April 2009 Archives

April 30

It's pretty but what is it?

What Mozart song is this and where can I find an un-messed with version? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 10:47 PM PST - 10 comments

I need to teach and grade from my little hole avoiding their little hole.

I need to create web based learning modules and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem

Say one wanted to have their skeleton preserved and mounted and left to your next of kin after death how would you do it? -rather gruesome details inside - [more inside]
posted by strixus at 9:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me create order from contact chaos

How are journalists and related professionals managing their contact lists these days? Dead tree contact books or digital wizardry, I want to know about both. [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 9:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find Il Cielegio chianti

Help me find a chianti I drank a few years ago, I think it was called Il Cielegio. [more inside]
posted by Horselover Fat at 9:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Vintage clothing repair in Toronto? Lace, embroidery/brocade?

I am a vintage dress freak and have a handful of dresses that need some TLC - ripped lace and a few pieces with gold stitch embroidering (sp?) are getting really worn out. Any suggestions for a place in the GTA who could handle a range of vintage clothing repair needs? TIA
posted by jennyhead at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Let's play Operation.

Probably a common story: I graduated with a liberal arts degree and a mediocre GPA from a mediocre college a few years ago. Now, after working for a few years, I've grown a lot and I've realized that I'd prefer a "hard science" career - and I'm seriously considering med school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Is 35 year old beer drinkable?

I found an old bottle Anchor Steam porter in my basement today that had a copyright date of 1974. Possibly stupid question, but would this be drinkable? The cap does not seem to have been disturbed or altered at all.
posted by MattMangels at 8:47 PM PST - 31 comments

Exit, stage...center?

What are the next steps for a Theater major going into her Senior year of College? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 8:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Give me some creative ideas for a burger joint's website

Give me some creative ideas for a burger joint's website [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 8:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I get soy pepperoni?

Where can I get soy pepperoni? Neither Whole Foods nor Trader Joe's seems to have it. Can I buy it online somewhere? Alternatively, if anyone knows of any other type of pepperoni which has no cholesterol then I'd be interested in that. I enjoy eating my cholesterol free sausage pizzas, but I miss pepperoni.
posted by HappyEngineer at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Why can't I quit her? My head says NO but my heart says GO. please HELP!

Why can't I quit her? My head says NO but my heart says GO. please HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous35 at 7:42 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me be an informed remodeler.

Please recommend resources for learning about home remodeling, particularly basement finishing. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments


I've heard that there is a way, a method, of WALKING, that is more efficient, and more productive, than others. I love walking long distances; and am curious if I could find a better way. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan at 6:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Band guy, meet art guy. Art guy, band guy.

How do I find graphic artists / designers for rock music promo materials? [more inside]
posted by arcanecrowbar at 6:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to landlords who accept Section 8 Vouchers?

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to landlords who accept Section 8 Vouchers?
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Cross-Platform Crashing on a Macbook Pro

I have Leopard and Windows 7 (7057) installed on my Late 2007 (possibly older, I got it refurbished) Macbook Pro 15". My problem is, every time I boot into either OS, I get a kernel panic or BSOD respectively. The fact that it happens in 2 different operating systems makes me almost positive that it's a hardware problem. Unfortunately, I don't know very much about computer hardware, so I don't really know what to troubleshoot first, and I don't want to void the warranty by opening the case (I plan to take it to the Apple Store if nobody here can solve the problem). Specifically, either operating system will crash about a minute into booting up. I don't think the problem can be too serious because everything graphically looks fine and all my files are intact. This leads me to think that maybe it's a RAM problem, and that it runs out of memory and crashes during bootup. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 at 6:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How much should a nanny get paid and how to ask for a raise

What do other Canadian nannies earn? I get $12 an hour and want to ask for a raise. Never done this before, any advice on hour to go about it? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 5:52 PM PST - 38 comments

Fiscal Responsibility: The gov't isn't setting me an example. Maybe I can set an example for the gov't.

Personal Fiscal Responsibility. Help me turn over a new leaf (and keep it turned over). Looking for a new bank and some advise. [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 5:25 PM PST - 14 comments

I know you're NOT a cannonball.

Another name-that-song: female vocalist, driving guitar line, 90's alternative? [more inside]
posted by parkerjackson at 5:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Therapist in Boston area?

Can you recommend a therapist in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? More details of what I need help with inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 PM PST - 4 comments

I screwed up, and don't want to do it again

I'm reapplying to college six years after dropping out. I left, in part, because I had developed a drug problem. My application needs to include an essay which explains why I want to return, why my grades were below a 2.0 at the time I left, and why I will not repeat the same mistakes. Just how honest should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 21 comments

I want to know

What car is this anyone please? [more inside]
posted by xmradio03 at 3:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is Allis?

ObscureSciFiBookFilter: Space opera-type book, wherein a cargo ship is taken over by pirates. [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 3:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Alternatives to Bloglines?

Bloglines is broken again. When it works, rarely, seldom perfectly, even then not for long, it's an excellent service. I dislike Google reader, it lacks, for me, the ease of reading. Maybe I need to try harder. But I wonder why someone doesn't buy Bloglines and make it work. Who ever runs it now can't seem to do it properly. Why doesn't someone buy it and fix it, or why isn't there a competitor that provides a reader that works. Besides Google reader are there any readers out there I don't know about?
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 3:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Bokeh my balls with this Kodak camera

I just got a kodak ZD 710 with manual controls. How do I shoot bokeh balls with it? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Large scale use of Linux on the desktop in organizations?

I'm looking for a list or reference to press releases/news articles about large corporations or government departments that have switched to Linux as a desktop platform. For example this week it was reported that the French police have 5,000 PCs running Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 2:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Optimizing images for better iWeb output

What's the best way to optimize the images for my (not template-based) iWeb site? [more inside]
posted by huron at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I avoid paying obscene fees to invest in France

I am looking to make long-term low maintenance investments (e.g., index funds) in Euros in a tax-optimal way in France (assurance vie or PEA are what I understand are the real alternatives) but am shocked and appalled at the fees charged by French banks and mutual funds. I'd be quite grateful for any suggestions.
posted by 12trees at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get over jealousy?

Help me tame the green eyed monster. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Please hope me

How can I work on mental health issues without costly therapy? Lengthy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Scheduling a wedding around a family member's pregnancy?

I've recently become engaged and my fiancee and I were planning on getting married in the fall. We've learned that one of our sisters is pregnant and is due around the same time. How late is too late for her to travel? Are we being unreasonable in picking a date when we know there's a high likelihood she won't be able to come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 37 comments

Wedding Present Chicago Couple

What can I give as a wedding present to a Chicago couple in their early forties who have combined their households, have everything they need, no registry, don't want more stuff? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 2:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me not look like Gordon Gekko

What tie should I pair with this shirt? [more inside]
posted by martens at 1:54 PM PST - 27 comments

"I'll Calcu Later!"

I've seen people compute complex arithmetic off the top of their head. How do they do it? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Any moving tips for a cross-country move?

Any moving tips for a cross-country move? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 1:28 PM PST - 22 comments

How to test if a variable in a Bourne shell script is an integer?

I'm being tasked with creating a simple integer calculator, which I have effectively done, up to the point of it being a calculator, however, even after hours of searching I cannot get any scripts to work correctly. [more inside]
posted by InsaneRhino at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Satin latex paint on my bookshelves?

I have recently put up some wooden shelves (pine shelves on hardwood brackets) in my living room that I will use to hold records and books. I have a new can of white satin-finish latex paint. Can I use the paint on the shelves. (i.e. Will it look decent and not stick to the books and records?) What would be the reasons not to use this paint and instead get some other more appropriate paint? What might that more appropriate paint be? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 1:25 PM PST - 16 comments

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then up, using sharpened shishkabob spears.

Help me weaponize food. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:25 PM PST - 66 comments

What is this Cat Power song?

What's the deal with this Cat Power song, apparently titled "Make Me Feel So Bad"? Did she write it? If not, who did? Is there a studio version, does it appear on any albums? [more inside]
posted by peep at 1:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy DAT tapes in Chicago?

Anyone know where I can buy DAT tapes in Chicago on short notice? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Sudoku masters, what are your favorite challenging sudoku books?

PuzzleFilter: What books would you recommend for a sudoku addict who's already worked through a "fiendish"/"super fiendish" sudoku collection and would like to try more challenging puzzles? There seem to be a zillion sudoku books that are available. Please help me narrow down the selection, based on a few other things I'm looking for... [more inside]
posted by macguffin at 1:00 PM PST - 11 comments


Stuttgart for a day. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Feel me out, I want to feel.

Why don't I feel excited or satisfied about anything and how can I change it? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

LA inspiration needed

My wife and I will be in LA for a few days (June 26-29) on the way to Hawaii and I have a few questions. I looked at some old posts but couldn't find a good answer.
  1. Is there a reasonably priced hotel that we can stay at that help us get places easier (see question 2)
  2. Do we have to get a rental car or will public transit be ok even if it's slow
  3. Is there anything can't miss on that weekend I haven't heard of from half a country away
[more inside]
posted by mrpeach at 12:34 PM PST - 25 comments

Picture It.

I need recommendations for where to take interesting pictures - I love taking photos of flowers, shadows, interesting architecture, people (candid, mostly) but I'm also getting bored with the first three. What are some things I can take pictures of that are interesting and challenging? I'd like to experiment with pictures of things in motion, urban decay and grafitti. Bonus points if you can recommend locations in and around San Antonio, that are free, open to the public and where I can spend a lot of time (ps- already did the Tea Gardens).
posted by Leezie at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Would becoming a teacher later in life be challenging?

I'm thinking about going back to school for an education degree, and wondering if it would be tough finding a job as an early 30's newly degreed teacher. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 11:48 AM PST - 17 comments

What kinds of curtains work for french doors?

I need some ideas for curtains for a set of french doors. How can I have privacy and control light without permanently blocking the view and/or making the use of the door problematic? [more inside]
posted by ashirys at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

births, deaths and time

Are global birth and death rates roughly consistent over the course of a day/month/year? (Are there are any clear patterns of daily or seasonal spikes?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find where this photo was taken.

Help me find where this photo was taken. Favour for a friend. [more inside]
posted by Hates_ at 11:20 AM PST - 8 comments

God is all around you, when you live inside his belly.

A religious war in space, with chits. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Resources for starting a for-profit website

I'm a freelancer who mostly lives by writing web content on a wide variety of topics for very low pay. By doing this for some time, I've learned quite a bit about SEO, social marketing, and so on. I also know a bit about web design and the technical skills required. So, I'm thinking it would be really nice to go into business for myself instead of making a small percentage of the revenue that my content generates...but the one aspect of this that I really don't know anything about is the business aspect. For example, figuring out how likely it is that this plan could be feasible at all, and what my overall strategy should be. [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

What to ask a holocaust survivor

I've got a holocaust survivor coming, and I get to ask one question. For some reason, I can't think of a question. We've covered most of the stuff in class, and I just can't think of anything to ask him. He's 82 btw, and hes coming to my college.
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 10:50 AM PST - 36 comments

Where is my "Oh shit" dashboard?

How do I understand floodplain maps? Just how high does the river near my house need to get before my house floods? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 10:43 AM PST - 14 comments

What places in the Bay Area have buy-one-get-one-free meal deals?

BOGOFilter: What restaurants in the Bay Area offer buy-one, get-one-free coupons? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

To swat a scammer?

I have a foreign scammer trying to get me on a Craigslist item that just won't take the hint and give up. Should I ignore them, or should I make their lives miserable? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI at 10:21 AM PST - 27 comments


What can I do for a mental break besides surf the Internet? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 10:20 AM PST - 28 comments

Writing program recommendations?

Tell me about accessible and awesome writing programs/workshops/retreats! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

The anti-On Chesil Beach, please

What should I (a late-marrying, book-crazy, somewhat institution-of-marriage-wary bride) read on my honeymoon? Inspired (in a way) by this question, I'm looking for novels to help me reflect on, process, and understand marriage. [more inside]
posted by minervous at 9:47 AM PST - 26 comments

how do I use my webcam for Google Talk?

Does anyone know how to use Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe with Google talk? [more inside]
posted by curiousowl at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Technophobe seeks help wrangling Dolby 5.1 into plain old stereo

More and more DVDs are coming encoded with Dolby surround sound and many don't have an alternate Dolby stereo option. The resulting sound has way too much background noise mixed in, making it hard to hear the dialogue. Usually, we turn down the volume and turn on the closed captions. Is there another way or am I forced to spend hundreds on a surround-sound system? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 9:29 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I turn a mattress into a couch?

I'm trying to create a convincing sofa/chaise out of a twin mattress, particularly one that resembles DWR's Vegas couch. I'm pretty lacking in crafting talent, but am willing to try anything. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Fermented potato pulp flavoured with caraway seeds

Where can I get Brennivin in the States? (Or online without ridiculous shipping) [more inside]
posted by wrok at 9:17 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the typeface (font) used on Fender knobs?

What is the typeface (font) used on Fender knobs? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

SparkNotes en francais, s'il vous plait.

Help me find a (really) quick, easy way to familiarize myself with French literature. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 9:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me fix a wayward office phone!

I need help resetting a NEC Dterm80 office phone. [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Why have you forsaken our home, USA?

Why can't you claim the first-time home buyer tax credit if you've purchased the home from a family member? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey at 8:41 AM PST - 5 comments

What website/blog do you check regularly to keep yourself current and sharp in your job/field of expertise?

What single website/blog do you check regularly to keep yourself current and sharp in your job/field of expertise?
posted by nitsuj at 8:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Experiences with bench power supplies?

What are your experiences with different brands and types of benchtop/lab power supplies? Do certain ones fail more often than others? Easier to fix? Better power conditioning? [more inside]
posted by jwells at 7:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How to put a curtain on a metal door.

How can I put a curtain on a non-magnetic metal door? [more inside]
posted by robinpME at 7:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Defragging problems

I have a Toshiba laptop running Vista (alas) and a recent spate of problems (extremely slow operations, mostly) seemed to have possibly been caused by fragmentation. I tried defragging, with mixed success. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Do daddy's girls own a negotiation power that I do not?

30 years after my father is gone, I wonder what intangibles he denied me. How do I get a sneak peak into the world of a daddy‘s girl? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 38 comments

Should I move to Colorado?

Advice: Do I move to Colorado? My wife and I live in Boston. She is going to change jobs. I have a good job. Almost all of our college friends live nearby. We are very happy. However, we feel like we'd really like to move out west, where some other friends and family are, just to try something new. I'd rate Boston an 8/10, and my Job here is an 8/10. Colorado would be a 10/10 location. I don't know if I could find an 8/10 job out there... So the question is: "Is it worth sacrificing a good job for perfect location?" (I know every locale has its warts, but I've wanted to live in CO since I was about 5, and visit about 3 times/year already). Thanks for the advice! Rob
posted by rselover at 7:18 AM PST - 27 comments

What were those Hoffy papers?

Does anyone remember Hoffy papers? Obscure elementary-school learning machine memory (pre-1980 edition) ... [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 7:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Music for Markmakers

I would be grateful for suggestions for music for drawing in the classroom. I am hoping for music that encourages the perceptual side of the student rather than the text, writing, thinking. [more inside]
posted by effluvia at 6:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Interrogate the Mystery Writers

I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I move to Nassau, The Bahamas?

Can I afford to be an expat in Nassau, The Bahamas? Should we go for it? Bonus points if you've actually lived there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Speak this way, I do. This way do others speak, hmm?

In the English version of Star Wars, Yoda speaks using some interesting word-order. In other language translations, is this technique carried? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 6:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Blindfold My Wife

Blindfold recommendations (maybe NSFW). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Come into the light Carol Anne!!

Help me plan a "Black and White" Fortieth B-day Party.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me decide what to do. At all.

Please help me develop some "stickability". [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 5:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Drowning in the Sea of Possibilities!

I'm looking for advice on systems of organizing data to support a decision making process (either software, or manually (index cards, etc.)) [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 5:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Accidentally deleted my life...

All my calendar entries gone! Help! Any way to recover them from either my phone or iCal on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 4:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year?

Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 4:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Make my workplace smalltalk for me

Some Spanish speaking guys at work have taken to calling me "Rambo". Give me some suggestions for good humorous rejoinders, especially in Spanish. I have never seen the movie and speak no Spanish. [more inside]
posted by idiopath at 2:58 AM PST - 49 comments

What command and conquer style computer game should i play?

What command and conquer style computer game should i play? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 2:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Career help

I'm 34 living in Tokyo and have been teaching English conversation for the last six years, but I've realized this may be a dead-end career. Need help on figuring out career change options. I have a MA in political science. Any suggestions or advice are greatly appreciated.
posted by Jaebez at 2:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Poor workman blaming his tools

How thin can floorboards go before needing replacing? We used a belt sander to sand the edges of our Cypress Pine floorboards back to bare timber. It looked fine initially, but now that a couple of coats of polish are down it looks rubbish. [more inside]
posted by ihunui at 1:36 AM PST - 8 comments

What shouldn't we miss in Deutschland?

My wife and I are looking for recommendations on what to see and where to go on a three-to-four day trip to Germany. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 1:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Buying a left-hand-drive car from the UK?

What is the best way to buy a left-hand-drive car given that I live in the UK? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 1:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Fixed gear/single speed beginner

I'm thinking of building a fixed gear or single speed bike soon. Should I start from scratch or get a cheap bike from craigslist to convert? Of course, less expensive is better. Any tips for a beginner? Links to sites that could be useful for parts/how-to's etc would be great.
posted by alitorbati at 12:39 AM PST - 18 comments

April 29

How would a big HMO like Kaiser handle a pandemic?

I'm sure Kaiser Permanente and other major HMOs have plans related to a potential pandemic, and how they would try to protect their customers' health and/or minimize financial losses. Have the plans themselves been published or leaked? Has anything summarizing those plans been published anywhere?
posted by salvia at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommend really durable, cheap headphones for lending at a library?

Could anyone recommend me a pair of cheap (under $50) and very durable headphones for lending out at a library? It should be designed with the goal of surviving some gratuitous quantity of abuse and then being cheaply replaced. Other criteria include around-the-ear cups, a long (3m minimum) cord, and a standard (2.5mm?) computer audio plug. Noise cancellation, great fidelity, and adjustability not essential. Pretty is a downright disadvantage, since we don't want people walking off with them. What happened to those massive abominations of puke-colored shatterproof plastic we used in elementary school, that could facilitate a multimedia class and a game of catch equally well?
posted by d. z. wang at 10:38 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of black ink is best?

So I've ordered my first fountain pen, a Lamy Safari. What kind of ink do I use? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 9:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Will my planter box kill me?

Is heat-treated kiln-dried lumber safe for a raised planter box that may house vegetables? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 at 9:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Student loans above cost of attendance?

For doctoral grad school: what does one need to do to borrow more than the school's "cost of attendance"? I know federal loans don't permit this; which private lenders do? Will private student lenders lend out despite a lack of income or assets, and despite previous student loans (though no defaults, and good credit)?
posted by Malad at 9:11 PM PST - 6 comments

News at 9: I'm bored.

What do you do on weeknights to pass the time? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 8:58 PM PST - 47 comments

Should we buy to rent?

My SO and I are considering taking advantage of the current housing market and purchasing a second house to lease. What specifics should we contemplate at this early stage? [more inside]
posted by purpletangerine at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I set up a computer to automatically copy files to any flash drive when it is plugged into the USB port?

How do I set up a computer to automatically copy files to any flash drive when it is plugged into the USB port? [more inside]
posted by dcams at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Show me evidence that laws alter the normative landscape of society.

I am looking for evidence / examples to support the concept that laws affect the moral / cultural landscape of society. [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 8:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Is it 20% or PMI or nothing for me?

What should we reasonably expect to need down for a mortgage when we move? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 7:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I include a failed startup on my resume?

Should I include a failed startup on my resume? [more inside]
posted by lenny70 at 7:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for shoes I *can't* keep my lunch money in.

Are there any casual women's shoes that could replace sneakers for general everyday wear? Or should I just stick with sneakers if comfort is my main goal and style is secondary? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 7:18 PM PST - 41 comments

you make me tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

How can I safely get rid of ticks in a backyard with as few chemicals as possible, preferably no chemicals? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 6:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Best Bit Torrent Forum?

Best Bit Torrent Forum? I'm having a problem, plus I'd like to learn more about torrents. Does anyone have any recommendation on an active forum board I could join? Thanks, David
posted by davidaugust111 at 6:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What's up with dried fruit?

What's up with dried fruit? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 6:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make BBQ flavoring for potato chips?

How do I make BBQ flavoring for potato chips? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 6:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Restaurant ethical certification?

How can I find out what restaurants (or other stores) treat their employees well? [more inside]
posted by Lady Li at 6:14 PM PST - 3 comments

How many congresspeople have tattoos?

How many members of the United States Congress have tattoos?
posted by boots at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Time for a new cell phone!!

It's time for a new cell phone and I'm looking at the Samsung Instinct or the Motorola Razor2 (v9m). I am looking for information on the sound quality of these phones. Will others be able to hear me and will I be able to hear them? Any other information about these phones would also be welcome. Thanks all!!!!
posted by Weaslegirl at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Should we stay or should we go?

Where do you draw the line when paying your dues? [more inside]
posted by mediocritease at 5:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Beach Bonfire

Where's the best beach in the Victoria area to have a bonfire? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 5:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Sliding tile game from 70s?

Help me find a table-top sliding tile game from the 70s involving connecting "pipes." [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Throw [Every Last One Of] The Bums Out!

ThrowTheBumsOutFilter: What would be the foreseeable political, economic, and/or social consequences of EVERY incumbent congressional candidate losing his/her seat in 2010? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 4:45 PM PST - 30 comments

King of Queens for $40 per diem

Any interesting stuff around Citi Field in Flushing, NY? [more inside]
posted by rabbitsnake at 4:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you have any regrets that you didn't start doing something earlier?

Do you have any regrets that you didn't start doing something earlier? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 4:31 PM PST - 73 comments

Help me figure out how (and if) I should dump a friend.

She wants to escalate the friendship; I want to dial it back but not necessarily end it. How can I handle this without being mean or subjecting my other friends to this tiresome person? [more inside]
posted by JennyK at 4:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Email Switcheroo

What do I need to be aware of when switching a client from ISp-provided email to Google-provided email? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

help me find this google maps mashup

looking for a website i saw once, that lets you enter a driving time and it plots it on a google map... it wasn't just a circle it actually put boundaries on the map at various points that corresponded with the driving time....
posted by chasles at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Take my home from drab to Hollywood glam

I'm looking for a source for black and white photos of old black Hollywood film stars a la Nina Mae McKinney, Dorothy Dandrige, et. al. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Long-playing silly games

Looking for ideas for a simple self modifying game to be played at a lazy pace over several days. [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Good Readings on Copyright for a Digital History Class?

What are some good readings on copyright law and practice for a graduate level digital history class? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 2:54 PM PST - 21 comments

How to discover new books, movies or other media you're prone to like?

Are there similar sites such as last.fm and the likes for other media types? I'm thinking sites which can recommend e.g. books and movies based on what I've recently read or watched. I'd prefer non-commercial sites, thus eliminating amazon.com and sites which recommend other titles based on what other users also bought together with a selected book/movie. Thanks.
posted by kissan at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

An AppleScript a day will eventually cause a visit to the doctor.

In Word 2008, how can I set up an AppleScript macro to move selected text so that it appears underneath a particular bookmark? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an alternative to Echopic that shows "image views"

Echopic is shutting down June 1st and doesn't seem to allow people to upload pictures anymore. It was an ideal solution for my needs not only because there was no signup but also because you could see the # of "image views" on the administration page making it perfect for stat-tracking Craigslist posts. Anyone know of another free image host that has similar functionality?
posted by eden at 2:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Cheap heats?

Are there any good low-capital alternatives to electric Cadet heaters for warming and cooling my house? [more inside]
posted by msalt at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Spicy Science Experiment

CanIEatItFilter: How long will this spicy stir fry sauce keep? [more inside]
posted by vilthuril at 2:12 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the falafel guy's name?

I need some help deciphering (what I assume) is an Arabic name. [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

you, you, you?

In a languages that uses both the formal and informal "you," is there any situation in which people using the informal "you" with each other would ever go back to regularly using the formal "you" with each other? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 1:48 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to find sour plums?

Where to find sour Persian green plums in New York? [more inside]
posted by caelumluna at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this video game theme

What is the video game theme played at 0:43 (during the spy hunter bit) of this video? Only plays for five seconds until. I know I played this game endlessly as but I cannot remember what it was and it is driving me insane right now.
posted by neustile at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I rent a cargo VAN for a ONE WAY move?

Where can I rent a cargo van (not truck) for a one-way move? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 1:39 PM PST - 14 comments

How to bring bikes on vacation?

Mrs. Argyle and I want to take our road bikes on vacation this summer. What's the best way to take them along? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How to turn processes into clickable links

I would like to write a program which transforms the Windows task manager's process list into clickable links. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 1:19 PM PST - 8 comments

It cuts like an axe

I bought my partner a cheapie guitar, but fretting its strings is incredibly uncomfortable compared with my own cheapie guitar (with the same light gauge strings). What could be causing the difference, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to go in Paris tonight?

Alone in Paris. Happily but at a loss for what to tonight/tomorrow night. In 11th, want to walk to fun, interesting place. [more inside]
posted by thales at 1:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Enough PC Power?

Will I be able to run modern games on my PC? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 1:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Soloing Paris-Roubaix

What do I need to know and do in order to take a bike and ride a famous cycling route in France? [more inside]
posted by Severian at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Do you know of any museums which watermark their online images?

I need a list of museums which watermark (or otherwise alter for the purpose of control) the images they make available online. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Using other people's pictures in blogs

Related to this question, but beyond Flickr: where it's just random product images, can I or can't I re-host their image with proper credit and a link? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 12:58 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of repairman do I need?

My house needs repairs. What kind(s) of repairmen/craftsmen do I need? Any recommendations North of Boston? [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Diagnosing Schizophrenia

Is there any good data on the sensitivity and specificity of symptoms of schizophrenia in its diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 12 comments

What do to with a car with no title

My boyfriend doesn't have the title to his car. BMV says there's no way he can get the title short of legal action. What can he do with this car? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Recommend a printer

Please recommend a colour printer that prints 11x17" sheets. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments


What is a good gift for a departing friend who enjoys barbecuing... [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 11:15 AM PST - 15 comments


Does anyone know of an affordable solution to display SMS messages on an installation to the general public? Ideally a turn key lcd screen solution or similar. Appreciate any help! Adam.
posted by ashepp at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Where's my Polish package?

A package from Poland is coming my way - now how do I track it? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Next at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Dishwasher repairman or new one for a 9 year old appliance?

How do I know whether it makes more sense to get a service call for a dishwasher or bite the bullet and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by dublin at 11:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Finding a Remote-Controlled Pan and Tilt Webcam

I need a recommendation for a webcam with remotely controlled pan and tilt capabilities that isn't going to break the bank. [more inside]
posted by tocts at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Red Bull gives you more than wings, apparently.

Why do B-complex vitamins and zinc enhance orgasm? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:55 AM PST - 11 comments

Alaskan Cruise Travel Tips?

Heading on an Alaskan cruise with my 2-year old son, my husband and my 64-year old mother who just finished chemo/radiation for lung cancer. Suggestions, tips, thoughts on making sure everyone enjoys the time? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 10:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Desperately Seeking Double Laptop Bag

Can anybody recommend a laptop bag that will hold two laptops? [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 10:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Elf Yourself style application?

I'm looking for "off the shelf" code/functionality that works like the popular ElfYourself thing done by EVB in San Francisco. I'm hoping to be able to have users upload a face photo, and have it appear in an animation. Anyone know anything about this? (I'd post a link to ElfYourself, but it's down for the season).
posted by ecorrocio at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Why do cars have such vast wiring looms...?

Why do cars have such vast wiring looms...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Zip Codes and FIPS

Where can I get a free dataset of ZIP codes and their corresponding county FIPS codes?
posted by chrisalbon at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How long do I have to wait for my Ebay winner to pay?

How long do I have to wait for my Ebay winner to pay? [more inside]
posted by Marsha at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me with my garden

TexasvegetableGardenFilter: Ok..So i decided to build a garden box and i need help with what i should and shouldnt plant. I built a 3x8 garden box and is about a 1 1/2 ft deep, and would like to grow organic vegetables, what can i plant this weekend? I was hoping to grow a salsa garden..Onions, Tomatoes, Jalepenos, etc..What else?? How many plants is it capable of housing? Spacing between plants?? Never done this before and im really excited just need some advice to get started. Thanks!!! I live in Dallas, Tx.
posted by lateriser at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Hello, my name is H1N1.

How is the swine infuenza virus identified? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Litter box odours

The best digestive enzyme to eliminate litter box odours?
posted by page123 at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

A leader is a dealer in hope.

I need your all-time best snippets / excerpts / misc. bits-of-wisdom regarding leadership and management (of people, specifically). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Setting up weird-news email alert for just OR and WA?

How can I set up an automatic email notification thing for news-of-the-weird type stuff as it happens in Oregon and Washington (not DC)? Google alerts doesn't seem this customizable. CNN news alerts do, maybe. Any other options?
posted by gottabefunky at 9:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Muslim wedding chic?

What is the most appropriate outfit to wear to two weddings, one Muslim, one Catholic? [more inside]
posted by chickadee at 9:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Something up in the Anti-Abortion World?

Yesterday, for no reason known to me, anti-abortion demonstrators were out in force here in the east end of Pittsburgh. Did I miss something? Does April 28 signify something important? Was this happening in other parts of the country or world? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Migrated MAPI Permissions?

Exchange - How does it handle Outlook MAPI permissions when migrating users from one domain to another? [more inside]
posted by Leud at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Chipotle Overflow

I happened to mention to a well-meaning friend that I liked the taste of chipotle. Soon afterward, I received a care package just loaded with chipotle products. Please help me make mouth-watering concoctions. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Stop Doing That!

Something's rebooting my PC at 4:30am every day - help me find out what and stop it?!? [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 9:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Nutritious Water Additives?

Are there any good nutritional/metabolic water mixes out there for sedentary desk workers who are perhaps over-reliant on fast food? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

yes, we eat like paula deen

If your best friend was going to Savannah, GA, where would you tell them to eat? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 9:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Permit for bathroom tiling?

Permit needed to tile a bathtub in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Toilet lid etiquette

Are guests rightfully exempt from lowering the toilet lid? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 8:52 AM PST - 67 comments

How to stick out and not in a sore thumb kinda way?

There is going to be an event at our school tonight which is going to bring MD level people from hedge funds and private equities. Presumably, there are going to be people fawning all over them throughout the event as well as afterward. Does the hive have any suggestions that would help me stick out--in a good way?
posted by Lucubrator at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Even More London Questions

I'm heading to London at the end of June. Thanks to the green (and the "London" tag) I know where I'm staying and where I'm going to eat. But I have a few random, oddball questions... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:04 AM PST - 27 comments

Roasted crushed pecan glaze on your thighs?

[grilling filter] A friend gave me a bottle of "Southern Pecan Pepper Glaze"... help me make the best dish with it... [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 7:42 AM PST - 3 comments

100th day of office?

According to the calendar, April 28 is the 118th day of the year. If President Obama was inaugurated on January 20, the 20th day of the year, can anybody explain why the media is celebrating President Obama's 100th day on his 99th day?
posted by eaglehound at 7:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Uh oh. Did I break my 'giner?

Post-coital ouch! Did an orgasm cause me to strain my ladyparts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Dating a hippy?

So, I've hit-it-off with someone and things seem to heading in a certain direction... there's only one catch: she's a big hippy (not-sizeist) and I'm not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 39 comments

Conditionally Visible

Is there a way to make a command button on a form in MS Access 2003 conditionally visible? [more inside]
posted by preparat at 7:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Best PS3 Games on PSN?

What are the best games available for download on PSN for the PS3? [more inside]
posted by *s at 7:19 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I stop getting AOL IM's texted to my phone?

I'm on a Mac and I use the program Adium to access my AOL IM account. I also have a Blackberry Bold....At some point, I decided to try the feature of connecting my AOL IM account to my cell phone which would allow me to receive IM's on my phone even when I am logged off from the service...Now I don't know how to make it stop.. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 7:00 AM PST - 2 comments

When I'm rubber and your glue doesn't work....

Boss wants me to find an online reputation monitor. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 6:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me encourage a great future doctor not to lose faith in herself.

I'm out of fresh encouraging perspectives, and the stakes are higher than ever. Please help me figure out how to best be a supportive friend in the 11th hour of my pal's struggles with studying for the med school boards. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 6:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Quality TESL training in Los Angeles area?

I would like get a TESL certificate, move to Costa Rica, teach for 5-10 years, then retire there. From basic research, it appears that CELTA, Trinity and SIT are among the most credible facilities offering such certificates. However, I currently live in Los Angeles, CA and none of those programs are available within 100 miles. I have located two other venues in the area, the “Oxford Seminars” and “LC Coaching,” which are similar in content, price and duration. Can anyone speak to the quality of these programs, as compared to CELTA, Trinity, etc? Does anyone know of any better programs in the LA area for TESL training?
posted by no1un0 at 6:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I salvage my life?

How do I salvage my life? [more inside]
posted by Thirsty_Mouse at 6:30 AM PST - 40 comments

My wall is growing something.

What is growing on my wall? [more inside]
posted by sah at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to leave my car in Knoxville TN?

I'm meeting some friends in Knoxville, TN and want to leave my car there, parked, for the weekend. We're then taking their car to the kentucky derby. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Should hopping hurt this much?

Sprained my previosuly broken ankle. Doctor at the hospital says its fine - should I be in agony if I'm not putting any weight on my foot? [more inside]
posted by Umhlangan at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Packing and Leaving

Say you want to move to Europe for just a few months. What logistically should I be preparing for? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 6:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Flame on! Or not.

One of the burners on the gas stove isn't lighting all the way. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I be this much of a New York Jew?

When one buys a 30-day unlimited MetroCard from the NYC Subway, are those thirty days counted from the date of purchase or the date of first use? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 5:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Tourette diagnosis?

I've just realised - or become prepared to acknowledge - that the tics I've had since childhood are probably Tourette's Syndrome. No cursing, but physical and sound stuff. I'm way past middle-age. Is there any point in getting a diagnosis?
posted by ikp at 4:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Backyard play ideas?

What awesome backyard toys/ games/ activities do you have set up? [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 4:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Ideas for a graduation gift for a psychology student

Graduation gift for a psychology student [more inside]
posted by jinatrix at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommend Mac OS X scanner software

What Mac OS X software will let me scan things using my second hand Canon ImageRunner C5800 networked printer/scanner? There's PC software available, but I'd rather not have to run XP just to scan things. Note: if I sound clueless I am; if I'm missing something obvious then please tell me.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Bake my duck

I have a Wilton Panda cake pan, similar to this. However, the two sides don't appear to directly fit together (ie. with no gaps between the two). How can I make sure batter doesn't leak out of the pan? And what about other 3-D pans like this - I imagine greaseproof paper won't work in the same way a springform tin will.
posted by mippy at 3:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Formation of chinese characters

How chinese characters are formed? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 3:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me find people on roofs

Can anyone find the original image that was used for this mocked-up Mirror's Edge game cover? And more like it? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman at 2:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Master of Arts of Politics?

George Washington University has a Masters in Professional Studies in Political Management. Great, except for being a Masters in Professional Studies. I want to do an MA or MS degree with classes in political management, speechwriting, and fundraising. Any other places you can suggest that are in the DC Metro/Northeast USA area?
posted by parmanparman at 2:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Perfecting pancakes - perhaps pan problems?

Why is the first pancake I make the BEST of the batch? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 1:53 AM PST - 24 comments

What is a good portable keyboard to go along with a laptop?

i need to a good portable (light, compact, preferably wireless) keyboard, so that when i travel with my laptop, i can still maintain a decent overall posture. with just the laptop either my neck or my upper arm is in a bad posture, and they hurt. apple keyboard is one option i am aware of, but eral world experience based suggestions would be very helpful. suggestions?
posted by shalam at 1:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Who are these funny glam rockers?

I give up! I know I saw a link to this silly glam rock band here or on the blue, but I can't find now and it's driving me NUTS! [more inside]
posted by maryh at 1:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Need help ID'ing music in a commercial

Can anyone identify the music from this humorous Cheers Beer commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IILoTmIXd7s [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 12:27 AM PST - 2 comments

April 28

Vocal mix of Primal Scream's "Come Together"?

Where could I find the vocal mix of Primal Scream's "Come Together"? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 11:15 PM PST - 8 comments

When were women Colonels first upgraded in rank upon retirement?

Military retirement policy: When did the US Army reverse it's policy of not upgrading women who served actively as Colonels to Brigadier Generals upon retirement? (They have always have done so for men). [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Dots in my vision, dots on my arm, and uh, hmm, what's the word?

Since I last posted I've been feeling much better, but now have very new and strange symptoms. I've been seeing flashes in my vision, felt like I was misreading text or having difficulty expressing myself verbally (words came a bit more slowly than usual), and went to the ER when I saw (and a friend confirmed) my pupils were unevenly dilated. I've also had a recurring, painless rash of tiny red dots that is only ever present on my right hand, and comes and goes rather quickly. All symptoms started two or three weeks ago. I can't see a doctor for a week or two, but when I can, what kind should I see and what should I ask about? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus at 11:05 PM PST - 10 comments

The REAL Kansas State Seal?

...whatever happened to Joe Ingalls' original sketch? [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 11:00 PM PST - 1 comment

How do you organize your life?

How do you organize your life? I am a creative but highly disorganized man. At any given time, there's loads of things I need to do, and I usually only end up doing about 1/5th of them. And it's not because I'm slack: I simply can't keep track of everything. [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 10:43 PM PST - 31 comments

I can't stop coughing!

Chronic cough has bothered me for two years. Five doctors have been unable to help me. I am at my wit's end. Help! [more inside]
posted by prunes at 10:41 PM PST - 21 comments

How does YOUR garden glow?

I'm going camping this weekend and want to deck out my tent in style. Where in the greater Los Angeles area can I get battery-powered string lights, ready-to-use EL wire, and other such self-sustaining glowy bits?
posted by mykescipark at 10:26 PM PST - 2 comments

It's too darn hot. How to cool off my studio apartment?

How can I cool off my NY studio apartment this summer? Our building has central air conditioning, and while it's cold enough when I sit right next to the unit, the rest of the apartment gets boiling hot. During today's heat wave, when it was 82 outside, a thermometer sitting on the unit read 70 degrees. On the other side of the room, it was more like 75, and on the other side of of the apartment, almost 80. The building doesn't allow window air conditioners. This is making living here really uncomfortable -- what else can I do to cool this place off? [more inside]
posted by lsemel at 10:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Ideas for recipes that use BBQ sauce?

I have a real kick-ass BBQ sauce I picked up in Texas that I want to use before it goes bad. Any suggestions for something good to make? I don't have use of a grill right now. I'm game for anything; any kind of meat, any veggies, anything. Thanks guys!
posted by muxnaw at 10:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Paying Payroll taxes on Employer Expenses?

I have a good friend who's getting screwed by his (soon to be former employer) re: expenses and payroll taxes. What's the best way to resolve this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 PM PST - 4 comments

The not-so-bad problem of what to do with new money.

I'm about to see a huge increase in my income. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Uprooting the family to London

My Wife will be pursuing a PHD in UK in 2010 lasting 4 years. We are planning to uproot the family to London (a 3yr old kid + me) Question: Has anyone have similar experience? [more inside]
posted by merv at 9:59 PM PST - 13 comments

dbf + dbf = 1992

I'm working on some code for quickly pulling together shapefile data and other data (statistics, etc) and spitting out maps. That means JOINs. Thanks to the 1990-quality standards of GIS, attribute tables are in dbf files. How does one deal with these blasts from the past? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

The accessory president?

What's on Obama's right wrist?
posted by oxford blue at 9:42 PM PST - 9 comments

New Slang

I love slang and colloquialisms. Where can I go to pick up more? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 9:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Retroactively raising child support?

Does WA state support retroactively raising child support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 4 comments

How long does it take to cross the U.S./Canada border by car?

Can anyone give me specific advice about wait times and possible traffic problems at the Milltown International Bridge U.S./Canada border crossing? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 8:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get the cheapest flights to New York from Australia

TravelFilter: Will the current cheap flights between Australia and New York remain into 2010? And what times of the year are considered off-peak travel to NYC? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 8:37 PM PST - 3 comments

What did Arlen Specter say to Alberto Gonzales?

What did Arlen Specter say to Alberto Gonzales? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 7:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Speeches sans words

I remember hearing on NPR a few years ago, during the California recall election I think, a story about some merrie internet pranksters who digitally removed all the words from politicians' speeches, leaving the stutters and breathing. It was fascinating to hear. Can anybody link me to this stuff, or even a similar thing created for academic rather than comic purposes?
posted by silby at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Alternatives to Christie, Sedaris, Bryson

Looking for recommendations for authors similar to Agatha Christie, David Sedaris, and Bill Bryson. [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 7:20 PM PST - 29 comments

Why is my mom's Gmail account constantly CAPTCHA'ing her?

My mom's Gmail account keeps throwing up the CAPTCHA at login, blocking her mail clients. Why? [more inside]
posted by woot at 7:18 PM PST - 9 comments

clogged bathtub drain is backing me up

this is a really hard to figure out problem with a clogged drain. I have a tub that was installed new several months ago and it suddenly has begun slow draining to almost not draining at all. there is a toilet less than 5 feet away that flushes fine (the toilet was installed approx. two weeks ago. I also have a kitchen sink and clothes washer that do not have any issues draining. [more inside]
posted by rxbert at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

What is that noise?

2003 Dodge Neon is emitting a High-pitched squeal [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 6:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Record player in need of repair

Please recommend a shop that will fix my old record player here in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 6:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Bible desert ice?

What's the bible verse that tells how to make ice in the desert? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

too many squirrels!

How can I get rid of squirrels so I can have a balcony garden? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Middle-aged acne?

At age 39, I suddenly have bad acne on my back and neck. How did you make yours go away? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 5:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Croatia Online!

What is the best way to get unlimited net access in Croatia without per minute data charges? We're going to Croatia for a few weeks and will need reliable net access for VPNing back home. I'm fine with paying a bit extra for a temporary DSL/Cable install - we will be staying in a home so mobile access is not necessary. Something faster than 56k modem speed would be preferred.
posted by benzenedream at 5:25 PM PST - 1 comment

What do I do? How can I make them move?

How do I get rid of really bad neighbors? Are there any legal issues with giving out their landlord's cell phone number? Are there any Philadelphia-specific ways to get them to move? [more inside]
posted by Brachiosaurus at 5:05 PM PST - 38 comments

This thing is spectrumy.

How would one go about describing something that has the qualities of a spectrum in its conception? For example, some say homosexuality is a spectrum rather than a series of different levels/states. Same with autism. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore at 4:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me work out how best to deal with a dealership.

We bought a brand new car a couple of weeks ago but the windscreen is scratched. We're pretty sure that the dealer did this but we don't really have any proof. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that bug!

I'm home alone. Except I'm not. Please help me identify my new visitors. [more inside]
posted by xsquared-1 at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

What if the swine flew south?

I've been tasked with overseeing some of the swine flu preparations in my workplace. Help? [more inside]
posted by papafrita at 3:12 PM PST - 21 comments

How to sell UK shares not registered in the United States?

I own some UK stock which is listed on the London Stock exchange. The companies' shares aren't registered in the United States and cannot be sold in the US. I would like to sell a portion of these shares, so I would like to find the name of an English bank and a telephone number for the appropriate person at the bank.
posted by Daddysugar at 3:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Subletting help

I am a fairly inexperienced college student planning to sublet my room (currently renting) for the summer. What's the right way to go about this? (Some lease problems inside) [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

excel Q about eliminating random blank lines in sequences

Excel question about eliminating random blank lines in sequences [more inside]
posted by goethean at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do in Augusta, GA

Have to spend a day in Augusta, GA, on a Saturday. What to see or do and where to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Are all of the reality shows on Bravo TV completely fake?

Are all of the reality shows on Bravo TV completely fake? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 1:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Do I need a new roof?

In my second year of first-time home ownership and husband and I are thinking we need to do a little spring cleaning around the house. Other than a minor plumbing issue in the bathroom we have had (knock on wood) zero problems with the house. In an effort to keep up this track record, what trouble spots should we look for in the house? How do you know if the roof is in good shape? What are typical home maintenance needs? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Need a store that's quick and cheap

Me, being the family resident techie, has been asked to build an online shopping site for an in-law. EASY and FAST is the name of the game...what should I use? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 1:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Is it worth getting Redskins tickets to resell?

I just got off the waiting list and am now eligible to buy Washington Redskins season tickets. I don't really want to go to the games. Is it worth buying them to resell them anyway? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 1:48 PM PST - 18 comments


Why does this bumble bee feel the need to protect my sidewalk from other flying insects? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Does a written agreement entitle me to a kill fee?

I'm trying to build the best argument for why a company that committed in writing to licensing some IP of mine but are two years tardy in furnishing a contract owes me something. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't $_GET this, please help!

WordPressFilter: Trying to display posts based on "GET" value in URL. I'm so close but just ran into a brick wall. Help? [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Where's my jetpack?!

Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Living above a noisy ceiling fan.

My downstairs neighbor's ceiling fan is making my apartment vibrate. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

How much to expect in a yearly raise?

I have my first "real job" annual review/raise coming up. I have never done this before. I'm looking for advice on what to expect and what to ask for. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 1:06 PM PST - 23 comments

Tell me about Club Stories.

What is the first example, some of the earliest examples, or some of the best examples of the "Club Story" narrative cliche? [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

If the Amish used computers...

How do I get files from my modern PC onto an ancient Macintosh? [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq at 12:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Advice for a potential graphic design novice

Attention all graphic designers: could you answer a few questions for a potential novice? [more inside]
posted by Hyperbolus at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

CSS positioning problem in IE.

Why does my sidebar line up fine in Firefox but not IE? [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 12:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Taking the music back from the wilderness

I am looking for truly undiscovered musicians- ones who had little or no success in their lifetime- and what led to the re-emergence of their work. [more inside]
posted by psychostorm at 12:52 PM PST - 38 comments

Learn To Draw In Only Twenty Seconds Using The Internet

I'm a writer who needs to learn how to draw illustrations for my manuals. And I need to learn fast. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 12:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find websites that trade or sell gently used cosmetics.

Help me find websites that trade or sell gently used cosmetics. [more inside]
posted by scazza at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

"I don't wanna work/I just wanna bang on the drums all day."

What are the best electronic drum kits on the market not named "V-drums"? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Supplemental income through options on the internet or at-home work – what are my options?

Supplemental income through options on the internet or at-home work – what are my options? [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Heterosexual female cannot orgasm without vibrator. (NSFW. Duh.)

Is there anything I can do to be able to orgasm without a vibrator? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Trust vs. Faith - what's the difference?

What is the difference between trust and faith? Long setup, but non-chatty purpose, I promise =) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Who owns this image?

I'm making a magazine (for a class), and one of the articles is about video game addictions. I wanted something that stood out for the title page, and I found this great little image. I used parts of it (pieces of the image, as well as the exact color) to make the title page image. [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Meg Brockie: I'm highly attracted to you. Why, when I look at you, I feel wee tadpoles jumping in my spine.

I'm going to be auditioning for a musical theater role in a month, and could use some advice on how to prepare. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Where Can I Find Video Game Box Art?

Is there anywhere I can find hi-res box art for classic games? More inside. [more inside]
posted by zerolives at 11:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Good place for a small group gathering for boisterous board game fun?

Good place for a small group gathering for boisterous board game fun? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me sign you up!

I'm helping a nonprofit that needs online event registration for a fundraiser. Any recommendations for a cheap, easy-to-use, full-featured service that does this? TIA!
posted by lgandme0717 at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

CMS game backend?

Can I modify an existing CMS to serve as the backend for a browser game? [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Save my pants!

StainFilter: So, I've seen plenty of questions about getting wax off clothing, but what about the dark stain it leaves behind? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm not asking you to do my research for me buuuuut....

Emergency Research Materials Needed: Due to not being an adult about things I now have to write a quick story set during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. And I have to finish it by Sunday. Yes, I've already read Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:51 AM PST - 12 comments

What are the baby boomers going to do when they can't afford to retire?

What are the baby boomers going to do when they can't afford to retire? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 10:42 AM PST - 45 comments

Lemon law or lemonade recipe?

I need a source for NY state law (not NYC) pertaining to the sale of used cars. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 10:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Do I own a car that truly cannot be repaired?

Is my Audi unrepairable? I have a 2003 Audi A4 1.8T with a CVT (GGT) transmission that's messed up. [more inside]
posted by starscream at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Finding French films filter

French-film-filter: A movie shot entirely from the point of view of the main character, hands reaching out from underneath the camera and all. Early 90s, I think. Remembered spoilers/details below [more inside]
posted by FuManchu at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Too Hot For City Hall

I'm looking for examples of public art exhibitions in New York City that were covered, removed, or otherwise vanished, due to critical response or other factors. (For example, Eric Fischl's Tumbling Woman.) [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

What do you mean I "type too much"?

I don't know how to resolve the problem between my boyfriend and I over the question of whether I spend too much time on the computer "typing". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 22 comments

How can I help my coworkers create XML documents to store metadata?

Generating XML documents help? I work with the county health department, and have been asked to come up with a way to create, store and manipulate metadata for various datasets we store internally on a network drive. Basically I think the simplest thing to do is to create an xml file stored in the same directory with any dataset. Preferably I can do this with infopath 2003 or free software, and using the Dublin Core standard for metadata. I've seen the 5 year old answers on Dublin Core Metadata from this Ask, but I need to let my coworkers create the data first, and that mostly covers storage/database solutions. Looking through various DC list archives hasn't been helpful. [more inside]
posted by gryftir at 9:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Frame Skipping Mac

Why is the video skipping on my Mac when hooked up to seconday display? [more inside]
posted by thefamousmoe at 9:43 AM PST - 3 comments

It was one of those days?

When I was a kid getting driven to school with NPR on the radio in the late 80's early 90's, there was this sort of interstitial poetry series that often played. I googled for a while finding nothing. I was hoping to find a collection or even just the author/reader's name. [more inside]
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 9:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Foods that are cheaper to buy than to make?

What are some foods that are cheaper to buy than to make from scratch (using non-bulk ingredients)? Carrot juice is the only one I can think of at the moment, but my experience is very limited.
posted by archagon at 9:20 AM PST - 38 comments

Cracking up about crack!

Why do many people in American society find crack funny? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 9:18 AM PST - 87 comments

Quick Contacts in NYC

My wife and I are staying in Manhatten near Time Square and she lost her contacts. Is there any way we can get her new contacts today?
posted by bajema at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me live in DC without a wicked commute.

What would be the best way to live in DC yet work in Germantown, MD? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Video Game Nostalgia!

Help me find some lost video games from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by onalark at 8:44 AM PST - 27 comments

The perfect gift for an aspiring musician

Recommend inspirational or otherwise awesome gifts for an aspiring opera singer, please! [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do I obsess about this?

Obsessiveness Filter: I fixate on and plan obsessively about moving to new (specific) places, and I'd like to know why. Here's the situation: I have mild depression with anxiety and take medication for it which helps a lot. However, periodically I do something that I find odd and that I can't find specific references to in information about OCD, depression or anxiety. I pick a place that I might vaguely like to move to, and become obsessed with planning every detail about it. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 8:24 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the name of this film?

Help me find a the title of this French film, please! I thought the title was lovers, but doesn't seem like it. [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

20 Year Business Anniversary

Executive Gift Filter - maybe something Custom Engraved? Our company's 20th anniversary is coming up. Help me find a special gift for the boss. [more inside]
posted by GuffProof at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me recreate my salon-fresh bob look.

I got my hair cut from mid-back length to a short, under the chin bob this weekend. I -love- the length, so that's not the problem. The stylist put some product in it and then used a straightening iron, and it was sleek, shiny, and flat. Please help me recreate that look. [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx at 8:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Where to sit at the Circuit de Catalunya

Does anyone have any experience with attending a Formula 1 race? I have the opportunity to go to the Spanish GP race and am wondering if its worth doubling the cost to get seats in one of the grandstands as opposed to General Admission in one of the paddocks? More concerned with the viewing experience then comfort. [more inside]
posted by JPD at 8:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Do you know the etymology of Ponos and Poena

My boss has asked me to sort out the etymology of the words "Ponos" (Greek for Labor ?) and "Poena" (Latin for Sorrow?). The question is which came first, and are they related as it seems? Also, would those rough definitions be close to accurate?
posted by willnot at 7:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I warm or otherwise mitigate my cold dead hands vs. my loved ones?

My long, thin, bony fingers do not retain heat. Quite conversely, they could be considered 10 deceivingly flesh covered dry ice appendages. With a baby rapidly on the way, does the hive mind have any suggestions or advice on how I might hold the baby without making him miserable? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 7:54 AM PST - 18 comments

How to make and use green tea extract?

How can I make my own green tea extract (or concentrate)? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Guy B does work under Guy A's contract

A contractor I hired set up a number of sub-contracts with individuals- over 500 of them- each of whom received a background check to make sure they were OK to work in a very public program. We discovered that Guy A had a different person (Guy B) fill out all the paperwork to participate. The contract is in Guy B's name, with all his information except the phone number for Guy A. We accepted Guy B into the program, Guy A did the work, and now Guy A wants to be paid. Do we owe him anything? [more inside]
posted by Patapsco Mike at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

No Casanova am I

What is the appropriate flirty answer to "Do you believe in fate?" [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 7:12 AM PST - 55 comments

Growing Plantains

I want to grow my own plantain bush/palm/plant. In central Pennsylvania. Can I make it work? Have you made it work? Have you grown any kind of banana plant in a similar climate? If so: where would I get plantain rhizomes? The internet thinks I want Chinese herbs, when really I want a root to stick in the ground and grow. What else would I need to know (besides bringing the plant indoors in the winter)? A few more plantain questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 7:04 AM PST - 4 comments

BSG SD Good Enough for Me

How do clear purchased but unwanted items off my iTunes "Downloads Available" list? Ever time I launch the application, it automatically starts downloading unwanted HD versions of tv episodes. [more inside]
posted by whitewall at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Vegetarian volunteer in Botswana...

I am spending three weeks in Botswana as a volunteer this summer. I am also a strict vegetarian. Having never visited that part of the world I am not familiar with the local dietary options. Will it be difficult to maintain a vegetarian diet in Botswana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Why should I move to Fairbanks? And how can I travel back and forth?

How can I convince my mother it won't be the end of the world if I move to Fairbanks, AK? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 6:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Good music for Daddy & toddler?

I'd like my daughter to grow up on good music. I'm looking for stuff that both of us can enjoy together. Me: early 30s, Her: 2. She loves "All I Want Is You" and "Anyone Else But You" from the Juno soundtrack. Good start! Any more recommendations? [more inside]
posted by speeb at 5:55 AM PST - 50 comments

Getting buttons to work on Firefox

Javascript (and other protocols) do not always work on Firefox/Mac. [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 5:55 AM PST - 4 comments

A website example of a rogue website that is secretly run by a large company

Can anyone think of an example wherein a company built a separate website about its industry without putting its name all over that rogue site? For example, if Ford built and maintained a Ning (or other community-type site, I guess) about car customization, but it wasn't obvious that Ford ran the site? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 5:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Permission-based communication, anyone?

Why don't all forms of communication move toward the Facebook-style mutual-relationship-acceptance-before-permission-is-granted method? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 5:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Living near surf and snow

Where in the world can I live where I can go down the beach and surf one day, and head up into the mountains to ski/snowboard the next? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower at 4:47 AM PST - 35 comments

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator, and don't care whether or not it's a script, web-based, or software. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 4:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Any good (i.e. customer service wise/price wise) UK/Euro equivalents of sites like newegg for shopping for external hard drives?

Any good (i.e. customer service wise/price wise) UK/Euro equivalents of sites like newegg for shopping for external hard drives? [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 3:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Lollipop Fields and Robot Makeovers?

Can anyone identify these cartoons? One about two poor kids who dream of a world made of food, then wake up to a feast in their kitchen. Another about a young couple at a future world/technology expo where they see instant houses, get groomed by robots, and ballroom dance? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte at 1:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Increasing Movie Memory

How do I improve my film/movie memory? [more inside]
posted by benji at 12:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Avoid voice cracking

My voice cracks occasionally when I'm out having a few beers and I shout to be heard. How to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler at 12:31 AM PST - 7 comments

If the caveman diet is sound, should, er, people from the savanna eat differently?

I'm interested in knowing more about the caveman diet, and the logic behind it. Does the reasoning behind this diet dictate that the modern Korean should eat differently from the modern Englishman? But maybe more importantly, is the reasoning indeed sound? Or is it pseudo-science? Is this really what evolutionary biology would suggest? If so, how much of it should really dictate what a modern human, Korean or English or otherwise, should or shouldn't eat?
posted by Busoni at 12:22 AM PST - 17 comments

April 27

Anybody know about a bad restaurant rebadge site?

Does anybody remember a website that featured badly done restaurant rebadges/remodels? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 10:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Do you know of songs whose lyrics came from a speech?

Do you know of songs whose lyrics came from a speech? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:58 PM PST - 23 comments

I can haz weight loss surgery?

Given my lifestyle, should I get gastric bypass surgery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 PM PST - 34 comments

Stunning photos how to

How is this photography effect achieved? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 9:19 PM PST - 31 comments

It's like Banksy meets candid camera.

Some friends and I want to take a series of staged pictures of pedestrians standing in front of street art to comic effect, and I need your help brainstorming, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 8:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying to count her chickens before they hatch.

Posting for a friend who is a teacher planning to hatch some chickens in class: "I'm getting ready to set my eggs in the incubator tomorrow. I candled them tonight and found the shells to be mottled. Is that bad? I am worried. My fourth graders are depending on me!" Pictures here.
posted by artychoke at 8:27 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a crash course in finding good prices in Melbourne.

What shops should I go to in Melbourne, Australia, to buy inexpensive necessities (clothes, shoes, groceries, linens, electronics)? [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

A beginner's Bergman

MeFi cinemaphiles, where should I start in Ingmar Bergman's filmography? [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 8:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Help on wedding gift etiquette!

According to the google, I have up to a year after someone's wedding to get them a gift. Then why did I get an email that asks about my "unaccounted for gift" and how should I respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 36 comments

Will a future employer help me

How likely is it that my next employer would pay for me to reimburse my current employer for training expenses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Writings about pairs of adjacent neighborhoods?

Urban Planning/Theory Filter: I am looking for writings, preferably available online, about the relationships of adjacent neighborhoods over time. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Could a common-law relationship make a bigamist case?

Does being in a de-facto / common-law relationship while waiting for a pending divorce make me grounds for bigamy under Australian law? [more inside]
posted by psyward at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Web 2.0 in Education

EducationFilter: How do you use wikis, blogs and social media in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 6:58 PM PST - 12 comments

What are my facebook notes doing in Italy?

Why are strangers (especially Italians??) reading my facebook notes? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:50 PM PST - 7 comments

"The sunrise is a strip-tease between night and day." Tom Robbins quote?

"The sunrise is a strip-tease between night and day." Is this a Tom Robbins quote (or similar to one)? [more inside]
posted by prwnkle02 at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Can't boot AMD BIOS w/ plugged-in USB hard drive?

Why can't I boot my computer (even past BIOS) with a USB hard drive attached? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 6:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Swine Flu Fallout

Swine flu: I have just returned this weekend from the Yucatan Peninsula Coast, Mexico. I feel fine and I am not concerned that I have contracted "the Flu". But here's my concern: [more inside]
posted by sequin at 5:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it OK to remove key while it is turned to "acc" on the ignition?

My car is a '92 Saturn SL, automatic. The dinging "alarm" to let you know that you left your lights on is permanently on-- even if I've left my lights OFF. If turn the key to "accessories" and then remove it, there is no dinging. Will it hurt my car in any way to always leave the car in this way?
posted by SociologistTina at 5:38 PM PST - 10 comments

What's all the pandemic about?

Swine flu has given rise to a whole lot more speculation about a coming pandemic than SARS did. Why?
posted by kitcat at 5:23 PM PST - 31 comments

How to come clean with the IRS?

How to handle IRS problems (failure to file, lost records, possible debt, interest and penalties) following several years of mental illness, unemployment, homelessness and physical disability). I want to clear up the mess, apply for social security, and wipe the slate clean. I have no money for lawyers, accountants, or the types who advertise on the radio. What would be the best way to sort this out. I admit I am afraid and fear that too brutal an encounter would send me underground again.
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Bachelors & bachelorettes in the woods

What are some suggestions for coordinating a "dating game" or fun "speed dating" activity at an outdoor camping event this weekend? The general intent of the activity is to laugh, get people more familiar and comfortable with each other (platonically or romantically), and maybe even make some matches. Attendees will be grown women and men of assorted social persuasions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 5 comments

I've got this friend . . .

Stupid question filter : "There is no law that requires U.S. citizens to pay income tax" Is this true? Can anyone site the Law? [more inside]
posted by nola at 4:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Gee, math sure is hard. Help me use it to predict the future.

I work for a company that sells professional sports souvenirs (e.g. Lakers, Dodgers, Raiders products). I'm trying to come up with a relatively simple formula to help me compute minimum reorder levels for each product/team. [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 4:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you make money when you arne't allowed to leave the house?

How can my 18-year-old sister make enough money to move out on her own when she has no car or license, no job experience, and unsupportive parents? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:19 PM PST - 35 comments

kind of like MacGyver, but not really

New-fangled uses for everyday items? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 4:11 PM PST - 25 comments

honda bike mod

So I picked up a 1981 honda cm400 custom and I love it so much - but Im ready to start altering it. have a few questions about finding parts. [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 4:08 PM PST - 5 comments

I knew I should have paid more attention in Hebrew School. I can't read a thing

Need help finding a citation to an Israeli Law. A translation would be great too. [more inside]
posted by Arbac at 3:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Creating Apps

I want to turn two ideas into downloadable programs for the Android/G1 Market. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Inhospitable Hospitals

Can anyone point me towards detailed comparisons or information about the management fees and/or costs at hospitals in other countries? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel at 3:36 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I get a medical loan for upcoming brain surgery?

I'm having brain surgery and need to get a medical loan for about 150k. Help? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 3:34 PM PST - 20 comments


Free, _downloadable_, science documentaries? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 3:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Cartoon illustrating absorption versus adsorption

Years ago, I saw a cartoon using images of a man and a pie to illustrate the difference between absorption (man eats pie) and adsorption (man gets hit in face with pie). Anybody have a link to a copy? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 3:22 PM PST - 4 comments

How best to record a computer-based training with audio?

Help me avoid needlessly repeating the same information over and over! Seeking something along the lines of a webinar utility to record computer-based trainings. [more inside]
posted by messica at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Bad id! No biscuit.

Curbing impulses: what are some simple, in-the-moment tricks for interrupting reflexive behavior patterns and restoring self-control? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 2:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Subtitling, Workshopping

Can anyone recommend subtitle software that can import files? For Windows, or preferably, for Mac. Alternately, can you find a workaround for Subtitle Workshop? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Applying to Clinical Psych program before undergrad

Does anyone know if you can apply to a clinical psychology Phd program before finishing your undergrad, or do you need to have experience before applying? Also what can you do to best guarantee your chances of acceptance?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

help find a way to make me redundant

My boss is looking for the most efficient and cost-effective way to add redundancy to our 20MB fiber. [more inside]
posted by dozo at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

"Placenta" Trees: 101?

I would like to organize a kind of placenta tree (sans placenta) for my sister's newborn. I'm trying to figure out what species would be best (both symbolically, and practically) for her. [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Heed the hat!

What is the name of this headdress? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Help us design a fair exercise competition!

Help us design a fair exercise competition! [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 1:27 PM PST - 9 comments

What got Bea schnockered?

What was Bea Arthur's favorite cocktail? [more inside]
posted by JohnFredra at 1:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Pacquiao Hatton Fight

MaineFilter: Where can I watch the Pacquiao vs. Hatton fight on PPV within 20 miles of Oguinquit, ME this weekend?
posted by eggman at 1:24 PM PST - 1 comment

What mainstream DVD player has the best error correction?

What mainstream DVD player has the best error correction? [more inside]
posted by worldshift at 1:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What's your most favorite kitchen /cooking item?

Planning our wedding registry. What's your most favorite kitchen /cooking item? Do have a utensil, tool, pot or pan that you LOVE to use and couldn't imagine cooking without? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 12:54 PM PST - 85 comments

behringer bcd 3000

Hi, I've got a behringer bcd 3000 . A generator malfunctioned and blew the fuse and VT1 on the PSU board. VT1 is charred beyond recognition. I think it is a MOV but can't read the component markings. Has anybody got a circuit diagram or know what the part is? Thanks
posted by gnujunk at 12:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Scooter, no title

A friend of mine has a scooter, but no title. Is there a way to get a license plate without it?
posted by patientpatient at 12:37 PM PST - 12 comments

I can't get online

Norton detected a virus (?), Downloader.MisleadApp, on my laptop. According to Norton, the problem has been "fixed." But ever since then, I cannot access the Internet. How do I get back online? [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep at 12:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me get a cheap prescription!

I am in a temporary position of having no health insurance. I think I have strep throat for the second time this year. Where is the least expensive place for me to go right now to get diagnosed and prescribed medicine? I'm in Portland, Oregon. Thanks!!
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Virus-free or virus hiding: is my computer Conficked or just fine?

On or around April 1, my computer caught something that caused havoc with my antivirus programs but now everything seems fine--this can't be correct? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do all cigarettes look the same?

Why is there such uniformity in the design of cigarettes in comparison to other tobacco products?
posted by roofus at 11:40 AM PST - 18 comments

2 Players, 1 Netbook

Can you recommend any simple two-player games (on- or off-line) for a 7" EEE? [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

I invite you to name this painting

Name this painting! Here's a link to one of the best portraits ever. But who is it? Who painted it? When?
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 11:05 AM PST - 4 comments

How would a layman know if a company has shares subject to Section 12 of the Exchange Act?

How would a layman know if a company has shares subject to Section 12 of the Exchange Act? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy_wuzzy at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Not Disabled 'enough'

What should I do about employment options? Sick & old but not sick OR old *Enough* 56 yr old woman who has signed a non-compete contract, in the same industry for 29 years and has been told I'm on probation for 90 days. Took short-term disability to rest and secure my position but thus far was denied, no money coming in. No retirement money, no other way to make money...more below [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 10:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Children with electrodes at the back of their heads? What is going on...?

Why would a child need an electrode / electrical connection port in the back of his skull? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 10:32 AM PST - 19 comments

how to communicate cheaply via sms outside the USA?

I want to obtain a US-based phone number solely for the purpose of easily (and cheaply) communicating with my American friends via SMS. A web interface (or iPhone app) to send and receive the text messages would be perfect. Does anything like this exist? [more inside]
posted by helios at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Burning plastic smell

Electricity Filter: What's causing this burning plastic smell? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 10:24 AM PST - 8 comments

1099 help for my nonprofit group

My nonprofit did not send out 1099s. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Sommersalaten Bitte Schön!

Your favorite summer salads, please! All variations and ingredients welcome. Bonus for anything that uses white asparagus. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:09 AM PST - 30 comments

Any GPFS gurus out there?

Grasping at straws here: have you successfully configured GPFS to operate in a multicluster environment? [more inside]
posted by larsks at 10:08 AM PST - 1 comment

What is causing the whining sound in my car engine?

What is causing the whining sound in my car engine? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 10:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Need creative lasagna recipe for ricotta hater

I have been asked to make lasagna with meat sauce, but was warned by one of the askers that she HATES the taste and texture of ricotta. [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 9:48 AM PST - 40 comments

How can we PPT that satisfies us and the students as well?

Undergrad teaching and PowerPoints. What to do? Instructors, please give some feedback. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:40 AM PST - 55 comments

Who to talk to about buying a home?

Who is the best person to give me information on the housing market? [more inside]
posted by lore at 8:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Digital Signage for a high school

How can I cheaply create a dynamic and easy-to-update information display (digital signage) for my secondary school? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Sort of like Thoreau, but with dogs...

Yet another vacation question. I'm trying to find a cabin to rent in mid-July. The requirements are we want to bring our two small dogs and we want it to be fairly remote/off the beaten path. We're located in central Indiana and would prefer a six hour drive at most. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

software for unknown extension

What software will open a .wls file? [more inside]
posted by infostud at 8:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Tips for self-publishing a simple book?

I know there are many Mefi references to self-publishing, but this question is a little different. Let me explain the background: [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 8:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Name Change Help

I hate my married name. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 7:54 AM PST - 88 comments

Who dies in a flu pandemic?

In a flu pandemic what determines who dies? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt at 7:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Psychology of unemotional sex

Is there any academic research showing that men can have sex without emotion, i.e. just a "hook up"? Why would this be? [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 7:31 AM PST - 27 comments

The Uninvited Guest

How can I get my landlord to stop coming over unannounced? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 22 comments

What topics should be covered in a "new media" class for journalists?

What topics should be covered in a "new media" class for journalists? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Heroes who don't get a formal education

I'm looking for story lines where a kid grows up and decides not to go to college but instead to stay in his hometown and take over his father's business or work in the mine or something like that. Help me find some books and movies, please! [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 7:18 AM PST - 20 comments

What do I wear when lobbying?

What do I wear when meeting my state legislators? Is it the same as what I should wear to meet members of Congress? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 7:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Does beer exist in Istanbul?

Does good beer or wine exist in Turkey? I'm staying in Istanbul for a few months. I've found the local food quite nice, but the beer & wine suck mightily. How do I find imported Belgian or German beer, or good French or Spanish wine. I hear Georgian wine is basically the best Eastern European wine. How might one find it? What about Greek options? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Term for words with quasi silent letters?

Is there a term for words pronounced with wrongly silent/missing letters? [more inside]
posted by sunshineunderground at 7:10 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I connect my wireless laptop to the internet by cable?

I'm having issues connecting my laptop to the internet. Wireless is fine, but I can't connect by cable at all. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 6:11 AM PST - 17 comments

My dog may need a shrink!

Our dog is suddenly afraid of something and won't leave our side... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith at 5:32 AM PST - 19 comments

What is the font used on the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap?

What is the font used on the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap?
posted by fac21 at 5:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Anonymous course evaluation made simple.

What is the simplest way to allow for an anonymous course evaluation? A simple re-mailer would work, but I can't seem to find one. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 5:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Wasted money

Why do people say that they don't want to waste money on rent? [more inside]
posted by Brennus at 4:59 AM PST - 73 comments

only one top dog, please.

why is my younger dog (1 y/o) suddenly trying to kill my older one (2 y/o)? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 4:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Make me a better boyfriend. Please?

Anger Filter: How do I treat my girlfriend better? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 4:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Websites about South Asian culture

Recommend me some neat blogs, websites or news sources about South Asian culture, please. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Windows Vista has found a creative new way to kick me in the Jimmy

Windows Vista has taken me to a new, interesting level of hell. For some reason, starting about a week ago, anything I select with the mouse -- text, even files -- automatically gets copied to the clipboard. If I select any word in this paragraph, for instance, that word will go to the clipboard and overwrite whatever I had there before. It's becoming a real headache. I can't find anything in Control Panel that deals with this feature, and I'm not finding anything on Google. How on earth do I turn this off? Thanks in advance. :)
posted by Televangelist at 2:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Wireless A/V systems

We want to use our second tv without a whole new cable set-up in the other room. Does anyone have experience experience with the Terk Leapfrog or other recommendations for Wireless A/V systems? [more inside]
posted by davidnc at 2:39 AM PST - 5 comments

What in god's name could be wrong with my kidney, bladder and urethra?! And what can I ask my GP to do to investigate it further?

I woke up in the middle of the night, five days ago, with a searing pain in my bladder. Over the next day this developed into stabbing pains in urethra, at the entrance and in the line leading toward my bladder. Stabbing pains in my kidney area followed and are now a dull constant ache. I also feel like I'm being stabbed in my urethra, constantly, and my bladder area and kidney are very tender to touch and ache constantly. UTI, right? Apparently not. More inside. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 12:10 AM PST - 18 comments

What is this PAD feature's name?

Your portable audio device restarts from power down. It picks up automagically at the same spot in the audio file as it was positioned before the power down (instead of at the beginning of the file, for example.) Question: does this feature have a name?
posted by telstar at 12:10 AM PST - 3 comments

April 26

How to see off a nuisance lawyer?

What to do about nuisance letter from the neighbour's lawyer, point and laugh? Ignore it? Something else? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 10:30 PM PST - 23 comments

What's the best way to organise and maintain my iTunes library?

OK, I've had it with my iTunes collection telling me it can't find things and forgetting that I have compilations and having my music in random formats. How can I reorganise the whole thing and keep it in order? I'm willing to scrap it all and start fresh, re-burning CDs or losing my ratings and playcounts if necessary, if it means that in the future it'd all work smoothly. Hardware and software details inside. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 10:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to live in Santa Barbara?

Where are the best neighborhoods in the Santa Barbara area for two 20-something professionals? My boyfriend will be working in Goleta starting in June and we're looking for a 1BR apartment preferably near stuff like grocery shopping, cafes/restaurants, a public library, and running/walking paths. [more inside]
posted by wsquared at 9:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a certain type of connector

Electronics Filter: I'm trying to source a certain type of connector for a cable I'm trying to make. Please have a look at my pictures. [more inside]
posted by Coolcan2 at 8:56 PM PST - 10 comments

What are some good vitamins for brain and general health?

What are some good vitamins for brain and general health? [more inside]
posted by peregrine81 at 8:36 PM PST - 7 comments

I Already Thought of Bacon Muffins

What's a savory food item that would make a good thank-you gift? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 8:36 PM PST - 20 comments

The where, the what and the how of getting hitched in Vegas, when you have friends coming from overseas.

(Several questions in one. Sorry.) We're getting hitched in Vegas, and friends are traveling from overseas. Help us plan out some basic wedding stuff (like location, wedding bands, etc.), as well as how to make our friends' stay enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by metalheart at 8:30 PM PST - 10 comments

What foods are best to spice up bland whole grains?

Multi-part query: Which foodstuff has the strongest flavor, in your experience? Garlic, onions, peppers, spices? Which spices? Cheeses? Which category---meat, grains, dairy, fruit, veggies, spices? Which category has the least flavor? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 8:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Book about Islam and intellectualism, what's the title?

I'm trying to find a book about Islam and intellectualism. I can remember the cover, and the content - but not the title or the author. Gah! [more inside]
posted by divabat at 8:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Graduating from MS Access?

I have become comfortable with maintaining an inventory database using MS Access. I want something more powerful now. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo at 8:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Dealing with Gossip and Mutual Friends

You're with some friends and they begin to maliciously gossip about one of your friends. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 36 comments

Is everyone wierd or is it just me?

I'm interested in studying Psychology. But I've noticed changes in my friends attitudes towards me ever since I've told them I'm interested in the field. They seem more distant and secretive, as if I'm analyzing them all the time. Am I just paranoid? Now I'm pondering if a life as a Psychologist would be fulfilling or even purposeful. What would a life as a Psyhologist be like?
posted by jakubsnm at 7:40 PM PST - 16 comments

It's probably a pretty good movie

IdentifyThisMovie: In a shop, a little girl sees a briefcase that she thinks a man has forgotten, picks it up, and runs to return it to its owner. It explodes. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 7:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find journal articles for a paper about Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum

I'm writing an undergraduate paper (not to be published) on whether or not Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum is just a reworking of architectural history, or if it's a completely new take on architectural design, kinetics, and art. Help? [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Hungry, hungry kitties

Anyone have suggestions for a good timed feeder for cats? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 6:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Drills to develop body flight?

How do dancers achieve body flight? I'm amazed at how many pros in dances like Carolina shag and west coast swing look like air hockey pucks gliding across the floor, and I'd like to learn this skill. I have worked with local pros in private lessons, but nothing has clicked yet, and so I'm asking the hive mind for drills and breakdowns to develop this degree of body flight. Theoretical explanations of how body flight and glide are created are welcome, but my primary interest is practical: I want to learn how to do this!
posted by philosophygeek at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Seattle, West Edge neighborhood. Need suggestions on where to buy stuff, services, parks, etc.

[Seattle filter] We just moved to the West Edge neighborhood in Seattle, near Pike Street Market. Need suggestions on where to buy stuff, services, parks, etc. We've been in Seattle for two days and we love it. [more inside]
posted by valannc at 6:44 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I use flavored liqueurs?

Does anyone know the difference between, and good instructions for, flavored and infused liqueurs? [more inside]
posted by monkeymadness at 6:33 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this book about a viral outbreak apocalypse?

Name this book, I thought it was a Stephen King book, but going through a list of his books, I couldn't pick it out. Basic story line: A group of people traveling through the northeast after some sort of outbreak that turned folks into mostly zombie types, who initially only come out at night... There's a residential school that some of the travelers come from (boy's school?). One individual is searching for his wife and son who may or may not be infected.. The group is looking for sanctuary....... They arrive at a huge gathering of the "zombies", there's a bomb involved at the end... Someone PLEASE tell me what this book was!
posted by HuronBob at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me fall in love with the Internet again

I have reached the end of the Internet. Well, my Internet, anyway. Please recommend some sites that will refresh my surfing experience. [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 6:26 PM PST - 38 comments

Need NW Bakery Consultant

How would I go about developing a recipe for artisanal bread as well as a menu for a Bakery (ie many types of bread)? I lack a "culinary school" education (I do have a college degree and currently work in a different field). I have researched many many books on the subject of hearth baking.....however i would like to develop a style with a professional. Is there a bakery consultant I can hire to work with me??
posted by Nellebee at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Car Rental and Social Capital: Help!

Looking for source of an anecdote about social capital and trust. It involves renting a car: and apparently, in some developing countries (or possibly rural China?) where there are low levels of trust of outsiders, people at first found even the idea of renting a car implausible because they can't see why you would let a stranger drive away with your car or why you would return the car to a stranger you will never see again. [more inside]
posted by Maias at 6:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for living/working in DC/Maryland?

Don'tGoBackToRockville(?)-Filter: Moving to and working in Washington DC... or Maryland: Where do I live to make the best out of my commute? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Why so glum frownyface?

What can I expect aesthetically and emotionally from Botox? How do I find a good Botox injector in NYC? Do you have any tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Why Why Why Why isn't it IIII?

Why is 4 IV and not IIII? Why is 9 IX and not VIIII? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea at 5:20 PM PST - 19 comments

eBay and counterfeit goods.

Should I send my counterfeit goods back? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 5:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Can you recommend a place for a drink?

NYC Filter: I'm looking for some new hangouts. Can anyone recommend a chill place for mingling and a drink on a Sunday night? Extra points if it's outside to take advantage of this weather.
posted by helios410 at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me build a vinyl collection instantly!

What's the best way of building a vinyl record collection if you know what you want? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 4:02 PM PST - 13 comments

help with simple piece of coding

"please type your email address in this box to receive an emailed link to download my portfolio" how do i do this? bonus points for wordpress plugin.
posted by gonzo_ID at 3:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me pass my road test mefi!

Help me pass my road test on Wednesday this time around. [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Why The Mixture?

Current Events Science Filter: Both the AP and Reuters are reporting that the Swine flu actually "contains DNA from avian, swine and human viruses, including elements from European and Asian swine viruses." Can someone please explain to me how such a mixture is possible? Thanks.
posted by ornate insect at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Can CS3 and CS4 applications be installed on the same computer?

Can Adobe CS3 and CS4 programs coexist on the same mac and with different licenses? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a therapist in Salt Lake City

Recommendations for a psychologist or psychiatrist in Salt Lake City, Utah? [more inside]
posted by Nice Donkey at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Claustrophia & kids?

Claustrophobia-filter. We've been looking into the adult-onset claustrophobia my wife has started to experience (and found very relevant pointers in this earlier AskMe). Now, our eight-year-old son has recently had a couple of similar moments. How to nip this in the bud for both? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 2:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Why no pet foxes?

Can foxes be domesticated? [more inside]
posted by WPW at 1:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Words that change meaning because they look like other words

Looking for linguistic theories that describe why words change in meaning, particularly because they look and/or sound like other words. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven at 1:55 PM PST - 5 comments

what happens now?

A couple of days ago, I screwed up. Police were involved. What's next, and how bad is it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Any online videos to teach a kid about air travel?

Are there any movies/online videos to show a toddler what to expect from air travel? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Renting a dorm room in Burlington, Vermont

Hi, MeFi's collective oracle. I was wondering if anyone out there has ever successfully rented as vacation accommodations a dorm room from either UVM, Burlington College or Goddard College in Burlington, Vermont. I'm planning a Memorial-Day getaway there and, because my needs are few, I figured that staying in a dorm room might be the most cost-effective option. Any tips, tricks or other insights would be gratefully received!
posted by Ylajali at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Not pumpernickel that is for sure

I enjoy whole wheat and multigrain bread. What I don't enjoy is flatulence. What ingredients should I check for on the bread labels to avoid that result?
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Yahoo Log-in Problems

Yahoo Mail Log-in Issues: I am having new Yahoo Log-in issues that started suddenly on FireFox . I am not new to Firefox or Yahoo but never experienced this before. I have been forced to switch to IE (version 8) where I initially did not have the problems, but the same problem may now be starting on I.E. as well. I use McAfee and I am on XP [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Forgotten author, title of anarchist memoir written under pseudonym similar to Ringo Levy

Trying to find out author and title of memoir written by an anarchist. Only details: stealing food and giving it away in public parks. I think the author is American and he certainly published the book under a pseudonym that might be something like Ringo Levy. Any ideas?
posted by maryrosecook at 12:52 PM PST - 3 comments

The pain of gallstones makes me want to die.

Trying to cut down on fatty foods now that I know I have gallstones. [more inside]
posted by All.star at 12:33 PM PST - 15 comments

A blank, my lord.

My inkjet printer behaves as if it is printing, but produces nothing - I'd be grateful for advice. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend me a really good toolbox.

Recommend me a really good toolbox. You know, the kind you put tools in. [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

A Better Burr! I need a new grinder.

Coffeefilter!: Help me find a better grinder! I'm going to buy a burr grinder this time, but I need your help finding the right one. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 12:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Why doesn't Canadian Excedrin contain aspirin?

Why doesn't Excedrin in Canada contain aspirin? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

A good music composition forum?

Any good music composition forums you can suggest? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 11:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Should I send dvds via media mail?

I am considering moving my DVD and books via media mail...is it a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 AM PST - 19 comments

I'm doing it wrong?

I think using an elliptical machine is causing tightness on the outsides of my ankles. What stretches should I do and what should I watch out for in my form while exercising? [more inside]
posted by doift at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Trigeminal neuralgia treatment without health insurance

Trigeminal neuralgia. I recently found out it's the cause of the random, stabbing shocks in my face and I'm looking for experiences and advice, especially with regards to treatment. What helped? How did you deal? Did it go away on its own? I have no insurance, so while I'd like recommendations on ALL treatment forms ones that don't cost as much are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Will this help me jump-start my creativity?

Have you done a workshop with Julia Cameron and/or have you spent time at Kripalu in Western Mass? I'm thinking about signing up for Julia Cameron's Artist's Way Workshop at Kripalu next week, but money is tight and I want to make sure this will be worth the $500. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find wifi networks. I'm desperate.

Is it possible to connect to a wifi network several miles away from my PC? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 9:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Please, help me post a video that's currently too large. I'm a Mac user.

How do I get a too large video on line? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

What are other examples of offbeat man-made materials?

Pleather fascinates me. What are other examples of man-made "faux" materials and/or products? I'm specifically interested in products that are considered to be (possibly inferior) replacements for the original?
posted by jackypaper at 9:33 AM PST - 36 comments

Need teh strawberries.

Fresh strawberries in Chapel Hill / Carrboro on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments


I need a custom number format for Excel that only gives me a decimal when I need it. [more inside]
posted by lou at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Who can print my wedding invitations?

I'm looking for a website that will let me to design my own wedding invitations, upload the files for professional printing, and provide the specific pocket folder envelopes I want. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Navigating Safari 4 tabs with Firefox shortcuts?

Looking for a way to use Firefox keyboard shortcuts with Safari 4 on the Mac [more inside]
posted by mck9235 at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Which long-term care facility would you recommend in Halton Region?

Which long-term care facility would you recommend in Halton / Waterloo Region? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant at 8:11 AM PST - 2 comments

number my pages, dammit!

How do I put in page numbers in OpenOffice? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

I really am sincere. Help me look sincere.

My facial expressions don't match my emotions. Sometimes when I think I'm being friendly and warm, I actually look condescending, anxious or just weird. As far as I know I'm neither crazy nor autistic. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 21 comments

How Can NASA Encourage NASA Employees to Innovate?

How Might the Personal Pet Projects of NASA Employees Provide Fuel For Innovation at NASA? [more inside]
posted by choragus at 6:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for books about Crete.

Can anyone recommend books about the island of Crete, please? I'm particularly interested in the history and culture of the island, but also want to learn about its flora, fauna, geology, etc.
posted by kitfreeman at 2:43 AM PST - 5 comments

April 25

Why has it taken so long for internet multimedia to match TV and telephones in speed and latency?

Why has it taken so long for internet multimedia to match TV and telephones in speed and latency? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 11:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Ripping dvds automaticy

Auto ripping dvds on OSX? [more inside]
posted by brent_h at 11:04 PM PST - 5 comments

One-night stand question

Question from a guy about one-night stands and sex in potential, yet unestablished relationships (probably NSFW). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I not be a serial monogamist with the one waiting in the wings?

Lesbian monogamy filter: I am really just a hopeless romantic no matter how hard I try not to be? Should I not move right on to the one waiting in the wings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Small, Hip Wedding Venues in Seattle

Seattle wedding venues for a June 2010 wedding? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:49 PM PST - 15 comments

I upgraded my cell phone (ATT) and now people can't leave me voicemails.

I'm an ATT Wireless customer and I just upgraded my phone (to Samsung Eternity). Everything works fine, except that people can't leave me voicemails. [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava at 9:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me separate the wheat from the chaff.

I use Scalpel and PhotoRec to recover deleted and corrupt files for clients. Due to the way these two pieces of software search for lost files there are lots of false positives. Is there a way to automatically test the recovered files to separate the real files from the false positives? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 8:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Lighting up a Salt Lamp without electricity?

Looking to power (light) a Himalayan Salt Lamp for about 48 hours, without using an outlet. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 7:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Oklahoma blackjack info?

How can I find out which Indian casinos in Oklahoma do NOT charge an ante? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:50 PM PST - 4 comments

But what about the children?

What do people do when they have kids and both parents work? Bonus points if you have answers specific to Concord, NH! [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 6:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Color in film

How does color in a movie influence emotion? [more inside]
posted by rocco at 6:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Does too much constant incoming content = dangerous, or damaging somehow?

Can you think of any recent writing, or art, about it being somehow intellectually damaging, or spiritually dangerous, or in any other way harmful to constantly be plugged into content, particularly via an ipod or some other mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 6:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Replace my ReplayTV with a PC Card

I would like to buy a card/box to connect post-cable-box (like tivo) to connect to my computer and record whatever is playing on channel 3? [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Goozex for CD trading

Is there a site like Goozex for CD trading? Failing that, what CD trading sites do you like? [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a 3-4 bedroom house for rent in Georgetown or Tenleytown. Help?

Moving to DC, looking to rent in Tenleytown or Georgetown. But, I'm having a hard time finding good "house" rental listings. Ideally, we're looking for 4 bedrooms (3 plus an office of some sort), close to metro, some kind of yard would be nice. We're looking to keep it under $4k per month. Starting in June and we're here at least 2 years. Any thoughts of where there might be some good listings (besides Craigslist), or if you know of a good one for rent that might fit, let me know. Thanks!
posted by wflanagan at 5:11 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get the stamina and health of diplomats, CEOs and politicians?

I'm just about to start a new job that will involve a lot of travel, negotiation, and meeting and greeting. How do I get the stamina and health of diplomats, CEOs and politicians? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 4:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Hello, external harddrive? Can you hear me now?

How can I get my mac to recognize my external hard drive again? [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi at 3:53 PM PST - 16 comments

What scam are these macbook box bandits running?

We've had to buy five macbooks in three years because of a couple of apartment break-ins. Now we're moving (because of apartment break-ins). I put up the old macbook boxes up for free (seem too nice just to recycle) on Craigslist and got a surprising number of takers. Is there a scam here? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 3:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Will this overload my UPS?

I have a 850va 425w UPS battery backup with only 2 outlets. There is a small server, speakers, home theater projecter, lcd monitor, and router connected to a power strip. The power strip and a desktop plug into the UPS. Is this setup safe? I am concerned about short 1-second interruptions caused by bad electrical connections rather than power outages.
posted by lpctstr; at 3:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Do privacy policies have any teeth?

How are violations of a website/vendor's privacy policy enforced? [more inside]
posted by toxic at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for full audio of 70s pop radio broadcasts

Im sort of a 70's nostalgia head, and as such would love to find some audio (format not important) of 70s radio broadcasts, commericals and all. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Website that lists all nationally televised sporting events for each day?

Is there a website that lists all of the nationally televised sporting events for each day on a single page? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Teaching tips or advice.

If you have been a teacher for some time, what tips or advice would you give your younger self about the reality of teaching? i.e. things that are only discovered after being in a classroom for a few months/years. ESL-related things preferred but not essential.
posted by Memo at 12:48 PM PST - 32 comments

What's the industry term for the block of credits after a movie trailer?

What's the industry term for the block of credits after a movie trailer? Beyond simply title card? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I connect this monitor cable to a new Mac Mini?

I'd like to connect an old monitor I have to the latest Mac Mini with whatever adapters Apple has available. Here is a pic of the connector. [more inside]
posted by thesneeze at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Fanless laptops?

Which laptops on the market currently have no fans whatsoever? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 11:37 AM PST - 20 comments

Know of an intensive, concentrated EMT course in the US?

I'm already certified as an EMT outside of the US, but now that I'm going to school in America I'd like to get certified there as well. However, I don't have a lot of time over the summer for the course. Does anyone know of any really intensive, really concentrated EMT basic course? Like all day, every day for a couple weeks. Does this exist in the US?
posted by howgenerica at 10:50 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I give the newspaper back their site?

Best way to transfer WordPress site to new host without losing anything? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Lawn mold identification

What kind of lawn mold do I have? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Bike parts from India

It is so tantalizing to be able to see the produce of the the large manufacturers of bicycles in India via their web pages, yet not have any access in quantities less than a fully loaded container. Does anyone know of a local bike shop in India, at least connected to email, who will ship small amounts of bike parts by mail out of the country? It seems to me a local shop would have access through the normal distribution channels to parts from the big companies in small quantities. This stuff is vital to repairing old British bikes, there being virtually no domestic manufacture there anymore. I know that there exists lots out there from bikes that have been parted out, but finding who has it when you need it is difficult.
posted by ackptui at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off.

Seeking list of crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off. [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 9:14 AM PST - 88 comments

Lies and damning statistics

Is there a site which keeps track of what politicians have said, and flagged up instances where what they have said was a falsehood at the time of speaking? Preferably UK-centric.
posted by djgh at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find untapped online searches!

How can I find keywords that many people search for but don't find many links? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Microwave mysteries

Sometimes I use the microwave for a few seconds to soften hard-frozen ice cream (for spoonability), or to soften a cold stick of butter (for spreadability). In these cases why does the center of the food heat first but the edges stay cooler; but when I microwave leftovers or soup in a dish for lunch, the edges of the food get hot first and middle stays cool? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Please mod my modpodge.

I used the Rasturbator, and I'm going to mod podge (I think) the resultant pieces of matte photo paper onto painted plywood to make a couple of nice little pieces des art. How much mod podge do I need? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

The Elements of Charm

How to be charming. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:47 AM PST - 67 comments

this webpage is for loading and unloading only. no bookmarking

Is there anyway with apache redirect's (mod_rewrite with a 301 rule) for the underlying web page to detect the redirect and run some JS or PHP (or anything really) to say, 'HEY USER!!! Ya you! Change your bookmarks please!'? [more inside]
posted by cayla at 7:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Ready ready ready- ready to run (?)

Help choosing a good women's walking/running shoe? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Deserted beach camping in the DC-area

I'm looking for extremely primitive beach camping sites (preferably on the Chesapeake) in the DC/MD/VA area. I'm talking about places with no running water, no bathrooms, nothing but nature for miles around. Assateague Island's backcountry camping sites are a perfect example of what I'm looking for. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by charmston at 5:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Tell me about your childhood....

How do I extract information from people? I'm a self-taught journalist who profiles people in my community. Interviews always go well when we discuss the interviewee's special area of knowledge, but I stall when trying to move beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 5:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Art, design, technology

Please recommend some sites to me that are focused on art and design and are technology-friendly to boot. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:23 AM PST - 9 comments

the booze of summer

What are good summer drinks that are a) uncomplicated and b) not too high in calories? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:27 AM PST - 74 comments

womens pants length long

Where, within the 128 belt around Boston, MA can you buy washable women's plain front chino type pants in length long (34)? [more inside]
posted by eeyore at 1:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Where are all the writers to fill up these blank pages?

How do I find writers for a site when I can't pay them anything yet? I've got a few sites I run with wordpress software behind them and they're all fairly mature and fall under different categories of success and usefulness. I just cannot run them all. Is there a site for disenfranchised writers of any skill to list themselves so I can pluck them from the masses? [more inside]
posted by TimeDoctor at 1:17 AM PST - 22 comments

April 24

Montauk in June

My wife and I are thinking about going to Montauk on the first week of June, taking our bikes on the LIRR. I've never been to the beaches in Long Island so I have no idea what to expect on this time of the year. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 11:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Usability testing software

Software for simple usability tests. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get lost in more books!

What books or series spur their own mythology or philosophy? I love getting lost in the world of a book or movie. Past books and series such as "Harry Potter," "The Da Vinci Code," "Lost," "The Matrix" movies, "Buffy" and "Star Wars" come with their own universe - people analyze them, look for mythological/philosophical undertones, solve puzzles and come up with their own theories. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 8:49 PM PST - 69 comments

What do you recommend I use to wash my car in the sun?

Can some one recommend a good quality car wash that is safe to use when washing my car in the sun? [more inside]
posted by Taurid at 8:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Pre Globe Theater restaurant in London?

Where to eat before an evening performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Man was not meant to run, I swear.

YANAD filter: Knee Edition [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

fun things to make with business cards

what is the coolest thing I can make using 1000 redundant business cards? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 6:42 PM PST - 20 comments

How/where can I get a Dutch-style city bike in NYC without breaking the bank?

How/where can I get a Dutch-style city bike in NYC without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 6:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Web design for beginners

What is the best online web design course I can find? [more inside]
posted by different at 5:57 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get U.S. bailout money for my new business?

How can I get U.S. bailout money for my new business? [more inside]
posted by msoffab at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

What kind of work should I do with my skills?

CareerFilter: Help me figure out a path that utilizes my skill set. [more inside]
posted by anniek at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Where in the world is.........

Please pass on your favourite online mapping websites, with an emphasis on interactive applications. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 5:47 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get iTunes to stop downloading?

How can I remove unwanted downloads from my iTunes queue so they won't get in the way of the stuff I do want? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 5:42 PM PST - 2 comments

a place to stay with my dogs

I will be driving west on I 80 from PA to Colorado. I would like to stay with families,farms or dog friendly inns or B&Bs rather than the chains. My dog friendly travel guides list the common chains so Im hoping for some folks to invite us in. (we're very nice,well behaved and would pay for the privelge)
posted by Palmerpoodles at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Let's display some affection!

SillyThingsThroughTheMailFilter: my temporary job is a couple hundred miles away from my other half, and I'm looking for suggestions of fun packages I could send him. We're both into computers, science, BDSM, socialism and making things. [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 5:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Please buy my car, but do it rationally, for pete's sake.

I've sold three used cars and one motorcycle. At least three times I've had people call me and offer to pay me X dollars (a reasonable, though lowish, sum) sight unseen! They don't even want to hear it run! What's going on here? Are they just nutjobs? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 5:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Painting wood furniture for an even, durable finish.

I'm going to be making this Parsons side table of poplar and MDF soon (Popular Mechanics link). How can I get the painted finish like the one in the picture? [more inside]
posted by jroybal at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

tension with a coworker

Problem with a coworker [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Please help me remove the stalagmitic depostis in my shower.

5 years of accumulated hard water deposits on an acrylic shower stall. The layer seems to hang onto dirt and grime, so no matter how long I scrub the shower looks dull and dirty. I've tried vinegar and baking soda, repeated applications of Kaboom, dishwasher rinse, and a soft scrubbie sponge. What will make the shower look nearly new, while not scratching the acrylic and not poisoning me? [more inside]
posted by shifafa at 4:12 PM PST - 22 comments

Repair PSP or buy a new one?

Should I get my PSP-2000 fixed or buy a new PSP-3000? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do about my husband's white lies?

My husband tells white lies and it really bothers me. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 52 comments

What happens when two deeds "own" the same property?

I'm worried that my neighbor might actually own my property! While my property deed says that I own my property, my neighbors deed also shows that he owns my property. I found this out while researching the history of my property and looking through land records. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 14 comments

How to surf anonymously?

Are there any sources via programs, web browsers, firefox add-ons, or web services that allow someone to truly surf anonymously? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 3:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Most economical way to make good chai tea?

Most economical way to make good chai tea? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:26 PM PST - 17 comments

sansa e280 problem

Sansa e280 problem. Corrupted files. When I turn it on, logo wipes on, holds a few seconds, fades to white, repeats endlessly. Following forum directions for reformatting, I remove battery, slide switch to Hold, connect to computer. Purple ring lights up, screen displays Shutting Down message, e280 shuts down. Alternately, I slide switch off Hold, but then it loops as described in third sentence. Sandisk tech support isn't responding. Any ideas?
posted by markcmyers at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

What software do I need to create my own animated "Did You Know" video?

What software does one use to create video's like Did You Know? or the Common-craft "In Plain English" series? [more inside]
posted by EduTek at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to make money this year (and learn the guitar)

I want to spend a year or so making money and practicing guitar...separately that is. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

unsettling ambient music?

Looking for something along the lines of the theme to the movie Halloween, the Dark Knight Soundtrack or the background music to this amazing commercial [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 3:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Please Help Us Deal With A Nasty Neighbor

Please help us figure out what to do about our nasty neighbor. We have a chain link fence between our yards. Because we were on great terms with the people who used to live there before her, their detached garage forms part of the fence that keep our two Labrador dogs in our yard. Two short sections of fence on her property connect their garage to the rest of OUR fence. She just told us that she is going to take those sections down tomorrow, which means our dogs will be able get out of our yard. That is what I need advice about ASAP. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 2:50 PM PST - 44 comments

Movie scene with an escaping cannibal victim

What movie did I see at least 10 years ago? (probably more) There were cannibals who kept their victims alive and just cut off arms or legs as necessary. One guy tried to escape and went hopping off on his one remaining leg. He was missing either one or both of his arms, and had this hopeful look on his face like he was really going to make it. One of the cannibals stood up and walked after him with an annoyed look on his face. I don't think the movie was about cannibals, this was just one small scene that has been haunting me for years. I'm hoping if I can identify the movie maybe I can purge the scene from my mind and never ever watch it again.
posted by BoscosMom at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Self hosted, dummy proof, open source idea submission software.

Self hosted, dummy proof, open source idea submission software. We need something better and easier to use than what we have. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Jeckyl at 2:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science?

Is there a book in the same vein as Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, only covering history instead of science? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 1:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Building better boundaries for bugs

DIY screen porch: now that it's heading into summer in Georgia, what should I know before I make a huge mess on my back deck? [more inside]
posted by catlet at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Give me Heartburn like I have when I go South.

Is there any where in Greater Boston/Eastern Mass. where you can get what I would call "Southern Drive-In Style" --like at the Beacon Drive-In or The Varsity-- Cheeseburgers? (Especially Chili Cheeseburgers.) [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 1:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Help! I don't want to be a real-life 40 year-old virgin!

Ok, so I'm not quite at 40 year-old virgin territory, I'm only 23, but I've been struggling lately, and it's not because I can't find girls that want to have sex w/ me. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by mealticket at 1:20 PM PST - 32 comments

Zazzle My Fishy Fish

I've inherited some fresh cubed salmon (left by roommate who is gone for the week). I'm thinking of grilling it. But salmon is sort of boring. What sort of spice, rub, marinade or other goodness can I use to add some zing? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Wet face, dry lips: Bite guards == sexy.

Adjusting to sleeping with a bite guard. Tips? [more inside]
posted by burntflowers at 12:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Mutual authorization required for withdrawal.

Which national banks in the US can be set up to require mutual authorization for withdrawals from a joint account? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 12:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Help bring my pipe dream down to earth.

What do you need to do to get a booth at the NYC greenmarket? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 12:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Baby Bike Helmets - a Parent's unobtainium!

Where can I find a bike helmet for my 14 month old daughter? I have been looking everywhere! Everything I have found is 3+ and too big! If you know of a place that sells baby bike helmets, please let me know! [more inside]
posted by chuma at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

My toe continuously keeps threatening to drop out of joint causing much distress and pain - any ideas about what's going on?

My toe continuously keeps threatening to drop out of joint causing much distress and pain - any ideas about what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 11:49 AM PST - 2 comments

"I wish you way more than luck."

Do you have the video for David Foster Wallace's 2005 Kenyon commencement speech? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 11:40 AM PST - 2 comments

How to cram for Fundementals of Engineering (FE) Exam?

I signed up to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam tomorrow morning in Tennessee. For no real reason, I haven't been preparing and just realized this is an 8 hour exam. How do I pass? [more inside]
posted by jdlugo at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me illustrate Positive Behavior Support with example from cinema or television

Help me find movie clips to illustrate concepts of Positive Behavior Support, such as empathy, assertive communication, and avoiding or otherwise resolving power struggles. Other Positive Behavior Support or Behavior Modification Strategies concepts illustrations from popular movies also welcome. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Acne's not contagious, right?

Acne isn't contagious - so what is this? Skin condition details inside. [more inside]
posted by Strumpf Marionette at 10:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Insha'Allah or jihad?

Can anyone translate this Arabic calligraphy? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:25 AM PST - 5 comments

I watch esoteric movies, of course the player has to be hard to find.

I have a bunch of AVI and DVIX movies I want to watch on the subway. Is there a cheap video player that can play them natively or do I have to convert them to something else? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 10:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Which telescope should I choose for terrestrial and stargazing?

Which telescope should I choose for terrestrial and stargazing? [more inside]
posted by donovan at 10:16 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I convert US to euro?

How can I send a check from the US to France in euros? More currency abroad questions inside. [more inside]
posted by gingembre at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments


Firefox Forget-Me-Not: My browser no longer seems to remember me. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and gaming stuff in Chicagoland?

What are the best places in the Chicago area to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and tabletop gaming materials? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Why can a VMware VM (running XP) configured in host-only mode see other machines on the host's domain in the network browser?

I'm running VMWare Server on Windows XP with a VM also running XP. The VM's networking configuration has been set to host-only mode. I have disabled automatic bridging and the NAT service in the VMWare Virtual Network Settings. Why can I still see the host domain and other machines on the domain from within the VM's network browser, and how do I prevent this? I would like to have network access between the host and the VM, but nothing beyond that.
posted by arathorn at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me help her iMac boot from the install DVD.

iMac G4 won't start from (iMac G4-specific) OS X install disk. But WILL start from the Apple Hardware Test CD. More details follow... [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

What's a cure for restlessness?

I'm 22 and feel like I'm missing out on something big, but I don't know what I want. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:44 AM PST - 32 comments

Liberty and Learning

Tell me about doing research at the Library of Congress. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I teach college Spanish with only an MA?

Can I teach college Spanish without a PhD? Resources? [more inside]
posted by queseyo at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Medical Question: Why does eating iron-rich foods make me groggy?

I've talked to my GP and done my own research but just can't seem to come up with a reason as to why eating a lot of iron-rich food would make me groggy. [more inside]
posted by krisak at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm an idiot and I hurt myself -- please help

Please help me treat my shoulder problem before I can see a doctor [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Which albums sequence their best song in the middle of a side?

Which albums sequence their best song in the middle of a side? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:06 AM PST - 29 comments

There she blows...

What's a good edible substitute for whale blubber? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 8:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Trying to find the right bar for tomorrow

DC: Looking for a bar/restaurant near Chinatown/Gallery Place or Crystal City with outdoor seating that will have the hockey game on tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by eightball at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Movies about two-wheelers

Suggestions for bicycle-themed movies [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 8:37 AM PST - 34 comments

Where's my I-Tunes library?

Help me rescue my wife's I-Tunes library! Details inside ... [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 8:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked 900/1800 GSM mobile phone in Manhattan?

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked GSM 900/1800 mobile phone (one that will work in Europe with prepaid SIM cards) in Manhattan? I'm looking to spend less than $50, if such a thing is possible.
posted by enoent at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

MLB + API = ?

I'm looking for an API that'll give me near-real-time access to the day's baseball scores, including individual player lines. Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do realtors go for their commercial real estate market data?

Our landlord wants a five percent per year increase to renew our office lease for two years. Where is the data that shows the commercial market is going the other way? [more inside]
posted by gum at 8:20 AM PST - 9 comments

What can I do with my broken espresso machine?

I have a Francis Francis! X5 espresso machine that I would like to sell. The problem is that it's the one referred to in this question, meaning it doesn't work. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 8:15 AM PST - 7 comments

When does the Gare Cornavin ticket desk close?

When does the ticket desk at the Geneva, Switzerland train station Cornavin close on Fridays?
posted by Sneutrino at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Note to myself: Use better notes

I'm doing my comp. exam (also called doctoral exam here) this summer. This involves reading a whole bunch of books and articles (about 30), and writing a long paper that answers a few questions from my committee. I am looking for good note-taking methods. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a little history and a fun roadtrip!

Suggestions for interesting daytrips from Baltimore (other than DC?) [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 7:49 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I make a rad Stop-Motion animation in Final Cut

How can I make a stop-motion animation in Final Cut Pro from a series of many photographs? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I ask her out now?

I'm moving nine hours away and she'll be closer....eventually, should I ask her out beforehand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 18 comments

NORTHERN EXPOSURE Halloween Episode Set List??

NORTHERN EXPOSURE Halloween Episode set list?? Can anyone point me toward the music that was used in the Halloween episode of Northern Exposure?? Fun stuff! Anyone? Thanks!
posted by mickeefynn at 7:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my stomach so big?

I am a small woman - 5 '4', around 100lbs. I don't have kids, I don't drink an obscene amount of beer. Why is my stomach so big? [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 7:21 AM PST - 36 comments

I hope AskMe 120389 has replies within the specified period

My replacement hard drive went bad after just one day. I think the motherboard's the culprit. Need informed opinions. [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 6:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a rye whiskey

Please recommend a rye whiskey. [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 6:32 AM PST - 21 comments

Hands-on Cooking Classes in NYC

Where can I find hands-on and *cheap* cooking classes in New York? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 6:26 AM PST - 4 comments

CertificationFilter: Help our web/graphic design team find appropriate certification's for our field.

CertificationFilter: Help our web/graphic design team find appropriate certification's for our field. [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel at 6:10 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a kid friendly Mac-based web browser

Which web browser with parenting controls for a Mac? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 5:59 AM PST - 15 comments

should i go back to bed for 20 minutes or just wake up?

I'll often wake up before my alarm goes off. How much extra sleep is actually useful? Most of the time I wake up about a half hour early and while my impulse is usually to go back to sleep, I wonder if this little sleep is doing me any good once I've broken the sleep cycle. What about 20 minutes? Fifteen? An hour? Would I be better off just getting up and having that much extra time in my day? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 5:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Wireless keyboard for G4 Mini?

Trying to find a keybaord / mouse combo for a G4 Mac Mini (no IR, no bluetooth) that will work in a living room PC without costing me an arm and a leg. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 5:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Spotify & Internet Radio?

I am a keen user of Spotify which I use religiously, I am also the proud owner of a Revo iBlik RadioStation which allows me to listen to thousands of internet radio stations. I'd like to figure out someway to listen to the music from Spotify on my radio station without any wires. [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 5:23 AM PST - 3 comments

December travel recommendations

Where is the best place to travel in December? [more inside]
posted by impluvium at 4:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Diplomacy in absence

When an embassy acts as a proxy, representing the interests of a third country, what kind of compensation is made to them? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 4:13 AM PST - 4 comments

"Michael Vaughan truly believes James Anderson to be very special."

Help me write a sample-based song! I need the names of films or other places from which I can grab audio that includes characters called "James Anderson", "Jimi", "Mr Anderson" or similar. Explanation inside! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 2:36 AM PST - 21 comments

Can someone recommend a program that automatically takes screenshots.

Can anyone recommend a Windows program that will run in the background, automatically taking and saving screen shots on a set timer?
posted by ben5757 at 1:13 AM PST - 5 comments

First comes love, then comes marriage - where?!

Can anyone recommend a small, quaint church to get married in near Hadfield/Glossop/Derbyshire area. [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 1:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Best Days Walks outside Toronto?

Off to Toronto this weekend, and looking for some nice (baby friendly) day walks or trails? Had meant to head up to the Algonquin Park but time no longer permits. Suggestions MeFites?
posted by steve3001 at 12:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Please Help My Daughter Remember This Website

My daughter (age 4) is convinced we visited a website - with the following components: You choose a character - boy or girl; a professor gives directions; the chosen character comes out of a "pod" at the start. It probably plays out tamagotchi style: feed the avatar, play with it, keep it happy and healthy etc. That's about all she can remember. Now, of course, we can't find the blimmin' thing - so, I appeal to you.
posted by roryks at 12:42 AM PST - 5 comments

April 23

Where do I go from here?

OldSongFilter: Help me find a song from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 11:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheapest place in the world to live?

What's the cheapest place in the world to live that is relatively safe? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 10:07 PM PST - 28 comments

Am I Liable for this Accident?

Liability filter: I was involved in accident and need to know if I will be held liable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for a site that generates domain name suggestions using domain extensions in neat ways

There's a site out there that generates domain name suggestions using whatever it can to spell out the domain (including domain extensions). i.e. if you wanted the domain name "awesome" it would suggest something like "awe.so/me". I remember it had a sweet web 2.0-type layout, but that's about it. Anyone know of it (or any other ones)?
posted by idleminded at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Preventing panic attacks on an airplane flight?

What else can I do to help prevent a panic attack on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 8:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Esperanto in Kvin Easy Steps?

Where can I find good resources (especially audio) for learning Esperanto on-line? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What would happen if you only requested a credit freeze with 2 of the 3 credit agencies?

What would happen if I put a credit freeze with two of the reporting agencies but not with the other one? If someone stole my identity would they still be able to open new accounts under my name? Also, theoretically speaking what would happen if an ID thief preemptively froze your credit essentially locking you out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

What steps are needed to managing OPM

What are the steps towards managing other people's money? [more inside]
posted by erd0c at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Asked for tax returns during interview? Legal/Illegal?

Can a prospective employer ask for my previous 2 years tax returns? [more inside]
posted by thinktwice at 6:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Composting pet waste in a very cold climate?

We live in Vermont and have very long winters. I would like to start composting our pet waste (we have two smallish dogs) but all of the options I have found online are in-ground septic-type systems that do not function when soil temperatures drop. I am specifically looking for advice from someone who has discovered or built a system that operates reliably in colder temperatures. [more inside]
posted by turtlegirl at 6:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me find critical articles on the teachings of Shad Helmstetter

Self-help guru Shad Helmstetter is obviously a shill for the MLM industry, especially Arbonne, and Amway. His book "The Gift" was cowritten by none other then Arbonne president Rita Davenport. I'm pretty good at google. But I can't seem to find one critical article about him. Is he really that good? Can anyone find me some critical articles about his teaching?
posted by doppler68 at 6:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Limesurvey with google apps

I would like to use my existing google apps domain with the open source limesurvey? Is this possible? If not are there any other alternitives besides using google docs (this does not provide enough control) which I can use on my own domain?
posted by Eapoe at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Troubleshoot network places in Windows XP

How can I erase all my network places in Windows XP (one computer XP Pro, one computer XP Home) and start again? The trouble is that some places that used to work don't work any more, and I don't know why. Also, when I try to create new places, some work, and some don't. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

SEO for a product known by different names in different English-speaking countries?

SEO for a product known by different names in different English-speaking countries? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 6:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What are your favorite Game Gear games?

What are your favorite Sega Game Gear games?
posted by nadawi at 6:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Driving across the country with an unregistered car.

I'm moving to California and need to drive car there this summer. Difficulty: the car is currently garaged in Pennsylvania, without tags, and uninsured; I reside in New York City with a DC license (but could transfer that to NY license if necessary). Uhaul/shipping the car is out of the question. [more inside]
posted by kdar at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Quick and easy solution for reformatting Word documents from manual formatting to Styles?

Quick and easy solution for reformatting Word documents from inconsistent manual formatting to Styles? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 6:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for Jute/Burlap bags got buying bulk foods in.

Need source for wholesale jute/burlap bags for holding bulk foods. Should be tight weave for holding fine food items such as flour; produced in the USA if possible; and made from organically grown jute if possible. [more inside]
posted by franklen at 6:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Baja California/Tijuana question

I'm planning a (solo) weekend trip to Baja California in late May/early June. Need some planning/lodging advice! [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 6:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Armchair analysts, take a shot in the dark!

My boss is a very nice man with some very strange shortcomings that I cannot explain. Help me out with some wild conjecture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me figure out what do next talking to this girl.

Okay, so I met this girl recently at an event on the other side of the country. We really hit it off, and spent a lot of time together. But I'm not sure where I stand or what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there an atheist version of "God Bless You" or "You are in my prayers"?

Is there an atheist version of "God Bless You" or "You are in my prayers"? [more inside]
posted by govtrust at 5:47 PM PST - 52 comments

OOP! There it is. OOP! There it is.

I'd like to sharpen my PHP skills and finally tackle OOP, classes, etc.. There's an overwhelming amount of tutorials online, so I was wondering if you had a favorite one (or ones) that helped you hone your OOP skills. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 5:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Do other computers fear the Chicago Machine?

My DSL is slow...but only when connecting to servers outside Chicago. What gives? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 5:34 PM PST - 5 comments

If not the Treasury, then who?

[Novel filter] Who guards high-profile members of Congress at events? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I create a tool to make survey interviewers' jobs easier?

I am conducting a survey with zero previous experience that includes skips (e.g. 'if respondent answers X, skip to question 12') and open-ended questions. How can I best create a tool for the interviewers to record the answers? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this hat?

Anyone know what brand of hat this is? Or where I could find one?
posted by mekanic at 4:48 PM PST - 7 comments

I can haz blog post?

What's the best way to ask bloggers to promote a nonprofit fundraising event? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 4:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me like talking about sports.

Help me like talking about sports. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 4:29 PM PST - 27 comments

talk talkie online?

Where can I find old foreign film footage? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 4:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my files from Point A to Point B?

I need to move several gigs of music files from one external hard drive to another. But, there are a few problems... [more inside]
posted by reenum at 3:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me with my glasses

Please help me with my glasses. Farsighted, astigmatism, presbyopia. Glasses provide only a very small field of sharpness. Details within. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 3:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Iphone Imac syncing

Can someone walk me through how to best set up my imac and iphone so that my syncs work more smoothly? I would like to sync just weekly and 1) pull over photos from the phone into iphoto 2) pull over new podcasts that i like and get rid of the old ones (this is my biggest problem right now, it seems like i keep getting the old ones reloaded and sometimes the new ones dont show at all) 3) pull over address changes bi-directionally I would like to do this in as idiot proof a fashion as possible: plug and play thanks!
posted by dougiedd at 3:03 PM PST - 2 comments

What are the best internet events for start-ups to attend?

What events should an internet start-up attend in the US and in Europe in order to get know and gain recognition? [more inside]
posted by remcobron at 2:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Opera San Jose at California Theater - which seats don't suck?

Opera San Jose at California Theater - which seats don't suck? [more inside]
posted by metaseeker at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Attics, Televisions and Missouri Summers

New place has a lovely attic, finished but no AC up there. We're planning on having the windows open with fans in them to keep the air moving and bearable. Would it be a bad idea to have a TV (plasma) up there in the humid southeastern Missouri summer? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 2:46 PM PST - 14 comments

I need help with invitation wording

Help me word an invitation. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Questionable securities transaction

Is the following securities transaction illegal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Hiking near NYC

Does anyone know of a good hike near NYC? [more inside]
posted by JamesWilson123 at 2:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Do my crumbly nails indicate a problem?

Normally healthy and strong, my fingernails are now peeling, flaking, and crumbling a bit near the tips. Is this a sign I'm missing something in my diet? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How to speed up video files?

How do I speed up AVI video files by 35% ? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Hey, mannnnn.....

Is there a safe, legal way to dilate my pupils OR just make them look dilated? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 1:21 PM PST - 27 comments

What do you love about Portland?

My friend is thinking about moving to Portland so we're going on a 7-day trip there this fall. Please recommend ways that we can spend our time to help give her a good feel of the city. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 1:20 PM PST - 33 comments

What powered mixer do I need?

I have two 200-watt, 8 ohm speakers. What PA head do I buy? [more inside]
posted by rumsey monument at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I sell this life insurance policy without getting swindled?

What are/how do I find reputable firms who will buy my father's life insurance policy? How can I determine what a fair price would be? Is there anything special I need to know before I proceed? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

air filter, emissions testing...

logistics of taking air filter out for emissions test? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

California gothic?

I really enjoyed the "You're as Cold as Ice" segment of This American Life's "Mistakes Were Made" show - can anyone recommend other documentaries / books / articles about the creepy / gothic side of California counterculture and technofuturism in the 60s and 70s?
posted by ryanshepard at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find some numbers.

I'm interested in doing data-based mashups. What are some really cool, deep sources of publicly available data? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:05 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the difference between a 'wedding' and 'bridal' shower, and what gift do i bring?

Difference between "wedding shower" and "bridal shower" and what gift goes with what? (wedding gifts vs bridal shower gifts.) [more inside]
posted by lblair at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Drupal migration

We have a drupal site. Had to move to a new host. Drupal is all gibbled now. I don't know drupal, I have inherited the site maintenance. Any chance someone knows wtf I did wrong? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

State of Japanese Kanji Learning Apps, 2009

Of all the web applications, Nintendo DS games, iphone/ipod touch apps, and other technology-based methods available for learning Japanese Kanji, what do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Non-Baby Gifts for New Parents

One of my best friends had a baby last night. I've got baby gifts, but what can I get (or do) for the new parents? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 11:33 AM PST - 36 comments

There such a things as "Administrative Assistants' Day"? Sorry, never had a secretary before: what should I give as a late gift?

Oh no! I forgot "Administrative Assistants' Day" - what should I do / get my secretary to make it up to her? Any gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

What is the deal with my TV reception?

What is the deal with my TV reception? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

How can my friend use a Mobile Trunking Scanner to avoid a speeding ticket while traveling across the US?

How can my friend use a Mobile Trunking Scanner to avoid a speeding ticket while traveling across the US? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 10:47 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me get to work on time

Tell me about the hair dryer that changed your life. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 10:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me understand people's objections to year-round public school.

Please help me understand people's objections to year-round public school. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 10:20 AM PST - 60 comments

This Old House: Ready to pull the trigger, but can somebody help me from shooting myself in the foot?

Working on a 1911 bungalow, and trying to figure out which fixes come in order to create the fewest problems. Original cedar siding is about shot, and I know that replacement will include fixing a bunch of other spots that have suffered neglect on the exterior. That said, I also have a few windows to replace. Question: windows first, or siding? Or does it not matter at all? And can you add gutters to a bungalow without it looking stupid? Finally, Hardie board? Help! Anyone I ask wants to sell me something.
posted by Arch1 at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell?

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell? [more inside]
posted by mai at 10:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Kong alternatives?

Seeking Kong alternatives for our puppy's chew / chowtime. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:51 AM PST - 13 comments

iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, what's a designer to do?

Time to replace the Mac. Should a graphic designer go for the economical iMac or is splurging for a MacBook Pro and external screen worth it? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 9:48 AM PST - 42 comments

Wine for money!

University-etiquette filter: I received a great grant and would like to thank the professors who helped me through the rigorous application process. Is a good bottle of wine a proper choice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

How can me and my girlfriend successfully live together in a small place?

Help me and my girlfriend combine our two lives into one small apartment (mine)! [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:41 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I structure my family empire?

How can I set myself and my family up to be the next Rothschilds? (In terms of structure of family wealth etc) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 12 comments

legal advice for a boston city ordinance violation please, details within

What are my next moves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

SETI@home questions and options

For a while I have been using the SETI@home screensaver. I do not know much about computer science but my understanding is that the purpose of the program is to create a virtual super computer by breaking up packets of information and then sending them out to all of these computers all over the world which then run them through the program and send back the information. So you end up having the same computing power as a super computer through a large number of home computers. I think this is a fascinating concept but I have 3 questions: 1. How much additional energy does this utilize? I mean is my computer now using the same amount of energy as when it is normally running? 2. Do limits to this system exist? IE what can this kind of system not do that a super computer could? 3. Anyone know of any other programs like this which allow your computer while you are not using it to be searching for knowledge?
posted by monkeywithhat at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is this picture from?

Where is this picture from? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 9:33 AM PST - 6 comments

South African Aid!

Friend is from S. Africa. Friend's family is going to have to move back there in August. Friend wants to continue going to college here but says he can't get student loans. Hive-mind to the rescue? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Sound of Science

Sound junkies, I need your help: it's a two-parter. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Restaurant engagement in St. Louis?

I am proposing to my girlfriend this summer in St. Louis and I know that it will involve a friend of ours coming out on a stage while we are having dinner and playing our favorite song. If it is an appropriate setting, we will dance to it, and after the song is over, I will propose to her. I need your help finding the right location! [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Woody would he start with?

I realized while talking to a coworker today that i have never actually watched a Woody Allen movie, and I feel like I'm missing out. Which Woody Allen movie should I start with? [more inside]
posted by kattyann at 9:00 AM PST - 49 comments

How does AJAX work with non-fixed-length HTTP responses?

AskMe Programming Squad: Need some help with AJAX and a slightly unusual method of communicating with a remote server. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 8:47 AM PST - 7 comments

What should I include in an awesome treehouse?

So I want to build a treehouse for my kids...this is a very rough sketch of what I'm thinking about. What would make this treehouse super cool? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 8:26 AM PST - 67 comments

Hard as a rock, now with more rocks.

I have a fairly large yard (1440 sq. ft.) in the Los Angeles area that is like a giant rocky slab of concrete mixed with a bit of 25 year old construction debris. I would like to have a beautiful yard in which I enjoy myself. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 8:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Naughty mouse won't do what its told!

Is there a way to, um, calibrate this Logitech mouse? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Linkedin website down?

Is Linkedin down? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

A Bananna Spinich Smoothie?

Looking for more than just a fruity smoothie... [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 8:07 AM PST - 4 comments


Wanted: Your favorite comics blogs! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 8:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Advice for a Multimedia External Hard Drive?

Recommendations for a Multimedia External Hard Drive please? My feature wishlist is inside, thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by kev23f at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me Tweet my reads

Is there a website which let's you create a library of the books you own and sends updates to twitter when you post reviews or finish a book? I wish bookarmy.com would do it, because I like the site, but unfortunately it does not.
posted by mboesch at 8:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Stained Glass Supplies in Twin Cities, Minnesota

Best places to go for stained glass supplies in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area? [more inside]
posted by schnee at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

don't hurt your brain

Is it possible to write a story with no hint whatsoever of any other being but one? [more inside]
posted by dnial at 7:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me with VGA cabling?

I want to plug a VGA cable into the wall and have the LCD TV on the other end of the room display the information. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw at 7:47 AM PST - 4 comments

The Thread of the Apple

I'm looking for a good Men's tailor in midtown NYC to do work on a bunch of suits and sports coats. [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 7:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Help with flower Garden?

I am planting my flower garden this weekend, and looking for suggestions. It gets no sun in the morning, and FULL sun from about 11am/12pm until sunset. I live in DC Area. I would like to find some stuff that is low maintainence. Any help would be great?
posted by fozzie33 at 7:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Is paying off an $11k auto loan with a credit card a bad idea?

Tricky car loan situation. I'm thinking about paying off the remainder of a car loan with my credit card. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 25 comments

mmm....pond scum

What does a healthy self-image look like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 28 comments

Drama for the ears

Looking for online audio drama! [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 7:28 AM PST - 7 comments

speakers from optical out?

Don't like the speakers in my TV - TV only has digital optical out. What are my options for getting better speakers? [more inside]
posted by striker at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Stalemated trying to find fantasy chess story

I'm trying to track down a fantasy short story based around a real life infamous chess game. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Tired of wild goose chases.

What's your favorite Internet-based, one-stop source of information on real estate listings in the US? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Postman Pat Fell Flat

UKPostalFilter: One of my friends was supposed to receive a package today via Royal Mail. The package was too large to fit the letterbox, so - without knocking or ringing - they dropped a delivery failure note through her door. Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 6:42 AM PST - 14 comments

My mind is puny.

Could someone please point me in the right direction? I have an xml document that has been extended, and I need to override the xslt that transforms it to html with an import, but I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 6:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is my lip swelling up?

Any ideas why my bottom lip is swelling up? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 5:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking to buy healthly blueberry plants in Massachusetts!

Where can I buy established blueberry plants that are ready for transplant in northern Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Software to play two audio files simultaneously?

I'm ripping some old vinyl, running the audio through some 'clean up' software, but am having difficulty when comparing alternate versions of the output files after trying different settings. Does anybody know of software that will simultaneously play two audio files, and let me 'flick a switch' back and forth to compare the versions? (Like the switch they use at the audio store when comparing two sets of speakers) (I'm a Mac)
posted by woodblock100 at 5:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for indepth online.

Looking for indepth online. Where do you go for indepth analysis and information? The online versions of most Current Affairs print magazines are known to me. I want more Glenn Greenwald, Daily Beast; Andrew Sullivan or Informed Comment. What are the best blogs out there for political and international analysis; not neccessarily UScentric? For instance where do I find out more about the convoluted craziness of Iran or Eritrea? There are a lot of highly intelligent, inquiisitive people around these parts; where do you go to find out what the informed opinion for your interests are? Please don't limit this to just political or current affairs; the best of anything is always worth reading.
posted by adamvasco at 3:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Name that book

I'm trying to identify a book or short story I read at least 10 years ago. The bits I remember are that it was some kind of sci-fi story about a journey to another star. The star was probably Alpha Centauri. It was expected to be a very slow journey taking many years. [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 3:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find 3G data in the USA!

I'll be in NYC and Boston for a couple of weeks, and I'd like to get a SIM card for Pay-As-You-Go 3G data. I have the requisite hardware, I just need the SIM. [more inside]
posted by nafrance at 2:40 AM PST - 3 comments

April 22

Maybe the technical term for this is swelling

My skin bumps out like a huge misquito bite sometimes where I lightly scratch or put pressure on it. This goes away after several minutes. Does anyone else have this condition? [more inside]
posted by tasty at 11:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting redirects to work in Apache for Gitweb

I've setup Gitweb as a sub-folder off my primary domain and have pathinfo enabled so that I get nice looking URLs. Everything works fine if I type http://my.domain.com/gitweb/ but if I miss the trailing slash I get 404 errors. Seems like a simple problem, but so far nothing's working! [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 11:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Seeking undergraduate research advice

Advice on seeking undergraduate engineering research [more inside]
posted by nel at 11:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I have a better relationship with Cisco?

At work I have to face the Final Boss of the Internet for the next several months, and my trusty Cisco sidekick is starting to tard out on me. How do I level up enough to be able to use him effectively? [more inside]
posted by thalakan at 10:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What does Horton have to do with the Allied occupation of Japan?

This Wikipedia article (citing this interview) says that Horton Hears A Who! is an allegory for the post-WW2 Allied occupation of Japan. I don't get it. Could somebody explain how an elephant who is ridiculed because he hears tiny people on a speck has anything to do with the Allied occupation?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 10:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Espresso Con Panna will bow to my will

Help me become a kick ass Barista. [more inside]
posted by toni_jean at 10:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Credit Card concierge services worthwhile?

Credit Card concierge services worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 10:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Thanks again police

I'm almost certain these tickets are not worth fighting but who knows, maybe there's something I could do? [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 10:08 PM PST - 21 comments

who (if anyone) is being unreasonable here?

I recently took a job on contract that's turning out to be not what we agreed in the interview. I've been there two weeks, and already they say that they don't accept the old contract and are drafting a new one. I don't feel good about this, and wonder if it's reasonable to walk away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 PM PST - 16 comments

DNA, presented infographically.

I'm designing a series of DNA infographics and would like to know what sorts of information would be the most ... well, informative. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 9:05 PM PST - 9 comments

No whammies, no whammies

As has been done with previous similar contests, has anyone posted a regression that estimates when Apple will hit the 1B mark on their recent app download contest? (I'm not talking about when Apple's web JS counter is programmed to flip early tomorrow morning.)
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

People outed for the greater good.

I am writing an article on people who expose an aspect of their identity that is not-accepted by their larger group and are sanctioned for it. But, I need some individual stories so that I can show that people have been sanctioned for being different and trying to create change before. I know this is a common theme in literature, but finding people who failed to make significant change is difficult. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 8:37 PM PST - 14 comments

how to use stereo speakers with mono subwoofer

i have some speakers: two small amplified stereo speakers and one mono amplified sub woofer. whats the best + simplest way to use these together? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 8:25 PM PST - 7 comments

This mouse wants to roar more, not squeak

How do I force myself to speak up more in class? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Great ladies running clothes and gear?

Great ladies running clothes and gear? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 8:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Help Them Help the Earth

In honor of Earth Day, help me find a creative way to encourage my my neighbor to recycle. We have curbside recycling once a week and they never recycle anything. Their trash is an amazing collection of plastic water bottles, aluminum cans and lots and lots of paper. I hate to see all of this stuff go into a landfill when we have recycling and they have so much to be recycled. Can I do anything to gently prod them into maybe recycling? Is it even my business?
posted by Leezie at 7:54 PM PST - 29 comments

How to make an object rotate while banking on a path in Maya?

How can I rotate an object in Maya while it's on a path and automatically banking? I'm currently making an animation involving a paper airplane, and I have it set to bank automatically, but I would like it to fly upside down at one point, and briefly turn on its side at another. I'm very new to paths in Maya, and whatever I try to do usually ends up making the plane rotated for the entire animation. Ideally I'd like to be able to keyframe a rotation while still having the paper plane following the path and banking normally. Is this possible?
posted by N2O1138 at 7:21 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I cancel credit cards?

What is the best way to cancel a bunch of credit cards? Do I have to write a letter to each and every card provider?
posted by Londonita at 7:05 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I decide if it's time to go home?

When it is time to pack up and go home? I am at a standstill trying to decide on whether it's time to go home to visit and refuel, or to keep living the Australasian dream. Family is important to me and I'm worried about my grandma. [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 6:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me spend somebody else's money on a new camera!

Shopping for somebody else and looking for a digital SLR camera that can handle a handful of specific requirements. I know nothing about these things. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Incipient food crisis!

DC-filter: Help me find a new grocery store! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Opensource CMS?

Are there any good opensource CMS systems? [more inside]
posted by wanderlust_babe at 5:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Nike Frees--a worthy investment?

Nike Free running shoes: are they worth it? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me graph lab utilization

Please help me make more meaningful graphs for my boss! Our department runs computer labs on campus, and being the end of the school year we're looking at utilization rates. I can give him: number of users served per hour; number of machines used per hour; and average session time per hour. What he also wants is some sort of utilization, or fill factor graph. But none of us can really figure out what formula to use. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 5:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying a car to drive round Australia (ish), any recommendations please?

Buying a car to drive round Australia (ish), any recommendations please? [more inside]
posted by debord at 5:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Should we go with a pay-as-you-go cellphone from kajeet?

We think it would be a good idea for our teens to have (a) cell phone(s) . We're considering kajeet and a pay-as-you-go plan. Good/bad idea? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by misha at 5:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Wall mounted TV without a wall?

Wall mounted TV without a wall: I need a stand that I can bolt my 37'' LCD TV onto, but don't want to give up my current credenza. I'm looking for something narrow and "L" shaped that will get the TV into the air while simultaneously fitting into the space between my credenza and the floor. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

avi to mp4 converter for mac

Ipodfilter: converting avi to mp4 files. Can anyone recommend any free utilities for converting .avi to .mp4 files suitable for playback on a 4th gen ipod? the software needs to run on a non-intel imac running 10.5.6. Thanks in advance.
posted by tim_in_oz at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Can US citizens sponsor UNHCR refugees?

Is there a process by which a natural-born citizen of the United States can sponsor a UNHCR-referred refugee? I've read all of the refugee/asylum claim related material on the US Customs and Immigration website. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

I feel like I'm absolutely terrible at cooking. How can I become better at it?

I feel like I'm absolutely terrible at cooking. How can I become better at it? I think my lack of recipes/ideas is what's killing me. I just stick to spaghetti and frozen dinners because I'm not sure what else to do. If I had things to make I'm sure I'd eventually become better at it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 4:39 PM PST - 50 comments

Laptop rain jacket?

Laptop rain cover/bag... does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by asterisk at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Please name that Mozart Andante in C Major.

This passage is said to be from a Mozart divertimento for wind instruments, as arranged for keyboard by Mozart himself. (Found here.) Can you tell me which divertimento? Or whether the arrangement has a K. catalog number? Thanks!
posted by Dave 9 at 4:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Small drops of pure anise?

A few years ago I had these tiny little hard candy drops of pure anise that I'm pretty sure I got at Cost Plus, but Cost Plus no longer sells them. I remember they were round, about the size of a small lentil, came in small tin sort of like Altoid smalls, and very, very intensely anise flavored. What were they and where can I buy them now?
posted by aspo at 3:31 PM PST - 12 comments

How to extract data from HTML

How to extract data automatically from a group of HTML pages to an Excel file or to a database? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 3:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend a dentist in or around Astoria Queens?

Can you recommend a dentist in or around Astoria Queens? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheating on the Stairmaster

Why do some people 'cheat' (i.e., use their arms to take weight off their legs) while using exercise machines at the gym? [more inside]
posted by cast4321 at 3:06 PM PST - 45 comments

Online directories or other helpful resources for aspiring private tutor?

Online directories or other helpful resources for aspiring private tutor? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 3:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a proof of claims deadline for Canadian bankruptcy creditors?

Canadian (you are not my) lawyers: is there a deadline for filing a proof of claim in personal bankruptcies? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 3:00 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I choose a phone and plan?

Iphone or Sprint phone? How do I choose and why is this so confusing? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 2:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Does an Information technology taxonomy exist?

Is there such a thing as an "Information Technology Taxonomy?" [more inside]
posted by nyc_consultant at 2:06 PM PST - 6 comments

My roomate is in love with the girl I'm seeing, help!

My roommate is trying to get together with the girl I'm semi-secretly dating. What am I supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 33 comments

So, now that I've spent 30 minutes talking to you, will you vote for my guy?

For the politicos out there: how effective is phone banking / canvassing, statistically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 1:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Garageband optical audio

Using optical audio input on Macbookpro 15" and Edirol m10dx, but when I open garage band and arm the tracks it arms for .5 seconds ... then disarms. [more inside]
posted by acro at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Antiviral software for PC's?

Can someone suggest a robust, antiviral program for a pc's? Preferably free. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 1:31 PM PST - 19 comments

Limiting printing from the browser?

Is there a way to allow someone to print only one copy of a document from their browser after paying for it (via PayPal or the like)? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com at 1:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Vicodin + work = trouble.

I have to take Vicodin for my pain, but it makes me want to pass out at work. [more inside]
posted by naju at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me administer Mac OSX Mail Server

Help me administer a mail server on OS X. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

sv650 owners, speak up please

Have you owned a Suzuki SV650 or SV650s? What did you not like about it? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:06 PM PST - 18 comments

I'll be using table knives... damn.

I need help identifying a set of hand tools. [more inside]
posted by reflecked at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Advice On Outsourcing Database Management

Remote DBA services - has anyone used one of these for their business to outsource database administration? Could use some advice or references. [more inside]
posted by spicy_sockpuppet at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

genealogy/family tree programs

Looking for a simple program to construct a family tree. This could be shared with all family members to add/comment according to their ability, and interest. Varying computer abilities. Shared between PCs and Macs. Attach photos?
posted by ebesan at 12:54 PM PST - 10 comments

The End of High School

High school is ending, I'm lost. What's a boy supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:52 PM PST - 53 comments

Where is an uncrowded beach on Memorial Day?

This Memorial Day weekend, my girlfriend and I would like to go on a US vacation to an ocean/gulf beach. The challenge: (1) I hate crowds, and especially crowded beaches. (2) I want to be able to swim in the water, so it can't be freezing. (3) It must be a sandy beach, not some crazy cliff-side or rocky beach. (4) I am not looking to camp, or drive an RV or in any other way 'rough it', so a hotel / b&b / cottage of some sort is necessary. Within reason, money is not a major issue, nor is flying time, or need for other scenery/attractions. [more inside]
posted by davebug at 12:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Where should I put all these musical pirates?

Tell me how to arrange eight to twelve singers, a guitarist (acoustic), a fiddler and a bodhrán player, all unamplified, for best overall audibility and musicality. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Untempered Masoite/Upson board in Chicagoland?

Building Materials Filter: Where in Chicagoland, might one purchase untempered masonite and/or Upson board? [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Cut my hair, DIY edition

Looking for resources, sites, instructional videos, advice, or tips for cutting my own hair [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can a person find a tiny handy netbook around here?

probably-hopeless-filter: Where can I find an 8.9" netbook with a "real" HD (not solid-state) running linux in a store? I'm in Chapel Hill, willing to go to Raleigh, Durham, Hillsborough, Cary, Apex, wherever (Charlotte or Greensboro would be too far). I've checked all the obvious-to-me places. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:57 AM PST - 26 comments

You scratch my ticket, I'll scratch yours...

How should I approach programming a prize draw? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 11:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Jackson Browne's autograph at concert--how?

Help me get Jackson Browne's autograph at his concert. [more inside]
posted by Dukat at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Family Style is a plus.

Looking for an affordable restaurant in/around Little Italy NYC that can comfortably accommodate 10 people for an early June graduation dinner. Ideally we'd like to keep it under $35 a head, and one of the 10 is a 2-year-old, so those are added complications. Family-style dining is a plus. Thanks!
posted by Oktober at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Urban Planning Remixed

Experimental and radical urban planning: Where are the interesting multidisciplinary graduate programs in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail?

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 11:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Home Lighting Basics

I'm looking for a detailed and thorough guide on home lighting principles and ideas. Where is this source? [more inside]
posted by bouchacha at 10:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Attachment Issues

I am looking for ideas on how to make progress on my attachment issues. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 10:16 AM PST - 39 comments

Put it in yah system

Do commuters ever swap ipods on the subway? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:12 AM PST - 54 comments

What's a good dumpling and/or noodle joint in/near the Financial District (Manhattan)?

What's a good dumpling and/or noodle joint in/near the Financial District (Manhattan)? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments


What is the legal status of the designer drug 2C-i in South Korea?
posted by ed\26h at 9:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Records Management speciality - good idea for an MLS student?

How's the field of records management / archives looking, for a new MLS? [more inside]
posted by onell at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I haz summer funz?

How can I stop hating the summer, sun, the beach, and people who enjoy these things? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 9:42 AM PST - 57 comments

Do I need to replace my son's car seat?

Last night my husband was involved in a very low-speed crash -- the other party was a cement pylon. The crash popped the airbags and broke the plastic grill on the front of the car, but we don't see any other damage. My son's car seat was in the back of the car. (My son was not in the car.) Do I need to replace the seat? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:42 AM PST - 22 comments

How to control printing expenses in an open computer lab?

How can I limit printing quantities on a quasi-public networked printer? I run a small nonprofit computer center with 10 networked computers (8 XP, 2 OSX). I need to control ink & paper costs, but want people to be able to print free or low, low cost. When I was at Uni, we had a system where all users had to buy tokens at 5 cents a page. Is there an open source or low cost program that can help me do this? Even if my selling cost is zero, I want to track users and usage. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me to choose a laptop for bossman.

I am trying to find my boss a work laptop in the $750 to $950 range. [more inside]
posted by jellywerker at 9:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Landlord issues in Virginia

Landlord issues in Virginia -- please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Extreme procrastination

I'm in trouble because I try to ignore trouble. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 AM PST - 23 comments

Do I need an honours degree?

(Canadian) Law School Question: Will a bachelors degree with a high GPA qualify me for most law schools, or do I need to pursue an honours bachelors degree? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

What is this young adult fantasy book from 198x?

It was a 'young adult' fantasy book I read maybe 20, 25 years ago. The story was of a young kid growing up in a world of magic; the conceit was that the magical elite of the world were akin to board game pieces. I was sure it was Mercedes Lackey but apparently not? [more inside]
posted by felix at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I do a good presentation?

Can you help me provide a good keynote presentation with your insights and suggestions? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Why isn't 1 photo/second an option on high-end consumer cameras?

What's the cheapest way to take a long, automated series of photos (time-lapse photography) on my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50? Difficulty: ultra-cheap! [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

WordFilter: Word for emotional argument?

Word Filter: What is the word for emotional argument? I've struggled to remember it, Googled it, etc. and can't for the life of me remember it - please help!
posted by gnash at 8:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Microsoft Word crashing shortly after start-up. Tried common solutions with no success - other ideas?

Microsoft Word crashing shortly after start-up. Tried common solutions with no success - other ideas? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Who wears short shorts? Not me.

I don’t like wearing shorts. I also don't like being hot. Can you recommend your favorite, comfortable, somewhat flattering summer pants for women? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 8:46 AM PST - 30 comments

How would a condo board know a unit is being rented?

I'm on the board of HOA of my building and we have a bylaw which prohibits leasing of units. But it occurs to me, couldn't an owner just rent on the sly? For example, they could say someone is house-sitting their condo. Or they could say they're letting a friend stay at their place for a while. How can a condo board prove a unit is being leased?
posted by rsol44 at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

What under 50K luxury car should I get?

I want to get a luxury 4 door sedan - something that will be a pleasure to drive, not looking to race or customize the car. Something very reliable. Something that will be good to drive in big city. [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 8:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Anyone have experience with natural progesterone therapy?

Asking on behalf of my wife. Does anyone have experience with natural/bioidentical progesterone supplementation? It's been tough to find any unbiased information out there. Personal experience would be great, but if you know of any forums, sites, whatever please share them as well. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Prank a high school!

Do you have any ideas for a prank against a rival high school at our reunion? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 8:20 AM PST - 7 comments

what wine goes well with the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus?

What awesome places do you recommend for dinner near-ish Chelsea in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 8:18 AM PST - 4 comments

How Green is your Email?

Can one quantify the carbon footprint of email? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Oh Boy - Tax Man Wants Answers

a friend just called frantic - her tax preparer failed to file her taxes by April 15. What to do? What next? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Here twitter, twitter, twitter

How can I make new friends on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 7:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Printing an Excel file

Excel filter: How do I print a specific column on every printed page without having to physically insert the column to the beginning of every page? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

How can we turn a night at the bar into something more bachelor partyesque?

How can I make a bachelor party that's really just a night at the bar with the guys into something slightly more bachelory? No strippers or costumes, please. [more inside]
posted by Askr at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Document Merging Nightmare

Help me merge documents with multiple reviewers in Word without losing my head! [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:26 AM PST - 1 comment

water water everywhere!

Is "old" water safe to drink? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 7:23 AM PST - 30 comments

Honor thy grandmama...

Crochet experts plz hope me figure out dis pattern... [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 7:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Changes in Latitude...

Going to Nassau, Bahamas in mid-May. What should be on my list of must-do things? [more inside]
posted by te1contar at 6:56 AM PST - 1 comment

ID a book?

I'm trying to identify a book. The book was called, I believe Aeroflot, and it was a diary written by an American expat running a bar in Paris just after WWII. The book's packaging was a brown cardboard restaurant ledger on which the diary entries were written -- it was bound in a tall, narrow pad of restaurant cheques. My attempts to search retailers for "aeroflot paris" have only turned up aviation-related books. From what I recall the book was published in the mid-90s, but I don't have an author's name. Does this ring any bells?
posted by pxe2000 at 6:54 AM PST - 2 comments

rent for Baltimore bartender

My boyfriend and I are moving to Baltimore in a couple of months. I will be going to grad school and he will look for bartending jobs. How much can we expect him to put toward rent as a working bartender in a more casual/dive bar in the city of Baltimore itself? [more inside]
posted by myturnplease at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Macro'ed Tweets?

I'm looking for options that will allow me to post a tweet to twitter by just pressing some hotkeys/macros. Where I can define that pressing "ctrl-afk" will post a tweet saying: I'm away from my keyboard at the moment. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Russian pasta?

Help me find a cream-vodka pasta sauce recipe? [more inside]
posted by LN at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

What should I do with my new car that has paint problems?

I bought a brand new vw scirocco on the 15/3/2009 last week i noticed a character from the badge on the boot had fallen off and on closer inspection it appears the paint it cracking behind the lettering. So i took it to my nearest VW body specialist as i assumed it would be covered under guarantee however he said it had been resprayed and they wouldnt touch it and to take it back to where i bought it. can i demand a replacement boot? can i throw the car back even though its over 30 days (im in the uk). help suggestions appreciated
posted by toocan at 6:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Where should we stay and what should our young family do in Barcelona next month?

Advice please for a family-friendly holiday in Barcelona at the end of May. (Where should we stay? What should we visit?) [more inside]
posted by monster max at 6:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I see the Wright planes?

Where can I find a list of all the Wright Company planes on public display (originals, not reproductions)? [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 6:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Appalachian Beauty

In a couple weeks, I am going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spend a few days. For those of you with experience there, please recommend the best features of the park. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 5:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Non-English UI conventions

Tell me about UI conventions in a language you speak (and read) fluently that isn't English. [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 5:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me shellac my matzoh balls

I dumped a substantial portion of matzoh ball soup on a canvas. After it dries I'm going to glue the larger chunks down, and then I need to varnish/shellac/something the canvas. What would work best? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Ready to jump off a klif.sys....

I'm getting a Blue Screen of Death on startup (Windows XP Pro) which says that the "problem" (whatever it may be) is being caused by a file called klif.sys. Googling around indicates it's a Kaspersky file, and I do indeed have their anti-virus software installed on my system. But I haven't found any solutions, and I can't get past this BSOD. Is there any hope for me? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC at 12:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Did we break up or not?

Two days after saying our relationship isn't going to work out, my boyfriend is communicating again with me, saying he was sorry about his behavior. Should I assume that we just had a heated discussion and said things in anger? Or should I assume he ended things and that this reach-out is a way to clear the air? [more inside]
posted by lunachick at 12:43 AM PST - 20 comments

Nothing that Madonna has heard of.

Please recommend an authoritative beginner's text on occult/mystical Kabbalah. Perhaps with emphasis on the techniques of gemetria and correspondence to non-Jewish mysticism. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 12:36 AM PST - 10 comments

April 21

Can I use a web scraper to get real URLs via shortened URLs?

Are there any open source web scrapers that I can use to get original URLs from shortened URLs (e.g. bit.ly, is.gd, tinyurl, etc). [more inside]
posted by alohaliz at 10:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Simple vegetarian cookbooks?

Cookbook recs needed: I'm an amateur cook so I need simple recipes, it would be nice if the books worked from a common and not-too-large set of ingredients, and I like food that's garlicky, oniony, and/or spicy. Oh, and healthy is a plus but not required. Finally, I'm a vegetarian (not vegan).
posted by shivohum at 10:37 PM PST - 32 comments

What goes on my wall?

What long, decorative item (say, 12'x4') can I hang on my empty wall? If it happened to absorb sound from the opposing speakers, that'd be great. [more inside]
posted by erikgrande at 10:29 PM PST - 15 comments

How to wrap text around a circle

I'm giving a big presentation in a couple of weeks and it has to be impressive. I have a fabulous idea for a graphic, inspired by the facebook friend wheel, where I want to wrap perhaps 100 words around a circle and draw lines to connect them in illustrative ways. The drawing lines part is easy, but the wrapping text around a circle part is hard (without doing it one element at a time, rotating and aligning each one just so). I *know* there's an easy way to do this, but am not quite smart enough to figure it out in omnigraffle or find another program that can do it. I can use Mac or PC. If you point me to a workable solution, you'll get your name in lights (if you wish) in addition to my unending gratitude.
posted by ezola at 10:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Where are some cool places to live in inner-loop Houston?

Where are some cool places to live in inner-loop Houston? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 10:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Tips for Dual Monitor on Windows XP?

Hi All, I just got a second monitor at work. Yay me! My second monitor is a widescreen (my main one isn't). I'm still getting used to it, at the moment I have put email on the right hand screen, and everything else still in the main one. I'm only really struggling with Citrix applications - they seem to like to pop up in the middle, splitting across screens. But I'm after any dual monitor on Windows tips in general. I've already installed the free MultiMonitor Taskbar which I really like. Thanks!
posted by Admira at 9:54 PM PST - 8 comments


Why do little boys love trucks? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green at 9:52 PM PST - 63 comments

You know you're a graduate student when you understand jokes about Foucault. What else should I read?

So, it seems I'm changing vectors slightly, and taking up the challenge of getting a PhD in history. The problem? I did very little actual history classes as an undergrad and graduate student. I have until August to patch holes in my knowledge....help! [more inside]
posted by strixus at 9:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Gotta keep 'em seperated ...

Looking for some advice to offer to friends who combined their households with two cats each about a month ago with somewhat poor results. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 9:26 PM PST - 10 comments

To bank cord blood, or not to bank cord blood?

It's been over four years since No. 1 asked, so I'm asking for an update: should we bank or donate our baby's cord blood? Or just do nothing? [more inside]
posted by ajr at 9:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Hire me! Or, you know, convince someone else to do it for you.

I'm applying for post-grad school jobs. One of them, a bit of a long shot, is within my close-knit current office. Others are elsewhere in and outside of the organization. Difficulty: my two best references are not only in this office but running the first job search. How in the world do I manage this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I try to date him or is it already too messy?

Should I try to date him or is it already too messy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 PM PST - 25 comments

Why is an electromagnetic driveshaft retarder not the same as regenerative braking?

Why is an electromagnetic driveshaft retarder not the same as regenerative braking? [more inside]
posted by night kitchen at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Portugal Summer Travel tips please

Wife, 4 yr old and self want to explore Portugal for 8-10 days in mid July. Would appreciate your recommendations for eats, drinks, beaches, places to stay and mode of transport. Our budget is in the range of U$200 - $250 per day. One attractive option is to hire a camper van, though that would chew most of our daily budget. Thanks!
posted by lapsang at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Access Hyphenated JSON Elements Using Javascript

How to parse JSON elements with hyphens with javascript? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 8:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Groomsmen Gifts for the Non Brahs Out There?

I need ideas for modern groomsmen gifts. My groomsmen don't really smoke, drink, golf, or wear french cuffs, which eliminates 99% of the results for "groomsmen gifts" from Google. Mainly our common interests include coffee, photography, design, and vaguely geeky 30-something interests (1980s Spielberg/Lucas movies, Tron, Atari 2600, Apple products). (We're not the kind of geeks that wear the term with some sort of goony pride, so ThinkGeek is right out. So are things like knives, flashlights, and AirSoft toys) Any ideas?
posted by entropicamericana at 8:11 PM PST - 44 comments

EQ app for cell phone

The other day I saw someone had an app for their iPhone that basically took the sound coming in the microphone and showed what the highs and lows were on an equalizer. Is there something like this for Windows Mobile? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 8:09 PM PST - 1 comment

When it comes to those lost at sea I'm...well I'm lost at sea myself

Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 8:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Monterey-Carmel CPA wanted

Looking for a sole practitioner CPA in the Monterey-Carmel area. Any recommendations appreciated. NOT part of a firm. Thanks!
posted by shoe478 at 7:57 PM PST - 0 comments

Good water or bad water?

My front yard slopes down from the street to our house and driveway. There's always a wet streak on the driveway where water from the yard is moving over the driveway to lower ground on the other side. I'm looking for a way to determine if the water is rain runoff or maybe is from our septic tank's field lines which are in the front yard. The amount of water increases after rain and slows down during drier times, but never completely stops. I've tried smelling the water and muddy dirt but I can't be sure one way or the other. Is there a cheap but reliable way of finding out what kind of water this is? Thanks.
posted by atm at 7:50 PM PST - 12 comments


I am looking for a backlit "running man" exit sign. Help! [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember at 7:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Dying relative - what to say?

My uncle has one week to live. I'm visiting him tomorrow. What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do?
posted by jennyhead at 6:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Flights and hotels for two

It's easy to search for flights and hotels for one destination, but I need to search for flights and hotels for two. [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive at 6:52 PM PST - 2 comments

A Toast To The Host That Can Boast The Most Roast

Is it cheaper to host my own site even if it means leaving my computer running 24/7? [more inside]
posted by yalestar at 6:48 PM PST - 11 comments

A vehicle for towing vehicles

Asking for a friend – Australian recommendation for a used vehicle under A$10,000 that is relatively reliable and is able to tow a car trailer (with car on it), but is reasonably comfortable and not too thirsty to drive around town when not towing. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Law and Order question

Which Law and Order episode was the one that deviated from the normal format by having several crimes occur throughout the show? I remember one of the crimes involved a woman running over a cheating husband with her car.
posted by ae4rv at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

My legs are built wrong. Is there a solution?

I'm 40 years old. Is there any way to bend my bones into another position if they're malformed? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Is T-Mobile Hotspot calling worth it?

I am strongly considering switching to T-mobile and a big draw for me is wifi hotspot option. Specifically, I am looking to get a Hotspot enabled phone and use it through my home Wifi connection for better reception and/or, I might spend the additional $10/month and get the unlimited hotspot calling option. I am not talking about T-Mobile@home. [more inside]
posted by nnk at 6:12 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I help a friend in an unhappy marriage?

My friend is trapped in a miserable marriage. Is there anything I can do to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make things work with my wife while we're working through our issues?

My wife and i are working through some difficult issues. We love each other dearly, but we're no longer physically intimate. Neither one of us is willing to give up on our relationship. How do I make things work while we're trying to make things work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 11 comments

How to handle delicate roommate dynamics stemming from experience / age / maturity differences without dramatic confrontation?

How to handle delicate roommate dynamics stemming from experience / age / maturity differences without dramatic confrontation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Help my girlfriend find a doctor in NYC who will take her chronic pain seriously.

Help my girlfriend find a doctor in NYC who will take her chronic pain seriously. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Fun things to do in LA via public transport

What are some fun things to do in Marina del Rey at the weekend or in the evenings, that don't require a car? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me prove to Paypal that these Audio Technica ESW9 headphones are fake.

So I bought this pair Audio Technica ESW9 headphones on ebay. The item arrived in this leather pouch instead of original packaging. After looking into the matter further at the head-fi forum, I've determined that these headphones are definitely fake. Many people seem to have fallen victim to this. [more inside]
posted by typography at 5:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Film in Lima

Where can I pick up Black and White film in Lima, Peru? There´s an abundance of photo processing shops with colour film but can´t find anywhere which sells black and white film (Fuji Neopan, Ilford etc) or more specialised slide film. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 5:39 PM PST - 0 comments


Ate too much sugar, feel vomit-y. Help? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Why are one way tickets so expensive?

Why are one-way tickets so much more expensive than a round-trip ticket for airline travel? [more inside]
posted by snwod at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a VLC Plugin to play RV40?

Where can I find a plugin for VLC to play RV40? [more inside]
posted by leafxor at 5:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Who's the kid in the "Preview" icon?

Who is the child in the icon for the "Preview" application in OS X? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 5:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How to direct an opera

What's the difference between directing a play and stage-directing an opera? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 5:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Which guitarist?

Identify guitarist backing Elvis on '68 Special, specifically electric improvisational version of "Baby, what do you want me to do?" Al Chesney, Tommy Tesdesco, or Scotty Moore? [more inside]
posted by effluvia at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Need to extract and electronically preserve approximately 500 emails from a GMAIL account, out of approximately 5,000 emails.

Need to extract and electronically preserve approximately 500 emails from a GMAIL account, out of approximately 5,000 emails. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 3:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Web-Based or Mac OS X Twitter Client with Navigation, Deletion/Hide of Read Tweets, and URL Launch -- All Via Keyboard Shortcuts?

Looking for a Twitter client with very specific certain requirements. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me fix my wordpress theme for internet explorer? (YAML)

Web design panic! Wordpress theme (YAML + sandbox) implodes on impact with internet explorer [more inside]
posted by yuletide at 3:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Are there people who file health insurance claims professionally?

Are there people who file health insurance claims professionally? [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Excel Subtotals

So I have an array of data in Excel. Specifically, weekly repos outstanding (dollar amounts) since 2001. Is there any way to find monthly rate [(last date of month-first date of month)/first date of month] of change for it? What I have in mind is something like subtotals function except it shows rate of change rather than sum or average. Does anybody have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Lucubrator at 3:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Apologetics & Debate Mp3s burnable to disc?

I am looking for Christian apologetics/debates (christian/atheist etc) in mp3 downloadable form to burn to disc in Itunes (My ipod broke so no podcasts) :( ...Can you recommend any sites where I can get free mp3s for this? Thanks.
posted by snap_dragon at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me Optimod-ize my audio!

Is there a good real-time compressor/limiter for FM broadcast that I can use on a Mac? Preferably one that works as an AudioUnit (AU) plug-in? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm a Cigar Virgin! Help

How do I prepare good cigars for maximum delight? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Machine Workout Plan

Please provide me with a twice-weekly gym machine workout so I can fill out this form (pdf). [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:19 PM PST - 8 comments

The voice of me.

I want to produce a continuous synth tone from a sample of my own voice. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 3:07 PM PST - 3 comments

A Turkish delight

Help me identify a Mediterranean dish that is like a pie made of feta and noodles. [more inside]
posted by acrasis at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Jewish bookstores in NYC

How should I handle this? (Father-in-law wants me to take him to Jewish bookstores in NYC without my wife, I have to work, I have never met him, and I know nothing about Judaism.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 35 comments

A Burning Question

I need a good collection of readings identifying major issues associated with energy production using biomass. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 2:39 PM PST - 3 comments

where is my iHUD?

I'm looking for an iphone app to have open while my iphone is docked/charging, either as eyecandy or as an information display. [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Oracle Views: Are calculated columns always evaluated even when they are not considered in a query?

Oracle Views: Are calculated columns always evaluated even when they are not considered in a query? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I psych myself up for social gatherings?

I often feel nervous before going to social gatherings. Is there anything I can do (short of drinking a shot of something) that will help me calm down and just enjoy myself? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 2:00 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I get my contact list into a Sharepoint form?

I have an Infopath form in Sharepoint. In one of the fields I want the user to pick a person from a "contact list" stored in the site. I want it to behave like the contact selector control, but this apparently only queries AD and Sharepoint users, not a contact list. Any ideas on how to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

learning german and I have a couple of questions

Learning German, couple of questions... [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 1:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a Mac (PowerPC) optimized build of Firefox 3.0.9 available?

Is there a Mac (PowerPC) optimized build of Firefox 3.0.9 available? [more inside]
posted by tamagosan at 1:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Where is that wondrous BMR calculator?

Please find my super-comprehensive BMR calculator? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

A Warning for My Forgetfulness -- on Firefox

Is there a way to get Firefox to warn me or ask me if I'm sure about closing a tab or navigating away from a webpage? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I more easily create a ranked list?

Is there a simple program that will help a person rank their preferences of a list of items by presenting them with a series of A vs. B matchups? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to party in like a Southern girl?

Where to go for a girls night out in Charleston, SC? [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Zero Identification

Who is that slightly dopey-looking redhead whose face is used to represent the Everyman in Zero Punctuation videos?
posted by ChrisR at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Anniversary Dinner in Dallas

DFWAnniversaryFilter: Poor planning on my part but its me and the old ladys 8th year anniversary. Im struggling with a place to take her to dinner tonight, i could use any and all suggestions. We love Roy's in Plano however i was just trying to think outside of the box a bit. BTW...We are located in N. Dallas around the 75/190 area.
posted by lateriser at 11:30 AM PST - 17 comments

How to get my old Pro Tools Mac projects to work with my new Pro Tools for PC?

Pro Tools Mac to Pro Tools PC. How can I successfully transfer Pro Tools LE 5.1.1 sessions kept on Lacie Pocket HDs like this, formatted for use with old Macs (OS 9.2) for use with my Pro Tools Mbox2 Micro (which I think is running LE 7.4) on my laptop PC (Windows XP)? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 11:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Help with a USPTO certificate of mailing

USPTO question: Am I the only person who needs to fill out the Certificate of Mailing, or does something need to be filled out/signed/stamped by the post office? Looking at the form, it looks like something that only I need to sign, but when I spoke to a woman at the PTO on the phone, she said that I needed to get the post office to do something. I don't think that's right, reading the reg, and looking at the form, but I was looking for a little advice. Thanks!
posted by mercredi at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Rotten Tomatoes for Books

Is there a website where it aggregates all the reviews of a book like Rotten Tomatoes does for movies?
posted by clueless22 at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Business broadband

I need broadband for my business that is slightly better than what you can get from normal DSL. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 10:56 AM PST - 8 comments

What can I do with my mattresses?

What can I do with extra mattresses? [more inside]
posted by unceman at 10:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Help explain this unusual cell phone behavior

Why do some people find it necessary to take their cell phone away from their ear and speak direct into the microphone? It's not as if they are trying to speak in a lower vice to be courteous, or that they are using the speakerphone or push-to-talk function. I find it odd, I don't understand why and I don't really want to ask the person doing it (unless you do it, if so, "why"). Thanks!
posted by mhm at 10:36 AM PST - 36 comments

Make my Nokia sing like my Apple...

Migrating from an iPod to a cellphone... was the awesome surgically removed though? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 10:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find the best Moroccan music featuring the violin.

Looking for excellent, traditional,(i.e. not westernized) examples of Moroccan music featuring the violin. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Do I keep my Volvo?

Three-part Question: 1. How much is a 2004 Volvo XC70 with 103000 miles on it worth? Craigslist and Cars.com suggest in the $8000 - $14,000 2. I own the car and don't need to make any payments. Assuming insurance, etc. will remain relatively the same, at what point does the annual cost of maintaining the car become excessive? I currently pay around $3000/yr to maintain it. My sense is that I'm past the value threshold for this car. (Hint: I think the trade in threshold occurs BEFORE repairs equal the total value of the car). 3. I love the Volvo in principal: All Wheel Drive, Lots of Cargo Space, Comfortable Interior, but hate it for practical reasons outlined above. Please help me find another car. Consumer reports seems to favor used Subaru Foresters.
posted by rselover at 10:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Tenants Rights in Portland, Oregon

My apartment house is being sold. How do I avoid getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by alan at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Post-hysterectomy recovery

I'm going under the knife for a full abdominal hysterectomy (due to massive fibroids) in a month. What will my recovery be like? [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 9:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Consumer Price Index

Which price index should I use to accurately calculate annual fee increases for local government services (i.e. Consumer Price Index, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Help finding calypso music by John L?

I'm looking for music by this calypso musician, John L Nichols, who usually just went by "John L". I'll buy it in any format, download it, stream it, whatever. I just really want some. [more inside]
posted by tinyfolk at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

I wanna be a mechanical vagrant!

I love renting a house in urban Atlanta! I hate renting a house in urban Atlanta! Can anyone help me find a place to fix my car... myself? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Weird file corruption problem with mp3 and wma files.

.mp3 and .wma (played with Media Player on Windows XP) files seem to have amalgamated into a file named 'USBC°ïæå.' of varying size. Any clue why and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by sparklejess at 9:10 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you thank someone for a well-timed Lethal Weapon II joke?

What can we do to thank some extremely helpful Emergency Room staff? [more inside]
posted by troika at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments

How long is too long of no contact while dating?

How long is too long of no contact while dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 32 comments

Where is my period?

Where is my period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

More than just attracted to difference?

Seeking advice and shared experiences from other people who are not attracted to people from their same racial/ethnic/national identity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 23 comments

Road trip: Minneapolis to . . . ?

We have four days to take a road trip from Minneapolis to wherever we want. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by sciapod at 8:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Peanut butter flavored bagel

Are there any (specialty) bagel shops in NYC or NJ that make peanut butter flavored bagels? [more inside]
posted by londontube at 8:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Is now the right time to buy a new PC?

My trusty 3-year old home office PC is starting to drag a bit, so I'm thinking about replacing it. Should I bite the bullet and buy something with Vista? Go with XP, even if it means not getting the latest Intel processor? Or, should I wait until Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 8:28 AM PST - 25 comments

No bullshit jobs!

Kick ass jobs for kick ass people like myself. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 8:07 AM PST - 113 comments

WHAD simply folk whats that song

Help find me a song. "Play me a song that will make me cry..." from WHAD simply folk [more inside]
posted by dstopps at 7:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Picture Books For A Super-Smart Kid

What are the cleverest, wittiest picture books you know? I'm looking for something you might recommend to a very smart kid who is still young enough to prefer picture books to chapter books. Another way of putting is, I'm looking for the picture book equivalent of McSweeney's. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 7:34 AM PST - 57 comments

Cracking the sushi bar code

So.. how do sushi bars work? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 7:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Invisible automatic backup?

Want to build a backup/storage/print server for a home network that the users will never have to be aware of [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

MS Access / SQL help please?

I have a (hopefully easy) SQL question. I'm working in MS Access. Simplifying things a bit, I have a table with a TaskID, and a TaskStatusID. I want to get a list of each TaskID, and the newest TaskStatusID for each. (Details follow.) [more inside]
posted by inigo2 at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking books/resources on working with other people's code.

I would like to find some books that cover how to work with other people's code. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 6:33 AM PST - 8 comments

What Excel formula to achieve desired result?

What formulae do I need to cause Excel to highlight a cell on one worksheet if the data is found in a different worksheet? Formulae I have attempted (using named ranges) under the cut. [more inside]
posted by mccn at 5:39 AM PST - 5 comments

simple online photo gallery software

Looking for simple online photo gallery software, with the option to add ability to buy prints [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 5:04 AM PST - 14 comments

I would like to reintroduce a second cat to the house.

How long can I wait before getting another cat? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 4:43 AM PST - 7 comments

I have THE GUY....now how do I overcome past issues and enjoy life with him?

Finally found The Guy, but after years of abandonment issues from a dead-beat dad and a horrible previous serious relationship, I am starting to do some in-grained sabotaging relationship moves again. How does one, outside of professional help, stop the cynical voice inside that tells me to quit before he quits on me? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 4:00 AM PST - 15 comments


Swearing in church perhaps, but alternatives to Gmail? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Where on the web to post non-coding projects/requests in for bidding?

outsourcingfilter: Where on the web to post non-coding projects/requests in for bidding? [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Public grills in SF?

Public grills in SF? [more inside]
posted by sfdrew77 at 1:06 AM PST - 5 comments

What are the best cities/states for biomedical jobs?

What are the best cities/states for biomedical jobs? I'm not looking for a specific type, just in general.
posted by biochemist at 1:01 AM PST - 21 comments

April 20

Name That Video: Surreal animated interview between student and master.

Looking for a video I saw on the internet before May 2008. It was an interview with a ton of post-processing, making it very surreal. Seeing this image reminded me of the video. I seem to remember the interviewer was an art student, or a student of the interviewee. The interviewee had been down on his luck, and it seemed as if the interview was happening in a soup kitchen or hostel. I associate two words with the interviewee: "video art", but I can't think of any sort of title he might have. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 11:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a party planner in Brisbane or the Gold Coast

I'm planning a party (by long-distance) on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and am trying to find a party planner on the spot to handle the logistics. I've found many childrens party planners, but the few party planners I've found that cater to adults are....VERY adult, providing riding crops and scented banana oil, sort of thing. NOT our sort of thing. Can anyone reccommend a planner for a very vanilla sort of celebratory shindig?
posted by tabubilgirl at 9:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Stranger in Dire Straits

I just passed a young woman walking slowly down the street, barefoot, crying, with two black eyes. [more inside]
posted by granted at 8:47 PM PST - 45 comments

Argghh!!! My Camera (and its software) Is Killing Me!!!

Two year old canon rebel xti + proprietary software (digital photo pro and EOS utility) are leaving me very frustrated. I've had this exact set up for at least a couple of years and last week my camera decided to quit interfacing. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Why are chicken wings so differently sized?

OK, so I've been eating a lot of fried chicken parts (maybe that's a question for another time). Yesterday it was buffalo wings. Today, regular ol' fried chicken. Today I was eating the drumstick and I started to wonder why it was so much bigger than the drumsticks from the wings I had yesterday. I thought maybe the chickens are bigger? Or maybe they're a different kind of chicken? Or maybe it's something else? I obviously tried googling, but I couldn't come up with a good string of keywords. Is this really obvious and I'm missing it? Help please!
posted by iliketolaughalot at 8:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Boston residents, can you please tell me if The Dorothy Quincy Suite (180 Berkeley St, Boston) is accessible by any of the MBTA train lines.

(@ Boston, Mass) Boston residents, can you please tell me if The Dorothy Quincy Suite (180 Berkeley St, Boston) is accessible by any of the MBTA train lines. Thank You!
posted by cheero at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Translate a line of Hebrew pertaining to a pomegranate?

Would someone translate the text around this pomegranate, please? [more inside]
posted by Tufa at 8:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future?

Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 8:01 PM PST - 43 comments

Gotta get away--Now!

I am in Georgia and I need to get away before my head explodes. I want a quick, inexpensive, but out-of-state vacation, no more than a week. What nice vacation spot is near Georgia and will allow me to enjoy myself without breaking the bank?
posted by GeniPalm at 7:36 PM PST - 16 comments

iphoto :: get filepath

What's the quickest way to get the complete filepath of an image in iphoto copied into the clipboard? (ie, to fill in a "Browse..." to upload button a webpage) [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Help get us outta here!

I'm looking for travel destinations within a day's drive of Montreal. [more inside]
posted by blisterpack at 6:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Picky CSS edit

I have a Blogger blog, and I have a CSS theme that I customize. How can I change the color of links only in the blog banner ("header"), without changing the color of links in the rest of the blog? [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Take me back in time

After seeing these photos from the1906 quake in San Francisco, I've been interested in learning more about what life was like in California during the periods from the gold rush to the turn of the 20th century. Can anyone recommend media for me? [more inside]
posted by tybstar at 6:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a way to kill the "story comments" section on CBC.ca?

Every time I scroll too far down on a CBC.ca news story, I feel a piece of my humanity being chewed off by the mire that is the CBC reader comments section. [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Ideas for postgrad programs for an engineer?

What kinds of postgraduate programs could you recommend for an out-of-the-box mechanical engineer who wants to make a lot of money? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 6:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Best public elementary schools in and around Nashville?

Where are the best public elementary schools in and around Nashville, TN? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 6:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Help understanding clock cycles

I am having a hard time understanding clock cycles and sequential logic. I think I understand gates, etc but the clock really confuses me. [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 6:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Feel the Side Burn

What should I make with my grill's side burner? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 6:11 PM PST - 20 comments

how to learn honky-tonk style piano?

Learning a little honky-tonk piano... [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 6:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Short on closing costs

Short on closing costs. We're bidding on a house, have the 20% deposit, but are short on closing costs (by about 10k). Some options are out; for example I cannot take another loan until we have signed. A friend has suggested that we ask the seller to pay the costs and then we pay more for the house. Has anyone done this? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Uncomfortable with white walls

NewApartmentFilter: Decorating walls without painting or damaging the current paint job. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 5:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Two 2GB sticks, or one 4GB?

Which is better, one 4GB stick, or two 2GB sticks of DDR2 RAM in my Laptop? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments

I need Help Capturing Footage from Camera!

How do I capture P2 footage from my Panasonic HD HVX200 camera into Avid HD Pro?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 5:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Inverted maritime nuclear reactors

What design features, if any, allow nuclear reactors on submarines to survive being inverted? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 4:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Keeping a patio clean from above balcony

How do I keep my 1st floor patio clean/dry while being able to spray clean an overhead balcony? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 4:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Is SEO worth paying for?

Is SEO worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 3:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Bermuda Attraction bundle?

I know I saw a 10-attractions-in-1 bundle deal for places of interest in Bermuda, but now I can't find it (with Google). Does anyone recall seeing something like that? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der at 3:48 PM PST - 0 comments

Can My Canon PowerShot S2 Be Saved?

My too-expensive Canon digital camera has developed the dreaded "E18" error. Anybody here ever successfully get their camera working again after this happened? Google suggests that Canon charges a lot of money to fix it and takes too long to do so. I have already visited www.e18error.com but would like first-hand reports, if any, of fixing it yourself.
posted by briank at 3:38 PM PST - 10 comments

What's my best bet in moving a Rollover IRA to another bank/brokerage firm with my negative net worth?

I need to know what my options are for moving this thing, given that I have a negative net worth. Can I roll it into another brokerage-style Rollover IRA at a brokerage firm, not a bank, and avoid the money laundering law stuff? Or am I relegated to Bank IRAs until I'm out of school debt? Do I suck it up and take the $75/month hit until I can start depositing money again (I don't know when that will be), and hope that the investments make up the difference in the long run? I haven't lost as much as most in my portfolio, and I know I have time to make up the losses, the monthly fee just seems like an unnecessary loss I should be able to avoid. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend me an inexpensive hi-tech jump rope.

I'm in the market for a skipping rope or jump rope. Recommend me a high-tech jump rope, please! [more inside]
posted by fook at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Get out of the way of that round object.

I throw like a little kid, and it's embarrassing. Please help me excel at adult dodgeball. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 3:20 PM PST - 17 comments

working with a corrupted XML file

Seeking any way to view the contents of a (possibly corrupted) XML file. It's the database file from a Mac app that manages plain-text notes. [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

ELIZA and the efficacy of "professional" therapists versus the rest of us

Meta-Meta-RelationshipFilter: Have there been any scientific trials to study the efficacy of talk therapy that involved a placebo as control? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 2:48 PM PST - 21 comments

No entourage here.

How do I keep my make-up and hair looking fresh all day long? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 2:44 PM PST - 25 comments

Save me before I cook again!

For some reason my once always perfect scalloped potatoes have become a mess. I haven't changed my technique or recipe, but for some reason every single time I make them the sauce breaks up once they're in the oven. They taste the same but look pretty gross. Could it be that I've been using lactaid instead of normal milk? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Giving a speech at a mixed marriage ceremony

Can anyone suggest an appropriate reading for a mixed marriage ceremony? [more inside]
posted by booksprite at 2:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Mass paint removal

How could paint be removed from a large, frequently painted object? [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 1:56 PM PST - 21 comments

What happened to primetime soap operas?

So, primetime television soap operas—e.g., Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest—what happened to these sorts of show? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 1:49 PM PST - 20 comments

And so I found myself asking this for some sort of reassurance, which question would be fielded by AskMefi's language nerds with bewildering rapidity

In David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again he uses the word "which" in a way that I found unusual - a usage that is described under heading three here. I think I'm fairly well read, but I can't remember ever having seen this before. I've been having (what I think are) migraines lately and I'm curious if I'm becoming linguistically befuddled, or if this is just an obscure or archaic usage. Examples after the jump. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 1:42 PM PST - 28 comments

What version of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" should I read?

Literary Filter: Which English version/translation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" should I read for fun? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 1:35 PM PST - 8 comments

How dangerous is my palm tree?

How dangerous is the palm tree in our backyard? [more inside]
posted by cr_joe at 1:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Hot Feet

Whats a good model of men's sneaker that breaths exceptionally well?
posted by parallax7d at 1:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Give me London in five days or less.

London trip - recommendations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 1:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Books about southern Washington

Please recommend some books about southern Washington state/northern Oregon? [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning at 1:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Is there a list of Twitter clients that support OAuth?

Is there a list of Twitter clients that support OAuth?
posted by braveterry at 1:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I get Google Spreadsheets to display a scatterplot of data with the regression line overlaid on the plot?

Can I get Google Spreadsheets to display a scatterplot of data with the regression line overlaid on the plot? How? [more inside]
posted by RossWhite at 12:53 PM PST - 1 comment

How much pollen are we inhaling?

How much pollen and/or dust do we inhale every day? [more inside]
posted by JeffK at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I bother getting a smartphone for law school?

How beneficial would getting a PDA/smartphone be to a first-year law student? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 12:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Why is this workout better that this other one?

What's the benefit of multiple sets of one exercise at a time vs. one quick set of several exercises repeated? [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 12:38 PM PST - 6 comments

No one likes hearing loss, but loud music is the norm

How should I go about forming a group / coalition / movement for venues to lower the volume to levels that won't leave your ears ringing? More thoughts, ideas, and concepts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Where to study acting/theatre in London?

Where in London could a US citizen approaching retirement age study acting? [more inside]
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 12:05 PM PST - 3 comments

I can't believe that this is the first Chichester question!

Suggestions as to things to do and inexpensive dining options in Chichester? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

When friends use social media badly

I have a friend who just discovered new social media and he has no boundaries. How can I tell him to back off without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 12:03 PM PST - 42 comments

Experiencing color without sight?

Is there any way for a blind superhero to experience a distinction between colors? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 12:02 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm stressed! I need sex NOW!

Why do I feel like I'm craving sex when I get anxious or stressed out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Latency problems using Oxygen keyboard to input into Sibelius 4

How can I fix a latency problem with a Oxygen8 v2 midi controller keyboard inputting into Sibelius 4? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 11:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Hello Cleveland! Are you ready to rock? And by rock, I mean click really loudly.

A couple of Guitar Hero: World Tour (Wii) instrument silencing questions. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Gift Stethoscope for pets.

Can anyone recommend a good animal stethoscope? I'd like to get a nice one for a friend who is graduating from a veterinary tech program, so a nice, high-end one, not a typical office one. Something under a couple hundred dollars preferably. Mail order, or a shop in Chicago would be best.
posted by crush-onastick at 11:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Organic/IPM supplier in Eastern Washington?

Organic/IPM supplies purveyor in Eastern Washington: I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this great place that I used to order from. I believe they were located in Yakima or Wenatchee, and had a name like "Bio-Ag," only that's not it. Google has failed me, and I have a feeling this may stump even AskMe, but I really really need to find these guys again! [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 11:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Antique Furniture Experts: Bought a Mission-style rocker, wondering more about it, photos included.

Antique Furniture Experts: Bought a Mission-style Rocker, want to know more about it. [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 11:08 AM PST - 4 comments

emptying an ipod

Does anyone know how to totally clear out an iPod, essentially returning it to 'factory settings'? I have an older iPod I wanted to give to someone, but the issue is my computer won't locate the iPod (I had it synced to another computer that has since died), or tells it's not authorized. Is there a way for example to clear it out from the ipod itself?
posted by dearleader at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

I need your tastiest Indian lamb recipes.

I need your tastiest Indian lamb recipes. I have about 3 lb. of lamb cubes & I'm looking to make something Indian with it. I have all of the common Indian spices & I've had success making Biryani but I want to stretch my wings a little further. So what can I make to make my tummy happy?
posted by scalefree at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Surrealist collage artist(s)?

ArtFilter: Looking for the name of an early 20th (late 19th?) century artist known for manipulated photo/engraving collage... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in London - 22nd April 2009

Short notice - what's happening on the evening of Wednesday 22nd April 2009 in London that is good, interesting and would be a good place to take someone? [more inside]
posted by nedrichards at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

insufficient permissions error with OS X

Insufficient permissions error preventing copying files to NAS USB dongle based server from OS X machine [more inside]
posted by spyke23 at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Give me your tired, your poor laptops yearning to breathe free.

Help me take a forlorn old gateway laptop and transform it into a sleek new multimedia monster. Or something. [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

How should I deal with my Alzheimer's father?

How should I deal with my Alzheimer's father? I have had problems with my father going back ages. He has been verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive to not only me, but my sibling and mother as well. I had almost convinced my mom to leave him when he got Alzheimer's, and now we're stuck caring for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 18 comments

What are some safe, non-addictive drugs that have the same positive side effects of Vicodin?

What are some safe, non-addictive drugs that have the same positive side effects of Vicodin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for something similar to HP Web Smart Clipbook

HP used to have a piece of software called "Smart Web Printing" or something. It essentially allowed you to yank multiple pieces of text and media from different websites and put them all on a single page for easy printing. However, it stopped working when Firefox 3 came out and there's no indication of continued development. Is there a similar extension available? I miss my clip book!
posted by GilloD at 10:37 AM PST - 3 comments

A Momentus Hard Drive Decision

Do any retailers have the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 hard drive in stock? If not, should I just give up and buy a 5400.6? [more inside]
posted by alms at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Overly-sensitive or should SO have said sorry?

Am I being overly-sensitive regarding my boyfriend accidentally breaking my car door and not apologizing? [more inside]
posted by hollygirl at 10:18 AM PST - 42 comments

Pump Up The PSA

Do you remember a late 80's anti-drug PSA that was a short film entirely set to the M/A/R/R/S song "Pump Up The Volume"? Was this a national ad? Can it be found anywhere online? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:12 AM PST - 2 comments

It's alive!

Help me make automatons. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Ordering from an online pharmacy

Logistically, what are some things I should be aware of when ordering from an online pharmacy (for delivery into the U.S.)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone know of commercially-available software that can search audio files or streams for specific words?

Does anyone know of commercially-available software that can search audio files or streams for specific words? [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine at 10:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Job Searching Websites

I know there are a bunch of job search websites out there like Career Builder, Monster and Indeed and all that other crap. I was just wondering if there are any other good ones out there that may have popped up recently that may not be as well known as the usual sites.
posted by zzazazz at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Why do CDs and DVDs come in different case sizes?

Why do CDs and DVDs come in different case sizes?
posted by micahmertes at 9:29 AM PST - 17 comments

FW: FW: FW: FW: RE: Check this out! LOL

Should I try to take back our Exchange server from the inappropriate uses? [more inside]
posted by Liver at 9:27 AM PST - 39 comments

What do you mean it's just a phase?

Please point me to some examples of people/characters imploring their future selves not to forget, diminish, or dismiss the experiences of the present self. [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 9:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Submit story just before deadline?

I would like to submit a short story to literary journals whose reading period ends April 30. Obviously, they will receive the story just before deadline. Am I wasting my time and opportunity doing this? Should I wait until the submission period reopens, usually September or October?
posted by uans at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How do the stimulus funds get to where they're going?

Stimulus filter: Help me understand how the funds get to where they're going. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Meet our bathroom: the money pit.

Troubleshooting a weekend bathroom remodel: sealing a freshly painted tub and removing stains from said paint. [more inside]
posted by siclik at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Cool it now!

Help me control the intense heat radiating through my living room windows! Reflective film? Curtains? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 8:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Seeking differences between American English and English English around 1776 - 1815

England and America, two countries separated by a common language. Check. What I'm looking for are resources that cover the differences in spoken English (accent, syntax, diction, catch-phrases - it's all good) between the two countries circa 1776-1815. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 8:15 AM PST - 9 comments

What helps after a suicide?

How can I help a suicide's widow? A dear friend committed suicide yesterday. My husband and I were notified by a mutual friend because the dead man thought of my husband as a friend (one of his few, I think). His partner (they never married) is staying with some closer friends for now. My question is: What can I/we do to help her? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd at 8:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Value of elevator access in four-story building

[Posting for a friend] What is the value, monthly, of having elevator access to a fourth-floor residence? [more inside]
posted by smich at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get money to improve home

What are my options for borrowing money for home improvement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for great auto racing films

Can you recommend good auto racing films? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 7:59 AM PST - 25 comments

What's going on in my stomach?

YANMD, but I have a strange pain in my gut. It's been hanging around for years and years, coming and going, and I'm curious if anyone has any idea. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get golf lessons in Toronto?

Where can I take beginner golf lessons in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 7:33 AM PST - 1 comment

do I stay in Dublin or branch out to other places?

5 days in/around/near Dublin: What to do & where to go for the best time possible? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Stupid bronchitis, what is it NOW?

I'm spitting up black stuff, but not in pain. Gross details inside. [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommend News Blogs

JournalismFilter: Please recommend good blogs/online columns by individual reporters. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 17 comments

What are the limit of times to buy iTunes email gift card through iTunes store?

Are there limits of how many times to buy iTunes email gift through iTunes store (do not get confused with price limit)? It says "you have reached the limit for buying gift card." What do they mran of the limits? How to overcome the limit? Any trick (if possible)? Thanks
posted by omaralarifi at 6:34 AM PST - 1 comment

The route to better transcription

Looking for your transcription hints and tips! [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 6:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Online Payments

I need to build something that allows a client to make credit card payments to my client. I want to use Authorize.net as the gateway but im not sure what backend i should use - a modified opencart or something similar. I DONT want to use paypal, blinksale, etc. as its not so much 'invoice' based but more of a method of sending funds. This thread is very similar but no dice. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 6:13 AM PST - 2 comments

I don't want to do this anymore - help me automate it!

In Excel, is there an easy (i.e. free) way to cross-reference new spreadsheet entries with another workbook to ensure there are no duplicates? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 5:24 AM PST - 8 comments

sound like wow?

hey, does this sound like a "wow"?
posted by defmute at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

I can't hear you!

How do hotels soundproof their rooms? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 3:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Why are sofas dumped beside the road always missing the cushions?

Why are sofas dumped beside the road always missing the cushions? [more inside]
posted by Zaire at 3:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Distinct written and spoken languages

Are there any human cultures, past or present, which have developed completely (or largely) distinct spoken and written languages? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 2:29 AM PST - 22 comments

Suggestions for comedy songs to sing at the piano

I'd like to learn some more comedy songs to sing at the piano along the lines of Hugh Laurie's Mystery. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 2:20 AM PST - 20 comments

April 19

How to easily convert DVD's to AVI

I'm moving around a lot. Tired of dragging movie DVD's around. Not looking to make an iso copy (i.e. DVDShrink). Too much disk space. ~750MB avi's would be more ideal, but even as a software developer the options I've Googled are confusing. Is there a simple (i.e.1-button) DVD to AVI converter?
posted by hungrysquirrels at 11:53 PM PST - 20 comments

What new academic texts are strange and challenging?

What's the new, strange and exciting writing in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 10:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Really long distance anniversary gift?

What is a good, relatively cheap, long-distance anniversary gift to give to someone on the other side of the world? We talk on skype, but I think it'd be nice to actually get her something. [more inside]
posted by zinge at 9:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Patio furniture from Bottle Rocket

I'm watching the movie Bottle Rocket and spotted some kick-ass patio furniture. Help me track it down please! [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 9:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Parallel Plastic Tubes

What is this series of tubes? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 9:19 PM PST - 8 comments

a great school for the recording arts

I am currently looking to further my education in the recording arts. Does anyone know of an affordable, yet accredited program?
posted by konono at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me avoid smelling like a hacky sack all-star.

I'd like to start using more natural bath and body products, but I don't want to smell like flowers or hippies. [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 7:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Do Iranians litter?

Is Iran cleaner than Iraq? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 7:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Beatles cover song identification

Who sang the cover of the Beatles song 'Do You Want to Know a Secret?' where the lyrics were replaced with Japanese words and company names like sushi, jvc, sony and subaru?
posted by machaus at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Help troubleshoot a commercial Whirlpool washer!

Help me troubleshoot the semi-new (and non-operational) washer in our apartment building. [more inside]
posted by proj at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Songs describing major life events?

I hope someone will help me out. I'm working n a semi-biographical music mix for a friend of mine, but I'm having trouble coming up with a few songs for some big life events. [more inside]
posted by virtualcourtney at 6:13 PM PST - 26 comments

What's your preferred site to get your FICO score?

What's your preferred method for getting your FICO score? [more inside]
posted by xotis at 5:36 PM PST - 13 comments

yeah i'm a "faget", what's it to you?

Oh boy. Anti-gay vandalism outside my apartment. What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 5:34 PM PST - 36 comments

How to mix fonts?

How do you pick fonts that go well with one another? I recently decided to rewrite my resume, and I'm trying to decide what font to use for the body. My name, and the headings, are in Copperplate Gothic Bold. How do I find a second font for the body that will look good with Copperplate Gothic? Are there rules? A cheat sheet? Thanks
posted by LDL707 at 5:34 PM PST - 30 comments

How to detect RARs/EXEs hidden in JPGs?

I recently noticed a few poor-quality image files with suspiciously large file sizes that were uploaded to my public FTP server quite some time ago. They ended up being readable as WinRAR archives and contained some highly illegal content as well as what I suspect are viruses. The instructions for how to hide archives within JPGs is pretty well documented but I would like to know if there is some utility I can run that would scan all the files on my server and detect if any of them are more than they appear to be. Linux or Windows utilities would both work. Thanks
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Care Package Recommendations?

Help me find some other items to send in a care package to Iraq? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Vow Renewal?

Are vow renewals sweet and romantic, or trashy attention grabs? Also: should we do it, and how? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 4:41 PM PST - 34 comments

How does one abstractly describe a mix?

Is there a standard file format for abstractly describing audio or video mixes so that listeners have both the original audio files and the resulting remix and ideally can edit the remix directly? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 3:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Things To Do In Virginia Beach

I'm heading down to Virginia Beach with some friends for a low-key bachelorette party this weekend. We have a beach house rented but no other plans. Help us find fun things to do! [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Avoiding "not available in your country" messages

I'm sick of "not available in your country" messages. What's the best workaround? I've tried looking for proxies but I can never seem to find a decent one and when I do find one that works (briefly) changing back and forth is a real pain. [more inside]
posted by alby at 3:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Breastfeeding and ADD meds. Any ideas?

Breastfeeding and ADD meds. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Where Is Good For A Beach Holiday?

Can Anyone Recommend a Good Beach Holiday? [more inside]
posted by Ruby Tuesday at 1:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs?

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs? [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork at 1:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for an ant game

Looking for a game where you trap ants with sticks. [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments


*ulp* Concealing vibrators. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 22 comments

I don't understand the Republican Party

Please explain the Republican Party to me. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 1:00 PM PST - 54 comments

Parking at EWR?

I need to get from Philly area to Newark Airport. I can drive, but airport parking is expensive. I will be gone for 9 days. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 12:58 PM PST - 14 comments

The horror, the horror of weight loss

I can't stand calorie-counting (the meticulousness, worrying whenever I'm eating at a friend's house or having a business meeting at a restaurant), but I'm also awful with keeping portions (and hunger) in check. What the hell is wrong with me? Am I doomed to stay overweight until I can break one of these idiotic habits? Any tips to help make it easier? [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 at 12:43 PM PST - 51 comments

How many sunrises in 24 hours?

How many sunrises could you see in 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by muthecow at 12:36 PM PST - 28 comments

I have a mind like water, if by water you mean squirrel.

Please help me get organized. I have read far to many books and blogs about personal productivity and organization. I have tried practically every computer-based and web 2.0 application. I've tried GTD, Franklin-Covey, and my own home-brewed ideas, and while I seem to be able to take something good from them all, I can't seem to find a cohesive way of being and staying organized. I'm considering ditching some of the high-tech stuff for something simpler (paper), and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production.

I need something rapidly (or not) prototyped, and have (very little, or) no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

I want TO HAVE bought stock!

Is there a stock market simulator that would let me "buy" stock at an arbitrary in the past and watch how that purchase would have affected my portfolio? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Silly rabbit, I said 'bus ad'

On MUNI and AcTransit buses here in the Bay Area, I've seen advertisements that had this wording:
Silly rabbit, I said 'bus ad'
What does that mean? Is it a reference to something? What are these ads even advertising?
posted by mulligan at 11:50 AM PST - 20 comments

make my lasagna taste less like a backyard

how can i rescue my broccoli lasagna? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Bike Trainers for the unambitious

I'm need lots of information about bike trainers (for the non bike rider) [more inside]
posted by Unred at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

The "treble" with alto clef...

Violin-to-Viola: please help me with a sound, non-bad-habit-forming technique to read and play alto clef after 27 years of treble only. [more inside]
posted by ViolaGrinder at 10:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Where can I find metal locker identification numbers?

Where can I find metal number tags, like the ones you see on the front of school lockers? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments


I can't view flash content on my aging ibook! Firefox and Safari both quit rendering any flash sites for me (ex. onion video.) I can't upgrade to the newest version as I'm running 10.3.9 and don't have the specs to run anything higher.
posted by elwoodwiles at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Why would this MP3 play slowly in Audacity?

Why would an MP3 play at a significantly different speeds in Audacity and Windows media player, respectively? Specifically, Audacity is playing the file waaay to slow. [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Restaurant Recommendations in Guelph?

Can you recommend a restaurant in Guelph, ON? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Soccer ball in the kisser

How did they do this scene in The Office without actually breaking the woman's nose?
posted by mpls2 at 9:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me to stop my future career from taking over my life!

I need advice or a good book to read on how to (i)not let my career and continuing education take over my life and (ii) keep myself from being negatively transformed through stressful experiences. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Mission: From pretty pictures to useful pictures

What are the best resources for me to look into if I want to create websites that support user-created information? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

What women's clothing stores can I start shopping at now that I've shrunk to an 18/20?

What women's clothing stores can I start shopping at now that I've shrunk to an 18/20? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 8:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Online collaboration tools.

Please help me identify online collaboration tools that might be appropriate for a national (USA) organization of (mostly) state agency staff. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Help find me a business model

Is there a realistic business model in personal finance advice/coaching? [more inside]
posted by junger at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

At what age do your memories begin?

At what age do your memories begin? [more inside]
posted by Billegible at 6:25 AM PST - 78 comments

How to hear syncopation

How can I learn to hear something as syncopated? Whether it's Brahms or something from jazz, I have a tendency to hear things as being on the beat when they shouldn't be, and I have a hard time getting out of it. Suggestions?
posted by dicetumbler at 1:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Need a foundation that won't turn orange

Recommendations for not-too-expensive foundation that won't turn orange on my very pale ivory skin? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:10 AM PST - 29 comments

April 18

Chicago clothing consultant?

How can I find a good sartorial consultant for a female lawyer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by nat at 11:47 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the ideal CMS for a user-controlled directory?

What is the ideal CMS for a user-controlled directory? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 11:28 PM PST - 5 comments

New to video editing, need hardware/software advice

I just purchased a Canon HV20 and am clueless as to the software I should use and the hardware requirements I'm looking at. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 11:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Facebook Alternative

Are there any good alternatives to Facebook? Since a lot of people migrated from Myspace and Friendster to Facebook. It's a good time to speculate any hot alternatives to Facebook today.
posted by sanskrtam at 11:20 PM PST - 21 comments

Cheap beach near Tampa?

Decent (cough *CHEAP*) beach accommodations within a few hours' drive of Tampa, FL? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 10:39 PM PST - 10 comments

How to choose a dentist

How do you go about choosing a dentist when you don't have any friends or family in the area who can recommend one for your specific problem? [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 10:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Running out of time to buy a suit.

LA/ClothingFilter: So I need a suit, which is a concern that has been discussed to death in previous threads. But the catch is that I need to be fitted by tomorrow afternoon (Sunday), and I need to pick it up by Monday at noon in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by SpringAquifer at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

I just can't agree with you, lady, but I don't know why

"Women are different than men. In a relationship, a man needs to be the one who takes care of a woman when she's angry, who tells her to calm down. A man needs to be more understanding than a woman, and a woman needs to be allowed to have her moods." Really? I'd like to call bullshit, but I don't quite know how. (Long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 9:47 PM PST - 26 comments

Is there a good book about the Reagan administration out there?

Can anyone recommend a solidly researched and well-written book that critiques Ronald Reagan's administration? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Laggy mouse problems

My wireless mouse movement has been really choppy and erratic lately. [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace at 9:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Shooting video in the dark on a budget

Please help me prepare for taking video in the dark next month! I know very little about taking video and I need help preparing for an event where I won't have any second chances for re-shooting. [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a musical instrument to learn!

Help me choose a musical instrument to learn! [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 7:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me decode some medieval Latin

Latin scholars, please help with the translation of this wonky medieval titulus [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

A book for coping with stress?

Recommendations for a book on coping / handling stress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

LLC for freelancing?

How do I prepare myself for freelancing with regard to taxes? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get rid of quirks when using *2* EyeTV Hybrid tuners at once?

How to get rid of quirks when using *2* EyeTV Hybrid tuners at once? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 6:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I supposed to like Rabbit Angstrom?

Am I supposed to like Rabbit Angstrom in Rabbit, Run? [more inside]
posted by learn to read at 6:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Get people caffeine-buzzed off of my cookies

How do I get caffeine into my cookies? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Morning raga at night?

I know that ragas are associated with certain times of the day. I also know that at least some classical Indian musicians—Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, e.g.—have no compunctions about playing a morning raga at night. Why is that? Or, can someone expand on what it means for a raga to be a "morning" raga?
posted by bricoleur at 5:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Replacement eyeglasses 1.67 Super Thin High-Index Lenses

What happens to my eyeglass lenses overtime? [more inside]
posted by boby at 4:36 PM PST - 19 comments

T-shirt designer for less?

Who are some really good t-shirt designers who are accessible to people with less than $2000 of starting capital? Finding the printing is the easy part. I need someone who can make the file first. Designers with a storefront set-up would be especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Shiny music, Cap'n!

So, I'm running a Firefly/Serenity roleplaying game and I'm looking for recommendations for some suitable background music... [more inside]
posted by timpollard at 3:45 PM PST - 22 comments


Yet another cell phone question! [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 3:14 PM PST - 5 comments

She's sweeet, but her cereal shouldn't be...

Looking for a low-sugar (diabetic friendly) oat-based cereal with "mass" to it, preferably flakes of some sort. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Rust on my Thing

I need advice on taking care of rust on a Volkswagen! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 2:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I report this car damage?

How much is avoiding reporting car camage to the insurance company worth in terms of out-of-pocket repairs? [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a robot sex comic

I read a robot sex comic a couple months ago and now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Holy Rotten Baby Teeth, Batman

My three year old just had his filling break off (or fall out) his front tooth a mere seven days after having a dental procedure. Needless to say, it looks AWFUL. Is there some dental technique I should ask my dentist about to get something that will provide a more permanent(ish) solution until his adult teeth come in? Lots more below. [more inside]
posted by swilkerson at 1:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Play me a song, you're the piano man...

PianoFilter: So, it's a bit embarrassing, but I'm a music grad student, and I can't play piano. Now, I'm coming upon my piano proficiency test in a few weeks, and I'm panicking. I need to play and memorize two piano bits in hymn style (bass notes in left hand, melody/chords in right), and I just can't seem to make it all work. Help? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

It's like a sandblaster.

Will our high water pressure work well with a low-flow shower head? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Store Window Advertising 2.0

Which hardware and software to use to display ads on screens in store windows? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Is a cell phone gateway what we need, and have you used one you would recommend?

Is a cell phone gateway what we need, and have you used one you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Time traveling as a tactical move?

Looking for science fiction movies/TV shows in which a military force (consisting of aliens or humans, good or evil) has tactically used time travel as a means to win a war. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 1:03 PM PST - 16 comments

This is going to warp me, isn't it.

So my girlfriend burst into tears after sex. Is that, uh, typical? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 30 comments

XYZ from 3d?

XYZ coordinate grid from 3d file? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Please identify this music used in "Topsy-Turvy"

In the movie "Topsy-Turvy," what is the sprightly march-like music that leads into the oyster lunch scene? I can't get it out of my head; it's been my earworm since February. I posted this question on the IMDb message boards, with no results.
posted by BostonTerrier at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify this scary-ass music!

Anyone have any idea what the scary-ass music is being used in this clip, from about eight minutes on? [more inside]
posted by incomple at 11:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Text-Message-Sized Love Notes

My SO and I have completely opposite work schedules, so often the only way we can communicate for days at a time is through notes and text messages. I'm looking for cute and unique little poems and phrases to send him throughout the day to send him. My favorite examples are inside: [more inside]
posted by chara at 11:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Speed suck

Recent Mac software update crippled my online speed/connection. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What do you do, aside from your regular day job, to bring in extra streams of revenue?

What do you do, aside from your regular day job, to bring in extra streams of revenue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Moving to the Canada's capital city.

Moving to Ottawa in the Fall. Looking for some apartment/ neighborhood/ living-in-the-area advice - anecdotes welcome! [more inside]
posted by tybeet at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments


Potential buyer's remorse over a duvet - help me decide! [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 11:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Granada Spain

I am planning a first trip to Grenada Spain in May, and wonder about recommendations for off- the- beaten- track restaurants, unique cafes, jazz bars etc. Also, any info on fiber and wool shops would be most helpful. Feel free to mention anything unique or worthwhile. Thank you.
posted by frizelli at 10:50 AM PST - 1 comment

National blame

Can you give me examples of things that nations traditionally blames each other for? For example "Creme Anglais"/"French Custard" or "French Leave"/"filer à l'anglaise"...
posted by twine42 at 10:44 AM PST - 19 comments

How do I spin my grad school experience into desirable work skills?

How do I spin my grad school experience into desirable work skills? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 10:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Card games for three?

My wife and a friend of ours like to play cards, but we don't know many good three person card games. Does anyone have any suggestions for good card games for three people?
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:36 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me stop forgetting my apartment keys

What is a sure-fire way to stop forgetting my keys when I leave the apartment? I've locked myself out three times this week already. Do you have any memory tricks or something similar that you employ to stop this from happening?
posted by schroedinger at 9:58 AM PST - 51 comments

Silicone smell in condo

What is the cause of the slightly silicone/leathery/car interior smell in my condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking Sterling's "Poor people love their cellphones" talk

I am looking for audio, video, or, ideally, a transcription of Bruce Sterling's “Poor folk love their cellphones!” talk at SXSW 2009. Virginia Heffernan alludes to it here but I can't find a full version of it anywhere. Bruce? You reading this?
posted by everichon at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

my laptop isn't dirty, its thirsty.

spilled wine on the corner of my laptop, everything works, but there's a small "permanent" stain just on the LCD display! [more inside]
posted by yonation at 9:08 AM PST - 1 comment

final resting place?

Okay, my girlfriend, while walking the dog, found 3 odd boxes... [more inside]
posted by Max Power at 8:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Sheriff vs. Slingshot - Help me find this movie!

Help me find this movie! Main clues are a sheriff vs. a guy with a slingshot (more inside) ... [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 8:10 AM PST - 2 comments

CBT therapist in nyc

Looking for a good CBT therapist in nyc who takes GHI insurance? Any recommendations?
posted by skowtz at 8:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Printer troubles

I have a Canon Smartbase printer which only prints every other line of a text document. I've tried it with Word and Wordpad. Any ideas?
posted by Andy Harwood at 7:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help us get to longwood to visit friends!

Anyone have any tips on taking public transportation with an infant? Bonus for Boston-centric and the T-based green line? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Fun things to do with a server on a slow link?

What cool/geeky/fun/useful things can you do with a Linux-running server (no GUI, on 24/7) that has a very fast CPU but a very slow internet connection?
posted by Mwongozi at 6:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Making the jump into the 21st century

Why do we need a landline? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 6:35 AM PST - 43 comments

What sort of prevention can I put in place to prevent internal fraud and maximize transparency in a small business?

What sort of prevention can I put in place to prevent internal fraud and maximize transparency in a small business? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 6:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Merrily, merrily, merrily

MusicFilter: There's "Row, row, row your boat" and then there's...? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 6:17 AM PST - 28 comments

You sewed what to my face?

My sister claims she once saw a movie from the 70's about a woman whose mouth was disfigured in an accident and the plastic surgeon basically transplanted her vaginal lips to her face. Is this a real movie or is my sister pulling my leg? My Google-fu and IMDB-fu has failed me big time.
posted by cropshy at 5:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Money down under!

Personal accounting help please? Australian with PAYG, Superannuation, and so on. [more inside]
posted by Basalisk at 4:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Help with autonumbering in Word2007, please!

How do I number individual tables in Word2007? (I don't mean numbering cells, or inserting captions). The numbering on my dissertation is now all screw up! [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 2:49 AM PST - 8 comments

City Children need Nature too

How can I teach my child, who lives in the city, about nature? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:40 AM PST - 17 comments

How to visit a bar alone?

How can I meet people in bars or coffeehouses? Platonic or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 1:09 AM PST - 25 comments

April 17

Otis Again

How to make a theatrical version of the Star Trek doors that can be operated by one person using only one rope. Must be able to both open and close. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 11:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Help making a mixtape of female fronted queer punk?

Help me make a mixtape of female fronted queer punk? I'm making a mixtape of female fronted queer punk and I need some suggestions of bands or songs. [more inside]
posted by crustix at 10:12 PM PST - 28 comments

Fuzzy Fate?

My left eye is dead. I just discovered that my left eye doesn't work well. Everything looks blurry at every distance. I can't easily read a book with it, or read a digital clock on the wall. I didn't realize it because my right eye is still OK, and was compensating in focusing things. [more inside]
posted by fucker at 10:12 PM PST - 38 comments

scanner pen recommendations

My husband has been wondering about getting an OCR scanner pen. There have been a few questions before on this topic, but the technology may have moved on, and he has some specific needs. [more inside]
posted by jb at 8:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Travel advice: Ecuador

EcuadorFilter: So many questions, so little time. [more inside]
posted by madokachan at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Bathing Suits for Busty Girls

Big Boob Filter: Where in LA can I find a swimsuit to cover my 36Gs? [more inside]
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola at 8:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Socializing while Housebound

How can I lure people to my house when I don't know them? [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 8:28 PM PST - 11 comments

chad vangaalen's echo trian

does anyone know the guitar chords/ tab for Chad Vangaalen's echo train? PLease....
posted by madmamasmith at 8:20 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the right way to offer to purchase a short sale home in Arizona?

What's the right way to offer to purchase a short sale home in Arizona? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

What is it?

I'm watching a zydeco band right now. The bass line is being played on a stand up bass. While the neck is still there, the body has been replaced by some sort of tripod. Does this beast have a name?
posted by Pants! at 8:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Good Hotels in Ashland, Oregon?

What are some good, clean, modestly priced hotels in Ashland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Janey Complainy at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get my dad back

My normally confident/upbeat dad recently went through a major surgery and has come out with his morale/confidence destroyed. Help me talk to him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Easter Monday in Italy

Italy the week after Easter: deserted or still a mob scene? Help us save our honeymoon from the herds of the faithful. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:33 PM PST - 7 comments


Sweaterfilter: Men's side button collar sweater. Buttons from the shoulder to the neck. Saw them everywhere in France. Can't find them ANYWHERE online. Why are they so hard to find?
posted by leotrotsky at 7:28 PM PST - 8 comments

help me build a market booth

I want to help my wife build a small market booth for selling her art. It needs to be about 4x4 feet in size. It also needs to be portable so that she can set it up on her own and fit it into the back of a station wagon. [more inside]
posted by diode at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Four Bulgarians and the great American roadtrip.

Help me plan a family road trip from Houston, TX to Seattle, WA. How to get a cheaper rental car, should we go to Monument Valley, and a bunch of other questions. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 7:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Bob Probert Knockout T-shirt

Help me find the Bob Probert knockout shirt sold at the Joe Louis arena many years ago. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 6:46 PM PST - 0 comments

In Dublin for the longest day...

Dear Askme-- it looks like I'm going to be at loose ends for one night in Dublin: Sunday, June 21st. Aside from a show by my countryman Neil Young, what else could I take in that evening? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Deinterlacing MPEG2 files.

How can I deinterlace the MPEG files I have from my PVR? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 6:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Ahh, the price you pay for individuality...

I got tattooed yesterday - great! - and just realised I can't wear a bra during the healing phase, and I need to go back to work... alternatives?? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 6:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Road trip USA for Aussie noob

International Travel novice: What do I need to know that I don't know that I don't know? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:09 PM PST - 29 comments

Shadow stripe paper?

I'm looking for a type of heavy paper that may or may not exist. [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

is this bait and switch or what

I bought a new car. I love it. I negotiated a deal that is fair and that I'm happy with. The dealership just called me and said they can't find financing at the terms we agreed to, and now I have to give the car back or renegotiate the terms. Can this be legal?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 32 comments

Help My Dad Read His Way to Cured

Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 5:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Fine China Filter: I'm trying to find tea-cups with a very specific shape. It's a very old-fashioned type and while I can find individual examples, I can't find a set. Are there any experts in the house that can give me pointers? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 5:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Averaging Home Values in Google Earth

GoogleEarthFilter: I have a bunch of addresses with the value of each house and want to average the values based on region. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments


I just over-disclosed to a work colleague - what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for a comedy webisode series

I'm looking for well-produced comedy webisode series. "Dorm Life" is a prime example of a series I like. Mockumentary suggestions are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 4:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Foot Met Mouth--Now What?

Re: Work Interview Etiquette. I messed up bad. I don't know what to do or if I should do anything. The scenario (names will be changed): [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Reading onscreen material as efficently as offscreen

How do I read online material more efficiently? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy shochu in Vancouver?

Where can I buy good shochu in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 3:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Look, he compared Obama to the antichrist...

What do I do about my annoying coworker who talks conservative politics all the time? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles at 2:59 PM PST - 42 comments

A question about the V for Vendetta comic book

What was the name of a certain tv show and lead character from the V for Vendetta comic book? Was it mentioned in the movie? Can you quote me the lines from the comic book? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to be the new sexman!

How do I create a YouTube channel to promote my business? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 2:30 PM PST - 3 comments

We need financial advice in San Francisco, for cheap

Can you recommend a very basic financial adviser in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

What do pregnant women need but not know they want, in their first and second trimesters?

What's a good gift to get my sister who is in her first trimester? What about for her 2nd trimester? (we like to give each other gifts). [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Santa Monica swimming teacher?

Santa Monica swimming teacher? My friend is 67, can't swim, is terrified of the water, but wants to learn. Can you recommend someone who'd be right for this assignment?
posted by markcmyers at 2:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Should the NuForce Be With Me?

Thinking of buying the NuForce Icon Desktop Amplifier. Opinions, direct experience, alternative recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Publish or perish?

How often are academics expected to publish? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 1:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I drink anymore?

Why can't I drink anymore? [more inside]
posted by diogenes at 12:58 PM PST - 25 comments

What is Wrong with his Penis?

A friend of mine showed me his penis with some concern. I don't think it's anything, but there were two dark brown freckle-looking things on the tip that probably weren't there before, and he claims to feel strange. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or if it could be something alarming? The freckles are just minor discolourations and are not raised. Thank you. Prompt responses are appreciated!
posted by howgenerica at 12:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for Short-Sleeve Shirts w/ a Straight Shirttail

A few years ago, I bought a pair of short-sleeve button-ups from J.Crew that have a straight shirttail on them. I'm rather untuck inclined, especially when things get warm., and would love to buy more shirts like them. Who makes a quality, non-tropical version? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 12:46 PM PST - 5 comments

The future's so bright...

Where can I purchase reflective/mirrored, polarized plano lenses (online) for having inserted into (pre-existing) sunglasses frames...?
posted by TigerMoth at 12:31 PM PST - 2 comments

is there more to the ending of Event Horizon?

is there more to the ending of Event Horizon? [more inside]
posted by matt755811 at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

A case of mistaken definitions?

What the f*ck is a hobknocker? Sounds dirty but was apparently used on a kids show... [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 12:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I think I broke my python installation on Mac OSX 10.5

I think I broke my python installation on Mac OSX 10.5 [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

A sticky situation

Removing stubborn masking tape from aluminum? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 12:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Finding jobs for 14-16 year olds

Help me help my son find work this summer... [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 11:58 AM PST - 25 comments

How can I get google maps to display location AND other data?

Google mapmaking question: I've successfully geocoded a list of service organizations, uploaded the kml file to google maps and produced a great map showing where these organizations are. Yay! Now, I'd like to know what it would take to have the map also display another variable - the organizations' productivity. For example, for an organization produced below 80%, their map icon marker would be red, if above 120% it would be blue, or whatever, i.e., that the change in an attribute of the marker would be triggered by a data point. Is this easy or complicated? If complicated, what are some references that would help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by jasper411 at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Where is the website to test for the CMS of a website?

I have lost my bookmark! I am trying to find a website that gives information about a typed-in URL. Once you submitted the URL, it immediately returned technical information about the site. It might have been SEO related, but the most useful feature was that it was able to tell you the CMS the site was on (assuming it was a fairly commonly used CMS.) Does anyone know the site I am referring to?
posted by jacobw at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Flip or Flop?

Purchasing a fix and flip. Just had the inspection. Totally freaking out. [more inside]
posted by shew at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

advice on reinstalling xp from i386 folder

I want to reinstall xp but i dont have an xp disc. Can I just click on winnt32.exe? [more inside]
posted by jcwilliams at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

What would you carry to the colo?

What tools and equipment do your carry with you to the datacenter / colo when it's time to work on your servers? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Best albums of 2008

What were the best albums of 2008? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 11:26 AM PST - 49 comments

Based on a true story...sorta

Screenplay filter: Legal ramifications regarding "based on a true story" or "ripped from the headlines" films. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Comic Book Question

Comic Book Filter. Help, my wife has 2000+ comic books from the 80's & 90's...all your favorites - Superman, Batman, Green Lantern. How do we get them appraised or sell them? [more inside]
posted by mikedelic at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

How much do you pay a Buddhist officiant?

How much should of a donation should we give to the Buddhist temple for our wedding service? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a book recommendation for J2EE

I'd like to learn more about design patterns and designing a maintainable infrastructure for a J2EE web application. Do you have any book recommendations?
posted by smurdah at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Only New Entries In Delicious RSS Feeds For Tags

Can I filter out previously posted URIs from a delicious RSS feed for a specific tag? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Half Cat, Half Gopher.

I'm seeking a good pest repellant for a houseplant -- except, that "pest" in question has four feet and says "meow." [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:27 AM PST - 21 comments

New Mac Setup

OK, so my new Mac will arrive next week. Can power users fill me in on best practices for setting it up? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Harry Dresden, Repairman Jack, Felix Castor, then?

I'm looking for some book recommendations: Urban fantasy stories featuring investigators vs the supernatural. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:38 AM PST - 43 comments

Ich möchte ein Fernsehen, bitte!

Where can I find a cheap, tiny TV in NRW, Germany? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 9:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I know I won't need the kitchen sink, but what *do* I need?

Visiting London on a budget and confused about logistics. How do I plan and pack? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

What music keeps you going and going and going asking for another hill to come?

[exhausted-athlete-music-filter] What songs will carry you up any hill? [more inside]
posted by mathiu at 9:20 AM PST - 52 comments

Subways! Maps! Intruiging namelessness!

I've made the greatest site on the internet, now it needs a name! Cue cards feature: subways, minutes, maps [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:03 AM PST - 48 comments

Apple Powerbook Powersupply Woes

Received a replacement power supply for my Powerbook G4 today. The Apple power supply stats are "Input: AC 100-240V 50/60HZ 1.5A Ouput: 24.5V === 2.65A" The replacement supply reads "Input: 100-240V ~ 2.0A, 50-60HZ Ouput: 15-24V === 4.3A & 75W MAX". Is the new power supply incompatible with my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by jofuu at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Pixie Pop 'Plosion.

Manic Pixie Dream Music: Once again I must step outside my beloved genres to find music for an event that's all about Sparkles! Glitter! and Pixies! Need suggestions for happy, twinkly, fairy music. The more tooth-achingly pop-y the better. "The Magic Position" by Patric Wolf would be a good example. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:01 AM PST - 30 comments

Painting like Pewter?

My grandmother is looking for a way to paint metal and/or wooden objects to make them look like they are pewter (or nickel plated). What's the easiest way for her to achieve this effect? Bonus points for grandma-friendly techniques.
posted by jgee at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Mini Romantic/Relaxing Vacation Ideas for a Couple?

Mini Vacation Ideas for a Couple? We've looking for a nice long weekend escape from the city. Something relaxing and serene away from the usual. [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me get to know my grill better.

I want to understand how to use my charcoal grill better. What are your awesome grilling tips for charcoal grills? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

More Cheshire than I know what to do with

What do I do with all of this Cheshire cheese? [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I deal with a death threat I received in error?

I received a FB message from someone I don't know who is a member of the US military. The message contained a death threat he wanted me to pass on to someone else, also unknown to me. Who, besides Facebook, should I contact about this?
posted by ausernamenooneelsehas at 8:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Is it broken?

Does the DTV box need to be returned? We've got the DTV converter box. We've got channels that have switched and channels that have not. So the DTV box gets turned on and off. Here's the thing, when switching on it is taking 4 or 5 times of off/on sequences before it finally goes.
posted by notned at 7:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Copyright and Performance

What sort of copyright protection do performers (burlesque, specifically, but any stage performance works) have? What about tribute acts? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:37 AM PST - 21 comments

How to land a part-time college teaching job

I've got an MPA and want to find a part-time teaching gig at a Community College or the like. I need some advice on a few things. [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 6:23 AM PST - 6 comments

You don't have to come to the shindig, ya know

We know where we want to get married, but the bride to be's parents don't like our preferred location [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 6:12 AM PST - 51 comments

Should I expect a payment for the option rights to my book?

I've had a book published and been approached by a film producer wanting to option the film rights to the book. He's sent a draft agreement but there is no fee involved. When I questioned this the response was that this was standard practice for a book that is 'not a known branded property'. I gotta be honest me and my book are about as unknown as its possible to be but should I still expect some sort of fee for this.
posted by wggrace at 5:17 AM PST - 30 comments

No more two or three whiskey sodas or glasses of wine.

Replacement for that lovely "brain: shut off" feeling one gets from drinking at the end of a long day? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:11 AM PST - 52 comments

Are expensive American undergraduate educations worth it for foreign students?

Is it worth it for a foreign parent to squeeze his budget to manage very expensive undergraduate educations for his children in elite American schools? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Belize recipes

We need to make an appetizer and a dessert from Belize (finger food preferable), or typical of Belize, and are having trouble finding good recipes. Does anyone know any tasty Belizean recipes?
posted by Marilyn Johnson at 4:05 AM PST - 4 comments

French music video with a guy in a pink bunny suit

Posting for someone else: I'm looking for the music video to a French dance track that might've been released sometime last year. There were no lyrics and there's an accordion sampled throughout. The video apparently consists of people throughout the world dancing to this on headphones and at some point there's a man in a pink bunny suit. Has anyone heard of this?
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious at 2:22 AM PST - 3 comments

where is the best snorkeling in Baja?

Best snorkeling in a non-touristy area in Baja? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 12:28 AM PST - 3 comments

April 16

Unleaded or Regular?

[MythFilter]: Grandmothers always say never buy a dented can from the supermarket. Is there any truth to this today? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 11:48 PM PST - 34 comments

Need professional TLC for an important old family photo

Can anyone recommend a photo restoration service in Toronto? My wife has a photo of her grandmother as a young woman in the 1920's that I'd like to have restored. I'm only interested in getting the actual photo cleaned up rather than a digital restoration. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Car column possible?

What resources are there for getting a car column into a local paper. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Best bets for swing/lindy in DC

I'm going to be in DC at the beginning of May and need recommendations for a place to swing dance on a weeknight. [more inside]
posted by auntietennis at 9:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What lender should I pick for my student loans?

Which lender should I use for my government student loans? [more inside]
posted by amalgamator at 9:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Name that song: "I gave you extra cheddar"

Song identification filter: Presumably popular song: "I gave you extra chedda" in an R&B/rap song? [more inside]
posted by battlebison at 9:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Turning thousands of photos into billions of bits?

My dad has many thousands of photos in 35mm slide and print form (the output of 40 years as a photography hobbyist). He's looking for an archival-quality photo scanner that can handle both formats, as well as provide some degree of bulk-load automation. What should he get?
posted by killdevil at 9:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Beams and bolts and washers oh my!

Is this an acceptable construction technique in ironwork? [more inside]
posted by @homer at 9:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Learning languages..

What the best way to learn a new language yourself? [more inside]
posted by xm at 8:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Women's shoes for duck feet?

What kind of women's dress/business suit shoes work for duck feet? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

DVD Shrink rips slower on my new Vista laptop! HALP!

Speeding up DVD Shrink ripping on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 8:23 PM PST - 19 comments

How to win HS election swing vote with school news advertisement?

Help me come up with a funny campaign ad targeted to high schoolers to clinch the Student Body President election. [more inside]
posted by seandq at 7:57 PM PST - 17 comments

I am not made of money and even if I was, it is illegal to sell body parts.

Crafting an effective complaint letter to Wells Fargo when technically, in the eyes of the law they are not at fault. (Relevant Details Follow) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get rid of a new roommate who, it turns out, has a rap sheet?

Just signed a 5 month lease with 4 roommates found on Craigslist, then found out one guy has a criminal record a mile long! How should I begin to deal with this so things don't get physically dangerous, or legally murky? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye at 6:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Wire(less) me up, Scotty!

Wireless Filter: Internet is free in my apartment complex but our connection is crap. Help! [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 6:20 PM PST - 8 comments

De-program me.

Please help me get rid of some toxic attitudes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Careers in the dim future

I have some long term degenerative eye problems that may result in blindness over the next 10-20 years. What are some fields in which I could prosper despite this potential handicap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat is licking himself raw--how worried should I be?

My cat is licking himself raw in a certain spot--how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by leesh at 6:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Low-Power Computer + High-Power Computer = ???

After 5+ years of working remarkably well, my desktop is finally giving out in multiple places, and it's time to move on. I use my desktop as an always-on computer, though, so I'd like to get something low-power. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Look sharp!

I'd like to sharpen my knives and pruner, but how? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 5:16 PM PST - 26 comments

What not to wear

I have no wardrobe, or style. I'm lost, when it comes to this, Can anyone out there help dress me for a family members wedding? [more inside]
posted by edmcbride at 5:13 PM PST - 16 comments

[Citation Needed]

According to Wikipedia, the town I'm about to move to has been "Rated as unfit for human habitation by the United Nations." Where can I find more information about this? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 4:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Not my name, and not my debt

I need help writing a strong letter to a collections company trying to collect a debt that isn't mine. [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Need help tracking down my parents info.

I want to join the US Navy as an officer...but have run into a few barriers. I need help! [more inside]
posted by cusr0002 at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the finest white board markers a man can buy?

What are the finest white board markers a man can buy? [more inside]
posted by filibuster at 3:46 PM PST - 17 comments

What kind of 'bodywork' therapies can you recommend?

What's the scoop on 'bodywork'? What kind of bodywork can you recommend for helping me address general muscle tension and related pain issues? And even just for the heck of it? This would include, but not be limited to stuff like alexander technique and structural integration. I'm not too familiar with these kinds of therapies and I don't know anyone who has experience with them. I want to hear about your experiences / endorsements. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How to build a false floor for use in an art gallery?

I need help with building a false floor. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Sushi. Seattle. Sell me.

Where to get sushi on Friday/Saturday nights in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by gracious floor at 3:39 PM PST - 10 comments

It's Like That, But Different

Looking for the name of a house/techno club tune from the mid-90's. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Free Image Survey Service?

Is there a free online-survey-making service that allows me to ask questions based on an image? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Why did I almost pass out this morning?

Dizziness, nausea, pale lips... what happened to me this morning? [more inside]
posted by christie at 3:21 PM PST - 14 comments

...I saw sunshine shining down...?

Can anyone please tell me the name/singer of the song used for the Troy-Bilt tv commercial on US tv? Bonus points if you can suggest other songs that are similar (e.g I'm yours by Jason Mraz). Thanks
posted by ramix at 3:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Hello Minnelli

How can I make a poster out of a coloring book page? [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 3:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a quote about bees, sex, and life

I once read a poem, or possibly a quote, about a bee pollinating flowers and how it was so beautiful and I think they even maybe connected it to sex and/or the essence of life. Does anyone know the name or author of this?
posted by ascetic at 2:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I get a TWAIN-compatible webcam?

Who still makes TWAIN-compatible webcams? [more inside]
posted by buck09 at 2:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Folk music recommendations

Via this awesome FPP I've recently discovered Connie Converse. Can you recommend similar music? [more inside]
posted by supercrayon at 2:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find independent journalists

Looking for independent news sites and journalists' blogs [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

3-star ranking on mario kart for wii

So how on earth do you get a three-star ranking on Mario Kart for Wii? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me see the original format of the blogs I subscribe to.

Is there an RSS reader (or something along those lines) that will allow me to view the blog in its original format? [more inside]
posted by kgreerRN at 2:19 PM PST - 9 comments

What is Costpoint/Cognos?

At my day job, I've recently been giving a pile of new tasks related to Deltek Costpoint and Cognos. I am sooooooo lost. Help. Please help? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 2:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Lawyer job search conundrum

I am a lawyer who has spent my entire career (10 years) in solo general practice, mostly family and criminal law. Now, due to one of my kids' ongoing medical needs, we need to move to a larger city with a major medical center, preferably Seattle. Never having gone through the job search process before, I am at a loss as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Teeny Tiny Foods Please!

We're having a "tiny food" party / BBQ, and I need menu suggestions. Sliders (obviously), cornichons (or gherkins) and tiny cupcakes are readily available. Coronitas (7 oz. Coronas) to drink. So, what else? Other mains, sides, desserts, beverages. Any suggestions would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by dersins at 1:59 PM PST - 47 comments

Pre-pap sex?

I'm having a routine physical first thing tomorrow, including a pap test. Can I have (hetero)sex tonight?
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Tag It, Mark It, Find It.

Where can I find the best graffiti in Paris? [more inside]
posted by fantine at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Soul Makossa

Translation of lyrics to Soul Makossa? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 1:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Need a reliable list of world leaders/minister in MS Excel.

I need a regularly updated, reliable list of world leaders/ministers (ideally, all the information contained here) in Excel format. Help! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 1:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find the perfect cookbook

Can the Hive recommend some good cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 1:40 PM PST - 36 comments

Solar power in space?

Would orbiting solar power farms be remotely practical? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Debtor's prison doesn't exist anymore, right?

What does breaking a lease entail in the UK/England? Also: help! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 1:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Name that Babu!

Among East Indians/Hindus, how common is it to name a child after another family member? Trouble finding a name for our soon-to-be born little Babu here... [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:20 PM PST - 20 comments

How Can I Tag Bookmarks on Safari?

Is there a program or tool for organizing my Safari bookmarks using tags? (as opposed to folders) [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Is a cross-country trip on a scooter feasible, reasonable, or at all safe?

Is a cross-country trip on a scooter feasible, reasonable, or at all safe? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee at 1:08 PM PST - 40 comments

Should I take the antibiotics?

MediFilter: Should I take the antibiotics for my staph infection, even though it's getting better? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 12:41 PM PST - 39 comments

Help me repurpose my old laptop

I have a spare 17" widescreen laptop (single core, 3GHz) that's not too shabby, but I don't use it anymore. Help me do something neat with it! [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 12:37 PM PST - 20 comments

Artwork design stolen yet not trademarked.

Somebody stole and is reproducing artwork that I never copyrighted or trademarked. What can I do? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by maalsa at 12:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Great views in the southern US?

What are the best views you've experienced in the American South or Southwest? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 12:11 PM PST - 30 comments

Mystery Famous Female Writer Photo

Please Help Me Find This Random Famous-Writer-At-Her-Desk Photo [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 12:10 PM PST - 15 comments

What makes an Episcopalian?

EpiscopalFilter: What must one believe to be an Episcopalian? What do a significant majority of Episcopalians agree on? What (non-political) issues are members fairly evenly split on? What beliefs are left up to individual members? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

OSX can't see my XP drive

Suddenly my Mac can't see my Windows PC, and I'm stumped. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Transcoding flv to wmv for creative labs zen

Need some help transcoding flv to wmv for Creative Labs Zen. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Where do I find transparent coatings that show up in near-infrared photography?

I need a non-toxic coating that is transparent under visible light but appears much darker/lighter in near-infrared photography. [more inside]
posted by kscottz at 11:46 AM PST - 23 comments

Global Defense Initiative Shirt

Where can I get a shirt like the one Havoc from Command and Conquer: Renegade is wearing? [more inside]
posted by DolorousEdd at 11:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Why is my root canal being done in two visits?

Just had a root canal this morning, but have to go back next week to finish it. Why didn't they do it all at once? [more inside]
posted by J Parker at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me track this package from Iran!

Help me track this package from Iran! I have a tracking number but no idea who the carrier is. [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I send a card or not?

Should I send a card or not? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 11:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Driving on the beltway. They easy way.

DC Filter: Moving. New job is in south Potomac. Where should I live in relation to the beltway to encounter the least amount of traffic? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz at 11:37 AM PST - 11 comments

It's not what you know, it's...

How do I go about inquiring about working for a company who's Director of Communications is on the executive board of the non-profit I currently work for? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Bay Area Mariachi Action

I need a sweet mariachi band to play live for a 2 hour event in SF Bay Area in late May. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 11:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I unfix my fixed gear?

I bought a fixed gear bike and I want to turn it into a freewheel and add brakes cause it's gonna be the death of me. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 11:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Any good tinea versicolor remedies?

I've had tinea versicolor for a couple years now, treated with prescription ointment. The ointment doesn't seem to be working anymore, and I don't know what else to do. Please help an itchy lady. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find this shirt?

Where can I find the shirt Jay-Z is wearing? What's the brand?
posted by likeapen at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Something's Bruin in DC... but where?

Where should I, a Bruins fan, watch tonight's Bs-Canadiens hockey game in DC? The game doesn't appear to be on Vs., so is there a good NHL-focused spot?
posted by ibmcginty at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Is my tzatziki mislabeled?

Is my tzatziki mislabeled, or is it actually made without yogurt and primarily corn syrup? Because that would be so gross. [more inside]
posted by poxuppit at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

I can't hear you, now.

My cell phone has suddenly lost all reception despite being otherwise fully functional. Is there any way to restore it? [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it worth it to replace a Wacom Graphire stylus?

Should I bother trying to replace the stylus on my Wacom Graphire tablet? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Blue Keyboards

I am looking for an alternative bluetooth mac keyboard that has the same functions keys as bog-standard mac keyboard. Any suggestions?
posted by nam3d at 9:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Going from full-time to contract work?

A friend of mine is giving his notice tomorrow due to long hours and high stress not being worth it in the end. He would, however, be open to returning as a contractor or part-time, with limited hours and role. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Enemy-inspired art.

Please recommend works of art, individual pieces and/ or bodies of work, inspired by a nemesis or personal enemy of the creator. [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 9:22 AM PST - 33 comments

Good summer reading? Especially looking for memoirs or New Journalism books

Some good memoirs, or other non fictions books that you really love? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 9:22 AM PST - 56 comments

I need her back here to do stuff yo

My boss urgently needs a flight out from Barcelona Girona airport to Glasgow tonight. ANyone got a direct number for the airport that will allow me to book her one?
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I preserve velvety photo album covers?

How do I preserve velvety photo album covers? [more inside]
posted by sapphirebbw at 9:08 AM PST - 1 comment

How to add a sound file to our church website?

What's the easiest way to add a sound file to my church's Wordpress-based website? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin at 9:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Save my Bougainvillea!

My new Bougainvillea Bonsai has dropped or shriveled almost all its leaves and bracts. Help! [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I make her realize I'm not her ex-husband?

We're trying to get back together, but she has trust issues. How to overcome these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

What mobile phone to get for travel?

My cellphone just died. I'm only going to be in the US for the next 8 months and then traveling to Argentina. Any suggestions on what phone and what carrier I should use? [more inside]
posted by batboy at 8:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Make me sound good

Need help on frailing banjo shit [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 7:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Vitamin A cream a decent stand in for Accutane?

Acne and/or Rosacea problem. Vitamin A as a cure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Funeral program

Can you help me to create a funeral program? [more inside]
posted by ReneeOg at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Updating your own copyrighted work

I have written a number of songs that I have gotten copyrighted through the US Copyright Office. Each copyright runs between $35-$45 to have done. If I change the lyrics or add a verse to one of my songs, do I have to go through the whole process again to re-copyright the updated version of the song including paying the fee, or I am still safe because the original song is copyrighted?
posted by hdh at 7:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Skate by Number?

Can you help me find (well, actually find me) an image of a paint by number kit that features figure skates or figure skaters? I'm not having any luck. Bonus points for one that is half-filled in, double bonus points if it isn't copyrighted. Thanks!
posted by nax at 6:37 AM PST - 6 comments

osx applemail imap mbox emlx duplicate emails email messages

If I make changes using a command-line utility to an mbox file that is the local cache of an IMAP account, how can I get those changes uploaded to the server? (Mac OS X 10.4, Mail.app, Perl script.) [more inside]
posted by DLWM at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

SQL Query Question

SQL query help. Given the (fictional but equivalent) table disk_status = computer_id:int, disk_id:int, datetime:datetime, temperature:float, rpm:int, I need to provide a table of disk status for a given computer_id, without knowing in advance how many disks there are. So if there were two disks for a particular computer, the result would have the header: datetime, disk_1_temperature, disk_1_rpm, disk_2_temperature, disk_2_rpm, disk_2_rpm [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 6:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me find the awesomest laptop ever.

Laptop filter: please help me find an awesome laptop for business and personal use for the next 3-4 years. (Feel free to recommend an ideal setup, rather than the hardware itself if you feel so inclined.) [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey at 6:03 AM PST - 24 comments

Oh, how very random (or, how best to randomise my experiment)

Okay, here is my dilemma. I'm trying to get an experiment running in which I present a series of BMPs to my participants. After months of pain and suffering, I have finally tweaked a set of stimuli which work for me, so I'm swimming in around 3500 BMPs. But, since I can only torture my participants for an hour, I can only ask them to go through about 1200 of these BMPs, so I need some way to quickly and easily generate a selection of random BMPs from my bigger collection. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 5:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Software Marketing Ideas

I have created a website and software that I would like to promote and market. What are some creative ways to drive more traffic to my website and get people to buy my software? How does one go about getting write-ups in industry trade mags, ezines, and blogs? I am interested in learning more about ethical SEO, PR Campaigns, Affiliates, Guerilla Marketing, etc. If you created a piece of software, how would you get the word out?
posted by jasondigitized at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I implement a document submission box in SCORM?

I am working on an activity for my class which is a SCORM module that has several pages of content, some assessments, and then a dropbox area where students are to upload their final essay for me to grade. How do I create the dropbox in SCORM and make it easy to grade in any SCORM 1.2 compatible LMS? I'd like to share this with the other faculty members as well. Thanks!
posted by EduTek at 5:41 AM PST - 0 comments

Exit light. Enter night.

What's the best way to compensate for the slight darkening effect produced by zoom lenses? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Can a cop retaliate to an objection to a fine he's issued by adding a more serious offence?

I was recently issued a minor traffic infringement by a Melbourne police officer. I told him that I believed the charge was unfair and that I intended to contest it in court. He told me that if I did, he'd then present me with an additional, more serious charge. Was this just bluster to dissuade me from contesting the charge, or could he in fact do that? [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 5:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Emergency date venue in London's South Bank

Emergency date venue in London's South Bank; any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 5:22 AM PST - 17 comments

What CMS is this?

I really like the design of this site. Is there a way to find out what CMS they're using? And what's that picture scroller in the middle?
posted by Finder at 5:18 AM PST - 9 comments

more than one egg = headache.

I get strange headaches from eating omelettes (and sometimes, plain eggs). I'm curious as to what causes that. [more inside]
posted by dabitch at 4:51 AM PST - 6 comments


I'm looking for a conversion chart that converts VA and Trebla/Duchess thread to one of the major brands (DMC or Anchor). A lot of googling hasn't turned one up - any leads? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Johor Bahru layover?

Arriving into Singapore at 7:40am, and my connecting flight isn't until 20:35 that evening. Is it possible to go to Johor Bahru in this amount of time, or am I crazy? If so, what is the best way?
posted by ryanbryan at 2:20 AM PST - 9 comments

April 15

So dry for me. Dry like a desert.

Does anyone have experience with punctal plugs (eye plugs) as a solution for dry eyes? Would you recommend the procedure? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 11:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Are my expectations of my girlfriend unfair?

I've been dating my current girlfriend for 6 months, recently moved in together (my lease expired and I was at her place all the time so it seemed natural) and we are both early 30's. As in any relationship, over time things have popped up. Theres been a few things I've raised that she has dissmissed as me being unrealistic about what I should expect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 PM PST - 57 comments

Food diary paralysis

When keeping a food diary, what is a good strategy for estimation? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 10:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for MECC game: Dog Sled Ambassadors.

Help me recapture part of my nerdy childhood! I'm in search of a MECC game called "Dog Sled Ambassadors." [more inside]
posted by bergeycm at 10:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How much does it cost to make a symbian app?

I have an idea for a Symbian app which I want to place on the upcoming Ovi store. Does anyone have any idea on 1. How much a symbian developer would cost for a week of development time (Yes I know this differs - but does anyone have a ballpark figure?) 2. How much it would take to get the approvals, symbian signed app, other costs etc.
posted by friedbeef at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me podcast my braincast

How do I get an RSS feed from Braincast that references the location of wavs online to be a source of audio for a podcast feed? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I get a witness? How 'bout an opinion?

We're trying to come up with a baby boy name we both like. It has been a challenge. I have always loved the name Christian. My husband doesn't like it because of the obvious association, even though we were both raised Christian. He says he likes the way the name sounds, but dislikes the association, even though he believes the association is a positive one. [more inside]
posted by murrey at 8:10 PM PST - 104 comments

What's the best way to deal with my annoying neighbors?

My upstairs neighbors and I have had small battles throughout the course of the year, but it's been getting worse as of late. Recently they've taken to stomping around at odd hours of the night, and it's driving us crazy. What's the best way to defuse the situation with them? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 7:41 PM PST - 30 comments

How to correct an imbalance in my upper back area, due to an injury?

Due to an old shoulder injury, my right upper trapezius is a good inch lower than my left. Are there any bodyweight exercises I could do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 7:26 PM PST -