April 2007 Archives

April 30

Where do I buy the Chinese version of Soul Mountain?

Where do I buy the book "Soul Mountain" by Gao Xingjian -- written in Chinese? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 11:31 PM PST - 6 comments

How to live with heat hives?

Any suggestions on how to live with heat hives? I'd like to survive the summer... [more inside]
posted by flod logic at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I crack the whip / get my realtor to move my property?

My realtor has gone from a proactive go-getter to a neglectful, smarmy do nothing. I need to sell my condo (I know the market is bad) but it's a nice place in great condition and priced in line with others in the market. How can I get it to move quicker? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 10:24 PM PST - 17 comments

pretty in pink...laptop that is

My wife wants a pink laptop. Not just a pink laptop, but a really lightweight pink laptop (preferably 3-4 lbs or less). I've gone crazy googling for it and there doesn't seem to be such a beast. I seem to remember seeing pink Sony Vaios at the local Sony store (I could've sworn it was the TX series) but the only color for TX's on the Sony site is Sienna. Close but not quite. The Sony C series has a pink model, but it's on the heavier side. It doesn't have to be super-fast or anything, just fast enough for Outlook, web browsing, etc. Does such a computer exist currently?
posted by edjusted at 9:57 PM PST - 27 comments

How do my wife and I solve the Christmas family dilemma?

RelationshipFilter: How do my wife and I solve the Christmas family dilemma? Specifically, I'm looking for advice and suggestions on how we decide which family to visit each year. Of course, it's more complicated than that... [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 9:12 PM PST - 29 comments

Stop photos from changing colour in iMovie

Problem in iMovie: When I select an imported photo and click on "Show Photo Settings", i.e. to apply the Ken Burns effect, my photo changes colours to reds and oranges. It changes back if I click "Hide Photo Options". Does anyone know how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by The Coach LD at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting to and around in Mar Del Plata, Argentina

I am planning a trip to Mar Del Plata, Argentina, in October (World Wind Energy Conference). I am looking for some advice on actually getting to Mar Del Plata (from Toronto), and for places to stay and things to see. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 8:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Layup... all the way to the bank!

Why is it easier to bank in a layup than not? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 8:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I buy Panda chocolate licorice?

I'm looking for Panda chocolate licorice. Where can I buy this online (or in Philadelphia)? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Pet plant poison paranoia

Dogs, a cat and potentially unsafe plants - how paranoid (or not) should I be? [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 8:29 PM PST - 11 comments

London Balling!

Upcoming work assignment in London. I want to play some basketball while there... [more inside]
posted by Arch_Stanton at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Transaction Expired?

Should I be worried about this transaction? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by ngn01 at 7:39 PM PST - 19 comments

My Mac won't let anything but Safari connect to the internet. Help. Might pull out hair.

My Mac won't let anything but Safari connect to the internet. Help. Might pull out hair. [more inside]
posted by deinemutti at 7:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Possible structural failure due to a hoarder's heap?

I am concerned about the possibility of structural failure due to a hoarder's heap. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Korean Soapstone Pots

How does one properly heat a Korean soapstone pot? Looking for that mad-hottedness that makes the rice so crunchy and delicious... [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

OpenDNS - Good or bad?

Is there any reason (other than privacy) not to use OpenDNS? I just discovered the service today and while I generally don't think I need protection from phishing sites and the like, this seems like a good solution for the less savvy members of my family and circle of friends. [more inside]
posted by randy_stewart at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Bending Objects in Illustrator

Using Adobe Illustrator 10, how do I bend an object along a path? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 5:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Dog fears drains

Why does my dog have a fear of storm drain openings along curbs and gutters? I have a small (10 lb) dog who absolutely will not walk past a gaping storm drain. On our walks, every time we encounter a drain, I have to pick her up and carry her past. Any ideas why she has this fear, and any suggestions on how to cure her of it?
posted by retiree at 5:46 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm afraid of my mail

For several months now, I have had a bizarre phobia of opening my mailbox. I only open it once every few weeks, grab what's inside, and throw it in a pile in my apartment. Then after I pay the bills, I don't really look at anything else. It's like I am afraid of what's inside, some collection bill (I've never had a credit problem) or something. I can't put my finger on it... [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:25 PM PST - 33 comments

The things you say

Out of curiosity: sometimes when I hear people talk, I get a strange feeling in the back of my head. [more inside]
posted by god particle at 4:58 PM PST - 23 comments

Diphenhydramine Addiction?

I use Benedryl (diphenhydramine HCl) as a sleep aid. I take between 25 and 50 mg each night. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 4:32 PM PST - 33 comments

Best heat transfer machine for homebrew T-shirts?

Homebrew T-shirt manufacturing: Among heat transfer machines under $450 and at least 9"x12" heat surface area, which model is the best bang for your buck? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:13 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you gently tell someone you're casually dating that you're also dating someone else?

How do you gently tell someone you're casually dating that you're also dating someone else? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 4:04 PM PST - 33 comments

Is there great parking near AT&T park?

Is there a super secret low or no cost parking alternative to the stadium lots at AT&T park? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with my knee?

What's making my knee hurt when I bike? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 3:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Hello, I'll be your substitute teacher today. My Indian-name is He-who-breaths-erratically-into-paper-bag...

How can I be a good substitute teacher for middle and high school kids? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 3:20 PM PST - 18 comments

OK to discharge firearms in Pennsylvania yards?

Is it legal for my neighbors to shoot in their yard, in a suburb of Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Adios, Swede.

How do you say "good luck" and "Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out" in Norwegian? Bonus points for any hilarious Norwegian turns of phrase to welcome a friend into retirement.
posted by Foam Pants at 2:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Or else how am I going to facially accentuate irony?

Is there any way to train yourself to raise one eyebrow? I've been trying lately but to no avail. Is it possible or is it just genetics?
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:50 PM PST - 39 comments

why is this book worth so much?

Can anyone tell me the significance of this book? My library has suddenly been inundated with ILL requests for it, but it would appear that our copy has been stolen. As you can see on the Amazon listing, it sells for over $1000, but why? What is this book? Why should it be so valuable? And why all of a sudden?
posted by foxinthesnow at 2:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find comprehensive ratings information for The Simpsons?

Where can I find comprehensive ratings information for The Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

I've fallen for my boyfriend's friends.

My boyfriend adores me. My boyfriend's friends adore me. I adore my boyfriend's friends. I do not adore my boyfriend. Is it possible to remain friends with your boyfriend's friends post-break up? [more inside]
posted by somersault at 1:54 PM PST - 31 comments

Fossil Hunting Day Trips in the DC metro area

DC area fossil hunting day trip - I'm trying to set one up for several families with children between 5 and 9. We live in NoVA, but we're willing to drive a few hours if we have to. [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a map showing all access points on an interstate highway?

Help this East Bay resident and driver of 580 get home! Where can I find a map that shows all the exits on 880 for my alternate route? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find recordings of street percussionists.

You know what is f***ing awesome? Street drummers. ESPECIALLY this one. Do you know what I want? Their albums. [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Aqua eyes are go!

Prescription swim goggle recommendations? [more inside]
posted by look busy at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the best TV and/or Internet solution(s) for a multi dwelling unit

I need help with crafting a multi-dwelling (Condo) solution for TV and/or Internet service [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

The Hiking-Free Hiking Workout

How can I get in shape for backpacking when I don't have time to backpack? [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 12:48 PM PST - 15 comments

What is a professional reference letter, really?

"Professional reference letter" from my current employer. What does it mean in this context? And how can I get this without them knowing I'm looking elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by gazole at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Um...I'm requesting permission cause I'm a nerd?

How easy/impossible is it to obtain copyright permissions from a literary agency for "individual use" of their materials? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How many American soldiers have died outside Iraq?

How many American soldiers who served in this Iraq war have died since leaving Iraq (German hospitals, American hospitals, at home etc.) ? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me be a supportive friend when I don't feel the love in return

I have a friend who's husband is going in for heart surgery tomorrow. He is a young guy, about 30 years old, He is an extremely athletic outdoorsy type of person, (helicopter skiing, mountain biking, workouts at least 3x a week) He is also one of those guys that don't want any one to visit or call and hates medication, hospitals, doctors. So this is not going to be fun for him, or for his wife. I wanted to know in the hives opinion what I can do to support, say, give during all of this. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Panic when space is requested

How do you deal with the anxiety when your SO needs "some space". [more inside]
posted by TurdBlossom at 11:46 AM PST - 33 comments

Money between friends...

So I wrecked my friend's car... [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 11:38 AM PST - 64 comments

How and how much to transfer to a new platform?

I've been running my blog for many years now and it's come to my attention that I'm dead without an RSS feed. I've used Dreamweaver to design and edit the site all these years and have tried to figure out ways to incorporate an RSS feed when I update, but I haven't found an easy way to do that thus far (XO is my host.) I may be wrong but I think I need to just transfer the whole thing to a new platform like Moveable Type or something like that--is it just easiest to hire someone to do this for me? How would I go about this and how much would it cost? Or are there better ways to do this? Help!
posted by clairezulkey at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Why a delay when connecting my Mac to the network?

After waking it from sleep, why is there a thirty second delay in connecting my Mac Book Pro to our wireless network? [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 11:12 AM PST - 3 comments

wedding officiant needed

Need recomendations for a good, non-religious wedding officiant in Seattle, Wa. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Bust from Bond

Please help me with my sister's prom dress... [more inside]
posted by Count at 10:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I stop compulsively pulling my beard hair?

I've always had a problem with pulling my beard hair out similar to other people's problems with biting their fingernails. This sort of behavior also runs in my family. What can I do to stop? [more inside]
posted by JacksonEsquire at 10:39 AM PST - 17 comments

What does an Info Science major do?

I'm stuck in a contracting loop and I need career advice :( I'm about to finish up a 9 month contract at a major pharmaceutical. I was on contract for 6-months and got extended the final 3. Before that I was out of work for a few months after being laid off from my previous job. That involved supporting remote synchronization software as well as SQL work. I graduated with a major in Information Studies and I've worked help desk positions in the past. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

What can be done to combat/remedy sudden spatial disorientation?

What can be done to combat/remedy sudden spatial disorientation? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Testing for memo leaks

What's the name for planting slightly different details into multiple copies of a document or memo to track who is leaking information from an organization? [more inside]
posted by Kip at 9:26 AM PST - 21 comments

American buying apt in Berlin

I am an American interested in buying property in Berlin. Do any other Americans with experience in this have any advice to offer? [more inside]
posted by suisse at 8:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Student loan advice needed.

Student loan advice needed. Details within. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 8:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Car noob buying used Civic, in Ontario.

I need to buy a car, quickly. There's a used Civic I have my eye on. I have some stupid (?) questions about purchasing it. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 8:08 AM PST - 29 comments

What easy, small, cheap instrument should I learn?

Please help me find a musical instrument to learn that fits all these qualifications (in order of importance): super easy to learn, small, cheap. [more inside]
posted by marginaliana at 7:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Lost Entourage Calendar Entries.

Lost Entourage 2004 Calendar Entries? [more inside]
posted by strangej at 7:41 AM PST - 2 comments

manual double-sided printing

I'm looking for a manual duplex printing solution/utility [more inside]
posted by klarck at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

No such thing as a joke?

Freud once said there's no such thing as a joke? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 6:44 AM PST - 22 comments

Readings for a naming ceremony

We're naming our new daughter this weekend, in front of family, friends, and coworkers. Any suggestions of lyrics/poetry/prose that would be appropriately inspirational and awesome? Something with the message: "Welcome to the world, now go kick some ass!" (in a compassionate, empowering sense, not an Ultimate Fighter sense, unless that's what she wants to be when she grows up...) [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 6:42 AM PST - 14 comments

How to decline eating out?

How does one gracefully decline eating out when already spending time with a group of people? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 6:26 AM PST - 32 comments

Calculate my GPA! Fun for the entire family!

How do I convert my German university grades to an American GPA? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 6:05 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the best miniature-golf videogames?

What are the best miniature-golf video and computer games? [more inside]
posted by box at 6:04 AM PST - 12 comments

My phaser is bigger than yours

What is the cheapest source of Laser Tag guns? Including DIY solutions. [more inside]
posted by markesh at 5:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Where do laugh tracks come from?

Where do "laugh tracks" come from? Are they recorded especially or stolen from a genuine performance? Would it be possible to track laugh tracks in the same way that, for example, the Wilhelm Scream has been?
posted by twine42 at 5:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Major career change. Major anxiety

Going back to school, making a career change, age is starting to become a factor and I can barely function emotionally. Help. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 4:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Toast Titanium 8 settings

I'm creating a DVD Video for my family using Toast Titanium 8. I wonder what the best encoding settings for my case are. [more inside]
posted by hz37 at 3:23 AM PST - 4 comments

"My computer" is gone. I want it back.

"My Computer" icon is gone. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Baud at 2:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Photogfilter: I've done my small amt. of due dil on photography, so I want to buy this rig: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.

I'd like to buy a rig w/as many features to help me learn the intermediates of photography to supplement a class I plan on taking after becoming more familiar. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 2:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Redefining my standard of beauty, a how-to guide?

Have you purposefully changed your standard of beauty? If so, how did you do it? I want to redefine what I find beautiful, and I don’t know how to accomplish it. [more inside]
posted by esilenna at 2:11 AM PST - 65 comments

April 29

How can I stop fighting?

So, last night I was ejected from yet another bar, and I think I need some help. [more inside]
posted by Loto at 11:42 PM PST - 49 comments

Finding an apartment in DC

I need advice for finding an apartment in DC, in particular the Columbia Heights, Shaw, or Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones at 10:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Majorly unemployable?

Is it alright for me to leave my specific field of study from my resume if employers might find it...offputting? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 10:17 PM PST - 12 comments

How to undo youthful idiocy in the form of an ugly smile?

Gross-ness-filter: My teeth are in pretty bad shape in terms of stains and fillings, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

GPS for hiking

What's a good GPS unit for hiking? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 9:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Med school? Grad school? Or should I be like William Carlos Williams?

Should I go to medical school? Or go to grad school in English? Help! [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 9:36 PM PST - 26 comments

who makes these chairs?

top design watchers/interior design junkies: who manufactures these chairs, and where are they available? [more inside]
posted by zweldon at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

What's this SF neighborhood?

Name this San Francisco Neighborhood! I'm in the process of moving from Chicago to SF and am considering an apartment on Geary between Baker and Lyon. It's been described as being in "Lower Pacific Heights", but I've since learned that this is something of a misnomer - a way for realtors to make the place sound more impressive than it is. So where is this apartment in actuality? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 8:17 PM PST - 21 comments

No more stinky summer feet.

Each year I get a couple pairs of sandals for summer, and each year they start to smell bad in no time. And they make my feet smell terrible too. It doesn't seem to matter what brand or material. What can I do to be totally rid of this problem while still wearing sandals and no socks every day? Is there some spray/ointment I can use on my feet/sandals each morning/night? Or what?
posted by debacle at 8:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Cash, cash, everywhere! And not a drop to drink.

So, governments control inflation (and their economy in general) by limiting how much money they print and put into circulation. But now that most transacations (and virtually all 'major' transactions) are done electronically, and that most countries aren't tied to gold anymore, how can the amount of physical cash have any effect?
posted by Kololo at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

PDF filter

How do I take 5 pdf files and combine them into one file without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 7:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Marble Run display in NYC

NYC Transit users: Do you know where the Marble Run display is? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I want a jury of my peers?

Should I request a jury trial for my (arguably invalid) speeding ticket? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 7:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Financial planning resources for U.S. expatriates?

What are some good resources to help an expatriate plan for retirement? [more inside]
posted by armage at 7:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Arrogance > Shyness. I hope.

Exactly how does shyness come across as arrogance? What's the difference between arrogance and confidence? [more inside]
posted by whitneykitty at 7:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Seasons change, but people don't??

How can a compulsive liar change their ways? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 7:26 PM PST - 9 comments

College Student seeks employment advice

I am going back to school after a 3 year break. Help me think out of the box in terms of employment opportunities (while I am in college) that have working hours between 4:30 pmish and 1 amish. [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Are farts universally funny?

Are farts universally funny? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 6:19 PM PST - 59 comments

Conduct at for a ceremony at a church I left?

How do I conduct myself at an important family function in a church I left on a sour note? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 PM PST - 26 comments

Is my painful coughing related to mold exposure?

Does my painful chest cough have anything to do with likely exposure to mold during my previous living arrangement? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Teach me some Street Smarts

StreetSmartsFilter: Lifetime suburbanite moving to the big, big city (NYC). What do I need to know to keep myself safe and sane. [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 4:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Seoul layover trip

Making a trip to Seoul during my 10-hour layover. What should I see and do? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 4:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me translate two phrases into Farsi

Help me speak and write two phrases in Farsi. [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

I get moody too, but I'm not hungry

Inspired by mrunderhill's question below, I also get moody, but it occurs maybe an hour or so after eating too much, particularly too much of something starchy or sweet. What's wrong with me? I'd guess sugar crash, but it occurs sooner than I would have expected, and eating more doesn't help at all, in fact, it seems to make it worse. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

need a bocce schedule

I need help establishing a bocce schedule for 31 teams to play 3 days a week on two courts in 3 time slots (9:30 am; 10:30 am & 11:30 am. James Nuti Jimandcookie@comcast.net
posted by Sunrise Bay at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Lightweight affordable vacuum

What's the best lightweight-but-still-cleans-well vacuum out there? Besides Oreck, I mean. [more inside]
posted by kentk at 2:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Garage Sweet Home?

My partner and I are thinking about buying an old mechanic's shop and converting it into a home, but we need a little visual inspiration. Where can I find images (books, magazines, websites) of garages turned living spaces? And, does anyone have advice about commercial to residential remodeling?
posted by B-squared at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Gamecube games for a kid who loves Pikmin

My five-year-old has loved Pikmin and Pikmin 2 on the GameCube and is looking for something new. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 2:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Help us plan our magical day!

Help me (very quickly) plan a Disney vacation. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 2:06 PM PST - 14 comments

PC Audio Feedback 4 Life?

Can you help me with my PC audio woes? This high-pitched whine isn't just coming from me... [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Good software or system for learning vocabulary from a list?

Is there any good software/Firefox add-on/other system to drill myself in vocabulary for a standardized test? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Find Seattle's Mexican Uwajimaya

Where are all the Mexican groceries in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Too many Nikon choices! Help!

dSLRfilter: Which Nikon should I buy? D40, D50, or D70s? I've been thinking of purchasing a dSLR for some time now, and I'm seriously thinking of buying one very soon, but I can't seem to make up my mind. My body budget is limited since decent glass costs a lot of money, so I'm looking at a new D40 or a refurb D50 or D70s. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 12:24 PM PST - 27 comments

I have to eat or I feel bad fast, why?

I get very moody if I don't eat in the morning. If I don't eat until 3-4pm I get headaches, drowsiness and feel nauseous.. I think I've always had this. Since I usually eat enough it doesn't really bother me. I'm 21, male, and a vegetarian. What do I have?
posted by mrunderhill at 11:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Interpretation of the dictionary attack portion of the CAN-SPAM laws?

I have a question about the interpretation of the CAN-SPAM laws. Specifically about the interpretation of: "(ii) the electronic mail address of the recipient was obtained using an automated means that generates possible electronic mail addresses by combining names, letters, or numbers into numerous permutations." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Stop synchronizing my files every time I'm online!

I don't want to synchronize my files every time I connect to any wireless network. Make it stop! [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Zwei rauchbier, bitte! (Aber wo?)

What in Alsace and/or Bavaria and the Romantic Road should two bier-vergnügen people experience? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments


What's the best handbook to help someone do first aid and emergency medicine in remote locations? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Inventory Management Software: Is there a simpler alternative to Compiere?

Inventory Management Software: Is there a simpler alternative to Compiere? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 10:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a pastime paradise

What can I give my sister in law to keep her busy while recovering from surgery? [more inside]
posted by msali at 9:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Rich people buying better health?

Zillions of billionaire characters in fiction try to buy their way out of dying by funding crazy research efforts or moving into orbit or whatever—think of John Hurt in Contact or Lionel Luthor in Smallville. Are there any examples of such figures in reality, in history? Howard Hughes types with nothing to lose?
posted by cgc373 at 8:53 AM PST - 23 comments

Shoes for making men taller

Is there such a thing as a shoe insert for men that adds an inch or so to one's height, maybe by lifting the ball of the foot up a little bit? Or are there specially designed tennis/casual/etc shoes? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

No, really: you want to hire me!

Did my dream job pass on my application? Is there any way for me to ask them to reconsider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Phnom Penh Siem Reap by boat

Anyone got experience of travelling from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by boat? Seems like a great way to see rural Cambodia. Is it fun? Is it safe? I'd be travelling in August, so in wet season.
posted by Pericles at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me help my daughter!

Help me find the right soccer shoes for my 7 year old daughter with ultra sensitive feet. [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 7:44 AM PST - 11 comments

This Java's caffeine content is quite low

MobileFilter: Hi, I would like to find a list of devices (Cell phone handsets) that support JSR-179 (J2ME Location API). [more inside]
posted by zackola at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

help me remove a speaker grille

Help, and quick! Water leaked down from a second floor bathroom into the kitchen ceiling, and it's dripping around the speaker in the ceiling. I need to remove this speaker to let the water drain before it ruins huge swaths of the ceiling. But I can't figure out how to get the speaker grille off!!!Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by luser at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Access to natural resources

A local homeowners association with a lake adjoining a major state highway on one side and a public Audubon wildlife sanctuary on another has prohibited dog walkers access to trails without payment of a $50 annual fee. Previously there were no restrictions to public access to this area—going back 50 years or more. An aggressive warden in need of anger management education threatens to call police and file trespassing charges even for walking with a dog on what must be a right of way area nearest the highway. What kind of lawyer or public interest group should we try to find to help us challenge this situation.?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 6:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Software to auto-change default printer based on what's connected?

I'm looking for a freeware/cheapware utility to automatically change my default printer based on what's attached (I'm using a laptop). [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 5:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Fun stuff in Atlanta and OTP for kids?

Atlanta + Kids = fun things to do and see and eat? ... especially looking for stuff OTP. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 4:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Vista Graphics Card Troubles

Graphics card problems with Vista [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 4:28 AM PST - 9 comments

My left eye is closing and it looks weird.

HELP MY EYE!!!! I hope that got your attention, because I have a long explanation about my LEFT EYE.....It has a serious problem where it is constantly closing and it is basically half the size of my right eye. I have no idea what it is and need any information that there is out there. Sorry it's so long :( [more inside]
posted by eve28 at 3:45 AM PST - 17 comments

In search of a Philadelphia emergency dentist

In search of recommendations for a good emergency Dentist in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 12:34 AM PST - 2 comments

April 28

Oh, the dilemmas of youth!

I’ve been asked to try out for a modelling agency, sounds pretty sweet, right? Unfortunately, the only person not supportive of the idea is me. How do I convince myself that this may be a good idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 PM PST - 51 comments

Amazing baroque skeletal art... Artist?

I saw this link from some blog. It's some baroque skeletal sculpture and it's amazing. The page's author doesn't seem to know much about it, but damn I would love to have a piece like this. Does anybody here know anything about this or this style? http://self-improvement.readigg.com/description/16213.html [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 10:21 PM PST - 4 comments

optimal 4 letters for anagrams, abbrs, and slang

How to determine which four letters will give the most anagrams, abbrs, slang, and internet/bb/txt slang/abbrs? [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 9:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Extra people in your head?

What is it like having other people in your head? I'm talking about the experience of hearing voices in your head when you are wide awake that seem to belong to distinct entities that are not you and not people that you know. [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 9:40 PM PST - 31 comments

fried chicken recipes needed

Fried chicken recipes for an upcoming Kentucky Derby party please. Extra points for ones that can be done on a grill. Extra extra if less likely to kill my older guests via a massive MI...thank-you.
posted by docpops at 9:24 PM PST - 27 comments

portland to minn

i'm driving from portland, or to washington, dc via minneapolis, mn. i'm a little bit worried about that first leg. [more inside]
posted by sacho at 8:58 PM PST - 20 comments

The Bored Chorus

In the 70's (and very early 80's), a common pop music trope was to have a chorus of female vocalists who sounded, well... monotone. Or perhaps a bit bored. Clipped, a tad nasal. The most flamboyant example of this is likely's M's Pop Muzik[youtube], but there are others. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 8:58 PM PST - 17 comments

What are the risks of downloading from Usenet

Downloading from Usenet: what are the risks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 PM PST - 23 comments

How do women know how to be women in America?

Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Ontario landlord selling building, making strange requests, what are my options?

Ontario Tenants Filter: i'm in a weird situation with a rental apartment- my landlord is trying to sell the building and is making strange requests. i can't make sense of the ontario tenants' act. your 2 cents would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ezola at 8:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Best methods (if they exist) for amending errors incurred by Medical Identity Theft?

I just got a statement in the mail from my health insurance company for some lab tests that I'm *pretty* sure I didn't go in for, not having had to go to the doctor or get any tests done since I got said insurance (at least that I can recall). Now what? [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 7:44 PM PST - 5 comments

How did Hy Weiss get credit on a Velvet Underground song?

How did the late Hy Weiss get a songwriting credit on the Velvet Underground song "Foggy Notion"? Although the song is very Lou Reed-sounding, it is the only song in the entire Velvets' catalog that doesn't credit Lou Reed as sole songwriter or co-songwriter. [more inside]
posted by Doug Skullery at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I make the bottom of my pecs cut and defined?

Can I shape and define my lower pecs without doing bench presses? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Is this the job I applied for, or, Am I bugging the hell out of you?

Started a second job today - 8 hours Sat. & Sun. Not sure if I like it or if I should even go back tomorrow. It's a sales position, I hate sales people. Help! [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 5:59 PM PST - 18 comments

The Pistol and The Killer

Sports Bio Recomendations. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:49 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I download and install Flash Player on a new MacBook?

No matter how many times I try to download and install Flash Player on my new MacBook, it won't work and I get conflicting messages. If you have a Mac running OSX, can you please try to view this page and see if it works for you? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 5:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Getting my prints sent to me.

What's the best mail-order digital photo printing service for Australians at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

it's such a cute wittle viwus

What are some examples of small or mid-sized brands that succeeded in significantly increasing awareness of their brand through viral advertising?
posted by bingo at 5:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Poor student wants $ back

What is the best site/method for selling back textbooks? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 5:26 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I find housing in a city I've barely visited?

[Chicago Filter] Moving to Chicago in June. Start work 2 days later. No time to go to Chicago before the move. What's the best way to find an apt? (Everyone on CL wants to meet me first, which isn't possible.) [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I be racist against the Siamese? (cats)

Dog person needs cat advice. If I adopt a kitten that has any of the physical attributes of a Siamese (blue eyes, lighter body with dark tails, etc.) or has litter mates with any of these attributes, am I condemning myself to live with a cat with a noisy needy Siamese personality? [more inside]
posted by tula at 5:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Keeping a four leaf clover forever?

I just found my first four leaf clover. I was in a special place when I happened upon it. Is there anyway to make sure I will always have it (other than laminating it)? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 5:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Give me the boot!

Where to buy hiking boots between IA and OH? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane at 4:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a good camera bag.

Looking for a good camera bag. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 3:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me pay my rent!

What to do about a landlord who is making it very difficult to pay rent? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 3:11 PM PST - 25 comments

What is that german word? Farviewenbier?

What is the German word for a beer enjoyed at the top of a summit that you have just climbed? [more inside]
posted by toxic at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Help! My stylus is stuck in my PDA!

Help! My PDA stylus is stuck in its socket - how do I get it out? [more inside]
posted by Lionel d'Lion at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

BBC4 "What's that song"

[BBC ad music filter] Does anyone know what the bleepy electro/ Mark Mothersbaugh-esque music playing on the BBC4 trailers for Mark Gattis' "The Worst Journey in The World" about Apsley Cherry-Garrard's epic hunt for penguin eggs? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this magazine?

This is a long shot, but here goes: The website of a certain company in my town features the bio of a woman who was the recipient of a "prominent young women" award from Mirabelle Magazine in the 1990's. I was curious about the award and the magazine, but when I looked it up online I couldn't find anything that made sense. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Oral HPV? If so, what do I do?

Help! What's the best resource for HPV in the St. Louis metro area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Math help for the right brained

I have a math question involving combinations and sets. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 1:10 PM PST - 21 comments

How to watch Italian TV Channels in Australia?

I want to watch the Italian TV Channels (Rai Uno, Due, Tre) etc from home in Australia but am not sure if it is possible. I have looked at some satellite options but from my very limited knowledge it appears that they are broadcast on HotBird 8 which does not reach Australia. I already have foxtel digital and am receiving RAI international but I want more! Any ideas?
posted by OzMoges at 12:46 PM PST - 3 comments

build my own media center?

I'm building a media center PC for my living room and I'm trying to plan out the hardware/software I'll need. So I have several questions. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you identify this strange plant?

Can you identify this strange plant? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

A pinch of this, a dash of that

I'm about to restock my spice cabinet, and I'm hoping to get some advice on what herbs/spices/extracts I should invest in. What dried herbs/spices vary most in quality? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 8:34 AM PST - 24 comments

Dad's in Town and I'm Graduating from School Pale Ale.

What should I name my beer? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 7:36 AM PST - 50 comments

Easy way to make published iWeb site less of a mess?

Is there an easy way to 'streamline' a site developed in iWeb? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Rooney's on the edge of the 16.4592 metre box ...

FootballFilter: What do they call the 18-yard box in France? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 7:06 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a new(er) monitor....

I need advice on buying a new monitor for my PC. I am a complete beginner. So, Monitor 101? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Need to replace old retaining wall.

I have a short retaining wall in front of my house. It is concrete, about three feet high. On top of that is a row of bushes. The concrete is cracking and falling apart every year, and the bushes are old and scraggly. I would like to fix this, but I don't know who does this kind of work. Should I call a landscaping place? Should I call a regular contractor? How do I fix this problem. I don't want to do it myself.
posted by chocolatetiara at 6:41 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm never talking to you again!

Help with my immature self: if someone offends me, my response is to not speak to them - and I can drag it out for ages, too. Worse still, I've found this to be quite an effective technique, so I'm consistently experiencing a degree of positive feedback. However, I do know that it's rather immature and not particularly constructive, so I'd like to know how better to deal with such a situation - what's a more mature technique/ what works for you? (I'm 35...).
posted by anonymous at 5:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me help my friend

I know someone who has, in the last six months, lost a husband, had a house go into forclosure, mother had a stroke, and is close to the breaking point. [more inside]
posted by theperfectcrime at 5:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Getting it out of your system

Two people love each other very much, are currently living together and are very compatible for a successful long-term relationship (marriage, kids, the lot). However, both are also quite young, and might want/need to have some more "fun" on their own before committing to the other person for life. How to sort this out gracefully? [more inside]
posted by dagny at 4:09 AM PST - 28 comments

Mac OSX v Netgear Router

Trying to solve a Mac internet disconnection issue. As always there is [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 3:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy a watch link remover in L.A.?

Where can I buy a watch link remover in West L.A.? [more inside]
posted by loudguitars at 1:57 AM PST - 4 comments

April 27

The City as an Organism: Art

I am trying to find a copy of a drawing/picture I saw awhile ago. It is related the the idea of "the city as an organism". I remember it as a city drawn as a kind of machine on robot legs. It is in kind of Monty Python style if that makes sense... Does anyone know who the artist is? Or if this even exists?
posted by lrobertjones at 11:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to get a cartoon drawn?

Where can I have a cartoon / caricature drawn of a friend. I saw a site ages ago where you could upload some photos, pay some money via Paypal and have a caricature drawn. I think this would make a super birthday present ... but where was that site?
posted by chairish at 10:54 PM PST - 7 comments

It's a capsicum cotyledon consumption carnival!

What are some unusual sprouts I can grow and eat? And where can I get organic seeds for sprouting? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 10:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me save lots of winter rainwater and use it in the summer!

Water engineering question: help me save lots of winter rainwater and use it in the summer! [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 9:00 PM PST - 22 comments

Recommend some games with low computer requirements.

Recommend a computer game that will work smoothly on my computer. [more inside]
posted by dkleinst at 8:34 PM PST - 32 comments

The $100 dollar violin and other questions!

Two questions concerning violins (and by extension, other string instruments): 1. Mass production! 2. Strads! [more inside]
posted by archagon at 8:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How to have multiple orgasms

I am a female in her 20s who would like to achieve multiple orgasms with her boyfriend. However, one orgasm makes me want to pass out. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me make the Break-Up Talk suck less

I plan on breaking up with my girlfriend in the next few days. (We've been together for about half a year.) Help me avoid mistakes that could make The Talk worse than it has to be. (I realize that it's still going to suck even in a best-case scenario.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Sitcom with an infected pierced ear?

My roommate and I are going insane trying to think of a sitcom (or possibly movie) we watched a few months ago where a male character gets a pierced ear, and it becomes grotesquely infected and swollen. The sitcom was likely single camera, and, if we remember correctly, fairly contemporary. It's equally likely to be British or American. Our first guess was Arrested Development, but it looks like that isn't the case. Your assistance will likely save us ours of frustration. Thanks!
posted by incomple at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Just a little macro to help me dominate the world!

I have written a template with a macro for Word, which I would like to share with a bunch of other people. But I don't have a digital signature and I'm wondering if there's an easy or free way to get one, or a workaround? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to watch the Cricket World Cup Final?

Where can I watch the Cricket World Cup Final this Saturday in Westchester? Hopefully near White Plains, because I don't want to have to go into NYC. (Failing that what are some places in the city that will be showing the game?) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 5:59 PM PST - 2 comments

In which I look for information that probably doesn't exist.

Has anyone with reasonable credentials actually sat down and calculated the probability of an afterlife? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 5:37 PM PST - 58 comments

A movie to watch

Recommend me some movies to watch tonight... [more inside]
posted by raheel at 5:15 PM PST - 36 comments

What's the Secret Password?

How exactly does authentication work in a website like Basecamp, or more generally, a site built on Rails or LAMP. When I sign-up, I enter a username and password. I presume this is stored in a database table. But after that, how does the server know who I am during the course of my 'visits' and how does the SQL database know what I have access to ( only my projects ) and what I don't have access to ( Other peoples projects)? Where do cookies, if at all, come into play. If cookies do come into play, can they not simply be forged? I am completely clueless regarding the subtleties of authentication, user sessions, and security. Please enlighten me.
posted by kaizen at 4:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Please, think of the uh kinda old but still useful laptops. Yes.

How to make sure a slightly injured, not-too-old laptop doesn't go to waste? [more inside]
posted by kavasa at 3:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in Boston after 6 p.m.

What to do in Boston after 6:00 p.m. May 6-9? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 2:26 PM PST - 16 comments

A few pages into several scenes.

What are some good (not science fiction or fantasy) films that started as short stories? [more inside]
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 2:26 PM PST - 33 comments

Where to find street art supplies, Atlanta

Anyone know a good place ITP, Atlanta, GA to buy spray paint/ spray paint tips for "street art"? [more inside]
posted by priested at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Lactose morose!

Where can lactose (preferably goat's lactose) be purchased in U.S.? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

The whole primary debate online?

So I missed the presidential primary debate yesterday. Is it available in its entirety somewhere online? MSNBC seems to only have clips. Audio only would be just fine.
posted by thrako at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

The Green Table?

Is it possible to find a video of The Green Table online? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me grow a greengage tree!

I want to grow a greengage tree. Advice? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments


I've recently become obsessed with truly mobile streaming video (a la Justin.TV), and would love some hardware and software input. For hardware, I just want a basic, small laptop. For software, I'm looking for something that does live GPS mapping on the web. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 12:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for software to publish DVD recordings to web

I'm currently making recordings to a DVD and am interested in inexpensive software to edit and compress the recording with the intent to publish it to the web. An easy system to learn and that is relatively fast would be best. Thanks in advance for your suggestions...Orlin
posted by orlin at 12:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should I move to in the Kitchener/Waterloo area?

Taking a job in Waterloo, Ontario. Where should I live? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Cooking in an oven-only tagine

Please help this pescetarian find some authentic tagine recipes. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the benefit of growing up in the big(ish) city?

What is the benefit of growing up in the big(ish) city? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 11:36 AM PST - 46 comments

Whatever became of the members of Lily Liver?

Whatever became of the members of Lily Liver ('90s minneapolis band)? [more inside]
posted by gluechunk at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Ticketmaster: using student tickets without a student ID.

I bought two student tickets to a local ballet performance via ticketmaster. I already have the tickets in hand, and they say nothing about being student tickets. Will the ticket scanner verify our student IDs upon entrance? Or do I need to buy my 29-year-old girlfriend a fake ID to see the ballet? [more inside]
posted by Hankins at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

What would be my best source for HD Content and the best PVR to capture that content?

What would be my best source for HD content and the best PVR to capture that content? I just purchased a new HDTV. I have a Direct TV Tivo box that is only standard def. I figure as long as I have an HDTV though, I should try to get the most out of it. It seems my options are Direct TV with their HD PVR, a Direct TV HD receiver and an HD TiVo or MythTV set up, cable and one of their PVRs or cable and a Tivo or MythTV set up. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 11:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Meat is Murder but Curry is Manslaughter

Damn, damn, damn! I don't think I can eat meat anymore. I need to become a vegetarian, and I need your help. [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 10:23 AM PST - 68 comments

Dialup options -- unplugging from the net and need my fix

What's a good dialup Internet service for Texas cities? All I need is just basic dialup Internet, as I'm visiting relatives in San Antonio who don't have WiFi or DSL. I looked at Earthlink but they rope you into a $22/mo plan after an introductory period and that sounds pretty steep.
posted by rolypolyman at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

a vision softly creeping

AnimationFilter: Did I hallucinate an animation based on Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence"? [more inside]
posted by foobario at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Stupid crying, go away, you aren't helping!

I need to get through a meeting where I will be attacked personally without crying. Is there anything (not therapy, not enough time) that will make it significantly harder for my eyes to produce tears that I can use?
posted by JonahBlack at 9:57 AM PST - 57 comments

Truck 4 Sale.

Should I 'lease' my truck to my friend? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 9:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Mental decline, perception and creativity.

Mental decline, perception and creativity. Layperson looking to understand the medical changes that happen during aging-related mental decline, mental illness and dementia -- and looking for any research or just speculation re. various ways "reduced function" might translate into "different/new function" or "different modes of perception." [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 9:39 AM PST - 10 comments

My div is sinking in IE

CSS: This should be simple, but I, the super-novice, can't find the answer. I need to figure out how to get my float:right column to sit next to my float:left column, instead of it sitting to the right, but below the left... in IE of course. [more inside]
posted by Witty at 9:19 AM PST - 26 comments

Hiring a personal headhunter.

Some seem to be scams, but are there any reputable employee-hired headhunters out there? [more inside]
posted by dr_dank at 9:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Wonderful street markets?

Can you recommend the most amazing street markets? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 9:10 AM PST - 26 comments

grapevine in the big apple

NYC Film & Theater Makers' filter: please suggest online resources for finding out what's going on in NYC! [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Kyoto trip with the fam

Family comming to visit me in Japan. I live in Yokohama, would like to spend one or two days in Tokyo, and 5-7 days in Kyoto. I've only been down there briefly for buisness and have no contacts and no solid idea where to stay and what to see. Check to see [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 8:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Where's the cool stuff in KCMo?

I'm attending (as my first real vacation in 20 years) the Heinlein Centennial in KCMo in July. What to do; what to do? [more inside]
posted by baylink at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

In which I ask where the heck that started

Where, exactly, did the rhetorical device of framing a sentence with "In which _____ does _____" come from originally? I'm pretty sure it was a famous book that I will smack myself for not remembering as soon as you tell me. Because of the simplicity of the term tracking the answer down on Google has failed, and it's been bugging me for a while now.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments


Can my computer kill me without warning? [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:01 AM PST - 45 comments

The link between Mormons and genealogy

I'm quite ignorant about religion in general, but: Why are Mormons so into genealogy? [more inside]
posted by Harry at 7:47 AM PST - 22 comments

SUNY Maritime Ghost Ships?

Ghost Ships exist, and they're in Throgg's Neck! [more inside]
posted by .taft at 7:42 AM PST - 10 comments

One foot in the grave (ie XP)

Is this stupid: buying a Vista laptop intending to immediately install and dual boot XP Professional? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 7:41 AM PST - 15 comments

MS Access: Wildcard Query run amok

MS Access Question: I have two tables in a db file. One has a large list of single cell records and the other, a smaller list of records to be compared against the larger table. The issue is that I would like to use the values in the smaller table as wildcards to return like matches that are like the records in the larger table. Example follows. [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 7:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Miniature wargaming papercraft

Where can I find 15mm or other matching papercraft miniatures? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

3 weeks in paris for work

i'll be staying in paris for about 3 weeks for work - i have a small bundle of questions about this [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 7:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Corn rows and pony tails

Are corn rows on middle aged black men looked at the same way as ponytails are sometimes looked at on white men? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 6:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Health Savings Account Question

Health Savings Accounts: If I pay X out of pocket for medical expenses, can I take X out of my HSA later that year and pay myself back?
posted by drezdn at 5:58 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I clear my sinus problem?

Help me breathe! The older I get, the more sinus trouble I have. Almost every morning I wake up with a semi-headache because one of my nasal passages is entirely blocked. This isn't a seasonal thing, nor does it seem to be allergy-related. During the day it clears up, but at night, I must depend upon nasal spray (the kind you're not supposed to use too consistently). Should I take the plunge and go see a doctor? Or is there some miracle drug I can get over the counter?
posted by jackypaper at 5:36 AM PST - 23 comments

Best UK Zoo

What is the best zoo in the United Kingdom, in your opinion? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find this brand of Camelia Oil?

My girlfriend was given a bottle of camelia oil for her skin from a friend of hers who lives in New York. She absolutely loves it but the bottle is really small and now she's about to run out. I'd like to get her another bottle, preferably the same brand if possible, but my Google-fu fails me and I can't find anyone who sells them. I think her friend bought it somewhere in China Town in New York but I don't know where. I'm thinking that if I could only get in touch with the shop I might be able to order a few bottles from there. Please MeFi, has anyone seen these anywhere?
posted by Friday at 3:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Piss or move down the trough?

A question of men's restroom trough etiquette: Do I shuffle down or stay put? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 2:16 AM PST - 40 comments

Advice for moving long distances with a very old, medically frail pug

Geriatric Pug and moving across country... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 1:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a copy of a rare book for a present to a professor!

I'm looking for a place to find a rare copy of a theological text as a present for a retiring professor. [more inside]
posted by Mali at 12:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Help identify a title of a European film without dialogue about a dance hall in France.

Help identify a title of a European film about a dance hall in France before, during and past the second world war, with no dialogue. The translated title (In Eastern Europe) was "The Ball." I can't identify it on IMDB. [more inside]
posted by andreinla at 12:20 AM PST - 2 comments

April 26

Help me make a batch of cheap bodies

What would be the best and cheapest way for me to make something like this? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 11:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Photos in a web 2.0 world?

Looking for online photo hosting software that combines the good parts of flickr and facebook hosting, of course there is... [more inside]
posted by mge at 11:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Amateur Editor Needs Tech Assist

Questions about importing video from various sources into Final Cut Express HD (note: not Pro!) in order to get live render ability... [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 11:12 PM PST - 2 comments

What is it about Rudy?

Help me understand the appeal of Rudy Giuliani as a presidential candidate. (U.S. electoral politics-filter) [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 11:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Is this article really the work of Alexander Cockburn?

Alexander Cockburn wrote this. Is it tongue-in-cheek?
posted by Kwantsar at 11:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Books on Russian/French history in the 1800s?

I'm looking for some books on European history during the 1800s. I'm specifically interested in Russia from the Decemberists to the 1917 revolution, and the French student revolution of 1848. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 10:33 PM PST - 8 comments

How to make my rotisserie chicken taste super good?

How to make my rotisserie chicken taste super good? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 10:29 PM PST - 20 comments

when are bulk vegetables really bulk?

When grocery shopping is it kosher to split up large bunches of produce when you only need a smaller amount? [more inside]
posted by nerdcore at 10:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Will I suffocate?

How dangerous is it to live in a small room with a gas-powered water heater? Will I die? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 9:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Living on very little sleep

I'm about to start a job where I will be expected to live on 5 hours (or less) sleep per night on weekdays. I'm looking for tips on staying alive physically. Types of food, drinks, shakes, vitamins, exercise tips, sleep hacks, etc. -- anything that will aid my body physically during this period of my life. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 9:50 PM PST - 29 comments

Help identify this flower

BotanistFi: Help us identify this flower... [more inside]
posted by dvf1976 at 9:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Will Adderall kill me, and can I take it on occasion?

Two questions about ADD medication, especially Adderall: 1) How dangerous is it (for me)? 2) Can it be taken "as needed"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM PST - 18 comments

alternatives to pricey vintage gear?

Want a good-to-real-good-quality guitar and amp and the vintage stuff is just stupidly overpriced... [more inside]
posted by mundy at 9:09 PM PST - 18 comments

My laptop, wireless card and VPN Client aren't playing nice.

My laptop, wireless card and VPN Client aren't playing nice. [more inside]
posted by cholly at 8:52 PM PST - 4 comments

What gasoline brushcutter should I buy?

I need to purchase a heavy duty gasoline brushcutter: I have to clear small trees, multifloral rose bushes, and lots of vines over 25+ acres. I need a 35 to 55 cc engine as some of these vines are 5+ inches wide. Have you used one, and do you have any suggestions as to make and model? I am not looking for a chainsaw.
posted by Runcible Spoon at 8:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a Union Square hotel in SF for Memorial Day weekend

Hotels near Union Square in San Francisco that won't cost an arm and a leg? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:21 PM PST - 27 comments

What type of lens should I settle on for my DSLR?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR camera, and am looking for some input on which lens(es) to purchase. [more inside]
posted by tomorama at 8:21 PM PST - 45 comments

Cheap Mac Video Capture Solution

I'm looking for a cheap device to import VHS video onto my MacBook. I've looked at the Canopus ADVC55 but it seems like overkill for what I need - I just want to turn my old home movies into DVDs.
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:57 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I keep from getting stupid?

How do I keep from getting stupid while I'm unemployed and job-hunting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

RAR Joining for the Mac?

What Mac OS X application (or command-line utility) will join RAR files that come in the form filename.r01, filename.r02, etc.? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:26 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I get food out of my sinus cavity?

Food in sinus cavity, need help extricating it! Kind of icky... [more inside]
posted by Mister Cheese at 7:18 PM PST - 25 comments

How to make a tough career decision, when you're an anxiety-riddled lunatic?

Decision-making strategies filter: How to make a hard decision regarding art, uncertainty, academia, a move and major fears? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS at 6:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Does the Industrial Psychologist know who moved my cheese?

What kind of tests might an industrial psychologist give me? [more inside]
posted by ubu at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

PAGES ATE MY BABY, I mean, paper.

My mac ate my paper via Pages. now it is gone. help. [more inside]
posted by bash at 6:13 PM PST - 15 comments


I want to expand my familiarity with contemporary music. Where do I start? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:04 PM PST - 25 comments

BKLYN Stereo Fixin'

Hey Brooklynites, can you recommend a stereo repair shop here in the BKLYN (ny)? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

I have enough to get a passport, isn't that enough?

My wife is going on a cruise this weekend. Her birth certificate and passport are missing. Leaving from California, I'm in Virginia. The ship is stopping in Mexico for fuel. Options? [more inside]
posted by bh at 5:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Another one bites the dust...

Lovely English village is losing its shop. How can I find a fairy-godshopkeeper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Missions trip or vacation which is it?

My daughter wants to go on a trip with her mother's church. I'm upset that they're raising money to take the trip. Should I just let go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 31 comments

What office toys should I get for $100?

Several co-workers and I have $100 each to spend on fun things for the office. What should I buy to get the most fun out of my $100?
posted by STHayden at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

I | <3 ?

What is the origin of the "I | ___" phrasing? [more inside]
posted by lostburner at 4:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Vegetables are DELICIOUS. Just like baby animals.

DiningOutFilter: What are some good inexpensive restaraunts in downtown Greenville, SC that serve vegetarian dishes? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Examples of unsympathetic, unchanging protagonists in film?

Do you know of any films where the protagonist is not only unsympathetic, repressed, emotionally closed-off, etc, but does not change his personality throughout the course of the film? Bonus points for films based on a real person/story. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 3:50 PM PST - 85 comments

Business plan authoring services?

Business plan authoring services? [more inside]
posted by jma at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can XP use over 4GB RAM?

I'm building a new PC running WinXP. Someone tells me XP won't see or use anything over 4GB of RAM. True or false?
posted by SilverTail at 3:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I keep things from growing in my couch?

How do I prevent or treat mold, or any other kind of growth, on a couch in a screened in porch? [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 3:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Helping my dad grieve

How do I support my dad in his grief? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Temporary Auto Insurance

My roomate and I are driving from California to New Jersey in his car... do I need to get some sort of temporary car insurance to drive his car? [more inside]
posted by matimer at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Could you post your own suicide video to YouTube?

Could you post your own suicide video to YouTube? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 2:15 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I recover a lost filesystem that has been partially overwritten?

I accidentally formatted my NTFS drive with HFS and wrote some data on it. Now how do I recover whatever is left? >>>Any filesystem experts around here? [more inside]
posted by oneous at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Printing Problem in IE

When I print a page in IE, the ends of the lines are often cut off at the right. I've set the left page margin as narrow as possible, but it still happens. [more inside]
posted by KRS at 1:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Help! I can't feel my foot!

Numb foot. I'm going to see the doctor about this next week, but wanted to get an idea of what people think this might be, and Google hasn't been so terribly helpful: I've been going all-but-completely numb in my left foot during the course of my four-to-six mile runs. It wears off when I get home, but sloooowwwwwly, and it's freaking me the fuck out. What's up? [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield at 1:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Why was US currency not wanted in Novosibirsk, Russia?

Why was US currency difficult to use and exchange in Novosibirsk, Russia? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 1:43 PM PST - 30 comments

No, I will not do the "Macarena"

Non lame, no cheese, dj for my brother's wedding. Do they exist in the Seattle area? Suggestions and other advice are welcomed.
posted by engling at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Photos in Outlook Global Addresses?

Can anyone direct me to an inexpensive (less than $5K) way to add photos to the Global Address contacts at my company? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 1:17 PM PST - 8 comments

I think I have ADHD

Ok, so I am now willing to admit I may have ADHD, but I have no health insurance. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Help us find decent touring bike rentals in Amsterdam or a better plan!

$700+ to fly with our bicycles? Help us find decent touring bike rentals in Amsterdam or a better plan! [more inside]
posted by funkiwan at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Advanced Network Routing

Is it possible to configure a Mac OS X Server to route incoming and outgoing traffic via two different interfaces? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 12:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Need suggestion on how to cover my upper arm

Need suggestion on how to cover my upperarm. I am a female and i got something similar to a burn mark in my upper arm. So i always wear full sleeve shirts, so that it is not visible to others... [more inside]
posted by tom123 at 12:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I do anything about an auto repair guy who ripped me off?

It looks like I've been sort of ripped off by an auto glass repair guy. Is there anything I can/should do? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 12:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Recommended multi-language online press release distribution service?

Is there a single online service that will allow us to release press releases in more than one language simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 12:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me help my puppy.

My dog had surgery and we are having a hard time getting him around. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Can Robots Use Chopsticks?

Can robots use chopsticks? [more inside]
posted by qbxk at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Well, that's just, like, your OPINION, man.

Help me appreciate the artistic talents of jam bands. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 10:47 AM PST - 25 comments

What is the best Windows based fax server that accepts PHP

Looking for a new fax server. My company has a linux based fax server (Hilafax) that receives commands via php from our CRM that programs a URL into a standard web browser on our client machines containing the location of the document to fax and the fax number. We have over 100 stations and do a large amount of faxing. The Linux fax program is very unreliable. [more inside]
posted by PreteFunkEra at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

More Suction!!

I bought a car GPS unit a couple of months ago and it came with a windshield mount that uses a suction cup. I have had a helluva time getting the suction cup to stay on the windshield. I've tried the trick I learned playing with rubber dart guns as a kid -- basically licking the cup so that the saliva helps hold the seal -- but even that doesn't keep the thing stuck on for long. Any ideas?
posted by briank at 10:15 AM PST - 24 comments

GPS, accelerometer pods or something else for running?

I’m training for a marathon and I’m looking for a training tool to keep track of my progress and to keep me motivated. Should I go with GPS, accelerometer pods or something else? [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Hustle, Series 2, who did the dog paintings?

In the BBC show Hustle, series 2, the gang stays at a hotel in London decorated with huge dog portraits. They're straight on, un-ironic portraits of dog faces. They're fabulous. Does anyone know who painted them?
posted by OmieWise at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Oh, and in a sexy voice too?

I want to listen to my custom news/etc. in the morning. Who has a way of turning their RSS text feeds into mp3s? Feeds->RSS Text->Spoken Mp3->PDA/phone/iTunes, as automated as possible? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 9:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Need to carry a toolbox for boxen

Anyone recommend PC tuneup software, installable to a portable drive or USB stick? Something for tuneups/cleanups, kind of like System Mechanic Portable Toolkit used to do. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

What is wrong with my new Windows Server?

New server in Active Directory. Can't see shares on it (or the server, for that matter) from other subnets. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by gnz2001 at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

A travel site that includes all airlines, or a list of excluded airlines?

Are there travel websites that include all airlines, including discount ones like Southwest? Or, do all these websites exclude the same discount carriers, and which carriers are excluded? [more inside]
posted by mdion at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Can't hear you no more

What causes a cell phone call in which only one party can hear the other? Phone issue or carrier issue? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 8:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Touring Ireland

Three of us (sister & sister with husband) are going to Ireland in mid September for 10 days. Would be most appreciative of any advice for 3 Americans who’ve never set foot in Ireland before and want to avoid the usual tourist traps and tourists. [more inside]
posted by jabo at 7:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Where is the Palm Treo 700wx data usage coming from?

Where is the mysterious data usage on my Palm Treo 700wx coming from? [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish at 7:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Pimp my feeds

I keep up with alot of rss feeds. I read them at work on my breaks, and then at home before bed and in the morning before work. I would like a reader that will synchronize between the two locations so that I know where I left off at work, or at home. I allways forget my USB memory stick, so having a portable app doesn't work well for me. I haven't found a web based RSS reader that was fast enough, and designed the way I like it, I like to have my feeds grouped into folders, and read them one at a time by clicking on the item and reading the article. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 7:09 AM PST - 32 comments

How to teach e e cummings to middle schoolers

Poets and poetry enthusiasts: how to read aloud and analyze an e e cummings poem for middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by AV at 6:56 AM PST - 18 comments

A woman asks - and flinches...

Celine Dion and Elvis - the duet - on last night's "Idol Gives Back". Oh pity please, how was it done? I've tried every combination I can on google/technorati.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

pranks needed.

Does anybody have any ideas of some practical jokes i can play on a colleague by remoting into his registry? [more inside]
posted by goldism at 6:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Realtor Home Invasion

I caught the estate agent, who is handling the sale of the apartment I have just been evicted from, snooping through my stuff. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 6:40 AM PST - 18 comments


PC performance issues. 1) Is it a good idea to fill up all 3 of my DIMM slots, when my motherboard manual says that the max speed will be DDR 200 instead of DDR 400? The motherboard is an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe. 2) How do I best identify the bottlenecked hardware component that's causing framerate jerkiness e.g. when playing Oblivion (e.g. RAM, processor, AGP card)?
posted by thirteenkiller at 6:34 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do between Greensboro, NC and Nashville, TN

Looking for things to do along the road from Greensboro, NC to Nashville, TN [more inside]
posted by ellebee at 6:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my mother get into MP3s

Looking for a way to get my 60 year old mother into the mp3 generation. My mother is 62 once a hippy now a conservite. Her viewing pleasure on tv include CNN, Greys atonomy, Heroes, and Lost to name a few other things. She is addicted to audio book cassettes (alot of mystery stuff growing up she like murder she wrote but the climate of tv has changed and so has her taste) and i am trying to find her some podcast that might be up her alley (she likes to garden, cook, drink and is a dog and cat lover ) since i am not a 62 year old woman and have no idea what podcast most would find interesting i have decide to consult the hive mind for answers. I am doing this in hopes to get her to abandon the tape format of audio books and move into the digital information age of podcasting i think she might enjoy it more since she typical spends large amounts of time traveling for her job. I think it will be easier and more beneficial in the long run to get her moving on this technology while she is flexible enough to adapt to it.
posted by Rolandkorn at 6:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Raw Uncompressed Camcorder Footage

A follow-up to this question: I need to get uncompressed digital video recorded to a hard drive for the purpose of developing compression algorithms. I need a portable solution. High-def is not required. [more inside]
posted by donpardo at 5:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Balckberry in Vietnam (help)

Blackberry in Vietnam isnt working? Any advice [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 3:01 AM PST - 5 comments

How does a short make money?

I'm wondering about the business end of short films. How do they make money? A no-budget, 5-minute short is one thing, but many shorts have high production values, location shoots, CGI, etc., which can come to a substantial amount. For example the Academy Awards for Best Short nominees all seem to be (I didn't see em) at least (stab in the dark here) $10,000 and way up. Unlike features (even really crappy ones), shorts aren't shown in theaters or on video and I've never really seen them outside a shorts festival. Are the producers of these taking a loss? Is it merely a kind of marketing for a director/production company and a loss is the norm?
posted by zardoz at 2:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How to play old school mac hypercards

How can I run 1996 mac hypercards with sound on a PC or modern OS? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular at 2:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Tips on big ol ballpark tour?

Looking for tips and advice on East Coast ballpark tour. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 1:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Post-marathon sightseeing in Vienna

I'm spending the weekend in Vienna, running the marathon on Sunday. I've Monday free to look around the city - what would you recommend as a 'must see' for a weary, footsore sighteer?
posted by poissonrouge at 1:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Name that drink.

What do I call this drink? I'm a pretty regular scotch and soda drinker, but was recently introduced to a new libation. My buddy ordered a scotch, ginger ale and bitters. It's good, but what is it called? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 12:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Should I sand the binding of my Les Paul?

Should I sand the binding of my Edwards Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 12:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Wet iPod. Am I screwed?

What can I do or say to increase my chances of getting a replacement for my 5G iPod that's still covered under the Limited Warranty? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 12:00 AM PST - 9 comments

April 25

Classic Rock Fan

I'm a 40 year old male and a music nut, but only classic rock and only musicians with ultimate talent. My favorites include The Who, Rush, Kinks, Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel's Genesis, pre-Born In the USA Bruce, Ozzy, Maiden, Sabbath, etc. I haven't found a good band in the 90's and 00's until I found Wolfmother. Are there any others out there worth listening to?
posted by whobynumbers at 11:53 PM PST - 53 comments

Longest roadrunner "demise" scene?

Which Roadrunner scene contains the longest set piece / rube goldberg style series of events leading to Wile. E's comeuppance? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I quit my job of seven years and go to college full time? If so, how can I afford college, mortgage, and bills?

Should I quit my job of seven years and go to college full time? If so, how can I afford college, mortgage, and bills? [more inside]
posted by h2 at 10:27 PM PST - 12 comments

In search of a hypoallergenic liquid soap

I'm in search of a hypoallergenic soap that's safe for use around the uh, girly parts. Caveat: It needs to be in liquid in-a-bottle/tube form. I'd like to be able to buy it in local stores, too. [more inside, with girly parts talk] [more inside]
posted by Verdandi at 9:47 PM PST - 40 comments

Name the horror movie involving tarantulas?

Name the scary movie I can't remember. In one scene tarantulas crawl all over a bed and floor of a bedroom (I think it was a child's). I want to say that the plot may have involved a man who could bring about people's worst fears, but he may have been the devil. [more inside]
posted by banished at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How does Half Price Books determine the trade in value of books/cds/dvds?

How does Half Price Books determine the trade in value of books/cds/dvds? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 9:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Shared Video RAM on HP Vista Notebook

WindowsVista : How do I determine and modify how much of my HP notebook's RAM is shared with my video card? Can it even be done??? [more inside]
posted by paterg at 9:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Good, free firewalls.

What's a good, free firewall I can use on my home PC (running WindowsXP SP2) that isn't Zone Alarm Pro, Sygate or Kerio? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Mixed Soda Name?

What do you call the drink that results from mixing a little bit of every drink in a fountain machine at a restaurant/similar establishment? [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 9:10 PM PST - 149 comments

Please help me find a place to live temporarily in Austin, TX.

Please help me find a place to live temporarily in Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 9:04 PM PST - 11 comments

How steep a hill?

Is there a (cheap-ish) tool that will measure pitch (as in a roof, or hill)? and what is it called? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 9:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Swanning around origin

I'm looking for the earliest appearance of the phrase 'swanning around' - To travel around from place to place aimlessly. [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 9:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Gvie me a word or phrase to describe a particular type of racism.

Is there a word or phrase for this type of racism? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 8:20 PM PST - 34 comments

Sazerac in Chicago?

Where to find a really good Sazerac in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by warhol at 8:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Shutdown the error message!

Windows shutdown hangs doesnt close explorer.exe! Please help me get windows shutdown to behave properly. [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 7:07 PM PST - 20 comments

A legal question about perjury.

A legal question about perjury. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Love, Regency Style

What was Anne Elliot's dowry? What if Sir Walter couldn't pay? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I get a personal letter from Tiger Woods for someone on their 100th birthday?

How can I get a personal letter from Tiger Woods for someone on their 100th birthday? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 6:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Hey, Columbo

Seriously, is it possible, without picking up a phone, to find out what the expiration date is for your Verizon Wireless account? I have my mobile with them [more inside]
posted by zephyrbill at 6:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Those who can't paint, manage.

Which U.S. colleges/universities have well-regarded programs in arts management? Are any of them in Wisconsin or Illinois? [more inside]
posted by princesspathos at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

mac virus?

how did my mac get a virus??? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 6:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Bookkeeping rates?

What should my wife charge for bookkeeping services? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for tools to help me get out of the endless reading trap

Can anyone recommend some good research/study/outlining software that assists your writing? Either freeware or paid. Basically I mean software that alows you to collate ideas and notes as you read, as well as lets you do outlining - all this in preparation for writing a report or paper or essay. [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a power cord for this old machine?

What kind of power cord will fit into this old EMG machine? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best Address-Book-like app for a Mac?

What is the best Address-Book-like app for a Mac? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Apt rental agency refuses to give back $2000.00 deposit.

I went through a rental agency for an apartment last fall. I found one but it had some flaws (dirty, needed painting and some repairs) and the rental agent assured me that the owner was aware of the problems and would "definitely" have the needed work done PRIOR to my moving in. On the basis of that promise I plunked down $2000.00 for the first month's rent and signed the agreement. A few days later the landlord called me and said the work would not be done before I moved in but "sometime" afterwards. I smelled a rat and went back to the agent and asked for my money back. The agency wouldn't give it back as they said it was non-refundable. Do I have anything to go on to pursue this? Thanks.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Why can't I just copy/paste?

Does Adobe Bridge CS3 allow one to copy Camera RAW settings from one image to another? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 at 5:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm tired of walking like a baby.

Can I train myself not to walk pigeon-toed? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 5:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me plan an "escape from the city" vacation

Help me plan an "escape from the city" vacation [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 5:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's the discipline specific academic gossip?

I know where to go for gossip within my own academic discipline, but are there canonical blogs (on moves, hiring, graduate apps, big books, occasional meta-discipline discussion, etc). or rankings in other disciplines? The Chronicle and Arts and Letters Daily are more general. I'm looking for more discipline specific stuff. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 4:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Read-Once pdfs

Is it possible to create a pdf file that can only be opened once? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 4:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this normal?

Job offer timing--is this normal? Are they trying to screw me over? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 4:54 PM PST - 17 comments

I don't want to stick it to the man, I just want nothing to do with him.

I'm a bright, creative, productive computer programmer close to the beginning of my career. I'm currently employed at a startup I really like, with relatively interesting work, and generally feel positive (or neutral) about going and spending time at the office each day. But, for a myriad of reasons, I despise having a job. I absolutely cannot imagine doing this for the rest of my life. Other than turning to a life of crime, in what ways might I support myself without having a traditional job? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:53 PM PST - 40 comments

How can a gay couple bear a child?

I'm a gay male. Although it's several years out still, I've been thinking a lot about parenthood. So much, much [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 PM PST - 11 comments

diagram this 94-word sentence

How do I diagram this sentence? [more inside]
posted by mai at 4:41 PM PST - 26 comments

How does Feist shake 'em in 'n out?

How was the music video for Feist's song "1234" (YouTube) made? Post-production magic? Perspective illusion? Gondry-like gimmickry? [more inside]
posted by tulseluper at 4:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Wisdom teeth extraction: local or general anesthesia?

My wisdom teeth need to come out and my dentist referred me to an oral surgeon that only uses local anesthetic--no gas. Should I ask for another surgeon? [more inside]
posted by awesomedude at 3:56 PM PST - 59 comments

on the road again

In late May, I'll be driving with a bunch of friends in an RV from Sacramento CA to George WA and back for the Sasquatch Music Festival. I've only driven as far north as the Oregon border before, so I'm looking for recommendations of interesting places to stop - your favorite diners, pie shops, waterfalls, hot springs (improved or not) and other oddities of northwest highway culture. I'm familar with many Northern California hot springs (I really like the one in Sierraville), and would love to find other very inexpensive and informal places like that.
posted by luriete at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a single US Highway Code?

Is there a US-wide equivalent to the Highway Code? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 2:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Apple Bluetooth keyboard delays?

Thinking of getting an Apple wireless keyboard (Bluetooth thingy) for use with a MacBook. My overriding concern: Is there an obvious delay between pressing a key and it registering? Thanks!
posted by docgonzo at 2:42 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I better track my finances and stick to a budget when dealing with many accounts and currencies?

I'm looking for recommendations on budgeting software that is international-friendly (multiple currency support, ease of entry and import of data). Any experiences from other international users? [more inside]
posted by irian at 2:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Let's Get Away... from Chicago

My girlfriend and I want to escape Chicago for a weekend sometime soon. The caveats: we're in college and on a tight budget, and we don't want to drive more than 2-3 hours. Help us find the perfect weekend getaway! [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 2:10 PM PST - 14 comments

IMAX movies limited to 2 hours?

Are IMAX movies still limited to 120 minutes / two hours? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find heat-ray SFX?

Does anyone know where I can find a sound clip of the original "War of the Worlds" heat-ray sound? [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Laura Bush a smoker or what?

Does Laura Bush really smoke cigarettes? Did she ever? Did she quit then start again? Evidence please. I need to win, or at least start, a bar argument.
posted by Mister_A at 1:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Good Times in the Southwest

What should we see during our week in the Southwest? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 1:24 PM PST - 14 comments

why do colors seem to appear in different planes on my LCD screen?

When I look at an image (on my LCD computer screen) that is composed of a combination of solid colors separated by black borders, I perceive the colors as appearing on different planes of depth, as if the image were three-dimensional. If I close either eye, the illusion collapses. Am I the only one affected by this, or is it a consequence of the way LCDs display color? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 1:08 PM PST - 15 comments

How bad can an insect bite be?

I was thinking of hiking in New England for three weeks this May. Was that is, until everyone started pitching in with scare stories of blackflies and other insects. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by godawful at 1:06 PM PST - 17 comments

What needs to be on a check to make it stick?

Is it legal and/or kosher for me to have my bank's name on my checks, but not its contact info or address? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Man, I wish i still had those knockoff BluBlockers...

Would something like Blu Blocker sunglasses help me see my laptop screen better outside and cut down the glare from the aluminum case at the same time? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Remember that movie where a bunch of parasites took over the world?

I'm looking for titles of any movies [besides Alien] that feature parasites attacking pets, humans or other animals. I can't recall any names but I definitely recall seeing hilarious ones from the 50's as a kid. Bonus for ones that are old [but still rentable from Netflix], cheesy and gross [in a somewhat humorous way]
posted by special-k at 12:16 PM PST - 47 comments

Monastic Destiny Scrolls

Who are the monks with scrolls describing the destinies of everyone who visits their monastery? [more inside]
posted by textilephile at 12:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Programs that provide money to women escaping domestic violence?

Are you aware of any programes that provide money to women to assist them in escaping abusive relationships? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How can we order lunch?

My company (75 people) orders lunch from the same place every day. The receptionist sends out an email to everyone in the morning, and people respond with what they want for lunch. She then takes all of these food requests and calls them in to the sandwich shop. At the end of the day, she then has to tally up how much everyone spent. It then comes off of your paycheck. How can we make this easier? It takes a considerable amount of the receptionists time! [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 11:55 AM PST - 16 comments

What the hell was wrong with me?

Does the famed "24 hour bug" really exist, and if so, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it a good idea to use henna on chemically-dyed hair?

Is it a good idea to use henna on chemically-dyed hair? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I return the damaged bike I bought on eBay?

The bike I bought on eBay got damaged in shipping. Should I ride it or send it back? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 11:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Throw me a life preserver!

Where can I find a score or a recording of Handel's Water Music Suite - except, the arrangement by Hamilton Hardy? I need to analyze a performance that I've already seen and need to refresh my memory, but all I can find is of other arrangements. I'm willing to pay a bit if it's only on an MP3 / other site - and just an outline of the structure of that arrangement or information about it would be great too!
posted by tmcw at 11:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Vista System Tray Icon Weirdness

I'm running Vista on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S361 and the icon I've highlighted at this link keeps showing up in my system tray. Setting to "Hide" gets rid of it for the current session, but upon re-starting Vista, it shows up again. Does anyone know how to get rid of this and/or what it is?
posted by chaosscontrol at 10:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Plaintext and Excel

MS Excel: I need to place quotation marks around the numbers in a column. Is there a better way to do this than I am currently trying or is there a plaintext spreadsheet editor that would be a better solution? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 10:23 AM PST - 10 comments

No soup for you (?)

On behalf of my girlfriend, who wanted the soup from my Chinese delivery lunch special but now is too full to eat it: Can you reheat egg drop soup? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 10:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a word for this? One person's rights expressed in terms of another person's rights.

I want to describe something and I can't think of a good term for it. What should I call rights that "really" belong to one person or other entity, but which are expressed in relation to another person or entity? E.g., someone might not want to say that animals have a right to freedom, so he says that freeing animals protects the right of humans to avoid psychological distress. Rather than say that illegal immigrants have a right to free immunizations, he might say that the immunizations protect the rights of citizens to avoid epidemics. Is there a word for this?
posted by Joe in Australia at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Bees in Anthills!

Bees Behaving Strangely - Last weekend saw hundreds of bees hovering over anthill-like holes on the sunny side of a small hill. On occasion the bees would go into the holes, but with much hesitation... Can bees live under ground (this was in CT) or do they fight with ants? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 9:52 AM PST - 9 comments

It may not be radiation, but I still want a tattoo.

Would it be stupid to get a tattoo a week before I start chemo? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Was I in serious danger?

TorontoFilter: What can you tell me about this place/area just east of downtown Toronto? (description follows) [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 9:01 AM PST - 18 comments

What (tradionally outdoor) plants should I have in my apartment?

What kind of plants should I grow in my apartment? Bonus points for traditionally outdoor plants. [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

A Tale of Two Pretties

How do you choose between two people who are both indidually wonderful? How do you turn one down when neither of them deserve it? I'm in the best dilemma in the world and can't figure it out. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 8:40 AM PST - 47 comments

Help me throw an awesome Irish pub party.

Asking for a friend: If you could design a booklet to be distributed at a party at an Irish pub, what would you include? [more inside]
posted by Not in my backyard at 8:39 AM PST - 12 comments


Have you considered writing your own obituary? [more inside]
posted by bkiddo at 8:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the deal with Rental Insurance?

PhillyFilter: Moving to a new apartment in a slightly questionable neighborhood. What do I need to know about, and how much would I expect to pay for renter's insurance? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:20 AM PST - 16 comments

he said/she said

Looking for good books with alternating narration. [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:04 AM PST - 43 comments

Ideas for easing the move overseas for kids.

Im wondering if there are any sites or books for kids to help prepare them for a move overseas. I've got two sons, a 9 year old and a 6 year old. The 9 yr. old is angry about our upcoming (in about a month) move to Sydney, Australia. Any ideas you have would be helpful. We live in the South (USA) now. Thanks for all the helpful responses to my earlier question.
posted by BaugusC at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I tactfully ask my girlfriend to move out?

How do I tactfully ask my girlfriend to move out of my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 37 comments

Is my son dangerous?

I have two children. One is a male teenager [17], and the other is an infant girl. Soon after my daughter was born I discovered that my son had been looking up porn fiction on the net. I was disturbed by the content. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 29 comments

An adopted child makes contact

23 years ago, my sister gave her newborn baby girl up for adoption. Since then, my sister made herself as "available" as possible in the hope that one day her daughter might one day reach out to find her. Last week, in the wake of the VT shooting, she did. The family is overjoyed - and dumbstruck. Any experience how we (parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.) should handle all of this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me decide which (UK) university to go to

I've recieved offers from The University of Plymouth, Winchester School of Art and Bath Spa University. At the moment I'm torn between Plymouth and Bath. Bath has a good reputation for art and design subjects (I'm studying graphics) and its a really beautiful city (this is the halls of residence) but its an expensive place to live and there's no internet access in the halls of residence which is a big drawback for me. Plymouth is a nice enough place but compared with Bath it's a complete dive and I don't think it has as good a reputation as Bath. It does have free broadband in the halls of residence though, and they've just built a brand new art and design campus with state of the art facilities. Also, in Bath I'd be living exclusively with art and design students whereas in Plymouth I'd be living with people studying different subjects which I find more appealing. Any thoughts on which is the better option? Solutions to the internet problem would also be welcome.
posted by Andy Harwood at 7:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Rat poison-mercury-vapor-radioactive-lead dust factory?

What is the best, least expensive way to research the industrial history of a factory building in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Boston Beerlympics - A Booze Drenched Logistical Nightmare?

So while belly up to the bar recently, some friends and I began talking about group activities for the summer. The idea of a “Boston Beerlympcs” came up. The idea is that we’d form a few “nations” or teams that would compete against each other in weekly and biweekly events over the summer. However, like many ideas thought up over a few pints, the execution and logistics eludes us. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Mail Merge Woes

How do I address a few hundred newletters from a mailing database? [more inside]
posted by wavering at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do movie posters always look hand-drawn? And how do they do it?

Movie posters normally carry images that look hand-drawn. Even 'real' landscapes, or people, are frequently represented in this style. Why do studios do this? And are these images really drawn by hand, or are they just photoshopped photos? [more inside]
posted by scrm at 6:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Vintage, beaded African art: can I even think about cleaning these on my own?

I have a couple of intricately beaded African ceremonial sashes, ca. 1960, that need cleaning (desperately! profoundly!), but I can't afford professional art restoration at this time, and don't trust non-specialists to clean them. Can I (should I?) try to do something (anything?) on my own? [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Thinking of buying a Razor Phone

How far back does the call log go on a Razor Phone? I need it to go back at least a month.
posted by ok at 5:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Identify this black comedy

Identify this book: Black comedy involving doctors and nurses with sentences ALL IN CAPS. Published in the last five years. British female author.
posted by ninebelow at 5:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a PA system

What kind of PA system would I use for a semi-acoustic musical group performing in a small room? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I make a doomed project worth my while?

Evil chefs are holding my money hostage. Do I have a recourse? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 3:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Understanding protocols

Please help me understand protocols better. [more inside]
posted by dhoe at 12:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking to recreate the "perfect" sound

audiofilter: How do you get one sound sample (http://www.sendspace.com/file/x8yljn) to sound like another (http://www.sendspace.com/file/fh6v9l) without rerecording? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 12:28 AM PST - 6 comments

April 24

Nutritious Camp-Out Food

Help me prepare a nutritious menu plan for someone who's going to a 5-day Burning Man type campout. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:25 PM PST - 11 comments

These go to eleven...

Does listening to an MP3 player at a higher volume significantly increase the rate at which its battery drains? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 11:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I figure out what I want in life?

I'm unhappy with my job, it's affect on my life, and where it's taking me. How do I find out what it is I really want in life and start doing it? [more inside]
posted by Waffle_King at 10:59 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the dealeo?

A military question about the laws of the battlefield. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 10:20 PM PST - 21 comments

How many emails does it take...

I'm looking for an article I read online a few years ago. It mentioned how many emails, instant messages and phone calls it takes to equal one in-the-flesh date, such as "it takes one email conversation or 1 hour of instant messaging to equal one date". Help me find it!!!
posted by damnjezebel at 9:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Hooks or loops?

Velcrofilter: Which side gets the hooks, which side gets the loops? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike at 9:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a Pencil equivalent to the Space Pen?

Is there a Pencil equivalent to the Space Pen? [more inside]
posted by chrisWhite at 9:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Portsmouth to Portland

Cheap flight to Portsmouth + 4 days = what to see? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments

How to emigrate to Ireland?

I want to live overseas for the summer, with an eye to emigrating, potentially. I am thinking of Ireland or maybe the UK. Please help by telling me about your experience if you were thinking about or did the same thing. [more inside]
posted by cotterpin at 8:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Extracting Table Data in Word

[Word Filter] I have a Word document consisting of a giant table with columns such as last name, first name, address, etc. Is there a way to extract the table data to another document in such a way that I preserve the order of the information, but lose the cells, rows and columns? Whenever I try to cut and paste, I end up just taking the table with me - exactly what I DON'T want to do...
posted by delosic at 8:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Windows is usually so good at deleting stuff, even the things you want.

So for some unknown reason (probably I hit enter when I wasn't looking), Windows has decided to plunk down a 'Windows Service Pack Setup' file, update.exe on my external, USB, media HDD. I don't want it there. If it were as simple as right click-delete i wouldn't be here, and neither would the file. [more inside]
posted by baserunner73 at 8:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Chase Me! With Fred Samson as: Mr. Big!

What are some of the coolest 60's -70s heist/action/crime movie previews (or current retro previews) or opening introductory movie or t.v. montages? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman at 7:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Title My Vonnegut Tribute Event

I'm holding a event in the Seattle area recognizing author Kurt Vonnegut, who recently passed away. A number of people from the local literary, artistic, and library communities will be reading passages of his writing and speaking. I'm looking for a good title for the event; I think "So It Goes" has been overused. Any ideas?
posted by bokinney at 7:50 PM PST - 30 comments

Where are all the readers hiding?

How do I found a great book club? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

I add artwork to my ipod but it doesn't show up!

I have a Windows-formatted ipod that I run a mac. I am having trouble manually adding artwork to my ipod. I am unable to add the artwork in itunes and then view it on my ipod. The artwork will show up in itunes, but not on the ipod. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help!
posted by slhpatterson at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

The Various Workings of a Cube-Shaped Gallery

Imagine a cube-shaped building, with ten cube-shaped rooms along each side (10 rooms long, 10 high & 10 deep). Each cubular room has 4 walls, 1 ceiling and 1 floor. Each of the 6 interior surfaces in all 1000 cubular rooms is decorated with a different piece of art. The rooms can be moved around the building, as if it were an enormous Rubik's cube, but they can also be spun on their axes, so all 6 walls of all 1000 cubes is capable of touching all the others (if the cube is so arranged). How many combinations of art within the 'Cube Gallery' are possible? If you can run me through the workings of the maths I would be extra grateful. Also, what technical words/phrases/language are useful/interesting in expressing this concept? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:14 PM PST - 26 comments

How to make my router work with new settings ASUS AM604g

How to make my router work with new settings ASUS AM604g [more inside]
posted by complience at 5:31 PM PST - 13 comments

How to teach a 12 year old that Swastika's are not "a joke".

I found a piece of paper in my 12 year old son's knapsack today, covered with drawings of swastika's, "KKK", and one word, "Osama"; and yes, he admitted to doing it. [more inside]
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 5:29 PM PST - 62 comments

Packing slightly damp books for storage

I'm planning on storing a large amount of (very slightly damp) books. Advice required. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:18 PM PST - 5 comments

I need more mail in my life.

How can I, a college student, get more mail? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:07 PM PST - 41 comments

How do I stop my X31 dropping it's reasonably strong signal?

I just upgraded from a Thinkpad X22 w/ PCMCIA wireless card to an X31 with built in wireless, and the X31 is dropping the wireless connection on a regular basis, despite there being a reasonable signal. Aside from the wireless being built in, the other difference is that the X31 also has the ThinkVantage Access software installed - is it possible that there's a conflict with XP and this software?(XP is set as the default choice). [more inside]
posted by russmail at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Software to track project/client information?

What kind of software can I use to keep track of information on each client and/or project that I'm working on? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Help finding a script to generate personalised imitation news stories.

Hi there collective mind, I need help for a project finding a script (preferably php) to generate personalised imitation news stories. Something like this or this. Anything which superimposes letters onto a nice background would be great. Failing that anything that will change certain parts of an article into names/user entered text would be fantastic. Electronic-free-beers on me to anyone that helps. Sorry for being such a programming-cretin.
posted by nickehsmith at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Calling all psychology majors...

Psychologists - Help me find some references to get me started on reading about awareness in small groups. [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Reuniting an iPod with its paired iTunes

I have a question about syncing an iPod to a Mac it was previously paired with. (It's a bit like this question, but 2007-style.) [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find another camera with the "Color Accent" Feature!

Help me find other cameras with a "color accent" feature. [more inside]
posted by imjosh at 4:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I sell Movies Online

I have access to a library of assets (ie, Movies) that I want to sell online. This is a commercial venture and I am looking for a good way to do this. [more inside]
posted by Panther at 3:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Hydrofloss? Does it work?

Does Hydrofloss work? http://www.hydrofloss.com/ I had a Braun Oxyjet irrigator which I loved. it died and they don't sell them anymore except as part of a whole Braun system. I have a Sonic Care and am happy with that. I guess I am hesitant to spend $70-90 on something that says magnet change the polarity of the water. 45% more plaque reduction than Waterpik. Anybody know anything about these? [more inside]
posted by thinktwice at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Give this noob some basic info on prosumer video cameras.

Questions about buying a video camera in general and some specifics about the Canon XL1.... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 3:52 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do in New Orleans on Halloween?

BigEasyFilter: What interesting things can I get into in New Orleans on Halloween? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 3:47 PM PST - 7 comments

mouse pee + compost = ?

Any reason not to use mouse bedding in the compost? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 3:39 PM PST - 11 comments

A good knee brace?

Please help me choose the right knee brace for hiking that does not cause further pain. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Caloric intake for plus-sized pregnancy?

How many calories does a plus-sized woman need during pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Pirated DVDs on Ebay - Arggggh

What is the best way to get back at those fraudulent Ebay sellers? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

how to best use MVC architecture in flex 2

trying to set up MVC (model view controller) architecture for a Flex 2 project [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

RHEL vs SLES: netstat -a

Why doesn't "netstat -a" work with forwarded ports on SLES 10x64? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Resources and anectdotes related to Feline HIV

Seeking resources and anecdotes related to Feline HIV [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Nuthin' Up My Sleeve...

What Are The Logistical Challenges of Carrying a Concealed Firearm On A Daily Basis? [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit at 1:27 PM PST - 29 comments

The Lost Lockerbie Gospel

One dark and stormy Sunday morning, I heard a gospel song about a woman in the Lockerbie plane crash on the radio... [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

It's getting in hot in here...

How can I survive summer in Michigan with out air conditioning? or What should I look for in portable air conditioners? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Lurker at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Snorkel or SCUBA in Cozumel?

Snorkel or SCUBA in Cozumel? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 12:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Did stopping smoking break me?

Stopping smoking seems to have broken my body. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Did they have copyright in 629?

At the bottom of this list of available emblems of belief for veteran's headstones two symbols, the christian scientist cross and crown and the muslim five pointed star, are said to be not shown due to copyright. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

How to remove broken power adapter stem from inside laptop?

The tip (inside stem) of my power adapter broke off in my wife's computer (White iBook G4). Thus, its unable to recharge. How do I get it out? What are these parts called so I can look it up at an appropriate place? [more inside]
posted by GPF at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

How do i change careers/positions within my company?

Jobfilter: Im currently a network admin at my company. I have been with them a little over 1 1/2 years. Heres my dilema. I love the company i work for, they treat everyone great, there relatively small and everyone is sorta treated like family but the problem is i am completely burnt out at my position. I have been in the IT World for a little over 8 years and im soo sick of it and want to desperatley change careers but stay with the company. What is the best way to go about telling my boss this? I want him to know im not looking for another job or quitting but just want to change to a diffrent career/position within the company.
posted by flipmiester99 at 11:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Any tools to manage status for multiple messaging clients?

Are there any Windows utilities that manage the status information for multiple IM clients? Skype, MSN, Yahoo... [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro at 11:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Book reccomendation based on Michael Chrichton's Travels

I've been reading Michael Chrichton's Travels, and really enjoying his scientific prospective on the metaphysics, mysticism, energy, "New Age" spiritualism, and whatnot -- particularly in stories like "Cactus Teachings." What are some other books/authors you can recommend that approach these topics in Chrichton's skeptical-but-still-interested way? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I "start" an enabled driver in XP SP2?

My audio device is giving me the following message: "Driver is enabled but has not been started." Please help. [more inside]
posted by padjet1 at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Name that plant!

What is this houseplant? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 11:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Whether 'tis nobler in the train to suffer...

To Eurorail or not to Eurorail, that is the question. [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 10:40 AM PST - 21 comments


It's margarita season and I need help making the perfect one... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 10:34 AM PST - 24 comments

I clobbered a file by saving a download with the same name, and would like to recover my data.

I clobbered a file by saving a downloaded file with the same name. Options? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do & see in Calgary?

Calgaryfilter: We're going up for a wedding in a couple of weeks, and would like to get a little flavor of the city in the 2.5 days of free time that we will have. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 9:45 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I ask the radiologist before my cerebral angiogram?

What should I ask the radiologist before my cerebral angiogram? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

The Perfect Desk For Me?

I need to find an inexpensive-ish desk with lots of storage, preferably utilizing the space above the desktop. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Help! Our trees have been invaded by tent caterpillars!

Eastern tent caterpillar invasion! How can we safely defend the homeland? [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy at 9:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey?

Best Medical Malpractice lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by LavishingUndertone at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Should you add to your resume a job that you got fired from?

Should you add to your resume a job that you got fired from? [more inside]
posted by mcraul at 8:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Looking for a wedding photographer in Edinburgh

Does anyone have a recommendation for a wedding photographer in the Edinburgh (Scotland) area? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help for a friend guilty of manslaughter

A year ago, a friend of mine was drunk-driving and killed his best friend in a car accident. He needs help. Where can he turn to? [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:11 AM PST - 37 comments

What drinks go with seafood paella?

What alcoholic drinks go with seafood paella? [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 8:08 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I find the best doctor in a given specialty?

How can I fine the best doctor in a given specialty? In this case, I need to find the best eye doctor I can possibly find. [more inside]
posted by Ostara at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find or create a word for false knowledge

I'm looking a word for a behavior, and, failing that, I am looking for help in inventing that word. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:40 AM PST - 51 comments

HyperTermainal and COM Ports on OSX

I have an "Emulated" USB device that I connect to (and update) using Hyper Terminal on the PC. How do I do this from a Mac? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

What's your take on "Taking Charge of Your Fertility"

What's your take on "Taking Charge of Your Fertility," especially to prevent pregnency without birth control?
posted by dial-tone at 7:10 AM PST - 20 comments

When a tree falls in the woods, does the insurance company punish you?

At what dollar amount do I draw the line for making a homeowners insurance claim? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Tear my photos

What's a decent piece of free/cheap software that can create a 'torn edge' effect on a photo? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us deliver our love

Parents will be in San Diego for an awards ceremony, and we can't make it. So, what can we deliver that's SD-related to their hotel? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 6:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Northfield's finest have nothing better to do...

North Chicago suburbs speeding ticket with a CA drivers license. To plead guilty or not? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 6:38 AM PST - 14 comments

What is Visitacion Valley like?

I am interested in knowing more about Visitacion Valley. [more inside]
posted by Silverlantern at 6:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Japanese cooking ingredients in Dublin?

Is there anywhere in Dublin, Ireland I can buy staple Japanese ingredients such as Miso, Dashi and Mirin? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Don't call me Dirty Harry.

When Jack Bauer unholsters his sidearm, he invariably cups his left hand and uses it to support the right. Have movie heroes from Gary Cooper through Dirty Harry been fooling us all along? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:02 AM PST - 20 comments

What's up with Pat Tillman's uniform?

Why is Pat Tillman's uniform censored? [more inside]
posted by missed at 1:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Got an electic plane stuck in a tree.

My friend has an electric plane stuck in a tree. Help him get it down!!!! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 12:59 AM PST - 17 comments

April 23

I I I Don't need your poison. I I I want to find this song.

Song lyrics filter: Help me find this song I've been unable to find for years! [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 11:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Ocean Park Bars

Is there a decent bar on the Santa Monica Airport area, say on Ocean Park or Pico, that a 45-50 year old straight white male might want to start hanging out at with thoughts of becoming a regular? [more inside]
posted by Carsey at 10:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Word for affectionate squeezing hazard?

And I will hug him and squeeze him and call him George! Somewhere I read that there was a specific word in some language to describe the feeling of restraining overwhelming affection because the urge to hug and squeeze with all one's might could actually harm the subject, e.g. puppies, infants, petite girlfriends. I've searched all over with no luck. Ring any bells?
posted by Tubes at 10:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Is raw honey from a beehive safe to eat?

Can I eat raw honey from a fallen beehive? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 10:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Too many meds? Or something worse?

Traveling health filter: I'm asking this for a friend who is working way...way...wayyyyyy out in the mountain regions of Pakistan with no access to proper health care at the moment. Definitely not for the squeamish... [more inside]
posted by lil' ears at 10:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a single homo adopt a baby?

Can a male homo without a partner ever hope to adopt a baby in California or New York? [more inside]
posted by DarwinianDan at 9:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Holocaust survivors --> EU Citizenship to descendants?

My grandparents are Holocaust survivors. Might I be entitled to EU citizenship? How do I figure this out and pursue it if it's an option? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 9:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Help figure out this technique

Photography/video filter: On the American Choppers show, I saw "Mikey" shoot his camera, "what looked like a cannon rebel xti" at like something like 20 frames per second and with some tech help turned it into a short movie. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 9:16 PM PST - 7 comments

inner circle sushi

I've been admitted to a very exclusive, yet humble, sushi-ya. What should I do and avoid, to become a star customer? [more inside]
posted by cior at 8:20 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I replicate this that is full of deliciousness?

In need of a mayonnaise-free pimento cheese recipe. Bizarre requirements follow and a knowledge of the spread and its incarnations requested. [more inside]
posted by sara is disenchanted at 8:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Total taxes

My friend and I were having a discussion over acceptable marginal tax rates. I'm wondering where I would look to quickly find out how much of my income I would have to pay in state and federal taxes at different income levels. Is there a quick (online) way to figure this out? Exclude complications like stocks, marriage, other tax breaks, etc. If you want a specific salary, how much would I have to pay in taxes on a $100,000 salary? Thanks!
posted by JamesJD at 8:04 PM PST - 6 comments

What happened to me at Gröna Lund?

In 1987 I visited a friend in Sweden and we went to the amusement island Gröna Lund. As he shopped at a kiosk, I leaned in to hear the pitch, and began suffering an odd symptom. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 7:53 PM PST - 10 comments

What's causing a slow leak in my soccer ball?

I have a slow leak in a brand new Diadora soccer ball purchased online. Every week or so it becomes too soft to kick and must be pumped up again. Is there a way to home-remedy this, or should I ask for my money back?
posted by deern the headlice at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

What does the bumper sticker depicting something akin to a deer-crossing sign mean?

What does the bumper sticker depicting something akin to a deer-crossing sign mean? The sticker looks like a deer-crossing sign except that instead of a deer, some other deer-like animal is depicted (springbox? ibex? impala?). I have seen the sticker with regularity on cars in eastern states.
posted by kellygreen at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Online Source For Tomato & Tomatillo Plants?

Does anyone have a reputable online source for tomato and tomatillo plants? [more inside]
posted by kickerofelves at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Lets get Physical, physical, I wanna get Physical!!!

Bodybuilding and Weight-losing filter: I’m planning to lose some weight around the hips, and at the same time work on my upperbody. The only catch is that I can’t afford to go to the gym right now, and was wondering if there are any exercises that I can do at home. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 6:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Good games for a word nerd?

What are some really fun computer-based word and/or trivia games for one player? Online or desktop-based are fine. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 5:48 PM PST - 51 comments

Fancy a shag?

What's the best way to set my computer under my desk when the floor is shag/pile carpeting? [more inside]
posted by dw at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

software 2 capture streaming videos

software program for a PC that can capture streaming video files? [more inside]
posted by wondering at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Hotel for 4 during Comic Con 2007

Comic Con International (San Diego) lodging? 2 adults, 2 kids under 10. [more inside]
posted by andeluria at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Where all the Design Students at?

Which Bay Area college has the best Design program? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

I always feel like, somebody's watching meeeeee

When a corporation says they're monitoring email and internet access, what does that mean? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 3:20 PM PST - 45 comments

Software for role playing online?

software for (pen and paper) role playing online? [more inside]
posted by tperrigo at 3:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Chinese/Japanese sign

What does this Chinese/Japanese (?) sign mean? It's in big print on a good looking second hand t-shirt I just bought. I hope that after you all-knowing people have translated it for me, I'll feel more comfortable wearing it.
posted by pica at 3:00 PM PST - 19 comments

We gotta get out of this place

Easyjet promo codes/ flight to london from edinburgh -help ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Wicked nice woodcut

Looking for name of (and hopefully high res scan) of a Japanese woodcut print I saw recently at Monet's house in Giverny. It was a vertically tall picture with what looked like some sort of bird of prey (hawk or falcon) at the top swooping in at the top of the frame. The image was also sold as a print at the gift shop. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Want to set up Mac-based DVR for non-basic digital channels. SOL?

I'd like to use my computer (an 867MHz G4 Mac) to record European soccer (to me, football) matches from digital cable when they are shown live on US cable channels like Fox Soccer Network and ESPN. [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Sword through the spine.

Novel-filter: What does it feel like to have your spine severed? Say, by a sword. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 2:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Where should we host a bridal shower in Seattle?

Where should we host a bridal shower in Seattle? We're looking for a cool private room in a restaurant, or a neat suite in a hotel, or a cool patio - it's the weekend of August 4th so all of the boats are booked for SeaFair. [more inside]
posted by barnone at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Did they overcharge me?

Michigan Scanner Law: Item originally sells for 29.99, but was stickered as 1.99. I think I deserve to be able to buy it for that price, but they say since it is due to human error, it doesn't qualify under the law. Who's right? They still charged me more than the sticker said, regardless of whether or not it was supposed to be that price. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 2:09 PM PST - 50 comments

Where did that Web 2.0 go?

Within the last few weeks I came across a website that listed something like 20 steps for getting Web 2.0 savvy, except that the name was most likely nothing like that and now I can't seem to find it anywhere. I recall that one step was supposed to be completed each week, and it involved things like creating a blog and getting a flickr account, etc. It may have been put together for some type of university course. My google-fu is failing me!
posted by platinum at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I deaf?

Is it possible to be hard of hearing, without having anything wrong with your ears? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 2:01 PM PST - 42 comments

Where can I get a simple, affordable, adjustable standing desk?

Where can I find a simple, affordable stand-up desk either online or in the Boston-area? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 1:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Are Harleys for poseurs only?

Are Harley-Davidsons for poseurs and mid-life crisis yuppies only, or can low key folks like me ride on without fear of getting that stigma assigned to them too? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 1:38 PM PST - 36 comments

What is this thing?

Please help me identify a mystery object: Apparently manufactured by 'Leica'. Looks like it is supposed to magnify things. Pictures inside. Links [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk at 1:33 PM PST - 23 comments

War, lit, What is it good for?

What is some classic or essential war literature? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 1:28 PM PST - 74 comments

Three Mac questions

Dead hard drive in PowerBook; multiple backups; colour lasers [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Baby and books, coexisting peacefully?

How can we protect our baby from our books, and our books from our baby, without permanently uglifying our shelves? [more inside]
posted by moira at 12:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find the motor for my clock!

Help me find a motor to really make time flee! [more inside]
posted by provolot at 12:38 PM PST - 22 comments

In need of a trustworthy financial advisory in Western New York

In need of a trustworthy financial advisory in Western New York. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

What's this P1 in my eyeglass prescription?

I am the newest member of the eyeglass-wearing community (or I will be when they get here in 5-7 days) and I have a question about my prescription. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Album Artist Anarchy!

(Yet another) iTunes question: Is there a way to list different Album Artists for a given album and still have iTunes display it as a single album? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

A Day To Celebrate Fields?

What exactly IS a "field day"? (inspired by this comment)
posted by schleppo at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Seeking data about the health effects of dieting for non-overweight people interested in moderate weight loss.

Is there data about moderate weight loss for the relatively thin? For example, we all know that yo-yo dieting is bad, etc., etc. But is there any data about whether it's bad for a not-overweight person to gain five pounds every winter and then lose it every spring? It seems like all the healthy eating and weight loss stuff I read is based on studies of fat people.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:16 AM PST - 7 comments

FRS/GMRS radio in Europe?

Can I bring my FRS/GMRS GPS radio to Europe? [more inside]
posted by Devidicus at 11:10 AM PST - 2 comments

That's one hefty vault.

I can't use FileVault. What other options do I have for protecting my data? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Meal Replacement Bar Question

Is it really impossible to lose weight (in a healthy manner) by substituting two meals a day with some sort of bar? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 10:47 AM PST - 26 comments

Dilbert cartoon on project scope creep?

I am looking for a Dilbert cartoon dealing with a chronically expanding project scope, which threatens to crush a hapless engineer under its bloated mass.
posted by doctorcurly at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Upgrading RAM on my MBP: 3rd party RAM and warranty issues

Upgrading RAM on my MBP: 3rd party RAM and warranty issues [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 10:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Will my cellphone know I've moved from Detroit to Windsor?

I'm moving to Windsor, ON from the US, this fall, for grad school. I'm presently roped into a three+ year wireless contract with Cingular, here in the States. Given the proximity of Windsor to Detroit (I will be able to see Detroit from campus), is it at all possible that I'll be able to continue using my Cingular plan without paying $0.79/minute international roaming fees or acquiring a new plan? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball at 10:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Touchscreen applications?

Touchscreen windows laptop: what software would you recommend that could take advantage of a touchscreen? Here's the kicker: the PC is only running XP Pro (not XP tablet edition). [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 10:24 AM PST - 7 comments


Help me with lists in LaTeX! And I'd like some general advice about whether LaTeX and LyX are worth the hassle. [more inside]
posted by Aloysius Bear at 10:09 AM PST - 22 comments

VOIP for n00bs

We are temporarily moving 50 miles from our permanent home. We would like to keep our landline phone number active. VOIP seems like the obvious answer, but I'm a complete internet telephony newbie. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia at 9:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me catch the bastard who stole my Powerbook

How can I catch the villain who stole my laptop? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 9:33 AM PST - 30 comments

How much sugar is too much for a toddler?

How much sugar is too much for a toddler? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 9:03 AM PST - 20 comments

what's the toy/device in Fracture?

What's the name of the device / toy created by Hopkins' character in the movie Fracture? And more importantly, where can I buy one?
posted by indigo4963 at 8:54 AM PST - 5 comments

feral cats are decimating the local songbird population

I would like to protect the wild bird population in my neighborhood. Our neighbor keeps feeding the feral cats. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 8:32 AM PST - 29 comments

NYC broker recommendations

NYC broker recommendations and resources [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

HDTV resolution confusion

How do HDTV resolutions work, really? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Shade Tolerant Plants

Shade-tolerant plants! I have a small raised bed outside my door which is in deep shade, under a large white pine tree. I'm in coastal New Hampshire, Zone 5, somewhat moderated by the ocean effect. The soil is on the acidic side but is easily augmented. It's quite moist. I don't need veggies because I grow them in a community garden, but herbs would be nice, or just ornamental things. Any ideas as to what might grow?
posted by Miko at 6:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Non-toxic psoriasis medicine?

I have the psoriasis and I am looking for non-toxic palliatives. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 AM PST - 16 comments

CD covers easy and on the cheap

I need a simple, free way to make CD covers on both Mac and Windows machines (more inside). [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 6:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Thinkpad cursor drift

The cursor of an IBM Thinkpad A20 is continuously "drifting". Do I need to get a new keyboard, or is there another way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by jbotz at 6:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for epistolary novels

BookFilter: I've recently gotten done with Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (link here). I'm looking for more books like it. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Amplifying speaker level outputs on my car's factory stereo?

Do car audio amplifiers sound any good using speaker level inputs? [more inside]
posted by knave at 5:29 AM PST - 5 comments


Polyglotfilter: Okay, so I am trying to learn Arabic. Sometimes I hit big, ginormous walls with it, but I'm determined to not give up. Just the lack of a good dictionary is frustrating. So... any helpful tips? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:29 AM PST - 16 comments

April 22

Automated image sharing?

So I enjoy sharing my screenshots using AllYouCanUpload. Basically I save a screenshot to my desktop using apple+shift+3, browse to AllYouCanUpload, upload the image, paste its URL into my chat dialog, and finally delete the source file. I was wondering, is there anyway I could automate this process in OSX? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 11:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find really basic tips on how to get started with grilling?

I just bought a big grill for my new backyard but I'm feeling bad that my wife does all the grilling (she's an amazing cook). I'd like to help out more but I don't know where to start. Are there any really basic books on how to get started cooking on a gas grill? Everything I find online is a cesspool of ads or nonsense, so I'm asking here. [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 10:47 PM PST - 36 comments

How can I lighten or fade blue jeans without using bleach?

How can I lighten or fade blue jeans without using bleach? [more inside]
posted by macadamia at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Gifts for first time mom- and two grandmas-to-be?

Please recommend a special gift for my wife on Mother's Day. She'll be starting her second trimester with our first baby . [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 10:05 PM PST - 16 comments

I want to use my Vista CD as skeet.

I (apparently) messed up my partition, and now Windows thinks my hard drive is half the size it actually is. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:36 PM PST - 5 comments

I forgot HTML, I forgot CSS

In making a gallery page for a website, what is the easiest way to have a scrolling area for clickable thumbnails that bring up a larger image, as well as some information about the image, in a table cell above? Specifics, examples, many self links, and my (mangled) code so far available inside. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 9:29 PM PST - 5 comments

U.S. tourist ticketed for driving w/o license+insurance. What next, to avoid visa denials in the future?

A friend is in the US on a tourist visa (from a non-visa waiver country). He just got ticketed for driving without a license, without insurance, and with highbeams on. He'll be entering a US university as an undergrad this autumn, for which he'll convert his visa to a student visa. Could these infractions result in his being deported or being denied further visas and, later on, permanent residency status? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 at 9:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Decibel calculations using data from soundforge

When using sony sound forge, is it possible to get the actual data from the spectrum analysis graph (amplitude vs frequency in tabular form). And part 2 to my question is, when using sound forge spectrum analysis, if i take a particular frequency and amplitude, how do i calculate relative dBA levels from the chart data. [more inside]
posted by edtut at 9:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Partitioning Wizard My Ass . . .

An unlucky series of partition moves, copies and resizes has led to GPartEd saying my NTFS partition is one size, but windows thinking it's another. What the Christ? Seemingly impossible screenshots and [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 9:18 PM PST - 9 comments

All I ask is for my Microsoft product to work......oh crap

Suddenly my iPaq PDA won't sync with my PC - it apparently can't connect at all. Worse yet, when I try to connect it, my PC spontaneously restarts within the next 30 seconds, without fail. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 9:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Pre-construction condos - what do I need to know?

What do I need to know and what things should I consider before buying (and while buying) a pre-construction condo? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I get either of my step-siblings baby-warming gifts?

My two stepsisters each recently gave birth. Should I get either of them a gift? It gets a little complicated. [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly at 8:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Depress and sadden me with your beautiful melodies.

How about recommending some songs like "Everybody's Talkin' at Me" from Midnight Cowboy? I explain more inside. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 8:00 PM PST - 74 comments

What theme park should we go to?

I have the opportunity to take my family on a holiday to the US between Nov and Feb this year. What theme park should we go to? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan at 7:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Feed my travel habit while I'm stuck at home.

I'm looking for quality information about medicine, life in Third World countries, Doctors Without Borders and similar organizations, travel, expat experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 7:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Where is this Judy Garland picture hiding?

The Joan Crawford post below reminded me: I'm looking for a specific image of Judy Garland that I saw in a documentary a while back (I think on Bravo)... it's her silhouetted profile in the lower right of the frame, and she's blowing smoke which takes up more space in the photo than her actual face. It's gorgeous and evocative and I can't find it anywhere. A site that sells the pic or a book containing it would be particularly appreciated.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify a song (without lyrics).

What is the name of the song in this video?
posted by ajr at 7:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Why am I wet all the time?

I'm a female in my mid-twenties and I have excessive vaginal discharge ALL THE TIME. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 11 comments

For want of a U-Tube

My lab is running low on U-tubes...what can I use in place of a U-tube/porous cup for a salt bridge in a voltaic cell? [more inside]
posted by The Coach LD at 6:52 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the best bag for traveling with a MacBookPro and DSLR camera/lens?

What type of all-in-one bag would you use to fly (economy across the country) with Nikon D-80 + MacBook Pro 15" (or equivalent equipment) that is comfortable, easy to store for flight, and functional? [more inside]
posted by tarthur at 6:44 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I make my Derby party authentic?

Any ideas for an authentic Kentucky Derby party? So the Kentucky Derby is a few weeks away, and I'm throwing a party for some friends. I'd like to make it festive with some Churchill Downs flair - women wearing hats, betting tickets, toy horses on tables, roses everywhere. I'm serving burgoo, Derby pie, and of course, mint juleps. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 6:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Moving Vido from Tivo to Computer

What's the best way of getting a small bit of video off my tivo onto my computer? [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 5:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Application of a statistical technique to determine significance...I think

[StatsFilter] Which statistical technique do I need and how do I use it? [more inside]
posted by dendrite at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

just to be on the safe side...

mr. kerning accidentally dropped an aleve tablet in the floor vent of our gas furnace. he's worried that it will burn and release toxic fumes that will kill us in our sleep. is there anything to be worried about? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 5:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to Stay in Kiev, Ukraine?

Kiev, Ukraine, accomodations in mid May. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 4:44 PM PST - 2 comments

self carbonated bottled water in restaurants

I am looking to serve tap water only in my restaurant, as chez panisse and other san francisco bay restaurants i have. i am in nyc and am wondering if anyone else has experience or advice on this process (most notably how to do the carbonation process)
posted by hardyboy at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I force a homepage across a network?

How do I force all clients on a network to view a webpage of my choice whenever they try to access the internet? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

server not found on first request

"server not found" problems in Firefox 2 and IE 7 ... I have recently developed a consistent problem with server not found errors in FF and IE, request will load on a second refresh of the request [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make cheap B&W prints?

I need a cheap way of developing and printing black and white film, but I have neither the space nor the inclination to build a darkroom. [more inside]
posted by ganseki at 3:13 PM PST - 11 comments

My phone wants to play with the other phones on the Internet!

How do I get my storied, adventuresome k750i on the internet and sending drunk pix of my elbow to the world? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find a good Xbox 360 backup warranty to supplement Microsoft's?

I'm about to buy an Xbox 360. Where can I get a good supplementary replacement or service plan? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Quality earphones with the feel of iPod stock earphones?

I like the feel of the stock iPod nano earphones, but I want better bass and overall sound quality than they give me. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by CliffDiving44 at 2:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me not be sketchy

Job application ethics question. A job I started last month isn't working out, so I recently interviewed for a job at another firm. The prospective employer wants me to submit an application form in which I list my current employer (including my current supervisor's name and contact info). It would save me a lot of angst if I could leave my 2-month-old current job off this form entirely. Is it OK if I do that? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 1:56 PM PST - 8 comments

blogging / pinging / rss / publishing

Can I use a desktop blogging client to upload posts but keep them 'Unpublished' in Movable Type? What exactly happens when Movable Type publishes? [more inside]
posted by reflexed at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

External hard drive failure: halp!

External hard drive failure: halp! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Canadians in NYC?

Do you know artists who moved to NYC illegally and now live there legally? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Help Me With My Limp... Hair

Vanityfilter: why do I sometimes have these "bad hair days", and how can I prevent them in the future? Pictures and gory details after the break. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 1:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Handling a delicate situation

Next Day filter: Went out with a friend last night, turned into a sort of date. Do I call today, and what should I say? Of course, the situation is more complicated... [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

I don't so much walk as lope, and I don't so much jog as sprint.

Short people, how do you jog? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I have a couch made?

I have a design for a couch or a bench. Where and how, preferably in or around NYC, can I go about having it manufactured in small or large quantities?
posted by idledebonair at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How to make Seattle more like the Bay Area?

Seattle Filter: Summer is short and I need a plan. I would like to fill my calendar with outdoor activities. Lots of activities. Weekend road trips and weekday after work sports, please. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Reward me for shopping!

Which credit cards have the best rewards? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 12:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Mainstream slumming on the sci fi side of the street?

I just found out that the dystopian/futuristic movie Children of Men is based on a novel by P.D. James. It made me think of the excellent short story The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. It made me wonder: are other examples of mainstream authors experimenting with speculative fiction? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Why does explorer.ex become a resource hog?

What are possible causes for explorer.exe to blowup to 70-80+ % CPU usage?? NO I do not have an trojans or viruses, my machine doesn't have any extra crap running on it in the background. Typical things I use are Video editing applications like Sny Vegas, Sorenson Squeeze, and Photoshop - usually after opening/running a couple things - bam - task manager shows exploere.exe hogging & bogging down. Any ideas? Should I just wipe/reinstall windows?
posted by Richiedude at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get the Training Day car?

How to get the 1979 Monte Carlo that Denzel drives in Training Day? [more inside]
posted by charlesv at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Can someone find this picture?

I am looking for a certain image of Joan Crawford. This is pretty vague, but she is blowing smoke in the picture and it is rising up in front of her face. That is all I have to work with, and my search attempts have been fruitless thus far. Anyone have a clue?
posted by davidriley at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there any reason NOT to apply for an Amazon Visa card?

Is there any reason NOT to apply for an Amazon Visa card? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter at 9:49 AM PST - 26 comments

How can I customize the "view image" behavior in Firefox?

How can I modify Firefox so that when I am viewing an image in its own window it is centred and appears on a black background? [more inside]
posted by teleskiving at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Schizophrenia - crime and punishment

Is it possible to fake schizophrenia? I had a discussion the other days and the other person claimed that it can be done to avoid legal recourse. Never thought about it much, but it could be true. Please understand that I am sensitive to people suffering from any illness, be it mental or otherwise. I ask this question with respect and sensitivity.
posted by bright77blue at 8:23 AM PST - 35 comments

How do you freely "debrand" a phone?

Is there a free method to "debrand" a phone? (And is there OS X software?) [more inside]
posted by stance at 8:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me remove the layer of filth from my walls

How do I clean my walls? It's more than just run-of-the-mill dirt. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 6:18 AM PST - 16 comments

Iranian recipe for deep fried, stuffed chilies?

Help me discover this stuffed green chillies recipe. While in India I read about a dish of stuffed green chillies, but never, ever managed to trace it or even to find out it's name. This is what I know about this dish: *It is Iranian, and can be bought from Iranian coffee shops in Hyderabad. *The green chilies are cleaned of their seeds and stuffed with a paste that includes cardamom and other spices. *The stuffed chilies are deep fried in oil. *The result is sublime. I would like to know the name of this dish, and if possible a recipe. Thank you chili lovers wherever you are.
posted by slimeline at 5:59 AM PST - 6 comments

looking for a sweater style

Looking for a style, it includes sleeveless sweater vest over a white shirt with black trousers or tight jeans and I think a studded belt. Im looking for the name if one exists or some pics that will help me find the clothes to buy. We recently had swedish exchange students here and one of them had it and I remember seeing a swedish band clothed like that too so I think its a swedish trend
posted by freddymetz at 4:35 AM PST - 4 comments

How to pop the testing question without killing the mood?

My basic question is how to do the “let’s get tested for STDs” talk/request without turning off the other person. General responses are great, and if you have the patience to read about my experience inside, specific advice and suggestions would be really nice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 AM PST - 43 comments

HelpMeIdentifyThisSongFilter: Old school techno edition

TechnoFilter: My friend once gave me a mix-tape made in the late 80s or early 90s that included this song. It samples Margaret Thatcher talking about "monopoly money", "modern warfare", etc. She doesn't remember who the song is by or what it's called, but was kind enough to record an MP3, which I doubt anyone will care about me posting: rusrs.com/thatcher.mp3 [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 1:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Can't teach an old dog new licks...

When I read the biographies of artists I admire, they always seem to start with lines like "began playing the piano at 5", "got first drumkit at 7", and so forth. Every great musician I've known personally got started at a very young age, usually before age 12. Have there been any successful (defined here as having produced music enjoyed by a significant number of people) who came to music relatively late in life? Past 18? 30? 40?
posted by phrontist at 1:03 AM PST - 30 comments

April 21

My ears! Make it stop!

My PC's speakers have learned a new trick: they randomly start outputting loud, constant static for long periods of time. Why are they doing this, and more importantly, how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 9:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me run in a 10K next weekend.

What can I do in a week to train for a 10K race? [more inside]
posted by wabash at 9:13 PM PST - 25 comments

Sttop the skkipp.

What exactly is wrong with my DAT Walkman? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:25 PM PST - 3 comments

GSM Providers in Toronto

I'm trying to get the best and cheapest GSM service in Toronto with the shortest contract.... Are there any GSM cell service providers here besides Rogers/Fido? Or, are there any companies that offer their own service on Rogers network the way, say, Virgin uses Bell's network? Thank you.
posted by Manhasset at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Recommendations for a German-speaking US-based travel agent?

Recommendations for a German-speaking US-based travel agent? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

help me tame my feral hair!

I need hairbands, and hopefully barrettes to help tame the wild animal attacking my head. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 7:37 PM PST - 34 comments

best moisturizer after hair-removal cream?

what is the best way to moisturize after using a hair-removal cream? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Should she tip the salon owner?

My wife has been going to the same hairstylist for 6 years. She loves his work and tips him well. Now, he's opened his own salon. Should she still tip? [more inside]
posted by altcountryman at 7:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Any help understanding Shakespeare's Hamlet?

I would like to read a good text that helps you interpret Shakepeare's plays. Specifically, I'd like to get help tackling Hamlet. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 6:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me remember something I once read about estimation

WisdomOfCrowdsFilter: I read a theory smewhere that there's a peculiar thing that happens when you ask a group of people to estimate something. As I remember it, there's something about the magic number of 50%, but I'm not wholly sure how this works. The idea was basically that when at least 50% of the individuals were estimating properly in some way, the average estimate would eventually converge on the true value, but when less then 50% of the individuals estimated properly, widely divergent values would emerge. Essentially, more then 50% or _something_ produced good estimates, less then 50% produced estimates that were substantially worse than those produced by just one individual. I've spent some time with Google and Wikipedia on Estimation and Delphi methods, but to no avial. Any mifites know what I'm talking about?
posted by zachlipton at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

RAID5 Disk Recovery

I need some help and some hand-holding with hard drive recovery on a failed main drive in a Windows Server 2003 RAID 5 array. [more inside]
posted by Oops at 5:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Kim Phuc video?

Is there video of Kim Phuc and the napalm attack as well as the world famous photograph? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my friends get their money's worth

Friends of mine bought a Packard Bell PC back in 2003. It's never been the real deal, the computer it should have been despite the huge amount they paid for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I keep this cat ?

I was given a cat to sit last August and since then the cat and I have got accustomed to each other. (My last cat before this one died over a year ago.) I told the original owner awhile back that I wanted to keep the cat and I thought that was where we left it. Now, the original owner wants the cat back and I don't want to give it up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Digital TV Follies

Why are there intermittent dropouts in over-the-air digital TV signals? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 4:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Locked out of my AIM account

Help, I lost my AIM account. [more inside]
posted by empath at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Can corrected infant hip dysplasia cause problems decades later?

I'm having pain in my hip joint. This isn't unusual for a pregnant woman, but it does seem unusual that it's coming so early in the pregnancy, and occuring on one side only. Could this be related to having hip dysplasia as an infant? And is there anything that I or my doctor(s) can do about it? [more inside]
posted by Shoeburyness at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Cheapest way to have a completely silent workstation?

Cheapest way to have a completely silent workstation i.e. my monitors and keyboard/mouse in one room and the computer in another when the distance between them is more than 10 meters (32 feet)? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Bringing vintage VHS material into the digital world.

Turning VHS into digital. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 2:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Teach my PC some PDA-cleverness...

How does my Windows Mobile PDA communicate with our office Exchange Server successfully without using a VPN, when I have to use a VPN with Microsoft Outlook to get at it? (And then are there any PC-based programs that can use the same technique as the PDA?)
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

These damn bugs make me sick. Please help me destroy them.

Has anybody had success with DIY termite treatment? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is this so hard?

Anybody know how to change the license plates on a '95 Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 1:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Right Click This!

Is there a way, when opening a file from a program, to right click within the "File Name:" dialogue box and get a list of the most frequent paths to folders available to choose from? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

A question of size

Dinner party debate (now you obviously know what I use Ask MeFi for...): In general, do midgets wish they were taller? Has there ever been a study about little people's attitudes towards their littleness? Personal experience welcome, but statistics even better.
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 21 comments

where to take my family for a nice brunch

mother's day brunch in new york city. [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 12:58 PM PST - 2 comments

3rd floor windows show water spots

How do I clean the outside of windows on my third-floor apartment? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Birds on my porch make the cats FREAK!

These two birds insist on building a nest on my porch. Thus, my cats are freaking out. How can I get these birds to take a hike? More detail inside, this isn't as easy as it sounds! [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 12:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Shut up you f*cking baby

Does anyone know where I can find out what David Cross has been up to and any new projects he has? I can't find any links for a website of his that's up to date. I'm more interested in his stand-up shows and/or comedy albums rather than acting roles (IMDB).
posted by mgrimm at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Make it beep every minute!

Is there a stopwatch that will play an alarm every X minutes until I tell it to stop? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Which plants should I grow in my sunroom?

What are some edible plants I could grow easily in a west-facing sunroom? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a video of an old Charles Kuralt segment

I'm looking for a video (in any format) of a segment from Charles Kuralt's "On the Road" series. [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Diabolical system font eye-strain! Is this the end for baking soda's peepers?

Let's say I spend long hours staring at a computer screen where some of the fonts are too small and I have no way of increasing them, which creates a diabolical eye-strain device of reasonable fonts mixed in with unreasonable system fonts. I normally have no vision problems otherwise. Is this going to damage my eyesight if I keep it up? (Medical opinions and links to medical articles welcome). And is Leopard's "resolution independence" or anything else in Leopard going to bring OSX near to where XP is in terms of being able to increase the system fonts without lowering the resolution? (I'm using a Macbook Pro).
posted by baking soda at 11:15 AM PST - 6 comments

I have this really embarrassing ... ... ... ... ... problem

Why have I developed a bunch of verbal tics/eccentricities in undergrad/law school, and how do I get rid of or manage them? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Crosswords without pencils?

Anyone have reccomendations for audio brain-teasers? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 10:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Advice needed on an adult trike for my 72 year old mom

Any suggestions for a good adult trike? My concerns are: Stability, portability, and features. [more inside]
posted by jtoth at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Help with my wonderful First Gen iPod?

My wonderful First Gen Touch Wheel iPod is being a bitch. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Which Boston-area CSA?

Which Boston-area CSA should I choose? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Jane Jacobs is to the city as ???? is to the town.

What research has been done into making a healthy small town community? [more inside]
posted by bobobox at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Dealing with losing friends.

I'm being cut out by my "friends" and I need advice on how to feel less shitty about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 29 comments

Organic Shmanic

I'm introducing my baby to solid foods (making most myself). Where will I get the most "bang for my buck" in terms of organic produce? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:03 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I apply for an ideal job whose application deadline has *just* passed?

How do I apply for an ideal job whose application deadline has *just* passed? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 2:36 AM PST - 9 comments

April 20

What's the deal with the "D" on a "wide load" sign?

A "wide load" vehicle on the highway seems to always have a sign on the back to indicate that it's a "wide load", but the sign doesn't say "wide load". Instead, it has the letter "D" in the middle of it, and red/white vertical bars. Why a "D"? What does the "D" stand for? Why not just have the sign say "WIDE LOAD"? I'm in Canada, if this is something that'd be different in other countries.
posted by gwenzel at 9:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me remember this strange short film.

I saw a short film about 10 years ago where some tough guys steal wine from an old man and make another guy drink it. Has anybody else seen this weird film? [more inside]
posted by bugloaf at 8:49 PM PST - 1 comment

I just want a kitty!

Why does The Sims 2 Pets expansion refuse to install? [more inside]
posted by ThirstyEar2 at 8:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Hey! Help me find the damn squirrel in this damn tree called the internets!

[Failed Google-Fu Filter] I'm looking for a web comic that was posted on AskMe a few months ago in a comment. [more inside]
posted by Nerro at 6:01 PM PST - 6 comments

I have a touch lamp. I want to know what it's costing me to run.

I have a touch lamp, which I'm finding incredibly useful to turn off when I'm half asleep. However, I'm also a bit of an eco-warrior. I've been looking online, and found that a small amount of energy is supplied to the lamp at all times. Surely that must be costing me something? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 5:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Country heat for city boy?

Househeatingfilter: Saladpants is a city boy from major east coast city, who recently moved to smaller west coast city, Portland, OR. He and Mrs. Saladpants are looking at a house which, while only 15 minutes from downtown, is essentially out in the country. This means that the house has no gas line running to it and no sewer either. In this particular house, the Saladpantses have two potential heating options: Propane or Electric. They have no experience with either, and are uncertain as to which is better. They seek opinions, wisdom and experiences of fellow mefites. [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Latecomer to Open Source Programming

What are some good resources for a ColdFusion programmer who's thinking about going to PHP? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

so very tired

What does it mean to be "hospitalized for exhaustion"? What do they do to you in the hospital, besides let you sleep?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 4:00 PM PST - 30 comments

I need scholarly research regarding online social networking!

I need to find scholarly articles for a podcast assignment. My topic is online social networking. Advice? [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Which Breakwater?

This youtube video credits a band named "BreakWater" with the song used in the video. [more inside]
posted by blaneyphoto at 3:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me help this older lady deal with kiddy terrorists!

[ObnoxiousTeenagerFilter] I know a 60ish recently widowed lady who says "neighborhood teens" are terrorizing her where she lives and I'd like to take some action...but I'm not sure what to do other than lend a sympathetic ear. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 3:10 PM PST - 22 comments

openin' avis

is there a way to make adobe premiere or sony vegas open avi files encoded with xvid video and .a52 dolby digital audio, and if not what i should convert them with and what i should convert them to, assuming i have only 80 gb or so of hdd space?
posted by jimmy at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Dreams about the ex

Why do I continue to have dreams about my ex-boyfriend from 10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 34 comments

Great event planning + task management software?

Anyone know of any great event planning + task management software? [more inside]
posted by scottandrew at 2:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Being healthy vs. getting ripped off.

Fancy multivitamins: worth the price? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 1:16 PM PST - 31 comments

Lost Puppy

This photo just showed up in a coworker's email. A little searching shows this cartoon. You can also buy the costume. Which came first & how can you tell?
posted by MtDewd at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

OMG! Dramatic friends.

What are the best ways of dealing with dramatic friends, to give them the love and support that they need without rewarding their dramatic strategies? [more inside]
posted by xo at 12:51 PM PST - 29 comments

My objects are melting on the Rails

Rails, Ruby, objects, models and the OO confusion of someone harmed by Goto as a child. Can ye help? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 12:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to start a search engine...now what?

So I'd like to start a website. More specifically, a search engine. Turns out, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to, well, everything about starting it up... [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Former GF, now friend, and now I wonder if she should be my wife . . .

Broke up with her over a year ago; we're still good friends; I never got over her; now I think she might be "the one." What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 12:32 PM PST - 34 comments

The Electric Slide... Scanner

Looking for a scanner to process hundreds (or more) of 35mm slides as automatically as possible - at decent quality, for a decent price. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Indian yoghurt dumpling dish thing

Dey bareh (sp?). My Kashmiri wife is looking for a restaurant in London that serves this dish - basically cornflour/chickpea-flour dumplings in yoghurt. Any ideas? We live in Bloomsbury, so anywhere near there would be good.
posted by Mossy at 12:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Which game has a museum, an elevator, and Napoleon?

A friend of mine is looking for the name of a computer game he played maybe 14 years ago. Any clue which game this is? It takes place in a museum, and at one point you have to give Napoleon a pastry. [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

This IS doable, right??

I have a full size platform bed from Ikea, but I want to make the legs a few feet taller... [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

use me twice, shame on you

is there a way to do a cross-search on used books on amazon or abebooks? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 11:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Photostudio on a Shoestring

I've been asked to take some headshots for a friend of a friend who will be using the shots for entry into a beauty contest. I don't have a studio or studio lighting. Is there a way to rig up a portrait studio on a budget? What would I need? [more inside]
posted by inviolable at 11:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find this lucky cat!

I saw this picture of a 'maneki neko' or lucky cat on an Ars Technica article last week, and now I really really want it. I'm posting on the off-chance that someone here has seen this thing for sale somewhere... [more inside]
posted by corvine at 11:03 AM PST - 18 comments

Sources for non-crap maternity clothing for Canucks?

I want maternity clothes that are not poor quality, not made from artificial fibres, not ill-fitting, not $250 each, and not "trendy." [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 10:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Sometimes a pianist is not just a pianist

Shoot the Piano Player, The Beat My Heart Skipped, Five Easy Pieces, and . . . [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 10:12 AM PST - 19 comments

MS Word query

In MS Word, is there a simple way to change every underlined word in a document into italics?
posted by azure_swing at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Alternatives to Belkin Tunecast II?

My Tunecast II died. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by dws at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Am I loser and/or should I just get over it?

What am I doing wrong, or is this just a ships-passing-in-the-night thing? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I spin my upcoming job interview?

I was fired almost 8 months ago, now I've got an interview. Help me spin this to my advantage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Can Gmail delete the trash on my POP account?

Gmail appears to have failed me. AskMe, show me the light. I use Gmail to retrieve my email from my vanity domain via POP. All is good, except for it appears that Gmail does not actually delete emails on the POP account when you delete and trash it in Gmail. Now my vanity domain email account is maxed out with several months worth of deleted email & spam clogging it. [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

What kind of public records are available about a landmark building like the Hancock Tower in Chicago and how can I get a hold of them?

I have recently seen a map of Congress that listed the number of Representatives that had been indicted, seen war, had been divorced, etc. What kind of public records are available about a landmark building like the Hancock Tower in Chicago and how can I get a hold of them? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Costume Ideas for a 40s Night Party (and not just the 1940s).

I'm attending a party where the theme is "40s night." "Come dressed as something 40s-related - dressing as the decade from *any* century, as if you are in your 40s, etc..." This is fairly open ended, but I've had costume-block all week, and the party is tomorrow night. Science fiction themed suggestions especially welcome. The only person at the party I'm interested in impressing is a huge sci-fi nerd; if you come up with something obscure she'll probably get it (and chances are I will too). [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 9:39 AM PST - 44 comments

mas despacio por favor

I need to improve my spanish, specifically my listening comprehension. I've done all the Pimsleur and Michel Thomas courses, and I can easily read spanish with very few problems, but I want to get better at understanding native speakers. Anybody have any good resources? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

"Question Time" Question Time

I'm curious about the questions asked by number during "Prime Minister's Questions" in the UK... [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Books about modern Pyongyang?

What are some good non-academic books about North Korea? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:24 AM PST - 12 comments

suicidal spouse

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to divorce a potentially suicidal spouse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 36 comments

I[t] went down, down, down and the flames went higher

Why is the value of the US Dollar tanking, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 8:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Books About Online Culture?

Book filter: I am looking for recommendations for recent books written about online culture for a Sociology course I am teaching this summer. The book doesn't need to be sociological.
posted by Quartermass at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I get a list of all files in a directory on a webserver?

I think the title explains it all: I'm looking to get a list of all files in a specific directory from a web server- www.site.com/docs/. The thing is, there's an index.htm file in that directory so if I browse to it, I just get the index file. Is there any way to find out the names of all files in that directory, scripting or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by newatom at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

help me "subscribe" to websites that do not use RSS with Firefox.

help me "subscribe" to websites that do not use RSS with Firefox. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Novels Including or Focusing on Pregnancy

BookFilter: I’m pregnant and would love recommendations for fictional books including or centering on pregnant characters. [more inside]
posted by lynda at 7:52 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I get Capitol Hill experience?

I have been toying with the idea (just the idea) of possibly doing some work on Capitol Hill while I figure out graduate school. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

My girlfriend does not get wet no more.

My girlfriend does not get wet during sex anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 53 comments

Should a Video of VTech Shooter's Play be Online?

Friends and I downloaded a copy of a play script written by the Virginia Tech shooter, filmed it, and posted it on youtube. I have since taken it down. How bad an idea was this (and some more specific questions inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 53 comments

If blowjobs bug me, should I avoid dating men? I'm female.

If blowjobs bug me, should I avoid dating men? I'm female. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 59 comments

Is there a Pollstar type website for public speakers, lectures, and book readings?

Is there a Pollstar type website for public speakers, lectures, and book readings? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 7:33 AM PST - 1 comment

My head's not been shrunk well!

Can someone recommend a good psychiatrist in the north suburbs of Chicago? Someone near my job in Libertyville with a good understanding of bipolar disorder would be ideal. I'm just not getting along with my current doctor. Email's in my profile if you'd rather respond privately. Thanks.
posted by jammer at 7:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Vmware Skeptic with Vista

Vmware Skeptic with Vista [more inside]
posted by strangej at 7:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Been caught scalpin'

What would the consequences be if I were caught scalping a ticket? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 7:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Turn on, damnit!

YACQ (Yet Another Computer Question) - does this sound like a power supply issue? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

When did directors become more important than playwrights?

When did directors of plays and operas start the practice of overtly imposing their own visual interpretation of the play at the expense of the stage direction of the author? These days if you go to see a Shakespeare play, it's even odds that it's set in modern times, or the early 20th century, or what have you. Were there 19th century (or earlier!) productions of Shakespeare that set his plays in what were then "modern times"? At what point did staging old plays become just as much about the director's vision as the playwright's?
posted by dfan at 6:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Commodity Markets For Dummies

I don't know much about commodity markets. Please help me rectify that. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Vista - Code 39 On Most Devices

Windows Vista - nearly all devices report "Code 39", corrupt or missing drivers. [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 3:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Has the status of women declined or improved over the past thirty years?

Has the status of women declined or improved over the past thirty years? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 2:35 AM PST - 21 comments

Podcast of Clinton on Larry King Live?

Where can I find a podcast / mp3 of Bill Clinton's interview with Larry King from last night? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 2:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Tweak my speculative shitbox

SpeculativeUsedLaptopFilter: If I wanted a laptop that was relatively, in order of necessity, cheap, fast, running an OS with an efficient but possibly low-tech GUI, and light, what might my optimal setup be, in both hardware and software? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 2:03 AM PST - 16 comments

What’s the best way to raise money to help someone?

I’ve never fundraised for anything in my life. But as of yesterday, I’ve been moved by something I read to see if I can get some cash together to help someone. Help me work out the best way to go about it. There is some [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 1:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to buy reggae music in Jamaica

Where's the best place in Jamaica to spend my life savings on Reggae music? I am going to be in Jamaica for one day. My cruise lands in Ocho Rios. I have from 8:30am to 3:30 pm and I want to spend every penny I can spare on music I can't get anywhere else. Please help. Do I have time to drive/ride to Kingston? Do I need to go to Kingston? Or does Ochos have somewhere I can go? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. ps. I don't/can't do wax. I'm a child of the 80s/90s. CDs are where it's at. pps. Any jerk places not full of tourists I should stop at along the way to my music shop?
posted by gummo at 12:56 AM PST - 9 comments

April 19

Please help me identify this cover artist

Could someone please help me identify the artist for this cover of the 1967 reprint of William Sloane's The Edge of Running Water? [more inside]
posted by maldrin at 10:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably-priced b&b in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area?

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably-priced b&b in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 10:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I become a better website designer?

Given that I'm somewhat proficient in website coding (php, CSS, xhtml and so on) how can I constructively educate myself on actual design? What resources exist that will make me a better designer? [more inside]
posted by geodave at 9:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Windows XP and me.

I have a legal copy of Windows XP running as my OS right now, the problem is I no longer have the original installation disks. Is there a way for me to somehow make a copy ... [more inside]
posted by 517 at 9:20 PM PST - 20 comments

How long should writing a paper take, on average?

What's a reasonable amount of time for me to schedule for a written university assignment, including library research, online journal search, draft and actual writing, to get a better than pass mark? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 9:20 PM PST - 16 comments

What should my two year old be learning?

Help me find learning objectives/goals for young children (3 years old) and help me find games to help! [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 9:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for studies on govt programs to buy cars for the urban poor

I'm looking for articles (popular or scholarly) about government/non-profit programs designed to reduce poverty by purchasing cars for poor people. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 9:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Braaaaaains and booooooze

Suggestions for bars/restaurants in metro Boston that would be good for a book club meeting on "World War Z" by Max Brooks? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 8:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Finding friends in the no-fun city?

I'm currently living in the Mt. Pleasant area of Vancouver. I'm a 30ish male. I took a week of vacation and the highlight of today was paying off my library fines. I would like to get a bit more of a social life.... [more inside]
posted by concreteforest at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Help? My RAID Crashed!

What happened to my RAID setup today? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Saving a FoxNews video stream.

How do I find the source of a FoxNews.com video stream? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I worry about Celiac disease?

How dangerous is Celiac disease? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

stuck in the US?

I need to take a flight to Canada tomorrow and have just realized that my passport is expired. I could drive, but don't have access to my birth certificate. Am I stuck? Think security will take a drivers license and an expired passport? [more inside]
posted by ArcAm at 8:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Miraculin fruit legality?

How legal is Miraculin? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 6:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Are all Blue Jays Canadian? Could they be if they wished they were?

If a yankee plays for the Blue Jays is he paid in Canadian money? Can he become a Canadian citizen? Is it any less difficult for him than it would be anyone else? If a Mexican citizen plays for a US team can he become a US citizen? Is it any less difficult for him than it would be anyone else? How do other teams, leagues, countries traditionally accommodate transnational players?
posted by airguitar at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I get a North Carolina owned and registered vehicle inspected in the State of Vermont?

Can I get a North Carolina owned and registered vehicle inspected in the State of Vermont? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 6:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I convince Apple to replace my Powerbook with a Macbook Pro?

I believe I have a decent case for Apple to replace my defective Powerbook G4 with a shiny new Macbook Pro. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by empty commercial spaces at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

China + Africa = Media Wishlist

I'm looking for media detailing the growing relationship between Africa and China; specifically, the people living it first-hand. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

illustrator live trace: simple outlines

livetrace / illustrator cs2: how would I go about tracing only the outline of a complex image (in this case, a cutout of a building) so as to create cut lines for a printer? [more inside]
posted by pinto at 5:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Is buying Marijuana seeds legal in Canada?

DoobieFilter: Is buying Marijuana seeds legal in Canada?
posted by stungeye at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to change the fabric color on a wool-upholstered office chair?

Dyeing or sewing? What's the most practical way to change the color of 100% wool fabric from red to black, when the fabric is upholstery on the seat & back cushions of a large office chair? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 4:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Hyperlinks to (not in) a .pdf document.

Please tell me how to create quick emailable hyperlinks to .pdf documents on a network, so that a group of users can share the documents without clogging inboxes with attachments. [more inside]
posted by apocry_phil at 4:37 PM PST - 9 comments

MySpace Online Status

Having just created a MySpace page, i cannot seem to display my online status. I have already unchecked the hide online status box but to no avail, i know of at least one other new user with the same problem. Anyone know what the problem is/how to fix it?
posted by Reggie Knoble at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy GBG Aloe Gel Hand Sanitizer?

Where can I find GBG Aloe Gel Hand Sanitizer? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I switch from losing weight to building muscle?

Switching from losing weight to gaining muscle. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Laptops and the great outdoors

I love sitting in the backyard working on my laptop. The problem is its often not very readable. What is the best way to use a laptop outside? At the moment I am squinting a lot. I'm open to all practical suggestions including devices, positioning, shading etc. (I own a Thinkpad T42 if it's relevant)
posted by zaebiz at 3:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Adobe CS3 system requirements question

Can I run Adobe CS 3 Design Premium with only 512MB of RAM? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 3:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Least evil Canadian bank?

Least evil Canadian bank? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 3:01 PM PST - 35 comments

Summertime (job) blues...

Suggestions for summer jobs (with a few caveats)? [more inside]
posted by champthom at 3:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What does my cat think I am?

What does my cat think I am? In other words, in his brain, what has he classified me as? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:57 PM PST - 46 comments

Surveillance System Help

I am looking for either high-resolution wireless IP cameras or Video Capture card recommendations and I have a few additional questions. [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a 'Rosetta Stone' of IM?

I have some contacts on AIM, others on Google Talk, others on MSN messenger. Ideally I'd like to set up an account on all of these, and then if someone sends me a message on one it would be forwarded to the other one I happened to be logged in on; i.e., they send me a message on Google talk and it's automagically forwarded to my MSN messenger account. C'mon MeFites, let's get the construction paper & string & build this thing!
posted by mattholomew at 2:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Grrr... not backward compatible

What's the easiest (read: quickest) way to migrate CDFinder catalogs from old power pc macs running OS 9 to OS X intel minis? I have 394 of them, and they come up as gray executable files on OS X.
posted by valkane at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

in case he grows up and gets rich, i need to know that I can get some kind of family money from him

Familytreefilter: Okay, so my mother's brother's wife's sister's daughter had a child. What is his relation to me? What's his mother's relation to me? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 1:44 PM PST - 27 comments

Where do I find a technology conference planner ?

What are good sources of information to find a corporate conference planner ? [more inside]
posted by jurczyk at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Undelete a DVD-RW?

Data Recovery Filter. I stupidly deleted (about 1 GB worth of) some precious .avi files on a DVD-RW with Toast's 'Quick Erase' feature. Data Rescue II can't find anything, and disk utility won't even mount the DVD-RW disk. (OS 10.4.7) Any way to 'un-screw' the pooch on this one, short of sendning it out to a data mining firm?
posted by rudster at 12:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Choosing a patent bar course ...

I want to take a patent bar exam review course. There are quite a few around. Can anyone help my choose? Maybe list some pros and cons of the course you took if you cannot compare courses. Saving money is not an issue - passing is!!!
posted by fritzkers at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I deal with a troublesome co-worker, or else not let her get to me?

How can I deal with a troublesome co-worker, or else not let her get to me? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 12:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I sue or should I pay up?

Should I sue or should I just eat it? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Too much of the good stuff?

High frequency of sex, can this cause any issues? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 11:52 AM PST - 36 comments

How to break bad behaviors

How do I break behaviors that I've been doing for years? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Safe neighborhoods between Loyola and Fulton Market?

Calling all Chicagoans: I will be working on Fulton Market, just west of I90/94. My roommate will be attending Loyola (Lake Shore campus). We both want easy commutes. Suggestions for fun, safe areas to live in that will be convenient for both of us? [more inside]
posted by christie at 11:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Font Preview Software for Logotypes

Mac/DesignFilter: I once heard of a Mac program that would allow you to preview different fonts using specific text, to help ease the design of a logotype. This isn't a font manager, but more of a design tool. [more inside]
posted by lunarboy at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

A question about butt hair

There's a glut of butt-related questions on here, but I think mine has yet to be asked. If you don't like reading about butt problems, you should stop now. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 11:10 AM PST - 13 comments

are you on the list? I don't see your name on the list - Velvet ropes in NYC?

Where can I buy a velvet rope in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

What free SMTP service could I use to send emails using Yahoo and Thunderbird

I would like to use the new release of Thunderbird (2.0) with my Yahoo account and am looking for a free SMTP service. I know Gmail lets you use its servers but apparently changes the 'From' field of the message to username@gmail.com for all messages. Is there any other service that I can use, apart from my ISP's (I shuffle between work, school and home). [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Fill me up for a fiver, please.

My wife (a spectacular cook) is out of town, I have $5.00 for lunch, and I'm not in the mood to make something for myself. Since this will probably be my only meal of the day, what's the most filling food I can buy for ~$5.00? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:58 AM PST - 35 comments

The Christian Right's influence on US foreign policy

I'm looking for books or articles describing the Christian Right's influence on American politics, especially on US foreign policy.
posted by klue at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get whale meat in the USA?

Is it possible to buy whale meat in the US? Where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by Dataphage at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Deadbeat Landlord Disappears; What Now?

Our landlord/property manager has disappeared. The phone number and fax are disconnected. Emails are bouncing back. The website is gone. Now what do we do? [more inside]
posted by BloodyWallet at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

The Secret To Your Success

For the wildly successful, or friends of the wildly successful, what sets you/them apart from the rest of the herd? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 10:34 AM PST - 31 comments

Probably a decision I should have made at 17.

I've decided I want to be a Quantitative Analyst. [more inside]
posted by quite unimportant at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

When is it time to call it a day on looking for a husband?

I'm experiencing a bit of an existential dilemma. I'm 30, going on 31 in July, and recently ended a relationship with my fiance. Or, more accurately, he told me that he wanted to postpone our wedding, to which I responded that our relationship was therefore probably over. We talked, and mutually agreed that it was probably for the best that we end it and move on. It was for all intents and purposes an amicable split. However, I'm really struggling with the moving on part. [more inside]
posted by smallstatic at 10:06 AM PST - 40 comments

Stand Upright Young Man

How can I strengthen my integrity and virtue? As I have become older, I feel that I am not as virtuous as I would like to be. I am moving into leadership roles at work, and also into parenthood soon, and I feel it in important to exercise my moral muscles. Is my upbringing going to dictate how virtuous I am as an adult, or are there things I can do to stand more upright in character?
posted by kaizen at 10:00 AM PST - 27 comments

Rural California Dreaming.

Northern California Dreaming -- What steps should I take to explore my dream of buying land in Mendocino or Humboldt County, creating a small energy efficient home (perhaps one of the tiny, prefab ones), all while building/finding community. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Safari in Spring

Where can I find a reasonably priced and fashionable men's safari jacket online? PayPal preferred.
posted by jne1813 at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Webstat Pollution is Driving Me Insane

Blogger is polluting my webstats. Hivemind, please hope me. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Can't install any Greasemonkey scripts

Why wont Greasemonkey let me install anything? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Austin TX musical recommendations needed for late April 2007

Recommendations needed for hearing roots or acoustic blues music in Austin, Texas from April 26th to April 29th. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 8:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Salon activities for Non-poets and dreamers

We're holding a salon tomorrow (in the artsy sense of the word), and are looking for good activities to suggest for those who might not be blatantly artistic. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 8:25 AM PST - 10 comments

phone messages to pc

Cordless phone machine that can download messages to a pc? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Ow, ow, ow, help me stop poking myself in the eye hole.

Where can I get tiny screwcaps for my glasses? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Hot, hot, hot, not, not, not

Noob house owner: The water heater is now only putting out lukewarm water, not hot. [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield at 7:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Best concert seats at MSG for The Police?

Going to watch my first favorite band (The Police) at MSG in August - where to sit? [more inside]
posted by snatchos at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Is There a Federal Database of Prescription Drug Users?

ParanoiaFilter: Is there a federal database listing every prescription drug each person in the US has been prescribed or has purchased? ABC News seems to think so. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 7:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me make a playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President"

ATTN: Music Nerds! I'm putting together a party playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President" - any suggestions?? Help me rock the party into the streets! [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning at 7:19 AM PST - 72 comments

Should we hire my mom to be a daycare provider?

Should we hire my mom to provide daycare for my soon to be born child? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 7:16 AM PST - 27 comments

Is this a great idea or flight of fancy I will regret?

Yet another, "I don't know what I want to be when I grow up" filter. I think I want to be a nurse. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Safari, You've Let Me Down

What's the best way to have a CSS rule apply only to Safari? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Eye of Snowron

Greetings Hive Mind. I love to ski, and I want to have a video record of said skiing. Has anyone got any recommendations for helmet cameras that I could use next time I'm in the mountains? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

job at gameshow

I have a ridiculously specific dream job. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 6:40 AM PST - 15 comments

reps or hold?

Should I be doing lots of reps or holding for a long time? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 5:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me become employed in NYC - Preferably in Publishing

I'm in an unusual situation and it's proving extremely difficult to change things. Short version: I've been out of work for five years mostly due to severe depression, anxiety, and an abusive relationship, and have been trying to establish myself since recovering with no luck. I'm a bookworm with a degree who seeks an entry-level publishing position, but will take other (hopefully related, but not an absolute requirement right now) positions in the interest of establishing a recent job history for myself. (Extra long version inside...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 AM PST - 36 comments

Travel to Cuba

What's the latest on US citizens as tourists in Cuba? I would greatly appreciate fairly recent ( within the last six to twelve months ) experiences of a US citizen visiting Cuba. I am a Canadian. I visited Cuba in 1994. I would like to return soon, but I'd like to go with US citizen, departing from Toronto. There seems to be a lot of conflicting info out there. Any responses greatly appreciated. Thanks.
posted by GoodJob! at 4:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Where is Rimini?

Is Rimini in North or Central Italy? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 3:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Can you recommend a forum for Search Engine Optimization?

Can you recommend a forum on Search Engine Optimization? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 1:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Santa plays the Horde!?

In order to illustrate a part of a loooong blog post I'm finishing about World of Warcraft, I'm looking for a small, one panel comic that features Santa Claus raising his fist and, to his apparent disbelief, yelling "For the Horde!" to Rudolph. For the life of me I can't find it. Could any of you hope me on the matter? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 1:25 AM PST - 6 comments

editing dvd's

How do you edit Hollywood DVD's you have ripped to your hard drive? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:29 AM PST - 7 comments

how do i regain trust after being cheated on

how do you regain trust after being cheated on [more inside]
posted by frogger12 at 12:15 AM PST - 27 comments

April 18

How to I boost the audio within a qmt file?

How would I boost audio from within qt or wmv files that i've rendered already from final cut pro? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 11:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for Myth-style combat strategy game without tedious economic/resource development

I'm looking for a battle strategy game in the tradition of the Myth series (or the old-school game "Siege"). Interested in troop movement and in-battle tactics, NOT maintaining economy/resources, spawning units, buildings, etc. (Warcraft didn't interest me when I tried it many years ago). [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 10:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Russian film recommendations

Russian film recommendations [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 10:35 PM PST - 33 comments

A Dog Can't Change His Spots- So What The Hell Are Those?

My 3 year old chihuahua has suddenly developed small black spots. What are they? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a good pair of work sneakers

If all goes as planned I'll be working at a Frito Lay distribution center near my house and they recommend a good pair of durable thick soled shoes for work. Right now I've just got a standard pair of white Adidas sneakers that are going to need replacing. I'm looking for some some recommendations from shoe connoisseurs or more experienced people working in a warehouse setting. [more inside]
posted by Sgt.Grumbless at 8:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Word help

Microsoft Word, basic question: I'd like to have the title on my Word document show up automatically/repeat on each new page that I type so I don't have to add it and center it each time. I'm sure it's easy but I honestly don't know how to do this and have searched to no avail. Any help?
posted by slow, man at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best contact lens out there for me?

Eye Contacts Advice: I have tried Frequency 55 Toric. They often feel like they are suffocating my eye balls and the astigmatism correction is just as bad. [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

teaching english in the US

At work, our two part-time janitors don't speak any English. As the only Spanish (non-native, though) speaker in the office, I've decided to give them a hand...so I've started to spend my Sunday there, teaching them English. But I need some advice on how to do it better. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 7:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Green Eggs & Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet reveals both a genuine (melancholy) Prince and a great schemer in the sense that he is able to feign madness. I've read it. And read it again. Still, I can't seem to pinpoint a place where we are are unsure if his words are part of the plan or just crazy talk. Can you point to me to a part? Also, what tipped you off? Thanks.
posted by time to put your air goggles on! at 7:14 PM PST - 26 comments

To cut or not to cut?

How tricky/expensive is it to replace the headphone jack on a 2nd generation iPod? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 6:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Association/Club benefits/perks?

Looking for ideas for, or companies that provide one-stop shopping for association/club membership benefits/perks. I run a large association of technology entrepreneurs and executives and would like to obtain or negotiate some cool additional benefits for our members. Like the kind you get when you join AAA or Diner's Club... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Mid-South vacation?

Needed: summer vacation for mom and son in NC, GA, Tenn--anything close to SC. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

"idea obfuscation?"

i think there is a term--rhetorical or otherwise-- for the way "conspiracy theory" can serve to cloud the environment of ideas thereby rendering politically unpopular notions inert regardless of their veracity. anybody know what im struggling to effin describe and label?
posted by oigocosas at 5:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me determine why my home wifi connection is so spotty.

[WiFi Filter] My home wifi is driving me absolutely insane. It is inexplicably spotty and goes in and out on a whim. [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 5:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Dynamic information displayed on desktop

How to display system name/uptime on desktop (Windows XP/2003) ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:35 PM PST - 7 comments

What trips can a family without kids take?

Where to take a non-kid oriented family vacation next Christmas/New Year season (that is not a cruise)? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Bad GPA = No future?

I'm a sophomore physics major at a fairly prestigious university (USN&WR Top 25) known for its technical and scientific offerings. My parents currently pay for tuition and dorm housing, with no financial aid. However, my grades have been lower than they expected, and they are now refusing to pay for me to return next year. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 40 comments

Initech is already taken....

How do I name a new company? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 4:35 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I record streaming audio directly onto my Mac using Audacity?

I'm looking for a tutorial on using Audacity to record streaming audio off the net. I can get it to record sound, but it seems to be doing it through my microphone with corresponding degraded quality and ambient noise. [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the easiest way to transfer a website (including hidden files) without shell access?

I am trying to transfer a couple of websites from 1and1 beginner accounts to dreamhost. I usually do this by zipping or tarring the source site and then ftp. The rub is that the 1and beginner package does not allow shell access (although the target does). I'm looking at wget but I don't see a way to make it copy hidden files, which could bite me later if there are some config files buried in there somewhere. Probably missing something real obvious here. Any ideas?
posted by Manjusri at 4:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a good beginner's mandolin?

Help me find a good beginner's mandolin? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 4:25 PM PST - 15 comments

The repair connection was NOT completed, liarpants. :(

Why can't I maintain a stable internet connection, and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Make my Nano and the internet play nice!

Why does my 2nd gen ipod Nano break the internet? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Permanent resident in the US with foreign driver's license wants to know if he can drive his car

I'm a foreign national with permanent residence in the US living in Providence, RI. What is my legal status as regards driving? I do have an Icelandic, EU-approved driver's license, but not an American one. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 3:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Why isn't the no call list working anymore?

What happened to the "no call" list? [more inside]
posted by nax at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Last Minute 80s Costume Ideas?

LastMinuteCostumeFilter: Due to poor planning / organizational skillz, I find myself in need of (and sorely lacking) a pseudo-80's costume for an upcoming barbershop chorus performance on Saturday night. I'm too fat for all my old 80s clothes; hope me! PS - I have ready access to Goodwill and Salvation Army retail stores, so ideas around getting this done inexpensively would be fabulous. TIA!
posted by ZakDaddy at 2:42 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I state the purchase price of a vehicle acquired in a trade?

Wisconsin Car Title Filter: I'm trading my vehicle for another vehicle plus cash. Wondering what to do about titling the new vehicle. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 2:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me locate this video art editing team!

Looking for a video editing 'group' who operated a crazy art-car probably around the late-80s/early 90s. [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking a Speculum (in the Hands of the Right Person)

GynoFilter: Please help me find a good, compassionate, and knowledgable gynecologist in the Bay Area (preferably East Bay but will travel. Preferably female but am flexible). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Could somebody check if my phone number is posted outside 196 Grand St. in Manhattan?

Could somebody check if my phone number is posted outside 196 Grand St. in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 1:56 PM PST - 21 comments

No, not lutefisk

Somewhere in the office chatter I agreed to bring food from my "culture" to an office happy hour Friday. I'm a European mutt with let's say a Scandinavian plurality. Any recommendations on something I could pick up at the average supermarket? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 1:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Little Chinese kid running around saying, "Indie, indie!"

Managing a band: good sources to learn everything from scratch. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Not so Simpliciter

Please help me identify this font (almost looks like Simpliciter Sans, but not quite)... [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Why'd they [spoiler] in the last episode of Deadwood?

Did I miss something in the last episode of Deadwood? (spoilers galore) [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:09 PM PST - 24 comments

legality of sampling of "Annie" with special needs kids

another copyright/fair use question: making a version of "Annie" with a cast of non-verbal developmentally disabled kids, using the soundtrack and some dialogue from 1982 film version, what are the egal issues? [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 1:04 PM PST - 12 comments

I hate lines in notebooks!

I hate lines in notebooks! Where can I find unruled Composition Books? [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 12:58 PM PST - 7 comments

I hate my mum

I hate my mum. She has done nothing to deserve this. How do I start loving her again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 24 comments

weekend in LA

So, I'm going to LA this weekend. What should I do there? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:28 PM PST - 20 comments

i need a lawyer.

i need a lawyer in the denton, tx area who specializes in or has experience with renter's rights. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How does parking work for LA metro stations?

Los Angeles Filter: How does parking work for LA metro stations? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 11:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Need help with a ckhdsk problem on Win 2k

Strange problem with chkdsk in windows 2000. My machines currently have latest Zone alarm (virus prot disabled), Diskeeper 2007, and Kaspersky AVP 6.0. I am noticing unusual behavior on both of them, but more so on one of them than the other. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Mac DVD player that can increase playback speed while preserving audio quality?

Is there a Mac DVD player that will allow me to increase the playback speed while not causing the actors to sound like Karen Walker from "Will and Grace" or the resident munchkins from Oz? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

How to center vertically in a LaTeX table?

How do I center text (or, really, images) up-and-down within a tabular cell in LaTeX? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 11:06 AM PST - 5 comments

center-mounted child carriers for bicycles

Does anyone have experience with center-mounted child carriers for bicycles like this? [more inside]
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Great place to live in St Louis?

I’ve accepted a new job in St Louis and am moving up with the family from the Florida panhandle this summer. Are there any recommendations for good neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by JimBobNoPants at 10:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Seeking employee-appreciation gifts that don't suck

Please help me figure out a great gift to give our employees at the company party! [more inside]
posted by vytae at 10:57 AM PST - 46 comments

Examples of Companies Inappropriately Editing Their Wikipedia Page?

Can you give me examples of companies that have tried to remove controversial information from their Wikipedia profile? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 10:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Where oh where have my beloved pants gone?

PantsFilter (mens division): It took me 30 years to find a cut of jeans that I think are comfortable and stylish enough. And then Levi's discontinued the 567s. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Marines are notoriously strict about dress codes.

Where can I rent a tuxedo for Friday night (just over 48 hours from now) in New York City?
posted by ChasFile at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Ownership of the clouds

Is it my responsibility to fix my fathers broken promise to my sister? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell at 10:02 AM PST - 67 comments

Limit to growth

Why is economic growth necessary? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 10:00 AM PST - 32 comments

Where's that flavor hiding?

What's the original of the phrase "that's where the flavor is hiding"? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Obsolete iPod Nano/iTrip question

Super-specific obsolete iPod question: I recently got a refurbed 1G iPod Nano, which I was using in conjunction with an AirPlay^2 transmitter that has stopped working (and was never great in the first place). It looks like my cheapest alternatives are the discontinued Griffin Nanotrip (which doesn't even show up on their support pages) and their iTrip Auto. Does anyone have experience with these? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

How does tenure tranfer?

For elementary school teachers, is tenure transferable to other districts/states? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

What to "tip" your agent/lender?

We just bough our first home and need advice on ways to thank those that helped us get through the process smoothly. [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Just how stupid am I being?

Don't laugh - am I right to let my body image issues get in the way of getting a massage? Are there cases where that is a legitimate concern? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 8:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Moving to Erie PA and need lots of info

I need information about the Erie PA area. Housing, schools, work, etc [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Annonymous sub-contracting makes sense, yes?

What's the best way to handle sub-contract work when you're actually doing the work for a competitor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Job advice needed

I'm bipolar, have a criminal record and need a job. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 25 comments

Exercise with Quick Rewards, Encourages Exploration & Discovery?

What kind of exercise would I find most fun & rewarding? I like baking. I like computers. I like debate. I like learning in a scatterbrain, whatever-interests-me-at-the-moment way. I like, in short, interactive, iterative activities that reward exploration and self-learning, and that start giving (at least small) rewards very quickly. Don't like group learning or scheduled lessons, and don't want to have to depend on a partner to show up. Need something that can be done on a regular basis. Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 8:07 AM PST - 20 comments

The camera spins all over everywhere?

I'm trying to remember information about an experimental film, possibly Russian, most likely from the first half of the 20th century, and neither google nor my memory are offering much help. The key element is that the artist built something like a tripod, but with the capability of full, spherical rotation of the camera, 360 degrees around all possible axes. [more inside]
posted by nobody at 7:54 AM PST - 4 comments


I'm looking for examples of a modern day Saul of Tarsus. Individuals who were relatively successful at persecuting others and then suddenly changed sides. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Grief and music that helps?

My kitten just died, and I'm looking for songs to help ease the pain. [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange at 7:35 AM PST - 26 comments

A device that claims to save electricity when plugged into the mains - how does it work?

This product claims to save electricity through some sort of voltage and current regulation. This raises my suspicions, but there might be some explanation for it I've missed, probably down to some peculiarity of mains electricity?
posted by edd at 7:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Allay my fears of amputation!

What is with these dark spots below my recently sprained ankle? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 7:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Standard Deviant Behavior

IANAS. How can I average two standard deviation values? [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Laowai wants to work for the Olympics

Are there Beijing Olympics jobs for wet-behind-the-ears graduates? [more inside]
posted by anotherbrick at 6:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a funny song to sing

I need a "character" song for my voice class...any recommendations? I'd like evil or funny, or ideally both! Or tragic-funny? Words for a female (or non-specific), please. [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 6:30 AM PST - 43 comments

Sending mail from Linux to Exchange

I have a Linux box (Ubuntu Edgy) that I would like to be able to send mail to an Exchange server. It also needs to send/receive locally. Which MTA will actually allow me to do this and are directions for configuring it available? I've found lots of vague references but very little "program X will do this and here's how" kind of stuff.
posted by tommasz at 6:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Moving to SF

Is it difficult to relocate/adjust to San Francisco from New York, in terms of culture such as DJ (IDM, ambient) clubs/art/literary type things? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 6:24 AM PST - 7 comments

That dude needs a publicist.

Just because we gotta ask every couple of years: Anyone know what Neal Stephenson is up to lately? Any new works on the horizon? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 6:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Help with an idiom

Is the expression "Too many chiefs, not enough indians" culturally insensitive? If so, help me think of a clever way of expressing the same idea using the same "too many x, not enough y" format.
posted by pasici at 6:10 AM PST - 34 comments


How do you transport your work clothes when riding your bike to work? [more inside]
posted by goldism at 5:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Why does America have more school shootings than other countries?

I realise this is a very sensitive topic at the moment, but that's what makes it so relevant. It seems to me that the US has a history of school shooting type incidents that no other country has. Is that true? If so, what is it that makes this more common in the US than anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 4:06 AM PST - 50 comments

Reselling Software

Can I resell my bought software? [more inside]
posted by benji at 1:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find out what song this is

Music video song filter: I believe the song/video was released in 1999. The music video consisted of people walking around with batteries strapped to their backs and I believe one of them was in the brain of a mini-robot. The song was on the charts the same time Britney Spears released, "Baby One More Time" but it was dramatically different than anything she would ever put out. I believe it was a male group.
posted by 913 at 12:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Change Cyrillic to Arabic, in Kazak

I use Mellel for writing in Kazak on OS X. I have files in Cyrillic which I need to transliterate into their Arabic alphabet. It isn't a straight letter-letter deal though. How do I correctly find and replace so that үн becomes ٴۇن, not ۇن, ,for example. (In other words, "if ә,ө,ү,і, but no г,к,е, add ٴ to front of word") [more inside]
posted by steppe at 12:11 AM PST - 4 comments

April 17

How difficult is it to buy a handgun online without a firearms license?

How difficult is it to buy a handgun online without a firearms license? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 11:45 PM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to participate in her imaginary competition

I have a taekwondo nemesis. How can I deal with her? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 10:53 PM PST - 34 comments

Vista+Win2k Notwork

Networking Vista and Win2K. They can't 'see' each other. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 10:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Unusual Configuration in Worpress

WordPress Filter: Multiple blogs in one? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 10:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy this French shower gel?

I'm looking for a particular brand of French shower gel called Bourjois. Is there any way to buy this in the U.S? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 10:31 PM PST - 8 comments

What are some good Audiobooks?

What are some really amazing audiobooks that people would highly recommend? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 10:14 PM PST - 45 comments

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming...

Are there any reliable, timely news alerts for the Seattle area that I can have emailed to me? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How Can I Find the Album for a Particular Song?

Music Search Techniques: Is there an easier/more effective way to find the title of a CD/album when you only know the artist and the song title? [more inside]
posted by davidinmanhattan at 9:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Puzzle/adventure book about finding Atlantis?

I'm trying to find a puzzle/adventure book from my childhood. It was about Atlantis and it was beautifully illustrated... ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

options for watching tv shows "on demand"

what kind of solutions are there to watching tv shows "on demand." i have to watch my budget and the $1.99 charges are uneasy. i know torrenting is a possibility, but i've been becoming more and more wary of torrenting. i use an imac running os x 10.4 - are there any solutions to be found there? [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 7:44 PM PST - 15 comments

I want to stream more freely!

I'm interested in setting up a Flash Media Server. According to Adobe, you must be running Red Hat Enterprise 3 or 4 for this to work. Is it possible that you could run an FMS on centOS?
posted by localhuman at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Will shower steam kill my laptop?

Will the steam from the shower in my bathroom hurt my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Lucie at 7:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me make the most of my three days in NYC

Help me plan an awesome weekend in NYC! [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 6:27 PM PST - 26 comments

I hope that you all succeed at solving my problem

What's a good alternate well-wishing statement to "good luck" that doesn't have anything to do with luck, fate, deism of any kind, or assorted other superstitions that still conveys good wishes? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 6:22 PM PST - 76 comments

Looking for love songs....

My fiancee and are going to have her dad and sister play a song during our wedding ceremony, think two acoustic guitars and two voices. We are looking for recommendations for a song for them to play. We have a bunch of ideas of our own, but we are looking for things we haven't thought of.
posted by tirebouchon at 5:53 PM PST - 31 comments

Small-scale hydroelectric generators for developing countries?

I need information on a non-profit organisation that sets up small-scale hydroelectric generators in developing countries. [more inside]
posted by nomis at 5:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking to Abuse my Mac, Bungie-style

Does anyone know where to find a copy of Bungie's classic game Abuse? It seems they made it available for free download and someone promptly made an SDL/OS X port, but all the links from the project page are dead.
posted by philulrich at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Why do so many videos on YouTube have horribly unsynchronized video / audio?

Why do so many videos on YouTube have horribly unsynchronized video / audio? [more inside]
posted by Bokononist at 3:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Soy un perdidor

I'll be the DJ at this event. I am trying to put together a playlist with lots of songs about being a loser -- or songs that in some other way evoke high-school loserdom, nerd/geek status, etc. I'm personally partial to '80s music and electronic pop, but open to anything (and I want to mix it up). Suggestions?
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 3:41 PM PST - 76 comments

I Wanna Be A Social Worker...

What can I do in social work and/or education that doesn't require a social work/education degree? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Gore 2008?

I'm interested in a potential Gore entry into the Democratic Primary. Are any pundits predicting this? Are there any comparable historical entries?
posted by matkline at 3:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Does anyone have personal experience with chronic hyperventilation syndrome? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Contact Lenses in Twin Cities?

I'm looking for a recommendation for an eye doctor/ contact lens specialist in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I wear gas-permeable lenses and need a new prescription and lenses. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
posted by airguitar2 at 2:22 PM PST - 1 comment

1. ISBN 2. Web Service 3. ??? 4. Profit

I need to know which book-related web service/API is best (most complete archive, most up-to-date, most metadata) for looking up information about books given an ISBN-10 or ISBN-13. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Uh oh, it's the office chair question again!

Uh oh, it's the office chair question again! But this time, i only have $200 to spend (since my dept is budgetarily limited). I'm obviously not looking for Aeron/Leap quality, but something that doesn't leave me in pain would be nicce. [more inside]
posted by softlord at 1:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Are we too old to have kids ?

I am 36 years old. My wife is 33 years old. We got married recently. Are we too old to have kids ? I feel age is not on our side. We are doing healthwise and finanically good.
posted by tom123 at 1:16 PM PST - 74 comments

Currying Favor

I'm hankering for some curry fries after having had some on my trip to Ireland recently...do any of you UK/Ireland types have a recipe you like for a curry sauce suitable to serve with french fries (you know, chips)? I can find plenty of curry sauce recipes easily enough online, but I'm interested in some personal favorites.
posted by briank at 12:43 PM PST - 23 comments

U.S. Police Firearm Usage Statistics

Where can one find good statistics on the use of firearms by police officers in the line of duty for the States? [more inside]
posted by NotMyself at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Graphics and CSS

Probably a dead-simple CSS question. I'm trying to pad an image in a Wordpress based blog so that the text isn't crunched right up against it. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:13 PM PST - 12 comments

An olive without a pimento

When an olive is missing it's pimento, some famous literary person (possibly Dorothy Parker) said that a little mischievous creature was responsible. What was the name of this creature?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I move my OS X desktop icons to the left-side of the screen?

Is there any way to have desktop icons in OS X sit on the left side of the screen instead of the right? I can move them to the left side, but the grid makes it so I can't sit the icons right against the left side - there's a huge gap, instead.
posted by apetpsychic at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get a reproduction of the Voynich Manuscript?

Where can I purchase a color-nicely bound reproduction of the Voynich Manuscript? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

One Vacation Home and Several Siblings: Possible to equitably and openly?

My wife and her three siblings have decided to re-invest the money they have received from the sale of their deceased mother's stake in a Cancun vacation home. They want to purchase another vacation home with the money. Together. [more inside]
posted by notyou at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me prepare to eat a feast!

Is there a way to prepare for feasting (eating large meals) without feeling nauseated? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 11:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me fix my wife's greenhouse please!

How would you recommend repairing a heavy plastic (clear tarp like material with what appears to be fiberglass threads in it for strength) green house flexible cover. After about 10 years of use in the cold region of upper Michigan, my wife’s portable greenhouse (door and a few areas along the metal framing) are worn and starting to rip apart. I’ve tried the tried and true “duct tape” and clear plastic vinyl to patch the rips and it only lasted one year. I’d love to get another 5-7 years out of the greenhouse and wouldn’t mind spending up to $100.00 to repair it. Any ideas or suggestions would be certainly appreciated. Thanks in advance….
posted by orlin at 11:00 AM PST - 14 comments

easily browsable pictures of houses

Where can I find a lot of easily browsable pictures of both the inside and outside of houses? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you prevent people from hotlinking photos from your typepad blog?

How do you prevent people from hotlinking photos from your typepad blog? [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 10:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Day of Wedding Coordinator

What should we expect from a "day of" wedding planner? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

So to summarize I have always been thin and in fairly good shape until I entered the world of 9-5 and hit some sort of metabolism slowdown.

So to summarize I have always been thin and in fairly good shape until I entered the world of 9-5 and hit some sort of metabolism slowdown. [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 9:57 AM PST - 17 comments

SQLFilter: Simple Data Import Question

How do I merge an external text file into a SQL table (MS SQL Server)? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me write my art & design college commencement speech!

What would you want to say to a community of brand new thinkers/changers/makers? Or what advice can you give me about commencement speeches in general? [more inside]
posted by SoylentErin at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Generating pure tones...

Generating pure sound tones at a specific power level, for recording to a CD... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Why can't I change pixel size / resolution in Adobe Premiere?

When I change the pixel size in Adobe Premiere Pro...why doesn't it change? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 9:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Dot-based "Fax Highlighter"? Am I insane?

When I was a kid, I found a bizarre pen at my grandmother's house. It was a marker with a roller on the tip and it created a dot pattern similar to zip-a-tone when you wrote with it. The ink was a dull purple, like Spider-Man's webbing in a comic book. She called it a "fax highlighter," but I've never been able to find such a thing in office supply stores or on the internet. It sure would be cool to have one for shading and creating a unique look in quick sketches. Help?
posted by clango at 9:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Recent grad trying to gain employment at a boutique bank, how?

How do I (a recent grad) find a job at a boutique bank/hedge fund, preferably in NYC/Manhattan? Is there a Monster.com for this? Or will I find good results with large job hunting sites such as Monster? Suggestions on banks to contact or list of banks are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there anyplace that has a good television buyers guide?

Is there anyplace that has a good television buyers guide? I'm familiar with AVS Forum which seems like a good resource once you've narrowed it down to some choices, but I'm still a ways away from that point. I've also read some CNET articles which seem to suffer from the same kind of tunnel vision as I saw on AVS Forum, but of course it's possible I just didn't find the right article. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Sit down and shut up!

What is the proper seating arrangement for at home family dinners? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 8:17 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me find sound blankets for soundproofing a room.

Help me find sound blankets for soundproofing a room. But with a twist . . . [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

My scroll wheel hardly works anymore!

My mouse scroll wheel is acting really strange. Can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find an A5 binder?

Any idea where a Yank might purchase an A5 binder? I love the A5 notebooks by Miquelrius, and am seeking a two-ring binder in which to store its pages, but can't seem to find one here in the States.
posted by shallowcenter at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Red Blotches From Shaving. Help.

I shaved my face last night in order to buy me some more time this morning, but it seems like I overdid it, and now there are giant red blotches of irritation all over my face and neck. I have a date tonight. Help me to not look like a chump? [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 7:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it.

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Lost scroll bar in Firefox

I'm having trouble retaining my vertical scroll bar in my Firefox browser. [more inside]
posted by NinaLee at 7:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me dress to conform!!

Fancy Dress advice needed. I need to dress to conform! [more inside]
posted by informity at 3:39 AM PST - 22 comments

Need help getting BES working

I've set up my BlackBerry Enterprise Server, but now I'm trying to connect via a GSM network and it won't activate. What have I done wrong? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 3:12 AM PST - 13 comments

A topic for a simple, observation-based research project on Chinese celebrities?

A topic for a simple, observation-based research project on Chinese celebrities? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 3:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find alien masks and ST badges?

Please help me find places online to buy el cheapo alien masks and star trek communications badges? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 2:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Is It Worth It To Add News and Video Feeds Like The AP To A Website?

What does it cost to add the Associated Press, or their Youth Oriented Feeds to a website, does it include videos, and is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 12:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Is this an ebay scam?

I'm selling an item on ebay (large, collection only thing) and two people have now mailed me asking if I would withdraw the item and they could pay cash right now. This smells fishy to me. Am I being unduly paranoid? [more inside]
posted by handee at 12:35 AM PST - 38 comments

April 16

New book published service ?

Can anyone recommend a service which will ping me if an author publishes a new book ?
posted by matholio at 11:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Non-AA/MA recovery options for marijuana?

Are there any non-AA/MA marijuana recovery options? I'm stuck in a rut living alone in a town where I don't know many people, smoking daily, and I can't break this 15 year habit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 PM PST - 32 comments

Any alternatives to Nike+ system?

Are there any alternatives to the Nike+ system to use for running? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 9:20 PM PST - 15 comments

What are some old-school rap or hip-hop songs that go against the gang/sex/drugs culture?

What are some old-school rap or hip-hop songs that go against the gang/sex/drugs culture? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 9:03 PM PST - 49 comments

FeetFilter - Need a shoe insert

FeetFilter - Looking a great shoe insert I can put in my gym sneakers that provide anti-odor, are moisture absorbent, and provide support and cushioning. I don't want to get a cheap pair and would rather spend the money on something thats reliable and durable. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Do you have to file taxes if you ask for an extension?

Tax Filter: If you are not required to file your taxes, and you file an extension, do you have to file your taxes? Other tax questions inside [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 7:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Have my parents been sucked into a scam?

Has anyone hearld of or had dealings with "Click Income"? My parents (who are on a fixed income) have dolled out $4,000. [more inside]
posted by ok at 7:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Is a one-way ticket to Europe my best option?

I'm going to Europe in about 5 to 6 weeks and about to purchase the airline ticket. Problem is, I dont know when I will be coming back nor where I will be when I return. [more inside]
posted by Gaiwan at 4:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Coffee grinding question

Home appliances filter: A friend was kind enough to give me a gently used burr grinder to replace the horrible blade grinder I was using to grind coffee beans for my first brew of the morning. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 4:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Travel noob: How can I make sure my wife and I can sit together on cross country flight?

Booked US Air flight on travelocity.com for my wife and I, is there a way to ensure we sit together? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 4:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Purr Purr Wheeze Wheeze

Can anyone recommend an allergist in Chicago? I live in Andersonville; someone nearby would be nice. Also, since my insurance is evil, does anyone know how much allergy immunotherapy (shots or sublingual) runs out of pocket?
posted by rbs at 4:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Patella fracture. Share your experiences during physiotherapy and after healing.

I recently broke my patella in two parts. I made a drawing to show how the damage was done. The red line shows how the patella broke, and the blue line is how the pin was drilled in. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Jobs with a MFA

I'm considering getting a MFA, what kind of jobs can you get with that? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 3:52 PM PST - 22 comments

A person who sets music to moving picture is called a ______.

What's the person called whose job it is to select appropriate music for movies/television shows/etc? How does one go about landing a job doing this? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 3:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me name my Metro Detroit Real Estate Blog

Mefites, I need your collective witty-ness. I am writing a blog about Real estate, particularly in the Metro-detroit area. I am trying to come up with a witty title... [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos at 3:35 PM PST - 23 comments

More noise, please..

New music needed. I've been listening to a lot of old Industrial and EBM recently, mixed with newer Electronica. I need more. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 3:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Smelly plastic

How do I get the smell out of the plastic cases i just bought? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

What's that music?

What is the background music used on this Channel 4 ident? Or is it composed especially for C4?
posted by Mwongozi at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

That's Gay

Help me gauge current social take on the phrase "that's so gay", and possibly decide on some rules about it's use in my new closed virtual community. [more inside]
posted by Skyriss at 2:22 PM PST - 60 comments

Looking up the past

How do I get records of a trial from 43 years ago? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 2:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Quickly delete a directory containing many files

In a Unix-type system, is there a way to quickly remove a directory that contains lots and lots of files? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Why is there no more milk delivery in the US?

Why is there no more milk delivery in the US? It used to be common, now it's extremely rare. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 2:01 PM PST - 23 comments

What's the difference between $200 and $500 trampolines?

Besides $300, what are the differences between a $200 trampoline and a $500 one? Also, springs vs elastic? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance"

I would like to know about the peculiarities in eighteenth-century writing. [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Why Mid-April?

Am I nuts in asking why more than usual high-profile, mass killings seem to happen in the mid-April timframe -- Waco, April 19; Oklahoma City, April 19; Columbine, April 20; and now this tragedy in Virginia. Is this an early Spring phenomenon? I often mention to my sister, whose birthday is April 20, about how bad things always seem to happen around her special day -- she is a great person. Any observations?
posted by terrier319 at 12:31 PM PST - 53 comments

OSX Mail ate my homework.

Help me make the OSX Mail program stop mangling my attachments. [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Subletting appartments in Los Angeles. Help!

Appartment management companies have rediculously high credit requirements in Los Angeles. Is it legal for my mother to rent an appartment and for me and my roommate to just live there and pay rent? My mother would not be living there and the managment company probably wouldnt know. If this is not legal, what is the legal action that the management copany can take? This managment company does not accept co-signors. Please help!
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Grindhouse trailer voiceover?

Who is doing the voice-over narration in the Grindhouse trailers? [more inside]
posted by jca at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I Let Them Contact My Ex-Manager?

I was fired from my last job--due primarily to a personality conflict with my former manager--and am applying for another one. They want to know if they can contact my former manager. I can only give a "Yes" or "No" answer, I believe. Additionally, the job I'm applying for is a federal one, if that makes a difference. What's best? Thanks in advance!
posted by whitebird at 11:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Low-Fat Protein Bar recipes

Protein bars: Best low-fat high-protein recipes? I'm trying to cut out spending money on Luna, Balance, and Clif Builder bars, but all the recipes I can find have about as much fat as protein, and certainly don't make the minimum 30-30-40 grade. Yes, even the Alton Brown one. Alternatively, recommend pescotarian, easily portable high-protein food sources (cottage cheese isn't portable enough). [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should we honeymoon in December?

We want to plan our honeymoon, which will be in December and/or January. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by frescaanddietcoke at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Two shirt for twenty dollar

A question about languages. [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 10:38 AM PST - 59 comments

Cell Phone and Bluetooth Battery Life

Would a new Bluetooth headset reduce my cell phone battery life by 75%? [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

word help form fields please

Stupid Microsoft Word Help! Help me gather up and total a few fields in WORD. How to I make form entries add up? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

A nest of voipers

VOIP providers in the UK. [more inside]
posted by asok at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend a Tailor in Seattle

Can anyone recommend a tailor in Seattle or the Eastside? I need alterations done on several pieces of women's clothing, somewhat more complicated than just doing hems, so I would like a real tailor, not a dry cleaning shop that does alterations. I've already Googled, but would much prefer a referral to someone whose services you have actually used.
posted by matildaben at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Bubbly tomato sauce?

Why was my jar of tomato sauce under pressure and the sauce bubbly? I had a half-full jar of tomato sauce that was closed and refrigerated. When opening the jar in order to use the sauce, the air pressure inside the jar was higher than the air pressure in the room and air escaped with a woosh, similar to opening a bottle of carbonated liquid (like seltzer.) Bubbles developed in the sauce in the jar, and a quick tasting of the sauce revealed that the sauce caused a sensation similar to carbonation. What was going on here?
posted by andrewraff at 10:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Canadian Geographyfilter - a curious border feature

Canadian Geography-filter: What is with this divot in the border between Canadian territories?
posted by upc_head at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I save a webpage as a PDF file?

How do I save a webpage as a PDF file in Firefox or Internet Explorer? [more inside]
posted by DuckFOO at 9:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Brain's Ability to Extract Meaning Amid Typos?

A year or so ago, a popular meme circulating via email was an illustration of how the brain can read through text with egregious typos. It was a passage rife with reversed, ommitted, or superfluous letters, but was perfectly readable. Can anyone come up with it? Thanmks!
posted by jimmyjimjim at 9:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for Discontinued Pennsylvania House Furniture

I'm looking for pieces to a discontinued Pennsylvania House furniture bedroom set. It's from the "Studio" group of "Essentials Collection." [more inside]
posted by misswiss at 9:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Determining color values

How to determine the color value of a pixel in an image file, within Windows or on the web, without downloading a separate program? [more inside]
posted by umlaut at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How Can I Fling People Into the Air?

How can I fling people into the air? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 8:44 AM PST - 27 comments

From CLI-Python and Lisp into the GUI (on OS X)

I'm working on what I think will be a GUI application and need some advise on framework friendly with Macintosh OS X, that won't drive me crazy. (Long description of what I've looked at inside.) [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Quitting my job after 5 months. How do I explain to prospective employers why?

Quitting my job after 5 months. How do I (or rather, "Do I") explain to prospective employers that I'm leaving because of a verbally abusive manager? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 8:36 AM PST - 12 comments

...to a deluxe apartment in the skyeyeye.

I'm 18 and I had to move out of my parents house. I'm in an apartment in Jersey City. I don't have cockroaches, there aren't any leaks, its a really great apartment and these are all small things that I've been dealing with the last few months. [more inside]
posted by rubberkey at 7:23 AM PST - 20 comments

avi with no image

I'm trying to open an .avi movie someone sent to me. I get sound but no image. I tried quicktime, then divx, but no luck. Anyone know any sure-fire ways to play it successfully? (for an iBook G4)
posted by jgballard at 7:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I run 600ft of 100BaseT?

Can I run ~300ft of ethernet cable from my modem to my router, and then another ~300ft of ethernet cable to a computer, without degrading my connection to the internet?
posted by subpixel at 6:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Help Nuts and Volts make sense!

How to get started PIC programming? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 6:52 AM PST - 30 comments

Plant extracts and staying out of jail

I would like to bring 300ml of Ayahuasca tea from Brazil to the United States for personal use. [more inside]
posted by iamck at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a cognitive behavioral therapist in New York City

I believe my son, a high school student, would benefit from seeing a cognitive behavioral therapist. He is a great kid in so many ways, but he does not see this and is very self-critical. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 6:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Why would a guy stop wanting to have sex with a girl he's been casually dating?

Why would a guy stop wanting to have sex with a girl he's been casually dating? A little long...sorry..... [more inside]
posted by fosho7707 at 5:52 AM PST - 57 comments

Browsing for a better Buffalo bank

I need to find a better bank or credit union in/around Buffalo. I currently have an HSBC account which I am not happy with. [more inside]
posted by Silly Ashles at 5:36 AM PST - 6 comments

A Yank is bloody confused 'ere.

Been watching early episodes of The Office (UK version). The lead character, a vain, self-important white-collar middle manager, speaks with a Cockney accent. This Yank is damn confused. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:53 AM PST - 55 comments

Is there anything I can take up as a hobby which will earn me money while getting fit?

Is there anything I can take up as a hobby which will earn me money while getting fit? [more inside]
posted by refactored at 4:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Burnt Offerings

Whoops! I've temporarily (I hope) lost my cooking mojo - how do I remove the carbon from my saucepans? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 4:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Is there a Thunderbird extension for attachments that let's me re-size (shrink) photos?

Does it exist? A Thunderbird extension for attachments that let's me re-size (shrink) photos as they are attached--on an as-needed basis? [more inside]
posted by wogbat at 3:27 AM PST - 4 comments

ad hoc address groups in gmail?

Gmail question, here's the scenario: I want to forward an email to an ad hoc list of people (meaning, not a group I've forwarded to before, or am likely to again). I open the email, I hit reply, and on the To: line, I click....what? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 2:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a book finder...

Book search with price comparison. [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 2:30 AM PST - 10 comments

“Dentist, n.: A Prestidigitator who, putting metal in one's mouth, pulls coins out of one's pockets.”

SE Queensland Dentist Filter: I need a dentist. But I want a nice one, or at least a non-judgmental one—I've had mean dentists! Needless to say, this has stopped me from going for quite a long time. I have decided to get braces though, so I need to have my teeth given the all-clear before approaching an orthodontist. I also need a recommendation for the orthodontist! Brisbane / Gold Coast area. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 2:01 AM PST - 3 comments

C-Church? J-Judah? Why not?

SF Muni Metro: Naming conventions? [more inside]
posted by sellout at 1:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Did the dentist almost kill my grandma?

Dentist yanked grandma's ten remaining teeth; a few days later, massive heart attack. Connected? Inappropriate? [more inside]
posted by Scram at 1:52 AM PST - 18 comments

April 15

Assault by Emmy

MovieFilter: I'm sure I've seen at least one film where a character was assaulted with an Emmy award. Help me with a bet, please? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 11:49 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the limitations of current remote desktop applications?

What are the limitations of current remote desktop applications? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 11:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for tracks of acoustic sets - acoustic guitar, bass, and percussions.

Looking for tracks of acoustic sets - acoustic guitar, bass, and percussions. [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 11:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Amputee Handshake

You lost your right hand in an accident. Do you want me to use my left hand when giving you a handshake? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 10:33 PM PST - 20 comments

Examples of genre-swaping remakes?

The trailer for a remake of the John Waters classic Hairspray left me wondering... Are there any other movies out there that were remade in a totally new genre? [more inside]
posted by trivirgata at 9:40 PM PST - 46 comments

kosher vs. kosher-for-passover

Kosher vs. kosher-for-passover: what's the real deal here? Can something be "Kosher for Passover" that is NOT ordinarily kosher the rest of the year? That would seem like a mighty expensive proposition, to me.... (vs. say, some foodstuff that is typically kosher all year, but only needs to be certified hometz-free for Passover, after which it goes back to being ordinary Kosher)
posted by bitterkitten at 9:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Is this real?

I need help people. I'm very interested in some research about antidepressants and about how they inhibit love and feelings. There are many articles about this online but I'm having trouble finding any corroborating evidence from other researchers (everything that I've found lists Dr. Helen Fisher of Rutgers as the source). I'm also interested in any research that disputes this, other than that from the drug companies themselves, obviously. [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus at 8:56 PM PST - 9 comments

do re mi etc.

How do I go about learning to sing? More specifically, how should I go about it in NYC... [more inside]
posted by slapshot57 at 8:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Delicious dinos

Yet another Sci-Fi ID request: I once read a tongue-in-cheek short story involving a fidgety time travel portal, dinosaurs, and culinary adventures. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Bada Bing Crosby

Closing credit music for this evening Sopranos? [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 8:16 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I find the if a movie is in the public domain?

How can I find the if a movie is in the public domain? [more inside]
posted by victorashul at 8:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Suugestions for a simple web-based database program (like Microsoft Access)?

I am part of a committee whose members are spread across the country. We are looking for an open source or inexpensive database application that can be accessed on the web. We need for it to allow a few users to edit the data (membership information for our association) and for many users to be able to view the database without editing it. Basically we want Mircosoft Access but available on the web. [more inside]
posted by losdestinos at 6:38 PM PST - 15 comments

How to hunt out great books and good authors?

As I get older (and possibly more cantankerous) I'm becoming less willing to spend good money on potentially bad books (well, maybe not bad per se, but books I don't enjoy). Once upon a time, in the increasingly dim past, I used to purchase many books on the assumption that some would prove worth reading. Now, books are becoming increasingly expensive in Australia, and I'm consequently becoming more and more demanding that the book be worth reading before I part with my cash. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 6:38 PM PST - 42 comments

I'm leaving, but I don't want them to know!

I'm looking for a new job, but my current employer doesn't know it. What's a good line to put in my cover letter to prospective employers that basically says "My employer doesn't know I'm leaving - please don't contact them," while not sounding sketchy or rude? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the right Flickr plugin for Wordpress.

Help me find the right Flickr plugin for Wordpress. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

What Cell phone to get

What phone to get? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 4:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Finding a particular sound effect for use as a ringtone?

Care to help me find a ringtone I heard on "The IT Crowd"? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a cynosure for my cynosure.

Who said this quote: "Let faith be your cynosure to walk by"? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Monitoring computer temperature

Looking for GNU or similar idea temperature monitoring software. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I tell my girlfriend I've had gay sex before?

Should I tell my long-term girlfriend (I'm male) that I have had sex with men in the past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 66 comments

Vegetarian diet and exercise plan?

Can anyone recommend a vegetarian diet and exercise plan? [more inside]
posted by JamesToast at 3:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get blood out of denim?

How do I get blood out of denim? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 3:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Buy a new digital camera

Help me buy a new digital camera. [more inside]
posted by pravit at 3:18 PM PST - 19 comments

tourfilter recommendations?

Which bands/artists put on the best live shows? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 3:04 PM PST - 102 comments

Help Finding Slipcover for a Sectional Couch

I am having trouble finding slipcovers for sectional couches. Does anyone have any recommendations for places I can buy them online? [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

UnionFS to add disk space to mounted directories

I have a new hard drive that I have added into my system. I've partitioned it three ways. The first partition is what I would like to add onto /opt, the second is some additional swap (added with no problem), and the third is the one that I'd like to add onto /home. How do I make this work with UnionFS? [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Large Volume Radio Compilations

I'm looking to find out more about the very large, compiled sets of music that oldies (and presumably other formats as well) stations use. [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Are you for real?

Hope me! How can I verify if this online merchant, which also masquerades as this online merchant, is for real? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Is humanity still evolving?

Is health care technology impeding our species' ability to evolve and adapt? [more inside]
posted by azriel2257 at 12:58 PM PST - 32 comments

Number Eleven: 10 points for beginning the description of your theory by saying how long you have been working on it.

I picked up Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, but the introduction alone puts Wolfram high up on the crackpot index. Reccommend some other introductions to cellular automata.
posted by tylermoody at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

I can't connect this iBook to the TV

I am trying to connect my G4 iBook to my TV, but apparently I don't have the right combination of output cables. I need some advice here. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 12:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Learn me some harmonica!

Has anyone had any success trying to learn how to play the harmonica with online lessons? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Alone time in the wilderness

I would like to go on a solo backpacking trip for the first time and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:41 AM PST - 23 comments

What to see in Fort Worth in a week?

What should I see to get a feel for Fort Worth in just one short week? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 11:29 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I get dynamic drive icons on my Windows desktop?

How can I get Windows XP to show an icon on the Desktop for each mounted drive like Linux does? [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Non-standard wedding readings

Wedding Readings: As the wedding draws closer, we need to find some interesting readings to have at the (register office) ceremony. The internet seems chock full of bog standard sentimental nonsense, but we want something light hearted, amusing, witty, fun. [more inside]
posted by gaby at 10:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Yahoo Messenger pop-ups?

What are the implications of and best response to unsolicited Yahoo Messenger pop-up messages? [more inside]
posted by kapec at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Businiess travel tips for Manila - the city, not the folders

It looks like I'll be spending 1 or 2 weeks in Manila next month, and I've got lots of questions. [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeing Double

Double vision, in both eyes. Is it just a side effect of weird astigmatism, or something more serious? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Mandibular Advancement Device

Hi: I would like to know if anyone has had experience with Mandibular Advancement Device. I have allergies which cause my nasal passages to get totally block at night. When I do fall off to sleep I wake up due lack of Oxgyen. I have tried nasal strips, they dont work well, and I don't like taking drugs. Please let me know if its worth buying one of these devices..... I need a good night's sleep.
posted by Noodles at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Scoring indian serving dishes in north america

Where to purchase indian cookware and serving dishes in the USA? I want the lot: thalis, tawas, kadais, baltis. All of it! [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Intrusive device

How do I add or change something in Windows' "what do you want to do?" list for a plugged-in device? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 7:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Is income used to pay back student loans taxable in Canada?

Canadian tax question: After six years of university (undergrad and an M.Phil), I am about to start working. Will I need to pay taxes on income that I use immediately to pay off student loans? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

ingmar bergman, who?

In the "Casa Bonita" episode of South Park, Jimmy tells the setup of a knock-knock joke: -Knock-knock! -Who's there? -Ingmar Bergman! -Ingmar Bergman, who? Before he can tell us the punchline, he is literally punched-out by Cartman. So my question is, does anyone know of an existing punchline to this joke? My hunch is that the South Park guys just made this one up. And if that's the case, can anyone think of a great punchline for this setup?
posted by fac21 at 5:56 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I collect money from a non paying client?

I have a client who commissioned some web work from me and then dropped the bombshell when I had completed the project that they didn’t have the funds in place to pay me fully until they’ve sold more advertising on it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by toocan at 3:51 AM PST - 32 comments

Procrastination by complaints of nerdy eyeball pain

Which typefaces survive savage photocopying? Are there any designed with this in mind? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade at 2:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Satellite TV Interference

I'm thinking of getting Satellite TV (Sky+). Does anyone know how susceptible it is to interference from signals from nearby mobile phone transmitters? [more inside]
posted by booksprite at 2:32 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I plan my Hawaiian wedding?

My fiance and I are planning a wedding in Hawaii for September this year. We're looking for a nice chapel wedding somewhere on Oahu, someplace with a nice view on the beach (but not a beach ceremony). I'm American, she's Japanese, and we live in Tokyo. We've gotten some Hawaiian wedding catalogs from travel agencies here that have all sorts of package deals, but I think they're way overpriced (though the little missus doesn't seem to care), and I'd like to bypass doing it through Japanese travel agencies and contact the various chapels directly. I haven't found many useful chapel homepages, though. Any MeFiers who got married in Hawaii? Any sources on Hawaiian chapels out there?
posted by zardoz at 2:22 AM PST - 10 comments

An Itch That No Scratch Could Kill

Possible Hypochondriac-filter. I have an itch that keeps showing up in the exact same place; around the top of my left shoulder-blade. Normally I wouldn't worry about it at all and think "Oh it's just an itch" but the fact that it keeps coming back pretty much in the same spot on a fairly frequent basis (every few hours or so) makes me question if this is something I should be worried about?
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments at 1:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Suggest your favorite classic romance film

Oh man, I am a sucker for old romances. Your film recommendations, please? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 1:04 AM PST - 48 comments

April 14

Postcard in Translation

OldPostcardFilter: Help me translate an old postcard purchased in Muggia, Italy. [more inside]
posted by Dalton at 11:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Can a 19-year-old adopt a dog?

Would rescue organizations or shelters allow a 19-year-old college student to adopt a dog? [more inside]
posted by qz at 11:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Working around the prenatal care mill

My wife needs some prenatal care and we're having trouble finding a doctor that isn't trying to soak us for thousands of dollars. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Like trying to find weed in the sea, I suppose.

Does anyone know of good coffee shops (and I do mean actual coffee) in Amsterdam? The kind where you can sit, maybe on a couch, with a book? The Vienna kind? I would really like to find one, but the dutch don't seem to have much of a coffee shop culture. It seems so silly to ask here because I actually live in Amsterdam (and you probably don't), but I've been looking for ages and nobody I know has been able to point me to one, and obviously googling for "amsterdam" and "coffee shop" isn't giving me the right answers.
posted by Skyanth at 10:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Got To Delete Them Freakin All

How to reset completely one of them new fangled game carts. Befuddled SNES user ahead inside. [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 9:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I respond to 9/11 Conspiracy theorist friend?

How do I respond to a friends who's advocating 9/11 conspiracy theories (specifically the " Loose Change" video). [more inside]
posted by aggienfo at 9:13 PM PST - 43 comments

Experiences with flat feet and/or plantar fasciitis?

FeetFilter: Anyone out there with plantar fasciitis caused by very flat feet? What worked for you to get rid of it? How long did it take? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Travelling with a dog?

DogFilter: If I'm going to be travelling all the time for the next 10 years, should I not get a dog? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 8:37 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me figure out what I drank and where to get more!

ObscureBoozeFilter: I was in SF with some friends and we did shots of (what I think) was called Stella. Now I can't find it... [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

If you're not worried, why not?

Anxiety about the long term prognosis for the United States, the middle class, homo sapiens sapiens. Am I the only one who finds the fear about these things overwhelming? If I am the only one, what comfort should I take? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 7:28 PM PST - 61 comments

What was your GD meal plan like?

Looking for other women's experiences with meal plans for Gestational Diabetes? (long, sorry) [more inside]
posted by Joh at 6:15 PM PST - 14 comments

What's with the white stuff in my yam?

What's this milky white liquid in my yam? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck at 6:12 PM PST - 9 comments

UTF-8 kanji in Wordpress 2.1

How do you make Wordpress 2.1 handle UTF-8 encoded kanji and hiragana correctly? [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 5:08 PM PST - 10 comments

which HD TFT/LCD screen to get?

which HD TFT/LCD monitor to get? [more inside]
posted by complience at 5:04 PM PST - 4 comments

WordPress posts on a non-WordPress page?

Can I evoke the recent posts of a WordPress blog installed at mysite.com/blog/ to an non-WordPress PHP file such as mysite.com/index.php? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Plan my trip!

One week in Italy, one week in Greece, two weeks in Spain. What can't I miss? What should I avoid? Where should I stay? What else should I know? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 4:36 PM PST - 24 comments

Welcoming New Neighbors

I have some new neighbors from Bosnia and I would like to something cool to welcome them to our 'hood and their new home. The fun stuff is inside. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Red Sox Nation

Can anyone tell me who is the man at every Boston home games, sitting in the behind-home-plate seat year after year? Today he's wearing his red jacket.
posted by maloon at 3:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Mac-Friendly Site for Free Filiing Taxes

Last year, I used H&R Block's web site to file my taxes. At the time, I was working on a PC laptop. Now, I'm using Mac, and none of the h&r tax filing apps are rendering properly. I tried using Firefox, Safari, Explorer, and Opera to no avail. Are there any 'free file Companies' on the web for Mac-Users?
posted by sswiller at 3:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Thick, well-made sweatshirts

My favorite sweatshirt company has gone out of business - who else makes quality, thick sweatshirts? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 3:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Credit Where Credit is Due

I'm considering a web project that would be a day-by-day chronicle of a historical period. My primary sources would be 2-3 books that are day-by-day accounts of the period. Can I use the facts from the books if I use my own words? I would list the books as references on the site.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Simple CMS?

Client says: "I should to be able to update the text on this website whenever I want to." Simplest possible solution? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 1:45 PM PST - 17 comments

How to stop spending money at Sephora and still keep my skin clear

Help me devise an anti-acne regimen using only natural products. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 1:05 PM PST - 32 comments

Holocaust Sheet Music

SheetMusicFilter: I need sheet music for the theme from Schindler's List, by John Williams, for violin plus piano accompaniment. If you find only the piano acompaniment, that works too. [more inside]
posted by alon at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Why am I such a pain magnet when it comes to laptops?

Macbook (not Pro) hissing at me and crackling at mewhen I open it. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Book on dual booting

Please, can somebody recommend book(s) about Dual booting for Windows XP and Linux ? I have XP installed and i need to make a gradual transition to Linux.
posted by Yiba at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Eco-friendly print shop recommendations?

I'm looking for some print shops that do business cards, brochures, posters, etc. that are reasonably priced and environmentally friendly. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Can't find any cute Castor and Pollux stuff

What silly gift to give an expectant mother who will be having identical twins? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 11:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Weather map desires

I'm hooked on animated weather maps. Help my find longer animations. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Giving Compliments to Men

How do you tell a guy he is... hot? [more inside]
posted by chase at 10:54 AM PST - 49 comments

Athletic cup question from the mom

Does anyone here have experience wearing the Nutty Buddy cup? [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Do fat cells ever die?

Do fat cells ever die? [more inside]
posted by zymurgy at 10:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Two questions about the 2004 Tsunami

Tsunami-filter: I have a two part question about the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. One involves the BBC/HBO miniseries "Tsunami: The Aftermath," and the other involves the guerilla warfare going on in Indonesia at the time. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

I have $100,000. What should I do with it?

I have $100,000. What the hell should I do with it? I'm 24. I have no credit card debt at all. I never went to college, so I have no loans to pay. I still live at home, so I have no rent/mortgage. I drive a car that has already been paid for. I'm self employed, but it isn't something that really needs money "put into it." Like, I don't need better equipment or a bigger office or advertising or anything like that. What I'm wondering is, what should I do with this money? [more inside]
posted by creative at 10:19 AM PST - 45 comments

What's Chow Yun Fat doing?

What fighting style is Chow Yun Fat using in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 10:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Help...Slideshow in one hour!

I want to create a simple slidshow with music [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Hope me get my settings back.

Had to reinstall XP Home. How do I get all my old settings back? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Heaven help me. I love a psychotic! (But not at work, please.)

What's the best way to deal with an office rival? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 9:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Notebook battery retail sources

Is there anyway to purchase a new battery for a Dell inspiron without going through Dell? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Best song by the worst band

What is the best song by the worst band? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 6:33 AM PST - 147 comments

Women comic book authors

What are some good comic books written by female authors?
posted by corpse at 6:11 AM PST - 37 comments

Fellow Photoshop nerds, I need your help.

Can you help me find a particular Photoshop tutorial that I saw a while back? [more inside]
posted by braintoast at 4:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any etiquette guidelines for a younger "encore bride?"

Second Marriage Filter - I need some resources on etiquette for second weddings! [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Art or what?

So we just saw Bodies: The Exhibition in Amsterdam, and have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Help us buy a new camera!

[DigitalCameraFilter] The wife and I are in the market for a new digital camera. [more inside]
posted by ChazB at 1:32 AM PST - 20 comments

April 13

Should my puppy see a dermatologist?

The skin on my puppy's little pink belly seems to be turning blackish... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:24 PM PST - 24 comments

Easiest way to donate books to soldiers?

Is there a super-simple way to donate a bunch of books to soldiers serving overseas? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 11:01 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a replacement 12.1" touchscreen in Phoenix, AZ, by tomorrow

I need a replacement 12.1" touchscreen in Phoenix, AZ, by tomorrow, or for some serious tech people to help me trick a MacDermid Colorspan 9840UV into accepting non-touchscreen input as touchscreen input. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Will someone be missing breakfast?

As I type this, my lovely cat is having kittens (literally). I am having a few myself (not literally). I'm a little worried because... [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 9:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Headhunter or no?

A headhunter has contacted me about a job that I'm really interested in. Would it be better to go through them, or approach the company on my own? [more inside]
posted by talkingplant at 9:11 PM PST - 20 comments

We wanna take plastic!

Help me find the best credit card processing solution for a very specific, slightly unusual non-profit need. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How do barbershops get free magazine subscriptions?

Every time I go to a classic barbershop, I have noticed that they receive every magazine and newspaper under-the-sun. I recently asked my barber how he affords all of them, and he says that they just show up. Does anyone know how this happens? I assume the publishers have programs that identify and send free subscriptions to places where people "wait?" Does anyone know more about formal services that facilitate this?
posted by tdabbott at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Testing my students' Cultural Literacy

Help me devise a quiz testing my students (college fresh-people) on fundamental knowledge of current events, history, and culture. [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 6:29 PM PST - 34 comments

Art from recycled water bottles

Beautiful sculptures of "sealife" made from discarded water bottles. Help me find the link! [more inside]
posted by donovan at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me correctly ID and label different fashion styles

I need to extend my fashion vocabulary into the current decade. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Will you help me make summer plans?

What can I do with myself for two weeks in July? My son and his father will be traveling to England with the kid's choir, and I'll be home in Fairfield County, Connecticut (about 45 minutes by commuter train from NYC), probably feeling horribly lonely. [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 5:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I learn to love rubbish whisky?

I'm drinking some rubbish whisky bought as a present that I am enjoying more each time I drink it- can it ruin my palate and appreciation of fine malts? On a wider note the same question but with wine, food etc. [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 5:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Playing incomplete .avi woes.

I'm looking for a plugin for VLC (or, an alternate media player) that is capable of handling incomplete video files downloaded from a Bittorrent network. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 5:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you tell me where I can find these photographs?

Looking for a series of photographs that look like paintings of (IIRC) American suburbia taken at night time. [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 5:09 PM PST - 3 comments

With a dash dash dash and a dot dot dot

What is the proper punctuation for this slogan? [more inside]
posted by nekton at 4:42 PM PST - 19 comments

How to pedal and surf in comfort?

To get over my problem with exercise boring me senseless, I'd like to combine a really comfortable (as in comfy seat with back support) way of pedalling to keep fit at home, with using a laptop computer to access the web, How can I best do this? Has anyone else tried this and did it work? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments


I am in search of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt for a little boy who is turning four. [more inside]
posted by amro at 4:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Things to do in Albany New York

Things To Do in Albany, New York during a weekend. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

My RAID isn't rebuilding.

My RAID is failing to rebuild: help! Every time I try and rebuild it with a new drive, the rebuilding fails. [more inside]
posted by baggers at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Easiest CMS/blog to get into design-wise?

I'm an experienced webdesigner looking for a CMS/blog whose themes are easy to change or build from scratch (preferably just through CSS).
posted by dinkyday at 2:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Good Non-Carbonated Drinks

What are some good non-carbonated drinks? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 2:18 PM PST - 40 comments

What movie is this shot from?

What movie is depicted in this picture on IBM's home page? [more inside]
posted by dammitjim at 1:31 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you say "I'm not interested" in Mormon?

How do you get rid of Mormons who come to your door, no muss, no fuss. Apparently saying "I'm not interested" doesn't work. Is there any code word that works? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 1:24 PM PST - 120 comments

Head games! Not the mean kind.

Point me towards some online games that allow players to link up and play a game together by remote access. Bonus points for things not too mentally taxing, for times when one wants to just veg. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

CD stuck in a Powerbook G4 12"

My 12" Powerbook G4 has decided it likes the current CD inside it so much that it has refused to spit it out. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Gold and Platinum jewelry classes in NY

Where should I study jewelry-making in New York? (Looking for a full bench certificate program, not at a college and not an individual class, but flexible if it is an excellent class) [more inside]
posted by rmless at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Which flash-based, non-iPod audio players have the lowest self-noise (lowest noise floor)?

Which Flash-based, non-iPod audio players have the lowest levels of self-noise (lowest noise floors)? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

What does this symbol mean?

Picture this: three squares arranged in a triangular formation... one on top, two on the bottom. Does it have any symbolic meaning? Is it a company logo? [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 12:12 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I reverse engineer a smell?

How do I reverse engineer a scent? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Reviews of the Barbecook Oyster?

Barbeque season is soon upon us (in the U.S., anyway), and I need a grill -- charcoal, not gas. I'm leaning toward the classic Weber kettle, but I'm intrigued by the Barbecook Oyster. Anyone have experience with it, and know where I might find it in the States other than directly through the manufacturer's site? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 11:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Google vs. Opera

I cannot get Google products (GoogleEarth and Picasa) to link to Opera (or Firefox or anything) when they need to open up a webpage. Has my using Opera and Firefox somehow confused these pieces of software? [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Dogs are ruining my life

Loud ass barking dogs. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 11:26 AM PST - 38 comments

What requirements are there for passport validity when entering the UK and France?

What requirements are there for passport validity when entering the UK and France? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

On the phenomenon of 'do not return item to the store'

Why do manufacturers beg in their packaging to not return an item to the store, and to call their 1-800 number instead? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 10:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Women's Health Question: What is this?

Women'sHealthFilter: Have any of you experienced these symptoms, and if so, what have you been told about it or given for it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

What's normal in a relationship?

Are you in a long-term relationships? If so, how satisfied are you, how much of the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 43 comments

Is Canada all the rage?

[Canada filter] I was very impressed with what I heard at a lecture about immigrating to Canada. But is everything they said really true? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 10:29 AM PST - 47 comments

All I'm Askin' is Where Are You Now

How can I find which computer in the domain a user is logged on to?
posted by kc0dxh at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I extract RGB from an ACT?

How can I automatically create a list of the RGB values in an ACT (color table) file? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding 1920s Style DJ Sets - Big Band Bush Doofer Seeks Similar

Help me find some DJ sets / albums that prominently feature music / samples from the 20s and 30s, such as big band, jazz and swing. [more inside]
posted by mikw at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I streamline my coding and work habits?

What coding habits and working methodologies help you maximize productivity while reducing angst? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 10:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Non-morally objectionable deodorant that works like Axe

My partner claims that Axe is the only deodorant that doesn't go rancid on her within a couple hours, but I have serious objections to supporting that offensive and misogynistic company. I need suggestions for deodorants that will make my partner feel clean and nice-smelling and yet not set off my moral objection sensor. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:26 AM PST - 50 comments

Do I have to pay for my damaged sink?

A huge chip (approx. an 8" x 1" strip) came off the porcelain on my kitchen sink while I was washing dishes this morning. The sink is 60 years old (like my apartment) and was a bit cracked and discolored when I moved in 11 years ago. I was not doing anything more than normal dish washing when the damage occurred (no heavy pots or anything like that). Will my landlord by justified in making me pay for the repairs? (He will definitely try.) I'm in California if that makes a difference.
posted by ljshapiro at 9:20 AM PST - 15 comments

What other business news coverage is similar to NPR's Marketplace?

What other business news coverage is similar to NPR's Marketplace? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments


Where can I find cute/sexy underwear online that will not cost half of my paycheck? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Screencasts on Windows

I use IShowU to do screencasts on my Mac. Is there any software that does this for Windows? Free or cheap?
posted by honorguy7 at 8:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Who makes historically-accurate door casing moldings?

I have a bunch of wooden casing moldings around the interior doors of our Washington, DC home, and over the past 75 to 100 years, they've taken quite a beating. I'd love to slowly replace the worst of them with identical moldings, but despite a pretty exhaustive search on my own, I can't find anyone who still carries anything with the same profile. Does anyone have any tips for molding manufacturers/sellers that have good variety, especially of moldings that are accurate to the turn-of-the-century period? [more inside]
posted by delfuego at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I just crash a wedding, or is there somewhere else I can dance like that?

I'd like to take my sweetheart dancing tonight in NYC. Not hip-hop or grinding, but something almost like a wedding reception - good classics for dancing, maybe some swing, maybe some rock and roll, maybe some country, maybe the twist - I definitely want to twirl her across the dance floor. We're not expert dancers we just want to go have some fun, and cheap-to-free is good too. We're coming from Astoria but anywhere in the city works for me. Pre-dancing dinner suggestions would be nice too. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an Eclipse theme for GeSHI (syntax highlighting)

I'm using GeSHi for syntax highlighting but I am looking for a GeSHi theme that does Eclipse syntax highlighting. With Eclipse being such a popular IDE I'm sure someone has created such a theme for GeSHi, but alas my attempts to find one have failed. Anyone have any tips/direction for me? Thanks!
posted by andytmp at 7:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me have un-boozy evenings

I need suggestions for evening activities that don't focus on drinking. [more inside]
posted by mjbraun at 7:32 AM PST - 31 comments

What's this string music I always hear in movie trailers?

Please identify this string music that I keep hearing in movies and movie trailers. Most recently, it's over the trailer to the upcoming film Sunshine. I know I've heard it before a bunch of times.
posted by chuma at 7:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Unbiased websites to help those considering enlistment?

My brother is seriously considering enlisting in either the Navy or the Marines. Can anyone point me to good, fairly unbiased sources for the information he needs to make his decision? I’ve read the older posts, but found nothing dead on point. [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin at 6:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a way to incorporate codes and ciphers into my everyday life.

Help me find a way to incorporate codes and ciphers into my everyday life. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:51 AM PST - 29 comments

Looking for a Seamstress in London

Looking for a good, affordable seamstress in London (UK)(preferably East London) who makes and/or copies ladies clothes. [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics at 5:08 AM PST - 1 comment

Open source software for design company

Open source software for a professional web design company. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:50 AM PST - 33 comments

To leading order?

In the context of information theory, what does "to leading order" mean? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 12:53 AM PST - 9 comments

What is this creepy site advertising? - Round Two

What is nomoreparents-dot-com? Probably something viralesque, like the last time a site like this showed up on Ask MeFi? [more inside]
posted by danman_d at 12:44 AM PST - 14 comments

April 12

Is it cool to pee in prospective houses?

Real estate pee etiquettefilter: Is it kosher to use the bathroom in a house that you're viewing for purposes of buying? Does it make a difference if the house is vacant or still occupied? [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 11:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Dance, text files, dance

Which programming language can I learn relatively quickly for simple interpretation and manipulation of text files on my Windows box? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 11:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Is someone messing with me?

Is someone stealing the valve caps off my tires, and why? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable at 11:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Arabic Cheat Sheet Suggestions

What would go on your Arabic cheat sheet? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 11:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for title to a short story

/bookfilter Looking to find the name of the author and the story to this contemporary short story written like 10 to 20 years ago. The title was the Girls of Saint Dunstter cant find the exact spelling on the dunstter but it a play on Dumpster. In the short story the teacher is beaten up by these girls who are the terror and as he is recovering his imaginery father ask him why he would want to help out these girls, it really cant be cause he wants a bit of the juicy rough. And the Teacher explains that he wants to learn how these girls live in a world without romance. The author might have been name hawking or something. thank you
posted by Rolandkorn at 10:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I find a printer with many paper trays?

Printing documents using about 25 different pre-printed forms, mixing a4 and letter formats. Where can I find a printing system with about that many paper trays? [more inside]
posted by stereo at 10:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Find me some t's

Help me locate a source of baseball t's. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 10:25 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this Star Wars-inspired music video?

what song is this? in the music video for it, a guy is at a cafe, the waitress is middle-aged, tired and dressed kind of like princess leia, and a biker storms in and looks kind of like darth vader. the guy and kinda-darth fight, naturally.
posted by lia at 9:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Knowledge of Font

We have all seen the test for color-blindness that hides numerals in a pebbled background. Anyone ever seen a font that would mimic this and allow me to type out a sentence in this pebbled pattern?
posted by juggler at 9:49 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I learn to recognise more languages?

How can I learn to recognise more languages? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 9:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Early morning NY

Where can I hang out in New York between 5am - 10am on a Monday? [more inside]
posted by far flung at 8:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I bulk up with a fast metabolism?

I have a fast metabolism and I want to give myself enough fuel to put on muscle with weight training. What should I eat from a nutrition standpoint? There's too much diet fad noise out there... [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 8:25 PM PST - 14 comments

How to make my monitor serve as a display for computer, Wii, and Xbox 360?

Buying a new LCD monitor for my desktop computer. How do I know if a monitor can also serve as a display for Wii, PS2, Xbox 360? Or, what extra thingamajigs do I need to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Shopping for an inexpensive blazer in SF.

SanFranciscoShoppingFilter: Where can I find a relatively inexpensive blazer (say under $200). [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 6:23 PM PST - 10 comments

You only ate 4 servings. What, you didn't like it?

I'm a dedicated cooking/food junkie nerd, and I'm starting to "need" stuff beyond what even Sam's, CostCo, etc., can hook me up with. Short of killing all the fun by launching a food-based business, how can I get access to the goodies available through the evil Sysco empire or its equivalent? [more inside]
posted by phrits at 6:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Generally my generation wouldn't be caught dead working for the man.

WorkEthicsFilter: So I abruptly quit my job, after realizing that I was being taken advantage of in a completely unfair way, that I spent most of my days crying, and that work was all I talked about in therapy sessions. My boss at my previous job has been calling me, offering me my old position back with the promise of a promotion in a few months. [more inside]
posted by ScarletSpectrum at 6:20 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I buy this shirt with pink rifles on it?

I saw a guy with an olive green shirt that had several rifles lined up in silhouette on front. In the middle of the rifles was a pink silhouette of a guitar. The back left shoulder had a small badge that said "Music is the weapon of the future" on it. Where can I find this shirt for sale? The person wearing it said it was a gift and he didn't know where it came from.
posted by Addlepated at 6:05 PM PST - 9 comments

What are these stickers?

What are these stickers I keep seeing on the NYC subway? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Interviewing a pro chef

Interviewing people: I will be almost literally "thrown" into a potential new job opportunity , but I never ever interviewed a professional Chef...and its my first assignment ! Help , suggest me some questions you think a pro-chef would like to be asked !
posted by elpapacito at 5:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Crispy buffalo wings at home?

How can I make buffalo wings at home and get them to be crispy without frying? [more inside]
posted by monarch75 at 5:08 PM PST - 14 comments

I read it for the articles. No, really. Just help me find them again.

Please help me find a way to electronically organize my magazine article collection. [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Goodbye, Westend.

Help me find a great walking neightbourhood in Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

What in the world is this pin?

SHCM... Servant's Heart Camp Ministries? Or something different? [more inside]
posted by rmoody at 4:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Wristwatches for Field Educators

Recommend some classy, but rugged, women's wrist or pocket watches for me! [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 4:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Comcast, Qwest, retry, fail?

Help me decide on who comes out to install my TV/DVR/Internet/telephone communications stuff at the new apartment here in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by dw at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Need a mover between Montreal and Toronto

Any recommendations for a mover from Montreal to Toronto near the end of the month? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 3:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a quiet-click mouse.

Is there such a thing as a "quiet (computer) mouse" - one that has silent clicks? [more inside]
posted by NYScott at 3:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Dangit, I Jumped!

Why does my Wii Remote have a slightly delayed response? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

BREAKING NEWS: WinXP Install Goes Awry!

Reinstall of WinXP and I just noticed that when I load up Add/Remove Programs the list never populates. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments

hooray for taxes

Why is my 'effective tax rate' listed on my return much lower than the amount of taxes I actually paid?
posted by jazzkat11 at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Found my son's father after 26 years

Okay, this is an enormous issue and I'm not finding any resources out there for help. I recently found my son's biological father. My son is 26. [more inside]
posted by nurse4kitties at 2:45 PM PST - 44 comments

Treatment of ADHD in South Korea

Please help me figure out my options for treatment of adult ADHD in South Korea. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Loves me, wants him. (Friends with too many benefits)

How do you move past loving someone who is no longer in love with you? (assuming time and space apart are difficult?) or deal with you love for them until they're ready for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Yep, I actually am asking strangers on the internet for sex advice.

No sex in several weeks (damn dissertation) and my girl deserves more. How can I give it to her with a great big bow on top? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Name my festival!

Help me devise a cool name for a Small music festival we are hosting to benefit a Student Organizing group. [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 2:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Darnit...where's my widescreen video iPod?

Are there any flash-based, widescreen, Mac compatible, personal media players that might be available by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my arm continue to heal on its own?

A few weeks ago while playfully wrestling around at a family gathering, I was basically tackled and a knee landed on my arm, pinning it to the ground. I did not have blinding pain or anything, but for a few days after that my arm and shoulder were pretty sore, and I've had trouble reaching behind my upper back with that arm. If it seems like it's getting a little better with time (though I'm still having trouble reaching around with it to my upper back), do I need to see a doctor or will it just get better on its own? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 1:36 PM PST - 11 comments

How does a woman menstruate in space?

How does a woman menstruate in space? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Variable water pressure in my home...

Why is the water pressure in my house so variable? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Do you know of a "Founder's Forum" for startups?

My wife and I are about to launch a new web startup. This is her second successful venture and I am moving from agency creative to join her. Throughout the process, there are many opportunities to reinvent the wheel and I would love to connect with other people that are putting their nest eggs on the line and taking the web 2.0 leap. I am looking for a "founders forum" for entrepreneurs. Does anyone know of a forum or community that is centered around the trials and tribulations of serious startups?
posted by Occams Hammer at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Websites for educational materials

What websites facilitate the sharing of classroom materials? YouTube but with quantum physics quizzes instead of cat videos? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Where's my yellow sub game?

[childhood memory filter] When I was in elementary school, there was a game I played at the day care I was enrolled in over the summer. You were in control of a yellow Submarine navigating through labyrinthine levels (?) and your only defense was ink pellets that stunned. [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 11:32 AM PST - 9 comments

How to make pretty economics-style graphs

What software can I use to make pretty microeconomics-style graphs? [more inside]
posted by grimmelm at 11:14 AM PST - 10 comments

I promise to post something to MefiMusic

What's the best ~25-key Garageband-compatible sub-$100 USB musical keyboard? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 11:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Financial planner in Boston area

Financial planner in Boston area [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

So, God is an alien?

My SO & I were having a conversation yesterday that somehow landed on the topic of alien life. Essentially, I said something to the effect of "even if there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe...". [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada at 11:00 AM PST - 61 comments

Energy efficient microprocessors for PCs?

What are the most energy-efficient microprocessors currently available in mass-market PCs/laptops? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

I want a leather couch

A few years ago I saw on TV that the General Services Administration and congress sell off their furniture and other stuff at low prices at a store of some kind in Virginia or Maryland? Is this for real? Where does a person find the store, is it online, and can I go there with a truck? My google-fu fails me.
posted by parmanparman at 10:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Grand National this Saturday - online streams ?

Any chance of me watching the National online outside the UK ? My extensive searching turned up naught. Phoned me mum to put on a bet and it would be nice to see my pick fall at the first. Help a punter out.
posted by Webbster at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

How to make Publisher less sucky.

Please help me with graphics in Microsoft Publisher. I know it sucks, please don't yell at me. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 10:00 AM PST - 21 comments

4-week T-bills

What factors influence the value of 4-week T-bills in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Where's my parade?

Help me, if you will, loosen the ferociously tangled knot of my sexual orientation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 52 comments

Advice on interfaith marriage. (No, not those two faiths.)

We're looking for advice on how to make a successful interfaith marriage. No, not those two faiths. A different two. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:31 AM PST - 21 comments

recording AOL Radio?

In AOL (yes, sorry folks....not my fault, it's my co's.) they have a feature called RADIO@AOL...... is there a way that I can copy/record into an MP3 format?
posted by foodybat at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the best Austin zip codes?

Austin Filter: While I've found quite a few postings here and on "the google" regarding the best neighborhoods in Austin, none seem to mention the zip codes of said neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by captaindistracto at 9:28 AM PST - 31 comments

What is the right source of digital video for me?

Camera Filter: I have been tasked with finding a digital camcorder in the 500 dollar range to use for filming an upcoming conference. [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Help With Migraines

Migraines - Neurology institutes or doctors in Manhattan that specialize in migraines? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me install boot drivers from CD or within Windows!

Help me install Boot Drivers from a CD or in Windows. I don't have a Floppy Drive, but I already have Windows on my Machine. I can't install the Intel Storage Matrix because it doesn't detect the RAID controller in my BIOS, because it is disabled, because I can't boot into Windows when it is enabled. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting rid of the phone buzz?

My phone has a loud buzzing noise. When I touch the screw on a lightswitch plate, sink faucet or a metal lamp, the buzzing stops. What is happening – and more importantly how can I use the phone without having to ground myself? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Annoying changes to my MS Word at work...

Annoying changes to my MS Word at work... [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Lost in the I.T. Jungle

Where should I focus in my I.T. Career? I feel like my skills are a mile-wide and an inch thick and I am quickly becoming unmarketable. I am not sure if being a generalist is a good thing or not. [more inside]
posted by kaizen at 7:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Thank God it's not a tattoo

How long does it take to remove a wedding ring dent? [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

How to prevent static around the PC

Static electricity fried my PC. How do I prevent it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by mkn at 7:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Exce Crash

I lost all my (unsaved) work in Excel 2003 when my system did an auto-update restart without my permission. Please Help. [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 at 7:16 AM PST - 4 comments

How to approach someone about selling their house?

There is a house of considerable architectural significance near to where I live now that I have been lusting after forever. It is not, however, on the market. I have found the owners of the house through a public record search-they are the original owners since 1957. What is the best accepted way to approach them about selling? I don't want to seem too forward or intrusive.
posted by gogomickey at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

iRBtunes - songs of (federal wide) assurance

Please help me find songs about research involving human subjects. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 6:58 AM PST - 20 comments

How much of a TV show season is taped beforehand?

How much of a TV season is filmed before the season begins to be shown on TV? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 6:48 AM PST - 9 comments

I need to do all the normal things that constitute life, but I sit on my butt!

Please help me get my schedule organized... [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:05 AM PST - 37 comments

Easy website construction and maintenance.

I need to help 10 small nonprofit organizations set up websites. The main criteria is that these groups have to be able to maintain the sites themselves, without needing to learn HTML. Custom-CMS'es are too expensive. Does anyone have experience with good hosts that offer basic CMS-type interfaces? What's the best client-side site builder? I still use notepad for my web work(!), so am kind of in the dark as to what's available.
posted by Framer at 5:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Does "Premiere" mean what I think it means?

What, precisely, constitutes a film premiere? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 5:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Scared of east London

Should I live in Clapton? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 4:20 AM PST - 12 comments

I do not trust my judgement

How do I objectively evaluate an idea for a startup that I have to find out if it is any good? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 2:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Algorithm to display a schedule calendar with specific constraints

I've charged with adding a feature to a shift scheduler / coverage requestor that displays shift information for a given week. I've been able to display them so as to satisfy the constraints I've been given, but it's got me wondering wondering if there's a more rigorous/mathematical approach to the general problem of organizing the display of any such calendar information. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist at 2:18 AM PST - 3 comments

The rose petals on the bed weren't necessary, but our rider clearly states 'indefinable sense of magic'.

I'm getting married in June - what's the best balance of luxury and value in hotels, for one night, in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 1:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Need Backpack...or do I?

I'm doing a lot of traveling in the next month or so. I really need some advice on luggage. I'm thinking of foregoing the standard suitcase and go with the Backpack approach. Is this wise? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 12:47 AM PST - 16 comments

April 11

Best online Japanese guitar store for price and reliability

What is the best online Japanese guitar store in terms of price and reliability for an Edwards Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 10:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Property tax in NJ

I just bought what was once a very nice house in Maplewood, NJ (Essex County). It has become very rundown and was assessed by our mortgage company at a value of 340,000 in it's current condition. It was a great deal and after a little work will be amazing. Is there a way to have it's taxation rate changed based on the purchase price? Currently, it's very high. Is there somewhere I can go locally to ask about this? Also, anyone know how the property tax cuts will play out in NJ.
posted by Shanachie at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Who's lost? I want to know about them.

Where can I find research on drivers that are lost on the road? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 10:21 PM PST - 2 comments

When is a wiki not a wiki?

I'm setting up a little site that's like an encylopedia. I want the instant-linking that I've had in VooDoo pad (wiki)--when I type "Lincoln" it automatically links to the "Lincoln" page. But I don't need any other wiki features--this is not collaborative. Is there some way to just get that handy quick-link feature as I write my articles? Thanks, smarties!
posted by largecorp at 10:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Is engaging in oral sex normal behavior for girls these days?

Is it socially acceptable for girls to engage in oral sex with different guys she has only met at parties? I just recently had unprotected oral sex with a girl on the belief that she had only one partner before me and that I would be able to get a long-term relationship out of it. You know that was the first time I had any kind of sex and according to her I'm still a virgin since oral sex doesn't count as "real sex". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 PM PST - 65 comments

San Diego, tell me more

Does anyone know how/ where to have fun in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 9:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Is this R Kelly's former home?

Do I live near R. Kelly's old Chicago home? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I find a legendary "formula" for an A-Bomb and not be put on a terrorist watch-list in the process?

How can I find a legendary "formula" for an A-Bomb and not be put on a terrorist watch-list in the process? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 9:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Travelling more dangerous for women?

Do any actual studies or data anywhere indicate that women travelers are more often the victims of crime than male travelers in the United States? Overseas? [more inside]
posted by answergrape at 9:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Gay couple visiting Istanbul?

My friends are an openly lesbian couple. They want to know if it is advisable/safe to visit Istanbul, and what they should expect if they do?
posted by soulbarn at 9:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Fairytales for grownups

I loved fairy tales as a child, and now that I am (nominally) a grownup, I love the "retellings" of fairytales — the fleshed-out versions which, for example, feature actual character development instead of lines like "she was as beautiful as she was good". I love Robin McKinley's retellings of "Donkeyskin", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Beauty and the Beast" (which she did twice for good measure), and Gregory Maguire's surprisingly political Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. What other good grown-up fairytales are out there?
posted by orange swan at 8:52 PM PST - 60 comments

Perfect Vacation (3k budget-June)

Trying to plan the perfect anniversary/vacation for two people (in their 20s) . Early June 2007. $3k budget all in. criteria 3 of the following: white sand beaches, jet skiing, amazing food, warm, great accommodations with ocean views; culture a plus, not tourist invested but still fun, relaxing. Any ideas? Links to places to stay or things to do much appreciated!
posted by quiverandquill at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a screen protector that will make a glossy Macbook screen matte?

Is there a screen protector that will make a glossy Macbook screen a non-glare matte? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 7:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Finding a place to sleep near the fishes...

Should I hire someone to find me a rental in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 7:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How to emboss a silver logo onto a leather portfolio?

I need to emboss a leather portfolio (i.e., a fancy company binder) with a silver 3"x3" logo. What's the easiest way to do this with a 3-day turnaround? [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster at 7:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Cool theatre in Buenos Aires.

So my man and I are going Buenos Aires for ten days starting in about 2 weeks. I'm a theatre artist here in Austin and I know that BA has an interesting theatre scene that I'd like to check out. Anyone know of specific shows or companies that I should look for? (More about my tastes inside.) [more inside]
posted by sonnet at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments


So, when I fall asleep on my back I almost always have really intense, cold-sweat, dreams that are almost always very stressful and nightmarish. This never happens when I sleep on my side. Why is this?
posted by protocool at 6:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Need help with 30" Cinema Display

Am I stuck using my 30" Apple Cinema HD Display at 1280 x 800 for the forseeable future? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 6:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Public Education in Memphis, Tn

My family and I will be moving to mid-town Memphis this summer. I originally thought private education was the only way to go in Memphis but after doing my research I am finding out that there are some public schools where academics are challenging and they offer more extracurricular activities than the private schools. I am leaning towards White Station high school and Snowden for elementary school. Appreciate any help.
posted by bethrossrn at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Young adult story about a turkey call?

What young adult novel am I trying to remember about a friendship between and old man and a young boy which involved fishing (I think) and turkey hunting (definitely)? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

I really don't like these headline/titles. I think it's pretty clear in the question.

What can I do for a month this summer that will get me out of the country, cover my costs, and cover my bills back home? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 6:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Looking for a good, used "travel" laptop

Help me select the best cheap, lightweight, "travel" laptop for my needs, please. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Stain Removal Tips

Advice on removing a stain from my canvas bag? [more inside]
posted by piers at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Natural Mosquito Control?

Is there anything I can spray under my patio and around the backyard that will keep the mosquitos away without poisoning the well (or my dog)? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me find David Wrench

David Wrench is a 7' Albino Welshman of Viking descent. He's also an amazing pop-artist. His tracks are not available at any site I can find online, his album is not for sale. Where can I find three of his tracks? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Can unsavory purchases end up on a FICO score?

Is there any credible possibility that credit card purchases of unsavory items (beer, cigarettes... well I don't smoke but you get the idea) might make their way indirectly onto a FICO score or be found out by lenders? Standing at the liquor store with a six of Boddingtons I can't help wondering if I should be paying cash.
posted by zek at 5:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I parent a teen in a less antagonizing way?

How can I make my household more functional and less antagonistic this summer? Tons of details inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:05 PM PST - 35 comments

Original iMac as DVD monitor

(Standard Google-Fu failure disclaimer.) How can I use my old Rev. B iMac as a monitor for a DVD player? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 4:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a Scott Adams blog post/quote

Need info regarding a past blog post to dilbertblog.typepad.com by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 4:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you really make money stuffing envelopes?

Has anyone tried the stuffing envelopes for money thing that you see in classified ads? Is it real, can you really make money off of it? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 4:40 PM PST - 12 comments

HedgeFundFilter and Tass-database

Which hedge funds in or near NYC invest in life sciences and biotech? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:22 PM PST - 0 comments

Save my sofa

My movers finally arrived in Boston (Somerville) with my furniture and various items. Yay! But neither my sofa (my beloved red microfiber sofa, the whole reason I hired movers!) and my bed frame won't fit up the stairwell. Short of leaving them on the street is there anything I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 3:57 PM PST - 22 comments

Lightest racing bicycle

What is the lightest weight racing bicycle? [more inside]
posted by jtoth at 3:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Why can't I login to my Highpoint Technologies RocketRaid 1810A card after the initial setup on my PowerMac G4?

Why can't I login to my Highpoint Technologies RocketRaid 1810A card after the initial setup on my PowerMac G4? [more inside]
posted by drgonzo2k2 at 3:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Pint of ice cream, here I come!

Relationship Filter: How do I stop myself from tallying stuff up then try to make myself dismiss it because I don't want to make our relationship into a scorecard but not being sucessful and end up feeling confused and emotional? And how do I talk about it with my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 3:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Extreme Makeover: Nigeria Edition?

I was looking at the CNET site about the new OLPC laptops that were delivered to a village in Nigeria, and was shocked to see what appear to be McMansion-esque buildings in the background. Can anyone explain this?
posted by dkleinst at 3:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Sales help

How can I sell better when the interaction begins with a cold call and is transacted entirely over the phone? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 2:54 PM PST - 19 comments

What was the best computer game I've ever played called and how can I find it again?

What was the best computer game I've ever played called and how can I find it again? Somewhere around 1998-2000 I downloaded a shareware game (I think it was for Apple, but I also had a Windows machine then so it might have been for windows.) Help me find it again! Game description inside. [more inside]
posted by limitedpie at 2:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I stretch after judo?

There is no stretching at my judo dojo. Shouldn't there be any, especially at the end of an intense session? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 1:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Selling my own home.

What should I watch out for when I sell my own home? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Screenplay in three weeks - am I crazy?

So, I promised myself that this year I would write a feature-length screenplay and enter it for the Nicholl Fellowships. The deadline is May 1. I haven't started yet. Still doable? [more inside]
posted by different at 1:41 PM PST - 22 comments

And why isn't it enabled by default, Steve?

This is so embarrassing. I'd post it anonymously if I didn't think I'd have to provide more info. Anyway...I set up my new iMac last night and didn't even think about the firewall 'til this afternoon. So it was off for something like 12 hours of broadband, static-IP connectedness to the Net. How hosed am I, and is there anything I can do to put some or all of the horses back in the barn?
posted by bricoleur at 1:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Wood and water don't mix?

We've got a wooden shelf in the bathroom in our (rented) apartment. We've been here two years now and it's gone very pale, and is stained a funny colour where water has landed on it. What should we do to return it to its former glory? (pretty much cleaning/DIY noobs, to be honest...)
posted by ascullion at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Girls go online

Top websites for girls 9-14? Help me help my girlie tween find something fun online. [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 1:10 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I export or convert my Thunderbird inbox into the Unix mailbox format?

How do I export or convert my Thunderbird inbox into the Unix mailbox format? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

How much money will I save on my mortgage by putting down 20%

Should I buy a house now or wait to save a little more for a 20% downpayment? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 12:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Saving an mp3 of a Camtasia produced lecture?

How do you breakout and save an audio file recorded in a Camtasia presentation? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Every time I blockquote, my text shifts offscreen (in IE only).

In Internet Explorer, my blog seems to be disappearing to the left. I'm fairly certain that it has something to do with my alteration to the original template's blockquote style. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Vato Filter

[Vato Filter]: I just bought a new house and want to represent. Anyone know where I can find an Aztec calendar online like this one? [more inside]
posted by ibeji at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Mac tired of playing games.

What exactly is happening when my mac "gets tired" when playing video games? How do I correct it? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 11:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Web developer: Help me justify retainer fees

Please help me justify retainer fees for my website development business. I'm trying to justify it in my own mind and then possibly how to introduce the fees to clients. [more inside]
posted by jpep at 11:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't tell me to 'take it as a compliment.'

How do I deal with cat-calling from construction workers outside my office? [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 11:00 AM PST - 96 comments

Mortgage broker or big bank, and does personality count?

I'm getting a mortgage; I have been talking to my bank, and two mortgage brokers. They are competing, of course, but I'm not real clear on what's important. [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 10:57 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I make an audio delivery system?

I need an audio delivery system. Let's say that I have one-hundred locations across the country where I want to play a 4-minute loop of audio over an in-house PA system, and change the content of that 4-minutes on a weekly basis. I don't know if it's something that I should try to build myself or if there's something commercially available that will accomplish the task. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments

need a live salmon in NYC- hivemind, help!

fishfilter: buying live salmon in new york? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 10:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Anyone have any tips for reconnecting with an ex?

Anyone have any tips for reconnecting with an ex? [more inside]
posted by kelzabel at 10:40 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I tell her Grandma doesn't love her?

My (widowed) father is divorcing his wife. Dad married her when my daughter was a toddler so she’s the only Grandma she’s had. Grandma has no interest in remaining friendly with our family. How do we tell our daughter that she won’t see her Grandma again without breaking her heart? [more inside]
posted by Mamapotomus at 10:25 AM PST - 26 comments

How fat it was, how fat

Help me understand bandwidth, servers and net speed in general please! [more inside]
posted by fightorflight at 10:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Will a laptop power connector kill you if you put the end in your mouth?

How dangerous is the business end of a Macbook MagSafe laptop power cable to a small child? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 10:04 AM PST - 30 comments

Hey, who'd you pay to take that test Bubba?

For a friend: I need some ideas about web cam server solutions. [more inside]
posted by empyrean at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

WWI Repatriations

What form did the repatriations that were extracted from Germany after WWI take? I am curious as to whether they were in the form of the heavy durable goods that would have accelerated the recovery of German industry or if they were foodstuffs, direct labor or something else. Where can I find data that would give me a breakdown on what the repatriations consisted of?
posted by Raybun at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Feel me now

Obscure 80s lyric/band search: "Feel me now" [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 9:41 AM PST - 10 comments

IDing where a song was skipped

I have two iPods - a 60 GB for general use and a shuffle for exercise. I want to create playlists that delete songs I skip on the shuffle, but not songs I skip from the 60 or in iTunes. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

LinuxDellFilter: How well does Linux run on the lower-end Dell Dimension series?

LinuxDellFilter: How well does Linux run on the lowest-end Dell Dimension C521? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Mid-range steak house in NYC?

Mid-range steak house in NYC? [more inside]
posted by lovejones at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Wild Keets!

Feral Kittens in My Backyard! I have five beautiful feral cats in my backyard. Now the landlord wants them gone! Any suggestions on any animal sanctuaries? [more inside]
posted by mixer at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Cross-fade plugin for the Windows Media Player SDK?

Is there a good cross-fade plugin for the Windows Media Player SDK? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous at 9:03 AM PST - 0 comments

Calling all Q's

Recommendations (and links) for awesome winter clothing and gadgets, especially for living somewhere very cold most of the time? [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 9:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Who developed StudioDell?

Who developed StudioDell? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

What fonts were used in the poster for the movie Full Metal Jacket?

Anyone happen to know what fonts were used in the poster for the movie Full Metal Jacket?
posted by fet at 8:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Lexis-Nexis pay as you go?

How do I get access to Lexis Nexis / Quicklaw for a one-shot search? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Need me some writin' samples.

I need two writing samples for a job interview today but I only have one. [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Does my dream email software exist?

I've been using Outlook for years, but I'm looking for a better solution to manage my email accounts and massive archive of messages. [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 8:21 AM PST - 17 comments

English/Chinese Business Cards in NYC?

Where in NYC to get bilingual English/Chinese business cards printed up? [more inside]
posted by sudasana at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Move mouse and panic

"How to" write a web page. Easy advice for a n00b. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 8:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Planning Our Re-entry

How do you start a new life with nothing except money in the bank? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 8:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for innovative uses of technology in higher education?

For many years our university has touted itself as being "cutting-edge" with technology by requiring students to buy laptops. Obviously we need to be doing more and I'd like some ideas for ways we can be innovative in this sector and reach out to the students, faculty, and staff with new resources that will actually be used. Bonus points for ideas that go against the grain, defend easily for funding, and generally rock. [more inside]
posted by genial at 7:57 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I combine polygons?

Given multiple contiguous polygons, the coordinates of which are precisely known, how can I combine them into a coordinate set for a single polygon? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 7:48 AM PST - 18 comments

What to do when someone wants you to do something you think is slightly unethical?

How do you handle situations when friends or family ask you to do something that you do not think is quite ethical, and yet it really isn't that big a deal? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt at 7:16 AM PST - 54 comments

Please don't say Philip Pelusi

Are there any trendy places for a female to get a haircut in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

How to become a typography connoisseur?

I find myself fascinated with the intricacies of typography, punctuation, character sets etc. What books should a newbie read to become a connoisseur on these matters? [more inside]
posted by lifeless at 7:13 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the best recent articles on immigration?

Help me find illuminating, educating, eye-opening articles on immigration for a class I'm teaching at the Kennedy School of Government. [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Summer reading in IR

What are the must-read books on international relations? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 6:28 AM PST - 11 comments

I just bought a new HDTV. Why am I getting HBO?

I just bought a new HDTV. Why am I getting HBO? [more inside]
posted by mmcg at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Who are the other gigs in your life, iPod?

Stupid iPod question: what's the deal with "other" in the iTunes capacity indicator? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

peanut butter in the fridge? eww

keeping peanut butter in the refrigerator...yay or nay? [more inside]
posted by goldism at 5:31 AM PST - 44 comments

Is there any benefit to turning off my car's overdrive?

I recently bought a car with a button that allows me to turn the transmission's overdrive on & off. I've read that overdrive only kicks in to provides fuel economy when travelling at highway speeds. Is there ever a reason to turn it off? [more inside]
posted by Tasanova at 5:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me decide if I need to scrap my novel and start over or not.

NovelFilter: Is this a legitimate artistic decision or just a loss of confidence? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 4:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Why did my WordPress blog vanish?

I was trying to backup my WordPress blog using the "WordPress Database Backup" Plugin, and I tried changing the chmod remote file permissions. Now my blog has vanished. Where did it go? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:13 AM PST - 9 comments

What data types should I use SSL to pass?

What's acceptable and best practice when it comes to passing data in on websites securely and non-securely? I've always presumed finanical information should be passed securely, whilst names and address were OK non-securely? Am I right? [more inside]
posted by Ulleskelf at 1:10 AM PST - 9 comments

April 10

Need visual reference for vintage sports venues

I don't know anything about the history of sports venues and I need to find some visual reference... [more inside]
posted by squidfartz at 11:46 PM PST - 6 comments

The address on my ID card is not my current address: Will the TSA care?

I'm leaving for a trip in a few days (a domestic, US flight), and I'm worried that my laziness is going to cause troubles with airport security. [more inside]
posted by melorama at 10:07 PM PST - 25 comments

All online training videos are not created equally. Right?

What makes a good online training video? Besides decent software and production value. [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel at 10:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a helpful online photography community.

Looking for a helpful online photography community. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 9:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Several day long allergic sore throat -- problem?

I've had a stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and consequent sore throat -- all due, I think to an allergy. It's taking several days to clear up, and clearing up very slowly. Should I be seeing a doctor about this? [more inside]
posted by Malad at 9:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Can't work with them, can't work without them

How do you deal with, in a work setting, an incompetent individual or department? For the purposes of this question, assume that they provide an essential service, or would if they actually provided it, and can not be ignored or worked around. And for the purposes of libel, assume this is hypothetical. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 9:45 PM PST - 24 comments

What would you say to Barak Obama if you had the chance...?

So I'm likely going to be in a situation that may allow me to ask at least one question to Barack Obama. What should I say? I'm looking for interesting comment/question not necessarily having anything to do with politics. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 9:31 PM PST - 33 comments

What is wrong with my left foot?

Foot pain filter: TERRIBLE pain felt on top of left foot between the 4th and 5th toe, more inside. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 9:29 PM PST - 11 comments

He gave me his number, so do I call?

Does he want me to call him? Or should I wait for him to respond to an e-mail? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 9:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Name this chemical!

Name this chemical! [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 8:47 PM PST - 16 comments

java justice?

why should i drink fair trade coffee?
posted by brandz at 8:11 PM PST - 34 comments

How sure should I be before I say yes?

How sure should I be before accepting a marriage proposal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 63 comments

Help me apply to the same job where I screwed up big-time as a teenager.

Help me apply to the same job where I screwed up as a teenager. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get the *BEST* deal on a 5 star hotel in Vegas (Wynn, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Mirage)?

How to get the *BEST* deal on a 5 star hotel in Vegas (Wynn, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Mirage)? [more inside]
posted by ITistic at 7:37 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm afraid of my new glasses.

I have one eye with great vision and one with extremely poor vision. I see fine with both eyes together. If I start wearing glasses now, will I have to depend on them forever? [more inside]
posted by koshka at 7:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Random windows lockups

Windows XP: my wife's computer locks up a few times a day, but there are no other symptoms. What could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by samw at 6:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Is my company logging web activity at home?

I use a laptop at work, where all web traffic goes through a proxy server and is logged. I don't have a problem with that. If I don't change my configuration in Firefox when I am back home, and keep the routing through that proxy server, are they still logging my activity even though I am accessing the internet on my home network?
posted by jules1651 at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Cool Bluetooth Usage?

Cool uses for Bluetooth? My new computer has bluetooth. What cool things are you using Bluetooth for?
posted by Jandasmo at 6:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I have a chance of getting a housesitting gig?

Have you had any experience finding a place to house sit? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Laundry stains = creatures?

Have you seen illustrated decals that embellish laundry stains and turn them into "creatures"? [more inside]
posted by gusset at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with "bad" anniversaries

What do you and those close to you do on the anniversary of something very bad that happened? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 5:49 PM PST - 20 comments

What kind of house is this?

Architects: What can you tell me about this house? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 5:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Your favourite indie band sucks.

Music nerds! All these indie rock bands are starting to bore me. I want something different... something unique, unconventional, magical, soulful, challenging, uncategorizable, fun, heartbreaking, bizarre, and all or none of the above. [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 5:38 PM PST - 114 comments

WHy does the government measure savings as it does?

The US government does not consider IRA money or 401K money (or stock market investment of any kind) to count as "savings" when they calculate US savings rates. Thus our perennially lousy savings rates vs. other countries. Or so I read. If true, what is our government's reasoning? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 5:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Japanese word frequency list

Japanese language filter: I need help utilizing Jim Breen's WWWJDIC or failing that: I am looking for a Japanese word frequency list. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Equally Yoked

How any have mefites in christian-atheist relationships and marriages fared? What advice do you have? What do you think about 2 Corinthians 6:14-15? I'm atheist and my fiancée is Christian. We both feel strongly about our beliefs, our love, and respect for one another. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 5:03 PM PST - 75 comments

recipes for detox diet

Recipe suggestions for a detox diet limited to mostly raw fruits and veggies? [more inside]
posted by rndm at 4:31 PM PST - 26 comments

What to do about a parking ticket from a private company.

What happens if you don't pay a parking ticket to a private company? [more inside]
posted by The God Complex at 4:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Funny biking movie?

I'm looking for the name of a movie that I was told about a long time ago by someone. [more inside]
posted by CliffDiving44 at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

What video player can play avi files

I downloaded thie following files from bit torrent 30.Rock.S01E08.REPACK.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi 30.Rock.S01E12.HDTV.XviD-NoTV.avi and find I can't play them on any of my media players (Real, Windows Media Player, Winamp). All say it is unrecognized. Any suggestions?
posted by quintno at 4:04 PM PST - 38 comments

In a journaling file system, why are journal writes more reliable than file system writes?

In a journaling file system like ext3, a journal entry is written before each file system change, describing the change about to be carried out. This allows quick recovery if the actual file change is interrupted or not carried out due to power outage or whatever. But why is the act of writing the journal entry not susceptible to the exact same threat of being interrupted? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a sexy sex song

Sexy sex song filter: Looking for artist/song name. Song is very sexy, has horns (kind of like Propellerheads' History Repeating) and a woman's voice cut in, saying things like "I find you very attractive", "Um, do you want to go to bed with me?" [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

The sound! It sounds like farting!

Help me find a good microphone for recording LOUD band practices. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 2:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Ronald Reagan 'playah' quote?

Can anyone help with a specific Ronald Reagan quote about his own sex life? [more inside]
posted by tristanshout at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me set up a Linux development box.

I have a laptop I’d like to use as a development server / file server. I’d like to install Ubuntu, Apache (if it’s not already in the Ubuntu distro, I haven’t checked) and CVS. I need your help. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

What happens when your eyes have poorly trained editors

Jump-Cut Vision Filter: Sometimes, for no reason, I'll see a jump cut. Literally. My frame of vision will jump to the left by certain degree. I will not be moving my eyes or turning my head. But, out of nowhere, the entire field of view will move, slightly, to the left or right in a jarring fashion. Like a jump cut. So...is this a tumor or something?
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Adobefilter: PSD -> EPS converted to outlines

I've got an Adobe Photoshop PSD file of my company logo. We've got a vendor making swag for us that needs the file as an Illustrator EPS file converted to outlines. Converting to EPS is fine, but I'm stumped on finding a way to get the outlines. Help, fellow nerds, Help!
posted by mattoly at 1:52 PM PST - 11 comments

"Mmmmm sounds like my wedding night...."

Who is Jon Stewart impersonating when he does his nasal-voiced, tie-knot-adjusting, eyelids-half-open character? [more inside]
posted by good in a vacuum at 1:48 PM PST - 9 comments