March 2011 Archives

March 31

They have little pink gills!!!

Where can I find axolotls? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves at 11:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Cupcake Throwdown

Calling for your best cupcake recipes! [more inside]
posted by miss meg at 10:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Suffrage and the American Emigrant: Confusion Abroad.

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]
posted by Vrai at 10:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Toddler Not Speaking

My 15-month-old daughter isn't speaking yet. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 9:32 PM PST - 42 comments

Creating a clean Win7 user with no startup programs

How can I create a new user account with absolutely zero startup items Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 8:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me turn it up to 11

What is this musical....thing called? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 8:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Who is this older male singer?

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]
posted by edlundart at 8:21 PM PST - 216 comments

Model ship building help.

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.
posted by Hobgoblin at 7:59 PM PST - 1 comment

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]
posted by shoreline at 7:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Is my belatedly opened gift cheese still edible?

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?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 6:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Tiger to Snow Leopard in ? Easy Steps

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]
posted by ocherdraco at 6:51 PM PST - 11 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 PM PST - 90 comments

Using "Record" plus "Lexicon Alpha" with my guitar?

how to hook up Record, Lexicon Alpha, and my Guitar? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 5:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Building ownership has changed hands - what to do?

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]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Sexual ethics: the giving of blowjobs

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 35 comments

weirdness at work

I am almost positive my coworker is...well, masturbating in his cube. Yikes! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 PM PST - 43 comments

I want to be able to invite all my friends to a Facebook event in one go.

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]
posted by Sully at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

special lightbulb sought

Where can I get this light bulb and cord for an imported nightlight decoration? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for an NPR program on Buddhist Funerals that played yesterday on an LA NPR station.

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]
posted by RampantFerret at 4:13 PM PST - 7 comments


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]
posted by joelhunt at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Questions about researching a novel

What interesting questions would you ask of a panel of writers on the subject of researching a novel? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 3:58 PM PST - 11 comments


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?
posted by Johnny Assay at 3:39 PM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by elif at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What is in this stuff?

Is Hills C/D garbage? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

What the funk

Why is there a funky smell on my bath towels? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 2:56 PM PST - 27 comments

Most people I know (think that I'm

Am I really okay as a person if I’m not suitably subdued with drugs? Are you sure? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 2:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Secret handshake?

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.)
posted by LordSludge at 2:32 PM PST - 28 comments

Pretty in pink

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]
posted by kitcat at 2:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Yeah, I'm... uh... sick again.

I need to look for another job discreetly, if you know what I mean. But how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:22 PM PST - 20 comments

If I buy the nonamebrand TV it's going to explode!?

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]
posted by atomicstone at 2:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Eating is good, eating responsibly may be better.

I would like a good, no bs, book on vegan nutrition. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 1:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Why are scimitars curved?

Why are scimitars curved? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 1:39 PM PST - 21 comments

I hit a car but now it can't drive. What can I do?

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]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 1:27 PM PST - 18 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Questions to ask about entering a psychiatric facility

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

How should I go about trying to sell this painting?

How do I sell a piece of artwork that was painted on a vinyl couch (and has now been cut off)? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

transplanting culture?

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!
posted by LN at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

I'll expect my slippers and a newspaper by my chair, with a martini, when I get home...

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]
posted by ShadePlant at 11:43 AM PST - 56 comments

Lost Location

[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]
posted by TheRoach at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to live in the bay area?

Help me decide where to move in SF/east bay that would allow for an easy commute to Cal. [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:36 AM PST - 35 comments

Minor Family drama, fight with parents. Run or stay?

Minor Family drama, fight with parents. Stay until conflict dies down, or leave early? [more inside]
posted by faux fabric entertainment device at 11:30 AM PST - 27 comments

I want flaming lips.

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]
posted by madred at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Golden Rubber Chicken Medal/Plaque!

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]
posted by lalochezia at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

What brand of engine air filter should I use?

What brand of engine air filter should I use? [more inside]
posted by millions at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Savvy advertising ideas?

Need new ideas for attracting parents (and their kids) to our business. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 11:19 AM PST - 26 comments

What services allow people to send information to our organization via text message?

What services allow people to send information to our organization via text message? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Any special guidelines for farm-fresh eggs

What's the 411 on home grown eggs? A guy at work has some chickens and is sharing the bounty. [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 10:50 AM PST - 41 comments

The tax benefits of RRSP loans

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]
posted by blue_beetle at 10:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Friend request denied!

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]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 10:42 AM PST - 36 comments

New Home Office "HR" Policies

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]
posted by Diplodocus at 10:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Ear, nose & throat specialist in Rochester NY?

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.
posted by someonesomewhere at 10:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a new (warm) place to call home.

I'm looking to move, and I need some help figuring out where. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 10:12 AM PST - 7 comments

music education

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]
posted by amsterdam63 at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

How did you pay for your MLS degree?

Do MLS students ever receive full funding? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking to purchase a heart rate monitor and would like some feedback.

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]
posted by groovesquirrel at 9:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me choose a Macbook Pro.

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]
posted by 4ster at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

I am not amused.

I love Eddie Izzard and Jim Gaffigan. What other stand-ups with DVDs would I like? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:46 AM PST - 38 comments

The best inexpensive digital video camera evar?

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!
posted by andreapandrea at 9:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Empty loft! Cheap decorating tips!

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]
posted by Hwaet at 9:38 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the best way to release a new title as an ebook?

What are the best practices and strategies for publishing ebooks? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Is there an online Latin text of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus? I haven't had luck Googling.
posted by Paquda at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

♫ If it's the last thing I ever do ♫

How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Oh, shoe-t!

Looking for shoes. There are multiple catches. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

"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]
posted by Fizz at 8:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Please Help Me Eat Alone in London!

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]
posted by moiraine at 7:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Grownup Furniture!

What are great furniture stores, specifically for living room? And in terms of quality, what am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by emkelley at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Who will help me bake this おはぎ?

I need help translating either this or this super fun looking Japanese recipe. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Can you help me troubleshoot my frustrating VPN problems?

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]
posted by misskaz at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

How to upgrade my jailbroken/unlocked iPhone 3g from 3.0 to newer iOS, jailbroken and unlocked?

How to upgrade my jailbroken/unlocked iPhone 3g from 3.0 to newer iOS, jailbroken and unlocked? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 7:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Database to INI file

How could I export a Access Database to an ini file? [more inside]
posted by millerizer at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Ubuntu on netbooks

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]
posted by oracle bone at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Hear the ringtone - remember the movie?

Which movie had a cell phone ringtone that sounded like this? [more inside]
posted by anon_for_this at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

First time nude photo shoot for photographer and model

I need advice about how to ensure a photo shoot and the resulting photos will be privacy protected. [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 5:51 AM PST - 11 comments

So, so?

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]
posted by unSane at 5:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Rate this thing that is a CV

Again with the screen-punching. [more inside]
posted by Fen at 5:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Average energy/water use of adults vs children?

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]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 5:06 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I manage a resistant employee?

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]
posted by dawn_chorus at 4:07 AM PST - 20 comments

snuggle bunny is calling...

How do I set a ringtone on iPhone without connecting iTunes? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 3:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Good building games for a 5-year-old.

What are good building games for Windows PC to play with my 5-year-old son? [more inside]
posted by bakerybob at 2:47 AM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find volunteer aspiring actors in London (UK)?

Where can I find volunteer aspiring actors in London (UK)? [more inside]
posted by EricBrotto at 1:57 AM PST - 7 comments

March 30

Is this where I'm supposed to use the phrase "self-appointed defender of the orthodoxy"?

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]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 11:52 PM PST - 11 comments

How to run some lights from a solar panel?

What is a simple way of connecting a PV panel to a battery to a set of lights? [more inside]
posted by eggrollover at 11:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for specific comic strip regarding mens/women's approach to life.

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).
posted by donmayo at 10:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Was I caught cheating?

Can those HR recruitment online cognitive tests tell if you are cheating by looking up words in another browser window? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for maps/GPS of Sarajevo

Looking for digital mapping and/or GPS software that covers Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 9:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Whither jeggings with real button and faux fly?

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]
posted by lalalana at 9:55 PM PST - 18 comments

How to make friends at the college library?

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]
posted by sleeperhit11 at 9:22 PM PST - 45 comments

I'm Not Even The One Who's Supposed To Be Here Today!

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm ready to be over my ex. What's taking so long?!

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]
posted by Pericardium at 8:09 PM PST - 45 comments

How to get over that wall?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me turn 18!

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]
posted by R a c h e l at 7:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Going Gaga Solo

Should I go see Lady Gaga....alone? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 7:09 PM PST - 55 comments

She was coy when I asked what *kind* of movies...

Asking for a friend: What should she look for in projection equipment for an outdoor movie screen? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I do for a bachelor party in New Orleans next week?

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.
posted by scottso17 at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to study French in Boston/Camberville as an adult learner?

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]
posted by Kosh at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Not feeling it

Online dating! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 30 comments

How to deal with a bullying consultant?

A consultant who works closely with my department hates me. He's not going anywhere. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM PST - 29 comments

Upside down with negative equity, what can I do?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I feel good about finding a job and starting a career?

How can I feel good about finding a job and starting a career? Caution: personal details inside. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Recipe for super-duper website cookies?

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]
posted by holterbarbour at 5:21 PM PST - 5 comments

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?
posted by abirdinthehand at 5:04 PM PST - 32 comments

My va-jay-jay is bedazzled with pain.

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]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

hornet at 12 o'clock high

How high can wasps and/or hornets fly? [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Where and how can I opt-out of paper campaign mailings for NYC?

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]
posted by D.Billy at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Why this equation?

Why is the equation E=mc2 arguably the most famous equation in physics? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 4:33 PM PST - 19 comments

if a chocoholic eats chocohol, is it chocolategate?

Is there a word for this language phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 4:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Sad Ikea face

I need help installing the Ikea Lillagren wall cabinet to the wall [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there such thing as a horror film with no evil in it?

Is there such thing as a horror film with no evil in it? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 2:44 PM PST - 80 comments

How to transform random variables from a non-normal distribution to a normal distribution?

How would I find a function that transforms random variables from an non-normal probability distribution to a normal distribution? [more inside]
posted by formless at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

WrestleMania in San Francisco

Are there any bars in San Francisco showing Wrestlemania this weekend? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me be less orange?

How can I make my picture look less orange? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 2:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I a bad neighbor?

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]
posted by elquien at 2:05 PM PST - 79 comments

WUT is this clip on Stephanie Miller?

StephanieMillerFilter: Help me find a sound file she used (burnout girl saying "Wut?") on her show. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Emergency crisis intervention/mental health services for a Japanese citizen in NYC

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]
posted by stagewhisper at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Mobile apps related to coffee

I'm looking to find some iPhone apps related to coffee and coffee culture. What are some of your favourites? [more inside]
posted by remixnine at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Bube's (Boobies!!) Live

(obscuremusicfilter) Can someone point me to a non-skeevy site to purchase this music? [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 1:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me be more understanding

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.
posted by Minos888 at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

"Post me" vs. "Sort of": ISO co cake App

Recommend a text-message app for my Droid Eris. The key: phonepad-oriented T9 AND intuitive word-completion in one. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

What was this megamix album?

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.
posted by xorry at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Hope and prayers needed for lost cat:

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]
posted by loquat at 12:51 PM PST - 82 comments

Help me get back the right to vote.

I've been disenfranchised by the government of Canada. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Name that song: Summer Wars trailer

Anime filter: what is the song at 1.47 on the Summer Wars trailer? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

help me negotiate with collections

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Name the plane

Can anyone kindly identify this WWII era plane? Thanks.
posted by Brodiggitty at 11:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Do I have to make up my mind about travelling around Europe now?

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.
posted by Xere at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Would love background on this half seen, half remembered animated film

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]
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Where should my son go to college?

Please give me some hints on college selection for my physics major son. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 11:23 AM PST - 43 comments

LA on transit alone?

I'm planning a trip to Los Angeles and I can't drive. Is this a bad idea waiting to happen? [more inside]
posted by bill the tinman at 11:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me figure out why I hurt

Since late afternoon yesterday, I've had a sharp abdominal pain. YANA/MD. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 11:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Overcoming panic and fear

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]
posted by SNWidget at 10:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Uplifting tunes for the resolutely optimistic

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]
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 10:53 AM PST - 75 comments

Berkeley Dryer Dispute

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]
posted by chatongriffes at 10:49 AM PST - 41 comments

Sure I'm selling my soul, but the download speeds are so damn fast!

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]
posted by Tehhund at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

What should my dad do with this house?

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]
posted by Quincy at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

I can already smell the bay air...

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]
posted by supercres at 10:26 AM PST - 36 comments

Oh, the Huge Vanity

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]
posted by patnasty at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Unencrypted data violation

Insurance data is unencrypted. Should this be reported? How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

A reason to keep your shoes on in our house

Mysterious bloody mucous blobs found on floor. Probable culprit: kitty? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

What are some good books on the modern history of the Balkans?

What are some informative sources on the modern history of the Balkans? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm at 9:40 AM PST - 14 comments

I hate to use the obvious "4G or not 4G" pun ... but I just did.

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]
posted by John Cohen at 9:32 AM PST - 13 comments

If Medvedev is presenting, I can't wear my old prom dress.

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]
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Places to stay near San Francisco

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]
posted by Palmcorder Yajna at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Gift for former pastor father

Giftfilter: looking for thoughtful, challenging, and not-standard-evangelical Christian books, fiction or nonfiction for my former pastor father. [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe at 8:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Can you translate the lyrics in this Japanese song?

Can you translate the Japanese lyrics of this song? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 8:19 AM PST - 8 comments

custom keypad mapping to common words?

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]
posted by dyerfr at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

What's this cartoon with a boy trapped under ice and a deer melts the ice?

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?
posted by jefftang at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Heating pad overuse?

How long is too long when using a heating pad for cramps? [more inside]
posted by sleepykitties at 7:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for women and minority candidates in software?

Where can I look to increase my pool of women and minority candidates for a software consulting position? [more inside]
posted by herda05 at 7:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me get over this.

Relationship ended. Fine. Now how do I get over him? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 7:55 AM PST - 32 comments

Laptop Questions

I want to upgrade to windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 7:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Lock up your medicine cabinet before I look inside it

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]
posted by kitkatcathy at 7:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Why are antibodies so rarely raised in chickens?

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?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Please Plan My Vacation

Where should we spend our anniversary? [more inside]
posted by ridiculous at 6:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Bike Touring Gear

Tell me about your indispensable gear for bicycle touring. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 5:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Google Apps Gaah...

Google Apps/Docs/Sites usage for small biz. Need help! [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get building footprint drawings quickly

What are the best options for generating dimensioned footprint drawings of existing single family homes in Central Texas? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 5:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Mow, mow, mow yer lawn

Anyone using a Weed Eater We-One riding mower? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 5:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an an English-speaking genealogist in Austria

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?
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Starting Strength: my bench and press are progressing slowly

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]
posted by alligatorman at 4:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Summer Hatin'.

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]
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:52 AM PST - 36 comments

How soon can fetal sex be determined?

How early in a pregnancy can fetal sex be determined? [more inside]
posted by jef at 1:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Blunnies, please.

Where can I shop for Blundstones in the Washington, D.C. area? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 1:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Irritating but Harmless

How do you deal with people you see often and find annoying? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 1:05 AM PST - 27 comments

How frequently does a settlement date (for a property sale) get postponed?

How common is it for settlement (on a house purchase) to be delayed? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 12:02 AM PST - 6 comments

March 29

Usenet stories about a wandering adventurer and his number 9 headbag

Usenet stories about a wandering adventurer and his number 9 headbag? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 11:55 PM PST - 3 comments

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]
posted by gc at 11:10 PM PST - 45 comments

Favorite The Twilight Zone episodes that are not so common?

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.
posted by antgly at 10:33 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me quit my company. Or not?

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]
posted by The Eponymous Pseudonymous Rex at 10:19 PM PST - 8 comments

like a letter of reference, for me to read, focusing on my faults

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]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:12 PM PST - 17 comments

What's up with my throat?

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]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 9:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Give me a hand!

A friend, Jim, who is in his late 30s, doesn't seem to want to shake my hand. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 9:38 PM PST - 42 comments

The regular, secret hero

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]
posted by Ky at 9:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Will my bad credit affect my girlfriend's credit?

Will my bad credit affect my girlfriend's credit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Environmental Education Curriculum?

Environmental Education Curriculum? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Home theater audio advice?

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]
posted by haveanicesummer at 8:53 PM PST - 4 comments

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]
posted by librarina at 8:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Growing pains.

Help me fire *good* clients. [more inside]
posted by TallulahBankhead at 7:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Catholic Church + Jewish Music on Palm Sunday == ??

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]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 6:37 PM PST - 58 comments

Cultural Revolution - personal narratives

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.
posted by pavi at 6:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Feed me

Late night food and drink in the UPPER upper east side of Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

What kind of Jazz is this?

Can someone help me classify what kind of jazz this is? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 6:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Stop touching me!

My coworker is touching me and I need to make her stop without making a scene. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 54 comments

Gout go away?

Is gout permanent? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Cover Letters With Personality

I am having the darnedest time translating my personality into a winning cover letter to my dream job. Help! [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Online architectural blogs?

If I liked "A Pattern Language" what online architectural resources would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 5:26 PM PST - 7 comments

revise image

I'm no longer satisfied with 'preppy' clothes. Help me pick some nice clothes? [more inside]
posted by past at 5:18 PM PST - 15 comments

What are good war stories about HCI / web design / UX design?

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]
posted by jasonhong at 5:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get basic outpatient mental health care when work-provided insurance does not cover it?

How to get basic outpatient mental health care when work-provided insurance does not cover it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Young Adult dystopia?

[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]
posted by lockstitch at 5:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Help me choose a plasma cutter

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!
posted by jcrcarter at 4:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Is my college trying to rip me off?

Is my college trying to rip me off? [more inside]
posted by [vagabond] at 4:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Does one have any recourse against a New York State income execution for taxes

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]
posted by Studiogeek at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Networking for Success

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]
posted by Danniman at 4:18 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the vibe in LaGrange, IL

What is the general vibe of LaGrange, IL? I am considering a job there. [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 4:14 PM PST - 12 comments

So, he likes liturgy....

So, my son has decided he's converting to Eastern Orthodox. I'd like to know more about it. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 3:54 PM PST - 36 comments

Ohboyohboyohboy -- It's saltpork!!

What can I use as a non-porky substitute for salt pork? [more inside]
posted by meese at 3:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Shave or not shave?

I have an important interview coming up with a big law firm. Should I shave my beard? Special circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by naju at 3:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Gmail security question.

Is it possible to get an extended history (perhaps several months) of "last account activity" records for a gmail account?
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson at 3:11 PM PST - 2 comments

WineFilter: Suggestions for horizontal tasting?

I'd like to start hosting a horizontal tastings for 8-10 people, looking for help with themes/wine selection and logistics. [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Have you stacked your washer/dryer?

Thinking through pros and cons of stacking our washer and dryer. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 2:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Very Simple Collaborative Solution??

Need very simple collaborative software for a new organization.. [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this movie?

MovieFilter: ~ "Germans go to the opera to see the Opera, we Italians go to the opera to be seen." [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 1:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me think of new activities to enrich a senior citizen's twilight years.

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]
posted by tempest in a teapot at 1:42 PM PST - 34 comments

Find my kaizen.

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 10 comments

And I'm like, how'd you do that? (ooh hoo hoo!)

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!
posted by jouir at 1:22 PM PST - 5 comments

help me burn some CPU cycles

I just bought a quad-core iMac with 16gb of RAM. What software can I get to push it to its limits? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 1:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Resume help : how to express my (slightly) complicated work experiences

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]
posted by Sloop John B at 1:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I know what the radiation level is where I live?

Is there a web site that posts regular, radiation level readings by city and/or region throughout the U.S.?
posted by tangyraspberry at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

I'll probably just end up leaving a crumpled wad of 20s on the nightstand.

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:51 PM PST - 52 comments

Abstract geometric animations?

Abstract geometric animations? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 12:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you identify a supreme court case based on the majority makeup?

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]
posted by andoatnp at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Creative gift for an ailing but tough dad

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]
posted by rachaelfaith at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Phrases & aphorisms to calm the hypochondriac's mind

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]
posted by brackish.line at 12:20 PM PST - 24 comments

My former employer is acting like a crazy ex-girlfriend.

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Trying to replay a game from my childhood

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]
posted by siclik at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

I've got a Nietzsche that needs scratching...

I'm looking for the original German of the famous "idealism is falsehood" quote from Friedrich Nietzsche [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How trained for combat are the "non-combatant" combatants?

What sort of combat training do US Army soldiers in non-combat MOSs (women in particular) get after boot camp? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

How to set up high-speed internet access for 1-2 months?

Is there a legal way to set up short-term (1-2 months) internet access without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 11:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Melancholy for no good reason

How do you power through post-excitement depression? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How can we see back to the beginning of the universe?

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]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 11:21 AM PST - 22 comments

"Is Soupy back on the sauce again?" "Not so you'd notice."

Beyond MST3K: help me laugh myself silly with audio/video mismatches. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 11:17 AM PST - 28 comments

What is this type of earring called?

What is the correct terminology for a hinged endless hoop earring? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant at 11:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Fix my phonograph

Restoring a Technics SL-D3 turntable. Can I use the stock/modern DJ turntable parts? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Your Experience with IT Certifications? Do They Help and by How Much?

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) [!]
posted by nj_subgenius at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Are Novara bikes any good?

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]
posted by octothorpe at 10:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Are persuasive arguments when writing to elected officials superfluous?

When I write to my elected officials, do they care WHY I support or oppose something? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:06 AM PST - 17 comments

What the--?

ID theft? I received a W2 from a company I've never heard of. [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Why are they poking the cars?

What on earth are these guys doing? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 9:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me understand the world of humidifiers

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]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:44 AM PST - 24 comments

What do I do with a downed wire/cable?

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]
posted by bibbit at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Safe to go to Japan?

Should I travel to Japan for my long planned vacation on April 20th? [more inside]
posted by straight_razor at 8:48 AM PST - 14 comments

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT not slim) can handle?

What is a maximum hard drive storage does Playstation 3 (FAT) can handle? [more inside]
posted by omaralareefi at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Want in? Just call this guy five hours away and he will let you up.

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]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:32 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me plan my European vacation?

Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
posted by mewohu at 8:05 AM PST - 23 comments

How to backup a Mac that won't start up?

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]
posted by DiscourseMarker at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

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.)
posted by autoclavicle at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Homehub woes

Help! VPN stops broadband connection working [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

geeezus please do your job!

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 33 comments

Is this carrier unlock on the level?

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]
posted by ChrisR at 7:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I quit now or quit later?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 43 comments

happy + neurotic = ?

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]
posted by amro at 6:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Help Gain Mathematical Maturity

What are the best ways to develop a solid mathematical maturity? [more inside]
posted by CZMR at 6:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Mechanical stopwatch in NYC?

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.
posted by mister nice at 6:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How to sync notes across devices securely?

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]
posted by um_maverick at 4:52 AM PST - 3 comments

New slippies, please!

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]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 4:47 AM PST - 15 comments

I need a Unity tutorial!

I'm looking for a good Unity tutorial. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 4:30 AM PST - 2 comments

how do I keep my plastic coldframe free of condensation?

What can I apply to to the plastic sheeting of my cold frame to prevent it from fogging up? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Going rate for freelance textbook writing?

How much should I charge per word to write a ESL textbook? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 2:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I save in pounds sterling or euros? Does it make much difference?

Should I save in pounds sterling or euros? Does it make much difference? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Does sexual harassment become more tolerable over time?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 AM PST - 27 comments

How can I hog all the bandwidth on my home internet connection?

How can I hog all the bandwidth on my home internet connection? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 12:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Non-sweet birthday treat?

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]
posted by girlalex at 12:30 AM PST - 28 comments

March 28

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda at 11:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Need help welcoming our dog back into our family

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]
posted by neofite at 10:52 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I tell if a tax accountant is on the up-and-up?

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?
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Name this Sanskrit singer

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]
posted by Bwithh at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Trying to apply for a job at a local microbrewery. Tips please!

How can I make myself sound attractive to a local microbrewery given my qualifications? [more inside]
posted by pixxie at 9:44 PM PST - 10 comments

New wave/synthpop love songs? Example: Real Life - Send Me an Angel

New wave/synthpop love songs? Example: Real Life - Send Me An Angel [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 9:42 PM PST - 37 comments

Lu Shan: anything other than a mountain range?

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?)
posted by kalapierson at 9:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy chilled/refrigerated lockers in US?

Where can I buy a set of refrigerated lockers? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

I cannot access a particular site using my internet connection and need help with figuring out why?

Cannot access a particular site (3quarksdaily) and unable to figure out why? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 9:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Somewhere between zero and twenty pounds of cream cheese...

[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]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 8:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Aliens are coming. How soon do we find out?

If an alien spaceship was approaching earth, how soon would we detect it? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 8:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Where/How to get an Abortion in Toronto?

Where can I get an abortion in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Do I get my father a present for his wedding?

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]
posted by isnotarobot at 7:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Ideas for activities for a largeish group of faculty/students

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]
posted by quiet coyote at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Star Wars: Clone Warss recommendations

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]
posted by Theta States at 7:07 PM PST - 15 comments

How to take care of a 1998 Buick Park Avenue

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]
posted by Corduroy at 6:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Please suggest a route in the Boundary Waters

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]
posted by crapples at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

I still don't regret it!

I have a chest tattoo and a wide back where wearing button-downs seems impossible. How to I dress for work? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 6:25 PM PST - 41 comments

How can I prove I'm paying down bad debt?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to be Special!

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]
posted by equivocator at 6:09 PM PST - 20 comments

DJ Recommendations in Vancouver

I am getting married this July in Vancouver (BC), and am currently looking for a DJ for the ceremony. Any suggestions/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Arandia at 6:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Where to find charities with a sense of humor?

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]
posted by phonepimpster at 5:26 PM PST - 26 comments

Why are there 7+ sizes of Colgate toothpaste?

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]
posted by reeddavid at 5:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Where is everyone talking about the books they read?

Where can I find thoughtful book discussion and analysis on the internet? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

The Road to Hell is Paved with Surprise Parties

Should I apologize for not inviting everyone to the party? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Of The Month

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]
posted by doift at 4:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Word Frequency Counts

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]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 4:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Etymology of "ebrius"?

Does anyone know the origin of the latin word "ebrius" which roughly translates into "inebriated" in English? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:22 PM PST - 6 comments

You're All Just Faceless Now

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?
posted by bearwife at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Language mistakes compared

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]
posted by sien at 4:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Yesterday's Tomorrow's World

(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]
posted by run"monty at 3:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me to understand the "light" in Freemasonry and other perceived conflicts with Christianity

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.
posted by Yunani at 3:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Periodic symptoms

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]
posted by zeek321 at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Good accountant/CPA in San Francisco with International Freelancers’ experience?

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]
posted by KuraFire at 2:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Help find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner

Help me find a replacement electric motor for my vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 2:39 PM PST - 2 comments

How come I can smell stuff now?

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]
posted by farmersckn at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Lead in the dirt?

Is there really a garden-ban in Portland, Maine because of lead in the soil? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 2:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Mailman, have you really got my back?

How can I tell if my e-mail list is underperforming, delivery-wise? [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a thorough sports doctor for my elite athletic hopes

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]
posted by crawltopslow at 2:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Republic of Fatpipe

What are the best nations for broadband both in terms of speed and price, and why? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How to put wireless image feed online?

How to put the wireless video stream from a wireless birdhouse camera magically 'on the internet'? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me break out of my little black rain cloud.

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Helping a friend in pain...

Do you have any book recommendations for a friend who has been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get burned CD's working right

Having problem with CD's burned using Windows Media Player and I need help FAST. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 1:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Chicago Girls' Trip Music Needed

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]
posted by Goodgrief at 1:42 PM PST - 10 comments

What is my career?

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]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 1:33 PM PST - 32 comments

What else can you do with an elliptical?

Alternative exercises on an elliptical? What else can I do with this thing, besides run on it, to spice things up? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Foreign taxes. So much fun!!!1

How can I report a wee bit of foreign income on my US taxes? [more inside]
posted by sucre at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

What the hell does "poor outcome" mean, anyway?

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]
posted by ApathyGirl at 1:02 PM PST - 16 comments

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]
posted by Geethebluesky at 12:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Historic R. L. Polk City Directories

What does a starred or asterisked listing in old (1915-1925) R. L. Polk City Directories indicate? [more inside]
posted by krista_p at 12:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find some funky old skool rap

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]
posted by cartmancakes at 12:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Guitar music that justifies the guitar.

Help me fall in love with the guitar again. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 12:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Should I be shredding ALL my receipts?

Is it really necessary to shred all receipts? Is identity fraud really likely? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 12:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Going to Amsterdam in the new year, top gear there

Arrive in Amsterdam 4th April. Depart Amsterdam 14th April. The rest is up to YOU! [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber at 12:13 PM PST - 20 comments

To buy, or not to buy, a car--that is the question (containing within it multitudes)

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]
posted by wintersweet at 12:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Where can I get a replacement A1242 transistor?

Where can I get a replacement A1242 transistor? [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

school district selection

How do I decide which suburban school district to choose? (Specifically Cincinnati, but I welcome general advice.) [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I go travel and work remotely or try and settle down with a girl I don’t have?

Should I go travel and work remotely or try and settle down with a girl I don’t have? [more inside]
posted by martinmartin at 11:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Got my VeganFilter on!

How do you make any old baked good recipe vegan? Especially when it comes to swapping out for eggs? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 11:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Help my boy pretend to be Joey Barton (not really)

[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]
posted by kuanes at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Firefox 4 made unwanted change

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?
posted by partner at 11:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Mario had a bad where?

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]
posted by juv3nal at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Leave boring 'dream' job or wait it out?

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]
posted by NotSoSimple at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Windows Explorer Is Like Totally Borked

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]
posted by hot soup girl at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Doohickey for creating an even hairline on the neck: what's it called?

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]
posted by needs more cowbell at 11:18 AM PST - 10 comments

You aren't my dad's accountant, but you'd be better than him if you were 5 years old.

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]
posted by thorny at 10:50 AM PST - 29 comments

Automating a Web Head's Up

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]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Transparency in Indesign file applies where not intended.

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]
posted by adamrice at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Need A Feminine Day Bag

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]
posted by shew at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

My Wi-Fi keeps kicking me offline, and I don't know why.

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]
posted by SuperNova at 10:11 AM PST - 8 comments

JFK to La Guardia Connection Time

Is three hours enough time to change planes between between JFK and La Guardia? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me learn union/protest songs on the guitar

Help me learn some union/protest/solidarity songs, please. [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 10:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Hyundai Elantra or Honda Civic.

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.
posted by kirang at 9:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Have bike, will travel! Mystic, CT edition

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]
posted by pyro979 at 9:56 AM PST - 12 comments

What advice do you have for a first-time mortgage shopper?

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]
posted by jefeweiss at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

I have a feeling... IN MY FACE.

What is this sensation in my face? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Life & Taxes

Asking for a friend: Accountant in NYC? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Excel 2010: How to Highlight Row and Column of Selected Cell

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?
posted by Irontom at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should a cyclist live in Austin?

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]
posted by LastOfHisKind at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

ripped off, now what

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Why am I so tired?

What is wrong with me? Why am I so tired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 38 comments

I wish coffee would last forever

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]
posted by Not Supplied at 7:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me find a doctor

Help me find a doctor on north shore Long Island [more inside]
posted by Shutter at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Animal nutrition course that will still allow me to buy food?

How can I take a course in animal nutrition in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I play my video right-side up?

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]
posted by Buffaload at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Brain, what the hell

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Trying be like squirrels.

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]
posted by MayNicholas at 6:36 AM PST - 45 comments

Michigan to North Carolina - Where should we live?

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]
posted by bleucube at 6:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Free house in small town or high rent in big town?

In-laws want to give us a house. For free. But is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Social Skills Training/Behavior Therapy in NYC?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Information Technology in Austin

What is the job market like for I.T. professionals in Austin and how can I join the ranks? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 6:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Recommend journal articles about rape.

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).
posted by red clover at 6:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Absolute Sandman

Absolute Editions - worth it? [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia at 5:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me talk to my vet.

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]
posted by nprigoda at 3:48 AM PST - 25 comments

Stop a toddler from sucking her thumb?

How can I stop a toddler from sucking her thumb? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 1:10 AM PST - 16 comments

March 27

Will work for estrogen

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?
posted by Toby Dammit X at 10:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Wordpress and Drupal and Joomla, oh my!

Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla - I can't commit! Help me with the pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 10:40 PM PST - 17 comments

The favor of your reply is requested online

I need an online RSVP service for select wedding guests to RSVP for our Rehearsal Dinner without hurting anyone's feelings. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker at 9:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Mural Mural On the Wall

I want to paint a mural in my bedroom. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 9:03 PM PST - 6 comments

text vs voice required signal strength

Is less signal strength required for sending/receiving texts versus voice calls? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 8:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Acupuncture successes and failures wanted

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Help An Unhappy Dad To Be Become A Happy Dad To Be.

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 71 comments

Help needed with French pronunciation.

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]
posted by Rad_Boy at 8:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me resuscitate an ageing G4 Power Macintosh with a linux distribution

Can I rehabilitate an elderly Power Mac G4 for study? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

My friends say "omg, your outfit is so cute!...NOW STRAIGHTEN YOUR BACK!"

My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 6:54 PM PST - 25 comments

Learning to play chess in NYC

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]
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 6:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Any laws about heating provided to tenants by landlord?

Are there any laws that require landlords to provide efficient or modern heating units for tenants? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 6:49 PM PST - 11 comments

How to film my own Truman Show?

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]
posted by LongDrive at 6:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me plan an awesome summer vacation

Help me plan an amazing vacation to either Seattle/PNW or the Southwest? [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

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]
posted by nickthetourist at 5:51 PM PST - 26 comments

A picture "of" something?

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?
posted by phrontist at 5:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Carbon Monoxide False Alarm

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]
posted by mellifluous at 5:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Not just for sniffing

How do I use a highlighter? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 5:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Mystery Vase Squad Activate!

Mystery Pottery Filter: Does anyone recognize this maker's mark? [more inside]
posted by nulledge at 4:50 PM PST - 4 comments

power off ps2?

Should I be turning off my PS2 when changing discs? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Edit twice, publish once.

Are there any powerful visual representations of a typical editorial process (print)? [more inside]
posted by oohisay at 4:23 PM PST - 3 comments

What to give an RV driver?

What to get my friend who is traveling for a year in an RV in the US? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 4:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me get my text messages

How can I document/print/transfer text messages from a Straighttalk LG220C phone? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Name that tune.

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]
posted by Stewriffic at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I learn to like dancing?

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Minor Miners

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]
posted by Toekneesan at 3:25 PM PST - 26 comments

aching back

Chronic low-level lower back pain? Short-term solutions? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 3:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Life after PhD?

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Rewriting Journals

Creative Writing Tips Wanted! [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Custom jewelry in Orlando, FL!

I need advice on getting custom jewelry made in Orlando, FL! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Disinfecting stinky leather without damaging it beyond use?

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]
posted by wires at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Need network storage for home, but need to keep it simple... NAS?

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]
posted by Empyrean_72 at 2:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking to buy items manufactured abroad to sell on small scale in usa

Starting an importing business for sweaters from a manufacturer abroad, need advice... [more inside]
posted by femmme at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm not sure this wasn't a documentary...

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]
posted by pedmands at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Do economists believe in the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

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.
posted by sneebler at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

ha ha ha!

(Extreme Audio Processing) How would you remove a laugh track from a TV show? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a "male makeover" if such a thing exists?

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.
posted by markbao at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

smitten my kitchen?

I adore Smitten Kitchen. What other food blogs should I follow? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 1:38 PM PST - 53 comments

Question on domain and trademark law

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]
posted by wesker at 12:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Can anyone put a name to the song that I cant think of?

With limited details, what is this song and who is it by? (Maybe from a Ninja Tune compilation!) [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Dragon Age: Origins on Macbook Air

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]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Pains in chest when running

I get pretty nasty pains in my chest when I run. Is this normal, and does it go away? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 12:20 PM PST - 23 comments

What do you get when you play A Yellow Submarine backwards to a non-English speaking audience

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]
posted by Blasdelb at 12:13 PM PST - 2 comments

What movies end with a dance montage?

What movies end with a dance montage? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 12:09 PM PST - 52 comments

Beginner's guide to statistical/quantitative finance?

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]
posted by prunes at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

banana banana no fana

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)?
posted by ducktape at 11:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Ahoy MeFi Mates!

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]
posted by ecorrocio at 11:45 AM PST - 16 comments

I Like It Raw

Help me come up with raw food (balanced) meal ideas, please. [more inside]
posted by iNurtureTheOdd at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

why are U.S. manufacturers phasing out the best sunscreen?

Why are Mexoryl/ecamsule-based sunscreens getting harder and harder to find in the US? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

My hair needs help!

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]
posted by cp311 at 11:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Latin motto translation?

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.
posted by fixer at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Fuelly for the prospective cyclist

Your recommended diet for a prospective daily bicycle commuter is requested. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 10:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Did anyone claim that "Enron couldn't happen in the UK"?

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]
posted by jonnyploy at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Have I killed my car?

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]
posted by at 10:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Suggestions please for good food plants for kids to grow on our balcony.

Apart from tomatoes, strawberries and beans, what can we grow on our sunny central European balcony? [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty at 10:12 AM PST - 15 comments

What kind of guitar? What kind of sweater?

Does anyone know anything about the guitar or the sweater in this Brett Dennen video? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about Athens. Georgia, that is.

What can you tell me about Athens, GA? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking to polish lackluster HTML skills

Where to find good resources for the brave new world of web coding? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 9:41 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I annotate/draw on pictures online?

Any webapp/code available that can let people post pictures online and have others annotate them with their comments and drawings? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm being fixed. What should I do?

I like him, but I like myself less when I'm around him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Strategies for dealing with criticism?

How can I take criticism better without getting defensive?
posted by drezdn at 9:31 AM PST - 13 comments

What can't the human brain do?

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.
posted by empath at 9:10 AM PST - 24 comments

What's the story behind a UK license plate with only digits?

What's the story behind a UK license plate with only digits? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Please Explain Real Estate Agent Exclusivity

We are buying a home - what is the etiquette/law of forming a relationship with a real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 7:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Help! My kids are pestering me for this squid recipe... but I can't find it!

Help! My kids are pestering me for this squid recipe... but I can't find it! [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 6:18 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get out the mucus in my chest?

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?
posted by harigopal at 6:16 AM PST - 32 comments

and when you're only 23 it's not attractive to complain about your sore back

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]
posted by NoraReed at 4:35 AM PST - 16 comments

kids' book about a devil stealing food while on a man's back

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]
posted by cmp4Meta at 12:48 AM PST - 12 comments

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]
posted by Ephilation at 12:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Does Groucho Marx appear in the movie The Candidate (1972)?

Does Groucho Marx appear in the movie The Candidate (1972)? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 12:11 AM PST - 15 comments

March 26

I need emo music. But I don't have any.

Posted for a friend: iTunes went apeshit, drive has been emptied of music. WTH? [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

I just want it to count!

In Dreamweaver, I am using the find and replace tool. I want to change 1 to n+1, down the list. How? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 9:37 PM PST - 3 comments

I need software to handle my company's job vacancies

What software does your company use to handle your company's vacancy listings online? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 9:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do if my dog shows aggressive, violent reactions to simple removal of toys.

What should I do if my dog shows aggressive, violent reactions to simple removal of toys. [more inside]
posted by Hexidecimal at 9:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Are geiger counters a tax deductable?

Should I be testing non-edible Japanese imports for radiation? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 at 8:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Tom Sawyer style, hits the open water...

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]
posted by Askiba at 7:33 PM PST - 22 comments

My First Vacation! ...for four days.

I have four free days to do anything. What would you do to maximize the awesomeness? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 7:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Old Science Fiction Movie

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]
posted by kestralwing at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Did they ever build children into bridges?

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]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 6:41 PM PST - 41 comments

What parts of things do you know the names for that most people don't?

Looking for specialized knowledge of the anatomy of anything -- organic or inorganic. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 6:08 PM PST - 10 comments

How to restore slimy furniture finishes

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]
posted by qsysopr at 5:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Name this story?

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]
posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us at 5:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Broken Desire HD, fixable?

HTC Desire HD. Phone appears to be working perfectly, except it isn't responding to touch. [more inside]
posted by Leon at 5:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Online landscaping design idea mock-ups

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.
posted by atm at 5:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Books similar to the novels by Velma Wallis?

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]
posted by skjønn at 5:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Will martial arts help me?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 28 comments

Any good SiriusXM online standalone streaming software other than the Yahoo widget?

Any good SiriusXM online standalone streaming software other than the Yahoo widget? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Whence came this short, sharp shock?

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]
posted by Knicke at 3:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I claim rent in Ontario when the reported income clearly could never have covered it?

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]
posted by tapesonthefloor at 2:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Car upgrades in Chicago

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?
posted by khaibit at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to make bagel dough, not bagel d'oh!

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]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Is V-C for M-E?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Trying to Branch Out on the Web

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]
posted by codacorolla at 1:08 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I find sales price information for Vancouver BC?

Where can I find reliable Vancouver condo sale price information? [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Ideas for enhancing smartphone audio recording for live events

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]
posted by forkisbetter at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this normal in publishing?

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.
posted by shelayna at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I need nice pants. Yes, that's the headline I came up with.

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]
posted by generic230 at 12:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Pretzels in Kids' Books

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]
posted by pipti at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I make a 35.5 hour journey as painless and quick as possible?

How do I make a 35.5 hour journey as painless and quick as possible? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 11:58 AM PST - 20 comments

How does one revert to an old Greasemonkey Script?

Is there any way to revert back to an old version of a Greasemonkey script? [more inside]
posted by gman at 11:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Sinking ship or uncertain waters?

I'm in love with my girlfriend. I'm in love with my best friend. Kindly bludgeon me with advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 35 comments

Want it to keep on tickin'!

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]
posted by Willie0248 at 11:15 AM PST - 3 comments

My extremely obscure, nerdy question about Star Trek

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]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How to not just survive, but thrive?

I might hate New York, I might love that job. Now what? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 11:05 AM PST - 22 comments

Foiled by the cost of aluminum

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.
posted by orange swan at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I stupid to go to graduate school now?

Am I stupid to get my masters now? [more inside]
posted by Query at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween!

Please help me celebrate Halloween in Salem! [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 10:32 AM PST - 13 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Which of thailand's cellular companies offer The highest mobile speed?

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.
posted by omaralarifi at 9:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Android-style predictive text for physical keyboards

Can I somehow harness Android-style predictive text for my actual, hardware QWERTY keyboard? [more inside]
posted by dgrobinson at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there an introverts chapter in this convention?

Help an extreme introvert thrive at an industry conference. [more inside]
posted by methroach at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

To dry clean or not to dry clean...

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]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

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?
posted by FuckingAwesome at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

How should I react to low-level sexism from a fellow grad student?

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 65 comments

Please help me lose 1 internets

Compulsive web-browsing completely dominates my life. How do I physically stop myself from using the internet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 28 comments

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]
posted by arimathea at 9:03 AM PST - 0 comments

I ain't gonna take it no more

Quotations that express the sentiment of growing stronger before pouncing or revealing oneself to an enemy [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 8:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Road Trip!

Where should I take my international student friend to show him the best parts of the US? [more inside]
posted by benthegirl at 8:16 AM PST - 28 comments

How to quiet my Camry alarm?

The alarm on my 1995 Toyota Camry is going off for no reason! I need help figuring out why! [more inside]
posted by tonci at 8:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Who are the best playwrights of the last fifteen years or so?

What are the best plays written in the last fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by prior at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

My boss thinks I'm dumb. Maybe I am.

My boss thinks I'm incompetent. Maybe I am. Sinking self esteem inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Licensing issues with cloned OEM Windows 7

Can I clone an OEM windows 7, preactivated install and not worry about cloning the license with it? [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me feel attracted to a wider range of men

What are your tricks and tips for becoming attracted to someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Mission Manila

Moving to Manila ... what should I ask and think about beforehand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 1 comment

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]
posted by austinlee at 6:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Can my child manage his own music collection?

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!
posted by largecorp at 6:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Online forums/communities for older adults w/ diabetes & obesity

What are some good online forums/communities for older adults w/ diabetes & obesity? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 6:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me play "In The First Degree" again - I'll totally let you be assistant DA.

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]
posted by Ash3000 at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Cock of the Walk

Roasted Chicken Recipe Filter. I'll be doing two roasted (oven baked) whole chickens for a dinner with my in-laws tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by carlh at 5:07 AM PST - 25 comments

Do I need to declare my debit card in US Customs?

Will I have to declare my debit card when going through US Customs? [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed at 4:52 AM PST - 5 comments


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]
posted by joboe at 4:15 AM PST - 23 comments


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]
posted by readygo at 4:05 AM PST - 26 comments

Dead or just resting ... intermittently

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]
posted by Kerasia at 2:18 AM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by nerdfish at 2:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Color Sensitivity

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]
posted by amethysts at 1:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What classical piano piece is sampled in this anime?

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.
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 1:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Evening work event in NYC for 125 people?

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?
posted by at 1:05 AM PST - 3 comments

What was on the table at 'A Poet's Christmas'?

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]
posted by impluvium at 12:49 AM PST - 3 comments

March 25

Advice for a new CIO

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]
posted by theobserver at 10:30 PM PST - 3 comments


Real world exploration game? [more inside]
posted by aesacus at 9:11 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm tired of living in a dark cave...

Is a Solatube brand tube skylight worth the extra cost? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 8:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Rickenbacker ragas

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.
posted by ryanshepard at 8:29 PM PST - 13 comments

How to stop being a slug?

How to keep up my energy levels? [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 8:28 PM PST - 12 comments

I prefer chicks, but please, validate me with your penis.

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Is a Christian Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition?

Is a Christian adoption of the Seder an inappropriate appropriation of Jewish tradition? [more inside]
posted by adamp88 at 7:57 PM PST - 65 comments

Name that movie/book

"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]
posted by shannonm at 7:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Info on wooden devil?

Help identify this Chinese "demon" wooden sculpture. [more inside]
posted by splatta at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

What's like the Soviet Union, but, you know, still exists?

Can you help me with a plausible adversary for an espionage-oriented RPG campaign? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Employee Shouldering Cost of Payroll Mistake?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of questions do I ask a potential Personal Care Attendant?

Special Education Filter: What kind of questions do I ask someone interviewing to be my child's Personal Care Attendant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments


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]
posted by shipbreaker at 6:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Brokeback iPhone

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?
posted by humanfont at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Sweden/Norway summer vacation suggestions

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.
posted by bucksox at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for mobilization

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]
posted by jfricke at 5:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me consolidate, organize, and better manage my photos!

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]
posted by InvestorMD at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments

The bathroom needs lights. LED lights. Please.

Please help me find LED lighting options for the bathroom. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Should she make a statement?

YANMCanadianL: Should my girlfriend talk to this insurance adjuster at all, or just ignore this? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

A simple model of the dynamics of whhaaa?

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]
posted by ServSci at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Moving to Boston

I'm moving to Boston, and would appreciate advise regarding where to look for housing. [more inside]
posted by maryrussell at 3:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Online search gurus

Please help me find this. I've exhausted my online searching skills. [more inside]
posted by yorkeandvedder at 2:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me become a binge eater!

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]
posted by hobbes at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

I need Rain Gear

Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 2:39 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get work while being a live in nurse?

How do you find work at home or part time as an electrical engineer? [more inside]
posted by drethelin at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me this job or I will break your knee caps? Pretty please?

Need advice about how to proceed in getting a really awesome job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Asked extremely personal questions about sexual assault at jury duty.

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]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 36 comments

New used car - or just buyer's regret?

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]
posted by ttyn at 2:19 PM PST - 24 comments

Swimming in bass

I really really like the sounds made by the Roland TB-303, what songs feature this synthesizer prominently? [more inside]
posted by hellojed at 2:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Yahoo Toolbar Redirect: Is it the router?

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]
posted by miyabo at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Splitting security desposit

Please help me work out the most "fair" scenario in a complicated roommate/security deposit situation. [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I have broken up with my chiropractor?

Was I right to break up with my chiropractor? Special snowflake boring details after the break. [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:46 PM PST - 18 comments


At&T is installing a repeater about 100 yards from my house. Cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 1:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Awesome shoes

Looking for this awesome shoe. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 1:40 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the real-life equivalent of Fox Mulder's job?

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]
posted by reenka at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

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]
posted by Sal and Richard at 12:51 PM PST - 11 comments

distorting dangerous into cool

I am interested in finding psychology and sociology material on a character set: Sonny Berger, Huey Newton, Jack Tatum. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 12:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Pavers with Polymeric Sand Now Look Dull?

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.
posted by wheats at 12:38 PM PST - 14 comments

How to "Learn Strategy"

How does one go about learning strategy (in general)? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 12:35 PM PST - 15 comments

How Can I Encorage My Kids To Be Curious About The World Around Them?

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]
posted by Blake at 12:16 PM PST - 43 comments

Does Hollywood ever let professors intern for them?

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]
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments

You are voting for WHOM?

Help me deal with personal repercussions of politics. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 11:40 AM PST - 28 comments

Argentina & Uruguay Honeymoon Suggestions?

Recommendations for great things to do on honeymoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina & Montevideo, Uruguay? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 11:40 AM PST - 3 comments

iPad stylus and screen protector questions.

iPad Question: Advice on stylus and/or screen protector. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Matzoh at the office?

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.
posted by Karmakaze at 11:04 AM PST - 33 comments

2011 Macbook Pro power consumption

How can the new Macbook Pros use 90+ watts of power when they only have 85W power adapters? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Laser XTSL Environment

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!
posted by drleary at 10:20 AM PST - 5 comments

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]
posted by PepperMax at 10:03 AM PST - 43 comments

where to get a great hair cut in/near SF?

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!
posted by dahliachewswell at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Office Management Software for Dentists

What are some of the most popular office management software suites for dentists? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo at 9:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Striking a balance

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]
posted by xenophile at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

EXCEL Vs. Time Left

Excel Question! I have two dates on my spreadsheet. How can I accurately determine (retrieve) the time remaining on a warranty date. [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Posting shared videos to Facebook page

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]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 9:35 AM PST - 1 comment

The Anthropology Of Love

Dating around the world. How does it work? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Free quality content online. What should I be reading?

Seeking suggestions for free, New York Times-quality content online. What should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by alexherder at 9:13 AM PST - 27 comments

How to view Telugu script in Firefox?

How do I view Telugu in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by jihaan at 9:13 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I calculate a month/date delta?

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]
posted by unixrat at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Need a cheap used Japanese car in L.A.

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?
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me break me

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]
posted by ictow at 8:25 AM PST - 269 comments

How can map Hub and Spoke operations?

Can Googlemaps be used to display hub and spoke operations? [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I get an iPad for my momma?

What's my best option for getting my mother an iPad 16GB Wifi as reasonably priced but as reliably as possible? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 8:08 AM PST - 16 comments

What is the best way to word my persistent e-mail "follow-ups" with non-responsive colleagues?

What is the best way to word my persistent e-mail "follow-ups" with non-responsive colleagues? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:07 AM PST - 26 comments

How much can you know about a person with just 6 items?

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
posted by JiffyQ at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Let me have light!

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.
posted by jferg at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Help with Fuji x100

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]
posted by sadieglass at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Here, (rescued purebred) kitty kitty!

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]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 7:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Better zoom lens for Nikon D7000

What's a better quality zoom lens for the Nikon D7000 than the Nikon 18-105mm? [more inside]
posted by joost de vries at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Heat signature mouse-pad...

Where can I find this mouse pad? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 6:12 AM PST - 1 comment

writing software which plays back all the changes a text go through

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?
posted by compound eye at 5:59 AM PST - 13 comments

wart...what is it good for?

Wart on my lip. Might it resolve itself, or do I need to have it removed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Hooray for embarrassment in the workplace.

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 18 comments


What suggestions can you give me for help in forgiving myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Dialling down the favouritism

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]
posted by scuza at 3:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Flying & Back Pain - help?

How can I avoid lower back pain after long flights? And in general, how can I make long flights more tolerable? [more inside]
posted by kms at 3:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Is what I need a freelance manager, or something else?

I'd like to outsource a fairly large, multi-person job. How do I do this, and what should I know first? [more inside]
posted by piato at 3:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Why does breastfeeding hurt more in the afternoon?

Why is breastfeeding excruciating in the afternoon/early evening, but tolerable/comfortable at other times of the day? [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 3:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Whole operas online?

Anyone know where I can listen to whole operas online? [more inside]
posted by iivix at 2:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get through/past the first few weeks

How do you stop yourself from caring whether someone you've just started seeing is sleeping with/will sleep with other people? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 12:50 AM PST - 31 comments

March 24

I'm not an alien; people just confuse me

He texted, but didn't ask me out. Is this a bad sign? [more inside]
posted by moomootown at 11:28 PM PST - 41 comments

Restraining Order Music

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]
posted by dgaicun at 11:10 PM PST - 53 comments

Filling out our picture of Qadaffi

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]
posted by milkman at 10:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Dark movies like Winters Bone or Eastern Promises?

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]
posted by slidell at 10:13 PM PST - 45 comments

Lobotomy compensation

Does childhood trans-orbital ice-pick lobotomy patient Howard Dully have a case for compensation based on malpractice in California? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Sync iPhone notes to Mac then delete from iPhone?

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.
posted by shivohum at 9:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone remember the Suckerpunch?

Anyone know that band, Suckerpunch? No, not them... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

A scanner for art

"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.)
posted by Ardiril at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I Know What I Know.. But How Do I Know What I Don't Know?

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?
posted by Philby at 8:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Everyone breaks but the bass keeps playing as if nothing changed, like it just can't stop.

is James Jamerson the bassist on the Four Tops' "Reach Out (I'll Be There)"? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Let's see what you can do, askme. Where can I buy the rose called "Picture?"

Help me wow my dad. Where can I buy the hybrid tea rose named "Picture?" [more inside]
posted by semacd at 7:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I create network for Ipad via macbook pro?

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
posted by citybuddha at 6:21 PM PST - 10 comments

LPCC Candidate Seeking Employment Websites

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]
posted by luciddream928 at 6:20 PM PST - 9 comments

costa rica with kids south of san jose

planning costa rica trip with 7 year old in cordillera de la talamaca and just north of there. any ideas? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 6:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Trying to understand why my anxiety/depression spikes

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]
posted by punkfloyd at 6:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Are those big scholarship books of any use to prospective grad students?

Are those big scholarship books of any use to prospective grad students? [more inside]
posted by lankford at 6:12 PM PST - 11 comments

YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal?

YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 13 comments

How can we move to California without relying on an inheritance?

How can I move to CA with or without an inheritance and not go broke? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 20 comments

How should I waste a couple hours in Tampa?

What's the most interesting thing I can do in a couple hours in Tampa, Florida? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 5:54 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal?

What should I say for my geeky marriage proposal? [more inside]
posted by BadCat! at 5:37 PM PST - 23 comments

What happens when one feels "energized"?

A friend queries: What makes a person feel so energized after choir practice (in a scientific sense)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Tell me what you wish men understood about being a woman.

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]
posted by ixohoxi at 5:24 PM PST - 123 comments

Occasional nightly delirium during mild fever -- what gives?

Occasional nightly delirium during mild fever -- what gives? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 5:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Anonymous' Secret

I want to buy myself some luxurious, indulgent, gorgeous underwear/lingerie. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 21 comments

How to do good research?

Please help me figure out how to do better research. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Eee PC Video Freeze

Problem with video on my netbook, it freezes and sounds like a skipping record!! [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Cymbalta side-effects

Cymbalta side-effects: how long should I put up with this nausea? [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

The Power of Excel Compels You!

Help me pass a test using Excel (special snowflake banking industry questions inside). [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 3:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is my Heineken brewed?

Heineken: Where is my Heineken brewed? Secret Code? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Car accident, his fault, going through insurance, no idea.

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]
posted by nevercalm at 3:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Crowdsourced Job Search

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Day in the life of a freelance writer?

Day in the life of a freelance writer? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:38 PM PST - 22 comments

This seems like it should be more straightforward.

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?
posted by finnb at 3:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Buying high end clothing

So how do Seal and the Olsen twins do it? I want a leather jacket from Carol Christian Poell. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Dog's Behavior

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?
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:05 PM PST - 19 comments

What to do when you're long time roommate/friend starts to get on your nerves?

What to do when you're long time roommate/friend starts to get on your nerves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me do my groceries!?!

Need help shopping for groceries healthy & effectively. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 2:23 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do with a bunch of copper wire?

Who's got a interesting idea for a bunch of copper wire? [more inside]
posted by keame at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

When Is Ignorance Strength?

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.
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 2:05 PM PST - 48 comments

Gas Pipe

Simple question: Where do I got to find short( 8'-20') lengths of SCH 80 steel pipe in nyc?
posted by edbles at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Is buying an expensive piece of exercise equipment from a bad idea?

Is buying an expensive piece of exercise equipment from a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 1:58 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I deal with this horrible horrible job stress?

How can I deal with this horrible horrible job stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Was this a sign that I should stay far far away from casual hookups?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 31 comments

AskMe's weekly law school question

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]
posted by skewed at 1:47 PM PST - 14 comments


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]
posted by Acer_saccharum at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How to line up data based on a single identifier?

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]
posted by oceanmorning at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Will Symantec PC anywhere work for me?

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]
posted by Twinedog at 1:44 PM PST - 4 comments


Where can I find a ghost writer for a fiction(novel)? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

So what if I like drama?

So what if I do like drama? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 1:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Landlord saga continues

Step-by-stepFilter: Collecting small claims court judgement in New York? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Preexisting conditions, mental health and group health insurance in the US.

Yet another question about preexisting conditions, mental health and group health insurance in the US. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Crippling, baffling upper-back pain

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!
posted by Antexit at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments


What are the best birth control solutions for men who hate condoms? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 1:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it safe to access my bank account after malware infection?

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
posted by flummox at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

My job - Should I stay or go ? The Clash .

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]
posted by epjr at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

How Much Can I Work and Not Lose My Money?

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]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

He can just hand me the paperback...

How can I share a book from an iPad to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Need a cost effective car for a long commute

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 16 comments

So... what ELSE is new?

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]
posted by Curiosity Delay at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Yea though I lock my bike on the sidewalk I will fear no lockpickers or stompers

Safest place to stow a bike in downtown Montreal during business hours? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Need website examples to sell my condo

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!
posted by Dragonness at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

World of Warcraft trivia

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]
posted by Wossname at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Short Modern Poem To Comfort Grieving Family?

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).
posted by Amy NM at 10:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Need a to-do list app to handle recurring tasks with associated preparatory, deadliney sub-tasks.

Need a to-do / project management app that will quickly schedule events and create all the relevant sub-tasks for me. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 10:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Is keeping my Canadian permanent residency possible?

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]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments


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]
posted by edgeways at 10:27 AM PST - 15 comments

I was fired for returning a stolen phone

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 39 comments

money money money

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]
posted by TheOtherSide at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

maildir + Eudora

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]
posted by joeclark at 10:04 AM PST - 1 comment


Zeemote hackery for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 10:00 AM PST - 0 comments

Given globalization, what are the very best souvenirs to bring back from abroad?

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?
posted by hels at 9:59 AM PST - 25 comments

Help an afternoon person become a morning person!

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]
posted by gallusgallus at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find seasonal work outdoors?

I need help finding a seasonal outdoors job. [more inside]
posted by foraneagle2 at 9:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Patent copyright

Do the images in a patent have copyright? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

I Need Secrets

I'm looking for examples of movies wherein the protagonist is keeping something secret, and feels guilty about it. [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 9:35 AM PST - 53 comments

Changing hosts without changing Microsoft e-mail servers

Question about transferring hosting service without disrupting Microsoft e-mail. [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak at 9:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Outlook randomly refuses to send some messages with no apparent reason why...

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]
posted by jenkinsEar at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Early 90s Flashback

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]
posted by wombat stork at 9:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Black and white photography in web branding

What are examples of large companies or major brands that use mostly black and white photography on their website? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Where in the x-shires?

Where to go driving in the countryside in England? [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

what kind of jacket is this

What is this awesome stripey jacket Richard Hammond is wearing, and can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by heatvision at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Funkier custom suits in Chicago?

Suits on the funkier side in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I limit the number of "updates" I see from a facebook friend?

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]
posted by lasitter at 7:53 AM PST - 14 comments

High-altitude mountaineering weight loss pics?

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]
posted by pyrom at 7:40 AM PST - 0 comments

Darn ads, get off my lawn!

I absolutely hate ads. No, really. What are some free, great, ad-free yet awesome apps? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 7:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Wanted: Gun info without politics

What are some informative gun resources without the 2nd amendment politics? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 7:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Custom Rolled Smokes in Austin

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]
posted by dirtdirt at 7:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Back in the USSR

Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Search FileServe

FileServe - How can I search for downloadable content? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there an app for this?

Is there a simple to use, low-cost and/or open-source tool for creating simple mobile apps? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Hack my fondue

Is it possible to make good fondue with low-fat cheese? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F at 6:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Come on in the water's fine

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]
posted by RhymesWithToaster at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking interval shooting camera

Digital compact camera needed, with ability to take shots at defined intervals, when left unattended (for time-lapse). [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 6:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Nintendo Power Glove Guy

Help me remember/find the name of this (possibly semi-well known?) tech-related guy. Scant details inside. [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 5:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Used iPad or New iPad2 - and why?

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]
posted by monster max at 5:15 AM PST - 10 comments

What should I cook as a houseguest?

Good meals to cook as a houseguest? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 4:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Let's make it a great private ski lesson!

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]
posted by Opal at 1:29 AM PST - 17 comments

March 23

Separating complete albums from singles on my iPhone/iPod

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]
posted by m@f at 11:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Podiatrist or orthopedist?

Should I go to a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist for this particular arthritis/toe problem? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 11:01 PM PST - 9 comments

An infinite debate?

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]
posted by slide at 10:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Is lack of sex worth ending a marriage over?

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]
posted by hoodkeyben70 at 10:53 PM PST - 104 comments

Bay Area MDs who specialize in radiation exposure?

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.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 10:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Tiger-striped human hair - dream, or mission?

Why does cat fur grow in multiple color bands, while human hair doesn't? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Kaishu font, but written with a ballpoint pen, not a brush

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]
posted by Gnatcho at 9:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Get My Doggie To Use The Stairs

I Shi-Tzu Not... [more inside]
posted by Splunge at 9:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my Daughter Get to France

What is the best way for my adult daughter to live in France or the UK for a year? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Like I couldn't tell you, I'm fine right?

So now there are now two instances of people having a speech impeding migrane on camera. [more inside]
posted by thusspakeparanoia at 9:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I get my browser to work?

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]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What do you call this rainbow metal jewelry?

What do you call this rainbow metal style of jewelry? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments


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]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 8:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I shake my fixation on this guy?

How do I shake my fixation on this guy? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 8:30 PM PST - 33 comments

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and mapped to separate data sets?

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Preserving a valuable book?

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.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Thanks, but No Thanks?

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?
posted by emhutchinson at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

The problem is, I googled Google in Google Chrome. I destroyed the internet.

Yes, I've tried forcing an unexpected reboot, but I can't access Google, Gmail, or Twitter. Weirdly,, 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]
posted by aristan at 7:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Need terminal syntax for scheduling a unix program

Need help scheduling a unix task under Mac OS. Probably an easy question for those who understand such things. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 7:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Marks from blackhead tool?

Have marks on my nose from blackhead tool. Worried they may be permanent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 6 comments

We love each other, how do we stop so we can get on with our lives?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 32 comments

Quant summer

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]
posted by metametababe at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I am large, I contain multitudes

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?
posted by gerryblog at 6:59 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I get 32-bit only software to work on Windows 7 x64?

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]
posted by Canageek at 6:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Plz help me determine if my puter is infected.

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]
posted by dancestoblue at 6:31 PM PST - 16 comments

How old is this Marshall amp?

Can you accurately date this Marshall amp for me and/or give me a rough price estimate? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 6:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Need Help Signing Into Work Computer from Home. It used to work fine...

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]
posted by Toto_tot at 6:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Sample used in "Windowlicker" by Aphex Twin

What is the sample used in Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" music video at 1:02? [video nsfw]
posted by ReWayne at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I feel better about failing a class?

I just found out I'm failing a class I thought I was passing. How do I feel better about it? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 6:17 PM PST - 46 comments

Take my shitball car!

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]
posted by katybird at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

nothing new under the sun

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.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 5:49 PM PST - 46 comments

can't get album art on ipod

Album art in iTunes but not on iPod... help? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 5:42 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I remove permanent marker from my car window?

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.
posted by ljshapiro at 5:29 PM PST - 29 comments

International children's organizations?

Which organized international child welfare/protection/rights agencies could use a volunteer lawyer? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 5:22 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't want to get off the smartphone wagon

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...
posted by leedly at 5:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Does oil justify war?

Is the latest Libyan intervention really about oil? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 4:36 PM PST - 30 comments

It's Knot Your Problem

How to tie a knot in a cord when both ends are fixed? [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 4:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Instapaper / Read It Later for PDFs

Is there a service or setup that replicates instapaper for pdfs? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

I never knew it was spelled "Soterios"

What was that song on NPR (specifically WNYC) this morning? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I give a smallish, heavy platform the ability to be raised/lowered as needed?

How do I give a smallish, heavy platform the ability to be raised/lowered as needed? [more inside]
posted by moira at 4:00 PM PST - 8 comments

What is working for 911 really like?

I am thinking of becoming a 911 operator. I am in Louisiana if that helps. What is working for 911 really like? [more inside]
posted by iabide79 at 3:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Introducing a newly rescued dog to another family member

Adopted a rescue dog while my partner was away. How best to introduce yet another pack leader to the pooch? [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there any problem in filing my federal tax returns twice?

Is there any problem in filing my federal tax returns twice? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 3:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me build a Sega Saturn library!

Somebody gave me a Sega Saturn. What games do I get? [more inside]
posted by tealsocks at 3:43 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this insect?

We have just found this insect on our wall - it looks a bit like a caterpillar but can anyone help identify what it is?
posted by SRMorris at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

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]
posted by Venadium at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Tell me where to eat in Wicker Park

I am interviewing at this address in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood> tomorrow. Where should I eat dinner within a few blocks? [more inside]
posted by silby at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

tired (of being) skinny

What can I eat to gain weight and have energy? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 2:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency

Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Help tracking daily repeated tasks easily?

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]
posted by dubadubowbow at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Time for a Battery Change, but... how?

How can I replace the battery on this watch? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:53 PM PST - 4 comments

New scanner, same settings, PDFs 4x bigger. WTF?

New network scanner/copier. Scanned files (PDF) are 4x larger than old model for same settings. What? Why? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What kind of hiking/gym shoes should I buy?

What type of hiking/gym shoe magical combination should I buy? [more inside]
posted by LyndsayMW at 1:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Pictures for ebay

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.
posted by Noodles at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

NameThatNovel: NYC, A Messiah, Elvis Costello?

NameThatNovel: NYC, A Messiah, Elvis Costello? I looked through,_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.
posted by gregglind at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

She's such a sweet old girl

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]
posted by galadriel at 1:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Twelve hundred mortgage checks party

How to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as homeowners? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 1:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Stop Obama

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?
posted by furiousxgeorge at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of running shoes should I buy

What kind of running shoe should I, a relative new runner training for a half marathon in 5 weeks, buy? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:59 PM PST - 21 comments

You are receiving a call from [BLOCKED NUMBER]

Why don't cell phone companies block anonymous calls? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 12:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Learned rental home is for sale, after we moved in - what can/should we do?

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]
posted by christopherious at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for realtime vocal feature tracking algorithms

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]
posted by moonmilk at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the odds?

What are the odds, really, of having identical triplets? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 12:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Pirozhki Dough recipe?

A recipe for authentic pirozhki dough? [more inside]
posted by eggyolk at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I use two sets of speakers with a hi-fi system?

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]
posted by Grinder at 12:01 PM PST - 19 comments

First foray into baking cookies

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]
posted by remixnine at 11:54 AM PST - 48 comments

Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android?

Shoud I get a Mac + iPhone or Ubuntu + Android? [more inside]
posted by signal at 11:45 AM PST - 13 comments


Updating to Firefox 4 broke my favorite Greasemonkey scripts! Is there any way to fix them? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help us find the right "Somewhere over the rainbow" song

Looking for Somwhere Over the Rainbow song that has the prelude lyrics with it. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 11:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Is an email binding?

Can someone renew their lease via email? In California. [more inside]
posted by garuda at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Make a perfect car better?

Bought an A3 TDI. Help me pimp it? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Shut up shut up shut up!

Recommend me some good noise-cancelling headphones, please! [more inside]
posted by cgg at 11:09 AM PST - 18 comments

on the road (in costa rica)

What do we do in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, and then on the way to Tamarindo? [more inside]
posted by motsque at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I name my mural business?

What should I name my mural business? [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 11:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Readin' time's here!

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]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:05 AM PST - 30 comments

visting with long distance family

Am I visiting with my long distance family enough? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 11:01 AM PST - 22 comments

How to best manage condo finances?

How are you managing finances in your small condo association? Do you use something like Quickbooks, or maybe just spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for suggestions on prominent Twitterites to follow.

Looking for suggestions on prominent Twitterites to follow. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Do I have sleep apnea? If so..what should I do?

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]
posted by Quincy at 10:32 AM PST - 30 comments

Looking for a book about Mt. Roraima

Does anyone know a good book about Mount Roraima? [more inside]
posted by marcin_zissou at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Keylogger for Windows?

I would like recommendations for a keylogger for a desktop and laptop. Windows. [more inside]
posted by peep at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

There has to be an easy way to make lo-fi copies of this video, right?

Video file conversion woes! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 10:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking to leave the restaurant

After a long and rewarding career in the restaurant industry I’m ready for a change. [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Crash course in U.S. cell phone deals for a Brit who's coming to live there?

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]
posted by deeper red at 9:45 AM PST - 24 comments

How to stay up to date on PC parts after a hiatus?

How does MeFi stay up to date with PC Tech? [more inside]
posted by BurN_ at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments


Pet owners, what kind of sofa should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:40 AM PST - 27 comments

[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]
posted by braemar at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Want to be a police officer. Question about past weed use, polygraph and honesty.

Want to be a police officer. Question about past weed use, polygraph and honesty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Lasik MD any good?

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.
posted by Napierzaza at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

What's a burned out librarian to do?

Help a librarian sell out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to move house to house?

I am building a house...when do I sell mine? Who do I even ask? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I better deal with my partners medically induced loss of libido?

MentalHealthFilter: Anyone personally dealing with bipolar partners sexual issues? Mildly NWS, and long as heck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Top job candidate was sloppy, didn't hew to gender norms, during the interview. Now what?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 87 comments

Help Me Hack The Rail

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]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Asking someone out when there's no sign they're interested?

Does it make sense to ask someone out even when there aren't any signs that the other person is interested? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 8:52 AM PST - 26 comments

should this network card have come with a heatsink...

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]
posted by yeoz at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I prevent radio interference from my new power meter?

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]
posted by saltykmurks at 8:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this mystery photographer

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?
posted by jdfan at 8:03 AM PST - 18 comments

What ARE the ages of the girl's brothers?

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]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 7:18 AM PST - 55 comments

Ear ache from unsuccessful irrigation

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]
posted by Betty_effn_White at 6:49 AM PST - 21 comments

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop?

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop? [more inside]
posted by bboylawson at 5:07 AM PST - 7 comments

What does this stained glass say?

Odd 'writing' on a stained glass panel - can you work out what, if anything, it says? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 4:59 AM PST - 6 comments

bored/unemployed/broke - what would you do?

how do you/have you structured your day as an unemployed person who is not necessarily looking for work? [more inside]
posted by sartre08 at 4:14 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I not let my website show up on 'Incoming Links' sections in a website's stats page?

I'm setting up a personal blog/ site and need some advice on not exposing my blog's URL through outgoing links. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty at 3:44 AM PST - 15 comments

iPad 2 in London on Friday - help me acquire this beautiful beast.

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]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 2:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Scrabble TRICKSTER? No! Never!

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]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 2:07 AM PST - 16 comments

In an iSCSI context, what do LUNs mean?

Question about iSCSI target, a single disk with a single partition, and LUNs. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 12:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Do brothers have more brothers?

StumpedDadFilter: Do boys have more brothers or more sisters? [more inside]
posted by paulash at 12:14 AM PST - 33 comments

March 22

Academic Librarian or Digital Librarian?

Are job prospects for digital librarians any better than those for librarians in general? [more inside]
posted by joeahearn at 11:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Playing in the city

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]
posted by honey-barbara at 11:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I need to go to this weddings?

My girlfriend's cousin is getting married in Baltimore. My girlfriend wants me to go. I don't want to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 64 comments

How fortuitous. Now get out of my sandbox.

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]
posted by fanta_orange at 9:36 PM PST - 11 comments

photo google-fu

I am teaching an undergraduate photography class. What are the most amazing, resource intensive websites that the students should be exposed to? [more inside]
posted by archivist at 9:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Good grief! A beagle diving into my morning coffee!

Help me find someone selling this coffee cup. [more inside]
posted by _dario at 9:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Can ya recommend some kind of tonic for BIOPSY APPREHENSION? (uninsured/cancer scare)

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 on earth will I survive the two weeks? AND, how long do biopsy results take? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 9:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Need help coping with multiple miscarriage

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Should I rent an apartment in a building that has been fumigated for bed bugs?

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]
posted by John Cohen at 8:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Earliest known historical event

The earliest known precisely-dated historical event? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does my child smell when he's extremely upset?

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]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 PM PST - 29 comments

The 'Fox meet the Cleansing Fire

Where can I find an exhaustive list of possible userChrome.css selectors for Firefox (especially FF4)? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to sell my car in a different state?

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?
posted by catsclaw at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you have any recommendations for fantastic songs/albums in Spanish?

Do you have any recommendations for fantastic songs/albums in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 7:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Who is behind this emblem?

Tell me what organization/philosophy belongs to this emblem. (Image link inside) [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 7:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I disabled enough?

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Any Android phone root mods or hacks?

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?
posted by antgly at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

YANMG, but could I be pregnant?

Are my baby fears warranted? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 7:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Auto Accident, biased highway patrol report, anyway to correct this? (California)

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]
posted by wcmf at 7:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Instant prepaid card?

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?
posted by skylar at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does Costco always close so early?

Why does Costco have such inconvenient hours? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 6:35 PM PST - 14 comments

No job and scared.

Today I was fired from my job of 10 years. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 29 comments

The low-end of the dedicated server market

Alternatives for cheap bare-metal dedicated servers (not VPS): Sub $25 a month! What is happening in France? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 6:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Indie rock song ID

Indie rock song ID. [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 5:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I look for work or stay at home with the kids?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Living up to the do I make this work?

First World Problems: what does a 23-year-old do to protect future but enjoy a few luxuries? Less snarky inside, promise... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Resume Protocol After Quitting

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]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Cincinnati resources for 13 year old with academic and behavioral setbacks

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]
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do health food stores smell like health food stores?

Why do health food stores smell like health food stores? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 4:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Walkable shoes and pedals for biking in light rain

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]
posted by 0xFCAF at 4:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Books on child development?

Can anyone recommend some good introductory-level books on child development? [more inside]
posted by eliina at 3:58 PM PST - 7 comments

How to deal with mixed granularity in a fact table?

Data warehousing question: how to combine data that have slightly different granularities? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to stay between Chicago and Miami?

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]
posted by splout at 3:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best tool for webinars

Best software/site for webcam seminar with students who pay to attend? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 3:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Help identify this quote about revolutions!

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!
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Banana-free smoothie?

What's a good substitute for banana in a smoothie? Bonus difficulty, also not really including dairy products or peanut butter. [more inside]
posted by plonkee at 2:45 PM PST - 39 comments

Chai hazelnut milk ice cream with chocolate chips, here I come.

What are the principles of making ice cream? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 2:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Lisbon nights

Heading to Lisbon next month for a few days, hoping for some hotel suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 2:34 PM PST - 8 comments

What the Hell, is that a UFO?

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.
posted by snap_dragon at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

When was the Dropkick Murphys final show with Mike McColgan as lead singer?

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]
posted by Ufez Jones at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I sell something limited-edition online?

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?
posted by ejfox at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Purpose of Itchiness

Why does itchiness exist? It doesn't seem helpful. [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 1:47 PM PST - 39 comments

Where do all of those flavors come form?

What are some good books about the History of the Spice Trade? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I find executive level jobs?

What is the best way to find executive level career opportunities in my area? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Taxi passengers took each other's bag at airport---how to switch back

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]
posted by Mayree at 1:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Wicked Stepmothers Never Die

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Export/print many emails to pdf, auto filenames.

How can I easily export/print many emails to pdf? [more inside]
posted by neksys at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

I Need a ME Planner!

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]
posted by julthumbscrew at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Good Sex Requires a Proper Amount of Adjustment (Bed)?

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]
posted by citystalk at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

When is too early to start looking for my next job?

When is too early to start looking for my next job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Are any of these three options more likely than Nuvaring to suppress periods?

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]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 22 comments

tell me why your food dehydrator is the best

Recommendations for a food dehydrator for a regular sized kitchen? [more inside]
posted by at 12:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Sleep paralysis? Lucid dreaming? What is going on?

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]
posted by angelaas525 at 12:49 PM PST - 39 comments

Can you help me get set up with Photoshop CS5 and a new non-Apple cinema display?

Can you help me get set up with Photoshop CS5 and a new non-Apple cinema display? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 12:39 PM PST - 11 comments

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]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Fascism and justice

Do fascists and/or nationalists believe in justice? [more inside]
posted by espada0 at 12:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Reasearch paper writing tips needed

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]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 12:13 PM PST - 14 comments

What are some things that most people are wrong about?

What are some things that most people are wrong about? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 12:13 PM PST - 30 comments

How I Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Dog?

First time dog owner here: How do I deal with the fact that my dog will die (eventually)? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 12:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to his best friend's wedding?

Is it possible for my boyfriend to go to his best friend's wedding? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 12:04 PM PST - 45 comments

Why do!/123456 URLs not redirect me to the page I want to view?

Why do!/123456 URLs not redirect me to the page I want to view? [more inside]
posted by ilumos at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Flex your video-out, baby!

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]
posted by IAmBroom at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Nice shootin', Text.

I would like to receive text messages from potential candidates without providing my cell phone number up front. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 11:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Adventures in Home Ownership

New Homeowner - Looking for a good maintenance schedule [more inside]
posted by runnergirl at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Things you should have learned in 4th Grade

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]
posted by fillsthepews at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments

The right one or just one?

After reading this question, I was curious about something said in the comments: [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Movie about losing a loved one in a card game in a snowy mining town?

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?
posted by notsnot at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

What are these birds sick with?

Sick parakeets, low budgets, help! [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface at 10:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Business-oriented options for a scientific Ph.D.?

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]
posted by noted industrialist at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me plan my short trip to New Orleans next month.

Help me plan my short trip to New Orleans next month. [more inside]
posted by xtine at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

not JUST for toilet browsing

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?
posted by luvcraft at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Great descriptions of places? The floor was like.....

Great descriptions of places or scenes? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

ATM ate my money that I tried to withdraw. What do.

ATM canceled my transaction and then didn't give me my money but charged me anyways. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

To slice or not to slice in Photoshop

Slicing a web design layout in Photoshop - is this a conventional web design practice? What are the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 9:55 AM PST - 20 comments

How did 9/11 affect Cuba?

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]
posted by El Curioso at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

I make this look good! /Feelin' Hot Hot Hot

How do I dress like and adult, in the heat, in a semi casual (?[teaching]) setting? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 at 9:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Liability & legal reasons for collecting guest contact information

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 AM PST - 2 comments

No, that's NOT what karma means.

Are there any people or communities that deal with spirituality as well as social justice & anti-oppression (rather than perpetuate it further)? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:41 AM PST - 17 comments

I'm convinced the Viennese re-po men are coming to get me

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??
posted by atoastedheart at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Print to remote fax?

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.
posted by bravowhiskey at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Simple PDF of Photos question?

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]
posted by NatProp at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a Barber for my Beard

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.
posted by billtron at 9:05 AM PST - 0 comments

Wife attacks me while asleep. Why?

So my wife tends to dig her fingernails into me when we're both asleep. Why? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 9:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I get an air source heat pump

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]
posted by grahamspankee at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

McDonald v Chicago outcome?

What are the practical consequences of McDonald v. Chicago? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Damn You Alfred Hitchcock!

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]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 8:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Lacking academic motivation...

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]
posted by RaDeuX at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Find home sale price after 40 yrs

How can I find out what price a certain home sold for — 40 years ago? FWIW, it's in Atlanta, Fulton County GA.
posted by LonnieK at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Red light red light RENNET

I want to give the gift of cheese, but I want to make sure it won't be confiscated at the border. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments


Help me with my blog [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Interview suits for the pudgy and broke

I am a short, fat female who needs an interview suit. Help! [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 8:06 AM PST - 19 comments

What are the Impacts of a Missing W11?

What are the potential impacts for me and for my former employer with a missing IRS W11 form? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Leaving a good salary for an MBA

Leaving a $120k salary behind. Am I really insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 57 comments

Confidence boosters

What did you do that made a big improvement in your self-confidence? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 7:14 AM PST - 61 comments

How can I automatically log out of Facebook when I leave the site?

Is there a way to force Facebook to close my session automatically when I navigate away from the site? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Jobs in Beijing

What are some resources for finding jobs in Beijing, China? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 6:30 AM PST - 4 comments

"What's a cubit?!"

How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
posted by usonian at 6:08 AM PST - 5 comments

power up!

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]
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Foster cat: should I worry about the puking?

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]
posted by sciencegeek at 5:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Armen (Art) Furniture Quality/Comfort

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]
posted by lolo341 at 5:34 AM PST - 0 comments

How to parse date/time in emails using thunderbird

How can I relate time and date in the text of emails to my calendar on a mac? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 5:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Animated movie about a boy taking revenge on a nobleman?

(Russian?) Animated movie about a boy taking revenge on a nobleman? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 4:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Animal with the Most Subspecies is...?

What species of animal has the most subspecies? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 4:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Need Help--Stat!

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]
posted by oceanview at 1:53 AM PST - 10 comments

March 21

There's a hole in my bucket!

What video clips feature someone futilely filling a leaking container (or a similar futile task)? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 11:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Going at it with the scissors myself would be a bad idea.

HairFilter: All I know is that I want a haircut. Please help me expand on that. [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 11:13 PM PST - 10 comments

What do you do at a funeral?

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me become a natural beauty

Help me become a natural beauty! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 9:31 PM PST - 33 comments

Adirondack Fly Fishing

What are some good fly-fishing rivers/lakes in the Adirondacks that have a nice hike to get too?
posted by Direwolf at 9:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Zoological Illustrations

What's the proper name for these zoological illustrations? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 9:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a compatible job position in the tech industry

Help me find a compatible job position in the tech industry [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

How to be a PI?

How do I become a white collar Private Eye? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants at 8:56 PM PST - 20 comments

How to warn people about internet scams without calling them idiots?

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.
posted by viggorlijah at 8:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Access to full-text journals online?

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.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 8:19 PM PST - 20 comments

How to survive a short sale?

Looking at a short sale and am apprehensive, what intelligent questions can I ask of my lender/ financial advisor? [more inside]
posted by JackT at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get over feeling pity for a friend?

How do I get over feeling pity for a friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Grad school application deadlines

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]
posted by SomeOneElse at 7:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Make Me a Melancholy Mixtape

I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want to dance. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 7:31 PM PST - 70 comments

Last Hired, First Fired

What happens if I get fired from my job in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me flirt like a man?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 58 comments

Two people in Dublin but one is alone

What should my wife do while accompanying me on a business trip in Dublin? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson at 6:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Get outta my dream!

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 PM PST - 17 comments

VPN and SSL - Expert Held Needed!

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]
posted by trystero at 6:10 PM PST - 6 comments

My Mackbook is a crackin.

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]
posted by 4ster at 6:06 PM PST - 9 comments

LA to Sacramento via 101?

How long would it take to drive from Los Angeles to Sacramento via 101? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace at 6:01 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the most useful HT band?

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]
posted by jstef at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

If I could find my passport, I'd be in the Bahamas by now...

Winter beach getaway for the desperate New Englander without a passport? [more inside]
posted by amestar_runner at 5:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Holographic universe physiology

If the 2d universe is holographic, does the surface descriptor end at the "middle" of the universe? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 4:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Disassemble an Ikea chair?

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]
posted by hafehd at 4:51 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best solution for developing an online community site in PHP?

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.
posted by digdan at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Online Poker Illegal In Maryland

Is Online Poker Illegal In Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 4:47 PM PST - 8 comments

They Swarm - but where?

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]
posted by daisyk at 4:38 PM PST - 2 comments

But on May 13th 1994 you PINKY SWORE you wouldn't ever....

How do I forgive her for the betrayal of growing up and changing? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 4:36 PM PST - 55 comments

Unexpected alone time in Vegas -- get me out of doors!

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]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I keep this potted azalea?

Can I plant this potted azalea in the ground? If so, how? If not, what then? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?

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]
posted by unrequited at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

No .cn TLD for non-citizens? SRSLY?

Is it even possible to get a .cn domain name now if I'm not a Chinese citizen? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 3:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me set up my mission control room.

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]
posted by jlowen at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Your cheating heart.

Need suggestions for a book, preferably written from a woman's point of view, about having an affair. [more inside]
posted by melgy at 3:23 PM PST - 23 comments

How to implement Internet whitelist?

What's the best way to implement an internet whitelist for a specific user account on Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 3:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Stitch it up!

I am in Ontario, Canada. Where can I buy reasonably priced - nay, cheap - craft supplies online? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Is anyone monitoring food packaging imports for radiation contamination

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]
posted by zantro at 3:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Can you identify this film?

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]
posted by clarknova at 2:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I do patent law?

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]
posted by steinwald at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Was I discriminated against when trying to rent a place?

Was I discriminated against? [more inside]
posted by Shark Tail at 2:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me tell me friend she's a terrible writer

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?
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Too Old For Mr Right?

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]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 46 comments

What Are Personal Budgeting Percentages

What are the basic percentages in a personal budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

I just got into a top journalism school, but I want to be an entrepreneur

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]
posted by CorduroyCorset at 2:09 PM PST - 19 comments

I need a book club book that is connected somehow to 'Frankenstein'.

I need a non-fiction companion to 'Frankenstein' for my book club. [more inside]
posted by bq at 2:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Are there examples of countries where foreign aid seems to cause conflict?

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]
posted by andoatnp at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Should boy talk to girl via girl's husband or not?

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?
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 41 comments

List of cities between 80,000 - 100,000?

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]
posted by quodlibet at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Be my tour guide guide, please!

Help me find the laid-back path to Laos & Cambodia around Songkrang! [more inside]
posted by hampanda at 1:20 PM PST - 7 comments

yup, that's about the worst possible timing.

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]
posted by you're a kitty! at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Good WIKI software for govt agency?

I need WIKI software that is good to use for a large U.S. federal government agency. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 1:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to mail 35mm film for developing?

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).
posted by Ginesthoi at 1:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me focus on the good while dealing with the bad

Moderators/Community managers: How do you focus on the good, when your job is to deal with the bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me save my patent leather shoes!

Can these shoes be saved? My cat scratched up my new patent leather pumps. [more inside]
posted by heyheylanagirl at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Non-parent seeks parenting advice.

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]
posted by owlparliament at 12:42 PM PST - 26 comments

The kinds of rolling stone I don't like

Reducing panic/phobias before surgery to remove a kidney stone. Snowwwflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 12:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Tax time in Brooklyn

I need recommendations for a tax preparation service, preferably in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by nosila at 12:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Why yes, I will totally resort to flattery if that's what you would like, Mr. McAwesomesauce!

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]
posted by T.D. Strange at 12:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Fave pie recipies

Calling all *savory* pie lovers... what are your favorite, EASY recipes? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 11:58 AM PST - 30 comments

What happens after the induction phase of Atkins?

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]
posted by Viola at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Tiny luxuries

What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:48 AM PST - 109 comments

Help me record a flash stream

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.
posted by philosophygeek at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Creepy Chicago

What are some weird, spooky, morbid, or supernatural related things to do or see in the Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find this simple stone birdbath?

Where can I find a very simple stone block birdbath? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

How much prep work for painting interior walls?

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]
posted by chowflap at 10:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Are people getting worse?

Get off my lawn filter: What's the matter with these kids today? Really. (More after the jump). [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 10:48 AM PST - 80 comments

Ice Fishing in the Frozen North

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?
posted by Stagger Lee at 10:41 AM PST - 6 comments

"New" math?

Multiple students taking an exam at different times come up with the same baffling answer. Help! [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 10:40 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find this book

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]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

4.5 on the awesomeness scale

A very specific music request: I want to listen to more things that sound like Maurizio's M-4.5. [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:30 AM PST - 12 comments

You don't have to brush all your teeth - just the ones you want to keep

Help me figure out next steps with regard to the mess that is my mouth, specifically my teeth [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 9:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Bachelorette. Portland. Co-ed.

Bachelorette party. Portland, OR. Co-ed. Eight of us. Please, hive, don't tell me to go to Old Town. [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 9:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof?

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]
posted by rglass at 9:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find interview clothes!

What are the norms for women interviewing for office jobs in the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 9:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Towns in Northern New Jersey

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]
posted by JPD at 9:09 AM PST - 19 comments

RIP angora goatskin: death by cracking.

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]
posted by aimedwander at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Please make my life easier with file shuffling

Is there an easy way to transfer and rename files automagically from a micro SD card? [more inside]
posted by Brockles at 9:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Neither here nor there.

Clicking on a link using Firefox takes me to previous, random, and unrelated links in my history. This is getting annoying. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Help my dress fit like a dream!

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]
posted by mippy at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

regex to find strings in strings

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]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 8:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for scrub in all the wrong places ...

Can you help me find a shower body scrub like sandpaper? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 8:43 AM PST - 30 comments

Who said/wrote this?

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]
posted by LittlePumpkin at 8:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Can't stand spending my springtime here...

Do I have to tell my future employer that I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

CESAB BLITZ 315 forklift service manual

CESAB BLITZ 315 forklift service manual [more inside]
posted by victorashul at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it dangerous to heat water in the microwave?

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]
posted by JMB1138 at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

European hiking trip in July - where to go?

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]
posted by evadery at 8:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Does cosmetic surgery actually work?

Does cosmetic surgery actually make people happier? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 8:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me to become the next Ebert....

Hivemind, please help me to become the next Ebert.... [more inside]
posted by Mintyblonde at 7:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Beyond "Feeling Good": resources for my depressed sister

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]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:46 AM PST - 9 comments

How to explain dog death to a 2 year old?

Explaining near future pet death to a 2-year-old. Help please. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:39 AM PST - 25 comments

vasectomy speciman timing

Post-vasectomy speciman timing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Bike comparison

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]
posted by bluelight at 7:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Stop bragging about tablets and start making products that work consistently

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]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

I loved you Guenivere, I loved you Guenivere, I loved you

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]
posted by querty at 7:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Dam-it or not?

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]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:14 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I force the back button to remember an AJAX/Javascript state (preferably using JQuery)?

How can I force the back button to remember an AJAX/Javascript state (preferably using JQuery)? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 7:05 AM PST - 3 comments

We know what to expect with baby in the making, but how can Dad help Mom feel better?

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]
posted by filthy light thief at 6:52 AM PST - 30 comments

Finding a Tech Job in a New City with No Contacts

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]
posted by mrbob14 at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

There always seems to be more inside; that is the problem.

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?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:41 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I watch MLB games in the UK?

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.)
posted by cubedweller at 6:33 AM PST - 7 comments


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]
posted by arcolz at 6:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Are my white cotton clothes stained for good?

How to remove washed-in tomato stains from white cotton? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 5:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Documents, then profit

Which document system should we implement for a financial services company? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Any good new splitscreen xbox games?

What are some good multiplayer xbox360 games that can be played on one TV screen? Co-op preferred... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 4:48 AM PST - 16 comments

What does it say on my t-shirt??

JapaneseFilter: What does it say on my tshirt?? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 4:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Log jack alternatives.

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]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Studying overseas while married

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]
posted by moorooka at 2:10 AM PST - 15 comments

iPhone or Android for an aspiring runner?

What's the best smart-phone & app combo for someone trying to get into shape? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 1:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Repair or replace?

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]
posted by bjrubble at 1:00 AM PST - 6 comments

On my first day at a new job, help me deal gracefully with jetlag.

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]
posted by paindemie at 12:02 AM PST - 11 comments

March 20

What's the best quality podcast recording solution under these circumstances?

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]
posted by lotusfeet at 11:20 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get some sleep

Would getting up at the same time be beneficial even if I cannot go to sleep every night at the same time? [more inside]
posted by lakerk at 10:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner

Can anyone recommend a Spanish/Spanish dictionary for an intermediate Spanish learner? [more inside]
posted by dkh at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there anywhere I can rent a microfilm scanner in Melbourne, Australia?

Is there anywhere I can rent a microfilm scanner in Melbourne, Australia? I'd need it for one or two days.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:13 PM PST - 2 comments

First Time Dating Blues.

How do I overcome insecurity in the first stages of a possible (first) relationship? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 9:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with leak management!

Help! Managing a window leak overnight, need ideas about the best way to keep the water off the floors. [more inside]
posted by Joh at 9:07 PM PST - 9 comments

(Not so) Slight of Hand

Cut my finger three days ago. Still can't feel the tip? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 8:53 PM PST - 16 comments

How to spend a small amount of health savings acocunt money.

What is the most effective way to use ~$250 of HSA money while it's available? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 7:50 PM PST - 15 comments

How to get a PC to output surround sound to a receiver

Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
posted by xdvesper at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Save my opal

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]
posted by pised at 7:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Can a cat handle having two homes?

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]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 7:05 PM PST - 23 comments

ImmigrationFilter: What countries have had both breadth and depth in immigration?

What countries have had both breadth and depth in immigration? [more inside]
posted by AMSBoethius at 7:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I tell him I'm crushing?

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]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me help my mom

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]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I give up on antidepressants?

Should I give up on anti-depressants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 27 comments

How high do I wear my pants?

Where should a guy with a large stomach measure the waist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Your favorite alternative Los Angeles novels?

What indie/experimental/small-press/"weird" novels set in Los Angeles would you recommend for an "Alternative L.A. Literature" list? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 6:33 PM PST - 17 comments

What does a kid need its first year?

Okay, what does a baby actually need to survive it's first year? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:21 PM PST - 67 comments

How do I get into a science writing career?

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]
posted by szweib at 5:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Please give me advice on my electric bicycle pusher concept? Drawing included.

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]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I manage a long stay in the hospital with a toddler?

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]
posted by purenitrous at 5:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Using non-commercial CC content, ads come in later. Is this good?

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?
posted by nrobertson at 5:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Bachelor Party Ideas

20 guys in a house for a weekend. I need non-strippery ideas for a bachelor party. Please help. [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 5:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Helene Hanff's career-changing ad?

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?
posted by aurelian at 5:24 PM PST - 18 comments

What are the proper words for these definitions?

Is there a proper English word for this situation / definition? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish at 5:03 PM PST - 16 comments

I Can No Longer Add to My Google Calendar Using Keywords or IRL's "+GoogleCal" Links

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]
posted by WCityMike at 5:00 PM PST - 0 comments

How can I not be afraid of ghosts, shadows, creepy hidey holes and other ridiculous things?

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]
posted by lilnublet at 4:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Where should I go in the South if I want to meet people and don't care about tourist spots?

Where should I go in the South if I want to meet people and don't care about tourist spots? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 4:04 PM PST - 31 comments

Thought-provoking journalism.

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]
posted by mekily at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Help! I went scuba diving and now I think my head will explode!

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]
posted by lockstitch at 3:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Rust really never sleeps...

How to cover rust on a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I hold a trivia afternoon in Sydney?

Sydney filter: Where can I hold a weekend trivia afternoon for around 80 people (fundraising for a charity project)? [more inside]
posted by MT at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a day spa south of Boston

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.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:51 PM PST - 0 comments

I am your webcrawler

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]
posted by monocultured at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me not waste this poppy seed deliciousness!

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?
posted by charmedimsure at 3:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Clone Wars for youngsters

Star Wars:Clone wars cartoon series - Which episodes are appropriate for a 5 year old Star Wars enthusiast? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

What children's anthology is this?

Searching for a children's anthology probably published between 1950 and 1970. [more inside]
posted by brina at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I buy a jar of kimchi in central London?

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]
posted by ChristopherS at 2:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Problem with HP 3600n Color Laserjet Printer

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]
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Yukon ho.

To Alaska by ferry with car. How is it? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

How to restore fertility in a male with rheumatoid arthritis?

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]
posted by Kalatraz at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Ancient and fishlike texts

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]
posted by paduasoy at 12:07 PM PST - 4 comments

deaths in 11th century

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?
posted by azar at 11:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Jewish history added to the Tanakh?

Will the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) ever be appended to include events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) and the foundation of Israel?
posted by Tom-B at 11:48 AM PST - 14 comments

DIY Wood Fired Pizza Oven Concerns

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]
posted by burlsube at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Sondheim masterclass

Random Sondheim question: Can anyone identify the woman wearing the multi-coloured top in this video?
posted by Optamystic at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Choosing a sunscreen: SPF and "hazardous" chemicals?

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]
posted by enlarged to show texture at 10:44 AM PST - 10 comments

PVO/NGO volunteer opportunities in relief effort in Japan?

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?
posted by meta.mark at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings have that blue-and-white pattern?

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.
posted by lurkingular at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Short-term auto in DC

Best short-term car options in DC [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 9:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Learning to use the Memory Palace technique

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!
posted by maize at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Make Google Reader feeds more specific?

Google Reader: Is there a way to have Google Reader only follow specific kinds of posts in a given blog? [more inside]
posted by sparrow89 at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Mystery novels witih a romance element

It's a mystery, it's a romance: help me figure out what to read next. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:17 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me help him help himself

How to help my partner help himself (without snapping)? Have I let this go too far? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 AM PST - 70 comments

Beer me

Please help me find a great beer my dad can drink! (complicating details inside) [more inside]
posted by frnzks.a at 8:51 AM PST - 17 comments

My new job is, as they say, "not a good fit"

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]
posted by sock puppy at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

What are you recommendations for group travel in Thailand?

Group travel recommendations in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 8:37 AM PST - 1 comment

Manly workout DVDs?

We're looking for some manly workout DVDs. Are there any you can recommend that are geared toward men? Not WiiFit. Thanks!
posted by notcreative at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Fischer deliberately makes wrong chess move?

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]
posted by fantasticninety at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Cover me in feathers!

Looking for awesome high-res pictures of certain birds... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:40 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get crafty?

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]
posted by jeroum at 7:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Searching for articles comparing efficacy of CBT versus other forms of treatment

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]
posted by bleary at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

What can we do with an older house with carpeted hardwood floors?

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]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Fudge-like frosting recipe?

Help me find this chocolate frosting recipe from a (Hershey's?) cocoa tin from the 1960s based on my mom's description. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Society changes its mind

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.
posted by someonesomewhere at 6:54 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me to get into a sport - any sport! - as a completely un-sporty adult male.

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]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:28 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me identify a movie from a small fragment.

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!
posted by crawltopslow at 5:42 AM PST - 4 comments

I appreciate the irony of not being able to remember an article about memory...

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]
posted by ukdanae at 4:14 AM PST - 4 comments

March 19

VW Golf mk4 oil pan busted. Is there anything wrong with my car?

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]
posted by mtomanelli at 11:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me remember the title of a movie

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]
posted by digividal at 10:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Same job, different country

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 PM PST - 7 comments

greenhouse info please

Please tell me everything I need to know if I want a green house... [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 9:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Give me the bird.

What bird (or bug or frog, but I think bird) made this sound in my backyard last night? I live in western Mass.
posted by Camofrog at 7:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Where do I find MLS data feeds?

I'm looking for an MLS data service provider, does one exist? Something similar to SmartQuant for financial data? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Expressed Desires

Looking for website where people who would like "some software to do X" can say what they'd like [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

no spring chicken.

have you done an internship despite not being fresh out of college? in fact, very far out of college? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 7:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of this darn mattress?

How do I get rid of my mattress that I don't want? [more inside]
posted by arveale at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

How worried should I be about my cat?

How worried should I be about the lump on my cat and the inconclusive results of a needle aspirate biopsy? [more inside]
posted by shoreline at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Pimp My Werewolf

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]
posted by dontjumplarry at 5:55 PM PST - 12 comments

killing me softly...

Help me figure out why on Earth I have this horrible relationship with food. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Dumped and dumb enough to ask why. Help!

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me make my bedroom glow!

I'm a grown-up. I love glow-in-the-dark stuff. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:41 PM PST - 42 comments

What is the name of this weirdo, super detailed (J?)RPG?

What is the name of this weird-ass, super detailed (J?)RPG? [more inside]
posted by cog_nate at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

To Consult, Perchance to Sleep

Can anyone recommend a sleep specialist in the New York City area? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Good help forum for Office 2010?

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!
posted by The Dutchman at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How can i restart my iPhone if my lock button doesn't work?

How can i restart my iPhone if my lock button doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 2:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Weimar for the summer

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]
posted by Morpeth at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

How to cope with a broken arm?

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)?
posted by MeowForMangoes at 1:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Mommy!!! :D :D *smack*

How can I help my 4-year-old begin developing healthy stress coping mechanisms? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 1:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Movie scene with people frozen in a car

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.
posted by cmp4Meta at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I attempt a third undergrad degree?

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]
posted by nelljie at 12:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to move for 2 months?

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?
posted by decoherence at 12:23 PM PST - 31 comments

Movie title about moving a piano

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]
posted by daikon at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What is this?

whats going on in this video? [more inside]
posted by el chupa nibre at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the Fry's of Seattle?

Frys Electronics : Los Angeles :: ???? : Seattle [more inside]
posted by felix at 11:56 AM PST - 11 comments

What coding languages Mint uses?

I would like to build a website using methods similar to those seen on, namely graphs, calculations, and interfacing with banking websites. Can anyone tell me what technologies they are using because I'm clueless from square one.
posted by satyricaldude at 11:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Ideal down payment for new house

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.
posted by dearleader at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Is public policy right for me?

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]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

What are your awesome. non-recipe kitchen references?

What are some awesomely useful appendices, charts, and references that I can add to my home-grown cookbook? [more inside]
posted by HenryGale at 11:22 AM PST - 21 comments

What is the name of this Romance language polymory film?

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]
posted by Nackt at 11:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Lo-carb protein powder

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]
posted by ackptui at 10:40 AM PST - 15 comments

How am I going to pay for my credential program?

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]
posted by Peregrin5 at 10:37 AM PST - 15 comments

How best to ensure consistency output from MS Office?

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]
posted by 92_elements at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Pen for someone with developmental dyspraxia

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.
posted by nam3d at 10:23 AM PST - 13 comments

What if they don't want my money?

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]
posted by fireoyster at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

PINK HULK SMASH! (how hard to fight against fear of failure in a relationship?)

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Am I being a wuss?

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I deal with private student loan debt I can't pay?

How do I deal with private student loan debt I can't pay? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord at 9:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Melting eyes

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]
posted by sarelicar at 9:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Senioritis on the job

How do I find motivation to finish a job when I know I'll be fired in three months? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Whiteboard calendar with individual weekly magnets?

Looking for a 1-2 month whiteboard calendar where each week is a separate magnet. [more inside]
posted by yuwtze at 8:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Books about the swashbuckling history of science?

Recommend some books about the history of 17th, 18th and 19th century science. [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 8:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Is this knee pain worth going to a doctor for?

My knee hurts. Is this just a normal aging thing, or should I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Hit me on the hip!

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]
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Any stucco masters out there?

I am planning on replacing one exterior wall of my garage, now covered in vinyl siding, with stucco. [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 6:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Help ID Game

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.
posted by sapphirebbw at 5:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you list the chords in this cover version?

Can anyone out there tell me the chords used in this cover of "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 4:01 AM PST - 4 comments

doom bar quest

quick! who knows where to get a pint of sharp's doom bar at heathrow?
posted by psychoticreaction at 2:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Identify the white stockinged girl

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]
posted by chmmr at 12:29 AM PST - 13 comments

March 18

Google is driving me nuts

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]
posted by lesli212 at 10:33 PM PST - 16 comments

How will I great the robot overlords if I am not properly attired?

What are some reasonably-priced alternative to women's clothing from Allsaints Spitalfields? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 10:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Because I'm sure they'll all be staring at my toes.

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?
posted by bearwife at 10:06 PM PST - 39 comments

Where can I buy a modern, stylish necktie these days?

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]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Drive me crazy, keyboard cat

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]
posted by jokeefe at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there instagram for iPad?

Is there a version of the Instagram app for iPad? Or a similar one? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Cats, cords, and laptops

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]
posted by sfkiddo at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Anyway to get one Google Voice account to play nicely with two phones using VoIP?

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]
posted by TrueVox at 7:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Mysterious package?

Why would a university (with which I have no connection) send me a parcel requiring a signature? [more inside]
posted by methroach at 7:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What length to cut pipes for a xylophone?

Need help with some math: figuring out pipe lengths for a xylophone for my daughter's school project. [more inside]
posted by marble at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Just Gypsies, Not Tramps or Thieves

Is it politically correct to use the word "gypsy" to describe someone who lives a traveling lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 6:59 PM PST - 48 comments

Lipstick on a pig?

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]
posted by aheckler at 6:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Yeah he talks to fish, what of it?

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]
posted by Afroblanco at 5:34 PM PST - 43 comments

Does this girl at work like me?

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]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 29 comments

Please Help Me Smile Again

Has anyone had the All-On-Four dental implants procedure done? [more inside]
posted by iNurtureTheOdd at 4:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Not very utile!

Please help me find the lamp I want (or tell me that the one I can find is hackable). [more inside]
posted by dame at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I change my emotional reactivity without even trying?

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]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

We both want it, but how do I help?

How can I support my girlfriend in losing a small but persistent amount of weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 87 comments

What should I do in LA in late April / early May?

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]
posted by dobbs at 2:49 PM PST - 11 comments

We live together. How do we best play withourselves separately?

Masturbation when co-habitating hacks: How do you work out "alone time" when you're living with your SO? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 PM PST - 42 comments

Draft Your Own Recommendation?

What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 2:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Sun on my face, cappuccino in possible?

Is there a good cafe/bar with wireless internet where one can sit outside in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking to license spec data about various gadgets

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?
posted by c:\awesome at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't we just create more jobs?

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!
posted by tessalations999 at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

To transmitter or not, that is the question

Dive computer - what's a transmitter for? Is it necessary? [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM at 12:51 PM PST - 4 comments

This feeling I've never felt before, what is it?

How can I stop feeling jealous of my girlfriend because of her experiences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 72 comments

What is the best way to get pictures for a sports blog ?

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 ?
posted by Yiba at 12:29 PM PST - 19 comments

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]
posted by gottabefunky at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a new weekly planner and notebook.

Help me find a new weekly planner/agenda book. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

grill my pizza?

grilled pizza! it's a magically hot day today! i want to bbq a pizza! how? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 12:20 PM PST - 12 comments

The only thing that really worried me was the ether

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]
posted by midnightbarber at 12:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Pressing Clutch Pedal Creates "Air" Noise in '04 Tiburon

I have a 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?
posted by Jamesonian at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

"Upgraded" shouldn't mean "broken"

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]
posted by fuq at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

How to make Flash Player load from NCAA site?

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?
posted by partner at 11:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Not Ready For Facebook Fetus

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 64 comments

Bought an iPad. What to do?

I made an on-the-spot decision to buy the last iPad 2 at Walmart. Do I sell it or keep it? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed at 11:16 AM PST - 29 comments

What show(s) should I see in London?

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!
posted by smilingtiger at 11:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Is Scabies a game-changer?

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Not the typical mutually beneficial relationship

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 51 comments

books on creativity for the creative person

Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 10:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Memory System Books?

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?
posted by buriedpaul at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Takin' a break

What's a good island- or beach-type vacation location that's not too long of a flight from Durham, NC. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

How to make the most of unemployment, or at least keep your sanity.

How to survive (not so) funemployment? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Anonymous Blogging

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]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Band of Brothers Recommendations

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
posted by Peeekay at 9:51 AM PST - 26 comments

help, I can't pay my bills!

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]
posted by Aubergine at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What's that down there, exactly?

[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]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Baby's got thighs; wants more back...

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]
posted by kitcat at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Tiger Blood! It's got what Vatican assassin warlocks crave!

Have any products or industries capitalized on Charlie Sheen's rants? [more inside]
posted by dubold at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

please help me max out my office-supplies budget

Please help me find this desktop nameplate (or similar) in the right size! [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 9:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Global keyboard shortcuts in OS X

How can I make sure that the global keyboard shortcuts I want to use on a Mac are not already taken? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Loving without excusing

How do I support my boyfriend at the same time as I urge him to change his behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 44 comments

Summer Internship Indecision

How bad is reneging on accepting a summer internship offer? Your advice please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Should we still go to Japan

Travel to Japan in May - what do you think? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 8:43 AM PST - 24 comments

apple mail from column

How can I enable the "From" column in Apple Mail again? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Help with Internet slander

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 . . .
posted by patrad at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a snow car

What's the best possible used car for serious winter driving, for less than $15,000 with decent gas mileage? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 8:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Where can I find zeppole tomorrow in the Bay Area?

Where can I find zeppole tomorrow in Oakland/San Francisco/Berkeley? (I don't have a car.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Will my ISP shut me down for doing this

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?
posted by malhaley at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the consequences of shortened notice of resignation?

What are the legal consequences of not giving 4 weeks notice, which is part of my employment contract in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 17 comments

prevent car windows from being smashed

What can be done to prevent my car window from being smashed? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Food and Fun in Downtown Denver?

Where should I and friends eat and hang out after conference sessions in Denver next week? [more inside]
posted by underthehat at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

How not to burn bridges?

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]
posted by Anima Mundi at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

no more ghosting

GraffitiRestorationFilter: how do we remove paint from on top of a mural? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Best Tools for Learning Prepositions?

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]
posted by eleanna at 6:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Isotypes and Heath

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?
posted by Funmonkey1 at 4:39 AM PST - 21 comments

WTF, Facebook? Question about privacy.

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]
posted by jeanmari at 4:28 AM PST - 23 comments

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]
posted by jander03 at 4:00 AM PST - 12 comments

What are some good books about the goth and punk subcultures?

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]
posted by Senza Volto at 3:13 AM PST - 44 comments

Canon In D YouTube Video Request

I'm looking for a particular Canon in D YouTube video. Help! [more inside]
posted by GnomeChompsky at 2:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Song from 2008 Belgian electric company ads?

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.
posted by amber_dale at 1:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Go for a drive? Or maybe a ride?

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]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 12:05 AM PST - 5 comments

March 17

Freaky Tiki

Where can I find good suppliers for bamboo and other tiki-compatible materials? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

No wireless? No problem. Less space than a Nomad? Fine. Lame is out of the question though.

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]
posted by lekvar at 10:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg of Brooklyn?

Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg area of Brooklyn? (A general practitioner, specifically.) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 9:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How to learn zookeeping skills

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]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 PM PST - 17 comments

It would be great if There Can Be Only One

Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me save my photographs from certain death!

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]
posted by khelvan at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Remind me why I don't want to live in Joe's Apartment forever...

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]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 8:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Aged coffee syrup, anyone?

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.
posted by Happydaz at 8:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Readable public domain books translated to English

Can you recommend any books in translation I might want to read that are public domain? [more inside]
posted by calico at 7:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Who makes this toy dog?

Please help me identify this toy dog. Who makes it? Where can I get another? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts at 7:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Third trip to Rome - I've seen enough churches. What do you recommend?

Third trip to Rome - I've seen enough churches. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Estate Agency question

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]
posted by mikeanegus at 7:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the best of Etsy

Etsy aggregator? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 7:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Playing Well With Neighbors

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]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there such a thing as a quick, easy divorce?

How the heck do I get a cheap, uncontested divorce when we have both moved on and live in different states? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Bust out your Stevie Wonder trivia, I am in need!

Please help me figure out this Stevie Wonder riff off the Innervisions classic, Misttra Know It All [more inside]
posted by msali at 6:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Live in Canada, want to sell my car. Now what?

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]
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 6:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you provide me with advice for a summer in Holland?

Can you provide me with some useful advice in preparation for my summer in Holland? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Setting up wi-fi on a crowded trade-show/convention floor?

Setting up wi-fi on a crowded trade-show/convention floor? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

If you look closely, you can even see Hillary Clinton's nostrils flare.

Looking for a funny public apology video. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 5:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Mmmm... delicious ginger nicotine.

How can I flavor (essentially) water with water-insoluble flavors? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Need a line or two of custom PHP for my design portfolio website. Could you be the King of Kings?

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]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Started a new relationship, now old flame wants to try again.

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]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 52 comments

SF gym for the anti-gymbot

Workouts for the anti-workout set. San Francisco specific ideas especially. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

how to help a loved one get help?

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]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?

We broke up. Who keeps the apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 26 comments

March 'madness'

Why won't cbs' vod player open on my laptop? I have tried turnig off adblock etc...using firefox atm...any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by OHenryPacey at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Social Skills

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.
posted by kirang at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find this blog about Cameras

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.
posted by jgwong at 3:15 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I develop conversational Polish?

How can someone who understands a language start learning to speak it? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 3:04 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of taxi-driver shenanigans did I participate in?

What kind of taxi-driver shenanigans did I participate in? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 2:53 PM PST - 14 comments

How to buy new carpet for a 2-bedroom house?

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.
posted by caveatz at 2:52 PM PST - 12 comments

stymied by excel

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.
posted by spinturtle at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Have card, need data

What credit card companies have good online analysis tools and archives? [more inside]
posted by range at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Sony Touch PRS-650 lefty cover?

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?
posted by Ky at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Over the Shoulder Boulder Holder Makes Woman Gnash Teeth.

How does one break in a custom-fitted bra? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 1:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Does caffeine really taste like anything?

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?
posted by werty at 1:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Classical 78s, worthless antiques?

What should I do with a collection of old, classical records near Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by MrFTBN at 1:21 PM PST - 9 comments

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]
posted by Muffy at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Student loans for not-a-student

Can I, over a year later, take out a student loan to cover school debt? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What's wrong with buttons? I like buttons!

Does anyone sell an HD camcorder without touchscreen controls anymore? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 12:55 PM PST - 11 comments

What are you doing here, you're a title, titles don't belong in AskMes

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!
posted by jouir at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Legitimate group insurance or bad deal?

Health insurance filter: Is this really an employer group plan or something else? Should we be leery? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

what will they pay me to do?

What jobs are new college grads qualified for? Snowflakey details. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Speculoos retailer in LA?

Where can I find a jar of speculoos spread in the Los Angeles area?
posted by HotPatatta at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

I just want a shoebox.

iPhoto replacement for Windows 7...NOT PICASA! [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot at 11:33 AM PST - 19 comments

I like you, no, I really like you!

How do you do the jump from acquaintance to friends thing? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:29 AM PST - 38 comments

Negotiating a salary when I know what my friend there makes?

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]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

TvTrope on an offline rope

Can I easily prepare a lot of web pages to read on my Blackberry offline? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Which version of Firefox do I select for software testing?

Is there an appreciable difference between versions of Firefox with respect to software testing? [more inside]
posted by Hesychia at 11:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Friend dumped?

Have I been friend dumped, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 21 comments

I feel I cannot express this idea clearly in either language...

A question for translators: How do I convey diplomatically to my monoglot coworkers that translation is not an exact science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 39 comments

Give Me Access to Word

Pulling data (in label sheet formatting) from Word 2003 to Access 2003. I'm a special snowflake details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I link to specific places in a variety of documents?

How can I create a web-based table of contents that links to specific places within a diverse collection of documents? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

This song that charmed my heart

[SongFilter] I want everything to do with this gorgeous, orphaned song. Unfortunately it's in French. [more inside]
posted by fix at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Tips and tricks for Google Calendar

Tips/tricks for Google Calendar. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 9:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Downloading public domain music?

Where can I download public domain music? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

I found an old treasurer's check. Now what?

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]
posted by symbebekos at 9:22 AM PST - 11 comments

SUV/Car Buying Help

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.
posted by Paalen at 9:09 AM PST - 20 comments

Admissions consultant?

I'm looking for a college admissions consultant that can guide me through the college transfer process. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

How sanitary are the insides of public toilets?

Am I being germophobic about the public toilet in my office? (possibly gross details within) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 25 comments

How bad is Teflon?

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.
posted by TrickyLib at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Take A Compliment Already (Don't Give It Back Though?)

Is "you too" a faux-pas when someone compliments you? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 8:59 AM PST - 16 comments

How to diagnose a new video card problem.

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]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get Obamacare

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.
posted by jasondigitized at 8:37 AM PST - 22 comments

upgrading our office

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]
posted by jak68 at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

What Dessert to make?

Help me choose a dessert for this dinner party! I'd love a fruity, baked dessert. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 8:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Help my cat feel safe during an open house!

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]
posted by analog at 7:44 AM PST - 17 comments


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.
posted by hermitosis at 7:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Method for ranking hundreds of photos?

With a deluge of photos in iPhoto, how can I rank them? Some type of pairwise comparison? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

NPC loses its tax-exempt status for a while - any penalties issued when they get it back?

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]
posted by Lucinda at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

How to mask a mildew smell

How can I mask a mildew smell completely for a day or two? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:18 AM PST - 29 comments

What's the future of news?

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]
posted by MrMerlot at 3:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Need help desensitizing myself to, or taking less personally, the conduct of other lawyers.

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]
posted by wz at 3:43 AM PST - 30 comments

I want purple hair!

Another noob hair dying question: From dark brown to purple. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 3:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Conference Swag

Is it really a conference without swag? [more inside]
posted by sk932 at 3:32 AM PST - 38 comments

Curriculum Template

[Curriculum Template]. I have been using my current (MS word) CV template for a few years now, I can further update it but I think it starts to look "tired". I am not looking for info on what to put on there, but I am looking for MS word templates that I can update with my own info. Have you seen/used anything great lately?
posted by madeinitaly at 3:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Is There An Alternative to Boston's Enzymatic Cleaners?

I hate what Boston (Bausch & Lomb) did with their enzymatic cleaner for Rigid Gas Permeable lenses. Is there a substitute? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:16 AM PST - 9 comments

March 16

How to remotely control someone elses video playback?

How do i go about watching a movie with a friend when we are in different states? I'm now in Bris-vegas and my mate is in Melbourne and we'd like to kick back, watch a movie or two while drinking a few beers and have a chat like we always have done. But each in the comfort of our own lounge rooms 1300km apart. [more inside]
posted by jcm at 11:51 PM PST - 15 comments

What the heck is an imaginary exponent?

What does it mean to raise a number to an imaginary power? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 11:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Best way to get to a SXSW show on time tomorrow, if it's even possible?

So, I live in Austin, but I've never done the SXSW thing. Seems like too much trouble. But The Strokes are playing a free show tomorrow night and I wouldn't mind seeing it. Trouble is, the show is at 8, and I don't get off work (out by Steiner Ranch) until 5 PM. My question is, would it be better for me to drive straight there and try to find parking, drive back to my apartment near the Arboretum and take the bus, or forget about it altogether? Looking for advice from anyone more knowledgeable of the local transit situation and SXSW in particular.
posted by Zorz at 10:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Donating through eBay

What are some good charities to give to through eBay? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 10:39 PM PST - 4 comments

how to get someone else's lock off my bike?

Someone has (accidentally, I think) put his lock on my bicycle. The police are unwilling to cut the lock without paperwork proving that I own the bicycle, but I do not have that paperwork. The policeman I asked seemed to hint that I could get away with cutting the lock myself, but it's in a well-traveled area and I'm unwilling to risk some eager bystander reporting me for bicycle theft. This is in Chicago. Advice, please? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Where to buy e-cigarette supplies in San Francisco?

Where to buy e-cigarette supplies in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 10:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I mimic a binder in digital form?

How do I mimic a binder in digital form? [more inside]
posted by UsernameGenerator at 10:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Talking to young kids about reproduction

Looking for tips on teaching/discussing reproduction to kindergarten age children. [more inside]
posted by dan g. at 9:59 PM PST - 16 comments

What does it take to establish oneself as an importer into the US?

What does it take to establish oneself as an importer into the US? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman at 9:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What kind of tree is this?

Can anyone identify this species of tree and explain reforestation to me? [more inside]
posted by supercapitalist at 9:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I move my dev environment to another PC?

What's the best way to do a complete clone/copy/export/duplicate/mirror/whatever of an Eclipse-based development environment and move it to another PC? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

HDMI woes

Can someone tell me what's going on with my HDMI setup? I can't get it to work consistently. Sometimes it works fine, other times it says that nothing's plugged in. Sometimes, the screen goes pink. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Bitten by the snow bug

Can and should I go on a solo snowboarding trip out West in April? And where? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

"Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here."

Travel gurus, I need a cheap flight! Please bestow your bargain-hunting wisdom upon me! [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 7:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What was the deal with the person who scratched his initials into countless thousands of doorways?

Fifteen or twenty years ago, there was some mysterious person who was believed to have scratched his initials (or maybe it was his graffiti handle) into, the molding of just about every doorway in Manhattan, and perhaps beyond. Eventually, someone took notice (though the scratching was always small and fairly nondescript), and the story got some attention. Can anyone point me to details?
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Mom, if you're reading this? Please go away!

My mother stalks me online and it bothers me. How do I get her to stop. Or, an easier question: How do I stop letting it bug me so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 40 comments

Thinking of a title freaks me out

Am I just going through a phase or do I genuinely suffer from anxiety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Don't even think about doing whatever you were going to do.

Why does this package of batteries have a "Intended for sale at (STORE X) only" sticker on it? [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 6:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Vacation in Scotland

Bonehead and I are going to Scotland in July, and will be starting in Edinburgh and culminating in a singing session in Cullerlie, near Aberdeen. On the way I'd like to see the Highlands, Skye or maybe Oban. My question is twofold: what awesome things can Scottish Mefites suggest to us to do between July 15th and 23rd, and 2) any appetite for a meetup?
posted by LN at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

My workout isn't working out. Um, help?

My workout isn't working out. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 6:27 PM PST - 36 comments

How to cure eczema: toddler edition

Can you help me understand my toddler's eczema, and what I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by misoramen at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Canadian wanting to self-publish on Amazon, what tax issues must I keep in mind?

I want to self-publish my books on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble etc. I am a Canadian (Ontario). What do I need to know about this, for tax purposes, before I start? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

What amazing things have you learned from your grandparents?

My grandmother, who I am close with and value deeply, is in her 90s and still sharp as a tack. What questions should I ask her about her life? [more inside]
posted by lalex at 6:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Are there any Pagan-friendly interfaith monasteries?

I’m a Pagan who wants to live a monastic life. Is there such a thing as an interfaith Earth-based monastery? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter at 5:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Need help remembering an actor's name

Does anyone remember the name of that TV and Movie character actor from 60s comedies who played fussy types and his catchphrase was "We-eeell!"? (I don't know how to spell it phonetically.) It was useless trying to Google this as I can't remember which movies or shows he was in, though it seemed like a lot. Thanks!
posted by m0kingb1rd at 4:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I afford to pay the monthly rate for an emergency satellite phone?

I'm interested in buying a satellite phone for my parents, who live in a natural disaster-prone area. What sat phone system will cost the least for a 0 minutes plan and doesn't have satellites that are being phased out this year? [more inside]
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