March 2011 Archives
Where can I find axolotls? [more inside]
Calling for your best cupcake recipes! [more inside]
I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
My 15-month-old daughter isn't speaking yet. Should I be worried? [more inside]
How can I create a new user account with absolutely zero startup items Windows 7? [more inside]
What is this musical....thing called? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a male singer who is over 50, possibly Canadian, possibly with mostly white/grey hair. I remember that he has a very very good voice, and I believe he is famous bordering on legendary, though not popular among young people. [more inside]
Model ship kit building help. My first kit, an 1819 Virginia Schooner by Artesania Latina, is great fun to work on, but the (lack of) directions is frustrating and may be leading me to make crucial mistakes. Googling takes me to the same few sites which do offer some help but not enough. Specifically, I am planking the hull (second layer) and also fear that I’ve botched the stern configuration. Have 2 books. Both gloss over details of construction. I welcome specific suggestions on planking the hull, where to find pictures of the stern, books to get, any and all help appreciated.
Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more?
Best books/DVDs/CDs/online programs for an intermediate level French speaker who wants to learn more? [more inside]
Someone ordered me a nice selection of Spanish cheeses for my birthday. It was shipped on Monday, according to the packing slip. It reached my office during business hours on Tuesday, but I was out that day and yesterday. The box sat there until today, when I brought it home. I opened it just now, and found 4 vacuum-packed cheeses in a little styrofoam cooler with a cold-pak -- but everything was at room temperature. The box was labeled PERISHABLE. The cheeses themselves are labeled KEEP REFRIGERATED. I've got the cheeses in the fridge now. Do you think they're still safe to eat?
I'm preparing to update my MacBook Pro's operating system from Tiger (10.4.11) to Snow Leopard (10.6.3). I've got the computer in front of me, and the installation disk's right here, too. What do I need to do other than just put the disk in and go? [more inside]
How do I convince myself to get a divorce, and not feel guilty forever about abandoning someone who loves me?
How do I convince myself to get a divorce, and not feel guilty forever about abandoning someone who loves me? And doesn't have a job. And can't get health insurance on her own. [more inside]
how to hook up Record, Lexicon Alpha, and my Guitar? [more inside]
Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
Property mgmt company just bought the building where I am a tenant. What does this mean for me? What do I need to keep a sharp eye out for here in order to protect myself? [more inside]
I'm a woman in a longterm committed relationship, and I love sex. Over the years, I've started to feel that I don't get anything out of giving my partner blowjobs, and the unfairness bothers me. Yet not being excited by giving it or wanting to give one also makes me feel guilty, like I'm not being a good partner or being the stereotypical woman who hates blowjobs, which frustrates me. [more inside]
I am almost positive my coworker is...well, masturbating in his cube. Yikes! [more inside]
So, Facebook won't let me invite all my friends at once to an event I created. Instead, I have to manually click on all my friends, one at a time, to invite them. I used to use this very useful code as a workaround. But about 2 weeks ago, Facebook changed it all again, so the code doesn't work anymore. Does anyone have a new workaround? Or, can codemonkeys take a look at the code to see if there's any minor tweaks that can be made to make it work again? Thanks in advance. [more inside]
On NPR in Los Angeles yesterday there was a segment on Buddhist funeral practices in Japan, and an interview with a Buddhist monk. What show was it? Is there a downloadable or listen-able on line version of it? [more inside]
How can I connect my laptop to my tv, such that the sound comes through the tv and the screen is framed properly? [more inside]
What interesting questions would you ask of a panel of writers on the subject of researching a novel? [more inside]
I remember a supposedly true story about someone moderately famous that went something like this: One day, on a whim, he sent a one-word telegram "Congratulations!" to four or five of his friends, chosen randomly. Of them, only one replied asking why he had sent it; the remaining friends had all accomplished something moderately significant in their lives recently and assumed that was what it was about. Do I have this story right? Who was it about? Is it apocryphal?
I own a house, and live with family members. I want to rent an apt closer to work. Will mortgage interest still be tax deductible?
I own a house, and live with family members. I want to rent an apt closer to work. Will mortgage interest still be tax deductible? [more inside]
Is Hills C/D garbage? [more inside]
Why is there a funky smell on my bath towels? [more inside]
Am I really okay as a person if I’m not suitably subdued with drugs? Are you sure? [more inside]
Once in a while, I'll meet a guy and shake his hand, but it's... different. They try to lace their little finger inside my little finger (or possibly little finger and ring finger inside my little finger and ring finger, not sure). I don't let them, and just give them a "normal" handshake, which they quickly adapt to -- but it's clear that they were going for the "special" handshake. This happened again earlier this week, in a business environment, and has happened on 5 or 6 other occasions in my adult life, usually in a semi-business environment. FWIW, every single time, it's been a white male doing the weird hand shake. So WTF is this? Freemason handshake? Shriner's handshake? KKK handshake? Gay handshake? AC-DC handshake? Cthulhu handshake? What??? (Next time, I'm just going to ask, but it would have been very awkward and unprofessional this last time.)
I dress my daughter in a lot of fuschias and bright pinks. When I take her picture, these colours never come out right. I can only get close when I underexpose the shot by quite a lot. Suggestions on how I can remedy this without photoshop? [more inside]
I need to look for another job discreetly, if you know what I mean. But how? [more inside]
My current bedroom TV has decided it prefers to only do sound now. Not a big deal-it is old and was a hand-me-down. But, holymajoly, this TV buying thing is WAY more complicated than "I need a TV. OK, that one." [more inside]
I would like a good, no bs, book on vegan nutrition. [more inside]
Why are scimitars curved? [more inside]
I hit a car but it is for reasons unrelated to the accident, not drivable. Do I have to use the car owners estimate? If I can't take the car to get an estimate, what can I do? [more inside]
How do I ask for money from people who care about me in a way that makes it easy for them to refuse?
How do I ask for money from people who care about me in a way that makes it easy for them to refuse? [more inside]
My spouse will soon be voluntarily entering a psychiatric facility in order to deal with some trauma from sexual and physical abuse when they were a child. I have some questions I hope you can help answer. [more inside]
How do I sell a piece of artwork that was painted on a vinyl couch (and has now been cut off)? [more inside]
What is it called when a language/cultural practice is transplanted to a new country, not by a diasporic group, but by interested members of the "host" country? I'm reasonably sure there's a name for this, and I can't remember it. Arg, sociologists, ethnographers and ethnomusicologists of Mefi, help, please!
Any advice for a relationship in which a girfriend works full time to support a boyfriend who is a full time student? Is it worth a try or just a recipe for gender role/financial disaster? [more inside]
[Colorado-filter] I awhile ago I asked this question. I'm now driving around Western Colorado, seeing if we can find where this was originally filmed. Anyone have any ideas where it might be? [more inside]
Help me decide where to move in SF/east bay that would allow for an easy commute to Cal. [more inside]
Minor Family drama, fight with parents. Stay until conflict dies down, or leave early? [more inside]
Where can I find more information on the particular kind of burn in various hot peppers? I'm not looking for BTUs here, more like flavor profiles. [more inside]
GagPrizeFilter: If I wanted to either a) have a shiny gold (spraypainted?) rubber chicken mounted to a plaque or b) have a gold rubber chicken converted into something that could be worn like a medal, how would I go about doing this / obtaining one? This needs to be done in 1 week (for next Friday.) [more inside]
What brand of engine air filter should I use? [more inside]
Need new ideas for attracting parents (and their kids) to our business. [more inside]
What services allow people to send information to our organization via text message? [more inside]
What's the 411 on home grown eggs? A guy at work has some chickens and is sharing the bounty. [more inside]
Canada Tax Filter: Since interest on investment loans is tax deductible, does that mean you could deduct the interest on an RRSP loan as well? [more inside]
Does the three day rule no longer exist in dating? I kinda liked it. What's the protocol in the time of facebook and texting? [more inside]
I'll soon be working from home full time. What are some "policies" I can enact for my home office to keep my productivity, sanity and health intact? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good ear, nose and throat specialist on the east or south side of Rochester NY. Someone who is personable and willing to take the time to talk.
I'm looking to move, and I need some help figuring out where. [more inside]
Is there a good place for cover bands to learn new songs other than with tabs, youtube, etc.? They seem unreliable. And will sheet music be obsolete eventually? [more inside]
Do MLS students ever receive full funding? [more inside]
I am looking to get a heart rate monitor and would like some feedback from people that have had experience with the Polar and Suunto models. Details inside... [more inside]
Which is a better deal right now: a refurbished 15.4" Refurbished April 2010 MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 or a new, current generation 13-inch: 2.7 GHz 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 Macbook Pro for $100 less? [more inside]
I love Eddie Izzard and Jim Gaffigan. What other stand-ups with DVDs would I like? [more inside]
Can you please recommend your favourite Digital Video Camera? Key features: inexpensive, compatible to quickly upload the data to a mac, internal microphone. A friend is planning to record interviews and possibly some classroom activities, not record a feature film. it doesn't need a whole lot of bells and whistles; bonus points if it's small-ish. thank you!
What are the things that make the best weddings you've attended so memorable and fun for the guests? And what are some cheap ways to decorate an empty loft for the event? Finally, where are the best places to get craft supplies (feathers, lights, vases) in NYC? [more inside]
What are the best practices and strategies for publishing ebooks? [more inside]
Is there an online Latin text of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus? I haven't had luck Googling.
How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
Looking for shoes. There are multiple catches. [more inside]
"The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances."
Where is the best place to start reading Agatha Christie novels? Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple? [more inside]
Am looking to eat alone in restaurants/ upmarket cafes in London. I have a lot of friends in London, but my inner introvert is wanting some time alone. Money is not an issue. Looking for evening tea/ dinner-type places where I can read a book in peace. Preferably high ceilings, loads of light, good scenery, open till 9pm. [more inside]
What are great furniture stores, specifically for living room? And in terms of quality, what am I looking for? [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting both Outlook and general internet to work at the same time when connected to my company VPN on my MacBook Pro. [more inside]
How to upgrade my jailbroken/unlocked iPhone 3g from 3.0 to newer iOS, jailbroken and unlocked? [more inside]
How could I export a Access Database to an ini file? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "Netbook-ubuntu-linux-dual boot-newbie question: recently purchased a Toshiba NB310 netbook. Please recommend me a version of ubuntu to install." [more inside]
Which movie had a cell phone ringtone that sounded like this? [more inside]
I need advice about how to ensure a photo shoot and the resulting photos will be privacy protected. [more inside]
So, is the use of 'so' as an interjection to begin a sentence (see also: 'well', 'listen', 'hear ye!') a recent coinage? If so, what are its origins? [more inside]
Again with the screen-punching. [more inside]
I live in a house shared amongst 10 tenants, including 2 children, aged 12 and 8. We're trying to figure out a fair way to divide electricity/gas/water bills. Specifically, how much less utilities should the children be charged for, and until which age? [more inside]
How do I manage a resistant employee? I'm new to this job and I need some advice on people management of a difficult person. [more inside]
How do I set a ringtone on iPhone without connecting iTunes? [more inside]
What are good building games for Windows PC to play with my 5-year-old son? [more inside]
Where can I find volunteer aspiring actors in London (UK)? [more inside]
The strong nuclear force is ≈10^39 times as strong as gravity. It takes ≈10^39 protons to make a black hole with a Schwarzschild radius about the size of a proton. That's not just a coincidence, right? Why? [more inside]
What is a simple way of connecting a PV panel to a battery to a set of lights? [more inside]
Looking for a specific comic strip from an unknown (to me) source. The upshot is a woman calls her boyfriend/husband about her car not starting. Next panel is her fantasizing about him coming home and taking care of her during her troubles. Last panel shows him telling her tow truck is on the way, cab is on the way so she can get to work, and he has to rush to meeting. I think I first saw this linked from Reddit and vaguely recall someone mentioning it may be used in one of those relationship books (Men are from Mars type).
Can those HR recruitment online cognitive tests tell if you are cheating by looking up words in another browser window? [more inside]
Looking for digital mapping and/or GPS software that covers Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. [more inside]
ISO of jeggings (yes, jeans + leggings) that look like real jeans with all the pockets and the stitching, have a real button, but not a real fly. Anybody seen anything like that? [more inside]
You’re crushing on someone, hell, multiple someones, at the school library. Considering the ambiance, how do you approach that someone/s? Or DO you approach? Is the library off-limits? I really hope the library isn’t off limits. More on my hopes will follow … [more inside]
I'm a temp on a longish-term assignment (I'm here through the end of May). I'm filling in for someone who gets a lot of calls...and I've just learned that some are from collection agencies. Is there any best way to handle this? [more inside]
The ex and I broke up a year ago. I've been seeing someone else and am extremely happy, but it still bothers me that the ex's new relationship is going well. I don't understand why he's treating this other person so well when he treated me so poorly. [more inside]
After a year of effort, progress and gain, I've hit a physical and mental "wall". What is the cause and how can I overcome it? [more inside]
I'm turning 18 on Saturday, and I'd like to commemorate somehow and/or what should I do in my last few days of legal childhood? [more inside]
Should I go see Lady Gaga....alone? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: What should she look for in projection equipment for an outdoor movie screen? [more inside]
I'll be visiting New Orleans next weekend for a double bachelor party (my brother and a friend of his). I'm helping to plan the event - what should we do? We're looking for perhaps 1) a great restaurant for a nice meal, 2) a club with bottle service or something like that, and 3) maybe a place to watch the ballet, so to speak. There will be about 15-20 of us. Thanks for your advice and suggestions.
I'm looking for someplace to study French in the Boston area (I live in Somerville near Davis, but am at least willing to consider anything that's transit-accessible.) Adult learner, just for fun, looking for something reasonably inexpensive. [more inside]
Online dating! [more inside]
A consultant who works closely with my department hates me. He's not going anywhere. How do I deal? [more inside]
So when I bought my house it was worth around 280K. Its currently valued at around 155K. My mortgage is about 220K. So I have a lot of negative equity and I just got divorced which halved my income which makes making the payments harder. [more inside]
How can I feel good about finding a job and starting a career? Caution: personal details inside. [more inside]
Some websites I use log me in automatically (Facebook) with full access to the site. Some automatically log me on, but require PW confirmation if I want to do something that may potentially compromise my security (LinkedIn, Amazon). Some websites demand a login each time I access the page (banking/trading sites; some of which save my login ID, none of which save my PW).I know precious little about this stuff. Cookies, is it? [more inside]
Postscript to a relationship? Is it a good idea? Can it be done constructively? Or is it purely self-serving?
My relationship has ended and through this process I've realized certain things. I want to share my clarity with my ex. I'm sure there are selfish reasons I have this impulse, but I also am a bit concerned that he may truly not be conscious of, what I consider to be, serious anger issues- which I hesitate to call verbal abuse, although that is most likely accurate. I never named things this way while in our relationship- we would argue around in a maze of clever denials and emotional outbursts- which I never found my way out of. . . So, am I tricking myself by thinking that this is something he needs to be confronted with for his emotional health? Or is there potentially some positive way to convey this harsh reality to someone who, so far, has not been able to acknowledge the severity of their behavior?
I've had some on-and-off pain in my pelvic area and vulva for over a year, and coincidentally (or, so says my PCP), I've also had two abnormal pap smears and an abnormal colposcopy. I don't understand how this is a coincidence. This will be a little NSFW. [more inside]
How high can wasps and/or hornets fly? [more inside]
It's that time again: Bloomberg and other candidates are starting to cram trees in my mailbox. Where and how can I opt-out of paper campaign mailings for NYC? [more inside]
Why is the equation E=mc2 arguably the most famous equation in physics? [more inside]
Is there a word for this language phenomenon? [more inside]
I need help installing the Ikea Lillagren wall cabinet to the wall [more inside]
Is there such thing as a horror film with no evil in it? [more inside]
How would I find a function that transforms random variables from an non-normal probability distribution to a normal distribution? [more inside]
Are there any bars in San Francisco showing Wrestlemania this weekend? [more inside]
How can I make my picture look less orange? [more inside]
The "Am I a Bad Neighbor" Question: I run with my dog in my urban neighborhood (think single family homes with alleyways) on an almost-daily basis. My dog is a serial pooper (he generally poops 2-3 times, right at the beginning of the run), and I've gotten in the habit of throwing the poop bags in my neighbors' garbage cans after I've picked up his business. Am I a bad neighbor? [more inside]
StephanieMillerFilter: Help me find a sound file she used (burnout girl saying "Wut?") on her show. [more inside]
Are there any emergency crisis intervention/mental health services for a citizen of Japan with mental health issues whose family has been missing since the earthquake? [more inside]
I'm looking to find some iPhone apps related to coffee and coffee culture. What are some of your favourites? [more inside]
(obscuremusicfilter) Can someone point me to a non-skeevy site to purchase this music? [more inside]
My husband has pelvic pain syndrome. He is in intense pain and has been housebound for about 5 weeks. He can only get comfortable when he is lying down in bed which is where he spends most of his time. Have you ever had this syndrome and can you tell me about your experience? Help me be more understanding and compassionate.
Recommend a text-message app for my Droid Eris. The key: phonepad-oriented T9 AND intuitive word-completion in one. [more inside]
I can't for the life of me remember the name of a particular megamix/mashup album/artist. I remember that the first track sounded like it started with the helicopter sound from the beginning of one of the 'Another Brick..' tracks from Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', then it either sampled 'Little Fluffy Clouds' or used sampled the same interview. Closer to the end of the album 'Your Song' was mixed in. Any ideas? I believe the artist also had an album featuring mostly Flaming Lips mixes. Both were available free on his website.
Ever lost a pet and found it? I'm distraught about my cat's disappearance and could use some positive stories of reunification. [more inside]
I've been disenfranchised by the government of Canada. [more inside]
Anime filter: what is the song at 1.47 on the Summer Wars trailer? [more inside]
How can I negotiate with a collection agency? My insurance (unknown to me) refused to pay something, I have a bill, I can afford to pay 2/3 but am unsure how to negotiate this. [more inside]
Can anyone kindly identify this WWII era plane? Thanks.
I will be working Ireland for a few months, from June to August. I plan on spending my weekends and other free periods visiting the rest of Europe. Because I'll be working, my availability isn't set in stone. So now, this penny-pincher wants to know if it is possible to get cheap round-trip airfares (below 100 euros) after I arrive and decide on places as my time frees up ... or if I have to buy the tickets and have a set itinerary NOW.
Can anyone identify this half-remembered animated film? Probably east European but it was in French on the tv, giant robots, evil kings, young love.... [more inside]
Please give me some hints on college selection for my physics major son. [more inside]
I'm planning a trip to Los Angeles and I can't drive. Is this a bad idea waiting to happen? [more inside]
Since late afternoon yesterday, I've had a sharp abdominal pain. YANA/MD. [more inside]
How do you keep something negative looming over your head from destroying your day and keeping you from doing what you need to? [more inside]
What are some upbeat songs that convey a message of hope and happiness and optimism and love for the great wide wonderful world? [more inside]
My Berkeley landlady advertised my (otherwise awesome) apartment as having a washer dryer. The dryer doesn't work, and she expects me to pay for it. Help? [more inside]
Due to Comcast and Verizon's opposition to Net Neutrality, I want to take my internet and wireless business elsewhere. Problem: I switched to both services to get faster connection/better coverage, and it worked. Are there any alternatives that would keep me well-connected? [more inside]
How, if it is even possible, can my father get out from under a nearly condemned home without still having a mortgage payment? [more inside]
The wife and I are heading to San Francisco for a conference this weekend taking place at the Embarcadero Hyatt. My question is a two-parter: (a) Where in the vicinity should we go for breakfast, lunch etc. on our relatively-short breaks? and (b) After things wind down for the day, where should we explore? More criteria to follow. [more inside]
I need to buy a blue blazer in Boston to wear to my grandmother's 90th b-day on Saturday, but I'd like to find something not quite as stodgy as your typical Brooks Bros. fare so that I'll actually wear it sometimes. Where should I shop? [more inside]
Insurance data is unencrypted. Should this be reported? How? [more inside]
Mysterious bloody mucous blobs found on floor. Probable culprit: kitty? [more inside]
What are some informative sources on the modern history of the Balkans? [more inside]
Should I order Clear 4G/3G internet service? I'm about to move into a new apartment. By default, I was going to get TimeWarner cable for internet, as TimeWarner is what I've used in the past and my new apartment (which is in NYC) will be cable-ready. But I see that Clear has a plan that gives you 4G wireless access at home + 3G access anywhere else (their "4G/3G" plan). This sounds very appealing, but I'm concerned I might be too much of a power user for it. If you've used Clear 4G, did you have problems with low speed or restricted data usage? [more inside]
Where would you go in NYC to find a very formal gown for a tall (but, maybe conveniently, sample-sized) woman? Catch: poor student. [more inside]
I am attending this conference in May in Japan Town in San Francisco. I’m looking for a better option than the $150/night rooms at the hotel that is hosting the conference, but I’m not familiar with the area… [more inside]
Giftfilter: looking for thoughtful, challenging, and not-standard-evangelical Christian books, fiction or nonfiction for my former pastor father. [more inside]
Is there an easy way to map numbers to words on a CUSTOM keypad- SORT OF like - but not exactly like - the way you map letters on phone keys to words... i.e. my phone number 638-9675 spells "network." [more inside]
I remember an animated movie that showed on TV at least a couple times during the 70s. The only thing I remember is at the end, this blond boy has to pass some sort of test where he has to move between some small above ground pools/big cauldrons of water. At one point one of the vats freezes, and he becomes trapped underneath the ice. A deer like creature (of mystical significance who is somehow favoring him) breathes on and/or paws at the ice. It melts and he's freed and transformed into a bigger/older/princelier(?) boy. What the did I see and is it based on some fable/myth/story?
How long is too long when using a heating pad for cramps? [more inside]
Where can I look to increase my pool of women and minority candidates for a software consulting position? [more inside]
Relationship ended. Fine. Now how do I get over him? [more inside]
I want to upgrade to windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
Help me be a virtual nosey parker: I love blogs that show what's in your handbag, your suitcase, your closet, and your makeup kit. What other blogs would I love? [more inside]
Why isn't it more common to raise antibodies in chickens and then harvest the antibodies from egg yolk? It seems like the turnaround time is way better than with rabbit or goat serum antibodies, and plus chickens are pretty easy to take care of. I imagine purifying yolk would be easier than serum, too. Is there a downside I'm not seeing, perhaps something you lose by going with an avian rather than a mammalian host?
Where should we spend our anniversary? [more inside]
Tell me about your indispensable gear for bicycle touring. [more inside]
Google Apps/Docs/Sites usage for small biz. Need help! [more inside]
What are the best options for generating dimensioned footprint drawings of existing single family homes in Central Texas? [more inside]
Anyone using a Weed Eater We-One riding mower? [more inside]
I need an English-speaking genealogist in Austria with experience searching Austro-Hungarian military records. I haven't had much luck using search engines. Any suggestions?
I've been doing a variation of Starting Strength for about a month and a half. My bench press and overhead press are progressing extremely slowly. Is this normal? [more inside]
I hate summer. It makes me feel like crap. And it'll be here soon, aaargh. Hope me, Metafilter. Warning: this got long and complain-y. [more inside]
How early in a pregnancy can fetal sex be determined? [more inside]
Where can I shop for Blundstones in the Washington, D.C. area? [more inside]
How do you deal with people you see often and find annoying? [more inside]
How common is it for settlement (on a house purchase) to be delayed? [more inside]
Usenet stories about a wandering adventurer and his number 9 headbag? [more inside]
I've been singing this song now for twenty-five minutes. I could sing it for another twenty-five minutes. I'm not proud... or tired.
I want songs that take me on a journey. [more inside]
What are some of your favorite The Twilight Zone episodes? I've watched some of the most famous ones, but I'm wondering if there are any others that are great to watch.
I've all but decided to leave the job I'm working at currently. I've been passively looking for jobs, but this activity is becoming less and less passive. I need some advice about how to do this gracefully and professionally. And possibly, I need some help feeling less guilty about it. [more inside]
Manager-filter: how to ask for an unsealed, mostly critical, written review for my own reading? I'm starting to leave my current (part-time, student) job. One thing I'd like to get before I go is my boss's honest opinion of everything I did right and (especially) everything I did wrong or could do better. This is not meant to be a letter of reference; I want permission to read it and I want him to focus on how I could improve. How do I ask for this? [more inside]
So I have been having this certain situation on and off for 8 years now. But lately, started last year, it looks like there's additional other discomfort added in my body. I am talking about my throat. I have this discomfort wherein I always feel the need to remove something from my throat, like phlegm or something. It's not actually painful, it's just annoying. And when I do so, sometimes there's some phlegm that comes out and sometimes, none at all. The phlegm that's coming out is also thicker and stickier than the normal ones we have when we are coughing or something. Right now, my neck is itchy also (as well as below my eyes) and like I said, it's uncomfortable because I feel as if there's something in my throat. [more inside]
A friend, Jim, who is in his late 30s, doesn't seem to want to shake my hand. [more inside]
Looking for stories/media featuring mundane heroes who enjoy doing secret good deeds, particularly on a local or personal scale. NOT super-heroes (no "secret identities"). [more inside]
Will my bad credit affect my girlfriend's credit? [more inside]
Environmental Education Curriculum? [more inside]
Are there any flaws in my home theater audio plans? I own the LG 50PK550 TV which I love, but the internal speakers are predictably terrible. I'm starting from scratch with audio as I currently have no components. I was considering just a two speaker solution, but I've decided after spending the day browsing AVS that I'm likely going for a full 7.1 system. Price to performance ratio is extremely important to me though, I want something I'll be happy with and that will last, but I'm not willing to spend $100s more for minor gains. I don't have a strict budget but the cheaper the better (for a good product). [more inside]
Here's a joke: Knock, knock. Who's there? A dairy goat. A dairy goat who? A dairy goat who ate all your paint. hahahaha
Not a joke: What kind of paint do goats prefer? [more inside]
How do you negotiate effectively with a hotel? We are trying to book a room block for our wedding guests at a chain hotel (Westin) and I'd like to understand the best leverage for hotel sales people. [more inside]
Help me fire *good* clients. [more inside]
My (Roman Catholic) church choir is singing a piece with decidedly Jewish harmonies (think rowdy klezmer celebration) on Palm Sunday. Am I being overly sensitive in being offended? [more inside]
I am looking for first-person narratives about every day life during the Cultural Revolution. I would prefer material that can be read on-line. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Late night food and drink in the UPPER upper east side of Manhattan? [more inside]
My coworker is touching me and I need to make her stop without making a scene. [more inside]
Is gout permanent? [more inside]
I am having the darnedest time translating my personality into a winning cover letter to my dream job. Help! [more inside]
If I liked "A Pattern Language" what online architectural resources would you recommend? [more inside]
I'm no longer satisfied with 'preppy' clothes. Help me pick some nice clothes? [more inside]
Google testing 41 shades of blue. AA firing one of their web designers for responding to a designer. Don Norman failing to get Apple to standardize their power switch on the Mac product line. What are other great war stories about HCI / web design / UX design? [more inside]
How to get basic outpatient mental health care when work-provided insurance does not cover it? [more inside]
[YA book filter] I would like to find some YA or easy-to-read adult sci-fi, speculative fiction, or dystopian fiction. Preferably, about the United States or other earthly country, not deep-space intergalactic stuff. [more inside]
I want to make sculpture with repurposed sheet steel, say 10 to 20 gauge. Probably from old cars, which is on the thin end of that spectrum, but I'd like a little leeway. Tired of waiting for my friend's friend to loan me a plasma cutter, so I'm (gulp) shopping. Do I need the $1400 Powermax 30 or will I be satisfied with the RAMSOND CUT50DY on sale for $500? The guy at the shop I called recommended the $1400 Miller Spectrum 375 X-Treme, which is about when I realized I'm in over my head. What about the $800 Hobart Airforce 500534 250ci, which, unlike the others, includes a built in air compressor? I'm not rich, and this is not for heavy industrial use, but I'd very much like something that works and works well on 120v current. I may well be using this on the sidewalk in front of my apartment, so I'd like it to be relatively portable. Also I'd rather it didn't kill me or anyone else. Merci bien!
Is my college trying to rip me off? [more inside]
Does one have any recourse against a New York State income execution for taxes? Can the person get it reduced or fight in any way? [more inside]
networking filter: My university organizes a lot of networking/recruiting sessions for the upcoming co-op term. Teach me to make the best of these sessions! [more inside]
What is the general vibe of LaGrange, IL? I am considering a job there. [more inside]
So, my son has decided he's converting to Eastern Orthodox. I'd like to know more about it. [more inside]
What can I use as a non-porky substitute for salt pork? [more inside]
I have an important interview coming up with a big law firm. Should I shave my beard? Special circumstances inside. [more inside]
Is it possible to get an extended history (perhaps several months) of "last account activity" records for a gmail account?
I'd like to start hosting a horizontal tastings for 8-10 people, looking for help with themes/wine selection and logistics. [more inside]
Thinking through pros and cons of stacking our washer and dryer. [more inside]
Need very simple collaborative software for a new organization.. [more inside]
MovieFilter: ~ "Germans go to the opera to see the Opera, we Italians go to the opera to be seen." [more inside]
I'm looking for a few fun, interesting afternoon activities to do with a 95-year-old relative. She can't see well, can't hear well, has some short-term memory problems and is on a budget. But she's game for anything. [more inside]
What are some books or other resources that will help me make small, daily, incremental changes? Looking to overcome shyness, build self-confidence, self-discipline, and a few other skills. [more inside]
How can I make a video like this one for Cee-lo Green's Fuck You? What kind of program(s) would I need? Are there any tutorials? Any terms for what this is called would be helpful too, because my googling has been rather unsuccessful. Thanks!
I just bought a quad-core iMac with 16gb of RAM. What software can I get to push it to its limits? [more inside]
In need of resume help. Abridged version : I worked for Company A, and then Company A split into two companies, Company B and Company C. Company A no longer exists. How do I list this on my resume? [more inside]
Is there a web site that posts regular, radiation level readings by city and/or region throughout the U.S.?
After being nickel-and-dimed to death throughout the process of buying a home in NYC, I have learned from our real estate lawyer that we will be expected-but-not-required to tip the Title Closer about $150 at the closing. Really? I mean... really? Homebuyers, what is your experience with this? [more inside]
Abstract geometric animations? [more inside]
What was the one Supreme Court case from 1994 to 1997 that had Rehnquist, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer in the majority? It was also the only one from that time period, I believe, that didn't have O'Connor or Kennedy in the majority. [more inside]
What kind of unique gift or treat could I send to my dad in Arizona, who's had a rough time with some recent chemo treatments? [more inside]
My roommate has some trouble with related to hypochondria. She has found expressions like the following to be helpful in slowing down her anxious thoughts regarding illness: "You shouldn't be worried if you lose your car keys. You should be worried when you forget what your car keys are for." Does anyone know any similar expressions for when one shouldn't worry about a physical or mental symptom? Obviously all usual disclaimers apply: IANAD, YANM(F's)D, etc, nor does she expect any aphorisms posted to constitute medical advice. [more inside]
My bosses loved me, I had nothing but good performance reviews and praise. I left the company and asked for a reference, I received a letter simply stating that I had worked for the company. This is the only company I've worked for since graduating college, I feel burned. Is this a big deal? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game from the Win95 era. Mech warrior style robots flying around islands (aerial view, like Command and Conquer). Sound familiar? [more inside]
I'm looking for the original German of the famous "idealism is falsehood" quote from Friedrich Nietzsche [more inside]
What sort of combat training do US Army soldiers in non-combat MOSs (women in particular) get after boot camp? [more inside]
Is there a legal way to set up short-term (1-2 months) internet access without breaking the bank? [more inside]
How do you power through post-excitement depression? [more inside]
How is it that I can look through a telescope and see the first few seconds of the universe, and that I can also do the same thing next week? Why hasn't that light passed us yet? [more inside]
Beyond MST3K: help me laugh myself silly with audio/video mismatches. [more inside]
What is the correct terminology for a hinged endless hoop earring? [more inside]
Restoring a Technics SL-D3 turntable. Can I use the stock/modern DJ turntable parts? [more inside]
I'm seriously considering PMP, CBAP or ITIL v3 certification routes. I've worked in IT management and business analysis roles over the past 20+ years. I was excessed last June. Owing to a stinko job market (until recently), and a five-month stint caregiving my dad, I haven't been an aggressive job searcher till recently. I'd greatly appreciate any comments, anecdotes or any other oddments you have about these and other IT-related certifications, to help me determine which (or whether any) are woth the powder to blow them to hell with. I have funds for potentially all three (though I'd pick no more than two), and the rest of the year to go before it's Friskies for dinner. posted by nj_subgenius (4 comments total) [!]
How good are the Novara brand bikes that REI sells and would any of them make a decent commuter bike for me? I have a twenty percent coupon as a member of REI but they won't let me use it for any bike brand other than their own. [more inside]
When I write to my elected officials, do they care WHY I support or oppose something? [more inside]
ID theft? I received a W2 from a company I've never heard of. [more inside]
What on earth are these guys doing? [more inside]
Last week, I got a "Cool Mist" humidifier for our bedroom. We've been using it for a few days, yet we're still waking up with dry sinuses. We also have a steam humidifier, would that be better? More details inside. [more inside]
There's a downed cable/wire in my building's backyard. It is similar to this previous question, but there is no serial number on the wire so I can't confirm what it belongs to. Also, one side is attached to our building and the other end is attached to...nothing. What do I do with it? [more inside]
Should I travel to Japan for my long planned vacation on April 20th? [more inside]
What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
How do I deal with the (possibly benignly neglectful, possibly dickish) behaviour of my ex-landlords? My phone is ringing quite a lot these days. [more inside]
Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
My MacbookPro crashed last night, and I need to access my hard drive before going to the Apple Store. Right now I can't get past the start up screen with the Apple logo. [more inside]
I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
Help! VPN stops broadband connection working [more inside]
How do I address my manager about the obvious not work related tasks she doing all day? All of us see it and it's completely disrespectful and frustrating. [more inside]
What are some small/medium-sized cities who have gone through re-branding exercises and come out successful? [more inside]
There's a phone accessory booth in my local mall that claims that they can unlock my iPhone. Are they on the level? [more inside]
The environment at my office is toxic and barely tolerable these days. I'd like to leave sooner than I had planned, but I'm unsure if it's wise. I could use some outside perspective. [more inside]
My brother is on the brink of homelessness. I know no one but him can improve his life, but he doesn't seem to understand the gravity of the situation. How can I not enable him in this situation and still live with myself? [more inside]
I am trying to find a quotation that addresses that feeling that one can never truly enjoy the good moments in life because one is constantly afraid that if things are presently good, then something bad must surely be on its way. [more inside]
What are the best ways to develop a solid mathematical maturity? [more inside]
Anyone know of a place in NYC to buy classic-looking, quality mechanical stopwatches like these and this. Hanhart and Tag-Heuer still make them but I'm having a hard time finding a local store that carries them.
Looking for a secure way to sync Evernote (or other not-taking service) among multiple devices including at last a droid, iPad, and laptop [more inside]
Help me find some summer slippers! Looking for: natural fibers (cotton or wool), open-toed, nothing that looks like it's made from a muppet or my dog will never put them down. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good Unity tutorial. [more inside]
What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
How much should I charge per word to write a ESL textbook? [more inside]
Should I save in pounds sterling or euros? Does it make much difference? [more inside]
Does dealing with sexual harassment on the street get easier or harder over time? When formal redress isn't possible, are there ways of thinking about that can minimise the pain it causes? [more inside]
How can I hog all the bandwidth on my home internet connection? [more inside]
I want to make a cake for a friend's birthday; but this friend doesn't like sweets. What's a good alternative? [more inside]
What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
"Should I eat this?"-filter. Left a jar of peanut butter open on my counter and went out of town for 5 days. The house usually stays pretty cool. Safe to eat?
I want to take in our dog which we left in another city 2 years ago. He was never properly house trained. I want to work things out with having a pet in the family and be ready before we welcome him back into our home. [more inside]
I'm meeting with a tax accountant for the first time on Wednesday. I'm a freelancer who gets my income from a number of sources (a combination of freelancing and part time salary work), so my taxes are pretty complicated. Two friends who do similar work recommended this guy, and said he got them big refunds last year, despite having almost no taxes withheld all year. I'm a newbie to taxes -- when meeting this guy, how can I tell whether he's on the up-and-up or whether he's going to get me audited?
Who is the lady who sings the Sanskrit chant (the first voice) in Enigma's "The Child in Us" (from their 1996 album)? Where can I buy tracks of more of her work or singing like it by others? [more inside]
How can I make myself sound attractive to a local microbrewery given my qualifications? [more inside]
New wave/synthpop love songs? Example: Real Life - Send Me An Angel [more inside]
If you're Chinese or know Chinese language/culture: when you hear the phrase "Lu Shan," do you automatically think of the Lu Shan mountain range? (Are there any other common meanings that would come to mind more strongly than the mountains would?)
Where can I buy a set of refrigerated lockers? [more inside]
[Cheesecake Filter] I'm hoping to take my first shot at making cheesecake from scratch for my future inlaws this weekend. I've been looking at recipes and things are getting confusing… [more inside]
If an alien spaceship was approaching earth, how soon would we detect it? [more inside]
Where can I get an abortion in Toronto? [more inside]
My father is getting remarried, with only the witnesses present, and there will be no reception. Should I get him a gift? Send a card? What is appropriate in a situation like this? [more inside]
I am on the planning committee of an annual event held by my grad program in which the students and faculty do various activities and performances, play games, and generally make fun of each other. I need some ideas, preferably involving laughter and/or making the faculty do slightly embarrassing stuff. [more inside]
My nephew is almost 6 years old and loves watching Star Wars: Clone Wars with his father. What other shows should I get for them? [more inside]
There is a strong possibility my grandfather will be giving me his 1998 Buick Park Avenue within the next 2-12 months. I have never owned a car and do not know much about proper maintenance besides how to check oil. Help me prepare so that this doesn't turn into an even bigger expense than the insurance/gas will already be. Would love to hear from any who owns these cars. [more inside]
Boundary Waters Canoe Trip Filter: Planning a trip in August and want to buy permits now to avoid the rush. We would like to leave from somewhere near Ely, MN and be on the water for two full days and two half days. Can you recommend a good route? [more inside]
I have a chest tattoo and a wide back where wearing button-downs seems impossible. How to I dress for work? [more inside]
Credit Report Confusion: I recently pulled my free credit reports (I do it every year about this time), and there were no surprises. However, I have a couple questions about how closed and collection accounts are usually reported. (Long-ish question). [more inside]
Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
I am getting married this July in Vancouver (BC), and am currently looking for a DJ for the ceremony. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
We are planning a publicity stunt that is likely to get national media attention. The catch is that we need the cooperation of a charitable organization with a sense of humor. We've had no luck finding one. Any ideas where to look? [more inside]
Why are there so many different odd sizes of toothpaste? Colgate comes in 4.0oz, 4.2oz, 5.8oz, 6.0oz, 6.4oz, 7.6oz and 7.8oz. And I don't know if my local Rite Aid even stocks all the options. Is it just so I can't easily compare the cost per ounce between the numerous varieties? [more inside]
Where can I find thoughtful book discussion and analysis on the internet? [more inside]
Should I apologize for not inviting everyone to the party? [more inside]
I'm researching starting a candy business, initially selling at craft shows and farmers markets and online. I'm planning to do a new-flavor-of-the-month subscription, and am researching the best way to manage these purchases. [more inside]
Can I compute how frequently a word occurs in general English text? I have a list of about 2000 words, and I want to sort it with the most common words first. [more inside]
Does anyone know the origin of the latin word "ebrius" which roughly translates into "inebriated" in English? [more inside]
Now that I've dutifully downloaded Firefox 4.0, why can I no longer see your profile pictures next to your posts and comments, fellow MeFis? What has Firefox done to my Greasemonkey script and how do I get your profile shots back in view?
Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
(UK TV) Tomorrow's World. As the end credits rolled, a presenter ran across the studio shouting, "Stop! We haven't finished!" Did this really happen? [more inside]
When a Freemason is given "light" by the Worshipful master during his initiation, how does that not conflict with a Christian's belief that Jesus has already brought him into the light from darkness (through salvation)? I know the physical meaning is removing the blindfold and literally giving him light, but the symbolic meaning implies the brother was in darkness and is now in light. In a broader sense, how have other Christians handled the perceived conflicts between the rituals in Masonry and Christianity? Please keep your reply above the very basics of "Masonry is not a religion." I'm pretty familiar with all those statements (I'm an EA preparing for FC). Mainly looking for guidance from other Masonic Christians about the perceived conflicts between Christianity and masonry.
Every 3-4 months I get a scratchy throat, swollen tonsils, and mild postnasal drip which lasts about five days. Is this possibly due to mold in my damp, poorly ventilated apartment? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a good accountant/CPA firm in San Francisco with experience dealing with international freelancing work? I’ve done work from the Netherlands (but now live in SF) as a freelancer for U.S. companies and there’s a lot of things I’m not clear about regarding U.S. Tax law that I’d like to get properly sorted out once and for all. [more inside]
Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
Why has my sense of smell suddenly become amazing? Or, why am I smelling things that have gone away for a day or two after they are gone? [more inside]
Is there really a garden-ban in Portland, Maine because of lead in the soil? [more inside]
How can I tell if my e-mail list is underperforming, delivery-wise? [more inside]
Help me find a thorough sports doctor for my elite athletic hopes. I am a 28 year old male. I currently have a partially torn Hamstring, adhesions and scar tissue in my hamstrings (and buttocks). I also have a leg length discrepancy, my right leg is 1.4 CM shorter than my left leg ( .7cm in femur, .7cm in the tibia, confirmed by scanogram). I think the leg length discrepancy is slowing me down while running, and causing other injuries. [more inside]
What are the best nations for broadband both in terms of speed and price, and why? [more inside]
How to put the wireless video stream from a wireless birdhouse camera magically 'on the internet'? [more inside]
I get lethally quiet when I'm upset, and my relationships suffer as a result. Please help me break out my little black rain cloud. [more inside]
Do you have any book recommendations for a friend who has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis? [more inside]
Having problem with CD's burned using Windows Media Player and I need help FAST. [more inside]
What are some vibey music venues (indie, rock, blues) and restaurants we should not miss in Chicago? The more unique local flavor the better. [more inside]
What did you do when you were in your 20s and trying to find a way to support yourself financially but still had no idea what you wanted to do in terms of a career? [more inside]
Alternative exercises on an elliptical? What else can I do with this thing, besides run on it, to spice things up? [more inside]
How can I report a wee bit of foreign income on my US taxes? [more inside]
My mother's just been diagnosed with "Philadelphia positive bilineal acute leukemia" and the internet is scaring the crap out of me. I'm hoping the hive mind can help me find the good news, understand the bad news and filter the ugly. [more inside]
Shipping clothes from Canada to USA: what does the Certificate of Disinfection entail, where do I get it?
I have 2 large boxes of used clothing/shoes to ship to the US soon, and the post office employee told me the volume of items would definitely not pass the border unless I have a Certificate of Disinfection. Unfortunately, this document seems non-existent. There is NO information in Google, answers are always something along the lines of, "Ship it in several smaller boxes!" or "Don't say it's clothing!" which are avoiding the point: I am trying to do this by the book (legally). Does anyone have experience with this particularly evasive document, or parameters that would let Customs determine the packages are okay? Or another way I could *legally* ship the clothing to the US? [more inside]
What does a starred or asterisked listing in old (1915-1925) R. L. Polk City Directories indicate? [more inside]
I'm looking for an old skool rap song from the 90s, with the chorus from "My Girl" by the Temptations. Can anyone point to the artist? [more inside]
Help me fall in love with the guitar again. [more inside]
Is it really necessary to shred all receipts? Is identity fraud really likely? [more inside]
Arrive in Amsterdam 4th April. Depart Amsterdam 14th April. The rest is up to YOU! [more inside]
Yet another "please help us buy a car" question with extra weirdness: buy now with generous parents' money (if so, what?) or wait until we can afford a hybrid? [more inside]
Where can I get a replacement A1242 transistor? [more inside]
How do I decide which suburban school district to choose? (Specifically Cincinnati, but I welcome general advice.) [more inside]
Should I go travel and work remotely or try and settle down with a girl I don’t have? [more inside]
How do you make any old baked good recipe vegan? Especially when it comes to swapping out for eggs? [more inside]
[European Football League Periodical Filter]My 8-year-old son enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports. He has recently latched on to being very into the Barclay's Premier League, La Liga, and the Bundesliga. Help me find a season preview periodical or magazine that he can pore over. Examples of what I mean inside... [more inside]
Before I installed Firefox 4 I had a bar across the bottom of the screen of my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.6.6) that displayed various apps-- AccuWeather current local conditions for example. Now it's gone. I can't remember what that bar is called, and, search as I may, I can't find it. Any ideas?
Ok this is a bit silly because I may have even posted a link to it on this very site, and I know for certain that at one point I had starred it or shared it on google reader, but for the life of me I can't find it again: a wordless webcomic image about mario (of super mario brothers), having some kind of bad trip. [more inside]
Took a chance at my 'dream' employer but am finding it might be a mistake. Should I wait longer or persue other avenues? [more inside]
When I boot up my Dell Vista tower, a window opens on the desktop saying "Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working" and asks me to restart the program. When I do restart, it goes on and on for a loop that lasts a thousand years. Can you help me? [more inside]
I used to see advertisements for a plastic guard/doohickey to allow one to trim one's own hairline in the back (with electric clippers) and create a straight, even line. It was basically a piece of plastic you place against your hair/head, and then you'd clip hair on your neck up until that piece of plastic. It was *not* something that attaches to clippers in any way. What are these called, and where can I buy one? [more inside]
My dad is about to inherit at least several hundred thousand dollars from his dad and I am extremely worried it will burn a hole in his pocket. How can I help him prevent this? [more inside]
How I do know when a specific part of a specific page is updated on the web? I want to take advantage of an online sale, so I need to be notified when the deal is available... [more inside]
Adobe Indesign 4 trouble. My wife is working on a document with two placed images (one is a B&W TIFF, the other is a monotone EPS) on a page. If she applies transparency to one image, both appear to be desaturated. This problem just cropped up today after she has worked on essentially identical files before. [more inside]
Trip to Europe. Need a day bag that holds an iPad and other useful stuff. I really like the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot but am looking for something a little more feminine. [more inside]
My wireless (Wi-Fi) network has started kicking me and my roommates off intermittently. My guess is there's interference but I can't figure out what to do about it, and nothing I've tried seems to work. Help! [more inside]
Is three hours enough time to change planes between between JFK and La Guardia? [more inside]
Help me learn some union/protest/solidarity songs, please. [more inside]
A friend of mine is planning to buy a new car. She needs help in choosing between Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic 2011. Please help in deciding the better car in the long run. Also please suggest any other good vehicle that is good for regular commuting and very good MPG.
Vacationing in Mystic, CT area April 22-24. 2 couples, 4 bikes, 1 van. Everyone is late 20s early 30s. Need trails, food and entertainment. [more inside]
First time home buyer, made an offer that was accepted, now we're shopping for a mortgage. The home price and condition should allow us to qualify for a FHA loan or a USDA Rural housing loan. Our available down payment probably is not enough to get us into a conventional mortgage. I would almost certainly like to get a 30 year fixed rate loan. What are some perils and pitfalls of looking for financing? What specific things do you wish that you knew when you took out your mortgage? [more inside]
What is this sensation in my face? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Accountant in NYC? [more inside]
Excel 2010- I need to highlight both the row and the column of the cell that is currently selected in my enormous spreadsheet. Can you help me accomplish this?
I'm moving back to Austin, but I'm not sure where to live. Partner will be working downtown and I'll be working in the campus area. However, since I've been gone I've really gotten into cycling and that weighs heavily upon the decision. [more inside]
After years of buying custom clothing online, and dealing with lots of flaky sellers, it looks like I finally got ripped off. I've given up hope of getting my items or money back. What next? [more inside]
What is wrong with me? Why am I so tired? [more inside]
I only ever feel right when I have caffeine - properly focused and able to function. This is a lifetime thing not temporary withdrawal. What can I do? [more inside]
Help me find a doctor on north shore Long Island [more inside]
How can I take a course in animal nutrition in St. Louis? [more inside]
Android Help: When I transfer a video from my HTC phone to my PC, it plays upside-down. How do I fix this, please? Does it have something to do with how I shot the video? Isn't there a "rotate" button on Windows Media Player? [more inside]
You know how awkward you feel at 12 when you're trying to talk to the cutie in your class? Well, that's me, but at 27, and with women. I'm a woman, and I'm completely lost with how this works. Maybe lost is an understatement. Could you walk me through what you did, if you experienced this? [more inside]
My fiance and I are looking into our financial future and are looking to save money. The thought came to me last night that if we lived solely on his income and saved all of mine, we could be out of credit card debit in no time (just a little over a year)! At that point we could start saving for a down payment on a house. We can easily live on his income. We would only have to tighten our belts a little. Have you done this successfully? We are looking for both pros and cons of this strategy. [more inside]
Family and I decided that this would be our last winter in Michigan. After much debate we have chosen North Carolina. Neither of us have family or friends in NC. Not sure where to live. Can you help? [more inside]
In-laws want to give us a house. For free. But is it worth it? [more inside]
I need to improve my social and relationship skills. Can anyone recommend a behavior therapist in NYC who does social skill training and takes Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield? [more inside]
What is the job market like for I.T. professionals in Austin and how can I join the ranks? [more inside]
Please recommend journal or magazine articles about rape. I'm looking for a select few especially worthwhile articles—insightful, written in plain language. Any aspects welcome, from legal analysis to personal stories. Substantial articles preferred (i.e., longer essays, not opinion columns).
How do I tell my vet that it's time to stop trying to diagnose my cat, and help him have a peaceful end? Looking for a possible script to follow. [more inside]
How can I stop a toddler from sucking her thumb? [more inside]
I just came out as transgendered in the past few days, and one thing that's immediately apparent is that I'm going to need a new line of work. I've worked in bars and restaurants for about ten years now, and it's not the kind of business that's kind on somebody in the middle of changing their sex. So, does anybody know of any kind of career that would be more open to a barely-educated MTF?
Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla - I can't commit! Help me with the pros and cons. [more inside]
I need an online RSVP service for select wedding guests to RSVP for our Rehearsal Dinner without hurting anyone's feelings. [more inside]
I want to paint a mural in my bedroom. Where to start? [more inside]
Is less signal strength required for sending/receiving texts versus voice calls? [more inside]
have you tried acunpuncture for any hardcore conditions? i'm hoping to hear experiences about what kind of diseases/symptoms it's helped with. i am not a special snowflake. i am not a special snowflake. [more inside]
My wife is pregnant and I'm not happy about it. Obviously that's a problem. Help me try to become happy about it. [more inside]
My wife is reading Les Miserables and I am reading bits along with her. Many years ago I took French in high school and am amazed at how much French pronunciation ability I have lost. Is anyone aware of any website or other reference source where I can get French names and words from the book pronounced for me? [more inside]
Can I rehabilitate an elderly Power Mac G4 for study? [more inside]
My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
I live in New York and I want to learn to play chess. Can anyone recommend somewhere I can get lessons? General tips on learning to play would be great too. [more inside]
Are there any laws that require landlords to provide efficient or modern heating units for tenants? [more inside]
Is there any way to make a 24-hour digital video recording of my day from my point of view without looking like a total psychopath? [more inside]
Help me plan an amazing vacation to either Seattle/PNW or the Southwest? [more inside]
Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
In Oliver Sacks' The Minds Eye he references "primitive cultures" in which people do not recognize photographs as representational. Where can I read more about that?
My carbon monoxide alarm went off this morning, so I called 911, and the fire department came to test the air. It was a false alarm - just an old detector acting up. Will I be charged? I live in Toronto, ON. [more inside]
How do I use a highlighter? [more inside]
Should I be turning off my PS2 when changing discs? [more inside]
Are there any powerful visual representations of a typical editorial process (print)? [more inside]
What to get my friend who is traveling for a year in an RV in the US? [more inside]
How can I document/print/transfer text messages from a Straighttalk LG220C phone? [more inside]
I have a tune in my head. I can't identify it, so I videotaped myself whistling, in the hopes that one of you could. [more inside]
I'm a guy. I'm 31. I live in San Francisco. I've never really liked dancing in any sense of the word--how can I change this? [more inside]
My seven year old daughter has fallen in love with Minecraft after watching a video review of the game with her mother. I've just started letting her play. She's in Peaceful mode. Building like crazy. She seems to be having a blast. Anything I should be aware of as she gets more involved? [more inside]
Chronic low-level lower back pain? Short-term solutions? [more inside]
Is doing a neuroscience PhD useful to enhance my job prospects generally, not just in research? If I choose to leave science after graduating, what would a PhD get me? [more inside]
Creative Writing Tips Wanted! [more inside]
I need advice on getting custom jewelry made in Orlando, FL! [more inside]
My all-leather combat boots stink. Probably colonized by fungus. Looking to disinfect and wash without murdering the old, already mildly damaged leather. [more inside]
Looking for a best bang for buck NAS or home media drive for home use, 1-2 Tb's. I am overwhelmed from doing online research & am looking for advice to limit my choices. Will mainly use for media files & docs. Ease of use is important. [more inside]
Starting an importing business for sweaters from a manufacturer abroad, need advice... [more inside]
MovieFilter: Looking for a movie where a corporation pays a fake family to move into a neighborhood and markets various products to their neighbors via "keeping up with the Joneses"-ism. [more inside]
Sometime in the 80's, there was a survey of economists by a group of researchers in the US that suggested that many (? some? all?) economists discounted some basic ideas about the world, for example that energy and resources were limited by physical constraints. I'm looking for links/discussion about that survey, or subsequent work. I haven't had any luck with either Google or the stack of articles in the basement.
(Extreme Audio Processing) How would you remove a laugh track from a TV show? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a place where you can get a "male makeover"? Or get fashion advice for guys? I'm in NYC, which might make it easier.
I plan to talk to a lawyer about this but right now, I'm doing my research and would like to reach out to the MeFi community for advice. [more inside]
With limited details, what is this song and who is it by? (Maybe from a Ninja Tune compilation!) [more inside]
Dragon Age: Origins on new MacBook Air: I believe my system meets or exceeds the required specs, but even on the lowest graphical settings, the game runs intolerably slowly. Is there anything I can do? Full technical specs inside. [more inside]
I get pretty nasty pains in my chest when I run. Is this normal, and does it go away? [more inside]
Every so often in my interweb adventures I find videos or recordings made in a non-English language along with a written transliteration of what the words could sound like in English, which ends up stroop testing the brain into hearing the transliteration. Do you know any examples of the opposite? [more inside]
What movies end with a dance montage? [more inside]
I just read Victor Niederhoffer's Practical Speculation. Most of the book is devoted to analyzing trading opportunities using statistics. I am looking for other resources devoted to this topic. [more inside]
I know bananas are good for you and all, but I hate the taste and texture. Other fruits that have some of the same benefits (sold in US markets)?
SchoonerFilter: For a bit of fiction in the works.... Could four men sail an 1807 version of a schooner like this. Plus another schuestion. [more inside]
Help me come up with raw food (balanced) meal ideas, please. [more inside]
Why are Mexoryl/ecamsule-based sunscreens getting harder and harder to find in the US? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find this Remington Airwave hair dryer, or similar? It's "currently unavailable" on Amazon, and I'm afraid it may be out of stock or something. [more inside]
Can anyone translate a motto into Latin? I'm looking for something like "I [carry|will carry] the [load|weight|burden]. Whatever works best. I promise not to have the results tattood anywhere absurd.
Your recommended diet for a prospective daily bicycle commuter is requested. [more inside]
Did anyone claim that "Enron couldn't happen in the UK"? I'm looking for actual examples of politicians/commentators/business leaders stating that an Enron-style collapse couldn't happen in the UK due to stronger corporate governance culture here than in the US. [more inside]
I was driving my '89 Toyota Corolla on a mud road when it bottomed out in a pile of gravel. At first everything seemed ok, but now, when I start the car, there is a loud vibrating noise (louder inside the car than out.) I also get the noise when I release the clutch into first gear, but not the higher gears. It has been a week now: I am not leaking oil or slipping gears and it doesn't seem to be getting worse. Other than the noise the car seems to be driving normally. Can you be my psychic mechanic? [more inside]
Apart from tomatoes, strawberries and beans, what can we grow on our sunny central European balcony? [more inside]
What can you tell me about Athens, GA? [more inside]
Where to find good resources for the brave new world of web coding? [more inside]
Any webapp/code available that can let people post pictures online and have others annotate them with their comments and drawings? [more inside]
I like him, but I like myself less when I'm around him. [more inside]
How can I take criticism better without getting defensive?
What are some limits of the human brain? I think everyone knows that people can't keep more than 7 items in short term memory, and I was just reading an article here that mentions limits to the theory of mind (A knows that B thinks that C thinks.. etc). What are some other things that it is just impossible to think about or remember or to visualize? I'd prefer actual studies and hard data to anecdotes and folk wisdom, but I'll take either.
What's the story behind a UK license plate with only digits? [more inside]
We are buying a home - what is the etiquette/law of forming a relationship with a real estate agent? [more inside]
Help! My kids are pestering me for this squid recipe... but I can't find it! [more inside]
I am suffering from a bad cold and have a lot of phlegm (mucus) in my chest. However, I am not able to bring it out when I cough. What should I do to get this out quickly?
I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
Looking for a children's book about someone who is eating rice with a devil/ghost on his back who keeps stealing the food from him before he can get it into his mouth. [more inside]
Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited.
Help me figure out what kind of video card (and audio card) to get for this HP Pavlloin a1123c that I've inherited. [more inside]
Does Groucho Marx appear in the movie The Candidate (1972)? [more inside]
Posted for a friend: iTunes went apeshit, drive has been emptied of music. WTH? [more inside]
In Dreamweaver, I am using the find and replace tool. I want to change 1 to n+1, down the list. How? [more inside]
What software does your company use to handle your company's vacancy listings online? [more inside]
What should I do if my dog shows aggressive, violent reactions to simple removal of toys. [more inside]
Should I be testing non-edible Japanese imports for radiation? [more inside]
Some friends and I want to take off on a canoe in the Fox River (in Illinois) for a day trip to see the sights when it gets warmer. Advice, warnings, etc.? [more inside]
I have four free days to do anything. What would you do to maximize the awesomeness? [more inside]
Old Sci Fi Movie Filter: Movie was seen on tv, at least 15 years ago, set on a planet with 2 suns, but the movie was shot with lots of dark atmospheric feeling. A group of young people (at an orphanage?) are reaching puberty, which means they aren't supposed to be able to morph into other creatures any more, but one young man continues to change, possibly into a crow-like figure. [more inside]
Years ago, I read/saw/heard something about live children being bricked into the supports of bridges, presumably as part of some superstition/sacrifice/protection thing. I feel like it was presented as something that actually happened centuries ago, maybe in Europe, but I've never been able to find any reference to it sense. Do you know what I'm talking about? If so, did this really happen, or was it a detail in a fictional story? [more inside]
Looking for specialized knowledge of the anatomy of anything -- organic or inorganic. [more inside]
How do I rejuvinate the slimy finish on our furniture? The finish on our Plunkett Furniture, cherry veneer, made in China, desk has rubbed off at places that get a lot of contact. Same thing with our Plunkett beechwood kitchen table. [more inside]
Can you tell me the name and author of this story? Aliens contact earth, but they say they will only negotiate with humanity through [woman's name] - it is up to [woman] to decree if humanity is given vast boons of technology, or if it is destroyed by the aliens. [more inside]
HTC Desire HD. Phone appears to be working perfectly, except it isn't responding to touch. [more inside]
I have some guys coming in two weeks to pull the shrubs in the flowerbed in front of our house and replace them with others. The problem is that I am very undecided on what types to put in, or how to arrange them. Is there an online application (free) where I can mock up ideas to see what they would look like? Preferably one that allows head-on views more than from-above views. Thanks.
Recommend me novels with Native American themes similar to Velma Wallis' Two Old Women and Bird Girl and the Man Who Followed the Sun. [more inside]
Did studying a martial art get you in shape (from a very bad starting point) or help improve your confidence and ability to deal with people? [more inside]
Any good SiriusXM online standalone streaming software other than the Yahoo widget? [more inside]
I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
I am filing tax returns for a number of prior years. One of those years was spent renting an apartment, but having almost no income whatsoever to claim. Rent was paid through a variety of means (read: help from parents). It was one of those years. Do I claim the rent paid? [more inside]
A friend of mine is looking to get a backup camera installed in her vehicle. Does any one know a reputable place in Chicago to get this done?
Can I take a bagel recipe that calls for an optional 10-minute second rise and instead let the second rise go for a few hours? What about the more traditional 18-24 hours instead? [more inside]
I am considering a job in Silicon Valley venture capital. I have a background in traditional East Coast banking. I am confident in all the technical issues, I understand the job well, and I like the partners. Help me understand VC culture so I can decide if I want the position and so I don't make an ass of myself. [more inside]
I'm looking for new forums and online communities where people talk intelligently about art, the internet, and video games (preferably all three). Not looking for general, all-purpose sites like Reddit or subsections of those sites, individual blogs, or twitter feeds. [more inside]
Where can I find reliable Vancouver condo sale price information? [more inside]
RecordingFilter: I got the idea of using my new Android phone to make a live recording. I just used the Voice Recorder app that came on the phone. The resulting recording is obviously pretty low quality, but not completely terrible. How can I find ways to make future smartphone recordings sound better? [more inside]
I've just started a job as a production editor at a magazine and am wondering if our company is behind the times. Whenever I want to make any sort of change to a document, even something like adding a period to the end of a sentence, I have to ask someone in the layout department do it. I have no way of making any changes myself. Is this how all publishers work? Seems rather old-fashioned to me.
Does anyone know of any great hip/relevant clothing stores, online or otherwise, for middle aged overweight women who need to be hip, youngish, but appropriately dressed? [more inside]
Can you think of any children's books that reference pretzels? I'm trying to remember a book in which a child spends her allowance on a pretzel stick and slowly licks the salt off--but it's NOT All of a Kind Family. [more inside]
How do I make a 35.5 hour journey as painless and quick as possible? [more inside]
Is there any way to revert back to an old version of a Greasemonkey script? [more inside]
I'm in love with my girlfriend. I'm in love with my best friend. Kindly bludgeon me with advice. [more inside]
I inherited a great grandfather clock. Awesome! But there is something amiss... The left weight is not descending, making the chimes run out of order and the hour fail to strike. Any grandfather clock gurus out there that could help a fella out? [more inside]
Is there any connection between the Nemesis movie script described in the movie Trekkies and the last ST:TNG movie, Star Trek: Nemesis? [more inside]
I might hate New York, I might love that job. Now what? [more inside]
I've got this aluminum alley door (28" x 70" avec mounting door post), that I don't want. I'm told solid aluminum doors like this are expensive, which made me wonder if I could sell it. Which, because I can't seem to find anything comparable on the net, brings me in turn to my question: what should I ask for it when I post it on Craig's List? And if there's a better way to sell it than Craig's List (such as selling it to a scrap dealer), please enlighten me.
Am I stupid to get my masters now? [more inside]
Please help me celebrate Halloween in Salem! [more inside]
Please help me create a pre-recorded conference presentation and reliable delivery and display method. Thanks!
I'm in the UK, and will be giving a pre-recorded video conference presentation remotely next month in the US. What is the deliverable I should be aiming for (YouTube link, QuickTime video, PDF with MP3, something else?) and what is the easiest, most hassle-free way of creating and delivering it? [more inside]
Which of Thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile 3g or 4g or whatever tech speed with unlimited plan in Bangkok area. And how much does it cost. Whether it is a USB or 3G or 4g SIM card.
Can I somehow harness Android-style predictive text for my actual, hardware QWERTY keyboard? [more inside]
Help an extreme introvert thrive at an industry conference. [more inside]
MeFites, I need you to lay some dry cleaning knowledge on me. Do I need to take my suit skirt to the dry cleaner's if a small amount of beer was spilled on it while out with colleagues yesterday? Please help a laundry-vs.-dry-cleaning rule challenged gal figure it all out. [more inside]
What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?
What is the name of the industry / sector that designs retail store layouts etc. in order to encourage impulse buying and maximise profits?
One of the other graduate students in my lab occasionally makes comments that I feel are sexist - just barely so, but sexist nonetheless. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
Compulsive web-browsing completely dominates my life. How do I physically stop myself from using the internet? [more inside]
What are games that exist today that have similarities to the Redeemer Arena mods for Unreal Tournament 2K4?
What are games that exist today that have similarities to the Redeemer Arena mods for Unreal Tournament 2K4? [more inside]
Quotations that express the sentiment of growing stronger before pouncing or revealing oneself to an enemy [more inside]
Where should I take my international student friend to show him the best parts of the US? [more inside]
The alarm on my 1995 Toyota Camry is going off for no reason! I need help figuring out why! [more inside]
What are the best plays written in the last fifteen years? [more inside]
My boss thinks I'm incompetent. Maybe I am. Sinking self esteem inside: [more inside]
Can I clone an OEM windows 7, preactivated install and not worry about cloning the license with it? [more inside]
What are your tricks and tips for becoming attracted to someone? [more inside]
Moving to Manila ... what should I ask and think about beforehand? [more inside]
Why do animated an animated GIF's frame rate vary from browser to browser and can I make it consistent somehow?
When I make an animated gif it seems to run faster in some browsers. Is there a way to make it consistent for them all? [more inside]
What's the best technology for a little kid listening to music? My five-year-old loves music. We only have song on iTunes and iPods. He can't read the song titles, and it's too easy for him to mess things up. I'm wishing for a stack of records ("like we had when I was a kid") that he could manage himself. Any advice on creating a self-operable music listening system for kids in this age of digital music? Thanks!
What are some good online forums/communities for older adults w/ diabetes & obesity? [more inside]
I just got a CD-ROM of my favorite computer game from the mid-90s! After several tries with different emulators, though, I'm having no luck getting it to run on my machine. Can you help me play In the 1st Degree again? [more inside]
Roasted Chicken Recipe Filter. I'll be doing two roasted (oven baked) whole chickens for a dinner with my in-laws tomorrow. [more inside]
Will I have to declare my debit card when going through US Customs? [more inside]
I am trying to encourage a friend to give classical music a chance and am trying to put together a list of pieces that he'd find inspiring and interesting, particularly when performed live. Can anyone suggest any? [more inside]
Help. I've been struggling with mild depression for most of my life, with it becoming full blown since the last 5 years- I had a major traumatic experience happen to me where someone I thought really cared about me did horribly cruel and backstabbing things to me. [more inside]
Old faithful, a Dell Inspiron 6000 (circa 2005) with upgraded RAM shuts down after start-up. Intermittently. I've reformatted and reinstalled the system software (XP Pro SP3) and removed the battery. Can I fix, should I send to a tech, or is it time to upgrade? Australia. [more inside]
We'd call it 'multimedia' back in the day - how to put together a great job app with audio and video
Putting together an application packet, mostly text and images but includes 1 mp3, 1 short avi. How do I do this in an elegant, interesting way? Details below. [more inside]
What is "color sensitivity", in the context of it being a symptom of hypothyroidism? It appears on this list of symptoms, but I can't find anything else that will tell me how someone with hypothyroidism might experience color sensitivity. [more inside]
What classical music piece is used here? I know the frenetic piece following is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody but I'm stumped with tranquil piano part. It sounds like a Mozart Piano Sonata though I'm not sure which one.
Hi all, members of approx 125 member team distributed right across the globe are hitting NYC in early May and we're looking for some inspiration for a great night out. Any suggestions?
On Christmas Eve 1944, the BBC Home Service broadcast a program called 'A Poet's Christmas', featuring new poetry and music. Among the musical items was Michael Tippett's carol 'The Weeping Babe' (setting poetry of Edith Sitwell), which the BBC commissioned for the broadcast. I am trying to find out what else was broadcast as part of this program. [more inside]
I am doing some research on CIOs and one thing I am really curious is what does the CEO of the 2010's need to review when on board. Your list of items please. [more inside]
Real world exploration game? [more inside]
Is a Solatube brand tube skylight worth the extra cost? [more inside]
A question for the deep psych heads: I've been listening to Roger McGuinn and David Crosby's playing on the backing track for "Eight Miles High" constantly this week, and am looking for recommendations for more exceptional, electric, 60s, Indian-influenced psych. Bonus points for really obscure US/UK, and anything from points beyond.
How to keep up my energy levels? [more inside]
I'm 21, mostly lesbian, and kind of insecure. It's very rare that I can attract a girl, and so I "settle" for (and encourage) male attention to feel better about myself. Tell me how to stop. [more inside]
Is a Christian adoption of the Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition? [more inside]
"Don't get on the train, Katherine. I love you. Don't you see? Those days you walked in the heather(?). They meant so much when we were together. Don't get on the train, Katherine." Do you recognize the movie/book this quote comes from? [more inside]
Help identify this Chinese "demon" wooden sculpture. [more inside]
Can you help me with a plausible adversary for an espionage-oriented RPG campaign? [more inside]
A friend's employer's payroll company has been incorrectly filing her payroll taxes by subtracting her healthcare costs after taxes, causing her to pay more income tax than necessary. Her boss has said she is out of luck, is there anything she can do? [more inside]
Special Education Filter: What kind of questions do I ask someone interviewing to be my child's Personal Care Attendant? [more inside]
Has anyone here recently had 1000-5000 actual CDs manufactured, silkscreened, DigiPak'd and shrinkwrapped? Can you share your experiences with me, and make any recommendations? [more inside]
Has anyone replaced the glass back on their iPhone 4 with something less breakable? If so how did you select the kit, and what tips would you have for those who follow. The back on my phone was broken in a recent incident and I'm looking to fix it. I've seen several kits online for metal and other options, but the online reviews leave me concerned about getting a good part and finding a reputable supplier. Is there some equivalent to the case molding community for iPhones and related gadgets?
We are a young couple looking to spend two weeks vacationing in Sweden and Norway, any suggestions of where we should go or what we should do? We are more interested in doing outdoor stuff and going to beautiful places than spend the entire time in Stockholm/Oslo.
Please help us to generate further ideas on how to mobilize people for an action day against the further use of nuclear energy [more inside]
I have multiple computers with multiple folders of photos (with many copies of the same photos on multiple computers). Help me organize them! [more inside]
Please help me find LED lighting options for the bathroom. [more inside]
YANMCanadianL: Should my girlfriend talk to this insurance adjuster at all, or just ignore this? [more inside]
Physicists, or someone who is familiar with physics or mathematical models, please help me interpret "a mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation". I have never heard of Sociophysics before today. [more inside]
I'm moving to Boston, and would appreciate advise regarding where to look for housing. [more inside]
Please help me find this. I've exhausted my online searching skills. [more inside]
I'm gonna be in an eating contest, but I haven't eaten a single large meal in ages.. how quickly can I stretch out my stomach? Over one weekend? [more inside]
Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
How do you find work at home or part time as an electrical engineer? [more inside]
Need advice about how to proceed in getting a really awesome job. [more inside]
Blindsided by having to disclose very personal information at jury duty. Is this typical? Is this information recorded anywhere? And can I avoid this happening again? [more inside]
Buying new car. Dealer has to bring car in from another lot. Everything looked kosher except they made me sign a purchase order and a very small deposit... [more inside]
I really really like the sounds made by the Roland TB-303, what songs feature this synthesizer prominently? [more inside]
Do Cisco/Linksys routers sometimes redirect you to a Yahoo Toolbar download page when you try to go to Google, and if so how do they get away with it? [more inside]
Please help me work out the most "fair" scenario in a complicated roommate/security deposit situation. [more inside]
Was I right to break up with my chiropractor? Special snowflake boring details after the break. [more inside]
At&T is installing a repeater about 100 yards from my house. Cause for concern? [more inside]
Looking for this awesome shoe. [more inside]
What is a real dream job that includes ongoing travel, a combination of art and science, trouble-shooting and making a significant difference in the world? Something that compares to being a traveling trouble-shooting wizard, except without the magic. [more inside]
I've been getting health insurance through Cobra from my last job. I now have a new job, and was told today by benefits person that I can't remain on Cobra since I am now eligible for health insurance through new job. Is this true?
I've been getting health insurance through Cobra from my last job. I now have a new job, and was told today by benefits person that I can't remain on Cobra since I am now eligible for health insurance through new job. Is this true? [more inside]
I am interested in finding psychology and sociology material on a character set: Sonny Berger, Huey Newton, Jack Tatum. [more inside]
I had my back terrace tiles replaced with nice techo bloc paresean pavers. The contractor used polymeric sand. After he put the polymeric sand down the pavers now look dusty and the color dulled. Contractor swears he must come back and "seal" the pavers and that is why pavers look dull. I don't think he is right. What do you think? Can the polymeric be cleaned off? Should he rip it all out and do it again for free? Check out the photos.
How does one go about learning strategy (in general)? [more inside]
How Can I Encorage My Kids To Be Curious About The World Around Them? It seems like mefites are, in general, interested in learning new things, curious about the world, open to new ideas and that's how I'd like my kids to be. At the very least, I'd like them to be curious about everything from flowers to airplanes and whatever else they might encounter. How can I encourage them? Just encourage questions? Force them to read Wikipedia? [more inside]
One of my college professors from the TV department wants to come out to LA and learn more about the overall entertainment industry to update his knowledge. Are there any fellowships to help him do it? [more inside]
Help me deal with personal repercussions of politics. [more inside]
Recommendations for great things to do on honeymoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina & Montevideo, Uruguay? [more inside]
iPad Question: Advice on stylus and/or screen protector. [more inside]
Is there anything fancier than matzoh to bring in to the office for Passover? Our department does a rotation where one person will bring in bagels or donuts on Friday mornings. One of my co-workers has commented that he'll be stuck with matzoh on April 22, because of Passover. Is there anything else I could bring in that day (even if just a nice kosher-for-passover jam for the matzoh) along with the breakfast for everyone else? I shouldn't have much trouble finding kosher stuff around, as long as I know what I'm looking for. I realize that Passover is more or less about deprivation, but I'd like to be thoughtful anyway.
How can the new Macbook Pros use 90+ watts of power when they only have 85W power adapters? [more inside]
Years ago, I had a computer called a "Laser XTSL Model 1", I thought it ran DOS, but from my Google searches, I must be incorrect. But I do remember a program for it called "Go!". It was an environment, that, if I recall, looked like an office. It had a calculator and maybe a recipe holder? Could anyone provide more information about 1) The computer and 2) "Go!" (maybe without the exclamation point). Thanks!
Asking for movie recommendations following my delightful viewing experience after reading this on the blue
Asking for movie recommendations following my delightful viewing experience after reading this on the blue. [more inside]
Where to get a great hair cut in or near SF? I have very long hair and I've decided I'd like to chop it to a bob, but I want to go to someone who can do a great job and give me advice on what will look good since I've never had this haircut before. Any recommendations for amazing salons or stylists in the SF Bay Area (SF, east bay, wherever...) or up north in Santa Rosa/Petaluma/Sebastapol areas? I'm not made of money, so salons at all price points appreciated!
What are some of the most popular office management software suites for dentists? [more inside]
What are some strategies for making a rational decision about work/life balance in terms of a job search, taking both quantitative and qualitative factors into account? [more inside]
Excel Question! I have two dates on my spreadsheet. How can I accurately determine (retrieve) the time remaining on a warranty date. [more inside]
I'm looking for a widget or hack that will post, to my company's Facebook page, a dynamic list of videos that people have shared from our video-based website. [more inside]
Dating around the world. How does it work? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for free, New York Times-quality content online. What should I be reading? [more inside]
How do I view Telugu in Firefox? [more inside]
Calendar math question: today is March 25, 2011. I found my old watch in a drawer and the time is still correct, but the watch date window says 13. Assuming the date window repeats 1 to 31 and that I always 'set' my watch correctly, what was the most recent month and year that I could have worn it? [more inside]
Looking for a good cheap used Nissan, Toyota, or Honda in the Los Angeles area for around $3000. Any website suggestions for finding used cars? Or, what is a good dealer to go to?
My girlfriend has suggested that I might be overdue for a no-holds-barred sob destruction and I think I agree. But I'm having a hard time overcoming my disinclination towards that degree of vulnerability, so I've decided to mount an attack based on system overload. Do you have suggestions of specific pieces of media (video clips/songs/short poems/etc) that make you tear up every time? [more inside]
Can Googlemaps be used to display hub and spoke operations? [more inside]
What's my best option for getting my mother an iPad 16GB Wifi as reasonably priced but as reliably as possible? [more inside]
What is the best way to word my persistent e-mail "follow-ups" with non-responsive colleagues? [more inside]
If I have 6 bits of information about a person (first name, gender, height, weight, US zip code, age), what sort of statistical information can I get and from what source? For example, I could possibly find out BMI in that person's area, etc
Where can I buy this light fixture? (Or one similar to it.) It appears to be made of white plastic/vinyl - similar to what plastic file folders are made out of.
Fuji x100, why should I pay so much for a fixed lens camera? Is this a rangefinder? I don't really know what that is.... [more inside]
Can anyone tell me their experiences adopting a cat from a purebred cat rescue group? (Dog rescue stories are a dime a dozen) Any cat-rescue-specific things to look for, or recommendations? I'm in northern CA and can drive. [more inside]
What's a better quality zoom lens for the Nikon D7000 than the Nikon 18-105mm? [more inside]
Where can I find this mouse pad? [more inside]
i saw a video of software that played back the history of how a text was written, showing all the changes the text went through. I can't remember whether it was existing software or a mock up. Do you know what it was?
Wart on my lip. Might it resolve itself, or do I need to have it removed? [more inside]
I have a crush on an older co-worker and would like to stop acting like a nervous schoolgirl around him. How do I do this when he seems nervous too? [more inside]
What suggestions can you give me for help in forgiving myself? [more inside]
Asking this for a friend. She is a student, and one of her teachers is showing her a bit of favouritism and she wants to know how to get him to dial it down a notch so that she doesn't alienate her classmates and develop a false sense of her own abilities. [more inside]
How can I avoid lower back pain after long flights? And in general, how can I make long flights more tolerable? [more inside]
I'd like to outsource a fairly large, multi-person job. How do I do this, and what should I know first? [more inside]
Why is breastfeeding excruciating in the afternoon/early evening, but tolerable/comfortable at other times of the day? [more inside]
Anyone know where I can listen to whole operas online? [more inside]
How do you stop yourself from caring whether someone you've just started seeing is sleeping with/will sleep with other people? [more inside]
He texted, but didn't ask me out. Is this a bad sign? [more inside]
I'm looking for songs from the vantage point of a possessive/threatening lover (Don't even think about breaking up with/cheating on me songs). [more inside]
Who are Qadaffi's supporters in Libya? Does he have real anti-colonial legitimacy? What's with all of the revolutionary language attached to the structures of government? Surely there is a more interesting story here than 'he's evil' or 'he's batshit crazy', and yet that seems to be just about all i can come up with. Does anyone take these questions seriously? [more inside]
Movies with a certain atmosphere really hit the spot when life gets me down. The top three movies that match this mood are Winters Bone, Eastern Promises, and Mystic River. Can you think of others I might like? [more inside]
Does childhood trans-orbital ice-pick lobotomy patient Howard Dully have a case for compensation based on malpractice in California? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to sync all my iPhone notes to my macbook and then delete those notes from the iPhone alone? I want a system where I can easily keep transferring notes to my computer, and leave the iPhone note-free, or with only a few notes that I choose to keep on it, after each sync.
Anyone know that band, Suckerpunch? No, not them... [more inside]
"Anyone have any recommendations for a normal-sized scanner that is good at scanning artwork? All my stuff is small, so no need for huge." (Asked for a friend. Reposted as the last time asked was apparently a couple years ago.)
Excel Filter: I have a long list of file names in numerical order in an Excel spreadsheet. I need to know what numbers are missing, so I can track down the related files. Is there a quick and (relatively) painless way of doing this without having to sift through all the numbers manually?
is James Jamerson the bassist on the Four Tops' "Reach Out (I'll Be There)"? [more inside]
Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
I am in a WIFI-less internet environment at the moment and would like to connect using my Ipad. I am ablt to connect to the internet with my Macbook pro using ethernet. Is there a way I can create a network using my airport and then connect via Ipad through the network. Is there a VERY simple way to do this. I am not very knowlegable about networks
I'm job hunting and looking for recommendations for non-profit listings other than Craigslist. If it matters, I'm located in California. [more inside]
planning costa rica trip with 7 year old in cordillera de la talamaca and just north of there. any ideas? [more inside]
What might cause a marked spike in my anxiety/depression symptoms from 5pm-8pm (almost to the minute)? In terms of body chemistry, sleep/wake cycle, hormones, etc what does my body have going on during this time? [more inside]
Are those big scholarship books of any use to prospective grad students? [more inside]
YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal? [more inside]
How can I move to CA with or without an inheritance and not go broke? [more inside]
What's the most interesting thing I can do in a couple hours in Tampa, Florida? [more inside]
What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal? [more inside]
A friend queries: What makes a person feel so energized after choir practice (in a scientific sense)? [more inside]
I'm a guy who's interested in learning about female experiences—particularly the kind to which men might be oblivious—particularly those which will help me understand feminist ideas and perspectives. I prefer personal stories and informal musing to the dense academic stuff. [more inside]
Occasional nightly delirium during mild fever -- what gives? [more inside]
I want to buy myself some luxurious, indulgent, gorgeous underwear/lingerie. Recommendations? [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to do better research. [more inside]
Problem with video on my netbook, it freezes and sounds like a skipping record!! [more inside]
Cymbalta side-effects: how long should I put up with this nausea? [more inside]
Help me pass a test using Excel (special snowflake banking industry questions inside). [more inside]
Heineken: Where is my Heineken brewed? Secret Code? [more inside]
I just got into a low-speed car accident in a parking lot. The kid who hit me jumped out and said "sorry, sorry, totally my fault, I wasn't paying attention." I got all his insurance info and his driver's license. Now what? [more inside]
I've decided to reach out to my network and crowdsource my job search. Can you give me some advice so this goes smoothly and is as successful as possible? [more inside]
Day in the life of a freelance writer? Details inside! [more inside]
I've got a PDF (a magazine). I'm trying export some pages from this PDF (my article), as a separate PDF. I'm on a Mac (10.6.7). This seems like it should be easy, but I can't print my selected pages to PDF (it's grayed out in the "Save to PDF" drop-down), nor can I find any options to save-selected-pages-as or export-to. My searches have only turned up now-obsolete, non-functioning programs like PDFlab and PDFsam. What am I missing? Should I just print out the pages and scan them back in?
So how do Seal and the Olsen twins do it? I want a leather jacket from Carol Christian Poell. What now? [more inside]
I had a 13 year old standard poodle that unfortunately developed lymphoma. For those 13 years, we were as close as a dog and owner could get. When she no longer could stand, the decision was made to put her to sleep. On her last day, I went to pick her up to carry her to the vet's appointment. I was utterly surprised ( and disappointed) that she viciously bit my thumb and would not let go. Why would such a gentle 13 year old LOYAL dog do that at the end?
What to do when you're long time roommate/friend starts to get on your nerves? [more inside]
Need help shopping for groceries healthy & effectively. Details inside. [more inside]
Who's got a interesting idea for a bunch of copper wire? [more inside]
When is it legally, ethically, practically, or otherwise necessary for people NOT to know something? For example, I've heard of linguists trying to do research on monolingual native speakers (they can't know another language), or jurors, who can't know about the defendant. Bonus questions: why can't they know, and how is it enforced? I'm particularly interested if a person has to protect his or her own lack of knowledge.
Simple question: Where do I got to find short( 8'-20') lengths of SCH 80 steel pipe in nyc?
Is buying an expensive piece of exercise equipment from healthfitnessdepot.com a bad idea? [more inside]
How can I deal with this horrible horrible job stress? [more inside]
Was this a disastrous experience because I shouldn't have casual sex, or was it a disastrous experience because it was destined to be a trainwreck? Convoluted details inside. [more inside]
My dream job with the US foreign service fell through. So should I stick with my enjoyable, decent paying but completely dead end job, go to law school or.. figure out a third option? [more inside]
Please help me find descriptions of the psychology or "standard" process of women who approach and are willing to cheat with married men. [more inside]
MS Excel: All of my subjects took two tests and Scores 1 & 2 are in one sheet. Some of my subjects took an additional two tests, and Scores 3 & 4 are in another sheet. How can I merge the two sheets and align the rows so that each subject has all four scores in individual cells in a single row? [more inside]
Will symantec PC anywhere 12.5 work for me? I want to access my desktop office pc from other locations over wifi. Ideally would be able to access all desktop functionality programs etc. [more inside]
Where can I find a ghost writer for a fiction(novel)? [more inside]
So what if I do like drama? [more inside]
Step-by-stepFilter: Collecting small claims court judgement in New York? [more inside]
Yet another question about preexisting conditions, mental health and group health insurance in the US. [more inside]
Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily. Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see? Thanks!
What are the best birth control solutions for men who hate condoms? (NSFW) [more inside]
Is my password safe after a "System Tool" malware infection? Can malware (system tool) use a proxy or key logger or otherwise detect bank account passwords accessed with the (hopefully previously) infected computer. How can one be sure the infection is totally removed? xp fully updated, avg free, scanned and cleaned following these instructions
Should I find someone in upper management to define my job ? Should I do it myself ? Is this just a sign of the tires coming off the bus and I should get off that bus ? Or just keep working as best I can because at least I have a job . [more inside]
I'm currently collecting unemployment in New York State, and am considering taking on some very part-time freelance work. How much can I earn per week without giving up my employment benefits/violating the law? [more inside]
How can I share a book from an iPad to my iPhone? [more inside]
It's looking like I'm going to be offered a job about one hour's drive away from where I live in North Yorkshire. This will be my first 'proper' job (done lots of temping though). I've found the job market to be reaaaally hard. I'm a graduate and I'm getting interviews and even second interviews but haven't been sealing the deal. [more inside]
I’m very happy for a friend in a new relationship, but I’d rather not hear about it all the time. How can I be a good friend for him, and avoid questioning my own self-worth at the same time? [more inside]
Safest place to stow a bike in downtown Montreal during business hours? [more inside]
I want to set up a website for a condo I'd like to sell, with photos and all the information. Can you point me to some websites I could use for inspiration? Thanks!
It's a trivia call to arms! I've been tasked (last minute) with hosting a 1-hour World of Warcraft trivia session. [more inside]
Could you help my friend find a poem to comfort the family of a friend who has just died? The young man had gone through some bumps in his life and was just starting to turn it around, and then, tragically, he died an accidental death. She’s looking for something fairly short (under 10 lines), modern, nothing too literary, and something that celebrates the immortality of family love. I’ve looked on previous Ask MeFi posts, but most of the poems I see there are unsuitable for various reasons. She doesn’t want anything tailored to a funeral; she would like to send this poem directly to the family for them to reread in the coming months (perhaps put on a fridge to turn to for comfort).
Need a to-do / project management app that will quickly schedule events and create all the relevant sub-tasks for me. [more inside]
Canadian permanent residency question. Approaching end of 3rd year on a PR card, without spending very much time in Canada. Received stern warning from a border agent - what to do? [more inside]
Stupid math question: How to solve (not trail and error) a problem set up like: 2x*3y=278 if x+y=119 I am not sure what to call this type of problem so can not effectively google the steps. Not looking for an answer (per se) of the above problem, but the steps taken to solve it. [more inside]
I returned a stolen phone that a co-worker brought to work. I was fired and the other guy was not. Lots more inside. [more inside]
How should I best plan for my future when I'm at my potential peak earnings, and the job outlooks don't look great a decade out? [more inside]
Previously functional download of maildir-format inbox into Eudora no longer works despite no discernible changes to settings. (System now wants to download entire mail directory.) [more inside]
Zeemote hackery for Mac OS X? [more inside]
What are the very best things to bring back as souvenirs from outside the U.S.? It seems that the things I used to request from traveling friends (Petit Bateu shirts from Paris, weird candy from Japan, Elnett hairspray from Europe in general, etc.) are now just as easy to get in the U.S. as they are elsewhere, thanks to the internet/globalization/changing FDA regulations. But surely there must still be amazing things out there that are impossible to find stateside (or in the case of cosmetics, not FDA approved). What are they?
I naturally get a strong productivity burst in the late afternoon/evening . Unfortunately, this doesn't sync up well with the actual hours of my 8-4 workday. How can I shift my biological clock to let me get stuff done earlier in the day? [more inside]
I need help finding a seasonal outdoors job. [more inside]
Do the images in a patent have copyright? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of movies wherein the protagonist is keeping something secret, and feels guilty about it. [more inside]
Question about transferring hosting service without disrupting Microsoft e-mail. [more inside]
Outlook2007 sometimes refuses to send mail, produces no error messages. There doesn't seem to be any pattern, nor any obvious way to troubleshoot it. [more inside]
I was recently officially diagnosed with ADHD by a great psychiatrist who spent a lot of time with me and seemed very serious about helping me. He ended up prescribing me Ritalin. This was very surprising, and I felt like I was transported back to the early 90s (which was the last time I heard the word actually spoken aloud). What are the possible benefits of Ritalin over Adderall, which may have led him to choose this? [more inside]
What are examples of large companies or major brands that use mostly black and white photography on their website? [more inside]
Where to go driving in the countryside in England? [more inside]
Suits on the funkier side in Chicago? [more inside]
How do I limit the number of "updates" I see from a facebook friend? I like this person, but they overwhelm me with updates. [more inside]
Mountaineers report experiencing significant weight loss and muscle degeneration throughout high-altitude expeditions such as those on Everest. Are there any before-and-after photos of these bodily effects incurred while on the mountain? [more inside]
I absolutely hate ads. No, really. What are some free, great, ad-free yet awesome apps? [more inside]
What are some informative gun resources without the 2nd amendment politics? [more inside]
What's the name of the place that recently opened up in Austin that allows you to roll a carton's worth of cigarettes for some ridiculously cheap price? [more inside]
Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
FileServe - How can I search for downloadable content? [more inside]
Is there a simple to use, low-cost and/or open-source tool for creating simple mobile apps? [more inside]
Is it possible to make good fondue with low-fat cheese? [more inside]
Help me remember this movie: a stereotypical 80's comedy/horror that takes place during a party in a large house. One of the rooms has a giant swimming pool where couples keep sneaking away for some privacy. There's a monster at the bottom of the pool that can use the heads of previous victims to talk to and entrap new victims. I distinctly remember the pool being warm and somewhat dirty but each successive visitor just couldn't resist. [more inside]
Digital compact camera needed, with ability to take shots at defined intervals, when left unattended (for time-lapse). [more inside]
Help me remember/find the name of this (possibly semi-well known?) tech-related guy. Scant details inside. [more inside]
eBay (UK) is currently offering the original iPads starting at around £270 (for 16Gb wifi only). The new iPad2 will be £399 for the same 16Gb wifi model. The question is, given that it's not for a gadget-freak, is paying an extra 50% worth it? [more inside]
Good meals to cook as a houseguest? [more inside]
Ski lessons! Help him take full advantage of a one-hour private lesson with a pro. His previous attempt at skiing went badly... Read on. [more inside]
iPhone/iPod music conundrum. How can I easily see my full albums - and only my full albums - when I also have loaded playlists with multiple single tracks? [more inside]
Should I go to a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist for this particular arthritis/toe problem? [more inside]
Got into a debate with a friend regarding a math question - I think our debate reflects his misapplication of finite math reasoning to infinities, but I'm having trouble dredging up what I learned in set theory 10 years ago. Imagine you have a bag that has all of the real numbers from 0 to 2, let's say. What are the odds that if you reach into the bag you pull out a number between 0 and 1.5 ? 75%? 50%? Why? Depending on the answer to this I may have followup questions, but I'll leave it here for now. [more inside]
Is sexual incompatibility enough of a reason to end a 15 year marriage? It seems like a lame reason, but she would prefer to do it once a month, while he has the urge once a day (but I'd settle for once or twice a week). Is there any hope for this couple? [more inside]
Posting for a friend in Tokyo who is concerned about health effects of radiation. Am seeking referrals for medical doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area who specialize in diagnosis and/or treatment of radiation exposure.
Why does cat fur grow in multiple color bands, while human hair doesn't? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a free Traditional Chinese kaishu-style font that looks like it was written with a ballpoint pen or pencil (not a calligraphic pen or brush)? I'm currently using HanWangFangSongMedium from this page, which I quite like, but it's in fangsong style. It's for my computer flashcards when trying to remember how to write characters (e.g English word -> Chinese character). [more inside]
I Shi-Tzu Not... [more inside]
What is the best way for my adult daughter to live in France or the UK for a year? [more inside]
So now there are now two instances of people having a speech impeding migrane on camera. [more inside]
On certain web sites, when I click on the next button or the page 2 to go to the next page, nothing happens. I cannot get to the second page of a news story. I want to fix this. [more inside]
What do you call this rainbow metal style of jewelry? [more inside]
Help me find a book I remember from my childhood -- my recollection is that it was called "Bugs Bunny and the Rocket Ship," but when I look for it, I find nothing! [more inside]
How do I shake my fixation on this guy? [more inside]
How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
A large hardcover collection of Little Nemo comic strips I bought cheaply turned out to be very valuable. What's the best way to preserve it so, if I decide to sell it, its still worth its full value? I live in a small apartment full of dust and bugs. I currently have it on a top bookshelf sitting in a plastic bag.
Should one on the receiving end of altruism try to reciprocate later, or remain silent and grateful? Is it creepy to seek out those who in chosen anonymity extended help to say thanks?
Yes, I've tried forcing an unexpected reboot, but I can't access Google, Gmail, or Twitter. Weirdly, Microsoft.com, Hotmail, Facebook, and Bing (and obviously AskMe!) all load with no problem whatsoever. And it's only affecting this computer (the only OS X machine) on the network! [more inside]
Need help scheduling a unix task under Mac OS. Probably an easy question for those who understand such things. [more inside]
Have marks on my nose from blackhead tool. Worried they may be permanent. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I have been dating for a little more than a year and we are really good together but don't share the same "life goals." We have to break up, right? How? [more inside]
As a PhD student, how do you determine if you should go to a summer program? Specific question about data science and quantitative methods within... [more inside]
How common is human chimerism of the sort described in this Boing Boing post? What implications does the existence of chimerism have for DNA testing, especially with respect to the criminal justice system? Does it pose a practical limit on the usefulness of DNA evidence, or just a theoretical one? Has chimerism come up in any cases, or been considered as a problem in legal scholarship?
I have a piece of software that works on Windows 7, 32-bit, but not on x64 versions. Is it possible to get it working on my computer, perhaps in a VM? I also have the linux version of the software. [more inside]
Malware. WIN7. Walked back into my house after UPS delivery gave me package, checked email, "Oh, look -- UPS is tracking the delivery. Cool." And I not only opened the email but clicked on the executable. [more inside]
Can you accurately date this Marshall amp for me and/or give me a rough price estimate? [more inside]
I'm having trouble with Remote Desktop from Mac to PC after my PC was upgraded and now also runs Win 7. Please help me to sign in to office computer. I'm desperate to do more extra work from home. :p [more inside]
What is the sample used in Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" music video at 1:02? [video nsfw]
I just found out I'm failing a class I thought I was passing. How do I feel better about it? [more inside]
If I want to get rid of a car that isn't inspected/registered, how would I do that? In NC, if it matters. [more inside]
What should I say when people ask me "what's new?" when nothing is really new...? usually takes place in an elevator or lunch line.
Album art in iTunes but not on iPod... help? [more inside]
Someone vandalized my car, damaging my front bumper and writing obscenities on my car window with permanent marker. Because the damage is in two places on the car, my insurance company says it has to be two separate claims, and therefore two deductibles. I can't afford that, so I'm making a claim for the bumper, but I'll have to take care of the window myself. any suggestion on what will take off the permanent marker without damaging the window. It's the passenger side window, not the windshield if that matters.
Which organized international child welfare/protection/rights agencies could use a volunteer lawyer? [more inside]
Lost my iPhone (3GS, 16GB, refurbished, it was $50 with my upgrade) - my contract isn't up for another year and a half. Is there any legitimate place online where I could get an equivalent replacement? Minimum retail price with AT&T is $250...
Is the latest Libyan intervention really about oil? [more inside]
How to tie a knot in a cord when both ends are fixed? [more inside]
Is there a service or setup that replicates instapaper for pdfs? [more inside]
What was that song on NPR (specifically WNYC) this morning? [more inside]
How do I give a smallish, heavy platform the ability to be raised/lowered as needed? [more inside]
I am thinking of becoming a 911 operator. I am in Louisiana if that helps. What is working for 911 really like? [more inside]
Adopted a rescue dog while my partner was away. How best to introduce yet another pack leader to the pooch? [more inside]
Is there any problem in filing my federal tax returns twice? [more inside]
Somebody gave me a Sega Saturn. What games do I get? [more inside]
We have just found this insect on our wall - it looks a bit like a caterpillar but can anyone help identify what it is?
Where in NYC can I go that's really high up and will allow me to set up a rather large camera on a tripod?
Accessible rooftops (or other really high places) in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
I am interviewing at this address in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood> tomorrow. Where should I eat dinner within a few blocks? [more inside]
What can I eat to gain weight and have energy? [more inside]
Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
I'm looking for an app I can use for checking the same things off every day. I use iPhone and have Windows. [more inside]
New network scanner/copier. Scanned files (PDF) are 4x larger than old model for same settings. What? Why? [more inside]
What type of hiking/gym shoe magical combination should I buy? [more inside]
Hi I am trying to sell stuff on ebay. However, my pictures are never as sharp and clear as some others. I have a $130 Nikon and there is adequate lighting in the room. Please help a novice.
NameThatNovel: NYC, A Messiah, Elvis Costello? I looked through http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/index.php/References_in_Movies,_TV,_Books,_etc. but no luck! Read the book in 1994-96. Plot, as remembered, involves New York, a young (black?) gutterpunk messiah, maybe an anglo female lead, and the music of Elvis Costello. Literary, not pulpy. I don't think it's "The Story of My Life", but I could be wrong.
I'm going from FL to the DC area (and back again) in May. I'm trying to figure out how to best manage my elderly, senile dog when I go. [more inside]
How to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as homeowners? [more inside]
I have repeatedly unsubscribed from the Obama campaign/OFA text message list, and yet the texts keep coming. How can I actually get them to stop?
What kind of running shoe should I, a relative new runner training for a half marathon in 5 weeks, buy? [more inside]
Why don't cell phone companies block anonymous calls? [more inside]
We just found out our new rental house has been on the market and will be shown soon, three weeks into our new month-to-month agreement. What should we do? [more inside]
I'm looking for realtime vocal feature tracking algorithms that I can buy or implement. I'd like to be able to track pitch, volume, formants, vibrato, and as much more low-level info as I can get, as close to real-time as possible. I don't need speech recognition. [more inside]
What are the odds, really, of having identical triplets? [more inside]
A recipe for authentic pirozhki dough? [more inside]
I have ended up with two sets of speakers for a hi-fi system. Can I use both sets, or will the result sound odd or damage something? [more inside]
I'm about to bake cookies for the first time. What should i make that's both delicious and that epitomizes the joys of baking? [more inside]
Shoud I get a Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android? [more inside]
Updating to Firefox 4 broke my favorite Greasemonkey scripts! Is there any way to fix them? [more inside]
Looking for Somwhere Over the Rainbow song that has the prelude lyrics with it. [more inside]
Can someone renew their lease via email? In California. [more inside]
Bought an A3 TDI. Help me pimp it? [more inside]
Recommend me some good noise-cancelling headphones, please! [more inside]
What do we do in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, and then on the way to Tamarindo? [more inside]
What should I name my mural business? [more inside]
Do you know of any written stories, fiction or otherwise (but not movies) with language usage similar to that in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome or The Dark Knight Returns? Example of what I'm looking for are after the break. [more inside]
Am I visiting with my long distance family enough? [more inside]
How are you managing finances in your small condo association? Do you use something like Quickbooks, or maybe just spreadsheets? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions on prominent Twitterites to follow. [more inside]
I'm a 27 years old female, I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I am not extremely overweight, and for the past few years have had complaints about my snoring. [more inside]
Does anyone know a good book about Mount Roraima? [more inside]
I would like recommendations for a keylogger for a desktop and laptop. Windows. [more inside]
Video file conversion woes! [more inside]
After a long and rewarding career in the restaurant industry I’m ready for a change. [more inside]
Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there...? What can I expect in terms of cost, minutes, data allowances, included wi-fi etc. I'll be in based in NY but travelling all over. [more inside]
How does MeFi stay up to date with PC Tech? [more inside]
Pet owners, what kind of sofa should I buy? [more inside]
[Toronto Filter] Looking for a downtown restaurant with a private dining room or lounge for 20 people. Any ideas?
[Toronto Filter] Looking for a downtown restaurant with a private dining room or lounge for 20 people. Any ideas? [more inside]
Want to be a police officer. Question about past weed use, polygraph and honesty. [more inside]
Any recommendations for making Laser eye surgery cheaper? I have been to Lasik MD in Montreal Quebec, canada. They have a pretty high price, and I'm hoping to find a better one possibly get a discount. Recommendations? I'm not sure if I have to go through with the 3-hour song and dance that I did with Lasik MD, but I'd consider it if I might get a better price. I'm talking about the wavefront technology.
Help a librarian sell out! [more inside]
I am building a house...when do I sell mine? Who do I even ask? [more inside]
MentalHealthFilter: Anyone personally dealing with bipolar partners sexual issues? Mildly NWS, and long as heck. [more inside]
I'm having a hard time sussing out whether a recent job candidate's informality (and non-adherence to gender norms) should be a major warning sign, eye-rollingly insignificant, or somewhere in between. [more inside]
I know about how to get from New York City to Philadelphia via commuter rail (NJ Transit to Trenton, connecting with SEPTA to Philadelphia). Are there any similar "connections" on other commuter rail lines I could get to? [more inside]
Does it make sense to ask someone out even when there aren't any signs that the other person is interested? [more inside]
I bought a E1G42ET network card off newegg, and it didn't come with a heatsink. Is it supposed to come with a heatsink? Can I just stick an heatsink on it myself? Will it work as is? [more inside]
Recently the power company installed a new power meter in my home with a radio transmitter, which sends out a signal that meter-readers can pick up outside the house without having to come in and look at it directly. Here's the problem: I use a Tivoli PAL radio as my computer speaker (it's got an AUX jack and it's a great little device). But since the installation, it "chirps" every 30 seconds or so, presumably when the signal from the meter is broadcast. What can I do to stop this or shield my speaker? [more inside]
Help me identify mystery photographer! This image (a little NSFW) came up today on How To Be A Retronaut. I plugged it into TinEye and it found more examples but none of them have details about the photographer. I found this other image (a bit more NSFW) which may be by the same photographer and has a more complete 'signature' in the lower right. The signature looks like it might be a French name. Any clues?
Can you help me solve this puzzle, which appeared in the problem solving section of my university's scholarship exam for first-year students? [more inside]
This is my boyfriend's question, but I figured I'd ask it here. Thanks! The other day my right ear was bugging me (felt a bit plugged up), so I tried cleaning it out by spraying a mixture of warm water and vinegar deep into it as my ENT instructed a few years ago when I had a case of swimmer's ear. Unfortunately, some of the water didn't come out (I think) and now my inner ear hurts and my hearing has been significantly reduced and muffled. [more inside]
How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop? [more inside]
Odd 'writing' on a stained glass panel - can you work out what, if anything, it says? [more inside]
how do you/have you structured your day as an unemployed person who is not necessarily looking for work? [more inside]
I'm setting up a personal blog/ site and need some advice on not exposing my blog's URL through outgoing links. [more inside]
iPad 2 purchase in London: the iPad 2 is coming out here on Friday 25 March. I would like to get one before I leave London the following week. Can you offer me any advice on the best plan to get hold of one (also, it's for Mrs HopStop and thus, must be white which will probably make it a wee bit harder). [more inside]
How do I help an organization that is in over its head when I am losing respect for the people (ok, one person in particular!) who run it? [more inside]
Question about iSCSI target, a single disk with a single partition, and LUNs. [more inside]
StumpedDadFilter: Do boys have more brothers or more sisters? [more inside]
Are job prospects for digital librarians any better than those for librarians in general? [more inside]
Have you seen or read any useful/great books about interactive public art? [i.e. artwork that the public can interact with, beyond merely seeing or touching the work; works incorporating sound, lighting or movement that responds to public or environmental interaction.] [more inside]
My girlfriend's cousin is getting married in Baltimore. My girlfriend wants me to go. I don't want to. [more inside]
My boss recently hired a former coworker for an open position in the department. This person will be working on many of the same tasks and projects as I am. He was both well-liked and skilled at the job when he left years ago, and I am afraid that he's going to come back and completely outshine me. How can I handle this situation professionally? [more inside]
I am teaching an undergraduate photography class. What are the most amazing, resource intensive websites that the students should be exposed to? [more inside]
After a diagnostic mammogram and subsequent immediate ultrasound, the cyst discovered in last year's same tests has grown. I'm being sent for a biopsy, but have to wait TWO whole weeks due to being uninsured and going through "charity" care. I'm an anxious mess....how on earth will I survive the two weeks? AND, how long do biopsy results take? [more inside]
Help me get over my miscarriages. I know logically that there's nothing I did that made them happen, but I can't seem to shake the feeling that a) I caused them through bad thoughts or actions, and b) that this negativity means that even if we do conceive again, I'm going to lose the next one as well because I can't make those thoughts go away. [more inside]
Should I rent an apartment in a building that was fumigated for bed bugs 6 months ago? (This is in NYC, of course.) [more inside]
The earliest known precisely-dated historical event? [more inside]
My son has severe rages. When he has these meltdowns, he gives off a certain odor. It isn't sweat. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
Where can I find an exhaustive list of possible userChrome.css selectors for Firefox (especially FF4)? [more inside]
I bought a Mini Cooper S in 2003. I loved the car and drove it a moderate amount until Christmas 2009, when I had to leave it at my father's house in Ohio and fly back to Chicago for work. I ended up leaving it there, and moving to New York City, where I'm clearly not going to be needing it for a while. So I need to sell the car. It's in pretty good shape, with remarkably low mileage (about 50,000 miles). Unfortunately, by now the battery is completely dead. I have no idea how to go about getting it fixed, or appraising it, or listing it for sale. What's the best way of getting it listed and sold?
Do you have any recommendations for fantastic songs/albums in Spanish? [more inside]
Tell me what organization/philosophy belongs to this emblem. (Image link inside) [more inside]
I am considering filing with my university's office of disability services as a disabled student. Should I? But of course, there are complications. [more inside]
LG Optimus V user here... My phone runs Android and I've rooted it and have gotten rid of some of the bloatware that was on it. Do any of you know any really good root hacks, mods, or other cool things you can do with a rooted Android phone?
Are my baby fears warranted? [more inside]
hi Mefites, I need some sound insights and advice regarding a recent auto accident I was involved in California. What to do when a highway patrol accident report is biased against you? what can I do to correct the situation? [more inside]
Is there any way to get a prepaid credit card in Los Angeles, CA without having a permanent contact address? I'm based in London but spending a week in LA and I'd love to use it as a chance to sign up with the Rhapsody music service via a US card if I can find one. So are there any cards that don't need proof of address and that I can sign up to immediately?
Why does Costco have such inconvenient hours? [more inside]
Today I was fired from my job of 10 years. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
Alternatives for cheap bare-metal dedicated servers (not VPS): Sub $25 a month! What is happening in France? [more inside]
Indie rock song ID. [more inside]
I graduated last year with a BSEE, but couldn't find a job. I stopped looking, but I'm thinking about starting again. What now? [more inside]
First World Problems: what does a 23-year-old do to protect future but enjoy a few luxuries? Less snarky inside, promise... [more inside]
Long story short: great job, great experience, great skillsets gained, have to quit after only 5 months of employment for medical reasons. I want to keep job info on my resume. Can I? [more inside]
Cincinnati and southwest Ohio - resources for a 13 year old with behavioral and academic problems? Schools; tutoring; good therapists (including art therapy); nonprofits that help families and kids? [more inside]
Why do health food stores smell like health food stores? [more inside]
I'd like some clipless pedals and corresponding shoes that are moderately walkable, have some float, and are dual-sided. What pedal system and shoe do I want? The more specific, the better. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good introductory-level books on child development? [more inside]
Data warehousing question: how to combine data that have slightly different granularities? [more inside]
Driving from Chicago to Miami over 5 days in June from the UK and all your hotel/must-see/misc recommendations for pregnant girlfriend and I would be gratefully received. [more inside]
Best software/site for webcam seminar with students who pay to attend? [more inside]
Can anyone ID this quote I vaguely remember? It's something along the lines of - The mysterious thing about revolutions isn't why they happen, but why they don't happen more often. I almost definitely have the wording wrong. My google-fu is weak. Hobsbawm? Zinn? Someone help!
What's a good substitute for banana in a smoothie? Bonus difficulty, also not really including dairy products or peanut butter. [more inside]
What are the principles of making ice cream? [more inside]
Heading to Lisbon next month for a few days, hoping for some hotel suggestions. [more inside]
I am interested in reading books on UFOs both pro and con. Not really much else to the question. Not so much on individual abduction bios but more on theories on why (or why not), conspiracies, debunkings, and so forth.
Can anyone help me dig up the date/location of the Dropkick Murphys final show with Mike McColgan as lead singer (and confirm/deny if I was there)? All the details I can recall follow... [more inside]
I'm looking to sell 100 copies of a poster, is there web software, or a web service that will help me do so. I'd consider building the system myself, but "cutting off" sales after 100 is important. Any tips or suggestions?
Why does itchiness exist? It doesn't seem helpful. [more inside]
What are some good books about the History of the Spice Trade? [more inside]
What is the best way to find executive level career opportunities in my area? [more inside]
Arriving in a taxi at the airport, my friend (Ms. A)and the other passenger (Ms. X) accidentally took each other's carry on. Ms A ended up with Ms X's new clothes-- no ID in bag. Ms X ended up with my friend's computer, Kindle, and iPod--no ID in bag. Fruitless search at the airport. My friend then had to board her flight for an extremely out-of-the-way country where she works. What would be a way to try to retrieve her bag and electronics? IS there a way? [more inside]
Went through a very ugly divorce about four years ago. Blindsided by a cheating husband who remarried less than six months later. Following the divorce, I lost all access to my stepdaughter who is turning 16 next month. [more inside]
How can I easily export/print many emails to pdf? [more inside]
Planning a major life change (leaving work to go back to school): do we need a financial planner, a college planner, a money manager, a tax expert, all of these or something else entirely? [more inside]
Adjustable mattress filter - Will our sexytimes be affected by the crack in a split king (two Twin XLs) with two adjustments possible (one for each bed)? Should we just go for one single king with one adjustment for both? Leaning towards the split but don't want our sexytimes/cuddling to be affected.... [more inside]
When is too early to start looking for my next job? [more inside]
Continuous Nuvaring is not working for period suppression. Of Depo-Provera, Mirena, and continuous Ortho Evra (only those three options), is any significantly MORE likely than Nuvaring to completely or mostly suppress periods? [more inside]
Recommendations for a food dehydrator for a regular sized kitchen? [more inside]
Can someone tell me what is happening when I think I am awake, but I can't move anything or say anything. And how do I treat this? [more inside]
Can you help me get set up with Photoshop CS5 and a new non-Apple cinema display? [more inside]
Bipolar filter: Righteous indignation or education? Making the world safe for individuals with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar filter: Righteous indignation or education? Making the world safe for individuals with bipolar disorder. [more inside]
Do fascists and/or nationalists believe in justice? [more inside]
I have cousin who is an undergrad college student overwhelmed by the research paper process, who asking me for help Any tips to help me help him? [more inside]
What are some things that most people are wrong about? [more inside]
First time dog owner here: How do I deal with the fact that my dog will die (eventually)? [more inside]
Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to his best friend's wedding? [more inside]
Why do http://example.com/#!/123456 URLs not redirect me to the page I want to view? [more inside]
My choices for cameras have been limited by my requirement that it has to have a flexible display, such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, or the newly released Canon 60D. But maybe I'm thinking the wrong way... Is there a way to plug a portable video screen into my camera, and achieve the same viewing flexibility? [more inside]
I would like to receive text messages from potential candidates without providing my cell phone number up front. [more inside]
New Homeowner - Looking for a good maintenance schedule [more inside]
We want to send some balloons overnight via Fed Ex to our boss. Will he open a box of deflated, sad balloons and promptly fire me? [more inside]
Name-That-Movie-Filter: I saw a movie about ten years ago that had a lot of snow. And a card game where someone may have put his wife and/or child up as collateral. And a mining town, likely in the Eastern Sierra; for some reason, I associate the movie with the approximate location of the folk song "Darcy Farrow". There may have been a plot point that the guy who lost his [daughter/wife] tries to marry the child, later, or maybe his enemy does. Help?
Sick parakeets, low budgets, help! [more inside]
Finishing a Ph.D. in the sciences and want to leave the bench behind for something that’s more “big picture” (i.e. has some elements of business, strategy, or product development). Things are getting a little time-sensitive. Looking for input from people who have made a similar switch and/or work in a related area (i.e. consulting or the business end of industrial R&D). [more inside]
Help me plan my short trip to New Orleans next month. [more inside]
I'm looking for some sort of PDA-sized tablet for under $100 that I can use for web browsing, preferably-but-not-necessarily running some flavor of Android. I specifically want something more iPhone-sized than iPad-sized, and I'll just be using the wifi at my home or whatever other wifi hotspot I find myself in, so I don't want a smartphone, unless the best answer happens to be some sort of smartphone with the "phone" part turned off. Any suggestions?
Great descriptions of places or scenes? [more inside]
ATM canceled my transaction and then didn't give me my money but charged me anyways. What can I do? [more inside]
Slicing a web design layout in Photoshop - is this a conventional web design practice? What are the pros and cons? [more inside]
How did 9/11 affect Cuba specifically? How would the past ten years of Cuban history be different if 9/11 hadn't happened? [more inside]
How do I dress like and adult, in the heat, in a semi casual (?[teaching]) setting? [more inside]
Looking for references or citations regarding legal requirements (or due diligence) for lodging facilities, hotels, or guest houses to obtain the contact information of their guests. [more inside]
Are there any people or communities that deal with spirituality as well as social justice & anti-oppression (rather than perpetuate it further)? [more inside]
So I think I'm getting ripped off. Or, at the very least, the victim of an international company's careless mistake. I purchased $192 worth of camera film (Polaroid) over a year ago in October 2009 from an Austrian photography company. Apparently, I was never charged for it and a representative claiming to be from the company emailed me last month (around mid Feb.) informing me of this open payment and that I need to pay this amount. I have no recollection of this order, seeing as I'm a fairly routine customer and this was placed over a year ago. I ignored the first email back in February and they've now sent me another email requesting the $192 payment or threatening to take this to a debt collection agency. I don't think I even have $192 to my name - what should I do??
I'm wondering if this is even possible... my client wants to be able add the ability to select from the list of available printers; a remote fax machine. The original file will be quickbooks invoices. All my searches turn up what seem to be really old 'almost' solutions.
How do I make a PDF file of several photos that will show the names of each photo. On a Mac. Preferably, just using the MacOS' Preview application. [more inside]
I'm looking for a barber in or near San Juan Capistrano, California, who can gussy up my facial hair before I go to a wedding next weekend.
So my wife tends to dig her fingernails into me when we're both asleep. Why? [more inside]
We've just moved into an old house in the South of the UK. The oil-fired boiler is in desperate need of replacement. No mains gas is available. I'm interested in air source heat pumps, what advice can you offer me? [more inside]
What are the practical consequences of McDonald v. Chicago? [more inside]
This morning I awoke to the worst case of vertigo I have ever experienced. Sitting up on the couch made things a lot better - and after dozing off there I feel much better. Now what? [more inside]
It's finals week. It's an hour before my calculus exam as I'm typing this out right now. I finished up my reviewing, written up my formula sheet (we're allowed to bring handwritten notes on one 8.5x11 piece of paper). Still, I feel like I'm going to fail the class. If I'm lucky enough, I'll pass the class with a C. [more inside]
How can I find out what price a certain home sold for — 40 years ago? FWIW, it's in Atlanta, Fulton County GA.
I want to give the gift of cheese, but I want to make sure it won't be confiscated at the border. [more inside]
Help me with my blog [more inside]
I am a short, fat female who needs an interview suit. Help! [more inside]
What are the potential impacts for me and for my former employer with a missing IRS W11 form? [more inside]
Leaving a $120k salary behind. Am I really insane? [more inside]
What did you do that made a big improvement in your self-confidence? [more inside]
Is there a way to force Facebook to close my session automatically when I navigate away from the site? [more inside]
What are some resources for finding jobs in Beijing, China? [more inside]
How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
Going back to the gym after a winter of poor health and need to recover muscle tone (not debilitated, just a weakling). Help me devise a weight-training regimen that I can do in about 30 minutes, incorporates both arms and legs, and includes opposing muscle groups. [more inside]
I am fostering a seven year old cat as of last Thursday. She is vomiting her food every other day, but still urinating and defecating. Is this nerves due to big changes in her life, a need for a change in cat food, or should I take her to the vet? [more inside]
By chance do you or someone you know own an Armen (Art) Furniture sofa, and if so, how does it rate it in terms of quality and comfort? Are you satisfied with it? I'm particularly interested in the Armen 725 Centennial. [more inside]
How can I relate time and date in the text of emails to my calendar on a mac? [more inside]
(Russian?) Animated movie about a boy taking revenge on a nobleman? [more inside]
What species of animal has the most subspecies? [more inside]
I'm taking a statistics class (for social sciences) and need help finding really dumbed-down explanations of concepts, including how to use associated formulas. [more inside]
What video clips feature someone futilely filling a leaking container (or a similar futile task)? [more inside]
HairFilter: All I know is that I want a haircut. Please help me expand on that. [more inside]
Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
Help me become a natural beauty! [more inside]
What are some good fly-fishing rivers/lakes in the Adirondacks that have a nice hike to get too?
What's the proper name for these zoological illustrations? [more inside]
Help me find a compatible job position in the tech industry [more inside]
How do I become a white collar Private Eye? [more inside]
Can someone point me to a simple non-insulting guide to why that kind Nigerian prince is not really going to give you $10,000 for your help with his new oil venture? I need something to hand out at work without calling people idiots.
In a few days my uni library is going to cut off my sweet, sweet access to its electronic resources, including full text e-journals and online references like OED. I can get an alumni account for $50 a year, but that only gives me physical borrowing rights, not e-resources. Does anybody offer comprehensive access to full-text online journals to non-students for a fee? I don't have a particular field in mind - I want it all. I'm an Australian in Australia, if it matters.
Looking at a short sale and am apprehensive, what intelligent questions can I ask of my lender/ financial advisor? [more inside]
How do I get over feeling pity for a friend? [more inside]
Are there any Grad schools that I can apply to within next two-three weeks and plan to start sooner than fall 2012? [more inside]
I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want to dance. [more inside]
What happens if I get fired from my job in Chicago? [more inside]
How do men and women flirt differently? I'm a straight man who often comes off as feminine or gay, and I don't like it. I think it's ruining my success with women. Help? [more inside]
What should my wife do while accompanying me on a business trip in Dublin? [more inside]
Married white female seeks a good night's rest without dreams of having intimate relations with a close male friend. Can you help? [more inside]
VPN/SSL question - Expert Help Needed! I would like to connect to a Usenet provider through a VPN. The Usenet provider offers an SSL connection. The VPN will be an OpenVPN connection. My understanding is that, under this scenario: the usenet provider will know what files I download but not my IP address or who I am (setting aside billing information), while the VPN provider will know my IP address and what Usenet provider I connect to, but not what files I download. Is that correct? [more inside]
How can I make the topcase (wrist area) of my 2006 white Macbook stop cracking? I have had Apple replace this part twice, and it has cracked yet again. There is a way for me to solve this problem. I know there is. [more inside]
How long would it take to drive from Los Angeles to Sacramento via 101? [more inside]
I am getting my Technician ham license next month. Which alternate band do I want for my HT ham radio? 216 - 280 mhz, 350 - 470 mhz, or 420 - 520 mhz? [more inside]
Winter beach getaway for the desperate New Englander without a passport? [more inside]
If the 2d universe is holographic, does the surface descriptor end at the "middle" of the universe? [more inside]
I snagged a free Ikea Poang chair from certain dumpster-death today, and would like to re-finish or paint it. Is disassembling it to do this a bad idea? [more inside]
I have tried Elgg and BuddyPress, but those solutions just don't seem to work very well, mostly because of issues with the templates. I want to develop an online community that is based around my online radio station. The community should have forums, chat, galleries, user search, comments, walls, and all the other basic stuff that comes with an online community. It needs to be completely graphically customisable I'm looking for the best solution that is under $600, but preferable free.
Is Online Poker Illegal In Maryland? [more inside]
Another lost movie question, but this time I know the title ... or thought I did. I'm looking for "They Swarm", a film about a swarm of huge beetles approaching a northern US island under the watch of an inexperienced young sheriff. Nothing comes up on IMDB or the internet for that title. It's not "The Swarm", the 1978 film about killer bees. [more inside]
How do I forgive her for the betrayal of growing up and changing? [more inside]
I'm ending up with two days on my own in Las Vegas. Any recommendations for outdoorsy things to do while I'm there? [more inside]
Can I plant this potted azalea in the ground? If so, how? If not, what then? [more inside]
Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter? [more inside]
Is it even possible to get a .cn domain name now if I'm not a Chinese citizen? [more inside]
I am interested in wall-mounting a TV in my office conference room with visions of all sorts of cool uses like presentations, video conferencing (skype?), and monitoring live twitter streams. Has anyone seen a nice example of such a setup? [more inside]
Need suggestions for a book, preferably written from a woman's point of view, about having an affair. [more inside]
What's the best way to implement an internet whitelist for a specific user account on Windows XP? [more inside]
I am in Ontario, Canada. Where can I buy reasonably priced - nay, cheap - craft supplies online? [more inside]
The FDA is monitoring regulated products being imported from Japan for radiation levels, does this include all Japanese made materials that are used for food packaging in the USA ? [more inside]
Back in the mid 90s I and a friend were up at 4am and saw a comedy so gloriously quirky we couldn't believe we were watching it. It was on TNT or another network that broadcasts back to back B-movies. [more inside]
Would you advise a lawyer with 22 undergraduate physics credits to complete the 2-3 additional physics classes necessary to qualify for the patent bar? Will I be employable as a patent attorney in Chicago with the minimum technical background or do I need an additional degree (or degrees)? Is it fun? [more inside]
Was I discriminated against? [more inside]
I am currently a student in a graduate program. A very close friend, who is in the same program, has begun sending me essays for school and correspondence related to her job search to proofread. In doing so, I have noticed a pattern: her writing is full of truly awful, egregious run-on sentences. Nearly every sentence is a run-on. My friend is very smart and accomplished, and I'm not quite sure how she's come this far without this issue being brought to her attention. She has been experiencing disappointment in her grades and career search, and I suspect that this problem may be contributing to the situation. (We are in a highly competitive and nitpicky field.) I think that as a friend, I have a responsibility to bring this to her attention, but I have no idea how in the world to do so in a way that's sensitive and doesn't make her feel bad or damage the friendship. Do I need to tell my friend? If yes, how do I bring it up?
My relationship with 'the one' ended about 6 months ago. We were together 5 years and I'm now 32. As a woman, I'd like to get married and have children sometime in the next decade. I just feel like it's never gonna happen. Any encouraging words from those that found love after their prime 'love-finding' years? [more inside]
What are the basic percentages in a personal budget? [more inside]
I'm 24 years old. I graduated in May with no debt from what is, frankly, a terrible college with a bachelor's degree in psychology. From there, I got into a top journalism program that will take 2 years to complete. My debt from that won't be astronomical, but I'm still worried about it. I wrote for my school paper and people really loved my work. My career goal if I were to go down this road is to write feature stories for New York Magazine and Esquire. I'd be satisfied with myself if I did that, even if the money wasn't fantastic. However, I've always dreamed of having my own dress company. [more inside]
I need a non-fiction companion to 'Frankenstein' for my book club. [more inside]
I'm interested in examples of countries where foreign aid has contributed to conflict. Aside from Somalia, are there other good examples of civil wars that were caused or exacerbated by the presence of foreign aid? [more inside]
Maybe I'm overthinking this...about 15 years ago, boy meets girl, becomes good friends with her, tries to take the relationship to the next level, is rejected, loses touch with her. 15 years later, boy is happily married, watches all the news about Japan, thinks about/is concerned about girl (she's from Japan, works/worked near Tokyo for some time, and her family lives/lived in Osaka), and Googles her. Boy finds out that girl appears to be married and living in the U.S. Boy would like to send her an email to ask if everyone (family/friends) is ok, but can only find her husband's email address. Boy thought about emailing her husband to pass along a message...something like "was an old friend but lost touch. Just wanted to say hi and make sure everyone's ok". That's it. No ulterior motives, no sneaky emails behind anyone's back. But then boy thought twice and wondered if that would be awkward or weird and if he should just drop it. Hive mind: what should boy do?
I need a list of all American cities (incorporated places) with populations in between 80,000 and 100,000 people according to the 2000 census. Help? [more inside]
Help me find the laid-back path to Laos & Cambodia around Songkrang! [more inside]
I'm 3/4 of the way through my Advancement to Candidacy exam, with the oral exam coming up this Friday. Aaaand as of last night, it seems I've got something flu-like. Any suggestions for how I can best take care of myself, sleep well, and hopefully not have too much brain fog on Friday morning? [more inside]
I need WIKI software that is good to use for a large U.S. federal government agency. Recommendations? [more inside]
Yes, it's true, there are still Luddites out here using 35mm film. The local concern which still develops films charges a queen's ransom to do so. Can anyone recommend a mail-in film developing lab which does good quality work, is reliable and is at least somewhat reasonable as far as price? (Costco in this area has stopped taking film...sigh). (can't think of any snowflakes to add).
Moderators/Community managers: How do you focus on the good, when your job is to deal with the bad? [more inside]
Can these shoes be saved? My cat scratched up my new patent leather pumps. [more inside]
How do I keep my roommate and best friend from surrendering custody of her son to her ex-husband - an unemployed former crack user who was recently released from jail and is living with his mother about four hours away? [more inside]
Reducing panic/phobias before surgery to remove a kidney stone. Snowwwflakes inside. [more inside]
I need recommendations for a tax preparation service, preferably in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan. [more inside]
Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
Calling all *savory* pie lovers... what are your favorite, EASY recipes? [more inside]
Low carb dieters: What was your experience when you left the induction phase of Atkins? What foods did you introduce? Did it affect your weight loss? Did your cravings for sweets and bready foods increase? [more inside]
What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
I'm looking for a way to record/save a movie file that is streamed through flash. The source for the page indicates that player.swf is the function used to display the video, and the source of the video stream is a .m4v file. However, I cannot directly access the .m4v file by putting that address into my browser (I get an permission denied error). Is there an (ideally free) way to record or save this stream to a normal video file on my computer? I'm on a Mac.
What are some weird, spooky, morbid, or supernatural related things to do or see in the Chicago area? [more inside]
Where can I find a very simple stone block birdbath? [more inside]
I have a big, big room I'd like to paint. Do I really need to sand and wash every inch of the walls? [more inside]
Get off my lawn filter: What's the matter with these kids today? Really. (More after the jump). [more inside]
So, I'm a Canadian eh. Icefishing season is still going strong for another week and a half or so, and I'd like to wrangle a few jackfish out of the local lake. Does anyone have any advice on doing this? I live on the lake, which is awfully convenient, and I've caught jackfish there before, so I know that they're down there. Now what's the easiest way to get them above the ice?
Multiple students taking an exam at different times come up with the same baffling answer. Help! [more inside]
Bookfilter: I recently read about a book, here on metafilter, that was about learning potential. I did not favorite the post, and now I am trying to remember the title of the book: [more inside]
A very specific music request: I want to listen to more things that sound like Maurizio's M-4.5. [more inside]
Help me figure out next steps with regard to the mess that is my mouth, specifically my teeth [more inside]
Bachelorette party. Portland, OR. Co-ed. Eight of us. Please, hive, don't tell me to go to Old Town. [more inside]
I can't seem to grow grass in my front yard. Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof? I don't care what kind of grass it is, I just need it to grow! [more inside]
What are the norms for women interviewing for office jobs in the Midwest? [more inside]
Despite my life long love of Billy Joel and Howard Stern we've been contemplating maybe possibly in a few years moving to NJ from our current abode in Manhattan. But Where? [more inside]
What's going wrong with my 10-year old sheepskin? ok, actually it's an angora goat skin, but it's the same concept. The main body of it is okay, but the sueded leather is really stiff and fragile at the edges/corners/legs, and pieces keep cracking and falling off, though not yet to the point of crumbling. What's causing this? Can I fix it? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to transfer and rename files automagically from a micro SD card? [more inside]
Clicking on a link using Firefox takes me to previous, random, and unrelated links in my history. This is getting annoying. [more inside]
I've made a dress. It doesn't fit. Do I need to take the whole thing apart, re-cut and sew back together, or can I alter it another way? [more inside]
I am trying to find a regex which will allow me to find out whether a string exists at least N times in a different string. [more inside]
Can you help me find a shower body scrub like sandpaper? [more inside]
Do you know who said/wrote/chiseled this phrase: "Every petal of every flower, and every rich tone of wood celebrates our song." [more inside]
Do I have to tell my future employer that I quit my current job? [more inside]
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MythFilter: I get these chain emails every once in a while about how dangerous it is to heat water in the microwave. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anybody! Is microwaving water really that dangerous? [more inside]
I'm trying to plan a 5-7 days of easy, scenic hiking in Europe, mid July. Accommodations provided. Where's the best place to go? Qualifying statements inside... [more inside]
Does cosmetic surgery actually make people happier? [more inside]
Hivemind, please help me to become the next Ebert.... [more inside]
Beyond Feeling Good: My sister is experiencing depression for the first time in her life. What can I give her to read that will help her understand depression—especially that it's not her fault—and the things she can do to treat it? Potentially relevant: she is both married to an experimental scientist (she's swayed by facts, data, and studies from universities whose names she recognizes), and a devout Catholic (approaches to depression from a Catholic point of view would particularly appeal to her). [more inside]
Explaining near future pet death to a 2-year-old. Help please. [more inside]
Post-vasectomy speciman timing? [more inside]
Bike Comparison: Need help choosing between two bikes in the $550-$600 range. And how do you learn what components are better than others? [more inside]
ASUS is nearly two years delinquent in re-branding and re-releasing an existing Sony Optiarc firmware to allow their OEM version of an Optiarc drive to read dual-layer Blu-ray discs under Windows 7. Which persons - preferably executives or others with real authority - can I contact here in the United States to make sure this gets done? Where do I find their contact information? (Bonus points if you have that information already and can share it). [more inside]
DCFC fans: How would you accurately figure out how many times Ben Gibbard has sung the word “Guenivere” to date? What resources would you use? [more inside]
Is going whitewater rafting on a dam-release day on the Lehigh River in May significantly better than going on a non-dam-release day the last week of April? [more inside]
Our first child is in the making, and my wife is having a decent time of it. She has some bad mornings with morning sickness and the like, some days of being really tired after "not doing anything," and all the weird aches and pains that come with a little thing growing bigger inside you. What can I, the father-to-be, do to make her life easier/more comfortable? [more inside]
A continuation of part 1 of my "looking for a new place to live" saga, I'm now ready to start a serious hunt for a (preferably) software development job in a new city. Problem is, I don't have any contacts in the cities I'm interested in. What's the best way to land a job in one of these towns? [more inside]
We are coming up to hay fever season where I live and I usually suffer badly for a week or two every spring. Here is something I have wondered for years: why does a nose that sometimes drips and runs continuously for sixteen hours a day dry up and stop for the other eight while I am asleep?
I miss having baseball on in the background at home, especially on weekends so I'd love to find a way to be able to watch here in England. Happy to watch either on TV or on my computer. Obviously free solutions would be best and I'm willing to consider proxy solutions but I'd like to avoid anything of questionable legality (obviously.)
Trying to pick an ISP in Savannah, GA. Looking for recommendations other than AT&T. I do a lot of online gaming and netflix streaming, so I'd like something reasonably fast. [more inside]
How to remove washed-in tomato stains from white cotton? [more inside]
Which document system should we implement for a financial services company? [more inside]
What are some good multiplayer xbox360 games that can be played on one TV screen? Co-op preferred... [more inside]
Is a log jack a must-buy accessory for cutting fallen trees and limbs with a chainsaw, or are there other ways to elevate logs and avoid binding? [more inside]
I'm considering the idea of moving (from Australia) to either the UK or USA for a PhD, but I'm worried about whether my significant other will be able to find work. Just how bad is the jobs situation over there? [more inside]
What's the best smart-phone & app combo for someone trying to get into shape? [more inside]
I bought a budget receiver (Pioneer VSX-50) about 5 years ago. I had no problem with it until a few days ago, when I head a pop when I turned it on, and since then all audio is gone. Is this worth trying to fix? [more inside]
I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
Would getting up at the same time be beneficial even if I cannot go to sleep every night at the same time? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner? [more inside]
Is there anywhere I can rent a microfilm scanner in Melbourne, Australia? I'd need it for one or two days.
How do I overcome insecurity in the first stages of a possible (first) relationship? [more inside]
Help! Managing a window leak overnight, need ideas about the best way to keep the water off the floors. [more inside]
Cut my finger three days ago. Still can't feel the tip? [more inside]
What is the most effective way to use ~$250 of HSA money while it's available? [more inside]
Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
My late grandmother's beautiful white opal ring seems to have a little chunk gouged out in the middle. Any way to repair it? [more inside]
Is it a good Idea to get a cat with the intention of taking it between a apartment in Chicago and home in the suburbs? [more inside]
What countries have had both breadth and depth in immigration? [more inside]
How can I let someone I'm interested in know that, if he becomes available, I'd like to go out with him? First (friendly) dinner coming up this week. [more inside]
IndianapolisWomensSupportFilter: My mom just left an abusive relationship in Daytona Beach, FL to live with some old friends in Indianapolis, IN and I want to get some information about what kind of support might be available in Indianapolis. As per usual, Snowflake Details inside. [more inside]
Should I give up on anti-depressants? [more inside]
Where should a guy with a large stomach measure the waist? [more inside]
What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
Okay, what does a baby actually need to survive it's first year? [more inside]
I’m an editorial assistant at a scientific publishing company, but I really want to be a science writer. How do I make it happen? [more inside]
I would like to build an electric bike pusher. Having never done this before, I'm seeking advice from those who build bikes, know motors, or maybe have built electric bike pushers before (best scenario. Link to my concept after the... [more inside]
Help us make our (at this time indefinite) stay in the hospital with our 18 month old son more pleasant, homelike, less exhausting. [more inside]
Hypothetical: Using Creative Commons licensed material that's not labeled for commercial use on a not-for-profit blog. At some point, ads are run in order to generate profit. Is this good? What if the ads are gone later?
20 guys in a house for a weekend. I need non-strippery ideas for a bachelor party. Please help. [more inside]
In 84 Charing Cross Rd Helene Hanff's 1st letter to the bookshop Marks and Co., written in October 1949, says she's responding to an ad she saw by them in the Saturday Review of Literature. One little problem: I recently went over a library archive of the Saturday Review. I couldn't find an ad from Marks and Co. in any of the October issues of 1949, nor in any of the issues in September, August, or July. This involved looking at both the display ads and the small-print classifieds. It also involved looking at the Saturday Review's 25th Anniversary issue, August 6, 1949, which was more than triple the size of a typical issue of the time (180+ pgs vs. 50+ pgs, and so many one-off advertisers it had an index to them). So... Has anyone ever seen this ad, that caused such a big change in Hanff's life? Did she perhaps get the magazine wrong? If so, which magazine was it in, and when?
Is there a proper English word for this situation / definition? [more inside]
MetaFilter IRL's "+googleCal" links -- as well as the Add to Google Calendar keyword detailed in this article -- have stopped working on my machine in all browsers, but seemingly just for me. [more inside]
I like to think I am a reasonable, science driven individual. I’m not religious nor particularly superstitious. But something about the upstairs of my house creeps me out against all reason or logic. I hate this and want it to be different. Help! [more inside]
Where should I go in the South if I want to meet people and don't care about tourist spots? [more inside]
I'm in a high-school journalism class. For an upcoming assignment, we have to lead a short class discussion, based around an interesting article. Help inspire me! [more inside]
I went scuba diving for the first time today-- I´m in Mexico, so it was at a resort. They gave us a pool training session and then took us out on the boat-- I believe our final dive was at 45 meters. The trouble is, I had a hard time equalizing my ears on the descent, and at the bottom I still wasn´t entirely comfortable pressure-wise. I kept going though (maybe unwisely) and felt ok for the duration. [more inside]
How to cover rust on a refrigerator? [more inside]
Sydney filter: Where can I hold a weekend trivia afternoon for around 80 people (fundraising for a charity project)? [more inside]
Suggestions for a really good day-spa somewhere south of Boston? I'm looking to book a day spa vacation for some folks who live in Weymouth and the Mid-Cape area, so ideally something midway between the two places.
I teach a bunch of photography courses, and at the end of the course I always try to hand out some useful links to online examples and tutorials. I'd like to set up a low-maintenance link dump for the material, but not sure how. [more inside]
I just made a double batch of these delicious tiny hamantaschen, and used the homemade poppy seed filling along with a bunch of different kinds of preserves to fill them. Since I used other fillings, too, I now have a whole bunch of the (yummy) poppy seed filling left. What tasty things can I do with it?
Star Wars:Clone wars cartoon series - Which episodes are appropriate for a 5 year old Star Wars enthusiast? [more inside]
Searching for a children's anthology probably published between 1950 and 1970. [more inside]
I'd like to get some ready-made kimchi in a jar to enjoy at home but haven't been able to find a source - where can I buy a jar of kimchi in (central) London? [more inside]
My computer was running increasingly slow, so I after trying various fixes (defragmenting, CCleanup, Malware, Antivirus, removing old files and programs), it was suggested I reinstall Windows, which I did. Its original speed has returned. [more inside]
To Alaska by ferry with car. How is it? [more inside]
Medical Filter: My (male) friend with rheumatoid arthritis and his wife are trying to get pregnant. After months of trying, they've learned that he has very low sperm count and mobility. The doctor suspects that this is caused by the RA medications and not by RA itself. Unfortunately, none of several doctors has been able to give specific advice about which medications are problematic and how long my friend would need to be off of them in order for his swimmers to recover. Any personal experience here, folks? Links to credible info? [more inside]
What is causing the problems I'm having with sending and receiving text messages on my mobile telephone, and how can I stop them? [more inside]
we feel sad for people who died a decade before, or maybe even a century ago, but we do not feel anything for the people who died in ten centuries ago? is there any specific term for it?
Will the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) ever be appended to include events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) and the foundation of Israel?
I am going to build a wood fired pizza oven in my backyard. Any tips on what has worked, failed, etc. (more inside) [more inside]
Random Sondheim question: Can anyone identify the woman wearing the multi-coloured top in this video?
Two questions about choosing an everyday SPF face moisturizer: 1) What SPF do I really need? 2) How much credence to give the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen ratings? [more inside]
What are some PVO/NGO that will enable me to volunteer in the relief effort in Japan? (I am willing to pay for my own air fare/accommodations/etc). Also, in terms of training, what are some programs or certifications that will help train/prepare me for going overseas?
Why do the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi have that blue-and-white pattern? It looks like it might have a purpose, but I also find it beautiful. I don't mean to be insensitive to the current crisis, but I'd like to understand. I don't watch a lot of TV news, so I may have missed it there. Googling has proven unsuccessful.
Best short-term car options in DC [more inside]
Can mefites please recommend a good book or other resource on the Memory Palace technique? Older is fine--if there is some seminal tome about this particular memory technique, I'd love to know about it!
Google Reader: Is there a way to have Google Reader only follow specific kinds of posts in a given blog? [more inside]
It's a mystery, it's a romance: help me figure out what to read next. [more inside]
How to help my partner help himself (without snapping)? Have I let this go too far? [more inside]
Please help me find a great beer my dad can drink! (complicating details inside) [more inside]
I hate my new job. I need to find another before I quit. How do I minimize the negative impact on potential employers? [more inside]
Group travel recommendations in Thailand? [more inside]
We're looking for some manly workout DVDs. Are there any you can recommend that are geared toward men? Not WiiFit. Thanks!
There was a chess match once between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky where Fischer deliberately made a wrong move to confound and confuse Spassky. Does anyone the details of this story? [more inside]
Looking for awesome high-res pictures of certain birds... [more inside]
Looking for great craft/DIY project resources! My wife and I (twenty-somethings) want to get involved in some creative outlets. I'm looking for blogs, book ideas, whatever, that can give us instruction and inspiration! [more inside]
I wanted to give someone a link to a paper comparing the efficacy of CBT versus other methods for treating depression, but I can't find it in my bookmarks. Could someone follow up with links/a link comparing the efficacies of treatments for depression? [more inside]
My wife and I are about to close on a house. Most of the rooms are carpeted and we're wondering what we should do; we'd like to rip out the carpets but are worried that the hardwood floors underneath (assuming that the floors are hardwood) might be covered with lead-based paint. Also, we pretty much have less than one month to do the floors. [more inside]
Help me find this chocolate frosting recipe from a (Hershey's?) cocoa tin from the 1960s based on my mom's description. [more inside]
What are some things that were once widely believed to be safe or advantageous, but which are now widely accepted not to be? Like smoking be good for your health or the world being flat. Examples from more recent history would be the most helpful.
As a 38 year old guy with no significant experience AT ALL of playing sports, it is very hard to see how I might start to get into them. Please help. [more inside]
Help me Identify a movie based on a fragment of it. A mobster (somewhere in USA like NYC maybe) is in his home with his wife, and is lamenting to her that he must soon go do something or confront some people that he doesn't want to. And she says something like "you're the king of the castle, and I stick by you" or something to that affect. And that sometimes he'll have to do some things that aren't fun, but he will still have to do them. This is a mobster movie probably from 90's or 2000's. Thanks a lot!
I'm trying to find an article that I remember skimming but never fully read - it was about studying techniques, and in particular I remember that it recommended studying in different physical locations, since your brain tended to treat the information as "new" when you read it again from a different place. [more inside]
I was driving up a mountain road today in my 2000 VW Golf GLS, when I ran over a rock that was about the size of a football and broke open my oil pan. I drove a little further down the road before my "check oil" light lit up and my engine started getting louder. When I had a chance to pull over and have a look under the car, I saw that the oil pan was busted and the remaining amount of my cars oil spewing out. (read on) [more inside]
Help me remember/identify a movie, based on a very small fragment. All I remember is a scene where one of the characters gets so angry at somebody he is talking to on the phone that he starts running and I think the next scene he arrives at where the (I think) tele markets is at and beats the crap out him/her. [more inside]
Help me plan a talk with my boss about furthering my career, as well as moving on in my life. I've already arranged a chat with my boss this coming week, but I'm not sure how to attack this without potentially ruining my future with the company. [more inside]
Please tell me everything I need to know if I want a green house... [more inside]
What bird (or bug or frog, but I think bird) made this sound in my backyard last night? I live in western Mass.
I'm looking for an MLS data service provider, does one exist? Something similar to SmartQuant for financial data? [more inside]
Looking for website where people who would like "some software to do X" can say what they'd like [more inside]
have you done an internship despite not being fresh out of college? in fact, very far out of college? [more inside]
How do I get rid of my mattress that I don't want? [more inside]
How worried should I be about the lump on my cat and the inconclusive results of a needle aspirate biopsy? [more inside]
OK so I'm hosting a game of Werewolf (Mafia) for about 10 to 12 people next week. Any tips for a successful game? Also, give me your best spine-tingly mixtape suggestions for awesome werewolf ambience! [more inside]
Help me figure out why on Earth I have this horrible relationship with food. [more inside]
Wish I'd read Friend Dumped first. What to do if you if you've been in the same situation but screwed it up even further? [more inside]
I'm a grown-up. I love glow-in-the-dark stuff. Suggestions? [more inside]
What is the name of this weird-ass, super detailed (J?)RPG? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a sleep specialist in the New York City area? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good, well-trafficked forum for Microsoft Office (particularly 2010) questions? Seems like this should be eminently Googleable, but maybe because there are so many of them, I'm not finding the one that is the one. Thanks!
How can i restart my iPhone if my lock button doesn't work? [more inside]
I am going to be working in Weimar, Germany for 3 months this summer. I would appreciate any advice from people who have temporarily relocated their families to the region. A few pertinent details inside. [more inside]
My girlfriend just broke her arm a few inches above the elbow (spiral fracture). She's currently in a splint and will possibly get a plate and pins in a few days. She works at a desk job, which she will return to after a week or two of rest. What can we do to make life easier (tips, special equipment, etc)?
How can I help my 4-year-old begin developing healthy stress coping mechanisms? [more inside]
I am trying to find the name of a movie I watched on TV when I was a young kid back in the 1970s. The film was about a group of people lost in a forest after a blizzard. At one point they find a car and start shouting, "It's the professor!" But when they get to the car the people inside it are frozen to death. I'm pretty sure it was a film for adults that was being broadcast on TV or it could have been made for TV.
I’ve settled on a professional grad programme I’d like to attend. It’s fairly competitive. Like almost every other such programme in Canada, minimum entry criteria include a four-year BA with a B+ average or higher (likely, much higher) in the final two years of study. Most will not consider applicants with any other profile, e.g., a three-year BA + GRE + additional courses taken as a visiting student, as has been suggested in other questions. I’m writing because I suspect I’ve got the stinkiest background imaginable - two undergrad attempts, and more. I sincerely thank in advance anyone with the patience to read further. [more inside]
I'm considering going abroad to study for the bar exam during June and July. I'd like to go somewhere interesting, fun, and also relatively inexpensive. Two places I'm considering are Berlin and Buenos Aires. Assuming I rent an apartment for two months (probably shared), and live a decent but non-extravagant student's lifestyle (I'll be studying during the days, but will still have nights and weekends free to explore and have some fun), how much can I expect to spend per month in each city? Any other suggestions for inexpensive but fun cities?
Movie title filter. I need help remembering a title. In the movie, there's a scene where a group of people moved a grand piano over difficult terrain. Possibly a combination of forest (or jungle) and mountain. It might have been South America or Africa. There might have been missionaries, or a church, in the story, but I'm not sure. There might have been a building made of glass in the jungle, but I may be confusing that with another movie. [more inside]
Frys Electronics : Los Angeles :: ???? : Seattle [more inside]
I would like to build a website using methods similar to those seen on Mint.com, namely graphs, calculations, and interfacing with banking websites. Can anyone tell me what technologies they are using because I'm clueless from square one.
Am contemplating selling current house and buying a new one, and wondering what's the best approach: 1.) Make the minimum down payment, and use profit from home sale to supplement now larger home payments (also getting the larger mortgage interest deduction. Or 2.) Plow as much of the profit from the home sale into the new home, thus having no cushion but having a smaller mortgage. I've always thought it was best to pay as little interest as possible, but then again, one hears you should try not to tie all up your money in an asset, etc. Thoughts? Anyone seen a spreadsheet breakdown on this? Or maybe there's an easy answer staring me right in the face.
How does an English major start working/going to school in public policy? Bonus: is public policy really what I’m looking for? (Kind of a snowstorm inside.) [more inside]
What are some awesomely useful appendices, charts, and references that I can add to my home-grown cookbook? [more inside]
Foreign Movie Filter: I need help remembering the name of a movie I saw at the Verzaubert festival in Berlin in November 2006. I know that it involved a wedding where the Bride did not show up and it ended with 5 people living in a polymorous relationship. Massive details below the fold. [more inside]
Recommendations of protein powder/shake mix for use on a lo-carb diet. I'm looking for one that is ultra low in carbs, maybe sweetened with Splenda. Low cost is good. [more inside]
How do I claim myself as an independent on the FAFSA when I am completely independent, going for a teaching credential, 22 years old, or how else can I fund my schooling? [more inside]
How best to ensure consistency of output whilst using MS Office? As part of my role as a maths teacher I create (design) worksheets and presentations for my class. I spend a fair bit of time making sure things are consistent (e.g. Space for Name, Class), Header here etc. There must be a better way, using Forms? Templates? Themes? Can you suggest one, and some tutorials in how to best use. Thank you. [more inside]
Could someone recommend me a pen? I have developmental dyspraxia which means my hand aches after a short period of time. I also have poor hand writing.
I have a public student loan that I can see on my account management page but that no one seems to acknowledge that I owe or will take any money for. I know I borrowed the money; what should I do about this loan? [more inside]
My Long-Distance GF is bipolar and in a down phase. Wants to breakup. How much do I fight? Long story -- details inside (sorry for the convoluted long question - it's been a whirlwind week!)... [more inside]
I've been coming to terms with possibly having a chronic auto-inflammatory and/or auto-immune disease. I've taken time off from work as I was pretty badly debilitated and I've been in and out of doctors appointments and physiotherapy fairly constantly. YANMD, YANAD, but you might be a patient or someone dealing with a similar situation. My question. How did you know it was the right time to get back to work and how did you assess your stamina and mental energy? Did it result in a wholesale rethinking of your professional life? [more inside]
How do I deal with private student loan debt I can't pay? [more inside]
How on EARTH do celebrities keep their elaborate eye makeup on throughout an entire evening (i.e. awards shows, even the 15 min on the red carpet) without it dripping down their face? [more inside]
How do I find motivation to finish a job when I know I'll be fired in three months? [more inside]
Looking for a 1-2 month whiteboard calendar where each week is a separate magnet. [more inside]
Recommend some books about the history of 17th, 18th and 19th century science. [more inside]
My knee hurts. Is this just a normal aging thing, or should I see a doctor? [more inside]
Which MetroPCS touchscreen phone to get? I'm moving to a major city with good MetroPCS coverage and I'm looking to get a new phone. Need help deciding which big screen phone to get. [more inside]
I am planning on replacing one exterior wall of my garage, now covered in vinyl siding, with stucco. [more inside]
ID this online game. You grew a brain by answering yes/no true/false questions by moving your mouse up or down. Get it wrong and get a shock. Get it wrong enough and get blown up. Questions asked by cute Einsteinish professor.
Can anyone out there tell me the chords used in this cover of "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen? [more inside]
quick! who knows where to get a pint of sharp's doom bar at heathrow?
I'm wondering if anyone can identify a painting on the wall of a friend of mine from a brief description. It's a painting of a woman in her early-mid 20's, who looks vaguely like Bo Derek. [more inside]
Is there a way to automatically "force" Google to search for the words I typed in, without having to manually include "+" before every single term? I do sometimes utilize fuzzy search, but I'm finding that lately, it is doing more harm than good, and nearly every search requires me to go back and add "+". [more inside]
What are some reasonably-priced alternative to women's clothing from Allsaints Spitalfields? [more inside]
Black tie wedding tomorrow. Thanks to my last AskMeFi, now have (rented) long black dress, silver open toe sandals, black seqin wrap, glittery silver necklace and bracelet, and handsome Bear husband escort in appropriate (rented) tuxedo . . . and only now I realize I'd better get a pedicure. But I have no idea what color my toes should be. So, toe-nail-polish-wearing hivemind, can you please tell me what color polish I should get for this outfit?
Where can I buy a modern, stylish necktie these days? What should I look for? I'm in Manhattan and in my mid-30s. Also open to online shopping suggestions. [more inside]
Catwalkedacrossmykeyboard filter: My cat sauntered across the keyboard of my Powerbook G4 (running 10.4.11) while I was using it last night, and now the display-- the desktop-- is responding weirdly to the cursor. Help? [more inside]
Is there a version of the Instagram app for iPad? Or a similar one? [more inside]
I need a way to store laptops and power cords in the living room that doesn't look horrible. I looked at this question and while the answers are creative, they won't work out for my situation. [more inside]
Two LG Optimus Android Phones. One Google Voice account. Anyway to get both phones to play nicely using sipdroid & GV as the outbound & inbound calling method? [more inside]
Why would a university (with which I have no connection) send me a parcel requiring a signature? [more inside]
Need help with some math: figuring out pipe lengths for a xylophone for my daughter's school project. [more inside]
Is it politically correct to use the word "gypsy" to describe someone who lives a traveling lifestyle? [more inside]
Question from a friend: "My car (a 1998 Saturn SL2) has ~172k miles on it. As this point, is it worth it to buy tires rated for 60k miles?" [more inside]
Ok, given that Aquaman has complete control over the world's entire population of sea creatures, could he stop a fully-laden VLCC? [more inside]
Interested in this girl at work. Trying to figure out if she likes me before I risk a weird work relationship. Snowflake details inside [more inside]
Has anyone had the All-On-Four dental implants procedure done? [more inside]
Please help me find the lamp I want (or tell me that the one I can find is hackable). [more inside]
Virtually all of my past relationships have had huge amounts of drama, a lot of which I have unintentionally encouraged. I have a tendency to pair up with emotionally withholding men, feel wounded and neglected, and then lash out verbally and emotionally in response. This has been my pattern for almost 20 years, yet now in my current relationship, I haven’t experienced this at all. I feel calm, collected, and content. Yet I haven’t made any conscious decisions to act differently - I just find myself behaving this way without trying. I am really happy about feeling so stable for a change, but it also seems too good to be true. Is it possible for a change like this to be legitimate and lasting? [more inside]
How can I support my girlfriend in losing a small but persistent amount of weight? [more inside]
Los Angeles - last week of April, first week of May. What should I absolutely not miss? And... can you recommend some good eats/drinks/hangouts in West Hollywood? [more inside]
Masturbation when co-habitating hacks: How do you work out "alone time" when you're living with your SO? [more inside]
What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
Is there a good cafe/bar with wireless internet where one can sit outside in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? [more inside]
Websites like CNET have a database of gadget/device specifications (like the Xoom is 0.5" by 9.8", etc) -- is there a company or service, like the NBA might license their game data, that lets people license that gadget spec data to use on my website via an API?
How do we create jobs? I am interested in learning about how jobs are created on various levels- city level, state level and the national level. What are strategies that governments and community based initiatives use to create jobs on the small and large scale? What are the barriers to mobilizing a community or national job creation strategy? I am interested in hearing research, experience or your opinions on this issue. Thank you!
Dive computer - what's a transmitter for? Is it necessary? [more inside]
How can I stop feeling jealous of my girlfriend because of her experiences? [more inside]
I have a sport blog and i would love to illustrate my stories with the pictures of sport personalities without infringing copy right . What is the best way to go about it ?
Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact?
Pacific Northwest parents of small children: how do you survive the long rainy winters with your sanity intact? [more inside]
Help me find a new weekly planner/agenda book. [more inside]
grilled pizza! it's a magically hot day today! i want to bbq a pizza! how? [more inside]
Is it physically possible to consume the contents of Raoul Duke's suitcase in the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" in the time period allotted? [more inside]
I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 Special Edition (http://autos.yahoo.com/2004_hyundai_tiburon_gt_v6_special_edition/) with 53k miles. Recently I noticed an odd sound when I press the clutch pedal. The best way to describe the sound is that it's very much like the rushing air sound you hear when a window is opened. The sound does vary just a bit in pitch depending on how far the clutch is pressed, and the sound stops when the clutch pedal is let back out. I'd swear it sounds like a hole being opened and closed. The sound is very subtle and can't be heard when the radio is up, so I don't know how long it's been there. I first noticed it several months ago and it hasn't changed since then, neither getting worse nor better. As best as I can determine, the sound is coming from the area underneath the pedal. The transmission seems to be working perfectly and I don't abuse the clutch in any way. Someone suggested that it could be the throwout bearing, but I've watched clips of that sound on-line and it doesn't quite match what I'm hearing. Any ideas or suggestions?
Are there any other free alternatives to Open Office 3.3 Base? I made the mistake of upgrading and now Base is completely unstable. [more inside]
I want to stream the NCAA men's basketball tournament but the player won't load on my MacBook Pro, OSX version 10.6.6. Flash Player is installed. What to do?
Let's say that my sister tells my that she is pregnant. Like, barely pregnant, and only telling immediate family and a few close friends. Is it permissible to share this information with *my* friends who don't know my sister and will not encounter her or interact with her in any way? Or do I have to keep it completely to myself (except for my siblings and parents) until she announces it for real? [more inside]
I made an on-the-spot decision to buy the last iPad 2 at Walmart. Do I sell it or keep it? [more inside]
I will be in London on business in late April, and would like to see at least one play or musical while I'm there. Can you please recommend a good (or critically-acclaimed) play or musical, or a website where I can find recommendations? I'll be there alone and will be looking for individual tickets - is it likely I'll be able to get singles for sold-out shows on the day of? Thanks for your help!
How effective is Scabies medication? And how contagious am I while being treated? Should I cancel travel or visits to friends until the full course is complete? [more inside]
A gentleman I've been seeing has proposed an unusual, temporary "mutually beneficial arrangement." I'd like some help figuring out whether or not I should go for it and whether he has a hidden agenda. [more inside]
Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work? [more inside]
This article has gotten me interested in learning a system that'll make it easier for me to remember things (for the purpose of acing tests and wowing my friends and the like). Does anyone have experience learning that sort of a system? How long did it take you to learn it, and how useful have you found it to be? Can you recommend books on the subject?
What's a good island- or beach-type vacation location that's not too long of a flight from Durham, NC. [more inside]
How to survive (not so) funemployment? [more inside]
I'm having a bit of a mild midlife crisis, if my age could be considered "midlife". I think writing via a blog (which I don't care if anyone other than me ever sees or not) might help me work through things. What's the best way to do so "anonymously"? [more inside]
I loved the HBO mini series Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Rome. Can you guys recommend any movies or TV shows that are similar. Thanks
Is there any way to restore the data on just one particular app from an older iPhone to a new one? Special difficulties inside... [more inside]
[HerpesFilter] I have been dating someone awesome for about a month now. We have known each other for a year and a half and just started dating a month ago because I asked him out (he missed my first subtle asking out, I drunkenly told him he'd turned me down and he wanted to rectify). I knew he was kind of checked out of the dating game (afaik he hasn't been on another date since I've known him). Then I found out it's because he has herpes. [more inside]
Exercise filter: Ladies, you know how your hips and thighs look smaller from the front when you squeeze your butt? What exercises help to build the musculature to hold that look/posture? [more inside]
Have any products or industries capitalized on Charlie Sheen's rants? [more inside]
How can I make sure that the global keyboard shortcuts I want to use on a Mac are not already taken? [more inside]
How do I support my boyfriend at the same time as I urge him to change his behavior? [more inside]
How bad is reneging on accepting a summer internship offer? Your advice please! [more inside]
Travel to Japan in May - what do you think? [more inside]
How can I enable the "From" column in Apple Mail again? [more inside]
I have a friend who is being defamed on a couple web sites. They used her full name in some wordpress comments that did not require any authentication. All attempts to contact the webmaster have failed. All attempts to find an address to send correspondence to fail. I've read this and this. I do have the name of the company the domain is registered through by checking the Whois data. That is the only thing listed in the Whois. Other than the reputation builder stuff of trying to flood the internet with good things, what are some alternatives? Cease & desist to registrar? Hire a hacker to remove the comments? Anything outside the box? The person in question is in fact a lawyer. . .so any legal actions can be taken for cheap . . .
What's the best possible used car for serious winter driving, for less than $15,000 with decent gas mileage? [more inside]
Where can I find zeppole tomorrow in Oakland/San Francisco/Berkeley? (I don't have a car.) [more inside]
I am presently running Audiogalaxy on my computer using and sharing my music library with friends over their smartphones. Does this cause a problem for me with my ISP Comcast and any bandwith limitations?
What are the legal consequences of not giving 4 weeks notice, which is part of my employment contract in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
What can be done to prevent my car window from being smashed? [more inside]
Where should I and friends eat and hang out after conference sessions in Denver next week? [more inside]
Got an offer on one job that I applied for, but there's another job that's still pending that I want even more. At the same time I don't want to say no because I need work! [more inside]
GraffitiRestorationFilter: how do we remove paint from on top of a mural? [more inside]
What's the best book on using prepositions, with a great list of prepositions, for a Spanish > English translator? (more with books that haven't worked before the fold) [more inside]
Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
All of a sudden, I can see comments that my friends post on the status or links of people who aren't my friends. And vice-versa. So, if I post a comment on Joe's status update or link, Sally can see my comment and Joe's status/link even though Sally and Joe are not friends. This seems to be new, and is a bug, not a feature. Any way to control this on my end? [more inside]
I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?
I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
What are some good books about Goth and Punk subcultures? Fiction and non-fiction both welcome, so long as there is some focus on the goth and/or punk subcultures. The more recent, the better. (Graphics novels would also do, and maybe movies) [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular Canon in D YouTube video. Help! [more inside]
In early 2008, there was a song used in commercials for the Belgian power company. Lyrics might have included reference to always catching the light. Need help identifying title and artist.
SongFilter: Trying to remember the name and artist of a song, but of course, I don't know the words. Similar to but definitely not "Hey Pretty" by Poe. [more inside]
Where can I find good suppliers for bamboo and other tiki-compatible materials? [more inside]
I'm looking for the MP3-player equivalent of the boom-box, a player that has built-in amp and speakers. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg area of Brooklyn? (A general practitioner, specifically.) [more inside]
I am most likely going to be made the chair of an extremely dysfunctional academic department in a few years. How can I best prepare for this position? [more inside]
Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
I am looking for a solution to back up my photographs during/immediately following shoots, and permanently online through a service that can back up from network attached storage. [more inside]
My husband and I have decided to leave New York City for the midwest in order to settle down and start a family. We've been talking about this for more than six months; now that it's here I'm scared out of my wits and having second thoughts. [more inside]
Is our bottle of Kahlua still good? We opened it four years ago (on St. Patrick's Day, actually) and promptly forgot about it. It's sat on a high shelf at a fairly constant temperature. It's about 80 percent full. It still smells OK. Wasn't going to taste it without input from the hive.
Can you recommend any books in translation I might want to read that are public domain? [more inside]
Third trip to Rome - I've seen enough churches. What do you recommend? [more inside]
I am selling a house in England via an estate agency. They have found me a buyer and I have verbally agreed to the offer price. A reliable private buyer has since given me a solid offer. What should I do? [more inside]
Etsy aggregator? [more inside]
How much neighbor noise must we find ways to tolerate and how much quiet must naturally noisy neighbors learn to preserve when we all signed up to live in a complex with the motto, "A Quiet Place to Live?" [more inside]
How the heck do I get a cheap, uncontested divorce when we have both moved on and live in different states? [more inside]
Please help me figure out this Stevie Wonder riff off the Innervisions classic, Misttra Know It All [more inside]
I imported my car to Canada from the USA while in Vancouver on a work visa, so (as a non-settler) I paid no taxes on it. Now, I'd like to sell it — what should I do? Go back to the border office and import it for reals (how much would this cost?) or export it back to the US and sell it in a Carmax in Seattle or something? [more inside]
Can you provide me with some useful advice in preparation for my summer in Holland? [more inside]
Setting up wi-fi on a crowded trade-show/convention floor? [more inside]
Looking for a funny public apology video. [more inside]
How can I flavor (essentially) water with water-insoluble flavors? [more inside]
Need a line or two of (I think simple?) custom PHP for my design portfolio website. Could you be the King of Kings? [more inside]
Four months into a new relationship an old flame emails out of the blue saying she wants to try things again, after she ended it the first time. What do I do? [more inside]
Workouts for the anti-workout set. San Francisco specific ideas especially. [more inside]
Someone I care about probably has Asperger's and might be depressed but has never given therapy a real shot. How do I get help from a professional and find the right resources so that I can help them? What is the best way to make them want to get help themselves? Details inside. [more inside]
We broke up. Who keeps the apartment? [more inside]
Why won't cbs' vod player open on my laptop? I have tried turnig off adblock etc...using firefox atm...any suggestions? [more inside]
One of my friend cannot interact with people, he is a loner. He is a really nice guy. How would you advice him to be more social. He says he cannot make a small talk, he is shy and he feels others hate him because he does not talk much.
Help me find a blog! It was about people on the streets with interesting cameras. It showed closeups of the cameras and sometimes their owners.
How can someone who understands a language start learning to speak it? [more inside]
What kind of taxi-driver shenanigans did I participate in? [more inside]
I need to install new carpet in my 2-bedroom house. I know next to nothing about this. Sorry, we're not looking for wood or vinyl floors at this time. I just want to hear from people who've been through this experience. Got one grade-school age kid, one dog and one cat. What type of carpet deals with this traffic, resists stains and still looks good and is moderately priced? Also any advice on trying to learn how to install this yourself vs. professional installers.
There has to be an answer for this, but I just can't figure it out. In Excel, I've got 5 columns (A-E). I need to return a list of values from column A if either column B or C equals 'foo', *and* if either column D or E equals 'bar'. What's the magical formula (or whathaveyou) that will make this happen? For bonus points, results need to appear on a separate tab than the source data. asking on behalf of mrs spinturtle, I personally have no idea what I'm talking about.
What credit card companies have good online analysis tools and archives? [more inside]
Lefty/left-handed ereader covers for Sony Touch PRS-650? I'm looking for a cover where the ereader is on the left side, with room on the right side for a notepad. Does this exist?
How does one break in a custom-fitted bra? [more inside]
Does caffeine really taste like anything? And if not, why does caffeine free soda (specifically Caffeine Free Diet Coke on my desk) taste so much worse than the caffeinated version?
What should I do with a collection of old, classical records near Pittsburgh? [more inside]
Alternative to My company is live broadcasting video podcasts now... audience participation is good for business and all that. Flash Media Live Encoder?
Alternatives to Flash Media Live Encoder for Windows? [more inside]
Can I, over a year later, take out a student loan to cover school debt? [more inside]
Does anyone sell an HD camcorder without touchscreen controls anymore? [more inside]
Can anyone help me identify this meme/macro? The usual format is something like "What are you doing there, you're an X, Xs can't Y." It's usually on a picture of something unusual, as in the example. If anyone knows the name of this meme or where I can find more of them, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
Health insurance filter: Is this really an employer group plan or something else? Should we be leery? [more inside]
What jobs are new college grads qualified for? Snowflakey details. [more inside]
Where can I find a jar of speculoos spread in the Los Angeles area?
iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA! [more inside]
How do you do the jump from acquaintance to friends thing? [more inside]
How should I negotiate for a salary at a place I'm applying to, when I already know the starting salary of one of their recent hires? (Anonymous because I don't want to jeopardize my candidacy at this place, or get my acquaintance there in trouble.) [more inside]
Can I easily prepare a lot of web pages to read on my Blackberry offline? [more inside]
Is there an appreciable difference between versions of Firefox with respect to software testing? [more inside]
Have I been friend dumped, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
A question for translators: How do I convey diplomatically to my monoglot coworkers that translation is not an exact science? [more inside]
Pulling data (in label sheet formatting) from Word 2003 to Access 2003. I'm a special snowflake details after the jump... [more inside]
How can I create a web-based table of contents that links to specific places within a diverse collection of documents? [more inside]
[SongFilter] I want everything to do with this gorgeous, orphaned song. Unfortunately it's in French. [more inside]
Tips/tricks for Google Calendar. [more inside]
Where can I download public domain music? [more inside]
I'm going paperless, and as I was scanning a huge mess of documents I came across what appears to be an uncashed treasurer's check issued in 1998 by a bank that no longer exists. What should I do? [more inside]
Have a baby on the way and need a new or slightly used car or SUV. My preference is for an SUV and I would like to spend less than $17,000 in cash (after trade in, cheaper the better). We will be trading in a 2004 Saturn Ion, black, with 135,000 miles. Good gas mileage is a definite factor since we drive several hundred miles a week. Are there any great deals out there or any car shopping sites that explain my options best? Help! Thanks.
I'm looking for a college admissions consultant that can guide me through the college transfer process. [more inside]
Am I being germophobic about the public toilet in my office? (possibly gross details within) [more inside]
I'm trying to make green choices in my house but I fell in love with this fabric. Is the Teflon finish something to really be concerned about? I will be using the fabric on dining room chairs that will not be used often.
Is "you too" a faux-pas when someone compliments you? [more inside]
I am having problems with a new video card. I'm wondering if it's the card, the system board or some other part of the whole system. I would like to figure this out in time to send the card back to Newegg. [more inside]
Help me find health insurance. Moving back to the States with wife and two kids after being away for 10 years. May not have jobs when we return. What is the best way to find health insurance? I have no idea where to start or what my options are if we return unemployed. Moving to Texas if that is relevant.
IT filter: Whats the fastest route to a closed office network on windows? Goals: remove local admin rights for users, create white/black lists of software that can be installed by them, remotely manage routine maintenance for them (updates, virus scans). [more inside]
Help me choose a dessert for this dinner party! I'd love a fruity, baked dessert. [more inside]
Votes and anecdotes needed: landlord is selling the house in which my apartment is located - open house is happening for 2 hours during an afternoon - is it better for my cat to hide in fear under my bed, or spend the day miserable in a cage at the vet's? [more inside]
I want polo shirts! But I'm slim with a long torso, so if I get one that's long enough it looks like a sack -- but if I get one that's fitted enough, the world gets a free show every time I raise my arms. Help me find nice long, slim polo shirts for spring, please. Bonus if in NYC.
With a deluge of photos in iPhoto, how can I rank them? Some type of pairwise comparison? [more inside]
Will a non-profit corporation that lost its tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] status, but re-applies and regains it at a later date, be subject to fines and/or penalties for the period it did not have the status? [more inside]
How can I mask a mildew smell completely for a day or two? [more inside]
I've been asked to give a lecture about the future of news. I've got some ideas, the sales figures, the shift in ad revenue and a bootfull of doom to share. I've also got lots of whizzy applications to get excited about. But what would you share? What's your view of the future of news? What platforms do you get excited about? [more inside]
How to feel less depressed about the conduct of other lawyers. Need help desensitizing myself to it, or taking such behaviour less personally. [more inside]
Another noob hair dying question: From dark brown to purple. [more inside]
Is it really a conference without swag?