afternoon, at Flamingo Cantina (OrigAudio's party), there was a band that I'm trying to find the name of. I've looked at the official ads, but I think they were a last minute substitution... [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Buying towels online.

Need recommendations for purchasing towels online. I know of Bed Bath & Beyond, but I'd like some alternatives. The only requirement is that the store sell towels individually and not just in sets.
posted by Beholder at 8:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail?

Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Diamonds are forever, right? Really?

A diamond can't be scratched. But can a diamond be crushed? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

Please help me assemble my kids' swingset

I just bought a wooden swingset for the kids this weekend and I'm going to be putting it together by myself. I'm looking for any helpful tips/suggestions you have regarding assembly. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Ongoing landlord/tenant issues...not sure if I am cut out for this????

I am a "small-time" real estate started in my early 20's (10 years ago)...thought it was a good way to live in a better house/better neighborhood as a single woman. I owner-occupy one of my units and rent out the other building entirely. [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Housing market : Buy or wait?

How much should the uncertainty of housing prices affect one's decision of buying a house in this market ? [more inside]
posted by cusecase at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me come up with ways to make my meal plan appealing!

I recently started working with a nutritionist, and have been given a framework for all my meals, but the actual meal planning is up to me. So far, everything has been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle except for dinners, so I am hoping that the hive mind can help me come up with some tasty ideas that fit in with the guidelines I've been given...whether they're recipes, resources for recipes, or just tips on how to turn a "grilled chicken breast" type meal into something that's actually appealing. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 7:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Canadian navy records from 1943

Genealogy and local history filter: Canadian army circa 1943: Where can I find information about my Dad? The family story goes that in 1942/43 my Dad learned that he was about to be drafted (into the army). So he joined the navy. Then I was born (October 1944). Then he was sent to Montreal and my mother and I followed him. Then we returned to Toronto. Is there anywhere in Canadian army records that I can confirm this information? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Hey London -- I have a pony request!

Hey London -- I have a pony request! No, really - a REAL pony request: American Mefite visiting has heard rumours that there are actual pony/horse rides available at some local parks. This is as far as my knowledge on the matter goes. I am an accomplished equestrian (and do tend to bounce when thrown, anyway) so, I don't want to ride a merry-go-round. Where can I find a spot to go for a ride? Would anyone like to join me?
posted by caveat empress at 6:44 AM PST - 15 comments

We want to be like Spiderman

What are some good books or other resources on rock climbing technique? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 6:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Teach manners to Miss Anxious

AnxietyRemedyFilter : Advice on school-related anxiety, which seems to complicate my academic pathway (question on generally interation with administrative staff, teachers, future internship tutors and the like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I publish research I did while moonlighting?

Should I publish research I did while moonlighting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Spoilt brats need advice

No job, loads of "savings" being burnt in rent, financially illiterate [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Bazaar is too Bizarre

How can I viscerally understand distributed revision control? [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:27 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm interested in the way that athletic performance changes with age.

I'm interested in the way that athletic performance changes with age, and how this varies amongst different sports. Can anyone point me to some data sources on age-specific performance for any sports? What about age at retirement for pro/semi-pro athletes in different sports? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Was the "Townsend Plan" tried in Washington state?

I just read this in passing: "The State of Washington pretty well went broke on the Townsend Plan (during the 1930s) without getting the economic benefits it had hoped for. (I simplify, but it's a reasonable summary.)" I can find references to Francis Townsend, and his plan. What I haven't been able to find are any specific references to the state of Washington trying it out, with middling to bad effects. Anyone? Bueller? Thanks in advance.
posted by aurelian at 2:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Scifi recommendations

Help me find freely available online science fiction, preferably involving people who are totally badass in very quiet, restrained ways that involve mental abilities more than just being Superman, and also explores the consequences of making the human body a bit malleable. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 2:03 AM PST - 9 comments

looking for "Help" in 100 languages

Where do I find a list of translations of "Help" into all major languages? I want to write a "Help" function for a computer tool (have it already). Now I want to allow people to enter "Help" in their local language and find that help page. [more inside]
posted by christianhauck at 2:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Last contribution 2009-09-28T19:39Z.

Does anyone know what happened to development on the history microformat? Is it dead in the water like it seems, or did something newer and better take over?
posted by thebestsophist at 12:44 AM PST - 0 comments

Mac and say cheese?

Mac users: is there an easy way to export a large number of photos and videos from the Photo Booth application? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:16 AM PST - 4 comments

March 21

Is this where plastic comes from?

What is this plasticky hair in a pore on my cheekbone? [more inside]
posted by trampoliningisfun at 10:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I buy a Thermapen in the D.C. Area?

Where can I buy a Thermapen in the D.C. Area? After reading fifteen million positive reviews on this device, I'm going to take the plunge and buy one. I'm feeling a bit impatient, though, and would also like to avoid S&H costs. Do you know of any restaurant supply joints or other stores around the District that carry them? Thanks, Hive!
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 9:51 PM PST - 6 comments

I just want to watch the pretty pictures.

Why can't I stream HD movies wirelessly over my home network? [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 9:46 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get both porn and a working computer?

Where do you go for porn? I'm asking in good faith about a genuine problem. When I look at porn on free websites, I sometimes end up infecting my computer with viruses. I've already installed NoScript, and I scan regularly with MalwareBytes and SuperSpyware. Is there anything I can do to reduce the risk of infecting my computer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 42 comments

The great cover letter debate

I am ready to pull out my hair!! What is the difference between a cover letter and a "Personal Qualifications Statement"? I feel as though I am merely going to be restating information. ( I am applying for a position as an adjunct instructor, and I have been asked to write both.)
posted by AlliKat75 at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I use up my whey?

I made ricotta today from whole goat's milk. Yay! Now I have about 6 cups of leftover whey and no idea what to do with it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 7:47 PM PST - 11 comments

We need help planning our vacation!

Help us plan our vacation! [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:40 PM PST - 10 comments

How to keep gnats out of my horse's ears?

Defeating evil bloodsucking insects: Is there a style of ear net that will stay on my horse overnight or should I leave his fly mask on all night? In the past I have used Swat, but do not want to do that this year. Normal fly spray is ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anaelith at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Poker add-ons?

I play Hold 'em on PokerStars, are there any extensions, add-ons, etc that I should be using? [more inside]
posted by cyphill at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get experience to figure out if an animation/game design or illustration oriented career is for me?

I live in Toronto where I'm finishing up a graduate degree soon in a social science area. I also have some experience doing Web design. Now that I have a lot of free time on the horizon, I want to seriously probe my career options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me build a great brewery

Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Advice for the bride

Help me come up with some cute or funny advice for a bride-to-be. It's for one of those activities at a bridal shower where everyone writes little bits of advice in a book for her to keep, along with a recipe. I can't stand the usual "let him think he's in charge" old-fashioned sexist stuff, and I think she'd appreciate a joke or a quote or something that's a bit more up to date than that. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Heavyweight paper in Manhattan/NNJ?

Where can I find heavyweight, textured paper suitable for an invitation in Manhattan or northern New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by miscbuff at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the subtitle font in The Prophet?

What is the typeface used in the subtitles of the American release of "Un prophète" (A Prophet)? [more inside]
posted by emflr at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Help my awesomely painty jeans stay that way

How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Help us find a home in Minneapolis

Moving to Minneapolis area -- working in Golden Valley -- what are good neighborhoods in which to look for a nice three-plus-bedroom home for a family with two very young kids? -- would love a short commute, would love a Craftsman/Bungalow house, would love to be near a food co-op -- what comes to mind, Minnesotans?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Free video streaming software for inside the firewall?

At my company, we recently started recording our internal talks/seminars. I want to set it up so that people can watch these later directly through their web browser. So, basically, looking for self-hosted video streaming server software (kind of like a YouTube/Vimeo from inside the firewall). Are there free alternatives to Adobe Flash Media Server? I'm currently looking at Apache with the h264 Streaming Module and JW Player. But is there anything that just works seamlessly? Copy an .MP4 file to a directory, give it a name in a form and a URL is generated for you?
posted by miasma at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Tips for New Orleans nightlife?

Taking a recently divorced friend to New Orleans for a weekend to celebrate his singledom -- any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Does the first paragraph HAVE to mention bra size???

Is anyone aware of 3rd-party reviews or search tools for [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Wirelessly Sync 1000 Photos from my iPhone

How do I wirelessly sync hundreds of photos from my iPhone? Without hundreds of clicks. [more inside]
posted by portabella at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Is the Happy Lawyer a mythical species?

Everywhere I look, I see blog posts, AskMeFi comments, etc., about how you shouldn't go to law school, about the crushing debt that it imposes, stories about how people hate their lives as lawyers, about the masses of layoffs in the industry, or about how the work isn't what, or as interesting as, they expected. Now, my question is -- are there any notable positive blogs / perspectives out there, written by a lawyer? Comments from MeFi lawyers are definitely welcome. [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 5:23 PM PST - 26 comments

easy to understand resources on tort law?

easy to understand resources on tort law? [more inside]
posted by qvinx at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do I feel like I have to pee all the time?

EmbarassingUrologyFilter: I've got to pee all of the time, except when I don't. What's going on here? (Gross, NSFW stuff inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Old Missouri Truck (but not mule) Identification

What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
posted by scruss at 4:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Craigslist Sugar Daddies have piqued my curiosity

What is the deal with men offering to be generous to a young college student who needs help or guys who claim they're normal and want a girlfriend but like paying for things? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 4:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Getting all the posts on a single date from Wordpress, in list form

Wordpress and MySQL-savvy coders, please help me do something. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Tweeting in mysterious code

Why do people tweet in code? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 3:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Couples therapy

Seeking recommendations for an awesome couples therapist in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 3:27 PM PST - 2 comments

What mountain bike for touring?

I'm looking for advice on what mountain bike to buy for a long off-road tour. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Active Digital Signage?

Digital Signage: I have to set up digital signage at work - 3 or 4 large monitors which will display data that management consider pertinent to the employees. Displaying inactive data - eg branding, general company info - seems do-able with something like Xibo, but what solutions are there for displaying active/ live data - eg yesterday's on-time deliveries, or what's due to ship today - which is reported in either MS Projects or SharePoint? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 3:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Traveling the Italian countryside in style.

How to buy a bicycle or motorbike in Rome to use for a summer in Italy? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I have unreasonable privacy expectations?

How annoyed should I be? (Photographer/videographer issue) [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 2:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Clouds by the CPU Second ?

Who (other than Google App Engine) offers cloud computing solutions measured by usage rather than time ? More inside ... [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 2:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Baby you can drive my bulldozer, and maybe I'll love you. Beep beep'm beep beep, yeah!

Where can I pay to drive a bulldozer for fun in the San Francisco Bay area or the Mid-Atlantic region? [more inside]
posted by CCCC at 2:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Kia seems to think that I should take it to the dealership, but...

How do I get the transmission fluid/gear oil into the transmission of an '08 Kia Spectra5? It's a manual 5-speed, and, as far as I can tell, there is no dipstick. [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Soliciting scanner software suggestions.

Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Going from 12 Years on the Mac to a Windows XP Notebook

Beginning this week, I will start using a Windows XP notebook as my home computer; to date my personal computers have been Macs. I've done some preliminary research as to Windows alternatives to programs, but I'd appreciate three areas of people's suggestions: (i) general tips for owning a Windows machine as your home machine; (ii) specific tips for people migrating from a Mac to a Windows machine; and (iii) critiques and/or alternate suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Mac programs I've used. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 1:51 PM PST - 24 comments

Listing clients on consulting resume?

Can I include past consulting clients on a resume, even if I haven't actually been employed by them? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

What is that wire?

What is that wire in his ear? [more inside]
posted by srbrunson at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Working class immigrant neighborhoods of Seattle

What Seattle neighborhood is like Brooklyn's Sunset Park? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Bending the Bridge

Is it possible to bend the bridge of my sunglasses to make the fit better? [more inside]
posted by edmz at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do?

Interesting things to do? Time available - six months (Sept. Feb. inclusive). Location - anywhere. [more inside]
posted by djgh at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Audio book rentals?

Anyone have any experience with renting a wide variety of audio books (preferably in MP3 format) online? I'm looking for reputable rental services for audio books, preferably via download. My local library does audio downloads. and I do use them, but their selection is limited.
posted by answergrape at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Graduate funding

What are good sources of funding for travel & summer courses in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 4 comments

NJ support groups

I'm looking for a support group in NJ, can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Broke and wanna leave, but how?

DebtFilter: should I declare bankruptcy before leaving the USA for a long time? Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Offbeat wedding venues in Boise Idaho.

Not ballroom wedding venues in Boise ID [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you pronounce magret?

How do you pronounce magret? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

I Know I Need A Small Vacation, But It Don't Look Like Rain

How do you get the maximum renewal effect from a short vacation? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

When I buy a DVD at a retailer, where does the money go?

When I buy a DVD at a retailer, where does the money go? [more inside]
posted by VTX at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Help fix our bookshelf

How can we salvage this woodworking project? We've applied two coats of stain, and just finished the second coat of polyurethane - but the poly is drying bleached white! What did we do wrong and how can we salvage it? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

What happened on C-Span earlier this afternoon re: health care?

What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments


Looking for a newsletter / emailing list for art exhibitions, openings and galleries in New York City [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Waiting to learn about learning to wait.

Can anyone recommend a good book for teaching children about the virtue of patience? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 11:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I go or not.

Not sure if I should go to a conference or not due to imminent resignation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Presidential Photo Use for a Book Allowed? Parody Exception? for-Profit UNexception?

Using photo of the President for a "for profit" parody enterprise? Guide me, MeFi! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 3 comments

great therapist in melbourne?

Does anyone know a good psychotherapist / psychologist in Melbourne? some details inside for what I need. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 1 comment

film my route

Video camera for a runner? [more inside]
posted by archivist at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

I have the ingredients, now I need a recipe!

What do I do with lemongrass, mushrooms and soup greens? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

How many Flaschen must a man use?

I'm trying to bake a cake from a German recipe, help me with archaic and confusing conversions! [more inside]
posted by coryinabox at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Studying Early Childhood Education and need to study it in Spain. What are good programs that are affordable (also through Financial Aid)?

What are good foreign exchange or study abroad programs in Spain, Italy, or England for Early Childhood Education and Development? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 1 comment

How can we hide them?

How do I hide puffy nipples as a guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 23 comments

Name of little island in Richmond VA?

Is there a name for this little island in Ricmond, VA? What is it?!
posted by xmutex at 9:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me locate this necklace I saw on someone, please

I saw a necklace on an acquaintance who received it as a gift. It is a diamond ring cut out of a flat piece of gold or gold-seeming metal. This is a pendant on a necklace. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 9:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Searching for more Pop/Death

I really love this mashup of Lady GaGa and Behemoth. Does anyone know of music like it (I really like the pop/death metal mix - it makes me smile)? I've listened to the other videos by the same uploader but I'd like more :)
posted by Ikazuchi at 9:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Globally change files by type?

How do I run a utility on every font? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone know what this was and where I might find it?

Does anyone know what this piece of writing was and where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Have you seen this man?

I was given this button with a picture of a bearded fellow on it. He looks familiar but I can't figure out who he is, do you recognize this face?
posted by waxboy at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it in the stars?

I'm an amateur astrologist and a few months back found a terrific and comprehensive (and free) website that provided broad stroke explanations as well as detailed minutiae regarding horoscope readings. Of course, I didn't bookmark the site and can't seem to find it in my history. Knowing this isn't much to go on, I can recall that the site provided detailed individual readings (again, free) for all facets of life (love, sex, money, career, travel, etc. etc.) as well as friendship pairings and love matches. Any help in finding the site would be greatly appreciated and paid back to you in some karmic cosmic way, I'm sure.
posted by captflamingo at 8:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Besides therapy, would a life coach help?

i grew up in a home where asking an innocent question such as, "why" resulted in verbal or physical abuse ("why are you so stupid", "don't ask why", and if I did, a hand or a fist would come at me). no surprise that i've also come to realize that I am SO much more insecure than I thought I was. now that I look back, I see that i've never asked the right questions at work, with doctors, or anything like that. My brain would shut down and I would just nod and agree to what I was being told only to think about what happened much later and realize that I should have asked this or that or responded in a certain way. My thought/response patterns have been pretty consistent throughout my life (sad, I know, as I'm nearing 40) and I desperately want to work on communicating better. I struggle to figure out how to say things "nicely" or in a way that's effective as opposed to what often times is more harsh/rude/ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 15 comments

David Lynch Soundtrack to My Life - Am I Going Mental?

Sometimes when I listen to music, it all sounds slightly off-key and a few rpm's slower. I mean, it all begins to sound rather disturbing. Happy, upbeat tunes like Mr. Blue Sky or the Go! Team sound lifeless, dreary. Anybody else ever experience this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

browsers, operating systems and internet security

it seems that the various methods of infecting computers dependent on weaknesses in browsers and operating systems. what are the safest browsers and operating systems? is virus detection software necessary, assuming you've made good choices about operating system and browsers. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 7:07 AM PST - 26 comments

How to support a grieving family.

Sadly I lost a friend to a long battle with cancer last night, her husband and teenage children are without any extended family in the area and will rely on some of us for the next while. Two things: 1 - Can you tell me of things that friends and family have done for you in similar circumstances that really helped at the time: large, small, immediately, over days, weeks, months, whatever. We'll sort out food, the pets and cleaning the house but what else can we do? 2 - Any advice on striking the right balance between giving them their space to grieve and being there to support to them?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Why is Twitter Search missing some tweets and not others?

Why does Twitter search find some tweets but not others? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

gift for 40th wedding anniversary

Is a portrait shooting with a professional photographer an appropriate 40th wedding anniversary gift? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 6:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What is wrong with my pepper plant?

What is killing my habanero pepper plant, and how do I save it? [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 6:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Love Him but His Kid Needs Help

How to work with a divorced parents dating situation where you love the guy one-on-one, but his relationship with his daughter is another, entirely more problematic issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM PST - 38 comments

Food-aroma classes, anyone?

Is there such thing as an aroma class, for recognizing component aromas in food and spices? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get XP reinstalled and back and running quickly

My Dell M65 laptop has been thoroughly rinsed by a virus infection. I've tried everything I can, but I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and completely reinstall windows. The laptop does have a restore partition, so I'm planning to use that. What do I need to think/do in order to get back up and running as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by alby at 12:50 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I explain away an accidental email?

Argh! I am an idiot and accidentally sent an email asking about a summer job (tailored to a charity) to a person running a research lab. How do I salvage this? [more inside]
posted by monocot at 12:24 AM PST - 13 comments

March 20

Circa 1950's almost video

As a kid (I'm 58) I remember a toy record player that, when used special records, played an animation... [more inside]
posted by raildr at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I ask for at my new salon?

I am a lady who knows next to nothing about hair. What should I ask for when I get my next hair cut? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a bed rest.

Where could I get a bed rest that has a 100% cotton exterior and some sort of natural stuffing (cotton, beans, whatever)?
posted by jsturgill at 10:46 PM PST - 1 comment

What game is this?

What is this game? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

SELECT training FROM internet WHERE user = 'stymied';

I find myself employed (yay!) in a position that requires SQL knowledge that I don't have, and can't quite wrap my head around (boo!). I need practical training/guides to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by sysinfo at 10:30 PM PST - 12 comments

I am looking for sites where I can read classic comic books online. Any suggestions?

I am looking for sites where I can read classic comic books online. Any suggestions?
posted by citybuddha at 10:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Suggestions for a laptop with specific requirements?

Having trouble finding a laptop that meets my requirements, do MeFites have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson at 10:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Need updates on House Health Care Votes twitter

Who should I follow on Twitter, that will reliably transmit immediate results of each of the House Health Care votes taking place on Sunday?
posted by jaimev at 9:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Just how dangerous is the interaction between leaking water and my ceiling light?

Water leaking from an upstairs apartment seems to be short-circuiting a ceiling light. How dangerous and how urgent is this problem? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Painless iMac format and restore?

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments


What other names does this game have besides tacoyaki? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 7:15 PM PST - 8 comments

I like the steaks, too, but there's got to be more.

I need recommendations for Memorial Day weekend with two teenagers in Omaha, please. [more inside]
posted by chihiro at 7:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tock, tick, tock, tock, tock ...

Can the hive mind recommend a reasonably-priced Seiko watch repair place in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 6:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Which SSD will work with Bootcamp on my MBP?

Which SSD will work with Bootcamp on my 2008 MBP? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider at 6:12 PM PST - 3 comments

"All right! I'm extraordinary! What of it? "

How can I listen to televised movies on my computer? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

ball inside a whistle? Why?

What purpose does the ball inside a whistle serve? My kid just got a clear whistle and watching him use it... the ball just sits there.
posted by Paleoindian at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Are My Ideas Mine Again?

How long do intellectual-property clauses typically last? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Could older NBA players excel in today's game?

Is there any reason to think NBA superstars of generations past could compete in today's NBA? Is it even fair to compare players of different generations? [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio at 3:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Traveling to San Juan

I will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico for one day. What cheap activities should I do? [more inside]
posted by lunit at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home-grown tomatoes

What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 3:29 PM PST - 49 comments

makeup for outdoor filming

I'm making a video (think Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin) outside, and want to know about what makeup to wear. [more inside]
posted by griseus at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots?

What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Of course you can trust me with your website, I'm a proctologist!

I've recently opened a reseller account with a web host and taken over the hosting of a friend's website. There was a lot of trouble transferring accounts and data, and I've realised that I don't really have a clue what I'm doing. Please recommend some good on-line resources to help me learn how to effectively manage the hosting of websites. [more inside]
posted by doost at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Why don't good looking guys my age hit on me, but groups of 14 year olds will?

Do really good looking guys ever ask for the numbers of women they don't know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:47 PM PST - 45 comments

I'm a layman. Dumb it down.

Got my connectivity/internet issues fixed yesterday. But what was the problem? I don't understand what the tech guy told me. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Lifting/martial arts in Chicago?

I'm interested in getting involved with either Olympic-style lifting or martial arts in Chicago. Do any good places for either exist in the city? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Adult webcam chat for actual adults?

After a few chatroulette connections that turned surprisingly erotic, my wife and I (on the cusp of our 40s) are interested in further exploring sexy webcam chats. We're looking for sites populated by people (ideally other couples, but singles are OK too) who are not teenagers, and who are inclined to be discreet (I realize there's no guarantee on that one, but sites with a culture of discretion would be nice). Pay sites are OK. Any suggestions? If you'd rather not post info here, feel free to send suggestions to Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I learn to be more dominant in bed?

How can I learn to be more dominant in bed? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Sponsor letter for Catholic nomads in Cleveland

Does anyone know of any Catholic priests or parishes in the Cleveland area that will issue a godparent sponsor letter quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM PST - 5 comments

His bark sounds painful

My dog's bark has become high pitched and hoarse. Cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 12:30 PM PST - 4 comments

For what Rush serves

What role does Rush Limbaugh serve in society seen from an anthropological/ sociological point of view?
posted by manwoo at 12:20 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I improve on memory and answering questions?

How do I improve on memory and answering questions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

How to frat post-college?

I'm a little sheepish about this, but I feel like I missed out by not joining a good frat in college -- on the group camaraderie, bonding, and drunken partying. Also, I like the idea of a large group of guys who just get along and enjoy hanging out rather than having to share some hobby. I'm probably romanticizing it, I know, but how can I experience something similar now, in my late 20s? I live in NYC, and going back for any kind of new degree is not an option. The workplace is not too helpful, unfortunately.
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Thinking ahead about the past

What should I consider before going to interview my Great Great Uncle? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 12:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Using Wikipedia content and photos in an iPhone application

Using Wikipedia content and photos in an iPhone application. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Unemployment after demotion?

I've been demoted. Returning to work Monday after two months medical leave of absence under FMLA. I just learned I've been demoted in responsibility though not in pay after two years on the job. I'll consult a lawyer right away. My question is about unemployment insurance. In Oregon, if I voluntarily leave the job, will I have a chance for unemployment under these circumstances? I'll visit the State employment office right away, too. But, if possible, I'd like some background before I do.
posted by partner at 11:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Is Moroccan Hair Oil Safe To Use?

Is Moroccan Hair Oil safe to use? Is pure Argan oil better, or will it make my hair smell like goat droppings? [more inside]
posted by Locative at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Wanted: Progressive rock recommendations

Music recommendations - what are your favorite prog rock epics? Looking for more rich, multi-movement, overlong 15+ minute songs. Particularly newer stuff from the last 10 years. [more inside]
posted by Khalad at 11:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl.

Collegedorkfilter: He's acting like he's in love with me, and I feel the same, but he seems to have another girl. What do I do? Nerdy ass literary references, awkward silences, and lots of hot-wild cuddling action ensue! [more inside]
posted by cheberet at 11:12 AM PST - 41 comments

Help with car loan and cosigner

My girlfriend drives a 2004 Ford Focus that is insured by her mother, but my gf pays her for it. The title and registration are also in her mothers name, but the loan is in my girlfriend's name with her mom as a cosigner. My girlfriend has made 100% of the loan payments (as well as minor repairs). Recently my girlfriends mom has begun to demand that she turn over the vehicle because it is "hers", but has now decided to try to cancel her insurance but cannot do so due to not having the plates to the car. My girlfriend is now living in fear and worrying that her mother is going to come over to our house and take the plates off the car. Her mother has also threatened to report the car as STOLEN. [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

[First Aid] Central America: Came across an unconscious boy on the side of the road - how should I have responded?

You're driving in backwater Central America and find an unconscious, bleeding boy lying on the side of the road - What do you do? (Happened to me yesterday) [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 10:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Defer my private student loans!

How do I qualify for an in-school deferment on my CitiAssist loans? [more inside]
posted by guybrush_threepwood at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

History of white (not whole-grain) rice in Japan

When did the Japanese stop eating whole-grain rice and switch to white rice? I imagine that this was a gradual move, starting with the rich and slowly filtering down to the masses, and I'd like to know, generally, when it started, and when everybody was eating white rice only.
posted by ovesh at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

I Hate You ! No wait, I don't. Let's be friends.

What film, TV or literary female characters begin as adversaries and end up friendly? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 9:50 AM PST - 29 comments

PS3 games for kids

What are some good PS3 games for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade? [more inside]
posted by crios at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

San Francisco telephone exchanges

Where on the internets can I find a map of San Francisco telephone exchanges? Or, help me choose a 415 number for Google Voice. [more inside]
posted by little e at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Jewish religious school filter

Sometime in the late seventies a story appeared in a Jewish kids' magazine; I'm fairly sure it was World Over. [more inside]
posted by brujita at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comment

On Saturday??

What leads to congress assembling on the weekend? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Pore Me

Ouch! Is pore extraction good for my skin? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:24 AM PST - 5 comments

He's here tonight on the show, and has a new album out

Celebrities on a world-tour to promote their new record/movie/tv show/book on local tv programs. Do they pay to go on worldwide tv shows, are they paid to appear on worldwide tv shows, or is it a "do ut des" (for free, a win-win for both parties) ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

what is this i don't even

Recommend me art that will blow my mind. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:01 AM PST - 57 comments

How can I improve photo quality on Facebook?

What is the best way to ensure better quality picture uploads to Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Whole-grain bread: healthy for us, death for appliances

I recently fulfilled my wife's lifelong dream of owning a KitchenAid mixer. It was a used Epicurean 475-watt beast that was in great shape. That was about a month ago. Now we have the paperweight to beat all paperweights and I need help finding a replacement. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:35 AM PST - 24 comments

What does this plot element mean in Damages Season 1?

Plot question about the first season of Damages. (Beware spoilers.) [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Who got committed?

It's the mid 20th century. You're a 40 or 50-something, poor, married immigrant mother who barely speaks English, has been accused by your husband of infidelity....and has just been committed to a state hospital for the "insane." How mentally ill are you likely to be, by today's standards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Hello, is this you? Yes it's me. Oh, sorry, I was looking for a different you. With your same number. And first name.

Is someone spoofing my cell phone number (and first name)? If so, why? And does this have any impact on my cell phone contract? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Laundry in Hell's Kitchen

I need a recommendation for laundry/dry cleaning in Hell's Kitchen NYC area. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 8:07 AM PST - 3 comments

99 & 44/100%

What does soap smell like? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

dinner, drinks and ncaa in richmond

i'm looking for a place in richmond to grab dinner and watch the ncaa tournament tomorrow night. [more inside]
posted by noloveforned at 7:15 AM PST - 7 comments

UK/common law: obstruction, or valid complaint?

Does the "lay advisor" in these videos: 1 2 (about 15 mins in total) have any real legal standing for what he is doing -- claiming that this UK magistrate's court is invalid/improperly carried out, and that council tax is not an enforceable law? [more inside]
posted by Drexen at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I adjust my motorcycle suspension?

I just purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I need to adjust the rear suspension to accommodate my girlfriend. Do I need to take the bike to a shop? [more inside]
posted by austere at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I think I'm getting the Black Lung, pop.

This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a good AM3 mainboard

I'm looking for the best AM3 motherboard out there quality wise under 200 USD. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 4:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Still alive.

Who are the living legends? [more inside]
posted by Baldons at 2:49 AM PST - 112 comments

LCD monitor showing blank white screen

While I was using it, the image on my LCD monitor suddenly dissolved into white, as if the pixels disappeared and the backlight was completely exposed. Has anyone encountered this problem before and is it fixable? [more inside]
posted by hgcrpd at 12:48 AM PST - 4 comments

All I need now is a really tall ladder....

Help me to understand the mentality of those Americans who are opposed to Obama's national health-care plan. [more inside]
posted by Pippi Longstocking at 12:22 AM PST - 71 comments

German to English II

Please translate this English to German: [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 12:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Once upon a time, suicide, mutilation and murder

Apparently the version of The Little Mermaid I read as a child is way different than the original Hans Christian Andersen version. Can someone help me find this decidedly more gruesome version? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 12:03 AM PST - 6 comments

March 19

What type of bird is this and where is the sound coming from?

What type of bird is this? It seems to chirp frequently all day and all night. How can I pinpoint where the sound is coming from? [more inside]
posted by querty at 11:35 PM PST - 5 comments


what's the difference between speed and ice?
posted by moorooka at 11:30 PM PST - 10 comments

child psychiatrist to treat adult ADHD?

I'm in my mid-20s and was diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive, not hyperactive) in my teens. I tried therapy and medication on and off for a while, but that stopped a few years ago. Has anyone had positive experiences treating with a child psychiatrist as an adult? More about why I am a special special snowflake below... [more inside]
posted by inertia at 11:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Which bible should I read?

Which bible should I read? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 10:17 PM PST - 47 comments

More Deer Than I Can Eat

I've been given a large (2lbs?) frozen (from friend's deep-freeze to my freezer) venison salami. How do I make the best use of it? I've already considered sandwiches of many varieties, but what else?
posted by MuChao at 9:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Stuck In A Rut

I'm 21, jobless (on benefit) and still living with my parents. I want to move out and concentrate on starting a business with my friend (which is something I've thought long and hard about). [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Toastmasters for writing?

Is there something like Toastmasters for writing, specifically the functional, everyday kind? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the flag on the back of the UVM basketball uniforms?

What is the green flag with a blue canton that appears on the back of the uniforms of the University of Vermont's men's basketball team? It can be seen fairly clearly here and here. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Safe tuna

I like eating tuna fish. Tuna is kinda endangered. Is there a non overfished tuna I can still eat? How can I tell which is which?
posted by Omon Ra at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Overpaid fines and trouble-help.

10 months ago I got a speeding ticket, a ticket for expired insurance card, and didn't show up in court. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 7:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Applying to jobs online vs. submitting a resume and cover letter in person.

Applying to jobs online vs. submitting a resume and cover letter in person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Can we eat food from a broken fridge and how can we fix the fridge?

My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Collabtive Installation Error

Why is my installation of Collabtive 0.6.2 not connecting to the MySQL databases on my web server? I've uploaded the software and set up a MySQL database, but when I run the install module I keep getting an "Error: Tables could not be created" message. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

We had the party, do we want to sign the papers?

How do we figure out the pros/cons of entering a same-sex marriage in various jurisdictions? Do we want to talk with a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Asheville to Washington D.C.

Are there some interesting places to stop from Asheville to D.C.? [more inside]
posted by ae4rv at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments


What does it feel like to have ADD or ADHD? I'm looking for specifics rather than generalities, so personal anecdotes are best (preferred over hearsay or lists of symptoms from the internet). [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:06 PM PST - 123 comments

I'd rather prefer it if my ceiling didn't fall in.

Small dark spot on ceiling wasn't there before. Should I be immediately concerned? [more inside]
posted by jal0021 at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Please suggest songs that use a guitar in D tuning

Please suggest some songs that I could play on a guitar in D tuning. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

experts agree?

Is there a site for music like "Rotten Tomatoes? [more inside]
posted by acrasis at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do I buy skates?

Where should I purchase roller skates in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by Pochemuchka at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Don't drink the brown water

Without warning my hot water (and hot water only) has suddenly started running brown, and when I drain a tub of it silt like material is left in the bottom. I suspect it's rust. After running the water for a long time it does not seem to be going away. Am I right in thinking that this is probably my boiler and it should be replaced? The suddenness seems weird. Also: my family has been showing and bathing in this, could it be harmful in any way?
posted by Artw at 4:52 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I avoid being homeless?

I'm in college, have no income and I'm pretty close to being homeless. Is there anything I can do to get more financial aid from my school (which would cover housing/food/etc)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Hetero bed death

Are you a member of (or do you know of) a couple who actually bounced back from long-term relationship "bed death," where one partner's sex drive went through the floor? How did you (or they) do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 40 comments

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs?

What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

If you're a police dog, where's your badge?

I'm at SXSW, I want to see some punk tonight, and I don't have a badge (or wristband). Is there any hope?
posted by rush at 4:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Glacially slow hot water

Master bathroom shower takes FOREVER to get hot water. The hot water heater is outside, less than fifteen feet from the actual shower. Other faucets in the house are much farther away (up to 30-40 feet away) never fail to get us hot water in less than 15-30sec. What gives? How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 3:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Business and friendship might not mix

I'm a freelance graphic designer, and my friend -- who is starting a consulting business -- wants us to have a policy of mutual referral fees. This makes me uncomfortable. How should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by bethist at 3:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Has Woody Allen seen Miami Rhapsody?

Has Woody Allen seen Miami Rhapsody? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:30 PM PST - 0 comments

Puzzles for n00b Programmers.

I'm looking for puzzles for novice programmers similar to The FizzBuzz Question. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 3:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for freeware that will tell me the overall time duration of a collection of movie clips.

I have a folder of 500+ movie clips and would like to know the total time duration when they are combined. Is there a freeware utility that can help me? I'm using Windows XP. Thanks-
posted by cwarmy at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Ways to make $500 or more over 3 months?

I want to make an extra $500 over 3 months. Looking for ways to achieve this modest goal. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:47 PM PST - 27 comments

I need blunt, direct advice about a recent crush.

I need blunt, direct advice about a recent brief crush. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

XP security virus help?

My Mom has an infected PC. I've been trying to debug it for an hour and a half now to no avail. It's apparently an updated version of the XP Security Center virus. Problem is: it's prohibiting either Firefox or Explorer from opening, so I can't d/l anything. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 2:36 PM PST - 22 comments

How to network with pride

I'm currently job searching and aside from getting in touch with close contacts and recent colleagues I'm having trouble with the whole idea of contacting people that I haven't spoken to in years when it's obvious my ulterior motive is networking. What's the best thing to say when approaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I be tactful in a difficult situation?

Need to be tactful in a tough situation. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 9 comments

help me sign my letter!

Here's my painfully specific waste of a question. I'm writing a letter to someone important at my alma mater. This letter is coming from me specifically as an alumn. My brain is fried and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to best format my signature block - I know I've seen this before but I'm having trouble. [more inside]
posted by peep at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Startup and niche marketing podcasts?

How can I take advantage of a long road trip to learn about entrepreneurship and niche marketing? [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Quick - need a good, simple DSLR for $1500!

Your boss gives you 24 hours and $1500 to buy a simple DSLR camera for use in a clinic so the docs can take digital pictures of skin lesions and other pathologies, for future use in trainings (PowerPoints), websites, handouts etc. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

One Step Closer to Total Media Domination

Can I stream from a Seagate Dockstar to my XBMC-running Xbox? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Does the tranquil business owner really exist?

Do business owners and freelancers ever learn to relax while running their own businesses? And if so, how do they get to that point? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me with getting the right venting for Takagi Jr tankless heater.

I bought a Takagi Jr tankless heater and was wondering if anyone could help me with getting the right venting for it. I'm going to be venting it through the back wall right into my backyard.
posted by jasonbold at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to watch Maryland/Houston in SF tonight?

To SF MeFites: Where's a good place to catch March Madness today? I particularly want to see the Maryland/Houston game around 6:30 tonight. 'Good' here is defined by cheap beer and the chance to occasionally hear some commentary. Proximity to BART a plus, willing to travel to Oakland.
posted by Gussio at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing.

Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Treasure hunt. No pirates allowed.

TreasureHuntFilter: looking for devilishly puzzling clues for a grown-up birthday treasure hunt. [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Punk rock love songs?

Punk rock love songs? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 12:33 PM PST - 82 comments

Help a Photoshop novice with auto color correction!

Is there an action / tool / simple, built-in feature in Photoshop CS4 that will auto-correct color levels based on what I choose as a neutral color (like Picnik does)? Image>Auto-Color isn't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner at 12:21 PM PST - 10 comments

practicing mindfulness

how can i practice mindfulness when my brain's default is mindlessness? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 12:18 PM PST - 21 comments

I love the smell of bacon in the morning. Help.

People who became vegetarian or vegan for ethical or moral reasons: how did you get over the fact that meat just tastes so good? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:55 AM PST - 67 comments

Nose job for a big nose?

Does a nose piercing emphasize or distract from a large nose? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 11:53 AM PST - 38 comments

Microsoft Project Master Schedule?

I have multiple individual project schedules in Microsoft Project format. Is there a way to view all the schedules simultaneously on the same page without me manually creating a master schedule?
posted by crankylex at 11:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Wireless Router Doesn't Work

Wireless Router Doesn't Work [more inside]
posted by KRS at 11:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Some dog friendly Portland rental options?

My parents live in Portland, Oregon and we want to visit the area for the month of June. Me, my wife and our corgi will be driving up from Texas and are looking for a place to stay. Any recommendations on where to find a one month rental in and around Portland?
posted by jeffkramer at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me buy sugar apples.

Where can I buy or order pinha fruit AKA "sugar apples" in the United States, specifically Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by fremen at 11:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Origin of this quote

I'm considering getting a tattoo that reads, "Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias," or roughly, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived." I learned of the quote from the film, "Strictly Ballroom," but I can't find any more info on it except that it's listed on some sites as a "Spanish proverb." I'd love to know more about this saying, but I'm not turning up anything online.
posted by trillian at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

No GORP for me.

Can you suggest unprocessed or minimally processed foods for hiking day trips (approx. 12 hours) and three-day backpacking trips? The catch: no refined carbohydrates. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone know if people die of starvation in the United States?

Does anyone know if people die of starvation in the United States? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 10:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Need professional printing from Pages.

I can't find a professional printer in the Chattanooga area who can print a flyer done on a Mac, in Pages. What are my options? I really have no way to do this flyer, other than on a Mac, and I made this flyer for someone who lives in Chattanooga TN, and has been unable to find a printer who has a Mac. Is there a way to convert this POS to PDF or something equally stupid and pedestrian?
posted by tejolote at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I make this process more efficient?

Is it possible to automate the process of editing two word documents, converting them to pdfs, merging them, and then emailing? [more inside]
posted by gagoumot at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

When bad smells happen to good kitchens

How can I remove an evil smell from my kitchen cupboard? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Tuber or not tuber?

What potato varieties are suitable for growing in potato towers? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Mysterious keyboard behavior: accidental or malicious?

My MacBook's keyboard mysteriously changed to Dvorak! How can I tell if someone messed with my computer? [more inside]
posted by k. at 10:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me avoid an allergies quack...

How / where do I get a proper allergy or food intolerance test? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I sterile or am I nuts?

What determines semen color (and does mine mean I'm sterile?). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Yep, I hate burglars.

Our house was broken into. But nothing was taken. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 AM PST - 38 comments

What does "by the end of the week" mean?

Had a job interview on Wednesday. They said they would have decisions out by the end of the week. It's now 4pm on a Friday, and I've heard nothing. This means I didn't get it, right?
posted by handee at 9:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me be a bookworm en francais.

I need help building my French-language library. I'm looking for good books in French that aren't too tough for someone who isn't used to the language. All genres are welcome, but non-fiction and YA especially. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get rid of my aquarium!

I'm moving apartments and I have an aquarium of fish I am growing to hate. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Vroom Vroom

Help me learn to ride a motorcycle [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find travel speakers that are acutally enjoyable to listen to.

Looking for a set of travel speakers that actually sound good and are a pleasure to listen to. Are there any out there? [more inside]
posted by StimulatingPixels at 8:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Bowling in Boston

[Boston filter] We're thinking of going bowling tonight. Where? [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Accepted by UCLA

I was accepted by UCLA. Now what? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:31 AM PST - 41 comments

How selfish is too selfish?

How much selfishness is normal in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 33 comments

Blew 0.07 BAC, but I don't drink.

I was stopped at a "sobriety checkpoint". The officer said I blew 0.07, and let me go with a "warning". The catch - I don't drink. Haven't had a drink in 20 years. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 26 comments

Being a good person and a good landlord - help me achieve the impossible.

Newbie landlord in training - how can I help a person in desperate need AND be business savvy? (Long winded, please forgive me). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Warranty hacks -- How to get them to do what we paid them to do?

How to get Dell to follow through with their warranty promises, when they insist the problem is "software related"? PS They installed the problematic software. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

how to help a grieving grandma

What can I do to help my mother deal with all her friends dying of old age? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a HD camcorder.

Looking for a HD camcorder. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to copy your safari browser session from your iPhone to a Mac?

Is it possible to copy your safari browser session from your iPhone to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

JBoss 5.1 upgrade

Anyone have tips on upgrading JBoss 4.2 to 5.1? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comment

411 on the 02458, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02467, 02468, and 02495

Newton, MA: What not to miss? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Good Guided Tours in Boston?

So March 30th, I'm heading to Boston to visit some friends for a week, only....they've told me they're going to have to work the whole time after all. No hanging out together until the weekend. Can anyone recommend some good tours and activities for someone on their own? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 7:39 AM PST - 14 comments

My kid had breastmilk not from me.

I shouldn't be worried that my child was accidentally given another woman's breastmilk. Right? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 7:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Party on, please?

How can my family celebrate my dad's 77th birthday? Twist: no food. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Is it possible to use another email address as my default send as in outlook 2007

Is it possible to use another email address as my default send as in outlook 2007. I have my personal email account and rites to send from multiple distribution groups and users. Is it possible to set another person or distribution groups email as my default send from address. my email is my outlook profile. thank you
posted by antisocialiting at 7:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Turning 30 next week. Is it too late to start taking care of my skin?

Turning 30 next week. Is it too late to start taking care of my skin? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:53 AM PST - 27 comments

European Music Nerds!

European Music Nerds! I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream music from Europe. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 6:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Urine my powder, grossing me out.

Why does my face powder smell like pee? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Switching it up

How can I convert a video into a powerpoint? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 2:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Cause vs Effect

Are our feelings/emotions (love, anger, lust, sadness, etc.) a result of chemical reactions that take place in our body? Or do chemical reactions occur as a result of our emotional state? What comes first?
posted by murtagh at 2:25 AM PST - 40 comments

road trip LV to NYC

road trip USA: my wife and I will drive from Las Vegas to NYC mid-april. Any suggestions on the itinerary? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 1:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Are they just putting an 'Enterprise Grade' sticker on it and going for a different market segment?

Why does the Seagate Barracuda ES.2 cost almost twice as much as the 7200.12 for the same capacity? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Will It All Come Down to the Smell of the Pee...

I've been thinking of adopting a cat from the local shelter...HOWEVER...I am starting to hesitate because of all the problems people have with cat pee. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:23 AM PST - 52 comments

Perfect gift for someone who recently got into dirt biking?

Perfect gift for someone who recently got into dirt biking? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

March 18

loo-FA! loo-FA! loo-FA!

Where's the "use the loofa!" video? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 10:35 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the most comfortable pillow in the world?

What is the best most comfortable pillow in the world? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 10:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Is there any hip hop out there like The Roots?

Can you help me find more sweet tracks like The Roots' Get Busy and Here I Come? I am painfully lost in the hip hop universe. [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Just don't hold me responsible for catching any typos.

I'm looking for best practices and recommended fonts for typesetting Somali, Farsi, Tamil, Pashto and Punjabi (not sure which script yet). Do you read these languages? Can you point me in the direction of some good-looking examples? Thanks in advance!
posted by avocet at 9:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Hardwood floor refinishing

Tell me about refinishing hardwood floors. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Tumblr Redesign: Like

Where do I find web designers that can work with Tumblr? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I paint my bathroom once and for all?

How can I paint my bathroom once and for all? My steamy showers seem to obliterate paint. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 8:57 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to paint my bathroom and am a total DIY newbie. Help!

I really want to paint my bathroom. I have never done any sort of DIY or home project before. Is this going to be harder than I think it is? Where do I even start? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

It was so funny, but never went viral...

I can't believe I'm asking a question like this, but, I need help finding a video. In it there was a guy who was saying something about how to do the "best trick ever" with skateboarding and then proceeds to tell you how to bluff your way through. [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Prove the scientific method works

How do I prove that the scientific method works? [more inside]
posted by lexicakes at 7:29 PM PST - 32 comments

A: I'm allergic, and B: you're a Boston Terrier, but C: you're a cutie full of charms!

I have asthma and allergies. My husband would love to get a Boston Terrier puppy. Oh and I love dogs too.... how crazy are we to get one? How are Bostons for allergies? [more inside]
posted by SarahbytheSea at 7:25 PM PST - 28 comments

I have to product an IT hardware quote...and in 12 hours

I need some quotes/ideas on IT hardware...and have to generate a proposal in 12 hours! [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find software to improve my production scheduling.

I'm looking for software to help streamline production scheduling in a small business. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

How to protect against home or phone harassment via contact info found online?

Has anyone had success using any service to remove personal contact information, including just the name of the town where you live, from online public records searches? In short, I would like to make it as difficult as humanly possible for people to use the internet to track me down in meatspace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 7 comments

More Sex Story Sites

I love to read bisexual erotic fiction and peruse Nifty, ASSTR and Literotica with regularity. I am looking for more boards or online communities that are updated regularly and/or have archives of bisexual (MMF/FFM) erotic fiction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 8 comments

The cloud might run me dry

How can I ensure that my Amazon Web Services bill (specifically EC2 usage) doesn't exceed a certain dollar value? Is there a tool that will kill off my instance(s) at after a given amount of resources have been used? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Difficult Books

What are the most difficult books you have ever read? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 6:26 PM PST - 134 comments

Is bison or buffalo meat as good or better than beef?

Does bison or buffalo meat have the same drawbacks as beef? [more inside]
posted by Kirk Grim at 6:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Help give my third grade son ideas for a fun school project!

My son's third grade class is going to be doing a fun project called "Mini-Society." Each student has to come up with a product that they will market to other students within the society. Help me come up with a fun, easy product for my son to "sell!" [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 5:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I stay working here?

Should I stay at this job or should I go? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

bay area newspaper blues

The Bay area, a pivotal center of technology, finance, home to CAL, Stanford, and many, many literate folks does not have a semi-decent local newspaper. How and why? Can anything be done? ps: the local "news" blogs are really no better (SFist, beyond chron, etc) [more inside]
posted by macadam9 at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

A good placement agency for CIO/CTO/Director level positions?

Can you recommend a placement agency for a CIO/CTO/Director level position in IT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school?

How do I use Facebook to my advantage for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 15 comments

I have more student loan debt than many morgages. What do I do?

I have ~$100K in student debt...from undergrad. A very long story with legal, emotional and financial questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Will this Zombie Debt ever die?

The debt has been deleted from all 3 credit bureaus after having been successfully disputed, and now, all of a sudden, the collector has come a-knockin'. How do I keep Zombie Debt from trying to eat my brains? [more inside]
posted by fictionalcara at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Thunderbird emails being replied to wrong address

Email replies going to a different address than the one sent from in Thunderbird. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird at 5:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Where in Chicago should my mother and I go shoe shopping?

Where in Chicago should my mother and I go shoe shopping? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 4:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Rip Off van Winkle

What are some different ways that businesses try to hoodwink customers? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 3:45 PM PST - 42 comments

Pickest clothing shopper EVER.

Help! I am THE PICKIEST clothing shopper ever. Really. Long list of specifications inside, but here's the teaser: I'm very short with an unusual build, I insist on basic, no-frills, high-quality things (but I don't object to somewhat "feminine" clothes), I prefer to patronize socially/environmentally conscious businesses, and... well, the list goes on. Where can I find clothes? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 3:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Why was Wes again ready for Freddy?

Why did Wes Craven make "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 3:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Sax version of Danny Boy on This American Life, by whom?

This American Life music identification needed: I've looked in all the usual places. [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Want beer, will travel

As an enormous fan of American craft beer visiting New York, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where should I go to partake of the finest brews? Do any local breweries offer tours of their facilities or tastings? Are there any beer happenings going on in the period between the 10th and 20th of April this year? [more inside]
posted by flippant at 2:34 PM PST - 43 comments

Help me choose my first blog/CMS solution?

Please tell me about the current state of the art for blog and/or content management systems? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Optical illusions that work small?

Are there any optical illusions that give the illusion of motion / general tripy-ness on a computer monitor at 32x32 pixels? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 2:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Corrupted Thunderbird Profile?

Thunderbird is downloading all my emails for the last 9 months (all 6k of them) - help! [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

trashy lot to tiny park

Advise for renovating/landscaping the trashed up corner lot out my window. [more inside]
posted by LZel at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Beautifully Written Books for Young People

What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 2:04 PM PST - 45 comments

Should I stop seeing my counselor after being told to see someone else?

Should I stop seeing my counselor/therapist? New to all this, not sure how this all works. This is my first time really going to therapy, so how does one determine if who you are seeing is helping you? [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Sirius-ly need some chill music for this birth!

Help this mefite listen to the XM/Sirius "Chill" station (35) for as little money as possible. Frugal advice for equipment/subscription plans? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a stressed couple pick some activities for this Saturday in NYC/Brooklyn!

My boyfriend and I need to go on an all-day date in NYC and Brooklyn this Saturday. We're native New Yorkers, so we don't need to see the Statue of Liberty or every art exhibit, but we'd prefer something other than watching Hulu at home. So what do we do? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 1:30 PM PST - 20 comments

To speak? Or not to fpeak?

How far back in history can I go before the English language I know and love is of no use to me? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 1:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Good leather repair in NYC?

I have a leather bag with a couple small punctures in it, where should I take it in Manhattan for repair?
posted by sonofslim at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm going on a bike ride

I'm bringing my bike (and a budget) to DC this weekend. Where should I go/what should I do? Looking for cool outdoor spaces... [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Who would want to punch Einstein?

Please identify the man on the left with the moustache. The guy on the right is clearly meant to be Einstein. Who's the guy punching him? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 12:53 PM PST - 36 comments

what to do with our extra money

Question on paying off student loans. [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Blood, sweat, but no tears

Why did I sweat so profusely when I donated blood? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 12:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Hot town, summer in the city... back of my brain getting programming smartsy

Looking for great month-long summer courses in NYC? Particularly in intro to javascript, iphone dev, or ... marketing. [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Group shoots or general tips for a new model? (DC)

Group shoots in the DC area, or general safety/learning tips for a model just starting out? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 11:48 AM PST - 1 comment


i'm trying to transfer contacts from a nokia E51 to a blackberry. [more inside]
posted by niyati182 at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Which Quickbooks version should I use, Online or Software one?

Which version of Quickbooks I should use, online or software? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

paypal free money scam

Unauthorized transfer of cash INTO my paypal account. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Miserable high school student, plus one life stage.

I'm a sophomore in college who was totally sure as a high school senior that I wanted to go to an out of state liberal arts college. I succeeded, and now I'm pretty sure I made the wrong choice. Did this happen to you? How did you deal with it going forward into Real Life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 40 comments

Cardio ideas for a gimp.

I need a cardio exercise that is as close to being as effective and versatile as running as possible that I can do with certain injuries (knees and ankles). [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Am I Hearing Things?

Why do my headphones whine when going through security sensors? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 11:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can a 40 year-old dude go in the Tempe/Chandler AZ area to be (sort of) social?

Where can a 40 year-old dude go in the Tempe/Chandler AZ area to be (sort of) social? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to see bathroom vanities?

Is there a place where I can see many bathroom vanities on display? I need to buy a bathroom vanity and it is something I need to see in real life not just on a website as color and quality can look different up close. Places like Home Depot and Lowes only display a few and a search for "bathroom showroom" found contractor/decorator storefronts where the main purpose is to sell $20,000 bathroom makeovers rather than to display products. Are these things people typically buy mail order without having seen them or am I looking in the wrong place?
posted by fries at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments


What should I do about elevated iron level. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Which makes for a better downtown car-free life? Portland or Seattle?

Living without a car: Would you choose downtown Portland or downtown Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Lawyers & Rainmaking

Asking for a friend: Friend is a senior litigation associate in a mid-sized firm in a smaller legal market. Partners have told him they want to see more business development. Problem is, the market is a mature one, saturated with firms. How does he make it rain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the threshold for neighborly decent exposure?

I moved into a new apartment where my back windows now face other neighbors, not too close, but not very far either. This exchange of views is a new thing to me. My question is: how dressed up do you have to be in order to avoid offending the neighborhood? Anyone with "rear window" experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 24 comments

What are some cool judicial tests?

What are some judicial tests? I already know about the M'Naughten rules and the Product Test (for mental competence to stand trial), and the Lemon Test and Coercion Test (for whether school-led prayer violates the establishment clause). I love these. What are some other judicial tests? Where can I read about them? [more inside]
posted by mathtime! at 10:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Follow the yellow brick road! And take Munchkinland with you.

18 People traveling together! How do we arrange this without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 10:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Ask Metafilter #2?

Where on the internet do you go with your questions, when you can't ask the hive mind? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for a specific post about pitching bloggers.

Looking for a short (and good) online piece on tips for pitching bloggers that I read in the last six months or so, but my Google Fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

This is the most awkward question I've ever asked...

How can I get a 100% objective assessment of the way I look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 51 comments

Looking for voting software for a contest

I'm looking for online voting software with a few specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Time Vacuum (or Productivity Fail) Web Sites

I'm putting together a list of some of my favourite time-vacuum websites. What I mean by that is a website that you can visit and then lose half your day to, by the sheer amount of great stuff to read, watch, play, listen to, learn, etc etc. They could be news pages, or a site where there is always something new to see, or maybe just a database that you can lose hours mining for interesting information. I'm sure we all have stuff like this in our bookmarks, so I'm turning to the hive mind for help to expand my list of really interesting sites. [more inside]
posted by oxide at 7:53 AM PST - 37 comments

Protecting privacy (and solitude)

It's census time. I'd like to share as little as possible. What's the minimum requirement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 48 comments

Unemployment benefits in Georgia while having a LLC?

Is it possible to draw unemployments benefits in Georgia, while having a LLC and the business making money, but not paying myself? I got laid off in Atlanta around July 2009, but I had a nice severance package and got paid bi-weekly till December 2009. Around September 2009, I formed an LLC and made a couple thousand through the end of 2009. I am filing taxes for the LLC as needed. So far this year, I've made a bit more, but I'm wondering about unemployment benefits. I have never withdrawn any money from the LLC bank accounts into personal accounts at all and don't plan on it for a while. I can't figure out from the Georgia DOL website if I can get unemployment benefits under this situation. Anyone have better google-fu skills or know otherwise?
posted by anonymous at 7:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Road Trip Detour

Looking for things to do on road trip from New York to Virginia, tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by dshargel at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Where did all the time go?

What museums have websites you can get lost in? What sites, other than wikipedia, can you lose yourself in, jumping all around until you look up and go "huh, what time is it?" [more inside]
posted by dame at 7:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Let's go build a kite (but where?)

A space in or near Camden (London, UK) we can take over to build kites and paper planes? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Big filez, not nail filez.

Something-like-a-fileserver-filter: I have two computers, one with a scanner. Want to scan files with that computer but have them (immediately?) available to the other computer. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Cooking by the book

What are your favorite cook books? I'm in the market for more cook books. I am open to all cuisines and my only requirements are that the cook books have beautiful food photos and tasty recipes. So Mefis, bring it on, what are the cook books that I absolutely must have?
posted by kitchencrush at 6:51 AM PST - 52 comments

Las Canarias in two weeks! What to do? Where to go?

Myself and two friends are going to Las Canarias for the week before easter. We're flying into/out of La Palma, but we're interested in catching a ferry to other islands if there's cool stuff to do there. We're looking for recommendations for cool preferably cheapish things to do, places to eat, places to see, etc. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

How well do SSDs work in RAID 1?

Would a pair of Solid State Disks in a RAID 1 perform proportionally worse than a pair of HDDs in a RAID 1? Are there any significant gotchas to running a Windows 7 RAID pair on SSDs? [more inside]
posted by Danaid at 5:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How can we best plan upgrading within our new apartment?

How can we best plan upgrading within our new apartment? [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 5:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Clouds in my coffee

Today I poured cream into my coffee whilst standing up. As the cream 'billowed' through the coffee, I happened to rotate my body but kept my eyes on the coffee, and I noticed that the cream 'clouds' seemed to remain in the same place while the mug turned around them, i.e. the turning motion of the mug had no effect on the 'absolute' position of the goings-on inside it. I think this is kinda cool, and I'm just curious: what principle of physics is this based on? Can someone explain to me how/why this works?
posted by Brentusfirmus at 4:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Things to do on our China trip

We're visiting China (Shanghai, Beijing and Tai Shan) for a couple of weeks at the start of April. Any suggestions for things to do? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 3:48 AM PST - 16 comments

March 17

Charge? Charge what?

How much should I charge for this freelance writing gig? A small book publisher has offered me a job writing roughly 100 humorous, high-concept captions for a book of illustrations. There's no clear category for this kind of work in the Writer's Market. They've asked me for my rate. Should I base it on magazine per-word rates? Halp!
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 11:37 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do with a large cash windfall?

I will be receiving roughly $300,000 in the next year that I do not need for living expenses. I'm 31, salaried, and have no debt. I'm currently renting. Aside from buying a house or investing in the stock market, what are other longer-term investment options that I might consider? What would you invest in right now, and why? [more inside]
posted by Household Tipster at 11:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Job role

Could use some help finding an appropriate job title [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 11:24 PM PST - 5 comments

"Wait, what? How many pigeons?"

Please tell me about raising pigeons. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Freedom! Yea!

Songs for freedom? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 10:44 PM PST - 35 comments

Fabulous footwear for flat female feet?

Where can I find cute, comfortable shoes for flat female feet that stand for 10 hours a day? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie at 10:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Please review this RPG I am writing

I am writing an RPG to play with my girlfriend, and I would like some advice on it. I have never done this before. Description of how the game I have written works inside. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Will they fit a whole 5x7 photo on 4x6 paper?

You have digital pictures that are cropped to various rectangular dimensions, but you want to print each of them on 4"x6" paper without losing any of the image. Of course any that are not a 4x6-ratio image - that's most of them - will need to have some white letterboxing. Can any of the standard consumer on-line photo printing services do this automatically, as a batch request? Just print whatever I upload, but fit each one entirely on 4"x6" paper? Shutterfly and Snapfish customer service (for example) said I'd have to go in and adjust the cropping for each picture individually.
posted by Dave 9 at 9:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Art Technique Filter

What's the name of the technique used on the background of this book cover, and how would one get the same effect in Photoshop?
posted by dws at 9:52 PM PST - 16 comments

The catchiest theme song of all time

What's the name of the song at the beginning of Antonioni's L'Avventura? It's not on the soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by hamsterdam at 9:49 PM PST - 1 comment

I should know better.

How do abnormal periods affect the timing/use of pregnancy tests? (Subtitled: should I be concerned for my girlfriend and I?) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 9:40 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I fix this foot issue?

What's wrong with my feet or what can I do to make them work? My feet ache when I do any bouncing movements. I started taking kick boxing classes and when we do jumping jacks or jump rope or when we do any sort of extended bouncing (which is pretty much most of the class) I get an aching, burning feeling in the middle of both my feet. There are other factors... [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 9:34 PM PST - 15 comments

How often does the CEC override CEQA?

Has the California Energy Commission ever issued a CEQA statement of overriding consideration on a power plant siting case? [more inside]
posted by rzperllian at 9:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Considering teaching ESL in Korea

I'm considering going to Korea to teach English, but am having some doubts. Should I still do this? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 9:17 PM PST - 21 comments

How to find job/ pay for college

What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 9:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Seriously, not a euphemism

Five holes in the countertop, four things to put in them. What should I put in the fifth? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Alternative Energy

Useful resources for teaching high-school students about alternative energy? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 9:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I ditch my landline with this plan?

I've got a plan to ditch my landline using Google Voice and cell phones. But I'd like some Mefites to look it over and provide input. [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Boyfriend violated probation.

Boyfriend violated probation and no unlawful contact order, what's next? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 8:34 PM PST - 26 comments

Poor noob going to LA. Suggestions... ?

I'm thinking of going to LA for the first week in May. I've never been there before, don't have a full driver's license, and am low on funds. A director has expressed mild interest in my writing (read one of my screenplays, doesn't want to buy it, wants to discuss my writing in general)--he's in Venice Beach. Where should I stay? Also, what kind of license would I need to rent a Vespa type scooter? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 8:32 PM PST - 15 comments

A horse, a sword and a joke about math.

Are there any web-comic written in the disjoint style of Sleater-Kinney's songwriting? [more inside]
posted by oddman at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I declare my marital status on an online dating site?

Online dating and marital status disclosure: when and how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by lmm at 8:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Learning Japanese via online webcam

I want to learn Japanese online via a webcam (i.e. Skype) Any tried and true recommendations? I looked online, but would like some real life input. How many lessons of one hour each should I have during the course of a week?
posted by ayc200 at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling?

What curriculum/books should I follow to teach 2 students one in the 7th grade and one in 8th grade that are homeschooling? [more inside]
posted by minsid at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

What fun facts should I know about studying abroad?

So I'm doing the old study abroad thing and I'm starting to plan for it now, because I already know the counsellors at my soon-to-be 4-year school are going to screw it up, just because counsellors do that. So how should I start? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Help, Nikon Lens broke and I'm in the middle of nowhere

Help, Nikon Lens broke and I'm in the middle of nowhere [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 at 7:31 PM PST - 7 comments

T'ej in the Upper Midwest

How can I get my T'ej (mead) to ferment in a cool climate? [more inside]
posted by milkman at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Strange behavior from a recently soaked laptop.

Is there any hope for my recently soaked laptop? [more inside]
posted by farce majeure at 7:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Advice on supervising my friend's withdrawal from alcohol?

Tomorrow I will be 'supervising' my best friend and roommate as he goes through what will be the first full day of detoxing from his alcohol addiction. General pointers would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 7:02 PM PST - 19 comments

Is's use of Flickr photos illegal?

Is's use of Flickr photos illegal? [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What criteria make two people compatible, relationship-wise?

What criteria make two people compatible, relationship-wise? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 6:58 PM PST - 25 comments

A Classic Case of Cold Feet?

We've been going out for three months and suddenly he's starting to freak out. He's got all the symptoms of the classic cold feet you see in the movies. Our relationship is still very new but good, and loving, but he's building up all this irrational stress about being in a committed relationship is cutting off his options and he's afraid he'll hurt me because he can't trust himself if he's tempted. [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie at 6:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there a way to search how a specific image has been used on the internet?

Can I see how an image of me has been used on the internet? [more inside]
posted by joechip at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Hebei Sings For A New Century's Spring – Hebei Television's 2001 Spring Festival Special Evening Presentation (燕赵新歌世纪春——2001年河北电视台春节联欢晚会)

Translators! How do you handle proper nouns? Especially the obscure ones? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where are the art and craft galleries in LA?

Where are the art and craft galleries in the Los Angeles area? I'm looking for galleries that sell art, jewelry, pottery and so on that's not mass-produced, but not crazy expensive fine art either. I'd love to find something like Portland's Real Mother Goose. Nice stuff, not too experimental or edgy and perfect for buying gifts for my parents.
posted by kbuxton at 5:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Low Cost UK Pension

Does anyone know of or have a UK Pension which has low annual fees? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Please answer this ultimately simple dating question that I am over-thinking for me.

Should I respond to this guy's text message or ignore him? [more inside]
posted by amycup at 4:21 PM PST - 38 comments

What is "Magnolia Investigations" a reference to?

Is the name "Magnolia Investigations" a reference to a TV show or movie or book? [more inside]
posted by awfurby at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How screwed am I from eating food out of a microwaved bowl?

How screwed am I from eating food out of a microwaved bowl? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick at 3:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Can Windows Movie Maker Create Audio Files?

If I build a project in Windows Movie Maker, is it possible to save it as an audio file instead of a WMV file? If not, what's the best way to get around this? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Where Can I Rent for No More Than $1000/Month and Go Carless?

OK, big broadbrush question. I'm 60, retired, with an annual income of $50,000. It's time for me to move. But, where? I'm looking for a place where I can rent for no more than $1000 per month, don't need a car, and that's not bereft of reasons to be there. Climate matters. I.e., sun is good, ice is bad. Is this possible in the U.S.?
posted by justcorbly at 3:35 PM PST - 40 comments

Flower ID

Short but sweet, can someone more green-fingered than me tell me which flowers are in these bouquets?
posted by ellieBOA at 3:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Consequences of the Media Getting it Wrong

For a writing project, I'm researching cases where incorrect information causes individuals to make decisions they would not have otherwise made. The information can be purposely or accidentally inaccurate. [more inside]
posted by verevi at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Did a squirrel deliberately pee on me?

Did a squirrel deliberately pee on my head? [more inside]
posted by dirk gently at 2:41 PM PST - 22 comments

getting into international development

Getting involved in international development - Is an MPH right for me? If so, is now a good time? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:31 PM PST - 8 comments

flash not loading data via cgi

Why does flash let me load from one url but not the other [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 2:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Infertility doctor in NYC (no clever titles are coming to mind)

Recommend a good fertility doctor/reproductive endocrinologist in NYC? [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 1:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Too Many Fonts!

Help me get myself down to 5-10 essential fonts I can put on my Ubuntu machine for free. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Computer audio work with JBL L100 Speakers?

Will the audio output on my laptop or desktop "drive" the sound on my old and venerable JBL L100 speakers? If I hook up my JBL L100 speakers to the output source of my laptop or desktop, will that work?
posted by shoe478 at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Violent Crime and Race

Can you help me find unbiased data, or even better, unbiased analysis of data, about violent crime, as it relates to both race and income level? [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

I married a fidgeter. Help me live with it!

Help me be less bothered by my husband's habit of worrying things and gnawing on them. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 1:47 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me get my cheap espresso on

Help me choose a cheap espresso machine. I know, I know...contradiction in terms. Bear with me... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:43 PM PST - 35 comments

publisher issue

I am cutting and pasting pages of a .pub doc to an Outlook email and some of the articles are cutting off. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:33 PM PST - 5 comments

NPR reading

I'm looking for a reading of Michael Cunningham's short story, "White Angel." I heard it years and years ago on NPR, although I don't know which program it was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 1:27 PM PST - 3 comments

The Case of the Mysterious Levis

At Christmas, my sister gave me a pair of Levis that didn't fit her--and I fell in love with them. I'd love to buy another pair, but they don't have the model/style number noted anywhere on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

New Age Island Music ID Needed

Exquisite island relaxing music. Is it Hawaiian? Maori? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I prevent my eyes from getting worse?

I fear I'm slowly but surely becoming Mr. Magoo. Is there anything I can do to preserve my eyesight? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 1:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Wake up sleepyhead! It's time to get dressed!

How can I constructively get my 4 year old to get up and get ready in the morning? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 12:55 PM PST - 32 comments

The [story's] for the sad man...

I'm looking for a sad story I read on the internet. A son was browsing through his father's possessions after the father's death and came across a Pokemon game. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:11 PM PST - 9 comments

How to batch convert over 3000 videos to FLV?

The company I'm working for hosts a good amount of video on our site. As it stands, we're trying to standardize to FLV (not my favorite format, but not my call either), and we have 65% of our videos in FLV. However, that still leaves more than three thousand videos that have yet to be converted, in various formats (mostly WMV, some MOV/AVI). I'm looking for a program to automate this conversion process. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 12:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I recover an XP backup from OSX?

How do I restore my XP backup file onto my new Mac? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 11:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Great places in Boston to pretend to be Irish.

What are some great bars in Boston for st. Patrick's day? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Is Polished Concrete a cost effective way to replace carpeting?

Is cement polishing a viable and cost-effective way to treat cement floors that have been carpeted for decades? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Questions for IT Training Specialist in S. Florida area...

What is the market like in S. FL for IT Training Specialists in large or mid-size law firms in downtown Miami or within 25 miles? [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Let's say it's everyone's time of the month...

Do men have hormonal cycles? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Making RC helecopter + wind != fail

I want to know the performance statistics of various classes of RC helicopters in Light, Moderate and Heavy Winds. EX Could you reliably fly one in 15-20 knots of wind? Or higher? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Tax credit now or next year?

We are purchasing a home, which should close by the end of the month. We have also finished our taxes for the year. We will qualify for the $8000 first time home buyer tax credit. Is it possible to amend our taxes and get the credit for the 2009 tax year, even though we completed the purchase in 2010? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

generating music using a big mac

looking for a clue on a circuit bendier/musician how uses big macs to make music. possibly relates to this video hack.
posted by yosh at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Perhaps I'd be better off making meringue...

Why does my blood sugar bottom out after I eat an egg-white omelette? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 10:49 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted?

How do I know the subfloor is rotting/rotted? Plumber came by and mentioned this about the bathroom; how bad is it? [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 10:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Tuscon Vacation

We are going for a vacation in Tucson from March 28th to April 5th. We are staying in a condo near Sabino Canyon. [more inside]
posted by marlys27 at 10:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Need insurance advice for mom with dementia

Have you ever disenrolled from a HMO (Kaiser) that manages your Medicare to straight Medicare? A lot of people have told me if I do this, it will be easier to find my mom a nursing home. She has dementia/behavior difficulties. Looking for insurance advice specific to California/Medicare/Medi-Cal/dementia nursing homes. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Best single self-defense move?

Someone is in your face and out of control, obviously about to attack you. You have a few seconds left to take the initiative - one surprise move to neutralize the threat. What is it? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 10:34 AM PST - 85 comments

Favorite gear for camping with toddlers?

Best gear for camping with a toddler? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Create UML from source code?

What is the best tool to generate UML diagrams from pre-existing code in Eclipse and/or Visual Studio? I'd also like to reverse engineer the code from an existing UML diagram, if possible. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me nail down the root to my dog's diarrhea!

How can I get rid of my puppy's diarrhea? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 10:10 AM PST - 19 comments

My Velbon DV-7000 is not on the level

I selected a Velbon DV-7000 tripod for my video and photography projects, partly because it was advertised (by Amazon, B&H, and the manufacturer) as being equipped with a bubble level. I received my tripod yesterday, and just set it up. There is no level! Or am I somehow missing it? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Sharepoint Link changes...

I need help either changing all links in a sharepoint(sql server) database to point to a new file server. Is there a way to do a find/replace in the sql server database for sharepoint to change the links? or do i have to do something else? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting a Non-Mortgage Mortgage?

Our bankruptcy is less than 2 years old, but we are trying to get a mortgage. Contract-for-deed or rent-to-own will not work, so don't suggest those. Everybody, whether a bank or a mortgage broker, says "FHA requires 2 years post-bankruptcy before we can lend to you," but is my only option really to wait? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 9:23 AM PST - 15 comments

“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations?

“That’s so gay”: How do you ask/remind people to be a little bit more sensitive without being a buzzkill in social situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 101 comments

Anxiety is for suckers, but laziness is not cool

Where does (my) laziness come from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Already drowning in photocopies

Minor, minor car accident. Other driver left the scene. No damage to my car. Is there any reason that I should report this to my insurance agency? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

What's that smell?! OMG it's me :(

Ack! I forgot deodorant and I'm starting to smell like B.O. I'm at work and can't get to a store, plus my shirt's starting to smell anyway. Help me smell better asap! [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me not be bored during my commute

Looking for interesting stuff to listen to during my commute. Where can I find some cheap/free audiobooks (or other ~1hr long listening materials) online? [more inside]
posted by Xany at 8:44 AM PST - 30 comments

elephant in the room sketch

i'm trying to locate a copy of a sketch from a comedy show i believe was 'alas smith and jones'; [more inside]
posted by beige at 8:34 AM PST - 0 comments

How to deal with an awkward under-stairs space?

Another installment of GiddyAdventuresInHouseRevonationFilter! How to make the most of an awkward (narrow and enclosed) under stairs space? [more inside]
posted by psychostorm at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Too bad they don't give kids those cute little stick-on wings anymore.

Looking for a children's book about bunnies going on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

fewer rooms = better house? am I missing anything?

What are the implications of remodeling away bedrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I stay or should I run?

I need to quit my job but have no other ideas on how to make money or if thats even a good idea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

I do bite my thumb at you sir!

In one of the original Superman films, Superman flies over the world and at one point Italy. I forget exactly what happens, but I think he rights the leaning tower of Pisa and it shows two of the locals upset. One of them bites his thumb and then raises it to they sky in what must be a rude gesture. Is this gesture still done in Italy today? Bonus points if you are Italian and have done it or you are someone who has seen it in Italy within the last week or so. [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Networking infrastructure for a LAN gaming setup?

I would appreciate some input on what type of network topology to implement in a small-scale network of about 20 computers for multi-player gaming purposes. What kind of networking hardware would be required in such a situation - routers, servers, cabling etc. Last but not least, as far as network security is concerned - what are the key things one should look out for? Thanks to all that can contribute some ideas
posted by naskar at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do we have "open enrollment" for insurance changes?

What problem does "open enrollment" solve for employers or insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

haunted by a Faulkner passage

Looking for a Faulkner passage which I believe was in The Town or The Hamlet. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:10 AM PST - 1 comment

What instrument is this?

What instrument is Neko Case playing in this photo?
posted by Ike_Arumba at 4:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Is a great MA program worth the debt?

I got into a top English grad program, but they defaulted me from PhD to MA. Is it worth shouldering the massive debt of a Master's degree, or should I gamble on getting into a PhD program next year? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 4:49 AM PST - 38 comments

We shall overcome carryout!

We love Thai food! What's your favorite Thai cookbook? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 4:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Connect me with people who need academic editing.

Are there any websites that hook up editors with students willing to pay for paper-editing? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 3:47 AM PST - 8 comments

What's new in university teaching technology?

What's new in university teaching technology? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 3:17 AM PST - 10 comments

How can my dog and my brother and his kids get along?

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi at 2:12 AM PST - 28 comments

Why is the shark speaking with an Aussie accent?

Video cognascenti: Why is it that video and audio are so easily desynchronized? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 12:35 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I explain programming to a 12-year-old?

Looking for some resources for explaining a programming career to middle school kids. [more inside]
posted by tantivy at 12:14 AM PST - 8 comments

March 16

Does what it says on the tin...

Why are boxes and packaging so very often bilingual with English and French specifically? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 11:46 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some crazy coincidences throughout history?

So this question was deleted for being chatfilter (and rightfully so), but I really enjoyed the examples on the wikipedia page he linked in his question. What are some more examples of incredible coincidences throughout history? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 11:29 PM PST - 15 comments

DIY Decaleur?

Can I make a decaleur? If not, which should I buy? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic at 11:10 PM PST - 1 comment

My gender's reputation precedes me

How do I make her trust me and save the relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonop at 10:56 PM PST - 36 comments

A moderate monitor for my macbook's Mini DisplayPort?

My Macbook has something called a Mini DisplayPort, which apparently has all sorts of compatibility issues (and benefits?). Before I buy my first monitor, what should I know? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 10:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Man of My Dreams

He's the man of my dreams (literally) and I want to stop thinking about him. How can I let go? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 10:02 PM PST - 10 comments

wordpress insanity: link the domain URL to a static front page

How can I link my domain URL ( to a static homepage on Wordpress. Please don't say "change the reading setting", because that totally doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 9:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Jobs in Manchester

What is the job market like in Manchester (UK)? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin DB?

How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 9:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?

Business dilemma: I own a small but popular bar in NYC. The lease is coming up for renewal very very shortly. The landlord had previously told me that they would extend the lease for a certain amount of money, but has now changed that amount to be unreasonably high. Very long complicated situation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Last (wo)man standing

I'm 34, female, and I don't expect to have children. How do I cope with being in the minority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 57 comments

I would like credit, please.

I'm a photographer and one of my photos was used without my permission on a television show. Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 8:58 PM PST - 13 comments

We're looking for a cheap spot to hold a winter wedding in Ann Arbor or Washtenaw County.

We're looking for a cheap spot to hold a winter wedding in Ann Arbor or the surrounding bits of Washtenaw County. No, I mean really, ridiculously cheap. Help me brainstorm possible venues. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

should i apologize for an "outburst"?

I sent my lawyer an email about my case that was kind of emotionally unbalanced. I said at the bottom that if he had a comment, okay, but that I really just needed to say it. He did not reply directly but then in a later email, said that to hang in there, I was "doing fine". I definitely err on the side of hysterical in general but I think I have a good rep for being a thoughtful and passionate and honest person. However, I am having a big problem with the way my case is going, and I need to send him another email, and I am wondering if I need to apologize to him for wasting his time with the emotional crap that really was inappropriate to send to him, or should I just ignore it and don't mention it at all? I'm really embarrassed, and what I have to write to him now is really sensitive and I don't want the previous email's rant to cloud what I have to say right now. [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:28 PM PST - 27 comments

Logic and puzzle games recommendations?

Looking for computer game recommendations for an older person who likes simple logic/puzzle games. [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 8:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I safely share a Twitter account?

Can I safely cede control of my Twitter account to others, but somehow prevent them from locking me out of it? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

From little things, big things grow...

Is there an eco florist in your town? I'd like to hear from you! I have been inspired by this florist in Melbourne I recently discovered. I've had a wander around the internets but I'm aware that many small or very local businesses around the world may not have webpages or publicity. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara at 8:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Question

Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Filter: Yeah, here we go again. Subjects? (1) Koalas and locusts, and (2) weird poems, somewhat grotesque line drawings and optical illusions. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 8:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommended books on astronomy and space exploration

What are some great books on astronomy and space exploration? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

crazy minimize debt plan

We've accumulated some credit card debt, about $40k - I have a wild idea to buy a cheap block of land in the countryside (rural Australia) that is surrounded by pretty hills - I've found the spot - for about 50k - I would like to borrow $90k - get the block and pay off our CCs at reasonable interest. Is this madness? Is this fraught in some way?
posted by mattoxic at 8:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Youth Centers Near You

Please tell me of any sustainable youth centers you have in your area. [more inside]
posted by beardlace at 8:01 PM PST - 2 comments

My office needs a computer in it

If I run an extension cord or long power strip under my steam radiator, will something bad happen? [more inside]
posted by doift at 7:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Pea coats in the rain

Will rain do any damage to my pea coat? I'm going to Ireland next month and I expect I'll get caught in the rain a time or two. Will the rain do any harm to my pea coat that's labeled "80% wool, 15% polyester, 5% other"?
posted by Dodgy_Dude at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Amore d'Armor

Recently started weaving chainmail in a search for a quiet crafty activity to do at my desk during downtime at work. Sunk ~$100 into getting a good mix of starting materials (anodized aluminum, brass, and a steel "coif kit" for when I get the hang of it.) Have so far learned basic 4-in-1 weave and made a bracelet and some earrings for my wife. (The latter turned out, the former is so-so.) What are some good resources for patterns, advice, other info?
posted by Scattercat at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Good eats in Modesto/Merced, California?

Good eats in Modesto/Merced, California area? [more inside]
posted by telstar at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I stop moaning in my sleep?

How do I stop moaning and making other strange noises in my sleep? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Step-by-Step Computer Instruction for Seniors

Is there a site or document that has step-by-step basic computer skills instruction, especially for seniors? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help someone whose depression keeps getting worse?

One of my best friends just tried to kill herself. She has clinical depression, but she got help for it a year or two ago and I thought it was under control. Was that a delusion? Can people suffer from depression that can never be treated or controlled? [more inside]
posted by daelin at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Recommend your favorite dentist in Westchester county, New York!

Can someone recommend a good dentist in White Plains or somewhere in Westchester county, New York? I prefer a female dentist who graduated from a good school. It's also important that she's caring, reassuring, and comfortable with someone who's 32 but behaves like a kid. Thanks!
posted by jchaw at 6:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Taxes in Seattle!

Can you recommend a tax person in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 6:40 PM PST - 2 comments

what is the best bang for my buck in purchasing a used mini cooper?

phew, i get to ask my first question! yeah!!! ok, i am interested in purchasing a USED mini cooper. i am on a budget and want to make the most of my money. in short: what is the sweet spot where miles/age/dollars converge to make an awesome purchase? what should i be looking for in terms of repair records? where in their lifetime/mileage do minis typically need an expensive repair? any tips would be greatly appreciated. thank you in advance.
posted by zoesmom at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the best scan settings for archival photos?

Help me scan some precious old family photos! I need advice on the best settings to use: TIFF, dpi, encodings, and the rest of it.. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments