April 2010 Archives

April 30

Lala is DEAD!

Okay Apple has killed something beautiful named Lala. Need help finding a replacement. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 11:26 PM PST - 9 comments

what to do with an ipad

I have now bought an ipad 32 meg without 3G. No bigloss considering the signal in my area. Now that I have it, what should I do with it / buy for it? I am new to mac products, so I domt know all of the possible apps could make my life wonderful. Siggestons?
posted by slavlin at 9:43 PM PST - 21 comments

How to eat a (stinking) rose.

How can I eat a whole bulb of garlic in one sitting? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 8:21 PM PST - 55 comments

How Much Should We Charge for Rights to Celebrity Interviews?

TheGlitz&GlamourOfHollywoodFILTER: I’m part of a small start-up that films celebrity interviews and slaps sponsor’s logos on them. Well, in theory, anyway. Up till now, we haven’t had any sponsors. Now we’ve finally gotten our foot wedged into an advertiser’s door, but we don’t know how much to charge! [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Who's texting these creepy guys, and why do they think it's me?

I've been receiving a lot of strange calls/voicemails from equally strange old men lately, who are all horny as hell. They're responding to text messages they say they received from my number, and these texts are evidently of a porny nature. But I haven't sent them! I can't find evidence of any such texts whatsoever. I actually tried to talk to one of them to find out if the texts are actually FROM my number or if they just MENTION my number, but the guy was so flustered and embarrassed that all he'd do was stumble over his own tongue trying to protest his innocence. So, what's happening? Is this a known scam? Can I do anything about it other than change my number? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 5:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Need a Dell charger part

I need to replace part of the charger for a Dell laptop. Help please? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments

The word "project" is really starting to piss me off

Business etymology: When and how did the word "project" get turned into an all-purpose business word? Why does it seem that "work" is now just a series of "projects." Is this word choice shifting the way business is done, or is it the other way 'round?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

buying a wooden ship model

I am considering a wooden ship model as a housewarming gift, the giftee just bought a grand old Connectcut home on the water and loves sailing ships--and has nothing like this at all. I know nothing about these models, but see that there are many sellers online. I am willing to spend money for something that is great. It appears that models of classic America's Cup yachts are popular (and do appear impressive). Any suggestions? what ships are best? Ok to buy online? a good gift?
posted by Duck_Lips at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy this glass?

Where can I buy this glass online? [more inside]
posted by kiboflavin at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the test for the APOE genotype that predicts Alzheimers?

My mother has alzheimers. I want to have the "APOE4" test done on myself to find out my likelihood of getting alzheimers. My doctor doesn't know much about this, and I am having trouble figuring out what test to ask for. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 3:58 PM PST - 7 comments


It had a name something along the lines of: "A Primer for Science Fiction Writers." What site did I visit? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

how to professionally cover up my unprofessional stickers

Are there any shell cases for (older) Macbook Pros that aren't translucent? [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Real Estate Pricing Strategy Question

Real Estate Pricing Strategy Question. So we're looking to sell our condo in San Francisco. After meeting with a broker, he said that we should ask $575k - $625k. He showed us numerous "comps" that seem to support his suggested price. But ours does have some unique features that make me think that it could go for as much as $650k. But I'm not a real estate professional. Considering that a broker, even one we trust (he came highly recommended) is motivated to make the sale quicker, does it stand to reason that based on his range, a higher price is reasonable, even if it means that it takes longer to sell (and the broker has to work harder)?
posted by ssimon82 at 3:41 PM PST - 29 comments

10 Days, 3 Cities in Europe

10 Days. 3 Cities in Europe. Help. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman at 3:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Pantry cupboard aroud Toronto/Hamilton/Niagara

Where can I find a stand alone pantry cupboard in the Toronto Hamilton or Niagara region. [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 3:13 PM PST - 4 comments

My wife and I will both be working from home. What phone set-up is best?

Starting in about a month, my wife and I will both be working from home a fair amount. We are both on the phone a lot. We want to pay as little as possible and are trying to figure out how to deal with the phone situation. I currently use Google Voice and make and receive most of my calls on the home phone, which works well for me. I'm not sure how to deal with the apparent need for 2 phones. Both of us have cell-phones, but we're on the phone so much that we'd rather not be on the cell phones all day. We could obviously just get a 2nd Google Voice number for incoming calls, but I'm not sure how to deal with receiving or making calls while the other person is on the home phone. Thoughts? Should we get a Skype or Vonage number? Just get a 2nd landline? Any good free/cheap options that I'm missing? We're in Portland, OR if that matters. Thanks!
posted by stewieandthedude at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Can hypnotherapy help me?

I have been in psychotherapy for some time with some success, but I am wondering if hypnotherapy would be able to help me uncover the/a source of overwhelming anxiety that pervades my everyday life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Is a Florida Learner's Permits (driving permit) valid in other states?

Is a Florida Learner's Permits (driving permit) valid in other states? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Nervous Musician Needs To Calm Down

I am a guitar player who has a hard time playing in front of other people. When I play by myself, I am really pretty good but as soon as someone enters the room or I am in front of even a small number of people, my fingers freeze up, my mind goes flying and the music doesn't work. I do want to play in local open mikes, so I am not seeking stardom for sure. I just want other folks to enjoy the music I make. Suggestions?
posted by captainmickey at 2:07 PM PST - 25 comments

iTunes hates me. The feeling is mutual.

Why does iTunes hate me? Not me specifically, but my iMac G4? Twice in the past month, I have had to wait as my entire iTunes library loads, as if it is loading for the very first time. iMac G4, 1GHz, 1.5Ghz SDRAM, OS 10.5.8. iTunes 9.1.1 just installed. 235Gb music files on 750Gb USB external drive. The "loading iTunes library" becomes a two to three day affair. [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

What is a county class?

Are county classes nationwide, and if so what are they? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

How to Act at a Horse Show

What's the proper protocol to observe when you're a spectator at a horse show jumping or dressage competition? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Want to date, but too much else to deal with

Never been in a relationship, craving intimacy badly, but have other issues I'm dealing with. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Honey, I think I'm a Kinsey 5.

I'm less bisexual than I thought I was. And now I'm engaged to be married to a wonderful guy who loves me and depends on me, and realizing that I cannot sustain attraction to him for more than fleeting moments every few months. How do I minimize the damage, here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 51 comments

Whose Horses?

I have had this painted cloth on my wall forever. Tell me what it is, who made it, and which hooves go with which horse! The painting. The Signature
posted by rebent at 12:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for an interfaith rabbi in Denver

My sister is getting married in Denver and needs some help - does anyone know of a great rabbi in Denver or near Denver who is willing to do an interfaith marriage?
posted by violetish at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Firefox: Move This, This, This & This Tab to New Window? (Alternatively, Merging Bookmark Folders?)

Looking for two Firefox abilities: is there a Firefox extension that lets you select multiple tabs and move them to a new window with one action? And is there a Firefox extension that lets you merge bookmark folders? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Old software never dies. But it does loose support.

How can I get this 25-pin serial DayStar embroidery software "dongle" to work in a newly-installed 25-pin serial PCI expansion card? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 12:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Escape from the rustbelt.

Finishing up my degree and looking for a gay-friendly, outdoorsy city with good tech employment prospects. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus at 12:02 PM PST - 34 comments

It has to give me a pony ride too!

I'm looking for a completely minimal blog/cms/wordpress skin. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Right cable configuration to connect a Hagstrom Patch 2000 guitar and pedal to an Arp Odyssey III?

I'm trying to get my guitar/synth configuration working -- a project I've been at for YEARS. I finally have everything but still cannot get it to work. I think I need the right cable configuration (from the pedal to the synthesizer) to connect my Hagstrom Patch 2000 guitar and pedal to my Arp Odyssey III. But I'm not sure what that configuration is. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a place near UC Berkeley!

Help me find a place near UC Berkeley! (Difficulty: I'm in Philadelphia.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 11:45 AM PST - 31 comments

Want to visit England and Germany this summer

Is it too late to take a trip to Europe this summer from the US? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 11:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Like Etsy, but for services?

Is there anything like Etsy, but for services? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

"Honor"ary Degrees

What is the easiest way to get an honorary degree? [more inside]
posted by nomad at 11:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me lie about myself.

As part of a team-building/training exercise at work, we're supposed to make a website about ourselves. I can handle the technical end just fine, but I hate, hate, hate having to make a display of my personal self in public. I'm pretty sure I can get away with making stuff up, as long as it's sufficiently outrageous that everyone feels in on the joke. Now I just need some ideas... [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 11:05 AM PST - 35 comments

Online Address Management

Is there an online address book that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 10:46 AM PST - 7 comments

What personality types actually mean

What do personality-type classifications actually assert about populations? [more inside]
posted by pengale at 10:23 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for suggestions on volunteer gigs in Houston, Texas.

Looking for suggestions on volunteer gigs in Houston, Texas. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Faster to ride through traffic or pull over for a bit?

If you are stuck in traffic on the highway and you have a choice to pull off the highway into the rest stop and then go back on your way later or keep on going with the traffic (with intention to stop after you get through the traffic) which one will be faster? [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 10:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Internet defibrillated the radio star (NEW!: lacks sense of entitlement)

Seeking an embeddable player that plays from your set list on 'random', so that fans can visit repeatedly and treat it like radio. paid is okay. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

23 year old male. My libido is gone. I’m freaking out. Any guys been through this? (NSFW and REALLY LONG).

23 year old male. My libido is gone. I’m freaking out. Any guys been through this? (NSFW and REALLY LONG). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Didn't file 1099B correctly last year, got a letter

About two years ago I got into the stock market. I bought and sold a few stocks, ended up losing a few hundred dollars overall. I discovered a year later that I had to file a 1099B, but I wasn't really clear on the concept and couldn't figure out how to do it online, so I didn't get it done until like half a year after I had filed my regular taxes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

I will get arrested if I go outside wearing no pants.

I appear to be allergic to the dyes in dark-blue fabrics, such as jeans. Help me think of ways to dress comfortably, attractively, and not like a refugee from the '60s. Bonus problem: I live in a cold climate. Skirts are not a year-round option. [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 10:05 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I vote for Nick Clegg but not my local Lib Dem MP?

UK Voting Question. I want to vote for Nick Clegg but I despise the local Lib Dem MP. How can I vote for one and not the other? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 9:51 AM PST - 19 comments

Am I OK in bed or a disaster?

Am I terrible in bed or sexually repellent? And if I am, how do I find out and fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 35 comments

How do you make the DVI output default on a video card?

With an NVidia video card, how do you make the DVI output "default" and the VGA output secondary? [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 9:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Now that Lala.com is shutting down, what are some good alternatives?

Now that Lala.com is shutting down, what are some good alternatives? [more inside]
posted by joshjs at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Dear Excel 2003, I need my columns back.

A few questions about Excel 2003. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it common for motor vehicle laws to have measurable thresholds?

So there's an initiative in New York State to consider a safe passing law for cyclists. The bill would require drivers to give cyclists a three-foot buffer when passing. Opponents want to change "three feet" to "safe distance". Are there other motoring laws that cite a specific measurable distance, rather than a subjective term like "safe distance"?
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Forza chi?

Forza chi? What Serie A club should an American of Italian descent be supporting? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a lawyer take a client they have previously opposed in court?

Is it legal or ethical for a civil lawyer in California to take a client they have previously opposed in court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

I love my company, but I hate my job.

I want to keep working for the company I do now, but I am starting to hate the position I'm in. I want to move to a different department that I think I will do well in. How and when should I approach leadership about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 1 comment

I'd like to help my distant brother.

Family Drama Filter: How do I connect with my disconnected brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Opinion on "how to counter laying off workers if a company implements automation or outsourcing some of the current worker's tasks?

Opinion on "how to counter laying off workers if a company implements automation or outsourcing some of the current worker's tasks?" [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Should my friend pursue architecture as a second career?

Should I advise a friend to stay out of a grad program for architecture as a second career? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me become a furniture/product designer

I've come up with a functional and adaptable line of furniture. Problem is, it's entirely in my imagination. What's the step-by-step process I can take my original idea from fantasy to an actual, sellable product? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Large Group Dining in NYC

I currently live in NYC and am graduating from grad school here in about two and a half weeks. My family will be coming up for the ceremony, and I'm struggling to figure out a place for us all to eat dinner. Problem is, there will be 9 of us total, which eliminates a lot of places I like. [more inside]
posted by ecab at 7:36 AM PST - 16 comments

What career opportunities are there for an instructional technologist / psychology hobbyist?

What career opportunities are there for an instructional technologist / psychology hobbyist? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Electoral calculus

Naive Northern Ireland political question: at the moment there are 5 seats in the UK parliament held by Sinn Fein MPs who do not attend or vote on principle. One possible outcome of the UK election next week is a minority Conservative government reliant upon the Ulster Unionist bloc of MPs for a working majority. Is there any possibility that Sinn Fein MPs will end their boycott of parliament to prevent the concessions the Unionists are likely to demand in return for support?
posted by cromagnon at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces?

Raku Pottery Question. Is it okay to stop the kiln and remove pieces that are done, and then restart the kiln to finish the other pieces? [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 6:37 AM PST - 9 comments

I need more World Cup tickets, stat

I bought World Cup tickets....but not enough. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Turning 30. Handling it poorly.

I'm not talented at anything useful. I'm not passionate about anything specific. And I'm getting older. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 32 comments

But I'm white and educated!

A friend from the Eastern European country I grew up in asked if I would sign and submit an invitation so she can get a tourist visa to the U.S., where I reside. She intends to look for illegal work when she gets here. My immediate reaction was "No way!" with a few expletives thrown in, but I don't want to hurt her feelings when I crush her hopes. Can you give me any legal reasons for why I shouldn't do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 36 comments

cheapest way to add dual monitor support

What is the cheapest way to add dual monitor support to my Dell Optiplex 330? [more inside]
posted by PlayWithFire at 6:32 AM PST - 9 comments

SFDC Koolaid: overcoming CRM migration and adoption issues

Looking for your experiences in CRM (SFDC) migration and adoption. Specifically we are at the point where all the data has been moved in from an old system, but it is full of outdated information and there's plenty of foot-dragging in getting with salesforce. What now?! [more inside]
posted by n y my at 6:25 AM PST - 0 comments

The Up And Coming Legendary Children

Who are the rising stars of drag and burlesque (NYC edition)? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Pianos: actual and digital

Digital pianos for real pianists: talk to me, pianists of AskMe. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Help a picky professor (me) find the right laptop.

Please help me find the right laptop or tablet for me and my very specific needs and wants. I'm looking for something powerful but compact, and I think I want a tablet for teaching. A full list of requirements is inside. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 6:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Gold for gold! Transforming old shinies into new shinies!

Do you know of any other firms that will recycle your gold and make jewelry for you? I know of EcoKarat, but they don't offer the stones I want for my custom jewelry. Barring that, what's the best way to sell the unwanted gold jewelry I have? All of those cash4gold websites look unsavory.
posted by emkelley at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

She's worried.

My wife has conjunctivitis (pinkeye). The symptoms started on Tuesday and she started antibiotics the same day, but now there is a complication. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 5:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Getting good psychiatry

First psychiatry consult: how to get the most out of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Your mother is wonderful. Can she come over again this week?

Developing new dialogue strategies in a relationship. Established, late 30s couple seeking hive mind advice on changing the way we speak to each other on important subjects. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 4:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Aligning brain and womb

Smart reading materials for feminist, expectant mums? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb at 4:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Healthy snack ideas when you're working all night?

Healthy snack ideas when you're up all night? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get through Kansas in one piece.

I will be driving through Kansas for the first time soon, at the peak of tornado season, and tornadoes really frighten me. What should I know, bring or do to be prepared for them? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 3:45 AM PST - 34 comments

Finnish line

Australian Mefite in Helsinki, Finland, from 19 May to 23 May. What should I see and do? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz at 3:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a simple freeware image organizer for Mac

I use a Mac. I'm looking for a simple freeware app that will scan a directory of images and sort them by resolution into directories named after their resolution size. Bulk preview, delete, etc is a plus but not necessary. [more inside]
posted by bandersnatch at 1:29 AM PST - 10 comments

April 29

Where can I get a crash course in soccer/football before the 2010 World Cup?

Where can I get a crash course in soccer/football before the 2010 World Cup? I'll be in South Africa during the festivities and I want to sound like I know what I'm talking about! [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man at 11:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is flirting hard to read and easy to mistake?

Trying to decipher whether or not to embarrass myself by attempting to flirt with a guy in one of my classes. Should I even bother? Am I reading WAY too much into a comment? I was always bad at this. [more inside]
posted by ChucksNPaintbrushes at 10:00 PM PST - 52 comments

Online miso in bulk?

Help me buy miso powder in bulk online (preferably not in individual packets). [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 9:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I deal with intense pain in my piriformis?

Any tips for handling my piriformis pain? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 9:20 PM PST - 16 comments

I an't type! Help!

My keyboard magically stopped letting me type the letter 'c'. Any help? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 9:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Are there machines that completely create ethernet cables?

Are there machines that completely create ethernet cables? [more inside]
posted by nygma2001 at 9:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I do Adult VCE?

Considering taking an Australian Year 12 course as an adult in order to improve my prospects for getting into my course of choice... but I already finished high school in another country. Is the idea completely crazy and should I just settle for what I can get into with my current academic record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 13 comments

How do Vegetarians and Carnivores cook & eat together and both be happy?

My mom is going vegetarian. My father is a meat & potato kinda guy. Help me come up with plans and strategies that will won't make either one miserable. [more inside]
posted by julen at 8:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Funny mystery short stories!

Can you recommend a good anthology of funny mystery stories? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 8:35 PM PST - 13 comments

help me recover backup on iphone

Why can't I get Restore Backup to complete on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 8:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Is architecture a good fit for me?

Is architecture a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 7:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Best music for starting the day?

What is the best music to wake up to? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 6:48 PM PST - 60 comments

Equipment rental near Humboldt Redwoods SP?

Are there places to rent bikes and/or boats near Humboldt Redwoods State Park in CA? [more inside]
posted by epugachev at 6:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Transcribing music for the web

Help me get better at putting sheet music on the internet. [more inside]
posted by danb at 6:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Bike commuting - how to be and feel safer?

Bike commuting filter - how to stay safe and not worry too much? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 6:38 PM PST - 36 comments

Can I backup my iPhone texts without jailbreaking?

How can I backup/view/print text messages on my (non-jailbroken) iPhone? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 5:39 PM PST - 5 comments

What's your evil?

I should be able to let things like this go, I know, but a Facebook friend wrote a status update containing a phrase I've never heard, and not knowing what she meant is driving me nuts. I'm 44 and the opposite of "street." She's in her 20s -- a hip New Yorker. This sort of thing happens to me all the time, but usually googling or Urban Dictionary helps me. Not this time. So, is this a real phrase or is it some quirky thing she made up: "What's your evil?" [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 5:27 PM PST - 49 comments

MLA style citations of unofficial translations

MLA Citation Filter: How to cite quotations from an unofficial translation that a friend did for me as a favor? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 4:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you pump concrete?

How do you pump concrete up 8 floors? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

I am scared of change. Advice?

Got an internship in San Jose, CA. Have to move to another city for 2,5 months. Really, really, really scared about details (transportation, roommates, the actual work itself) instead of enjoying the opportunity and preparing myself for a good experience. Help? [more inside]
posted by kuju at 4:43 PM PST - 18 comments

A kinder, gentler atheism?

After several years of soul searching, I have decided that at best, I'm agnostic, and am borderline atheist. The main reason can be traced to too much skepticism and rational thinking - I simply don't believe that a supernatural god can bend the rules of nature. We as a society are getting too advanced for religion, and science is starting to explain a lot of what we chalked up to a divine being. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 35 comments

How do you deal with sexual urges outside of your relationship?

How do you deal with sexual urges outside of your relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 PM PST - 39 comments

A band like the Wiggles, but with women?

The Wiggles, but with women? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Is all sage edible?

Is all sage edible? [more inside]
posted by molasses at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

How to avoid being sucked into Wikipedia?

Being sucked into Wikipedia keeps happening to me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Imagine a bag a young Steve Jobs would carry his Ipad in...

So I'd like some sort of bag for my ipad but one that's not going to look like a purse. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Post-Cancer Gratitude Gift Suggestion

[Asking for my dear sister] I am a third-year female medical student and have recently kicked Lymphoma's ass. Needless to say, this was quite a challenging journey to take while still remaining in school and I would have been extremely hard-pressed to stay in the game without the help of a couple of core friends who were constantly there for me. [more inside]
posted by eytanb at 2:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Greatest depictions of American boredom?

Most compelling literary depictions of twentieth-century American boredom? [more inside]
posted by southvie at 2:35 PM PST - 41 comments

Brooklyn to . . . Austin?

Thinking about moving from Brooklyn to Austin . . . good idea? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 2:31 PM PST - 41 comments

Jaunty, Karmic, or Lucid???

I want to set up Ruby on Rails development environment on my windows laptop at work, and plan to set up Virtual Box and install some version of linux, probably ubuntu, as a guest OS. I use windows mostly for work and OS X at home, but havent done much with linux (my office's production environment is linux, so I do a tiny bit). Which version of ubuntu should I go with right now? I see "Lucid Lynx" has just been released (I love the naming), should I go with that or a previous recent version?
posted by pretzel at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Food Subsidy Inverse of Food Pyramid

Recently, I came across an online article with a diagram which sketched out how US food subsidies are practically an inverse of the food pyramid — that the items we're supposed to be consuming the least of (fats, sweets, and meats) get the most support from the gov't. I thought this was at GOOD.is, but I can't find it there. Does anyone know where I could find this article/graphic online?
posted by silusGROK at 2:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Securing the Seven

Looking for good learning tools for Windows 7 security & policy in a corporate environment [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I get an apartment in Seattle if I'm in Houston within three months?

SeattleFilter: How quickly can I reasonably expect to find an apartment and move to Seattle in July/August? (details inside!) [more inside]
posted by aliceinreality at 2:02 PM PST - 21 comments

PMP Cram Advice

Assume you're taking the PMP certification exam in 24 hours. Assume you haven't spent nearly enough time prepping for it. What would you focus on between now and then? Any great online resources to check out?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Sorry, I don't want your "guest post"

An acquaintance wants to make a "guest post" on my blog, but I really NO NOT WANT [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 23 comments

What do people do in nightclubs?

I've never been to a nightclub before. I'm going to one tomorrow, and I'm kinda nervous. Can you give me a rundown of what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by zain at 1:46 PM PST - 26 comments

A playlist to grow on

Help me fill an mp3 player for my 10 yr old son full of quality but age-appropriate music that will help him develop tastes he can take with him into adulthood. With a good beat. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 1:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me compile my Trader Joe's shopping list!

I'll be making a one-time pilgrimage to a Trader Joe's this weekend. What good, cheap stuff should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 1:12 PM PST - 91 comments

i don't want to be carried to a hospital by llama

how to prepare for a high altitude vacation and avoid altitude sickness? [more inside]
posted by raw sugar at 1:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Not liking the haircut

How long does it take for a long haired cat to regrow its coat? [more inside]
posted by monospace at 1:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Break These Bars!

Firefox users: Can I get out from behind these bars? [more inside]
posted by Some1 at 12:41 PM PST - 12 comments

There's one in every office.

Uncomfortable situation with coworker. Please advise. (Apologies for what is inevitably an TL;DR.) [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 12:37 PM PST - 45 comments

Seeking advice and resources on parenting young daughters

It's a girl! Enter massive anxiety over how to navigate gender in my parenting. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:31 PM PST - 31 comments

Cellphone service when traveling to Europe/Africa.

My friend will be traveling through Europe for a month and then Africa for another month, but needs help with getting a cell phone. . . [more inside]
posted by mephesta at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

How to care for my small umbilical hernia?

My doctor recently told me I have a "tiny umbilical hernia" that isn't worth a surgical repair. What can I do to avoid making it worse? (Abdominal strengthening exercises?) If I lift boxes during my upcoming apartment move next month, am I asking for trouble? Do hernias always get worse over time? Help me stop having mental images of sudden disembowelment.
posted by the jam at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

A prepaid with international roaming?

I'm traveling from the US to the UK next week (first time international traveler), is there a prepaid cell phone that will work both places? Will my non-chipped credit card work? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

I said I Need something to do in Philadelphia...in the dead of night.

I need something to do in Philadelphia...in the dead of night. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 11:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I learn more about Down's Syndrome?

My newborn niece has Down's Syndrome! Help me learn more about this. [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 11:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Good recruiters and programs for teaching English in Japan?

Can you recommend recruiters or specific programs for someone who would like to teach English in Japan, starting this fall? [more inside]
posted by cirripede at 11:32 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the name for the art of not talking about what you're talking about?

In Japan, there was—and maybe still is?—a practice of communicating via allusion. I figure there must be a name for that, so tell me what it is. [more inside]
posted by Su at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Website selling state and city-themed shirts

Help me find an online store selling tons of cool, design-y local-interest T-shirts [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

what to expect at an 'azkara'?

What happens at an 'azkara' (Jewish memorial service)? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

What can't I miss in south Austin?

Calling south Austin, TX lovers. What can't I miss in the month I have left in the neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 10:58 AM PST - 23 comments

A tisket, a tasket

Looking for suggestions for hotel room gift basket for our out-of-town wedding guests (in July). Bonus for Minnesota/Twin Cities-themed items. [more inside]
posted by jilliank at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Selling a CD on Amazon.com

I have a self-produced CD I am looking to sell on Amazon.com. Anybody have any experience with this? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

US MeFite moving to London asks the eternal question: Kindle or Nook?

I am in the process of preparing to move to London for the next four years to attend college. As I have sold off a large portion of my beloved library, I don't want to find myself doing the same exercise in 4.5 years time when I return to the US. Coming late to the ebook reader dance, I ask you which of these two will be the better choice in light of current capabilities (and in addition to the fact that I want a reader to buy and read books, extras do not figure into the equation) - the Kindle or the Nook?
posted by caveat empress at 10:30 AM PST - 23 comments

Real reviews

Where do you go for when you want to read a review on a product? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 10:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Pain, pain, Go Away!

HEY MOMS--Did you have, or are you suffering from, postpartum joint pain? Find anything helpful to relieve it? I thought I was either a wimp (very likely) or a whiner (not so much, really, I swear!) or that this was all psychosomatic (thanks a lot, brain) Help a girl out here...no one mentioned all this pain was coming. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 10:09 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I keep up?

How can I keep a good attitude and stay in charge of my project when I am not working in my native language? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 10:02 AM PST - 10 comments


If you know anything about RV's or camper trailers, or Subarus or pickup trucks, I would love to ask you a question. What can I live in for three months at a time that I can buy for the price of a Subaru? What do I haul it with? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 9:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Good Samaritan

How do I repay a good Samaritan for her help? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 9:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Google Calendar Display Puzzle

Google calendar puzzle: how to display only some events, either online or in a desktop application? Preferably with visuals customizable. [more inside]
posted by Erroneous at 9:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Which religious denomination jumped on the Copernican bandwagon first?

Historians of science and/or religion: My cousin wants to know "when various Protestant denominations began to accept the Copernican model of the solar system. ... Was there any particular denomination that was in the vanguard on that? What about Jews?"
posted by scratch at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

9/11 Pilots Union Shindig Legend For Naught?

I recently heard a story about a party for an airline pilots union in New Orleans that was slated for the evening of September 11th. The restaurant canceled the event because of the tragedies that day, and the union tried to sue for breach of contract, but eventually abandoned it from the threat from the restaurant of going public. I can't find anything about it online. Anybody heard of this story and have a link? Or is this an urban legend? I haven't found anything on snopes.
posted by destro at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Chickpeas make jello?

Food Science! Last night I saved the stock from cooking chickpeas. Today I thought to add some of the stock to hummus and found it had turned into almost a gelatin. Is this normal? What made it do that? Did the small bit of baking soda I used make a difference? Can we still use it?
posted by lauranesson at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government.

Stories & Fables which highlight the imperfection of Democratic decision making and government. [more inside]
posted by complience at 8:42 AM PST - 8 comments

What songs should I put on a mix CD for an upscale Cinco De Mayo dinner?

What should I put on a mix CD of Cinco De Mayo music? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 8:42 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the deal with e-cigarettes anyway? Anecdotes, please!

Despite years of badgering, my mom will not stop smoking cigarettes. I've decided to compromise and buy her an e-cigarette device. Have you made this transition? What were your experiences, and what product(s) did you try?
posted by tybeet at 8:20 AM PST - 25 comments

Best way to haul water to a nearby vegetable garden

I have a community garden plot and it's around the corner from my house! Yay! Apart from a shared rain barrel, there's no water available AT the garden site! Booo! What's the best/easiest/cheapest way for me to get water from my apartment to my plants? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 7:43 AM PST - 22 comments

Asking MetaFilter Ladies (and romantic gents): need inspiration for an awesome airport welcome!

Asking MetaFilter Ladies (and romantic gents): need inspiration for an awesome airport welcome! [more inside]
posted by kryptonik at 7:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Traveling to Greece in September 2010?

Is it advisable to travel to Greece this September? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 7:33 AM PST - 5 comments

To Pee or Not to Pee

How can I stay hydrated while travelling (with limited bathroom access)? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments

50 Movies Every Geek Should See

I enjoyed the list 50 Books Every Geek Should Read. If you were to compile a similar list, but for video content, what would be on that list?
posted by Otis at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

AccessN00bFilter: How do I replace data in a report, and limit the results in my report to a single day/week/month?

AccessN00bFilter: How do I replace data in a report, and limit the results in my report to a single day/week/month? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 7:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting Winked

How do you interrupt it when someone winks at you?
posted by quiverandquill at 7:14 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there some (legal) way I won't lose my COBRA premium subsidy?

COBRA premium subsidy: I have it, will lose it because of a temporary job, and while I can suck it up and deal, is there something I am missing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

talk me down

Scenes from a marriage. I snooped; his behavior was borderline. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 37 comments

Private Eye Subscription In The U.S.?

Anyone here based in the U.S. subscribe to Private Eye? If so, how long do deliveries take?
posted by justcorbly at 6:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Quit my job while applying for an MBA?

Should I take the dive? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 6:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Multiple Tenants on a Lease

I'm getting ready to rent a house with three classmates and close friends and have a quick question about the legalese of lease agreements for multiple tenants. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan at 6:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Tool to Auto-Format text and paragraphs?

I need a tool to auto-format text according to my rules, such as 2 spaces between every sentence. [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld at 6:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Tennis Targets

What can I use for a "smart" tennis target? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Corporate Cultural

Tell me about cultural differences in your workplace. How do German, English, Chinese, Nigerian, or Tazmanian workers differ when attacking a problem, reporting status, dealing with subordinates or drinking on the job? Use this infographic as inspiration. Are certain cultures more effective than others on a shop floor versus a trading floor? I understand this question flirts with stereotypes and baked-in cultural bias. I get it, but that is what makes organizational dynamics so......dynamic. Pointing to a study that says Latin American's have a higher power distance than Germans is a great answer. Saying that the French aren't productive because they take all of August off is probably not as good. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 6:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Identity theft- now what?

Someone's been submitting credit card applications with my name and SSN. [more inside]
posted by Mayor West at 6:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Does my 8-year-old have OCD?

Seeking advice and insights on how to deal with/react to my 8-year-old son's recent obsessive-compulsive-like behavior. [more inside]
posted by playmobil at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

'Loves' to 'Laf', what else?

Recommended webcomics? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 5:48 AM PST - 51 comments

How to use references from a current job?

How to use coworkers/supervisors as references in your current job without causing controversy? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 5:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Vintage Clothing in CT - Where to go?

Fashion question: Can anyone recommend vintage clothing stores in CT? I have to find a dress for a Casablanca-themed soiree this Saturday (5/1). [more inside]
posted by mnb64 at 5:37 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm pretty sure Banana Clips aren't in any more

Can you suggest a good "must have" gift for a woman in her early 30s? She's fairly girly, is a teacher, has a dog, and is really awesome. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 5:04 AM PST - 16 comments

My (not so little) red-head girl.

What songs reference a redheaded person (directly or obliquely)? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:55 AM PST - 42 comments

stream and capture webcam video

What is a simple way to stream / webcast and capture / record several hours of video at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool at 4:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Which film depicts a satanic ritual in which the participants wear cloaks and goat masks? I

Which film depicts a satanic ritual in which the participants wear cloaks and goat masks? I have only seen still images of this one scene online, I am presuming it is from a film. There are several cloaked figures standing viewed face-on, of which at least the foremost figure is wearing a goat mask (maybe it is actually satan?) - I am presuming it is some kind of occult / satanic ritual. Thanks in advance,
posted by FuckingAwesome at 4:07 AM PST - 26 comments

UK: Is it possible to live with out Sky or Virgin and still get to see new shows by downloading legally?

UK based: I am just about to move into a rented house where cable TV is not possible and Sky TV is not an option. I could press the issue but do I really want to. Is it now possible for me to download (legally) programmes that I want to watch while they air or very soon after? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 3:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Identify this piece of night-time music for me.

Is the intro/outro music from Samorost sampled from something I should know? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 2:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there an exact CMYK match for PMS 360?

SpotColorFilter: I do prepress at a print shop, and need to figure out if PMS 360 C (from the Pantone spot color range) has an exact CMYK equivalent. We have a few PMS swatch books around, but not the Color Bridge variety, which is able to provide this information. [more inside]
posted by kentk at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

PSP Help

PSP Firmware filter! Help me upgrade! [more inside]
posted by bruinbruin at 12:24 AM PST - 7 comments

April 28

exporting footnotes or endnotes

How can I export just my footnotes/endnotes in MS Word? Without any numbers next to them, just the text? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 11:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Should we adopt this pair of kittens to keep our rambunctious terminally ill cat company?

We currently have one highly social special needs cat, Tux, and we absolutely need to adopt a kitten to keep him company. Due to his medical condition, Tux may or may not be with us for much longer. The problem is, the kitten we're in love with is part of a set. Is adopting 2 kittens a good idea, or should we split the pair? [more inside]
posted by RMQ at 11:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Employees and metrics and ops, oh my!

How do I become a rockstar store manager? [more inside]
posted by mornie_alantie at 11:00 PM PST - 13 comments

One problem is enough

Can somebody point me to the documentation for Microsoft's htmlfile ActiveXObject? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 10:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Free Windows-Based Database That Is Still Free For Government Use?

I need a free database. Difficulty: EULA needs to permit government usage. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:41 PM PST - 19 comments

alternative to AVCHD format for hi-def card based camcorders?

AVCHD format from hi-def camcorder is cumbersome on a Mac, is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by shalam at 10:09 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't really want to lose brain cells...

So how much brain damage does one actually sustain from nail polish fumes? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 9:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Should we treat paint with detectable but legally acceptable levels of lead as lead paint when repainting?

What precautions do we need to take in painting a house with paint that is mostly below (but some above) the legal definition of lead paint? Is the legal definition meaningful? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to stay in Beijing?

I am a student traveling to Beijing in July. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 9:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I sue for a $500 web-development bill?

Someone I met online begged me to build a website for his software idea and then stiffed me for the second and final payment even as he gushed about his delight with the site. Is it worth the trouble to go to small claims court or should I take this as a painful lesson and move on? [more inside]
posted by Pamelayne at 9:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Retrieving a lost video file

Asking for a friend: Large video file accidentally deleted from SD card. File has been retrieved, but somehow corrupted. [more inside]
posted by Telpethoron at 8:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Massage school?

Can you recommend a massage therapy school in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by MillMan at 8:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Mental Swiss-Army Knife (in a Moleskine)

I have a graph-ruled Moleskine that is begging to be turned into a compendium of obscure, fascinating, and perhaps occasionally useful reference material. Some of the things I want to put in there are Rubik's Cube algorithms, keys to reading non-Latin alphabets, some simple math formulas (Trachtenberg math, e.g.), rules of thumb for estimating distance/altitude, and whatever else. I'm imagining the user would bust it out of his/her bag and use the knowledge within to solve a wide range of MacGyver/James Bond/bar bet problems. An intellectual "Swiss army knife", if you will. Any and all ideas are welcome!
posted by holterbarbour at 7:46 PM PST - 55 comments

Can my ISP force me to buy their branded router?

I currently use AT&T as our broadband ISP at home. Our five-year-old modem/router just died, and since it's so old, AT&T tells me that it's no longer under warranty, and I have to buy a new one myself. Then they directed me to an AT&T Wireless retail store to go buy the equipment. But can they force me to buy one of their routers? What if I can find a comparable one cheaper somewhere else? Can they refuse me customer service or deny me installation help (which I will need - I'm hopelessly n00bulous in this department) if I don't by an "official" AT&T router? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 7:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Elimination diet for headache triggers

Elimination diet to identify headache triggers: anyone have any experience with this? Why do various plans differ so widely? Are nuts in or out? Herbal tea? Pure maple syrup? Fruit? Rice? No caffeine or regulated caffeine? Do you eat strictly for three weeks or three months before you start adding foods back? Alternatively: are elimination diets unsubstantiated woo? The theory seems sound, but the sources are not confidence-inspiring. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 7:25 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I go about buying a used cargo van without burning my money?

What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Is macbook the best laptop for home recording?

Is a Macbook with Garage Band the best foundation for a home studio? [more inside]
posted by ReWayne at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Struggling INFP ISO college major and life advice

I don't know what I'm doing with my life; help me! [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 6:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Like if Booker T. and Jenny Ondioline gave birth to the Woolly Bully

FarfisaFilter: I love songs with prominent Farfisa/Vox Continental/Musitron organ parts, the crazier the better. 96 Tears, Rock Lobster, Runaway, and recently, MGMT's Song for Dan Treacy. What are some other (more recent) rock tracks with great combo organ parts? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 6:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Country Music is Not Evil. Prove it.

Please help me stop judging all of country music as evil. [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 5:38 PM PST - 112 comments

Question about the Questions that we all ask ourselves.

There seem to be some questions that most people think about; things like, "What should I be doing with my life," "If I ran the world what would I do," and "What have I done that I'm most proud of." My question is, do these type of questions have a name? A sociological / psychological / philosophical category? Are there lists of them? [more inside]
posted by MrPants5000 at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments


Is there any way to normalize the volume output on my PC so I'm not startled by clicking on a video link? The volume on YouTube and other sites varies so wildly from video to video that my modus operandi is to mute before I play the video, then slowly increase the volume, but I'm hoping there is a better way.
posted by desjardins at 5:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Infinity Antonyms?

What is a symbolic antonym for infinity? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 5:11 PM PST - 47 comments

Got a job, need everything else.

Can we be happy in Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
posted by toadliquor at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Sub-$350ish point-and-shoot camera recomenndations!

I need to buy a sub-$350ish point-and-shoot camera in the next week. Any recommendations? I've had a few Canon Digital ELPHs in the past and have been pretty satisfied with them but I know there are other brands out there. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 4:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Commission a poem online?

Is there anywhere online where I can commission a poem? I’d like to set a price, pick a topic, pick a format, and get a poem in return. Sort of a work-for-hire thing where I own the product. (If I ever did anything with it, I’d always give full credit to the author, but having to deal with royalties sort of defeats the point of commissioning the work.) I know there are places to do this with code (rentacoder) or products (ponoko) or even design and music (crowdspring and musikpitch*), but is there anything analogous for writers? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 4:21 PM PST - 26 comments

To the ER or wait it out?

Is this worth a visit to the ER tonight just to ease my mind, or should I just wait until I see my doctor again in 2 weeks? Am I crazy for thinking this is all related? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 4:14 PM PST - 26 comments

21st Century Programming

How can I get a PDF to do this on my webpage? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments


Scientists: please, help me explain this cloning anomaly. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 3:51 PM PST - 17 comments

List of high school books read for English class?

List of high school books read for English class? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 3:51 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I help someone I don't know very well get over the death of their brother?

How do I help someone I don't know very well get over the death of their brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Best practice social policy for street alcoholics?

What is considered the best, most humane policy for dealing with street alcoholics these days? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 3:14 PM PST - 18 comments

My chin is breaking out, and not into dance...

Within the last 6-8 months, I've been breaking out (blackheads/whiteheads) around my chin and mouth area. I'm experienced in dealing with acne, but nothing I do helps. [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr at 3:08 PM PST - 21 comments

What are the current realistic processing times for receiving a U.S. passport?

What are the current realistic processing times for receiving a U.S. passport? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions at 3:03 PM PST - 21 comments

How can credit card info be stolen just by visiting a website?

How can credit card info be stolen just by visiting a website? [more inside]
posted by chump at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

vaulted ceilings + air purifier?

i'm a smoker, my wife has pollen-based allergies. we live in an apartment with high vaulted ceilings. i want an air filter/purifier solution that will help us both. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Gold as an investment

Is gold a currency, or a commodity? Both? something more complicated? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Find This Guitar

LongShotFilter: I once was in a music store in Northern California and while waiting for a friend I picked up a mini acoustic guitar which was selling for around $75-150 (I think) in order to pass the time. To my great surprise, I loved the feel and sound of this cheap small guitar, and would have bought it at the time but was broke. Now I need to find it again... [more inside]
posted by rooftop secrets at 1:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Web based email parser?

Free web based email parser/regex based filter? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Twenty years before The Matrix

I'm looking for a movie: Scifi, set in space/on a spaceship, probably late 70s release, that has as a plot element humans hiding from a nefarious computer or machine that would stick a needle in the back of the person's head (possibly into a port) when person was caught.
posted by yiftach at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

I love law. Law schools don't love me.

I love a very unprofitable branch of law, and my grades are less than stellar. Can you help me find a law program that is good for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 30 comments

the maths, get them in my head

I need to learn Calculus II over the summer. I won't be able to take summer courses. I need to be ready to take differential equations in the fall. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to go to see the late night double feature picture show.

When and where was the last new single-screen cinema built? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

it ain't the real thing

Maple syrup: how can I take a regular ol' bottle of Aunt Jemima (fake) maple syrup and improve it? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 1:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Change order of iTunes Playlists

In iTunes, how do I arrange the order in which my playlists are arranged? The default is alphabetical, how do I arrange them in my own chosen order. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

What was this band called?

I'm looking for the name of a relatively recent jazzy 40s/50s style band. They had a music video in a fake 50s (?) style, and perhaps most noticably, the two female singers were sort of hunched over one microphone. The music was quite good! But I can't remember what they or their song were called. Can anyone help?
posted by Harry at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Pests in the ceiling?

This morning, I found ceiling dust on my keyboard and a hole in the above ceiling. I own the house and my husband hasn't been working in the attic. Could this be some sort of pest?
posted by lilgoyl at 12:42 PM PST - 26 comments

State of academic publishing online?

What are good resources on the state of online publishing? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

She's Not Dead Yet

My aunt has cancer. She has about six months left. How do I stop grieving while she's still alive? Is that possible? Also, if my grief is this bad already, what's it going to be like when she does die? Not so bad? Worse? [more inside]
posted by deborah at 11:55 AM PST - 22 comments

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction?

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I follow up with a potential employer who has not contacted me?

I submitted my resume for a director/VP-level position with a Fortune 100 company 2 weeks ago. At a conference last week, a colleague in my industry told people that he had turned down the position. Is there anything I can or should do to indicate my continued interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice for finding a sublet in SF for June?

Advice for finding a sublet in SF for June? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I hide my private email from Facebook?

How do I dissociate my Spam/private email address from my public Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Weird ear infection remains

Something is horribly wrong with my right inner ear. There is an ever present pressure behind my jaw and in my sinuses, worse when I'm laying on that side and worse when I'm eating (and worse, apparently, driving in a car going over 60mph). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Do I tell a potential online date what google revealed about her?

Online dating. Found a girl I like. I started digging, and found more than I was probably supposed to - or did I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 56 comments

Trip to Chicago: Super happy fun time!

What month is better to visit Chicago this summer? June or July? Chicago-ans help me out. [more inside]
posted by lizarrd at 10:50 AM PST - 25 comments

Help with our demented dog.

Dog dementia - help! [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:25 AM PST - 40 comments

A fluid-filled weapon: has it happened?

In Gene Wolfe's Book of The New Sun, the sword Terminus Est is filled with some type of fluid, possibly mercury, that makes its weight shift depending on how it's being held. Have any real historical weapons been constructed in such a way, by filling them with fluids or ball bearings or something?
posted by Greg Nog at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Powerpoint issues

Background summary -- Powerpoint - dual monitors (monitor + projector) We've bought little music videos (mp4 I think) and they play fine in a powerpoint show. But if we edit the thing in moviemaker to shorten it maybe or if we play something off of youtube then the resulting file won't play [more inside]
posted by notned at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the underground arts scene like in Cleveland?

What can you tell me about the underground/alternative visual and performing arts scene in Cleveland, OH? [more inside]
posted by poissonrouge at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Grammy's got rights, no?

(Copyright filter) I'm about to publish my long-dead grandmother's privately-circulated-only memoirs on lulu. How does copyright work in a case like this? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 9:56 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the best place to have a picnic in Golden Gate Park?

What's the best place to have a picnic in Golden Gate Park? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Vancouver (BC) vacation help sought

Vancouver (BC), Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, Hornby, car ferries -- Travel Filter. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Severe child sensitivity

I have no idea how to discipline my 3 year old's particular sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by esereth at 8:56 AM PST - 36 comments

Recommendations for good wifi device?

Cheap, reliable mobile wifi device? [more inside]
posted by look busy at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Suggestions for well-written and cheerful books?

Suggestions for books that are both cheerful and well-written? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:21 AM PST - 65 comments

Repair or replace my car?

Repair or replace my car? (A few different circumstances than previously posted.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Is TextBroker a scam?

Is TextBroker a scam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

He's got a lot, I've got a little

How do you fairly combine incomes in a relationship with inequitable incomes and inequitable net worth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 33 comments

Sheet Music Search Tsabropoulos

Does anyone know of sheet music for the works of Vassilis Tsabropoulos? (I have done a google search, no luck.) In particular I am looking for a transcription of Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins - II off the Chants, Hymns and Dances cd.
posted by M83 at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

He's raring to go

What's the best software for prepping for college-level hard sciences? [more inside]
posted by anniecat at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify this TV movie

Name this weird 80s TV Movie/Special. Kids are outside having a snowball fight and one kid finds some things in the snow that look like brown cheetos, or peanuts. The child eats it and goes into some peculiar vegetative state. He's taken to the hospital and whatever he ate is brought there as well. [more inside]
posted by BishopFistwick at 8:02 AM PST - 0 comments

How does the idea of the scientific method inform our modern culture and life?

What is the advantage of scientific thinking? What practical difference does it make to live in a culture that believes in using evidence to explain the world? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 7:52 AM PST - 39 comments

Easy Lunch Ideas

Please suggest some easy, low-prep or no-prep components for vegetarian bag lunches. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 7:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Denver Intellectual Things to Do

Seeking lectures, poetry readings, interesting films, art talks for visitor from NYC to Denver this weekend (through Tuesday). [more inside]
posted by Pineapplicious at 7:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Stop the Bots Now!

Facebook hates my e-mail address. They're haunting me. They say my address is non-valid. How do I get past their automatic systems and fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 7:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I throw a PAYG sim into an old iPhone?

I'm on T-Mobile Pay As You Go but am thinking of buying a friend's old iPhone that he is selling very cheap. Can I unlock the phone and just throw my SIM card in? I currently have a Motorola L7 which I'm not too crazy about and although I understand the iPhone wouldn't have internet, I thought it might be a nice upgrade in terms of camera, having iPhone apps, etc. Will this work?
posted by gfrobe at 7:14 AM PST - 11 comments

1,2,3,4 and repeat - line numbering for a transcript help.

Microsoft Word line numbering transcript query. [more inside]
posted by multivalent at 6:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Where have all the internet-multiplayer MAME builds gone?

There used to be a MAME build called Kaillera that allowed online play. According to it's official homepage, it hasn't been updated in 7 years. It seems looney that no one has pursued this kind of idea, but I'll be darned if I can find it. Where have all the internet-multiplayer MAME builds gone?
posted by GilloD at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Where should I stay

Going to Infocomm in Vegas in the middle of June where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Central vision black out

Apart from many floaters, in my central vision I sometimes get black, sort of sparkly black outs, which only appear for a second or two and diminish. [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 6:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I find a green contractor?

I am looking for recommendations for a general contractor with some green certifications, emphasis, and/or experience in the Baltimore/Washington area. [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 6:18 AM PST - 4 comments


So, I kind of overdid it on the weight machines at the gym on Monday. What should I do when I go back on Friday? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Men and girls

Is it acceptable and PC to refer to grown-up women as girls in this context? Does it say something about the person who does it? [more inside]
posted by sively at 2:42 AM PST - 89 comments

Om nom nom?

What healthy snacks can I feed to my giving-up-smoking sweetie to keep his hands busy and his mind off cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 1:59 AM PST - 28 comments

April 27

I want something neat from Israel!

My mother in law is going to Israel, and I want her to bring me back a cool souvenir! [more inside]
posted by msali at 10:55 PM PST - 20 comments

DVD Drive Malfunctions Suddenly with Different Regions

British DVDs have suddenly stopped playing in my mac mini. [more inside]
posted by tejolote at 10:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Video chat gone backward! (?)

When and why (and will it ever come back? *piteous sniff*) did googletalk stop supporting video in iChat? [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Brooklyn architecture

Why does the Williamsburg/Grenpoint area of Brooklyn look so much different, architecturally, than Ft. Greene/Cobble Hill/Park Slope/etc.? [more inside]
posted by decoherence at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

I love you, you and you and you are the only one for me.

Please recommend polyamourous or other non-traditional mono boy/girl love songs. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 9:13 PM PST - 47 comments

Where can I find prints of these Miles Davis/Jeanne Moreau photos?

Where can I find a good print of any of these photos of Miles Davis and Jeanne Moreau? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 at 9:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Best iPhone Apps for Boston and NYC

Does anyone know of any good iphone apps specific to either Boston or NYC? I live in Boston and will be visiting NYC frequently over the next few months. I'm looking for anything that is well designed and you've found useful (e.g. good public transit apps, travellers guides, stuff to keep me entertained on the train/bus while enroute in between the two or anything else that you think might be handy or fun.)
posted by Contadina at 8:38 PM PST - 13 comments

For Nanna, who refuses to borrow my 4-inch-heeled crystal stilettos

Can I buy practical but comfy shoes for my 88-year-old Nanna? Online? Other difficulties inside. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 8:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Lesson creation software

I'm looking for software or a website that let's you easily create interactive lessons. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 8:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me figure out what sort of bicycle I need

What kind of bicycle do I want? Purpose: to ride to the shops or the library, possibly working my way up to riding to work. I'm thinking more casual Copenhagen than speedy lycra-clad. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 8:01 PM PST - 28 comments

What neighborhood of Indianapolis should I live in?

What neighborhood of Indianapolis should I live in? [more inside]
posted by weiler63 at 7:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Locked in and Locked Out

I need to get access to my RPP but keep getting denied. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Advice on getting married in Hawaii

Getting married in Hawaii: Looking for details from locals, or MeFites who have dealt with logistics personally. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I read after Stieg Larsson?

Having just read Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, etc), and loved it, what should I read next? [more inside]
posted by tonyx3 at 7:19 PM PST - 17 comments

One IIS to rule them all?

On a single instance of IIS that is already hosting a website can I host another website answering to a different domain name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Background Cheque Republic

I'm applying for a position at my school that is mine contingent on passing a background check/"live scan" screening by the University's Police department. Therein lies my conundrum... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Inercultural Communication Class

I need some help putting together a brief presentation/ class on intercultural business communication, specifically between the US and India. What good online resources are there? (unfortunately I don't have time to order & read a book.) [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 6:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Robot toys and fiction on the topic of robots / artificial intelligence and learning?

Robot toys and fiction on the topic of robots / artificial intelligence and learning? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim at 6:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Brownulated sugar

Brownulated sugar. I think Domino's calls this a new product but I swear I remember it from my youth, so sometime in the 60s or 70s. Anybody else remember this product name?
posted by Sia Stewart at 6:24 PM PST - 15 comments

What the Chuck is this song?

What song played during the big fight at the end of last Monday's episode of Chuck? (Link inside) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Primary Master Drive failure on old and new drive after cloning

I have an old windows 2000 box. I recently used Acronis to clone the primary master drive. I have done this a number of times before with other boxes and even with this box. When i swapped the disks and tried to reboot, BIOS detects the disk ok, but then i get a Primary master disk failure message. So i put back the old drive and I get the same messge! I would be surprised if Acronis did something to both old and new disks during the cloning process. I can access the disk contents fine on other boxes using USB setup. So can the IDE cable have gone bad suddenly. Is it possible the bios detects the disks but cannot find boot information because of faulty IDE cable ?? [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 6:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Riddim Riddle

What is the song that comes after Pass the Dutchie in this chiptune medley? IDs for the other tracks would be of interest as well.
posted by phrontist at 6:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Directing Art

Graduate degree in design = a career in art direction? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Dude didn't get a dell

Help us identify the model of this oldish desktop. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best software for uploading via a browser?

Webdav for Beginners: Need to setup remote disk access for uploads, but it must be secure, easy to administer, and run on OSX. What's the best way to do this, ideally with a gui? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 4:46 PM PST - 3 comments

NY in May for the whole family

Highly Specific Travel Filter: What can my family do — together — in New York in May? [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 4:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Android PDF reader: fast, offline, small - pick two

I'm looking for a good offline pdf reader for android (specifically, the G1 running 1.5) [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil at 4:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Orange ya glad I asked this in time for summer?

What is the best way for someone to peel an orange, if they have short fingernails? Assume growing longer nails, or eating the orange cut into slices are not favorable options. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 4:33 PM PST - 52 comments

Is NYC as cool as I think it would be?

I'm trying to decide between grad school and moving to NYC to be a software developer. Please de-romanticize that latter option for me. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 4:07 PM PST - 31 comments

Cinematography reel website creation?

My good friend is a cinematographer and wants to update his online reel. I said I would snoop around for ideas on how best to do this? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 3:54 PM PST - 3 comments

event site photo printing suggestions

I need suggestions for software and a printer to take event photos and print them on-site with a frame and event-related text. [more inside]
posted by cgk at 3:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice on structuring a presentation

[presentation-filter] What is the best way of structuring a complex computer-slide presentation? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

help my brother teach 5th graders how to write about the Constitution!

Help with Grade 5 Writing Project (related to the U.S. Constitution) [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Gimme pics!

Can I use images from books online without getting into legal trouble? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:57 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get my loan back ASAP?

I was not conned, but my friend will not re-pay loan. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 2:35 PM PST - 70 comments

Things Your English Teacher Taught You

What is the best thing your high school English teacher taught you? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 2:28 PM PST - 105 comments

Monogram my Mom?

Help me monogram Mom's pajamas in a hilarious fashion. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 2:16 PM PST - 34 comments

Stumped by a squirrel

Stumped by a Squirrel - can you help? We have a squirrel,in the attic, a probable nest, possibly babies in the nest, a Havahart live trap. It's been a couple of weeks, and since the first time we baited a smaller trap, s/he hasn't taken the bait from the (ostensibly) appropriate size trap. [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

DVD sets on eBay: too good to be true?

I'm looking to pick up a TV series on DVD. I'm fine with buying used DVDs, but some eBay sellers worry me. I see folks who offer the same collected sets, using the same pictures, and the whole set is selling for significantly less if I bought the seasons individually. Are they trustworthy? Or am I unaware of large discount sales where these people might get their stock? More queries inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Once you go Mac, you'll never go back.

I'm looking for a Windows-specific Mac-style keyboard. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I swap 30" drop-in ovens?

Replacing broken drop-in oven with another...plug-n-play or some disassembly required? [more inside]
posted by armyman83 at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you study a study?

How can a layperson find out if a study has been discredited, or else disputed? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 1:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Animated Shorts Filter, help with my nostalgia!

MeFi, help me identify a few animated shorts I rented on tape from Blockbuster about 10 years ago. I think they were compiled from the same festival(s over a few years) [more inside]
posted by andreinla at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

A man can't be too careful what he signs these days...

Why won't Apple Mail let me attach a signature to my emails? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Cool Tenant Wanted

I am about to close on my first house in three weeks and it has a small apartment underneath the main house so I am going to go from being a life-long renter to home-owner and landlord in one fell swoop. Help me to be a good landlord and attract good tenants. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 1:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Need help identifying Chinese song.

I need help identifying the very first (Chinese) song in this short film. I remember my mum having it on her mix tape when I was a young girl. Thank you in advance!
posted by branparsons at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you manipulate Google?

To SEO people out there ... is it possible to manipulate a small business website to push the business up Google's rankings and get it onto the first page of results? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 12:55 PM PST - 22 comments

What is the model, please?

Please help me identify this old Gibson guitar. What is the model? http://tinyurl.com/2wxccjj
posted by wsg at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

advantages of having a profile picture with your online general resume? (linkedin.com specifically)

Should I upload my picture in my linkedin public resume profile? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Daughter set up Facebook when forbidden. Now what?

Tween daughter on facebook behind my back.. Want to educate and discuss without freaking out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 65 comments

Should I tell my girlfriend about my nosejob?

At what point should one disclose prior plastic surgery to a significant other even if never asked directly? Is it a breach of trust to not volunteer something material like that after a certain amount of time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 23 comments

My oven has a dumb safety feature ... it doesn't get hot.

The built-in oven in my rented accommodation switches off when it gets hot — an unusual design decision, you might suppose. Thing is, it's not broken as such, just awkward, so getting it replaced by the landlord is unlikely. What alternatives could I use? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish at 11:58 AM PST - 12 comments

What is social democracy?

Are there any good sources to read up on modern social democracy, as a political ideology? Educate me on "social democrats" [more inside]
posted by wooh at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Small Network Name Resolution

What's the simplest way to get local DNS(-like) services on a small network? [more inside]
posted by DU at 11:32 AM PST - 7 comments

timeline for starting a new life?

I'm quitting my job, moving 2,000 miles away, and getting married. I've never done this before. When do I start applying for new jobs and looking for an apartment? Bonus points for library-job-specific recommendations. [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments


Looking for the ultimate thermos/liquid container. Can't seem to find anything satisfactory. Simple requirements: Airtight, glass insert, can hold ~30+ ounces. There are plenty of these on the market, but many of them leak. Anyone have experiences with a good one? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments

"Hello," I think… I could be mistaken.

Suppose you were designing a Star Wars-esque protocol droid. How would it learn new languages it had never encountered before? I'm writing a science fiction story and I'm trying to figure out how a language-learning robot character might realistically handle a situation. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:50 AM PST - 37 comments

Taking a break from work - help me make it count!

My wife has been feeling a lot of stress at her job for quite some time and is unsure of her overall career choice. She switched jobs about 1.5 years ago to try to reduce stress but her situation has not improved. She is concerned about finding a new job while employed (again) because the positions that she is qualified for would be similar. She is considering leaving her job and taking the time off to explore options and get herself into mental and physical shape. We've gone over our finances together and played out several scenarios that we think will work. Now we're seeking advice on things we may have missed or advice on how to make these months off really count as a time of mental reflection and physical health. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 27 comments

i'm scared i'm scarred

Bad skin reaction to Blackhead foampads. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Lazy gardening isn't cutting it

Cheap / free options for garden record-keeping? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 10:36 AM PST - 11 comments

work with no arms

What kind of jobs exist that don't require the use of one's arms or hands? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Let's get Desk A to Point B

I want a piece of cheap furniture, specifically this Fredrik desk from Ikea. Difficulty: I live around 280 miles from the nearest Ikea. Even if I wanted to pick one up, I drive a small car. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 10:05 AM PST - 28 comments


I now have a TIVO and a DirecTV antenna. Can I connect them together to do anything cool? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 9:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me avoid getting scammed by London Landlord

I'm in the US. Do I have any reason to believe that I'm being scammed by this person in London from whom we are considering renting an apartment? Link to apartment and other details inside... [more inside]
posted by crapples at 9:46 AM PST - 16 comments

I think the bleeding's stopped... here, let me check.

Any docs/pharmacists out there in mefi land? Anyone know if a side effect of Metoprolol is thinning blood? Or what else would cause me to bleed like a stuck pig? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 9:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Just Say YES

Can I *Gift* a friend in Portland, OR with several months of the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Help a farmer find his smartphone?

Which is more durable? The iPhone or the Nexus One? Or something I haven't heard of yet? [more inside]
posted by stet at 9:25 AM PST - 27 comments

Cartoon Heads.

I'm looking for the artist behind this drawing of Bender (the robots) head. From what I can remember it was apart of a series of similar head drawings which included Darth Vader and Homer Simpson. I believe the artist was selling t-shirts on his website.
posted by nam3d at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

I care too much about earbuds I break.

Another earbud question with maddening specificity. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 8:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for iPod wall mounted dock solution.

Does anybody have any real-world experience with a wall-mount iPod dock? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

It's busted, no waittaminnit, it's not!

What happened to my PC and why did it stop? Alienware Area 51 ALX, twin Nvidia 880 cards, Win7 32 bit. On Friday, I got a BSOD and then the system immediately re-booted. On boot, instead of the normal POST hardware enumeration screen, I got what appeared to be random characters and then Win7 went to start-up repair mode. Several cycles of this did no good. Backup was out of date (yes, I know, stupid of me,) so managed to get to a command prompt from the Win7 install DVD and run XCOPY to copy my entire user file to external HD. Took 3 days, I guess running under CMD wouldn't allow USB Speeds. Today, the file copy finally finishing last night, I started the machine intending to run Memtest 86 from CD, it started right up. [more inside]
posted by Expat at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I be patient and give this a chance?

Experiences with Cesamet (generic name nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid)? I was prescribed the drug for continued pain with a recent surgery because I can't take any habit-forming meds (opiates, benzos), but when I took it last night it made me feel incredibly stoned-- and that's not a pleasant experience for me. Will the side effects subside over time? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Closed adoptions in the 21st century?

What happened that caused the "closed" adoption to fall out of fashion, and what resources are still available to a couple who wishes to adopt a newborn without adopting a relationship with the baby's biological mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM PST - 23 comments

Flash? More like Strobe.

Help me play YouTube and Hulu videos on my PowerBook. [more inside]
posted by schmod at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

how do I insert multiple photos into a blog post?

how can I insert multiple photos into a Wordpress blog post? Right now it takes 5-6 clicks per photo, and it's driving me nuts. Note that I do not need a gallery, but rather I need to be able to select multiple images that would be inserted into the blog post one after another, so I could add text to each of them later. Thank you so much!!!!
posted by esolo at 7:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Best resources for recruiting smart people?

What are the best forums for recruiting a specific type of prospective employee*? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Punk rock teenage parental angst, but I'm an adult.

So I'm thinking about family therapy. I'm a 25 year old female with a strained relationship with her mother. Has group therapy helped you sort out issues with your family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Is Better Better Than Bigger?

I want to buy my wife diamond earrings. You are not my wife, of course, but assuming you were, would you value the size or the quality of the diamonds more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 58 comments

Value of an antique lie detector

I've come to possess an antique lie detector. How do I find out how much it might be worth? [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Final housing inspection - how long should it be?

How long should an end-of-lease final inspection be, and what kind of questions/attitude should I permit/tolerate from the owner? I have been renting a small apartment for about four years, and have just moved out. I had the 'pre-inspection' for moving out today, and the final inspection will be held on the weekend. The apartment is in good condition, I've been a good tenant, but I'm really nervous. [more inside]
posted by different at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Dealing with alcohol withdrawals

What can I expect dealing with alcohol withdrawals? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 7:07 AM PST - 16 comments

I am a prisoner of my own micro-boredom

What are some good one handed games/distractions for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:03 AM PST - 24 comments

iPhoto Keeps Killing My Library!

iPhoto Help Filter: About six months ago I opened iPhoto to the horror of little black boxes instead of events. Photos were exhibiting the same problem. I had ample backups so I browsed back in time to find the version of my iPhoto library that wasn't corrupt. I restored it. It happened again. I restored it. You guessed it... it keeps happening. [more inside]
posted by shew at 6:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Picking an affordable entry-level DSLR camera

I've been using Canon PowerShot models for years. My current one is the G10. I think with my experience in amateur photography, I can finally move on to something more advanced. Do you have any suggestions for an entry-level DSLR camera? [more inside]
posted by remi at 6:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Please help me find the name of the novel where God literally falls to Earth, stone dead, from Heaven.

I'm looking for the name of a novel in which God, portrayed as a gigantic being thousands of feet tall and weighing millions of pounds wearing robes and having a flowing white beard, quite literally falls to earth from heaven, stone dead. The story is all about the repercussions on Earth after this event.
posted by DrDreidel at 6:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Google Analytics in an iPhone webapp gone native

How can I make Google Analytics + event tracking work from without a webapp-as-native-application on the iPhone? I think it doesn't report a domain. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Stripping Glue

What equipment and chemicals do I need to strip carpet glue and paint off of a cement/concrete floor? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Legal help in Suffolk County, NY

Free/low cost legal help in Suffolk County, NY [more inside]
posted by ginagina at 6:04 AM PST - 3 comments

At the farms gate...

I have family visiting me here in Sydney from overseas and I'd love to take them on a fresh produce tour of the Hawkesbury farm trail. Problem is, we have just one day, theres a lot to choose from and I'm not sure what would be the best option! [more inside]
posted by Admira at 5:26 AM PST - 0 comments

Best, most effective drugs for a dentalphobe

Help me figure out which drugs I need to get through my next dental appointment. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 5:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Protege Lock not working

My 2001 Mazda Protege automatic locks don't seem to be working properly. When I press the remote, it only unlocks the driver side door. But when I press the remote to lock it, it'll lock every door. It isn't the fuse, because it is still working. So.. I'm not sure if this is some security feature i accidentally turned on, or if it is some sort of short in the automatic lock.
posted by fozzie33 at 5:07 AM PST - 13 comments

What's this song?

What is this song called? my mate keeps hassling me to find it on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 3:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I test whether a canvas area has finished rendering?

My JavaScript rough edges are showing. How can I test whether my html5 canvas area has finished rendering so I can use it for other purposes? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 3:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Et in Arcadia me go

Good weekend destination in some idyllic corner of rural England or Scotland? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 2:24 AM PST - 20 comments

A friend is dying. Help me help her and her family.

A friend is dying. Help me help her and her family. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 1:19 AM PST - 12 comments

April 26

Gender, Sexuality, and Education...HELP!

I'm planning a training for elementary and middle school educators on sexuality and gender in education. What do YOU wish your teachers/educators would have known/talked about/done/etc? [more inside]
posted by gleea at 11:13 PM PST - 24 comments

Why does my gas cooker not have gas anymore, and what do I do about it?

My gas hob/stove/cooktop doesn't have gas anymore, in any of the 4 rings. Our gas boiler appears to be working fine as we're still getting heating and hot water. The electric oven on the same appliance also works fine. The ignition works, it's just there's no gas coming through, but there was yesterday. What is wrong, and what do I do?
posted by Kirn at 11:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Maybe I could sell it to a bar as pre-made lemondrops?

Help! My limoncello is too sweet! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 11:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find my female role model.

Who is the female equivalent of Chris from Northern Exposure? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 10:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Product Review: Life

Looking for a poem about Life in the form of a product review. More details that I remember about the poem below the fold. [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 10:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Developing effective work habits in high school

What can I do to help my brother form a strong work ethic while he is young? [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 9:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Smith residence, Sally speaking!

How do children learn phone etiquette in a world with no landlines? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Rainbows, on my feet.

These shoes, I must have them. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 9:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Weight, genetics, and ratios. Or: Motivate me to drop some pounds

According to my waist-hip ratio, I am unattractive and will die of heart disease. How much will weight loss help? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 9:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Major problems with my Mini.

I've had a problem prone 2007 Mini Cooper S which is now in the dealer's shop after a major (potentially fatal) failure. Not being a mechanic, I'm really curious if I'm being fed a line of bulls**t. [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 8:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Recommend Me Some Books Filter (I know this happens a lot)

Recommend Me Some Books Filter (I know this happens a lot) [more inside]
posted by token-ring at 8:35 PM PST - 34 comments

16 year old wants his own business

What advice can you give to a 16 year old that wants to start his own business? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 8:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Boston-area dentist who doesn't insist on x-rays?

Boston-area dentist who doesn't insist on x-rays? [more inside]
posted by underdetermined at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

pray to your parent's god?

Gandhi quotation question. This is second hand and I cannot specify the second hand. Supposedly the great man said something like pray to your parents' god and any (whatever) god will respect that. [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 8:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you keep track of complicated deadlines?

Grantwriters and Anyone Else who manages complex deadlines and reporting: I am a newly hired grantwriter for a nonprofit. Help me develop processes to keep track of what has been submitted and when things are due. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 7:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a Mac app/Firefox plugin that will help me do focused reading online?

Is there a Mac app/Firefox plugin that lets you set a period of time, say 10 minutes, during which the computer is locked down and the only thing you can do is read the one webpage that you specify? No switching programs, no clicking on links, nothing else. [more inside]
posted by ben5757 at 7:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can my relative find a green burial in the L.A. area?

A dear relative will likely die within the next decade, and I am trying to help her plan a natural burial in L.A., but am flummoxed by California's regulations and am unsure whether it is a viable option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Too much workplace drama. Work it out or jump ship?

Three managers constantly create a triangle of drama and I'm in the middle. Fight it or move on? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 7:04 PM PST - 13 comments

String trio or quartet for wedding reception?

Should we hire a string trio or string quartet to play at our wedding (immediately pre-ceremony and during the reception)? I have no idea what difference, if any, the extra violin would make to the sound or the range of music that can be played, though I do have an idea of the difference in cost ($170-350). Is it worth it? (Bonus points if you can suggest pieces of music.)
posted by Dasein at 6:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Buying lamb in the PDX Metro Area.

Where is the best place to buy rack of lamb in the Portland metropolitan area? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 6:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I have too many hobbies?

Hobbies: I have too many of them! Is this really a problem? [more inside]
posted by goateebird at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you name this record from Last Tango in Paris?

Asking for a friend: In Last Tango in Paris, Marlon Brando puts on this record, which isn't listed in the credits. Anyone know the source? He sent this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9JRaX2mZ8c
posted by Badmichelle at 6:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I purchase Carlos Drummond de Andrade's poetry in Portuguese and English?

Where can I purchase Carlos Drummond de Andrade's poetry in Portuguese and English? Portuguese version is for a friend; English version is for me. [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 5:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Skeptic Smackdown

Does photography and reproduction of a publicly displayed sign fall under fair use? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 5:39 PM PST - 20 comments

In search of a good mexican food place in LA or San Fernando valley...

I'm in search of a good mexican food place in LA or San Fernando Valley... [more inside]
posted by SndyLnd at 5:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Best way to Guangzhou from HK Airport

What's the cheapest way and/or fastest way to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong airport? Train or bus, not plane.
posted by ajackson at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make myself go to bed at 10pm or 11pm each night?

I'm a 33 year old woman in good health who lives alone. Recently, for reasons I don't fully understand, I have been staying up too late (between 12 midnight and 3 am, once even to 5am), and it is making me very tired during the day, so I would like to stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:24 PM PST - 36 comments

"Why not reconnect?" Well....

A friend of mine passed away in February. Is there any way to get Facebook to stop suggesting that I reconnect with him? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 4:48 PM PST - 34 comments

A chocolate cake you won't regret! Examples of choice/regret in mainstream media.

A decadent chocolate cake you won't regret? Help me find examples of choice and regret in popular/mainstream media, including advertising/marketing, but also on the magazine stand, in sitcoms, etc. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 4:45 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I stream the same Pandora music across my network?

I have a couple networked PCs throughout my house, and would like to synchronize the audio from a streaming service like Pandora or Last.Fm throughout. [more inside]
posted by gameshints at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Parking Paranoia

Please give me advice about parking (and food?) in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye at 4:37 PM PST - 34 comments

can i haz it?

Lamb sausage has been in the fridge for a week+ and has turned mostly brown and in some spots even hardened. It smells fine, so please tell me if I'm about to provoke gastronomic disaster.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 4:21 PM PST - 28 comments

name yet another blog!

[name my blog filter] Starting a lifestyle blog, primarily focusing on going from an overweight, unhealthy and angry individual to a happy and healthy person. Totally brain dead on naming it! [more inside]
posted by firei at 4:16 PM PST - 16 comments

I heard it's always sunny there.

What are some can't miss things to do in Philadelphia for my boyfriend's birthday? [more inside]
posted by sephira at 4:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Emotion Regulation at the Movies

I have overly intense emotional reactions to literature, films, & TV shows. Please help me enjoy art like a normal person again. [more inside]
posted by granted at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

We're listening in.

"Your call may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance purposes". Okay, but do I have to tell you someone else is monitoring the call on my end? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Question about the TV show Treme

Question about the TV show Treme and race. (Possible spoilers inside. Well, at least, plot points inside.) [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 3:55 PM PST - 14 comments

I love you, you're perfect, now go away.

I'm the one with commitment issues, so why are we going to couples counseling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Need Help Tailoring Homeowner Insurance in WI

I am buying my first home in Wisconsin and needs homeowner insurance. Different companies are giving me different suggestions on minimum coverage. Can you help us out? [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD at 3:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it possible to realize something is wrong without knowing it?

Given that you've suffered some form of abuse growing up, is it possible to have a successful relationship given you have no self-awareness of the fact that this is not normal? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Failed smog, what to fix?

Hello AskMe Mechanics! My 1999 Chevy S-10 just failed its emissions test and I need some reliable information as to why and towards what I can do to make sure it passes next time. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 3:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Can someone explain the broken season television model to me?

Can someone explain the broken season television model to me? [more inside]
posted by Gainesvillain at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Where Can I Find These Boots?

Help. I know nothing about fashion, and nothing about these boots. [more inside]
posted by gtr at 2:04 PM PST - 17 comments

I believe I can fly... Oh. Darn.

Is it possible to become a pilot with diagnosed ADHD and depression? (Particularly, work for a major airline?) If you've done it, I'd like to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Brown Jordan patio furniture prices?

Finding prices for Brown Jordan patio furniture? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I download PDFs from online journals automatically?

How do I automatically "subscribe" to my online professional journals? I want the PDFs from new issues downloaded automatically, is that possible? [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 1:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Has the genre of music loosely known as "trip-hop" faded away or has it been incorporated into other genres/labels?

Has the genre of music loosely known as "trip-hop" faded away or has it been incorporated into other genres/labels? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 1:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Something besides insurance fraud.

What should we do with over 10,000 pictures of food? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

New York unemployment question for employers

I have a question about unemployment in New York state- but on the employer side. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

what was the music in that appliance ad from a few years ago?

TV commercial music filter: US television ad from a few years back (3-5 maybe) for a line of kitchen appliances (can't recall the brand - great ad, I suppose - so not sure about googling) that featured a montage of images showing food producers (farmers, fishermen, etc.) going about their work then smiling at the camera and holding the results (fresh vegetables, eggs, fish, etc.). But what was the piece of orchestra music in the sound track? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Super Sonic Haters

FontFilter: A font which reflects deep respect for low frequency vibrations. [more inside]
posted by Truthiness at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Will wifi or widi do?

How do I put together an HDTV DVR that can wifi stream programs and movies to multiple home TV's? [more inside]
posted by paphun123 at 12:50 PM PST - 14 comments

she sells silk sheets suitable for sweaty sleepers

Please recommend sheets for someone who gets very warm in the night. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 18 comments

everyone you know someday will die

Why am I unreasonably anxious about death? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 12:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Is this some kind of scam?

I don't use any 3rd party applications on Facebook but is this some kind of adware/phishing/virus etc? The images in the right frame appeared while typing a status update; when I finished entering the update they disappeared. I haven't been able to reproduce this consistently but it has happened twice since yesterday. Anyone seen this?
posted by domographer at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Darling, don't you go and cut his hair...

I'm pretty sure my mother gave our one year old his first haircut while my wife and I were at work, without our permission. She denies doing so. I'm not sure how we should handle this. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:28 PM PST - 49 comments

longsleeve shirts for thinner taller guys

I'm a mid-twenties, relatively-tall, relatively-fit (6' 1", 180 lbs...but I run a lot) guy who has a shirt problem. During the colder months I really like wearing long-sleeve cotton shirts as a sort of base layer under other things. My problem? I can't find any brand that fits...either the arms are too short, or the shirt maker seems to presume that I'm going to have a beer belly to go along with my longer than average arms. I.e., what I'm looking for is something like the small size of this, but with longer arms. I realize I could get larger shirts tailored down or go the bespoken route, but both of those options seem kind of overkill for what should really be a pretty standard product. Are there any brands that serve guys in my size by default? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler at 12:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Finding health insurance in 7,538,462 easy steps.

Need help finding a health insurance broker in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Mender at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there anything as good as an Onkyo P-304 anymore?

Where to find a new (or used) preamp that is like an Onkyo Integra P-304, P-306, P-308, P-309, or P-3030? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the joke?

What's the joke? A Non–Sequitir single panel. Please explain [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 12:06 PM PST - 15 comments

New House -- Who is at fault?

So my wife and I settled on a new house a couple months ago. We did our due diligence, had the house inspected by a licensed and reputable home inspector, bought the house under the guidance of a real estate agent with 20+ years experience buying and selling homes in our area. Nevertheless, the county sheriff came knocking on our door last week. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 11:59 AM PST - 31 comments

Just a bunch of points in time

[Geek Filter] I'm trying to figure out a way to take a MIDI file and use the pitch/duration information as data points to create a graph. [more inside]
posted by nosila at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Naming a cat and owning an already declawed cat

I'm adopting a cat off of Craigslist and have a few general cat questions (about naming a cat and owning an already declawed cat). [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 11:29 AM PST - 30 comments

What to do with ex-roommate's stuff?

My roommate moved out and left a ton of stuff behind. What do i do with it? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Find missing text in MS Word 2004 on a Macbook

Argh! Just pressed don't save on MS word (2004 for Mac - Macbook OSX 10.6.3) and now trying to locate autosaved previous versions of document. Help!!! More incompetence inside.... [more inside]
posted by you're only jung once at 11:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice and Lions and Tigers and Bears and Hot Tubs and Hairy Chests and Press-On Nails...

Some now-former friends have decided to jump into polyamory as a solution to a big mess of relationship crazy. I think this is a terrible, terrible idea, for reasons specific to both the couple and polyamory as a whole. But how do I discuss this with them (and others) without sliding down the slippery slope of defining what other types of relationships are "right" or "wrong"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 55 comments

DIY Pedicure

Please tell me everything I need to do/buy to give myself a pedicure. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Why yes I am from Jersey.

I have a podcast. Sometimes my voice is really nasally. Can I fix this physically or inside an audio editor? I guess what I’m asking is how do I develop a radio/podcast/speaking voice? (Hopefully without paying through the nose.)
posted by edbles at 10:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Free money? Hidden deathtrap?

Should I take a subsidized Stafford Loan if I don't need it? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 10:26 AM PST - 30 comments

What types of businesses thrive in "poor" areas?

The area I live in is artsy but fairly economically depressed. As a result, there are some cheap strip mall type storefronts and office spaces available. Since I've always wanted to go into business for myself, I'm especially tempted now that their are some inexpensive places available. The main questions is this: What types of business thrive in "poor areas" ? I've thought of the obvious ones; Liquor Store, Gun Store, Coin Laundry, Check Cashing, Cash Advance, Tax Prep & Porno Shop, Buy Here Pay Here car lot. None of these really interest me. Can you help me think of some other types of (legal) business that tend to thrive in poorer areas? Thanks!
posted by Hellafiles at 10:15 AM PST - 37 comments

I quit smoking then developed asthma.

I quit smoking two months ago, started running and weightlifting, am getting in good shape, and have inexplicably developed severe asthma seemingly out of nowhere. I have no insurance. I'm in NYC. Three questions: Why did this happen after I quit smoking? Should I see a GP or a specialist? How expensive are typical asthma meds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

“In Boston they ask, how much does he know?"

I'm moving away from home-sweet-home Boston in two months. What should I make sure not to miss before then? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 10:02 AM PST - 22 comments

Stephen Hawking's Reputation

What does the astrophysics community think of Stephen Hawking? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 9:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Heeeeere's ShadePlant! How to better conceal my feelings?

How can I better conceal my feelings? My face gives away every thought I have... Whether I'm angry, delighted, anything! [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 9:36 AM PST - 18 comments

Where is the best place to buy fresh seafood in Pittsburgh?

Where is the best place to buy fresh seafood in Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Agent Producitivity In An Imperfect Scenario

I need to measure my employee's performance however, due to system limitations, I cannot track their not ready time. What is the best method for measuring employee productivity in a call center that has vastly different call types with no good way to actually measure offline time? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

I need to learn how to meet women

I need to learn how to meet women. Six months ago my girlfriend and I broke up. Before I met her (she was a fan of some writing I did and pursued me), I was completely isolated. I literally never interacted with anyone beyond getting change at the grocery store. I've gotten a bit better, but being alone again I am finding it very difficult. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Why Dave Allen isn't suing everyone who mentions GTD

How did David Allen give his blessing to the entire ecosystem of GTD blogs and software? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 1 comment

On a mission for your best burrito, SF.

Where can I get the best Mission-style burrito in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 8:54 AM PST - 39 comments

What's the impact of driving a car 5 miles?

How much difference would it make if I walk to work, when I live so close? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 8:25 AM PST - 53 comments

How to turn my brain off?

Activities that demand one's full attention so the mind doesn't wander to subjects it's unhelpful to think about? Preferably ones that can be done indoors and alone. [more inside]
posted by Wisco72 at 8:12 AM PST - 45 comments

Hello, ["The] World [is But a Broken Toy"]!

I am interested in creating a simple Android app for my own private use, but never having created such a thing before, I'm rather overwhelmed by the dev info. Can you guide me? Or is there a simpler way of doing this that doesn't involve creating an app? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Im not an alien!! I think.

How do i best go about becoming a California Resident (as a German/Slovak Citizen) [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 7:59 AM PST - 25 comments

A place to share

I have enough credit to fund five people or organisations for a one year standard account at a dedicated photography hosting website. [more inside]
posted by michswiss at 7:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Why is weed still illegal at all?

Will somebody please explain marijuana prohibition? What arguments are actually persuading the people who vote for it? Do any of them actually make sense? Are there special interests behind the initiatives to keep it illegal? There must be real, solid reasons you can't buy weed in CVS yet, but I can't even fathom what they are. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:44 AM PST - 36 comments

Neighbor Craziness Problem

What kind of crazy is my neighbor and can my landlord do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by fries at 7:43 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I swim 5k in open waters?

How does open water swimming in a Lake or River compare to swimming in a pool in terms of difficulty? [more inside]
posted by wo at 7:34 AM PST - 16 comments

The world is listening.

I've been invited to participate in a fancy East Coast sound-art conference in a few weeks. I'm across the country. They don't have ISDN. What's the best way for me to participate live and interactively via the Internet? (Audio, obviously, not just text.) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments


How to resolve a potentially unpleasant roommate-moving-out situation? More details provided. [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 7:05 AM PST - 36 comments

How to implement user donations on my forum?

I own a forum which caters to a narrow interest in a small language, so it will never be huge. However, I still have to pay for hosting and decided to spring for a vBulletin licence last year. So I'm paying a modest sum out of pocket yearly. To help offset this I'm currently running a low level of AdSense ads. This does not bring in much, but I'm unwilling to "upgrade" to big, annoying ads. I'm considering implementing a PayPal donation button. What I'm unsure of are the social dynamics of this. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 at 7:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggest a candy for our technology lounge

What is the next candy in this series? Atomic Fireballs, Lemonheads... [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 7:00 AM PST - 41 comments

Should I be worried about my son's teeth?

Should I be worried about my son's teeth/jaw? Is it malocclusion? [more inside]
posted by sammyabdu at 6:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Japanese Customs (of the non-social variety)

I may have to hand-carry 50 copies of an English-language business book into Japan next month. I will declare the books to the customs inspector at Narita. Does anyone have experience doing this? Does Japanese Customs only accept cash? Is my lack of Japanese likely to be a problem? Is this a one-stop process, or will I have to collect the books later? Thanks in advance!
posted by quidividi at 6:06 AM PST - 3 comments

No Flash Web Gallery Template?

Clean and minimal web photo gallery templates with NO FLASH? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 5:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Did they write this job for me? Um, no.

Please help me get my first professional librarian job. [more inside]
posted by mearls at 5:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Flatbed scanner for my face?

I'm looking for a (relatively inexpensive) scanner with a good depth of field to scan faces, objects etc. Help?
posted by danburzo at 5:50 AM PST - 11 comments

"I like you but hate your taste in books". Can this be improved?

What's the most polite way to return a book to someone who loved it, and lent it to you because they were sure that you would also love it -- but which is so far from your preferred genres that there is no way you will ever get through it? [more inside]
posted by impluvium at 4:59 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I protect my flash drive from malware?

Can I use a flash drive to transfer files from university computer labs to my home computer without picking up nasty malware? I will often need to work on a number of 25-30 MB spreadsheets, both at home and in university computer labs, and I'm inclined to use a flash drive to transport the files. Because of download quotas, Dropbox might not work too well for me. Can I transport the files via flash drive while maintaining a reasonable level of security? If you use a flash drive on common use computers often, what's your method? Have you had security issues in the past? Thank you.
posted by surenoproblem at 4:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for video clips of religious comedians making fun of atheists / agnostics.

Looking for video clips of religious comedians making fun of atheists / agnostics. [more inside]
posted by querty at 3:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Planning a fortnight in Europe

Travelling with the parents in Europe during the last two weeks of July. Please help us think of destinations! Parameters under the jump. [more inside]
posted by hellopanda at 3:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Alone in Amsterdam...

Help me enjoy a solo trip to Amsterdam. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:06 AM PST - 20 comments

I know there's an instrumental version of "Thorns", but what's it called?

Years ago, I had an mp3 of :wumpscut:'s "Thorns" that was completely instrumental- no vocals at all. I lost it in a hard drive crash and have been unable to find it ever since. Can anybody tell me which mix that was and what disc I can find it on?
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:00 AM PST - 7 comments

April 25


I remember reading a quote about meritocracy being the cruelest form of society, as the less intelligent or talented had no opportunity to better their lot. Or something along those lines. Could anyone point me towards the correct wording for that quote, or even similar ones?
posted by Soliloquy at 11:54 PM PST - 7 comments

What else can you do with smoked oysters?

Please suggest some recipes using smoked oysters. I have several tins of them and while they're delicious on crackers, you can only eat so many at a time. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 11:34 PM PST - 9 comments

I want you so bad it's my only wish

Need help with identifying a half-sample of some eighties female vocalist, as echoed in a BEP single. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 11:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Source of supposed Augustine quote?

I am looking for the actual source of a quote often attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo, but I begin to doubt that it is his: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." I have searched his writings and do not find it anywhere. Any help? [more inside]
posted by Kentucky at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I read my Twitter feed from top to bottom in chronological order?

How can I read my Twitter feed from top to bottom in chronological order? [more inside]
posted by sockpup at 10:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Most energetic, artsy scenes in Europe?

What European cities have the most bohemian, young, open, creative scenes/energy right now?
posted by shivohum at 10:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Infected! win32/fakespypro

How do I manually remove win32/fakespypro (showed up from a link someone sent) from my Vista system? I googled,with no luck from any reliable sources. I have four antivirus pgms installed, they keep removing it but it comes back. I now have DOS issues, no internet, cannot execute most pgms.. I managed to get regedit up but cannot find the keywords to fix it. Oddly enough, my restore disk became full at the same time. Where are the entries in the registry?
posted by ~Sushma~ at 9:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Just wondering...

Facebook question. [more inside]
posted by melangell at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me solve my syncing problems?

How can I add new songs to my iPhone that I downloaded on my iTunes without waiting forever for the phone to backup? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I bring a virtual team together socially?

How can I bring a virtual team together socially? [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 9:00 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I make a purchase from Apple with the money in my Paypal?

How can I place an order with Apple with the money in my Paypal? Apple requires payment from a credit card, which I don't have. Is there any way to transfer my money? [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog at 8:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is the world so big? How do I make it smaller?

What do you do when the people you love and care about live very far apart? Is there a way to live a multi-city life, or should I just grow up, pick relationships to prioritize, and resign myself to seeing everyone else a few weeks out of the year? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 8:42 PM PST - 23 comments

My student fucked up and almost killed himself, what now?

Last night my student caused a catastrophic high speed centrifuge failure while alone in the lab. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Let there be light...

One of the two halogen lightbulbs in my Wolf range hood needs to be replaced, but we cannot budge it. The bulb is very hard to grasp because it is almost flush with the sides and we can't get it ro turn. The other comes out no problem, so it's not like there is a special trick to removing them. Ideas, suggestions, etc. greatly appreciated.
posted by mmf at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you recommend any speech recognition software for OSX with Danish support?

Can you recommend any speech recognition software for OSX with Danish support? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find interesting versions of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs?

Where can I find interesting versions (i.e. opera, acoustic, rock, etc.) of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs? Any language is fine. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt at 7:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I get my Facebook photo out of my e-mail?

I have a Facebook account linked to a Yahoo e-mail account. For some reason, my Facebook profile photo now appears in my out-going email. How do I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 7:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can my friend get a loan?

Friend needs about $3000 fairly quickly for an unexpected expense, but has some late payments on her credit report. The credit union she uses and the bank where she has an account have both denied her already because of delinquent accounts. [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade at 7:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Help id the manufacturer of this c.1963 shower cold water valve stem!

We have a drip drip drip in the shower and had the plumber look at it when he came to service the furnace. Unfortunately it's not just the gasket; the actual valve stem is broken. House was built in 1963 and length of stem is ~3.25" (pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vector_irony/) [more inside]
posted by saritonin at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to raise funds for a move and be good to those who help me.

Illustrator trying to relocate from Phoenix to Portland, having yet another hare-brained idea of how to raise funds for such a venture. Lots inside. Help! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Flowers for coworker's (and eventually more, I hope) birthday?

I've fallen hard for a coworker. Things seems to be moving in a positive direction and I feel like I'm reaching the point where I need to make my intentions more clear. It just so happens that her birthday is coming up. Would flowers be a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Should I trade my Chinese citizenship for a US one?

Should I give up my Chinese citizenship for a US one? If so, any tips or advice on going about it? Details and background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 PM PST - 27 comments

Life's a beach... but I don't want to die!

Help me plan my Outer Banks beach camping trip! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Chubby arms be gone!

Do my upper arms look flabby because I need to lose fat or because I need to build muscle or both? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 6:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Bike fit changes with weight loss?

Does your bike fit change significantly as you lose weight? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Best movies about modern art?

What are the best movies or documentaries about modern art??
posted by mortaddams at 6:29 PM PST - 27 comments

kitty won't stand up for treats - problem?

Are most cats willing to stand up on their back legs for treats they love, if they're also willing to "sit up"? If this one doesn't, is that grounds to worry about his joints? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 6:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Need POS software suggestions for local farmers market.

I was asked to recommend a software/hardware solution that would enable our local farmers market to allow patrons to visit different vendor tables, choose their items and pay at a central pay station. Currently, patrons get handed a slip and present a number of slips at the pay station. I look to you, oh crowd, as this area of technology is not my strong suit.
posted by mjmcport at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a way to "remove" engraving from a brass musical instrument?

Is there a way to "remove" engraving from a brass musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Trip suggestions from Vancouver please.

No thanks, Las Vegas. Looking for suggestions for a 3 day trip from Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Lease/notice to vacate question?

I am a landlord in WI. My current tenants in one of my units had a 6 month lease that converted to a month-to-month agreement at expiration. This same leave requires a 45 day notice (prior to the end of the month leaving to vacate which was signed as part of the non-standard provisions). They have been talking about buying a house for a long time, but nothing had surfaced yet. Last week, I received a call from one of the tenants that he was filling out his offer to purchase and wanted to know the amount of days required for notice bcs he wanted to close on either 5/31 or 6/30. [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 5:00 PM PST - 32 comments

What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?

I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 4:49 PM PST - 28 comments

How can I see London's Rolling Bridge curl up outside of the scheduled times?

Is there any way I can request a special rolling of London's Rolling Bridge while I'm in town? It normally curls up every Friday at noon, but I won't be in town for it. What are the chances that I can catch or request an unscheduled curl? (And if you've got any better ideas for what I can do in Paris and London immediately before and during the first week of May, I'd love to hear 'em inside, too...)
posted by paul_smatatoes at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Be a better barista

Barista classes in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 4:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Article search redux

Asking for a friend. She's looking for an article she read a few months ago online - possibly in the New Yorker or Atlantic. It talked about how television has replaced books/literature as the medium for social/cultural commentary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 4:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Bipolar II?

I've had serious depression for bassically my entire adolescence which has steadily been getting worse. After a particularly bad episode last year I went on a high dose of venlafaxine which triggered, what I'm now realising was hypomania. It was actually a pretty great experience - it bassically just made me really high functioning. I didn't do anything irrational or dangerous and I made tons of friends and did lots of creative work. That's worn off and now I'm depressed again. Does this mean I'm bipolar? I've had depression for a long time but I've never had anything close to a manic episode that wasn't triggered by drugs. If I am bipolar, are future hypomanic episodes likely to be as pleasant or could it turn into full blown mania? My uncle's bipolar I so I know what that's like.
posted by Chenko at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

New laptop time (I hope my current laptop doesn't read this and get angry).

Windows laptop suggestions or feedback. Details inside. Not looking for "Buy a Mac" as an answer. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 3:57 PM PST - 11 comments

road trip itinerary planning website

Looking for a road trip itinerary planning website... [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking Smoked Salmon Recipes

Recipe Filter: We have over a pound of smoked salmon in our fridge. Looking for suggestions on what we can do with it! [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 3:54 PM PST - 26 comments

How little sleep is too little?

Baby is 15 days old. Due to bf-ing troubles, we have been feeding him pumped milk from a bottle. Friday night we switched to all breast. Now he doesn't drop off to sleep immediately after a feed like he did for the 1st two weeks. [more inside]
posted by pipti at 3:11 PM PST - 36 comments

It's not that I don't want to...

Will vaginismus kill this budding relationship? (Apologies for the length!) [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 2:59 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the best font to use for a readable, 20-page document?

What's the best font to use for an approximately 20-page document? I'm applying for something and I need to send in a summary of the proposed project. I would normally use Times but I'm worried it's too cramped—it's really quite squeezed in there compared to other fonts. Is there a better one with a little more space? I feel like it should be common enough to be found on most machines, as I think the application will go in both electronically and on paper.
posted by saltykmurks at 2:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Like Spy vs Spy only more complex.

Books, films etc where the protgonist and antagonist are both "right"? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 2:46 PM PST - 38 comments

Grand Central to JFK?

How can we get from Grand Central to JFK? [more inside]
posted by dayspteh at 2:33 PM PST - 12 comments

What voice to write thesis in?

ThesisFilter: What voice should I write my thesis in? First/second/third person? Active? Passive? Passive-agressive? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Help an apt dweller cope with a house.

American homeowners, please help a lifelong apartment dweller figure out the basics about running an actual house. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 1:56 PM PST - 20 comments

The Internet does not suffer fools, apparently.

Help lost sheep get rid of pesky ransomware and rogue anti-spyware with dubious origins. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Is my behavior completely wrong?

Alright, so I am 20-something female, pretty outgoing/friendly, and (I think) relatively well-liked. My problem is that I can't figure out the nuances of human interaction. (FYI: somewhat-long question ahead). [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 12:52 PM PST - 26 comments

Pro-sumer overload - help me choose.

What's the best compact "pro-sumer" camera out now... at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Or should I just save up & buy the expensive back?

Where the heck do I get a really high-res board camera with a basic embedded system & the software libraries to control it? [more inside]
posted by spaghetti at 12:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking a plant with few needs

Suggestions for an indoor plant? Preferably a plant that can withstand temperatures between 5-15C, requires almost no care except for watering and the occasional fertilizer, and can be picked up at the nearest M&S or John Lewis (or any other major UK departmental store).
posted by moiraine at 11:58 AM PST - 20 comments

What is the etymology of the phrase "Paris is Burning?"

What is the etymology of the phrase "Paris is Burning?" [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Used car tips?

I'm thinking of buying a used car. Assuming that I know nothing about cars, what should I watch out for so I don't end up with a lemon?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 11:14 AM PST - 26 comments

True Crime sources?

I’m looking for workaday capers. Not brilliant thieves or brilliant cops – down a notch or three. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Waiting begets waiting

Is there a probabilistic or scientific argument that reasons "the longer you've been waiting, the longer you can expect to wait?" [more inside]
posted by cavedirt at 11:03 AM PST - 14 comments

My first long distance relationship with my first serious girlfriend. Bad idea?

I'm young, in a serious long distance relationship with an amazing girl, but don't have much relationship experience. I don't know where to take things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 7 comments

How to find proposals for past RFP?

Is it possible to find proposals that have been submitted to past RFP, including the winning bid/proposal? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Kick-ass movie soundtrack question.

Kick-Ass movie soundtrack question. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

High-end gay-friendly day spa in San Francisco?

I want to buy a gift certificate to a day spa for a twenty-something gay man with upscale conservative taste. I'm looking for a place that's sleek, sophisticated and oriented towards men, with good massage and other services, high standards for service and cleanliness, and ideally also offering lunch and cocktails. The kind of place where someone could lounge around all day drinking a mimosa and reading the paper, wearing slippers and a robe. It needs to be in San Francisco proper, not elsewhere in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Vista doesn't recognize iPhone as a drive - won't sync

Windows Vista no longer recognizes my iPhone 3Gs as a drive and I can't sync with iTunes. When I connect the phone it appears in the iTunes sidebar but no longer appears as a drive in Windows. My phone says it's syncing (set to manual, not automatic) but nothing syncs. So far I've tried: changing the USB cable and ports, reinstalling iTunes, hard booting computer and phone, and installing new iPhone driver. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by carriest at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Drink, drank, blecchk.

What are your best recommendations for curing a hangover? [more inside]
posted by heyho at 8:45 AM PST - 55 comments

Do loose threads mean I need to replace my bike tires?

There are black threads coming off the sides of my bike tires - do the tires need to be replaced? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 8:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find that book [Redux]

Where can I find a full of books put out by Playboy Mass Market Paperbacks with synopsis? [more inside]
posted by crayon at 8:37 AM PST - 1 comment

1/2 PgDn!

I don't want my PgDn key to scroll a page at a time. I want it to scroll half a page, or maybe 3/4 instead. How can I achieve this? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a great service business?

I need some "just-lost-my-job midlife-career-change" advice. Specifically, what is a great service business? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

is my anger justified?

I told my housemate I like him. He doesn't like me. Cool. Less than 24 hours later, he goes to a party and spends the night with another girl. Do I have just cause to be angry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 AM PST - 41 comments

I know my spouse cares about me. Why can't I shake the feeling that the opposite is the case?

How do I cope with my spouse's total lack of interest in my work and creative pursuits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Things to do in NYC on a rainy Sunday evening for an out-of-towner.

Things to do in NYC on a rainy Sunday evening for an out-of-towner. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Think Pulp Fiction meets Little Mermaid

Do studios provide official loglines for their movies? [more inside]
posted by jsmith77 at 8:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Will robo-pill help Mom take her meds?

Does anyone have experience with the Phillips Medication Dispenser service? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

"Serious over my cereal"

QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... " [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 4:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Feedburner RSS stats strangeness

The Feedburner RSS feed for my blog has suddenly increased its "reach" to ten times the number of subscribers. Is this a bug? [more inside]
posted by him at 3:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Best Mother's Day gift for someone whose mother has passed on?

What can I get my mother who is grieving over her recently deceased mother for Mother's Day? [more inside]
posted by wending my way at 2:48 AM PST - 13 comments

What book has people walking on top of forests?

Help me identify a book from my childhood with people walking on top of a forest. [more inside]
posted by unrulychild at 2:05 AM PST - 7 comments

I'd like to fix up and sell computers for charity...

I'd like to fix up and sell old computers for our charity committee. What sort of red tape need I concern myself with? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 12:15 AM PST - 17 comments

April 24

Examples of Cartoons Creating Cartoons?

Examples of cartoon characters making cartoons? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 10:41 PM PST - 29 comments

What do I need to know to get the best help for my long and bloody periods?

Reproductive organs going psycho in my 40s, seeing gyno this week, interested in hearing experiences, getting advice about questions I should be sure to ask. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 10:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Is it safe to share a phone's MEID with someone else?

I'm selling a cell phone on eBay. Someone just emailed me asking for the MEID so they can check it against the service provider. Is it safe for me to divulge this information, and would it be ok to post it in the actual listing?
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 10:33 PM PST - 2 comments

No, seriously, hope me.

I'm disillusioned, and I hate it. I'm not, by nature, a cynical person but I think I'm turning into one. At least where matter of the heart are concerned. [more inside]
posted by madred at 9:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Netflix on Wii -- How did I display the bit-rate?

Netflix on Wii -- How did I display the bit-rate onscreen? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan.

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 8:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I, at 33, grow up?

How do I, at 33, grow up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 33 comments

The Secret Marriage

Two years ago I entered into a marriage of convenience for health insurance. But the person I married was my live-in boyfriend -- someone I already loved and was committed to. He was the one who asked me. It's just that neither of us really wanted to go all the way and be husband and wife. We both come from broken homes and are very cynical about marriage. We thought we could have our cake and eat it too. Now things have changed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I buy a shower curtain and liner for an L-shaped rod?

Where can I buy a shower curtain and liner for an L-shaped rod? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 7:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.

Can anyone identify either the specific dome building in the background of first picture on this page or a similar type. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

One dentist shot too many

I went to see a new dentist recently for a somewhat minor repair to a crown. He gave me three shots of Novocaine, one of them in a nontypical spot in my mouth. Two months later I have reduced sensation in my tongue on that side. I think the dentist damaged my nerves in my tongue. It feels kind of numb to this day. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Ipod touch and router

I'm thinking of getting an iPod touch and realize I have to buy a router for it to get reliable wi-fi coverage to get email and the web. However, that is where my knowledge ends. Is this "router" thing portable? Can I take it with me and get coverage anywhere, or does it only work at home?
posted by PJSibling at 5:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for good quotes about moms

A short, sweet-but-not-cloying quotation for a Mother's Day card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Save the bush!

My bush has parasites or something, and I need advice on what's wrong and how to treat it. [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 5:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Songs that make people move

I am looking for songs that have brought people together, inspired them to persevere, made them desire to act or hope for a brighter future during any point in history. I am particularly interested in popular songs, songs from the African American community (including rap), work songs or religious songs that had these effects on people. However, I am interested in anything that you can come up with.
posted by qexcp at 5:19 PM PST - 26 comments

Call all HTC phone owners

Name that Android App [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

EU country with the best lifestyle?

EU country with the best lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 5:16 PM PST - 38 comments

Crazy for considering 14-year age difference?

Just found out the guy I've started seeing is 22. I'm 36. Now what? [more inside]
posted by janekate at 4:01 PM PST - 57 comments

NSFW: Changes in the bedroom after change in birth control method.

NSFW: Changes in the bedroom after change in birth control method. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find them!

My friends are at the Blazers game, and may have just been on TV. I'm not certain, but I want to hunt down the clip, if it was them. Is it possible to it? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Korean-English dictionary for Mac

Do you know of a decent free/cheap Korean-English/English-Korean offline dictionary for Mac OSX 10.6? [more inside]
posted by smorange at 2:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us figure out what type of massage lube is being used.

Lubrication filter: Trying to replicate something seen in a video with my girlfriend, but having difficulties figuring out what is being used. Link to extremely NSFW video inside. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 2:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Best I 95 Travel Days

Best days to travel I 95 from Maryland through New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by psc1860 at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Do I settle with someone who is mostly OK or do I dump her and go back on the prowl in hopes of finding someone who is awesome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 70 comments

YouTube on iPad - how?

How does the iPad play YouTube videos? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 2:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Three ways to embrace dreams?

I have accepted a job with the United Nations and will be going to Sudan in the next eight weeks once the visa is cleared. I want to make the next couple of months as personally joyful as possible - help me work in three areas of focus I can do every day. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

New York Men's Haircut, redux

Need to find a good haircut in New York [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I too late in saying thanks?

Someone made a small, kind gesture to me years ago. It was just a few kind words but it meant a lot at the time. Do I email him and thank him? Or is that too weird? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 1:14 PM PST - 36 comments

My grand South Indiana vacation

A friend of mine is getting married the last weekend of July. I have some vacation coming up in July/August. This is good. My friend is getting married in Jasper, IN, down in the toe of Indiana. This is... a little daunting, from a vacation standpoint. [more inside]
posted by ormondsacker at 1:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Saving hundreds of images from the internet manually

Simple, free mass image download program, specifics of situation within.. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us find these horse books!

Asking a question for the lady: Help us find these books! They are a series of horse-themed books for young girls, from the 1980's... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 12:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Music That Builds Anticipation

Music That Builds Anticipation? Good Anticipation, Not Scary. [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 11:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Is it feasible to start a brewery?

My family has an old family farm out in Hannibal, Missouri (Birthplace of Mark Twain™) that I've been told I could use for future business ventures. Is it a good idea to turn it into a brewery? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

sometimes i change photos. please don't ask me why when you call

Is there any way to prevent your facebook profile photo from showing up in people's phones as part of your contact info? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

should a historian become an archivist? details inside

should a historian become an archivist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Monologue ideas needed

SondheimMonologueFilter: HELP [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I need to watch 3D movies?

Do I need a GeForce graphics card to utilize the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit? I know I'll need a 120hz screen, but wasn't sure if I really needed the graphics card to just view the tech demos and The Masters in 3D.
posted by geoff. at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Are there cotton warm-up pants with ankle zips?

Are there cotton warm-up pants with ankle zips? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 9:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How common is it for trolls to track you over different sites for years at a time?

How common is it to have internet trolls stalk you across multiple sites, blogs, etc. over the course of years? [more inside]
posted by yeloson at 9:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Alternative DC Wedding?

My fiancée and I are planning to have our wedding during the springtime next year in Washington, DC. Have any ideas for an interesting, DC wedding location (on the cheap)? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 9:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Do GBA flash carts still exist?

I want a Gameboy Advance flash cartridge, but nobody seems to sell them anymore. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 9:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Fix or end romance when romance fades? Need relevant research.

I need a research-supported process for deciding whether to fix or end a romantic relationship where the romance has faded. [more inside]
posted by sninctown at 9:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Please recommend a car stereo with a USB input jack.

I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Economics for physicists

Can anyone recommend a book which explains the basics of economic theory in a way accessible to physicists/mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by snoktruix at 8:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me restore the finish on antique copper!

I have an antique copper pot that has lost its luster. It's an ordinary enough saucepan, but it was made and then brought from Russia by my great-grandparents in the 1880s. My own parents just recently passed it on to me and I'm proud to display it in my home. But it is rather dull-looking and is not as pretty as it could be. I would love some advice about how to polish it. I'm not interested in restoring it to a point where it looks like a knockoff, I'd just love to reveal the warm coppery glow I'm sure is lurking under the dullness.
posted by DrGail at 8:11 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you advance your freelance career at the age of 33?

How do you advance your freelance career at the age of 33? [more inside]
posted by spaceandtime30 at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Where's my networking batches at?

Windows networking and batch scripting help. Paging all windows command line gurus! [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments


I'd like to get a dog, but my work/living situation is up in the air next year. What opportunities are there to foster or raise/train dogs for a short period of time? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Help a man dress properly

I want to buy 10 pairs of black jeans so I don't have to do the laundry every week. Buying them in the local Levis store is terribly expensive (EUR 930/$1244). Looking for alternatives. [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 6:56 AM PST - 19 comments

I don't want to look anymore.

I would like to hear about some more resources for dealing with my porn addiction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 15 comments

How should I deal with my suddenly aggressive cat?

My cat had an aggressive episode about a month ago and has been tense and behaving uncharacteristically ever since. What can I do to help her go back to her usual self? Detailed info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Demand media- content farm or decent way for a writer to pay the bill?

Freelance writer interested in working for Demand Media. I've heard good and bad things. Has anybody on askmefi ever written for them? Tips, suggestions, warnings would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

What can I learn from taking apart a broken IBook G4?

Ibook G4, RIP... Ideas for use instead of throwing away (recycling)? [more inside]
posted by priested at 6:10 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the light source being used here?

[artFilter] Can anyone tell me what light sources are being used in this art installation? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 6:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I invite Mulder & Scully to my garden?

[GardenFilter] What is this alien-looking thing growing in my garden? [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 5:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How do people adapt technology?

What are good examples of the way normal people take technology and devices and repurpose them in a way the manufacturer didn't dream of? (e.g. using in car CD player as cup holder, or the spin cycle on a washing machine to soothe a baby) [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 4:38 AM PST - 33 comments

Adding commands to the command line

How do I create a shortcut to a command prompt window that will start a programme, with specific variables within the command prompt window? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Grass fed meat in China?

What are the chances of buying grass fed meat and fat (beef or lamb) regularly in China? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 3:36 AM PST - 0 comments

His master's voice

What, besides the volume, distinguishes the sound ("timbre") of a string quartet and chamber orchestra? Put another way, if I took a recording of myself singing, and overlaid 100 copies of the track on top of each other, would I sound like a choir section?
posted by Busoni at 12:48 AM PST - 11 comments

April 23

$1,000! Now what?

If you were a college student and had an extra $1,000, what would you do with it? [more inside]
posted by pecknpah at 11:26 PM PST - 43 comments

Masters degrees for artists/engineers

Help an craftsman with a BFA and an engineering bent find a masters program. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 8:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Perm in Austin, TX?

Question for a friend: where can she get a good perm for a decent price in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by llamabucket at 8:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Wall O Shelves

What is the best solution for a wall of bookcases? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:36 PM PST - 27 comments

What is my wife actually responsible for in this mess?

EthicalBarteringFilter: what should my wife do after a simple but significant labor-for-labor swap took left turn after left turn and wound up getting freaky? [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 8:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me help my printer print my cards.

What should I know about preparing personal business cards for print, using only open source software? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Talk Like A Nomad

What is one of the most widely spoken languages in nomadic communities facing current conflict/oppression/ethnic violence? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Road trip from Kansas City to Houston - activity suggestions

My boyfriend and I are making a road trip from Kansas City to Houston, TX, in mid-May. We like to explore small towns, eat at local diners, take tours, etc. What are your recommendations? We'll take either I-45 or I-35, and probably use some side-roads.
posted by esnyder at 6:54 PM PST - 13 comments

What tv show used "at the castle it is raining?"

I want to identify the name of a childrens' live-action comedic television show around 1980 with a castle and an ongoing joke where two of the characters (one Igor-like?) make a telephone call for the recorded weather announcement which always began with a version of "The weather today will be bright and sunny" (phoning character repeats this happily to their friend) and always ended with "…except for the castle, where it will be raining." What was this show, please?
posted by steveburnett at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How to extract a URL from a RSS feed with regex in Yahoo Pipes?

Regexfilter: I need help filtering a RSS feed with regular expressions in Yahoo Pipes. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Checked baggage fees on domestic flights for International travelers?

Do International travelers have to pay checked baggage fees for domestic flights within the United States? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Duplicate the experience, duplicate the machinery?

Thinking about ditching cable. I have alot of questions, but here's one in particular. Let's say I create/get the ultimate vector for watching Internet content on my TV (let's say I get a Roku box or I get an AcerRevo or something). But I have two TVs. Do I have to make/get two devices? The TVs are in separate rooms and it would be super awkward to string wires between them. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me replace OnStar with a GPS

Help me pick out a GPS to replace my OnStar service. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Oh, Father, Where Were Thou?

How can I track down the reservation my father was born on and adopted out of? [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

My son wants to use Facebook to raise funds for college

I am asking this on behalf of my son. He has set up a Facebook Group titled something like, "If a million people join this group, it will help me go to college." His idea is, once he has a lot of people in the group, he'll have a URL set up with ads on it, which he can tell his group to click on. His question is: what's the next step? He doesn't have a bank account yet, he's not sure how best to stake out a URL, how to parlay clicks into his college fund, or if there are other, more effective ways to implement this. And I am of little to no help; what steps can I take to help him?
posted by not_on_display at 3:14 PM PST - 23 comments

When someone customizes a car, is there a term for the car before it gets pimped?

When someone customizes a car, is there a term for the car before it gets pimped?—or do they just call it, say, a "stock Chevy"?
posted by markcmyers at 2:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Contact Lens-Only Sink

Dumb question - why was one sink in the bathroom dedicated for contact lens wearers? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 2:49 PM PST - 31 comments

Maybe I'm Cold Turkey Imagine My Sweet Boogaloo On The Run

Help me find the best albums The Beatles never made. [more inside]
posted by greenland at 2:39 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I get Creative Commons or equivalent recipes?

Where can I get good quality creative commons cooking recipes that I could incorporate into an iphone app? [more inside]
posted by ashepp at 2:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Q about ADHD meds during a long stay in Guatemala.

Here in the US, I'm prescribed Adderall for ADHD. This summer, I'll be spending 2+ months doing a mentally taxing project in rural Guatemala. Help me figure out how to make this work. Bonus points for any first-hand knowledge about ADHD treatment in Guatemala — legal aspects, practical aspects, whatever — or for any good sources to consult on the subject. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Conference call for 300 people?

What conference call service can I purchase for a one time phone call with 300 participants? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What recording studios do you know of in NYC?

Help my son get an internship in a recording studio in NYC [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me recover a GPT table!

I've somehow corrupted my GPT table on my Windows 7 box and i'm wondering if there is a way to recover/recreate this table. The MBR is fine and windows 7 still boots. Parted/Gparted cant see the partitions though (looking at the corrupted GPT) and it's becoming an issue because i'm attempting to dual boot with Ubuntu. Thanks!
posted by runit at 1:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Ipod in Whose Name?

I want to gift somebody an new ipod with maybe a dozen or so audiobooks already on the ipod. How do I best do this, given how ipods and other Apple accessories are linked with itunes accounts? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 1:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Here's looking at Euclid.

Where can I find free geometry text diagram creating software? Even not so free software seems to not do what I want. I want to be able to draw simple plane geometry figures (e.g. right triangles) with markings (e.g. to indicate lines are perpendicular or angles are equal) and labels (e.g. of a line's length or the name of an angle) and such. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I introduce the idea of a polyamorous relationship?

How can I tell my very monogamous husband that I am polyamorous and would like an open relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 107 comments

Awkward Girl tribulations

I'm a queer girl who would like to ask another queer girl out on a date. I have never done this before. How do I do this without being stupid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Please Help Me Decide What to Do

What are the ramifications of insurance fraud? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 12:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Something is rotten in the state of Mogok

What's with all the cheap rubies on ebay? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Teach me about religion.

I'd like to learn about various religions—scriptures, beliefs, everything. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 12:03 PM PST - 32 comments

My boyfriend just told me that he has genital herpes. Now what?

My boyfriend of four months just told me that he has genital herpes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 37 comments

Need help with resume: recommended services?

Resume help I'm in need of a professional to retune my resume. And I need help. Long story short: Is there someone you used who 'knocked you out'? (If you're a mefite who does this, I'm interested in your services as well) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 5 comments

I love him and I love his music but not his CD. Now what?

He's talented. He's just finished his cd, poured his heart and soul into this thing. But -- he fell in love with the studio, all those toys, sucked the life right out of this record. I've had a copy two days, I need to call him and tell him I love the record. But I don't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 44 comments

Renting a house 101

How do I rent a house (in Madison, WI)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 8 comments

medialess ipod

I have a new ipod touch, but i already have mutliple media players. What could i use the touch for?
posted by dstopps at 11:00 AM PST - 12 comments

I can't think straight when I'm not alone!

I can't think and problem-solve when talking to people. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:42 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a roof over my head

What should I know about renting in Salem, MA? [more inside]
posted by Dr.Enormous at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I go about finding a plateau within a set of numbers?

How do I go about finding a plateau within a set of numbers? [more inside]
posted by SamuelF at 10:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Why Incorporate?

What are the benefits of incorporating? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Not a coal mine but...

I am looking to compare the cost (monetary AND environmental) of mining/producing 1 pound each of steel, aluminum and titanium. Any resources tracking this type of thing? [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 9:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Beanplating taters.

[TatersFilter] What the heck does this sexual reference, "Soft Pack", mean? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Everyday I'm hustling. And crutching.

I broke my foot. And am a mess on crutches. Now what? And you are not my doctor, but my doctor won't see me. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 8:44 AM PST - 34 comments

Every attempt at a search party got shortened to just "party"

Need anectdotes and jokes pertaining to "where the hell did that guy go? (disappear to?)" [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 8:40 AM PST - 18 comments

I am my own grandfather?

How to represent a convoluted family tree in a programming data structure? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

How do pirates pirate?

When a software pirate cracks a program, what exactly does s/he do? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson at 8:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a reliable toaster

looking for a toaster [more inside]
posted by askmehow at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

OSX Snow Leopard and Win XP File permissions are not playing nice. Ideas?

OSX Snow Leopard and Win XP File permissions are not playing nice. The Mac seems to be writing permissions so that users on the windows XP file server cannot change or move the files. It says that you have to have "domain/user" permission. Is there a way to set permissions on the mac side so that all content created on the mac will have permissions set to be open for all users to modify. Or anyone have any other ideas of what could be causing this problem? Thanks in advance for any advice.
posted by pleuroma at 8:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Excuse me while I die of shame.

I'mEmbarrassedIDon'tKnowThisFilter: How do remote torrent client managers work? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:10 AM PST - 6 comments

brunch in jacksonville?

i'm looking for a "not-too-cheap-but-not-too-fancy" restaurant to take my wife (and 2 small kids) for a sunday brunch near Jacksonville, Fl / Amelia Island, GA area (for mother's day) -- know of any places i might could follow up on?
posted by mrmarley at 7:43 AM PST - 4 comments

What real tea sounds like duck tea?

What kind of chinese tea did we drink that sounded to our ears like duck tea? [more inside]
posted by thoughtless at 7:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Then god said "Hey! Don't eat that apple, okay?"

Is there a version (translation?) of the bible written in plain, contemporary english? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 7:16 AM PST - 32 comments

Buying a new car, American style

Buying a new car - is there an American car that fits the bill? [more inside]
posted by fx3000 at 6:52 AM PST - 34 comments

How to protect an inheritance/gift from taxation?

My dad passed away this year and my mom has very generously decided to gift the house to my sister and I rather than. The house is in Canada, I live in the U.S. (Permanent residence). My sister and brother in law bought my half of the house when the mortgage was due (approximately April 1st) so I now suddenly have a 6 digit lump sum of cash in a Canadian account. I have not signed anything yet. I want to protect this from taxation, I also don't want to jeopardize my permanent residence status or potential citizenship. I know I need a lawyer, but what kind and how do I find a good one? I am in Wisconsin, particularly Eau Claire since that's probably important.
posted by substrate at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Cool down my laptop.

[OvercompensatingForSomethingThereBuddy?Filter] I need the biggest, baddest mutha of a laptop cooler in the biz. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Selling my scooter: what do I do when they arrive at the door?

I'm about to sell my scooter on BikeTrader (I'm in the UK). What should I expect? I've never sold one before. Specific questions follow. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag at 6:20 AM PST - 2 comments

How to swap key functions?

Is it possible to switch the colon and semicolon key functions in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett at 6:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Over the Counter in Canada

Which over the counter medicine is available in Canada that isn't in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 5:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Wanted, tax day lenders

Do lenders make loans to cover property tax bills? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Major bank with free online transfer?

What banks or credit unions with local branches and ATMs offer free online ACH transfers to and from external bank accounts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Space Management Software

Can anyone recommend a space planning software solution that they've used previously? AutoCAD alone doesn't seem to be the solution and nor does MS Visio [more inside]
posted by fatfrank at 5:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me move on from YouTube

Where can I watch quality video online without needing to register, share files or download special software or media players? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 4:55 AM PST - 12 comments

"I like it when they play that sad note."

How do I learn to think and speak intelligently and systematically about music? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon at 4:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Even the notion of a career for life is outdated, what should I do?

I need help with what to *do* with my life - career wise...certain conditions apply. I would really appreciate any help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Proposal scenario and ring for 'alternative' girlfriend?

Calling all 'alternative' girls! I need some advice on how to propose to my girlfriend (I'm male). Expensive gifts don't impress her, and her tastes are more 'classic' than the norm. I love how she is, but my tastes are much more modern. I'd like to do (and offer) something unique and unforgettable but can't figure out what. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 AM PST - 33 comments

Trying to keep a cool head! ! !

Can anyone suggest a pillow that will stay cool? I'm always turning my pillow over during the night to the cool side - is this just wishful thinking - is there such a pillow? Any suggestions are appreciated!
posted by pamspanda at 4:13 AM PST - 18 comments

An interesting political issue at some point in history?

Please tell me about a time/place in history that had some interesting political issue that was very divisive at the time. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Honesty, or Deception for the Greater Good

Should I tell my parents that their cat, which I am looking after, has gone missing, considering that they are about to go on holiday for a few weeks and so won't be able to do anything about it except worry? [more inside]
posted by larkery at 2:08 AM PST - 32 comments

I don't want to crop anymore.

I'm a zoom junkie. What do I do with a 17mm lens? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:58 AM PST - 22 comments

April 22

Unfinished garage in brand new house

New construction but unfinished garage - is this common? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 11:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Need An Interviewer.

I have lived for half a century and packed in a century or more of life. And I need an interviewer. I need someone near me who will ask the right questions and get the story out of me. [more inside]
posted by Splunge at 9:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me "get" Mad Town.

What does a local's weekend look like in Madison, Wisconsin? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 9:32 PM PST - 18 comments

I miss the sound of your voice and I miss the rush of your skin

Help me get rid of his voice by drowning me in theirs? Music recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Open sesame!

Calling all ascended computer masters: why won't Foxit open my PDFs? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 9:01 PM PST - 18 comments

I hate dancing. My friends hate that I hate dancing.

I hate dancing at bars and nightclubs. How do I help my friends understand this without being a party pooper? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 9:01 PM PST - 27 comments

The secret to the ending of Somersault

I just finished reading Kenzaburo Oe's Somersault and I don't quite get the ending. Can someone shed light on why the main (initial) characters do what they do? Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by tksh at 8:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Rules and Guidelines for Life

TL;DR There is still hope. They have not passed the point of no return. Help me help them change their ways and change their lives. This young family needs guidelines for life which include cleaning, cooking, finances and vehicle maintenance. I am not passing judgement because "there, but for the grace of God, go I." I am simply trying to help. Unseemly details follow. [more inside]
posted by CleverCrow at 8:17 PM PST - 45 comments

Baseball on the radio... but which radio to buy?

I'm looking for an AM/FM/HD radio to tune in to the Sawx or the Pats when I'm working downtown Baaawstin on Sundays. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Teaching toddlers social skills

What should I be doing to help my toddler learn how to greet / join in with his classmates? [more inside]
posted by toodles at 7:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Best 60K gig?

In this TED Talk, Daniel Kahneman says that happiness increases with salary up to $60,000 a year, and then above that its a flat line. What is the best $60K job I can get? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 7:55 PM PST - 30 comments

That stretch feels nice... Oh no.

Should I be worried about my nausea and dizziness earlier? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri at 7:39 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I buy on Amazon?

I won a $75 gift certificate on Amazon. How should I spend it? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

How did you choose a doula?

What's most important in choosing a doula - experience, warmth, or views on birth? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend sperm donation/ artificial insemination movies, please!

I want to watch IUI (intrauterine insemination) aka artificial insemination related movies. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

What bands have names that are a word and then a number?

What bands have names that are words followed by numbers? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 6:51 PM PST - 93 comments

Impoverished humanist seeks meaningful connection

Scaling back to dialup? [more inside]
posted by philokalia at 6:45 PM PST - 36 comments

Seeking way cool ipad apps

What cool iPad apps should I buy for my brother? [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:30 PM PST - 32 comments

What is the best companion guide to Ulysses?

What is the best companion guide to Ulysses? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments


I'm always angry; what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 42 comments

Home Internet Use! I need advice for what to choose.

Background Info: I'm going to move into a house with 5 adults = 5 computers. No gaming or downloading large video files. But we would all use the computer for browsing the web, email, chatting and a couple of us may be streaming video to watch Lost or some other TV show. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 at 5:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for the song 'Ovechkin' by The Stills

Looking for a song online that I heard earlier tonight on the radio with no luck. It's by The Stills and as far as I know the title is "Ovechkin." Obviously, it's all about Alexander Ovechkin. I've been trying to find it for a while and can't get anything. Can anyone help me out here?
posted by fso at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Ticketing/reservation help for a Euro-rail novice

This summer I'm taking a trip to Europe that includes taking a train from Krakow to Hamburg (with a connection in Berlin) and then Kiel to Prague (also connecting in Berlin). Just booked the tickets online through bahn.de, but for the first stretch of the trip (Krakow to Berlin) it could not book me a reservation. What do I do now? The train is a Euro City (EC), so I'm pretty sure I need a reservation. Or do I? I'm used to taking Amtrak, so of course I have to plead ignorance on this. Please help a Euro-rail novice!
posted by squawk at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

I Love the WB

Looking for lyrics by the band Versus. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 5:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Every good celebration involves chocolate!

Quick! Where can I get a very celebratory dinner in the Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale area tonight, where I can expect an exquisite, excellent dessert? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 5:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for an office collaboration tool that will replace silly mailing lists.

Looking for an office collaboration tool that will replace silly mailing lists. [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 at 5:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Time to give up?

I'm 24 and I already have an undergraduate degree. Now I want to study something completely different: economics. Turns out it's a little trickier than I first thought [rant inside] [more inside]
posted by Zen_is_Lev at 4:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Negotiating rent after a viewing?

I recently applied for an apartment that I saw through a realtor. Then I met with the landlord and they wanted to negotiate the price up. Is this reasonable or not? [more inside]
posted by serathen at 4:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Chicago Housing Marklet

Just looking for some opinions on the housing market, specifically the condo market in Chicago. My husband and I are considering a purchase - we are renters now - before the tax incentives expire. We are living on a fixed income now. A longer term ARM, 7/1 or 10/1, seems to offer the best rates, but as we don't want to sink our whole nest egg into a down-payment, we are a little worried whether the market has really bottomed out and what will happen after all the incentives for first-time buyers disappear. We don't want to be upside down a year from now. ( housing market condo Chicago mortgage )
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Or possibly: "(I should have been a piano teacher, and had a house full of children.)"

I am no longer sure if I dreamed this passage from Nietzsche or not, and may be losing my mind. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by finnb at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

I want windowboxes without water damage

Is there a way to attach window boxes to a third story condo without creating a vector for water to get under the siding? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 3:55 PM PST - 2 comments

transatlantic candy for cheap

I want to send a simple 5 lbs. bag of tootsie rolls candy from Florida to Glasgow, Scotland. I want to do this for somewhat less than it costs to buy a small aircraft carrier full of cocaine and diamonds. Help me.
posted by dong_resin at 3:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the less-obvious ramifications to applying for a gun license?

GunFilter: What, if any, are the less-obvious ramifications of getting both a concealed-carry permit (WA state), and an alien firearms license (which is required in this case to get the permit)? For example, I assume these licenses show up on police computers - might that change the way police interact with you under certain circumstances? Are there other aspects of life where these licenses, or the database entries created by them, might influence situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc at 3:50 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I measure how many kilobytes of memory for a fast UNIX program?

UNIX. There's /usr/bin/time to measure how much time a unix command needs to finish. What's the equivalent for spitting out how much memory a unix command needed to allocate to finish it's work? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 3:50 PM PST - 5 comments

you have 278 new messages

This may be completely unanswerable, but can anyone remember the maximum number of voicemail messages someone with an average U.S. cellular plan could keep in their mailbox at one time... about 8-10 years ago?
posted by thinkingwoman at 3:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Brand new 1975 Norton Commandos for sale? What - arrgh!

Help - I'm on a very short fuse! Any experience/recommendations with services in Belgium (Aalst) that will pick up, pack and ship items to the USA, at 'reasonable' cost? [more inside]
posted by Pressed Rat at 3:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Releasing java software

When companies wish to release software written in java, but want to be sure the source cannot be seen/decompiled, what is the common solution? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 3:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me build a solid web design/development foundation from scratch

I want to create a simple but dynamic Bible-reading web app from the ground up. I have very little web design and development experience. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 3:00 PM PST - 4 comments

In what Beavis and Butthead episode/video snarkery segment, in which Beavis is either making fun of or unable to understand something, does he go "Words.... words.... uh... words...."?

In what Beavis and Butthead episode/video snarkery segment, in which Beavis is either making fun of or unable to understand something, does he go "Words.... words.... uh... words...."?
posted by bitterkitten at 2:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Hard drive to use with Fostex D2424LV MKII?

What hard drives can I use with a Fostex D2424LV MKII digital recorder? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 2:43 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I merge two lists with different sort methods?

How can I merge two directory trees, one arranged "Last, First", the other arranged "First Last"? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Music that makes you feel like you could walk through a brick wall.

The Heavy's "How You Like Me Now?" gives me that pumped up, confident, take-all-comers feeling. What are some other specific songs that might have that effect? [more inside]
posted by the other side at 2:22 PM PST - 72 comments

Need help with Google Voice

I'm trying to use Google Voice instead of Jott to transcribe voice messages that I send to myself on my mobile phone. It works fine when I call from my work landline, but when I call from my mobile phone, the Google Voice lady starts asking for my PIN - i.e., I can't leave a voice message. Obviously I've got it set up wrong, but I don't know how to fix it. Please help!
posted by Rad_Boy at 2:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Can people with different roommate styles live together?

How do I deal with having a roommate who has never had roommates before and has different expectations about being roommates than I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Making love out of nothing at all.

Geek dating filter: I (female) have a guy friend who I'd like to make into something more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 22 comments

I'm playing in a men's soccer league this summer! What should I do first?

I'm playing in a men's soccer league this summer! What should I do first? [more inside]
posted by Hiker at 2:14 PM PST - 15 comments

How would you handle this situation?

I volunteer in a teacher's class; he says and does some things that I think are counterproductive to what I'm trying to do there. Some of these things seem racially tinged and others are more just irritating. How should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 1:47 PM PST - 16 comments

What to expect in a company acquisition?

My small company is probably going to be sold to a much larger competitor later this year. Since the two companies are in different market tiers, and we're already well-established in ours, they will almost certainly keep our company intact and we will become a subsidiary of them. As an employee, what should I expect? Has anyone been through something like this? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Order tracking/CMS for custom business?

How would you go about creating a CMS-like system for a business that does (low volume) custom work to a buyer's specifications? [more inside]
posted by entropic at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Find dead youtube pages?

Youtube filter: how do I find pages for videos on youtube that have been taken fown for DMCA violations? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 1:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Debt Settlement

I have a credit card debt of $4200 on a closed account, which I want to get rid of by end of this month. The interest rate charged is almost $65 I talked to the credit card company and asked for a settlement which they agreed for 60% off my balance i.e pay $2500 approx, but said this will be reported on my credit report, and I will also owe tax on the remaining debt. Should I go this way, or pay off my debt completely?. I have an average credit score of 660 and have no other debt.
posted by jassi at 1:30 PM PST - 9 comments

If you won't let me pay you, you better like cookies...

Help me think of some simple gestures of appreciation for a friend who is giving me free music lessons. [more inside]
posted by messica at 1:19 PM PST - 9 comments

tethering a tablet?

What currently available smartphones will be best at tethering an Ipad or other soon-to-be-released tablets? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 1:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Digitize THIS

A friend is looking for a company or service to scan in 20 boxes of random art, journals and material over the next year while she's in Korea. Where would you go? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Songs for a great Istanbullu mix?

Help me make an awesome Istanbul travel mixtape! [more inside]
posted by mckenney at 1:06 PM PST - 15 comments

seeking leak detection referral in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX filter... hello, fellow Mefites! I come to you today for a service referral. I have a water leak somewhere in my garage, probably coming from the water heater and/or washing machine. I've made an attempt in the past to track it down, but now simply want to find a reputable, fair and competent leak detection service.
posted by rxbert at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Secure my SSH

SSHFilter: I'm trying to disable authentication by password for SSH users accessing a server from a remote location. By everything I've read it seems like I've done exactly that, but I can still log in from a remote machine using a password only. Help me get that to stop. [more inside]
posted by scrutiny at 12:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Green YAL

YAL with an environmentalist twist. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Help DIGG me from this hole

Help me find this Digg type message comment system for my corporate internal site. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 12:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Numbers make my brain go Wugga Wugga

[Money Filter] Help me pay off this loan wisely. [more inside]
posted by trixare4kids at 12:06 PM PST - 10 comments

The three-tiered plan to change my life.

Looking for advice on how to deal with my mother, who's gotten it into her head that I should completely change my life in every way by the end of 2010 (including getting an arranged marriage.) Novella-length details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Does my personal theology allow me to be an active member of the Episcopal church?

I have recently started going to an Episcopal church and I want to know if my personal theology really jives with that of the church. What resources are there for this? Are there Episcopalians out there who can give me some feedback on this? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:57 AM PST - 43 comments

How to handle the breakup of a long term relationship?

How to deal with / move on from a long term relationship when your partner suddenly loses passion in said relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Should I Transfer?

Could I get some advice on whether to transfer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it a mistake to buy an HDFC coop apartment in Brooklyn?

I'm strongly considering putting in a offer on an income-restricted HDFC coop apartment in Brooklyn. I just straddle the income limits for 2009, but am well below it for 2006, 2007, and 2008, and the agent has assured me that won't be a problem, given the board an lawyer for this building (meeting the spirit of the regulations, if not the letter). I can afford to put down a large enough down payment so my monthly costs end up being slightly less than what my rent is now (with significantly more stability in cost from year to year). So I'm pretty sure this makes sense for me, but my only question is: is this a mistake in terms of eventually reselling the place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 AM PST - 3 comments

It's my car! Now what?

I am about to own my first car that's actually mine. No, this isn't a car-purchasing question. This is a, "What else do I need to know?" question. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me identify this BMW.

Please help me identify the approx. year and model of this BMW (another angle). Thanks.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Good movies with better music needed

What are some movies that I can watch just to listen to the soundtrack? Doesn't have to be a musical, but musicals are fine. [more inside]
posted by Goodgrief at 11:48 AM PST - 40 comments

I want to open a coffee shop but I have no experience in the industry. Where do I start?

I want to open a coffee shop but I have no experience in the industry. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by evanm at 11:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I be doing more of my shopping online?

Is doing more shopping online a (sensible) way to save money on standard, living day-to-day purchases? Which reputable companies and sites should I be looking to? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Mass Google Mass Emails

Is there an application that exists which allows the user to cut/paste several emails into large text field, hit enter, and then have it open a separate Firefox tab for each email, displaying the Google search results of each? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Walking pneumonia. What shouldn't I do?

I am recovering from walking pneumonia and a sinus infection. Is there anything special that I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 11:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Changing demographics of France: fave book?

Please recommend to me your favorite book(s) treating the changing demographics of France, and the social, political, and cultural ramifications thereof. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it OK if I pretend SQL is just a funny dialect of Haskell?

I want to use nested SELECT statements to make my SQL procedure more readable. Is this a bad idea from a performance point of view? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:29 AM PST - 7 comments

What would you do with 30k in cash savings at 27?

I'm 27, employed, single, renting in the city, what do I do with 30,000 in cash savings? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto at 10:24 AM PST - 44 comments

How to maintain sub navigation on a Wordpress page when on a post detail page

I have a wordpress website that is using a custom page template that queries posts from a particular category. This page template has a sub nav(s) in its left column thats generated based on what top level page has been selected. All this works fine and the page template displays all the correct posts. The problem is the post items displayed in this page template link through to the post detail page (single.php) as this is the post detail page im not sure how to keep the relevant left column sub nav in place that relates to the section they where in? suggestions appreciated
posted by toocan at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me with an Excel question?

Can you help me with an Excel question? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 10:12 AM PST - 13 comments

This is why I don't gamble..

My family member went to Potawatomi Bingo Casino in 2006 and won a small sum of money. Fast forward to March 2010, she gets a bill from Wisconsin asking her to pay taxes, interest, and fees on the money she won. She calls and inquires about this, and is told she has to file a state tax return for Wisconsin. She wants me to do it on the computer, but I don't know what I'm doing. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 AM PST - 8 comments

DVD indexing/cataloging software options?

Does anyone have any suggestions for DVD indexing/cataloging software options? [more inside]
posted by neksys at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

One IP, one vote.

I need a reliable online voting system, one which can authenticate unique users by email address, avoiding any gaming by IP switching, and still operate via secret ballot. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Is this going to be a National Lampoon-style vacation?

My partner and I want to go on holiday in October with my father. But how can we compromise with my family to make this the holiday we all want to go on? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 9:26 AM PST - 3 comments

High-speed firewall for home useage

How do I find a firewall for at home that can deal with a very fast (32-100 Mbit) cable connection in Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the disadvantages of credit unions as opposed to banks?

What are the disadvantages of credit unions as opposed to banks? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 9:09 AM PST - 35 comments

Luckily, there are enough parachutes for everyone. Evacuation is orderly.

Need some new "broken jokes," please. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:05 AM PST - 99 comments

Staying abreast of the ads that are best

I need to keep on top of the advertising/marketing zeitgeist. Which blogs and online resources should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap BYOB/F party venue in Seattle

Looking for a birthday party venue in Seattle that meets the following requirements: lets you bring your own food AND booze, fits about 50-100, allows loudish dance music, and is free. Hahaha. (Cheap, maybe?) [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

When does getting a bathroom remodel "right" become wrong?

What's the best time and way to have this awkward conversation with my bathroom remodeler -- if at all? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the technical term for the actual money you make on an RE investment?

Real estate term. What is the technical term for the actual money you make on an RE investment? capital multiple? investment multiple? return multiple? Not IRR,the actual return.
posted by priorpark17 at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I feel like I need to snoop?

My boyfriend and I broke up for a week. The entire time, he insisted he was in love with me and felt like I was the one. He was convinced we could work it out but I needed some space away from him to clear my mind and make a decision. Now, we've decided to work things out but I've come across evidence that he's using online dating websites. Do I call him out on this or what? [more inside]
posted by ChucksNPaintbrushes at 8:28 AM PST - 130 comments

Where to live in London?

Moving to London. A few specific questions. [more inside]
posted by dubold at 8:18 AM PST - 29 comments

Kind of like teaching an upset, 10-year old sack of potatoes to read.

Advice on making reading palatable to a disgruntled ESL 10-year-old. [more inside]
posted by sdis at 8:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Travel in a post-Eyjafjallajokull world?

Buying tickets to Amsterdam in September. What are the risks of travel disruptions based on further volcanic activity, and is there anything I should do to mitigate those risks? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 7:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Which Windows laptop is semi-equivalent to this Mac?

My girlfriend is looking for a laptop. She's used to a Mac (desktop) and we've determined that the MacBook Pro 15-inch with 2.4 ghz Intel Core i5 processor (she's a photographer, so needs a decent amount of power). We're pretty sure she'd be happy with that, but we're trying to figure out how much we'd save by going Windows. Of course, trying to figure out an equivalent Windows to a Mac is a bit baffling (to me, anyway), so...I turn to the fine people of Askmetistan. What's a good comparable?
posted by The Dutchman at 7:42 AM PST - 34 comments

Quicken and Mint - The best of both worlds

Please help me find financial management software that both (1) keeps data in sync when used on multiple devices and, (2) works offline. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 7:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I suggest to someone that their dog needs some basic obedience training?

How do I suggest to someone that their dog needs some basic obedience training? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments


What kinds of things have words written on them in ultraviolet ink? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Legally required to release polling data?

Is there a legal requirement for an organisation in the UK to release data from opinion polls they have conducted? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Mommy Rendezvous

I live in Allentown PA. My mother lives 7.5 hours away in Wytheville VA. Where can we meet to hang out this weekend? We had originally planned to camp and hike but there is a 75% chance of thunderstorms and I am honestly just not that hardcore. Something geographically between us would be great, as we only have a weekend. My mother would really like to take a day hike, but at night it would be great to have something to do/a cute town to hang out in/a good restaurant to eat at. Whatcha got? [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 6:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Junior, please don't hit your sister in the face with the cat!

Just found out I'm pregnant again, firstborn is 14 months. Any tips on how to wrangle two small ones? [more inside]
posted by kpht at 5:44 AM PST - 22 comments

PhD now or later

Is there an 'expiry date' on your studies when it comes to being admitted to a PhD? I'm thinking of working for a while first. [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 4:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Tool to create unscaled call-out from a thumbnail image?

I'm looking for some software that can highlight the position and appearance of controls on zoomed-out screen shots for a software tutorial. Does software for doing this exist? [more inside]
posted by Wilka at 4:02 AM PST - 2 comments


Liechtenstein: worth visiting? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 2:17 AM PST - 13 comments

How to create a new Unique Identifer Number without Clashes

Help Creating A New Unique Identifier [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 12:44 AM PST - 13 comments

April 21

Should I get involved with my friend?

A friend and I are verging on adding "-with-benefits" to our relationship, and I need some help deciding what to do. Warning: young adult stupidity and beanplating inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 PM PST - 48 comments

Why is Windows Media Player 12 not adding certain files to my library?

Why is Windows Media Player 12 not adding certain files to my library? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Best choices for a web developer's Windows 7 laptop

Web designer-person looking for a new computer by the end of next week (definitely Windows 7, probably 64bit, probably on a laptop). I want a machine that should serve me well as my home office mainstay for the next 5 years, I want to pay as little as reasonably possible, and I have to get this done before the end of next week. My big question: how do I get the best bang for the buck when it comes to choosing the kind of chip, RAM, hard drive speed, dedicated video memory, and any other factors I've failed to list? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 9:34 PM PST - 11 comments

What is this microphone?

What is the microphone attached to the computer in this picture? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 9:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I take this job?

After months of unemployment and hearing nothing back from potential employers, I've finally had a slew of interviews. Unfortunately, the companies seem to be on totally different hiring schedules and I don't want to miss a great opportunity simply because that company takes a much longer time to go through the hiring process. [more inside]
posted by amandarose at 9:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Does heating / microwaving food mitigate mono?

How safe is it to eat cooking from someone getting over mononucleosis? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

The Sounds of the Creative Commons

musicfilter: What are the best songs released under a creative commons license? [more inside]
posted by beardlace at 8:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Modern Propaganda

How do advertisers manipulate people? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey at 7:51 PM PST - 46 comments

Metafilter Blocked?

Why can't I access Metafliter, AskMefi, or MetaTalk at work? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 7:38 PM PST - 14 comments

American activities for kids

I’ve volunteered to represent the United States at an international night for 10-13 year old girls. What sort of fun activities that reflect American culture could I organize? [more inside]
posted by emd3737 at 7:32 PM PST - 26 comments

a sweet truck nevertheless

Can I wait a couple of weeks to fix my exhaust system? [more inside]
posted by milkman at 7:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you name this tune in three notes? Name that tune!

NPR Morning Edition: Name that Tune... [more inside]
posted by Andy's Gross Wart at 7:06 PM PST - 6 comments

emancipate this clock.

Clock Repair Question: I have a slave clock that I would like to run as an independent. How do I do it most easily? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Who's doing the music in the Lotus online video ads?

I don't know the software but I like the music. What is it? [more inside]
posted by amusem at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

iBook filter

Getting ready to give away/sell my old G3 iBook (White 800 mhz). I've wiped the drive and re-installed OSX from the original install disks. But ... I can't get past the registration screen. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 6:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Using EXIF time stamp as blog post time?

I want to set up a little "one picture a day" blog, using something like Tumblr, except I want the time of the post to be taken directly from the "Date Picture Taken" EXIF data. Is there a CMS (or even better, a Tumblr hack) that will allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

My fancy shower has mold. Help me!

My huge fancy stone-tile shower is growing mold like crazy. What can I use to clean this up that won't hurt the septic tank? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:16 PM PST - 13 comments

To partition or not to partition?

Do you like or dislike when websites split articles into multiple pages? How does Google handle multi-URL articles? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn at 6:10 PM PST - 65 comments

Would you feel safer knowing that the person next to you does not have cool magnet toys?

Can I bring ferrofluid on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by cubby at 6:00 PM PST - 11 comments


Digitial TV - why does it lose reception in distinct cycles? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 5:48 PM PST - 8 comments

I love watching chickens thaw...and hillbillies...

Seeking documentary suggestions, slightly specific. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 5:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Jack's a dull boy

How can I help my husband more easily transition from work-time to after-work time? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 5:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Advice on DIY electrical work

How to route electrical cable around a pipe, a question about a floor box for an electrical outlet in a kitchen, and a good book for general home electrical work? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:13 PM PST - 7 comments


Give me some real-world benchmarks so I can understand the metric system. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 5:11 PM PST - 43 comments

"Game Art" universities in Montreal?

Do you know of any schools in Montreal that offer programs in Game/3D Art? So far my results only show character-animation based schools, and I'm looking for something less specialized in the field. (The Game Art & Design program at the Art Institute is sort of my reference point.)
posted by Tequila Mockingbird at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Please Hope My Wild Mourning Doves

A couple of mourning doves have nested and I think laid eggs right next to where I hang out in our back yard. I was really excited that they weathered a little rain storm last night, but I probably jinxed them. A short while after I checked on them this afternoon a hawk chased the birds away. The hawk wasn't able to get the eggs because I chased it away. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments

What questions should I ask at grad school visit?

Going to New York next week to check out the grad school program I've been accepted to. What should I look for/what questions should I ask/etc? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 4:26 PM PST - 10 comments

File sharing borked

Why is file sharing in Mac OS X 10.5.8 suddenly flaking out on me? [more inside]
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Category of symphonic music in 'Mirrorball'

What category of symphonic music is used in Peter Gabriel's cover of the song 'Mirrorball' off his new album 'Scratch My Back'? [more inside]
posted by Woo! at 4:10 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I find a cheap Copic Marker vendor?

I am looking for cheap Copic Ciao/Sketch markers. They are very expensive (the cheapest I have found is $80 USD for a pack of 36, but the sale is no longer on). I was wondering if anyone knows of a good vendor who sells them cheaply. I live in Canada (meaning: it would have to be local or a vendor that ships to Canada).
posted by angelaas525 at 4:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Because eco-pirate is not a viable job option

MultiFacetedCareerFilter: ideas/plans to shift from my office job into a Blue collar (preferably Green collar) trade skill that I can (eventually) take with my as I travel around the world. Etc. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 4:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Laughing boss derides

New person at work. I like her but she wears perfume and we're practically elbow to elbow in a tiny room with little ventilation, and my eyes are still sore and blinky three hours after leaving the place today. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 3:56 PM PST - 30 comments

How to choose a mentor?

How to choose a mentor? [more inside]
posted by abbat at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

"Myself" vs "me"

Grammar filter: Is it wrong to use "myself" when "me" seems to sound better? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 3:38 PM PST - 34 comments

What does having spasticity feel like to you?

What does having spasticity feel like to you? CP, MS, stroke, help me understand. [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out.

WTF is growing out of the floor in my basement? It looks like glossy human hair and it is freaking me out. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 2:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Why don't hockey players dive like in soccer?

How come diving in soccer has become so prevalent but hockey for the most part has avoided this? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 2:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Bike trunk bag quick release?

I have a bicycle trunk rack that is Trek Interchange compatible. My trunk bag is not. I'd like an easier way to take the bag off the bike when parking it in public. Is there really no such thing as an Interchange adaptor for non-Interchange bags? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 2:09 PM PST - 4 comments

No thanks, I don't drink. Um, what's wrong with that?

Why are some people ashamed to say "I don't drink"? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 1:53 PM PST - 80 comments

No Mortgage = Mo' Money?

Do you know anyone who has "Strategically Defaulted" on their mortgage and is instead spending what would be their mortgage payment on consumer goods? [more inside]
posted by de void at 1:42 PM PST - 18 comments

It's as if it's trying to stay a secret identity.

Where online did I recently see for sale an instant superhero or superhero kit-type costume for adults that included a cape, goggles, and maybe a flight helmet? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How to grill sausages properly?

I've come into possession of several bison sausages, but I'm awful at cooking sausages on a grill. How do I do this properly? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 1:26 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I spot a Buffy or the L Word FAKE DVD set?

How do I spot a Buffy or the L Word FAKE DVD set? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 1:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey all you apps, quit taking over my function keys!

Clipboard and/or Excel question: How can I assign a function key to do a Ctrl+V paste? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Free time thrust upon me.

What next after being laid off? [more inside]
posted by philad at 1:23 PM PST - 25 comments

new unwanted blinky thing in skype

This new orange box keeps turning up in my skype window, and it is annoying! I can't find any option to get rid of it forever; have you gotten rid of it? This has only started in the last few days. I have not upgraded Skype (
posted by whatzit at 1:00 PM PST - 5 comments

really good food

foodie filter: i'm eating my way through this list, thanks to work related travel. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Web design workflows in 2010?

What does a web designer / web UX designer workflow look like in 2010? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 12:40 PM PST - 12 comments

What is wrong with my vision and what can be done to correct it?

First off, I know you are not my doctor and all that jazz. I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist next week to have this looked at, but it's bugging me and I'd like to know more about it in the meantime. In low light situations, I see "trails" to the bottom and left of light sources in my left eye only. Everything is normal in my right eye. I also get the same effect to a lesser degree in other high-contrast (light on dark) situations even if there is plenty of light. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Random audio sample player

I have an idea for a unique gift for a friend, and one of the things I need is a small device (say, pack-of-cigarettes size or smaller) that will accept and store multiple short audio samples (say, 10 seconds or less, at least six individual samples), and play a random sample at the press of a button. Does such a device exist?
posted by zainsubani at 11:32 AM PST - 10 comments

find a diagnosis

Help me find a mental health condition to slam the sycophants I work with. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 11:29 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me work in my jammies!

Simple (?) CS5 licensing question that I can't find the answer to on Adobe's site: [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Plan My Yellowstone Trip!

I'm a few weeks from a big solo road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. I would love some answers from MeFites on a few questions related to routes, destinations, food, camping alone, bears, etc.! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 11:27 AM PST - 35 comments

Must-know tips/factoids for the MCAT?

I'm taking the MCAT on Friday and have been studying for a few months. What I want to accomplish over the next day or two is a bit of cramming. What are some must-know strategies/simple facts that are very likely to be useful on Friday's MCAT? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Eating and a view in Oregon

what are some places to go in Oregon on a Sunday night to eat and catch the views up to an hour and a half drive from Portland? [more inside]
posted by tallus at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me be clever!

Calling all clever wordcrafters! I need help coming up with something to engrave on a flask for my boyfriend. Details and restrictions inside. [more inside]
posted by rachums at 11:19 AM PST - 26 comments

Bookfinding help

Looking for a book from the 80's, possibly a young adult novel. [more inside]
posted by pinky at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Toys for AI chatbot?

Help me make my talking deer-billy-bass-whatever toy engage in eerily logical conversation. [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How to best turn outlines into menus on a Web, mobile, and/or desktop app?

Can you advise me on creating my research tool? Do you know a way to turn outilnes into interactive menus on the Web? How about on a mobile device ? Is there an app that is for iPhone apps what Dreamweaver is for Web sites? [more inside]
posted by jimmymcvee at 10:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Classic 1900's bike carousel

I'm looking for the classic 1900's bike moving-picture carousel [more inside]
posted by oviedo at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Canon 7D HD video: How many batteries?

Canon 7D HD video: How many batteries? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Clicky McClickerson

How can I use my BlackBerry 8330 as a "clicker" for a presentation? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

SEO+ by embedding H1 inline?

I've got an SEO consultant telling me to inject H1-tagged phrases into copy on a website. Is there any evidence that this either works or hurts? [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 10:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Make an online list of books I've read?

Do you know some sort of online database of books where you can make a profile and compile a list of what you've read? (more explanation) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

How can we make the best out of a bad swim class situation for our toddler?

Todder Swim - how can we make the best of this class situation? Way more inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:52 AM PST - 28 comments

A Flickr Gallery For My Site, Without Flash?

What are the best options for an online photo gallery that: (A) Pulls photos from my Flickr photostream, and (B) Doesn't use flash? Minimalist design preferred. iPhone-friendly would be awesome!
posted by 2oh1 at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

By opening this email, you agree to the following:

Cory Doctorow has a terms of service that he sends to publishing companies. Paraphrased it basically says "By opening this email, you agree to the following conditions" and then follows up with what rights he gives himself. Where can I find the full text of this?
posted by nushustu at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

DebateFilter: Arguments *for* the federal Real ID program

I'm participating in a public debate in a few weeks, the topic of which is, "Resolved: The Real ID Act should be repealed." Despite my personal views (which are pretty strongly liberal), I've been assigned to argue against the resolution, meaning I have to support the Real ID act. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin at 9:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Such a dorama queen!

Awesome Japanese TV recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 8:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Who WAS that group, and how did they wind up on stage with Billy Corgan?

I stayed up late and watched Leno last night. The Smashing Pumpkins were on....what I am wondering is-who was that group of people on stage with him??? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 8:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can we get a nice dinner in Paris near the 1er?

I want to take my husband out for a nice dinner in Paris for his birthday. The catch: I'm pregnant and have some weird food aversions. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed at 8:47 AM PST - 9 comments

How to use two internet connections concurrently

Is there a method or inexpensive tool that will allow me to use two internet connections at the same time across a network? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

cathartic and raw music, please

Looking for new music: ultra-intense, overly emotionally resounding music [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 8:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Where to go in France with a 3-year-old?

Help us plan our summer trip to France. Did I mention we're taking a 3-year-old? [more inside]
posted by sbrollins at 8:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Public videoconference sites

Looking for public IP videoconference sites I can connect to during a Take Your Child to Work Day demonstration. [more inside]
posted by echo target at 8:35 AM PST - 1 comment

What happens after TEFL?

Five years out from my BA (in history, el oh el), I haven't been able to get any career traction and I'm looking at teaching English abroad as a way to get away and get a job. But what will happen when I come back and want to get a "real job"? And yes, I know that TEFL is definitely a real job--but will American employers think so? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 8:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Hike! Hike! Hike Your Pants Up!

I am wanting to enjoy some outdoor exploration this year in Washington state. The catch is, I have multiple sclerosis and my ability to walk is severely hampered (I can walk short distances- maybe about a city block or 2 at a time, sometimes I need a cane, but not wheelchair bound). Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

If a prosecutor finds a password, can he or she use it?

What are the legal implications of subpoenaing or obtaining a warrant for digital papers (such as a Gmail or Google Apps account) and finding a password? Could the prosecutor use the password to obtain more information from another digital source, such as another email account or a Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis at 8:23 AM PST - 1 comment

Please help me help my friend with his addiction.

I recently found out that a good friend of mine has been addicted to crystal meth for three years. I need help finding some resources for him. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 8:20 AM PST - 4 comments

How much wood can I chop chop chop if I know not how to chop wood?

Tips for newbie to safely chop firewood by hand? [more inside]
posted by acanthous at 7:57 AM PST - 28 comments

How can I counterbalance my experimental research design?

Can someone help me with counterbalancing an experiment that I will be conducting? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 at 7:51 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I play guitar like this?

How do I play guitar like this? [more inside]
posted by cuando at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Inappropriate toilet music

What mildly amusing or inappropriate background music can I play in a bathroom? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 7:19 AM PST - 71 comments

So I had a pretty craptastic morning...

License suspensions, driver responsibility and address changes. Any chance? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 7:02 AM PST - 6 comments

BASIC... for kids!

When I was home last weekend, my 9 year old nephew was on the computer when he turned to me and said, "Do you know how to write BASIC? All I can do so far is print 'Hi,' but it's really cool!" [more inside]
posted by little_c at 6:24 AM PST - 43 comments

Rory's so ignorant of hip-hop he can't make a pithy joke here

Help me find exciting hip-hop/rave music. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Protogreen thumbee needs help

I just moved into a new place. I want to start a garden on my balcony. [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 5:10 AM PST - 11 comments


Movies featuring news or documentary footage. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:15 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I decode HTTP traffic from an IP webcam into full URLs?

I have a cheapo IP WiFi webcam, its video & audio feed is viewed via an ActiveX plugin in IE. I want to access theses feeds in Linux. I was wondering if there was some tool I could use in Win XP to monitor the network traffic on my PC when using IE to access the webcam, to get the full URLs to the audio and video feeds. All the tools I have used so far just give me the IP address and port, not the full http address.
posted by prupert at 3:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Pick me a video format

Help me find the best video format for playback on freshly-installed XP and Mac OS-es. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:30 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get rid of shadow on all InDesign documents

Is there a way to disable or remove the "drop shadow" on the right and bottom in all InDesign documents? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird at 1:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Give me suggestions about how to entertain myself during my long commute!

Pretty soon I will have a pretty long commute. What can I do to not make it seem like a giant waste of time/gas/energy/etc? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 12:48 AM PST - 39 comments

Are their user-driven sites to discuss Herend porcelain

I am looking for user-driven sites/forums to discuss Herend porcelain. I collect this Hungarian-made porcelain and would like to ask various questions of other (English-language) collectors. In particular I would like to understand better the various pottery marks and their meanings, especially those that may indicate counterfeit goods. This site on e-bay has some useful information but I am hoping for a more interactive site where I can post pictures of pieces I have and ask "What do these marks indicate?", or, "Is this piece counterfeit?".
posted by vac2003 at 12:11 AM PST - 1 comment

April 20

Want to get daddy a nice present.

Present for 85-year old artist [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 11:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Stopping unjust wage garnishment?

My wages may be about to be unjustly garnished. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 11:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Best guitar riffs of the 21st century?

What are some of the best guitar riffs of the 21st century? [more inside]
posted by straight at 10:58 PM PST - 43 comments

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture at one of the best schools in the country?

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 10:27 PM PST - 16 comments

How to de-moisturize some clothing ?

Laundry Advice ! Advice on how to clean moisturizing type cream from clothing ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 10:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How long does hard drive last?

How long does hard drive last? [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam at 9:29 PM PST - 16 comments

How to work for evil corporations?

How do I get over working for a company that I am morally and ethically against? This is my first job out of college. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 47 comments


A few quetsions for a upcoming trip to Lexington, Ky. [more inside]
posted by ihadapony at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Identify this electronic music single from Major Lazer at Coachella.

Electronic Music Filter: Help me identify this song. It was played in the Major Lazer set Coachella and I'm pretty sure either Club 75 and/or Erol Alkan played it as well. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Arabic Bookseller in DC?

Do you know of any booksellers in the Washington, DC area that sell Arabic books? I'm looking for shops that sell fairly current novels and nonfiction written in the Arabic language. Also, it would be nice if it was accessible by public transport. Thanks.
posted by bluefly at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Best movie studio tour?

Help me find an awsome movie studio tour in LA. I live here, but yet have never managed to tour a movie studio. Are some tours better than others?
posted by bluesky78987 at 7:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person?

What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

What would be a nice, thoughtful gift of appreciation for my social work supervisor?

The end of my graduate school internship is approaching and I'd like to give my wonderful supervisor a token of appreciation for all she's done and taught me. We've had a pretty strictly professional relationship (an excellent one, at that) and I have minimal knowledge of her personal interests. She's in her mid-30s, and is a clinical social worker. I'd like to get her something thoughtful, something she can use. Chocolates, flowers, and gift certificates are not really what I'm looking for. At the same time, I wouldn't want to give her something too personal. Oh, and I'd like to spend no more than $50. (I am a grad student, after all.) I know you guys will have some good ideas. Thanks in advance!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 6:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for new digital camera for travel & architectural details.

Digital Camera filter: Looking for a neew point-and-shoot digital camera for vacation and hobby shooting. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by immlass at 6:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me plan my summer.

I am a junior in high school. Please help me decide between two programs to do over the summer. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 6:01 PM PST - 28 comments

I don't want an iMac that cries "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!"

How long does it take for the Peter and Bobby of iMacs, to get Greg iMac's processor? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 5:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Headphone mania

Help me find USB headphones for Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by movicont at 5:46 PM PST - 5 comments

How to improve sound on a wired fm modulator?

Today I had a wired fm modulator installed in my 2003 Lexus ES300. The one used was the "Farenheit Phase Lock Loop FM Modulator (EFM-01 / EFM01)." My issue seems to be that when the music is quiet/not busy, it comes through clear, but when the sounds pick up I get some seriously bad buzzing/distortion. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 5:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is the line?

What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
posted by finite at 5:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get a job working in PR?

How could I (a junior in high school) eventually work in the public relations industry? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Netbook and Powerpoint?

Can a netbook effectively run Powerpoint? If so, any recommendations? The primary use would be regular ol' netbook tasks (browsing the net, email). However, as an attorney, I also occasionally need a laptop to display Powerpoint slides via the courtroom's newfangled electronic display system (through the VGA port). Will a netbook be able to do this in a passably quick manner with an older version of Powerpoint / a similar program? With added RAM? Please justify my purchase of a $350 toy.
posted by seventyfour at 4:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Are technology colleges a good way to enter the job market?

How do the modern Canadian technology colleges rate? I need to help a friend decide which college or path would be best for her to enter the technology job market. [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka at 3:50 PM PST - 11 comments

When will children be able to stay on parents' health insurance and will dental be included?

Two questions related to the provision of the US healthcare bill related to dependents getting to stay on parents' plans until age 27. [more inside]
posted by ishotjr at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

University in UK?

US High schooler would like to go to university in UK (maybe). Has numerous questions about the system. Help? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 3:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Can I cancel a lease and get my deposit back?

Can I take advantage of the "cooling off" period to cancel a lease agreement and get my deposit back? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 3:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What time is it? Mold.

My watch smells. Please help. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you know when it's time to go?

I love my significant other, but I don't know if I can continue being with him. We've been together (long distance at first) for six years, and lived together for almost two. He's a wonderful man in many ways - caring, a good listener, smart, and funny, but there are some major issues between us that I'm starting to feel I can't live with anymore, and I'm not sure if I should keep working on them, or leave now so that we can both move on. [more inside]
posted by secretsquirrel at 3:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Is our children learning?

Help me find the best of itunesU/open advanced course materials with special snowflake request [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

It's a mad world...

What movies have awesome songs that play during the end of the movie? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 2:50 PM PST - 109 comments

Book about basic carpentry and furniture-making?

What is the book on basic carpentry and furniture-making techniques? I have started to pick up DIY furniture making as a hobby, but I don't know any of the basics, like how to make joints and kerfed edges, how to cut plywood without splintering, which tools and materials to use and how, and so on. It should be a reference/how-to book with lots of pictures. When dealing with obscure hobbies there often exists a legendary out-of-print, hard-to-find tome published the 1970s that everyone in the field has and cherishes, like this one (which I have), but which one is it?
posted by gentle at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I keep the lumbar support pad on an aeron chair from constantly sliding up and falling off the chair?

How do I keep the lumbar support pad on an aeron chair from constantly sliding up and falling off the chair? [more inside]
posted by subtle_squid at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

my bike is sick :(

unstable idle on my sport bike [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 2:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Why did three different people in my ob-gyn office give me three different answers to this question? (Micronor birth control pill)

I'm dealing with some pretty typical just-starting-the-pill anxiety. I was prescribed Micronor today and instructed to start taking them right away (instead of waiting for a particular point in my cycle). [more inside]
posted by kella at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Bad bosses make work less enjoyable.

What does it mean when your boss sends you a job posting at another company? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Best international sim card to use

I'm heading to Sweden and Denmark in a week (volcano willing) and will need a cell phone while I'm traveling about for 2 weeks. I'm been looking at a number of different sim card providers, but reviews seem to almost always include someone saying how badly they were cheated. I need this phone to call people soon after I land (and depending on where my flight gets re-routed, it might be key), and was hoping to be able to call the U.S. once or twice. Has anyone had any experiences with any good international sim card providers where they weren't horribly gouged?
posted by redbeard at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Any Canadians with experience getting a German student visa?

Are there any Canadians with experience getting a German student visa? How long does this take in practice (versus how long they say it takes)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Misdiagnoses leads to denial of claim for kidney dialysis

What can be done when a health insurance claim is denied due to a mis-diagnosed condition being considered a preexisting condition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me outfit my kitchen!

I'll soon have the opportunity to outfit a new kitchen entirely from scratch. Recommend me some great cookware and cook's tools! [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 1:38 PM PST - 70 comments

How to make an interactive flowchart, and who to do it?

What is the best way (language) to create an online interactive flowchart? How would a small company find candidates to do the work, and how much should it cost? [more inside]
posted by Herkimer at 1:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Which OS X version to download?

I need to do a fresh install of OS X on a G4 1.42ghz mac mini. What OS version do I need to download?
posted by nitor at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Jacob's Ladder: historically accurate neighborhoods?

Does the movie Jacob's Ladder depict mid-1970s Brooklyn neighborhoods with any accuracy? [more inside]
posted by komara at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find 90's Hip Hop Mixes!

90's Hip Hop Mix Filter: I've got DJ Jazzy Jeff's incredible "Live From Nowhere". Please suggest other professionally produced hip-hop mixes (or DJ's) that should be in my life. [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 1:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking to convert a recorded class's MP3 into text via speech recognition

I would like to run MP3 files through speech recognition to turn them into text (recorded class lectures). Can anyone recommend software to do this (directly from the mp3's - I can only find speech recognition for microphone input)
posted by lrodman at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

You Can Lead a Luddite to LCD, But... yaddah yaddah yaddah

I am shockingly uninformed about technology, but I am getting ready to buy an LCD TV, and I am wondering about connectivity issues with my old analog receiver/speakers, and the ability to connect my laptop and display things through the television screen. [more inside]
posted by wondershrew with a helping of potato salad at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

They die like dogs, don't they?

How long do most domestic dogs last in the wilderness? My belief is that they do pretty poorly but I need better, more consise data than I'm finding. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Cameras that can take a beating

Sturdy, dependable cameras for a school? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

How to watch tonight's Suns game in St. Louis?

Diehard Phoenix Suns fan in St. Louis seeking to watch tonight's game. Anyone know where in St. Louis I can watch the game on NBA TV? Alternatively, is anyone in Phoenix willing to use Slingbox or point a webcam at their TV showing the game on FOX Sports AZ?
posted by drinkspiller at 12:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How to fix a broken hard drive port?

I broke the port on my external hard drive. It isn't visibly damaged, but when I plug the USB cable in, the port feels wiggly, like it's not connected to what it should be connected to. Nothing happens when I plug it into my computer. How can I fix this or recover the data? [more inside]
posted by little e at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

paraSolve my problem ?

MushroomFilter: Where to find Lepiota lutea, aka. yellow parasol mushrooms in the Vancouver B.C. area ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos at 11:50 AM PST - 3 comments

How to recover my files!

I used to own a PowerMac 6100 running OS 9. This was the pre-Steve Jobs era so I lost hope in Apple ever getting it together and moved on to a PC. How can I access my old documents? [more inside]
posted by apark at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it a bush? A tree? A whazzit?

Yet another plant identification question! [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura at 11:39 AM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with roommate who helps himself to my stuff

How to deal with roommate who helps himself to my stuff A little background: one of the roommates is the daughter of the landlord and she lives with her boyfriend on the floor above. We share a kitchen and they often use other common areas like the living room on my floor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 AM PST - 44 comments

So we know this stuff is bad, but...

How many tons of ash has the volcano in Iceland erupted? [more inside]
posted by jenmess at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

popcorn toppings

I want to perk up my popcorn. What toppings that are probably sitting around the house, or are easily found at a typical grocery store, do you all find the yummiest? Wet, dry, shake, stir, good-for-you, bad-for-you (real butter!!), I don't care, just suggest anything that tastes good and is readily available.
posted by luvmywife at 10:55 AM PST - 110 comments

Help me find this old B&W photo of a woman and baby

Looking to ID an old B&W photograph based on a description of it. A dark-haired woman napping on a bed in daytime, with a baby beside her. [more inside]
posted by xo at 10:49 AM PST - 5 comments

An error message would be nice. Throw me a bone, Apple!

Does Quartz Composer have a maximum allowable file size for working with videos? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Dress You Up in My Love

Toronto brides of MeFi: recommend me fantastic bridal salons where I can buy my wedding dress. [more inside]
posted by pised at 10:30 AM PST - 7 comments


Acer X193Wb monitor - question about width and focus. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 10:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Dually Yours

What does a parent do to ensure their child has dual nationality? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 10:19 AM PST - 15 comments

sugar and spice and everything nice - how to make the scent without the food?

How do I create a vanilla sugar scent? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 10:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Japanese subtitles for When Harry Met Sally?

Does anyone know where to find Japanese subtitles for When Harry Met Sally...? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 9:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Was it attempted plagiarism?

A couple of years ago I was an undergrad looking for part-time research work, and a friend-of-a-friend connected me to a PhD candidate who needed help with her thesis. I spoke to her and her request set off plagiarism alarm bells for me, so I declined the project. I always doubted whether I handled it correctly, though, and I just found out that the friend-of-a-friend who referred me is still a little ticked at me for asking the PhD student these questions and then declining the work. Did I handle this alright, or was I being a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 30 comments

I love you...maybe...

I want to say "I love you", but I'm not sure if it's just force of habit. "I'm a special snowflake" and mild NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

Can I give up control of my baby?!

Rental agency question/query [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 9:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Is there a good and easy freeware program for Flash slideshows?

Looking for freeware software to create Flash slideshows with audio options. Does such a thing exist and if so, where? Thanks.
posted by watercarrier at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Chapeau Suggestions For Non-Fairfaxian Roundheads.

HabadasherFilter: What kind of chapeau suits my largish, inverted-egg-shaped head?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Eulogy for a friendship

Relationship Filter: How do you know, and what do you do, when a 25+ year friendship may have reached it's logical end? Novella length setup: [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 8:52 AM PST - 32 comments

Vegetarian Star Anise recipes?

What's a vegetarian to do with a bag of Star Anise? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Name this soundboard site.

Name that site: Saw a webpage recently (within the past week) with rows and rows of colorful buttons (that looked like physical arcade game buttons), each one playing a different sound or catchphrase. Can't for the life of me remember what the name of the site was. I probably saw it on my iPhone. L'il help?
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me get a foursquare project approved!

Any idea what the response rate is on Foursquare offers? i.e. Get a free large drink if you show cashiers that you checked in.
posted by UMDirector at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I mean, other than changing their grades and playing global thermonuclear war...

What are people using the TRS-80 for these days? [more inside]
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 8:21 AM PST - 13 comments


How can I compare a set of measurements ? I'm using MATLAB, but general statistics advice would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 8:09 AM PST - 13 comments

If I send this voicemail to her new SO, what are the possible outcomes? Is it wrong to do this?

If I send this voicemail to her new SO, what are the possible outcomes? Is it wrong to do this? [more inside]
posted by talljamal at 7:56 AM PST - 60 comments

bizarro comic Pariro vending truth

BizarroFilter: GoogleFu failing me, very much need to stare into the abyss of my favourite cartoon of all time. Dan Pariro, Bizarro: Coke machine (a "That's Life!" machine, actually) offering such things as "Virtue" "Integrity" etc, but with yellow sticky reading "SOLD OUT" over "Shiny Crap". [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Poutine options in Toronto thank you please.

Help us find a restaurant in Toronto that can seat 8 comfortably, serves good poutine, and won't cost a fortune. Location and other specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 7:53 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I expose invisible characters in web forms?

How do I expose invisible characters in web forms? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

WAY too much for baked potatoes.

What can I do with 4 litres of European-style sour cream? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Temporary dwelling, permanent love

I am renting a room in shared house, which means that, as with many roomies/housemates, the bulk of my possessions have to live in one room. Please suggest blogs or tips for organising and making the place look nice! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:38 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get more info from US Customs about a stopped package?

UPS says that US Customs has stopped a package being sent to me from Hong Kong and it is going to be destroyed, but they won't tell me how to contact Customs directly. Is something fishy going on here? [more inside]
posted by Menthol at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

It's an eyeball party!

Front page: Eyeball party ideas for a very special veterinary ophthalmologist. [more inside]
posted by Carhart at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a sunhat that doesn't look silly

Hatfilter: Where can I find a fashionable wide-brimmed sunhat for a young woman who has a medical condition that requires her to keep out of the sun? [more inside]
posted by metametababe at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Creative headhunter in the NYC metro area?

Looking for a good creative advertising/marketing headhunter or recruiter in the NYC area, any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 7:07 AM PST - 0 comments

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

I can't afford Pastry School, but I can afford Pastry Textbook School. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Do people really enjoy roller coasters?

Do people really enjoy roller coasters? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:37 AM PST - 44 comments

C'est quoi, ce caractère?

Can you identify this font? What The Font chokes on the curved text and the small size.
posted by mkb at 6:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Bleaching animal bones

Flesh eating virus on found deer jawbone? [more inside]
posted by hagelslaag at 5:51 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I send an email to a lot of people without being considered a spammer?

Dodgy question time: I need to send an identical reply email to about 150 people, legitimately, and with their consent. How can I do it without being considered a spammer by Gmail and/or by their mail software/ISPs? I use OS X, but can run Windows virtualized.
posted by humblepigeon at 5:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Does Pr Professor Cuthbert Calculus listen to music ?!

A lot of people couldn't live without music. Help me be part of those people! Complication : I am deaf. [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 5:15 AM PST - 49 comments

Three-colour greyscale

How can I create a three-colour greyscale of a digital colour photograph (i.e. a version in black, white and only ONE shade of grey)? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus at 4:52 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the big difference between the 120GB and 250GB PS3?

Why would I want a 250GB PS3 over a 120GB one? And more n00b PS3 buying questions inside. [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 4:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me create big circles of content that orbit around each other

There have been a few questions about mindmapping apps before but I'm looking for something to create mind clouds...I want to create large circles with content orbiting around it, with links to Flickr, YouTube, blog entries etc. The closest thing I have found is Mindcloud.jp but it's a bit wonky and mostly in Japanese. Also I can't see how I would embed it into another site, so ideally I'm looking for some kind of widget that I can embed into a Wordpress blog...or even a Wordpress theme that could create these mind clouds. Any ideas?
posted by skylar at 3:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Did a zoo really shoot a baby hippo?

Did Auckland zoo(in New Zealand) really shoot a baby hippo because of budget constraints? [more inside]
posted by Phcyso at 3:08 AM PST - 7 comments

It's burst into flames! It burst into flames, and it's falling, it's crashing!

What is the cheapest non-deadly way to assemble a balloon-based aerial photography rig? [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 2:44 AM PST - 7 comments

The Kitchen Sink Got Everything!

My sink overflowed in the middle of the night and now I'm trying to figure out how to clean it up (and prevent it from happening again). [more inside]
posted by Strang at 1:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Where should we look for apartments in the Bay Area?

cmchap and I intend to spend this summer in San Francisco, but we still haven't found a place to stay. We're both undergrads, so we figure looking wherever undergrads (specifically Stanford or UCBerkeley) live during summer classes and the like is a good start. The question is: where does the Stanford or UC Berkeley undergrad population that stays in off-campus apartments for the summer live? Additionally, if we can't find anything there, where should we look next? Or, more importantly, where should we avoid? Neither of our jobs are location specific, but we'd like to be near public transportation. Thanks!
posted by jdherg at 12:34 AM PST - 14 comments

ount all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a different number of objects in it.

"Count all the ways that 15 objects can be put into four piles so that each pile has a different number of objects in it." Is there a smart general method for solving problems like this? Feel free to assume uniqueness/non-emptiness of the piles if it helps. (Not homework)
posted by onalark at 12:33 AM PST - 18 comments

April 19

Can I get individual health insurance with mental health coverage?

Can I buy individual insurance with mental health coverage with a pre-existing condition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Don't fire until you see the whites of their iPods.

What are some good, informative, and accurate documentaries and/or podcasts covering the various American presidencies? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast at 11:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Brighten my office

Just moved into a windowless office. The lack of daylight is killing me. Please suggest hacks to brighten my office. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 10:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Leave someone you love if they're not right for you?

How do I know if I should leave her, if I love her? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic at 10:53 PM PST - 34 comments

Vancouver parking issues.

We're visiting Vancouver! Now, what to do with the car? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 10:49 PM PST - 12 comments

How to eliminate mold during home rehab?

Mold -- Is it possible to eliminate mold as part of a home rehab project without hiring an all-out mold professional? Will it be sufficient to remove all the drywall, scrub and bleach the wood behind (or replace anything damaged), and stop the sources of water intrusion? Did you deal with mold as part of a major fixer-upper? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 10:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Big Island getaway recommendations, please!

We're headed to the Big Island for a week. We've gotten a package at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort so will be staying there for 4 nights. Now, we know we'll get sick of the hotel scene by night 3 or night 4 (but have already paid for it and are getting a good deal), SO can anyone recommend a nice cottage/B+B/lodge where we can go to wind down our vacation, somewhere relatively luxurious (no more than $400/nt please) and not packed with tons of people? FWIW, I looked on VRBO and there are sooo many choices my head spun. A lodge would be fine and if you happen to know of any vacation rentals that would be good too. I found this previously and have contacted the 2 places mentioned...they're taken! Anyone been to or know of the type of place I've described? Many thanks in advance!
posted by choochoo at 10:40 PM PST - 15 comments

What do the police do to prepare for the "pot holiday" 420?

If anything, what do the police do to prepare for what (I imagine) is a whole lot more criminal activity in one day. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 9:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Help my brother teach 5th graders about colonial history-chronology

Help with Grade 5 English/S.S. lesson (related to chronology in U.S. colonial era) [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 9:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Not much of a view, but a hell of a ride

What sort of contraption did I see today slung underneath a semi trailer? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum at 9:39 PM PST - 4 comments


Gmail was hacked, sending an email to hundreds of contacts. This means that gmail has blocked me from sending emails to people. From my googling it seems to be 24-48 hours which would be insanely inconvenient. I changed my password and everything, anything I can do but wait it out?
posted by PinkMoose at 8:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Why isn't Final Cut Pro 6 asking me to change sequence settings to match .avi movie settings?

Final Cut Pro 6 no longer asking me to change my sequence settings to match my clip settings. Why has it stopped doing this? [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 8:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Talented TV teddies

Seeking mid 1960s to mid 1970s Canadian TV filler short clip. It was an orchestra of teddy bears (and possibly other teddy-like stuffed toys) playing Mozart's Turkish March. Not drawn, but 'live action' real teddies. [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 8:23 PM PST - 1 comment

How a secret ballots kept secret?

How (in the US), when voting in government elections, do we know that our secret ballots do, indeed, remain secret? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 8:14 PM PST - 26 comments

he built it in a cave! with a box of scraps!

What does the inscription on this ring/prop mean? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand?

I'm looking to move from an XP desktop full of music to a server-based solution but I have no idea where to start! Can anyone give me a hand? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 7:13 PM PST - 13 comments

America is a ____ 10 year old boy.

I once read something, perhaps a comment on this very site, that compared the united states to a ten year old boy. It might have made similar nation to person comparisons. They went on to describe this ten year old using some term that was close to, but probably not, "belligerent". What was this bit of writing?
posted by phrontist at 7:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Road trip best practices.

Roadtrip: Kansas City, MO to Fayetteville, NC [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Dizziness and ovarian cysts, whoopee!

Has anyone had experience with ovarian cysts causing dizziness/light-headedness? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

help me stop the hurting

Immediate pain relief for menstrual cramps: Go! [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 6:25 PM PST - 68 comments

Give me a head of hair - long beautiful hair...

Seeking recommendations for a great hairstylist near Evanston, IL who can cut my way-too-long curly hair! [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Spanish copyeditor's dictionary wanted

I'm looking for a Spanish dictionary that includes word breaks. Is there anybody here who copyedits Spanish text and can recommend the gold standard for such a task? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 6:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a Delillo (?) quote

Looking for a quotation cite. I swear it's Delillo. For a long time I thought it was in White Noise but I have been unable to find it in there in spite of re-reading the novel to find the quotation. Maybe The Names or Ratner's Star. The quotation: "betrayal stalks every secret".
posted by bukvich at 5:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto?

Where's the best place to get a leather jacket altered in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by captaincrouton at 5:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Does civility work?

Unwanted butt grabbing of men by women [more inside]
posted by Iggley at 5:27 PM PST - 36 comments

Just a month late for bike-to-work day ...

NYC bikers! What's the best way to get from Ridgewood, Queens, to the Financial District? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 5:15 PM PST - 15 comments

What are hubcaps for?

What are hubcaps for? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 4:33 PM PST - 24 comments

Girl, Running

I want to be a runner. But everytime I get started on a program that builds in distance and endurance (like Couch to 5K) I end up quitting because of the intense shin splints. [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 4:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me invent a Sharks curse.

A question in which you (a hockey fan) will save my relationship from the annual throes of playoff tension. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 3:35 PM PST - 27 comments

I'd like some potatoes, hold the carbs.

What are good vegetable substitutes for otherwise carb-laden fare? For example: mashed cauliflower to replace mashed potatoes and spaghetti squash to (kind of) replace spaghetti.
posted by sickinthehead at 3:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me play MTG my way after all these years!

Magic the Gathering against the computer and online multiplayer: what are my best options for software? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't want my wedding to get rom-com'd

Getting married in two months. Fiancée's male best friend is officiating. I suspect he still has feelings for her. Tell me I'm crazy (or not) for irrationally worrying that he'll pull a "grand romantic gesture". [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Did Socrates really admit to being a jerk?

According to Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols, a "foreigner told Socrates to his face that he ... harbored in himself all the worst vices and appetites. And Socrates merely answered: 'You know me, sir!'" I'd love to know where to read about this encounter if it indeed happened.
posted by ReWayne at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Lemme talk to you, I need some conversation.

Is there a web based app I can use to IM with members of my department without having to install anything on our computers? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Lose fat; not muscle?

How can I lose fat, without losing a significant amount of muscle mass? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Bringing back a Mac ssh that’s been deleted?

The /usr/bin/ssh program on my work Mac got deleted. Without the install disc, how do I download and install a replacement so I can do shell stuff again?
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 2:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me piece together a complete Cometbus discography.

What is the comprehensive Aaron Cometbus discography? Please help me fill in the blanks beyond Crimpshrine, Pinhead Gunpowder, Cleveland Bound Death Sentence, Astrid Oto, and Thorns of Life. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Best recruiters for teaching English abroad?

What are the best recruiters for teaching English in South Korea? [more inside]
posted by LegateSaxon at 2:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me plan the perfect hookah christening!

What are some awesome food/drink combos to go with some new shisha flavors? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do in Barbados?

What should I do in Barbados? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

You say potato, I say f*ck the bosses

What are the main differences between the various American socialist parties? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Catch a Certain Climate Change Comic?

I'm looking for a climate change-related editorial/political cartoon from a few month ago, perhaps around Copenhagen. I believe it featured: a split-screen slide at a presentation, one side "Global Warming Is a Hoax," the other side listed several other pro regulation/efficiency/renewable arguments (reduced foreign oil dependence, green jobs, etc., etc., etc.) Does that sound familiar? I thought it was Toles, but I've thoroughly searched WaPo's and Slate's archives.
posted by glibhamdreck at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Kid-friendly Toronto

What's good stuff for a 1-year-old, with his dad, to do in the mornings, in Toronto, within walking distance of the Marriott Eaton Centre, this week? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 1:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Cell Service in Albuquerque- AT&T or other?

My girlfriend is moving to Albuquerque this summer for at least a year. She's had her heart set on an iPhone for years, but is wondering how AT&T coverage is in the city. As this will be her only phone, it's important that her phone work well for talking (not just data). How's AT&T's service in Albuquerque? What provider has the best Albuquerque coverage? Her contract w/ Verizon will be up soon so she can move to any provider.
posted by jz at 1:43 PM PST - 5 comments

School's in for summer

Need advice re: distance/online courses in Canada. [more inside]
posted by smallvictories at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

One-Trick Pony needs her trick back

There's a hair product my friends and I love that's been discontinued. Do you know of any companies or chemists that can duplicate it using the ingredients list on the back of the container for a reasonable price? Is there a minimum volume? Can I sell the extra on Ebay? Is this possible or just a pipe dream?
posted by TorontoSandy at 1:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Total, Relaxed organization and Getting Things Done

Any MeFI people using Priacta's Total, Relaxed Organization as a GDT improvement/expansion/reboot? [more inside]
posted by cgk at 1:27 PM PST - 0 comments

Software marketed for interacting with other software?

Need examples of software marketed for its interaction with other software, with the naming convention of "NAME for NAME." Not looking for OS-level stuff, though, like "NAME for Windows." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Silence is the relative or total lack of audible sound.

Quiet bars in Cambridge, MA on Friday and Saturday evenings? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I self-administer cat allergy drops - and where can I get them, if so?

I'm allergic to cats. I've been to an allergist and gotten the expensive, full-panel series of sensitivity tests to objects ranging from grass to (it seems like, after so much effort) spaghetti and meatballs. Only cats trigger my symptoms. I know that extended allergy shots are a possible solution, but there's no way I can afford them. I've read about sublingual (under-the-tongue) treatment with allergy drops (with extract of cat dander.) I can't find a local doctor (Los Angeles, amazingly) who offers this. But it seems pretty straightforward - get the drops and do it myself. Bad idea? Where can I get the drops? Thanks.
posted by soulbarn at 1:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Water. Plain. Cold.

Help me start drinking water at work! [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 1:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Find me a conference.

Help me find a conference in multimedia, web design, social networking, and/or internet marketing. [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

WTF, Ears?

Sometimes one of my ears feels hotter than the other - both to myself and to someone else that touches it. Why? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 1:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Gender-bending Song Covers

I need examples of gender-specific songs covered by singers of the opposite gender. For instance, Jack White's cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene". [more inside]
posted by domo at 12:48 PM PST - 114 comments

I will distill you into your bookshelf.

What books can you use to judge a person's fiction preferences? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 12:37 PM PST - 45 comments

Should I stay of should I go?

Please help me decide whether I should move back to my home country [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I buy a European train ticket from the US for someone in France?

How can I buy a train ticket from Paris to the Netherlands for a student studying abroad while I'm in the U.S. and she's already in France? [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 12:29 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I go about finding a local freight pickup/delivery service in the Boston area?

How do I go about finding a local freight pickup/delivery service in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 12:09 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I know about

I'm not sure if my current video editing workflow will scale very well. What do I need to know going into a 5 camera video shoot? [more inside]
posted by niles at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

What happens if Hekla erupts?

The volcanic activity of this past week has revealed a significant weakness in our existing infrastructure. But what happens if Eyjafjallajokull's big sister Hekla erupts as it did in 1912? I am less interested in the most obvious impacts, but rather am fascinated by the unseen shifts that would have to occur in the background. [more inside]
posted by ghostpony at 12:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Ad Astra

I'm looking for recommendations to buy a pair of astronomical observation binoculars. Advice on what to get and where to buy it (in Europe) would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Insuring my health care future

Should I drop my secondary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Help locating bank accounts

I need recommendations for or against bank account location services. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Montreal Osheaga festival 2010

Has anyone here ever volunteered for the Montreal Osheaga festival? I'm considering volunteering or just going this summer - any advice/stories are welcome.
posted by Anali at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Getting a car loan to improve credit score

Does it make sense to my (and his) credit score for me to be put on my fiancé's car loan? [more inside]
posted by brainmouse at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

My network is in dire need of a cableteer!

I think I'm in need of a network cableteer. The only problem is Yelp doesn't list cableteers. [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 11:20 AM PST - 33 comments

How to store/retrieve iTunes ratings in the cloud?

I sometimes rate songs on my iPhone or computer. I would like these ratings to persist in the cloud (e.g. independent of any particular computer). I want the ratings to get automatically uploaded to some storage site periodically and synced to my iTunes library (and from there or directly, my iPhone) periodically. Is there a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by jcruelty at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Linking to my profile in facebook updates

Facebook (I don't know what this is called): Why doesn't my name pop up in a list for my friends when they use the @ symbol in their status updates? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Yellow-bellied TV Credits

Why do so many old TV shows seem to have used the same yellowish-orange color in their credits? [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Ali left Emmi over this sort of thing

Rigged-substitute cookware help: tips on going without a couscous cooker and still getting awesome steamed results [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Have you used Behance's Action Method to improve productivity?

Behance's Action Method vs. GTD [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Keep my iPod working through my abuse!

Are there any preventative measures I can take to ensure the headphone jack on my brand new iPod classic doesn't share the same fate as the jack on my old iPod? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Making Raw Vegetables Better

I've been trying to eat more raw vegetables, but I don't want to get tired of them. How can I spruce them up a bit and add some variety? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:52 AM PST - 35 comments

Scooby Doo mystery...written language sleuths needed.

Please help me identify the origin/purpose of this mystery scroll. Or just the language its written in. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 9:44 AM PST - 17 comments

That's a real hot phone man...

Apple lost a prototype 4th Generation iPhone. Someone found it and sold it to Gizmodo, who then took it apart and posted pictures and video online. What laws if any are Gizmodo beaking? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:41 AM PST - 22 comments

Which one looks better?

Camera nerds: Which HD pic looks better? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does Firefox load pages without the CSS?

Why does Firefox load pages without the CSS? If I refresh, it will usually load normally, but sometimes not. This happens across a wide range of sites. Screenshot 1, screenshot 2. FF 3.6.3 on Windows XP.
posted by desjardins at 9:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Messenger Bag?

What brand of messenger bag should I buy? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 9:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find a career?

Can you help me decide what I want to be when I grow up? (Long, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't steal this book.

One of my employees has been accused of theft. Please help me investigate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 19 comments

When is a popup not a popup?

Detecting a blocked popup in Google Chrome? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 9:18 AM PST - 0 comments

This one time, at band camp...

Where can I go with a friend (in Houston) to play classical music? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Editing HTML and copy workflows!

How can I copy and paste text, and include links, without making a mess? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do at a Hapa Party?

What should we do at our 'Hapa party?' [more inside]
posted by tulseluper at 9:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for recommendations for an after-work 'team bonding' place in Midtown Manhattan.

So I've got about 6-8 coworkers coming into town in two weeks for a group 'fun event' that I'm in charge of planning. [more inside]
posted by frankdrebin at 9:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Online home-gym community?

Is there an online community resource for bodyweight / minimal home-gym excercise and target-setting / tracking? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

What e-mail provider should I use while in China?

What e-mail provider should I use while in China, if my school e-mail (run through google) and gmail address won't be available? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

miss annabel lee

some recommendations for music from the roaring twenties... [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 8:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Integrate a blog into a website?

Please point me in the direction of a good online tutorial for integrating a blog and a forum into an existing website. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Contractual protection for renters in a house that might be sold?

We're interested in renting a small house in CA as our primary residence. We're suspicious that the owners/agents are just trying to wait out the market before selling. Is there any meaningful protection that guarantees a minimum stay in the property that can be put into a rental contract/lease, irrespective of whether the owners receive an offer on the house?
posted by lalochezia at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should I shop for a man's wristwatch in Toronto?

Where should I shop for a man's wristwatch in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:46 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm a fool

Hey, I got a really stupid problem. I really really want to play in a band, but I never have and don't know if I'd make a fool of myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 12 comments

My new job requires me to be EXTREMELY organized. I am the opposite. Has anyone overcome serious organizational obstacles?

My new job requires me to be EXTREMELY organized. I am the opposite. Has anyone overcome serious organizational obstacles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Attack of the stubble monster

Why is my leg hair growing in so quickly now, and how can I stop or curb it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 15 comments

pricing drinks

I am helping my friends open a bar and we are trying to figure out the math behind what to charge for drinks. Is there some sort of formula we should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Gears, motors, spheres? Name that toy!

What toy am I describing? It's got modular components with enclosed, moving parts. (Maybe you'd call it a game or a kit.) [more inside]
posted by sentient at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

The Pleasure of Writing

I enjoy writing as a hobby, have had some success freelancing, but the immediacy of the internet may be preventing me from moving forward -- how to deal with waiting for somebody to accept a query letter, versus writing for my blog to get the satisfaction of instant publication? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

12 years experience putting off writing my resume

Can anyone recommend a resume writing service that will do a good job on an IT resume? [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Camera setup suggestions...?

I'm planing on replacing one Canon DSLR with another. And I want your thoughts... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Buying a car through Costco or USAA?

If you have experience with either Costco's Auto Program or USAA's Car Buying Service, how'd it go? Would you use it again?
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find nice restaurant(s)

Nice restaurants, Waltham, Mass, area for college graduation visit [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Pulse + distance watch

Heart rate monitor + distance counter? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 7:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find an old, old record?

Looking for a very old record that might or might not exist. Sources? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:35 AM PST - 8 comments

You used to put water on my bedside table every night...

My husband used to be so nice and considerate with me, why is he suddenly so mean? [more inside]
posted by jennyhead at 7:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me with my new audio setup.

Right now we play music using the iMac in our living room. But in our new apartment the computer is going to be in the office. How can I get the tunes out of there and into the adjacent living room? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 7:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Suggestions on a great container gardening book?

[Coworker Gift Filter] Hivemind! I need suggestions on a great container gardening book to give a coworker as a birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by PlutoniumX at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

The Tea Party and current abuses

To what extent is the Tea Party opposing current government overreach as distinct from potential problems? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Treme-style music?

Loving (HBO's new show) Treme's music. Where can I sample the best of the best? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

come on, grams...gimme back my dsi!

If you were having your 10th birthday, would you rather get a Nintendo DSi or DSi XL? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

To Sell, or Not

How should I go about determining whether putting my place on the market is worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by tocts at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

When do needs become "special"?

Can a line be drawn between learning disabilities and "plain old low intelligence?" [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 6:27 AM PST - 6 comments

How common is it for men to not masturbate?

How common is it for men to have the urge to not masturbate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Two teenagers and a toddler - recipe for chaos?

How difficult is it to raise two teenagers and a toddler at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Corporate Dysfunction

Is your company as dysfunctional as mine? From the outside looking in, everything seems great. From a customers point of view our product is quite polished. But....if you sit where I am, everything is a mess. Procedures that make no sense. Technology infrastructure that looks like spaghetti. Horrible data. Broken lines of communication. Inability to book a simple meeting room. People bitching about leaving stuff in the refrigerator. Meetings that go nowhere. I have seen this at other companies. Is this par for the course or do I need to get a new job? If this isn't the case in your company, what things ( process / procedure / software / behaviours/ etc. ) have made the biggest positive impact? If your company is as messy as mine, what things make you say WTF? Learn me about what happens in your corporate black box.....for better or worse.
posted by jasondigitized at 6:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Music Filter: I'm looking for great dance music!

Music Filter: I'm looking for great dance music (Chromeoesque)! but I'm not sure it exists. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 5:36 AM PST - 11 comments

I said vacuum.

I suck the air out of bags of bread before I twist-tie them back up. Weird or practical? Or a bit of both? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:10 AM PST - 33 comments

Songs like Manitoba / Caribou's "Crayon"

More playful and childish songs like Manitoba / Caribou's Crayon? Glockenspiel / bells / vibraphones or similar instruments preferred. Bonus points for non-4/4 time.
posted by querty at 12:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Tree-huggers beware.

What kind of tree is this spiky/thorny fella in my front yard? (Santa Monica, CA)
posted by mykescipark at 12:33 AM PST - 5 comments


Help me print the unprintable. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 12:20 AM PST - 7 comments

April 18

Moving to LA

Yet another moving-to-LA thread! Personalised, though. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Are violent video games bad?

Is playing violent video games going to adversely affect my mental health? (looking mostly for links to good scientific studies) [more inside]
posted by notnathan at 11:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for silicon valley garden or hardware stores that sell flower pot holders

Looking for Flower Pot Holder in the silicon valley area. I recently moved in the valley and strangely enough I am having hard time finding a hardware or garden store that sells those individual flower pot holders i can hang from our balcony railings. I never had any problem finding them in north east. Here is an example of what I am looking for Would really appreciate some pointers.
posted by flyby22 at 10:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is the freshest s'more?

I want to eat the freshest s'more in the country. Where should I travel to get the ingredients right out of the factory? [more inside]
posted by tickettrader at 10:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Is a vet any better than SPCA when it comes to spaying?

Is there a drastic difference between getting a female cat spayed at a vet versus SPCA? [more inside]
posted by Nameless at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

How to get my stolen guitar back.

Some guy is selling a guitar that belongs to me on his website, in Dallas. I am in Los Angeles. The guitar has been missing since 2005, when a con-man borrowed it from me who subsequently sold it to pay off the mafia or something. I didn't realize I had been duped for a long time. I was stupid and shouldn't have trusted him. He was impossible to get a hold of and strung me along for months and disappeared but I didn't file a police report because I didn't think they'd be able to find the guitar. Now I just want the guitar back, and I know I have the legal right to it. So what do I do? file a civil suit? call the police in Dallas? [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 8:11 PM PST - 55 comments

jquery ui tab styling

Need help styling jquery ui tabs [more inside]
posted by gwint at 7:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Blink. Blink blink. Modem noise. Whoosh.

Humor shows with a strong, repetitive, almost trance-like audio mnemonic, slowish pace, and surrealist humor? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 7:53 PM PST - 22 comments

I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, where should I store them?

What to do with all these bolts, screws, sanders, screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, pliers, hinges, socket wrenches, bells, whistles, twine, and spare change? I need to organize a tool shed and I want the result to be easy to use and orderly. Looking for tips and photos. [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you buy a house off the internet?

Tell me what you know about buying house plans. Good sources, pitfalls. I am especially interested in modern designs. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Anxiety? or my gut instinct?

Trust my instincts? or just relationship anxiety? [more inside]
posted by mrspeacock at 7:08 PM PST - 14 comments

how do you ship alcohol legally?

What would be the best way to send a friend a $1000 bottle of 80 proof alcohol from Minnesota to California? Needless to say I want to break no laws and need it to reach its destination. (sender and recipient are both over 21 years old) Again: It is a priority that NO laws are broken. thanks!
posted by santogold at 7:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Help with lever formulas.

Mefi engineers please help me. So my theatre company might be doing a show that requires a set to tilt back and forth. I need help figuring out the math for fulcrums and lever distances. [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 6:41 PM PST - 18 comments

You dig 16 tons and what do you get?

Should I quit? (in the near future) [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 6:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Helping Our Kitten Get Ready for the Great Outdoors

Our kitten is slowly becoming a cat and we'd like to start prepping him for the transition from being an indoors cat to being an outdoors cat. What's the best way to do this and how will we know when he's ready? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Why should I get a new Macbook Pro?

Why should I get a new Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:21 PM PST - 11 comments

No-frills OS X Widget for sending e-mails?

Can you recommend an OS X Dashboard Widget for the quick-and-dirty sending of e-mail messages? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Trying to find Excel VBA code for "round dot" gridline.

Excel VBA question: help me insert a "round dot" gridline in my chart. [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find Ancient Britain on film

Ancient Britain on film (hill forts, Celts)? Or even earlier (Beaker people, Stonehenge)? [more inside]
posted by lhall at 6:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I fire the guy everyone outside the office loves.

What if your superstar is not a star at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Big Sis is watching you.

What should I be doing to protect myself from my crazy sister? [more inside]
posted by stubborn at 5:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Submission Grappling in Phoenix Recommendations...

Looking for drop-in submission grappling club in Phoenix, AZ. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 5:30 PM PST - 1 comment

I am the one who ended our relationship, so why can't I move on?

Why am I so emotionally attached to someone that I ended a relationship with? Six months ago I broke up with my daughter's father for the third time. The first two break ups happened before my daughter was born so my feelings are not simply for the obvious reason of us sharing a child together. He is such a wonderful person; I look up to him, he is smart, caring, and we have a similiar outlook on life; morals, values. However, whenever we are together, I lose all physical attraction for him and everything he does drives me insane. He has never put an effort into our relationship. We don't share the same sense of humor and I have never felt like he was my partner in crime, something I always hoped my life partner would feel like. [more inside]
posted by aprilc34 at 5:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Get off my lawn. Forever.

My neighbor's kid caused property damage and neighbor refuses to do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade at 4:57 PM PST - 37 comments

Just switch to the next tab, don't close all 25!!

Is there a way to disable Firefox keyboard shortcuts? Ctrl+Q specifically... [more inside]
posted by Dysk at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Slim Chance that this poster is a Big Fat Fake

Was the Ritter and Co "Fat-ten-U" product from the 1890s real or is this "Get Plump" poster a scam? [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you stay motivated and on task?

Tips and tricks for staying motivated and on track for a big task? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

1, 2, 3, 4 - I can't find the house numbers I'm looking for!

White porcelain tile house numbers - is there a source that isn't Rejuvenation? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone have experience with laser removal?

Does anyone have experience with laser removal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I've discovered my boyfriend looks at girls on webcams.. How do I deal with it?

I'm not usually paranoid but recently I have been - not because I've thought my boyfriend has been cheating, maybe it's been low self-esteem, but whatever, I've checked his phone messages a couple of times and it's all innocent. Today I looked on his laptop and I got my fingers burned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Where should I live on the North Shore of Boston?

Please help me figure out where to live on the North Shore of Boston. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Eating guacomole and staying healthy

A few questions about guacamole and health. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:55 PM PST - 24 comments

My life feels repetitive

How can i bring excitement back into my life after a tragedy? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 3:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this condition?

Dissociation? Borderline? Detachment? Sociopathy? Anhedonia? Depersonalization Disorder? What would you call this? Also, related therapy question. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Quitting my job to chase dreams: sanity or madness?

DreamFilter: Quitting my job to travel, write and then become self-employed. Madness or do-able? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 3:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Helping people with 'a problematic relationship with food''

My best friend and his girlfriend both seem to have a rather unhealthy relationship with food. This isn't currently at a critical level for either of them, but I think in the past it has been, and I'm worried that it could get like that again. I'm particularly concerned that they rely on each other quite heavily for emotional support and that in this area they may not be best placed to help each other. Am I right to gently suggest to each of them that they seek proper help for this? What resources could I refer them to, or how could I suggest they might best go about getting the support they need? We're in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Please recommend some books about incompetent military leaders.

Please recommend some books that deal with incompetent military commanders and, ideally, the competent ones who replaced them. [more inside]
posted by circular at 2:53 PM PST - 19 comments

Nice cars just aren't in the cards

What stuff can I add to a crappy car to make driving more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 2:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Can this iPod Nano be saved?

If it ain't broke - don't fix it was my motto when it came to my banged up, well used/loved 2nd Gen. Nano (4gb) - it served its purpose perfectly. But, now it IS broken... sort of. [more inside]
posted by caveat empress at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the difference between a law and an apartment rule?

My roommate sees no difference between Laws and Apartment Rules. I am flabbergasted and confused. Help set him (and myself) right! [more inside]
posted by rebent at 2:39 PM PST - 29 comments

help me stop the sweating, please

summer is coming around and I'm ready to give up on hoping deodorants will finally work for me. please tell me about the various surgical treatments. I heard of botox, I heard of suction, I even heard something about lasers, but I have not heard from anyone who has done anything more drastic. any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to eat tonight in Asheville?

Where to eat tonight in Asheville? Not GP Inn, not too exotic.
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 2:05 PM PST - 12 comments

I just need to know which way is up

When I pulled out one of the component cables from my TV today, this thing came with it. I can see by the jack left in the TV that probably all I need to do is gently push it back in, but given that the 2 flanges on the thing are different, and I think it's an electrical contact, I'm pretty sure there's one right way for it to go, and one wrong. I'm hoping for some guidance on which is which. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 1:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Is negotiation the best option?

Would I be greedy if I tried to make a salary counteroffer without any real reason? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Where did the blood come from?

My boyfriend, who is a healthy 33 year old with no STD's had blood during and after his ejaculation last night. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Hey, that's not what you told me last time!

(you are not my lawyer filter) My lawyer has 35+ yrs of experience in family law and is also a guardian ad litem. I am involved in a family case regarding legal custody in a state whose preference is for joint legal custody (not joint physical). He told me in the past that I had a good case for sole legal custody. Now that I am a defendant in a motion for joint legal, and the circumstances of the case have not changed, he is telling me something different, or avoiding most of my questions. How do I approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Landscaping help in Stumptown?

Can someone help me choose a landscape design/consultation service in Portland, Oregon? I have option paralysis! I'm looking for plant selection, placement and care advice. Do you have any good, bad, or indifferent experiences to share? If it matters, I live in North Portland. I know about Joy Creek Nursery. Any others?
posted by That's Numberwang! at 1:25 PM PST - 2 comments

yes, you do actually know!

Why do people claim not to know, when they can actually produce pretty good answers (or at least estimates), and how do I get them to do that on the first try? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 12:51 PM PST - 39 comments

What is this flier message?

What is this? What's the figure saying? (NSFW-ish image)
posted by maykasahara at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Which netbook should I get?

I'm looking for a thin, lightweight netbook. Please help me pick one! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Buffalo is the new Baltimore is the new Philadelphia is the new Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. Or something.

You know those cities which seem to balance for years in a precarious state somewhere between gentrification and collapse? Is there any way to predict which way they will go? [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 11:35 AM PST - 21 comments

A reoccuring pain in the....

Pneumonia is bad enough, how can I best deal with the series of many shots in the ahem...rear? (YANMD) [more inside]
posted by hasna at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm usually a lot more careful

This evening I took my bike chain off to give it a full scrubbing. Unfortunately, the rivet fell out the other side of the link and I can't seem to wedge it back in. [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 10:23 AM PST - 16 comments

What are some good cheap alternatives to the Mach 3 razor

I've used the Mach 3 razor on my face for the longest time and I have been very happy with its performance. But Gillette's recent price increases are just not something I can absorb in my current economic situation. What are some good cheap alternatives that would be available in NYC-area stores? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:01 AM PST - 31 comments

When did rock become the mainstream music in television?

When did rock (or at least faux rock with rock instrumentation) become the mainstream music in television themes and commercials? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone recommend a reputable auto inspection service?

Seriously considering purchasing a car online from another state. What is a reputable inspection service that I can hire to ensure I won't be ripped off? [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I make karmic Ubuntu and WinMo 6.1 play nice?

Why won't Ubuntu 9.10 recognize any recent pictures or new folders on my Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone when I plug it in? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 9:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Fallen Arches in the Golden Years

Fallen Arches - BEST shoes for older women, even if they're the ugliest thing in the world? [more inside]
posted by 2003girl at 9:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Why is my eyebrow turning white?

My left eyebrow has gone from brown to nearly half white in just under 5 months. Why? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I help my friend in a terrible breakup?

So, there was a hidden love-triangle in my academic department. It all came to light last Monday, and things have been pretty awful since then, due in part to the stupidity of one participant and the deception of another. What on earth do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 35 comments

How do you deal with unbearable people?

I am required to interact with an individual who is rude, unpleasant, and socially retarded. I can't take it anymore and don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 23 comments

What types of items should I keep in mind while searching/negotiating rent in Baltimore?

What types of items should I keep in mind while searching/negotiating rent in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm an adult, my parents are getting divorced. What do I do now?

Just received an email from my dad that my mom has found someone else and he's asked for a divorce. I need some advice on best practices for dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Driving time, PDX to PSU?

Hey Portland, OR: A driving-time question ... [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 7:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Yet another help me find that book question..

[Bibliophile Filter] Someone has read this 1970's adult fiction: A young boy, possibly evil, is seen by a female therapist or psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by crayon at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

My knowledge extends as far as the iPod.

Replacing speakers: help me get better sound out of my vintage Empire turntable. [more inside]
posted by Windigo at 7:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Best books on articles on financial crisis?

What are the best articles and books that thoughtfully look back and analyze the financial crisis so far and its causes?
posted by shivohum at 7:20 AM PST - 13 comments

The dark side of professional credentialing

The dark side of professional credentialing. Are there critical histories or theories of professional credentials? Perhaps history that criticizes the importance of law school, teaching certificates, library MLS degrees, or other certifications? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 7:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Virtual real-time blackboard?

How do I make videos like the ones at http://www.khanacademy.org/ (i.e., real-time voice and free-hand virtual blackboard with colors?) Windows suggestions and Mac suggestions and hardware suggestions, please! (I understand he's doing all sorts of analytics and javascript stuff, but I'm just interested in the screencasting workflow basics.)
posted by zeek321 at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy farmgrown food online

Just watched Food Inc. and have been inspired to be an ethical food consumer. Sure, there is "Organic" food at my local grocery store. Yet it's difficult to be sure that the items brandishing an "organic" label are the real deal. [more inside]
posted by BettyBurnheart at 6:38 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I best format and print out public domain books from Google Books?

I can't get enough of Google's public domain books. Help me be my own book machine. [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 5:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Best camcorder to interface with Final Cut Express

Which camcorder should I buy if I edit with Final Cut Express and would prefer to avoid tediously converting video files from one type to another? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 4:54 AM PST - 15 comments

How to compress a line graphic video

Any video compression mavens in the house? Is there a specific codec which excels in compressing line graphics? I'm trying to compress three videos for the web. The first two look fine, but the third looks absolutely awful. The ones that look fine are filmed, with actors; The one that looks terrible is entirely comprised of a line graphic and scrolling text. Upon compression, the bottom half of the screen looks blocky and jumbled... See here (uncompressed at right, compressed at left). I used H.264 encoding and 700 kbps, as instructed... But I also experimented with higher bit rates and quality, to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 4:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Kuala Lumpur to UK avoiding closed airspace?

Volcano filter: friend is heading towards the fourth night of sleeping on the floor of Kuala Lumpur airport, and is at the end of her tether. She's been away for a year and just wants to get home to the UK. The volcano shows no signs of stopping, and even when it does there will be a huge backlog of people and flights. So hivemind: practical ways of getting from Kuala Lumpur to the UK, avoiding closed airspace. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie at 3:43 AM PST - 32 comments

What are my solo dining options in Tokyo?

Alone in Tokyo for the next four days - what are my dining options? This is definitely a volcano related query... [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 3:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Let the search commence.

Master bath a disaster zone, in need of a top-to-bottom gutting and expansion. As a preface to the designing process, my architect has tasked me with a project: finding a bathtub. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Intense friendships of teen girls

I would like to learn more about the intense BFF relationships between teen girls. I'll take blogs, movies, TV shows, books, studies, anecdotes, anything. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 1:42 AM PST - 42 comments

How can we come across as awesome potential tenants?

How can we make ourselves more attractive potential tenants? [more inside]
posted by lwb at 12:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking motorsports apparel distributors

Is there a US trade show or exposition that specializes in motorsports clothing and apparel, both those that drivers and the fans, wear? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 12:37 AM PST - 5 comments

April 17

Hacking USB input

Is there an easy way to hack a USB port to give meaningful input to a program when a brief electrical connection is made? I'd like to create a device to start and stop a timer on a laptop. [more inside]
posted by infomaniac at 10:31 PM PST - 23 comments

How to travel with a baby? (To France, without a car seat)

Baby travel filter: Going to France this summer with a nearly 2-year-old. Is anyone familiar with French baby equipment rental places along the lines of Baby's Away or Traveling Baby Company? We're going to need a car seat and possibly a baby backpack and a crib. [more inside]
posted by paselkin at 10:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find my dream wrist watch!

I want the watch that Sam Rockwell wears in the movie "Moon." Someone else was wondering too, but I didn't see any responses. Any help??
posted by knmr76 at 9:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Maybe I should ask Adina Howard?

How does one define "freaky?" [more inside]
posted by juniper at 9:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Help us in our quest to help

How can I raise money online for a good cause? [more inside]
posted by mondaygreens at 8:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Tiled PDF viewer?

Is there a PDF reader that can display pages tiled across the screen, rather than only 2 across? I have a heavily-illustrated 1,000+ page document that I am browsing, and it would be much easier with a tiled view.
posted by tnygard at 8:53 PM PST - 4 comments

How long should I cook this brisket?

How-long-should-I-cook-it-filter: I've got a brisket in the oven right now. The plan was to cook it for five hours at 325F. Problem: First time I'm ever using this particular oven and it seems that for the first two hours the oven was only at ~200F. Everything seems to be working normal now, oven is at 325...but I'm not sure how much total time I should cook for to ensure the brisket is cooked through yet tender. [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 8:51 PM PST - 13 comments

What type of bird is this?

Bird watchers: Anyone know what this feller is? My husband and I put up a new feeder in our South Florida yard. We're in the migratory path for lots of transient species; so, it's possible he's not native. We've done our research in Sibley, and thought "1st year painted bunting," but a Google Image search doesn't really support that match.
posted by MediaMer at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Living on my own for the first time. Advice?

Living on my own for the first time. Advice?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 8:44 PM PST - 43 comments

It sucks, but how EXACTLY?

Just saw 'Ragtime' the musical. Was really off-put by its preachy, black & white tone. I'm wondering if there's a word this type of entertainment. Where all the bad guys are perfectly bad, all the heroes completely virtuous, and everything absurdly predictable within a certain trite political worldview. I feel like 'melodrama' doesn't quite get to it, and neither does 'propaganda.' The film equivalent would be 'Crash' I guess (not Cronenberg's, of course).
posted by leotrotsky at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

one ring to rule them all...

Your opinions on metal choice for engagement+wedding rings, hopefully with the benefit of a decade of hindsight regarding how the appearance will age and what maintenance is required... [more inside]
posted by Ultimate Sockpuppet the Second at 8:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Recommend me a gentle contact lens.

Help! My contact lenses are killing my eyes. I'd like recommendations for a less irritating routine. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 8:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Sex toys that don't look it

[sex toy filter] Does the hive know of any dildos (or vibrators) that look like anything BUT a sex toy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Are we the next Jim and Pam?

I've read all the previous threads about coworker relationships. It's a polarizing issue, and I've generally fallen on the side of opposition of them. Of course, the universe being as it is, I've found myself in a situation where I've fallen pretty badly for a coworker who reciprocates my feelings. We cannot decide if this is worth pursuing. Can you help us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Nexus One!

Nexus One: How difficult will this be & how much am I actually going to pay? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Does ice-cream have a "good side?"

Help me take pretty pictures of food. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 7:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there a program for OS X 10.4 that will automatically create a chaptered playlist/m3u file for a large mp3?

Is there a program for OS X 10.4 that will automatically create a chaptered playlist/m3u file for a large mp3, or slice the mp3 into chunks? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Sick of Apartments

I am looking to rent a single family house in Richmond,VA. Other than craigslist are there any good websites for finding such a thing? Should I be going through a Realtor? Would I have to pay a fee or would the home owner be paying the Realtor to fill the place? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Well, at least I didn't miss one...

I accidentally took two birth control pills in one day - what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 6:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Steal from the back and give to the abs??

Tips/ideas for abdominal muscle exercises that won't exacerbate back pain in someone prone to it? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Please, Jackson, keep my mind off my troubles.

What should I do, see and eat in the evenings in Jackson MS during the week (on and off for the next few months). [more inside]
posted by Seamus at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

My Home Button on My iPhone doesn't work!

IPHONE EMERGENCY: My Home button no longer works! [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 4:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for Thai restaurant tofu.

What is the red/pink tofu in restaurant pad thai? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 4:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for a school celebration of spring

I'm planning a spring assembly for my school, and I welcome all sources of spring nonsense, jollity and folklore. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 4:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Gag me with a... green bean.

Why do vegetables make me gag, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 3:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I have a little loop soldered onto my pewter medal?

What's the story on working with pewter? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Feeling overwhelmed with career change options

Training? Tech writing? Career counseling? Occupational therapy? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What is a definitive source for the exact wording of famous quotations?

What is a definitive source for the exact wording of famous quotations? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding closest address pairs from a list

I have a list of several hundred complete U.S. street addresses. For each record, I need to identify another record with the nearest address (in road distance), and its distance from the subject record’s address. Is there a free, easy way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Snerd at 1:24 PM PST - 15 comments

I love you to dear, but my high score is still there!

Best online game recommendations for females and males over the age of 35? There is a huge selection of games, but most aren't that good. What games do you recommend that both can compete and enjoy? Free and online is good, free and downloadable for travelling is awesome! [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Works of Alexander Pope.

Recommend a good anthology of Alexander Pope's works, or similar poetry? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 12:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get my mouse to work with Ubuntu boot disks?

Two different USB mice freeze when using 3 different Ubuntu versions on my Dell desktop. Should I give up, and if so, what sort of linux version should a new user like me try? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a different perspective on what I should do...

So I've been seeing this girl with a fiancé, and I'm looking for some advice here... [more inside]
posted by Cubanisimo at 12:44 PM PST - 47 comments

hair is a fickle thing

I've got naturally curly/wavy very fine, long, color-treated hair, and I know neither what to wash it with nor what to style it with. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 12:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to live near Temple University

Where's a good neighborhood for a Temple University grad student to live? My brother is planning to attend Temple starting this fall. He and his wife are looking for a friendly, safe, not-too-expensive neighborhood within about a half-hour SEPTA ride. [more inside]
posted by bethist at 12:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Seeking advice/help about statistical tests of significance.

I have a wonderfully large dataset that I'm working with for a long-term project. I am analyzing a small section the dataset for my masters thesis. In meeting with my thesis advisor last week, she suggested I run some statistical tests of significance on the 4 tables I'm working with. She knows that I am yet to be versed in quantitative analysis methods (I've done solely qualitative work thus far) and that I'm under a massive time crunch to get this done. She suggested I seek help from others, as she doesn't want me to get bogged down with figuring out this step, and would rather I concentrate on analyzing the other aspects of this data. To this end, I'm wondering if somebody might be able to suggest the best type of test of significance to run, the easiest way to run it, and a good, simple resource for what the resultant values mean? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Look great! Feel awful!

How Do I Gym? So, I got a few free months at a local gym and I'm making myself go three times a week but I'm having a few issues relating to concentration and mood. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 11:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Canopy or awning?

Pop-up canopy/gazebo or crank- out awning (like Sunsetter)? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't know why your girl keeps paging me

Songs by and about unrepentant womanizers, maninizers, promiscuous people, sluts, serial monogamists, heartbreakers, and romantic deadbeats? [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 at 11:34 AM PST - 65 comments

I have a brain cloud.

I'm having issues with anxiety and dizziness. I have a brain cloud. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I hide my friends list from my friends?

Is there a way to edit Facebook to make your friends list completely private? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Mountain explodes. Blue skies!

These past few days, with the UK skies clear of air traffic, clouds have been few and far between. To what extent do aeroplane contrails affect cloud formation? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Wildflowers for a limper

Can I see the Southern California wildflowers, with limited mobility? [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 10:32 AM PST - 2 comments

The Clay Beneath My Feet...

Why would new, store-bought soil turn to clay in just over a year? [more inside]
posted by destro at 10:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Foreign Service questions

Thoughts on joining the U.S. Foreign Service? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Lisbon sights and activities?

So I find myself unexpectedly in Lisbon for at least a day, and very likely for longer (thanks volcano!). What should I not miss while here?
posted by goo at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

One Night in Baltimore

I will be in Baltimore next week for a work conference. I will have conference sponsored events every night except Wednesday. What is the must see for a free weeknight in Baltimore? I like off beat museums, artsy locales, anarchist info shops, crazy architecture, and used bookstores. I will be staying in a Downtown hotel.
posted by hworth at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

O dear sub, hast thou woofed thy last?

Is my subwoofer toast? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Washington State vacation recommendations

My family (7 adults/ spouses in our 20s/30s/40s and 2 parents in 60s) is taking a week vacation in Washington State in mid-August. We're thinking of flying into Seattle and staying somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula. To help figure out where we'll stay, we'd like recommendations for/ against destinations for day hikes, scenic drives, historic locations, etc. We're not backpackers or hard-core hikers, but would like to do some hiking/ outdoor activities.
posted by Gooly at 9:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Travelling to Peru without any Spanish skill, OK?

How much Spanish do I need to visit the Manu Wildlife Center in Peru? [more inside]
posted by rr at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

No, I don't plan on packing ripped jeans and combat boots.

Specific examples, guidelines, do's and don'ts, etc. sought for "resort casual" wear. Details abound. [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 9:25 AM PST - 8 comments

THINK (not Think Different)

Looking for an Apple version of the classic IBM Think signs (sample photos inside). [more inside]
posted by furtive at 9:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Quick sync for my ipod touch

How do I quickly sync all the application data on my iPod touch? Currently, I have to open every single app, wait for it to finish downloading content and then move onto the next app. As I find more and more cool apps, this is taking longer. Is there a way (possibly by hooking it up to my computer) to issue one command and have every application of mine download new data off the web for offline reading? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

looking to track a links origin

links i post via bit.ly allows me to see who linked to them first, i sometimes use delicious for the same purpose, any other (better) method of tracking a link history out there?
posted by yosh at 8:41 AM PST - 2 comments


What does 'hotchitzidee' and 'three-pocket poocher' mean? [more inside]
posted by stray at 8:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Drumming up 37.5 hrs/wk

Hire Me: Help me compile a list of percussion companies in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 8:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Need a GU recipe

Anyone have any good energy/GU/ gel recipes? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Ash? What ash?

Are the CAA and other European aviation bodies over-reacting to the current volcanic ash situation? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 7:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Confessions of a Canadian cà phê sữa addict

Where would I get Vietnamese drip coffee filters (cà phê phin) in Toronto?
posted by scruss at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Officewear for first 6 months of pregnancy

Maternity fashion question plus new job conundrum. What kind of officewear can I buy that will make it through the first half of my pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I stop being so doubtful and fearful about relationships?

Relationships cause me anxiety, from ones I hear about in songs to ones I see on tv to my own. How do I overcome this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Big bad marriage trouble. How can I get us out of trouble and not get fooled again?

I missed the clue train. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 AM PST - 75 comments

Fund raising activities for an event

Can you come up with some activities for a charity fund raising event? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 4:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Thinking through the Goldman Sachs charges

If I am a stockbroker whose clients have invested in Coca-Cola (for whatever reason), am I now guilty of a conflict of interest if I recommend to one or more clients (for whatever reason) to short it? if I sell Coke short in my own account? Don't the personal views and personal goals of the clients enter into this equation?
posted by yclipse at 4:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Guide me through the Grateful Dead canon...

Guide me through the Grateful Dead canon... [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 3:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Who has audio files of Chaucer?

Where can I find readings of Chaucer in the original? All I can find are ridiculous modern English translations. I have the text, but I think I need to hear it. I've tried the VMI and Harvard pages. Both are excellent, but I need more help to get the language down! Neither my phone nor work computer is able to load or record the audio files VMI has.
posted by kanewai at 2:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Spanish music filter: recommend me music (especially salsa/reggaeton/cumbia)

Recommend me groups, cd's, songs, whatever of popular spanish music acts, especially anything or anyone you'd expect to hear in a club. Maybe you can give an inkling as to the relative quality (that is to say, if someone were you post this thread about english music, you might say "lady gaga is better than keisha, but you're gonna hear both in a club) Assume I've heard of no one (except Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Calle 13, Daddy Yankee)
posted by wooh at 1:45 AM PST - 7 comments

The grass IS green, even here in Beijing...

The grass isn't greener on the other side. How can I be happy with what I have? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 1:27 AM PST - 15 comments

oh, to be able to eat...

Living without a fridge. As a vegetarian. In Paris. Also, how to find fermentation starters... [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 1:18 AM PST - 23 comments

April 16

I'm looking for vegan-friendly cooking recipes that includes marijuana.

I'm looking for vegan-friendly cooking recipes that includes marijuana. [more inside]
posted by delasoull at 11:04 PM PST - 10 comments

How to combine TV signals?

How can I input both the cable TV signal and the broadcast TV signal to my digital TV? [more inside]
posted by TDIpod at 8:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a way to scientifically self-study the effects a herb has?

Is there a way to scientifically self-study the effects Rhodiola Rosea has on me? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Photo match software?

PhotoRecognitionFilter: I'm looking for inexpensive (or ideally open source) image matching software that is relatively easy to build a website around (with some decent coding knowledge). [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to vacation with a 20-month old in Italy or elsewhere?

Where to vacation with a 20-month old in Italy or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by bigd at 7:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I have a crush on every boy!

I just want to be friends with guys, but I keep getting crushes on them! How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files

Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear". [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Archery Target Ideas

Please suggest inexpensive, homemade targets for use in a rural area where misses will not endanger anyone. Target should not damage arrows, but should stop their flight.
posted by Hobgoblin at 6:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Make me barf!

Tell me how to make myself vomit when I need to. Not using fingers, spoon, or anything swallowed. [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 at 6:33 PM PST - 37 comments

I dropped my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens and it no longer works correctly. Is there anything I can do with it?

I dropped my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens and it no longer works correctly. Is there anything I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 6:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Get Us Out of Restaurant Rut in Boston!

Just trying to get out of a dining out rut. Any great casual none-too-pricey restaurants in the Boston area (preferably around Waltham/Lexington for me and my kids? Me and the kids are fans of Chinese, Italian, American, pretty much anything but Indian. If you know the area, we love Capitol Grille, Redbones, Santarpio's, Wagamama, Upper Crust Pizza, Legal's, Summer Shack, Watch City Brewery.
posted by dzaz at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to find stylish dress shirts and pants in NYC for men?

Where to find stylish dress shirts and pants in NYC for men? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 5:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Travel chest needs to cross the ocean at the smallest possible expense!

Moving from Canada to England, need to ship one large trunk as cheaply as possible. Recommendations for companies/methods of doing this would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Planet F at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I have to pay taxes on money my parents give me?

You Are Not My Accountant: I'm concerned that I've illegally not paid taxes for the past three years because I assumed that "gifts" and "income" were two separate things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm in the military. Can I use ADD medication?

I would like to try ADD medication. I'm in the National Guard. What ramifications would this have for my Guard career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Need some basic WordPress info, but ""WordPress" and "basic" don't seem to go together.

Need some basic WordPress info, but ""WordPress" and "basic" don't seem to go together. I am a designer who is decidedly not a programmer, and I'm wondering if WordPress is learnable for me. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 4:36 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get to Rome or Barcelona from Paris? With ash-filled skies above?

I need to get from Paris to Rome. Or Barcelona. Or any place really where the skies are blue and planes are flying. Help! [more inside]
posted by costas at 4:34 PM PST - 38 comments

Need advice for a DIY iPad mount.

Need advice for a DIY iPad mount. I would like be able to mount my iPad to my bed's headboard. Optimally the mount would be flexible enough to allow me to position my iPad directly over my head for when lying on back, and allow me to bring it down a bit for when laying on my side. Any suggestions for materials to use would be appreciated (especially some sort of flexible material sturdy enough to handle the weight of the iPad)
posted by travis08 at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Quartering the States ...

Where is a good place (pref. online) to swap State Quarters? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 3:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find some decent, recent space combat sims!

Help me find some decent, recent space combat sims! I've played the classics (wing commander, freespace) and wondered if there are any other decent ones that were released within the last 4-6 years.
posted by metacollin at 2:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Tourney Scrabble - Best Scoring Practices?

I'm looking forward to getting into some Scrabble tournaments soon, and I have a few question regarding player responsibility for keeping track of scoring. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my readers find me again

Can I publish a one time post to my blog's old RSS feed to alert readers of the new RSS feed's location? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Y u do this

You are in grad school and your professor gives out an assignment that seems to have very little relevance for the topic of the class. Is it appropriate to ask him/her, in a very polite way, what they see as the connection between the goal of the assignment and the topic of the class? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 1:47 PM PST - 42 comments

Help ensure my websites display beautifully now and into the future!

Cross-platform web design / development for the next three years - What exactly do I need to learn, and where can I learn it? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Daring Fireballesq. RSS

Following on from my previous question how can I change my RSS feed in WordPress so that the links tag actually links to my custom field's 'external-link' and not the posts permalink?
posted by nam3d at 1:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Ouch, ouch, ouch.

For the past 3 years, off and on, I've had pain in the left shoulder blade area, radiating toward my left rib cage. There are no triggers like breathing or laughter. What I feel is sharp stabbing spasms at unpredictable intervals. It is mild in the morning, intense by evening. Usually icing takes care of it, but not always. I've seen my doctor, gotten massages, gotten acupuncture, tried exercise and stretching -- but the pain returns. Massage helps most. Any ideas, hive mind?
posted by bearwife at 1:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Help to locate a

I'm trying to find a particular solar-powered toy/gadget, which I saw a few years ago. It consisted of four very light blades within a glass bulb, spinning under the pressure of the sun on one side. [more inside]
posted by tawny at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

You're harshing my flow, man[ager]!

I have a manager who constantly interrupts my attention-hungry programming work with easy, quick tasks that she believes "will just take a second, no problem." This destroys my productivity. How does the hive mind deal with this? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine at 12:13 PM PST - 35 comments

I want to offer internships/ employ interns this summer, help me cover my legal, tax, etc bases...

How to have interns/offer internships - legal, tax, employment issues, etc. ? [more inside]
posted by vilolagrl at 12:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Find me an MMORPG, MeFi!

Recommend me an MMORPG. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 11:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Healthy side healthy, cold side cold.

Whenever I catch a cold, I get symptoms in only one side of my face. Why? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

How to ensure iPhone news aggregator app is included in the App Store?

My iPhone news reader app was rejected from the App Store for what looks like copyright reasons. What should I do to get it accepted after all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

take it easy

I have a valued employee that is in charge of several other staff members. His position is one that makes him not easily replaceable. I was just shown some texts that he had written to one of the staffers during off duty hours, personally berating the staffer and going to the point of almost threatening him. This staffer as a result has given his two weeks notice. [more inside]
posted by newpotato at 11:15 AM PST - 32 comments

Help me break out of the straight/rocks rut

Cocktail Filter: Help me triangulate the right stuff to buy so that I can optimize my available booze [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 11:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me replace my shower door "thingie"

On the bottom of our shower door, there is a plastic squeegee-like attachment presumably meant to help keep water inside the shower. See these two pics. The plastic is getting pretty nasty and is cracking. I've taken it to two local Home Depots to try to find a replacement, and tried Googling it. No success. The part in question just slides right off. The part that attaches to the shower door is hard plastic. The "squeegee" part is somewhat flexible. Can anyone help me find a replacement?
posted by edjusted at 11:01 AM PST - 5 comments

How to check contractors work?

We are having a detached garage built. I already chose a contractor. How do I make sure the work being done is up to code and correct? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments


Is there a tool to help visualize/show the steps of the complex loops I'm writing in c/c++? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 10:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Which online communities have closed up shop?

Once they reach a kind of critical mass, do internet communities ever die? [more inside]
posted by baltimoretim at 10:28 AM PST - 58 comments

Beach Baby, Beach Baby, Nerds on the Sand

Daytona Beach! I'm there for a conference all next week. I've been there before, but this time we'll have a car. Looking for restaurants, especially lunch, and any suggestions on attractions (although we won't have tons of time for outside activities). [more inside]
posted by sararah at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Bagged a good bag... but now it's a mess

Please help me wash my beautiful embroidered purse without ruining it! [more inside]
posted by caveat at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

IdiotFilter: Please help me escape Bally's agreement within the three-day "consumer's right to cancel" window

IdiotFilter: How best to cancel my Bally's Total Fitness "Easy Monthly Payment Plan" within the three-day "consumer's right to cancellation" period? This is not necessarily a Bally's-specific question, and YANML. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Baltimore shoes

Stripper shoes/Clothes Stores in/around Baltimore. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:05 AM PST - 1 comment

Looking to get Lost again...

Looking for a new book or series to read, and I'd like a specific theme: that of a protagonist(ish) mastermind. More info included, as well as some minor spoilers for those who have never seen Lost, and would like to. (Just a friendly warning!) [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 10:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Who pays fed taxes in America?

There's been a lot of news and talk about the Tax Policy Center's report that 47 percent of American's pay no federal income tax. Naturally the more rapidly Republican members of my family are repeating this ad nauseam to me. Can you point me to good links that factually refute this claim? Or is it in fact true? I'm not looking for debate, just facts about this claim.
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 9:45 AM PST - 30 comments

Teaching MySQL to Total Beginners?

I've just been put in charge of teaching two executives in my company how to use MySQL. Oh dear God, please help me! [more inside]
posted by fogster at 9:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Cotsa-what now?

What was my Nana calling the baked macaroni and beef dish she used to cook? [more inside]
posted by sascha at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Excel wizardry needed

MS Excel-filter: I want to be able to search for the second occurrence of a word in column A and then pull the corresponding value from column B. More inside. [more inside]
posted by prunes at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

For english, press 3.

DIY IVR? Suggestions for jury-rigging a touch-tone phone menu system with output to a text file. For further information, please press [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Required: Immediate shoe repair to prevent craziness!

Half way to work, I walked through my heel tap. To me, the sound of metal on concrete is like nails on a chalkboard. Help! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

putting effort in relationships?

husband says i don't make enough effort - i'm at a loss as to what to do! advice sorely needed. it gets long, natch. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 9:19 AM PST - 68 comments

Mac/Windows compatible external hard drive - no AC required

What external hard drive (at least 250 gigs) can I buy today in Vancouver, and where? Yes, this is similar to this question (just asked) but with some unique details. [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 9:17 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you market a new blog?

How do you market a new blog? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 9:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Didn't get into grad school - now what do I do?

Didn't get into grad school - now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Do they make peanut butter-stuffed steaks?

My dog is probably going to die in the next few months. What can I do to make things really great for him during that time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 29 comments

Parties/entertaining for dummies

Parties 101: What do I need to know about hosting a successful party? Not a dinner party, not a crazy late-night drinking party, but something in-between. [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs at 8:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Return a Jerk at Work's Phone Message With an Email

How Do I Return a Jerk at Work's Phone Message With an Email w/o Provoking Them? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Anthro Job In DC?

What are the chances a new phd in anthropology can get a public policy job in DC? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen at 8:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Wait, is that clicking? What do you mean boot disk not ready?

NERDS! It's that time of year again. I need some replacement HD's. Let's say Western Digital versus Seagate. Let's rap anecdotal and tell each other which brand is awesome and which we should never use again. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 7:50 AM PST - 25 comments

What's a real estate agent do?

What can a good real estate agent do for me that the internet can't? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments


In a few months, I would like to wean myself off of caffeine entirely. But I have some concerns. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 7:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Due diligence before buying a used laptop...

Buying a used laptop. What can I do to ensure I'm not buying a ticking timebomb? [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Memristance Is !Futile

What's a simple mental model of a memristor? [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Bike trips in upstate NY/VT

I want to go on a one day bike trip in upstate NY or VT-- less than a 2h drive from Montreal. Where should I go? Details about what I want inside. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Color images from black and white paper

Color images be made from exposing black and white paper for long periods of time. Can you please explain the chemistry behind how this works?
posted by vostok at 7:09 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you stop doubting yourself?

How do you stop doubting yourself? [more inside]
posted by spaceandtime30 at 7:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Photo stitching without the seams...

Can anyone recommend a decent panorama stitcher...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 7:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Research Study about Teachers

Can someone point me to a research study regarding teacher's classroom behavior as an effect of student performance? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld at 7:00 AM PST - 2 comments

I Need A Web Page Archiver That Does This...

I use DevonThink and have decided it's a bit of overkill for my purposes. So here's what I'm looking for: I want a tool that allows me to save web pages from within the browser of my choice. I want a series of Javascript pseudo-bookmark buttons along the top of my browser, each one corresponding to a category within the application. E.g., I might have buttons/categories for "Book Reviews", "Recipes", "Gadgets To try", etc. So, if I'm looking at a book review I want to keep, I click on the "Book Review" button and it is copied and stored by the application. I'd prefer to do this locally, but I'd consider an online solution. I am not, however, looking for a glorified bookmark service. I want something that copies pages and makes them available for searching and reading within the application. Oh yeah, it's for OS X.
posted by justcorbly at 6:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Papa needs a brand new bag!

Help me find the perfect bag for my needs. I'm trying to lighten the load and the bag I bought in a pinch while abroad is already falling apart. It's the right size and more or less the right configuration, but it's a POS. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 6:37 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I say say "thank you," "I love you," and "you changed my life in every way for the better"?

How can I say say "thank you," "I love you," and "you changed my life in every way for the better"? The catch: it's for an organization of a few dozen people which I will soon no longer be able to participate in as I will be moving. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 AM PST - 4 comments

What is love?

Marriage filter: My wife and I have been married for a little over three years and have two children. She was raised Catholic whilst I am more towards the Hitchens/Dawkins side of things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:23 AM PST - 39 comments

Advice about finding a business partner?

What advice can you give me about finding a business partner? I seem to be faced with two issues. The first is finding someone who is interested in the business I'm trying to start and who compliments my skills. But more importantly, how do I decide if they're trustworthy, reliable, and we share the same objectives and can work well together? [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 6:10 AM PST - 3 comments

What physical restrictions on human activity have greatly shaped human history?

What are some restrictions in infrastructure and logistics that have greatly effected human history? A friend of mine was telling me about the history of Cyprus, and he launched into an intriguing explanation of the practical differences between a galley and a modern sailing ship. "The world at that time had to be designed around parking galleys. There are many cities and towns in Europe that used to just be galley parking lots. Cyprus changed hands a lot because it was a great parking lot." I want to have more ways to organize and make sense of history like this. Can you guys help me? If you have books about this to recommend (I've already read the Jared Diamond work btw) that would be amazing.
posted by voronoi at 6:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Too good to be true maybe?

Avoiding stolen items on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me replicate digital on-demand printer settings?

What information do I need from digital print shop A in order to find digital print shop B that uses the same setup (or as close a match as possible)? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 5:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How to specifically learn about generics?

I'm looking for a first-hand book recommendation that will give me a better understanding of generic collections. The language doesn't matter but I'd prefer it be in Java or C#, if possible. Check inside for an example code snippet. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:16 AM PST - 7 comments

A snappy, appealing way of remembering to do the right thing.

I need a snappy, appealing acronym/mnemonic/alternative way of remembering the following 6 steps that I have found helpful in avoiding certain behaviours and replacing them with other preferred behaviors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 AM PST - 12 comments

I think my sister is delusional

DTMFA-filter - but she's my sister. Advice and/or anecdata needed, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 AM PST - 24 comments

Bachelor party lap dance

My guy is going to a bachelor's party. Help me stop feeling unhappy about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:05 AM PST - 95 comments

I swallowed gauze!

I just had a tooth pulled out and I fell asleep. I swallowed the gauze in the night! I just woke up. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 3:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Personal website... just very simplistic

Any ideas as to a simple web site template (or process to design one) that functions as an attractive launch/web links page? (For a personal site.) [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 12:36 AM PST - 7 comments

April 15

Feeding Frenzy in the Living Room...

What is the toughest dog bed in the world? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 11:35 PM PST - 21 comments

How do companies afford to ship internationally?

How do companies ship their products internationally so cheaply? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc at 11:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Morning Crutches?

Where can I buy crutches in NYC before 9am? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 10:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Ward me from googleitis

Can you help me figure out this probably Yiddish phrase to ward against bad events? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:01 PM PST - 8 comments