April 2008 Archives

April 30

How long can an american stay in canada?

What is the maximum amount of time a US citizen can spend in Canada at one time, with just a passport? What about over the course of a year? These would be personal and/or business visits. [more inside]
posted by zerolives at 10:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Why do companies still keep putting out coupons when so few people use them?

Given that only about 1.26 percent of the 300 billion coupons issued in the United States are actually redeemed, why do companies keep offering them? Why fill the Sunday papers full of coupons every week if most of them will just be thrown away?
posted by bluekrauss at 10:34 PM PST - 26 comments

need... scholarship... money...

I'm applying for a scholarship. Scholarship requires academic references. Uh oh... [more inside]
posted by veol at 10:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Distill my bleeding parts

I've been putting off this post for fear of not getting everything across, I almost completely lack confidence and a sense of identity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Why does #1 make me cold and awake, but #2 makes me hot and sleepy?

This question has to do with number 1 and number 2. So if you're not interested in reading about bathroom things skip this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I view my graduate applications' recommendation letters?

Is the university wrong about my right to view graduate application recommendation letters? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Name this picture

Can anyone give me any background info on this picture/painting?
posted by mand0 at 8:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Gifts for someone finishing law school

My brother is graduating from law school soon and my sister and I are looking for a gift or gifts. We usually spend around $50/person for things like this, although we'd be wiling to go a little higher. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me fix the aspect ratio on this .MOV!

Help me fix the aspect ratio of this .MOV video, please! It's an emergency! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Did road runner have once shin splints?

I have resumed jogging. However, already after 5 minutes of running, I will have unbearable pain in my lower legs. I might be experiencing "shin splints", and I wonder what are some good ways to prevent/lessen/delay these. [more inside]
posted by randomDirtPattern at 7:14 PM PST - 22 comments

What are the alternatives to pandoc

What are the alternatives to pandoc? I'm looking for tools that will allow me to maintain a large document in a simple plain text format such as markdown and compile it to PDF and HTML. [more inside]
posted by caek at 6:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I go for arts/electronics/performance stuff?

Help me figure out what to do with some travel money! Specifically interested in arts / electronics / performance festivals, but any suggestions are welcome. [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 6:04 PM PST - 16 comments

knee support for a jogger/runner?

joggers with knee problem - do you recommend a knee support? [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 6:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Burr grinder for home use?

Coffee gurus: I'm looking for a good burr grinder with control over quantity as well as grind, if possible. Usage will be for a small french press. Recommendations?
posted by sonofslim at 5:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Culturize Me!

I'm looking for great websites that focus on the misconceptions that modern cultures have about one another. A (hopefully) better explanation, as well as a super-deluxe bonus question inside. (Including some begging!) [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Does ICE think I'm still working if I'm on leave without pay?

H1B question: Can I go on leave without pay and remain in continual employment, for the purposes of transferring the H1B to a new employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Daily Recommended Dose

TMI about digestive tract, papyrophagy inside. [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I mount WD Worldbook drives in Linux?

I have two hard drives out of a Western Digital Worldbook (WD10000D033) that both show up as a Linux RAID partition in cfdisk. How can I mount these drives to pull the data off?
posted by jackofsaxons at 5:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Run Across Canada?

Let's say I wanted to run across Canada next year, what would I need to start doing to be able to? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 4:54 PM PST - 29 comments

How to get the Adobe Audition cursor to stay still?

How can I make the cursor stay in the right place to mark something in Adobe Audition? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 4:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Group lodging in D.C. area in June

Need group lodging in D.C. area for families with teens and kids in June [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 at 4:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Hobo dreams

Please recommend me some day/weekend trip destinations from NYC, especially if they involve trains and don't require renting a car. [more inside]
posted by doift at 4:39 PM PST - 20 comments

A book about Indochina, to make my mother happy.

My mom wants a book on French Indochina, and I'd like to find a good one for her. Preferably non-fiction, but good fiction with some insight into history and culture would work, too. The exact historical time range is flexible, but she's mostly interested in the area pre-Vietnam War.
posted by bookish at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend a Vegas spot for a small wedding dinner?

Can you recommend a restaurant to host a 15-person wedding dinner in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 4:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there kinkdar?

Kinkdar. Can you guess bedroom preferences from normal everyday behavior? [more inside]
posted by svolix at 4:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Gift help.

Gift Filter: I need help finding a nice gift for a co-worker. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Backup for Dummies?

We're a small research lab, that uses a series of servers. A smart person would have these machines backed up regularly. But we're not that smart ... [more inside]
posted by outlier at 3:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Ask Jeeves

I have come into some Amazon.com credit, and I want to spend it on the Fry/Laurie Jeeves series; although I have never seen it, I adore the Wodehouse books and the two stars so I don't see how I could go wrong! I can't afford all the episodes, though. Which season would you recommend to me, and why?
posted by misha at 3:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Houston means that I'm one step closer to you

What is the most beautiful publicly-available place in Houston? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 3:10 PM PST - 15 comments

May I please pay you for new license plates?

The state DMV won'’t let me renew my registration on my current car because I owe property taxes on the old car. Is that legal? Can the state refuse to help me comply with one law if I am potentially violating another one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Eerie art

About a month ago I saw an exhibit at Le Palais de Tokyo in Paris that included tree-like sculptures set around big, white, globe-shaped lights. Does anyone know the artist's name?
posted by anonymous78 at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Best of Wikipedia?

I know there is a "Best of Craigslist" site. Is there something similar for Wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 2:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Sequels That Didn't Start Out As Sequels

Are We Done Yet? was the sequel to an original film, but was weirdly also a remake of the classic Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Along the same lines, Ocean's Twelve was based on an unrelated script first intended as a John Woo project. Can we think of any other examples of a sequel to an original movie starting life as an unconnected film? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Chocolately goodness!

Does anybody know of someplace online I can purchase hot chocolate with extra caffeine in it? Looking online all I can find are a bunch of posts on how much normal hot chocolate has (not much). I'd like a warm caffeinated pick me up without having to drink coffee or tea.
posted by gilsonal at 2:28 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I run a successful bookclub?

How can I make a new bookclub's first meeting an amazing success? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

"You weren't meant to have a boss." - Paul Graham

I'm terrible at having a job, and it's making my life unlivable. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 29 comments

Typepad to Wordpress conversion problems...

Just converted a Typepad blog to Wordpress 2.5, now users get a 404 when they try to view single posts (or categories) if they're not logged on as admin... The posts on the homepage show up, but no where else... [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Comcast DVR w/ Tivo -- any good, in 2008?

Are the Comcast DVR woes over? Would anyone, today, say that the Comcast DVR with Tivo service works well? I'm moving house and want to set up a new TV and internet package with a Tivo-based DVR. Should I keep what I have or go with something new? Boston area in case it matters to the service. [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 1:56 PM PST - 13 comments

How much casual sex is too much casual sex?

I want a boyfriend. But, in the meantime, I could be having sex with people. Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 20 comments

In appreciation for spiritual guidance and leadership

When undergoing an ministerial ordination ceremony, is it customary or common for the about-to-be-ordained person to gift the minister who is conveying the ordination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Comparing current node to previous node with XSLT and XPath

I need an XPath expression that will allow me (in XSLT) to compare the value of an XML element in one node with the value of another element in a preceding node. [more inside]
posted by dw at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

How to use external installer parameters?

I'd like to make a Windows installer customizable via external parameters (e.g. from an installer.ini file). [more inside]
posted by danblaker at 1:34 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I fix my Compaq Presario v5000 screen?

Compaq Presario v5000 screen is broken. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by banished at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

All Costs Considered

Streaming radio production cost: what is the cost to a local radio station for internet streaming of one program to one listener? Not just the cost of paying the royalty cost of a national program (like Prairie Home Companion}, but the local costs incurred by the station, e.g. servers, software, staff time devoted to webcasting. Bonus question: is it more or less expensive than the cost of downloading a single podcast to a single listener?
posted by bbranden1 at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best way to get rid of old, outdated tech / web books?

What's the best way to get rid of old, outdated tech / web books? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 1:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Tanzania visa validity

Tanzania travel. How is the visa validity defined for a UK citizen on a tourist visa? [more inside]
posted by Jakey at 12:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Adjusting PHP Code for Photo Gallery

Non-programmer needs help with some PHP code for an online gallery. [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 12:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Anything other than Contiki?

Travelling +strangers is better than travelling alone right? Well, that's a dilemma my friend (I swear, it's a friend!) is in this summer as he has time off but none of his friends do. He would like to go to Europe but be a bit social about it. Everyone mentions Contiki but I want to know if they might have any competitors that people feel are better. Do they? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 12:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Remember the NPR interview about the book on a Chinese businessman?

Help me find a book about a Chinese businessman mentioned on NPR for my Dad! [more inside]
posted by rmless at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Unwanted VHS tapes - what to do?

Been converting VHS videotapes to digital and now I have boxes of VHS tapes. Is their next destination the landfill? Is there any merit to breaking them up first and finding some recyclability?
posted by mouthnoize at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me with satellite provider parental controls.

Help me figure out which satellite provider has the best parental controls, specifically restrictions on time of day. [more inside]
posted by drstein at 12:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Financial books for a college graduate

My bro is graduating from college this month and is asking a lot of financial questions regarding investment/savings/etc. As the first college graduate in the "real world" he's asking me for some advice. I am looking to get him some books that I liked ( by Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman ) that have helped me out. I was seeing if there are other tomes of financial wisdom that I should get him for graduation (there are other gifts.. don't worry I'm not that lame;)
posted by aggienfo at 12:10 PM PST - 24 comments

How to deal with post-robbery anxiety?

Broken car window, stolen iPod. Yep, I'm a careless idiot. Looking for info on renter's insurance (too little, too late?), potential new generations of iPods, dealing with emotional anxiety after being robbed. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 11:59 AM PST - 23 comments

Sailing on the wide accountant-cy -- help me find a captain!

Bean-counterFilter: How do I find an accountant? I'd ask around, but we have special needs.... [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Dirty laser printer!

My HP1200 Laserjet has begun producing very unsatisfactory output - the text is repeated (faded) down the page and there are black marks at regular intervals at the side of the page and at the top. [more inside]
posted by dance at 11:43 AM PST - 11 comments

What is a good sample size for determining whether dice are truly random?

How many times would I have to roll a standard 6-sided die to get a statistically representative view of whether it was truly random or not? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Canada Income Tax

I have never filed my taxes in Ontario, Canada before. Are there any benefits to doing so even if I have no income to declare?
posted by alse at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

meet the flinstones

An email from one of my wifes co-workers - "Last night when I picked up [Child], he was playing outside. I mentioned to one of the PT older caregivers that I was going to get him a tricycle and asked if he rode them there. She said no and pointed to the older kids’ side and indicated that they were all over there (these are kids ages 3 on up) and said that the funny thing about the boys is that they sit on the tricycle and try to push it with their feet…and don’t use the pedals. She said EVERY single one of them do that…" Why? My son does the same thing. He won't use the pedals.
posted by ducktape at 11:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me find an unpopular bar.

Please recommend a bar in lower Manhattan that is not loud and not crowded. [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

"synchronized scrolling" for video?

Is there any existing software that'll let you view two or more digital video files locked in sync, say for comparing the content/quality against each other? [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Taxes are due today!

Where should I go to have my taxes done in Toronto (today!)? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Roasted chèvre, please

Mmmm... cheese. I went to a tapas restaurant the other day and one of the things we ordered was roasted chèvre — essentially a sticky warm blob of goat's milk cheese in a dish. The edges were brown, perhaps caramelized, and it tasted deliciously sweet. How do I make it? And do I need a butane torch to do it?
posted by gentle at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Using multiple canister filters?

Is it possible to connect two external aquarium canister filters in the same closed loop? [more inside]
posted by BritishGas at 9:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Switching axis in Excel 2003

I'm using Microsoft Excel 2003 at work and I need to make a chart where the category (x) axis is the y axis; is there any way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by Rustbeard at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do for hours in a car?

My whole next week is basically a big long car ride (band's playin' out!). What kinda manual, car-friendly, non-electric things can I do to keep from losing my sanity? We're talkin' sitting for 5–15 hours at a time, with a few breaks (hah!) when it's my turn to drive. [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 9:27 AM PST - 29 comments

For The Green: a bike bag?

Looking for an eco-friendly messenger bag. Used? Recycled? Fabric? What have you? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

So, on Monday I went to move my car only to discover that my front windshield is all cracked up and I have a lot of questions.

So, on Monday I went to move my car, after 4 days of being parked in the same place, only to discover that my front windshield is all cracked up and I have a lot of questions. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow at 9:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Please help me sell my home!

My mortgage payments are overdue and I have filed paperwork for a loan modification. I just accepted an offer on the condo, and it is due to close on June 26. What is the best way to get clear with the mortgage company before closing? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Happy Maharashtra Day!, but in Marathi

How do you say "Happy Maharashtra Day!" in Marathi? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How to attach bicycle wheel to a long axle?

How to I attach a bicycle (front) wheel to a long axle for a (soap) box car? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

PeeFilter: Why can't I stop peeing in the middle of the night?

I can't stop peeing in the middle of the night and its preventing my girlfriend from sleeping well. Is this normal? How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 7:34 AM PST - 50 comments

How to speak when I already know the language.

How do I learn to speak a language I already (sort of) know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

What gift to thank an advisor?

What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it safe for me to breed?

Genetic damage caused by hallucinogens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 24 comments

Mail, stay! Stay! Bad dog!

How do I limit an application to one screen of a dual-screen setup in Mac OS X (Leopard)? [more inside]
posted by explosion at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Translate this line of possibly-Japanese writing?

Can anyone translate the Asian characters (I think they are Japanese) on this image?
posted by oblique red at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments


Is there a word that describes a limited world view that originates from North America and Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 6:26 AM PST - 21 comments

Running shoes online

Looking for particularly good prices online for running shoes, if such exist. Also, general advice on the subject, maybe. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Itinerary for French scavenger hunt

Travelfilter: Help me plan a week-long scavenger hunt throughout France. [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 6:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Scanning folders?

At work, we have an extensive amount of applications that are just dumped, seemingly randomly, into various folders on a network share. Is there an application that can scan or index these folders in some way, and present the results in a way that can be sorted by name, date, etc.?
posted by Shakes the Clown at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I become an early riser?

Getting up early in the morning never seems to get easier. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 5:52 AM PST - 52 comments

Athens to Rhodes: 4 days?

Greek Isles: How do I get from Athens to Rhodes in 4 days? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 5:29 AM PST - 6 comments

7 hours, how to study?

I have the day to study for AP exams and prepare a presentation. How can I spend it most effectively? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 5:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Which language would a lazy Martian linguist learn?

Are some languages objectively harder than others? If so, which ones? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 4:27 AM PST - 50 comments

Short-term accomodation in Adelaide or Sydney?

Where should I look for relatively inexpensive short-term accommodation in either Adelaide or Sydney? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 3:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me make better use of these 24 hours.

Seems like I cannot figure out what to do with the 24 hours I'm given. Help me make use of every minute I have by doing positive and fun things, and at the same time, move on from my failed relationship. [more inside]
posted by cyanide at 3:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Cheap .au to .uk flights with stop off in .id?

Best way to get reasonably priced flights from Sydney to Scotland and back with a stop off in Bali on the way back? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 3:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Is NearlyFreeSpeech any good?

What are your experiences with NearlyFreeSpeech.net? [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 3:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Automatic creation of images displaying sequential numbers

How do I automatically create a series of images of sequential numbers? ( 01.jpg shows the number '1', 02.jpg the number '2', etc) [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval at 2:22 AM PST - 5 comments

How to expand wireless network?

I am using Belkin N1 Vision wireless router to get access to the internet. I need to expand my wireless network coverage but I am confuse what to buy? Another Router, Switch, or access point? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 2:19 AM PST - 5 comments

April 29

African video subculture?

I remember reading about a subculture of vhs tapes in a northern African country (Ethiopia?), linked to its traditionally oral culture, a resistance movement, and (possibly) Haile Selassie. But it's all jumbled memories, now. Any helpful pointers?
posted by progosk at 11:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Wendigo myth in the Northwest

Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
posted by Artw at 10:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Synonyms for the feeling after an all-nighter.

What's another word for the feeling you get after an all-nighter? It's not euphoria, giddiness, silliness, or simply high.. [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 10:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Red, itchy rashes on neck

Help me diagnose this itchy, red rashes on my neck/upper chest area... [more inside]
posted by vocpanda at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Apple Mail Address Woes

How do you get rid of unwanted email address that appear when sending a message in Apple Mail? This is a picture of what I want to delete. As far as I can tell, there is no way to get rid of the addresses.
posted by alitorbati at 9:24 PM PST - 5 comments

I think I just lost my damage deposit [Drywall repair]

Can anyone suggest how to repair this wall? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 9:12 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I prepare a bitmap image to print in black & white plus one spot color?

How can I prepare a bitmap image to print in black & white plus one spot color? [more inside]
posted by pantufla at 8:43 PM PST - 6 comments

[There is rockets.] vs [There are rockets.]

GrammarFilter: True/False -- The following sentence can be grammatically correct. There's rockets. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 8:34 PM PST - 54 comments

Will they find the pirated cable?

Will the cable installation guy find my roommate's pirated cable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM PST - 16 comments

non-Magnum condom alternatives

Are there reputable large condom lines other than Trojan Magnum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 21 comments

YouTube videos stuck on the loading screen--how do I fix?

YouTube videos stuck on the loading screen--how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 8:13 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I force my Tangent Quattro radio to reload Reciva's listings?

How can I force my Tangent Quattro radio to reload Reciva's listings? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Who's responsible for $4 a gallon?

Can anyone show me some articles or books that explain or theorize why gasoline prices are so much more expensive than a decade, two decades ago? I'm a bit dense, so concise is ideal. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Any electricians out there? I want to become one.

I'm thinking about a career change, and I think my long time interest in anything electrical needs to be acted on. Any electricians out there want to tell me about your day to day duties? [more inside]
posted by Jimmeh at 7:19 PM PST - 5 comments

LSD in Ford's Coffee?

Did someone actually try to spike Gerald Ford's coffee with LSD? [more inside]
posted by fingo at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Another plant identification question.

Can you identify this shrub? [more inside]
posted by kiripin at 7:00 PM PST - 6 comments

All my creativity goes into the painting, so. Help Me Clean Brushes.

how do I clean my paintbrushes? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:44 PM PST - 16 comments

I'm trying to find meaning in these odd homeownership patterns. Please help.

Help me understand quit claim deeds, why they are so prevalent in this particular heavily-foreclosed-upon Washington state neighborhood I am researching, and some other fishy data I have uncovered. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do RFID cards store information?

[RFID filter] When you add money to an RFID metro card, does the information get stored in the card's chip or in a central database? [more inside]
posted by shoesandships at 6:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me understand this obscure science fiction story

Question about obscure science fiction short story, "Allegory," by William T. Powers, which was reprinted in Groff Conklin's 13 GREAT STORIES OF SCIENCE FICTION. The question is: what is this story an allegory of? To put it another way, is there some real-world or historical event that this story is a comment on? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How do electronic traffic times signs work?

How do those overhead signs on expressways know how fast traffic is moving in order to calculate a travel time estimate? And when the traffic is light, do the estimated times on those signs reflect the legal speed limit or the current speed of the traffic? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Whats the deal with fake teeth?

What are dentures like? What effects do they have on your day to day living? I'm talking full ones here, top and bottom. [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 5:31 PM PST - 20 comments

The TicketMonster is coming to eat you!!!

With the internet making it much easier to sell things remotely, how is Ticketmaster still able to virtually monopolize event ticket sales? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

90 vs 60 and Bugatti vs Nissan

Help me solve two MPG (and car) related arguments [more inside]
posted by revmitcz at 5:26 PM PST - 27 comments

How's Life In PB?

PB (Pacific Beach) Filter.... I lived in San Diego back in the early 90's and have been told that PB has changed quite a bit. I am wondering how much of this is true. What is PB like these days? When I was there it was full of college students and aging hipsters (a lot of men in their sixties with gray ponytails, etc.). Now, I understand it has become a fashionable place to live and you find a lot of couples, families and it's really changed. Because of the change, supposedly rents have skyrocketed on and on. How much of this is true? Has it changed all that much? Bottom line: What is it like living in PB these days? As always, thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the fairest way to rank entries to a creative contest?

I ran a creative contest. 17 people submitted. 8 judges each chose their top three, in order of preference. What is the fairest way to rank each entry?
posted by stokast at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

This iPod doesn't Work.

Is this iPod useless? Because I'm clueless. [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Help save my sole!

How do I get gum off the bottom of my shoe? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Stereotypical laptop question. Sorry.

[laptopquestionoftheday filter] $750 to buy (my first laptop + shipping) with my boyfriend's paypal or bank account. Your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 4:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me identify an artist with nothing to go on but my hazy memories.

Have you had a Harper's subscription since 1995? Have you been saving the back issues? Because.... [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 4:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Will the government be taking more of my money?

Will I be losing my stimulus check because of back student loans that I am now paying? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Smiling when something bad happens

In the Art of Fiction interview in the current Paris Review, Kazuo Ishiguro says of his father: "He had a Chinese characteristic, which was that he smiled when something bad happened." Is that really considered a Chinese characteristic? Are there other cultures it's commonly associated with?
posted by Cucurbit at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Make mail.app bend to my will.

Mail.app question. Two email addresses. I want to reply from address X, whether the original email came to address X or Y. I want this to be automatic. [more inside]
posted by provocateur at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Hints on diagnosing HD failure

SATA Hard disk , suddendly not spinning up. No click of death, no sign of expected failure. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 3:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me get into a top tier law school.

Any tips on how to up my chances of getting into a top law school? I'm shooting for UCLA or UC Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by tinatiga at 3:39 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I squeeze blood from a rotten turnip?

My shady ex-boss hasn't paid me what I am owed. What to do? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I wait for Microsoft to get back to me in regards to my Xbox Community Developer Program (XCDP) application?

Should I wait for Microsoft to get back to me in regards to my Xbox Community Developer Program (XCDP) application? [more inside]
posted by elavender at 3:20 PM PST - 2 comments

WYSIWY.... - wait, you want what?

My employer is searching for an end-user friendly, drag-n-drop, WYSIWYG webpage editor that is neither a CMS or a web hosting panel. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 2:48 PM PST - 27 comments

I'd love to tell you how great we are, if only I knew!

Started a new job a week ago, heading to an industry informational panel tomorrow that will provide a huge opportunity for networking. How do I avoid looking like a shmuck when I'm asked a question about my new company and I don't know the answer? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 2:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to sell vinyl bootlegs?

Where can I sell an old Zeppelin bootleg? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a grand project to keep me busy and impress admissions officers.

I'm a university student in search of a grand project to occupy my next year and a bit. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 2:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Market America?

What can you tell me about a scam group called "Market America." [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a good working definition of civility.

Can you help me find a good working definition of civility? [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

The X is NOT for Express!

Is there such thing as a PCI-X video card that will work in a Mac G5 tower? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

How to create dual-content DVD

How to create a dual-use DVD. Typical menu-driven dvd content for a dvd player, as well as easily-navigate computer accessible file structured content. [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Google Spreadsheets / Charts Help

Let's say I have a two column chart, with the following values: [more inside]
posted by underdetermined at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Best mineral makeup to use for acne/dry flakes combo?

Acne plus dry flakes -- should I make the switch to mineral makeup? [more inside]
posted by laroodles at 1:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Best sub $100 iPod desktop dock

My father-in-law asked for an "ipod radio thing that I can listen to at my desk" for his birthday this Friday. So, what's the best iPod desktop dock we can get him for $100 or less? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 12:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I price tag on my booty?

Who sets how much old and collectible video games are worth? How do they know? (examples with Monkey Island inside) [more inside]
posted by lou at 12:45 PM PST - 11 comments

what do they know about their stuff

can a typical major retailer tell if you are returning the same exact item that you purchased? [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 12:36 PM PST - 19 comments

How to "audit" a linux/oracle system that is administered through a web front end from a windows platform

How to "audit" a linux/oracle system that is administered through a web front end from a windows platform .. [more inside]
posted by cantthinkofone at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I cheer up friends who had to cancel their vacation?

Friends are canceling a long-awaited vacation because one of them is ill again. She's been sick, on and off, for several years and both were looking forward to a respite in Hawaii, where until 2005 they traveled 2x a year. What can I do to show my love and support? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 12:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What's so important about the U.S. Civil War?

I'm constructing an argument in favor of giving the U.S. Civil War a greater emphasis in secondary (High School) education. I'm interested in those events and conditions during and following the Civil War that had profound impacts on U.S. and world history. Obviously, abolition of slavery, the 13-15th Amendments, and restoration of the Union are important. However, I'm sure there are other important and far-reaching effects that many people don't know about...please, enlighten me!
posted by EKStickland at 12:17 PM PST - 25 comments

MacBook woes.

MacBook acting strange. Help! [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 12:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Historical porn? (NSFW)

Where is the porn for people who like men with tights and waistcoats. [more inside]
posted by idle at 11:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Donating body to cancer research

A dear friend's mother is dying of lung cancer. It's Stage IV metastatic lung cancer that has spread to her brain, bones and lymph nodes. She very much wants her remains to be donated specifically for cancer research and we're having trouble finding out how to do that. [more inside]
posted by judith at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Does Viagra Keep Flowers From Wilting?

I'm looking for websites which document people just getting together and doing weird, quasi-scientific experiments for fun. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

On buying a nice watch . . .

On buying a nice watch: if I go with a local jeweler, the watch I'm after will run me about $900. If I go with an online retailer (or trust someone on the forums at timezone.com) I can get it for $400 - $600. Aside from the cost difference, what are the pros and cons of each? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Get me out of the parks!

Ontario Crown Land: Help me find somewhere to go camping near Ottawa this weekend. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Where in the World to Go?

What is the most beautiful place on Earth? I'd like to make plans to go there. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 11:13 AM PST - 119 comments

Subleting in SoCal for the Summer

3 month internship in Santa Monica? OK. Now, where to live? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Retail hardware filter

My new boss has allotted me US$3000 and US$1500 for a new desktop and laptop machine, respectively. I'd appreciate some suggestions about what to buy. [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 10:44 AM PST - 22 comments

How to throw a "high on life" party?

The phrase "high on life" is usually a sarcastic punchline, but a recently I've been wondering: how high exactly can one get on life? More specifically: if you put your mind to it, how would you take 5 or 6 willing participants and over the course of a few hours, engineer a state of transcendental euphoria? An ecstasy party without MDMA? [more inside]
posted by the jam at 10:44 AM PST - 37 comments

Alternative Air Freshener for My Car?

I am soliciting crazy ideas for alternative car fresheners that smell good but not of chemicals. [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown at 10:40 AM PST - 25 comments

Best economical 4WD car?

What's the best 1-2 yr old 4WD-capable car? Best for us means: fuel economy, reliability, non-behemoth-SUV-ness, aesthetic and reasonable cost (<$25k). Also: any knowledge about Subaru Outbacks and SoCal 4WD dealers. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 10:36 AM PST - 26 comments

QUICK, need help on most enviro Friendly candidats for NC Dem Primary!

QUICK - I'm voting early in the NC primary, along with the rest of my family. ASIDE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE, who are the most environmentally friendly NC Democratic Primary candidates? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 10:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Oakland CA ship and shipping industry photo locations?

An avid amateur camera bug has a short stay in Oakland CA, including Sunday as a non-work day. Where can I go to take pictures of commercial boats, ships and related operations? Do you have any suggestions for other photo subjects in the Oakland/Berkeley area?
posted by X4ster at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

X-Box + GTA = ?

Which X-Box should I get? [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 10:23 AM PST - 24 comments

Can I ask how long a prospective employee can stand?

OK. Hiring questions. Is it legal to ask whether an employee can stand for long periods of time if the job demands it? [more inside]
posted by bdizzy at 10:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I say goodbye to XP worry-free?

Does anybody ever regret switching to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:13 AM PST - 80 comments

Austin Pedicure recommendations

[Austin TX] I'd like to get a pedicure gift certificate for my wife for Mothers' Day. Where in Austin is a good place for a pedicure? I'm looking to spend between $100 and $200 (including tip). Asking anonymously in case my wife checks my activity.
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

How much to sit on the couch?

How much do therapists usually cost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM PST - 10 comments

Trademark, business moving questions!

I have a few basic business questions about a trademark and changing the business address when I move. Any advice would be great! [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Guess the island.

One of those "Suicide Girls" has decorated her wall with the antique map of an island. Ignore the tattoos for a moment: which island is shown here? NSFW Link. [more inside]
posted by The Toad at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Best console for crime?

Should I get an XBox 360 or Playstation 3 to play Grand Theft Auto IV?
posted by plexi at 9:52 AM PST - 19 comments

How will a move to PA affect our tax situation?

What are the sales (and other) tax implications of moving an advertising agency / creative services company from Delaware to Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic at 9:45 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I properly run Jello Wrestling?

Jello Wrestling for dummies? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 9:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Castillano vs. Espanol

Castillano vs. Espanol? Which is appropriate in the US? In Mexico? Elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by zhivota at 9:27 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I, though clueless, learn to do digital art on the cheap?

How do I, though clueless, learn to do digital art on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by unreason at 9:21 AM PST - 10 comments

how do you throw a ball?

how do you throw a ball? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 9:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Detroit Green City

Sometime in the last year I read an article in a print magazine about Detroit becoming the model sustainable city of the future. Help me find it. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 9:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Cool auntie filter: what are some good birthday presents for a soon-to-be two-year-old?

My nephew will soon turn two. What are the awesomest birthday gifts for a two-year-old munchkin? I have a maximum budget of about $50, and I wouldn't mind spending less than that. I would rather get him something thoughtful than something expensive. [more inside]
posted by craichead at 9:08 AM PST - 23 comments

Help Poodus find a University...

My younger brother is starting to look into colleges. He has a knack for (and interest in) math and engineering. However, he is also a skilled musician(QT) and photographer. What universities or educational paths would best combine these two interests?
posted by fake at 8:58 AM PST - 22 comments

A River Runs Through, Then Runs Backward

Is it rare, or just infrequent, to find a river branch whose confluence with a creek or other waterway, causes it to reverse direction? [more inside]
posted by skyper at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Reading people by observing subtle mannerisms

Help me read people better. What are some ways that you can locate certain personality types or backgrounds based on body language and interaction with the environment? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 8:47 AM PST - 31 comments

Tricks to get better MPG

Simple tricks to improve MPG? For instance, I've thought about removing the rear seats/internal molding to lighten my car. I've also thought about aero-improvements, such as moon-disc wheel covers, or even somehow making a cover over my rear wheel wells. I'll be removing my rear wing this weekend, but what other tweaks could I do? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso at 8:21 AM PST - 39 comments

Who In The Heck?

UK readers - please help me identify this celebrity! [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 7:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Firefox, don't push me away.

Why are my Firefox privacy settings getting changed every time I exit and restart Firefox? [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 7:34 AM PST - 4 comments

May, 1968 - Paris. I would like to learn about it.

May, 1968 - Paris I've scoured the Wikipedia entry (very helpful), gone over a few articles and collections of varying quality (not bad), and I've seen "The Dreamers" (a fiction film that touches on it)... Now, what non-fiction media (book, article, film, photographic collection, etc.) should I consume to have a better understanding of the Parisian Students'/General strike of May, 1968? I'd like to start with the most general, canonical retellings, and then work towards the specific. [English Language or very good translation preferred] [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

I have to pronounce this properly for students.

In simplest possible terms, how do I pronounce the Khmer term 'Tonle Sap' [more inside]
posted by Fuka at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Smelly Car, Smelly Car

What is the best, non-stinky place to have my car detailed? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Location location location

In "The Happy Isles Of Oceania" Paul Theroux mentions the (alleged) location of the block of flats in Sydney appearing as the home of Jenny Agutter in the film Walkabout. What is that location, and is he right?
posted by Joeforking at 6:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Anxiety blows!

Help me think of how to deal with increasingly severe anxiety problems until the next time I talk to my therapist. [more inside]
posted by kldickson at 6:32 AM PST - 21 comments

How should I celebrate my 30th?

Help me plan my 30th birthday Unlike previous ask MeFi's I don't want to go away. I have travelled so much lately that I'm considering staying at home. My birthday is also a holiday (day after Christmas) so it's near impossible to get people together for a party. How can I celebrate this milestone in a low key way, and make it a day to remember? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 6:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Slingbox - will it sling from Detroit to Cincinnati?

Can I put a slingbox on a television in Michigan and watch the video in Cincinnati? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Where Have All The Problems Gone?

Where can I find accurate, concise information on short-to-medium term technical problems in the data-center/server/colo markets? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 5:17 AM PST - 1 comment


The title of the novel also appears in the book as a chapter title. Apparently, there's a name for it. What's it called?
posted by mordecai at 4:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Travelfilter: When to tip, who to tip and how much to tip?

Ok, so I'm traveling to the States from the UK for the first time and I realise that you guys tip pretty much everyone. So I need to know when to tip, who to tip and how much to tip? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 4:37 AM PST - 34 comments

Why can't Turner be pink?

I want to explain clearly and simply why a joke I was told is racist. Embarrasingly, all I can come up with right away is: If the joke needs to perpetuate racial stereotypes in order to be funny, then it's not funny. [more inside]
posted by reflecked at 2:43 AM PST - 69 comments

Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads

Where can a 21 year old girl go in the Dallas area for free or low cost psychiatric help besides JPS and Parkland? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 2:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Yoggie Pico

Will this cute little firewall device work well with a small Server 2003 domain setup? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Anniversary and others in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna

We are going to Vienna, Salzburg and then Munich for our holidays in the summer. How should we spend our 5th Anniversary in Munich and tips for the other places? [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 1:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Replacing my favorite thesaurus now that it's more "efficient"?

Recommendations for a good, verbose online thesaurus for wandering through words? thesaurus.com seems to have changed how they serve search results and my working style is screwed. [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 12:03 AM PST - 12 comments

April 28

Good weight training rest day activities

WeightliftingFilter: Good Activities for rest days between working out? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 11:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Com ports. Endangered Species?

Looking for a *new* motherboard with more than one serial port onboard. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 11:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me manage my people collection.

I seem to have a very particular social skills deficit. Can you suggest software that might serve as a kind of brain prosthetic for me? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 11:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Wtf is a pompadon?

What's a pompadon? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 11:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What. to. do.

How can I reconcile two different and conflicting plans for my future? (long-ish explanation) [more inside]
posted by brynna at 10:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Easiest way to get cellphone photos to the Web?

There has to be some reputable service that accepts MMS messages from my cell phone and will post my photos to its Web site for free. Right? [more inside]
posted by teracloth at 10:23 PM PST - 8 comments

A bottle of vodka?

Do you suppose a bottle of vodka is a sufficient thank you for someone who puts together a new computer for you, goes and buys it, loads xp, Office, and whole bunch of other software, then brings it into work with the promise that if I bring in my hd he'll transfer all files over whilst at work? A bottle of vodka?
posted by mattoxic at 9:04 PM PST - 41 comments

Starting a PhD, time to start a lab notebook?

I'm about to embark on a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (imaging genetics, to be specific). It's going to be a long 4 years, is keeping a lab notebook going to ease the discomfort? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 8:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Whatsit called?

What is the term for the sentence construction used in this quotation: "time and her aunt moved slowly"? [more inside]
posted by sciapod at 8:38 PM PST - 8 comments

I was uninsured. But it's irrelevant to my point.

Ok, well, it turns out Dollar Rent A Car wants to take me to court for the $1000. (see: this question) I plan to file in small claims court before they can take me to court because I think that will give me a better chance of winning. However, I only want to discuss who is responsible for the $1000 and not whether or not I was insured at the time. Help! [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 8:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Oxygen in a can??

Oxygen. In a can. At a convenience store. Would you try it? Why or why not? Is it safe, does it do any real good? Bonus points: Would it help migraine headaches?
posted by mmf at 8:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Am I doomed to buy three pairs of sneakers a year?

What are some durable everyday men's sneakers? [more inside]
posted by goingonit at 7:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Do password protected blogs exist?

I'm going to be doing some pretty extensive travelling next year, and I want to keep my family and friends up to date on my experiences. However, I want to do this in a way that doesn't inform general randoms about my movements... in other words, do password-protected blogs exist? [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 7:41 PM PST - 21 comments

What is this game?

Help me remember this game and find something similar. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 7:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend a birdbath?

Recommend an awesome birdbath. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 7:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Roadtrip: Indiana to Massachusetts

Need to transport myself and belongings from Indiana to Massachusetts....but how? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 6:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is my Photoshop so slow?

I have Photoshop CS3 on a fairly new Macbook and for the last few days it's been running unbearably slowly (it takes around 3 minutes just to save a file). Everything else on the Mac seems to be working fine including Illustrator and Indesign so it must be a problem with Photoshop specifically. I tried reinstalling it but it had no effect, now I'm out of ideas.
posted by Andy Harwood at 6:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Fine dining with no reservations?

I'm looking for examples of fine dining restaurants that do not take reservations. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 5:58 PM PST - 21 comments

How to google for &&=

How do I find the answer to "what does &&= do in Perl?" via Google? [more inside]
posted by arrhn at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get a custom sweater pattern developed?

I'm asking this one on behalf of my wife: "How can I get a custom pattern developed/made for a sweater that I want someone to knit for me?"
posted by braveterry at 5:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Help an amateur take some great wedding photos!

My friend asked me to be the photographer for his wedding (which pleased me a lot!). As an enthusiastic amateur, what should I know about wedding photography? What photos shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:45 PM PST - 31 comments

By what process does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?

How does the caterpillar become the butterfly (why does one part of the chrysalis know to become a leg, and another a wing)? Is it as simple/complicated as the cell division of a human fetus? Does the transformation of this jelly into a butterfly occur from the head down, or all at once? Anyone? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 5:18 PM PST - 13 comments

I like puppies, long walks on the beach, and tech-savvy publishers

Looking to find clients who need help with technology in the publishing industry (especially in academic reference and journals). [more inside]
posted by nev at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Smallest folding bicycle folding trailer

I'm looking for a folding bicycle trailer. That's a trailer that folds up and connects to a bicycle (though it coincidentally will be connected to a folding bicycle, so I guess it's a folding bicycle folding trailer). Anyway, the main thing is that it needs to fold up really small. Please point me to the smallest, when folded, bicycle trailer you know about. Thanks.
posted by krisjohn at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

You know what I need; you know what I want; or maybe you don't; gimme some money!

Anyone have information and firsthand experience with ShoreBank for a High Yield Savings Account? [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 4:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I recreate the Gorditos (Seattle restaurant) Salsa at home?

How can I recreate the Gorditos (Seattle restaurant) Salsa at home? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I just wanna know where da gold

Has anyone here taken the free tour of the New York Federal Reserve? If so, how was it? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 3:36 PM PST - 2 comments

What's going on with this TV station?

Can anyone explain what's going on with this TV station feed? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 3:35 PM PST - 31 comments

Safety for a 401K

Aged 65, still working, have 401K, worried about it, can I move the funds to a self directed IRA money market fund?
posted by Freedomboy at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments


REINCARNATION. Is there any compelling evidence that wouldn't be immediately dismissed by a skeptic? [more inside]
posted by Chasuk at 3:26 PM PST - 49 comments


Cairo Filter: I'm working in Egypt this summer for three months and have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by ecab at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Make plastic look new?

How can I clean the plastic of a cellphone that has become matte again without ruining it? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How do they get them on the B*ngBus?

What do pornographers know that we don't? Namely, how to convince people to have sex on camera for not much money? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 3:05 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me in the war of deadly insects in hot, humid, Houston weather.

Will I survive against the carpenter bees? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 3:02 PM PST - 16 comments

IT staffing ratios: how many foos per bar?

Need a metric/rule-of-thumb for IT staffing. Like, X people on helpdesk for every Y users, X admins per Y servers, etc. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Ctrl + click = background tab

How can I make Firefox open a link in a background tab, when I press and hold Ctrl, and then click on the link? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Women's health question

Ever since I quit smoking, I've ceased to get my period. [more inside]
posted by prior at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What software should I use for this very simple animation?

Flash? After effects? Maya? Toon Boom? Something else? I want to make some very simple abstract animation videos. The simplest would be just full screens of solid colors fading slowly into each other. Slightly more complex would be the same full screens of colors fading into each other, but not all at once. That is, maybe start the fade in the center or corner, and slowly leak in the new color. Or another slightly more complex: The screen divided into multiple blocks of different color that slowly fade into other colors. Real simple, slow, mellow stuff. So, what's the right software for that? Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman at 2:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Chicken Pot Pie in St. Louis

Where can I find the best Chicken Pot Pie in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 2:11 PM PST - 1 comment

I chew on staples, paper clips, and scotch tape. Am I going to die?

I chew on staples, paper clips, and scotch tape. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Tell me what to bring.

I'm going to Key West for the weekend on Thursday. What do I need to make sure I bring with me? Also looking for some good warm-weather clothing suggestions.
posted by PFL at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Purse Hangers?

Help me find the purse hangers I'm remembering. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to best experience Election Day?

I'd like to travel to the US in october and november. Where can I best experience election day? [more inside]
posted by lodev at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I get automate my daily news searches?

How can I automate the news searches that I'm performing on the same subjects day after day after day? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Arrgh, major outlook synching problem!

My boss and I are both going crazy because I can't sync with her Outlook calendar on my own computer and her Blackberry won't sync with her Outlook. If she tries to download her new schedule to the Blackberry, it will erase her schedule on the hand-held instead! Help!! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Experience with Saferentals.com

Has anyone had any success using Saferentals.com? I came across their list for NYC and their listings seems too good to be true. I'd love to hear what the hive mind have to say and your experiences with this site. Thanks.
posted by flxyp at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Peonies vs. sumac, round 2

Help me rescue my long-abandoned peonies! [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

You spin my laundry right round baby, right round, like a record baby.

I want a rotary clothesline for my back yard. But the area in which I want to put it has concrete laid down already, so I'd like the clothesline to be freestanding rather than slotted into concrete as such clothesline usually are. Where can I find a freestanding rotary clothesline? I need to be able to either buy it in Toronto or have it shipped there.
posted by orange swan at 12:09 PM PST - 11 comments

This buckle filling is going to be the death of me...

I keep losing the same buckle filling again and again. Should I just suck it up and tell my dentist to give me a cap instead? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Prove I'm Not Crazy!

Grand Rapids DoctorFilter: I need to find a (cheap) psychiatrist/doctor in or near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Have you or someone you know been to one that you could recommend? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comment

A Salsa Similar To Chili's

I love Chili's salsa, it isn't full of chunks of veggies like the salsas I've tried in the store (and I think I've tried them all). Last night I went to On The Border and found out I liked their salsa even better. A similar consistency, but spicier and with some cilantro. What kind of salsa am I looking for (ordering online is fine, or brick and mortar in metro NY) that is most similar to these two?
posted by Brian Puccio at 11:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Is this gaming the insurance system? If so, will it work?

Dental-insurance-filter: I'm a grad student who has the option of paying for better insurance starting next fall. If I opt for full coverage, will my insurance refuse to pay for procedures already suggested on my chart? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Wrist Splints?

Please recommend to me a less ugly and more comfortable wrist splint for carpal tunnel alleviation. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

My SQL/PHP shareware programs for tracking projects?

Moving an Excel spreadsheet schedule into MySQL/PHP [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

tipping etiquette

When two or more parties split the check at a restaurant, is there some kind of etiquette about matching the tips? (USA) [more inside]
posted by HarryS at 11:02 AM PST - 26 comments

Watching DVR in a different room to the DVR box

DVR watching in a different room. Our DirectTV DVR is in the basement family room, but I would like to watch shows that I've recorded late at night while I'm laying in bed on the second floor. [more inside]
posted by worker_bee at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

What does a third year associate make at a small firm in DC?

Give me your best guess for what 3rd year associates make in small (1-10 person) for-profit firms in DC? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

The World Is My Playground As Long As Its Under $1300

TravelFilter: Where's that website i saw a few years ago that suggested where i should go? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

How to exorcise cigarette smells and tar from an iMac?

How can I clean away cigarette odor and tar buildup from a G3 iMac? [more inside]
posted by mattybonez at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments


Are these berries edible? [more inside]
posted by spork at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Self-Help Strategies

I’ve just finished reading The Now Habit, an incredibly useful and inspiring book on overcoming procrastination. What’s the best approach to implementing and then retaining the strategies presented in this, or any other, book? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

What is cash gifting?

What are the specifics of "Cash Gifting"? All I can figure out is that it is a rip-off Ponzi scheme, but I can't find any specifics. [more inside]
posted by bensherman at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How should I scan 500 40-year-old slides?

Recommendation for professional 35mm slide scanning services, either through the mail or in the Washington D.C. metro area. Best recommendation for extremely long term archival storage of slides. About 400-500 slides. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 9:41 AM PST - 7 comments

From US to NZ by way of boat?

I live in the Southeastern US and I want to travel to New Zealand for a while (or permanently). The catch is that I'm pretty phobic of flying. I've done it many times around the US, but never for such a long flight. Is there a way to travel by boat (or mostly by boat) from the US to New Zealand? I have heard people say one can get temporary jobs or stay on freighters delivering cargo, but my google-fu is clearly not good enough.
posted by grahamux at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Language-Related Equivalent of Empathy?

Is there a word or a phrase, other than the too-broad "understand," for when a listener understands what someone else is trying to convey even when the speaker doesn't express it clearly and/or correctly? [more inside]
posted by amyms at 9:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Don't trust the messenger

EpigramFilter: What's the converse of "Don't kill the messenger"? [more inside]
posted by Araucaria at 9:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Portable Hard Drive Recs

Need recommendations for portable hard drives. The reviews on newegg and amazon are too rah rah or doomsday. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Oh, so you're a [insert profession here]! How [insert whacky generalization and misguided curiosity here]?

What is the first question people ask when you tell them what you do? Are there common misconceptions or generalizations that people make? How do you tactfully and/or humorously correct them? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 9:02 AM PST - 156 comments

Tick, Tally, and Cull in Bloglines

Within the RSS feedreader Bloglines, is there a simple method to keep track of which feeds have been most valuable? [more inside]
posted by chase at 8:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Number of Ph.D.s in humanities vs. hard sciences?

Do American institutions of higher education collectively grant more doctorates annually in the arts and humanities than in the "hard" sciences (that is, biology, chemistry, physics, and for this discussion, mathematics)? [more inside]
posted by Prospero at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Girls like you don't become lawyers.

Questions about character and fitness standards for bar admission. Are they going to let me be a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 36 comments

Might as well call him Humphrey Braggart, AMIRITE?

Please help me become more genuinely modest and less arrogant... without being too self deprecating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 28 comments

How can I work through this bad data?

I'm a graduate student. My advisor asked me to do a favor for a researcher and clean his data for him and put it into SPSS from Excel. Upon looking at the data, I realized that it was totally screwed up. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to stay in Barcelona?

Pair of mid-20s friends looking for a place to stay in Barcelona in early June. I've read up a bit on the neighborhoods and it sounds like the popular, touristy area is near Las Ramblas. However, many of the modern tourist attractions are farther to the northeast. Help! [more inside]
posted by junesix at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Novel about teen inventing his own gangsta past?

trying to remember a book about an urban teenager with acting/dramatic talent who moves to rural Oregon. He invents a gangster past history for himself to impress the local kids, who then take it upon themselves to become 'gangsta'. The title is something like 'And The Shadows Overtook Him', but Google does nothing. [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I Be a German Bank Account Holder Via New York?

Is there a way to open a German bank account while I'm still in the US, in anticipation of a several-month period abroad? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Crush crush crush!

Where can I buy a pack of Camel Crush cigarettes online? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 7:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Line 6 X3 Live?

I'm seriously considering ditching my amp-pedalboard setup for a Pod X3 Live. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I install aftermarket iPod interfaces into my BMW?

I have a 2003 BMW 325i. There is a sticker on my windshield warning me that aftermarket electronics (and cell phones) may interfere with the car's electronic system. For real? The dealer says they cannot install the factory iPod interface (it's only for 2004 and later). My fiance has a 2006 BMW X3 with the factory-installed iPod interface and I am insanely jealous. DO WANT. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Convert old Borland to new Visual Studio?

CompilerFilter: I've got an old project that was written with Borland C++ 5.0 for Windows. I've been tasked with porting this project to Visual Studio 2005. Easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 7:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Mother's Day Dinner in Des Moines?

My sister and I would like to take our mom out for dinner on Mother's Day. My sister is moving to Des Moines that day, and doesn't know anything about the area yet. My parents will be coming out to help with the moving, and I'll be making the trip as well, but the morning is going to be filled with driving a moving truck, so we'd like to do dinner. Any suggestions on a nice, interesting place to take her? We're open on cuisines.
posted by chriswarren at 6:36 AM PST - 8 comments

The Prints and the Popper

I have this money-making idea in mind, and I wanted to test its potential viability and profitability with some of you who may know more about banking and credit cards... [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 6:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Making Milhouse a channel

In a very old episode (The Last Temptation of Homer), Milhouse watches Bart be Bart and mourns, I fear to watch, yet I cannot turn away. [more inside]
posted by unsliced at 6:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Adding HDMI

What is the best way to add an HDMI output to my PC? [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid at 5:36 AM PST - 9 comments

What kind of financial education are people getting in the States?

This question is only for people who went to public school in the United States. Did you receive any financial education there, and if so, what?
posted by Laugh_track at 5:18 AM PST - 87 comments

Norton stinks

Do I really need Norton installed? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 5:01 AM PST - 21 comments

how much fuel does a diesel generator consume?

Diesel generator question: What is the typical fuel consumption rate of a 5kW, 10kW or 20kW unit at various load factors? How much does this vary (in litres per hour, or per day) between the same sizes of unit from different manufacturers? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 4:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find music about music!

Help me find music about music! What are some songs about music, it's culture, etc.? Songs like The VU's Rock & Roll, Joni Mitchell's Woodstock, Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, etc...
posted by zenja72 at 4:43 AM PST - 71 comments

How can I simulate natural light patterns?

How can I create lighting in my room that simulates the patterns made when the sunlight shines through a tree? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 3:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Is heliocentrism wrong?

Does modern science prove the theory of heliocentrism wrong? [more inside]
posted by wigglin at 2:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Thai translation needed please.

Can you guys please translate these sentences into Thai for me?
They're (paraphrased) excerpts from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. [more inside]
posted by Taksi Putra at 1:15 AM PST - 1 comment

April 27

Why are there no Saturn 5 rocket plans?

Why was NASA made to destroy all copies of the Saturn 5 rocket plans before funding of the space shuttle was approved?
posted by micklaw at 11:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Operating an old teasmade?

Can anyone tell me how to operate a "Goblin Compact Teasmade 882"?
posted by pompomtom at 10:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Get paid to sleep?!?

Should I participate in a 4-week sleep study? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter at 10:45 PM PST - 13 comments

How to 'fess up to slacking off.

I haven't done any work yet, but I swear I will soon - (how) do I tell my thesis advisor? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 10:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Hard drive pain.

Highly technical hard drive filter: My hard drive failed. Came home, and PC was sitting at the "where's my hard drive" BIOS screen, to my great horror. [more inside]
posted by gjc at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments


How should I, an intermediate chess player, study to improve my game? [more inside]
posted by flotson at 10:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Empty room ideas?

What would you do with an empty apartment room? [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy at 8:56 PM PST - 45 comments

Uhm Doctor, whats the belt sander for?

Where can I find information about laws in Virginia related to tattoo removal? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find a charity I heard about a few years ago.

I've decided to give away my economic stimulus check to a variety of charities and foundations. I'm trying to locate a particular charity which provided financial support to blues musicians in need of assistance with food, medical bills, home repairs, burial expenses, etc. I've located the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and it seems wonderful, but I do not think this is the organization I am looking for. I don't know much more except that I believe the org I am looking for was founded by one person and more recently than the R&B Foundation. I have lots of ideas for general donations but I'm looking to do something in this niche, so suggestions of any groups providing assistance to out of luck musicians would be great as well...
posted by rollbiz at 8:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I find ads about gun control?

I'm looking for advertisements from both sides of the Gun Control issue that use current events to push their agendas. [more inside]
posted by cyphill at 8:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Will I get ticketed for parking my motorcycle on the sidewalk?

Can I park my motorcycle on a sidewalk (not obstructing pedestrian passage) in Oakland, California? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can I find a film from the 70's I saw in school?

Where can I find a film from the 70's I saw in school? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 8:03 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the name of this love triangle painting?

Help me remember this painting! The subject is three people in a cafe or club. One (a soldier I think) is checking out a woman across the room. She in turn is checking out another man who happens to be checking out the first. If I recall correctly, a green light is shining down on at least one of the subjects, the gay man. This was possibly painted in Weimar Germany, but I could be wrong. The style certainly fits into that time period. Thank you metafilter.
posted by munchingzombie at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What to make with kiwifruit?

I have a few kilograms of nearly ripe kiwifruit - what shall I make? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 7:53 PM PST - 15 comments

My elbow makes noise. What?

What to do if your elbow makes popping noises when you do push ups? [more inside]
posted by tksh at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Coffee stain on white! Argh!

I have this white/cream dress made out of a viscose lace. I just discovered a faint stain of what I think is coffee or tea or something. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 7:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Wine refrigerator recommendations?

Any recommendations for a half-height, freestanding wine refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by Lucy2Times at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Don't read if you're going to see "Harold and Kumar" - question about a cameo

Spoiler inside for "Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay". Who was that one actor? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

document my database

I have a particular propriety database application that has a great feature for users to document notes and changes to the db. Annotated screenshot here. Basically, you click on the little yellow sticky note and the documentation window pops up and users can enter notes about changes, etc. Its so useful I would like to use it all the time. [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 6:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Need A Holiday

Holiday Ideas - Hopefully about a week for 1 - 2 grand (Australian dollars) for 12 people. Can't do cruise. [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 6:48 PM PST - 4 comments

My NY state tax return was rejected because of the company who filed it. Now what?

I think that the online tax service I used has messed up the New York State taxes for *anyone* who filed from New York City or Yonkers. Now what do I do? (sorry, long) [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

The backhanded compliment for comedic effect

Can you think of any comedy sketches or scenes where a single character uses repeated backhanded compliments directed towards others for comedic effect? That is, scenes where the comedy comes from the secondary character not being sure whether they were just insulted or praised and not knowing how to respond. I'm thinking of something along the lines of SNL, Kids in the Hall or Monty Python sketches, but I am open to any such examples.
posted by iamisaid at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for dialogue-heavy films a la Glengarry Glen Ross?

I have lately been hooked on Glengarry Glen Ross and The Big Kahuna, small casts with stellar scripts and casting. What other dialogue-heavy films in this vein should I be watching?
posted by porn in the woods at 6:26 PM PST - 60 comments

Seeing the 2nd largest ball of twine

Driving Chicago to LA: Interstate or backroads? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 6:23 PM PST - 15 comments

My anachronism's broken.

Low-tech repair help needed. I have acquired a Royal Quiet De Luxe manual typewriter (The World's First Truly Modern Portable Typewriter!). The booklet has a 1948 copyright date. The cord that pulls the carriage is broken, though, and I'm not sure exactly how to thread a replacement one. Does anybody have one of these typewriters who could take a photo of the back, or otherwise instruct me?
posted by fish tick at 6:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Save the Dog

What's a good way (read: low-hassle) to prove the whereabouts of my dog? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 6:07 PM PST - 30 comments

aaahhwooo song desperation

I am desperate to find the title of a song I know little about. Could someone please take a minute of their day/evening to help me identify this song? It would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 6:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Green Concierge Seeks Los Angeles Infodump

I'm starting a new job as a telephone concierge at a Brand-new upscale retail/housing establishment in Glendale, CA next week—can you help me get my ear to the ground? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 6:00 PM PST - 7 comments


Are there any websites that archive podcast audio (*not just links)? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 5:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Death and domains

How may one obtain access to a web site, or ownership of the domain, of someone who had recently died? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 5:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Dog Treats

My dog loves dried sweet potato chews. They go for $20 a bag in the pet store even though the only ingredients are potatoes. It must be that I can make them at home for the cost of a potato. Do I need a fancy food dehydrator or can I just cut the potatoes up into thick pieces and put my oven on 200F for a many hours? Anyone have a specific recipe or experience making them? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 5:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you suggest meal planning software or services?

I'm looking for software or a service that allows me to plan balanced meals that are free of acid reflux triggers. [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa at 5:06 PM PST - 0 comments

Advice for broaching a career break with employers?

I am interested in taking an extended (6 months-ish) period off work, unpaid, with the intention of resuming my current job after that time, and am looking for advice in successfully broaching the subject with my employer, a smallish firm in Canada. Have you done this? Has an employee of yours done this? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Weather on blogger page?

How can I place the current weather on my blogger page? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 4:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Low effort/high reward Portland spring hike

Moderate hike for next weekend with 1-2 hours of Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 4:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Brunch music filer:

Can you figure out what song I've been listening to? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Faster Than a Speeding Gas Pump

Does it take longer to fill up a gas tank when the price goes up by 25%? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:46 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I tweak the Call of Cthulhu RPG such that characters have a longer lifespan?

How do I tweak the Call of Cthulhu RPG such that my players do not go splat like bugs on the windshield while the Great Old Ones play Hogs of the Road along the chilly reaches of the Milky Way with some kind of fantastical, black-glittering Durango 95? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 3:42 PM PST - 17 comments

How do we kick out our roommate?

How do we kick out our deeply entrenched but antagonistically unpleasant housemate? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 3:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Help with "pay what you can" Concept

I am researching the growing occurence of pay-what-you-can, or pay-what-you-think-the-meal-was-worth restaurants. There are several operating both domestically and internationally, as explained here. In light of the Radiohead giveaway, the concept has been getting increasing, positive press. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

No teardrops on my guitar, unfortunately

I'm having problems being unable to cry and produce tears, and it's really getting annoying. Help me turn on the water. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 3:09 PM PST - 9 comments

How to split a Wii to different TVs

Help make Mario Kart visible! [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 1:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a figure for the percentage of blogs that are actively maintained?

While I know there can only ever be a woolly answer to this question, can anyone point to state-of-the-web information detailing how many blogs are actively maintained, and what percentage of blogs that is? [more inside]
posted by davemee at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Advice for Disneyland trip

Going to Disneyland in 20 days with a friend. Any advice on how to make the most of my trip? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 1:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Cohabitation query

How can I make my home a welcoming place for a significant other who is moving in? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 1:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I get the volume control graphic to go away quicker on my HP?

Can I get the volume control graphic to go away quicker on my HP? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comment

An iTunes jockey instead of a wedding DJ?

Instead of getting a DJ for our wedding, I'm thinking of hiring an iTunes operator -- someone with some knowledge of music and iTunes who can fire up pre-created playlists at the right time, adjust sound levels, troubleshoot problems etc. Has anyone tried this? Any tips? (And does anyone know anyone in the Wilmington NC area who might be interested in such a gig?)
posted by davidfg at 12:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find the exact "eat a bullfrog" quote?

What is the original origin and exact wording of the quote that goes to the effect: "If you have to eat a bullfrog, don't look at it for too long. If you have to eat two bullfrogs, eat the biggest/ugliest one first"? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I not feel guilty about a friend's suicide?

How can I cope with feelings of guilt over a friend's recent suicide? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 12:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Alternative to crooksandliars

I have trouble keeping up with the big political news on television. So I use the clips on crooksandliars.com as a way of staying on top of what the current political stories are and how they are being discussed. What I don't like is the editorializing. It's not that I disagree with all their takes, I just find that the way they push their agenda distracts from what I am trying to get from the site. Is there another blog that can keep me up to date with the current television news cycle that is a bit more unbiased? Specifically one that includes video clips of the pundit discussions?
posted by aburd at 11:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Fun DS/Wii games for a couple

What are some good cooperative or "soft competition" games for the DS/Wii? [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 11:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Living off the fat o' the land

We've got a tiny patch of dirt in our back yard and want to grow edible stuff. We're not that serious, just mostly goofing off. What could we grow out there using existing foodstuffs? By that, I mean, we want to grow green onions, for example. Can we just grab a few green onions from the fridge, cut off the bottom, and plant those? Are there any other simple-to-grow foodstuffs we should consider? We're in Southern California, but the patch of dirt only gets direct sunlight maybe 1-2 hours a day.
posted by edjusted at 10:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Seeking the Internet Clueless

Have you seen blog threads where commenters seem not to have read the initial post, and are way off topic? I'm seeking more examples of this for my dissertation research. Looking for blogs which have garnered comments similar to those mentioned on the earlier MeFi threads Tuesdays with Maury, Jeremy Jordan Loves Demon Dogs, and How Hawkish. Basically, commenters show up and start commenting as if they haven't read the original post at all, and they don't seem to have any idea what the discussion is about. In many cases they seem to think they're talking to a celebrity, or they are just seeking information in the wrong place. [more inside]
posted by gusandrews at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Loooking for large hard drive

I am looking for a large volume external hard drive. 1tb or more. I hear that drives of that size are not yet reliable. I will be digitizing my music collection and want to store it on a reliable drive. Any recommendations or experiences? Also how can I take care of this drive so it will last forever or almost forever?
posted by citybuddha at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

HRM With Interval Timer?

Shopping for a heart rate monitor which includes an interval timer - this is the cheapest Timex ($78), this is cheapest Suunto ($115) and this is the cheapest Polar ($140). Does anyone have experience of any of these, or have other recommendations to offer? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Is backordering domain names a racket?

I backordered an expiring domain name with its current registrar, but someone else got it. Does/should its registrar (& thus by extension, me) have had first dibs on it, if its owner let it expire? [more inside]
posted by niloticus at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Is a canary for me?

First-time bird owner, wants something that is relatively easy to maintain, and has a pleasant song. [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me make my Mac into a Polaroid !

Can I use my external digital camera while its connected to my Mac? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Travel for 16th birthday

Teen daughter wants to go to California for 16th birthday. It will be a Mother/Daughter getaway. Of course I don't want to break the bank or use the college fund for a trip (not that she would mind). She likes shopping, site-seeking and staying in nice hotel rooms. We''ll probably do 4 days or so. I'm thinking San Francisco. Any hotel and/or activities recommendations?
posted by sandra194 at 9:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Windows won't serve to Mac

Problem: OSX to Windows direct-wired ethernet connection works, but the Mac can't see the shared PC drives. The PC and the Mac are both normally on wifi but the Mac's Airport is turned off now. Both machines have manual addresses set on their ethernet NICs, with direct CAT5 cable between the two; PC =; Mac= (The cable isn't a crossover, because OSX now manages that.) Ping works in both directions (i.e. from either machine to the other.) [more inside]
posted by airplain at 9:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Kittens, vaccinations, etc.

What is the best/cheapest way to get shots / spay and neuter 4 kittens and a mother cat in Toronto? No father to worry about... he left shortly after the young ones were born. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Code For A Random Blog Post?

I have a blog and would like to add a "Random Post" button. [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Help a weakling achieve her first push-up!

I'm a 35 yr old female, 5'6", 120lbs, in good general shape (walk loads, work out) who has never been able to achieve a single-push up. It's a key move to many of the workouts I want to do, but most strength-building programs assume that even the weakest can do at least one. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 at 8:25 AM PST - 32 comments

Gah, boyfriend has bad habits...NSFW

Can I retrain my boyfriend after years of bad habits? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Car accident that may become involved. How do I report to the DMV?

QUESTION: The DMV form wants me to indentify injured persons - should I report the other party as injured because the insurance company has told me about their injury claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

The Boss and concert stuff....

What was Bruce Springsteen taking during the show in Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Scientologist Athlete

Who are some famous athletes who are Scientologists? There are plenty of actors who I hear about being Scientologists but rarely an athlete.
posted by josher71 at 6:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Final preparations for a first half-marathon

Final half-marathon preparations: I'm signed up for the Sydney Half-Marathon (my first ever!) on May 18th, and I've just got a couple questions as I enter these last few weeks of preparations. Do I need to start investigating energy gels or GUs or something? And is this a *really* bad time to get new shoes? I'm getting a bit jittery so I'd be grateful for any wisdom and advice from the MeFi running contingent... [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 5:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Gettin' down with the rentals on Dominica.

Should I rent a car during an upcoming visit to the island of Dominica? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:48 AM PST - 2 comments

surprise will

What is the literary or legal term for a second will that suddenly appears after someone has died, in addition to one that had been taken to be the real one?
posted by cogneuro at 4:31 AM PST - 8 comments

What was the music used in the introduction of this French wildlife series?

Help me identify the classical musical piece used as an introduction to a wildlife series shown on French TV (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Auden at 4:05 AM PST - 2 comments

A company want to speak to my accountant for a reference before they give me a job

UK Based question A company have offered me a job, want references to prove I used to be self employed. They have asked to speak to my accountant. This is a problem, because my accountant is a family relative who does them as a favour and has only been working on the accounts for the last 6 months. I used to be a sole trader ship, but when the IT contracting laws changed in 2007 I had to create an LTD. Before then I used a Managed service company for my contracts instead, so its a little complicated. Does anyone know what sort of questions or evidence a Companies HR department is likely to ask of my accountant?
posted by complience at 2:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I have a heavy conscience?

Should I have a heavy conscience or is it none of his business? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 1:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Protect the droids

I am in the market for some new anti-virus software and possibly a new router. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 12:56 AM PST - 14 comments

April 26

Council for soldiers?

This is a 3rd party question and as such I am looking more for general information than specific help. It has to do with the military's policy on being gay while serving. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 10:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Can we build it? Eh...maybe?

Inspired by this thread; has anyone every hired an architect? How do you do it? What sorts of things should I be looking for? How do I go about finding one that specializes in "weird". (By weird I mean, not your standard mcmansion floor plan.) What do architects charge to design a building. And do they oversee the building process as a rule, or no? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 10:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Lifting weights to look good with my clothes on

I'm starting to lift weights, and my goal is simply to look as good as possible with my clothes on. What kind of exercises should I focus on? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 10:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Music Non-Stop

I heard this great soul/funk song that was slightly psychedelic on Baltimore radio the other day. All I can remember is that the song featured lyrics about coming home at 5 A.M. I must track down this jam. The DJ kept talking about the Persuasions before the song, but after listening to that band I've realized the DJ was borderline full of shit. [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 10:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for cheap hostel accomodation in Singapore

I'm a single 25 year old male staying in Singapore for a couple of days in June I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for cheap places to stay? [more inside]
posted by dohmer at 9:29 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the Media Agent?

What is the FireFox add-on Media Agent plugin? It is taking a lot of memory, and I don't recall installing it. What do I need this for?
posted by waywardgirl at 9:21 PM PST - 2 comments

I watch my war on television

When did our leaders stop going to war? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 9:15 PM PST - 23 comments

Clothes make the me.

Suggest a good tailor in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Lost magazine article

I read an article in a women's magazine quite a few years ago where the singer kd Lang was being interviewed. In the article she mentions a state of mind where you embrace change (in general) and look for new experiences ... or something close to that. Not sure I have it completely right. I have searched the entire Internet, it seems, and can't find any reference. [more inside]
posted by robinrs at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Pakistani restaurant music

I often eat at a couple of few different pakistani restaurant and have noticed they both play pretty much the same songs in the restaurant. Rather than ask the restaurant staff, I'm asking metafilter: Is there a common list of songs popularly played at these establishments? What are the songs that would be in such a list?
posted by mulligan at 8:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a device to trigger software off my pulse

Following up on my previous question, I'm looking for a good way to have someone's heartbeat trigger software on a PC. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 8:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Whats up with the fixies?

{Hipster,Scenester}filter: What's up with all of the kids on fixed gear bikes these days? And why don't they wear helmets? [more inside]
posted by virga at 7:58 PM PST - 60 comments

Safe Passage in Pakistan

I am going to a wedding in Lahore, Pakistan this August (I am an American) and staying with the groom's family. I will probably be in Islamabad as well, and will be staying with another friend's family. What places are safe to visit while I am there? I know Baluchistan, Waziristan and the territories are right out, but are places like Karachi unsafe? I would like to see the northern areas of Pakistan, like Gilgit and Hunza, but I am having a hard time getting real advice on whether I should be worried for my safety there.
posted by Falconetti at 7:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Where's my disk space?

My Dell XPS M1710 required a complete windows re-install (XP SP2 Media Centre). All went swimmingly (if not labouriously) until I went to re-install other programs. My 110Gb hard disk now only has 2 Gb free. Where are the the other 95Gb and how do I get access to it? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan at 6:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Poopdrops keep fallin' on my head...

What can I do to prevent a toilet falling through my ceiling and crushing me, and how do I finagle the end of this (literal) mess? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 6:51 PM PST - 22 comments

alarmclock calendar

I am looking for alarmclock that would let me record a note for a certain day/time with options for repeating at same time next week or a freeware program that does the same. If anyone has seen something similar let me know google has failed me for the first time :( i would prefer it not cost a ton of money
posted by quseio at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

wither the cheap eats?

Please recommend good Happy Hour locations in and around Palo Alto, CA. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

no power

The AC Adapter for my laptop (Dell Inspiron B120) just crapped out. Where in Houston can I find a replacement for a decent price? [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I switch stylists within a salon?

So what's the protocol on switching stylists within a salon? [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Metal Roofs

I am thinking of installing a metal roof. I am in central New England. My present shingled roof has a 3½" to 12 pitch and is rated for up to 30 pounds per square foot. This winter The roof had to be shoveled on a regular basis. I am both worried that with heavy repeated snows my home is at risk for structural damage and I suspect that this 30 PSF rating is not a real world figure. I also have a problem with heavy snow blocking the combustion air for my furnace which is built into the furnace stack. Would a dark colored metal roof with such a shallow pitch be self clearing under heavy snow?
posted by Raybun at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Know any good tax lawyers?

Can you recommend a tax attorney in Washington State? Business taxes (Department of Revenue), specifically - but any tax attorney you've had good experience with would be appreciated!
posted by whitelight at 5:52 PM PST - 0 comments

Lenovo T61p alternative?

Alternative to T61p? I'm looking for a laptop that is highly reliable, has a good graphics card and lots of storage. [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 5:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Best downtown Toronto bookstores

I'll be in downtown Toronto early next week with some free time - what are the best bookstores downtown for browsing?
posted by storybored at 5:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I change the date in Google Earth 4.3 Sunlight new feature?

Google Earth 4.3 added a new feature called Sunlight where one can simulate the lightning on different parts of the world depending on the local time. As you know, the amount of lightning depends a lot on the date (sun is "higher" during Summer and much "lower" during Winter). The thing is I can't find any way to change the date in the Google Earth interface. As a workaround I can change my computer clock date, and this does have an effect, but I was wondering if anybody managed to get this done directly within Google Earth.
posted by V-Turn at 4:58 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a kumara fix

Is there a place in the US to buy kumara? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments

And may their first fruit be a stinky fruit

Where can I find a fresh durian in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by paxton at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

what should i do with my life / non-religious guidance needed

I am a little out of sorts sorting out my life as it is. Please give me some advice on how I should go about life in my thirties. [more inside]
posted by rawwell at 4:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Static Electricity Fries Garage Door Opener; Faraday Cage Protects?

(Electronics) Is Static Electricity frying my garage door opener, and can a partial Faraday Cage protect it? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 4:22 PM PST - 3 comments

And I feel stupidly over dramatic. Yuck.

Arrrgh Filter: How do I deal with isolation and the fear that I'll be trapped in a situation I don't like? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 4:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Do you know any fake James Bond title songs?

Do you know any fake James Bond title songs? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 3:55 PM PST - 40 comments

A lawnmower that mows, not sucks?

Recommend a lawnmower, please. [more inside]
posted by found dog one eye at 3:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Nice Delhi hotel for an India travelNoob?

India first-timer seeking general suggestions and recomendations for first few night's lodging in Delhi. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:29 PM PST - 12 comments

i need to satisfy a craving

Where can I find this vegetable (fruit?) in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 2:49 PM PST - 1 comment

How to retrofit an alarm clock against cell-phone buzz?

How to retrofit an alarm clock against cell-phone buzz? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Compression software for a Flip Ultra

I have just bought a Flip Ultra but the included compression software to make large video files email or YouTube ready is unbelievably slow. I'm on a PC, running XP. Can you recommend any third party compression software?
posted by lometogo at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

RC flyers and Robopets, which ones?

I want a buying guide to RC toys. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 1:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Article about secret restaurant techniques

I'm looking for a particular magazine article. It was about how chef's use uncommon ingredients to separate their food from what home cooks are generally capable of. Not ingredients that are prominently featured on the menu. The little dash of this or that which the diner can't identify. The article seemed to suggest that the ingredients were a crutch or a cheat at least in some instances. Finally, one secret ingredient was something that the chef drizzles over (raw?) fish. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 1:14 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get a 'productive' job for one year?

Yet another jobfilter question: any advice for a 22 year old with a graduate degree looking for one year of 'productive' employment? [more inside]
posted by farishta at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I put in an exam care package?

What should I put in an exam care package for a law student? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Workout Advice

Can you get big muscularly by lifting lower weight with high reps? I have been working out on and off in my life as a way to gain weight. I'm a guy with a fast metabolism, very lean and muscular. In college I was able to put on some decent weight and bulk by eating lots and also lifting very heavy weights for low reps. Usually about 4-8 reps max. This is the conventional wisdom amongst weightlifters. However, I met a guy recently who was reallly bulked up and told me he managed to get that way by actually doing the reverse. He said he would do lower weight and aim for 3 sets of 30 reps and thats what got him that way. He was also very lean when he started. This is completley against what is taught by so many. Does anyone have any feedback on this? Can this work?
posted by postergeist at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

My wife needs a recommendation for a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist in Chicago.

My wife needs a recommendation for a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 12:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Catcher in the Rye

I've had tremendous luck polling all tens of thousands of you MeFites about literature, so here goes again. The Catcher in the Rye: Can anyone recommend any short stories, poems, or essays that would complement the themes of alienation, coming of age, general phoniness of us adults, etc.? Thanks!
posted by John of Michigan at 12:21 PM PST - 28 comments

Meaty suggestions needed...

Can you recommend a protein to serve with baked artichokes with gorgonzola? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What to get the guy I just started dating for his birthday?

What is an appropriate birthday gift to give to someone you've only just started dating? [more inside]
posted by blithely at 10:59 AM PST - 29 comments

How to get caught up on back taxes

My parents haven't filed income tax returns for many years. I'm worried that the CCRA is going to come knocking. What's the best approach to getting them "legal" again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I report Section 1250 Related Party Capital Gains?

Accountant Filter: I'm a taxation student, working on a theoretical 1065 Return of Partnership Income (real tax return, theoretical situation). I've got a gain on the sale of a building that is a related-party transaction... [more inside]
posted by Incognita at 10:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Furnace vents net to sandbox. Is this bad?

High-efficiency gas furnace installed where previously there was mid-efficiency. So it vents straight out the wall while the old furnace used the chimney. The vent is right next to the sandbox. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by winston at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

What should I do for my friends whose cat just died?

My good friends' cat just died. What can I get them/do for them? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 9:04 AM PST - 27 comments

Other uses for Disposable Diapers?

Other uses for Disposable Diapers? [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 9:02 AM PST - 18 comments

How to make spreadsheet dynamically sortable web table?

I want to take an Excel spreadsheet and just make it a dynamically sortable table I can put in a webpage or blog. I want people to be able to click a column, and have the table be sorted by that column. Best solutions? Also, if the table included locations, is it possible to make them selectable, and have the selected locations display on Google maps? Thanks.
posted by Malad at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Would you like to accept the charges?

Is it worth the time and effort to attempt to get a third-party collect call removed from my phone bill? [more inside]
posted by dr_dank at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

trying to identify a painting seen in a movie

Can you identify the painting (or artist) that hangs over the mantle in Cate Blanchett's character's house in Notes On a Scandal? [more inside]
posted by lndl at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

I wish I could shimmy like anybody at all

Is a banjo-uke tuned like a banjo or tuned like a uke? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 8:18 AM PST - 9 comments

French-language equivalent of "The West Wing"?

What's the French-language equivalent, dialogue-wise, of The West Wing? Witty, erudite, and fun dialogue is the only requirement. The series/movie being any good would also be nice. Either TV or movies would be fine.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

potassium & ekg's

[Bio-med-dorkfilter] Why does hyperkalemia cause peaked t-waves on an EKG? [more inside]
posted by brevator at 7:14 AM PST - 3 comments

PLease say this is all in my mind

Describe for me if you would the itching sensation you felt when you had lice [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 6:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Reccomend an alternative to my crappy Windows machine please!

So I am considering venturing away from Windows for a second (and cheap) computer. I don't need anything hefty...just something to run Firefox, play music, hold pictures...basics. I am thinking about testing the waters with either a Zonbu system or the Everex gPC2 TC2512. Any advice on this or experience with either? Other ideas? Thanks.
posted by pazoozoo at 5:49 AM PST - 10 comments

How to memorialize someone for only $75?

How to memorialize someone for only $75? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Is brainfog from age or something else?

Is it the fog from getting older, or is it something else? As I've gone through the years (late 30s), I can clearly feel myself getting less brainy... by that, I mean that I'm not putting together things as quickly as I once did. I'm also less creative, and overall, I feel less verbose and articulate. I've had some really stressful years, both workwise and otherwise. I don't *think* I'm depressed or overly anxious (in our 30s, we all have a bit of the anxiety, right?). So, is this normal? Do others have the same "brain fog?" If you do, shout it out. If you did, and you fixed it, I'd love to hear your secrets.
posted by anonymous at 5:47 AM PST - 36 comments

Repair or Replace Grease-Smelling Washing Machine?

Can this smelly washing machine be saved? [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 5:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Please, won't you name a wizard bong?

A friend of mine's just bought a wizard-shaped bong, and it needs a name. Ideally the name would include some grandoise title, like "Archmage". Suggestions? Bonus points for Dungeons and Dragons references.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 3:51 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I treat my Canon IXUS as a removable drive/card reader?

How do I bypass Windows XP's digital camera photo download tool? Or to be more precise, how do I treat my Canon IXUS 75 as a card reader? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 3:11 AM PST - 6 comments

I've never dealt with the non credit card kind of visa before.

How fast can I get a Chinese Visa in Vancouver with a UK Passport? [more inside]
posted by stray at 12:51 AM PST - 9 comments

April 25

I didn't rake in the grass seed before covering with straw - help!!

Did I totally mess up by meticulously preparing our yard with a tracter/box blade, spending days removing rocks and debres, planting 50 pounds of Fescue seed, thereafter covering it with 23 bails of straw, and watering it almost daily, but completely skipping the part about raking the seed into the soil? 7 days and counting. [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz at 9:15 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I make a book that changes every time it's read?

Are there any materials I could use to make a book that would chemically react to the reader's touch in a way that changes the appearance of the page or cover? [more inside]
posted by moift at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Montreal Activities

What are the best things to do/see in Ottawa and Montreal from June 26th to June 30th (I do realize that I am just missing the amazing Canada Day activities in Ottawa but can't help it). [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How to pull cable using existing cable

Our home builder installed cat6 network cable for me as a favor, but now that we've moved in, a cable tester now reports it as shorting out. Wires 5&6 are shorting. I guess they treated the cable too roughly. Does anyone have any advice for me on using the old cable to pull new cable through the walls to the second floor? If I was to install a messenger cable for future pulls at the same time, what should I use for that? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 7:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Fat bendy straws

Do any fast food places have wide bendy straws? Where can I find them outside a hospital ASAP?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:43 PM PST - 16 comments

i missed the carnival, and its not fair!

help me find carnivals in San Diego - not just right now, but in general. [more inside]
posted by gcat at 6:40 PM PST - 1 comment

How many of the rich are solid and how many are on borrowed time and other peoples' money?

Seeking hard stats on how much of the wealthy population is genuinely rich (owns outright solid assets, stocks, cash, gold, real estate) as opposed to living rich (owns much of above but with borrowed money). I'm curious as to how many people living on, say, Fifth Avenue or in Atherton or Greenwich can actually afford it and how many are simply spinning plates on borrowed time, borrowed money, and a (for now) high income. (Time will tell, of course, and perhaps sooner rather than later, but I'm curious now.) Many thanks.
posted by IndigoJones at 6:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it worth it to attempt to learn Chinese?

What are your experiences in taking Chinese as a language in college? How difficult is it really and did you learn enough for it to be useful? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Dunlop Volley Internationals delivered to my nation?

Dunlop Volley shoes: Can I get them in the US? [more inside]
posted by sub-culture at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

22 year old living with late 20s/30s?

I landed a great job in the San Francisco bay area, sweet! But I'm only 22, and all the roommate-wanted listings on craigslist seem to feature people in their late 20s to 30s. Am I wasting their/my time applying to them? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 5:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Can reference retrieval not suck?

Is there a (free) application/widget/method to automate the process of retrieving academic articles from university's online access to journals? [more inside]
posted by norabarnacl3 at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

another good restaurant around Peter Luger?

Brooklyn urgent: I'm at Peter Luger and they lost my 3 week old reservation. If i decide not to wait for 1 hour, where do i go for a good eat around here?
posted by AnyGuelmann at 5:48 PM PST - 8 comments

The gig/jig is up

MajorDomesticDebateFilter : What is up? She says jig. I say gig. Google is undecided. [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 5:39 PM PST - 39 comments

Education Blogs.

I'm preparing an exposition (a talk) for a class about blogs in general and their use in education. What should I include on it? Resources and research about the topic would be very helpful. [more inside]
posted by Memo at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What cocktails to serve with sushi?

What cocktails to serve with sushi? [more inside]
posted by jmstephan at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Blackberry Ringer Woes

Hivemind, help me make my ringer louder on my Blackberry 8830. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

What was your favorite course in college?

What was your favorite course in college? [more inside]
posted by bobber at 4:21 PM PST - 93 comments

How much database normalization is too much?

How much SQL normalization is too much? [more inside]
posted by EduTek at 3:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Help my friend plan an EUROventure

Help plan an Euro Delivery of a new BMW trip. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Technology is making me sleepy

Examples of fleeing from technology into the unconscious in literature? [more inside]
posted by 8 Bit at 3:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you see me now? Good!

We are building a low-cost video confernecing system in out conference room, and I am looking for recommendations for iChat/Skype webcams and microphones. [more inside]
posted by baggers at 3:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Butt acne. Help me make it stop!

OK, so it's getting warmer and acne is making its annual reappearance. On my butt. How do I get rid of it?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I cure my claustrophobia?

Can I cure my adult-onset claustrophobia by myself, without the help of a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 8 comments

America the Defensive?

Please help me find an guide to dealing with Americans that deals with how Americans take criticism. [more inside]
posted by lore at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Which antidepressant/anxiety treatment to choose?

Help me decide between Lexapro and Wellbutrin. [more inside]
posted by saturn25 at 2:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me help my videos!

VideoFilter: I have a ton of .mpg video files out of my camcorder. I would like to join them together as one file. It doesn't work using the copy command, I'm assuming because of embedded file data that messes up the indexes within the video footage. Is there a program that will take them and join them together quickly? I don't want to edit them, just join them. So far the only options I've found is to import them all to Avid or Vegas and let it re-render it as a whole which takes forever. The second option was some cheesy software I found that did it but it also took 30 minutes for 10 minutes of footage to join, which seems ridiculous. Does anyone in out there have a blackbelt in video-fu and can help me?
posted by damiano99 at 2:03 PM PST - 18 comments

squeezing grad school notebooks into a digital realm? is iphoto the way to go?

i'm about to embark on a document-imaging and archiving project. i have dozens of handwritten notebooks, a 7 megapixel camera, tripod, macbook, and large external drive. is iphoto going to be useful for this? (or sketchy i may use a separate iphoto library on an external drive?). are alternative software/strategies preferred for managing all these document images? (in case it matters, i'm not interested in putting them online at this point).
posted by garfy3 at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you work with your literary agent

What is your relationship like with your literary agent? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Drinking Boss, help?

My employer showed up half cut yesterday morning and proceeded to botch up 2 phone calls with clients. This isn't the first time and he doesn't hide his drinking and has been sober and "tried" AA. His performance and attendance are compromised when he drinks, one client called back and asked if he had been drinking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I make my language settings for "input language" (keyboard layout) which I set via the language bar stay set program to program?

How do I make my language settings for "input language" (keyboard layout) which I set via the language bar stay set program to program? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac robotic voice-over?

What software do I use to create one of those "robot voice" sound-overs using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Mothproofing wool carpets

I'd like to know the best ways to mothproof oriental rugs short of taking them to a pro for treatment. Moths are sneaky and damage is found on hidden parts of rugs. mothballs are out, they smell too bad. Currently I use an ant/roach spray containing a synthetic pyrethrin compound. Does this seem a good idea, and if so at what frequency per year? Any one have a better method?
posted by fkeese at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV?

How do I hook up a homebrew HTPC to an analog TV? [more inside]
posted by Ponsonby Britt at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Safe document transport - how?

How can I transport a sixty page document while keeping it in relatively pristine condition? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 12:22 PM PST - 15 comments

What shurbs are native to Chicago/Illinois?

I would like to plant some native plants/shrubs to adorn the front of our Chicago Bungalow. Problem is I don't know which plants are native to the area and i dont knwo where to get them. [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Macbook Air, now or later?

Should my wife buy a Macbook Air now, or is there a compelling reason to wait a month or two? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 11:32 AM PST - 25 comments

But HOW do I do it myself?

What's the best home-repair / fixit manual for someone with little-to-no experience in such matters? Also, web sites and / or blogs in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Rocks and hard places

Passed on a challenging job offer for the sake of an easy life, how do I stop kicking myself? Lengthy explanation follows... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Homer sings a patriotic song

SimpsonsFilter: help me find this five-second clip of Homer singing a patriotic song. [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 10:26 AM PST - 4 comments

When grad school funding doesn't materialize

I'm a grad student who was promised some funding this year that has yet to materialize. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

programming a fantasy sports site

Can you help me find a tutorial (or book) on the design and programming of a fantasy sports site? (My google-fu is failing me on this one) [more inside]
posted by vega at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

No rest for the wicked, apparently.

Why can't I sleep through the night? How can I keep myself slumbering soundly? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 9:53 AM PST - 20 comments

are you seeing anyone else?

When do you ask the person you are dating if they are seeing anyone else, and how or when do you talk about or bring up the subject of being exclusive?
posted by likeapen at 9:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Create a Live Video / Audio Stream for our Company Meeting?

How do I broadcast a video or audio announcement to our remote employees? [more inside]
posted by jmprice at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to wax?

Good place for waxing in Southern NH or Northeastern Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by zobot at 9:43 AM PST - 0 comments

Paint or Install Siding?

Repaint or put siding on my house? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Remote X11 desktop on OS X

Using X11 forwarding to bring my Ubuntu server desktop to my MacBook Pro. Everything works fine if I run a specific program (e.g., Firefox) but goes to hell if I try 'startx' - I keep getting an AIGLX display error message. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I do between the summer and delayed College?

What should I do come the beginning of September regarding college (Worcester Polytech)? [more inside]
posted by speek at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Environmentally friendly, people unfriendly?

Is the organic movement (and its related environmentally-friendly pals) putting pressure on low-income consumers? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

How Do I Promote the Music in my Publishing Catalog?

How can I seek out licensing and other royalty-generating opportunities for the titles in my new music publishing company's catalog? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 8:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Avoiding DVI interference on stereo for Macbook

Macbook- DVI question: How to avoid "hum" sound interference on stereo cable with DVI/HDMI cable hooked in? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Chiropractors in Salt Lake City, Utah

Do you know of a good Chiropractor in Salt Lake City, Utah? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 8:39 AM PST - 0 comments

Activities for a chocolate party?

I'm having a chocolate party (tonight!). I've got the chocolate all set, but I'm looking for activities, games, or entertainment. I've got some giveaways but need a unique way of awarding them.
posted by mgarnhum at 8:38 AM PST - 9 comments

I urgently need a good therapist. I'm very very sick.

I urgently need a recommendation for a good therapist in Glasgow or Edinburgh. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 8:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Which kills the earth quicker: cans or bottles

I drink a lot of diet soda. I tend to buy it in one of two formats: 12-packs of aluminum cans (which come in paperboard cartons), and individual two-liter bottles. If I were to buy one format exclusively and recycle the packaging, which would be the greener choice? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 7:59 AM PST - 34 comments

What's with the cursing on Aceyalone's Magnificent City? Not a question about quantity or quality...

What's with the cursing on Aceyalone's Magnificent City? Not a question about quantity or quality... [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

New Orleans - You know, for kids

Weekend in New Orleans with a 15-month-old - need shopping and eating recommendations. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 7:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Flash my...wallet?

What's the deal with Flash My Brain? I was all set to shell out $40 for the flash card program, which looks great, and all of their contact email addresses bounce. Bad company? Temporary glitch? And what flash card software is a better option? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 7:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Where's the beef?

Where can I get a great roast beef sandwich in Boston? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Seatec Astronomy?

In the movie Sneakers (1992), there is a mysterious corporation the protagonists are investigating called Seatec Astronomy...(tiny spoiler inside) [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:05 AM PST - 26 comments

How do you choose between the various mutual funds?

I have a new IRA. Limited experience with them. How do you choose between the various mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by downstairs at 7:01 AM PST - 13 comments

End of product cycle iMac

May have bought an iMac a week too early, can I upgrade or at least get a refund of the price difference? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

When do we abandon the stock market (for investing)?

So, we're in a recession. At what point should we pull our investments out of the stock market? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 5:28 AM PST - 30 comments

私と voulez-vous coucher?

no more Sukiyaki: after-work in-japanese karaoke battle song needed! what's your suggestion? [more inside]
posted by n y my at 5:21 AM PST - 19 comments

selling Red Sox memorabilia

how would one sell of an extensive Red Sox memorabilia collection? [more inside]
posted by Dcotton at 5:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for illustrations/cartoons from the late 50's/early 60's in a 'sophisticated' yet naiive style.

I'm trying to design an invitation to a combined housewarming/40th birthday party (two separate people) and I want some pictures on the invitation which are in the style of 'sophisticated' but also kind of naiive late 50's/early 60's illustrations/cartoons but I'll be damned if I can google search what I'm looking for. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 5:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Unhip to the hip hip hop

A rap education for an picky atheist feminist weaned on indie, punk and new wave - primarily music but books/essays would be good too. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 3:45 AM PST - 76 comments

How do I get into the Online Media Industry?

How can I get into the Online Media Industry? [more inside]
posted by quaisi at 3:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find UK-compatible Personal Finance Software or Sites?

What are the best UK-compatible Online Personal Finance Software or Websites? [more inside]
posted by Scramblejam at 12:47 AM PST - 4 comments

April 24

The exciting world of instrument clusters.

What are options for replacing the instrument cluster on a car? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 11:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Any opinions on public-files.com?

Do any of you have any knowledge/experience with public-files.com? I have been using publicdata.com but public-files.com is a lot cheaper and seems to offer more information. I googled public-files.com but didn't get anything more than links advertising it but no opinions or users of their service.
posted by GlowWyrm at 11:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Book on life in mining camps and/or the wild west?

I remember coming across a book a few years ago that detailed life in (I think) California mining camps (it may have been less specific, but the general theme was frontier/wild west). The book's focus was on customs and social mores and it had a kind of "mythbusting" approach and was fairly academic and rigorous. I've tried searching, but I can't seem to find it. Any ideas?
posted by entropicamericana at 11:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How does REM make money?

What's the catch with Revolutionary Money Exchange? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 11:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Finding Fun On The Freighter

I have booked room on a freighter from Pusan to Long Beach. I'm now looking for some tips advice on what to pack and or things I need to prepare myself for during my ten days at sea. Anyone taken the slow boat home before?
posted by vagabond at 10:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there an alternative to Adobe Flash Player?

I reformatted my computer today, and I just finished reinstalling all of the programs i can't live without (Media Monkey, VLC, Firefox, uTorrent, you get the idea.) For some reason I think I remember that I had found an alternative to installing Adobe Flash Player. I really dislike Adobe Flash, though I'm sure its for stupid and mostly superficial reasons. Does anyone have any idea of an alternative? (not the one microsoft just came out with either.)
posted by Kraki at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

The word "Cockpunch".

What is the etymology of the word "cockpunch"? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:16 PM PST - 16 comments

It's the perfect tool for moving and shopping at Costco. But what is it called??

If I buy an oversized item at Target (i.e. a box of Milkbones or a pack of toilet paper), the cashier will slap on a very strong, heavy-duty strap with the red Target logo on it. It's almost like duct tape, except stronger and the sticky portion is only on each opposite end. What is this stuff called, and where can I buy a generic equivalent?
posted by invisible ink at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

In SF, wants HP, leaves SAT, help!

I'm in downtown San Francisco for a couple of days. Where can I buy an HP Mini-Note?
posted by mr.marx at 8:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Fitting multiple curves with a constant sum?

Is there a means of fitting curves to several independent series of points with the property that, if all the points at any given x in the original data have a constant sum, all of the interpolated points at any given x have a constant sum? Is there a means of doing so which generates a set of cubic or quadratic Bezier curves which I can use in SVG rather than a series of points or a function? [more inside]
posted by enn at 8:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Location of nervous weatherman video?

Does anyone remember the video of the college weatherman who was super nervous and stumbled and stuttered through his entire segment? I can't find it online anymore and wanted to see it again. [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 8:30 PM PST - 5 comments

"Kosher" Position in Classic Meditation that Provides Full Back Support?

Are there alternatives to the lotus position for classic meditation that don't leave the back unsupported? I've found that sitting in an unsupported position, or in a chair that doesn't have a seat back, ends up making my back ache rather strongly. I've thought about investigating meditation (and looking into the more classical, early practices), but have wondered if there's a "kosher" (accepted in the discipline) way of doing the more classical meditations while having your back completely supported (by lying on the ground, or doing it in a chair, or what have you).
posted by WCityMike at 8:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Learning Programming/Logic/Algorithms by Yourself (preferably practice programs to write)?

Im a Freshman Computer Engin. Major and I want to learn more programming/logic by myself. Any books/Resources/Sample Projects you might recommend? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 7:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does my phone ring when people call an entirely different number?

All day since 2:00 AM this morning, I've been getting phone calls on my cell phone who didn't dial my number. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Trinkers at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Cape Cod rental

I am looking for a good place to go camping for a long weekend in August on Cape Cod. It could also be a rental cottage but by tradition we go camping so a campground is preferable. It's a memorial of sorts and there is a high chance of drinking and toasting till the wee hours... There are about 6 of us and we're looking for something that allows for a little privacy. I would prefer to be near Provincetown, if possible. Any suggestions?
posted by Shanachie at 7:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Labret Retainer

Help me find a quality labret piercing retainer. [more inside]
posted by sapphirebbw at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Accessing Bagby Hot Springs in April

I'd like to soak in Bagby hot springs this weekend (Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon). Never been there before so I'm looking for advice concerning when it opens and how hard it would be to get there this time of year. Also, where to camp? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 6:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What would people recommend for a low cost, non sport, touring motorcycle?

What would people recommend for a low cost, non sport, touring motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 6:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Ford's Law?

Is there a precursor to Moore's Law for internal combustion engines? If so, can you provide details, please?
posted by Exchequer at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

"We're sorry, this video is no longer available." YouTube error

Does anyone else get this error message randomly when trying to play YouTube videos embedded on remote Web sites? The video is very much available if you go to the actual page on YouTube.com
posted by LC at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Dating a Coworker

I've come to the realization that I'm head-over-heels crazy about a co-worker. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 5:05 PM PST - 56 comments

Please suggest some great house music mixes.

Please point me in the direction of some outstanding house music mixes. I'm looking for full-set live mixes by DJs of various artists. [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me learn about NOLA!

Can you recommend good books and/or movies about New Orleans? I'm about to move there and want to learn about the city before we arrive! [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 4:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Oops I slashdotted again

Can I make an RSS feed of one person's Slashdot comments? [more inside]
posted by Leon-arto at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

anonym.os question for OS X

Is anyone aware of an "anonym.os, livecd" installation on a USB drive that runs on OS X (equivalent to DemocraKey for Windows)?
posted by ranebo at 3:50 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the point of anonymity?

Can extreme honesty improve the quality of a person's life? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:39 PM PST - 38 comments

Like Greggory Peck, but nerdier.

Scooting Mefites: What do I need to know before and after buying a scooter? How do I keep it safe in my neighborhood where cars are relatively unsafe (Hyde Park, KC)? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Streamline a conversation

Outlook Cleaning/Archive Gurus: Help me eliminate emails with similar (but not duplicate) content! [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 2:49 PM PST - 2 comments

North Carolina Vacation

North Carolina Coast Vacation: Help me figure out where we should go! [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Cute Chair Needs Some Love

How do I take care of my (possibly antique) Ethiopian wood chair? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

National Lampoon "non-jokes"

Does anyone remember "Non-Jokes" from National Lampoon magazine? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 2:04 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I search for cheap, last minute flights out of a particular city, but with no particular destination in mind?

I often find myself with an open weekend and an urge to fly to no place in particular, just to go exploring. Whether it's Sioux City, Billings, or Biloxi, I figure I can entertain myself anywhere for a weekend. Are there websites that allow you to search for cheap, last minute flights from a given origin, irrespective of destination? Most sites require you to enter a destination, which makes the whole process a lot more difficult.
posted by decoherence at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Teens chilling in frozen foods.

I recently came across an article about the lack of opportunities for teenagers in rapidly developed suburban/exurban communities. Can you help me find it again? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you cancel a massage if your back is zitty?

Massages and pimples. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Shared calendars in a mixed Mac/PC environment

We'd like to be able to share calendars in a mixed Windows/Mac shop. Difficulties: delegating calendars to be writable by multiple individuals, offline access, avoiding upgrading Exchange and Entourage. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

MFA in the UK

How can I find funding for a MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by occidental at 1:04 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I divide prize money in the fairest way?

Arrr. There may be Quizzo booty to divide, but I want to do it fairly. This is more math than I can handle. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I restore iPhone 1.2/2.0 to 1.1.4?

I sloppily upgraded my 1.1.4 iPhone to 1.2 (2.0 Beta). The phone is locked and I cannot restore through iTunes. I only have a Windows machine at the moment. Can I get it back without going to the AT&T/Apple Store? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Can this site be saved?

Webdeveloper Mefites, I come hat in hand. I enjoy design and created a site for my medical practice in iWeb. Now I realize it stinks in Explorer. Is there an easy way to remedy the situation? If not, what's a reasonable amount to pay someone to save me from myself? [more inside]
posted by pammo at 12:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Wrapping sandwiches greenishly

Seeking instructions on how to wrap and secure a flat sandwich in waxed paper. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 12:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Nice park for a white wedding?

Anyone know a good park in the south bay (California) in which to get married? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Inns from the 49th Parallel

Quiet inn, trees, a lake, maybe some hiking - where can I find these things within an hour or so of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by minervous at 12:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me provide the coup de grace at this event!

Where can I hire actors and actresses in Chicago to play flappers/gangsters for a prohibition era party? [more inside]
posted by Not in my backyard at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I bring a Leatherman on an Amtrak?

Will I be able to take a pocketknife/Leatherman-style pocket tool on an Amtrak train, or will it be considered a weapon?
posted by box at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Is my mp3 player frying my headphones?

Is my mp3 player frying my headphones? Is this even possible; if so, how? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Capitalize This

Wordsmiths, Help! -- Do you capitalize the word "left" in the phrase "the political left"? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:01 AM PST - 26 comments


LOS ANGELES LOCAL BANDS, recommend me. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 10:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Halifax stagette ideas?

I need to plan my best friend's stagette, in Halifax. I'm in Vancouver, which makes things a tad more difficult. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 10:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Post office change of address card concerns

If I'm concerned about basic privacy, should I use the US Post Office change of address form? Has anyone had any negative experiences with it? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 10:31 AM PST - 8 comments

A Compulsion that's Hard to Handle

How do I keep from picking at the skin around my fingernails? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Is an appreciation gift appropriate here?

Two parts: 1. Is it appropriate to give a gift to someone to thank them for donated services? 2. If so, what kind of gift? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Doomsday at 10:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Chicago banks and credit unions, redux

What's the best bank or credit union in the Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Why aren't there more pink cars?

Why don't car manufacturers make pink cars? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:03 AM PST - 48 comments

How come we aren't all mutants?

According to this chart, there have been 2,422 nuclear explosions since 1945, including above ground, under ground, and in the sea. I'm somewhat amazed that this isn't having more of permanent negative effect. Does spreading out all the nuclear activity allow our ecosystem to absorb the radiation in reasonable intervals? Chernobyl has been a wasteland since the reactor meltdown. Was it simply that much more radioactive than actually testing bombs?
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:51 AM PST - 52 comments

Brainstorm ideas for viral marketing video

I need help to come up with an idea (or a few) for a viral marketing video for my online backyard store. [more inside]
posted by adriana at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Non Cramping Foods

What are some "non-cramp" foods? I want some 'snack' foods that I can eat all day and not cramp on when I work out almost immediately after eating. This summer I'll be part of a college gym which is around 5 miles from my apartment. I want to be able to go to the gym without regard to if I'm starving or not. I know about bananas, but what other foods can I try?
posted by sandmanwv at 9:32 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you calculate the % chance the S&P will close X number of points up/down during a given day?

Quantitative finance experts: What methods are available for calculating the odds the S&P will close up or down X number of points during a given day? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 9:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Pgm cert Prep: How to

What's the best way to prepare for the PMI.org Program Management Professional cert? [more inside]
posted by daver at 8:44 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the most awesome, non-plastic, non-toxic, reusable lunch containers available?

What should I bring my lunch to work in? I'm looking for non-plastic, non-potentially-toxic, reusable alternatives to the zip-locs and gladware I usually bring my lunch & snacks to work in. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:43 AM PST - 38 comments

While my guitar gently weeps... for me?

At what point do you give up on trying to learn a musical instrument? Are some seemingly "normal" skills impossible for some people to learn even with time and instruction? Can lack of skill trump desire? [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 8:09 AM PST - 51 comments

Bittman Recipe Reminder

Can someone help me remember a recipe from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian? [more inside]
posted by milestogo at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

How to set up a server room with a 10 TB rack?

Going to be moving into a new office space, where will will get to redesign some of the space for our needs. We will need to set of a 10TB server rack-- need to figure out how much space should we set aside for a server room. If you were starting to set up one from scratch, what would you start considering? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 7:40 AM PST - 12 comments

can i get private health insurance in canada?

are there any private health insurance options available in canada? im australian and i want to have a baby there. also, is it possible to have a baby without involving a hospital, ie through midwives? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 7:25 AM PST - 20 comments

How to not pick at my face?

Hygiene Filter: Picking my face, fingernails, and more. [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 6:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Do debt collectors have to pay a fee if they call you after you have had an attorney contact them?

Do debt collectors have to pay a fee if they call you after you have had an attorney contact them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Quiet, please!

I would like advice on how to deal with a dog who barks every time I enter or leave my apartment. Should I talk to him? Ignore him? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How useful is a 80-300mm lens for a DSLR?

Upgrading to a DSLR camera for the first time: how useful will an additional lens be? [more inside]
posted by unless I'm very much mistaken at 6:52 AM PST - 22 comments

Give me feet of steel.

Resources for exercises for my feet, arches, ankles, and lower legs? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Pros and cons of various closet organizing systems?

Help me set up a walk-in closet. What are your experiences with the various lines of closet systems (Elfa, Ikea, FreedomRail, Closetmaid) or DIY? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me fall in love with Chicago

My boyfriend has a job offer in Chicago. We're taking a trip out there in a few weeks, and I'll have two days to walk around alone. What neighborhoods should I visit to get myself excited about the idea of moving there? [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman at 6:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me build a witheboard reading system (for the visualy impared)

Help me find a digital camera with real tv-out [more inside]
posted by kall at 6:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Should you buy a 2 year old leftover car

Is there any down side to buying a 2006 leftover vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Chips at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Sending Dollars from India

I'm wondering how to send a check in dollars to someone in the States from a bank account in Indian rupees (for a low sum like $200). Essentially I'd like the equivalent of what, out there, would be mailing a money order. [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur at 3:45 AM PST - 11 comments

It's the hunting stories with noise album, of course

My friend had an album - mainly spoken word pieces with electronic noise. It was a story about a man who went out hunting with his friends, who laughed at him. Help my friend find it, please. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 3:05 AM PST - 3 comments

How best to take discreet private notes on a not so private computer?

I want software which will allow me to capture text thoughts at work, to a remote web location - quickly, discreetly and privately. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 2:34 AM PST - 41 comments

Manual typewriter -- where from, and what brand?

Want to buy a manual (not electric) typewriter in the UK. What brand and where from? Not interested in vintage -- should be working and practical.
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 1:36 AM PST - 11 comments

April 23

Was I approved? Or no?

I just ordered a cellphone over the internet. On a contract. It didn't seem like there was a credit check at any point. How does that work? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 11:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a website where I can download high quality, large images?

Is there a website where I can download high quality, large images? Without watermarks? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 11:20 PM PST - 15 comments

itty bitty orchids?

What is this tiny flower? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 11:14 PM PST - 8 comments

They took my tv!

Dangit, some one came and took my tv! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 9:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Audacity effects for cleaning up a Skype call podcast?

I've recorded a Skype call via Audio Hijack, and my plan is to podcast it. Now I'm editing in Audacity. What effects/compression settings should I use to improve sound quality? [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 9:29 PM PST - 12 comments

The Economics of Financial Domination

How do financial dominatrices make their money? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get excited about Williams College

Help me get excited about going to Williams College this fall. I would really appreciate any anecdotes about the college, the town, the area, anything. Bonus points if you went there or know someone who has, but I'm looking for anything. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 9:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Anyone ever heard of 'the traveling game'?

Anyone ever heard of 'the traveling game'? [more inside]
posted by itheearl at 9:04 PM PST - 21 comments

An extra year of.....what?

How useful would a minor be anyway? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator at 8:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Is it insulting to compliment an educated non-native speaker's English?

Is it insulting to compliment an educated non-native speaker's English? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 8:32 PM PST - 44 comments

What to do after being sued by collection agency?

My friend was served by a collection agency. She owes the money but doesn't have it. What's she do now? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 8:21 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I edit a .DVR file from a CCTV surveillance camera?

How can I edit a .DVR file from a CCTV surveillance camera? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Is Habari any better than WordPress?

Blog systemFilter: Is Habari any better than WordPress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments

window replacement for renters

Need to replace a broken window - I have a barcode (kinda) but no manufacturer :(. [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 7:15 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you know what this photograph means?

I'm looking for websites that analyse the work of successful or well known photographers in the art genre (as opposed to documentary or portraiture styles). [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

How could I convince a store to break a street date for a CD or Videogame or DVD

How could I convince a store to break a street date for a CD or Videogame or DVD ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 6:31 PM PST - 14 comments

2 employees gone together simultaneously for no clear reason

I am the CEO of a smallish non-profit (150 employees) I noticed recently that my CFO and my executive assistant were taking vacations and days off at the same time over the past 18 months (9 of 11 vacations) For reasons i wont go into, i doubt seriously they are having an affair. other than an affair, and this being a strange coincidence, any possible explanations you can think of? perhaps it is just my anxiety but somehow this is strange...
posted by dougiedd at 6:03 PM PST - 54 comments

What to do with my veil?

Can you suggest a use for a Holy Communion veil? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you avoid hitting a live wire when nailing or drilling into your drywall?

How do you avoid hitting a live wire when nailing or drilling into your drywall? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 5:49 PM PST - 13 comments

ROFL ROFL - t-shirt help?

I would like a good t-shirt to wear at ROFLcon. However, it must be DIY. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 5:23 PM PST - 107 comments

I hate needles. Please help me avoid them a while longer.

So I've been diagnosed as prediabetic. What now? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 4:31 PM PST - 21 comments

What should I use to create a website my dad can update by himself?

What should I use to create a website my dad can update by himself? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 4:29 PM PST - 26 comments

What makes a car "safe" in Ontario

Ontario Mechanic Filter: I'm safety'ing a car tomorrow (1997 Sunfire) and I'm wondering exactly what is the guy going to be checking? [more inside]
posted by br4k3r at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

"Is it really made of cheese?"

If you could ask Neil Armstrong any question, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 3:42 PM PST - 48 comments

Powerful, Web-friendly media indexing?

I work on the production team for a long-running public radio program. We have a massive archive of shows in digital format (MP3 and AIFF) which we need to collate into a powerful and highly flexible database - something like iTunes, but much more advanced. Does a program exist to do this? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

UI building blocks

I want to build my own UI on a portable/embedded device. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Stepdad + holiday visit = disaster

My stepdad is a tornadic houseguest whose behavior has inspired me to ban him from my abode forever and ever. How do I have this talk with my Mom? [more inside]
posted by December at 3:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Phones Are Toast?

Is it possible to fix my noise-cancelling headphones? [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE at 3:09 PM PST - 1 comment

New write-once, post-many blogging software??

Somebody recently developed a write-once, post-many piece of software that will take the same blog copy and post to blogger, wordpress, twitter, facebook, etc. all at once. But who? And what's the url?? Thanks, hivemind...
posted by jouster at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

An American in Germany - keep me mobile!

Help an American traveling in Germany get around for a month this summer - car or train? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 2:47 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I fix a FireFox z-index bug?

CSSfilter: How do I fix a FireFox z-index bug? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 2:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me pick the best first instrument for a very small 6 year old.

Help me pick the best first instrument for a very small 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by headspace at 2:28 PM PST - 23 comments

Teach Me Softball - QUICK!

Help me coach a high school softball (or tennis) team when I have no real team sport experience. [more inside]
posted by absalom at 2:19 PM PST - 15 comments

GTD Cost vs. Benefit Analysis

GTD Filter: How do I best decide what my next action should be? I.e, how do I map out the Cost vs. Benefit? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Smallest Number of Words To Be Deemed A Dictionary?

LogosFilter: Could a blog entry that contains two words and their definitions be consistent with the definition of a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

What do you think of the Obagi Skin System?

Has anyone had experience with the Obagi Skin System? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get this scabby dry skin to heal?

How do I get this scabby dry skin to heal? Anon because it's in my groin and itches like hell... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get a website to stop using our property?

How do you find out who to contact when a website is using your "copyrighted" material to generate ad revenue? [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli at 1:47 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I make pretty URLs work in BBpress?

How on earth do I get pretty URLs to work in BBpress, when in a subdirectory of a Wordpress install? [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do at the beach besides gamble?

Avoiding beach boredom! [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 12:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Create my own RSS feed?

Customizable newswire-type site with RSS feeds? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 12:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Simple prepaid cell phone

Best simple, prepaid cell phone [more inside]
posted by KRS at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Drop off child care in Manhattan?

What are some great places for drop-off child care in Manhattan? We need to be able to bring a 3-year-old and leave her in safe hands for a few hours. Any places that are open till late at night (midnight or 1 am)? Thanks.
posted by shivohum at 12:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me sell an office's furniture in SoCal.

What is the best way to sell office furniture in Southern California (Orange County)? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous at 12:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Formatting charts in Illustrator CS3

How do I format an entire data series for a chart in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a Flickr uploader for Windows XP with automatic retry?

Is there a Flickr uploader for Windows XP with automatic retry? [more inside]
posted by bertrandom at 11:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Help the HelpDesk move to IT!

What skills should I work on to transition to an IT role? [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster at 11:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Gift for the newly-engaged girl

One of my dearest friends just got engaged (yay!) and I want to get her a little gift to mark the occasion. What can I get for the newly-engaged girl who hasn't started planning anything yet? [more inside]
posted by pised at 11:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Should I go back to school to become a programmer?

I have a bachelor's in architecture but after a few years of work experience I have begun to feel that it may not be my bag. At work I find myself spending more time tweaking my computer and finding new tricks than actually drafting. [more inside]
posted by mockdeep at 11:00 AM PST - 19 comments

How to photograph the elderly to be not just flattering but to show fitness and health?

I've been commissioned to take photos of a 70 year old nutritionist and her husband, showing them "as fit and healthy as possible." Can you offer advice on how to do it and what to charge? [more inside]
posted by andihazelwood at 10:48 AM PST - 20 comments

What's the best/simplest DIY sandbox design?

What's the best/easiest design to build a sandbox? I'd like to build a sandbox for my boys -- who are currently ages 4, 2 and 2 months, though hopefuly they (and any more kids we happen to have) would use it for a long time. A google search yielded many, many results, but I'd like to know if anybody out there has done it and can point me to a relatively easy design (my skills exist but are limited). I'm thinking 4 feet square would be enough, though if you also have advice for size, I'd like to hear that, too.
posted by odragul at 10:37 AM PST - 24 comments

Do I want a timeshare?

I'm curious about vacation timeshares. What has your experience been? Do you have any recommendations? What are the drawbacks? Where are the best packages?
posted by InstantSanitizer at 10:20 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I convert varying sized boxes to a uniform size in InDesign?

How can I convert varying sized boxes to a uniform size in InDesign? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a shampoo that doesn't mess up my scalp

My scalp seems to react badly to most shampoos. I've only been able to use one brand (Pantene) for a while now. Help me figure out why/what to do? [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 10:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Robot flea circus

Who first came up with the concept of lots of small (though not necessarily nanoscale) robots performing useful tasks collectively? [more inside]
posted by Krrrlson at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me pimp my test prep!

I am taking the Praxix II - Elementary Education (0014) this Saturday. Needless to say, I'm a bit behind in studying. The good news is that I am on vacation this week and have some time to dedicate to the cause. Also, I took my Praxis I in November and scored very well, I am looking for guidance on how to study for the inevitable history, science and theory questions that I have not thought about in the 13 years since I graduated college. I did purchase the REA book, have completed 2 practice tests and am copying the answers I got wrong onto notecards. Does it sound like I am on the right track?
posted by sisflit at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

20 years later, a park instead of a bar

Need help finding a good park for a high school reunion family BBQ in the Berkeley/Albany CA area. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I bother with XP, much less vista?

Should I bother with XP, much less vista? [more inside]
posted by ericales at 9:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Beard, or no beard for my wedding?

Beard, or no beard for my wedding? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker at 9:57 AM PST - 75 comments

Using DVD stills in TV commentary blog?

Incorporating still frame captures in a TV commentary blog: is it possible/affordable/practical to get general permission from the studio to do this? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:54 AM PST - 9 comments

I think I need computer glasses

I suspect I need computer glasses, but want to solve a few problems from the last time. [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia at 9:48 AM PST - 17 comments

It's a Wonder I got Through it at All

GuitarChordFilter: What are the chords being played in this video? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Dreamweaver/coding help

Dreamweaver filter - I have just set up a site using Dreamweaver and i am getting one piece of the code in the finished site. HELP!!! I'm a total noob at coding. Clearly. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 9:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Textbook for developing full applications in Java?

I need a good tutorial text on developing full-blown applications in Java. [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 9:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Is the 9th Circuit Overturned More Often?

Is the 9th Circuit really overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court more often than the other circuits? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 8:59 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I escape the temp trap?

Career-filter: I have gotten myself mired in the temp/admin world, and I want to get out! What kind of positions should I be applying for to gain experience, set myself up for grad school and get started on a meaningful career? Please help me take the next step in moving my life forward! [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 8:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Electronic quick-finders for dogs: fact or crap?

Has anyone tried one of the electronic quick-finder dog nail trimmers (like this)? Are they worth the extra $10 or so? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

How to clean paint rollers with a septic system?

How do I clean my paint rollers in a house with a septic system? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 8:13 AM PST - 13 comments

How does a laborer from the Third World get legitimate work abroad?

How does a laborer from the Third World get legitimate work abroad? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Photographer wants to style hair

What's a good way for a photographer to learn the basics of styling hair? [more inside]
posted by sjl7678 at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Mac to Mac with AD?

How do I transfer a normal Mac account to an Active Directory Mac account on my new Mac? [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Fair Use or Not?

YANAL filter: Quick question about United States trademark law and fair use of logos on a website. [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 7:13 AM PST - 3 comments

What should I do with my lost tooth?

I was hit by a car last week. What should I do with my lost tooth? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 7:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Could Shovelglove be right for me?

How effective is Shovelglove, and will it help me in what I'm trying to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Weight loss for kitty

How much food do you give your cat compared to the bag's recommended serving? [more inside]
posted by odi.et.amo at 7:01 AM PST - 19 comments

International Job Hunt from USA

I want to make next career move in Italy (experience in marketing/sales/media - but open to any industry) -- and currently live in NYC. Best strategies? I was thinking maybe an international recruitment agency based here in the States (does this exist?) or American companies with offices in Tuscany (still cannot find a list like this). I do speak Italian at level B2, but I think a better bet would be for a job that wants me to primarily communicate in English and liaise with folks back home. Any ideas or tips?
posted by jazzybelle at 6:50 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do in our fifty-somethingth state?

The missus and I are planning on spending a week in Puerto Rico for our first anniversary. What must-see-or-do things should we consider? [more inside]
posted by jammer at 6:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you identify this challah-like pastry?

Can you identify this challah-like pastry from my childhood? I've had no luck googling or randomly searching at bakeries. [more inside]
posted by magicbus at 6:20 AM PST - 7 comments

UMA over High-Latency Link

I've bought a new cell phone with UMA. Please tell me how it will behave over a satellite internet connection. [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 6:06 AM PST - 11 comments

A request for help

About 16 years ago there was a children's program on TV in which a woman named Xuxia(spelling?) from maybe Central or South America led children through games and contests. She had teen girl helpers who wore outfits similar to something a drum major would wear. This program aired in the US, and Xuxia spoke English as a second language. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by rockhopper at 5:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I find text inside php?

Is there a program that will do a deep text search inside php and html files? [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 5:11 AM PST - 23 comments

Questions for Mom and Dad

I just got a video camera, and the first project I would like to do is a family history. I'm going to see my parents this weekend (76 and 80 y.o.). What are some creative and interesting questions to ask to get them started talking? [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 4:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Learn to like liquor again?

Is it possible to get over my aversion to liquor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:10 AM PST - 33 comments

What is New York Law School like?

I've just been offered a $20,000 scholarship to New York Law School, which is renewable each year so long as I maintain a certain GPA. To be perfectly honest, I had originally applied to NYLS as a "safety school," but this certainly sweetens the pot. I have applied to other New York City law schools, but I have not heard back from them yet - all I know is that I would like to pursue intellectual property law, public interest law, or administrative law in NYC. So I ask you, what is NYLS like, with regard to being a full-time student in his mid-twenties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Lots of white space before HTML table

How do I get rid of lots of extra white space before a table (in Internet Explorer). [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 4:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Best script/plugin for social networking?

Out-of-the-box script for building a small social networking site? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 3:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to write for interesting online magazines

I am looking for online magazines to submit art/literature/experimental/fun articles to. I think 'The Believer' magazine is a good example of the type I crave. UK based would be best, but not completely necessary. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 3:16 AM PST - 9 comments

How can my wife and I get back to the Gold Coast, and what job changes might I need to make to get there?

CareerAdvice: How can my wife and I get back to the Gold Coast, and what job changes might I need to make to get there? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 3:15 AM PST - 6 comments

April 22

Aging makeup for film.

How do I age someone for a film? Looking for something relatively cheap/easy. We don't have any proper makeup experience. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 11:34 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the next step in my job search?

What is the next step in my search for a job as an editor/ copy writer? I’ve been searching Craig’s List, Monster, etc. and I’ve submitted applications through some network contacts. I’ve yet to hear back from anyone and I’m wondering what to do next. [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 11:05 PM PST - 11 comments

From A to B

Newly single (after 10-yr relationship). How do I get from Point A to Point B, with Point A being meeting a potentially interesting person, and Point B being the point where I can smoothly ask them to do something with me. All, you understand, in service to just getting to know this other person better. The possibility of a hook-up is secondary (although not completely disregarded.) [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon at 10:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me quit smoking.

I need help to quit smoking, once and for all. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 10:15 PM PST - 43 comments

How do I figure out mortality statistics for people born in 1890?

I'm trying to figure out what percentage of people born in 1890 were still alive in 1920 and then 1950 and so on, until we can say for certain that every person born in 1890 is 100 percent definitely dead. I've looked at the 1890 and 1920 census, but they don't have mortality tables. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 9:40 PM PST - 12 comments

A short story from grade school textbook

Can you identify a short story I read in grade school? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 9:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Name this bird

Please help me identify this bird from Oregon with rather vague information [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Shutter at 8:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Vancouver on $3.79! Or: treasure hunt help, please!

Vancouver on $3.79 (including tax). Or, help me make an amazing treasure hunt! [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 8:47 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the difference between a banjo and a chainsaw?

Practicing & Playing Music in Washington DC: Learning the banjo without getting murdered [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 8:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Postmodernist Dilemma? Or Lack of Self-Confidence?

If you look up my user history, you see a fair amount of stuff around trying to come to grips in a new job that has me sacrificing some technical skills for management skills. It's a struggle, especially with my personal demons, but I am making progress. I ran into a situation that finally clarified some things for me and allows me to ask this question. [more inside]
posted by tcv at 8:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Bed, bath and lingerie shower giftHelp me find a cool gift for my cousin's bed, bath and lingerie themed bridal shower.

Help me find a cool gift for my cousin's bed, bath and lingerie themed bridal shower. [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green at 8:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do I wake and shake?

Why do I shake when I wake? When I go to bed, I typically fall asleep very quickly. If I am woken within a few seconds, such as by my wife getting into bed, or trying to talk to me, which happens a lot, I wake with a fine but really annoying and persistent tremor right through my whole body, and the skin on my face feels like it's crawling around. The tremor prevents me sleeping until it subsides perhaps an hour later. What gives? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 7:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Free and Easy Open Source Accounting Software Recommendations?

Looking for your experiences with open-source accounting software. I am helping co-found a non-profit organization and need software that is free (if possible), easy to use for non-accountants, and preferably open-source. Someone recommended OSAS (Open Systems Accounting Software) and gnucash. Has anyone used these or any other programs they would recommend or not recommend?
posted by franklen at 7:57 PM PST - 3 comments

What song plays in iDVD's "Travel" theme?

What is the song that plays in Apple iDVD's "Travel" theme? (it is the same song that plays in this video of piglets.) [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 7:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Know this grad program?

Has anyone had any experience, first- or second-hand, with the Communication and Culture MA program jointly offered by York and Ryerson Universities? I'm also interested in graduate study experiences at both schools in general. [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help understanding Chinese typography

Help me create easily readable Chinese typography [more inside]
posted by mule at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Name the video

What video is this animated gif from? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

First Communion gift ideas

What is a good First Communion gift for my nephew/godson? [more inside]
posted by Becko at 6:51 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the frequency, Kenneth, and how do I best receive it?

Looking for a recommendation on an in-the-ear FM receiver like this one with rather mixed reviews. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 6:08 PM PST - 1 comment

Monitored Medical Alert Services

Medical Alert services for aging parents - Which ones are recommended as the best in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:57 PM PST - 1 comment

VOIP Recommendations?

I'm looking for a VOIP provider that doesn't suck. Can anyone recommend one? [more inside]
posted by krisak at 5:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it my IUD or am I just crazy?

Has anyone else had weight and/or emotional problems that they attribute to hormonal birth control, specifically the Mirena IUD? I know there have been several IUD threads – one of them helped convince me to get one. But most of them dealt with questions about getting one, and now, I'm wondering if removing mine would be a good idea. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Maybe dyscalculia, maybe badly wired neurons

Does anyone have experience with self-treatment as an adult with dyscalculia? I think I may have it, and that I've had it all my life. Whether or not that's so, are there any tricks to "rewiring" yourself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I salvage the speakers from this POS Sony "Dream System"?

Can I salvage the speakers from this POS Sony "Dream System"? [more inside]
posted by slenderloris at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Victorianist seeks hotel in Austin

AcademicTravelFilter: Thanks to my habit of writing about obscure books, I need to detour to Austin TX this summer in order to read a bad Victorian triple-decker at the Harry Ransom Center, UT-Austin. As I will not have a rental car and would prefer not to die of heat stroke, I'm in search of recommendations for adequate hotels either within walking distance (I know there's a Days Inn or something similar about 1/2 mile away) or on one of the bus/shuttle lines. (This thread was illuminating about the aforementioned bus/shuttle lines, but not quite what I'm looking for.)
posted by thomas j wise at 4:40 PM PST - 9 comments

asian drama actress

Does this girl look familiar? I'm wondering where she is from in THIS picture. [more inside]
posted by lain at 4:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I pass my home inspection? (fire inspector)

I need to install some fireblocks (aka fire stops AND fire block[ing]) in my basement. What can I use to make these? Can I use regular sheetrock to make these or do they have to be some special type of sheetrock? If I can't use sheetrock, what type and thickness of wood do they need to be?
posted by tickettrader at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Rural vs. Urban

Can a rural area be developed? [more inside]
posted by saoyama at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Skype emulator?

Is there anything similar to Meebo for Skype?
posted by auralcoral at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Purse contents for the perpetually prepared person

What are some good items to keep in my purse? The current set of things I keep in there seem to serve me well but I'm looking for ideas that would help me be even more prepared for whatever comes up. [more inside]
posted by marble at 3:44 PM PST - 62 comments

OSX Leopard: How to show the current wallpaper in finder?

How can I get my iMac running Leopard to show the current wallpaper in Finder? I'm using Leopard's built-in wallpaper-switching function to randomly display a wallpaper from my collection of over 1,000, but when I get one I don't like, it gives me no way to easily find the file and delete it. [more inside]
posted by XSteveMurphy at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Place to stay in Kyoto and must see sights?

Planning a trip to Tokyo/Kyoto towards the end of May and I'm looking for suggestions for great places to stay for two nights in Kyoto (inexpensive to moderately priced) as well as don't miss sights/restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto. We will be there for about two weeks.
posted by mhaw at 3:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Business Class VOIP termination

Can anyone recommend business class VOIP termination that is not a fully hosted solution by the terminating company? [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 at 3:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Name some medical school dropouts who went on to accomplish great things

I am trying to compile a list of medical school dropouts who later went on to do great things in other fields. The term "med school" here is used loosely to allow some flexibility. So anyone who abandoned his medical training and accomplished something notable in some other field would work. So far I've found five persons. I've listed them below to show what I am looking for. I hope to find five more to fill out a Top Ten list. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 3:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Alban Berg Violin Concerto

12tone Music: I need a little help regarding Alban Berg's Violin Concerto [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comment

who are these children?

Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 2:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Do I have to repay my (soon to be former) employer?

My (soon to be former) employer wants me to repay a portion of my continuing education budget. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by sharkweek at 2:39 PM PST - 31 comments

The orthopedic surgeon casts extra healing ...

I broke my humerus and now have a great big cast. I am concerned about the fact that I can feel some movement at times. Specifically, if I try to rotate my elbow (not the curl/uncurl motion, but side-to-side), I feel like the arm moves but in reality it doesn't (observably move). That makes me worry that the bones may be moving ... in which case how can they heal together? Also, do the cast covers for showering work? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the indie music one-hit wonders?

What are the indie rock one-hit wonders? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 1:53 PM PST - 52 comments

Urine indicators

What can the colour, smell, composition of your urine in the mornings tell you about yourself? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 1:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why?

Economics Filter: Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Great words... that you actually use

What are some interesting, uncommon "vocabulary" words that you use regularly or semi-regularly? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:24 PM PST - 91 comments

Brain, Mind and Soul Wiki Needed

Cutting edge strides and theories in neo-psychology - does an up and running, active Wiki exist? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Know of any online for-credit econometrics courses?

Do you know of any online for-credit econometrics courses? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

My homemade ice cream gives homemade a bad name.

A big problem and a small problem with my home made ice cream ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:56 PM PST - 25 comments

Israel National Team away jersey?

Where can I buy one of the new '08/'09 season Israel National Team away colors Puma jerseys, like the one pictured here? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Need a player to listen to audiobooks

Looking for the best portable players for DRM audiobooks and other large MP3 files [more inside]
posted by reenum at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Has the cost of home building gone up or down?

I'm going to be building a modest split-level home this spring – 1900 sqft – in Madison, WI. Should I expect the cost of materials to be lower or higher than it was to build the exact same house 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g at 12:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Bicycle or tri-cycle?

I'm planning on buying a bike for road rides, but I am also planning on training for my first sprint tri. Is a regular road bike alright for a beginner tri-athlete? Can I use a tri style bike for long road rides? Does it even make a difference? [more inside]
posted by jeffe at 11:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I get a good deal with AT&T retention specialists?

What's a good way to get a good deal from AT&T retention folks if I'm off-contract but planning to get an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

You're going to pay me what?!

What are commission structures like for software sales reps? [more inside]
posted by curlyelk at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I grow tasty lettuce in my closet?

Can I grow lettuce and other veggies all year long? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find the title to this novel?

A novel about a computer that attempts to create art? Help me identify this sci-fi book. [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Kanji handwriting recognition on the cheap

I have a Wacom graphics tablet. Is there a (preferably free or at least cheap) kanji handwriting recognition program for WinXP that would let me write kanji by hand without knowing the correct stroke order, and produce a translation and/or Unicode characters that I can cut and paste? [more inside]
posted by martinrebas at 11:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Searching for laser portrait background.

where can i find an image of the fuzzy laser background that was used in school pictures in the 80's and early 90's? [more inside]
posted by binocularfight at 11:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Ex-Files: Summer Vacation Issue

RelationshipFilter: I told my boyfriend I was fine with him traveling in Europe for a couple of weeks with his ex-girlfriend. Now I'm having second thoughts. Help me figure out how best to handle this and get my confidence back? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 11:03 AM PST - 68 comments

Youtube college lectures

Help me find longer lectures on Youtube. Is there a browsable index of what's on posted on Youtube (something more detailed and descriptive than the left sidebar on the homepage, the channels page, or the few video links that show up on any given page)? I'd like to find something to watch on my ipod at the gym, something to hold my interest for fifteen to sixty minutes, but not videos of laughing babies, music videos or teenagers beating up each other. Doing a search for "university lectures" leads me to the several UC Berkeley lecture series and the inspiring lecture from the fellow with pancreatic cancer. Is it possible to move beyond that into other college lectures or even multipart courses (arts or science), discussions, longer films, the unexpected? How do I find them?
posted by bbranden1 at 10:46 AM PST - 22 comments

Why won't my Nokia E51 access Orange's 3G network?

Why won't my Nokia E51 access Orange (UK)'s 3G network? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 10:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Any ideas for creative shower walls?

Any creative, yet effective shower wall ideas? [more inside]
posted by wertygirl at 9:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Activities for bipolar children in Seattle?

Summer programs for bipolar children in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Losing a tug of war with my faucet.

We're in the middle of a big kitchen remodel and have been stymied by (of all things!) the kitchen faucet decision. We've been looking at models with integrated sprayer heads that pull out from the faucet but just received a warning about that style of faucet. As a result, I find myself querying the hive mind looking for people who have this style faucet. [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 9:49 AM PST - 27 comments

Seeing (Parts of) America: Managing and Enjoying Our Big Road Trip

We actually want to spend 15-20 days this summer driving around America, buying gas and seeing stuff. The questions are, how to get to the stuff from the east coast, and what stuff? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 9:42 AM PST - 21 comments

ISP hijacks invalid URLs—sometimes

NetworkFilter: I have a bizarre and arcane-seeming problem with my home network, the Internet, and my ISP's DNS. Invalid URLs are being redirected to the ISP's search page—in some cases. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 9:37 AM PST - 22 comments

tell me tales of neurontin

Your feelings about neurontin, for depression or anything else. [more inside]
posted by bluenausea at 9:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Drama-free networking: how?

Looking for advice and strategies from experienced business networkers (or schmoozers, for lack of a better word.) [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Security questions for kids?

What are some decent password reset security questions for school aged kids? [more inside]
posted by advicepig at 9:22 AM PST - 25 comments

Why can't I figure out what I want to eat?

I'm hungry, but nothing sounds good. Actually, most things sound gross and vaguely nausea-inducing. This has been going on for at least a month. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 9:12 AM PST - 28 comments

My body hates jogging...

My body has an irrational prejudice against jogging, though not most other exercise - can anyone explain why? More inside... [more inside]
posted by TheOtherWay at 9:08 AM PST - 21 comments

FREE(x+y+z)=backed up DVD

Finish this Windows math question: FREE(x+y+z)=backed up DVD [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 8:55 AM PST - 11 comments

how to get title and description in Google organic search results

What am I doing wrong in my HTML that the description in Google's organic search just says "Untitled Document?" [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

A shocking twist?

Looking for examples of fiction where: a.) someone uncovers an unsettling/surprising/shocking truth about a major "historical" (for that setting) figure or event, b.) the story itself is in the form of a journal or diary that gives the unsettling/surprising/shocking perspective. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 8:39 AM PST - 29 comments

Traveling with iMac

MacFilter: How hard is it to travel with a current-gen 20" iMac? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:32 AM PST - 12 comments

should we switch to a green energy provider?

Should I have our small business switch to a third party green energy provider? We had a salesman for Accent Energy come to our door and he was a bit shady so I told him that I wanted to look into this on my own time. But from what I'm reading online it could be a great way to convert to a more environmentally responsible energy solution. And its Earth Day today too. Our company wants to do what we can to be "green" and we would even pay slightly more to do so, but if a switch to a third party will cost three times as much then we just cant do it. [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

What IM client makes this sound?

What IM client makes this sound? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

automate program clicking

I need to automate a program doing the same task every day. How? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

an impossible choice between my skin and my guts

An embarrassing question regarding zinc and digestion. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

A hat without a feather just isn't a hat.

Looking for recommendations on where to purchase, over the internet, a replacement feather for my Jonathan Richard fedora. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 8:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Stock Investor Gifts

Gifts for a stock picker: I'm looking for a thoughtful gift for my secretary. She loves to play the market, so I thought that I could buy her a Vanguard gift certificate or something and let her speculate with the money, but that doesn't seem to be possible. Any suggestions? I'd like to spend around $100. Thanks!
posted by gd779 at 7:31 AM PST - 12 comments

How many Boston Marathon runners qualified and how many ran for charity?

Is there any way to find out the percentage of Boston Marathon runners that qualified for the race vs. the percentage that gained entry through other means (charities and such)?
posted by csimpkins at 6:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Is the clear cut dichotomy true?

Jill Bolte Taylor uses a very clear cut dichotomy when explaining the respective roles of the left and right hemisphere: one is oriented towards parrallel processing of sense data, the other towards serial, conscious, target-oriented processing. Is this reflective of the modern state of the art neurological schientific knowledge? It's an intuitively attractive explanation. But is it true? It sounds simplistic. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 5:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Where do I go to look up global commodity supplies?

How do I look up current global commodity supplies? Even better, is there somewhere I can compare global commodity prices versus their supply and consumption rates over an extended period? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 5:19 AM PST - 5 comments

My heart is breaking

Can this relationship/marriage be saved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM PST - 105 comments

A flea's revenge

We've had a sudden attack of fleas on our pets. That's been dealt with (with liberal doses of Frontline), but it's left me with a huge number of flea bites on my legs. Any suggestions for calming and healing them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me play games without getting lost in the competition

When playing games with my friends, I tend to get very competitive and bitter. In that moment of frustration, what are some things I can tell myself so I calm down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 AM PST - 26 comments

What should I tell new prospective employers about a job I quit after one month?

My job is just not working out, and it's my first job in six years. Should I mention this job when applying for others? Also, I have to clock in five minutes before my start time, is this legal? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 5:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Who can tell me some specific things about Wicca?

Looking to learn more about Wicca in general, and about a particular ritual specifically. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 5:02 AM PST - 22 comments

What's love got to do with it?

Is there someplace that a hopeless romantic can go to find true love? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 2:20 AM PST - 33 comments

Where have people seen this before?

An image that my friend has created has been seen before by other people. How has this happened? [more inside]
posted by djstig at 1:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Downsampling to an ipod

I'm looking for a program that lets me do on-the-fly downsampling to my ipod. [more inside]
posted by woolylambkin at 1:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I reinstall XP?

Should I reinstall XP to speed up my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 12:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Why this flag

Why was a confederate flag used for the ceremony welcoming the pope to the white house?
posted by hortense at 12:14 AM PST - 6 comments

April 21

How can I better remember the names of new people I meet?

I'm really, really bad at remembering the names of new people that I meet. How can I get better at remembering new names? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:53 PM PST - 23 comments

Shady Broker Situation

My broker is trying to charge another fee to put someone new on the lease for the NYC apt. we've been living in for 3 years. Is this legal? Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by theseampsgoto11 at 10:15 PM PST - 4 comments

New summer shades.

I want to buy some quality mens sunglasses. I want them to be polarized, comfortable, and stylish. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 10:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Simple Point Of Sale software solution

Help me find an easy Point of Sale software solution for our business [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 10:01 PM PST - 8 comments

You're my mommy. Know what today is? Today is Mommy's Day.

Great Lovecraft-inspired movies? [more inside]
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:47 PM PST - 37 comments

McPhee analogues?

Writers like John McPhee, writing in Spanish, French, German, Italian, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:31 PM PST - 5 comments

group job interview

I got invited to a group interview for a job. [more inside]
posted by loiseau at 9:10 PM PST - 33 comments

Las Vegas Real Estate - time to buy?

Tell me about buying a house or condo in Las Vegas [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 8:54 PM PST - 2 comments

getting the most out of my cans

How can I get the most out of my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Two girls, one chap. One potential baby.

What is it like donating sperm to a lesbian couple who are friends of yours? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 7:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I emulate a higher resolution on my monitor?

Can I get my second monitor to emulate a higher resolution? I have an ATI Radeon video card using two monitors. The second monitor only goes up to 800X600 (an old LCD). However, Microsoft Flight Simulator X only allows the resolution of a display to be set to as low as 1024X768. I'd like the second monitor to think it is at that resolution and display a portion of the 1024X768 on its available area of 800X600. i don't care if the rest is not visible. Any ideas? Thanks!
posted by spacefire at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Where could I rent a cello in NYC?

Does anyone know where to rent a high quality student cello short term in NYC? Ideally, I'd like something hand crafted and valued at 10 - 20 k, but if need be I'll go lower end. Looking for a bow, too. Thanks!
posted by paul_smatatoes at 7:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Which neighborhood should we stay in during our trip to Seattle?

We (early-30's couple, no kids) are headed to Seattle May 7-10 and are trying to figure out which neighborhood to stay in. We have a number of hotel recommendations, many of which sound very good, but we'd also like to find a location that is in close proximity to great restaurants, non-cheesy nightlife, live music and other interesting attractions which might be a little bit off the beaten path. Not having a sense of what the neighborhoods are like is making it challenging to choose a hotel...do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by underdetermined at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Swing the pig iron hammer!

Just exactly what does "swing the big-eyed rabbit" (as sung by the Cramps) mean? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 7:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Point me to some books and/or websites that give advice or recount experiences of dealing with awkward situations that most sources usually avoid.

Point me to some books and/or websites that give advice or recount experiences of dealing with awkward situations that most sources usually avoid. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 6:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to learn to surf in Asia.

First-hand surfing advice. My 29 year old son lives in Hong Kong and is looking for a place in Asia to spend two weeks learning to surf preferably within the next few months. He's reasonably athletic, but a complete beginner. He's thinking Bali, but is open to any location. He's searched Google and found lots of possibilities, but he's looking for first-hand recommendations from someone who has done something similar. He's ready to spend what it takes, so low cost is not a requirement.
posted by Jackson at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Fraud Help

How the heck can I get money back after I was an idiot and a victim of fraud? [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Architecture know-it-alls?

I need a printable blueprint with the usual blue-colored blueprint font. Nothing huge, just an 8-1/2 by 11 printed sheet will be all I need. [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 5:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I take the unlicensed driver who destroyed my car to Chicago small claims court?

My car was just totaled by an unlicensed, uninsured 16-year-old driver in Chicago. I'm insured, but I have no collision coverage, so any/all expenses are strictly out-of-pocket. The teen responsible was found to be 100% liable on the police report. Can/should I take the family to small claims court? Related: Can anyone suggest a salvage guy that pays a fair price for junked cars and a decent lawyer to represent me in small claims court? Do I even need a lawyer in small claims court? Sorry - I'm new to this. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 5:38 PM PST - 33 comments


Where do I find FLASH programmers, preferably offshore (AKA cheaper)? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 5:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Any experience with uterine prolapse?

I have a friend who is having a uterine prolapse. It's not an emergency, she WILL be visiting her doctor. As her friend and major part of her support team, I'm hoping you might be able to provide some insightful stories about what to expect from surgery and stuff like that. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Wiki, email...tomaytoe, tomahtoh...

What else has wiki/email integration features like JotSpot's? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 5:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Seattle tourism recommendations please.

Seattle tourism recommendations please. I'm going to spend a weekend in Seattle soon and would like to hear some tourist options both typical and off-the-beaten-path. Thanks.
posted by damn dirty ape at 5:18 PM PST - 15 comments

The lesser of two evils?

Is a young woman more likely to get killed/injured in a car crash or a violent crime? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 5:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Does anyone remember this "long photo" from SFMOMA?

All this talk on flickr lately of "long photos" reminded me of a VERY "long photo" I saw in SFMOMA probably around a year ago... it was a scene at a cafe, with someone at a piano, a man and woman talking, one holding a cigarette, and a couple of other people, all frozen for at least five minutes... the most noticeable movement was cigarette smoke trailing up into the air. Does anyone know who that was by, what it was called, and whether I can find it online?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm givin 'er all I got, Captain!

Where did the idea of faster than light (or near light speed) travel come from, and how is it described in different science fiction/fact works? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Hot Foot! Owie Owie Owie!

Need shoes that really breathe. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 4:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Why am I suddenly feeling better?

How can I prevent a relapse of depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I be better at system administration and helpdesk tasks?

Small company IT administrators, how do you handle users with a wide disparity of technical ability? Users who hate computers? Who don't want to even restart before calling you? Who treat you like your a nerd from a bad teen comedy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Help a guy tweak his summer wardrobe.

Guy fashion question: I need a new summer look...what's in? [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 4:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Does the Home Team always win?

Where can I find out if the Boston Red Sox won/lost on Marathon Monday on the years the game was played? [more inside]
posted by brent at 4:04 PM PST - 9 comments

San Diego ashes

I need to spread the ashes of a deceased relative in San Diego. Does anyone have any suggestions on how this might happen? [more inside]
posted by diode at 2:44 PM PST - 17 comments

COPS watching kids become cops like COPS but not like cops

Help me identify this Post Modern cultural theory. Prime example: cops on the TV show COPS act differently than they normally would, since they're being filmed for TV. Kids watch COPS thinking that's what cops actually are like. Kids eventually grow up and be cops themselves, emulating cops-on-TV, not "true" cops. [more inside]
posted by nemoorange at 2:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Fun in Berkeley on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo in Berkeley ... where to go? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 2:42 PM PST - 4 comments

help me pick a OSX personal database?

Mac Mess Filter: help me choose personal database software. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Guide us on our great South Western road trip

Road trip from Raleigh, NC to San Deigo California. Long schedule inside, please provide any insights you have! [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Living (full time) in a Yurt. Have you done it? Should we?

How can I convince my wife that living in a Yurt would be fun while I'm in medical school? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 2:17 PM PST - 39 comments

Should I fly Zoom?

Has anyone ever flown Zoom Airlines for a transatlantic (or other long) flight? I had never heard of them until recently, and the reviews online aren't very good. This is probably due to the fact that disgruntled people take it to the Internet, so I'd like to know of your experiences, good or bad. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 2:12 PM PST - 14 comments

elusive photos and article

Where can I find an article from 1971 Life magazine? (if it exists) [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 2:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Mobile phone streaming music recommendations?

Can you recommend streaming music services/sites - for mobile phones? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 2:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Who goes when?

How can we fairly split a vacation home between two families? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find nice hardcover versions of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber?

Where can I find nice hardcover versions of Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Automatically attach a footer to e-mail sent through Sendmail SMTP?

Automatically attach a footer to e-mail sent through Sendmail SMTP? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me give my 50 year old uncle a 4 hour tourist ride through San Francisco

My 50 year old uncle is visiting San Fran this Thursday for the first time. I am picking him up at SFO at 11 and we want to be back to Novato by about 330 to beat (most of) the traffic. On the way out we will certainly go up to the Marin Headlands, and he is a big seafood guy so I am guessing we will catch lunch down near the Wharf or maybe at the Cliff House. Obviously we don't have much time, so what recommendations do you all have for a few cool things to see in the city on the way out? I think we'll do Lombard, but otherwise I'm not terribly interested in super-touristy stuff. Maybe some historic spots?
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 1:04 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the Origin/Artist's Name of "Weird Puppet Being Held While Woman Gets Milk Poured On Her Head"

Could someone name the artist who created http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/4508/strangeza8.jpg, and the other images in the series? I know it was part of an art photography piece, but I can't recall the artist's name, or the link.
posted by Zampa at 12:57 PM PST - 6 comments

God bless the Grammar Natzi's

Copy editors or grammar natzi's: I am pre-copy editing a manuscript for my friend. Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the word "but"? I am leaning towards no but I can't remember. Also what are the rules about mentioning name brands in novels? such as "Hilton" or "Boston Red Sox" or "Boston Globe"? Thank you so much!
posted by meeshell at 12:33 PM PST - 28 comments

Cuteness in Austin

Shopping in Austin recs: cute, unique clothes for girls and cute, unique housewares with middle range prices. [more inside]
posted by dame at 12:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Trade you for your peanut butter

How can I make elementary school spaghetti sauce? [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 12:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Really awesome Kentucky Derby/Horse Races themed gift for my dad's 50th birthday?

Gift Filter: Really awesome Kentucky Derby/Horse Races themed gift for my dad's 50th birthday? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I buy this scooter?

Should I buy a Peugeot Zenith scooter? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there such a thing as rehab for depression?

Is there such a thing as rehab for depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Help My Feet Look Pretty.

Help me find a couple pairs of shoes for the summer. I'm a guy who's not a big fan of sandals or loafers/boat shoes. [more inside]
posted by PFL at 11:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me clear up some conflicting info.

Two quick computer hardware questions before I try setting up a new drive. [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas une marionnette de chaussette at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Too dumb to figure out VPN on DD-WRT

VPNFilter: I like my home network, but I want to access it outside of my home. How do I set up my WRT54GL running DD-WRT v23 SP2 to do that? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 11:40 AM PST - 11 comments

I think I'm straight. Now what?

After a long time in a lesbian relationship, I'm coming to the realization that I think I'm straight. I don't want to leave my wife (I really love her), but I can't stop thinking about men. Please help me figure this out. Sexually explicit details inside. NSFW [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Powerpoint problems

We made a powerpoint presentation on a Mac and sent it to a number of people both in the US and abroad. Most people are reporting difficulties with the formatting - text spilling over onto pictures, etc. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

How many baristas does it take to change a light bulb?

Completely-random-question-filter: What's up with that glass bulb-shaped carafe some restaurants use to serve coffee and tea? Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:22 AM PST - 19 comments

2 + 2 = 22

How does one delicately go about bringing up a huge discrepancy in the listed square footage vs. the actual square footage of an apartment in a unit that is for sale by owner? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 11:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Will unlocking my phone let me play these games?

I have a LG Trax phone, which uses java for games and apps. I downloaded some java games made specifically for this phone from a website, then transferred them to the phone with bluetooth. The phone will not recognize these .jar or .jad files as files it can use. Will unlocking my phone fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 11:07 AM PST - 1 comment

How hot is my meat?

What digital cooking thermometer do professionals use? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Greece + Turkey travel advice?

Travel advice: 15 days in Greece and Turkey? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

web site design firm recommendation?

hi there. A friend of mine like to have a website created for his business. As someone more technical than he, he's asked me to help him find someone. [more inside]
posted by reddot at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I live in a parking garage?

Can a parking garage be used as anything more than a parking garage? [more inside]
posted by PlannerCarl at 10:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Show me bellybutton backside!

What does the navel look like from the inside?
posted by uandt at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me set up my speakers!

How can I set up my computer's 2.1 speakers so as to limit the inevitable amount of hate my neighbors will feel for my house music obsession? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 10:31 AM PST - 12 comments

eee pc laptop bag

leather laptop bag. where could I have one custom made? or can you recommend one to fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 10:27 AM PST - 2 comments

How long should I boil my bones for?

How long should one boil bones for to get the meat/fat off them? [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 10:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Value Headphones (Grado)

Are the Grado SR60's the best headphones that I can buy for under $100? I plan on using them, or whatever headphones I get, mainly with my iPod.
posted by waltzing astronomers at 10:04 AM PST - 28 comments

Another Vancouver restaurant thread

Another Vancouver, BC restaurant question. The challenge? Carbo-loading before the Vancouver Marathon... [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Ow! I need a good painkiller!

Can I get codeine without a prescription in the northern Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I buy a trike that morphs into a bike yet?

Can I buy the Shift trike/bike yet? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comment

What Linux am I looking for? Does it even exist?

Help me find a linux build for my media PC.... please! [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

How to make new sneakers look old

What's the best method to age/weather canvas sneakers? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 9:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Record Retention

How long should various home or personal records be retained? I know this topic may sound tiresome as the answer comes up frequently in newspapers and magazines, but I think in many cases people are re-hashing the old dogma. Also, in the internet age, perhaps the answers have changed. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:25 AM PST - 5 comments

my children shall have no names

How do I deal with wanting (but not planning to have) children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Tell me about your cooler

I need a new cooler. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:55 AM PST - 12 comments

What should a European do with this American savings account that is depreciating in value?

European who has USD in an American account - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Creative Writing Musts in Aix & Paris?

Help me create a literary tour of both Aix-en-Provence and Paris. [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

I get sniped whenever I stop to type

Suggest a good gaming headset? [more inside]
posted by lou at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

How to augment lackluster 1st grade teacher's performance?

How to augment lackluster 1st grade teacher's performance? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

I need to brush up on my Spanish.

I need recommendations for the best Spanish review/dictionary. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a good doctor. Please!

Triangle NC Filter: I need a doctor! [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

How to enable SNMP on a 3com to work with Cacti ?

SNMP on a 3com 4500/5500 and Cacti setup help ?? [more inside]
posted by hboogz at 7:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Long blond hair and beautiful blue eyes; what's her breed(s)?

Doggy folk, your best guess about this breed/mix, please? Photos: 1, 2, 3. She is two years old, weighs around 27 pounds, and is about 17 inches tall. I don't know much more than that. I haven't met the young lady yet, so I can't tell you much about temperament, etc., except she's supposed to be very sweet, loves the loving, not barky. [more inside]
posted by taz at 7:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Bandwagon Jumper R' Me

What epic fantasy/sci-fi series (think Wheel of Time, Song of Ice and Fire) are only just starting out? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 7:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me to suck it up and stop feeling so sorry for myself.

Help me get some perspective so I can stop being a constant state of panic and depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 26 comments

I drink; therefore, I reek?

How much beer do I have to drink to "smell like a brewery" the next day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Tattoo ideas to mark a baby's 1st birthday?

Looking for tattoo ideas for me to get to mark my baby's 1st birthday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Gynaecological Things Inside

Are my bHcg levels rising too quickly and when my clinic says they'll do whatever I want, what should I ask for? Be warned, gynaecological things are inside. (Sorry, couldn't resist that one.) [more inside]
posted by taff at 4:30 AM PST - 7 comments

searching for a small foldout couch/futon

I'm looking for a small, comfortable couch futon that converts into a small fold out bed. I live in a small basement studio and space is at a premium. I'd like one no wider than 45 inches, that can unfold to a small bed, and that sits at a high level (no ground level ikea futons) [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 4:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap eats in Vegas?

Cheap, quality eats on the Vegas strip? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 4:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Killer arms

How do I add tone and definition to my upper arms? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 3:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Podcasts in het Nederlands/Dutch Podcasts

Welke Nederlandse podcasts kun je me aanbevelen? [more inside]
posted by ponystyle at 3:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Name those designers!

I have a particular furniture company in mind, but forgot the name and can't find it. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 3:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Writing a Travel Grant

I am applying for a small travel grant to fund a trip to a semi-local conference. The problem is that I have no idea how to write one! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 2:34 AM PST - 7 comments

wimax systems interfering with c-band satellite terminals

Telecom nerd filter (again): Documented instances of 802.16-2004 or 802.16e-2005 WiMax installations interfering with C-band satellite systems? 3.40 GHz to 6.425 GHz frequency range. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 1:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Romantic books that aren't necessarily romance or chick lit?

Recommend to me books with romantic relationships (not necessarily romance or chick lit) that I can sigh happily, wistfully over? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 12:56 AM PST - 59 comments

menopause and aching teeth

does any going through menopause have aching teeth and if so have you found any remedy
posted by johnmarg at 12:28 AM PST - 5 comments

How do i remain physically present but emotionally detached from my family and relatives?

How do i remain physically present but emotionally detached from my family and relatives? [more inside]
posted by prudie at 12:25 AM PST - 28 comments

Individual musicians with a band name?

What solo musicians have gone under a "band" name? [more inside]
posted by meech at 12:23 AM PST - 78 comments

Page view limit exceeded why?

This page (a website for public domain scores) tells me that my daily allotment of download page visits (2 per day per IP, I imagine) has been exceeded the first time I go to one of those pages. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 12:05 AM PST - 3 comments

April 20

How can I control my sweet tooth?

I want to eat healthy, but have an almost uncontrollable sweet-tooth. What can I do to control myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 11:08 PM PST - 28 comments

Gear for Three Months of Backpacking in Europe during Winter

BackpackingFilter: Travelling around Europe from mid October to mid Janruary - help me pick the right gear to take. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 11:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find new soap dish holders for my tiled walls

How can I fix a peeling soap dish in my tile? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 11:01 PM PST - 12 comments

How can we get CD revenues anonymously?

My buddies and I just finished recording a cd that we'd like to sell on iTunes and in stores but don't want our names attached to it in any way. How can we handle getting the profits in the cheapest way possible? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Which comedian did this joke?

Looking for the name of the Comedian who did a "Dad! Look at my hands! Look at my hands! Look at my haaaands!" joke. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun at 10:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Food in Killarney, Ireland?

I'm going to be working in a hotel in Killarney, Ireland for two weeks in May. I'll have a few hours off here and there, but not much. Any advice on non-touristy food and drink in and around town? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 10:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Tiny Showcase Collection

I have about 6 or 7 Tiny Showcase prints that I would like to display. Does anyone have a clever way to display this collection? I'd like to display them all together.
posted by Farleece at 10:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I apply for a real credit card or a store card to boost my credit score?

Recently relocated to US, trying to build credit - already got a secured credit card, should I get a store credit card or try for a real one? [more inside]
posted by shimon at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Radix Berberidis and Odes to Tea.

Radix Berberidis and Odes to Tea. [more inside]
posted by Taksi Putra at 10:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Shower Planning?

I need to help plan a wedding shower, and I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Several ISPs enter the ring, only one leaves...

What is the best ISP in Vancouver, Canada? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 8:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Reporting bad/dangerous drivers

Is there a way to report dangerous driving that you see on the road? e.g. speeding, weaving in and out of lanes.. or just wait and hope the police catch up with them eventually? If I have a reason to believe this bad driver is going to cause an accident - is there a way to report them? I live in the Chicago suburbs.
posted by Workingtill85 at 8:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Borscht! Help me make some.

Your favorite borscht recipes, share them, please. [more inside]
posted by dawson at 8:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Atheism as taboo in fiction?

Book-filter: Nabokov commented on Lolita that there were only three taboos in American publishing: incest, interracial marriage and "the total atheist who lives a happy and useful life, and dies in his sleep at the age of 106." Did Nabokov(or anyone else for that matter), ever write a notable book about this latter taboo?
posted by archae at 7:56 PM PST - 10 comments

One week with a car! What do we do?

If you have been car-less for your entire adult life in New York City and just rented a car for a work-free week, where would you go? [more inside]
posted by redhotchips at 7:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Best career change for 20something?

I graduated in 2004 from a fairly good university, and since then, I've held a few jobs in the retail/merchandising field. Right now, I'm an associate buyer/merchandiser for a specialty retailer. There isn't any room for advancement right now, I'm bored, and the job is totally unstimulating at this point. I live in the Boston area, where there are very few fashion retail buyer jobs. Can you help me with a career change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Safe globetrotting for an independent but wimpy female

Where's an exotic, yet secure, place to travel for a single gal? [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 7:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Hope my tiny Firefox!

What's your best advice for reading multi-column and other large-minimum-width websites on a 480x800 screen? [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 6:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Random TV show about Fanasty in the 80s

80s tv question. When i was a young man i remember this show that was semi fanasty with a plot around swordsmen who had a sword but also a dirk would come out of the hilt of the sword. This is all i remember if anyone could guide me more would apprecaite it. Show would have been before 85.
posted by Rolandkorn at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Tupperware with a single lid size?

Does anyone know if they make a Tupperware or Tupperware-like food storage container system that has one interchangeable lid size for all the different bins? [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 6:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Used Car Transfer

I just bought a used car. Do I need to get it smog checked before transferring ownership over to myself in California? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How can this softball team improve?

My friend just started coaching his work's softball team. It's a pretty competitive league, and they are not very good. They have 2 games a week, but not much of a chance to practice in between, so obviously that's a big part of the problem. Even when they do practice, though, he doesn't know how to help them improve. What can they do to get better (drills, guided meditation, amphetamines, anything)?
posted by unknowncommand at 6:24 PM PST - 12 comments

When do a bunch of characters solve a problem in one long conversation?

I'm looking for dialog-heavy scenes (in books, movies, TV shows, etc) where a group of people solve a problem or make a plan in the course of one long conversation. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:18 PM PST - 33 comments

Cheap rowboat?

Where can I get a cheap rowboat? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 5:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for ways to cool down a hot baby's room.

It's getting warm out, and the top floor of the house we live in is heating up a lot. My infant son sleeps upstairs and the heat from the day is moving up to the top floor and lingering for hours and hours. The catch is he sleeps best in complete darkness, so opening windows means screwing up his sleep for the night. Anyone have any suggestions on how to cool down the top floor while creating a minimal disturbance for my kid? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Me And Bobby Eat Ghee (freedom's just another word for 'nothing left to eat')

Would anyone in their right mind eat vegetable ghee, or any kind of ghee, straight from the can? [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble at 5:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Modernist building in The Yakuza?

What is that amazing modernist building in The Yakuza? [more inside]
posted by stevil at 5:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me not flip out on my coworkers

What good stress relieving desk game can I buy? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

So - um, Brasilia - what to do, where to go over the next 10 days?

So - um, Brasilia - what to do, where to go over the next 10 days? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 4:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking guidance with financial planning (loans, down payment, more)

Seeking guidance with financial planning (loans, down payment, more) [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 4:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Rain Whitenoise

Free Ambient Rain/Storm Recordings To Use As Working Whitenoise? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I buy a less generic flower vase in Seattle?

Where can one buy a beautiful flower vase that was not made in China? I would like to support a local Seattle artisan, but I am also willing to order online if it's love at first sight. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to get colored refrigerator bulbs

Where can I get different colored light bulbs for a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix at 3:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Which pregnancy test is right?

How common is a false positive pregnancy test? Do you have any experiences you can share to help us determine our situation? More details (fears, worries, etc) inside. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 3:47 PM PST - 34 comments

New website on old hosting

I have some hosting. I use oldtld.com currently as a TLD, to point people at it. On oldtld.com, there are several subdirectories, which I'll call /olddir1, /olddir2, etc. What I want is to be able to buy a new TLD - newtld.com - and point it at the same hosting, yet keep the two separate. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 3:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me clip Coal's nails!

What's the best kitty nail clipper? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 3:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Name That Painting

Who painted this and what is it called? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 3:34 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best external HD?

What kind of external hard drive should I buy? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 2:56 PM PST - 27 comments

Hiring graphic novel artist to create portrait as gift?

Hiring graphic novel artist to create professional graphic-novel-style portrait as gift? [more inside]
posted by commander_cool at 2:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Why, oh why, RAID5 doest thou split and die?

Help me make sense of my wonky RAID-5 failure. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 2:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Discrete nano-reef filtation and heating?

I want to set up a 3gal nano reef tank (possible slightly larger, up to 10gal). I want the system to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible, namely by keeping any equipment out of sight. Could I just drill two holes in the tank, and use a powerful external canister filter, to filter the water and provide water movement? Or is a seperate powerhead necessary? In addition, is there an external way of heating the water, without the use of a sump? Thanks a lot.
posted by BritishGas at 2:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Yes, I know plastic is safe. Really.

Are there water filtration systems with no plastic anywhere in the water's path?
posted by Skorgu at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Migraine with aura + birth control = stroke??

What's the real deal with hormonal birth control and migraines? Internet says there are stroke risks, my doctor(s) say not to worry. Asking for general info from anyone who'd done research on this, not specific medical advice. [more inside]
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Help with MS Outlook 2002

I am using a computerized telephone management system called Advanced Call Center. One of its features is it emails me whenever I receive a call at my business. That feature needs and uses the Telephone Applications Programming Interface (TAPI) feature within Outlook to function. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

best carry-on suiter for work travel?

Starting a new job which will require lots of short (i.e. 1-2 nights) travel - what's the best carry-on option that will handle a suit and tie? Is it advisable or should I just bite the bullet and check my suit? [more inside]
posted by dyerfr at 1:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Scanning Legal Sized Docs?

I want to scan all my important papers, including documents which are on legal sized (long) paper. I have a Canon MP830 scanner and while the glass for scanning is the size or regular notebook paper, I thought I would be able to scan in the legal sized document from the automatic document feeder. So far, no go - all my PDF copies are only notebook sized copies. Any suggestions?
posted by cmh0150 at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Am I being underpaid to sit in a little grey box?

How much should an online marketing manager be paid? With a base salary and a 100% trackable sales? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:29 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I fix my VW golf stereo?

How to unlock my VW golf car stereo? [more inside]
posted by ethel at 12:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Deep in the jungle/desert/mountain/ocean, our hero finds nirvana

Vacation advice: Adventure touring someplace weird in early June or July [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

The Truth is in Here

I need a name for my X-files themed blog. [more inside]
posted by Secretariat at 12:25 PM PST - 33 comments

How do you determine if a dfa is minimal

Is there an elegant algorithm to determine if a dfa is minimal? Obviously you can minimize a dfa and then check to see if the result is isomorphic to the original. Is there another way?
posted by rdr at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop the mouse pointer from moving to the selected button automatically in OS X?

How do I stop the mouse pointer from moving to the selected button automatically in OS X? [more inside]
posted by rollo tomassi at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

how do i remove plastic coating from chairs

Help me figure out how to get plastic coating off metal chairs! [more inside]
posted by darsh at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

BoomBox Behind The Music?

Can you identify this music video about a boombox's rise to and fall from fame? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s at 11:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Macbook Pro must be exhausted from lack of sleep

How to make my Macbook Pro sleep? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Creating new CDs from old CD tracks -- how not to lose quality? (OS X)

How do I create my own CDs from existing CD tracks, without losing quality on OS X? It seems iTunes will let me rip to WAV but will it then burn back to CD in the same quality? I don't want to go through any encoding/decoding stage.
posted by deeper red at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

in dire need of a decent haircut

yet another "where should i get my haircut" question... [more inside]
posted by lisawin at 11:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me pamper my big sister

My sister is having ACDF surgery on Monday, and I'm putting together a care package for her recovery. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by owhydididoit at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Best options for non-broadcast television and the internet?

Rejoining the current century – best options for non-broadcast television and the internet? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew at 10:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Springtime love

I'm a student in the UK and have decided to take a job in the U.S. starting in the autumn. Is there any hope for me to be in a romantic relationship until then? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Good time in Texas

Bachelorette party ideas in Dallas? Planning from out of town - help! [more inside]
posted by xaire at 10:12 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I buy a used motorcycle?

Wanting to buy a motorcycle but a little confused about the process. [more inside]
posted by expletivization at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Is Curves that bad? Other options?

Is Curves International (i.e. the company behind Curves gyms) really that bad? If it is, are there any other gyms that are similar to this chain in terms of target clientele and training plan? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 10:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Is it more fiscally wise to rent or to buy a home?

Buying a house (vs. renting): How much more does it cost to buy than rent? Is it worth it (tax, asset, etc) in the long run? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Are there any CS/Engr Books for kids?

When asked, I couldn't recommend any good Computer Science or Engineering books for kids. Do such books exist? To avoid buying a stack and going through them myself, can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk at 9:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Anything but a book.

What's a thoughtful way to thank two librarians who went through a lot of hassle for me? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:43 AM PST - 12 comments

What is this Japanese Language Learning Magazine?

Help me remember the name of this Japanese language learning magazine/CD combo. [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

mp3 or aif?

How should I rip my cds...mp3 or aif? [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Pre-dated checks for a sublet. Sketchy?

I'm subletting an apartment for the summer (June-August). Is it sketchy to be asked to give the original lessee three checks—two pre-dated for July 1st and August 1st respectively—at the signing? It seems slightly odd, but not necessarily sketchy. [more inside]
posted by thebabelfish at 9:08 AM PST - 31 comments

I need a computer program made.

Is there a site where I can find someone to make me a computer program or small script? [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Fighting Blubber—The Gym Reassurance Questions.

Fighting Blubber—The Gym Reassurance Questions. [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Do it myself mobile microblogging?

I'm looking for a barebones SMS service that would forward any text messages I submit to a web page (preferably via a POST request with variables formatted to my specifications) backed by PHP and MySQL. Basically, I'd like to try my hand at mobile microblogging, but without the hyper-social aspect, and retaining absolute control of the output. Pay services are fine, as are suggestions of alternative means of accomplishing what I seek.
posted by The Confessor at 8:03 AM PST - 6 comments

My 3 1/2 year old is trying to put me in an early grave.

Help me deal with my defiant and difficult almost-4-year old. [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 7:43 AM PST - 36 comments

How to opt out of business credit card offers?

How can I opt out of business credit card offers for my home business when the usual junk mail filter options are geared towards individuals? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get my dial tone back!

Weird phone behavior filter: I can't get a dial tone for hours. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Practical strategies for learning how to accept yourself, failures and all?

I realized recently that I’m ashamed of myself at a deep fundamental level. When I fail at something big or small, I beat myself up emotionally more than I should and feel ashamed. I realize that this is not emotionally healthy, but I’m not really sure what I can do to change the dynamic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM PST - 24 comments

"Media disconnected", "network cable not plugged in". What is going on?

All network cards in our LAN suddenly claim to be disconnected. Wireless still works just fine. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 5:01 AM PST - 17 comments

VST four-track emulation?

Are there any VST plugins that emulate the lo-fi tone of four track recorders? [more inside]
posted by bunnytricks at 4:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Opensource Wiki Software

Open source Wiki software! I'm looking to setup an open source wiki service very similar to wikipedia.org (but slightly different). However I know there is open source software available to download... [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:43 AM PST - 6 comments

sir chompsworthy?

It's name my puppy time! [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 3:18 AM PST - 76 comments

Boston.com's most popular article?

Why has this article on a basement door (and some other readers' questions) spent so much time at the top of the boston.com "most emailed" list? [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 3:04 AM PST - 12 comments

interpolating dates in SQL query

In a SQL query that returns totals by date, how to interpolate dates where there are no results? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 2:42 AM PST - 7 comments

FLAC play back

Playback of FLAC on Windows in 2008? [more inside]
posted by Sitegeist at 2:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is this retro sound?

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the music that used to play once you had booted into Windows 98 SE? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 1:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does my laptop's wireless quit on me?

Why does the integrated wireless radio on my laptop stop working? [more inside]
posted by crashlanding at 1:14 AM PST - 6 comments

What Are The "Classic" Movies That Modern Kids Will Love?

Give me some suggestions for classic movies that my kids (ages 19 and 15) will enjoy. I have tried so hard [insert martyrdom here] to get them to appreciate the classics, but they mostly seem to react with "meh"... [more inside]
posted by amyms at 1:10 AM PST - 60 comments

Where can I get off-the-shelf PHP controls?

I'm at beginner at PHP and web programming, but have been programming on the desktop for a while. I want to make a web application, about 2 dozen webpages that read/write to a database, and with user accounts. Where can I get off-the-shelf controls for PHP like a DataGrid, Membership/Authentication, Tabs, and Popup Form/Dialog? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 1:04 AM PST - 8 comments

I take showers every day! Really!

How does one get body grease off a wooden table? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Where should I go in the Philippines?

Where should I spend 12 days in the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 12:27 AM PST - 8 comments

April 19

Where to find mall/department store sales statistics?

Where can I find mall and department store sales statistics? [more inside]
posted by SammyIva at 10:18 PM PST - 2 comments

What books should I read if I want to be successful?

What books should I read if I want to be successful? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 10:16 PM PST - 23 comments

Pricing for web design from a template?

How much would you charge for web design from a template? [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

A pill as big as a small town.

Is this multivitamin supplement safe? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 10:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How to license my songs to a student filmmaker?

What arrangements should I make with a student filmmaker who wants to use my music in his film? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 8:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that anime!

My friend is looking to find the title of a 1980s era anime she loved. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments


Is there a way to automagically back up my blackberry contacts and calendar on my iMac? Bluetooth and cordless would be swell. I'm running an intel Mac with the latest OS animal.
posted by Pants! at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

You're going to Burkina Faso? My coworker's daughter's boyfriend used to run a coffee shop there...

Imagine you're planning a trip and you know someone, maybe distantly, who used to live where you are traveling. Do you feel obligated to ask that person for advice? What do you ask them? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Please God don't make me read.

So, I've seen Sagan's Cosmos. I've seen The Universe. I've listened to Feynman's lectures on physics. What's next? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 6:39 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I Scare You?

So I wanna write a horror novel. God knows where I start. How can I make it scary, as opposed to a soppy middle of the road thriller?
posted by bobbyone at 6:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Did Kraftwerk translate The Man-Machine into French?

When I was younger I was told that Kraftwerk's Man-Machine/Mensch-Maschine album had a French-language version (L'homme-machine, presumably) that was never released. Does anyone know whether this is true or not? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 6:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Switching from a board to skis?

This snowboarder wants to give skiing a try. How to go about it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Neat instruments for guitarists

Guitarist looking for other string instruments to play around on... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How much do you need to spend on a propane bbq

Is it worth spending a few extra dollars on a high quality propane bbq, or do they all just peter out after a few years? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 5:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Landslide 6 months after first home purchase...

What is a young couple supposed to do when 6 months after purchasing their first home a landslide occurs in their back yard? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 5:25 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find a good downtown apartment or loft in Athens, GA?

After a stint in a major city, I've decided that Athens, GA is my home and I will be returning. I'd like to live downtown. Do any Mefites have advice in general for locating not-well-publicized places, or any specific ins for downtown Athens living? [more inside]
posted by quixxotic at 4:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Safety restraints - no zip

Sluggish seatbelt retracting thingers: How to fix them? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 4:44 PM PST - 6 comments

How am I doing?

How does one keep track of personal improvements in a variety of aspects ? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 4:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Seek name of movie that haunts me

Wonderful Mefis: I know someone will help. I seek the name of a movie, or made-for-TV movie. 1980s, probably. May have starred cast members from Absolutely Fabulous. Maybe a Brit production. [more inside]
posted by yazi at 4:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Traynor amps in Toronto/Montreal

Does anyone know of a good place to shop for/ try out vintage Traynor amps in Toronto or Montreal? Much obliged.
posted by jules1651 at 4:12 PM PST - 3 comments

I think I like piano music

Where can I found more music like this? [more inside]
posted by jjbb at 4:07 PM PST - 24 comments

What is this sort of joke called?

Is there a name for this style of joking? Set-up: Person A asks a question. Punchline: Person B -- by pretending to misunderstand the question -- gives an unexpected response. The Marx Bros used this style a lot, and I see it over and over on "Flight of the Conchords. " ALSO: Can anyone offer further examples of this? Thank you so much! :-)
posted by coizero at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Chess and ADD

I'm kind of interested in learning to play chess. I have ADD. How's that gonna go? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 3:35 PM PST - 11 comments

What are fun/interesting/cheap things to do in LA for a week?

What are fun/interesting/cheap things to do in LA for a week? [more inside]
posted by adi at 3:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Somebody claims I scratched their car.

Somebody claims I scratched their car. What now? [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 3:32 PM PST - 16 comments

The power of the touch!

Just bought Ipod Touch....I love it, but sometimes not having internet connection makes most of my widget apps useless. Are there Todo list/grocery list etc type apps that one can use offline? [more inside]
posted by matthelm at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

music festival website

Is there a website that lists music festivals, like Sasquatch, and their website addresses? I am interested in a wide variety of music.
posted by Foam Pants at 3:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Did your family sing together?

Did your parents sing to or with you? [more inside]
posted by arcadia at 2:47 PM PST - 90 comments

Why yes, I **do** fancy a fry-up.

This mefi post made me hungry. Are there any restaurants in LA that serve a Full English breakfast? I consulted one of my old coworkers who was in town from Ireland for a while, and the closest he got was buying the fixins from the Irish store on Vine and making it himself.
posted by thedaniel at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Replace old Shimano LX with XT/XTR

VintageMTBFilter: I'm behind the times when it comes to MTB gear and I'm looking for suggestions for a new rear hub for my commuter bike, leading to perhaps some further upgrades down the road. My question regards upgrade paths for deraillers, shifters, and brakes. [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for articles on a particular philosophy of education

I'm writing a monstrous paper on the "cross-curricular" teaching method for middle school and high school. I have searched ERIC, JSTOR, and psycINFO with all kinds of keyword combos, and I'm still not coming up with decent theoretical or empirical articles. I really need the help of the Collective BrainFilter. I'll explain further inside... [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 2:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Identify this sample?

Calling all electro fans: can anyone identify the track sampled at 1:39 in this Justice concert clip?
posted by aqhong at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Pampered and Elegant Toes That Work Hard

Waitress Shoe Filter: What shoe would you advise this Canadian to buy, online, that she can return easily if it doesn't fit? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Racquetball equipment stores in the Triangle?

Where can I shop for racquetball racquets in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 1:46 PM PST - 1 comment

To live an hour outside of the city

If you wanted to live an hour outside of Manhattan by train, which city would you recommend moving to (in any direction)? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 1:34 PM PST - 26 comments

How to get rid of lots of unwanted comics

What's the best way to dispose of those parts of my comics collection I no longer want? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Respect my autonomy!

What are some common arguments against religious evangelism/proselytism? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 1:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Cicadian or Sunrise Alarm Clocks?

Anybody have experience with cicadian rhythm alarm clocks or "sunrise" alarm clocks? More inside... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 12:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Someone lied about me in an affidavit. Now what?

A good friend and former employee is going through a tough divorce. I filled an affidavit testifying to her child care and parenting skills (we both worked at a private school). Her husband's responding affidavit accused me (falsely!) of drunken altercations with the local police. Should I be worried? Should I respond? [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS at 12:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Find me a home, where the ...squirrels? roam

[Chicagolandfilter] I'm looking to move within the NW suburbs of Chicago. I want somewhere that has a small town or urban feel, like Barrington's downtown, but without the insane housing prices. (We will be renting.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 12:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me figure out how to stick to a good healthy breakfast.

Eatingfilter: I'm an admitted chronic meal-skipper, trying to mend my wicked ways. Help me enjoy a healthy filling breakfast and stick to it! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 12:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Safe milliwatt setting for Linksys WRT54G?

What's a safe setting for transmit power in milliwatts for a Linksys WRT54G? It's default is 42- I'd like to bump it but not burn the router out. Max is 251.
posted by xmutex at 12:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Handily sync generic mp3 player on mac?

Are there any handy utilities or iTunes plugins to help sync my mp3 player (which appears as simply a mass-storage drive) from my macbook? [Something like a mac version of badapple.]
posted by kickingtheground at 11:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Portable DAB radio recommendation

I'm looking for a good, cheap, portable DAB radio to use outside. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

One fine city to another fine city.

What's a reasonable price for a round-trip ticket from BWI (or maybe DC, either Dulles or National) to Glasgow, UK, in September of this year? [more inside]
posted by buxtonbluecat at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

horse:water::visitors:comments section?

Is it ethical to fake conversation in your own blog's comments section? I don't mean stirring up controversy for the sake of it or setting up straw-man arguments. I mean chucking some "model" comments on to the end of a batch of posts to let readers know the comments are there and easy to use. As a codicil: Has anyone done this and found that it effectively enticed discussion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I ask for more financial assistance / financing options as an international in the US?

How do I ask for more financial assistance / financing options as an international undergraduate in a US college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Living in White Marsh?

What's it like living in the White Marsh area, or somewhere along the Pulaski Hwy? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the best way to make sharp, detailed, flexible custom stencils?

What's the best way to make sharp, detailed, flexible custom stencils? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Teaching Good & Evil & Critical Thinking to Children Through Literature

Please help me find resources and information about Good and Evil in children's literature. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

OSX latency monitoring for windows games

Is there a way I can monitor latency to gaming servers easily in OSX, preferably through a widget? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:07 AM PST - 2 comments

What are the best online publications for submitting articles about web design and project management?

What are the best online publications for submitting articles about web design and project management? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Open source PHP software and IIS

Disadvantages working with Open Source PHP Software in a WIMP environment? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

classic pc video game filter: does anyone remember this game?

classic pc video game filter: does anyone remember this game: used to be a free download way back in the dawn of the internet. what i remember.... it was a game racing some sort of airplane or anti-gravity car. (similar to a more modern game called wipeout pure). it was a free download, and if im not mistaken it was actually from or sponsored by Microsoft to show off directx. The time frame would have been '96 or '97.
posted by chasles at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me grow up, dammit.

[GrownupFilter] Many credit threads on here, but I couldn't find one that really helped: I have shit credit, and I hate throwing money away with renting. In the next 12-18 months, what can I do to help me buy a house? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Why oh Why is my wifi not printing?

Why does my printer say it isn't responding? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

"Wow, that was quick."

A google search confirms: "Time flies when you're having fun" is actually true, because the body's internal clock is influenced by dopamine. However, when the alarm goes off and I groggily stumble out of bed, it has been my life-long experience that times passes quickly. This seems like a contradiction. [more inside]
posted by proj08 at 8:22 AM PST - 7 comments

What was this TV show?

A young, lonely girl meets a mysterious man in a television set in her grandparents' attic. She secretly meets the man in the TV every night, falling in love. He persuades her to help him come through so they can be together for real. She does, unwittingly opening a transdimensional invasion route for his evil army. What was the title of this show? It was made in the mid- to late 70s. A children's production similar to the ABC After School Specials. [more inside]
posted by JFP at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Bento in the Buffalo, NY area

Where to find Bento-as-I-knew-it-in-PDX in Buffalo NY? [more inside]
posted by Meep! Eek! at 8:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Using a wireless access point as an AP client

Connecting with your own wireless access point (AP) to another one that provides access to the Internet -- help me figure out the basics here. [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

See me, field me

WebDesignFilter: How can I show certain elements of a form depending on the value of a radio button? [more inside]
posted by trim17 at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I put my photo collection on a Creative Commons license?

As a hobby photographer, I'm playing with the idea of putting my large industrial decay photo collection on a CC license. Should I? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 5:07 AM PST - 8 comments

how to design a variable torsional spring

how do i design a cheap spring to attach to a small plastic lever, that will only act over a portion of the rotation of that lever? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 3:53 AM PST - 4 comments

AVSForum Club Membership worth it?

Is a membership in AVSForum Club worth it? I'm in the market for an HDTV and I'm wondering if it's worth the $35 subscription cost for access to the special deal forum, or if the specials posted there are similar to what I'll find looking at other sites like slickdeals, etc.
posted by longdaysjourney at 3:16 AM PST - 3 comments

6 Yr Old's B'Day HELP

My kid is going to be six next month and he wants a party. We are very short on cash. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 3:05 AM PST - 42 comments

Matthew Barney's sculpture and molecular biology

Has there been any critical recognition of the similarity of the sculptures of Jachin and Boaz from Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3 to important helical structures (the DNA helix and the alpha helix) from molecular biology? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 2:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find film footage of Richard Nixon bowling?

Where can I find film footage of Richard Nixon bowling? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 2:41 AM PST - 2 comments

I've done it, I killed my Mighty Mouse, whereto now?

It was a stormy night. The scroll wheel in my Mighty Mouse stuck, again. Cleaned it. Worked fine for 5 minutes. Stuck again. I snapped… [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 1:48 AM PST - 23 comments

April 18

They Must Have The BBQ Pork, At Least?

Any good pho in Downtown Houston? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 10:31 PM PST - 11 comments

best unknown places to eat in SF

What's the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 10:11 PM PST - 24 comments

Books similar to Peake/Gormenghast?

My fiance loves Mervyn Peake. Can you suggest some other authors/books that are similar in style to Gormenghast? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 10:02 PM PST - 16 comments

If he had given us this instead of the bread of our affliction--deyanu!

I've been tasked with making the charoset for my family's seder this year. But I'm tired of the same-old-same-old. Got any recipes you love? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:37 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a little dog advice, and a lot of roommate advice. Help me get a good night's sleep!

Can I train my roommate's dog if she's not doing it? Can I live without a full night's sleep for 5 more months? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi at 9:33 PM PST - 15 comments

just like a pbr: cool and cheap

a couple of air conditioner energy-efficiency questions. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Oil, oil everywhere and not a drop to drink...

What fundamental differences keep the US from nationalizing and/or heavily regulating the oil industry as a whole, much like electricity has been regulated? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 9:25 PM PST - 17 comments

where to invest?

so ive got like $3500 or so that i want to put into either a roth ira and some index funds.....or that id like to put all together in the market. there are these funds ive been reading about a little in the market itself that are labeled as 'safe' bets. they pay anywhere from 10-15% return and are pretty much all in energy, oil, gas, drilling, and that sort of thing. it's buy and hold on a smaller scale. anyway, that's one option and the other option is to just put the minimum in a roth and buy about a grand's worth of fidelity funds. my goals are to be able to help pay rent and to build small amounts of wealth. alright, lemme know what you think.
posted by locoindio at 9:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Best protective gloves for delicate repairs?

What are the best gloves to provide protection from molten stick shellac, while still allowing for extremely delicate repair work? [more inside]
posted by alhadro at 8:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Keep my ill-gotten social perk?

I have a nice title at my work (Director of blah), but I have none of the responsibilities, privileges or authority being a director should entail. Do I move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Digital camera file renaming help

Is there simple software for a digital camera flash card that will offload my pics -and- change the filename to the date they were taken? [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote at 8:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Armor costume sans metal

Posting for a friend: creating metal like armor for a costume, without the whole metal part. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 7:33 PM PST - 10 comments

A salad that enu would die for

I have to make a salad for a Passover seder with a lot of people. Can anyone think of a good recipe for a salad that is kosher, filling (I'm thinking maybe nuts or beans), easy to make in large quantities, and delicious? Thanks for your help!
posted by Dasein at 7:23 PM PST - 18 comments

WordPress Plugin to Highlight Best Comments?

I run a couple of WordPress blogs. Sometimes a reader will leave an excellent comment. I would love to find a plugin (or an easy method) to highlight these great comments, similar to the way AskMe highlights best answers. I can't figure out how to do this. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 7:18 PM PST - 8 comments

changing domains on a Wordpres site

I need to create a website in Wordpress in a test domain, and then when it's all ready, to move it to another domain. What's the best workflow to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Teaching English in japan/germany

Looking for information about teaching English abroad, specifically in Japan and Germany. [more inside]
posted by thekak at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Can't get DVI to HDMI working

I'm trying to hook up my pc to my tv via DVI -> HDMI but it's not working. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek at 5:53 PM PST - 9 comments

What was that cool screensaver?

Please help me remember the name of a fancy Windows screensaver from about 1996. The only points I remember clearly about it was that it was shareware, had many available modules, one of which was an animated soccer/football game that periodically had a streaker dash across the field.
posted by fish tick at 4:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this a termite or an ant?

Is this an ant, or a termite? Photo inside. [more inside]
posted by timwindsor at 4:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Austrian villages

Pleasant towns in Austria? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

orderless ComplexType

How do I make a complex type in Schema that's not "All", "Choice", nor "Sequence"? [more inside]
posted by badstone at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Mmm, garlic-flavored mojito...

How can I improve the taste of the ice cubes in my freezer? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 4:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Squirrels are crunchy

If I feed my cat more often will he stop bringing home his own snacks from the wild? [more inside]
posted by Kioki-Silver at 4:03 PM PST - 33 comments

anxiety and dietary supplements

My doctor prescribed 5-HTP (dietary supplement ) for anxiety. If others have used it, can you pl. let me know your experience. What side effects did you experience ? Were there sexual side effects ?
posted by tom123 at 4:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Shooting Gallery

OldArcadeGameFilter: I'm trying to find a video/arcade game that my mom used to love back in the mid-1980s. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 3:58 PM PST - 9 comments

dirty pool

How do i clean out the inside of my billiard cue case? [more inside]
posted by breakfast_yeti at 3:20 PM PST - 2 comments

My iPod Touch wants to be a Shuffle.

My new iPod Touch will not sequence an album in the proper order. I cue an album, push play, and it shuffles randomly from song to song. Any ideas to get me back on track? [more inside]
posted by prinado at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Collaborative Wordpress!

I've recently moved my blog to a collaborative environment and we're using Wordpress (and I have been for over a year now), but I'm having trouble figuring out a way for us to work that is as seamless as possible with the Wordpress install. I need some help figuring out what tools to use! [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How to make RSS feeds for new posts by a specific user on a vBulletin forum?

How do I set up an RSS feed for a vBulletin forum? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 2:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Mmmm, roast squirrel

OutdoorSurvivalFilter: Why is it necessary to skin an animal before roasting over an open fire. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 2:39 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I feel better again?

How do I feel better again? I don't. I don't know what to do anymore? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 2:26 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines?

How can I turn my old Windows XP desktop into a print server for a wired network with Vista and XP machines? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 2:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Swap out blower motor of 98 Mercury Mystique

I'm looking for detailed online directions to remove/change the blower motor from a 1998 Mercury Mystique (Ford Contour). I've checked the Contour Enthusiast Group and found nothing. Any suggestions?
posted by charmston at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Suggestions for a good German to English translation service?

I have one scanned JPG image of one typewritten page of modern German (or possibly modern Swiss-German). What's the best company, service, or person to use to get it translated into English quickly? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 1:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Doing JOINs the Rails way

How can I do a Rails find JOIN without SQL, using the two tables' existing has_and_belongs_to_many relationships? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

RSS: Peggy Noonan

How do I get an RSS feed for Peggy Noonan in the WSJ? [more inside]
posted by rush at 1:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm thinking of a song...

Hopefully this won't be too obscure... There was a pretty popular Japanese rock band that had a song which was basically a rocked out heavy metal version of Dies Irae from Verdi's requiem. I think the CD is from the early 90's or so. What's the name of the band? (and no, it's not from the Battle Royale soundtrack. That was a purely orchestral version)
posted by edjusted at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Mail-Order Mintsters

Mint me, MeFi! What are the best mints I can mail-order from Canada? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Accuracy (or lack thereof) in the yen-to-dollar rate.

Is the Land of the Rising Sun still expensive? Expats (recent and current) and erstwhile tourists, chime in. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Some come here to sit and think ...

I'm looking for places to sit and write in New York City. Fussy constraints within. [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 12:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Would you ride a bicycle?

I live in a bicycle friendly city which inspired me to get a new bicycle. I really want to ride it instead of using our car. Sounds simple, right? [more inside]
posted by MeeMaMN at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't listen to what they're saying because then I'd be crying instead of dancing...

I'm trying to put together a list of the happiest sounding songs with the saddest lyrics... can you help? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 12:27 PM PST - 107 comments

SQL CTE Question

I need help with a SQL CTE which works in SQL 2005 but doesn't in Business Objects. [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Said me ya goa jailbreak ♫

[Jailbreaking-an-iPhone-Filter]: Seduced my the possibility of various apps upping my phone's usability (and thus my own productivity), I've decided I want to jailbreak my iPhone. What is the best way to do this? What are the probable the caveats? [more inside]
posted by numinous at 12:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should we go after Munich for our summer holidays

Cosmopolitan, chilled out, cultural, lots to see and do all within reach of Munich....within flying, train or driving reach that is. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I give them an out?

Totally silly detail of asking questions filter: When you ask for something, do you give them an out? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 11:46 AM PST - 15 comments

I've just seen a face

Can you identify this face? It's part of a clue in a treasure hunt. There are numerous hints that the man might be French, and/or a composer or organist. Or a philosopher. Anyway, see if this photo rings a bell. Thanks!
posted by jsbww at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How does one care for fancy goldfish?

I just rescued a couple of fancy goldfish, and I could use some advice on how to properly care for them. Is it normal for them to rest on the bottom of the tank? How much should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Cobra termination

I missed a Cobra Payment and they terminated me. How can I appeal their decision? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you tell me how to get...

Where can I find older episodes (pre-Elmo) of Sesame Street on DVD for my son? I know about the two disks of "Old School" episodes that have been released on DVD, there's still a huge gap between where those end (1979, I believe) and when Elmo became extremely prominent in the show (late 80s, I believe), and each of those sets only contain 5 full episodes, and a lot of individual segments, outside of the context of a full show. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Giant Cloud Leaves Commuters Baffled

You are not my meteorologist but . . . There are clouds and there are clouds, I'd never seen one like this before, what kind was it? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

What do sound techs and band managers actually do?

I'm interested in understanding what a sound tech's duties entail during a concert setting, and what goes into managing a band. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

finance proz

Short-term investments question: In your opinion, what stable foreign currency should I invest my money? [more inside]
posted by goldism at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I determine the width of one molecule of a substance?

What is the width of a single molecule of Tartrazine? Brilliant Blue FCF? [more inside]
posted by jwells at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Custom fit hole-drilling worth the cost? the potential for error?

Bowling ball wanted; I'm seeking advice as first-time buyer. [more inside]
posted by skyper at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Dress code for male Doms?

What is the minimum acceptable dress code for male Doms who want to go public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I let him know I want to go on another date?

I've gone on two dates with a guy I met online. Our second date, last Friday, ended with some groping and making out. He wanted me to sleep over his place, but I decided not to. The next day we chatted online, he said he had a great time and I did too. He called me on Monday the day after we had a flirty/ close to booty call text session. I let him know I wanted to see him again. I was hoping he would ask me out again, because i don't want to go straight to his place to see him again. I'd like to go on another date or two before we hit the sheets. How should I let him know in better words? Should I go ahead an ask him out on a date, if he doesn't?
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 27 comments

What kind of visa do I need and where do I get it?

I'm completely confused about UK immigration policy and am getting conflicting information re: extended stays for academic research. [more inside]
posted by venividivici at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Can You Name That Fallacy?

Is there already a precise term for the rhetorical fallacy/trick described in the following scenario: Guy A and B are arguing. Guy A makes an assertion. Guy B counters the assertion with an argument of his own. Guy A ignores the specifics of Guy B’s argument, and asserts that Guy B’s argument does not genuinely reflect Guy B’s position (i.e., Guy A says that there are certain unstated ‘real’ reasons Guy B holds the particular position he’s arguing for, and Guy A then goes on to expound on those real reasons to Guy B on his behalf). [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Need help archiving digital home video!

I have a digital video camera and a regular digital camera that both record video in the AVI format. Since AVI files, especially DV-AVI from the video camera, are so relatively large I need to find the best format for archival purposes. "Best format" is defined by me as having decent-but-not-necessarily-spectacular quality, available via free software, and somewhat easy to do (i.e. one app for everything - not one for video and one for audio, no command line, etc.). Help! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Songs for skydiving

I need songs about falling and/or flying, but not in a metaphorical sense. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:58 AM PST - 44 comments

It burns, it burns!

YANMD. Why does my diaphragm hurt? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

dealing with a low GPA on grad applications?

Ways to mitigate a low undergrad GPA for grad school applications? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Firewire Won't Detect Camcorder

Totally boring firewire question: I had to reinstall windows xp, and now the system won't see my camcorder. [more inside]
posted by muckster at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

How many calories should I eat in a day?

What is my metabolic rate? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 7:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Electric car window won't stay up, how to fix?

Permanent, elegant solution for keeping an electric car window up? [more inside]
posted by jmitchell at 7:27 AM PST - 10 comments

It's not you, it's your salary expectations.

I was turned down for a job. The reason given was that they couldn't match the salary range that I could get from other jobs. Is this a common "polite lie" among employers or is this the actual reason for me not getting hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 12 comments

News footage for web video: where can I get it, and for how much?

News footage for use in a video to be distributed over the web: where can I get it, and for how much? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 6:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Where does this quote come from?

"The soul perishes not of dark, but of cold." - Where does this quote come from? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 5:54 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm not fat and lazy, it's metabolic?

MedicalSymptomsFilter: Hypothyroidism or something else? [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe at 5:28 AM PST - 15 comments

I want to project the Ordinance Survey Grid (UK) on Google Maps.

I want to project the Ordinance Survey Grid (UK) on Google Maps. This site which to have a KML file that might do that (it's 9 on the list), but I have no idea how to get it to work. I downloaded the file, but it doesn't seem to do anything. I say I down oaded it, I've also clicked on it a few times mindlessly too - and this has not worked either. [more inside]
posted by munchbunch at 4:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a good silver polish

We need to polish some antique silver, but are afraid of ruining it or removing too much metal. We're talking about flatware, cups, serving dishes, and other tableware. Ideally we'd like a method that: damages the silver as little as possible, provides a long-lasting shine/reduces future tarnish rate, won't kill whoever eats with them. [more inside]
posted by herzigma at 3:59 AM PST - 10 comments

April 17

Filmmaker training, online?

Suggest online or DVD resources for a new filmmaker to learn about lenses, film formats, shot composition, camera moves, dialogue staging, and other aspects of cinematography & directing? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Webcam Options For The Painfully Separated

Mac/PC webcam options (hardware and software)? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Post-sobriety drinking success stories

Are there any stories of recovering/recovered alcoholics (with more than a few years sobriety) returning to drinking without serious consequences? I'm looking for post-sobriety 'success' stories. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Where to go from Lyon?

I'm thinking of taking a day/weekend trip from Lyon (Rhône-Alpes) to... somewhere. I'd like the destination city to be pretty close. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Rut to Smut - NSFW

Please help us "diversify." [NSFW!] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Which Marx translations are 'canonical?'

I am taking a look at two Marx texts, Capital (V: I) and his Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon, which are the best translations? I know there are a few problematic translations with the latter.
posted by christopherbdnk at 9:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Windows Vista is laughing at me...

Server/network/IT-Filter? Windows Vista keeps, or more specifically explorer.exe drops my network transfers, how can I fix this or what is the best Explorer replacement? Also, how can I make Windows Server 2008 more useful on the small scale (more inside of course) ... [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 9:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Reality of Realty

Landlords are selling the house we are in and we would like to know what to expect from the coming months. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

How to be a good graduate student

Help me be a better graduate student. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 8:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Do I work in a toxic environment?

How unsafe is it to work in a warehouse filled with hundred + year old stuffed exhibits (buffalo, cougars, birds, snakes, etc.) It contains the archives of a natural history museum. One of the scientists there told me that, although they would like to get rid of some of these old specimens, no one would want them as they were taxidermed the old fashioned way with mercury and formaldehyde, etc. They, also, have a bar of radium from Madame Curie but its on a different floor. I've inquired as to how its packaged but I'd be surprised if its done properly in a lead box. I just read an article that made a connection with working around formaldehyde and ALS - my most feared disease. I only work (volunteer) there 2 days a week but am I in any danger doing so? Thanks
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 8:04 PM PST - 9 comments

What kind of mold is this?

This is mold, obviously; but why is it growing only on the seams of these blocks of wood? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do and how to get to Fells Point, Baltimore?

My wife and I (mid 20s) will be heading to Baltimore tomorrow from Philly to enjoy the good weather, and get a change of scenery. We'll be driving in, and have got a hotel room as we quite enjoy the beer, and don't want to have to sober up and drive home (or pay $200 to take Amtrak home...) We've got daytime plans down, but I'd like to know more about nightlife. [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 7:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Weather station for extreme conditions?

Wireless weather station for extreme conditions? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Making an Ugly Table Pretty (and useable)

What is the best way to seal a repainted coffee table? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Can an Aspie and an NT have a genuinely fulfilling relationship?

Is it possible for a relationship between one neuro-typical partner and one partner with asperger's to be in a genuinely fulfilling relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Will iron make my hair come back?

Does anemia lead to permanent hair loss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap data-fitting software?

Looking for free or low cost (under $50) multiple linear regression software which ideally works with Microsoft Excel (but not critical). Any recommendations?
posted by vizsla at 5:58 PM PST - 17 comments

My Krups Krapped out!

My trusty Krups coffee excretor gave up the ghost, but would be easily repairable if ONLY I could find a source for the blown thermal fuse. Any idea where I could find one, AskMeFi? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot at 5:57 PM PST - 11 comments

What's up with my leg?

Medical Filter. Recently (in the past month or so), one of my legs seems to have either grown longer than the other one, or one has shrunk. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 5:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Termination of volunteer position

Help with potentially unethical situation in volunteer termination [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:17 PM PST - 21 comments

I hope I take after HER side of the family

Help me think of a kickass gift for my grandmother's 100th (!!!) birthday. [more inside]
posted by doift at 4:53 PM PST - 19 comments

I've heard the wine isn't bad...

I'm spending a week in Toulouse, France next month. I'll be on business, so busy during the day, but I expect my evenings will be free. Anything I should be sure to do/see/eat? In addition to Toulouse, are there any nearby places within a few hours drive that I should visit?
posted by jpdoane at 4:42 PM PST - 7 comments

clear. hard. plastic. case.

Where can I find a clear hard plastic credit card case? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 4:14 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a replacement word for the word clusterf#$k

I need a replacement word for the word clusterf#$k. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 4:12 PM PST - 65 comments

How do I get off the urban circuit with a Eurail pass and a backpack?

Backpacking through Europe: Help me find places other than big cities to explore using my Eurail pass. [more inside]
posted by ontic at 3:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Get pregnant now or later?

Marriage, illness, medication, bad timing and having children - what should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 16 comments

How to deal with relentlessly negative carpoolers?

How to deal with relentlessly negative carpoolers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 29 comments

Do I Choose Love or Money?

I have two relatively equal job offers on the table. Job A will potentially provide more personal satisfaction and job B will potentially provide more future job advancement. Which do I choose? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 18 comments

What did I do to my computer to make it squeal?

What did I do to my computer to make it squeal? I unplugged and unhooked up my computer to clean the carpets in my office. Now all my soundcard does is squeal at me in a high-pitched tone although it looks like it's connected correctly. Can anyone give me any trouble-shooting suggestions for figuring out how to fix this?
posted by katyjack at 3:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a modern white desk?

Where can I find a modern white desk? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

¡Oh! Mexico, what do you have in store for me?

I'm going to Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara for 12 days and I'm looking for recommendations of things I absolutely must do/see... [more inside]
posted by rhinny at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Can't modify - or even find - my Blogger blog.

I have a Blogger blog that I set up a while ago but never put anything on. Now I can't modify it at all, even though the URL is "taken" - by me. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 3:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Downsides of a jailbroken iPhone in the UK

What would the downsides be if I unlocked and jailbroke an iPhone in the UK, and used it with my existing O2 SIM card? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 3:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Explaining how college works to a first generation student

Please suggest information sources and other resources to explain how college works to a first generation potential college student. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 3:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Austin public schools versus SF Bay Area public schools: which will leave our children behind less?

I can't find a consistent way to compare public schools in two different states, but maybe someone here has personal experience that'll help. We're considering buying a home in either the SF bay area or in Austin. Is there a substantial difference in the quality of the public schools? Regardless of which way we go, we'd pick a neighborhood that has highly rated schools. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make an image into a Wordpress link?

I have an image. I have a Wordpress ?php previous_posts_link? . How can I make it so the image acts as that? I've googled and just can't find the right alchemy and I just know that other people are doing it.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

I feel like I'm eating oil for breakfast

What are the top 3 things I can do this year to avoid consuming non-renewable resources? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 2:28 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I remove stubborn packing tape?

How can I get brown packing tape off a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by tinkertown at 2:17 PM PST - 20 comments

I just want the pop up to go away.

You know the pop up format menu that comes up in Word 2007 when you highlight something? How do I turn that off? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Roommate owes me money. What do I do?

My roommate owes me $500 in bills and will likely owe twice as much until our lease is up. I need the money. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by bondgirl53001 at 2:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Good way to make a photo website?

What is the best way to set up a photography website? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 2:03 PM PST - 16 comments

What's up with Bug's dad?

I have a question about Season 4 of The Wire. Spoiler inside. [more inside]
posted by pasici at 1:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Where should my girlfriend and I stay around Big Sur in June?

Where should my girlfriend and I stay for a quiet, semi-romantic weekend around Big Sur in June? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Podcasts for Rio Carbon?

Is there software to automatically manage podcasts on my Rio Carbon Pearl? I'm looking for something that will function like iTunes for an iPod or Zune for a Zune -- keep only unplayed shows on my player, download new shows when I run the software, etc. Are there any iTunes alternatives which will handle this on my Rio Carbon? I'm running XP.
posted by YoungAmerican at 1:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Custom header row in .NET datagrid?

How do I insert a row of identical drop-down lists into the top of my .NET datagrid? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 1:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Childhood movie memory

A childhood memory of two science fiction films has been nagging me lately. I have just a little to go on... [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous at 1:38 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm going camping!!

5-day spring backpacking recommendations in the western US. [more inside]
posted by itsamonkeytree at 1:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Take this broken grammar and learn to fly

GrammarFilter: I was listening to "Blackbird" by the Beatles recently, and was struck by the line: "You were only waiting for this moment to arise." I was intrigued by the way the phrase "to arise" has sort of an ambiguous function here. [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 1:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Irish music in Galway City

Can anyone recommend a good place for traditional Irish music near the Jurys Inn on Quay St in Galway City?
posted by Shanachie at 1:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop excessive dreams?

I have excessive dream recall (I dream too much.) I frequently confuse the details of my realistic dreams for reality meaning I reference things in conversation that never happened. If I'm anxious the dreams are nightmares but not night terrors. Anyone mastered this problem? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 12:48 PM PST - 19 comments

What's so exciting about a pitcher's duel?

Baseball question: Why is a matchup between excellent pitchers considered a "good game" from a fan's point of view? [more inside]
posted by luser at 12:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Where are the used book stores in Houston?

Where are the good used book stores in Houston? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 12:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Trying to keep the Users folder from getting cluttered.

How can I keep the Users folder tidy in Leopard? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do in Ontario??

We have recently moved to Waterloo Ontario from Vancouver BC and friends are coming to visit. What should we do with them??? Help! I really want them (and us) to have fun!! [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 12:33 PM PST - 16 comments

cliff's notes for college?

i want something sort of like this, only more to my liking. recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by gcat at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Show me how Excel can sort numbers and text in the order I want

Any Excel gurus in the room? I have an Excel spreadsheet with over 800 rows of data. Each row begins with a number (like 0001), and some have letters after the numbers (like 0001a). The Sort function doesn’t sort the way I’d like it to. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

CSS help is needed

Can I make this work in IE the same as it does in Firefox? Here is the example i need some CSS help with. This works properly in Firefox, but needs some help in IE. Any suggestions?
posted by joelf at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

best haroset?

What's your best haroset recipe? Happy Pesach!
posted by pinto at 12:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Charles Lindbergh book

I'd really like to read a book about Charles Lindbergh but don't know which to choose of the hundreds that seem to be available. (I'm more interested in learning about his political career as a consultant/activist etc. than I am about the whole flying thing.) [more inside]
posted by Claypole at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Link from excel cell to a specific PDF page?

Is there a way to create a link in an Excel spreadsheet to a specific page or destination in an external PDF file? I've read some tutorials that show how to do this in html documents but can't seem to figure out if it's possible in Excel. I'm using MS Excel 2000 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional. Thanks!
posted by bepe at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Super Comfortable Portable Chaise for Sunning?

I've moved from a claustro apartment into a place with a (small) backyard, I have a full ipod with great headphones, and I've got a stack of books to read. It's time to kick back and suntan (quickly, before the really heavy rays kick in in July/August!). So...can anyone recommend a seriously comfortable yet reasonably portable (must store in garage between uses) chaisse lounge...or other outdoor reclining furniture appropriate for sunning?
posted by Quisp Lover at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

My job sucks help me switch to programming .

How long would it take to become decent at programming Java for someone with basic non OO programming skills? [more inside]
posted by ilike at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Utility of variable annuities?

Help me analyze a variable annuity as a tax-deferred retirement savings option. [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

¿Donde está la musica?

Is there a Pitchfork-esque website for rock en español, or Latin American music in general? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Wifi to connect two detached houses?

I've decided to abandon 'plan A' and think it's best to connect my two houses using wifi because of electrical concerns. I've read through tons of past Askme and other threads on the internet about range boosting, repeaters, gain, antennas etc but I'm asking this question because I'm hoping that there's a kit someone can point me in the direction of that matches my needs! [more inside]
posted by dance at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I copy a DVD movie to DVD-R on a Mac?

MacFilter: Mac DVD copying on the cheap free? [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

How To Learn Psychology

I have an interest in psychology that I'd like to explore further, but I'm not really sure how to start. I can't say I know much about the field of psychology. I'd like to explore alternatives to taking classes at the local community college (I'm not looking for a degree), but I'd definitely like to understand the mind more. Some books I've enjoyed reading: Prozac Nation, Paradox of Choice, Stumbling on Happiness. [more inside]
posted by defben at 10:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Do I have to give dibs to a higher priced Cubs parking space seller?

Wrigleyville residents/capitalist theorists: am I obliged to honor the "dibs" system while selling my parking spot during Cubs night games? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 10:25 AM PST - 40 comments

What legal precautions should I take when filming a documentary?

What legal precautions should I take when filming a documentary? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 10:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Graphic Designer, travelling to San Francisco and I'd like to find somewhere that sells...

Graphic Designer, travelling to San Francisco and I'd like to find somewhere that sells... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

What is the name of this book?

Because this question just doesn't get asked enough: please help me remember this book I enjoyed as a child in the early 1970s. In it, 3 boys are at the beach. They find at least one (maybe more) message in a bottle, and I think the message is in some sort of code. I thought the title was "Three By The Sea" but I checked Amazon.com and the book they have with that title is definitely NOT the book I'm thinking of. Anyone?
posted by bluekrauss at 10:10 AM PST - 4 comments

No more secondhand smoke

I have been working at an art gallery for over a two years. When I first was hired they asked me if I was okay with smoking from time to time. The two directors smoke once or twice when they are in the gallery. I had told them it was fine since I knew they wouldn't be in the gallery every single day. Now our gallery has several new people who smoke and they are in every day. I can't stand it anymore. It's 5 out of 6, who smoke or don't care if anyone else smokes in the gallery. How do I politely tell the group of smokers to smoke somewhere else in the gallery or not smoke near me at all after I had told them that it was okay for them to do it in the first place? I'm afraid they just might end up hating me and firing me.
posted by likeapen at 10:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Color-per-author in MediaWiki?

Is it possible to have each author on a MediaWiki have a different text color automatically? I'd like the entries of my three users to show up differently. [more inside]
posted by fake at 10:01 AM PST - 1 comment

What to make with Protein Powder that isn't chunky and mushy?

What can I cook with protein powder, other than smoothies or oatmeal? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:00 AM PST - 21 comments

ATA-7 to replace ATA-6?

Can an ATA-7 hard drive be used as a replacement for an ATA-6 hard drive? [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Mystery fish

Please help me identify a fish that washed up on a Pacific Ocean beach in Oregon. [more inside]
posted by efalk at 9:54 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I display colorful directed graphs on the web?

How do I take a graph that looks like this and display it in a web friendly format? Oh, and there's 300,000 of them. [more inside]
posted by christonabike at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find an internship?

I'm a third year Visual Communications major looking for graphic design internships in the S.F./Sac/or inbetween area. Where can I find more places to apply? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

targetting Chinese buyers

Websites that have a lot of traffic from Chinese people where I can post an ad? [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Affordable BPD treatment in NYC?

I need to find affordable or sliding-scale treatment for someone with Borderline Personality Disorder in New York City, ideally Dialectical Behavior Therapy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Do I tell my engaged friend that I love her?

Is it worth telling my best friend, who just got engaged, that I'm secretly in love with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 121 comments

Can sleep. Anxiety? What to do?

Can't sleep, think I have anxiety. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

How to reach 40-60 year olds?

Research/recruiting-filter: How to target or reach people aged 40-60 who might be due for a colonoscopy? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Introduce an NYC artist to corporate America.

I'd like to send my favorite cousin to an NYC-area conference for a college graduation present. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

One Bag for the Business Traveler...

I'm going on a six-week trip to another city for an internship, and want to avoid being that person with the half-a-dozen elephant-sized bags. Unfortunately, most travel sites either focus on short business trips (>2 weeks) or backpackers. Any tips for travelling light on what will basically be a temporary relocation would be much appreciated.
posted by Tamanna at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm willing to shell out some cash in return for a mint condition Apple Extended Keyboard II or Apple Extended Keyboard. Help me find one.

In search of a legend: Where (or from whom) can I buy a new Apple Extended Keyboard? [more inside]
posted by slhack3r at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Trying to think out the ethics involved here ...

I have an ethical or logical quandary that I'm trying to puzzle out. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 8:34 AM PST - 35 comments

Surprisingly short jokes.

I'm looking for jokes that sound like they are going to be very involved at the start but end up being very short. [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 8:28 AM PST - 61 comments

Dude, you're getting an obsolete Dell!

Will I regret buying a laptop with Windows XP, instead of Vista? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 8:15 AM PST - 27 comments

Going blue in the face over black

How to make InDesign export colours properly? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 8:07 AM PST - 20 comments

How to split a file by blank lines?

UnixFilter: How can I split a file by blank lines? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Need Advice re: bulk email ASPs

Need advice/color regarding bulk email processing ASP's/ service providers [more inside]
posted by geoffbart at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't understand Hungarian but I need to do research for my novel!

(Posting for a Friend) "I am doing research for a novel I'm writing. But since I'm no longer affiliated with a university I'm having a difficult time in getting responses from professors and specialists that I have contacted with questions. How can I increase my chances of having them take me seriously and answer my questions? Also, does anyone have advice for a non-Hungarian speaker to do research with the Hungarian Archives?" Thank you!
posted by lolalivia at 6:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a Woot.com type script?

I'm wanting to start a site like Woot.com but can't find a turnkey script to use. Does anyone know if such a script exists? All I can find are freelance projects and I'd really rather just buy a readymade script.
posted by Hellafiles at 6:15 AM PST - 7 comments

This would be a bad year to miss the playoffs

Anyone know a place in Bangkok to watch the NBA playoffs?
posted by lbergstr at 5:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Alternative uses for my car's sunglass holder?

Jetta's sunglass holder above my windshield is too small for my sunglasses. Other than getting smaller sunglasses, anyone have any ideas on what else I can use the holder for? Not a huge issue but I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
posted by rsol44 at 5:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Guide to Prescription Drugs?

Can anyone recommend a good guide to prescription drugs? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 5:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Skirt search

Where can I find this skirt? [more inside]
posted by nemutdero at 4:26 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I get a second chance?

Lovelifefilter: I have a chance to reconcile with my ex, how can I not blow it? [more inside]
posted by Sianion at 2:08 AM PST - 33 comments

"And we did this! And we saw that! And I ate this thing...and then..."

I want to give my friends the time of their lives. Give me some ideas for spur of the moment things to do. [more inside]
posted by 913 at 1:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Flash URL Variables Problem

Flash problem: I know it's just me, but...variables don't always seem to be passed in URL query strings. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 1:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Space Oddity - Can any one explain the green glow in the night sky?

Astronomy question: there's been a vertical green glow in the night sky, south by southwest (near the moon) for the last two nights in the Pacific North West. Any suggestions what it might be? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 1:27 AM PST - 14 comments

April 16

Recommend me a man bag.

ManBagFilter: Looking for recommendations for a canvas/nylon messenger bag which is functional, fashionable and wont blow the bank. [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 11:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Controlling iTunes from another computer

Help me control iTunes from another computer! [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 11:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Summer classes on differential equations for an LA resident?

Looking for summer courses in differential equations, online or in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by fermion at 10:59 PM PST - 3 comments

You good!

Are there any languages other than Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) that have a greeting that means "you (are) good"?
posted by strangeguitars at 10:54 PM PST - 27 comments

How to batch edit photos? (I need to apply a filter to correct colors)

Good batch photo editing software for Mac? (I want to apply a tungsten filter to a large batch of digital images) [more inside]
posted by mnop at 10:51 PM PST - 9 comments

And then he spoke to me in a language I couldn't understand

Help me find an obscure song from very late 80s or early 90s radio that had a spoken verse in which the man recounted a strange dream or encounter. The singer/narrator said something like, "And then he spoke to me in a language I didn't understand." The song then broke into a few bars of chanting in some weird (and probably fabricated) language than sounded vaguely like Swahili. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 10:44 PM PST - 7 comments


Do all misdemeanor cases get to bypass the grand jury? Is there such a thing as a federal misdemeanor? I know FEDERAL capital offenses must go before a grand jury and each STATE handles this differently, ie NY both sides and a judge, no grand jury. But I am confused on this process...help, test tommorrow!!
posted by madmamasmith at 10:37 PM PST - 5 comments

One-stop Book Repair Shop

I'm trying to cover all my bases for my budding book repair business. I'm sure in the process people will be asking me to appraise their books. [more inside]
posted by ikahime at 10:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Hey, remember crazy mannequin shows from the 80's?

Here's a semi-tough one (at least, I think). TV show from the 80's, had at least one character that was a mannequin who would come to life after you placed his cabbie-hat on him... [more inside]
posted by pedmands at 9:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Help! Do the modified push ups I saw in a movie work?

Has anyone actually used the modified push ups that I saw in GI Jane as part of their exercise regimen? Did it work? Do you have a better suggestion? [more inside]
posted by MsLgean at 9:35 PM PST - 18 comments

How can one find military wives?

How can one find military wives for a scientific study? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm not a perv! I swear!

How best do I meet with a girl from facebook? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Child exposes himself

My eight year old exposed himself to two young girls. What should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm in shape. Round is a shape, isn't it?

What are some exercises I can do to build upper body strength and lose some weight/inches off my waistline? Difficulty: small room, next to no fitness equipment. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 9:18 PM PST - 20 comments

3-ply vs 4-ply tires

Do I need to buy 4-ply tires? I am starting a research position that will involve lots of travel on rock/sand/gravel roads in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. A desert rat friend of mine says I need to upgrade my 3-ply tires to 4-ply tires to avoid repeated flats. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by intoxicate at 8:52 PM PST - 4 comments

What is it?

What is this machine glimpsed in the 1978 movie "Up in Smoke"? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 8:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What do I want to be when I grow up?

Help me figure out what to do as a part-time secondary job, in addition to writing. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me find a fractal drawing program?

I'm looking for a decent, easy to use IFS fractal drawing program that lets students interact with the affine transformations graphically. Windows program or Java applet desired (although a program that works on both Windows and Macs would be ideal!). Anyone know any good ones? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 7:25 PM PST - 6 comments

naked man

Naked male neighbor strutting his stuff in plain view. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 6:34 PM PST - 50 comments

Blogger without a blog service

Is there a blog service that has all the features I need? I've tried Blogger, Livejournal, and Wordpress.com, but none of them seems like quite the ticket. See inside for the 3 features I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by jejune at 6:31 PM PST - 32 comments

way too ambitious for my own good

I'm trying to replace the shower head for the shower in my apartment. The old one will not come off. Help! [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 6:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Movies from video game footage?

Help me find this NPR story about making movies from video game footage. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Where's that cool video documentary blog I found?

Can anyone help me find a great blog of smart, interesting video links that I had bookmarked and lost? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 5:52 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I implement an s-curve function in excel?

How can I implement an s-curve function in excel? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 5:48 PM PST - 6 comments

All read up with nowhere to go

Help me find an ethnographic field site in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Is Wang's name supposed to be pronounced "Wong"?

Can anyone familiar with Taiwanese culture or Mandarin tell me if the Yankees' PR people changed the pronunciation of Chien Ming Wang's surname to "Wong" to prevent penis jokes? Or is it really some fluke of transliteration?
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Unlock the secrets of citations!

What's all this fuss about bibliography software? [more inside]
posted by boubelium at 4:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find complete Pancake Mountain episodes

I want to watch complete Pancake Mountain episodes but I don't live in D.C. and I don't want to buy 2 episode dvds at 12 dollars a pop. Do I have any other options ?
posted by carefulmonkey at 4:56 PM PST - 2 comments

What sort of neighbor to be?

This morning, my neighbors down the hall had an extended, high-volume fight. It frightened me in its intensity and content. I called the cops and slipped a note under the door when the aggressor left. Is there anything else I can or should do? [more inside]
posted by minervous at 4:21 PM PST - 37 comments

Older Northwest Children's Travel Show

Growing up in Washington state in the 70’s and 80’s I watched a PBS show about a grandma that visited sites of interest (Columbia Gorge, White Bird Pass, etc.) in the Northwest with her grandchildren. Production quality, as I remember it, was rather crude. Does anyone else remember this show? What was the name? Thanks!
posted by rotifer at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Why isn't this line moving?

Does anyone remember this traumatizing medical foundation advertisement from the '80s? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 4:03 PM PST - 2 comments

They're going to make me pay in teeth?

I'm going to see a dentist in Toronto tomorrow. How much is this going to cost me? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Moives under 90 minutes

I show movies to assisted living residents at a retirement community. Movies over 90 minutes tend to be too long. I need a list of quality movies (made before 1970) that are 90 minutes long or less. Any suggestions of movies or where to find such a list?
posted by zzazazz at 3:34 PM PST - 16 comments

How should I use my weird built-in electric heaters?

I just moved into a new apartment, and the heating is accomplished by these crazy built-in electric heaters. I think they are pretty old -- the brand is Wesix, and I can hardly find anything on Google. [more inside]
posted by Post-it Goat at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

My gums!

What is going on with my teeth / gums (very disgusting stuff inside)? If you, like me, do not like to hear or see sensitive parts of the body going wrong, please do not read this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me blend, not bland, my way through summer

It's about to be summer in Texas. I bought a smallish food processor. Please give me your best food-processor recipes. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 3:10 PM PST - 20 comments

How would you organise a cell of people?

Affinity groups and terrorist cells seem do well by them, but what possible combinations are there of autonomous organisation, and what are their main characteristics? What different ways are there to organise people according to a cell model? I'm interested in an overview of different organisational structures and ways of calculating their characteristics. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 3:10 PM PST - 4 comments

I want my Wogan!

Where can I watch Eurovision in the USA? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:53 PM PST - 4 comments

DIY Braille Labeler

How can I make a DIY Braille label maker? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to rent a bike in Portland, OR?

Can anyone familiar with bike shops in Portland recommend a place to rent a bike for a few days? I currently ride a Fuji Crosstown 3.0 hybrid, in NYC, so something similar as a rental would be great! [more inside]
posted by jacquilinala at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Cool things to do with an empty Power Mac G5 enclosure?

I've had a bare Power Mac G5 case in my office since last summer (original water-cooled quad processor melted down, needing a pile of parts and netting me an extra case in the process). What should I do with this spare cheesegrater case? I don't need a PC (Boot Camp/Parallels is doing me fine), otherwise I'd try swapping in a PC mobo/PS. A MacQuarium is probably not going to work too well. What would you do if you had a spare aluminum beast like this? Giant FireWire case with stacks of drives? Humorous solutions are welcome, something that would amuse fellow geeks if it were in my office.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Free toaster

Do you donate more than $100 annually online to a charity? What motivates you to give so much and were incentives involved in the process? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 1:46 PM PST - 46 comments

Legally adding video clips to a review site?

I'm working on a site (it's a personal project) where I basically review movies that I like. Lately, I've been thinking about adding video clips from the movies/series to give visitors a better understanding of what the movies/series are about. How do I do this legally? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Wrong GPS location for my house

My house is incorrectly located by MapQuest, Google Maps, Google Earth and GPS systems. I assume this means that there is an error in some common database they all rely on. Is there a way to request that the error be fixed so that future versions of the database are correct?
posted by retiree at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

In Seattle and need to watch the Penguins!

I am staying in Seattle for a few days at the lovely Warwick hotel. However, I really would like to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators playoff game tonight. Does anyone know somewhere close that I may be able to see it at?!?
posted by punkrockrat at 1:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Booking Continental flights with Alaska points.

Has anyone used Alaska Airlines points to book Continental flights? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Have I offended Google?

Where has my Google Apps IMAP gone? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 1:13 PM PST - 9 comments

What are good Social Networking Solutions?

If I wanted to build a Social Networking Site, what are some of the software options out there that I should explore? [more inside]
posted by prk14 at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Shopping in Beijing?

I'm going to Beijing in May, and want to buy some electronics and other stuff. I wondered if there is a website where I can find prices for different goods, and if there were comparisons to prices in the US/Europe I'd be thrilled. Any other tips are also welcome. (I'm from Norway, so anything will be cheap for me...)
posted by magnusbe at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I need to see my shrink more often.

Doctor-insurance filter: Any doctors out there have experience with becoming an "in network" provider for United Health Care? Can I convince my doctor to do this? [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 12:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Renting Bikes In Copenhagen

Where can I rent/borrow different types of multi-person bicycles in Copenhagen? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Scary Horror Scenes

What is the scariest horror movie scene - but taken out of context? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 12:32 PM PST - 82 comments

Date the Crypotonomicon!

When Neil Stephenson's Cryptonomicon was published in 1999, it left vague exactly when the "modern" section was taking place. Can we narrow down the dates, based on the software/technology involved? [more inside]
posted by ormondsacker at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Oy the commute! From Saratoga to Mountain View

My fiance and I like Saratoga and Los Gatos. He works in Mountain View off 101/Shoreline. He'd like no more than a 25 minute commute. He works normal 9-5 hours generally. Google maps indicates that this commute could be done in less than 30 minutes even with traffic. He's extremely skeptical. He's tried testing the drive, but on those days he's done the drive he's felt traffic was unusually light. (Usually there are backups on 101, but on the days he tried driving the commute 101 was flowing like water). So is there anyone out there who has done this commute who can provide a realistic picture of what it would be like? Thank you!
posted by bananafish at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I extend the range of my router

I live next door to my Girlfriend and she has an Airport Extreme connected to cable internet access. The WiFi signal is weak next door. Is there a way to connect another wireless router as a range extender?
posted by MelPrice at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are they specifically asking for a *non*-professional reference?

Every job-seeker's advice guide I've ever seen says that personal references are bad and almost never looked into by the employer and you shouldn't use them. So why am I specifically being asked for one? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Add a new practice area to an existing law firm?

What's the best way to go about adding a new practice area to an existing law firm? [more inside]
posted by Dignan at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Um, sure, your TV's really great!

Every flat-panel TV I've watched at other folks' houses or in showrooms seems to me to be distorting DVD movies; they always looked slightly stretched horizontally. [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Trying to remember the name of a PBS show from my childhood...

What was the name of a bizarre kids show that aired on PBS when I was a child (mid-to-late 80's) that stared two kids who traveled to some warped universe to solve puzzles? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Canadian moving via U.S. -- customs troubles?

Wondering if any Canadians have experience doing this... I am moving next month from Winnipeg to Vancouver. I will be having most of my possessions shipped, and will be driving my car west. In my car, I will just have my clothes, a small LCD-TV and my computer. Everything else will be shipped. My question is .. I want to drive through the U.S. on I-94 and I-90 (from Grand Forks, ND to Seattle, WA) and then cross back into Canada towards Vancouver. Does anyone know if the border officials (US or Canadian) are going to give me any hassle moving this way? I am just worried about them thinking that the stuff in my car is things I bought in the states, even though I am just moving them via the US. I have done the Manitoba-B.C. drive a few times and I want to go through the northern U.S. for a change. Thanks!
posted by ninefour at 11:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Any Mefites with experience selling products via digital delivery?

I am looking at different methods of digital delivery/download/payment. (I have an ebook I will soon be offering.) PayPal offers this directly, I am somewhat familiar with e-junkie and I know there are others. Do we have any Mefites who have used any of these services, or knows of someone who has, and can share their experience? Suggestions? In advance, as always -- thank you!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 11:39 AM PST - 2 comments

I at least know what kerning is...

Can someone recommend some great web typography books? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Excel 2007 - Duplicate Data Removal Issue

Excel 2007 - Is there a way to remove ONLY a duplicate row leaving the first unique entry? [more inside]
posted by Sandor Clegane at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Other terms for "in the zone"

What are some other terms for "in the zone" or "on fire" or "in the groove" (flow) in sports?
posted by arrhn at 11:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Zen and the Art of Water Heater Maintenance

How do you maintain your water heater? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

My computer might be sick.

My computer gets extremely loud at random moments. [more inside]
posted by als129 at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Help rescue my resume, is it worth $695?

Help me rescue my resume! So the resume writers from TheLadders.com want $695 to rewrite my resume, my sister who seems to get every job she applies for says I don't need to, I am not sure. Should I go to a resume service? Who? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:58 AM PST - 58 comments

Help me find a spa in Virginia!

I'm looking for a nice, decently priced spa in Ashburn, Virginia... [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Show Me the Way

What are some ways to tell the direction [North, East, South, West] you are headed? And more generally, what are some cool nature tricks you've learned through the years? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 10:25 AM PST - 36 comments

Where should we go?

Planning a multi-state road trip - where should we go and what should we see? States include: IL, MN, SD, NE, WY, CO, UT, NV, and CA. [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 10:22 AM PST - 20 comments

In an OOP world, what's the best way to handle a lot of sequential code?

Design-pattern (programming) question. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:19 AM PST - 41 comments

Buscar con Google!

Help! Google thinks I am Spanish! [more inside]
posted by The Wig at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Moving a single large item without any car.

Moving a stove or shelf across a large city without owning or renting a car. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by Jack Feschuk at 10:00 AM PST - 11 comments

My feet are overheating!

Shoe search is not going well. I am looking for a slip-on shoe for casual work environment that is really well vented - I mean, with something like mesh for the main side panels. Merrell made a great version of their Jungle Moc called the 'vent' - but it seems to be long gone.
posted by mouthnoize at 9:57 AM PST - 6 comments

VOB>Google Video.... How?

Easiest Way To Put DVD>Google Video ? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 9:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Creating order from chaos

Do we know of a web service where I can feed a song title and artist in the front, and get one single canonical answer to the question of when it was first released? [more inside]
posted by genghis at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying a flash-based camcorder

Looking for an affordable (<$400) tapeless camcorder [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

combine Yahoo! id's

How can I combine two email identities in Yahoo without losing anything? [more inside]
posted by Rae Datter at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

How do blind people navigate college campuses?

I hope this question doesn't come off as crass, but I've always been curious when I see blind people on campus. [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat at 9:26 AM PST - 25 comments

I've never had a ticket before, and now I'm Evel Knevel!

Last night I was stopped for "Reckless Driving" in Charlotte, NC. The officer stated that I was going 55 in a 35, that I was weaving, and that I hit the curb when she pulled me over. She had me take a breathalyzer test, which I passed. I know you're not my lawyer, but I've never even had a speeding ticket before! What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 9:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Waaaay uuuup hiiiigh...

Where can I get decent flip-flops that don't cost $50? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:53 AM PST - 37 comments

Help me stop the house from reeking like a restaurant after closing.

My living room smells like a restaurant. It does not smell like food, but like the old, greasy, disgusting smell left on your clothes when you leave the restaurant if you work there. This is making my living room unbearable. What is this smell? [more inside]
posted by winna at 8:43 AM PST - 14 comments

People who repeat themselves

I know a few people who repeat themselves quite often in conversation. They are doing me no explicit harm, yet I get impatient & sometimes a bit angry. In an effort to be more relaxed about such behavior, I'd like to know more about what drives people to be repetitive, and why it might strike a nerve with recipients such as myself. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 8:41 AM PST - 34 comments

Linux-compatible very slender PCI vid card?

I need a skinny, possibly fanless video card for a 1 U server. Linux drivers, PCI Express, very little room for it to live. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm too lazy to turn on my own lights

Which do I need for my 2005 Mazda3 - a windshield sensor or a new windshield? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

economic struggle

What can I do as a 26 year old who is going crazy thinking about the political economical future our country is heading towards. [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 8:13 AM PST - 64 comments

Help me Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

I am looking for an anti human trafficking/slavery group to work for this summer in South America. Can anyone offer any ideas or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me ID a modern song containing lyrics from "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" but not actually a cover of that song?

Help me ID a modern song containing lyrics from "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" but not actually a cover of that song? [more inside]
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Moving Canada Systems a good company?

I have a question regarding a specific moving company. It's Moving Canada Systems. They've given me the best rate and the conditions I need, so I'm wondering if anyone has first hand experience with them, and were they reliable? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 8:03 AM PST - 2 comments

Outlook/exchange - Pst problem

Outlook/Exchange Filter:: I have a user that has all his mail being delivered to a .pst file. How do i change it so that it keeps all the mail on the exchange server? Also, how do i get all his mail from the .pst file back on the server. He is using outlook 2007 and the exchange server is 2003.
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Help get us out of this long term hotel!

We've just moved to Raleigh with nothing set up but a mailbox. Can someone give me a stereotyped guide to Raleigh neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by jsmith77 at 7:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get emails from my clients blackberry

My clients emails from their Blackberry always end up in my email providers spam quarantine with the text of the mail garbled. Their "from address" comes through on the headers as From: "=?utf-8?B?SmVzc2UgUmFiaW5vd2l0eg==?=". My email provider says my client needs to fix that. My client thinks that they don't have a problem. Is this the way that blackberry emails normally identify themselves in email headers or is my clients set up faulty?
posted by merocet at 7:37 AM PST - 15 comments

CEEMEA news sources?

Best/accurate/easy to access sources of Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East / Africa (CEEMEA) news? Global newspapers or local? Which are best? [more inside]
posted by keasby at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Polish Craigslist?

What is the Polish equivalent of Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Buying an Oscilloscope

I'm an electrical engineering student/hobbyist looking to buy an oscilloscope. I'd like to spend around $200 ($300 max, probes/shipping included). What should I look for, and where? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:28 AM PST - 10 comments

As of 2008, what can science tell me about my genetics thru DNA testing.

Wondering if anyone here has had a Genealogical DNA test for purposes of learning more about your distant (ie. not recent/paternity) ancestors. I have questions about the differences (price, service, thoroughness) of the various companies offering this service, the type of data that different tests can produce, and ways this data can be (constructively) interpreted. [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 6:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Double bookings

If a wedding is at 4 pm in DC, what time do you imagine the reception would be over? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 5:22 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I cancel an IPS TAG change?

How can I cancel an erroneous IPS TAG change? [more inside]
posted by Scramblejam at 5:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Find That Shirt!

Clothing Search: I was at H&M a few weeks ago and they had this sweet long-sleeved gray button-down with epaulettes on the shoulders and double breast pockets; none in my size. Sort of punk rock/nondescript uniform-looking. Any ideas where I can find the same thing online? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 5:03 AM PST - 5 comments

I ain't swimming in that!

How do you remove brown, swamp-like water from a swimming pool? [more inside]
posted by Hugh2d2 at 4:54 AM PST - 15 comments

correct pronunciation of "Pogge"

How do I pronounce POGGE? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 1:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Make the tears stop.

How can I stop making my roommate cry? [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog at 12:12 AM PST - 59 comments

April 15

Need a site like AskMetaFilter. Any Suggestions?

Does anyone know of a template that is similar to AskMetaFilter? I'm trying to set up a communications site for my company, and I think that this format would suit it perfectly. I'm not much of a programmer, but I really like the social format of this site and think that my company could benefit from a similar structure for our interior communications. Any suggestions?
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 11:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Having trouble figuring out what the writer is trying to convey here...

Can someone help me figure out this snippet from an article on our sense of fairness and taxes? [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 11:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Easy to learn VJ software

Can anyone recommend some good, intuitive VJ software for a PC? [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio at 11:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Experience With Ordinator

Does anyone else have experience with a drug called "Ordinator"? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 10:57 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the exact remix of What Is Love from the Diet Pepsi Max commercial?

What is the exact mix of Haddaway's "What Is Love" used in the Diet Pepsi Max commercial? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 10:41 PM PST - 3 comments

When Should Isaac Laquedem Stop Reproducing?

You're the Wandering Jew. When do you start worrying about sleeping with your own descendants? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:37 PM PST - 19 comments

What do different cultures do with wishbones?

What do different cultures do with a bird's wish-bone? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 10:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Two stories from San Fran planning history: sunny plazas and small parcels for small builders. Details?

I'm trying to track down two stories about recent urban planning history in San Francisco: 1) making sure plazas stay sunny at lunchtime, 2) making sure small builders could help redevelop a large area. Do you know these stories? Do you know of good online sources for San Francisco urban planning history? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 9:53 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do now that I've missing the deadline to file a state tax extension?

Posting for a friend: I just filed my Federal Tax extension at 12:00PM midnight. It said it got filed - did I make it? Also, I was not able to file any extension for State Tax in time for the deadline. What will happen and what should I do now?
posted by pinksoftsoap at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm looking for a shirt Stephen Colbert held up on his show on 4/15.

Stephen Colbert was just holding up a jersey on The Colbert Report (4/15) that was: part (1/4) Flyers jersey, part Sixers jersey, part Eagles jersey, and part Phillies jersey. Like a beautiful Philadelphia sports patchwork quilt jersey shirt. Can I buy this jersey? Does it exist outside of The Colbert Report?
posted by melodykramer at 9:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Intuitive to who?

Are there resources available that provide information about the intuitiveness of various user interface elements to various demographics? [more inside]
posted by OrlandoFurioso at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Dark chair mats?

Is there such a thing as a dark-colored (black or brown) chair mat? Possibly woodgrain? If so, where can I get one?
posted by kindall at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Replacement slide out cutting board?

Where do I find an inexpensive replacement slide out cutting board? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo at 8:39 PM PST - 9 comments

False Teeth in Chicago?

Looking for a good place to get dentures/implants/false teeth in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by jtron at 8:34 PM PST - 1 comment

My Baby Misses The 'Tivo Guy'

My son misses the "Tivo Guy"! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me marry.

Considering an elaborate marriage proposal, need help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 33 comments

You spin me right round baby right round like an anxiety disorder right round round round

You're not my psychiatrist, and I'm not your patient. But I need some help evaluating my feelings and setting my dosage within the limits my psychiatrist has prescribed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Moving tasks

Moving tasks [more inside]
posted by radsqd at 7:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Tech Degree/Career as Lib. Art Major? How do I get in the Door and What Door do I get in?

I'm a liberal arts major. I'm considering Law School or a Masters but according to US News & WR Even college grads might want to consider blue-collar careers . I live Near Wake Tech (a well respected Technical/Community College) and like the idea of a steady, secure 9-5ish type job. Salary is not critical, as long as I can live reasonably comfortably. So what are my best options? (See More Below) [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:30 PM PST - 9 comments

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

I am looking for good pairs of quotes/articles/other from different points in history, which make the same observation but both think they're identifying a recent or "modern" social change. [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I report a doctor for bad care?

I just had a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE experience with a doctor. This is the reason most people do NOT go to doctors. It kinda makes me not want to go to a doctor. Let me give you the whole story so you can assess the situation, get really mad, and provide me with constructive advice. If you don't feel like reading it all, scroll to the bottom and tell me what I should do if I am unsatisfied with the quality of care from a doctor. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 7:27 PM PST - 44 comments

How to move iTunes library to new PC?

How do I move my iTunes library from my old PC to my new PC? I listen on my iPhone, not an iPod, which I understand does not function in disk mode. I've searched other answers and can't find one that addresses these particular issues, plus the Apple website claims iTunes version 7.0 "fixes" this problem which really makes me nervous. Thanks!
posted by carriest at 7:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Funerary service: How to break into an old family business?

How do you get into funerary services if you're not in the family business? My friend is currently going to mortuary and school and could use some tips as to landing apprenticeships and such. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 6:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Family trip to NYC/Philly/DC

Taking the family to a game at Yankee Stadium before it closes, and would like suggestions for where to stay/what to do/what to see. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments

First rule of Usenet, Dont talk about Usenet?

Can someone explain Usenet to me? Specifically how to use it and read newsgroups. [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 6:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Keep the Money? Share the Money? Stupid Money.

I have a bit of a dilemma. I dated this guy last year, and he introduced me to a friend in order to get him hired at my company. Flash forward to now, and he's finally been hired, and a referral bonus is coming my way. More deets inside, natch. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 69 comments

Spice up my risotto!

I love risotto. I really do. But my recipe which is a chicken + spinach risotto is getting boring. I'd love to experiment a bit more. [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 6:00 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I find a companies Fed Tax ID online?

How to find a company's Federal Tax ID # (in a hurry!) [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 5:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I apply for online writing jobs?

I know there are paying content writing jobs on the internet because I've done some commissioned articles for eHow.com and I've applied to about.com. I'd love to find more sites like these to apply to, but it's tough, because searching for "online writing jobs" generally yields a bunch of spammy pyramid schemes and so on. [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 5:51 PM PST - 5 comments

privacy for my 9 year old?

How can I give my 9 year old more privacy? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Alternative for chest of drawers to keep clothes?

Alternative for chest of drawers to keep clothes? I'm moving to a new apartment and don't feel like lugging a heavy chest of drawers 3 stories. What are good ways for you to store clothes that makes it easy to access most of them daily and doesn't look too "ghetto"? Plastic drawers are an option of course.
posted by sandmanwv at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Where should I go to grad school?

Help me choose between grad schools: I am accepted (with fellowships) to the math depts at both UC Davis and Penn State. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by milqman at 5:26 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't dress myself!!!

What to wear? I don't want to commit a fashion faux pas... [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Scientific formulas for happy, healthy, wise children

What are some (at least somewhat) objective studies on healthy children demographics? I'm specifically interested in single vs. multiple children, and for multiple children, differences in age, gender, relationship to parent (adoption vs. biological), and race. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

mobile technology and culture in Tokyo?

Does DoCoMo still have a showroom in Tokyo? I've found many web references to this fabled window into the future but I can't find the address anywhere. Are there any other places/shops in Tokyo that would be of interest to somebody who wants to learn about the latest mobile developments in Japan and about their mobile culture?
posted by blogenstock at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get my password from flickr uploadr

Help me hack into my own flickr account [more inside]
posted by sid at 4:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Family member immigration concern

How can I bring my 16 year old nephew to live with me in America? He wants to attend college here but it is so expensive for foreign students. I am an American citizen. Any suggestion is appreciated
posted by orlando1544 at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to live?

Should I live in the Arts District in downtown LA? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 4:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Santa Monica College or Full Sail?

Should I go to Santa Monica College? [more inside]
posted by RocknRollJunkie at 4:04 PM PST - 11 comments

How Should I Spend A Couple of Weekends Alone in Africa?

How should I spend my upcoming weekends in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire; Kigali, Rwanda and Kampala, Uganda? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 3:57 PM PST - 1 comment

How do sufferers of Receptive Aphasia understand instruction?

How do sufferers of Receptive (aka Fluent or Wernicke's) Aphasia understand instruction from experimenters? [more inside]
posted by nilihm at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

[HR / background checks] What exactly is a "10-year background check" (for the US feds)?

[HR / background checks] What exactly is a "10-year background check" (for the US feds)? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

NYC Lunch

Where should I take my sister for a nice weekday lunch in New York City? [more inside]
posted by ecab at 3:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Am I a prude because I wanted to date for a month before hittin' the sheets?

Am I a prude because I wanted to date for a month before hittin' the sheets? [more inside]
posted by December at 3:27 PM PST - 73 comments

Help my laptop chill out!

My widescreen HP laptop has a cooling problem. But most commercial USB cooling pads don't seem to be the right size to fit my machine, and I'm wondering if they'll still work OK if my laptop hangs over the edge. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 2:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest partnership structure

I am looking to form a partnership, Company A, with someone to buy a franchise. A couple of points to note are: This type of franchise only exists in order to each partner to do business (i.e. do deals) within the franchise territory. [more inside]
posted by thinktwice at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comment

If we get to live in Vancouver, then so does he dammit!

Will a bunny survive a 5 hour airplane trip? [more inside]
posted by travosaurus at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

How to render image like in google picasaweb?

How to render image like in google picasaweb?: I'm developing a web page. If I use img tag to put image in the web page, while loading the page, image loads very slowly (especially large images). Also the upper part of image is loaded first and then the lower part, as page is downloaded from server. But in applications like google picasa, a very low quality version is rendered first, so that you see the whole image at once (even though its blurred), slowly as the page is downloaded, image becomes sharper. How can I implement this functionality in my web page? Can someone please point me to helpful resources regarding this?
posted by tvjoshi at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I rename a file to user input and then FTP it, all from a batch file?

I want to create a batch file compatible with Windows XP and Vista that will do the following: 1) Get user input (name) 2) Rename an existing file to the input name string 3) Upload the renamed file to an anonymous FTP server that takes neither username nor password (no prompting) [more inside]
posted by Ky at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How to share a short clip from a DVD with others.

How can I get a short clip from a DVD and save it to use in the classroom? Say I was teaching a lesson and a film had a short clip that was perfect at demonstrating something or at getting a point across and I wanted to save it and let other teachers use it in their lessons what would I have to do? Obviously I would look to getting the right clearance in terms of copyright - but how would I do this? Is there a really quick and easy way? Thanking you.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Blooming indoor plants

What kind of flowering indoor plants will keep flowering? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments