April 2012 Archives

April 30

Cinch that corset like I'm Scarlett O'Hara

Everyday shapewear for the plus-sized woman? [more inside]
posted by brina at 11:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Its a total eclipse of the Hrothgar

Falling in love all over again: help me re-learn the Battletech fluff. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 10:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I overcome my fear of men?

How can I overcome my fear of men? [more inside]
posted by instantfail at 10:42 PM PST - 33 comments

Help! What to do with "our" stray cat?

Help! What to do with "our" stray cat? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I wanna be translated

I'm interested in translating someone's dissertation/book from Spanish to English. Is there some way I can make this happen? If so, how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Olympic fail.

I've just booked an international trip with a 3/4-day layover on the way home. Great, I think, I can spend some time in the city, get a cheap hotel, see a few friends for dinner and then get some sleep and a shower before my trip home - easy! Problem: after booking the trip, I realize I will be in London during the Olympics, and hotel prices have accordingly skyrocketed. I am on a grad student budget. Help me find a decent place to stay - ideally not in a shared room - that won't kill my budget? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 9:14 PM PST - 20 comments

What image size do I need to print a 4'x4' photograph?

DIY Photo Art Question: I would like to have a photograph or image professionally printed onto canvas or good print-quality paper, about 4' x 4'. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 9:14 PM PST - 8 comments

One-Time Cloud Backup of Archives

Help me do a one-time "cloud" back-up of archived text files and stuff in order to supplement my Time Machine backup. I use a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

How to be notified that I didn't receive a scheduled email?

How does your computer say that you didn't get an email that you were expecting to get? [more inside]
posted by enfa at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm Partial to the Salmon and Shrimp Flake, Myself

Inspired by this post about retirement savings, I'm using my question to ask something I've always wondered about: where did the trope about senior citizens eating cat food come from? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 8:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Did I give my boyfriend cavities?

I had untreated cavities. Now my boyfriend has cavities and his dentist blames me and says we shouldn't kiss. To what degree is this true? [more inside]
posted by elklet at 7:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Adoption List Now?

Get on an adoption list? [more inside]
posted by jmd97 at 7:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Alcoholics Anonymous Groups for people of Asian descent in the USA?

Can anyone tell me about Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous Groups for people of Asian descent in the USA? I'm not finding anything on google. If anyone can give me information about groups in the Boston area, that would be particularly helpful. Also, if anyone who has actual helpful experience (as opposed to people who just want to speculate) can give me the straight dope as to why I'm not finding AA groups for people of Asian descent, I'd be grateful.
posted by shushufindi at 7:35 PM PST - 11 comments

First-time parents + shopping = nightmare!

So. We are going to be new parents by the end of September. Yay! Thrilled, scared, worried? Yes, yes and yes! The problem is that I do not enjoy shopping. Shopping for myself is hard enough. But shopping for new baby? Overwhelming! And so I am turning to the collective wisdom here. Experienced parents: any time/money saving tips, hints and recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by coolnik at 7:32 PM PST - 37 comments

Library Music

I recently received a request to use a photo I posted on flickr for the cover of an album of 'library music'. The person asking for permission stated that he's "...working on an independent production music album...." What are such collections?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 7:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Quick camping trips from Lancaster

Where are some great places to camp within an hour or two of southeastern PA? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 7:20 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get an oxygen tank in the stroller.

Our baby is nearly coming home from the NICU, and the doctors have told us more than likely he will have to come home with an oxygen tank. We already bought a pram/stroller for him before we knew about this, now we aren't sure if we can fit the oxygen tank with the pram/stroller we have. I think its going to be a class D oxygen tank. Do we need a new pram or can we attach the tank somehow? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 7:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me kick out the jams

Looking for a DJ controller that includes a soundcard for under $200. Ideally, it will be compatible with Traktor 2 and have bass/mid/treble controls. [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I fix my social reputation at work?

What would you suggest for improved social skills, fitting in, decreased awkwardness, and undoing a reputation for being annoying at work? I'd especially love help for nerds with social anxiety who need to fit in with mainstreamy socialite sorts of people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Spooky cellphone interference

Walking down the street on a cellphone, my reception cuts out and I hear a different voice through the earpiece, very briefly, say something like "... three months..." It sounds like an advertisement. The person on the other end heard nothing, and the call wasn't dropped. What the heck happened? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

"City of Brotherly Food" is the best I could do :(

It's that time again: Name my X, for values of X close to "food blog". Focused on cooking, some posts about restaurants and alcohol. I'm trying to focus locally, so Philadelphia flavor in the name a big plus. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 6:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Where to travel in less than 7 days

I have one week of vacation time, front-loaded, at my new job. I would like to use it to go somewhere fun with my man. I would be leaving from the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by MsMartian at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Housework Blues

I'm confused about how to equitably split up housework. I am messier than my spouse, and to him this means I should do all the housework. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 54 comments

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person?

How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 6:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Gift ideas for Winnipeg or the Arctic

I need ideas for gifts I could pick up from Winnipeg that are interesting and unique for my sisters? [more inside]
posted by jamincan at 6:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Keep it Clean

Need an evergreen tree/ shrub for the corner of the house- the catch is that the sewer clean out is about 3ft from the front of the house and about 4ft on the diagonal from the corner of the house. We need something whose roots won't invade the clean out.
posted by MayNicholas at 6:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I think I need a lawyer for a liability case (Detroit area)

How can I determine the best way to find a lawyer to work on a consumer liability case that is not the stereotypical ambulance chaser, slip and fall guy? All I want is what is fair. I am in the Detroit (Northern) suburbs.
posted by Drasher at 5:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me eat and drink more flowers!

I love food and drinks with floral flavors. How can I incorporate more delicious floral foods and beverages into my life? [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 5:43 PM PST - 44 comments

Japanese term for leverage

What it the correct term for "leverage" in Japanese? (Financial leverage, or the figurative meaning of leverage" Please give me spelling in roman characters.
posted by bright77blue at 5:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Make a Bored Dad in France into a Sophisticate

Mefi French Folk and Francophiles, please help out my dad! My dear dad is stuck in the little town of Argenton Chateau (recently renamed Argenton Vallee)- which I think is about 50 km away from Tours, I think, and Angers , I think, and just south of the Loire Valley, I think. He has nothing to do all day but read his Kindle and sit at the local cafe while my mom is in a painting class in the little village for the next three weeks. Do you have recommendations for day trips and sights in the area? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Optimist in love with a pessimist. Any tips?

Optimist in love with a pessimist. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Making room for a cutie mark

Help me get what's left of a magnet off my car's butt! [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 4:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Solid Gold

Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to start writing a journal. Can you recommend me some kind of journaling software?

I want to start writing a journal. Can you recommend me some kind of journaling software? [more inside]
posted by _Seeker_ at 4:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Press up/right/select to scale the Stairway to Heaven

Are there examples of video games inspired by popular music? [more inside]
posted by klausman at 4:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for sites that post daily lists of curated links

What are some sites/blogs that post a daily or weekly list of interesting links? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 3:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Time sheets AND multi-task tracking in one software solution?

Is there software that will allow me to run both timesheets and multiple tasks concurrently? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 3:52 PM PST - 1 comment

I got a new job! Oh god, now what!

New Job Filter- Starting a management position in a completely new field. Not expecting to receive a lot of industry training. How would you approach the position and your first few weeks on the job? Snowflakiness inside... [more inside]
posted by Draccy at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments


Can you identify these Ikea curtains? [more inside]
posted by artychoke at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Giving a yellow card when it doesn't affect play. Does it ever happen?

Football (soccer): if a player does a cautionable offence (or an offense that has been repeated enough times to warrant a caution), but it does not affect the run of play at all, can they still be given a yellow once the ball is out of play? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Do the Feds give a Salary boost for honors societies?

Will membership in the college honor society Phi Alpha Theta really boost your federal government salary? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 3:27 PM PST - 7 comments

TMJ, or Scamsville USA?

How much would my mention of the phrase 'TMJ' (a jaw disorder) to a dentist affect his decision to attribute my toothache to grinding rather than to tooth decay? I am worried that I am about to be scammed, due to the fact that (i) my aching tooth (and that tooth alone) has obvious decay, and (ii) that a new dentist was able to attribute my toothache to grinding before actually looking in my mouth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Best USB Headset?

What is a good-quality USB headset? (Headphones with Microphone)? [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 2:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Decent "corporate retreat" spaces in metro DC?

Decent "corporate retreat" spaces in metro DC? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Is it safe to get multiple vaccines in one day?

Is it safe for my dog to get her core vaccines (rabies, distemper, adenovirus-2 (hepatitis) and parovirus) in one day? Or should we split it and get the rabies vaccine first?
posted by flowers103 at 2:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Empathic Vancouver, BC family lawyer?

Please help me find an empathic Vancouver, BC area family lawyer. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Clear Glasses That Aren't Huge?

In search of clear-framed glasses that aren't massive but are awesome. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 2:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Customized News Alerts

Where can I setup an online news alert that (1) emails the alert to an address of my choice, and (2) allows me to set or customize the email subject line?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 1:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Walk like a scam, fast as you can....

I know there are car selling scams. Are there car buying scams? Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 1:09 PM PST - 60 comments

Just tell me what to eat so I don't have to think about it.

What's the best/easiest way to increase my protein intake when eating is difficult for various complicated reasons? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 1:03 PM PST - 29 comments

Is AppleCare worth getting for a refurbished iMac?

Is AppleCare worth getting for a refurbished iMac? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 1:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I take my mom for a fun, relaxing weekend where we can eat, drink (wine!), and be merry?

Northern California wineries and B&B's in either 1) Amador/El Dorado wine country or 2) Napa/Sonoma (that won't break the bank)? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Bad psychologist or is it me?

Did I get a bad psychologist or is there a valid reason for a chemical dependency evaluation? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 12:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Slap me an app....

I need help finding an Android App which will do the following for me: [more inside]
posted by london302 at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this a toy or a birth control device?

What is this mystery object found on the floor of a public bathroom at a Boston Best Buy?
posted by Dragonness at 12:26 PM PST - 17 comments

I've got a bad feeling about this. Is there anything out there like Star Wars Arcade Falcon Gunner.

I love Star Wars Arcade Falcon Gunner. What other games for iPod Touch will I like? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 12:24 PM PST - 1 comment

How do we get out of paying for employer insurance during FMLA?

FMLA-Filter: What counts as officially "returned" to work after the 12 week FMLA for maternity leave? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill at 12:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Pros/cons to having "housesitter"?

What would the drawbacks/benefits be to having someone stay in our currently vacant house? [more inside]
posted by stefnet at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Badass couples?

Who are some real-life badass couples? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:45 AM PST - 72 comments

stopping am phone calls

Is it possible to stop unwanted phone calls when it seems no one is on the other end? The call is coming to our landline (home phone), and we don't have caller id, an answering machine, or any kind of special machine or service that can identify or filter out the calls. This has been an ongoing issue for a few weeks. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 11:36 AM PST - 15 comments

So they're REALLY bitter, huh?

I've got all these bitter melons and no recipes. Halp! [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 11:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Help my coworker's husband read his email on his phone and computer.

My coworker's husband has an old Mindspring/Comcast email account which he checks on a PC at home. He set up his email account to download only new messages onto a device -- so if he accesses his email account from a phone, he then doesn't see any of these new emails the next time he uses his PC. I have been asked to fix this, and I'm not sure what type of settings he has set up. Do you have any ideas off the top of your head? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

My fiancee and I are buying a house in the next few months, and could use some advice.

My fiancee and I are buying a house in the next few months. We're looking for some financial guidance regarding some tricky judgement calls I have to make in short order. Thanks for any help! [more inside]
posted by amcm at 11:04 AM PST - 29 comments

Getting myself prepared to work midnight shift, I need HELP!

How do I best prepare my body to work 3rd shift/midnight shift? Is there anything good to do in the weeks before I begin, and to maintain when I start the work? Any good vitamins, etc. that could be taken? Something healthy to help with staying awake? Some personal info inside... [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 10:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Seeking Mondrian/Spongebob Sock Mashup

I'm looking for a replacement pair of Spongebob socks - yes, really. It's a mother's day gift, and a replacement for a much-loved pair. They are very tall, thick and soft and warm, sized for an adult, white with a colorful grid pattern like a Mondrian painting (yes, really) interspersed with large yellow squares featuring Spongebob making a face. They had little yellow square plush Spongebob "knobs" or cloth buttons of some kind at the top.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

How can a short woman start barbell training?

I am a short (5') female and I want to start barbell training. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by miniminimarket at 10:48 AM PST - 18 comments

The Mighty Avengers vs the Modern World

Will there be a place in the lobby to check cell phones at tomorrow's preview screening of The Avengers at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Best multi-user ACT/SAT prep course?

What is the best ACT/SAT test prep system/program for multiple (20-50) users? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 10:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Wild paper chase? No, that sucks

Help me pick an amusing name for the not-so-amusing tendency of older lawyers to send their researchers on wide goose chases for half-remembered cases. [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 10:28 AM PST - 22 comments

How do you bring an idea to fruition when you lack the technical skill necessary to do so? And keep credit?

How do you bring an idea to fruition when you lack the technical skill necessary to do so? And keep credit? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

How to help a traumatized friend?

Help me help a friend dealing with trauma/mental health/addiction issues in Georgia. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How would you invest $1000/month to get a return of over 2.5% ?Investment forums?

Looking for forums where I can get investment advice. Can you recommend a few active ones? Also, how would you invest $1000/ month if you knew you were likely to pull out most of the money in approximately 4 years to pay a down payment for say a house? Banks probably give around 2%-3% max. So I imagine the goal here is to get more than 2.5% return. Please don't recommend the type of financial instrument such as mutual funds or index funds. I am looking for something more specific. Like a fund name etc
posted by r2d2 at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

They lost my car floor mat, should they replace it?

After having my car washed and vacuumed on the weekend, I noticed one of the floor mats is gone. Car wash says they don't have it. Should I just get over it or can I expect them to replace it, and if so, what exactly should I do next? [more inside]
posted by Shal at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to gamify my life with an app.

Help me find an iPhone app and website to "gamify" various things. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeking tights/leggings that won't "muffin" my "top"...

Looking for a women's (not girl's!) leggings/tights store that is either located in, or ships to, Canada. I am sick of getting fun-looking tights from teeny-bopper type accessory stores that are clearly not made for anyone with curves... [more inside]
posted by groovesquirrel at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Where can I rent a bicycle in Louisville?

Where I can rent a good bicycle in Louisville, Kentucky? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 9:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me fill out a job description.

I was given the task of filling out a job description for a programming environment. Should I respect the history of previous job descriptions when writing out this job description? [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Yummy vegan sauces?

Looking for vegan sauce recipes to make my healthy meals more appealing. [more inside]
posted by daikon at 9:08 AM PST - 28 comments

What should I bring back from Russia?

I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 9:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Buying a briefcase in Italy - where?

Trip to Italy - where is the best location to buy a really nice man's briefcase? [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

What is fun in May to do in Arizona?

Going to phoenix with my Fiancé at the end of May. Whats available to do in Arizona at the end of may? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Things to Do in Napa that I Haven't Already Done?

I've got an extra day and a half in Yountville/Napa Valley this weekend; what should I do? Bonus if it's not wine tasting--or at least not the wine tastings I've already done a dozen times. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Need online bookkeeping website

I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 8:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Babies Galore!

What kind of thoughtful yet not-time-expensive gift can I make my sister for her new baby? [more inside]
posted by Liesl at 8:38 AM PST - 23 comments

I need a Torg-Over.

I have a bad back, which I think arises due to a combination of 1) weak core muscles; 2) extremely tight hamstrings; and 3) bad posture. I would be very grateful for any tips for addressing these issues. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Meditation resources?

I'd like to start meditating to help me live more in the moment, know my body and mind better, reduce stress, and increase my ability to focus and concentrate. What are some mindfulness/meditation resources and guides that can help me accomplish those goals without any woo? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 8:32 AM PST - 18 comments

Hoe to improve technical writing and presentation skills as an ESL student?

Can you recommend any free/low-cost but reliable online courses/videos/books on technical writing and/or creating decent power point presentations? Also, how do you achieve an academic standard of English when it's not your first language? [more inside]
posted by ADent at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Nonfiction by women authors

Can you recommend me some great nonfiction books by women authors? [more inside]
posted by xenization at 8:13 AM PST - 55 comments

Can I make gifts to my spouse to equalize our taxable incomes?

My wife and I file our federal taxes jointly but our Iowa taxes separately. She works part-time and has a fraction of my income. It appears that we would pay lower state taxes if our income was split more evenly between us. Can I make gifts to her (of cash or perhaps shares), deduct them from my taxable income, and add them to her taxable income?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Design of Servitude

Recommended resources to learn about service design? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 7:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Work would be better if

Better workplace - all around suggestions [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me understand: rounding

What logic is Harvest using to round up the hours I've spent on a project? And what should my general practice be regarding rounding? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a quirky and not too expensive hotel in Stockholm.

I'm heading with my partner to Stockholm for a long weekend in June and would love recommendations for a place to stay. We'd like to stay somewhere that won't break the bank but also a bit individual and quirky. For example, I stayed in the CitzenM hotel in Glasgow recently and loved it - it was boutique but at a budget conscious £70-90 per night. I am guessing Stockholm will be a bit pricer than Glasgow so happy to pay a bit more, but that's the sort of place I am looking for. TIA!
posted by ozgirlabroad at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

And then there's always Supercuts

LonghairFilter: Man with shoulder-length hair ISO $0-$20 trim in NYC. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

What should we do after our troubled teenager has sex with her teacher?

So our teenage daughter slept with her married teacher. Not as much of a disaster as usual with her, but advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 90 comments

Make my laptop and router get along!

My laptop (and only my laptop) intermittently fails to see my wi-fi network. Please help me solve the problem. [more inside]
posted by afx237vi at 6:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Is this a redbud?

Is this a redbud? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 6:06 AM PST - 11 comments

I just want it on paper that he stole a security deposit

Just found out that the NYC Statute of Limitations is 6 years. The roommate stole my security deposit 6.5 years ago. Is it too late? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Loss for words

How do I fix a soured relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Donating an iPad

Donating an iPad for use by kids with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 5:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Nonfiction Books About Prison Life?

Nonfiction books about the prison experience? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 3:33 AM PST - 37 comments

Can I sell an iPhone app without creating a company?

I've written an iPhone app. I'm in the UK. Do I need to start a company to sell it? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 3:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I dissuade this young woman from hitch-hiking?

What should I tell my sister-in-law about hitch-hiking? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 2:33 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a Toronto seamstress.

Looking for a good, affordable seamstress/ tailor/ dressmaker in Toronto to take in, and possibly reproduce, an adored dress. [more inside]
posted by windykites at 12:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Alumni management for dummies

I'm looking for a low-cost web service for managing a (very) small alumni database. [more inside]
posted by mekily at 12:35 AM PST - 10 comments

April 29

Help me stop thinking about hot girls

I get obsessed with pretty girls to the point that they get distracting. How do I stop and does this mean something more? (I am female.) [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 10:14 PM PST - 26 comments

How can we watch live basketball at home, just for a month?

What's the cheapest way I can watch live basketball coverage in my one home? I'm in California, and a Charter cable internet customer. Complication: I only want a month of access. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Turning a huge collection of digital photos into prints

What is an easy solution for someone who takes a lot of photos and would like to print all of them--or create a printed photo book--WITHOUT putting a lot of effort into it? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Other bags similar to Outlier Minimal Backpack?

Do you know of any backpacks similar to the Outlier Minimal backpack? Attributes in order of importance to me are are: 1) extreme light weight (the one from Outlier is paper-thin) 2) pocket-stuffable/foldable 3) sleek minimal modern anonymous look (like all of outlier's stuff)
posted by thedaniel at 8:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How does the French curriculum work in U.S. schools?

We are considering enrolling our son in kindergarten at a French immersion school in the U.S. where teachers from the Francophone world follow the French curriculum. If anyone out there has experience with a school like this, I'd love to hear about your experience. [more inside]
posted by umbú at 8:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I rat him out?

Would it be unprofessional to tell my editor that it is my co-author's fault that our book manuscript is (once again) going to miss it's delivery deadline? Or is the right thing to do to keep telling her that "we" aren't ready? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 8:28 PM PST - 22 comments

In the days before CGI, you could tell something amazing was going to happen by the change in the grain.

I'm looking for examples of the craziest, weirdest, most wonderful uses of optical printing effects in movies. Whether Hong Kong action flick or European fantasy movie, what are the most stunning or bizarre uses of the optical printing process that you've seen on screen?
posted by eschatfische at 8:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Worker bee lost in between beehives....

GTD Filter: How has GTD helped you in your experience of unemployment? I'm looking for a system to organize my thoughts, structure my time, and keep me working toward goals without losing steam. Google-fu is failing me, thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Ekornes Repair in Woodinville, WA?

Leather furniture repair in Woodinville, WA? Help me fix my Ekornes recliner! [more inside]
posted by carterk at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Does my cat have stomatitis?

Does my cat have stomatitis? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 7:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Filename, filename(1), filename(2), filename(3)

Help me delete duplicate files on an an eternal HD used to back up a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by lulu68 at 7:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify the names of these three movies.

Please help me find the names of three vaguely recalled movies from my past: a teen flick from the 80s, a dubbed (possibly Italian) horror film from the 70s, and a scifi adventure from the 60s (maybe)? [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad at 7:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me watch my games on my TV, as it was meant to be.

Looking for programs that will reliably change .mkv files to files watchable on a PS3 or iPad. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 6:40 PM PST - 23 comments

This won't end well and it's really not helping anyone

I believe that my parents are about to make a terrible financial mistake by purchasing a house for my sister. When I bring up my objections, they assume it is because I am jealous and they get defensive. How can I express my concerns in a way in which they will listen, and not just brush my concerns off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 35 comments

What programming environments provide the level of navigation, analysis, and refactoring power for their languages that Eclipse does for Java?

What programming environments provide the level of navigation, analysis, and refactoring power for their languages that Eclipse does for Java? [more inside]
posted by Koray at 6:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly at 5:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Mythical and mysterious places of the Bay Area (and CA)?

San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 5:33 PM PST - 29 comments

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Pupa ID

Entomology filter: Can anybody ID this interesting pupa that I found in my back yard. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 5:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Question about interviewing the interviewers

Question about interviewing the interviewers: International differences?..I was taught at uni that its a good idea to treat the interview as a bit of a test run, in other words interview the interviewers to see if you really would like the job that is being offered by asking a few interesting questions etc....but when I tell people (In Australia) about this idea they are horrified and seem to think that's a sure fire way to talk yourself out of a potential job. What do mefites think? Can anyone give me a good rationale why you should pretend you are interviewing the employer? Was I taught the wrong thing? Am I explaining it wrong?
posted by sparkle55 at 4:25 PM PST - 18 comments

What is going on with my sinuses?

What is going on with my sinuses? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Cat scratch fever in the FACE

What can I expect while healing a facial laceration that required stitches? [more inside]
posted by bedhead at 3:41 PM PST - 15 comments

High school problems

I am a teenager who needs advice about school and the realities of it from Normal People. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Relationship with stepparent after a parent's death

Did you maintain a relationship with a stepparent after your biological parent passed away? What was it like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me before I destroy my bathroom sink.

Plumbing - I need to replace the gasket and o-ring in this faucet, but I'm stumped on how to take it apart. Help! The handle was easy, but the body refuses to budge. The ceramic body & metal base move with a lot of resistance, but not in a way that suggests unscrewing. The top flange is immovable, but with no space to wedge in a screwdriver to pry it off. Ideas? Front view & Top View. Thank you!
posted by swngnmonk at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Etiquette concerning dying my own hair in between salon visits.

How do I approach dying my own hair between visits to my stylist? [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish at 3:23 PM PST - 15 comments

What do you do when you need to "sort things out"?

What do you do when you need to "sort things out"? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How do the non-gentry feel about gentrification?

Opinions on gentrification from a gentrified neighborhood's non-gentry residents? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 1:58 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I stay calm despite wrong statements and irrational people?

How can I stay calm despite wrong statements and irrational people? [more inside]
posted by dr1ft at 1:56 PM PST - 32 comments

What is the name of an old comic book arcade game?

Trying to find name of an old arcade game with Marvel superheroes, including Captain America. [more inside]
posted by atmu at 1:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I tell them I eventually want to teach?

Should I mention my plan to continue academic research in my interview for a fundraising management job at a small college that is part of a major research university? I have a lot of industry experience and raised strong results. I want to stress that I understand the time pressures but I also do not want to overload myself with more than one back-story. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Kate MIddleton probably doesn't need to ask this.

How do I care for my new sapphire wedding ring? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 1:28 PM PST - 11 comments

I can haz sauce?

Help me find sources on German military technology during WW2! [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 1:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting into chemistry grad school with no chemistry background?

I would like to pursue research in supramolecular chemistry, but I am a couple years out of school and do not have a chemistry background. Also, I lack letters of recommendation. I am certain I cannot get into a decent Ph.D. program, but do I have a shot at getting in a Master's program? Or must I resort to taking classes at a university somewhere? [more inside]
posted by nhamann at 1:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Moar music like Blue Vipers (acoustic swing?)!

I love The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and would like more music like it! Suggestions? I particularly love them live and acoustic and wish their albums were just recorded in a room with a mic or two - so lower fi is cool; More produced isn't what I want. Also particularly love the vocalist and vocal harmonies (although instrumental is great too). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Have it good but want it better.

How much is the ability to work from home, anywhere in the world with an internet connection worth? Other job related questions. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Robert's Rules of Order vote of 2 items

Following Robert's Rules of Order, what would be the proper procedure for voting between two different actions? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

If you love "Spiegel Im Spiegel", you'll LOVELOVELOVE this........

I need a (very specific) music recommendation! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 12:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Examples of surprising data

What are some citable examples in which companies or people might reasonably expect one outcome but find something different or surprising upon actually examining the data? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 12:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Hitting a lowball out of the park?

What is the optimal way to respond to a low ball salary offer? Situation specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 11:26 AM PST - 16 comments

What other cars should I look out for?

Which cars to look for? My budget is between $5-7k. $10k is the most I can spend, but I prefer an amount closer to $5k. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 11:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Week old beef broth safe to use?

Week old beef broth, kept in the refrigerator. Safe to use? I'm making a slow cooker recipe with it. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Powerpoint's acting like Photoshop

Why does Powerpoint display the negative of a picture or otherwise mess up the colors? [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Author #47 out of 169

How I do I cite a massively multi-authored paper on my CV? [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How should videos be formatted for a video contest using youtube?

I'm organizing a video contest for a group I volunteer with but I don't know a whole lot about video formatting. I want to get people to email the videos to me and then I'll put them up on youtube for public voting. What should I say about quality, formatting and file type to make this possible/easy?
posted by emilyayn at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

He doesn't love me, and almost certainly never will.

I'm falling in love with my boyfriend, but he doesn't think he'll fall in love with me. Should I end it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 59 comments

How to feel better when I can't see a doctor yet?

I have some sort of cold or other infection and cannot afford to miss classes or assignments this week. How can I alleviate the symptoms (or feel less miserable, at least) until I'm able to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 9:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Newly Networking

I'm seeing someone who's relatively new to networking in regards to the music industry. What are some red flags he should be watching out for when it comes to meeting people and handling contacts? Most importantly, how do I make sure I don't step out of bounds if I recognize someone has an ulterior motive? Thanks.
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Twitter, No Data

Is there a twitter client that will use wifi when its available and sms when its not? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Here We Are, Born To be Queens, I'm The Princess of the Universe.

I'm looking for a sword/weapons community that isn't populated by nuts and being Trans/Female isn't going to cause me grief. Does such a place exist? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac at 9:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Losing limerence.

How do you get over ten years of limerence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 AM PST - 20 comments

Kissed, haven't told yet.

Kissed a man who is not my man. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 63 comments

What are your best homework assignments?

Teachers: what are (or have been) your most effective homework assignments? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Eroguro nonsense

Recommend me smart films that celebrate abnormal romance. [more inside]
posted by shii at 7:14 AM PST - 58 comments

Looking for a good automatic bill payment solution

Please give me your recommendations and tips on automatic bill paying solutions. I currently use Bank of America's Bill Pay with my checking, but I'm hoping to find something better. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 7:01 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you pronounce "visible from orbit" in Latin?

How do you say "Visible from Orbit" in Latin? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 6:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know this arcade game?

Can anyone help me identify a vertical-scrolling arcade game from the 80s? [more inside]
posted by Lucien Dark at 5:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Scientific literature on Lasik satisfaction and side effects?

I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 4:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Where should we walk in Ireland?

Irish walking tour recommendations? [more inside]
posted by myeviltwin at 2:37 AM PST - 4 comments

The check's in the mail

Electronic transfers have not replaced checks in the United States to the same degree as in most other Western countries. What are the technical and cultural reasons underlying this?
posted by dave99 at 2:04 AM PST - 50 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Husband's mental health problems led him to compulsively spend over £27,000 (about $44,000) while I supported both of us for three years. I know he'll work hard on therapy, but I don't know if I should divorce him. Should I try and forgive? [warning, long!] [more inside]
posted by TriparteGoddess at 1:42 AM PST - 66 comments

How to find out about in-app purchases

What did my son buy on my iPad?!? [more inside]
posted by Anxietygirl at 1:03 AM PST - 5 comments

April 28

70s Game Show Theme Music

What 70s game show used Henry Mancini's "March of the Cue Balls" as its theme music? [more inside]
posted by dopeydad at 11:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Limerence in new relationship.

In practice, how can I deal with limerence in the early stages of a relationship? [more inside]
posted by peterf12 at 11:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Gold barb massacre.

So this afternoon I added ten gold barbs to my thirty gallon community tank and now (+8 hours) they are all dead. None of my other fish are predatory or aggressive, and certainly not enough so to take out ten new additions in eight hours, and my water chemistry seemed to be compatible. What happened? [more inside]
posted by mmcg at 10:43 PM PST - 6 comments

help me find my job-genres

I have excellent spatial intelligence and ADHD. What jobs would be great for me besides surveying? [more inside]
posted by lover at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying a parent's house

I want to buy my mom's house. What are the logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 9:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Tell me about the mystery festival I saw today in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Tell me about the mystery festival I saw today in Sunset Park, Brooklyn [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I transition from a manager to a director role?

How do I get my mind ready to move from manager to director? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Please choose my panties....

What are the most amazing underthings you have worn or your lady has worn? Help me choose lingerie that will make me look and feel fabulous! [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 7:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me identify a song, please!

Can you help me find a dance-y song that I heard playing in a store? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Contacting possible witnesses in advance of a court case?

I was the victim of a hit & run while cycling home from work on Friday. Fortunately me and the bike are both unharmed and there were plenty of witnesses, two of whom in particular I would like to thank for their assistance. Given that a court case is possible, would it be inappropriate for me, as the victim, to contact them now to express my thanks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Hunting for a new job hunt

What makes for career/life satisfaction? What jobs have it? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 6:15 PM PST - 21 comments

Everybody's just looking for answers.

As someone who is a fanatic about O Brother Where Art Thou, and practically has it memorized, I can't believe I am asking this but here goes: I was watching it on TV (Might have been TNT but I forget) and the movie had footnotes-one of which has me discombooberated. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Resuming the expat lifestyle: should I stay or should I go?

I've recently returned to my home country after 12 years overseas. Just as I'm slowly starting to feel settled again after 6 months at home, an unexpected and very attractive job opportunity offers to take me abroad again. Should I resume the expat lifestyle? Of course it's not that simple... [more inside]
posted by aussie_in_NY at 5:19 PM PST - 6 comments

On the trail of a female gumshoe

I'm interested in reading some detective fiction with a female protagonist. What titles/authors should I check out? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 5:16 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm hungry.

Food and friends on food stamps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 72 comments

Zombie vs. Ghoul

What is the difference between a Zombie and a Ghoul? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How can a mid-thirties woman in NYC meet single men?

How can a mid-thirties woman in NYC meet single men? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 5:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Please recommend scanning software for my Fujitsu fi-6130

I have a Fujitsu fi-6130 ADF scanner that I get to keep at home as long as I occasionally use it for work stuff too. I need software recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 5:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Jobs for an Ex-President?

Assume that Barack Obama will not win a second term. What, effectively, will he do with the rest of his life? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 3:55 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me a find a replacement for a broken vintage mixing bowl

Help me a find a replacement for a broken vintage mixing bowl [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Performing OCR on a Franktur/Blackletter PDF and getting a searchable image PDF

I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro on Windows 7. Is there any free or inexpensive way to use OCR to create searchable image PDFs from image-only PDFs of texts written in German in Fraktur/Blackletter script? [more inside]
posted by dhens at 3:17 PM PST - 14 comments


What are the movie equivalents of shoegaze music? [more inside]
posted by naju at 2:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Need help deleting a folder at "C:\Program" on my Windows machine.

Need help deleting a folder at "C:\Program" on my Windows machine. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 2:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I use an acidic marinade overnight on a whole roast chicken?

Can I marinate (and use a flavor injector to insert marinade into) a whole chicken using this recipe late tonight and then cook the chicken tomorrow night? How long can I marinate a whole chicken with this recipe until I run into problems? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Pageviews vs Visitors: Do people really just sit there and reload all day?

On the Lifehacker/Gawker websites, what do the views/viewer numbers really mean? How can articles with 100,000 pageviews only have 10,000 visitors? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Partying with a Pregnant Lady in NYC

Planning a daytime bachelorette party in NYC - with complications! [more inside]
posted by firei at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Applied for individual health insurance through BCBS; was given a counter offer based on my medical history - can I negotiate for a better price?

Applied for individual health insurance through BCBS; was given a counter offer based on my medical history - can I negotiate for a better price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find this Kawa-kawa bag?

Where can I buy this Kawa-kawa bag? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Summertime, and the living is extremely hot and sticky oh jesus

How do I choose a good portable air conditioner? Your help is welcome, details inside. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 1:56 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get a best selling book(s) published?

Please bear with my premise. I have conceived & rough-edited an original series of art books that I am certain will become extremely popular. They are unique but mainstream; smart but immediate, they have universal appeal, and their content is hard to copy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Crock pot as Sous Vide?

Would a crock pot with a dimmer switch work as sous vide machine? [more inside]
posted by boby at 12:48 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I preserve a rose?

I have a single yellow rose that I want to preserve. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 12:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Will a Portabooth work for instruments?

Will something like the Porta-Booth Pro work well for recording instruments or other large noise-making devices? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 12:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Is it worth it?

If something won't be remembered in 10 years, is it worth doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 PM PST - 53 comments

Android stream and calls

I've had a fantasy about my computer acting as a wireless answering system that I can voice control to answer calls via Skype while listening to streaming music. It's suddenly occurred to me that my smart phone can already do this, or is darn close to it. Is that true, and how could I pull it off? [more inside]
posted by diode at 12:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it possible (or advisable) to work off a WebDAV server as if it's a local server?

Pending iWork, I'm thinking of setting up a WebDAV server on my Dreamhost account so I can work on the same files from my Mac and iPad using iWork, no matter where I am (i.e. at home, in a cafe etc.) In other words, I want to work off a WebDAV server just as if it's a local server. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

I want a TOUGH guitar!

I need an acoustic guitar to incorporate into an art installation. It'll be played roughly (by machines!), rest at an odd angle for years in conditions of unknown temperature and humidity, and be tuned only occasionally. What guitar should I get that won't crack, warp, or otherwise disintegrate under this treatment? Durability is more important than beauty or tone quality. I'm sure an electric guitar would be tougher, but I'd like to stay acoustic if possible. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 11:39 AM PST - 19 comments

An auto-deadlock with an internal release button?

For a household that includes an autistic person, we are looking for an automatic deadbolt lock that will lock the front door both inside and outside, and with a manual button release on the inside of the door that will release the lock? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

But wait, there's more!

Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

I really like the babysitter!

We have an awesome babysitter for our one year old. And (but) she's also the kind of person who I would make serious efforts to befriend, if she weren't already our babysitter. Mixing business and friendship is not a good idea, right? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Gigalo wanted

How best to get safe but meaningless hetero sex as a unattractive older woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the best pulp eliminating juicer?

What's the best pulp eliminating juicer? [more inside]
posted by jtothes at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Being Organized

Who is the most organized and efficient person you know? What is their strategy? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 10:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I hold off on seeking treatment under my new health insurance coverage?

Specific pre-existing condition health insurance question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Google should work with Google, no?

I'm having a very strange problem with Google Maps and search keywords. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Who owns problematic footage of 5-year-old me?

I just found some video footage of 5-year-old me on Youtube. It was definitely not posted by my parents. It also features nekkid hippies (I am dressed). Who owns that footage? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Why kids need art

What are the most important/relevant research studies and academic journal articles on the topic of art education advocacy? Now that this semester is coming to a close, I'm interested in doing some reading while I still have access to a university library. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

coming out as ftm

I think I might want to change gender (ftm)... now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 30 comments

It's the 20s, help me roar

I have a week to buy a good period costume. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 1 comment

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :(

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :( [more inside]
posted by soul24rage at 9:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Too Dramatic for a Dramatization?

Another question about a TV memory, but this time more definite. In Pirates of Silicon Valley, was part of the Woz at HP scene edited out of releases after the original TNT debut? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 9:27 AM PST - 1 comment

How to cool this HOT house???

Just replaced a 50-year-old tar/gravel roof with white shingles. This is in Florida. But now the house is hothothot, heat keeps rising, air-conditioner runs constantly but can't keep up! It's just after noon and 84 degrees in here! The roof is low-hip, the attic is a crawl space insulated to about R-30, there's a turbine on the roof and three passive vents. Still hot! Depressing after writing such a big check. Capable roofer says previous thick layer of tar/gravel probably insulated a lot. But now what's my next step? 1. Would a white latex coating be more cost-effective than a solar-powered vent? 2. Any other suggestions? Whew, and thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

How much cheaper will a Nikon D7000 be after the replacement model comes out?

Is the Nikon D7000 likely to be replaced this year? If so, how much cheaper will new D7000 bodies be after it happens? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 9:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Best mushroom stock uses ever

Give me your best mushroom based recipes! Please? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I want to keep the books?

Bookkeeping: is it a decent gig? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

What font does the Tabac logo use?

What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Where was this picture taken?

Where was this picture of Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Brisebois taken? [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 7:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Disney World FastPass Magic

DISNEY FASTPASS HELP: I need a FastPass Plan for my Disney World Trip. [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 7:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Computer and user accounts

Getting new PC with Win7 for whole family use. How to set up so kids' games and crap doesn't affect me and my wife's work and crap. Partitioning? Different user accounts? Something else? (I'm pretty illiterate on how to do any of that.) [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

I've watched The Killing, should I see Forbrydelsen?

I've accidentally watched the American version of The Killing instead of the original. Is it now worth watching the Danish (Forbydelsen)? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 4:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games?

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games? I've been playing games on my phone, and I've got the option to export the PGN files. Is there a program I can use to import the games, that will give me easy to follow analysis or suggestions, or is there a forum where people give feedback on uploaded games? I'm not the most advanced chess player, so I'd rather something quite user friendly. Thanks in advance.
posted by surenoproblem at 4:47 AM PST - 6 comments

SIM /Data while travelling in Italy

Staying in Italy for 3 1/2 months from June to October 2012. The Flashdrake and I need SIM cards for our mobile/cell phones while we are there. I must have data access as well, at least 1GB a month. The TelCo industry changes so rapidly however, that I hoped that MeFites might help with current options. In the past we have had not problem with SIM cards overseas, particularly finding the Lebara plans great in Europe as they permitted us to call each other for free. [more inside]
posted by Flashduck at 4:10 AM PST - 4 comments

I've watched too many KDramas and now the craving is demanding satisfaction

Help me learn to cook delicious homestyle Korean food, please? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 3:01 AM PST - 11 comments

GLBT in small town Maryland.

I am thinking of moving to the small town of Crisfield, Maryland. I am a (male-to-female) transsexual, and I am wondering how locals will deal with someone like me relocating to their area. Any tips, suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.
posted by LittleMissItneg at 1:38 AM PST - 12 comments

April 27

Why do I have to renew my American citizenship in another country?

My sister told me that I need to renew my citizenship after I become 18. I was born in another country, but I have an American citizenship, my own SSN, since I was born. I don't have a green card. According to my sister, I have to go back to my birth country to renew my AMERICAN citizenship. Is it true? How is renewing my citizenship different than renewing my passport? I talked to my friends (who are over 18) and they said that they never had to renew their citizenship. What is the world is my sister talking about?
posted by kopi at 11:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Who was the author who described a world where people could get from a parallel world anything that had been put in there by others?

A science fiction writer described a world where people could get from a parallel world anything that had been put in there by others. That's all I know. Who was that author and what was the story's title?
posted by vladimirfrolov at 11:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Bought a new car -- can't keep it; can't return it

I've been denied for a car loan retroactively. What are my options? There are complications. [more inside]
posted by robotyoshimi at 11:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a tactful way to let a job know that their interview style turned you off and made you not want the job?

Is there a tactful way to let a job know that their interview style turned you off and made you not want the job? [more inside]
posted by cedly at 11:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Music similar to Moanin Mambo by the Mingus Big Band

I'm looking for music recommendations similar to The Mingus Big Band playing Moanin' Mambo.
posted by drezdn at 10:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me determine/execute the best action plan for learning to read Japanese

I want to be able to read Japanese. There, I said it. I know other people in the world have accomplished this feat, so it shouldn't seem so impossible. But as long as I've been at it, I feel that my progress is excruciatingly glacial, which makes me feel I must be doing it wrong. So I'm here to ask for help. I have seen the many previous questions about learning to read/speak Japanese. There are so many that I won't link to them here, though I have them open in 50 tabs as we speak, and I promise to go over them carefully once again -- but in the meantime: Is there a generally agreed upon BEST METHOD for learning to read Japanese? If time and money were not an object, what would get me where I want to be? Am I being unreasonable to expect a higher rate of forward progress? Am I just doing it wrong?? [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 10:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Walking tours in Italy?

I will be backpacking in Rome, Florence, and Pisa this summer. What are the best walking tour operators in those cities? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 10:36 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the best way to drive in traffic? --bumper-to-bumper or allowing some space?

What is the best way to drive in traffic in order to smooth out the flow and get to your destination quickly? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 8:39 PM PST - 21 comments

What website am I looking for?

Help me find a find a technology review/buying guide website I stumbled onto several months ago. Instead of giving you reviews for a bunch of different products, it simply picks the best product in a category and recommends that one (very similar http://www.justbuythisone.com/, but based in the US). What is the site I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 8:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Let's dance, children!

Dancing with preschoolers! Song suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by sucre at 7:15 PM PST - 25 comments

50sScienceFiction TradingPlaces What was that book?

Yet another ID this SF novel, from no later than the mid-1960s, British, which featured two physically similar guys, from two completely different environemnts, who trade places for a month or two. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 7:05 PM PST - 0 comments

I know I need a degree, but in what?

I'm 24, I've been kicked out of college twice, and I want a degree that will be a good springboard for going into the guitar effects/amplification field. Also, a >$40k salary starting out would be nice. Is electrical engineering the right fit for what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump at 6:12 PM PST - 30 comments

How to automatically degrade jpg quality to fit in a given space

How can I compress/resize thousands of jpgs to fit exactly into the space of a DVD automatically? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I grow perfect amazing fuji apples in Indiana?

When I was a kid in southeast asia the grocery store had these perfect gorgeous amazing fuji apples. I want to replicate them in the Midwestern united states. How were they produced? [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 5:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Website for a simple two-stage poll/survey?

Website for a simple two-stage poll/survey? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean at 4:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Spend down vs. Liability

From a policy perspective, what exactly is the difference between a Medicaid spend down vs. a liability? I work for a healthcare provider, so I know what they are and this question is not about the actual mechanics of paying either from a beneficiary perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 PM PST - 1 comment

who owns what?

Joint tenancy or tenancy in common? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Nikon D90 or Canon 60d for concert photography?

Canon 60d or Nikon d90 for concert photography? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 4:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Winning Lottery Ticket, or Dead End?

I got a ticket for supposedly making a "California Rolling Stop" through a Stop Sign. I paid the ticket, thus pleading Guilty. But I believed I had stopped properly, so I ordered the Police Squad Video from the Records Information Unit. It shows me making a proper and complete stop. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

noise regulation fail stories needed!

Is there a place (or places) on the internet where people post either 1) their complaints towards noise problems that local noise regulations somehow could not mitigate or 2) their experiences of, say, calling 311 only to find the noise stopped by the time a police responds? Mainly, I am looking for real people rants (letters, stories, etc) that are already in public, that demonstrates the limits to existing noise regulation systems. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 4:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Remember the lap!

Silly gadget help: exercise aid edition. Lap counter recommendations. [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

A pink vintage Laura Ashley dress?

Help me to identify this (possibly old) Laura Ashley dress. [more inside]
posted by satisam at 3:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get over anxiety about reading descriptive writing

Does anyone have trouble with/feel intimidated by physical descriptions of unfamiliar landscapes (natural/urban/etc.), settings, costumes, etc. in books? I get bogged down by being unable to get a clear picture of what's going on that it's kept me from reading George R. R. Martin, Tolkien, Dickens (and come to think about it, a lot of books, like the beginning of For Whom The Bell Tolls most recently). Did you get over it? Any suggestions?
posted by Busoni at 3:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Which refi should I choose?

Two refi offers. One through Wells Fargo, which is the current mortgage servicer. Another through CapWest, via Costco. The CapWest one is lower, but I'm wondering if there is anything I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 3:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Centralized bank download systems?

Is there a centralized system out there to download transactions from most or all US banks for users of my web application?
posted by Kellster at 3:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me cover my radiator

Where can I find/how can I put together a safe and economical radiator cover in NYC? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Making marshmallows, Help!

I'm making some marshmallow treats tonight, but I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Marky at 2:43 PM PST - 2 comments

IT future?

I have the opportunity for free education/certification in practically any IT field. Please help me decide the best route.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

What color purse should I carry if I will only carry one?

Help me figure out what color purse I should buy to maximize it's versatility with different colors in my wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by pallas14 at 2:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Identifying urban centers using an algorithm based on topological prominence

Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Wedding reception venue in or near Stamford, CT

We're looking for a low-key wedding reception venue in or near Stamford, CT. It should hold 30-45 people. And, uh, we're getting married this July. [more inside]
posted by 2or3things at 1:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Nun? Or libertine?

I'm dealing with depression and don't want to date until my brain is a bit more balanced. In the meantime, should I just completely avoid men, or attempt the FWB thing and hope that neither of us develop feelings for the other? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 19 comments

The ins and outs of sex with the Nuvaring

I've looked at every question here dealing with the Nuvaring, and read all the patient information, and yet still I don't know: What does it feel like during sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 23 comments

What if little Tommy wants to be a girl?

Seeking resources for a friend who is mom to a (possibly transgender) questioning 5-year-old boy. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 12:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Transport 30 people in Chicago half a mile

I need to transport about 30 people half a mile in downtown Chicago very cheaply. It seems like the cheapest thing to do is just get 10 cabs since it's expensive to hire a bus or party-van-thing for one short trip. I was wondering if anyone had any different suggestions or have tried to orchestrate something similar.
posted by bucksox at 12:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Options for labelling an axis when graphing with Excel

Excel graphing question: Is there a way to change the axis labels to something you are not graphing? [more inside]
posted by jb at 12:25 PM PST - 10 comments

When the moon hits your eye...

Going to a wedding party tomorrow that includes a pie-baking contest, with prizes! Categories are: prettiest, tastiest and most creative. I am willing to spend hours of my life to go all the way with this contest. 'm looking for recipes, suggestions, decorating techniques, pictures of beautiful pies. Anything. Lay it on me.
posted by corn_bread at 12:16 PM PST - 19 comments

What are some good budget fashion sites?

What are some small-ish online stores for budget fashion accessories? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Traveling to Everest

Everest base camp! [more inside]
posted by graventy at 11:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I touch up my blonde hair at home without impending embarassment?!

Can I keep my hair blonde using at home products? Is there anything I need to know to not screw it up? Can anyone recommend specific products? [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 11:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Buy fat in Philly?

Where can I buy lard and/or beef tallow (to eat) in Philly? Italian Market, right? Is there a butcher you really like and trust that you can recommend? If I want to get some today, by what time do I have to get over there?
posted by zeek321 at 11:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How risky is heart surgery for puppies?

What are survival rates like for dogs or puppies undergoing heart surgery? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 11:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok.

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok. [more inside]
posted by tk at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Attention Shoppers

I've lost about 35 pounds in the last 6 months (on purpose), and I am now swimming in my clothes. I'm taking my tax refund and my shopoholic best friend to the Mall of America this weekend, where I intend to buy myself clothes that fit. Unfortunately, I don't know what stores I should be looking in. More deets under the cut. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 10:20 AM PST - 40 comments

what comes after what?

How do you play this word game? It's like an oral exquisite corpse for 2 players. There is a cause/effect prompt that is always the same. Both players fill in the blank (player 1 says the cause, then player 2 says the effect). Both players simultaneously think of their answers but they say them in order. The answers are humorous but always logical, even if absurd. What is the prompt for this game?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 10:17 AM PST - 1 comment

What was that short story?

Some time ago, likely in the 90s, I read a less than novel length sci-fi story, about a man whose job was cleaning up high-energy physics projects after the fall of third world dictators. The main plot point was a black hole being used to generate electricity through the penrose process. It was likely in analog magazine. Does anyone remember this, or similar stories?
posted by bzbb at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I send my condolences in hard-form?

My cousin's wife just lost her baby at 4 months along. This is her second miscarriage (one full-term pregnancy in between, daughter is now 1.5 y/o). I would like to send a card or have flowers delivered, but is it appropriate? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 10:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Crimes of Excess

Is it stealing to take things that are available free to the public? If so, how much would you have to take for it to be stealing? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:51 AM PST - 63 comments

Looking for a rugged camera

For the first time in YEARS I’m in a position to get my brother a great birthday/holiday/etc gift. He wants a nice camera that can withstand his outdoorsiness – what should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Signed Sealed Delivered at 9:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a cult that actually works?

Is there a cult that actually works? Better description inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:40 AM PST - 46 comments

Help me run slower

Are there any tools or apps or techniques to improve the consistency of my running pace? I run too fast for my own good. [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Tail up-and-down or side-to-side?

What advantages/disadvantages are there to swimming as fish do versus swimming as cetaceans do? [more inside]
posted by glhaynes at 9:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Domain Registrar Recommendation

Any recommendations for .hk, .tw, .ae domain registrars? It looks like the big registrars (network solutions, go daddy, etc.) don't offer these country domains.
posted by rdurbin at 9:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Am I wrong to feel wronged?

Am I wrong to feel wronged? Soap operaishness inside: [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 8:59 AM PST - 36 comments

Podcasts, away!

I've finally become interested in Podcasts. My tastes are under the fold, help me find more! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:57 AM PST - 43 comments

temporary phone for india/china

temporary phones (gsm 900/1800 or quad band) for use in both china and india. should i buy them stateside with a US plan (att, verizon, etc - which one would you recommend?) and enable roaming (which would be convenient but expensive?), or do i buy sim cards (cheaper) in the respective countries? would prefer convenience and to not have to buy the phones outright. what worked well for you as a temporary phone? thanks for any tips!
posted by jak68 at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Herpetic Whitlow Transmission and risks

Considering dating / having sex with someone with Herpetic Whitlow (HSV-2 type) and have questions about transmission risks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

well you can't and you won't and you don't stop

Name That Poem: It's about reading all night. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Does anyone have experience of working and living in Liberia?

Working and living in Liberia [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me help her.

Nutshell: I need a reputable, authoritative source of data about how many times the average victim of abuse/domestic violence/intimate partner violence returns to the relationship. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Chroma/Luma Key for OS X Browsers

Is it possible to make a browser window and the background of web pages transparent but to leave the text and images opaque? This would be applied to all web pages viewed in the browser, not just for specific pages I am creating. I've looked at several plug-ins and applications that offer transparent browser windows, but nothing so far gives options for selecting colors to leave opaque. I essentially want something to act as a luma or chroma key for browser windows. I'm using OS X. [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 8:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Digital media backup and storage.

You generate a lot of video/audio/etc. You're a professional, but not a network or tv station, so you don't have millions of dollars to spend on media archiving and backup. What are your digital media backup and storage strategies? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Not enthused about wife's 3rd pregnancy

Wife is pregnant with 3rd while we're considering adoption. I'm freaking out. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by melancholy_okie at 8:07 AM PST - 22 comments

How to ask for a raise from an invisible boss?

I work as an independent contractor for a very large company. What's the best way to ask for a raise when I have never met my boss? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Games via text message

What are some games that can be played via text message? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde at 7:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Insurance for braces

Our 10 yr old needs braces. Should we buy ortho insurance? What kind? Use medical reimbursement plan? Combination of insurance and medical reimbursement? Is AFLAC a good plan to go with? [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 7:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Living in own rental duplex?

My wife and I are in a position to possibly buy the duplex we have rented for many years. Ownership would entail renting the other half of the building to a tenant. That half is currently unoccupied. We have never been homeowners or landlords before. Has anyone ever lived in the same building as their tenant? I can think of both perks and nightmares. Any considerations or advice to the reality of that scenario? You are not our lawyer, etc. Thanks.
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Affordable Human Transcription Service Recommendations, Please

What is the best transcription service (humans, not software) for use by a small business person? [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Is ever "right" to point out incorrect use of a word to a friend?

Is ever "right" to point out incorrect use of a word to a friend? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 7:13 AM PST - 94 comments

Do They Have Queen Victoria as a Pekingese?

Where can I purchase faux Victorian Aristocratic-Military Dog portraits such as those that were featured in last night's episode of The Big Bang Theory? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 7:04 AM PST - 5 comments

One would think that I could figure this out if I'd decided on this field, huh?

Can MeFi help me tweak my résumé for a career change into publishing and editing? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:04 AM PST - 13 comments

I’m looking for advice on how to handle an unexpected separation from my husband.

I’m looking for advice on how to handle an unexpected separation from my husband. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 55 comments

Business lunch etiquette

Business etiquette question - how to handle a request to chip in for a lunch I did not attend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I get rid of mold on my bonsai?

What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
posted by 23 at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Boot ubuntu to the commandline

Due to my work laptop dying, I installed the gui on my Ubuntu 11.10 server. No biggie except that it seems to have messed up the video mode. My LCD just displays an error. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 6:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Lump in Throat - Mystery - Help.

Sense of Strangulation in Throat [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 4:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Where to stay for NYC Marathon.

Recommendations needed for best lodging for a runner and family spectators for the 2012 New York City Marathon. [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese at 4:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Blogger legacy accounts.

I've had an email from Blogger about legacy accounts and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:08 AM PST - 24 comments

seeking the real name of a common U.S. roadside attraction

is there an "official" name for those wonderful goofy pieces of plastic/wood with the faces cut out which you stand behind and put your face in the hole and then you look like a crazy moose or a milkmaid or a bikini babe and you get your picture taken and it's hi-larious? [more inside]
posted by quiteliterally at 2:55 AM PST - 6 comments

April 26

Amusia, not amusing...

It's getting more and more difficult to evade being honest, but I don't want to hurt him! The truth? My boyfriend of three years (and man I absolutely love) is a terrible... terrible singer. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette at 11:26 PM PST - 78 comments

Please help me find a strapless bra for my wedding in two weeks before I give myself an ulcer

Please please PLEASE help me find a place where I can buy a wonderbra/any strapless bra that won't squash my chest flat in time for my wedding in two weeks! [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 11:25 PM PST - 13 comments

You are so cool, but I don't want to date you.

Date-fail: I initiated the date, it was fun but just okay, was about to tell him no thanks to a second when he texts me and tells me he had a really good time and can't wait to see me again. My friends love him. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain at 10:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me wipe my iPhone for an afternoon so that I can restore it afterwards

I need to use my iPhone 4 for an app demo tomorrow afternoon, and I'd like to wipe all of my personal data for the demo and then restore it afterward. [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 10:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Relearning to drive

I've got some questions about driving after a hiatus of several years. [more inside]
posted by pavane at 10:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is the outside arch of my foot burning?

Runners and people who know feet, please help: the outside arch edge of my right foot starts burning during exercise and walking. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 9:57 PM PST - 7 comments

What's worth checking out on Crunchyroll?

I did not know of the existence of Crunchyroll until the Kids on the Slope thread, and I am excited to explore it. What do you think I might enjoy on the site? [more inside]
posted by calistasm at 9:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Fun gifts for international friends.

Quirky shops that ship to the UK and accept orders from the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Blacksburg VA : Recommendations Beyond Va Tourism Sites?

Blacksburg VA area. Memorial Day Weekend. Where do I eat? What do I do? What's going on? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 8:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a good electric scooter

What kind of electric scooter should I get? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 8:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Do we have to repay the first-time home buyer credit? [scenario inside]

I am buying a new house in my name only. My wife and I received the 2009 $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers, and have not lived here the required 3 years. The house was purchased in her name and she will be staying at the old house. Do we still have to repay the credit?
posted by idyllhands at 8:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Sending love.

What are some sweet gestures of support for my stressed out long distance sweetie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 6:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Surfing East Coast

Surfing in New Hampshire, any tips? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How much of an adult must an MFA be?

I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Why can't we have nice thing?

Why can't I, a goddamn American for crissakes, acquire an mp3 of the song Mantra Slider? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 5:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Finding a place to call home in between contracts

I've been temping around for work and plan to do so for a while longer. What options do I have in terms of looking for a place to call home/finding temporary accommodation in between contracts? [more inside]
posted by glache at 5:44 PM PST - 2 comments

A gift for someone special

Help me pick a gift for a friend! She collects old locks, old keys, old cameras, and just moved to a new city. [more inside]
posted by zain at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Stop Shooting Myself in the Foot

I keep picking women who don't give as much as I feel I give and so I always end up feeling used. And because I keep picking them (even though the last one should've been enough to warn me off of the next one), I also end up feeling stupid too. Meanwhile, I've had women who've given to me the way I've given to those others, but I never seem to end up with them, even though they are exactly what I say I've wanted. How can I keep the good one and stop picking the bad ones? What is my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Does my accountant have to give me a copy of a past tax return?

Is my accountant obliged to give me a copy of a past business tax return if requested? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 at 5:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find someone to text me?

I need someone to text me every 4-6 hours to keep myself accountable for one very specific, discrete thing. I don't want to ask any of my friends/family to do it. Reminders on my phone are too easy to brush off and ignore. Is there some sort of web service I can sign up for that will hook me up with someone who also needs to be kept accountable, or someone who wants to help?
posted by Night_owl at 5:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me have fun in NYC!

Places to eat/things to see in NYC under a very constrained schedule? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 4:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Restore Photos

How do I recover photos on my blackberry bold? [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Do the clothes make the library man?

How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me be okay with looking like a dork.

I would like some help being okay with being nervous, being clearly nervous, during presentations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:07 PM PST - 26 comments

Give Me a Number!

What is an appropriate amount to spend on a wedding gift for myself and my guest, if I am a bridesmaid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Encyclopedia of idea generation strategies?

Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
posted by jerwilkins at 3:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Maybe they have granted my every wish

Is it ever ok not to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 3:20 PM PST - 24 comments

Who's the host and what does he do?

Emergency etiquette question: A family member is the father of the groom for a wedding this weekend. He and the groom's mother are divorced. He has behaved very well towards her, but she tries to get between him and his grown children. He was told today that she has arranged for a college friend of the groom to be the "emcee" for the rehearsal dinner tomorrow night. The invitations for this dinner were issued in both parents's names. The groom is oblivious to this issue and his father wants him to remain so. What should the father do? He was under the impression that HE was the host and would be acting as such but he has been essentially excluded from the planning process for this dinner. Any advice, experiences that are similar, clarification of the role of the father or of an "emcee" for a rehearsal dinner would be very helpful.
posted by Jenna Brown at 2:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me turn a toaster into a lamp

I have an odd fascination with lighting. I want to learn how to rewire various consumer electronics into functioning lamps without electrocuting myself and/or burning down my apartment building. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack at 2:43 PM PST - 13 comments

She wanna be know, she just wanna be known

What is the source of the assertion (that goes something like) "When you ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, they say famous, but not famous for something" ? [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for logging sites

Is there any way of finding recent (~1-3-year-old) logging sites on National Forest land or BLM lands (or other public lands), specifically in California, without calling the district offices of those entities? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't make me smack you—file a d.b.a.

Why so few who file a "doing business as"? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 2:03 PM PST - 16 comments

doink doink

TV shows that used thematically remixed/covered versions of their theme songs for particular episodes. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Of KOSHER, Kosher and kosher, I prefer the first.

Is there a way to know the size of the kosher salt crystals without opening the box? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Unsweet chocolate icecream recipes.

Unsweetened chocolate ice cream: I would like to make a chocolate ice cream/gelato without sweetening it at all (no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no fruit juice), how would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Help a loner rejoin the herd!

How do I integrate myself into a social circle when I don't have a social circle? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 12:46 PM PST - 36 comments

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Sushi in San Francisco

What are your favorite sushi restaurants in San Franscisco? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Tips for helping lamb who lost her mother?

ShepherdFilter: Any tips for helping out an orphaned lamb? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

I plan to remain an amateur, okay?

Given my cycling style, is there any point for me to go clipless/clip'n'straps/other sort of shoe-to-pedal attachment? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 12:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for mostly text .tif files

I'm looking to download a large number, at least 500, of mostly text .tif files to use in developing a piece of software. [more inside]
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Cheap Vacation in Midwest

Have 10 days vacation and would like to take a cheap vacation within 1 day drive of South Bend, IN. (Say 10 hrs on road, one-way.) 2 people and we don't have much money ($1500 but maybe pushing it). Don't have to spend all 10 days away but at least 7. Have any cabin suggestions with nice towns or sights nearby? Hoping to eat out once at a decent non-chain restaurant for my birthday. Feel free to post vacation-planning sites if you have any.
posted by snap_dragon at 11:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Is is selfish to break up with him or selfish to stay with him?

We were in a wonderful relationship for 1.5 years. He went abroad. Sick with loneliness and old emotional problems (BPD) that came back when he was gone, I cheated on him. Then I moved abroad with him, where he found out. He forgave me and wants us to stay together, I'm not sure what the fairest thing to do is. [more inside]
posted by mangoprawn at 11:18 AM PST - 36 comments

Missing iMovie

Last night, I exported a work-in-progress iMovie last night to show a friend. When I tried to edit it again, it said it couldn't find the source material, so I restarted iMovie. Now the project won't open. Where did it go? [more inside]
posted by this roof at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Actual odds of violence?

Statistical risk of being in situation where a firearm would be helpful and useful (assuming a command of the weapon) in defense? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 11:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me have a better friendship with a self-centered person

Suggestions for handling an uneven friendship? [more inside]
posted by rosa at 10:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Best tripod for document scanning plus occasional outdoor use?

What tripod should I get for 95% document photography (think DIY book scanner) and 5% optional outdoor photography of wildlife and buildings? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Best games for Leappad?

My 5 (near 6) year old daughter is in love with her Leap Frog Leapad, which she got for Easter. She especially loves the photo features and pet that comes with it, as well as a Tinkerbell book and Dora game. She's wondering if she can have another game though - which we'd happily get her, but as they are rather expensive we'd like to get a good one that's worth it. So, what are the best Leappad and compatible Leapster games? OUR PREFERENCE: Educational, particularly reading skills. HER PREFERENCE: Angry Birds. Hmm, maybe not kid...
posted by Artw at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

what vegan food should I bring on my trip to Paris?

I'm vegan and planning a trip to Paris. What staples, if any, should I bring to round out meals I'll be making in the vacation rental where I'll be staying? [more inside]
posted by fireflies at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

I missed meeting Ron Swanson! I'll never be able to eat bacon and eggs again...

What is the best way to monitor the schedules of speakers, bands, shows, or other things* of that sort so that you don't miss them when they come to your neck of the woods? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Before the year 1000

What do I read to learn about pre-medieval England? [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 9:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Planning a Non-Wedding Reception

Help me plan a 10-year anniversary party (to be on par with a wedding reception) for my boyfriend and myself. Specifically, what might our guests expect from the evening? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:40 AM PST - 13 comments

I love to read and I love to travel... I'm looking for help to combine these two things.

When I travel I love to know the history of an area. It could be recent past or distant. What are the best books about places you know (and love?) ? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 9:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Help Me Navigate and Not Screw Up this Budding Online Relationship

I've been talking to a guy online for 4 months. He's cute and seems like a decent, fun guy w/ a full life and lots of friends. We've exchanged a lot of info/flirted through email, but nothing too deep. At first he took great interest in me - emailing me with open ended questions, always asking how I was doing and replying a day or two later. I went away for 2 weeks and he said he'd miss me, etc. Because of how silly I was with the guy I liked before him I was trying to manage my expectations ("nothing could come of it and it'd be okay!" I told myself) and play things cool by only reciprocating what he gave me, but recently we've hit a snag... [more inside]
posted by soooo at 9:26 AM PST - 73 comments

Like CPAC/CSPAN, But Online, And With Complaints About Garbage Pick-Up

Currently live coverage of my city's council meeting is only available on the local access channel of a cable provider, to which I am not subscribed. This got me curious about the whats and hows and costs of livestreaming video coverage of city council and committee meetings. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:25 AM PST - 13 comments

I don't want to give up pasta, but I don't want diabetes either!

Is there any point to eating whole wheat pasta? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 9:02 AM PST - 27 comments

How to get CrashPlan+ features on my own?

Is there a program or pair of programs that can do everything CrashPlan+ does? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Whare some good indie films for college freshmen?

I’d like to expose college freshmen to some quality indie films. They love movies as long as those movies have hundred-million-dollar budgets, or Adam Sandler, or vampire angst. I’m not saying those things are bad, but when I mentioned “indie film,” the students looked like exiles in a strange land, staring at me blankly. Can you suggest under-the-radar films that would appeal to 18-year-olds with better things to do with their time?
posted by jackypaper at 8:44 AM PST - 49 comments

Working around the world, how to plan for retirement?

My job is contract based, and tends to lead me around the world. How does one plan for retirement with such a job? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 8:43 AM PST - 6 comments

What kind of vehicle do we need?

I don't know enough about cars. Should we trade in the Subaru for a pick-up truck? If so, how do we pick a truck? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle at 8:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Slow Jam the Secret Service method for me.

Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Going to my antipodes for summer research!

I'm going to Malaysia to do research for the summer: advise me, please! [more inside]
posted by reren at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

At what speeds should I downshift when slowing down in a manual transmission?

I'm in the process of learning how to drive a stick shift. I am looking for some tips on when to shift to a lower gear when you have to unexpectedly slow down when going at high speeds. [more inside]
posted by neda at 7:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Where can I get a bottle of Moroccan Oil in NYC?

Where can I find Morrocan Oil in lower Manhattan or North Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Hoping for a successful rug sale

A moroccan rug dealer convinced us that we could sell a handmade rug for a profit. How do we sell it, and can we make a profit? [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Adult living at home

I'm a woman in...erk... my late 20s and living with my mother, who is in her late 60s. I had to quit work to deal with a serious illness, but I'm feeling good now and hopefully will get a real job later this year. But I'm wondering if I want to move out when I get one. [more inside]
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? at 7:41 AM PST - 24 comments

How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray?

How often do the major film studios release classic movies on blu-ray? Do any of them (Warner, 20th Century, Paramount, etc.) have a releasing schedules or even just noticeable patterns that would help know when my favorites (film noir, golden era Hollywood classics, etc.) might be available in HD?
posted by dr handsome at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Healing, cleaning, happy bath houses!

Bath houses and traditions around the world? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 7:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Where is this (probably imaginary) swimming pool.

My wife, as a very small child, lived in Ealing and claims to remember a swimming pool with a giant glass wall so you could watch people diving into it from the side. Have you heard of anything like this? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does switching the batteries work?

Why do remote controls work again when you switch the batteries around? [more inside]
posted by AD_ at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Find me a hardwearing leather bag made in the UK

My parents have said they will buy me a hardwearing leather satchel, much like the Saddleback Leather ones for my birthday. Problem: they want to get one made in the UK (supporting local industries), but everything that comes up googling seems to be made for looks, not ruggedness and function. Does anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What goes into a stress relief care package for someone at work?

What should I include in a "stress relief care package" to be delivered to my stressed and overworked girlfriend at work? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 7:01 AM PST - 16 comments

long distance custody

Is there a way for parents to move far apart without hurting the kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 24 comments

What DO I want to be when I grow up?

If you left academia, especially in the humanities, how did you figure out what you wanted to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I stay or do I go (to a new company)

I've been offered a position at another company. Should I leave my current comfortable job at a lowly-regarded company for a scary new one at a more well-respected company? Will you help me weigh the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Tips for safe and anonymous blogging

India is using all kinds of laws to control anti corruption protests. Recently a group bloggers asked me to write an how-to on safe and anonymous blogging. I wrote a detailed how-to about the same. But it may not be complete. Do you think anything else that I need to suggest?
posted by thejeshgn at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Snorkelling in Thailand tips

Travelling to Thailand in July. Hoping to do some snorkeling, probably at Ko Mak. Need some tips. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 6:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Brown polish on black shoes OK?

OK to use brown cream shoe polish on black shoes? [more inside]
posted by scose at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Help us make an important decision about our cat.

Hello, Ask MeFi. My partner and I are struggling with a really hard decision and decided this morning to turn to you for perspective and advice. Our cat is very sick, and we thought we had clearly decided to have her put to sleep on Friday, but this morning we are doubting our decision and need to hear from others what this looks like from the outside. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 5:48 AM PST - 42 comments

First gen Apple TV--a robust media player?

I have some questions on what a first-generation Apple TV can or can't do. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Red-faced in a running store

I find the running shoes I picked up a year ago at a sale uncomfortable, even though I run regularly in them. So I've been thinking of going down to a speciality running store - but as a 10 km a week beginner, I'm pretty nervous and embarrassed. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 1:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Ti Kanies?

greek filter! Some girls said "poli kalo avto" in my direction and giggled when I walked by today. I know it's lame, but i'm a bit curious about what it means.
posted by bruinbruin at 12:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)?

Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 12:21 AM PST - 10 comments

April 25

Can Squid edit credentials before passing them through?

How can I make Squid modify the credentials it passes to an upstream proxy? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 11:14 PM PST - 2 comments

What else can we do?

Active domestic violence and emotional abuse in the unit above me... Help us brainstorm, are there other things we can do as neighbors with long ears? [more inside]
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish at 10:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Chromebook or laptop

What laptop should I get? [more inside]
posted by becomingly at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How to soundproof your basement?

We will soon be renovating our basement to to have a tenant live down there. My mum is a piano teacher that teaches at home. What are sound insulation options? [more inside]
posted by electriic at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

UK polling query

Why have the Lib-Dems completely crashed in the polls, to the benefit of Labour, yet the Conservatives have hardly been scratched? Any links to informed and insightful commentary explaining why the Lib-Dems are wearing the opprobrium for the UK austerity program would be appreciated.
posted by wilful at 9:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for a transmission shop on the far northside of Chicago

I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
posted by who squared at 9:05 PM PST - 5 comments

This is all so silly

What's a girl to do? [more inside]
posted by costanza at 8:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Shorten my bike commute

When should I expect to see a reduction in the amount of time I spend bike commuting? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 8:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Where can I get quality women's dress socks?

Help me find high quality, breathable black women's dress socks for the cheapest price available. I'm overwhelmed by the options on the internet and have a history of buying terrible socks! [more inside]
posted by soundproof at 7:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Canadian Tax Questions

A few questions about filing taxes for 2011 in Canada, mostly about lines 330-331. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How to be at a social event with people I’ve dreaded seeing for the past ten years?

I am attending the wedding of dear friends at which I will have to see my ex-husband and his new partner—a one-time close friend of ours with whom he cheated while married to me. I am now very happily married to someone else, in a relationship far better in every way than my first marriage. Nevertheless, I absolutely dread seeing my ex-husband and my old friend, and the prospect of seeing them is something I’ve dreaded since I first learned of their, erm, relationship. At the same time, I’d REALLY like to be to defuse the emotional power this has over me, and simply enjoy the wedding and the get-together with many other old friends that comes with it. How to work through this? Any advice from people who have navigated these turbulent emotional waters successfully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 35 comments

Is it worth incorporating an investment club out of state to avoid fees/taxes

Is it worth incorporating an investment club out of state (or as an entity with limited liability) [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich at 7:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I get my pet deposit back?

Am I entitled to the return of my pet deposit? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me keep my cool in Texas!

Can anybody recommend a reputable contractor that can build an attached pergola/arbor or patio cover at my home in the DFW area? I've had a few come out that I found online and none seemed particularly trustworthy. Thank you.
posted by punkfloyd at 7:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Is it legal to require female employees to wear heels?

Is it legal for a restaurant in San Francisco to require its female hosts to wear high heels?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 6:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Disappointments of the past begone!

I'm moving into a new office at work on Friday. The previous inhabitant has jokingly suggested I perform a ritual cleansing before I move in. I'm going to take him up on it. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by werty at 6:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Affordable student health insurance in New York?

I have recently lost my health insurance. While it is possible I will be reinstated to the plan I lost, which is provided in conjunction with my school, I need to be insured again ASAP, and I don't mind the possibility of doubling up on insurance for a short period of time. New Yorkers, do you know of any affordable (<$500 or so per month) plans I might be eligible for? I am a full time college student. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 6:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Foreign language films

My dad speaks fluent Spanish (and English). I am third-year student of Spanish. Mom and dad know some French. My younger brother (13 years old) only knows English. We all like good plots, good music, and good cinematography. Please suggest some non-English language movies, documentaries, TV series, etc. that we would all enjoy. Bonus points if it's available through Netflix streaming or DVD.
posted by gray17 at 6:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Huff Post comments no longer showing on my iPad.

Why can I no longer see any Huffington Post comments on my iPad ? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 6:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I find a lawyer?

A roofer just sent me a "CALIFORNIA PRELIMINARY 20-DAY NOTICE", I don't think the job has been completed, also I never signed anything. [more inside]
posted by notnathan at 6:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Google, why do you make my brain hurt?

How does real time google analytics measure the "active visitors on site"? Please help me, because apparently I fail at math. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 6:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Hardcore methods for e-mail blocking

Looking for elite e-mail blacklist tricks to block a stalker. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz at 6:19 PM PST - 19 comments

How much time can I expect my partner to spend with family of mine whom he dislikes?

How much time can I reasonably expect my partner to spend with family of mine whom he dislikes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm Drowning in Images

I have a couple hundred thousand digital photos. I have a bunch of duplicate images from overlapping backups. I have inconsistent naming and folder schemes. I have edited and cropped versions of the same image. I need some software to help me clean and sort my images. [more inside]
posted by gregr at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

It looks like two X's knit onto a pink polo?

In Season Six of Scrubs, both Turk and Elliot wear a pink polo with two blue X's on the front. My wife needs to know why. Can anyone shed any light on this? Link to screencaps inside. [more inside]
posted by snapped at 6:15 PM PST - 8 comments

It's the pixels. I can tell.

I went to the beginner's lesson at a contra dance the other night and the instructor immediately picked me out as having danced previously. I hadn't danced a single step yet. How did he know? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 5:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Where did I read this speech?

Commencement Address Filter: Can you help me find a graduation speech (I think it was given by a celebrity, and I think at an Ivy League school) about how modern relationships have the problem of depending on one person to be all the people in someone's life. Other hints inside. [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 5:38 PM PST - 3 comments

How to stop being friends with an ex

I need to stop being friends with my ex. How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Who taught him to say 'I'm gonna put my evil inside you'?

My parrot needs some new material. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 5:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me help my hoarding neighbors

My awesome neighbors need help with a hoarding problem. One spouse has created a living situation that is dangerous to the other and I am in the best position of all their friends and family to help them but I don't know how to tackle this delicate situation. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 5:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Did We Ruin This Bird?

Is this chicken safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 5:07 PM PST - 8 comments

brand of bowl?

What brand of bowl is Steve Spangler using here?, the clear plastic one not the metal one Thanks!
posted by wheelieman at 4:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Couldn't you just, like, be happy for me?

A couple of awesome things are happening in my life right now, and when I told my girlfriend about them, she was quite critical of them. At the time I brushed it off, but a couple days later, I'm feeling quite bothered by her reaction. Should I bring this up to her? Is there a healthy way to do so? Or should I just let sleeping dogs lie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:10 PM PST - 40 comments

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program?

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
posted by efsrous at 3:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in China?

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in either Beijing or Quinhuangdao, China? I'll be there for a few weeks and I have a few questions about how this might be possible. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments


I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:57 PM PST - 15 comments

The better platform: Wordpress or Blogger?

I'm considering setting up my company's website on a blogging platform. Since I'm a heavy user of Google services, I was considering using Blogger, especially since it is free. (I use it for my personal blog.) However, my partner said self-hosted Wordpress is more flexible and more professional. Is Wordpress truly better than Blogger? If so, what are the main selling points of using Wordpress over Blogger in 2012?
posted by Bushmiller at 2:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a non-aggravating scanner.

I need a new scanner, and would like to get a decent flatbed, but I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by lkc at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

sound mixing 101 in a crunch

I need help learning the very basics of sound mixing by Monday [more inside]
posted by timsneezed at 2:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it possible to solve for X?

(Y)(S^N) = (M)(X^(N+E)) - (Y)(X^N) Is it possible to solve for X? [more inside]
posted by spacediver at 2:45 PM PST - 24 comments

NYC isn't a city, but a collection of villages...

Looking for some input on specific NYC neighborhoods... [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 2:21 PM PST - 47 comments

Political Arguments: Friendly or Vicious?

I recently left an environment where almost everyone has the same style of dealing with political differences, and the same purpose in political discussion. Now I'm having to deal with entirely different ones, with friends and loved ones, and it's causing conflict. Who's right? Is anyone right? And how can I minimize the problems? [more inside]
posted by corb at 2:08 PM PST - 14 comments

How does anyone ever buy a house in Boston metro?

How can we possibly buy a house in the Boston Metro area without $80K down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I relax and just get laid, rather than obsessing over it?

I want to have more sex, but I don't want to get hung up about it. How do I stop obsessing about (not) getting any? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Can the dog eat this?

I meant to make MaPo tofu but didn't, and now have 1/2 pound of ground pork in the fridge. It looks and smells fine, but given that I had previously frozen it before its 3 day stay in the fridge, I'm not going to eat it. Is it safe to cook it up, refrigerate it, and give to my dog a little at a time? I often give him meat scraps on top of his dog food. Please note: I am not asking about the wisdom of feeding him "people food." I am asking about his risk of food poisoning.
posted by Wordwoman at 1:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh such tiny letters.

Just got my laptop back from being repaired and now the recommended screen resolution is making it difficult to see anything written in it. How do I change this? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

why oh why don't they make macbooks anymore?

what kind of refurbished macbook pro do I want? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I have a shot at grad school?

Do I have a shot at grad school? [more inside]
posted by pmccain at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Can my facebook updates appear on my site?

Can my facebook updates appear on my site? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I promote the final few days of my Kickstarter project?

What are some specific ways that I can promote a soon-to-expire Kickstarter project? I've heard that projects sometimes gain momentum from that "act now!" boost, but how do I tap into that segment of the funding crowd? [more inside]
posted by apollo at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

best way to sell tickets online.

I am looking for a better way to sell event tickets online. [more inside]
posted by kenaldo at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

an odd little blue book

Does anyone know anything about Twenty-Two stories by J.D. Salinger, or more specifically this edition? [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Good Psychiatrist in Frederick, MD

Asking for a friend in need (adult, male): Good psychiatrist in the Frederick, MD 21703? Difficulty, takes Aetna.
posted by Towelie at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me feed my coworkers to prevent them from mutinying.

Where can I pick up coffee/breakfast for a dozen people before 6AM tomorrow in Japantown/Lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Seamless cloud crypto?

Does anyone know a good solution for encrypting a few folders as they get synced into the cloud, while seamlessly keeping them usable locally? Mostly word and PDF docs. [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Help find a cite for a study

Can anyone help find a cite for a study? I think I heard about it on the radio at some point. It was a study that recorded classrooms - I think high school - and then talked about how much classroom time was spent on girls' discussion and questions and how much on boys. It also surveyed student/teacher perceptions of the time spent, and had a follow-up component where teachers tried to even out the time. Thanks in advance!
posted by kavasa at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify this song Google has never heard of!

I've had the chorus of this song semi-stuck in my head for years and when I finally thought to Google it yesterday, I came up with nothing. Well, almost nothing. So I'm counting on somebody here to finally help me identify the mysterious "ooh girl, lost in time" song. [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok at 11:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Layers, yes/no?

Off Label Use: YNMD, but... should I use my non-proscribed rosacea medication on the rest of my non-afflicted face as a facial moisturizer, since it seems to work for that too, and am I seriously doing a no-no with the medicine by slapping cosmetics onto it? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 11:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Hemp me dehumidify

How can I quickly reduce relative humidity in a small enclosed environment within a fume hood without raising air temperature? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me find my lost 1860s social history book

Bookfilter: Help me find a particular social history of America in the 1860s. [more inside]
posted by Concordia at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Will this plant grow tall again?

Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Having gone to school in California, I assume we just liked saying "weed" as often as possible.

Past and current university students: Did you ever use the specific term "weeder class" during your academic career? If so, where did you study? [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 10:38 AM PST - 65 comments

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter at 10:35 AM PST - 36 comments

Snake ID

I need to know what type of snake this is. It bit our dog. Snake [more inside]
posted by weskit at 10:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Need recomendations on medical grade keyboards.

Need a medical grade keyboard for dental offices. Do you have some you use and would recommend? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I see a clear western horizon around Chicago?

Where can we get a clear view of the western horizon at sunset to see the transit of Venus, in or near or within a few hours' drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses?

Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 9:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Is using the phrase "that's retarded" offensive?

"That's retarded." Offensive, or not offensive? Also, if offensive, help me come up with an alternative to my life/work philosophy, which is "Don't Be Retarded." [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 9:27 AM PST - 88 comments

I have no tongue but I must eat

So cutting out someone's tongue as punishment, or to create a mute (and therefore trusted to hear and not leak secrets) guard has some historic basis, and appears as a troupe in many stories. My question: Can you actually still eat with out choking, if someone cut your tongue out ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Dist-upgrading Ubuntu when the PPA version of a package is newer?

Upgrading Ubuntu: I am planning to finally dist-upgrade my mythbuntu 10.10 box which has fallen out of official support. I probably will take 3 steps to get it up to 12.04 LTS, but this question is just about the first step. What happens during a dist-upgrade if I have a ppa-sourced package that is newer than the new distribution? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are there no lobsters the size of horses or horses the size of shrimp?

Why are there no lobsters the size of horses or horses the size of shrimp? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 8:50 AM PST - 24 comments

What kind of nice, sweet, chicken friendly dog should we get?

I need to help my parents get a new doggie. We hope to get a dog from the pound or a rescue place, so it will probably not be a purebreed. But I'd like suggestions on what breed mixes to look for. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:49 AM PST - 22 comments

At - Tent - Tion

Any good tent recommendations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Properly compressed current jazz and blues?

What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Advice on laptop repair on short timeline - laptop repair decision-making advice needed.

Advice about repairing/replacing this laptop, including possible online repair options? Total screen/top half damage on HPdm4 laptop. (Speed and cost considerations inside). [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 8:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me plan a presidential dinner and party in Vancouver.

Calling Vancouver Mefites! I am helping one of my boss-doctors at the hospital where I work plan a party in Vancouver, BC in September/October 2013. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 7:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Can a car in Illinois have "In-Transit" plates permanently affixed?

Can a car in Illinois have "In-Transit" plates permanently affixed? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Editing wmv files on a mac

What is the best tool or software to use for editing wmv files on a mac? I need to pull several short clips from wmv files to make a clip reel. What is the best tool to use? Thanks!
posted by cg1 at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Can an intellectual and a simpler, down-to-earth type stay in love?

MeFites! Can a relationship work between a hyper-intellectual and a simpler, more down-to-earth type? (special snowflake details inside..) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 AM PST - 69 comments

Should I continue to seek ADHD treatment?

I've struggled with what I believe to be ADHD for a long time. I've read through "Driven to Distraction" and it describes me perfectly. I went to the doctor and was basically told that since I have a job and completed college, medication won't do me any good. Say what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 AM PST - 22 comments

Good enough for a single album only?

What bands only released one album? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 7:20 AM PST - 40 comments

It would be nice to have my sweater back.

How do (or should I) ask for an item of clothing back that was a childhood gift to me and has been out on extended loan? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:15 AM PST - 8 comments

More about Thunderbirds! And not the car or the email client

Does anyone have any recommendations for books/websites/other resources about Thunderbirds? And I don't mean the car or the email client. I'm looking for anything at all about both the various Native American mythological traditions (Southwestern American in particular) or the cryptozoological urban legends about the things. My Amazon and web searches have, well, mostly gotten me cars, email clients, and turquoise jewelry.
posted by whitneyarner at 7:15 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing?

Property investment filter: How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me snap snappily

I want to take a photography course in London that will show me how to use my DSLR properly. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Where is the coolest, non-spendy place to hang your hat for three nights in Detroit?

Hostel Detroit is sold out the weekend we are planning to go; help me find another cheap but awesome place to stay. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 6:57 AM PST - 3 comments

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps?

What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 6:28 AM PST - 32 comments

Best Blank Sheet Phone System

What is the best VoIP approach for a startup in the very early stages? [more inside]
posted by JPD at 6:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Macbook and external monitor

I have a 2008 Macbook (2ghz, 2g RAM). I'd like to get an external monitor to do 2D photoshop-type graphics. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 3:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What to wear with this skirt?

What to wear with this kind of skirt? [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 2:01 AM PST - 14 comments

How to use a desktop pc as a hub for laptops to share a projector?

Can I use a desktop PC connected to a projector as a hub for laptops to present their screens on demand? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 1:39 AM PST - 8 comments

please let me push that chair in...

How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 1:09 AM PST - 19 comments

April 24

How to handle an awkward third-wheel conversation experience?

My S.O. and her friends have a tendency to begin long conversations about a third party that I don't know in my company. How do I subtly hint that I'd like to be clued in without sounding like an impatient jerk? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 10:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Reflection on genuflection

Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 9:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I get the help I think I need?

How can I deal with an alcohol problem with Group Health insurance (US)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I recover the money from these uncashed checks?

What to do with these checks? Spring cleaning turned up 2 old checks made from lendor to creditors. We never sent them because they were wrong, and now, 5 years later, where is the money and can we get it back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 6 comments

All the songs are the same

What was this comedic sketch? It was musical, most likely on SNL, and very similar to the Pachelbel's Canon rant, except it was just combining the songs with seamless transitions. Any ideas?
posted by DoubleLune at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Vacation all I've ever wanted

Spontaneous(ish) travel from two different spots? We're fun-loving, 20somethings queers. [more inside]
posted by jaksemas at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

No teaching experience but how to prepare for interview?

I'm in Korea and I have an interview coming up with an institute (hagwon) as an English instructor. I have no teaching experience but my recruiter would like me to prepare something to say about the curriculum I intend to use... [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Where do I go from a psychology BA career- and education-wise?

Any advice on turning on turning a psychology BA into a research-related, but non-academic and non-clinical career? [more inside]
posted by H4D11 at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find the big(program) one that got away.

Help me find this obscure software from the dawn of Mac OS X. It was a desktop fishy that let people take screenshots of your desktop remotely. [more inside]
posted by hot_monster at 7:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find the bedspread on last night's episode of House!

Help me find the bedspread on last night's episode of House! [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi at 7:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Kenny f***n' Powers

Where can this most awesome of T-shirts worn by Kenny Powers be found?
posted by jimmereeno at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't fit in the hotel safe.

I have to stay in a hotel tonight where I don't feel particularly safe. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Mimzy at 6:45 PM PST - 21 comments

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 5:59 PM PST - 29 comments

how to write my introduction?

Advice for writing introduction (and conclusion) for humanities PhD dissertation? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred at 5:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Web front end for SQL Server?

Are there really no web front end design environments that are as stupid simple as MS Access form design for a SQL Server back end? I can write a real clever stored procedure for SQL Server and assign cute and short aliases to every element of the result set and crank out an Access form or forms in no time and distribute it as a light weight front end with only execute permission required. Is there some analog for a web front end? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't know why he's so mean.

What's the origin of the racist diatribe that serves as the intro to Big Black's song Seth?
posted by scratch at 5:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How to avoid the crowds at Versailles?

Which days should I avoid Versailles on my trip to Paris? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 at 5:24 PM PST - 28 comments

T-Mobile prepaid in Brooklyn

Now that the Galaxy Nexus is $399 unlocked, I'm thinking about buying one and getting T-Mobile's $30/mo. prepaid plan. I don't make all that many calls so the limited number of minutes is fine by me. I live and work in Brooklyn, and on account of that spend most of my time in the borough. There are some dated questions here that claim that service is spotty in Brooklyn— is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by akgerber at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How does the internet work now?

Help understanding "new media" and the internetz: Are these "freelancing gig"/content generation/social network websites which are popping up on the web these days scammy? Help me understand this phenomenon. [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 5:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Take out your trash

What are this year's (or last year's) campest, trashiest reality shows from the US? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 4:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Diplomacy websites

Diplomacy (the board game): What are your favorite websites for playing Diplomacy? Simple, graphical sites a big plus. How about your favorite (offline) software for keeping track of games, for Mac? And finally, what are your favorite general-info Diplomacy sites? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

No More Please?

Article about dropping politeness from email to achieve better results in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by jca at 4:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this relationship progressing too fast?

I'm concerned that my friend is putting the cart before the horse when it comes to her new boyfriend. I'd love some opinions. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 4:02 PM PST - 42 comments

What cable modem do I buy?

Which cable modem should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 3:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Favorite dual-screen games?

Which are your favorite iPhone/iPad games that utilize dual-screen e.g. iPhone + TV or iPad + TV - games? Looking for examples beyond Real Racing 2 HD. Thanks!
posted by Michal at 3:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I (re)enter the Republic of Ireland from my home country with in 45-50 days of my last visit.

I am planning on reentering Ireland (Republic) from the U.S. approximately 45-50 days after last visit. Will I have a problem. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 3:04 PM PST - 3 comments

Female programmers: what do you wear to work?

Female programmers: what do you wear to work? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 3:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Just how tall is 40 metres?

Help me think of something famous or common that is approximately 40 metres tall. [more inside]
posted by looli at 2:53 PM PST - 22 comments

Internet Service suggestions?

Looking for high speed internet service in the Peninsula, Bay Area. Your experiences (good, bad, indifferent) with the following companies? Any recommended plans? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I put DVD movies in the cloud?

Is there a good way to rip movies from DVDs, put them in the cloud and watch them on my iPad? [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

heat production

Which one of these supplements is most likely to increase body temperature (within normal range): iron supplement (100 mg), flaxseed oil (2 tablespoons), or prolonged release melatonin (2 mg)?
posted by leigh1 at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

integrity of a digital recording

I have a digital recording of spoken voices. I need to know if the recorder was turned off and back on again during the conversation. Is there software for the Mac that will do that?
posted by Capri at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Numerous questions about Huntington's Disease

Multiple questions about Huntington's Disease... I'm researching a story that has a pregnant woman with Huntington's Disease. I've watched a bunch of videos on Youtube and read various sites but have not found answers to specific questions I have. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Manly things to do in London?

What to do in London this Friday? My brother is coming to London for some male bonding and mantime. I haven't spent any time working out how to fill the day with fun. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan at 1:42 PM PST - 10 comments

WTF is this?

Is there such a thing as a "lambradoodle"? [more inside]
posted by emkelley at 1:31 PM PST - 28 comments


Why does my cat go MEOW MEOW MEOW before she poops? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 1:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Danza Kuduro is NOT what I want

Can you help me find Spanish-language songs covered in Portuguese, and Portuguese-language songs covered in Spanish? Bonus points if the singers and songs are Latin American, and if the songs are available on YouTube or Spotify. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

"I have x years of professional job experience."

I've been employed as a full-time web developer for a couple of years. However, I've been doing it as a student and a hobbyist for a lot longer. Which amount of time should I indicate on my resume as my official "length of experience"? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 1:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Stress free strategies for distancing oneself from dating?

Stress free strategies for distancing oneself from dating? Dating Filter: My enthusiasm has waned. I'd like to bow out gracefully and preserve friendships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

How to protect dish sponge from sponge-eating cat

How can we store our kitchen sink dishwashing sponge to prevent it being eaten by our cat? Rupert, after years of ignoring it, has recently decided that the sponge is a fun thing to shred and nibble on. Currently it sits on top of the sink edge on top of a spiky plastic soap saver thingy so it can dry. How can we store it so that it will be (a) easily accessible to humans, (b) not accessible to Rupert, and (c) able to air-dry? I'm imagining something like this with a flap on top, for instance.
posted by matildaben at 1:01 PM PST - 18 comments

help finding patterns in data

Given a set of columnar data, some of which are categorical and others that are numerical, how can I identify which category columns are responsible for signficant changes in the one or more of the numerical columns? [more inside]
posted by mulligan at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Senior dog poops inside at night.

Senior dog pooping inside. How to let him out and keep racoons out too? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors at 12:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Man Muffin Be Gone

Help me get rid of my man muffin. [more inside]
posted by gpoint at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How to avoid axe murderers?

Craigslist ride-sharing - how to avoid creeps? Mid-summer road trip from Vancouver to Regina (via Calgary) and back. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

soberness: it may be what I need, but it certainly ain't how I wanna be

I took a break from drinking for a month, and my appetite decreased dramatically. For the first time I can remember, I felt full from eating reasonable portions, and I no longer turned to snacking for alleviation of boredom or ennui. When I started drinking booze again, I was back to my previous habits. What happened, and why? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:43 AM PST - 15 comments

IP Switch...

IP question for associate*: 2 person office, once larger and set up with a server and bunch of static IP addresses. The server is no longer being used. Company website is hosted off site. Is there any reason to have these static IP addresses? Connected with email in any way? .....*"IP" in my case stands for Ignorant Person... ie. I never have understood what IP addresses are all about and how it works with regard to a company. Hence my question. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

What do you call the head of a regional office in Europe.

What is an appropriate title for the overall manager of a regional office in Europe (Switzerland)? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I sell a pinball machine?

What are the best online resources for selling a pinball machine? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 11:15 AM PST - 8 comments

What is depicted on the cover of the New Yorker from February 6, 1937?

What is depicted on the cover of the New Yorker from February 6, 1937? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 10:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Pregnant and Traveling to Costa Rica

Is it safe for my wife who will be 12 weeks pregnant, to travel in Costa Rica to San Jose, La Fortuna, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio? Any other advice or recommendations on traveling while expecting are welcome, too! [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 10:51 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume?

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume? [more inside]
posted by meetar at 10:41 AM PST - 12 comments

I feel like someone punched me in the back

I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by chara at 10:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Larry can't help it, it's his culture?

Curb Your Enthusiasm Filter: Which episodes, out of all eight seasons, best epitomizes Larry's (NYC) culture clash with life in L.A.? My suspicion is that it's "The Shrimp Incident" from Season 2, but perhaps there is a better exemplar.
posted by rudster at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

It's a hair problem, too.

Can I solve dark hair dye buildup by getting ombré coloring done in a salon, and then maintain it by doing my roots at home? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

What to do in Charleston/Savannah/Asheville

Four dudes, mid 20s, three cities: Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Asheville, NC. We've got two days in each city and none of us have ever been to any of these places. We are pretty much up for anything (hiking, historical sites, food, drinking, etc). So....what should we do?
posted by mealticket at 10:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Psoriatic Arthritis. Now what?

Psoriatic arthritis. Now what? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 10:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Help I know nothing about cars

I need help buying a car. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 10:13 AM PST - 35 comments

Make a pregnant woman cry.

What feel-good, sentimental, cheesy pop music should I listen to while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 10:09 AM PST - 33 comments

How to have successful meetings with out of town participants?

Making work conference calls work! Any free or cheap software, hardware to help make meetings with long distance clients easier and more efficient - Skype and Oovoo aren't working! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 10:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me find someone to make me a custom picked gem bracelet or necklace!

Where can I find a cheap-ish but legit person to make me a custom bracelet or necklace of the gemstones Morganite and Larimar? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Privacy ideas for backyard

Need ideas for privacy in my new back yard. I have a fence between us and the neighbors, but it is already at maximum allowed height. My deck extends all the way to the side yard at the fence so when I am standing on the deck, the fence is only about 4' higher than the deck and doesn't really hide the next yard. I don't want to do anything to the fence because the neighbors own it. [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Fabric softener begone

What is the best way to get the stink of scented laundry detergent & fabric softener out of these sheets? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Are my journeys to Cape Cod doomed to be expensive and unpleasant?

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I enjoy visiting my mother on Cape Cod. But I don't have a car, and the stress and expense of my usual methods of travel keeps me from seeing her as much as I would like. Am I overlooking a better solution? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 9:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Help! My arts organization lost its key funding

I'm on the board of an arts organization that is in a funding emergency. I'm looking for suggestions of ways to raise money for our organization in a hurry - we've lost funding we were counting on and will lose our paid staff if we can't come up with some answers in a hurry. Why anon? Going public with the degree we're in trouble may make things worse. Details: we're a convening/connecting organization that facilitates other arts organizations and individual artists/musicians/creatives activities. We do some programming and help other organizations and individuals develop their programming and artistic careers. Most organizations like us are funded by supporting organizations and or a small percentage tax but we weren't set up that way and all arts organizations in our region - shoot the whole country - are struggling. Throwaway email: arts.org61@ymail.com [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 13 comments


Help me become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 9:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Where (UK) can I buy mens' boots / shoes that look like this but don't cost £400?

Where (UK) can I buy mens' boots / shoes that look like this but don't cost £400? Pictured shoes are in Ede & Ravenscroft, Cambridge.
posted by FuckingAwesome at 8:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Living on the dole.

What is it like to be on unemployment? Specifically, I have a few questions about being on unemployment I'd like to ask. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How should we approach the person who dinged our car?

While parked at day care, somebody dinged our car door (dent and through the paint scratch). We know who it was--what to do? [more inside]
posted by NailsTheCat at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

I see a darkness... did you know how much I love you?

How can I support my boyfriend - who has depression/anxiety, is going through a rough time, and copes by needing space - while dealing with my own anxiety which manifests as being needy? HALP! Super snowflakey details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How to sell Breyer horses in 2012

What happened to the resale market for Breyer and other model horses? Do you know what is going on in the world of Breyer collectibles? [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Butcher block countertops?

Does anyone have experience with butcher block countertops (or better yet, bamboo butcher block countertops)? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis NOS/ADHD/ODD. It's been a year and still no reason for the psychosis. Counseling (among other things - see inside) hasn't worked so far, medication keeps him calm for a short time... we don't know what else to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Why do stairs confuse my cat?

My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 8:06 AM PST - 23 comments

How to be at peace with being a wallflower

Help me get in a good frame of mind for a night out this weekend. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 7:51 AM PST - 36 comments

My resume needs work

Does anyone have experience with a Toronto-based company or individual that specializes in improving resumes? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 7:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Chilly Milk How2s

I like the taste of milk best when it is very cold. Colder, perhaps than the minimum temperature of my refrigerator. Or at least the minimum I'm going to adjust it for the comfort of the other foodstuffs. Any tips or products for keeping milk duly chilled?
posted by dgaicun at 7:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Stand up comedy for a ten year old?

I'm looking for stand-up comedy appropriate for a ten year old. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:28 AM PST - 48 comments

zombie chicken

I moved a frozen whole chicken from the freezer to the fridge on Saturday morning. It's Tuesday -- can I cook it for dinner, or do I need to chuck it? [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 7:21 AM PST - 17 comments

What's needed to make video surveillance on the web?

How do I make our surveillance cameras available to the public over the web? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 6:46 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the deal with pecha kucha?

I'm curious about Pecha Kucha. Can one use it in business (not just in design-y businesses)? What are some stellar examples? What's the best software to use? Or is this just all for fun? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 6:44 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I frame my concerns with a particular employee in a productive way?

I work with a hostile coworker who has recently become my superior. Tomorrow we will be having a meeting to address complaints that me and other employees have with her, and our boss basically wants to put us in a room and have us sort this out. How can I make this productive and maintain my own integrity when I feel anxious and somewhat cowed by her domineering personality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 21 comments

BYOC - Bring your own condom?

How do one night stands work on a practical level? Who brings protection, etc? Ladies, do you keep them around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Goldfish fire drill

Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy at 4:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Good books on 1960s rock?

Good books or articles on 1960s rock? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 4:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along...

Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along... What should I do? [more inside]
posted by tda101 at 4:39 AM PST - 24 comments

Gift Registry 360?

Have you used Gift Registry 360? Can you share your experience? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 4:22 AM PST - 2 comments

A taller-than-average desk

Where can I get an attractive desk at least 80cm high in the UK? [more inside]
posted by fightorflight at 4:01 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the cheapest way to ship a book from the US to Japan?

What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 3:29 AM PST - 5 comments

What is it like to be arrested as a juvenile?

What's it like to be arrested as a juvenile? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 3:16 AM PST - 6 comments

See, Vera? Dress yourself up you get taken somewhere fun.

I need pet names for guns from movies and TV. For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly. Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 1:06 AM PST - 18 comments

"Job you qualified for why?"

I got a summer job interview over Skype! Tell me what to expect. The twist: it's in American Sign Language. [more inside]
posted by Conspire at 12:07 AM PST - 7 comments

April 23

Separated from wife, got involved with someone else, should I reconcile with my wife?

I've been separated from my wife for over six months. During that time I got involved with someone else, but now I'm thinking about going back to my wife. Please tell me I'm not making a mistake. [more inside]
posted by quoth_the_raven at 11:14 PM PST - 53 comments

What it means to be a man?

What are some changing trends in how masculinity is defined? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 10:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Helloooooo, Phineas

I love "discoveries" that add to seemingly-cold stories. Misfiled negatives unearthed, unlabeled photos finally identified, new connections made. Stuff like the identification of the first photo of Phineas Gage, or the recently-uncovered Lincoln inauguration photos, or to a much lesser extent (because it's "soft"), this TED talk about finding the face of Leonardo da Vinci. What other incidents/discoveries/ideas like this will enthrall me? And can you point me to a book (or at least a Wikipedia page) about it? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Sheet music for the song "Vine Street" by Randy Newman / Van Dyke Parks / Harry Nilsson

I'm looking for sheet music of the song "Vine Street," written by Randy Newman and covered by Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson. I've scoured the internet and come up empty. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist at 9:33 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I get a detached console treadmill for less than $840?

I'm trying to create a treadmill desk in a small cubicle without spending four grand. Typically people build a desk that fits around a treadmill or buy something like the TrekDesk, but that is too big for my space (and won't work with my workplace-mandated cubicle components). I'm looking for a small walking treadmill with a detached console like the Trek for less than $840 + s/h. Are there any other detached console treadmills on the market that I haven't found or an easy way to convert a traditional treadmill into a detached console treadmill (without power tools)? Thanks!
posted by arnicae at 8:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Digitizing Them Big Plastic CDs

Best practices for burning vinyl to digital on an Ion Turntable? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Tablet devices for commenting on papers

What is currently the best tablet device for writing comments on students' electronically submitted papers? [more inside]
posted by plantbot at 8:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Applying for a new-new job

What do I write on my resume when I'm looking for a new job after being at my current employer a short period of time (a month)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Got the goods, but need a plan.

I am about to start taking ADD meds. My approach to work has been haphazard in the past, and I'm I'm hoping to improve my habits. What strategies should I attempt to make the most of any improvements in attention that I experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't know absolutely knowing!

What is Gnostic Christianity? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 7:44 PM PST - 22 comments

What do I need to know to be an effective and prepared expat American in Belgium?

What are the quirks to living in Europe that will surprise me as an American and what do I need to know to be an effective and prepared expat American in Belgium? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 7:18 PM PST - 50 comments

Recommendations on music like the Firefly soundtrack?

MusicFilter: Can anyone recommend music similar to the Firefly soundtrack? That sort of twangy, calm western-y instrumental sound. More examples inside. [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 7:13 PM PST - 22 comments

I just don't want to be "the girl with the messed up hand" for the next two months.

I have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. I have to wear a brace on my wrist for the next long while. All the braces I've found are hideous and scream "SMPA is injured and has no style," which is taking me right back to that time when I was a kid in school and I'm hating it (and don't get me started on the bowling jokes at work.) Are there functional yet cute or pretty braces out there? What is the solution to this, besides "suck it up, you should have paid more attention to ergonomics?" [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 7:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a pleated dress

I need help finding a particular dress, or more likely, in learning the name of a particular style of dress. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 6:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Please recommend me some kitty litter

Seeking kitty litter recommendations of the non-dusty kind. I think the dust from our scoopable litter might be causing / contributing to cat coughing issues. [more inside]
posted by marble at 6:37 PM PST - 22 comments

If only I lived in a tree house...

Are air purifiers from Amway safe to use? [more inside]
posted by shipsthatburn at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments


Please To Help Me Name My Thing: A blog that reviews "Teenage Paranormal Romance" Books/Shows/Movies, particularly focused on their (broken) depiction of relationships and gender roles, should be:
posted by davidjmcgee at 6:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Risks related to deep muscle bruising

I was kicked by a horse on my thigh Saturday evening. It appears to be a deep muscle bruise and is still fairly tightly swollen. It is much less painful than it was yesterday and I can walk on it. After googling it, I am concerned about complications. Should I go to a doctor after this much time has elapsed?
posted by Altomentis at 6:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me not suck at the surburban southern hockey.

What else do I need to not look like a redneck yokel on the golf course? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 6:04 PM PST - 16 comments

It's my problem, not there's...

How do I proofread my own work more thoroughly? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 6:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Grad student summer gig?

I am a grad student who needs extra income, but my department frowns upon outside work. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 25 comments

I should probably just buzz it all off right?

MetaFilter, in all my years I've never managed to figure out what the hell to do with my hair. Help please? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 5:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Who pays?

MA Tenant Law - what if a tenant improperly stores their possessions (bed frame, mattress, box spring) on the other side of a duplex? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 5:40 PM PST - 5 comments

I Love Food

You filled my eyeballs, now please stuff my belly! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 5:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Was summiting Everest possible before Hillary?

A good friend of mine has recently become very interested with all things Everest. Several nights after having a couple of beers, he has asked our group of friends if they think it was possible for someone to have summited Everest before Sir Edmond Hillary, or attempted to summit before George Mallory. One half of the group is adamant that such a feat was impossible before 1921 due to a lack of proper equipment and a cultural reverence for the mountain. The other half believe that it was certainly possible because of the length of human occupation in the region, the adaptation of the Tibetan people to higher altitudes, and the innate ambition of man. Does anyone have scientific evidence for either side of the debate or an educated opinion?
posted by thisiswater at 5:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Where is our septic system/leach field? Can we build/play on the lawn?

My wife and I have found a house and we love it, except that it's on a septic system. We don't mind that, but we're trying to find out if the septic/leach is going to make our backyard unusable or not. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 5:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Becoming an at-home tailoring whiz

Hi Sewers! I'm just learning how to sew thanks to a new sewing machine and a community college class this summer, but I'd like to develop a specific expertise in alterations and tailoring due to my love of thrifting. There are lots of sewing books out there- is there one that has an especially good chapter on tailoring and altering? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Italian Speakers

Anyone speak Italian? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange at 4:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?

I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:40 PM PST - 16 comments

When you ask for STI test results, what are you asking for?

Can the hive mind provide nuts-and-bolts info on STI testing with a new partner? What should be tested? What's the window for diseases manifesting after a previous encounter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice on possibly name copyright issues

Could an outdated web comic conflict with our upcoming iPhone game? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 3:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Why doesn't our autoclave sterilize our broth?

Why is weird stuff growing in my flasks of 1% tryptone broth after I've autoclaved them to mix and sterilize the broth? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 3:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Feminism 101

Feminism 101: I had a visceral reaction to a link a friend of mine posted and I was too enraged to clearly address his ignorance. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:14 PM PST - 57 comments

Just-18 friend kicked out for being gay, what are his options?

A very close online friend of mine is getting kicked out of the house and disinherited for being gay and not going through with what amounts to an arranged marriage. He just turned 18. The situation is somewhat urgent, he doesn’t have much in the way of local resources, and getting in touch with specifically LGBT groups is likely to strain his family situation further. What resources and options can I help him find? [more inside]
posted by NMcCoy at 3:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to live in the land of the free?

Where would an outgoing, adventurous bachelor live, his primary interests being craft brew and bicycling? [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 3:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Where can I record vocals in Portland, OR?

Where in Portland, Oregon could I record vocals (using just myself and my own gear) without annoying anyone? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Facebook scams?

I've noticed a lot more 'chain letter' type stuff in my Facebook news feed recently. "See what happens when you press L!" for example, or any number of apps which will create data visualizations of your profile. What (if any) is the financial motivation behind this? I have a feeling that these may be used to gain access to large numbers of profile names, or (in the case of apps) get data-mining access to private profiles. Is this the case, or is it more innocuous than that?
posted by codacorolla at 2:35 PM PST - 1 comment

Slow printing of a specific PDF

We have a laserjet 4250 at work. I'm running into an issue with it printing one specific PDF very slowly (i.e. prints a page. pauses for half a second, prints the next, pause...) Normally it spits them out very rapidly. [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Leather Boots...IN THE SNOW?

Have you used high quality leather work boots (Danner / Hathorn / Wesco) in the snow? With proper care do you find that these boots are adequate for occasional use in snow? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend some turn-based mutl-platform mobile games

Friends & I enjoy playing words-with-friends because it's a) asynchronous/turn-based, so we can play throughout the day without having to find times we're both free; and b) cross-platform, for android & iphone. What other games that fit those two categories should we try?
posted by kickingtheground at 2:23 PM PST - 11 comments

How to quickly build my fiance's non-existent credit history

My fiance has no credit. We're getting married in 2 months. How do I build her credit quickly? I have good credit. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi at 2:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do sulkers sulk?

I used to sulk a lot as a child and it didn't help my social life at school. Now I see a child in my family turning into a sulker, and I feel kind of helpless. Is there something I can read to help me understand my young relative? Is there something I can do as non-parent? [more inside]
posted by M. at 1:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Woo me with your charms, Coos Bay!

Coos Bay, Oregon. AskMeFi has previously discussed driving through but what to do when you have a weekend (mostly to yourself) in Coos Bay? [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there TV production recruiters in NYC?

Help me find recruiters/headhunters in NYC for TV production jobs! [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 12:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Keep my car running!

Car problem: 1994 Honda Civic suddenly developed rough idle, and stalls out when idling but only after the engine has warmed up. This began on a warm day last week. It had a similar problem last summer but not as bad as it is now. Last year the problem went away after a month or so. Is this something I could fix with a gas additive, or by opening up the idle control screw a bit? Should I wait for it to go away again or just get it in for service? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 12:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Why do my hands swell at Costco?

My hands swell to the point that I have to remove my wedding ring every time I go into a Sam's Club or Costco and only when I go into a Sam's Club or Costco. Why? [more inside]
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion at 12:48 PM PST - 38 comments

Help Me Find a Photo of Jobs and Woz

I'm a geek. I admit it. Help me achieve super-geekdom by finding a photo of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak that I can hang on my office wall. [more inside]
posted by perrce at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Headed to Beantown, but I promise not to call it Beantown.

We're moving to Boston. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Oh, the wall had it coming.

Please help me find resources or ideas to wallpaper a very small space without spending a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by haplesschild at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I break up with someone for the second time?

How do I break up with someone over phone or email who is severely depressed? I have already tried to break up with this person once. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 15 comments

help me with putting address book into iphone

frustrated for not being able to import address book contacts into my iphone. Seek kind help here [more inside]
posted by akomom at 11:30 AM PST - 5 comments

What can ya do?

I'm seeking information about relative skill levels in pre-industrial and industrial societies. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 11:17 AM PST - 8 comments

How to make certain a dog and cat introduction continues to go well

How to ensure we're doing the right thing with introducing a dog and cat. I know this question has been asked before, and I've looked at the answers, and was hoping for more specific help on a few points. (I've also looked at various advice online, but I wanted to ask a couple of specific questions.) [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 11:16 AM PST - 13 comments

DC hashing minus the cock and bull

Metro DC. Need recommendation for a particular sort (maybe?) of hashing group in the area. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

PDF = Portable Document FAIL

Please help me thwart the evil Adobe empire so that I can read the Valve Handbook for New Employees (and other .pdf files) on my Macbook again! Recently, Adobe Reader told me an updated version was available. Obviously delusional, I went ahead and updated my perfectly-working 9.4 to the new version 10, and now I can no longer view pdf documents in Chrome (18.0.1025.163), my browser of choice. What now? [more inside]
posted by misha at 10:57 AM PST - 18 comments

The geography of future boyfriends

I'm in the enviable situation of having enough online work that I can move pretty much wherever I want, as long as cost of living isn't ridiculously high. I'm grateful for the freedom, but also freaking out about the freedom. Also, I want to be in a relationship, and that's definitely a big -- but confusing! -- influence on my decision about where to live. Help me decide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Exercise for the hikikomori.

Getting exercise in a limited space - recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Phone help for the technologically challenged

Time to upgrade and consolidate three plans and four phones. We want smart phones but I seriously do not know where to start. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How can a woodworker sell his work?

Dad Swan is a very skilled and talented woodworker. He's 73 and has a fairly severe case of arthritis, so his output is not and will never be high, but he makes enough stuff that he'd like to be able to sell some of it, and he'd like to know how to go about finding people to buy it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:31 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I re-create the broken camera/video camera effect on this video?

How do I re-create the broken camera/video camera effect on this video? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 10:27 AM PST - 2 comments

iPhone App that tracks Blood pressure, weight, Type II diabetes, exercise routines and calories?

Is there an iPhone App that tracks ALL of the following aspects of health: Blood pressure, weight, Type II diabetes, exercise routines and calories (aka food consumption)? There's plenty of apps that track 2 or 3 of these things, but is there one that tracks ALL of them?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

I don't have the money, honey--but it's got the time.

Finally have a for-reals home server. What ELSE can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Push-Up Alternatives Needed

I like doing push-ups. They are great for my upper back and upper body strength, and for opening the collar bone area. The only problem is that push-ups aggravate a ganglion cyst in my wrist. This is even when I use fancy push-up handles. Is there an exercise that does not put pressure on my wrists that has the same benefits?
posted by Atrahasis at 10:14 AM PST - 16 comments

What are the safest dental options for a missing front tooth while breastfeeding?

What are the safest dental options for a missing front tooth while breastfeeding? I am breastfeeding my infant son and I need to have get a dental implant or a bridge for a missing front tooth. I am considering delaying the procedure until he is done nursing -- at least 10 more months -- so that he is not exposed to anything toxic. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Low impact 10 day loop hike in lower 48?

My brother and I are contemplating a week to 10-day long loop ultralight hike. Ideally, it would be somewhere in the lower-48 states, and be casual, but NO mountains, so suggestions like the Appalachian or the PCT are out. It doesn't have to be wilderness, but ideally, we'd be camping all the way.
posted by crunchland at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

How to keep falling in love with my wife?

Resources on how to foster passion and "have fun" with your spouse? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 9:44 AM PST - 16 comments

respect after getting dumped?

Does the person who did the breaking up typically look down on the person broken up with? How can I stop worrying about this issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 23 comments

What is an appropriate amount of clothes for a teenage girl?

What is an appropriate amount of clothes for a teenage girl? In specific, a teenage girl in a private school (but not a boarding school) that requires a uniform. How many changes of casual clothes should she have? How many changes of uniform? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 22 comments

Laptop can no longer hold a battery charge

What does it mean if overnight my 5 year old MacBook Pro stopped working without being connected to power? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 9:15 AM PST - 17 comments

Transferring a cast

How do I make a hand print in new concrete using a plaster cast which includes a hand? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent at 9:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I stop being constantly unhappy?

Badly burnt out student - with wider questions on how to stop my ‘missing-out’ syndrome. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield at 9:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Need help planning first trip to Paris please.

Need help planning first trip to Paris please. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Got the man now switch to the job?

Switching careers... to the same one as my new boyfriend? How weird is this, and how to navigate? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:46 AM PST - 13 comments

"Leaving Las Vegas" or "Arthur"

Posting for a friend who wishes to remain anonymous: I am at the end of my third day of not drinking alcohol after 5-10 years (I’m not exactly sure how long it’s been) of drinking almost every day. I have some questions about withdrawal that I can't seem to find the answers to. [more inside]
posted by banishedimmortal at 8:07 AM PST - 24 comments

yet another name-that-movie question

help my friend recall the name of an animated movie, made no later than the late '80s, which had in it a mouse with wheels instead of hind legs. [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 8:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Us Spring Clean Our Documentation

User documentation/knowledgebases: Looking for best practices, great examples, and advice/instructional sites or publications. Also open to lowlights/worst-of resources. Analysis of how users engage with documentation would be useful, too. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 7:58 AM PST - 0 comments

No more 6am texts, I beg you!

I have an Android phone - T-mobile's MyTouch 3G Slide, to be more precise. How can I make it so when one particular contact text messages me, I don't get a sound or a vibration? I'm happy to download an app to make this happen, if there's not a native way.
posted by srrh at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Scare the crap out of me!

Hey Mefites, I would like you to scare the crap out of me with your horror novel recommendations! I really enjoyed House of Leaves and A Good and Happy Child. I'm looking for books like that. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 7:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Cosmic Moon Power!

Help me catch up on all the Sailor Moon I missed out on as a teenager. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

This job search is putting holes in my soul...

You live in City X. You want to move to City Y and are looking for a job there. Do employers care if your resume says you live in City X or City Y? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 7:18 AM PST - 16 comments

My daughter is being diagnosed for autism and I need help dealing with this.

I've recently discovered that my daughter is, at least in some form, autistic. I'm having a little trouble coping with this revelation and I'm feeling a bit lost about how to go forward. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 6:58 AM PST - 33 comments

eBay buyer asking to buy item immediately - what should I do?

I keep getting emails from eBay buyers asking if they can buy the item immediately and what the price would be - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by robintw at 6:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Give me something to read, please!

I need more Young Adult dystopian or suspense fiction, with a dash of romance. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 5:54 AM PST - 32 comments

What clothes and equipment should I invest in to get the most out of my outdoor time?

What clothes and equipment should I invest in to get the most out of my outdoor time? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 5:02 AM PST - 11 comments

How to move sidebars after main content in source code?

Help me fix my Wordpress theme so that my left and right sidebar appears in the source code after the main content as I've changed themes and lost 90% monthly visitors because of the duplicate content coming up first now (there's like 80 links in my sidebar). [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 4:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Why Is Oak Always Used To Age Wine and Spirits?

Why do winerys/distilleries only use oak barrels for aging purposes? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:52 AM PST - 20 comments

A good re-shipping service in the UK?

I've ruined two of my favourite shirts and am desperate for replacements from Uniqlo. Sadly, they won't ship outside of UK and I can't go right now. Can you recommend (or do you know of) a reliable UK service that I could use to forward my package to Finland? I've previously used Shipito with US-only vendors and was hoping for something similar.
posted by Orchestra at 3:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Sometimes a drawing of a pipe is just a drawing

Do you know or can you find any scholarly articles about analysing adults' drawings that do not relate to health? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 2:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Australian with US investments

What sort of things should an Australian living in Australia know about owning an investment (e.g., an index fund) in the USA? The investment would be part of a retirement fund that has a low (15%) tax rate in Australia.
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:04 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get my phone unlocked from abroad?

iPhone 3gs filter: I've tried to get my iphone unlocked with AT&T, but they've closed the account on me without my knowledge, but sent me an instruction to unlock it anyway based on my previous submission. I can't tell if the phone is unlocked, what are my options here? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 1:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts.

I'm seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 12:29 AM PST - 3 comments

April 22

Help me plan a fun date in SF Bay Area, but with some limitations.

Help me plan a fun date in SF Bay Area, but with some limitations. [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 11:51 PM PST - 14 comments

How to install a facebook button on wordpress blog?

How to install a facebook like button in a wordpress blog? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I create a Postini account?

How do I create a Postini account? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

iPad as pre-kindergarten tutor?

Best iPad educational apps to help a 5 year old catch up before kindergarten? She needs help with basic English, ABCs, numbers. [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy at 9:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Very Effective Fan, Please

Can you recommend a great fan or portable air cooler for travel? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 9:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Non-logo identifiers

What are brand identifiers that are not logos? such as Starbuck's green straw and Apple's white earphones [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 9:14 PM PST - 67 comments

NYC Art-stravaganza!

I get to spend two months this summer in New York City, and I'm gonna hit as many art museums as I can, all genres and kinds. What should I read first to get the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:11 PM PST - 18 comments

Nice rack, wanna check my code into ur repository?

My superiors keep checking out my cleavage during conversation at work. What now? [more inside]
posted by amestar_runner at 8:49 PM PST - 51 comments

Should I contribute to this report?

I worked on a professional project which went badly wrong. Before the project imploded, I tried to draw attention to the problems and suggest solutions, but was overruled. Now, months later, the project leader wants me to contribute to a report. If you've been in a similar situation, how did you approach it? What pitfalls should I be wary of?
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Last-minute vacation advice

Last-minute vacation advice [more inside]
posted by tippiedog at 7:35 PM PST - 5 comments

help me run

Why does my body object when I run? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 7:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Rent a BMW 3 or equivalent in NJ

Want to rent a BMW 3 or equivalent when I am in NJ. Pick up Newark airport or any other NJ location within 60 miles of Newark Airport. I found websites that rent out exotic cars for like $2k a day. I am not looking for an exotic car. I just want something like a bmw 3 or audio a4 etc. Can anyone recommend a site or rental company? I can look up the rates but if you know them then feel free to mention it. Thanks!
posted by r2d2 at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

break up or not?

Should I work harder for my relationship or is it beyond saving at this point? I don't know if I'm sacrificing too much for something that will never work. [more inside]
posted by lleguana at 6:40 PM PST - 49 comments

Name that movie about apartheid South Africa

Help me figure out what movie about apartheid South Africa I'm remembering. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Corporate non-profits cheating the system--how??

There are companies that enjoy tax exemption as a 501c3 and yet actually make quite a substantial profit and operate chiefly according to a business/profit-making model. They don't seem to meet some of the key criteria of a non-profit. How do they do this and are there cases in which non-profits end up being forced to drop their non-profit status? If so, does this usually happen because of challenges from legislators, IRS, community members or who? If it helps, I'm thinking of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) which pulled 750million in profit last year and is involved in a public battle against Highmark BCBS over who enjoys the title of regional insurance monopolist. (Apparently they value profit over their professed healthcare mission.) Thanks for any information!
posted by sb3 at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Why would a candidate's poll be complimentary to her opponents?

Why would a poll paid for by a congressional primary campaign include so much complimentary information about the opposing candidates? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Engraved silver, post-divorce?

My in-laws engraved a silver bowl, with our names and wedding date, for our wedding. We're divorced. What the heck do we do with the bowl? My ex-husband doesn't want it. It's not my style. I feel like there must be something better that I can do with it than give it to Goodwill. It's Oneida and silverplate (looks like only the exterior was plated). Ideas?
posted by rednikki at 5:51 PM PST - 17 comments

Women's clothing stores. Aaaaauuuugggh?

I need clothes. Clothing stores are making this really difficult for me nowadays. Where do you shop? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 5:33 PM PST - 21 comments

What movie: betrayal by bodyguards

Name the movie: a teenage protagonist triumphs over the bad guy by offering his bodyguards a better deal than they're getting with their employer. I thought this was the conclusion of Masterminds with Patrick Stewart, but according to internet plot summaries, apparently not. I do think the movie the scene is from could be of the same targeted-at-teenagers ilk, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
posted by symbebekos at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Guide me to brunchy success!

Help me plan my first brunch ever, to celebrate my birthday! All I know is I want to make macarons. I also have never hosted any kind of party and don't know how to entertain. [more inside]
posted by ADent at 5:20 PM PST - 31 comments

I wasn't expecting to have to prime this pump

Why does my iTunes have a delay on audio output unless it's "warmed up"? [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 5:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Two Weeks in Puerto Rico - Must See? Must Do? Must Eat? Must Buy?

My wife and I will (very soon!) be spending two weeks in Puerto Rico to celebrate our anniversary and my 30th birthday - Help us get the most out of our trip! [more inside]
posted by schwab at 4:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Was my grandmother calling me a cup of soup?

What was my Bubbe saying when she said "Teppeleh zoft"? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Manually installing Disqus on Tumblr

I am having trouble manually installing Disqus on my Tumblr. The theme is Lines. When I follow the suggestions on Disqus' site, it causes the "# comments" part to all show up on the most recent post, rather than one link next to each post. So right now there are three "0 comments" links next to my most recent post. I'm not very familiar with HTML, and each place I've tried to put the code hasn't fixed the problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Corduroy at 4:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Scanned stuff on new iPad?

How do scanned comics and PDFs look on the new iPad? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Facebook - business or personal?

Two Facebook accounts: one personal, one business. What are the risks? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 3:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Natural Gas Marketing - Where can I buy the worlds best training?

Please recommend to me a place to receive 'natural gas marketing' training. [more inside]
posted by anewnormal at 3:36 PM PST - 2 comments

You work on stringed instruments so you are a luthier...

What is your crafty job title? [more inside]
posted by rainperimeter at 2:25 PM PST - 30 comments

What to do in Billings, MT?

I'm headed to Billings, MT tomorrow for work, and have a couple of nights free. Where can I go/what can I do, to get away from the special hell of business travel that is hotels and chain restaurants? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Best wet cat food for an elderly cat?

Best wet cat food for an elderly (17yo) cat? Special snowflake issues inside. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 1:36 PM PST - 25 comments

from internship to a full time position?

[US work visa issue] starting as an (unpaid) internship for a month and moving on to a full-time position? [more inside]
posted by perkinite at 1:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I learn to talk GirlTalk?

Girl Talk is coming to town. I'm thinking of going. I'm not overly fond of a lot of modern rap, and it seems that is a common element in the samples he uses. Should I go to the show in spite of this, or will I generally end up being annoyed/disappointed by what he creates during his live set?
posted by hippybear at 1:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Japanese translation help

What is the conclusion of this short scientific article in Japanese (link to the PDF)? It's about the palatability of comfrey for cows, but I don't speak Japanese. All I'd like to know is: did the cows like it or not? (for the record, a common opinion is that the plant is too hairy and that cows don't like it unless it's dried or wilted). There's no abstract so the answer is probably in the last page. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 1:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Need VBA help to refresh and save worksheet.

Have Excel 2007. I would like to have a spreadsheet perform the following simple? tasks [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Just the stubble

How can I keep my facial hair regularly at "stubble" level? [more inside]
posted by minorcadence at 12:35 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the best (and easiest) way to sell my baseball card collection?

I have a few dozen cards from the 1950s-1980s that may have some value (even a few that are older), and I'm most interested in selling those without getting ripped off. Are consignment services like CheckOutMyCards.com a decent way to go? Do cards need to be professionally graded in order for someone to be interested? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 12:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Reality check on not caring and not knowing what to do?

I feel like something just snapped in my head. Alternatively I'm being a baby and a drama queen, but a tiny voice is telling me something isn't right and I need to ask for help. I'm not sure if the site is really for this, but I would really appreciate a reality check and for someone to tell me what to do now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 41 comments

Dear AskMefi...

Need advice on a high level meeting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Skin care for my face?

How do you care for your face? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:27 AM PST - 34 comments

How to help someone catch up on the soft skills he should have picked up growing up?

What can help someone learn the 'soft skills' of successful employment? I have a friend who is constantly putting up barriers to his own success, and i think that it might just be a matter of recognizing what he's doing and what to do differently. [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Restore My Blog Layout

I screwed up my (Blogger) blog settings and lost my layout. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:15 AM PST - 5 comments

All these jobs and I can't tell which one fits!

I have the degrees. Now where do I go to feel worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

You're not even on Facebook friend level

How to respond to out-of-the-blue "reconnecting" attempts from estranged family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 27 comments

no seriously, is this masters worth it?

Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Road Trippy!!

Road Trip (!!!) Filter: Show me a good time between Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. [more inside]
posted by mibo at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comment

How to best support a long-distance not-boyfriend who is dealing with PTSD?

How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Suggest a long weekend away from Baltimore

Seeking suggestions for a vacation in June within a four hour driving radius of Baltimore, MD. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Creating a daily event that moves ahead 5 minutes each day.

How do I create a daily calendar event that moves ahead 5 minutes each day? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 8:11 AM PST - 6 comments

How else is babby formed (SCIENCE)?

Have you had IVF? What do you wish you'd known before you started, and what do you regret doing or not doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Six mice scared one goose by stepping on it's two feet.

My son has become fascinated with non-standard plurals in English, and I need more examples to feed him. Can you think of more like: Foot --> Feet; Goose --> Geese; Mouse --> Mice. What I'm not looking for is inside: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:55 AM PST - 25 comments

This was easier in Skyrim.

I've lost a key to an old cabinet and I need to get it open, preferably without destroying anything. [more inside]
posted by metsauce at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Connect MP3 Player to In-dash Connectors

Is there a way to connect an MP3 player directly into the connectors inside the dashboard of my 2002 Hyundai Accent without having to install a radio? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525 at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I stick to my guns and break up?

I've determined that I need to get out of my current live-in romantic relationship. How do I stick to my guns and break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 29 comments

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Need sources on the media build-up to the premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 7:25 AM PST - 6 comments

iPad + digital projector = ?

IPad to to a digital projector... it doesn't seem to be working. Help! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 7:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a (non-scummy) medical malpractice attorney in NYC?

Recommend a (non-scummy) medical malpractice attorney in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Not Just About Forks!

Seeking English-language words that mean both a kitchen implement (knife, spoon, colander, pot…) and also a geomorphic or landscape feature (lake, river, mountain, bluff…) Sinks and cauldrons all qualify, but here my early ay-em ingenuity runs out!
posted by tabubilgirl at 7:02 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me fend off these SEO vampires

My boss wants to pay an SEO company more than he pays me! Help me convince him otherwise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Will my Fulbright grant be denied because of my ADHD?

I was selected for a 2012-13 Fulbright Core research grant, but I'm concerned about the medical clearance. Does my ADHD diagnosis mean I'll be denied clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Wear my ring around my neck?

I'm about to get married and can already anticipate times in which I will not want the ring on my hand (like when I'm whitewater kayaking, for fear of losing it), but I'll still want it with me. I'm thinking maybe I'll get a simple, sturdy necklace and a little clip of some kind. Any suggestions for said necklace and/or clip? Also will the stainless clip damage 18k gold?
posted by SampleSize at 6:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Trainspotting the 1950s.

In the United States of 1955, how would a passenger have traveled by rail from Seattle to New York City? Tell me all I need to know about rail travel in the fifties. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:33 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the song in this commercial?

Help me identify this song. I've tried searching by lyrics to no avail. YouTube link.
posted by danburzo at 4:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Recommended Books on why langauges are so different.

What are some recommended books for the general reader on why languages are so different. How come languages such as Thai, Mandarin, Hebrew or the Indo-European langauges have such hugely different alphabets, let alone such vast differences in pronunciation? Given that human societies share many common characteristics, how come we ended up speaking so differently from each other. As I say, I'd prefer books aimed at the general reader, rather than, say, linguistics specialists.
posted by vac2003 at 2:34 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you do when you achieve without trying?

How do people deal with 'success' they never sought, and with what we call 'talent' and 'intelligence'? [more inside]
posted by inkypinky at 1:38 AM PST - 19 comments

April 21

I think I'd be a great dog person. Am I nuts?

Very soon, after many years of waiting for the "right" time, I think I will FINALLY be in a situation where I can be a good dog owner and provide a pooch with a wonderful home. Help me make sure I'm not deluding myself. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 10:26 PM PST - 16 comments

Suggestions for coordinating wedding dresses in a two-bride wedding?

My lady friend and I just got engaged. We are both ladies, and both want to wear dresses for the wedding. I'm interested in suggestions for how we can choose wedding dresses that complement each other and will look nice together. [more inside]
posted by heisenberg at 8:34 PM PST - 28 comments

What advice to give to my fiance, who is in law school and in a bad place?

My fiance is not speaking to me. We are in a long-distance relationship. He is depressed, has ADHD, a probable gaming addiction, and not doing well in law school. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Help a high school junior get a social life

I am a high school junior who is growing unsatisfied with his social life. How can I meet people outside of school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 20 comments

Have you started a successful non-profit organization or worked for one?

Have you started a successful non-profit organization or worked for one? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 8:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Is the internet or reality more real?

Help me bridge the gap between the world as it seems through the internet and media vs. the world I go about in every day. [more inside]
posted by grokfest at 8:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Custom Engagement Ring and Necklace

Please recommend a Los Angeles jeweler to design my engagement ring! General questions about custom jewelry as well. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Organic chemistry reaction/reagent database for a student?

I'm studying for my organic chemistry I final exam and I'm looking for some sort of searchable database of reactions and reagents to help me solve problems. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

how to get a shower at Vienna Airport?

Can I get a shower on arrival at Vienna International Airport? [more inside]
posted by procrastinator_general at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Wall Street Journal Paywall

Wall Street Journal Paywall [more inside]
posted by KRS at 7:49 PM PST - 9 comments

help me find this movie about banned books

moviefilter question: a film from probably the 80's. it takes place at a medieval university, i believe. a new initiate is taken to a hidden room, where the monks/professors/whatever they are have kept copies of all the texts that have been banned by the church or the powers that be. any ideas?
posted by camdan at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find narrow water-friendly hiking sandals?

Please help me find some awesome men's water-friendly hiking sandals. Problem: narrow, low-volume feet! [more inside]
posted by introp at 7:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Honeymoon Destination

Upcoming Honeymoon: I want to give the future-wife a dream honeymoon (funds are limited as we're paying for the wedding and honeymoon ourselves). We had initially thought Europe, but apparently it cools off there in December?! After some digging, the future-wife wants to go somewhere we can just be catered to. An all-inclusive seems like the bet option. I am looking for anyone with first-hand experience at any all-inclusive resorts, specifically Excellence Playa Mujeres in Mexico. As a little disclaimer, we are foodies, and we both have walked along some pretty awesome beaches. We aren't vacation snobs, I just want to have an unforgettable honeymoon. Thanks for your help!!
posted by Stan Grossman at 6:55 PM PST - 8 comments

No, Firefox, Don't reload it!!!

How do I make Firefox not reload the page that made it crash? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a blog, podcast, or website that dissects songs.

Looking for a blog, podcast, or website that dissects songs. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Lost in the Technogym

Help me design a strength-training workout with this Technogym equipment. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Best introduction to Steven Pinker?

Whats the best Steven Pinker book to start with?
posted by TigerCrane at 4:48 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good birthday gift for a tween boy?

One of my friends' sons is turning 12. Help me find him a present. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 4:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Shady sales call? How can I tell?

Are they really discontinuing that service? [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick at 4:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Please help me make lids for these lidless jars

I love these small European-style yogurt jars. They have no lids. Please hope. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 4:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Cool brands/products for youth that are no longer cool?

Help me think of examples of brands/products that used to be cool, connected & sought after by youth (let's say 17-25) around the world, but have fallen out of favor. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit at 4:35 PM PST - 52 comments

Need help naming a polydactyl girl kitten

Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 4:11 PM PST - 52 comments

Wanting info on Sambo Lemons

I was given a few sambo lemons from a friend that lives in FL & grew them. She didn't have a lot of suggestions on how to use them or know much about them. I tried Google & Wiki & here & found little to nothing. They are large for a lemon & quite green when ripe. On the inside they resemble many citrus fruits- looks like an orange or grapefruit, in sections. But they have little to no juice- very dry, which I'm guessing is a normal attribute. It must be a very primitive citrus fruit. I'd like more info about this plant/ fruit & ideas on how to use them.
posted by Mimidae at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Who do I deal with an over-zealous teammate?

I am dealing with an over-zealous teammate. Advice? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I wait until my tooth infection clears before getting them extracted?

My two right wisdom teeth are infected and abscessed. I'm on 500mg of Amoxicillin three times a day. Should I wait until the infection clears before getting them extracted? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 3:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Supporting a family member through a bad break-up

How can I provide support to my sister-in-law/friend during a difficulty break-up, transition, and international move? Obviously, more complex details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Bloodthirsty cat leaves corpses strewn about neighborhood!

My cat is leaving her dead prey in our neighbor's front and back yards, and he doesn't like it. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 2:25 PM PST - 43 comments

Spartphone App Makers

Best online service for creating and submitting smartphone apps? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Southeast Asia travel suggestions

Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
posted by holyrood at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Active Duty vs. Reserves + Coping with Disappointment

US Marine Corps: Active Duty vs. Reserves: My partner wants to be an active duty Marine but his only option may be to join the reserves. Mefites, what is your expierence with active duty vs. reserves, and how can I help him cope with his disapointment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Two for one

What should I know about giving birth to/raising twins? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Should one roll EE bonds to a 529 plan or rebuy bonds for future education?

Estate planning and a large set of EE bonds. Should grandpa cash and rebuy bonds for grandson's college or roll them into 529 plan? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

My dogs have ruined the yard!

I'm looking for a place to buy flagstone or slate for my garden in North Brooklyn or Queens. [more inside]
posted by catrae at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Organize my "medicine" cabinet!

I'm looking for creative ideas for organizing a bathroom "medicine" cabinet. The depth of the shelves is only 3.5 inches. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 12:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Just like I don't want to read a book that's missing the last hundred pages...

Recommend me TV shows which were consistently good throughout their run and had a proper, satisfying ending. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 12:10 PM PST - 100 comments

The Kindle Fire or the Nook Color, what's the better tablet for cartoonists??

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 12:08 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help me ID these bugs.

I've noticed tiny black bugs in my living room over the last couple of weeks, and I need help IDing them. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 12:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me remember a book?

Help me locate a book I read when I was 10 or so? [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 11:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Yay fermented milk!

Is jar sterilization necessary when making fermented milk products like kefir and yogurt? [more inside]
posted by susanvance at 11:26 AM PST - 14 comments

It's a shipwreck. It's a job.

I'm a professional sound-gatherer and radio producer. I'd like to structure my next quick getaway around a functioning, active diaphone foghorn. But where the heck are they? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find new and fun ways of getting my students' attention

Calling all teachers, camp counselors, parents, educators, and others with related experiences: share your best call-and-response attention-getters! Most of mine have grown stale and I want to mix it up. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 11:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find the best pairings for a cup of smoky tomato soup

I am cooking a smoky, dark and delicious tomato soup for a friend of mine. Please suggest suitable savory side suggestions that don't involve bread or sugar - meat/cheese combos, odd things like dried figs/cheese, etc. [more inside]
posted by fake at 11:09 AM PST - 27 comments

Watching UFC in Toronto

Decent places to watch UFC 145 tonight in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 10:30 AM PST - 1 comment

Firefox address bar showing wrong address

Why does my address bar show the wrong address when I change tabs? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Dropped by a friend, now I need to respond and I am stuck on an emotional hamster wheel

I got lost in post-divorce crazytown when I was dropped by a friend. We are in our 40's but it feels like a teenage nightmare. Now he's checking in and I don't know how to respond! [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

how to punish a cat

Cat bit the crap out of wife. Is locking in garage for punishment productive? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 9:37 AM PST - 29 comments

My hair is driving me crazy

Please help me find an easy hairstyle that suits my face shape. [more inside]
posted by gone tharn at 8:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a POS for a small retail store

I'm working on opening a retail store. I've done some research on the different POS software systems available, but I want to know what works in the real world. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Blot, Please

Are there any good online police blotters for Long Island, NY that comes complete with accident photos?
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 7:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Adult sized pacifiers

I want to find a/some adult pacifiers. Except, I want them relatively inexpensive. Google-fu failing! [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

What dessert can I make with these restrictions?

I'm currently teaching a grade nine foods class, and I am looking for any suggestions for a dessert recipe other than cookies. I don't have any good ideas! Also, I have multiple limitations on what is possible to make with them. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly at 7:42 AM PST - 37 comments

For my own sanity/happiness I have to end a LTR, need help

For my own sanity/happiness I have to end a LTR, like TODAY - I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 67 comments

The day after the hacking...?

My website was hacked. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Taos on the Cheap

We're in Taos, NM with more free time than money. What are some fun things to do here that are free or cheap? (Any cheap eats suggestions also appreciated.)
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 5:50 AM PST - 12 comments

When laziness meets paranoia- the serrano ham version.

Is is okay to leave serrano ham slices wrapped in their wax paper but on the counter? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 5:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Earliest examples of Internet- and computer-based art?

What are the earliest examples of Internet-based art? Are they still online? Do they date all the way back to the 1960s when the Internet was founded? Are there earlier examples of computer-based art from before the advent of the Internet?
posted by mortaddams at 4:57 AM PST - 11 comments

We're Going To Need A Bigger... Kite

What is the best large parafoil stunt kite for big time family fun at the beach? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 4:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites?

Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
posted by valannc at 1:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Vintage images depicting the mind/brain/psychology?

Help me find a vintage image depicting the mind / the brain / psychology for my letterpress business cards. [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 12:57 AM PST - 6 comments

April 20

I'd like to be older when I die

I'm seriously thinking of never riding a bike again, having just had my second serious crash in just over a year - despite it being my default mode of transport since I was 12 years old. I don't really want to stop, but I also don't want to end up a vegetable or dead. What are some non-obvious defensive (bicycle) riding techniques for an experienced rider to start using? How do you force yourself to learn and use them after 20+ years of habit? [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 10:04 PM PST - 59 comments

Songs for a Better Future

What are the most comforting songs? I'm thinking along the lines of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds ('Every little thing/ is gonna be all right"). [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:25 PM PST - 90 comments

Carbon Cycle for Dummies

Calling all soil scientists: Could someone explain the carbon cycle diagram on this page to me like I'm a three year old? [more inside]
posted by stray at 9:16 PM PST - 9 comments

DIY Butter Fail

I just tried to make my own butter and it looks like it was a total fail. Please perform an autopsy with me! [more inside]
posted by scuza at 8:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Is my voice gone, or just severely out of practice?

I didn't sing for eight years, and now I basically can't. Is my voice gone, or just severely out of practice? I'm 22 and female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Temp home for our cat?

Do you have any ideas for temporary placement for our cat till we can get a new place that allows cats? no friends or family can help. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 4:48 PM PST - 9 comments


Surprise marriage proposal filter, askee edition: how did you handle it and what did you notice your spouse doing a lot of before he/she proposed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:39 PM PST - 25 comments

What are other songs like Orion?

What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
posted by tomwheeler at 3:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Hiring High Schoolers as Interns?

Let's say I wanted to hire a high school student for the summer as an intern (probably paid). What are the differences between this and dealing with college students? How does age affect things? Parents? Expectations? Etc. [more inside]
posted by chasing at 3:29 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with chronic pain?

How do you deal psychologically with chronic pain? Practical tips for daily living welcomed as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Let's go do this life thing. Because I suck at titles.

Let's go do this life thing. Point the way and boot me up the nethers, mefites. [more inside]
posted by Fen at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Large medical bill uncovered by insurance

I thought my medical procedures would be covered by my school's health insurance, but I was terribly wrong. Now I owe more than $4000. Please help me calm down and think about possible options. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 3:09 PM PST - 33 comments

Which video games used visual changes to signify a change in a visible item?

Can you tell me which games for either the NES, SNES, or Genesis (or their contemporaries) had the visual appearance of your character change logically when you got a new item? I'm not looking for something like Final Fantasy I, where the appearance changes due to an event, but you otherwise look the same, no matter which armor you have on; I'm looking for games like Metroid, where Samus's Power Suit and Varia Suit are different armors, and your character looks different as a result. Not looking for examples from later-gen systems such as Playstation onward, which seem much more likely to do this.
posted by Greg Nog at 2:57 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm going crazy.

In the past three weeks I've gone from working 23 hours a week to 53 hours a week, and having 2-3 days off a week to having maybe one day off every 3 weeks if I'm lucky. How do I handle the resulting stress? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

To work full time or not...

I currently work 20 hrs./week at a local nonprofit in field "XYZ." My husband works full time (8-6, usually), and we have a 2-year-old son who goes to my parents' house while I'm at work (3 days a week). However, yesterday I was contacted about a full-time job that's very appealing, and I don't know whether to pursue it. [more inside]
posted by trillian at 2:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Is a mortgage a useful stepping stone when trading one house for another?

Should I consider a mortgage when I want to sell my paid-off house and buy a new one, outright? [more inside]
posted by mantid at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

A year ago, I never thought that having two employers fight over me would be a bad thing...

I work for a non-profit. A personal friend of my boss is trying to poach me to a much better paying job in the private sector. What is the ethical way to navigate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I need to know for Twitter interviews?

I'm interviewing for a business role at Twitter next week - what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I making foreign earned income when I freelance in another country for U.S. firms?

If I do freelance work for U.S. companies while residing in a foreign country, is that considered "foreign earned income for IRS purposes? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a graphic design program that will automatically separate elements in an imported image so I can rearrange them?

Is there a graphic design program that will automatically separate elements in an imported image so I can rearrange them? [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find the best strange science fiction novels.

Help me find more speculative/science fiction novels like Geoff Ryman's The Child Garden and Michael Swanwick's Stations of the Tide! [more inside]
posted by overglow at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Green white noise

I run an oscillating fan in my room for large parts of the day for the white noise and the breeze. How much is this adding to my carbon footprint, and can I be more efficient about it? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

I'll date you AND give you $5,000,000! I just need a small down payment.

Have you run into any 401 scammers on OKcupid? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 1:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me pick Medical Insurance.

What factors should I consider when choosing Medical Insurance? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 1:23 PM PST - 23 comments

An old memory of color TV?

Color on a black and white TV? What?! (1950s filter). [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 1:21 PM PST - 17 comments

The Tea Party's greatest hits

What are the Tea Party's greatest hits? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm sorry, I can't recommend your product.

How do I politely tell a company that I didn't like their product and don't want to review it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 12:09 PM PST - 34 comments

Song that may or may not be titled "Novocaine"

Need the artist and song name of a song from Animal Planet's "American Stuffers" that has lyrics talking about "Novocaine" and is sung by a Carrie Underwood-type woman! Gah! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Medibooks? Quickhealth? Medical-billing accounting software for consumers?

*Consumer*-oriented medical billing accounting software? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

How I wish refrigerated shoes were a real thing.

My feet get really hot when I exercise. It's incredibly uncomfortable. What are the best shoes and socks for me? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 11:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Stickers for laptops

My company would like to get our logo printed onto custom decals, for distribution at an industry event. Caveat: these are for sticking onto laptops, so they're not allowed to be adversely affected by heat. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 10:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Being supportive, trying to get someone to express themselves.

How do I get my girlfriend to be brave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 37 comments

I don't drink. Ever. A cop says I blew .22. Now what?

I got pulled over and asked if I'd been drinking. I hadn't (I never drink, at all), and happily submitted to a breathalyzer... which the cop said read .22. (He did not let me see the numbers, tellingly.) So, now I have a court date. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Has Anyone Preferred The Words To The Music?

Settle A Couple's Fight: Has there ever seen a case , in a situation where the composer of the music and the writer of the words are separate people, the librettist is more famous and his contribution is popularly viewed as superior to the composer?
posted by The Whelk at 10:19 AM PST - 39 comments

Give me [a] back [to] my couch!

We have a dream... to rearrange our media room so that the couch is not against the wall. The problem? It's this sofa, and the cushions do fall off after a few minutes of relaxed sitting, despite being weighted. We considered putting a heavy piece of furniture behind it, but that's not ideal as it takes up all the wonderful space we are trying to get back. Can you help us add a back to our couch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 10:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to Kayak and Canoe in between Massachusetts and Delaware?

Where is a good place to go canoeing/kayaking on Memorial Day weekend in between Western Massachusetts and Delaware? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Entry level jobs for FEMA, the red cross or an ESL position in South America?

I want to travel, one way I have heard to do this is through organizations such as FEMA and the red cross. I am graduating with a Bachelors in English in 3 weeks and am 24 years old. There are no entry level jobs that I saw available on their websites, am I doing something wrong? Does anyone know where I can find entry level positions? I had thought about teaching English in a Spanish speaking country, does anyone know of some reputable programs for someone wish bare-bones Spanish knowledge looking to improve?
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 9:40 AM PST - 13 comments

If I don't know what the future looks like, how can I plan ahead?

Tools for visualizing the interim steps of long-term goals, when there's no established model for the long term goal? Longer description inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a good strong female mythic name!

Everyone loves to do it: help me name my new kitty! [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 9:10 AM PST - 44 comments

Artomatic Advice?

I'm going to be participating in my first Artomatic this year! Yay! I'm in the second group for site selection! Yay! Um...now what? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Poppins? Mary Poppins? Are you there?

We need a nanny/childcare in Seattle STAT! Help Seattle MeFites! [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Toddler behavior - throwing things but not out of anger - what to do?

My 16 month old son throws his cup or his food when he no longer wants it. Not emotional, not a tantrum, definitely willful. The boy looks us straight in the eye and throws. He doesn't seem to respond to a harsh "No!" or the more empathetic, gentle "we set our cup down nicely" approach. I am assuming this is pretty standard kid behavior, but is there anyway to curtail this behavior in a kind, constructive and effective manner? He is pretty happy, easy going little guy, right now.
posted by flesti at 9:00 AM PST - 32 comments

Ideas for hosting a very merry birthday party.

I'm looking for ideas to host a great Alice in Wonderland-themed potluck golden 30th birthday party. [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Interesting under-15-minute podcasts?

Over the past few years, despite my Luddite sympathies, I've become a devoted podcast listener. I recently dropped a couple that I wasn't enjoying as much as I once had, but I'd like to see if there's maybe one more I could squeeze in. Any suggestions for interesting 10-15 minute podcasts? [more inside]
posted by jhandey at 8:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Remote Management

How do I win friends and influence people when I don't know what they look like? My new job requires me to manage client projects remotely. Most of my time with clients is spent either in conference calls, one-on-one phone calls, or communicating through email and Basecamp. I usually have no idea what these people look like. As a project manager I need to keep the client moving towards the finish line by making decisions quickly and getting things done on time. My question is two fold: 1) How do I motivate and influence a team that works for another organization?, and 2) How do I best do this being remote? I am looking for techniques and tools that will help me be an effective, remote, 3rd party project manager. If it matters I work for a Software as a Service company. My clients are implementing our software on their websites. The client may or may not have a dedicated project manager. Help me drive things forward!
posted by jasondigitized at 8:33 AM PST - 16 comments

WLTM laptop for days of CS5 and evenings of Skyrim <$1000

My 8 year old Dell 8600c laptop while still working, no longer has a screen and so is retired to desk work only tethered to an external monitor. Now I need a laptop that I can move around again that'll play nice with Adobe CS5, run some decent games, and will cost no more than $1000. [more inside]
posted by merocet at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Which cell phone should I choose?

I'm switching my cell phone service from Bell to Koodo. I'd like a smartphone but I've never had one before. Which phone should I get? [more inside]
posted by kyla at 8:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Good Hip Hop songs that sound like they are running on a higher RPM?

What are some hip hop songs/albums/artists that use the sped-up RPM voices (like the Chimpmunk's sound) and/or horn samples well in their songs? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 7:23 AM PST - 26 comments

How to stop negative feeling regarding life status

How to feel less isolated and being single, over 30 and female and an individual that doesn't fit the norm? [more inside]
posted by Soundgirl at 7:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Hot sauce recipes sought. All kinds. That is all. Thank you.

Hot sauce recipes sought. All kinds. That is all. Thank you.
posted by beshtya at 7:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Winter boots that will last 20 years

Please help me find winter boots that will last for 20 years. My old pair of boots, that I've owned since high school, finally broke this March after 20 Minnesota winters (the rubber cracked). I want new warm and waterproof boots that will last me at least as long as the last pair. Are there particular brands, models, or features I should look for? [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 6:33 AM PST - 18 comments

How to plan a trip to Paris

I'm planning a trip to Paris from Boston for my family (wife, 3 girls 13, 11, 9) sometime over the summer. I don't know what I'm doing. How do I find the least expensive flights? Are there tricks to knowing when to leave and return? e.g. are there travel days that get better rates; leave on a Wednesday and return on Monday for cheapest flights? What's the minimum number of days we should stay to make it worth the trip? I was thinking 5-6 days. Is July better than August in Paris? Do you have a favorite place to stay while in Paris? hotel? b&b? youth hostel? Thank you!
posted by GernBlandston at 5:49 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 4:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Tuna water

My friend's uncle claims that he lives solely on "tuna water", cold water blended with tinned tuna. He adds he flavours it with Kool-Aid. Would flavoured tuna water sustain human life? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 4:04 AM PST - 25 comments

How bad is it for you to sleep with the light on ?

How bad is sleeping with the light on? I have checked google! - more inside. [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde at 3:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Best way to replace borrowed tool?

How should I handle the reimbursement/replacement of a tool I borrowed from a friendly neighbor then broke. [more inside]
posted by Ommcc at 1:36 AM PST - 29 comments

Travel alarm clock that also will charge a USB device

DoesThisExistFilter: Is there such a thing as a small, loud travel alarm clock that also will charge a device/provide current through a USB port? The user needs a louder alarm than provided by his cell phone (he often sleeps with ear plugs), and it would be nice to charge the phone at the same time. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 1:02 AM PST - 6 comments

new home expenses that aren't the house itself

Buying a tax auction house: how much money do I need to set aside for other immediate expenses? Is there anything else I should know? [more inside]
posted by lover at 12:43 AM PST - 8 comments

April 19

Need to reign in recycling chaos!

Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me with a dating situation, and also dating in general!!

I am looking for advice on a specific situation, but general comments are welcomed too. The situation is as follows: I went out with a guy (I'm a girl) a couple of days ago and it went really really well. I am fairly sure it was a date, because he bought drinks, put his hand on my waist, and we sort of kissed a little bit but not really. We went out again tonight, and we had a good time. But at the end, he hugged me like he would a bro. We also each paid for our own meal, which I had planned on doing anyway, but my friends always tell me that's one of the ways to tell if it was a date or just hanging out. I am really confused about what just happened. Anyone has ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Why am I such a poor conversationalist, and how to improve?

Why do I repeat myself instead of explaining or describing what I mean in real-life conversation? When people have acknowledged my statement, why do I keep going with it at all, much less repeat almost the exact same phrasing? Why do I have so much trouble maintaining continuity in a topic? I am a dreadful conversationalist- this must be really irritating to others, but half the time I don't even realize that I'm doing it. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 8:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Help TV me please: new TV, antenna, and old stereo?

What TV and digital antenna do I buy? Please drag me kicking and screaming into the semi-modern era of television viewing. I want to watch TV, not pay for cable and have the sound travel through my vintage stereo. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 8:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Was Rosa Parks asked to move back, or stand?

Was Rosa Park's bus full, or were just the white seats full? Was she asked to stand, or move to the back of the bus? [more inside]
posted by antiquark at 7:55 PM PST - 17 comments

If I had written this down in my journal I would not be having this problem.

I'm looking for a journal I've seen that is a series of random and strange questions that you answer. [more inside]
posted by danielle the bee at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Testing, testing?

I'm getting ready to take my comps in less than two weeks. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you name something German?

There's a German, or Austrian comedian that goes around the US in public places dense with pedestrians and asks questions (mock interview style) about Germany, while playing up a euro-german sort of archetype. I have searched to no avail, if anyone could link or send a name it would very appreciated. And, it is so funny if I don't see it I will die. Thanks!
posted by four panels at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Putting My Foot Down

How do I pick a new bank/credit union and go about switching? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 7:07 PM PST - 19 comments

Why don't African violets propagate "true"?

Why do African violets not propagate "true," in regards to color patterns? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 6:15 PM PST - 1 comment

Recommend me a cheap printer I can take with me on a 6-week trip

Recommend me a cheap printer I can take with me on a 6-week trip. [more inside]
posted by skwt at 6:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help with Being a Healthy and Honest Individual, after Trauma

Having grown up in an abusive home where every move of mine was watched and controlled like a hawk, and I had to anticipate reactions in order to survive, I ended up molding many of my desires around those anticipated reactions. So now, as an adult of advancing age, how do I learn to know what I want, and act on those desires with honesty and integrity? What are some steps I can actually take? Books I can read? Simple thoughts to repeat to myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 PM PST - 27 comments

How do motorcyclists and cyclists around the world greet each other?

What kinds of different greetings do motorcyclists and cyclists in different parts of the world have for each other when they pass on the road? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Fl(ask) Metafilter.

Can any MeFites point me towards a (preferably under-$20) flask that is funky or memorable in some way? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 5:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me disappear!

How to erase all traces of me on my work computer? [more inside]
posted by lulu68 at 5:16 PM PST - 14 comments

All I ask is an email, damn it!

For those of you who don't contact your SO every day - and for those of you who got used to a SO who goes radio silent: Help! I'd love some perspective. [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet at 5:11 PM PST - 51 comments

Can't find this video again. Argggh. (help?)

Can you help me find this video/clip? I watched it at the office maybe 3 weeks ago and didn't bookmark it. It was actually a clip from a TV show (I think) and several of the commenters commented on the fact they rarely watch the show, but always love the clips of the skits on the web. This particular skit was about "Gadget Overload" (my words) where everything was going off at once. You can imagine: They were updating Facebook while an iPhone message was coming in and the Twitter write box was flashing. I can't even remember if it was animated or live-action(!) But it encapsulated the iBarrage beautifully. As always, thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme at 5:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Help the stats-challenged understand an odds ratio

Statistics make my head go wobbly. But I need to understand something about odds ratios. Actually, I don't need to understand -- I just need to make sure I'm not screwing up this particular figure. Please help! [more inside]
posted by neroli at 5:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Mixed marriages

What are your strategies for maintaining sanity in relationships where one person is much more organized/a planner than the other -- from the perspective of the more disorganized partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:47 PM PST - 23 comments

The $12 Cup of Coffee

When I got my coffee, I'm completely sure I handed the guy a twenty (pulled it out of the ATM last night). The change he gave me was $10 short. I told him, he counted the money in the register, it was short, and I didn't get my money. Is there something I should have done that I didn't do? [more inside]
posted by vathek at 4:41 PM PST - 33 comments

Trip to DC

I'm planning a trip to DC in June and wondering what areas are safe & not so safe? Also hotels are very expensive so can anyone suggest a hotel (staying a week) in or around DC that is convenient to the Metro and again a safe area and not so expensive as to dry out your bank account? Any tips about DC in general?
posted by irish01 at 4:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Lie to me. Actually, lie to my friend, over here...

I started becoming pen pals with someone online and now they're coming to visit! BUT they're traveling partner is wary of people met online and wouldn't be happy about hanging out with me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat at 3:41 PM PST - 95 comments

Need help from SO during a stressful time

Having a very stressful time lately, and not sure how to ask for help from the SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 20 comments

My girlfriend might have lost her insurance, and we need help.

AskMe: we need help. My girlfriend just found out that her health insurance was terminated for non-payment (she thought she had paid it, and when I get home this evening we'll double-check our accounts to see what happened.) Whether the error was hers or the insurance company's, the company has stated that it'll take them 10-14 days to know whether or not they can reinstate the plan regardless. She has a pre-existing condition (ADHD), so consistent coverage is very important - and Ms. MP is starting to freak out. What's our next move, and how do we get through this? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP at 3:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find detailed info on how locks work?

I'm looking for reputable articles on how locks(ie. tumbler locks, pin locks, ect) work. I have to write a 5-page paper on the physics of locks for a class but I'm having trouble finding articles other than just Wikipedia explanations. I need a few sources Wikipedia besides that because this is a college course. Any suggestions?
posted by kitsully at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

What's my recourse for a car repair job that went south?

What's my recourse, if any, for a car repair job that went south? [more inside]
posted by ziggly at 2:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Case (like iPad) for a Asus Transformer Prime

I'm trying to find a slim case for Asus Transfomer Prime. Slimmer the better. I really like the iPad2 case. Silicon material like iPad case is preferred over leather. This would be ideal, but the reviews are not that good. Thanks.
posted by WizKid at 2:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Life Insurance for Stoners?

I want to get some life insurance. But, I like to smoke the marijuana from time to time. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 2:01 PM PST - 11 comments


After reading about Starbucks' use of crushed insects for use as food dye, I'd like to know what other food products contain intentionally hidden animal or insect parts. For instance, refined sugar is passed through a cow-bone charcoal filter. Is there a vegan guide that details all of these products? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 1:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Seeking two-device iOS turn-based games.

I'm in the front passenger seat with my iPhone. My six year old son is in the back seat with an iPad. What turn-based games can we play, each using our own device. The iPad does not have an Internet connection. [more inside]
posted by alms at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Repurposing Comcast cable box

Can I use an old Comcast digital cable box as a digital converter box to connect an antenna to an old analog TV? If not, is there anything interesting I can do with it beyond ebay?
posted by pilibeen at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Steeper climbs, more intervals, or faster pace for century cycling training?

I'm signed up to do a century, a 100-mile bicycle ride, in a little over four weeks. Given the training that I've been doing, what are the best specific things I can do in the next month to get stronger and faster? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Roaming in the gloaming

I'm planning a holiday in Scotland this August with a friend. We'd like to incorporate a few days (anything up to a week) of walking. Ideally, we'd like to go on a guided walk organised by a tour company - the kind where you stay in B&Bs/guest houses each night and the tour company organises transportation of your luggage during the day. The level of walking should be of the easy-to-moderate rather than super-challenging: the goal is to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape rather than undertake a strenuous physical challenge. I've googled tour companies that offer this kind of thing, but I was wondering if any mefites have specific recommendations for UK-based tour companies offering this kind of holiday? Or any particular advice?
posted by meronym at 12:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Where should we go in Japan (~ central Honshu) to get out of the city and do some hiking?

Where do you recommend to get out of the cities and see some nature/countryside in Japan? We'd love to hike, and spend some time soaking in outdoor hot springs. We've looked at the Japanese Alps as well as the area around Hakone, but we're having trouble sorting through the options, and a bit nervous about the guidebook references to "hoards of day-trippers." Help us focus? Any recommendations for towns, specific hiking trails or hotels? [more inside]
posted by copacetic at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

No mana burn? Wat!? Kids these days...

Magic the Gathering filter: so, I no longer play, but I just learned that mana burn was eliminated in 2010 and my curiosity was piqued: specifically with regard to vintage format, what (if anything) has gotten better/is actually getting played because of this change that was not getting played much before ?
posted by juv3nal at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me organize a library with lots of unbound materials

I'm helping a tiny non-profit to organize their materials into a library. How should I deal with all the unbound print materials, such as print-offs of journal articles, maps, posters, and so forth? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 12:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Playing catch-up with pregnancy screening

She's 14 weeks pregnant and happy about it. So far, the only test she's had is a pregnancy test. What did she miss? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:00 PM PST - 29 comments

Where can I get classic Marvel comics on newsprint, in colour?

I'd like to read some great old Marvel comics. The only reprinted compilations that I've seen in bookstores are the Essentials, which are in black and white (when the whole point is how colourful they are), and the Masterpiece series, which are expensive, and the colours don't look right when printed on the shiny paper. Is there any way to get reprints in colour on newsprint? I know there was at one point, since I first encountered the Fantastic Four in Archie's-double-digest-like format.
posted by poetcop at 11:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Question about motion sickness and weed

Is it normal that I feel the same unpleasant effects after smoking weed for the first time as I do when I get motion sick? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 10:54 AM PST - 18 comments

Are the odds (ever) in my favor in this raffle?

Are the odds in this raffle significantly better than last year? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 10:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Can this computer be saved?

Can this laptop be saved? What are my options for getting it looked at cheaply/getting a replacement cheaply? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 10:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Where is a good place to star gaze the night of May 20 around Sonoma, CA?

Where is a good place to star gaze the night of May 20 around Sonoma, CA? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Marketing Plan

Existing Corporate Marketing Plans [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 10:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Backpacking in Central America -- what do I take and how do I pack it?

Backpacking in Central and South America -- What do I bring? [more inside]
posted by empath at 10:10 AM PST - 30 comments

If she moved out in the middle of the night, that would be fine, too

My roommate gave me notice that she was moving out on May 1. Now she says she's staying until the end of her lease. But we don't have a lease! This is in NYC. [more inside]
posted by mgar at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Laid off with no termination date.

I've recently found out via public notice that the company I work for is closing, but I don't know when. The boss hasn't said anything to my colleagues or me. How do I approach him? [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

My baby is safe but keeps giving me nightmares.

Every night I dream my newborn baby is in bed with me and is in danger of being crushed or suffocated in the blankets. How do I stop these awful dreams? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:52 AM PST - 22 comments

How do non-profits deal with fraudulent donations?

I'm the volunteer web developer for a local non-profit and we're having a problem with our donation page. It's the problem described in this article and this article - what's happening is that credit card thieves are using our donation page to validate stolen credit cards. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

shaving off the time sinks

I am trying to find more time in my life, and am looking for tools and strategies to minimize the time I spend on the internet without totally disconnecting. [more inside]
posted by Theta States at 9:08 AM PST - 7 comments

I googled this first. Honestly, I did.

I have finally gotten my iTunes library in good working order, including the album art. However, when I transfer songs to my iPhone, the album art is missing. If you have successfully remedied this situation, I'd love to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

The best iPod Touch games where you make progress

Looking for top notch, detailed but fun games to play on an iPod Touch. Games like Tower Defense (Lost Earth) or the Angry Birds series, where you can make progress and pick up from where you left off. Not games like Temple Run/Jetpack Joyride/Robot Unicorn Attack where you start from scratch every time (even if you do get upgrades or badges). I am not really interested in Plants vs Zombies or Tiny Wings for whatever reason.
posted by cashman at 8:59 AM PST - 35 comments

Please help me get this job!

I have a job interview tomorrow for a disability support worker position. The job entails assisting people with disabilities to participate in various recreational activities. I REALLY want to get this job, any tips, especially tips relevant to this field? (with which I don't yet have experience - some snowflakiness within) [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

You got your social media in my Pictionary.

Casual/addictive doodle game Draw Something updated earlier today. Now it's not letting me log in without giving it permission to post things on my Facebook (which I very much Do Not Want). Is there any way I can disable or otherwise get around this new "feature" without resetting my account, or is my glorious 49 turn record doomed forever?
posted by fight or flight at 8:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for part-time nail tech program in NYC

I'm looking for a part-time nail technician program in NYC to learn more about doing manicures and pedicures. I don't know yet if I want to give it all up and become a nail tech, so advice/good things to know/don't do it types of feedback is welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 8:33 AM PST - 2 comments

political lesbianism

Where online can I read about political lesbianism? For it, critical of it, history of it, arguments about it are all ok.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Go I Know Not Whither and Fetch I Know Not What

What are some good books about/based on Slavic mythology and folk tales? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:09 AM PST - 10 comments

How to Deal With Someone's Clinical Depression

After I blew it, how do I now help a clinically depressed good friend who prematurely ended treatment that was working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me knock myself out

Help me get over my irrational fear of sleep medication. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Half of dinnertime conversation is about brands. Or is it?

Help me find the statistic, the radio program on which I first heard it, or the source of the unsettling claim that 50% of family conversations are about corporations/brands/companies. [more inside]
posted by andromache at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in Prague

What should I do in/near Prague this weekend? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Block websites as non-adminstrator?

How do I block websites without administrator rights? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Stickers on Demand

I am a procrastinator and now I am up against a gift-giving deadline (Saturday!) with no time for shipping. For reasons I won't get into here, its really important that I can include custom stickers (small squarish ones like 2x2 or label size; dimensions are not so important). I thought it would be easy to have them made at Walmart or a drugstore but it looks like those places will only ship them to you, not print them in the store. If I have to, I can buy sticker paper and print them myself but the quality of my home printer is not great. Are there any obvious choices I am overlooking?
posted by halseyaa at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me pick a convention table runner?

Have you ever bought a table runner or table cover for a convention-type table? Need some advice/recommendations. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 7:36 AM PST - 1 comment

How to print a webpage with additional image

Is there a way to add an image to a web page just for printing purposes? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Voting early, but how often?

In a meeting, not an election, how many times can an absentee ballot be used on the same issue? [more inside]
posted by donpardo at 7:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Frailty, thigh name is...

Why the heck am I always rubbing the thighs out of my pants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 38 comments

Want to find out the name of a story I have forgotten

I am trying to find a short sci-fi story but cannot recall either the writer or the title. The story is about a spaceship marooned on a hostile ice planet where they are constantly under siege from the indigenous race there - not described. The people undertake a genetic development programme to alter themselves and their offspring to cope with the outside environment and be more hostile, stronger and savage than the indigenous population. The denouement of the story is the leader telling the last generation of people there that the children are ready to leave .... and that is all I can remember. Can anybody give me any clues or even the name of the story? Kevin
posted by hruntlefoot at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Would you eat this thing?

I purchased a two-pack of turkey soup. The soup is vacuum sealed in an airless plastic pouch. I accidentally left one unopened pouch out of the refrigerator for 12 hours in 70+ degree house. Still good?
posted by jsturgill at 6:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Do you think Art History is a good degree?

I am thinking about majoring in Art History, and would like to know from others that have obtained a bachelors in this area if it was worth it to them? [more inside]
posted by Lillian7 at 6:35 AM PST - 42 comments

How do I help my friend fight their depression on this?

Do you have any experience with clinical depression, or of being close to someone suffering clinical depression? Help me find the right thing to say to my friend. [more inside]
posted by harujion at 6:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommend fantasy novels

I want to read some more great fantasy novels and want your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 6:14 AM PST - 50 comments

It's what's outside that counts

Tell me more about the design of alcohol and perfume bottles? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 6:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help with ideas on how my kitty Pookie was so sick I had to put him to sleep. :(

Calling all Drs, Veterinarians and people of medicinal backgrounds, please input on diagnosis for these symptoms that were found wrong with my cat. [more inside]
posted by shekittymeows at 5:58 AM PST - 9 comments

That's not as relatively inexpensive as I'd like.

BoingBoing posted two recommendations for "good, relatively inexpensive [turntables]...Music Hall's MMF 2.2LE and the Pro-Ject Debut III". They're $499 and $389 respectively. What models would give 80 per cent of the bang for 20 per cent of the buck? I'm a listener, not a DJ.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Help! I'm going to be hit with an enormous number of visitors and my iWeb website makes dumb .png decisions!

Is there any way to make iWeb name my image files something other than shapeimage_1.png, shapeimage_2.png, etc? Alternately, is there any way to make iWeb reuse images instead of reloading a copy of each image for every page it's on? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 2:49 AM PST - 4 comments

How to learn to cook in 3 months

Due to my mother's mental health, I was never taught to cook, and now I want to learn. However, the following complicates things... [more inside]
posted by glache at 2:32 AM PST - 54 comments

April 18

This is more or less the first apartment I've had, so I'm figuring things out...

I want to tell my landlord that I won't be paying any rent this upcoming month, and that he should apply my security deposit to the rent instead. Would this be a wise move? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 11:38 PM PST - 44 comments

Okay, can I throw it out now?

I bought a box of dried gnocchi today. The cooking instructions on the box have the normal steps: boil water, remove the gnocchi from the package and put it into the water, wait a few minutes. But the last step says "Drain in a colander, reserving some pasta water, and serve with your favorite [brand name] sauce". There are no further directions. Why the heck are they telling me to reserve the water?
posted by aubilenon at 11:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Quirky, intelligent, well made comedies

Movie recommendations - I really liked the movies Kung Fu Hustle and Delhi Belly. What other movies are similar to those two? [more inside]
posted by gt2 at 11:10 PM PST - 8 comments

What was that awesome show about the history of physics in the late 80s?

There was a great series about the history of physics on PBS in the late 80s. It featured a combination of very clear explanations of each of the fundamental equations in physics throughout history presented by a very calm, level voiced (almost reverent) narrator and accompanied by fantastic very BBS Hitchhiker's Guide style animation. What was this show? And where can I find it now? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Becoming a PT

How happy are physical therapists/occupational therapists? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 9:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Groovy battery operated boombox?

Best battery operated boombox [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Yeah yeah yeah, the high road, right

If you could go to one other city in Ireland besides Dublin for two days, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 8:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find the correct software package!

What is a good free (or free trial) animation software I can download for a project at work? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 8:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me make a connection

Take a look at my flight plan, will I make my connecting flight? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 7:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Vagina or Niagara?

Today I learned the average volume of menses produced during one menstrual period. This led me to realize my periods are abnormally heavy. I'm not anemic. Are there other things I should be worried about? [more inside]
posted by Hey nonny nonny mouse at 6:57 PM PST - 18 comments

I've stumbled into a fairly successful business. What's next?

How to be the best digital content consulting guy I can be: taxes, subcontracting, incorporation, fees, etc. Your thoughts on freelancing business stuff? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 6:42 PM PST - 2 comments


Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 6:26 PM PST - 22 comments


For the love of God how do I get my foscam ip camera to work over the internet via my airport extreme? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I connect my laptop to my speakers wirelessly?

Are there any simple wireless audio adapters that plug directly into 1/8" (or 1/4") audio jacks on a laptop or other mobile device? Perhaps bluetooth or some sort? [more inside]
posted by Kolath at 5:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I bring a date to my friend's wedding?

I just received a wedding invitation to a friend's wedding. The invitation itself was addressed to me only. In the RSVP, there are two blanks... one where I'm to fill in my name, and another labeled "Number attending". I'm not sure if this means I'm allowed to bring a date or not. [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 5:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Big E! I think. And then it gets blurry.

Question about the eye exam necessary to get a Pennsylvania drivers license. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Longevity Robe?

Robe found in a thrift store with a label that says "Longevity" and "Hangzhou China" along with Chinese characters I cannot translate - Can anyone help me find more information about it? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 5:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Midwestern recombinant cuisine, Ashkenazi-style?

Does anyone know of any recipes (casseroles? soups? sandwiches?) that feature gefilte fish as an ingredient? Through no fault of my own, I find myself the slightly bewildered owner of 12 pounds of gefilte fish in eight individually sealed jars. I need to eat them all in the next six weeks. Google has failed me, and apparently the famous Midwestern recombinant cuisine does not extend to gefilte fish.
posted by d. z. wang at 5:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Best job for a 19yr old male?

Best job for a 19yr old male? (Turning 20 in August) [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV at 4:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Help us efficiently schedule presenters for a conference.

How can we efficiently schedule presenters for a conference? [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 4:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you recommend a warm, breathable blanket?

I'm looking for a (1) warm, (2) breathable, and if possible (3) heavy-as-in-weight blanket. What kind of blanket do I want, and do you have specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 4:23 PM PST - 17 comments

~Specific~ symptoms of ADHD?

What are some less generic, more specific symptoms of ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 4:19 PM PST - 37 comments

Best of Bollywood instrumentals

Bollywood filter: I'm looking for a CD of "greatest hits" or classic songs from Bollywood films. Slightly complicating factor: I just want the instrumentals, no vocals. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Trashy Tattoo 4 U

Help me gather a collection of sketchy/trashy skull tattoo pics. [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 4:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Critique my profile?

Disregarding anything weird on my part in my OKCupid messages: what criticisms or observations do you have of my profile and pictures that might be able to explain my response rate? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 3:59 PM PST - 57 comments

Is my metabolism really this sluggish?

Does the Nike Fuel Band calculate total calories burned or calories over basal metabolic rate? I have a hard time believing that, at 6:44 PM, I have only burned 376 calories since 12 AM. [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 3:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Charting Seas of Data

What examples are out there on the web of interactive charts with thousands of data points that can be scrolled through smoothly with little interruption or skipping? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I need to know before I sell my house in Brisbane?

I'm looking to rent or sell my house in Brisbane, Australia, and am after resources on real estate and financial and tax implications. [more inside]
posted by jjderooy at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Do they make real estate agents who AREN'T jerks?

I'm looking for a real estate agent in Westchester/Putnam county NY who would be truly helpful to someone shopping in the bottom of the housing market. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick a new phone.

Long time AT&T iPhone user. Switching to Verizon. Help me wade through the sea of non-iOS smartphones. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 3:07 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I make vegan desserts less terrible for me?

I'm looking for recipes for vegan dessert-type things (cookies, brownies/bars, maybe some delicious muffins or breads) that are low(er) in sugar, fat, and calories. [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 3:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Come to my house! Buy my stuff! And, uh, don't rob me.

I am helping my mother sell several large pieces of furniture prior to her moving, and would like to set up timeframes for people to view/purchase said pieces at her home. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Aging punk needs arch support

Low profile, lots of arch support? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 2:47 PM PST - 6 comments

epub poetry fix

Is there a way to cut white space out of the margins of purchased epubs? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 2:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Excel keeps unreferring my references

Excel 2010 query using data from MS Access: refreshing the query screws with my cell references. Help me make it stop. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

How does the shuttle hang on to its carrier plane?

How is the space shuttle actually attached to its carrier plane? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I etchasketch my education history?

What happens if I apply to a 4 year university without disclosing my short stints at community colleges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Camera for student going to China

My little pumpkin will be studying abroad in China this Summer. What is a good small camera that we can get for her without spending more than $200?
posted by sandra194 at 2:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find interactive weather graphs similar to the one on my favorite Android widget.

Are there other weather apps or websites that have the same interactive graph interface as my favorite Android weather widget? [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Once, twice, three times, maybe

I have been married, my marriage didn't work out. Please share the unique and unexpected concerns you encountered in your second or subsequent marriage(s). [more inside]
posted by Passillododorconquail Buttonquivorybidododorbacon at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

LGBT bars north of Cincinnati

Asking for my girlfriend, who is travelling in a north Cincinnati suburb and looking for a LGBT-friendly bar tonight. She's staying in West Chester and looking for something closer than the Northside neighborhood. She has a car, but doesn't want to drive "too far". Not looking for a hookup (no meat-markets), more just a place with friendly people where she can get a nice drink and chat/make friends.
posted by JJtheJetPlane at 1:49 PM PST - 6 comments

DVT into PE

DVT developing into PE: % chance? What would happen? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 1:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Ask for letters now or later?

PhD program letters of recommendation quandary: Ask now when I'm not sure I'll apply to a program next year but when my profs still remember me, or later when I know for sure but (possibly) a year or three have passed? [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What style is this top and where can I find it?

Women's clothes: What style is this top and where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Pie, on a deadline!

Last-minute pie baking ideas needed! [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue at 1:02 PM PST - 20 comments

I ain't got time for little piggies.

Picture it: Brock "The Python" McMacho, three-time MMA middle-weight champion, retired Navy SEAL and two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, blearily stumbles to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He stubs his toe. Does it hurt? Does it hurt as much as it would hurt me, a big softie? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:44 PM PST - 21 comments

Did MetaFilter Invent "Plo Chops"?

Did the term "plo chops" originate on MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do some people fail after early success

Two questions: What are some tech or science discoveries that quickly became outdated? Two: What are some of the stories of early tech innovators whose genius flamed out quickly? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 12:21 PM PST - 35 comments

Seeking info on iconic 1920s streetlights installed in São Paulo by a Canadian company

Looking for info on iconic 20s-era streetlights installed in São Paulo by a Canadian company. Was this model used in Canada too? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 12:16 PM PST - 0 comments

You don't know what you've got til it's gone. Gmail, I'm looking at you!

I hate the new GMail and have finally been forced to upgrade. How can I force the new interface to be less hate-worthy? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 12:06 PM PST - 39 comments

How to teach webinar presentation skills?

What are some effective (& cheap) ways to teach someone how to be a great webinar presenter? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz at 12:01 PM PST - 2 comments

How to find interactive software jobs in Chicago?

How do talented but isolated creative snowflakes jobhunt from the UK? Two indie game folks seek new life in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by menialjoy at 12:01 PM PST - 2 comments

BespokePost.com for a woman...

Looking for anniversary present, what are some sites like BespokePost.com that would be good for a woman? [more inside]
posted by petethered at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Vegetarian cookbooks?

I'd like to suggestions for 1-2 interesting (not necessarily exhaustive) cookbooks that feature vegetables/beans prominently with gorgeous photography that I can work through this summer and next year. [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 11:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Brain Probe Causing Actions, & Falsely Thinking It Was Free Will

I'm looking for videos of people having their brain probed by a brain surgeon, causing them do or say things, but where they invent "reasons" for why they did or said those things, falsely believing they acted out of free will. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

This Will Probably Be Harder Than Pajama Pants

What are good pattern resources for sewing a basic, A-line dress? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

help me strengthen my core and track my workouts.

So I'm getting old and finally joined a gym. Now I need suggestions for some workouts and maybe an android ap for tracking said workouts. [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 11:27 AM PST - 7 comments

CD conversion help plz

What's the latest and greatest for ripping cds? Mac and PC answers both greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Phredward at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Mama bear's bed was tooooo soft.

Is there any hope for a too soft mattress? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Overcoming shame after quitting a job

I quit a job without notice more than a year ago, and I still haven't fully recovered. Please help me overcome my shame and move on with my life. [more inside]
posted by constellations at 11:13 AM PST - 31 comments

Fodder On My Wings

Where can I find a large (or any size) print of this painting of Nina Simone by Gabriel Jarnier? It appeared on the cover of Simone's album "Fodder On My Wings."
posted by hermitosis at 10:56 AM PST - 1 comment

PDF text recognition

What is the quickest way to digitally black out the social security numbers in 100s of PDFs? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Can love actually solve our disputes?

How can the virgin get over not being the first for her partner? [more inside]
posted by sunogenous at 10:42 AM PST - 17 comments

creative therapy exercises in photography or video?

Creative therapy resources filter: I'm looking for creative therapy exercises in the areas of photography (taking pictures, not using photographs) or video, though not in art therapy, which is what I'm mostly finding. I'd especially love exercises geared to self help. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I walk away?

My partner of three years confessed to me this morning that he misses his ex. While the logical part of my brain understands that everyone is entitled to their feelings, some of the other things I learned are bothering me and I'm unsure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I deal with college reunions?

How do I deal with reunions? How do I best answer the “what happened to you” and related questions? I have also recently dealt with depression and some other medical issues. Do I mention any of this? How truthful should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Perfect picnic in new jersey

Please help me plan the perfect anniversary picnic! Looking for lovely secluded locations in central jersey/bucks county/nj shore area to have a romantic afternoon. [more inside]
posted by khyaiin at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Atlanta Apple supplies

Where in downtown Atlanta could I buy a Macbook Pro power brick? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Mould & condensation in our new home, help!

Help! Mould & condensation in both bedrooms of our new home. We are first-time homebuyers and mostly newbs. Do we have any legal rights as buyers, and best way to fix the issue? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 9:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a particular music video involving a woman in a kimono and a frog

I'm looking for a music video, late 1990s to early 2000s, involving a woman in a kimono with a CGI frog in the background (or a frog of some sort). I believe the artist or the song name was "Froggy Girls" or something to that effect. [more inside]
posted by Mons Veneris at 8:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find the world's best banana nut bread

I need to buy the world's best banana bread. I'm not looking for a recipe...I'm looking to have it mailed from a bakery to a friend. Where can I find this? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Liked it, put a ring on it, getting grief about it.

Previously a marriage skeptic, now engaged- my BFF is not taking it well and I have no idea how to talk to her about it. [more inside]
posted by shes_ajar at 8:38 AM PST - 79 comments

Should you ever turn down a promotion?

I think my boss is about to offer me a promotion. What should I say if I'm not sure I actually want it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

i'm on drugs and i'm tired

I start grad school in four months, and I’m worried about my apathy and extreme fatigue that are possibly a result of my marijuana dependency and/or my SSRIs. What are some steps I can take to get these issues sorted out in light of my anxieties about changing meds and my reluctance to give up marijuana? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 20 comments

Royalty Free Stock Music

Help me find stock music that is royalty free? Need to have a license that allows lifetime use after a one time fee and that I can use on DVDs that are reproduced. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 8:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes...

(Can I eat this? Filter) I had a bag of frozen potato pieces which was moved from the freezer to the fridge 3 days ago. It hasn't been opened yet. Are the (now thawed) pieces safe to bake and eat? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 8:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Versatile Camera Recommendations

What's the best micro 4/3 (or similar format) camera for my needs on the market right now (or soon-to-be-released)? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 8:06 AM PST - 34 comments

don't tell mom, the clothes dryer's

So my electric dryer's busted. It's a Kenmore 90 Series, and if it's been plugged in (not necessarily running, just plugged in), it just buzzes and doesn't start. If I leave it unplugged for a couple hours, it'll start normally and then quit after a few minutes. Any idea what part needs replacin'? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Dyeing a poplin suit

I have a handful of poplin, wash and wear summer suits made in the 80s by Brooks Brothers. They are all in various shades of khaki. I'd like to dye (or have dyed) one of them navy. I have no idea how to go about this, nor what I could expect. The dye job would need to be good enough that I could still wear the suit at times requiring some formality. The suits are unlined. Any advice?
posted by OmieWise at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Where do body fat metabolism products go?

If I, say, go on a very long run and burn enough calories to metabolize one ounce of fat, how does that weight leave my body? That is, do the products come out in my breath, pee, poop, or some combination? Everything I can find online is either too complicated or too simple to help me find an answer.
posted by ftm at 7:39 AM PST - 14 comments

What can I use to make my website?

Network guy dipping toes into web development. I want to create a "simple" site. The site would have members enter text and create tags for that text. The user would then generate "reports" based on the tags into templates. The data entered and reports generated would only we viewable by the user that entered it. I guess it would be a multi-user web based Cyrstal reports type of thing. What is the right tool for the job? It would be nice if I could use a pre-build enviroment like a CMS (Drupal, Joomla) as I have access to training and web host offer simple installers. I am savvy with Linux and would prefer free software.
posted by nivekraz at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

What's going on with this rice?

Why didn't my white rice cook through? [more inside]
posted by something something at 7:28 AM PST - 13 comments

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a tree fell in the woods with no one around?

So, we live on a ball. When traveling in one direction, are you always going uphill? Or downhill? [more inside]
posted by rich at 7:22 AM PST - 28 comments

Help me learn to swallow my pride

How can I learn to not take others' success/intelligence as an affront to my own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 22 comments

What are your go-to recipes for kale chips?

I'm looking for good kale chip recipes for my dehydrator! One requirement- they can't use nutritional yeast due to allergy concerns.
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Keep on running

Are you a lady? Do you run? Do you know about sports-bras and other lady things? Help! [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:42 AM PST - 20 comments

how do you stop caring what other people think?

When you have very low self esteem how do you brush off negative feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me like my bike

Is it worth it to drop $175 for a pro bicycle fitting? I'm a injured former marathoner who desperately needs something to fill that moving-fast-outdoors-for-long-distances void, and I'd like for bicycling to do that...except every time I try to bike for anything longer than a few miles I get a terrible grinding sensation in one knee. [more inside]
posted by indognito at 6:32 AM PST - 14 comments

I started running again and I need to get flexible ASAP

What is the fastest and most effective way to get limber/flexible again? I'm middle-aged and was a life-long runner until I switched to bicycling about 5 years ago. Biking didn't do it for me so I'm running again and training for a 10K that's only a month away. I never had any flexibility problems before but now my hamstrings and butt muscles are very tight. My stride's a lot shorter than it used to be and I'm having some minor back pain and stiffness that might be related to my tightness. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 6:26 AM PST - 11 comments

What books should I get a little girl?

What books would you recommend for an almost 6-year-old girl who reads at a second grade level? [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 6:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Like awesome dude... Slang from the 90s

Looking for examples of late 20th century slang/lingo has fallen out of common usage? [more inside]
posted by kreestar at 6:02 AM PST - 55 comments

Can I trust eBay ?

Buying a pre-owned Mac in the UK. Where should I go ? [more inside]
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 5:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Keep me from beating my partner about the head with the monopoly board

Both my partner and I are competitive and we are fairly bad winners/losers. This is inconvenient because we both really like playing boardgames together... help. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 5:41 AM PST - 47 comments

Question about locales in old pictures taken in France

A friend asked me (because I have been to France a couple times) if I knew the locations in a couple of snapshots taken by his father many years ago (I presume after WWII) while in France serving in the armed forces. I have no idea, having only been to Paris and environs, and thought there was a chance that a French, or French-traveling, MeFites would know. Thanks in advance to anyone who has an idea. Image; Second image.
posted by aught at 5:38 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop my kitten from turning into a bully?

How do I stop my kitten from turning into a bully? [more inside]
posted by poxandplague at 4:59 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I stop being overly emotional and just learn to trust again?

I'm still dealing with the aftermath of infidelity and would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 3:15 AM PST - 46 comments

Surf before you crawl?

Learning to surf with a lousy front crawl? [more inside]
posted by veryape at 2:57 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I counter backbiting in my colleagues?

Can anyone suggest a way I can be more respected by my colleagues? [more inside]
posted by Chickenbrain at 2:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a care package for a medical student in New Orleans

I'm looking for nice gift(s) for my brother who is about to take a major test, except the test in on Thursday, and he lives 1,800 miles away. What could I order or have delivered in New Orleans for a stressed out med student?
posted by filthy light thief at 1:56 AM PST - 4 comments

April 17

Someone to count the coins in that jar for me.

How does one go about finding a personal accountant in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 11:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Lost Deep Space Nine Commercial or Fabricated Memory?

I have a memory of Captain Picard announcing personnel transfers to Deep Space Nine at what might've been a press conference. Was it a commercial? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 10:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Are question marks necessary.

Are question marks necessary. [more inside]
posted by man down under at 10:30 PM PST - 41 comments

Insanely Cheap Suit in Chicago (Without Looking Insane)?

I know that "nice" and "cheap" are mutually exclusive in the world of suit buying, but my fiance has put off purchasing his wedding suit till the last minute and we're sort of broke. [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 9:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Just my type!

Help me identify these fonts from Wet Hot American Summer and other 80s-themed typefaces. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x at 9:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Like Pinterest, but not Pinterest

I'm looking for more online galleries in the visual design style of Pinterest and Saatchi Online. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 9:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What do I need to know about buying art?

How do I buy art from a gallery? [more inside]
posted by rmannion at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Info and value on a Peruvian tapestry?

Artfilter: What can you tell me about this handmade Peruvian weaving/tapestry? [more inside]
posted by eggman at 8:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How different is different?

English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get 2nd Bachelor's Degree from UCLA after foreign-based Bachelor's?

Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD. Details below. [more inside]
posted by Hassoon at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best of three unappealing options?

I will be having a root canal soon, but the dentist has told me that the damage to the tooth may not be treatable by the root canal, and that other action may be necessary. He's given me a few options to consider, and has asked me to pick one. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 7:52 PM PST - 18 comments

helping someone who survived war.

My SO went through trauma. They are starting to open up a bit and I don't know what to do, or even if I should do anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Dad, you shouldn't have! Really...

So, my father wrote a book. He may even have had it self-published. I'm proud of him, but since the subject matter involves his religious beliefs which I do not share, I don't really want to read it and I certainly don't want to talk to him about it. He fed-exed one of the first copies to me. What are my polite, respectful options here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me clean grout off ceramic tile!

Hello, recently I had some ceramic tile installed. There is excess grout on many of the tiles. How do I clean it off? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 7:34 PM PST - 3 comments


I'm seriously fucking up my senior year of High school. Senioritis is just the worst. Is [my university] going to drop my scholarships or acceptance? I need to know if I have to take drastic measures now to prevent screwing up my whole life. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 7:31 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I avoid straining my voice

How do I deal with voice strain? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 7:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you put me in touch with this man?

The post about Chicago bars got me to thinking about a 4 o'clock bar I spent some time in, and, more specifically, about the bartender who worked in that bar. I do not know the name of the bar and I don't much care, though I guess it'd be fun to know. I do not know the bartenders name, and about that I care very much. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 7:10 PM PST - 6 comments

What is a good entry-level DSLR camera model in 2012?

I used Canon point-and-shoot cameras before my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D80, which just broke down. I'm interested in getting a new DSLR camera. [more inside]
posted by remi at 6:57 PM PST - 9 comments

the worst stairs.

Why aren't these stairs getting easier? Will they ever? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 6:34 PM PST - 19 comments

But you told me that was not valid....

Work conundrum, what should my response be? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 5:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Dress a file clerk for summer!

Another fashion question. I need summer clothes to wear to work. Difficulty level: I'm poor and I work around boxes. Lots of boxes. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 5:46 PM PST - 10 comments

I need the perfect A.A. Mile quote to read at my grandmother's funeral

I need the perfect A.A. Mile quote to read at my grandmother's funeral. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:41 PM PST - 13 comments

3D graphics in a 2D context (for dummies)

HTML5 canvas question: I'm trying to model a 2D grid in 3D space and it's not working right. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Recipes for leftovers, Passover edition

I just threw out a lot of food and I don't want to do that next year. Please suggest recipes that will help me use up Passover leftovers. Difficulty level: kosher for Passover. [more inside]
posted by bq at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Dialogue is the story?

Movies, shorts, and plays: Talking heads or dialogue-heavy? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 5:32 PM PST - 21 comments

"It's gone from grow to show," and other odd penis behavior...

My blood pressure medication seems to be causing some not entirely undesirable side effects on my penis. Is this normal? Is there any need for concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you cope with tax inequality?

I'm broke, can't find work, and owe more taxes than Bank of America. Help me deal with the financial and emotional fallout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to learn about the social science of friendship?

Where should I start if I'd like to learn about the social science of friendship? [more inside]
posted by abcde at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How do mobile devs discover screen sizes and specifications?

How do mobile developers detect screen sizes, types and other information about the display of various phones in the wild? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Where do the world's doctor's web surf?

Where can one get/buy research on global internet usage by doctors or healthcare providers? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 5:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Meaning of French election 2012 slogan?

Question about French election 2012 slogan: Prendre le pouvoir! (Hollande) Does it mean We can take it? Or Take it, we can! ???
posted by sparkle55 at 5:14 PM PST - 15 comments

How (and if) to help ailing neighbors

How to offer help to ailing neighbors (and if to offer help at all). [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 5:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Name that movie!

Name that movie! I am trying to recall the name of a movie I saw in the early to mid 2000s. It was a thriller drama, maybe classified as horror (although I don't remember it being particularly gruesome). It offers an explanation for some of the thousands of unsolved missing persons cases by following a cross country truck driver who is a serial killer. [more inside]
posted by click at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

The smoothest, creamiest, plain yogurt....

I'm searching for the creamiest, smoothest plain yogurt. [more inside]
posted by la_rousse at 4:45 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for Links from Beleaguered PhD Students

Personal blogs/comics about being a grad student and the corresponding joys and sorrows? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 4:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Groucho Marx Quote?

Does anyone know a Groucho Marx line to a woman about being slapped around? I'm mostly sure it was from one of the movies. [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 4:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Destined to be alone due to lack of guts

I'm a female with no game trying to decipher the latest chapter in a lengthy saga with a guy I'm interested in. Talk some sense into me one way or another. [more inside]
posted by superfille at 4:12 PM PST - 65 comments

I am visiting the west coast for two weeks to visit video game friendly places. Where should I go?

I plan to spend 2 weeks in the west coast to one day move there. I am hoping to travel to various cities and explore video game related places. I want to network and talk to people from all video game walks of life, from indie developers to touring game studios. What places should I visit? What studios does tours? I was planning to tour around late June, but should I center it around PAX Prime?
posted by RockyK at 3:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Dorsky & avant-garde cinema

A recent NYTimes article on Nathanial Dorsky has whet my appetite for some avant-garde cinema. Help point me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 3:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me make this suck less, part II

Just diagnosed with GERD, possible ulcer following 5 weeks of high-dose antibiotics for sinus issues. Seeking recs for anything that might help my beleaguered digestive system, information on getting tested for H. pylori. Gross details and looong narrative await within. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Single-bite cinnamon snacks?

Please suggest recipes for bite-sized cinnamon snacks (cookies or other things) that keep well. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 3:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Kill the aphids; save the chickens.

If I use Bayer Advantage on the trees in my front yard (horrible terrible aphid problems), will it harm the neighbor's chickens who often come scratch in our front yard? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Morbid in Margaritaville

I need major fashion help. Recommend shoes and clothing that allow me to look like myself in hot weather? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 2:39 PM PST - 37 comments

Sittin on the dock of the bay

Please tell me everything you know about fishing from the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Bonus points for East Bay specifics. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 2:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Non-religious quotes for graduating university students?

Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 2:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Mayan Blogs

What are some decent, semi-regularly updated blogs focusing on Mayan archaeology? How about regularly updated sites detailing current excavations and fieldwork? Any language will work, but English or Spanish would be a bonus...
posted by Chrischris at 1:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Books in/about Philippines

Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
posted by vidur at 1:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Best place for high quality movie poster prints?

What's the best place to find good quality prints of classic movie posters? [more inside]
posted by Sandor Clegane at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Dating dilemma - The type of people I want to date always seem to live in New York. I'm happy in my small town and don't want to move. How do I best approach this?

Dating dilemma - The type of people I want to date always seem to live in New York. I'm happy in my small town and don't want to move. How do I best approach this? [more inside]
posted by audio at 1:34 PM PST - 55 comments

Need a specific Workpress plugin for sending emails

Is there a Wordpress plugin for sending "form letter" emails? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Where should I be looking for 3+ bedroom, single-family homes (or townhouses) for rent in the DMV?

Where should I be looking for 3+ bedroom, single-family homes (or townhouses) for rent in the DMV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 5 comments

DIY architecture

What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Another "what to eat in PDX" question.

Looking for places to eat in Portland. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 12:44 PM PST - 44 comments

Need a good couch co-op game

I need suggestions for good couch co-op games to play with my wife on our Xbox 360. She has been playing the hell outta Skyrim and has finally gotten the handle on using a controller for 1st person control. Was thinking Portal 2 but I need some more suggestions [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 12:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Why is Pages (iWork) periodically not letting my enter text unless I click away from my program to my desktop (or other open program) and then back to Pages?

When using Pages (iWork) on my iMac, every few minutes it locks up and will not let me type anything on the the page. If I click outside of the program (my desktop, or another open program window) then click back to the document, it works again. Why? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Kids and internet safety update

Asking for an update on a previous question I posed a few years ago, about internet safety and kids. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

how to approach and how to make girls interested in you?

how to approach and how to make girls interested in you? [more inside]
posted by soul24rage at 11:46 AM PST - 45 comments

I love someone who can't show up. Ouch.

I love someone who can't show up for me now. Any insight? [more inside]
posted by dolce_voce at 11:25 AM PST - 25 comments

What films about informal settlements would you recommend?

Looking for films (fiction and documentary) that represent informal settlements (slums/favelas/etc), primarily in Latin America and India, but also in other regions. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by experiencing a significant gravitas shortfall at 10:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Buying a furnished home

How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Transparent DRM

I'd like to make certain documents at work (mostly PDFs) only openable to logged-in domain members based on group membership. Watermarking with account credentials would be a plus. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Finding a crinoline in DC on short notice

Where can I find a black crinoline, 27" long, for a 44" waist, in the DC area in the next week? [more inside]
posted by gyges at 10:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Everything I know about San Jose I learned from Dionne Warwick

Asking for a friend: looking for reasonably priced, gay-friendly neighborhoods in or near San Jose, CA. [more inside]
posted by scody at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Twitter and social media use in activism

Looking for examples of where text messaging and crowd sourcing has been used for civic action, social good, and activism. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Kebab me!

Book club at my house on Friday. I've decided to make grilled kebabs. If you were going to someone's house for kebabs what would you want to see? Tips/tricks/recipes, please! [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 9:56 AM PST - 24 comments

AMT 2012

Estimating tax payments for 2012. According to the 1040-ES instructions, the exemption for the alternative minimum tax (for married people) is only $45k, down from $75k in 2011. I don't itemize and will have an adjusted gross income above $45k. Do I need to budget for the AMT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Another use for parsley

Who's this eating my parsley? I haven't found much use for the herb but in a few dishes, but these critters are having a feast. [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Will memory foam padding improve IKEA mattress?

Will memory foam padding on a flat IKEA mattress would give me a better sleep and will folding it up every day ruin the padding? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

No card no job.

Can an employer require you to present a social security card for employment? I have a number but my employer is insisting that I show them the physical card before they let me work. I can easily get one but I wonder if what they're doing is legal. Is it? [more inside]
posted by lester's sock puppet at 9:20 AM PST - 33 comments

Help me pick a great streaming device for my Canadian living room!

Roku vs AppleTV3 vs WDTV Live vs Boxee in Canada? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 9:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Financial decisions about property ownership

How do we calculate whether to hold onto this property or sell it? Are there formulas for comparing renting at a loss against selling at a loss or ways to calculate the long term value of not selling an extra residence? As a side note: Is this what financial planners do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Central America history book-filter

If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 8:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Last mile legal fee arrangement for personal injury claim

Another driver ran a red light and hit my car, leaving me with minor but permanent injuries. Their insurance company accepts liability and wants to settle, but their offer is about 20% lower than what I'm willing to accept. I've handled everything myself to this point (and have compiled 700+ pages of well-organized documentation), but the insurance company won't budge and it seems I'll need an attorney to negotiate the last 20%. What's the most reasonable fee arrangement for handling a nearly-resolved claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Who is sending me these mysterious postcards?

Who is sending me these mysterious postcards? [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon at 8:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Streaming MP3s and DMCA

Is it considered copyright infringement to stream an MP3 on a web page for promotional purposes? No download etc, just streaming. [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

You think you've got a lot of shit in your basement? Well lemme tell you . . .

Sewer woes. YANML. The sewer backed up and there is literally shit in my basement. The neighboring house is involved. What are my rights and how should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

In Search of Ecto-Cooler

I'm searching for the Hi-C flavor Ecto-cooler, also known as Shoutin' Tangergreen and Crazy Citrus Cooler. As far as I know it can't be ordered online anymore. Are there any shops in the Dutchess County, NY area that might have it?
posted by alexandermatheson at 8:10 AM PST - 4 comments

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them!

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 7:40 AM PST - 25 comments

Augmented Reality for Dummy Idiots

Augmented Reality for beginners... [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Sport Touring Indecision

Motorcyclists: FJR vs ST1300 vs Concours 14. Which do you like best? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Info on Porsches and Safety

I'm thinking about buying a 2010 Porsche Boxster, but I can't find any safety information about it. It's not rated by government crash tests or the insurance institute. Is there any non-anecdotal data on its safety? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 11 comments

How can we pick the perfect surname for us?

How can we pick a new surname? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 36 comments

? Movie scenes with quick cuts and dynamic editorial?

Hi - film and editorial buffs - I'm looking for examples of movie scenes that capture a feeling through a barrage of edits - lots of quick cuts strung together to add up to tell an exciting story. Like a great dinner scene, for example, that could capture the feeling of being there... This is to show as an example of how film and editing can convey mood and energy viscerally. I don't have a great knowledge of films, so I'm coming up blank. Any help would be massively appreciated.
posted by gbeenyc at 6:53 AM PST - 23 comments

probably unreasonably nervous about blotchy skin

YANAD, but do I need to be worried about these skin blotches? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine at 6:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Where to find royalty-free vintage etchings/engravings?

What are the best sources online to find royalty-free (and cost-free) vintage etchings/engravings? I'm specifically looking for vegetable assortments for a project, but I'd like to have some varied resources as well.
posted by jeroum at 6:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I match number IDs from 2 worksheets - when one worksheet is only a subset of ids from the other?

Excel help: How do I match number IDs from 2 worksheets - when one worksheet is only a subset of ids from the other? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 5:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I force iOS apps to WiFi-only mode?

How do I prevent iOS apps from using 3G on my Bell-account iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 4:35 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get a great European holiday for 500 euros

I have 500 euros to spend on travel + accommodation. Where would you go? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 3:47 AM PST - 16 comments

What web survey tools can give analytical feedback to survey taker?

Looking for a web based survey tool that can give feedback to survey takers at the end [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ at 2:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Suīto Karorain?

Who would be considered the Neil Diamond of Japan? I'm looking for a (slow) song for my husband to sing at our first karaoke outing. We're in Japan, and this karaoke night will be full of students from our work's Japanese and English classes. Everyone will sing a song in their "opposite" language. I've picked a Yumi Matsutoya song for myself.
posted by dmvs at 2:46 AM PST - 4 comments

It's my birthday and I'll mess about in London if I want to.

London Mefites: Help! It's my birthday this Thursday, but my SO is away and my friends are all working. I want to do something fun in London for the day, but what - on a probably rainy day, and at such short notice? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Name that song that's just a diddy.

What is the name of the background song in this video? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 1:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Ubuntu & Firefox troubleshooting

Yesterday, my firefox install on ubuntu started misbehaving. The bookmarks toolbar only shows up if I remove it and and add it again. There are no URLs in Address bar and no URL display down where the status bar used to be. Several plugins have stopped working without being disabled. Sometimes tabs can't be closed. No session management and on and on. The problem seems to be some interaction of a ubuntu update and firefox not cooperating. After googling I have nothing and am at a complete loss for how to fix it. Where do people turn for support for ubuntu firefox problems that don't require them to be on either development team? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 12:58 AM PST - 8 comments

"Beset by an aching but chaotic love that refused to focus in the conventional way."

Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 12:28 AM PST - 38 comments

April 16

Ten percent off! We cashin' out! Insert other odd phrase here!

What are some songs with guys saying funny stuff in the background? There are examples here, because the question is a bit hard to ask otherwise. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 10:08 PM PST - 45 comments

What is the deal with process serving?

Several years ago I was served papers for a civil suit by a process server whose demeanor I can't get out of my head. How does process serving really work? What is the cultural and legal context here? [more inside]
posted by mindsound at 10:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I a terrible team player or do I just need another team?

I am a web designer. I hate my job and it makes me cry. Do I need a new position, a new field, or a new attitude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 29 comments

Help save my honeymoon to Japan!

Japan Honeymoon Disaster--need guidance. Travel agent I selected to book things is awful and the clock is ticking. Need guidance on finding a solid travel agent to book a honeymoon to Japan. I'm in Chicago if it matters. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 8:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Its not just the heat, its the humidity and the heat.

LocationFilter: Is there a region in the US where it is consistently humid (~50%-70% humidity) and consistently cool (~60-80F) year-round that is a decent place to live and work? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Pimp my lemonade

Best non-alcoholic ingredients to add to lemonade to make it extra-delicious? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 8:38 PM PST - 55 comments

Where should she apply?

My cousin is having a hell of a time figuring out where to apply to college. She likes film, design, and writing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 8:37 PM PST - 17 comments

And but so?

I'm looking for examples of novels, other than Infinite Jest, which have spawned this sort of shirt. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Help! Dealing with BPD parent while

Help! My BPD father is unhappy that my chronically ill sister and I are recuperating back at the family home, so he acts out and does crazy stuff like taking apart our bed and packing it away while I'm at the doctor's office. He claims it's for our own good. How to deal with this crazy situation? [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot at 7:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Giraffe movie

Help me find a giraffe documentary I saw a few years back. [more inside]
posted by defenestrated at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

correcting a wrong SSN on tax forms

After dropping my US tax forms in the mail this afternoon, I discovered that I had mis-typed one of my dependent's SSN on the form. Is there a way to correct this now, or do I need to just wait for them to reject the return and then give them the correct SSN & supporting documentation? As far as I know, everything else was correct.
posted by belladonna at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Natural cures for sinus pressure and headaches

What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 7:12 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I make a parent-proof HTPC?

Setting up a parent-proof HTPC (and stuff on usenet, sickbeard, VPNs, and more!) [more inside]
posted by apip at 6:54 PM PST - 16 comments

There's no way out of this, I will need the help of a soft machine to do my rote dirty work.

Matlab textparsing filter: So for a project, I am working with over one hundred years of hourly data collected for water levels. I have all of this collected in a giant, ~35 Mb text file. Toward the last decade or so, there are double entries for water level thanks to semidiurnal tide measurement upgrades, and so there is an irregular number of columns that isn't easy to work with the usual data import strategies. I need your help, citizens of Metafilter, so that I can successfully rig the Matlab textscan command (or something else) to read in this formatted data, and make accommodations for empty value strings! More inside. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse at 6:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs?

Does anyone know where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs? [more inside]
posted by Spanner Nic at 6:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Stories of abuse

Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 6:04 PM PST - 9 comments

I wanna hear more about the fall of man!

What are some good songs that use imagery of Adam and Eve/the fall of Eden in their lyrics? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated at 6:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Car accident help

Oregon Car Insurance / Accident question: minor accident late last night, what do I do now. Details within. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Dog lice!!

I'm dogsitting and his ears have a decent amount of dog lice. The internet is assuring me they aren't transferable to humans and I'm taking him to a vet first thing tomorrow morning. What should I expect, what are the treatments and preventatives?
posted by Dynex at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Frivolous fun

Can you identify the shoes Michelle Obama wore on Colbert? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 5:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me help my feet

I'm looking for your personal recommendations for stretching and/or yoga routines to help make an unconditioned body more comfortable with too much walking. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

How long has the Highway of Tears been around for?

How long has BC's Highway 16 been known as the Highway of Tears? I'm trying to establish the origins of the name.
posted by avocet at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

My strugge: Hyperthyroidism as the source?

I need some guidance/opinions on my situation with hyperthyroidism because I am losing faith in my doctors. [more inside]
posted by iz0rz at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Some rays pass right through.

I wrote an OKC profile. Problem: I have no pictures of myself to share. In fact, no recent photographs of me exist. I am a vampire. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 4:43 PM PST - 21 comments

I found a smooshed iPod touch that works! Kinda.

Good news: I found an iPod Touch (3rd Generation, model A1318, 64GB) on the ground by the highway! Bad News: It looks like it was run over by a truck, or a few trucks. Good News: it turns on when I press the button! Bad News: The touch screen glass is completely cracked off, so it doesn't respond to touch. Good News: it responds and operates otherwise perfectly, it charges, iTunes sees that it's plugged in (but won't let me proceed without a passcode), the screen looks crisp and bright. What are my options from here? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Stuck babysitting and I want out.

How do I tell a friend I can't babysit for her anymore? [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Who else writes like Proust and Faulkner?

Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom seem to me to share deep artistic affinities: heavy reliance on often hallucinogenically long sentences, innovative and almost esoteric metaphor, and an almost mythical mode of storytelling. They both violate the show-not-tell rule like crazy as they give off reams of psychological and sociological opinion. What else is in this literary vein?
posted by shivohum at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me quell my tornado anxieties...or not

What happens if your house is damaged by a tornado? What happens to your stuff, what do you do about the immediate moment, etc? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 4:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Vonnegut loved dogs AND Iowa City, right?

Asking for my sister: she is moving to Iowa City for graduate school and taking our large dog with her. She is having a really hard time finding places that accept pets of any kind, let alone big dogs. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vakker at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Hypoglycemia or something else?

Is this hypoglycemia or am I patient zero in the zombie apocalypse? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 3:56 PM PST - 30 comments


I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 3:51 PM PST - 32 comments

I am camping out at the lip of a stage to see Pulp tomorrow night and I want to not leave even once to pee. Are there tips about controlling this?

I am camping out at the lip of a stage to see Pulp tomorrow night and I want to not leave even once to pee. Are there tips about controlling this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Something special for my sister's first mothers' day

My sister is expecting her first child. On Mothers' Day (which is after the baby will be born), my sister, brother-in-law, and the new baby will be getting together with both of the baby's grandmothers. I don't live in the state where this will be happening, but I'd like to do something special to surprise all three mothers. What awesome (but inexpensive) thing can I do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:25 PM PST - 20 comments

If I had a Tardis, this wouldn't be a problem...

On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "very safe" and with going-to-11 being "the most crazy," how insane is it to try to get into London from Heathrow to do some light sightseeing on my way back home to the US. (I've read the previous questions, but needed some clarification about some of the issues!) [more inside]
posted by jph at 2:50 PM PST - 39 comments

How can I stop dwelling on my actions that may have caused loss of life?

I feel (at the very least) tangentially responsible for another persons death (murder) and I just can't shake it. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 2:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Where should my husband and I move?

I've lived in Vermont for my whole life and I am itching to move. I'm a nurse, my husband is a carpenter. Help us decide where to go! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 21 comments

What do you want out of a newborn class?

A friend and I are putting together the curriculum for a "After the birth: the first six weeks with your newborn" class we're going to start teaching in a few months. We've got a bunch of ideas, but we want to make sure we're covering everything. We'd love your input. [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 2:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Is this apartment licensed?

How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning at 2:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me be a better stay-at-home mom.

Stay at home parenting: how does it work? [more inside]
posted by sutel at 2:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Am I going to be booked for HIPPA violations?

Part of my job involves conducting phone surveys for public health/medical research. My employer wants me to start using the Emergency Contact info in the electronic health record to increase our response rate. This weirds me out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Building a teaching career by teaching abroad? (Fiji)

I am interested in a career in teaching, and would love to teach abroad for some time. Immediatly, I must find a way to live in Fiji for the next 6-12+ months (Fiancee is Fijian). ESL, Tutoring, etc. sounds like a viable option, especially if it helps my long term career goals. But currently have no teaching experience. Need advice, how might I do this? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a hobby studio going inexpensively?

I'd like to get into recording. I've played with Ardour, but it's way over my head. I've played with Hydrogen for drum sounds, and it was way too complicated for me. Ideally, I want to record directly (I'm in an apartment), perhaps using something like a Line 6 Pod. A four-track feels more manageable to me than a computer and software. Is that crazy? If it's not, I'd love to hear about some cheap digital four-track recommendations. Also, I'd love to hear about some decent, inexpensive drum machines that'll let me easily create simple rock beats. And again, I'm open to the idea that this is better with a computer.
posted by puckupdate at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Need GMail standalone app for Blackberry Storm 9530

Looking for the app (or files) for GMail on my Blackberry Storm. Yes, Storm and yes Storm (original not Storm 2). Google no longer supports this and will not allow me to download the app. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking help in finding a book about the lurid lives of Hollywood's biggest stars.

When I was about 15, I remember coming across a book in a now defunct Borders that was pretty interesting. The whole premise was that it featured stories about Hollywood stars and their various sexual liaisons, their sexual quirks, and even the ages at which they lost their virginity. For example, In one of the pages on the actor Dustin Hoffman it recounted the story of the actor tricking his brother's girlfriend into having sex with him and thereby relieving him of his virginity. In another article on Clark Gable, it was revealed that he suffered from smegma and that his wife once quipped that an "inch less and he'd be the queen of Hollywood." Anyway, does anybody where I can find this book. The only title I seem to remember for it--and I am not sure if it's even correct or not--was something like "Did He or Didn't He: Stories of Hollywood's Most Notorious Sex Secrets"
posted by lackadaisical at 1:14 PM PST - 8 comments

We need recommendations for an affordable couples' counselor in NYC.

My husband and I need recommendations for couples' counseling in NYC, Manhattan or Brooklyn, and would love something relatively affordable (under $120/session, if possible). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for resources on insurance options.

I'm looking for resources to help me decide what types and amounts of insurance to buy. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 12:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get quicker as I get older

Help me increase my speed and quickness even as I get older. [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

please help me fix my hair!

Hair care or product suggestions for very fine, long, straight, very oily hair? [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 12:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Advice on web-streaming a talk

Advice on the one-time web-streaming of a presentation with projected slides. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Gluten-free, the kid edition

Help us go gluten free--the kid edition! How do we do this? [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 11:43 AM PST - 44 comments

What do to about copy/pasting resume into job listing?

Job posting copy/pasted resume/LinkedIn profile. What to do? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Mission: Goodbye Astro-steps

The tacky old indoor/outdoor carpet glued to my back steps is ragged and coming off. Can you help me brainstorm an improvement? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

What are the possible negative repercussions of seeing a psychiatrist about panic attacks?

I have been having anxiety/panic attacks for the past 2 years. I am considering seeing a psychiatrist. What are the possible negative repercussions, professionally, insurance-wise, and other, of doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the benefit of purchasing the extension health coverage (individual) vs. purchasing your own individual health insurance plan for a couple of months?

What is the benefit of purchasing the extension health coverage (individual) vs. purchasing your own individual health insurance plan for a couple of months? Left school health insurance and now I am looking for my options. Is the extension worthwhile/more expensive than purchasing individual health insurance through ehealthinsurance.com? [more inside]
posted by proficiency101 at 11:14 AM PST - 2 comments

How to deal with a mentally unwell (but not threatening) former intern?

Former intern has become mentally ill and sends numerous disturbing (but not threatening) emails. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 AM PST - 29 comments

How does an (almost) full time single parent cope with loss, change, and loneliness?

How does a single parent cope with an already limited social life and general stress with the added crap of breaking up (again!)? [more inside]
posted by retrofitted at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Are you my mother's pop cultural influence study?

Help me find a recent study about multi-generational taste being more similar! I remember seeing a blurb about a study (market research not academic) that millennial and their parents have more similar pop culture tastes. There was some clever term or acronym for it that spoke to the blurring of generational taste. And now I need it! [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Apologies to Emily Post and Mrs Beeton

As a "grown up", which dinnerware (plates, bowls, etc.) do you actually use? Or have, but never use? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:52 AM PST - 34 comments

What does this Chalet key unlock?

Can you help me figure out what this "Chalet" brand key is for? Googling leads only to beautiful homes in the mountains and I know it's not to one of those. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 10:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Skype recorder needed

What is the best call recorder for Skype for Windows Vista and Windows 7? Preferably free, but call quality is paramount (including having local side recorded on a separate channel from the remote side) and ease of use. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Skinny-ish jeans?

The top third of my legs is a size and a half bigger than the bottom two-thirds. Where on earth can I buy skinny jeans/pants? Preferably under $50? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a nice, Sci-Fi typeface

Help me find a nice, Sci-Fi typeface that doesn't feel too modern or too old fashioned [more inside]
posted by garius at 10:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Goodbye and goodnight

How to have a good last visit with a sick relative. She will recognize me, but her memory is pretty shot beyond that. [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 10:15 AM PST - 20 comments

Help with CA Traffic Law

What are the proper rules of the road for this intersection? [more inside]
posted by Frayed Knot at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I live with my very own power person?

Those who have read or are familiar with Mira Kirshenbaum's "Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay:" recommend books / resources for dealing with my Power Person wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Who just wants to steal us all and take us all apart? Why would they do that?

Please explain any of the songs from the album Forever Now by the Psychedelic Furs. [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Do initial public offerings affect government policy and vice versa?

How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
posted by espada0 at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I get this jazzy lounge music from this Mad Men episode?

What was the music playing in the brothel scene in the latest Mad Men episode (Season 5 Episode 5 - 30 Signals)? [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 9:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Firing into crowds

News coverage of the Arab Spring routinely has reports (with audio-gunshots) of state actors shooting at crowds of demonstrators. Often it seems like very few people are injured/killed. Is this confirmation bias on my part, are there mass casualties, or are the folks "shooting" at the crowd (ie not at the actual people) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 9:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Find out where it's happening, and get yourself there?

Can I- a college student- work for the Obama campaign (in dc, in chicago, in a swing state) this summer and not starve? Or are there other wacky, do-it-while-you're-young-live-out-of-your-car summer experiences Askmefi would suggest? [more inside]
posted by 221bbs at 9:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Rust spots and water stains and...soap.

So I forgot to rinse my bike with water before lubing it. Oops. Would this cause problems? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

MetaFiltro! lmao

Ask Metafilter in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I figure out which graduate advisor to pick?

I'm not sure what to do about the "politics of graduate school". I am a beginning student in Fall 2012, and I have some serious issues. How do I decide my advisor? Am I just letting the stress get to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 18 comments

How has technology influenced the arts?

Can you recommend historical examples of technology influencing the creative process? [more inside]
posted by brother at 8:48 AM PST - 16 comments

How should I go about selling my car?

How should I go about selling my car? [more inside]
posted by Leontine at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Video cameras for students.

Best ultra-cheap video cameras for middle school students? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for good workplace fiction

Please recommend to me some good workplace fiction. [more inside]
posted by enn at 8:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Insurance agent, take my money, please!

Why do insurance companies (non-medical) make it so rough to switch agents? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a convincing, but lightweight time management system

My boss has asked me to come up with "Time Management" processes. I don't really know what this would be apart from "Do all the things!" [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 8:08 AM PST - 18 comments

MacGyver uses these for his fridge magnets

What are some awesome projects made with unlikely or upcycled materials? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Not quite deaf, albeit quite lost

I'm deaf. I'd like to meet people, make friends, and form meaningful relationships. However, I find it difficult to engage with strangers and people I don't know well. (Warning: long-ish.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Why did i buy this huge laptop?

Laptop bag filter: What's a good sturdy bag for a giant laptop plus a few more electronic devices? [more inside]
posted by Subterranean Homesick Pygmalion at 7:42 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I put these skills to best use?

Can you think of volunteer projects that would make good use of the skills of a jack of all (academic) trades? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin at 7:27 AM PST - 4 comments

What yard, lawn, or garden tools can't you live without?

What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 6:42 AM PST - 36 comments

No Room Under The Stars

Combination astronomy/National Parks filter: Okay, I can't stay IN Yosemite Park in August, but I can stay near it. Can I still enter the park at 3 am to watch the Perseids? Or: what's another good but possibly lesser-known national park where I can stay and watch? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:42 AM PST - 25 comments

Can't we just... lock on and teleport it out instead?

I have glass in my foot. Every time I try to get it out, I panic. Help? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 6:41 AM PST - 21 comments

How late is too late?

What's the etiquette for late wedding gifts? [more inside]
posted by Kevtaro at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Dental-phobic in Los Angeles

I have severe dental phobia. In no small part thanks to that, I now have some pretty bad dental problems that will soon force me to go to the dentist. Can recommend a dentist near mid-town Los Angeles that is good for phobic people? I'd also appreciate any tips dealing with the shame that comes from a very neglected mouth. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Hair Loss and Depression

I'm a 24-year-old female with severe hair loss from Accutane, and it's only getting worse. How do I get past this, emotionally and practically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me have more of my income withheld for taxes!

I'm tired of getting screwed over on my taxes. I have two jobs, one of these jobs will not take taxes out with each paycheck. How do I arrange my other job to take more out to cover this? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 6:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Not Made in the USA please.

I'm looking for more fashion blogs that avoid USA made products. I generally try and avoid purchasing any USA brands & products as my own little personal boycott against "US-cultural imperialism" and foreign policy, but unfortunately most fashion blogs are a bit too pro-usa. Where are all the anti-USA fashionistas?
posted by mary8nne at 6:13 AM PST - 20 comments


[USDAFilter]So every butcher at the local chain grocery stores has informed me that they will not make ground chicken out of thigh meat. They say that grounding (sp?) breast meat and thigh meat on the same machine is a no-no (according to the USDA) and that it's not worth the money to invest in a second machine just to make ground thigh meat. I cannot find reference to this on the interwebs at all. Questions abound below the fold... [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 4:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Grey into gold?

How do people with white hair dye it blonde? Is there such a thing as blonde dye that isn't bleach? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Take me out to the ballgame, please.

I want to learn about baseball. I've been able to crack basketball and football, but not baseball. What should I read? What should I watch? Who should I pay attention to? [more inside]
posted by kortez at 3:00 AM PST - 39 comments

How to create a tablet magazine

Converting a paper magazine to a tablet magazine: What do you have to keep in mind, and what are easy ways to do this? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 2:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Personalised travel map

I need a personalised travel app, or maybe it's just a personalised map app? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 1:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Need some OKCupid coaching for profiles

How important is it to have the perfect OKCupid profile? What might be wrong with mine? [more inside]
posted by veryblue1 at 1:03 AM PST - 74 comments

Do I need to file a 1040X? How does that affect my state tax return?

Tax panic! I e-filed my 1040 federal return a few weeks ago; then, while finally tackling my state tax return last week, I discovered I'd incorrectly transferred an amount from one of my additional forms into the 1040. Do I need to file a 1040X to correct this, and how do I proceed with my state return? [more inside]
posted by estherbester at 12:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Name of 70s film about alienation and despair?

I saw a movie twenty years ago that appeared to be set in the 70s, with a high school student who loses his virginity in a sleeping bag in an abandoned house, but I don't know much else. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:07 AM PST - 3 comments

April 15


What song played over the end credits of tonight's series finale of "Eastbound and Down?" [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

A San Fran plan for my man

Looking for a fun hotel to stay at in San Francisco, and your recommendations for where to go for a romantic dinner... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with neediness in a relationship?

How can I deal with neediness in the early stages of a relationship? [more inside]
posted by peterf12 at 10:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Surely they're not man-made, those land-bridges on either side of Kaliningrad?

BalticFilter: what's with those two isthmuses (isthmi?) stretching NE from Gdansk? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:04 PM PST - 4 comments

My Favorite Animal is Steak: The Musical

Who sells the best beef in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

I won't fix your computer since you download from the internet.

Computer repairmen broke my Mac screen while fixing my hard drive and refuse to fix it. They're threatening to report me for having pirated content on my computer if I follow through with legal claims to get it fixed. What now? (long explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 9:10 PM PST - 25 comments

British TV Lover Seeks Long-Lost Show

What is this show I'm thinking of??? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 8:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Ovarian Cystectomy Freak-Out

I'm set to have an ovarian cystectomy (and possible oophorectomy) at the end of the week. I'm pretty scared about the surgery, the recovery and my future fertility. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer at 8:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Turned off by forwardness

Is it strange that I get turned off by outright flirting and sexual advances from men? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 30 comments

Indie wedding playlists ...

Can we do this again? Indie music for a wedding? We're iPodding it for our reception, and would love some new suggestions for music that we might have overlooked. I've looked at the older threads on this on MeFi, but the newest one is a couple of years old.
posted by checkitnice at 8:01 PM PST - 24 comments

What can I do with my advice blog?

How do I get more attention/participation on my advice blog? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 7:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Calling from an iPhone on wireless in china

How can I call an american telephone number (landline or cell) from an iPhone that 1. Has only wireless, and 2. Is behind the Chinese firewall? [more inside]
posted by Rinku at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Who sells plaid shirts for hippy girls?

Clothesfilter: Where do short girls with big hips buy plaid shirts? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Hot Feet

Usually my feet are chilly, and I wear socks lounging around on my bed. But I can always tell when I'm drowsy and ready to nod off, because my feet feel suddenly unbearably warm, and I have to rip my socks off so I can fall asleep. I've always wondered why--any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by DrMew at 7:24 PM PST - 11 comments

spanish songs that use vos

For a project I'm doing, I'm looking for songs in Spanish that demonstrate voseo (the use of the informal second-person singular pronoun vos). This way of speaking isn't technically "standard" Spanish, so I don't exactly know how to search for songs that show this usage. [more inside]
posted by huxham at 7:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Help! Pantry Moths

Attack of the pantry moths. How do I get rid of this pestilence? [more inside]
posted by burlsube at 7:14 PM PST - 22 comments

The Sadness Will Ebb, The Trouble Is The Time It Will Take -David Levithan

How to deal with depression on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 6:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

My friend is a shoe freak who just had a baby. Can you recommend a cute pair of comfortable slip-ons that are suitable for the spring/summer in upstate New York with a newborn around the house? Bonus points for luxury, and for things more on the girly side style-wise.
posted by juliplease at 6:54 PM PST - 14 comments

It's hard enough as it is.

I may be pregnant. If I am, my husband and I are positive we want an abortion. I need advice on how to deal with very angry protesters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM PST - 43 comments

What's the easiest way to get a divorce if it's amicable?

My wife & I have decided to divorce. It's totally amicable, we don't have much to split. What's the cheapest, easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

I Love It But. There's always a but.

Clothesfilter: I found the most amazing, perfect fitting, super-chic dress. The problem, one glaring hanger bump. Can this be saved? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 5:26 PM PST - 5 comments

that chick cray

Another online dating etiquette question: Is it ever acceptable to contact someone two times before hearing back from them? Or is that creepy? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 5:18 PM PST - 23 comments

What kind of dog should I get?

Im in the process of getting a new dog, and Im at a loss when it comes to breed, training, just overall care. Help? [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 at 5:17 PM PST - 12 comments

maxi-dress me

please send me your favorite maxi dresses (i guess that's not really a question). [more inside]
posted by sabh at 5:16 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I improve my Clear internet reception?

Does my building have crazy windows? I'm struggling to get decent reception for Clear Internet even though I live TWO BLOCKS from Clear WiMAX towers. I opened my balcony door a moment ago and BAM! Awesome reception. This is crazy. What's going on and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 4:47 PM PST - 10 comments

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 4:44 PM PST - 35 comments

TurboTax doesn't believe no state income tax?

How does TurboTax figure the "Other income taxes" line? Or, how can I correct this? [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 4:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Be gone, muffin top!

Help a 5'10", narrow-hipped, wide-waisted girl find jeans! [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 4:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Database, Spanish/English words, reasonably priced?

I'm looking for a Spanish/English translation dictionary in electronic table/database format. I'm trying to make what's basically an online dictionary, and I need an actual dictionary for the site to query. My Googling only turned up one database costing ~$4000. Are there cheaper options?
posted by sninctown at 4:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Spoiler filled questions about Cabin in the Woods.

Questions about the movie Cabin in the Woods (Spoilers, of course), [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:19 PM PST - 18 comments

The frustration when you can picture exactly what you want and it does not exist

"Nun" shoes revisited: I would like to find a pair of black women's shoes which I am not sure exist. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Calendar apps that show the continuous flow of weeks

I'm looking for personal productivity apps in which the calendar view can be presented in a continuous flow of weeks (such as http://madebyevan.com/calendar/ ) in alternative to the more tradicional day/week/month model.
posted by dfreire at 3:08 PM PST - 6 comments

I hate my tonsils

My allergies have left my tonsils permanently swollen and I find myself choking when I eat far too often. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

alo presidente

I want to become intimately familiar with Venezuelan politics; what should I read? [more inside]
posted by ke rose ne at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with dog attachment issues?

My dog is about 7 years old, she is a Australian mini. Whenever I go away after work for more then a few hours she cries, mopes and whines. She has this annoying habit of whistling through her nose. I live with my family and commute to work with my Dad & to school, so most days we're leaving at 8am and back 6pm--she does fine then but then if I'm gone & my Dad is home is when she is really fussy. I typically spend the weekend with my Fiancé, which really bugs her (I can't take her with us as my Fiancé lives in a Resident Hall). If I go out of town, or away for the night she is still really needy and fussy. How can I get her to be less annoying for my family, to be less fussy about me being gone? I take her for walks and love on her when I am home but that's not enough. Any suggestions or ideas would be most helpful.
posted by snow_mac at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Which is better, A or B?

TornadoFilter: Which of these options is the safest shelter in a tornado situation? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I communicate better with my dad?

I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Image Stretch in Word 2010

Image-stretch in Word 2010: I'm writing a manual which includes explanations of particular icons used in an app. I've taken screengrabs (.png) of each icon (between 10x10 and 30x30 pixels) using MWSnap, but when I drag them into Word they expand (approx 20%), and I have to manually re-size each one back down to the original size so it doesn't look stretched. Why is this happening and how do I fix this?
posted by forallmankind at 1:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Dating progression

What are the progression levels if you are dating a girl over few weeks? We kissed after the first date in the parking lot and the second date in the car before calling it a night. How do you get few moments alone to escalate and suggest you mean business without looking like a creep? When it is ok to hold hands, or walk that way? I already grabbed her forearms while walking leading her in a different shop, street etc and she is very comfortable.
posted by daveg02 at 12:04 PM PST - 21 comments

I've never been to Italy

What are the must-see places to visit around Sorrento and the Amalfi coast in Italy? [more inside]
posted by cider at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

New Raise Buzzkill - I should still get paid more!!

Advice on negotiating a raise when I've just transferred to a new office? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

She wants to be EXCLUSIVE? What a weirdo!

I feel like a freak for wanting a long-term relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM PST - 32 comments

Can I please quit my job?

Any alpaca farmers out there willing to answer some questions? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommendations for .nl domain registrar with good support?

Can you recommend me a good domain registrar that supports .nl domains and has 7 days a week live chat support? [more inside]
posted by davar at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Easy music software?

I'm looking for music software with an easy programming interface for amateurs. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How to find a type of character

Looking for plays featuring particularly confident characters; any era will do. Specific recommendations/favourites would be great - tips on finding them myself also helpful. [more inside]
posted by danteGideon at 10:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a non-scummy secured credit card.

So who's the least scummy secured credit card issuer out there? [more inside]
posted by spungfoo at 9:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Storytime for adults

Inspired by this comment, I am on a search for read-aloud friendly erotica. (specific stories or authors) Suggestions, metafilter? I'd prefer something that is on the internet, but books are ok too. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find no contract internet in NYC

Help me find no-contract home wireless internet for an apartment in the NYC area! Preferably, it would be reliable and have no throttling. It must be able to be dropped with a month's notice, as we are planning to move soon. Details complicate, as always. [more inside]
posted by corb at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

What kind of mixed drinks would they have been drinking on the Titanic?

What kind of mixed drinks would they have been drinking on the Titanic? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

30 minutes or less

We're putting our house on the market. Help us create a quick-evacuation checklist for showings on short notice. [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 7:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Raccoon in the ceiling!

There is a raccoon nesting in the attic crawlspace above my apartment. It is loud. What is the usual process for removing it, and how can I convince my landlord to be responsible for that process? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 6:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Midlife fitness tarpit.

Current fitness and nutrition regime counterproductive - help. If you had this happen to you and have worked around it, I'd like to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 6:41 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me help them.

A city in my area was hit by a tornado last night. How do I volunteer to help with the aftermath? [more inside]
posted by ThisKindNepenthe at 6:11 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the origin of the in-profile emoticon?

Lately on Facebook I've been seeing a kind of smiley I've never seen before: c",) I'm curious to know where this type of emoticon originates. Have you seen them before? Do they come out of any particular internet culture? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:02 AM PST - 13 comments

How to corral the boobs for style and ease of access?

Magestically breasted nursing mums: help me dress my new body. [more inside]
posted by brambory at 4:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Online recording

I'm looking for a solution for students to record themselves online and have the resulting file sent to an email address. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Flash Video Troubles

The red and blue channels of *some* videos I watch with the Firefox Flash plugin on sites like youtube are swapped. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind at 4:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I get my lizard a 'girlfriend'?

I want to get a second bearded dragon, preferably as a companion to my current beardie. My current bearded dragon is male, and I know that two males will not get along in the same cage. Should I get a female/companion or would I be best off just setting up a second terrarium. [more inside]
posted by Drumhellz at 3:13 AM PST - 3 comments

My partner has a drinking problem.

Should I stay or should I go? If not, what do we do? [more inside]
posted by nvly at 2:18 AM PST - 40 comments

Should I be paid for the work I produced in this interview?

I recently attended a job interview which included a copywriting test - I was given some facts about an upcoming event and asked to write a press release. I did not get the job, however, the press release was released exactly as I wrote it (without my byline) and was picked up by a small local news blog and a local religious newspaper, as well as being used in the organisation's internal newsletter. The headline I wrote was also tweeted with a link to the event info on the organisation's website. [m