April 2012 Archives
Everyday shapewear for the plus-sized woman? [more inside]
Falling in love all over again: help me re-learn the Battletech fluff. [more inside]
How can I overcome my fear of men? [more inside]
Help! What to do with "our" stray cat? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How does your computer say that you didn't get an email that you were expecting to get? [more inside]
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]
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]
Get on an adoption list? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
Where are some great places to camp within an hour or two of southeastern PA? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How many individual skulls would it take to make a chair for a six foot person? [more inside]
I need ideas for gifts I could pick up from Winnipeg that are interesting and unique for my sisters? [more inside]
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.
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.
I love food and drinks with floral flavors. How can I incorporate more delicious floral foods and beverages into my life? [more inside]
What it the correct term for "leverage" in Japanese? (Financial leverage, or the figurative meaning of leverage" Please give me spelling in roman characters.
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]
Optimist in love with a pessimist. Any tips? [more inside]
Help me get what's left of a magnet off my car's butt! [more inside]
Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
I want to start writing a journal. Can you recommend me some kind of journaling software? [more inside]
Are there examples of video games inspired by popular music? [more inside]
What are some sites/blogs that post a daily or weekly list of interesting links? [more inside]
Is there software that will allow me to run both timesheets and multiple tasks concurrently? [more inside]
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]
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]
Will membership in the college honor society Phi Alpha Theta really boost your federal government salary? [more inside]
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]
What is a good-quality USB headset? (Headphones with Microphone)? [more inside]
Decent "corporate retreat" spaces in metro DC? [more inside]
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?
Please help me find an empathic Vancouver, BC area family lawyer. [more inside]
In search of clear-framed glasses that aren't massive but are awesome. [more inside]
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?
I know there are car selling scams. Are there car buying scams? Is this a scam? [more inside]
What's the best/easiest way to increase my protein intake when eating is difficult for various complicated reasons? [more inside]
Is AppleCare worth getting for a refurbished iMac? [more inside]
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]
Did I get a bad psychologist or is there a valid reason for a chemical dependency evaluation? [more inside]
I need help finding an Android App which will do the following for me: [more inside]
What is this mystery object found on the floor of a public bathroom at a Boston Best Buy?
FMLA-Filter: What counts as officially "returned" to work after the 12 week FMLA for maternity leave? [more inside]
What would the drawbacks/benefits be to having someone stay in our currently vacant house? [more inside]
Who are some real-life badass couples? [more inside]
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]
I've got all these bitter melons and no recipes. Halp! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
I am a short (5') female and I want to start barbell training. What do I need to know? [more inside]
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]
What is the best ACT/SAT test prep system/program for multiple (20-50) users? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me help a friend dealing with trauma/mental health/addiction issues in Georgia. [more inside]
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
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]
Help me find an iPhone app and website to "gamify" various things. [more inside]
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]
Where I can rent a good bicycle in Louisville, Kentucky? [more inside]
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]
Looking for vegan sauce recipes to make my healthy meals more appealing. [more inside]
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]
Trip to Italy - where is the best location to buy a really nice man's briefcase? [more inside]
Going to phoenix with my Fiancé at the end of May. Whats available to do in Arizona at the end of may? [more inside]
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]
I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
What kind of thoughtful yet not-time-expensive gift can I make my sister for her new baby? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Can you recommend me some great nonfiction books by women authors? [more inside]
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?
Recommended resources to learn about service design? [more inside]
Better workplace - all around suggestions [more inside]
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]
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!
LonghairFilter: Man with shoulder-length hair ISO $0-$20 trim in NYC. [more inside]
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]
My laptop (and only my laptop) intermittently fails to see my wi-fi network. Please help me solve the problem. [more inside]
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]
How do I fix a soured relationship? [more inside]
Donating an iPad for use by kids with disabilities. [more inside]
Nonfiction books about the prison experience? [more inside]
I've written an iPhone app. I'm in the UK. Do I need to start a company to sell it? [more inside]
What should I tell my sister-in-law about hitch-hiking? [more inside]
Looking for a good, affordable seamstress/ tailor/ dressmaker in Toronto to take in, and possibly reproduce, an adored dress. [more inside]
I'm looking for a low-cost web service for managing a (very) small alumni database. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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)
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]
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]
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?
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]
Leather furniture repair in Woodinville, WA? Help me fix my Ekornes recliner! [more inside]
Does my cat have stomatitis? [more inside]
Help me delete duplicate files on an an eternal HD used to back up a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
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]
Looking for programs that will reliably change .mkv files to files watchable on a PS3 or iPad. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Entomology filter: Can anybody ID this interesting pupa that I found in my back yard. [more inside]
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?
What is going on with my sinuses? [more inside]
What can I expect while healing a facial laceration that required stitches? [more inside]
I am a teenager who needs advice about school and the realities of it from Normal People. [more inside]
Did you maintain a relationship with a stepparent after your biological parent passed away? What was it like? [more inside]
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!
How do I approach dying my own hair between visits to my stylist? [more inside]
What do you do when you need to "sort things out"? [more inside]
Opinions on gentrification from a gentrified neighborhood's non-gentry residents? [more inside]
How can I stay calm despite wrong statements and irrational people? [more inside]
Trying to find name of an old arcade game with Marvel superheroes, including Captain America. [more inside]
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]
How do I care for my new sapphire wedding ring? [more inside]
Help me find sources on German military technology during WW2! [more inside]
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]
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]
How much is the ability to work from home, anywhere in the world with an internet connection worth? Other job related questions. [more inside]
Following Robert's Rules of Order, what would be the proper procedure for voting between two different actions? [more inside]
I need a (very specific) music recommendation! [more inside]
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]
I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
What is the optimal way to respond to a low ball salary offer? Situation specifics inside. [more inside]
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]
Week old beef broth, kept in the refrigerator. Safe to use? I'm making a slow cooker recipe with it. [more inside]
Why does Powerpoint display the negative of a picture or otherwise mess up the colors? [more inside]
How I do I cite a massively multi-authored paper on my CV? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
Is there a twitter client that will use wifi when its available and sms when its not? [more inside]
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]
How do you get over ten years of limerence? [more inside]
Kissed a man who is not my man. What now? [more inside]
Teachers: what are (or have been) your most effective homework assignments? [more inside]
Recommend me smart films that celebrate abnormal romance. [more inside]
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]
How do you say "Visible from Orbit" in Latin? [more inside]
Can anyone help me identify a vertical-scrolling arcade game from the 80s? [more inside]
I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction. [more inside]
Irish walking tour recommendations? [more inside]
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?
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]
What did my son buy on my iPad?!? [more inside]
What 70s game show used Henry Mancini's "March of the Cue Balls" as its theme music? [more inside]
In practice, how can I deal with limerence in the early stages of a relationship? [more inside]
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]
I have excellent spatial intelligence and ADHD. What jobs would be great for me besides surveying? [more inside]
I want to buy my mom's house. What are the logistics of this? [more inside]
Tell me about the mystery festival I saw today in Sunset Park, Brooklyn [more inside]
How do I get my mind ready to move from manager to director? [more inside]
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]
Can you help me find a dance-y song that I heard playing in a store? [more inside]
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]
What makes for career/life satisfaction? What jobs have it? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm interested in reading some detective fiction with a female protagonist. What titles/authors should I check out? [more inside]
Food and friends on food stamps. [more inside]
What is the difference between a Zombie and a Ghoul? [more inside]
How can a mid-thirties woman in NYC meet single men? [more inside]
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]
Assume that Barack Obama will not win a second term. What, effectively, will he do with the rest of his life? [more inside]
Help me a find a replacement for a broken vintage mixing bowl [more inside]
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]
What are the movie equivalents of shoegaze music? [more inside]
Need help deleting a folder at "C:\Program" on my Windows machine. [more inside]
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]
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]
Planning a daytime bachelorette party in NYC - with complications! [more inside]
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]
How do I choose a good portable air conditioner? Your help is welcome, details inside. [more inside]
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]
Would a crock pot with a dimmer switch work as sous vide machine? [more inside]
I have a single yellow rose that I want to preserve. How do I do that? [more inside]
Will something like the Porta-Booth Pro work well for recording instruments or other large noise-making devices? [more inside]
If something won't be remembered in 10 years, is it worth doing? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
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]
How best to get safe but meaningless hetero sex as a unattractive older woman? [more inside]
What's the best pulp eliminating juicer? [more inside]
Who is the most organized and efficient person you know? What is their strategy? [more inside]
Specific pre-existing condition health insurance question. [more inside]
I'm having a very strange problem with Google Maps and search keywords. [more inside]
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]
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]
I think I might want to change gender (ftm)... now what? [more inside]
I have a week to buy a good period costume. Help! [more inside]
How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :( [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
Give me your best mushroom based recipes! Please? [more inside]
Bookkeeping: is it a decent gig? [more inside]
What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
DISNEY FASTPASS HELP: I need a FastPass Plan for my Disney World Trip. [more inside]
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]
I've accidentally watched the American version of The Killing instead of the original. Is it now worth watching the Danish (Forbydelsen)? [more inside]
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.
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]
Help me learn to cook delicious homestyle Korean food, please? [more inside]
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.
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?
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?
I've been denied for a car loan retroactively. What are my options? There are complications. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for music recommendations similar to The Mingus Big Band playing Moanin' Mambo.
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]
I will be backpacking in Rome, Florence, and Pisa this summer. What are the best walking tour operators in those cities? [more inside]
What is the best way to drive in traffic in order to smooth out the flow and get to your destination quickly? [more inside]
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]
Dancing with preschoolers! Song suggestions needed. [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I compress/resize thousands of jpgs to fit exactly into the space of a DVD automatically? [more inside]
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]
Website for a simple two-stage poll/survey? [more inside]
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]
Joint tenancy or tenancy in common? [more inside]
Canon 60d or Nikon d90 for concert photography? [more inside]
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]
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]
Silly gadget help: exercise aid edition. Lap counter recommendations. [more inside]
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?
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]
Is there a centralized system out there to download transactions from most or all US banks for users of my web application?
Where can I find/how can I put together a safe and economical radiator cover in NYC? [more inside]
I'm making some marshmallow treats tonight, but I need some advice. [more inside]
I have the opportunity for free education/certification in practically any IT field. Please help me decide the best route.... [more inside]
Help me figure out what color purse I should buy to maximize it's versatility with different colors in my wardrobe. [more inside]
Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Seeking resources for a friend who is mom to a (possibly transgender) questioning 5-year-old boy. [more inside]
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.
Excel graphing question: Is there a way to change the axis labels to something you are not graphing? [more inside]
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.
What are some small-ish online stores for budget fashion accessories? [more inside]
Everest base camp! [more inside]
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]
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?
What are survival rates like for dogs or puppies undergoing heart surgery? [more inside]
Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok. [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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]
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]
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]
Is there a cult that actually works? Better description inside. [more inside]
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]
What advantages/disadvantages are there to swimming as fish do versus swimming as cetaceans do? [more inside]
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.
Am I wrong to feel wronged? Soap operaishness inside: [more inside]
I've finally become interested in Podcasts. My tastes are under the fold, help me find more! [more inside]
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!
Considering dating / having sex with someone with Herpetic Whitlow (HSV-2 type) and have questions about transmission risks. [more inside]
Name That Poem: It's about reading all night. [more inside]
Working and living in Liberia [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Wife is pregnant with 3rd while we're considering adoption. I'm freaking out. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
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]
What are some games that can be played via text message? [more inside]
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]
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.
What is the best transcription service (humans, not software) for use by a small business person? [more inside]
Is ever "right" to point out incorrect use of a word to a friend? [more inside]
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]
Can MeFi help me tweak my résumé for a career change into publishing and editing? [more inside]
I’m looking for advice on how to handle an unexpected separation from my husband. [more inside]
Business etiquette question - how to handle a request to chip in for a lunch I did not attend? [more inside]
What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
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]
Sense of Strangulation in Throat [more inside]
Recommendations needed for best lodging for a runner and family spectators for the 2012 New York City Marathon. [more inside]
I've had an email from Blogger about legacy accounts and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I've got some questions about driving after a hiatus of several years. [more inside]
Runners and people who know feet, please help: the outside arch edge of my right foot starts burning during exercise and walking. [more inside]
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]
Quirky shops that ship to the UK and accept orders from the US? [more inside]
Blacksburg VA area. Memorial Day Weekend. Where do I eat? What do I do? What's going on? [more inside]
What kind of electric scooter should I get? [more 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?
What are some sweet gestures of support for my stressed out long distance sweetie? [more inside]
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]
Surfing in New Hampshire, any tips? [more inside]
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]
Why can't I, a goddamn American for crissakes, acquire an mp3 of the song Mantra Slider? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is my accountant obliged to give me a copy of a past business tax return if requested? [more inside]
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?
Places to eat/things to see in NYC under a very constrained schedule? [more inside]
How do I recover photos on my blackberry bold? [more inside]
How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
I would like some help being okay with being nervous, being clearly nervous, during presentations. [more inside]
What is an appropriate amount to spend on a wedding gift for myself and my guest, if I am a bridesmaid? [more inside]
Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
Is it ever ok not to negotiate? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Why so few who file a "doing business as"? [more inside]
TV shows that used thematically remixed/covered versions of their theme songs for particular episodes. [more inside]
Is there a way to know the size of the kosher salt crystals without opening the box? [more inside]
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]
How do I integrate myself into a social circle when I don't have a social circle? [more inside]
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]
What are your favorite sushi restaurants in San Franscisco? [more inside]
ShepherdFilter: Any tips for helping out an orphaned lamb? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Statistical risk of being in situation where a firearm would be helpful and useful (assuming a command of the weapon) in defense? [more inside]
Suggestions for handling an uneven friendship? [more inside]
What tripod should I get for 95% document photography (think DIY book scanner) and 5% optional outdoor photography of wildlife and buildings? [more inside]
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...
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]
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]
What do I read to learn about pre-medieval England? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is there any point to eating whole wheat pasta? [more inside]
Is there a program or pair of programs that can do everything CrashPlan+ does? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
I'm going to Malaysia to do research for the summer: advise me, please! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Bath houses and traditions around the world? [more inside]
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]
Why do remote controls work again when you switch the batteries around? [more inside]
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]
What should I include in a "stress relief care package" to be delivered to my stressed and overworked girlfriend at work? [more inside]
Is there a way for parents to move far apart without hurting the kids? [more inside]
If you left academia, especially in the humanities, how did you figure out what you wanted to do? [more inside]
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]
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?
Travelling to Thailand in July. Hoping to do some snorkeling, probably at Ko Mak. Need some tips. [more inside]
OK to use brown cream shoe polish on black shoes? [more inside]
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]
I have some questions on what a first-generation Apple TV can or can't do. [more inside]
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]
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.
Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)? [more inside]
How can I make Squid modify the credentials it passes to an upstream proxy? [more inside]
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]
What laptop should I get? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What's a girl to do? [more inside]
When should I expect to see a reduction in the amount of time I spend bike commuting? [more inside]
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]
A few questions about filing taxes for 2011 in Canada, mostly about lines 330-331. [more inside]
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]
Is it worth incorporating an investment club out of state (or as an entity with limited liability) [more inside]
Am I entitled to the return of my pet deposit? [more inside]
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.
Is it legal for a restaurant in San Francisco to require its female hosts to wear high heels?
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]
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]
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.
Why can I no longer see any Huffington Post comments on my iPad ? [more inside]
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]
How does real time google analytics measure the "active visitors on site"? Please help me, because apparently I fail at math. [more inside]
Looking for elite e-mail blacklist tricks to block a stalker. [more inside]
How much time can I reasonably expect my partner to spend with family of mine whom he dislikes? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I need to stop being friends with my ex. How? [more inside]
My parrot needs some new material. [more inside]
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]
Is this chicken safe to eat? [more inside]
What brand of bowl is Steve Spangler using here?, the clear plastic one not the metal one Thanks!
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]
What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
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]
I'd really love a detailed explanation of the terms and humor in this math / science related XKCD cartoon. [more inside]
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?
I need a new scanner, and would like to get a decent flatbed, but I have some questions. [more inside]
I need help learning the very basics of sound mixing by Monday [more inside]
(Y)(S^N) = (M)(X^(N+E)) - (Y)(X^N) Is it possible to solve for X? [more inside]
Looking for some input on specific NYC neighborhoods... [more inside]
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]
How can we possibly buy a house in the Boston Metro area without $80K down? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
what kind of refurbished macbook pro do I want? [more inside]
Do I have a shot at grad school? [more inside]
Can my facebook updates appear on my site? [more inside]
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]
I am looking for a better way to sell event tickets online. [more inside]
Does anyone know anything about Twenty-Two stories by J.D. Salinger, or more specifically this edition? [more inside]
Asking for a friend in need (adult, male): Good psychiatrist in the Frederick, MD 21703? Difficulty, takes Aetna.
Where can I pick up coffee/breakfast for a dozen people before 6AM tomorrow in Japantown/Lower Pacific Heights in San Francisco? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
How can I quickly reduce relative humidity in a small enclosed environment within a fume hood without raising air temperature? [more inside]
Bookfilter: Help me find a particular social history of America in the 1860s. [more inside]
Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
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]
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]
Need a medical grade keyboard for dental offices. Do you have some you use and would recommend? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find lead-free etched crystal glasses? [more inside]
"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]
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]
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]
Why are there no lobsters the size of horses or horses the size of shrimp? [more inside]
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]
Any good tent recommendations? [more inside]
What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can a car in Illinois have "In-Transit" plates permanently affixed? [more inside]
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!
MeFites! Can a relationship work between a hyper-intellectual and a simpler, more down-to-earth type? (special snowflake details inside..) [more inside]
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]
What bands only released one album? [more inside]
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]
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.
Property investment filter: How do I decide if a property with structural issues is worth purchasing? [more inside]
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]
Hostel Detroit is sold out the weekend we are planning to go; help me find another cheap but awesome place to stay. [more inside]
What films feature scenes with shots of war and situation rooms with characters examining maps? [more inside]
What is the best VoIP approach for a startup in the very early stages? [more inside]
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]
Can I use a desktop PC connected to a projector as a hub for laptops to present their screens on demand? [more inside]
How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up? [more inside]
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]
Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
How can I deal with an alcohol problem with Group Health insurance (US)? [more inside]
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]
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?
Spontaneous(ish) travel from two different spots? We're fun-loving, 20somethings queers. [more inside]
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]
Any advice on turning on turning a psychology BA into a research-related, but non-academic and non-clinical career? [more inside]
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]
Help me find the bedspread on last night's episode of House! [more inside]
Where can this most awesome of T-shirts worn by Kenny Powers be found?
I have to stay in a hotel tonight where I don't feel particularly safe. What can I do? [more inside]
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]
Advice for writing introduction (and conclusion) for humanities PhD dissertation? [more inside]
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]
What's the origin of the racist diatribe that serves as the intro to Big Black's song Seth?
Which days should I avoid Versailles on my trip to Paris? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are this year's (or last year's) campest, trashiest reality shows from the US? [more inside]
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!
Article about dropping politeness from email to achieve better results in the workplace? [more inside]
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]
Which cable modem should I buy? [more inside]
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!
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]
Female programmers: what do you wear to work? [more inside]
Help me think of something famous or common that is approximately 40 metres tall. [more inside]
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]
Is there a good way to rip movies from DVDs, put them in the cloud and watch them on my iPad? [more inside]
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)?
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?
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]
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]
Is there such a thing as a "lambradoodle"? [more inside]
Why does my cat go MEOW MEOW MEOW before she poops? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Senior dog pooping inside. How to let him out and keep racoons out too? [more inside]
Help me get rid of my man muffin. [more inside]
Craigslist ride-sharing - how to avoid creeps? Mid-summer road trip from Vancouver to Regina (via Calgary) and back. [more inside]
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]
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]
What is an appropriate title for the overall manager of a regional office in Europe (Switzerland)? [more inside]
What are the best online resources for selling a pinball machine? [more inside]
What is depicted on the cover of the New Yorker from February 6, 1937? [more inside]
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]
What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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?
Psoriatic arthritis. Now what? [more inside]
I need help buying a car. [more inside]
What feel-good, sentimental, cheesy pop music should I listen to while pregnant? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is the best way to get the stink of scented laundry detergent & fabric softener out of these sheets? [more inside]
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]
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: email@example.com [more inside]
Help me become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. [more inside]
Where (UK) can I buy mens' boots / shoes that look like this but don't cost £400? Pictured shoes are in Ede & Ravenscroft, Cambridge.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Does anyone have experience with butcher block countertops (or better yet, bamboo butcher block countertops)? [more inside]
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]
My cat went down the apartment stairs but thought she was still on our floor. Why did she think that? [more inside]
Help me get in a good frame of mind for a night out this weekend. [more inside]
Does anyone have experience with a Toronto-based company or individual that specializes in improving resumes? [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for stand-up comedy appropriate for a ten year old. [more inside]
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]
How do I make our surveillance cameras available to the public over the web? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do one night stands work on a practical level? Who brings protection, etc? Ladies, do you keep them around? [more inside]
Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
Good books or articles on 1960s rock? [more inside]
Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along... What should I do? [more inside]
Where can I get an attractive desk at least 80cm high in the UK? [more inside]
What's the cheapest way to send a single normal-sized book weighing about a pound from the US to Japan? [more inside]
What's it like to be arrested as a juvenile? [more inside]
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!
I got a summer job interview over Skype! Tell me what to expect. The twist: it's in American Sign Language. [more inside]
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]
What are some changing trends in how masculinity is defined? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
Best practices for burning vinyl to digital on an Ion Turntable? [more inside]
What is currently the best tablet device for writing comments on students' electronically submitted papers? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is Gnostic Christianity? [more inside]
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]
MusicFilter: Can anyone recommend music similar to the Firefly soundtrack? That sort of twangy, calm western-y instrumental sound. More examples inside. [more inside]
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]
I need help finding a particular dress, or more likely, in learning the name of a particular style of dress. [more inside]
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]
Are air purifiers from Amway safe to use? [more inside]
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:
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?
What else do I need to not look like a redneck yokel on the golf course? [more inside]
How do I proofread my own work more thoroughly? [more inside]
I am a grad student who needs extra income, but my department frowns upon outside work. Ideas? [more inside]
MetaFilter, in all my years I've never managed to figure out what the hell to do with my hair. Help please? [more inside]
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]
You filled my eyeballs, now please stuff my belly! [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Anyone speak Italian? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Could an outdated web comic conflict with our upcoming iPhone game? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Where would an outgoing, adventurous bachelor live, his primary interests being craft brew and bicycling? [more inside]
Where in Portland, Oregon could I record vocals (using just myself and my own gear) without annoying anyone? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Help me find recruiters/headhunters in NYC for TV production jobs! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
We're moving to Boston. Where should we live? [more inside]
Please help me find resources or ideas to wallpaper a very small space without spending a ton of money. [more inside]
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]
frustrated for not being able to import address book contacts into my iphone. Seek kind help here [more inside]
I'm seeking information about relative skill levels in pre-industrial and industrial societies. [more inside]
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]
Metro DC. Need recommendation for a particular sort (maybe?) of hashing group in the area. [more inside]
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]
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]
Getting exercise in a limited space - recommendations? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I re-create the broken camera/video camera effect on this video? [more inside]
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?
Finally have a for-reals home server. What ELSE can I do with it? [more inside]
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?
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]
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.
Resources on how to foster passion and "have fun" with your spouse? [more inside]
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]
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]
What does it mean if overnight my 5 year old MacBook Pro stopped working without being connected to power? [more inside]
How do I make a hand print in new concrete using a plaster cast which includes a hand? [more inside]
Badly burnt out student - with wider questions on how to stop my ‘missing-out’ syndrome. [more inside]
Need help planning first trip to Paris please. [more inside]
Switching careers... to the same one as my new boyfriend? How weird is this, and how to navigate? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Help me catch up on all the Sailor Moon I missed out on as a teenager. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I need more Young Adult dystopian or suspense fiction, with a dash of romance. [more inside]
What clothes and equipment should I invest in to get the most out of my outdoor time? [more inside]
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]
Why do winerys/distilleries only use oak barrels for aging purposes? [more inside]
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.
Do you know or can you find any scholarly articles about analysing adults' drawings that do not relate to health? [more inside]
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.
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]
I'm seeking group therapy/support groups/non-profits for family members with brain cysts. [more inside]
Help me plan a fun date in SF Bay Area, but with some limitations. [more inside]
How to install a facebook like button in a wordpress blog? [more inside]
How do I create a Postini account? [more inside]
Best iPad educational apps to help a 5 year old catch up before kindergarten? She needs help with basic English, ABCs, numbers. [more inside]
Can you recommend a great fan or portable air cooler for travel? [more inside]
What are brand identifiers that are not logos? such as Starbuck's green straw and Apple's white earphones [more inside]
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]
My superiors keep checking out my cleavage during conversation at work. What now? [more inside]
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?
Last-minute vacation advice [more inside]
Why does my body object when I run? [more inside]
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!
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]
Help me figure out what movie about apartheid South Africa I'm remembering. [more inside]
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!
Why would a poll paid for by a congressional primary campaign include so much complimentary information about the opposing candidates? [more inside]
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?
I need clothes. Clothing stores are making this really difficult for me nowadays. Where do you shop? [more inside]
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?
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]
Why does my iTunes have a delay on audio output unless it's "warmed up"? [more inside]
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]
What was my Bubbe saying when she said "Teppeleh zoft"? [more inside]
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!
How do scanned comics and PDFs look on the new iPad? [more inside]
Two Facebook accounts: one personal, one business. What are the risks? [more inside]
Please recommend to me a place to receive 'natural gas marketing' training. [more inside]
What is your crafty job title? [more inside]
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]
Best wet cat food for an elderly (17yo) cat? Special snowflake issues inside. [more inside]
[US work visa issue] starting as an (unpaid) internship for a month and moving on to a full-time position? [more inside]
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?
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]
Have Excel 2007. I would like to have a spreadsheet perform the following simple? tasks [more inside]
How can I keep my facial hair regularly at "stubble" level? [more inside]
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]
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]
Need advice on a high level meeting. [more inside]
How do you care for your face? [more inside]
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]
I screwed up my (Blogger) blog settings and lost my layout. [more inside]
I have the degrees. Now where do I go to feel worthwhile? [more inside]
How to respond to out-of-the-blue "reconnecting" attempts from estranged family? [more inside]
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]
Road Trip (!!!) Filter: Show me a good time between Paducah, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. [more inside]
How can I be a (romantic?) long-distance friend to someone with PTSD? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for a vacation in June within a four hour driving radius of Baltimore, MD. [more inside]
How do I create a daily calendar event that moves ahead 5 minutes each day? [more inside]
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]
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]
I've lost a key to an old cabinet and I need to get it open, preferably without destroying anything. [more inside]
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]
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]
Need sources on the media build-up to the premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. [more inside]
IPad to to a digital projector... it doesn't seem to be working. Help! [more inside]
Recommend a (non-scummy) medical malpractice attorney in NYC? [more inside]
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!
My boss wants to pay an SEO company more than he pays me! Help me convince him otherwise. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Help me identify this song. I've tried searching by lyrics to no avail. YouTube link.
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.
How do people deal with 'success' they never sought, and with what we call 'talent' and 'intelligence'? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I am a high school junior who is growing unsatisfied with his social life. How can I meet people outside of school? [more inside]
Have you started a successful non-profit organization or worked for one? [more inside]
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]
Please recommend a Los Angeles jeweler to design my engagement ring! General questions about custom jewelry as well. [more inside]
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]
Can I get a shower on arrival at Vienna International Airport? [more inside]
Wall Street Journal Paywall [more inside]
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?
Please help me find some awesome men's water-friendly hiking sandals. Problem: narrow, low-volume feet! [more inside]
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!!
How do I make Firefox not reload the page that made it crash? [more inside]
Looking for a blog, podcast, or website that dissects songs. [more inside]
Help me design a strength-training workout with this Technogym equipment. [more inside]
Whats the best Steven Pinker book to start with?
One of my friends' sons is turning 12. Help me find him a present. [more inside]
Are they really discontinuing that service? [more inside]
I love these small European-style yogurt jars. They have no lids. Please hope. [more inside]
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]
Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
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.
I am dealing with an over-zealous teammate. Advice? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
My cat is leaving her dead prey in our neighbor's front and back yards, and he doesn't like it. [more inside]
Best online service for creating and submitting smartphone apps? [more inside]
Southeast Asia travel advice desired. Where should two vegetarians who speak English go for a 5 day vacation in mid December? [more inside]
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]
What should I know about giving birth to/raising twins? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a place to buy flagstone or slate for my garden in North Brooklyn or Queens. [more inside]
I'm looking for creative ideas for organizing a bathroom "medicine" cabinet. The depth of the shelves is only 3.5 inches. [more inside]
Recommend me TV shows which were consistently good throughout their run and had a proper, satisfying ending. [more inside]
Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
I've noticed tiny black bugs in my living room over the last couple of weeks, and I need help IDing them. [more inside]
Help me locate a book I read when I was 10 or so? [more inside]
Is jar sterilization necessary when making fermented milk products like kefir and yogurt? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Decent places to watch UFC 145 tonight in Toronto? [more inside]
Why does my address bar show the wrong address when I change tabs? [more inside]
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]
Cat bit the crap out of wife. Is locking in garage for punishment productive? [more inside]
Please help me find an easy hairstyle that suits my face shape. [more inside]
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]
Are there any good online police blotters for Long Island, NY that comes complete with accident photos?
I want to find a/some adult pacifiers. Except, I want them relatively inexpensive. Google-fu failing! [more inside]
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]
For my own sanity/happiness I have to end a LTR, like TODAY - I could use some advice. [more inside]
My website was hacked. What now? [more inside]
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.)
Is is okay to leave serrano ham slices wrapped in their wax paper but on the counter? [more inside]
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?
What is the best large parafoil stunt kite for big time family fun at the beach? [more inside]
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]
Help me find a vintage image depicting the mind / the brain / psychology for my letterpress business cards. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
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]
How do you deal psychologically with chronic pain? Practical tips for daily living welcomed as well. [more inside]
Let's go do this life thing. Point the way and boot me up the nethers, mefites. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Should I consider a mortgage when I want to sell my paid-off house and buy a new one, outright? [more inside]
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]
I'm interviewing for a business role at Twitter next week - what do I need to know? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Have you run into any 401 scammers on OKcupid? [more inside]
What factors should I consider when choosing Medical Insurance? [more inside]
Color on a black and white TV? What?! (1950s filter). [more inside]
What are the Tea Party's greatest hits? [more inside]
How do I politely tell a company that I didn't like their product and don't want to review it? [more inside]
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]
*Consumer*-oriented medical billing accounting software? [more inside]
My feet get really hot when I exercise. It's incredibly uncomfortable. What are the best shoes and socks for me? [more inside]
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]
How do I get my girlfriend to be brave? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Where is a good place to go canoeing/kayaking on Memorial Day weekend in between Western Massachusetts and Delaware? [more inside]
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?
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]
Everyone loves to do it: help me name my new kitty! [more inside]
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]
We need a nanny/childcare in Seattle STAT! Help Seattle MeFites! [more inside]
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.
I'm looking for ideas to host a great Alice in Wonderland-themed potluck golden 30th birthday party. [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
How to feel less isolated and being single, over 30 and female and an individual that doesn't fit the norm? [more inside]
Hot sauce recipes sought. All kinds. That is all. Thank you.
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]
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!
How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
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]
How bad is sleeping with the light on? I have checked google! - more inside. [more inside]
How should I handle the reimbursement/replacement of a tool I borrowed from a friendly neighbor then broke. [more inside]
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]
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]
Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for a journal I've seen that is a series of random and strange questions that you answer. [more inside]
I'm getting ready to take my comps in less than two weeks. Any advice? [more inside]
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!
How do I pick a new bank/credit union and go about switching? [more inside]
Why do African violets not propagate "true," in regards to color patterns? [more inside]
Recommend me a cheap printer I can take with me on a 6-week trip. [more inside]
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]
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]
Can any MeFites point me towards a (preferably under-$20) flask that is funky or memorable in some way? [more inside]
How to erase all traces of me on my work computer? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Having a very stressful time lately, and not sure how to ask for help from the SO. [more inside]
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]
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?
What's my recourse, if any, for a car repair job that went south? [more inside]
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.
I want to get some life insurance. But, I like to smoke the marijuana from time to time. What can I do? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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 ?
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]
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]
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.
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]
Are the odds in this raffle significantly better than last year? [more inside]
Can this laptop be saved? What are my options for getting it looked at cheaply/getting a replacement cheaply? Details inside. [more inside]
Where is a good place to star gaze the night of May 20 around Sonoma, CA? [more inside]
Existing Corporate Marketing Plans [more inside]
Backpacking in Central and South America -- What do I bring? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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]
Where online can I read about political lesbianism? For it, critical of it, history of it, arguments about it are all ok.
After I blew it, how do I now help a clinically depressed good friend who prematurely ended treatment that was working? [more inside]
Help me get over my irrational fear of sleep medication. [more inside]
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]
What should I do in/near Prague this weekend? [more inside]
How do I block websites without administrator rights? [more inside]
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?
Have you ever bought a table runner or table cover for a convention-type table? Need some advice/recommendations. [more inside]
Is there a way to add an image to a web page just for printing purposes? [more inside]
In a meeting, not an election, how many times can an absentee ballot be used on the same issue? [more inside]
Why the heck am I always rubbing the thighs out of my pants? [more inside]
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
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?
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]
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]
I want to read some more great fantasy novels and want your recommendations. [more inside]
Tell me more about the design of alcohol and perfume bottles? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
Movie recommendations - I really liked the movies Kung Fu Hustle and Delhi Belly. What other movies are similar to those two? [more inside]
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]
How happy are physical therapists/occupational therapists? [more inside]
Best battery operated boombox [more inside]
If you could go to one other city in Ireland besides Dublin for two days, what would it be? [more inside]
What is a good free (or free trial) animation software I can download for a project at work? [more inside]
Take a look at my flight plan, will I make my connecting flight? [more inside]
I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
For the love of God how do I get my foscam ip camera to work over the internet via my airport extreme? [more inside]
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]
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]
Question about the eye exam necessary to get a Pennsylvania drivers license. [more inside]
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]
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.
Best job for a 19yr old male? (Turning 20 in August) [more inside]
How can we efficiently schedule presenters for a conference? [more inside]
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]
What are some less generic, more specific symptoms of ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
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]
Help me gather a collection of sketchy/trashy skull tattoo pics. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Long time AT&T iPhone user. Switching to Verizon. Help me wade through the sea of non-iOS smartphones. [more inside]
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]
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]
Low profile, lots of arch support? [more inside]
Is there a way to cut white space out of the margins of purchased epubs? [more inside]
Excel 2010 query using data from MS Access: refreshing the query screws with my cell references. Help me make it stop. [more inside]
How is the space shuttle actually attached to its carrier plane? [more inside]
What happens if I apply to a 4 year university without disclosing my short stints at community colleges? [more inside]
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?
Are there other weather apps or websites that have the same interactive graph interface as my favorite Android weather widget? [more inside]
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]
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.
DVT developing into PE: % chance? What would happen? [more inside]
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]
Last-minute pie baking ideas needed! [more inside]
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]
Did the term "plo chops" originate on MetaFilter? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some effective (& cheap) ways to teach someone how to be a great webinar presenter? [more inside]
How do talented but isolated creative snowflakes jobhunt from the UK? Two indie game folks seek new life in Chicago. [more inside]
Looking for anniversary present, what are some sites like BespokePost.com that would be good for a woman? [more inside]
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]
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]
What are good pattern resources for sewing a basic, A-line dress? [more inside]
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]
What's the latest and greatest for ripping cds? Mac and PC answers both greatly appreciated. [more inside]
Is there any hope for a too soft mattress? [more inside]
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]
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."
What is the quickest way to digitally black out the social security numbers in 100s of PDFs? [more inside]
How can the virgin get over not being the first for her partner? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Where in downtown Atlanta could I buy a Macbook Pro power brick? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
(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]
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]
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]
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?
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.
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.
Why didn't my white rice cook through? [more inside]
So, we live on a ball. When traveling in one direction, are you always going uphill? Or downhill? [more inside]
How can I learn to not take others' success/intelligence as an affront to my own? [more inside]
I'm looking for good kale chip recipes for my dehydrator! One requirement- they can't use nutritional yeast due to allergy concerns.
Are you a lady? Do you run? Do you know about sports-bras and other lady things? Help! [more inside]
When you have very low self esteem how do you brush off negative feedback? [more inside]
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]
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]
What books would you recommend for an almost 6-year-old girl who reads at a second grade level? [more inside]
Looking for examples of late 20th century slang/lingo has fallen out of common usage? [more inside]
Buying a pre-owned Mac in the UK. Where should I go ? [more inside]
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]
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.
How do I stop my kitten from turning into a bully? [more inside]
I'm still dealing with the aftermath of infidelity and would like some advice. [more inside]
Learning to surf with a lousy front crawl? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a way I can be more respected by my colleagues? [more inside]
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?
How does one go about finding a personal accountant in Seattle? [more inside]
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]
Are question marks necessary. [more inside]
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]
Help me identify these fonts from Wet Hot American Summer and other 80s-themed typefaces. [more inside]
I'm looking for more online galleries in the visual design style of Pinterest and Saatchi Online. [more inside]
How do I buy art from a gallery? [more inside]
English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
Seeking 2nd Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, then PhD. Details below. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I deal with voice strain? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why aren't these stairs getting easier? Will they ever? [more inside]
Work conundrum, what should my response be? [more inside]
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]
I need the perfect A.A. Mile quote to read at my grandmother's funeral. [more inside]
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]
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]
Movies, shorts, and plays: Talking heads or dialogue-heavy? [more inside]
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]
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]
Where should I start if I'd like to learn about the social science of friendship? [more inside]
How do mobile developers detect screen sizes, types and other information about the display of various phones in the wild? [more inside]
Where can one get/buy research on global internet usage by doctors or healthcare providers? [more inside]
Question about French election 2012 slogan: Prendre le pouvoir! (Hollande) Does it mean We can take it? Or Take it, we can! ???
How to offer help to ailing neighbors (and if to offer help at all). [more inside]
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]
I'm searching for the creamiest, smoothest plain yogurt. [more inside]
Personal blogs/comics about being a grad student and the corresponding joys and sorrows? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
Please suggest recipes for bite-sized cinnamon snacks (cookies or other things) that keep well. [more inside]
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]
I need major fashion help. Recommend shoes and clothing that allow me to look like myself in hot weather? [more inside]
Please tell me everything you know about fishing from the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Bonus points for East Bay specifics. [more inside]
Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious. [more inside]
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...
Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
What's the best place to find good quality prints of classic movie posters? [more inside]
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]
Is there a Wordpress plugin for sending "form letter" emails? [more inside]
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]
Where should I be looking for 3+ bedroom, single-family homes (or townhouses) for rent in the DMV? [more inside]
What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
Looking for places to eat in Portland. [more inside]
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]
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]
Asking for an update on a previous question I posed a few years ago, about internet safety and kids. [more inside]
how to approach and how to make girls interested in you? [more inside]
I love someone who can't show up for me now. Any insight? [more inside]
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]
How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find a black crinoline, 27" long, for a 44" waist, in the DC area in the next week? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: looking for reasonably priced, gay-friendly neighborhoods in or near San Jose, CA. [more inside]
Looking for examples of where text messaging and crowd sourcing has been used for civic action, social good, and activism. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Roku vs AppleTV3 vs WDTV Live vs Boxee in Canada? [more inside]
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]
If I could read just one history of Central America, what would it be? [more inside]
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]
Who is sending me these mysterious postcards? [more inside]
Is it considered copyright infringement to stream an MP3 on a web page for promotional purposes? No download etc, just streaming. [more inside]
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]
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?
My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them! [more inside]
Augmented Reality for beginners... [more inside]
Motorcyclists: FJR vs ST1300 vs Concours 14. Which do you like best? [more inside]
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]
How can we pick a new surname? [more inside]
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.
YANAD, but do I need to be worried about these skin blotches? [more inside]
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.
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]
How do I prevent iOS apps from using 3G on my Bell-account iPhone? [more inside]
I have 500 euros to spend on travel + accommodation. Where would you go? Details inside. [more inside]
Looking for a web based survey tool that can give feedback to survey takers at the end [more inside]
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.
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]
What is the name of the background song in this video? [more inside]
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]
Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Best non-alcoholic ingredients to add to lemonade to make it extra-delicious? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for examples of novels, other than Infinite Jest, which have spawned this sort of shirt. [more inside]
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]
Help me find a giraffe documentary I saw a few years back. [more inside]
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.
What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
Setting up a parent-proof HTPC (and stuff on usenet, sickbeard, VPNs, and more!) [more inside]
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]
Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
What are some good songs that use imagery of Adam and Eve/the fall of Eden in their lyrics? [more inside]
Oregon Car Insurance / Accident question: minor accident late last night, what do I do now. Details within. [more inside]
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?
Can you identify the shoes Michelle Obama wore on Colbert? [more inside]
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]
How long has BC's Highway 16 been known as the Highway of Tears? I'm trying to establish the origins of the name.
I need some guidance/opinions on my situation with hyperthyroidism because I am losing faith in my doctors. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I tell a friend I can't babysit for her anymore? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Is this hypoglycemia or am I patient zero in the zombie apocalypse? [more inside]
I'm memorizing all of the world capitals. What other flash-cardable things would be useful/impressive to memorize? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I feel (at the very least) tangentially responsible for another persons death (murder) and I just can't shake it. [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
Stay at home parenting: how does it work? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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"
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]
I'm looking for resources to help me decide what types and amounts of insurance to buy. [more inside]
Help me increase my speed and quickness even as I get older. [more inside]
Hair care or product suggestions for very fine, long, straight, very oily hair? [more inside]
Advice on the one-time web-streaming of a presentation with projected slides. [more inside]
Help us go gluten free--the kid edition! How do we do this? [more inside]
Job posting copy/pasted resume/LinkedIn profile. What to do? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Former intern has become mentally ill and sends numerous disturbing (but not threatening) emails. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
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]
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]
As a "grown up", which dinnerware (plates, bowls, etc.) do you actually use? Or have, but never use? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me find a nice, Sci-Fi typeface that doesn't feel too modern or too old fashioned [more inside]
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]
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]
Please explain any of the songs from the album Forever Now by the Psychedelic Furs. [more inside]
How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
What was the music playing in the brothel scene in the latest Mad Men episode (Season 5 Episode 5 - 30 Signals)? [more inside]
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]
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]
So I forgot to rinse my bike with water before lubing it. Oops. Would this cause problems? [more inside]
Ask Metafilter in Spanish? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend historical examples of technology influencing the creative process? [more inside]
How should I go about selling my car? [more inside]
Best ultra-cheap video cameras for middle school students? [more inside]
Please recommend to me some good workplace fiction. [more inside]
Why do insurance companies (non-medical) make it so rough to switch agents? [more inside]
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]
What are some awesome projects made with unlikely or upcycled materials? [more inside]
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]
Laptop bag filter: What's a good sturdy bag for a giant laptop plus a few more electronic devices? [more inside]
Can you think of volunteer projects that would make good use of the skills of a jack of all (academic) trades? [more inside]
What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
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]
I have glass in my foot. Every time I try to get it out, I panic. Help? [more inside]
What's the etiquette for late wedding gifts? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
[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]
How do people with white hair dye it blonde? Is there such a thing as blonde dye that isn't bleach? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need a personalised travel app, or maybe it's just a personalised map app? [more inside]
How important is it to have the perfect OKCupid profile? What might be wrong with mine? [more inside]
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]
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]
What song played over the end credits of tonight's series finale of "Eastbound and Down?" [more inside]
Looking for a fun hotel to stay at in San Francisco, and your recommendations for where to go for a romantic dinner... [more inside]
How can I deal with neediness in the early stages of a relationship? [more inside]
BalticFilter: what's with those two isthmuses (isthmi?) stretching NE from Gdansk? [more inside]
Who sells the best beef in the Bay Area? [more inside]
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]
What is this show I'm thinking of??? [more inside]
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]
Is it strange that I get turned off by outright flirting and sexual advances from men? [more inside]
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.
How do I get more attention/participation on my advice blog? [more inside]
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]
Clothesfilter: Where do short girls with big hips buy plaid shirts? [more inside]
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]
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]
Attack of the pantry moths. How do I get rid of this pestilence? [more inside]
How to deal with depression on a daily basis? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Clothesfilter: I found the most amazing, perfect fitting, super-chic dress. The problem, one glaring hanger bump. Can this be saved? [more inside]
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]
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]
please send me your favorite maxi dresses (i guess that's not really a question). [more inside]
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]
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]
How does TurboTax figure the "Other income taxes" line? Or, how can I correct this? [more inside]
Help a 5'10", narrow-hipped, wide-waisted girl find jeans! [more inside]
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?
Questions about the movie Cabin in the Woods (Spoilers, of course), [more inside]
"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]
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.
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]
I want to become intimately familiar with Venezuelan politics; what should I read? [more inside]
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.
TornadoFilter: Which of these options is the safest shelter in a tornado situation? [more inside]
I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
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?
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.
What are the must-see places to visit around Sorrento and the Amalfi coast in Italy? [more inside]
Advice on negotiating a raise when I've just transferred to a new office? [more inside]
I feel like a freak for wanting a long-term relationship. [more inside]
Any alpaca farmers out there willing to answer some questions? [more inside]
Can you recommend me a good domain registrar that supports .nl domains and has 7 days a week live chat support? [more inside]
I'm looking for music software with an easy programming interface for amateurs. [more inside]
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]
So who's the least scummy secured credit card issuer out there? [more inside]
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]
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]
What kind of mixed drinks would they have been drinking on the Titanic? [more inside]
We're putting our house on the market. Help us create a quick-evacuation checklist for showings on short notice. [more inside]
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]
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]
A city in my area was hit by a tornado last night. How do I volunteer to help with the aftermath? [more inside]
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]
Magestically breasted nursing mums: help me dress my new body. [more inside]
I'm looking for a solution for students to record themselves online and have the resulting file sent to an email address. [more inside]
The red and blue channels of *some* videos I watch with the Firefox Flash plugin on sites like youtube are swapped. Halp? [more inside]
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]
Should I stay or should I go? If not, what do we do? [more inside]
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